Bublak, Shields, Constantino & Stabler All Nab Sportsman 15 Qualifying Wins Friday During Super DIRT Week

Story By: JOE GRABIANOWSKI / DIRTCAR – OSWEGO, NY – Over 90 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified went under the clocks late Friday afternoon in hopes of garnering one of the six “locked in” spots for Sunday’s Chevy Performance 75. Dave Marcuccilli captured the pole position.

Just seconds after Adam McAuliffe had knocked Jackson Gill off the pole with a 22.197 lap, the driver of the M1 sent McAuliffe to outside the front row with a 22.190.

As the time trials wound down current series point leader Kevin Root was within .005 of a second behind Marcuccilli and set himself on the outside of the front row.

Starting directly behind the front row are McAuliffe (22.197), just .0007 of a second behind the M1, Shane Pecore (22.373), Jackson Gill (22.374) and David Schilling (22.407).

Marcuccilli will be pole sitter for the third consecutive year.

Sixteen more spots were filled for Sunday’s Chevy Performance 75 as 90 DIRTcar Sportsman ran four 15-lap qualifying races on Friday night at the Oswego Speedway. Robert Bublak, Will Shields, Dave Constantino and Ryan Stabler had relatively easy victories in outdistancing fields of more than 20 cars.

Bublak Wins First Qualifier

After an initial start that saw Bob Henry Jr. grab the lead the yellow came out immediately for a complete restart. Bublak took over as the green flag flew and Henry settled into second place. However, on the fifth lap a strong challenge was initiated by Andrew Buff who crept up on the rear end of Henry’s 79 as the duo raced off of turn two. The green to checker event saw Bublack and half a second ahead of Henry Jr. and following were Buff and James Michael Friesen earning qualifying spots in the Sunday Chevy Performance 200. Guaranteed starters Dave Marcuccilli started at the rear and used it as a shake down run and Jackson Gill decided not to put his car on the track.

Shields Runs in Front

In a caution filled 15 lapper Will Shields was ahead of most of the difficulties as he outran Martin Pelletier by 1.1 second and Kyle Inman by 1.4 seconds as the trio will be joined by fourth place (and eighth place starter in the heat) Jessica Power on Sunday.

The first yellow came out for a turn four incident on lap one for spinning Bobby Deleon and Kearra Backus. After the restart a gaggle of cars got together between three and four with Oswego Speedway legend Joe Gosek getting pushed up the track and caught against the wall. The squeeze play put him in motion as the car flipped two and a half times before coming to rest on its side. Gosek crawled out uninjured, but the car was the worst accident thus far of Super Dirt Week 2018. Not only was Gosek’s car heavily damaged, but Tighe Sherlock also received the hook treatment for front end damange. The Chris Hulsizer ride was also involved as was Cole Hentshcel.

Power moved into fourth on the restart as she made a low move off turn two under Corey Cormier and near the end she was feeling some pressure from Pablo Pascarella and Mike Fowler, but she earned her spot in the main event.

Constantino Advances

Only two yellow flag periods hampered Dave Constantino’s run to victory in the third race of the night. Guaranteed starter Adam McAuliffe sat this one out as he coasted around the tail end of the field.

From the green the outside polesitter took the lead and Constantino held on for an eight-tenths of a second win over Connor Cleveland. Robert Delormier found himself back in third after starting on the pole, but he was still handily in third.

With five laps to go Brad Rouse, running fourth, got around in the first turn and backed into the wall while Cedric Gavureau collided with the 18R. That shuffled the standings with five laps to go and in the end Constantino, Cleveland, Darryl Nutting (from his seventh starting spot) and Delormier qualified for the big show.

Stabler Wins Finale

In the last race of the night Ryan Stabler took off at the green while Jeremy Pitts and Tyler Thompson were dicing for second and third. It remained that way throughout the race with the positions remaining the same. Alan Fink was scrambling to hold on to the final available qualifying spot for the night, but Brianna Ladouceur was stalking him throughout the final laps. Once again the yellow flag remained in the holster of starter Dave Farney as Stabler won by 1.3 seconds over Pitts.

QUALIFIER 1

Pos No. Name Laps Diff Total Tm Best Tm
1 27b Robert Bublak 15 5:50.9 52 23.11 9
2 79 Bob Henry, Jr 15 0.502 5:51.4 54 23.23 8
3 92 Andrew Buff 15 1.107 5:52.0 59 23.27 3
4 72 James M. Friesen 15 1.501 5:52.4 53 22.99 7
5 1 Andrew Smith 15 2.371 5:53.3 23 23.24 4
6 20b Bucko Branham 15 4.708 5:55.6 60 23.30 2
7 3J D.J. Forbes 15 6.578 5:57.530 23.24 7
8 18 Chris Cayea 15 7.14 6 5:58.0 98 23.33 4
9 41 Dalton Rombough 15 7.87 7 5:58.8 29 23.29 3
10 4m David Manchester 15 8.144 5:59.0 96 23.16 1
11 11T Jeff Taylor 15 8.274 5:59.2 26 23.16 3
12 90T Tim Devendorf 15 9.286 6:00.2 38 23.14 2
13 1jvs James Spano 15 12.24 3 6:03.1 95 23.704
14 16 Earl Rudy 15 12.45 4 6:03.4 06 23.64 1
15 19 Jamy Bagor 15 13.30 9 6:04.26 1 23.68 1
16 36 Ben Bushaw 15 13.90 2 6:04.85 4 23.59 3
17 31c Corey Barker 15 14.588 6:05.5 40 23.43 1
18 84 Norman Hamel 15 14.898 6:05.8 50 23.47 6
19 19c Brandon Carvey 15 15.92 2 6:06.8 74 23.81 2
20 91F Bobby Flood 15 16.786 6:07.73 8 23.52 3
21 7TS Torry Stoughtenger 15 24.334 6:15.2 86 24.458
22 m1 Dave Marcuccilli 7 8 Laps 2:58.3 43 23.18 9
Not classified
DNS
60       Jackson Gill
DNS
Margin of Victory                         Avg. Speed Best Lap Tm Best Speed Best Lap by
0.502                                               96.16 7 22.99 7 97.8 39 72 – James M. Friesen

 

QUALIFIER 2

Pos No. Name Laps Diff Total Tm Best Tm
1 82 Will Shields 15 15:15.254 22.34 9
2 92p Martin Pelletier 15 1.106 15:16.360 22.772
3 20k Kyle Inman 15 1.456 15:16.71 0 22.69 9
4 52 Jessica Power 15 4.084 15:19.338 23.05 8
5 21 Pablo Pascarella 15 4.924 15:20.178 23.25 5
6 410 Mike Fowler 15 5.211 15:20.465 23.32 7
7 23 Mike Stacey 15 5.562 15:20.816 23.17 5
8 c20 Corey Cormier 15 5.919 15:21.173 23.11 4
9 00t Dan Kapuscinski 15 6.398 15:21.652 23.37 4
10 38 Zach Sobotka 15 6.885 15:22.139 23.30 7
11 12b Addison Bowman 15 7.54 2 15:22.79 6 23.41 7
12 1g Steve Gray 15 8.237 15:23.491 23.50 4
13 64 Tyler Corcoran 15 8.830 15:24.0 84 23.84 4
14 7s Michael Sabia 15 10.02 7 15:25.281 24.137
15 48d Kearra Backus 15 12.33 8 15:27.592 24.569
16 34 Kevin Root 5 10 Laps 9:49.3 13 22.63 5
17 117 C.J. Castelletti 2 13 Laps 5:37.513 26.89 3
18 3col Cole Hentschel 2 13 Laps 5:43.749 25.63 1
19 00 Joe Gosek 1 14 Laps 26.98 5 25.46 8
20 j87 Chris Hulsizer 1 14 Laps 27.1 42 24.789
21 10 Tighe Sherlock 1 14 Laps 27.8 65 25.790
22 20s David Schilling 1 14 Laps 40.47 6 28.60 4
23 27 Bobby Deleon 1 14 Laps 2:09.3 40 41.56 9
Margin of Victory                         Avg. Speed Best Lap Tm Best Speed Best Lap by
1.106                                               36.87 5 22.34 9 100.6 76 82 – Will Shields

 

QUALIFIER 3

Pos No. Name Laps Diff Total Tm Best Tm
1 7 Dave Constantino 15 13:43.149 22.772
2 09 Connor Cleveland 15 0.868 13:44.0 17 22.796
3 42 Darryl Nutting 15 3.704 13:46.853 23.20 4
4 1 Robert Delormier 15 3.994 13:47.143 22.82 2
5 1F A.J. Lloyd 15 5.451 13:48.600 23.42 2
6 94 Chris Burek 15 5.895 13:49.044 23.55 5
7 18m Ryan McCartney 15 7.40 4 13:50.553 24.108
8 5h Amy Holland 15 7.779 13:50.928 23.765
9 17T Tristan Draper 15 8.033 13:51.182 23.64 3
10 5c J.J. Courcy 15 9.284 13:52.433 23.750
11 a48 Christopher Corbett 15 9.286 13:52.435 24.060
12 621 Brian Hudson 15 9.515 13:52.664 24.012
13 1m Tyler Murray 15 9.812 13:52.961 23.50 5
14 3cm Chris Mackey 15 9.927 13:53.076 23.794
15 22c Cedric Gavureau 15 10.05 8 13:53.207 23.05 7
16 1R Ricky Thompson 15 11.19 4 13:54.3 43 24.028
17 14 John Virgilio 15 11.58 2 13:54.731 23.56 3
18 01r Robert Gage 15 11.92 1 13:55.070 24.136
19 7w Devin Willis 15 12.69 1 13:55.840 24.108
20 33xx Rick Miller 15 13.57 4 13:56.72 3 24.207
21 18r Brad Rouse 10 5 Laps 8:34.12 4 22.86 5
22 29 Nick Heywood 10 5 Laps 8:34.28 2 23.50 9
23 234 Adam McAuliffe 9 6 Laps 3:56.9 85 22.82 2
Margin of Victory                         Avg. Speed Best Lap Tm Best Speed Best Lap by
0.868                                             41.00 1 22.772 98.80 6 7 – Dave Constantino

 

QUALIFIER 4

Pos No. Name Laps Diff Total Tm Best Tm
1 77e Ryan Stabler 15 5:47.542 22.88 9
2 27p Jeremy Pitts 15 1.330 5:48.8 72 22.85 5
3 98T Tyler Thompson 15 1.595 5:49.1 37 22.754
4 8 Alan Fink 15 3.274 5:50.8 16 23.07 0
5 15b Brianna Ladouceur 15 3.842 5:51.3 84 22.87 3
6 73c Kevin Chaffee 15 6.094 5:53.6 36 22.94 6
7 1x Willy Decker Jr. 15 8.210 5:55.752 23.27 0
8 76 Jean Francois Tessier 15 9.669 5:57.211 23.20 9
9 33x Alex LaJoie 15 12.15 7 5:59.6 99 23.18 0
10 86 Matt Steffenhagen 15 12.49 8 6:00.0 40 23.39 6
11 44 Dave Rogers 15 15.43 3 6:02.9 75 23.59 1
12 25 Tom Juno 15 18.07 9 6:05.6 21 23.90 2
13 29j Joel Hall 15 18.36 9 6:05.9 11 23.760
14 3r Adam Rozon 15 18.705 6:06.2 47 23.47 5
15 95 Felix Murray 15 19.04 8 6:06.5 90 23.57 4
16 19L Joe Williams 15 19.765 6:07.307 23.38 4
17 54r Rich Rogala 15 23.60 5 6:11.1 47 24.124
18 54 Fred Proctor 15 23.84 0 6:11.3 82 23.92 6
19 99 Griffen Mansmith 14 1 Lap 5:59.4 60 25.01 5
20 111 Henry Desormeau 14 1 Lap 6:12.9 34 25.58 8
21 2T Chris Thurston 6 9 Laps 2:44.42 3 24.556
22 4 Cody Clark 2 13 Laps 53.53 1 25.26 5
Not classified
DNS
0     Shane   Pecore
DNS
Margin of Victory                         Avg. Speed Best Lap Tm Best Speed Best Lap by
1.330                                               97.1 11 22.754 98.88 4 98T – Tyler Thompson
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