Shane Pecore Is Your Super DIRT Week Sportsman Champion For 2018

Story Provided By: DIRTCAR – OSWEGO, NY – Shane Pecore scored a thrilling win at Oswego Speedway, getting by Robert Bublak on the last lap to claim the Chevy Performance 75 DIRTcar Sportsman victory at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII.

“Oswego has changed this place so much from what it was,” Pecore said. “It was an awesome surface, you could run top, bottom, anywhere on it. We just tried to put on a heck of a show for the fans.”

Dave Marcuccilli resumed familiar position at the front of the field for the Chevy Performance 75, leading over Kevin Root and Pecore at the start. Marcuccilli flexed his muscle early, gapping Root and now Robert Bublak by nearly a straightaway by lap 12.

With 19 circuits in, Marcuccilli caught the back of the field, but Mike Fowler’s hard hit in turn one brought out the red flag and kept Marcuccilli out of traffic.

Bublak darted under Root and into second on the restart, hanging close with Marcuccilli for the next handful of laps.

On lap 28, Marcuccilli’s mount went up in smoke, pulling to the infield with power steering issues. Now, Bublak had a full straightaway lead over Pecore and Root, chugging along on the bottom of the fast surface.

A lap 30 yellow for Tyler Thompson erased the massive lead, but Bublak ran away again on the restart.

By lap 48, the leaders were entering traffic. Bublak had a ten car length advantage over Pecore, then ten more back to Adam McAuliffe. Connor Cleveland had clawed to fourth, but all eyes went back up front.

As the leaders hit traffic, Pecore erased the lead fast. First it was five car lengths, then one between the top two, and McAuliffe was closing too.

On lap 58, Pecore drove around the top of Bublak for the lead, clearing him off of turn two. That pass didn’t stick, as Bublak dove low and regained the lead by the exit of turn four.

However, this battle was far from over.

With 10 laps to go, Pecore continued to haunt Bublak, with Pecore looking high and low on Bublak and Bublak changing his lane accordingly to defend.

As the lap counter hit 72, the top four of Bublak, Pecore, McAuliffe, and Cleveland were under a blanket, with thick traffic ahead. Coming to the white flag, Bublak was pinched behind lapped cars down low, so Pecore went to the cushion.

Pecore blasted by off of turn four, barely fitting between a lapped car and the frontstretch wall. The top two then split another lapped car, with Bublak low and Pecore high.

The duo raced side-by-side into turn three, and Pecore throttled down on the top.

At the checkered, it was Pecore claiming his first Super Dirt Week victory over Bublak.

While Pecore was elated, Bublak was obviously not.

“Those lapped cars wouldn’t get out of the friggin’ way,” Bublak stated. “They were yelling at the one car over the one-way telling him to get out of the way, and they weren’t looking at the passing flag. It is what it is.”

Adam McAuliffe, Connor Cleveland, and Andrew Buff completed the top five.

Sorted on Laps
Pos No. Name Laps Diff Total Tm Best Tm
1 0 Shane Pecore 75 36:46.644 21.08 1
2 27b Robert Bublak 75 0.411 36:47.055 20.66 6
3 234 Adam McAuliffe 75 0.960 36:47.604 21.02 5
4 09 Connor Cleveland 75 1.420 36:48.064 21.36 2
5 92 Andrew Buff 75 1.460 36:48.104 21.28 9
6 7c Dave Constantino 75 2.811 36:49.455 21.36 6
7 92p Martin Pelletier 75 3.830 36:50.474 21.47 5
8 34 Kevin Root 75 7.93 0 36:54.5 74 21.08 6
9 20s David Schilling 75 8.395 36:55.039 21.12 1
10 1 Andrew Smith 75 10.85 0 36:57.494 21.12 7
11 79 Bob Henry, Jr 75 11.95 8 36:58.602 21.13 1
12 82 Will Shields 75 12.42 6 36:59.070 21.29 5
13 18r Brad Rouse 75 12.66 2 36:59.306 21.36 7
14 27p Jeremy Pitts 75 13.86 7 37:00.511 21.35 3
15 20k Kyle Inman 75 14.390 37:01.034 21.53 9
16 15b Brianna Ladouceur 75 15.25 9 37:01.903 21.58 4
17 38 Zach Sobotka 75 15.32 6 37:01.970 21.57 6
18 60 Jackson Gill 75 15.98 6 37:02.630 21.57 9
19 72 James M. Friesen 75 16.97 1 37:03.615 21.36 6
20 a48 Christopher Corbett 75 17.0 07 37:03.651 21.63 2
21 52 Jessica Power 75 18.86 8 37:05.512 21.87 6
22 42 Darryl Nutting 75 20.23 6 37:06.880 21.41 9
23 1x Willy Decker Jr. 74 1 Lap 36:47.923 21.57 7
24 23 Mike Stacey 74 1 Lap 36:49.964 21.55 7
25 1F A.J. Lloyd 74 1 Lap 36:52.188 21.80 6
26 31c Corey Barker 74 1 Lap 36:53.597 21.746
27 1d Robert Delormier 74 1 Lap 36:54.0 85 21.56 0
28 18m Ryan Macartney 74 1 Lap 37:05.157 21.85 3
29 98T Tyler Thomps on 31 44 Laps 19:05.339 21.23 1
30 m1 Dave Marcuccilli 28 47 Laps 17:39.476 20.774
31 77e Ryan Stabler 25 50 Laps 16:46.380 21.55 8
32 410 Mike Fowler 18 57 Laps 8:38.9 34 21.756
33 8 Alan Fink 12 63 Laps 6:24.24 4 22.15 3
34 20b Bucko Branham 7 68 Laps 5:37.823 22.55 8
Margin of Victory                         Avg. Speed Best Lap Tm Best Speed Best Lap by
0.411                                               76.47 4 20.66 6 108.8 74 27b – Robert Bublak
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