Britten, McLaughlin Top Super DIRTcar Series Qualifying at Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 5, 2015 – The Bad Boy Buggies World Finals kicked off on Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with Peter Britten and 15-year-old Max McLaughlin driving to Super DIRTcar Series Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Awards.

Britten topped the first round of qualifying, which is applied toward Friday’s action, with a fast lap around the 4/10-mile oval in 15.746 seconds in his #21A Troyer. He went on to win his qualifying heat, putting him into Friday’s Dig Safely NY Call 811 redraw along with the other heat race winners, including Super DIRTcar Series championship leader Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson and Carey Terrance.

McLaughlin posted the best qualifying time for Saturday’s program with a lap in 15.897 seconds in the HBR Racing/J&B Installations #6. The heat races for Saturday will be run first before rolling into the remainder of that night’s action. McLaughlin will start on the pole in the first heat with Billy Pauch Jr., Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont and Billy Decker starting on pole in each of their heat races.

For Britten, putting a solid time on the board was critical to success in the stout field of 45 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.

“It’s real important, especially the way the track was tonight,” said Britten, a native of Queensland, Australia. “To time up front is very important. It’s a confidence boost. You know you’ve got a good car and everything is working well so you can have some fun in the heat race, and that’s what we did.”

In the Saturday qualifying round, Britten timed second fastest in his group, which is good for the outside pole in his heat.

“It’s tough,” Britten said. “You start looking through the heat races and you’re like, I don’t really want to be in that group, I don’t really want to be in that group … they’re all tough groups. I try not to even look at who’s in my group to be honest because all you can worry about is what you do. You can’t control what anybody else does. If you make your car fast, then it doesn’t matter who’s in your group.”

McLaughlin, of Mooresville, N.C., was making only his third start for HBR Racing, with the previous two attempts impacted by weather.

“I was surprised we were third quick in the Friday qualifying,” he said. “We went and tested last week and we changed just about everything on the car there was to change. I found one setup that I did like more and that’s what we came here with.”

Still, at 15, McLaughlin showed he’s a quick learner.

“This thing was flawless,” he said. “To never be on the track and to go out there and be second overall in practice says a lot for this team. I definitely did not think I would do that at all. I was nervous all night, stayed up all night. I couldn’t sleep. To come here and be able to run with those guys is incredible.”

Friday’s feature lineup will be determined after two Last Chance Showdown races are completed. Hot laps are slated to begin at 4 p.m.

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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; Nov. 5, 2015


Time Trials: 1 (21a) Pete Britten, 15.746; 2 (07) Tim Kerr, 15.917; 3 (6) Max McLaughlin, 15.998; 4 (25) Erick Rudolph, 16.062; 5 (56b) Mike Bowman, 16.206; 6 (91) Billy Decker, 16.207; 7 (7) Rick Laubach, 16.208; 8 (66x) Carey Terrance, 16.223; 9 (99L) Larry Wight, 16.283; 10 (66f) Stewart Friesen, 16.291; 11 (27J) Danny Johnson, 16.342; 12 (7z) Mat Williamson, 16.349; 13 (74) Dave Blaney, 16.390; 14 (14s) Craig VonDohren, 16.392; 15 (43) Keith Flach, 16.427; 16 (9H) Matt Sheppard, 16.478; 17 (1d) Tyler Dippel, 16.485; 18 (5H) Chris Hile, 16.505; 19 (7T) Gary Tomkins, 16.535; 20 (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.537; 21 (98h) Jimmy Phelps, 16.539; 22 (15) Billy Pauch Jr., 16.544; 23 (66h) Duane Howard, 16.545; 24 (21) Yan Bussiere, 16.590; 25 (19m) Jessey Mueller, 16.600; 26 (14g) Brian Gleason, 16.611; 27 (35) Frank Cozze, 16.658; 28 (21k) Randy Chrysler, 16.677; 29 (62s) Tom Sears Jr., 16.682; 30 (8) Rich Scagliotta, 16.700; 31 (19) Tim Fuller, 16.722; 32 (85) H.J. Bunting, 16.726; 33 (115) Kenny Tremont, 16.729; 34 (42p) Pat Ward, 16.754; 35 (47) Bob Sarkisian, 16.768; 36 (3d) Matt DeLorenzo, 16.778; 37 (56) Vince Vitale, 16.786; 38 (32c) Vic Coffey, 16.914; 39 (33) Mike Mahaney, 17.079; 40 (88) Joe August Jr., 17.168; 41 (20) Brett Hearn, 17.188; 42 (27NY) Danny Johnson Jr., 17.293; 43 (14) C.G Morey, 17.924; 44 (5*) Tyler Siri, 19.657; 45 (48T) Dave Rauscher, NT.

Friday’s Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 4 transfer, winner to the redraw)

Heat 1: Britten, Decker, Friesen, Laubach, Bunting, Bussiere, August Jr., Chrysler, Kerr

Heat 2: J Phelps, Bowman, Pauch Jr., Cozze, Gleason, Mueller, Sears Jr., Tremont, Siri

Heat 3: Sheppard, VonDohren, Howard, Dippel, Ward, DeLorenzo, Rauscher, Sarkisian, D Johnson Jr.

Heat 4: D. Johnson, Rudolph, Williamson, Flach, Fuller, Scagliotta, Hearn, Coffey, Mahaney

Heat 5: Terrance, Wight, McLaughlin, Hile, Blaney, Tomkins, Shingledecker, Vitale, Morey


Time Trials: 1. (6) Max McLaughlin, 15.897; 2. (115) Kenny Tremont, 15.951; 3. (20) Brett Hearn,16.023; 4. (85) H.J. Bunting, 16.102; 5. (66x) Carey Terrance, 16.137; 6. (91) Billy Decker,16.144; 7. (07) Tim Kerr,16.146; 8. (15) Billy Pauch Jr., 16.183; 9. (7z) Mat Williamson, 16.203; 10. (99L) Larry Wight, 16.205; 11. (8) Rich Scagliot, 16.220; 12. (19) Tim Fuller, 16.223; 13. (21a) Pete Britten, 16.235; 14. (74) Dave Blaney, 16.244; 15. (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.276; 16. (19m) Jessey Mueller, 16.288; 17. (66h) Duane Howard, 16.300; 18. (9H) Matt Sheppard, 16.317; 19. (56) Vince Vitale, 16.347; 20. (25R) Erick Rudolph, 16.359; 21. (66f) Stewart Friesen, 6.371; 22. (14s) Craig VonDohren, 16.383; 23. (27J) Danny Johnson, 16.410; 24. (42p) Pat Ward, 16.412; 25. (7) Rick Laubach, 16.449; 26. (35) Frank Cozze, 16.553; 27. (5H) Chris Hile, 16.558; 28. (1d) Tyler Dippel, 16.561; 29. (21) Yan Bussiere, 16.625; 30. (98h) Jimmy Phelps, 16.646; 31. (32c) Vic Coffey, 16.661; 32. (43) Keith Flach, 16.709; 33. (7T) Gary Tomkins, 16.710; 34. 56b) Mike Bowman, 16.726; 35. (3d) Matt DeLorenzo, 16.728; 36. (27NY)  Danny Johnson Jr., 16.803; 37. (14g Ó Brian Gleason, 16.837; 38. (88) Joe August Jr. 16.838; 39. (47) Bob Sarkisian, 17.000; 40. (62s) Tom Sears Jr., 17.056; 41. (48T) Dave Rauscher, 17.095; 42. (5*) Tyler Siri, 17.187; 43. (33) Mike Mahaneyeqeq, 17.262; 44. (21k) Randy Chrysler, 00:00.000; 45. (14) C.G Morey, NT.

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