By BOBBY SWEENEY
Billy Dunn left Can-Am Speedway with a broken car and broken heart. Meanwhile, Tim Fuller left with a trophy after scoring the win in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series opener.
“I have to thank the Maresca family, they fund this whole experiment and they also sponsored the race,” Fuller said. “Billy Dunn had the fastest car tonight. He snookered me, sometimes it’s better to be second and he found that bottom before I did. He was the car to beat until he blew up, but I thought I could have a run at him during those long greens.”
Tim Fuller and Billy Dunn ran nose to tail in the opening stages of the 60-lap feature, with Dunn not giving Fuller much room to breathe. While Dave Marcuccilli, Michael Parent, and others watched from third on back, Dunn went to work under Fuller as the top two hit traffic. On lap 17, Dunn weaseled his way under Fuller to take the lead, but Fuller wasn’t going away yet.
While Dunn briefly opened up a small gap, Fuller hung within shouting distance. Shouting distance shrunk to a carlength as the race neared halfway, and Fuller took his first stab at Dunn on lap 32. After some work, Fuller took the lead a couple laps later, but handed it right back to Dunn the next lap. The lap after that, Fuller snookered Dunn for the lead. See a trend? Dunn got the lead back on lap 37, right as the caution flag waived for Chad Brachmann’s blown motor.
Dunn had a great restart, leaving Fuller to fend off Erick Rudolph, who snuck past Marcuccilli, Parent, and more for third. Three more quick yellows on laps 44, 46, and 47 for Carey Terrance breaking, fifth place Tim Sears Jr. slowing, and a multi-car scramble in the back of the pack kept Dunn in check. With each restart, Dunn repeatedly proved his speed.
Fuller remained within a second or so of Dunn, while Rudolph held down third and Mat Williamson climbed to fourth. Slowly but surely, Fuller inched in on Dunn, but didn’t seem to be close enough to take a swing at the lead. With five to go, a spin drew the caution, and Fuller restarted right behind Dunn.
Dunn got a good restart, but on lap 56 of 60, Dunn slowed down the back straightaway with a broken rear end. The yellow flew, and Fuller inherited the lead. With only four laps left, Fuller was in full control, and nobody behind him could match his speed. When the checkered flag fell, it was Tim Fuller winning the 358-Modified Series opener.
Erick Rudolph finished second with Mat Williamson, Michael Parent, and Mike Mahaney completing the top five.
CAN-AM SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 6/26/19
FX Caprara Honda-DIRTcar Sportsman
52-Jessica Power, 21-Taylor Caprara, 1X-Robert Delormier, 621-Brian Hudson, 60-Jackson Gill, 41-Dalton Rombough, 22C-Cedric Gauvreau, 18E-Gavin Eisele, 91-Josh Reome, 12-Addison Bowman, 28-Alan Fink, 38-Zach Sobotka, 7D-Dustin Hutton, 1-Jack Meeks, 34-Eric Nier, 64-Tyler Corcoran, 10B-Jamie Brown, 24-Jordan Kelly, 1R-Ricky Thompson, 21R-RJ Tresidder, 410-Mike Fowler, 17-Jarrett Herbison, 18-Justin Gadbaw, 57H-Remington Hamm, DNQ cars: 9-Kristian Smoke, 4X-Mike Gadbaw, 65-Levi Arthur, 25-George Sanford, 2-Chris Thurston, 15-Greg Henry, 12S-Kyle Sharp
Whitesboro Plow Shop-DIRTcar 358 Series
19X-Tim Fuller, 25R-Erick Rudolph, 6M-Mat Williamson, 25P-Michael Parent, 35-Mike Mahaney, R70-Ryan Arbuthnot, 25-Bobby Herrington, 9J-Jordan McCreadie, M1-Dave Marcuccilli, 32R-Ronnie Davis, 47S-Corey Wheeler, 83-Danny Johnson, 01-Chris Raabe, 39-Ryan Bartlett, 66X-Carey Terrance, 25-Steve Bernier, 21-Yan Bussiere, 66-Kyle Dingwall, 28-Jeff Sykes, 17-Tyler Meeks, 18W-Scott Webb, 49-Billy Dunn, 27W-Nick Webb, 31-Lance Willix, 83X-Tim Sears Jr, 7M-Mike Maresca, 42P-Pat Ward, 29-Tom Conklin, 3B-Chad Brachmann, 15-Todd Root, 2-Robbie Bellinger,
DNQ cars: 97-Rocky Warner, 9X-Tyler Trump, 45R-Preston Forbes, 98T-Tyler Thompson, 109-Billy Whittaker, 18J-Louie Jackson, 17-Elmo Reckner, 17D-Tristan Draper, 36-Ben Bushaw
TLC Real Estate/Agent Marsha Gibbons-Thunder Stock
17-Matt Zina, 13Z-Zac Petrie, 26M-Phil Desormeau III, 02-JR Durham, 32-Chuck Monica, 100-Francis White, 82-Ray Graffam, 61-Jerry Rogers, 5-Don Woodworth, X-Justin Pope, 88B-Travis Berkman, 8X-Jock Symonds, 77Y-Brodie Davis, 4X-Tony Frezzo