Emptying Super DIRTcar Series Land of Legends Notebook – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Even though Peter Britten and Stewart Friesen ran away from the fields on Wednesday night in the unique twin 60 show at the Land of Legends there were some other notable runs that proved watching a race isn’t always about what is going on up front.

In the opening main, initially it was Tim Sears Jr. that attracted attention as he started in 20th and decided that going to the outside would be the thing to do until the track went away. He was flying around the high side of the track and by the 10th lap had picked up 13 positions. Tim said he simply couldn’t go any further and came home a disappointing ninth.

However, what many fans didn’t realize is that the team had to overcome a major issue.

Afterwards Tim said, “The drive shaft broke in warm-ups and wrapped around everything. It broke a lot of stuff and we got it back together for the first feature. I felt good, but it wasn’t totally right as there were issues underneath. I was going good and the outside was working for me, but I got up to the fast cars and they were down on the bottom and it was just getting too hard to pass.”




Tim Fuller had a two podium night with a second and third. The runner-up spot in the second main was spectacular to watch. He had started eighth and seemed to be locked there until around the 38th lap. The track had basically become a one lane, run the bottom track and there really wasn’t much racing.

However, Fuller decided around lap 38 to take it outside and suddenly he appeared to be the fasted and most productive car on the speedway.  By the 41st he was up to fourth, one lap later third and two laps later second. Friesen was so far ahead that Fuller had no shot whatsoever, but the attention drawing drive was really fun to watch in the late going of the nightcap.

Jack Lehner started 25th in the first 60 and with what proved to be the drive of the night finished fifth in one of the most spectacular rallies of the year. (Story on Jack will be published later).

Crash Stops Race

A violent multi car accident that actually could have been much worse than it was stopped the second 60 on the first lap.

Larry Wight, starting ninth, got turned around at the top of the frontstretch and the entire remainder of the field was bearing down on him. He was hit full bore sending the 99L over and over again. Justin Wright and Daniel Johnson machines went up in the air with Wright violently flipping. Jordan McCreadie made contact and sustained heavy damage as well.

Fortunately everyone wasn’t injured, but Canandaigua regulars took a big hit with extensive garage time needed to repair Wright and Johnson’s machines.

Sadly for Johnson it was the first time in his career that he had qualified for a Super DIRTcar Series race and it ended before reaching the start finish line.

Notes

To start the night, Garrison Krenz lost the motor in hot laps. He noted that it had lots of laps on it, but it didn’t make it any easier…

Lance Dussett appeared to have major issues as he pulled to a stop between turns three and four only to have liquid pouring from numerous points under the car…

Ron Davis III went off the track during hot laps in turn two and drove it directly to the pits. A broken rear axle was discovered and it was replaced. He timed well for the second main and raced well enough to get to the draw to start third. He ran third and fell to fifth by the 37th lap, but in the end he settled for 15th…

Provisionals for the first 60 were Jordan McCreadie, Chris Hile and Dave Rauscher while Tim Sears Jr. and McCreadie were provisionals for the second…

Erick Rudolph had a good points night with a second and fourth…

Matt Sheppard scored a fifth and 10th..

Jimmy Phelps had a solid fourth in the first. The final laps of the first feature were amazing for second through fifth with Rudolph, Fuller, Phelps and Lehner all lined up. They finished that way, but it could have been so much different. It was that close…

The held over last chance races sent winners Dave Marcuccelli and Alan Johnson to the main along with runners up Gary Tomkins and Adam Pierson.

The front row of Johnson and Tomkins for the last chance race really had a lot of history as both are legends at the Land of Legends…

In the nightcap LCS Pat Ward and Kevin Root won while the second place battle behind the 42p was sensational between Kyle Coffey and eventual third place and provisional Tim Sears Jr. In the second Justin Wright qualified behind Root…

There was a huge crowd and nearly 40 mods and 28 Series Sportsman…

The 60 laps is a great concept and really if either of these races had been 100 laps tires would have decided it.  Some of the hard racing that was exhibited by guys coming from deep in the field would not have happened as conserving tires would overruled the idea of actually racing for positions. With today’s tire situation 100 lappers simply aren’t needed. In the olden days 100 lappers were special, today they are commonplace..

The sound system with the PA in the pits is outstanding at LOL. No matter where you walk you can still hear what is going on…

There was over two grand in the 50/50…

Tyler Corcoran won the Sportsman feature to close out the night…

Shane Andrews unable to make the call due to work commitments. Steve Ovens was more than capable of calling the action and keeping the throng of fans informed and entertained. Track announcers seldom get this opportunity with a touring series. Congrats and great job Steve!

That’s it for this time around and it is good to be back. Been recovering from surgery and just haven’t had the stamina, but last night was a good dry run to be back covering racing.

Any notes, gossip, comments send along to foley395@hotmail.com.