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Friesen Unfreezes, Flies Forward to Super DIRTcar Series Win at Volusia

Wednesday Winner Danny Johnson Still Leads in Event Points for DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2013 – Stewart Friesen found his groove yesterday, Thursday, February, 21, in the second of four Super DIRTcar Series feature races during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, and that groove took him all the way to victory lane.

“I was able to roll in the middle, I was good on the bottom, good on the top,” Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, said of driving on the track at Volusia Speedway Park. “We had a really balanced car, which is key.”

Friesen, a two-time VP Small Engine Fuels 200 Champion, was off to a slow start earlier in the week, breaking the top 20 in only one of three timed practice sessions Tuesday. His performance improved Wednesday, and has continued to improve Thursday. He hot lapped strongly at the sixth fastest time overall and placed second in his heat, carrying the momentum through the checkered flag.

“We worked really hard on the car; we had a couple problems in the practice session Tuesday and we worked them out yesterday in the feature,” Friesen said. “We made some good adjustments to the car.”

Polesitter Neal Williams took an early lead when Thursday’s feature went green, but Friesen, who drew a spot in the third row, quickly advanced to second place. A yellow flag halted the pace in lap 5 as the 21k of Randy Chrysler collided with the 34 of Steve Hough collided. Immediately upon restarting the race, a pileup in turns 1 and 2 took several cars off the track. Brett Hearn, Billy Van Inwegen, Andy Bachetti and Dave Rauscher would not return to the track. Quebecois star Mario Clair, also involved, wheeled to the pits, where his crew was able to get the 22c in good enough shape to finish the race and nearly break the top 5.

On the second restart, Williams took the outside pole starting position, leaving the inside for runner-up Friesen, who flew forward at the green, taking the top spot before the first turn. Friesen soon built a substantial lead, soon separating himself from Williams by nearly half a lap.

The only challenge to Friesen came with a lap-22 caution that brought the field back together, runner-up Haers threatening to give Friesen a taste of his own medicine on the late-race double-file restart. Friesen prevailed through the next 8 laps of the 30-lap feature to take victory in the second Super DIRTcar Series race of the season.

Following Friesen across the finish line was Justin Haers, who, after just 11 laps, jumped from his eighth starting position to second.

“The car was good. I wish we had started a little better, but we started eighth and finished second. We can’t complain,” said Haers, of Phelps, N.Y. “If we can just build on it every night, then we should be in good shape.”

Australian Modified star Pete Britten finished third, after a stunning heat race battle lead to his triumph over Rich Scagliotta for the win. Britten drew the fifth starting spot, making his way to third by lap 11.

“It took a little bit to get going,” Britten said. “It’s hard starting on the bottom because all the momentum is on the outside here, so I started fifth and went back to seventh. From then on, I just worked my way up when I could.”

Three-time defending series champion Matt Sheppard finished fourth after starting ninth. Wednesday’s victor Danny Johnson also spent the 30 laps darting past cars, making his way from 12th to fifth. Rounding out the top 10 are Rich Laubach in sixth, Neal Williams in seventh, Dan Vauter in eighth, H. J. Bunting III in ninth, and Jimmy Horton in tenth.

For the Super DIRTcar Series, UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment events like Thursday’s will not accumulate points toward the series championship. However, points from feature and heat race finishes will determine the Big Block Modified division’s event champion for UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. After Thursday’s race, Danny Johnson is in the lead for points, followed closely by Pete Britten in second and Justin Haers in third.

The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series races two more consecutive nights at Volusia Speedway Park to close out the 12-day UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. On both Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, the Super DIRTcar Series shares the stage with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights with racing slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park

February 21, 2013

Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Statistical Report

A-Main (30-Laps): 1. 85f Stewart Friesen ($2,000), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 2. 3 Justin Haers, Phelps, N.Y.; 3. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 4. 9s Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 5. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y.; 6. 7 Rich Laubach, Quakertown, Penn.; 7. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N.J.; 8. 85 Dan Vauter, Clifford, Penn.; 9. 85J H.J. Bunting III, Milford, Del.; 10. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J.; 11. 22c Mario Clair, St-Eduoard, Quebec; 12. 8r Rob Bellinger, Cicero, N.Y.; 13. 49 Francois Bernier, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec; 14. 10J Alan Johnson, Middlesex, N.Y.; 15. 1 Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn.; 16. 901 Eric Kormann, Vineland, N.J.; 17. 21K Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 18. 42b Kevin Bates, Lake Airel, Penn.; 19. 74 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y.; 20. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J.; 21. 30 Jamie Mills, Millford, Del.; 22. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.; 23. 10 Billy VanIwegen, Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 24. 34B Andy Bachetti, Sheffield, Mass.; 25. 48T Dave Rausche, Waterloo, N.Y.; 26. 34 Steve Hough, East Greenbush, N.Y. DNS: 79 Jeremy Markle, Port Jarvis, N.Y.; 518 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N.Y.; T21 Roger Chrysler, Lewsiton, N.Y.; 5* Tyler Siri, Corning, N.Y.; 99 Bruno LaPage, Maplegrove, Quebec; 88 David Allen, Palmyra, N.Y.; 14 C.G. Morey, Rutland, Vt.; 64 Daniel Nadeau, Montreal, Quebec; 29 Chris Ostrowsky, Conklin, N.Y.; 6 Matt Williamson, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Qualifying heats (8 laps, top 5 qualify, top 2 redraw)
Heat 1: 1. 323 Neal Williams; 2. 85J H.J. Bunting III; 3. 9s Matt Sheppard; 4. 7 Rich Laubach; 5. 8r Rob Bellinger; 6. 10 Billy VanIwegen; 7. 21K Randy Chrysler; 8. 518 Kyle Sheldon; 9. 88 David Allen.

Heat 2: 1. 3 Justin Haers; 2. 74 Tim Fuller; 3. 42b Kevin Bates; 4. 34 Steve Hough; 5. 85 Dan Vauter; 6. 79 Jeremy Markle; 7. 5 Jimmy Horton; 8. 99 Bruno LaPage; 9. T21 Roger Chrysler; 10. 5* Tyler Siri.

Heat 3: 1. 21a Peter Britten; 2. 8 Rich Scagliotta; 3. 22c Mario Clair; 4. 1 Darwin Greene; 5. 49 Francois Bernier; 6. 14 C.G. Morey; 7. 64 Daniel Nadeau; 8. 97 Michel Chicione.

Heat 4: 1. 20 Brett Hearn; 2. 85f Stewart Friesen; 3. 27J Danny Johnson; 4. 30 Jamie Mills; 5. 48T Dave Rauscher; 6. 901 Eric Kormann; 7. 34B Andy Bachetti; 8. 66w Dexter Stacey; 9. 6 Matt Williamson; 10. 29 Chris Ostrowsky

Last Chance Showdowns (10-lap races for nonqualified cars; top 2 from each transfer to feature)

1st Last Chance Showdown: 1. 10 Billy VanIwegen; 2. 5 Jimmy Horton; 3. 79 Jeremy Markle; 4. 21K Randy Chrysler; 5. 518 Kyle Sheldon; 6. T21 Roger Chrysler; 7. 5* Tyler Siri; 8. 99 Bruno LaPage; 9. 88 David Allen.

2nd Last Chance Showdown: 1. 10J Alan Johnson; 2. 34B Andy Bachetti; 3. 901 Eric Kormann; 4. 14 C.G. Morey; 5. 64 Daniel Nadeau; 6. 29 Chris Ostrowsky; 7. 6 Matt Williamson.

Time Trials: 1. 8 Rich Scagliotta, 18.027; 2. 20 Brett Hearn, 18.107; 3. 3 Justin Haers, 18.137; 4. 9s Matt Sheppard, 18.138; 5. 323 Neal Williams, 18.210; 6. 85f Stewart Friesen, 18.264; 7. 48T Dave Rauscher, 18.266; 8. 22c Mario Clair, 18.338; 9. 74 Tim Fuller, 18.344; 10. 49 Francois Bernier, 18.354; 11. 85J H. J. Bunting III, 18.413; 12. 27J Danny Johnson, 18.433; 13. 7 Rich Laubach, 18.547; 14. 21a Pete Britten, 18.580; 15. 21K Randy Chrysler, 18.603; 16. 901 Eric Kormann, 18.640; 17. 30 Jamie Mills, 18.641; 18. 97 Michel Chicoine, 18.651; 19. 34 Steve Hough, 18.706; 20. 42b Kevin Bates, 18.708; 21. 79 Jeremy Markle, 18.710; 22. 518 Kyle Sheldon, 18.754; 23. 34B Andy Bachetti, 18.855; 24. 6 Mat Williamson, 18.873; 25. 1 Darwin Greene, 18.926; 26. 85 Dan Vauter, 18.943; 27. 10 Billy VanInwegen, 18.969; 28. 29 Chris Ostrowsky, 18.994; 29. 8r Rob Bellinger, 19.037; 30. 5 Jimmy Horton, 19.038; 31. T21 Roger Chrysler, 19.045; 32. 10J Alan Johnson, 19.186; 33. 99 Bruno LaPage, 19.317; 34. 14 C. G. Morey, 19.346; 35. 88 Dave Allen, 19.552; 36. 5* Tyler Siri, 19.587; 37. 64 Daniel Nadeau, 19.614

Point standings towards UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment event championship

 

POINTS

CAR#

DRIVER / HOMETOWN

1

114

27J

Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

2

112

21a

Peter Britten/Brisbane, AUS

3

108

3

Justin Haers/Phelps, NY

4

106

85F

Stewart   Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake,ONT

5

92

9s

Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

6

92

22c

Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

7

87

5

Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ

8

87

20

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

9

86

7

Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA

10

82

85J

H.J. Bunting III/Milford,DE

11

74

323

Neal Williams/Pittsgrove, NJ

12

74

85

Dan Vauter/Clifford,PA

13

72

21k

Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

14

61

49

Francois Bernier/St. Hyacinthe/QUE

15

60

8r

Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

16

57

74

Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY

17

54

901

Eric Kormann/Vineland, NJ

18

54

34B

Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA

19

53

10J

Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

20

52

1

Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA

21

47

8

Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

22

40

34

Steve Hough/East Greenbush, NY

23

36

42b

Kevin Bates/Lake Ariel, PA

24

35

30

Jamie Mills/Milford,DE

25

33

79

Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY

26

32

29

Chris Ostrowsky/Conklin, NY

27

30

10

Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY

28

30

48too

Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

29

30

6

Mat Williamson/St. Catharines, ONT

30

30

97

Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de   Milton,QUE

31

20

5*

Tyler Siri/Corning, NY

32

20

14

C.G. Morey/Rutland, VT

33

20

T21

Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

34

20

64

Daniel Nadeau/Marieville, QUE

35

20

88

David Allen/Palymra, NY

36

20

99

Bruno LePage/Maplegrove, QUE

37

20

518

Kyle Sheldon/Nassau, NY

38

0

66w

Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, Gander Mountain, NAPA Auto Parts, Nationwide Insurance, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Intercomp, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow, Vicci Racing Apparel, and Wrisco Industries.

 

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