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Sears Continues Torrid Sportsman Series Pace At Rolling Wheels

Tim Sears, Jr.
Tim Sears, Jr. - Bill Moore, Jr. Photo

Elbridge, NYSeptember 25, 2010 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent
*Bill Moore Jr. Photo

Teenage sensation and current overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series point leader Tim Sears Jr. out of Clay, NY played the waiting game Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park allowing the race track to come to him.

Sears started 11th and patiently worked his way forward. Then late in the going he blasted from third and into the lead on lap 30 before a late caution that set up a dramatic green-white-checkered flag finish. In the end, no one had anything for Sears as he picked up his fifth tour win in eight events run to date, including four of the last five Series stops.

“This car was awesome,” Sears said in victory for the second time this season at Rolling Wheels. “I was getting kind of annoyed with all the yellows. When the race got going, my car just kept getting better, so I guess it worked in my favor.”

Mark Chiddy, who led laps 26-29, finished second followed by two-time defending Mr. DIRTcar Champion Chris Raabe, Matt Hulsizer and Brandon Easey, who led the most laps on the night to place fifth.

Pole-sitter Chiddy and Jipp Ortiz led the 30-car starting field down to the green for the “Fan Fest 30” with Ortiz grabbing a narrow advantage early on the field. After a couple quick yellows, Ortiz built up a half straightaway lead by lap five. Chiddy and Dave Marcuccilli were in a tight battle for second and while Easey and Raabe ran a distant fourth and fifth.

Just when it looked like Ortiz would run away and hide in the early going, the Ransomville racer saw his three-second lead vanish as he had a right rear tire go flat on lap 10 sending him pit side for a quick tire change, handing the lead over to Easey on the ensuing restart. At the half way point lap 15 Easey was on cruise control out front looking for his first ever Rolling Wheels win. Behind the Canadian invader, Chiddy and Raabe ran within inches apart for second while Hulsizer and Sears showed in the top-five.

With 10 laps to go, Easey was still setting a quick pace out front as the laps clicked off. Chiddy, Raabe Sears and Hulsizer ran single file trying to run the leader down. After a caution period Chiddy took advantage of the outside on the restart as he blasted by Easey to be scored the new leader with only a handful of laps to go.

In the closing laps Chiddy, Raabe and Sears thrilled the fans running nose to tail and side by side putting the winner in doubt. Then just when it looked like Chiddy was heading for his first ever Series victory, Sears had other ideas. Running the extreme bottom of the speedway, Sears drove under both Rabbe and Chiddy exiting turn two on lap 30 to be scored the new leader just before a final yellow flag unfurled.

On the green-white-checkers finish, Sears pulled away easily and was the first across the line to post his 15th win of the year season. Late in the race when others were running the top and the middle, Sears made his moves forward using the bottom that ultimately got him the win.

“In the beginning of the race there was water on the bottom of the track,” Sears noted. “You couldn’t really go anywhere and kind of had to miss it. At the end the bottom started coming in where you could use it.”

When asked if he was starting to think about the Mr DIRTcar Sportsman Championship with just a few races left Sears said, “No I’m not thinking about it, I hate points racing, I just want to race to win.”

With the victory Sears extended his lead over Ryan Susice from 65 to 89 points. Susice had problems in the early going heading pitside yet did recover to finish sixth in the final run down.

The Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series gets back on track in six more days when Fulton Speedway kicks off the 25th Annual “Outlaw 200” Weekend on Friday, Oct.1, with top tour travelers chasing a $1,200 first-place prize in the 30-lap main event.

Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Race #8 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Sept. 25, 2010 ‘World Series FanFest 30’ Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVE/HOMETOWN
1 11 83x Tim Sears Jr./Clay,NY ($1,000)
2 1 54 Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY
3 8 01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT
4 6 55 Matt Hulsizer/Bridgeport,NY
5 3 06 Brandon Easey/Grimsby,ONT
6 16 38 Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY
7 10 66 Eric Giguere/Waterloo,NY
8 2 0 Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY
9 21 29g Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY
10 12 24 Brandon Sweet/Watertown,NY
11 17 21jj Jim Johnstone/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
12 28 25g Nick Guererri/Geneva,NY
13 29 15 Shane Pecore/Cornwall,ONT
14 27 17j Jamie Platt/Watertown,NY
15 18 57 Anthony Stockman/Watertown,NY
16 13 55c Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY
17 15 11 Ben Wheeler/Genoa,NY
18 30 140 Mark Dixon/Durham,ONT
19 9 19w Justin Wright/Piffard,NY
20 7 jvs1 Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY
21 14 22 Greg Cool/Geneva,NY
22 26 2p John Juhl/Auburn,NY
23 22 16h Justin Henderson/Canandaigua,NY
24 23 85h Rob Humphreys/Elbridge,NY
25 4 m1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY
26 20 18r Brad Rouse/St.Catharines,ONT
27 5 3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo,NY
28 24 04 Greg Mrzywka/Holley,NY
29 19 16 Earl Rudy/Phoenix,NY
30 25 81 Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY
LAP LEADERS: Ortiz (1-10), Easey (11-25), Chiddy (26-29), Sears (30-32).
CAUTIONS: 9 (lap 2, lap 3, lap 11, lap 25, lap 26, lap 26, lap 29, lap 30, lap 31).
HEAT WINNERS: Sears, Wright, Easey, Raabe.
CONSI WINNERS: Gray, Henderson.
SYRACUSE SUPER DIRT WEEK QUALIFIER: Mark Chiddy.
FAST TIME TRIALER: Brandon Easey (22.379sec/100.541mph).
CARS ENTERED: 39.
NEXT EVENT: Fulton Speedway – October 1, 2010.
DID NOT QUALIFY(9)
3-Fran Hilton/Waterloo,NY
8-Joe Cook Jr./Seneca Castle,NY
15x-Matt Emmons/Hannibal,NY
28-Tyler Siri/Watkins Glen,NY
31-Kane Bristol/Farmington,NY
44-Dave Conant/Lockport,NY
45-Colton Donath/South Onondaga,NY
60-Darryl Barrett/Canandaigua,NY
410-Mike Fowler/Hannibal,NY

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 22.379 100.541 06 Brandon Easey/Grimsby,ONT
2 22.427 100.326 83x Tim Sears Jr./Clay,NY
3 22.460 100.178 jvs1 Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY
4 22.708 99.084 55 Matt Hulsizer/Bridgeport,NY
5 22.716 99.049 19w Justin Wright/Piffard,NY
6 22.739 98.949 3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo,NY
7 22.758 98.866 24 Brandon Sweet/Watertown,NY
8 22.769 98.819 01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT
9 22.806 98.658 m1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY
10 22.851 98.464 57 Anthony Stockman/Watertown,NY
11 22.880 98.339 22 Greg Cool/Geneva,NY
12 22.882 98.331 21jj Jim Johnstone/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
13 22.915 98.189 85h Rob Humphreys/Elbridge,NY
14 22.926 98.142 29g Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY
15 22.927 98.138 0 Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY
16 22.929 98.129 38 Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY
17 22.931 98.120 55c Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY
18 22.951 98.035 66 Eric Giguere/Waterloo,NY
19 23.024 97.724 16 Earl Rudy/Phoenix,NY
23.024 97.724 17j Jamie Platt/Watertown,NY
21 23.054 97.597 54 Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY
22 23.055 97.593 16h Justin Henderson/Canandaigua,NY
23 23.082 97.479 18r Brad Rouse/St.Catharines,ONT
24 23.083 97.474 11 Ben Wheeler/Genoa,NY
25 23.089 97.449 04 Greg Mrzywka/Holley,NY
26 23.108 97.369 44 Dave Conant/Lockport,NY
27 23.183 97.054 2p John Juhl/Auburn,NY
28 23.202 96.974 3 Fran Hilton/Waterloo,NY
29 23.265 96.712 8 Joe Cook Jr./Seneca Castle,NY
30 23.266 96.708 31 Kane Bristol/Farmington,NY
31 23.272 96.683 45 Colton Donath/South Onondaga,NY
32 23.299 96.571 410 Mike Fowler/Hannibal,NY
33 23.396 96.170 81 Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY
34 23.469 95.871 28 Tyler Siri/Qwatkins Glen,NY
35 23.489 95.790 15 Shane Pecore/Cornwall,ONT
36 23.544 95.566 15x Matt Emmons/Hannibal,NY
37 23.812 94.490 60 Darryl Barrett/Canandaigua,NY
38 24.017 93.684 140 Mark Dixon/Durham,ONT
39 -NT- —– 25g Nick Guererri/Geneva,NY

Heat Races (8 laps, 5 qualify, top 3 went to re-draw)
#1: Sears, Ortiz, Sweet, Cotriss, Johnstone, Gray, Martin, Fowler, Bristol.
#2: Wright, A.Hilton, Marcuccilli, Cool, Stockman, Humphreys, Platt, Pecore, Donath, Dixon.
#3: Easey, Giguere, Hulsizer, Wheeler, Rudy, Mrzywka, Juhl, Guererri, Emmons, Barrett.
#4: Raabe, Spano, Chiddy, Susice, Rouse, Henderson, F.Hilton, Cook, Siri, Conant.
Consolation Round (8 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Gray, Humphreys, Martin, Platt, Pecore, Donath, Dixon, Bristol, Fowler.
#2: Henderson, Mrzywka, Juhl, Guererri, F.Hilton, Cook, Conant, Siri, Emmons, Barrett.
Guaranteed: Pecore, Dixon.

Mr. DIRTcar Series Sportsman Point Standings (Thru Sept. 25, 2010)
Rank No Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins Top 5 Top 10 Starts
1 83 Tim Sears Jr. 1,710 725 985 0 5 7 7 8
2 38s Ryan Susice 1,621 621 1000 -89 0 3 8 8
3 01 Chris Raabe 1,613 613 1000 -97 1 5 5 8
4 29g Steve Gray 1,578 578 1000 -132 1 3 6 8
5 11Jr Justin Wright 1,468 493 975 -242 0 3 4 8
6 54 Mark Chiddy 1,438 473 965 -272 0 1 5 7
7 55c Jesse Cotriss 1,424 469 955 -286 0 1 5 8
8 15 Shane Pecore 1,407 432 975 -303 0 1 1 8
9 140 Mark Dixon 1,333 393 940 -377 0 0 1 8
10 81 Christine Martin 1,234 310 924 -476 0 0 0 7
11 99p Greg Panunte 1,222 222 1000 -488 0 2 3 3
12 67 Eric Giguere 1,214 214 1000 -496 0 1 3 3
13 0 Jipp Ortiz 1,214 286 928 -496 0 1 3 4
14 66 Dan Wiesner 1,208 243 965 -502 0 0 2 4
15 7 Cody McPherson 1,191 216 975 -519 0 1 2 3
16 6 Brandon Easey 1,160 175 985 -550 0 2 2 2
17 77JR BJ Willard 1,159 184 975 -551 0 0 2 3
18 55 Matt Hulsizer 1,153 153 1000 -557 0 1 2 2
19 m1 Dave Marcuccilli 1,146 181 965 -564 1 1 1 3
20 2 Loren Lincoln 1,129 197 932 -581 0 0 1 4
21 17J Jamie Platt 1,124 189 935 -586 0 0 0 4
22 18r Brad Rouse 1,101 136 965 -609 0 0 0 3
23 21JJ Jim Johnstone 1,095 160 935 -615 0 0 0 3
24 1 Travis Back® 1,095 140 955 -615 0 0 2 2
25 30 Brent Kelsey® 1,095 120 975 -615 0 0 0 2
26 83 Dylan Evoy 1,090 90 1000 -620 0 1 1 1
27 9 Paul Gaboury 1,089 157 932 -621 0 1 2 2
28 63 Chris Herbison 1,080 95 985 -630 0 1 1 1
29 3a Adam Hilton® 1,078 146 932 -632 0 0 0 3
30 20k Dave Dykstra 1,074 152 922 -636 0 0 1 3
31 11n Ricky Newton 1,069 124 945 -641 0 0 0 3
32 4 Daryl Hilkert 1,065 110 955 -645 0 0 0 2
33 99c Nick Cupolo 1,063 118 945 -647 0 0 1 2
34 5 Don Spatorico 1,061 76 985 -649 0 0 1 1
35 67 James Henry 1,047 107 940 -663 0 0 1 2
36 1 Jim Spano 1,044 104 940 -666 0 0 0 2
37 14 Jeremy Pitcher 1,043 43 1000 -667 0 0 0 1
38 4 Jeff Phillips 1,041 86 955 -669 0 0 0 2
39 2 Jenna David® 1,039 94 945 -671 0 0 0 2
40 04 Greg Mrzywka 1,035 80 955 -675 0 0 0 2
41 6r Nate Reynolds 1,030 95 935 -680 0 1 1 1
42 27 Sheldon Hoogwerf 1,027 92 935 -683 0 0 0 2
43 11 Ben Wheeler 1,022 96 926 -688 0 0 0 2
44 18f Darrell Farraway 1,021 86 935 -689 0 0 0 2
45 16 Earl Rudy 1,020 92 928 -690 0 0 0 2
46 76 Rob Bussey 1,020 80 940 -690 0 0 0 2
47 22 Greg Cool 1,019 84 935 -691 0 0 0 2
48 2P John Juhl 1,016 86 930 -694 0 0 0 2
49 15 Adam Leslie 1,015 83 932 -695 0 0 0 2
50 20 Randy Earl 1,015 40 975 -695 0 0 0 1
51 25 Steve Bernier 1,015 80 935 -695 0 1 1 1
52 2K Rob Knapp 1,014 90 924 -696 0 1 1 1
53 85 Rob Humphreys 1,012 90 922 -698 0 0 0 2
54 92 Brad Winters 1,009 44 965 -701 0 0 0 1
55 9 Kristian Smoke® 1,008 68 940 -702 0 0 1 1
56 02 Chris Taylor 1,008 104 904 -702 0 0 0 2
57 69 Jesse Penner 1,001 85 916 -709 0 0 0 2
58 18 Bodie Bellinger 1,000 0 1000 -710 0 0 0 0
59 13s Derek Smith 999 54 945 -711 0 0 0 1
60 3 Fran Hilton 998 78 920 -712 0 0 0 1

Mr. DIRTcar Series Sportsman Entries – Sept. 25 (39)
Car# Driver/Hometown Team (Sponsor / Chassis)
0 Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY Pizza Logs-Lee Heil-Ed’s Garage/TEO
01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT C&B Enterprises-Sunrise Racing-Genesis Shocks/TEO
04 Greg Mrzywka/Holley,NY Gas-on Motorsports-TD Repair/TEO
06 Brandon Easey/Grimsby,ONT Culp Electric-Dippers Race Shop/Bicknell
m1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY Barbay&Son Construction-Crew Boyz Racing-Stormin/Bicknell
jvs1 Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY RBN Enterprises General Contr.-Spano Paving & Excavating/Bicknell
2p John Juhl/Auburn,NY BuyPrettyUglyHouses.com-Juhl & Son Construction/Troyer
3 Fran Hilton/Waterloo,NY Clinton Street Auto Sales-Pump House Tavern/Bicknell
3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo,NY ROAR Logistics.com/Bicknell
8 Joe Cook Jr./Seneca Castle,NY Lupini Construction-T-Cook Sounds/Bicknell
11 Ben Wheeler/Genoa,NY Aflac Insurance/Bicknell
15 Shane Pecore/Cornwall,ONT ESP Auto Parts-St.Andrews Service Center/TEO
15x Matt Emmons/Hannibal,NY Emmons Racing/Bicknell
16 Earl Rudy/Phoenix,NY Town Mechanical-State Water Heaters/Troyer
16h Justin Henderson/Canandaigua,NY Brown Racing/Bicknell
17j Jamie Platt/Watertown,NY Clarence Center Coach-Husky Property Management/Troyer
18r Brad Rouse/St.Catharines,ONT Baron Roofing & Siding-Brian’s Tire/Bicknell
19w Justin Wright/Piffard,NY Mercer Milling Company-Yager Bros. Trucking/Bicknell
21jj Jim Johnstone/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT Stu’s Marine-Select Stone/Bicknell
22 Greg Cool/Geneva,NY Newcomb’s Painting&Papering-Jeff Jolly Masonry-Cool Const./Bicknell
24 Brandon Sweet/Watertown,NY Jreck Subs-Clarence Henry Coach-FRE Race Parts/Troyer
25g Nick Guererri/Geneva,NY Gevos Rears & Gears-Macedon Parts Plus/Bicknell
28 Tyler Siri/Qwatkins Glen,NY Siri Sand & Stone/Bicknell
29g Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY Fox’s Auto-Dar’s Auto-Beck’s Recycling-Proctor Roofing/Bicknell
31 Kane Bristol/Farmington,NY Schuyler-Haas Electric Corp./TEO
38 Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY Investor’s Service Company-Philpac Packaging/Bicknell
44 Dave Conant/Lockport,NY Madskins Bodies-Granite Engraving/Bicknell
45 Colton Donath/South Onondaga,NY E&V Energy-Patriot tank Lines/TEO
54 Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY Mullen Industrial Handling-D&B Motorsports/Bicknell
55 Matt Hulsizer/Bridgeport,NY Thompson Road Tavern-SUNY Canton/Bicknell
55c Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY Sigma Motor Inc.-Fearby Auto-Jay’s Auto Sales & Service/Bicknell
57 Anthony Stockman/Watertown,NY A Doggie-Doo Grooming & Boarding/TEO
60 Darryl Barrett/Canandaigua,NY Fox’s Auto-Barmor Kennels/Bicknell
66 Eric Giguere/Waterloo,NY Monroe Wheelchair-Suttleworth Asphalt Paving/Troyer-Bicknell
81 Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY SUNY Canton-American Traditions-Creative Optical/Troyer
83x Tim Sears Jr./Clay,NY Total Site Development/Bicknell
85h Rob Humphreys/Elbridge,NY Humphrey’s Garage/Bicknell
140 Mark Dixon/Durham,ONT Markdale Tractor/Bicknell
410 Mike Fowler/Hannibal,NY 2xtreme Auto Transport-Jakes’ Automotive/Troyer

UPCOMING EVENT
Title contenders in the 21st Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series return to action next weekend at Fulton (NY) Speedway on Oct. 1 for the ‘Outlaw 30’ with the winner’s share raised to $1,200 in the 2010 track finale.

2010 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Sat-Apr 10 Black Rock Speedway Steve Gray
Sun-Jun 13 Cornwall Motor Speedway Tim Sears Jr.
Sat-Jul 17 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Dave Marcuccilli
Fri-Sep 10 Ransomville Speedway Tim Sears Jr.
Sat-Sep 11 Merrittville Speedway Tim Sears Jr.
Sun-Sep 12 Humberstone Speedway Chris Raabe
Fri-Sep 17 Mohawk International Raceway Tim Sears Jr.
Sat-Sep 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Tim Sears Jr.
Fri-Oct 1 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Wed-Oct 6 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Fri-Oct 8 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 9 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY
Sat-Oct 16 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT

DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.allstar100weekend.com and www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.

The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire www.hoosiertire.com, VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com and GM Performance Parts www.gmperformanceparts.com. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and Chizmark & Larson Insurance www.chizmarklarson.com, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, MSD Ignition www.msdignition.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Vicci Racing Apparel www.vicci.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.

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