FONDA, N.Y. — Tim Fuller won his second consecutive Super DIRTcar Series feature Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Championship contender Stewart Friesen led a majority of the laps, but failed to hold off Fuller. Brett Hearn, who started alongside Fuller in row seven, followed in Fuller’s tracks to secure the podium finish.
Willy Decker and point leader Matt Sheppard brought the 31-car field to the green flag. Sheppard got a great launch and immediately overtook Decker for the lead. On a restart after a brief caution, Larry Wight nabbed the top spot from Sheppard and promptly drove away with a lead.
On lap 17, Bobby Varin in the no. 00 backed into the turn 2 wall and slid along the top of the wall, sparks flying. Although the Red Flag was shown, Varin was able to drive his big-block Modified to the pit area despite the damage.
Stewart Friesen, a ringer at Fonda Speedway, closed in on Larry Wight after the restart and made the pass for the lead on lap twenty-three. Friesen went on to lead the next 64 laps, but the running order behind him was not stagnant.
Tim Fuller, after starting 13th, cut through the field up to second place by lap 70. From there Fuller inched forward, cutting into Friesen’s substantial lead.
Fuller’s car seemed to come alive in the last half of the race, dispatching top drivers lap after lap to claw into the top three.
“With the coil cars, the longer the race is, the better it gets,” Fuller said. “We bided our time, saved our tires a little bit, and that’s what it takes. Like I said last week, you gotta prepare for the end.”
Friesen’s lead shrank dramatically with 15 laps to go and Fuller began pressuring him hard on the low line between turns three and four. When Fuller made the pass, it looked as if Friesen’s car lacked drive out of turn four and that was enough for Fuller to pass.
With two laps to go, Sheppard’s right-rear tire gave up and forced a caution flag. Somehow Fuller managed to hold off Friesen on the restart to win “The Jack” and a 12th-place starting position in the 47th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
Winning “The Jack” meant a lot to Fuller, “I raced with Jack and we’ve become pretty good friends. It’s unfortunate what happened and it’s just nice to win on his night.”
Tim Fuller, Stewart Friesen, Brett Hearn, Erick Rudolph, Rocky Warner, Jeremy Wilder, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Peter Britten, Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Max McLaughlin, Keith Flach, Alan Barker, Adam Roberts, Rich Scagliotta, Jack Lehner, Cody Bleau, Dave Rauscher, Jeff Rockefeller, Willy Decker, Brian Gleason, Demetrois Drellos, Josh Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Jim Davis, Shaun Pangman, Larry Wight.