WEEDSPORT, N.Y. — Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified standout Tim Fuller will have a new ride when the series returns to action next season.
Fuller won two races and finished third in the standings with car owner Dave Rauscher, but the pair have agreed to go their separate ways. Fuller has joined with longtime supermodified car owner Ray Graham, who will be fielding a new two-car team next season.
Fuller will be taking on a new role as he mentors Graham’s son, Kody. Kody, a 25-year-old based out of Liverpool, N.Y., has very little experience with dirt racing.
“I went in early May to watch one of the races at Fulton Speedway and that was my first dirt race I had ever even seen, so I had no idea what to expect. I’ve seen a total of one dirt race, and that’s it,” Kody Graham said.
The younger Graham started racing supermodifieds for his father at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway when he was 19 years old and his only experience behind the wheel of a race car has been in a supermodified.
The idea of racing dirt started to float around in the Graham household early in the season. “We decided that with dirt you could pretty much race anytime, anywhere you want,” said Kody. “I decided it was something I wanted to try.”
Graham practiced a modified at Rolling Wheels Raceway during the summer.
“For the first time in a dirt car, he wasn’t horrible,” Fuller said. “He wasn’t used to the back end kicking out, so he always drove it with a push, trying to drive the car like a pavement car. He just needs more testing and more time.”
Fuller has been a team mentor before and knows the ups and the downs of someone young coming into the series, but he is confident in Kody’s abilities.
“He drives the car smooth like an asphalt car and that’s good for those tracks that are black and slippery to keep the car straight. I told him there’s going to be times you have to cowboy it up,” Fuller said. “There’s a lot of different tracks and different conditions. He has a huge learning deal ahead of him. There’s no time limit on it. He’s a young kid.”
Fuller explained he will maintain his own car separately at the start of the season. “Kody has his own crew. I’m basically showing him the ropes of racing on dirt,” Fuller said.” I will eventually help them and show them how to set up the car, but I don’t have that kind of time when you’re racing yourself to work on other people’s cars. My car will be here with me. His cars will be in Fulton. Eventually, the plan is to build a shop and have everything together in Fulton.”
Fuller and Kody are feeling confident with their new team combination.
“We have an owner that is focused on winning. It sounds like he will do whatever it takes,” Fuller said. “Ray raced himself, so he understands racing. He knows you aren’t going to win every race. He just wants to be in the hunt, and that’s all you can ask for. He’s hungry.”