Rudolph, Pelletier, Beauchamp and Polite Secure Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals Wins on Night Number One
By: Tim Baltz
Night number one of the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals presented by RezX Racing was a huge success as with the regular pit area packed, the overflow pits were also tightly packed with drivers and teams looking for night 1 pay dirt. Not only were race wins on the line but series and track championships were also part of the drama and those in attendance were on the edge of their seat.
Mike Maresca and David Hebert led the field of 30 drivers to John Nelson’s green flag for the start of the Super DirtCar Series 100 lapper and it was a classic battle between an experienced veteran and the future of modified racing. In the opening 10 laps nobody would get the advantage as both Hebert and Maresca waged a side by side battle for position over Kevin Hamel, Erick Rudolph and Steve Bernard. On lap 11 Kevin Hamel’s great run ended quickly as he slid off the top side of turn number 4. On the restart Maresca and Hebert continued their great side by side battle over Rudolph, Bernard and Danny Johnson now completing the top 5. By Lap 20 Mike Maresca had finally gotten the advantage and was able to pull away by 4 car lengths over Hebert but the yellow would fly quickly as “The Big Show” Dave Rauscher slid off turns 1 and 2. On the restart Maresca remained in control over Hebert and Rudolph but last week’s winner in the Camping World 150 at Super Dirt Week, Peter Britten, was on his way forward taking the 4th spot away with Steve Bernard still completing the top 5. On lap 36 a scary moment on the backstretch saw Kyle Dingwall slow on the back stretch. Rich Scagliotta could not get slowed in time and slammed into the back of Dingwall’s car and the caution was out. Both drivers would surprisingly pull away and would continue in the event. As the green came out Maresca led the way but David Hebert was tired of running 2nd and took the lead away with Rudolph, Britten and Bernard completing the top 5. Once in front the track changed as the fast groove was on the bottom. Hebert was in a class of his own and put over a straight away on the field and looked like he was going to be the driver to beat. However on lap 65 the great run ended as he broke while leading, handing the lead to Erick Rudolph. Over the final 30 laps Erick Rudolph was in complete control as Peter Britten charged to 2nd and Danny Johnson made his way into the top 3. Rudolph was able to survive a few quick yellow flags and charge by Peter Britten, to score his 2nd series win of 2018 and 2nd at the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals. Batman Peter Britten held on for 2nd while Danny Johnson came home 3rd over Steve Bernard and Matt Sheppard.
The DirtCar Sportsman Series was ready to close out 2018 as Kevin Root held a 24 point lead over former Series champion Brad Rouse. Locally, Super Dirt Week Sportsman Champion Shane Pecore was looking for another Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet Triple Crown Series title as he held a 4 point lead over Ryan Scott. Drama was about to unfold. At the drop of the green flag it was Alan Fink taking the lead from the pole over Martin Pelletier, Cedric Gauvreau, Ryan Scott and Devin Willis. The Brewerton and Fulton Speedway regular was the dominant force in the early laps as he pulled away from the field leaving Pelletier, Gauvreau and Scott to battle hard for a top 5 position. The leader would enter into lapped traffic which allowed Pelletier to close in and make it a close battle but Fink remained patient as the bottom lane was the place to be on the speedway. On lap 27 the first yellow flew as Devin Willis saw a great run go away, as he spun in turn 3. When the green flew it was Fink charging to the lead and appeared to have the car to beat. For the championships Kevin Root was doing what he had to do as he ran solidly in the top 10 all night in the 6th spot as Brad Rouse was looking to make his way forward. Rouse would take the number 5 spot away on lap 30 but Root stayed in his tire tracks and in control of the title. On lap 32 the big moment of the race came as traffic became a factor again with Fink and Pelletier putting on a show. On lap 33 Fin slid too high in turn 1 and Pelletier took full advantage as he took the lead and began to run away and hide from a quality field. After so many struggles during Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week, Martin Pelletier put himself back on top of the mountain and would score his 24th win of the year and 4th on the DirtCar Sportsman Series. Alan Fink would hold on to 2nd with Cedric Gauvreau 3rd, Ryan Scott’s 4th place finish was more than enough to secure his first Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet Triple Crown title with Broad Rouse 5th. Kevin Root’s 6th place run was more than enough to lock up his first ever DirtCar Sportsman Series crown while last week’s Super Dirt Week champion Shane Pecore would cross in 8th.
CD Beauchamp has been on cloud nine over the last 7 days and on this night he continued his late season momentum taking the lead at the start of the 30 lap contest over Stephane Lebrun and Pascal Payeur. It didn’t take long for the first yellow to come out as Marc Lalonde would launch a power plant in turn 3 ending his night very early. On the restart CD Beauchamp used the bottom lane perfectly as he took the lead again over Lebrun, Pro Stock Series points leader Jocelyn Roy Pacal Payeur, and Roch Aubin. On lap 4 another yellow flew as Lee Miller and Mike Blais came together in turn 2. Both drivers were able to pull away and continue on. As the green flew Stephane Lebrun tried to make a move on the leader but Beauchamp remained up front and in control with Roy, Payuer and Aubin completing the top 5. As the race approached the half way point CD Beauchamp continued to lead but Lebrun and Payeur were on his back bumper and looking for any mistake from the series winningest driver in 2018. As the laps clicked off CD Beauchamp had his hands full with Lebrun and Payuer as they tried both inside and outside moves, but just couldn’t make it pay off. CD Beauchamp was not to be denied as he charged to his 4th series win of the 2018 season and first at the Fall Nationals. 2012 Fall Nationals champion Stephane Lebrun crossed in 2nd with Pascal Payeur 3rd, Jocelyn Roy’s 4th place run was plenty to claim his 3rd series title in 5 years with defending race winner Guy Viens charging to 54th at the checkers.
The Outlaw Vintage had a very busy evening of racing during the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals presented by RezX Racing. They started with a held over 12 lap feature from August 25th. Points leader Kenny Polite took the green which was all he needed to clinch the title. With the championship in his back pocket he sealed the deal leading all 12 laps in dominant fashion taking his 4th win of the year in a caution free race over Josh Powers and Pete Stapper. The 30 lap night cap for the Vintage saw 19 drivers take the green flag and Kenny Polite still was in control as he dominated the opening 18 laps over Cory Winters and Josh Powers. Despite a close call in traffic on lap 18, avoiding a spinning car, Kenny Polite would hold off a very determined Cory Winters to do something he has never done as he swept both Outlaw Vintage events in the same night. Cory Winters came home 2nd over Josh Powers, Steve Billings and Nathan Berry who was making his final start and claimed the number 5 position.
Night 1 is complete racing starts Saturday at 5pm with hot laps and time trials for the DirtCar 358 Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars. Street Stocks and Mini Stocks are also on the card.
Super DirtCar Series
ERICK RUDOLPH, Peter Britten, Danny Johnson, Steve Bernard, Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson, Luke Whitteker, Mike Maresca, JF Corriveau, Tristan Draper, Kyle Dingwall, Max McLaughlin, Dany Bilodeau, Rich Scagliotta, Gary Lindberg, Ryan Arbuthnot, Kevin Hamel, Will Thomas, Adam Roberts, Jordan McCreadie, Chris Herbison, Yan Bussiere, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance, David Hebert, Luke Stewart, Dave Rauscher, Tim Fuller, Brett Hearn
Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux Fast Time: Erick Rudolph 14.457
Heat Winners: Danny Johnson, Carey Terrance, Erick Rudolph and Steve Bernard
Last Chance Qualifiers: Ryan Arbuthnot and Gary Lindberg
DirtCar Sportsman Series
MARTIN PELLETIER, Alan Fink, Cedric Gauvreau, Ryan Scott, Brad Rouse, Kevin Root, Xavier Andrews, Shane Pecore, Bob Henry Jr., Jesse Hudson, Jeremy Roy, Jarrett Herbison, Tyler Thompson, Tyler Corcoran, Tristan Draper, Steve Turcotte, Gabriel Cyr, Ricky Thompson, Thomas Cook, Jessica Power, Zach Sobotka, Jackson Gill, Jason Cummings, Sebastien Fournier, Johnathon Ferguson, Jason Rose, Brianna Ladouceur, Evan Racine, Devin Willis, Xavier Perrin
Fast Time: Xavier Andrews 15.340
Heat Winners: Martin Pelletier, Jeremy Roy, Ryan Scott, Alan Fink and Kevin Root
Last Chance Qualifiers: Steve Turcotte and Evan Racine
DirtCar Sportsman Champion: Kevin Rooy
Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet Champion: Ryan Scott
DirtCar Pro Stock Series
CD BEAUCHAMP, Stephane Lebrun, Pascal Payeur, Jocelyn Roy, Guy Viens, Bruno Cyr, Burton Ward, Roch Aubin, Jonathan Viens, Francis Ravette, Lee Miller, Steve Brady, Dany Voghel, Eric Jean Louis, Mike Blais, Marc Lalonde, David Seguin
Fast Time: CD Beauchamp 16.574
Heat Winners: CD Beauchamp and Pascal Payeur
DirtCar Pro Stock Series Champion: Jocelyn Roy
Outlaw Vintage(from 8/25) Top 3
KENNY POLITE, Josh Powers and Pete Stapper
2018 Outlaw Vintage Champion: Kenny Polite
KENNY POLITE, Cory Winters, Josh Powers, Steve Billings, Nathan Berry, Matt Barbour, Brett Horner, Pete Stapper, Denzil Billings Jr., Pat Charland, Evan Reynolds, Steve Kearney, Justin Saunders, Megan Ciglich, Brandon Gregory, Darrell Wilson, Sheldon Hoogwerf, John Stanley, (DNS) Brent Merkley
Heat Winners: Kenny Polite and Josh Powers