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Super DIRT Week modified race to have international feel Sunday

October 5, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

SYRACUSE - The top six spots in Sunday's Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified VP Small Engine Fuels 200 were locked in Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds and the top three spots have an international look to them.

Unadilla's Billy Decker turned in a fast lap of 32.997-seconds on the mile to capture his fifth-career pole for the feature event of the 41st edition of NAPA Auto parts Super DIRT Week, edging David Hebert (33.230), of St. Damase, Quebec, and Peter Britten (33.330), of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Rounding out the top six qualifiers for Sunday's event were Brett Hearn (33.352), Bobby Varin (33.456) and Gary Tomkins (33.542).

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Billy Decker of Unadilla powers his NAPA-sponsored No. 91 through turn four at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse before winning the pole for Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified VP Small Engine Fuels 200 at the 41st annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Britten turned his fastest lap early in qualifying and remained on top until the final group of the 65-car field took time trials.

Decker knocked Britten out of the top spot before Hebert, who was the final qualifier after missing his original spot in qualifying, ran one lap to relegate Britten to third.

Fonda Speedway regular Ronnie Johnson blew the engine in his primary Palmer's Service-sponsored 2RJ but switched to his backup and stayed in the top six for most of the time trial before being knocked to 12th with his time of 33.644.

Defending race winner and Fonda Speedway track champion Stewart Friesen turned the 14th quickest time with 33.706, while Fonda regulars Darwin Greene was 41st (34.922), Jeff Rockefeller was 59th (35.884) and Aaron Jacobs was 65th (38.160).

Due to rainy conditions earlier in the day that pushed Thursday's qualifying back four hours, the scheduled time trials for Saturday's Gander Mountain 150 for 358-modifieds was postponed until today.

Today's program will start with the 358 time trials at 11 a.m., followed by sportsman time trials, Futures qualifying and Futures races.

The majority of Sunday's big-block field will be filled today with the running of the Triple 20s.



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