Gular Fastest, Bristol Throwdown Practice Night Super DIRTcar Series Notes – DTD Exclusive

By DTD STAFF

When practice was complete, it wasn’t one of the Super DIRTcar Series regulars sitting at the top of the speed charts, but rather an outsider.

Defending Big Diamond Speedway Champion Mike Gular turned the fastest lap of the night with a lap of 17.361. He was the only driver to break the 17.3 bracket at the Bristol Throwdown at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Like everyone that goes to Bristol for the first time, he was in awe of how big the facility is at Bristol.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said about the facility. “It’s definitely an amazing building. It’s the Coliseum. Intimating, but the track raced good.”




The Boyertown, Pa., driver indicated he was working on getting comfortable in the car while attempting to fine tune the setup in order to get the most possible speed at the high-banked half-mile.

“We were just making basic changes trying to find speed,” commented Gular. “We were a little off there in the beginning. That was probably me just trying to get comfortable. We were close out of the box. We didn’t make any major changes, just stagger and stuff like that.”

Gular made one of the only passes of the night during the final practice session.  The run  mirrored a heat race distance. Gular got up to Mike Mahaney and was able to work by him on the bottom of the track. He admitted he was very careful about making the move.

“I wanted to see what it was like next to a car to see what the air is like because you are going so fast,” mentioned Gular. “We got close enough to him to try and make a pass. I was careful, it’s practice. We’ll see. It shows you can pass here. He’s a good car. I don’t think we are too much faster one way or the other. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Bristol Bites
Several drivers discussed the issue of sight lines in the Modifieds. Multiple drivers indicated that, due to the banking of the track and the roof angle of the car, they couldn’t see as far as they preferred in the corners. As a result, drivers were going to work over night to lower their seats in the car for better vision…

With Gular being the only driver into the 17.3 bracket, multiple drivers turned laps in the 17.4 range including Stewart Friesen. Friesen was is the only driver with prior laps on dirt surface at the speedway after he ran the NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series events a few weeks ago…

Larry Wight was the first to take it to the top-side of the race track. The Phoenix, N.Y., driver attempted just about every line on the speedway, including using the top before driving down the bank. He had some success turning a lap close to Friesen in time…

Lap times remained consistent all night long as the track remained hard and slick from top to bottom. Each hot lap session found drivers working into the 17.4 range…

The big thing for most drivers in the pits was getting comfortable throughout the night. From there they began working on setup trying to find the right combination including Matt Sheppard. Sheppard got some laps to get the feel of the speedway before trying to find a balance his No. 9s liked…

Before the night was over, most drivers went back to a setup similar to what they run at home. There were some small changes, but working with what they know makes the car comfortable. Jimmy Phelps stated, like many others, they were just “trying to get balance.”…

Max McLaughlin has experience on the concrete at Bristol after running a K&N Series race there in the past. McLaughlin battled with an ill-handling race car for much of the night. He was working on getting the car to turn…

Danny Johnson had issues in the first hot laps session with the No. 27J and did not get a lap.  They were done after attempting to come back for the second round in first set…

Keith flach also broke with his No. 43.  He was forced to go to a backup car after the first round of practice.