By DIRT MotorSports PR
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. (November 1) – At this time a month ago, Tim Fuller hoped to be celebrating his first Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Modified Championship. Instead, two more races still remain in the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series before the Edwards, N.Y. driver can fulfill his long-time goal.
"It's kind of a prolonged agony," quipped Fuller, who will return to the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday to conclude the 34th Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series Eckerd 200. The current overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT big-block points leader and defending Eckerd 200 champion will fill in sixth aboard the MBF Racing no. m1 B&F General Machine-G&R Auto Parts/TEO entry when the field takes the green at 12noon.
Fuller was recently put at ease as top Mr. DIRT title contender Brett Hearn announced that he will not return with the Gable Auto Stores-Page Trucking/TEO ride carrying the number one. With a $50,000 winner's share at stake, Hearn has been given the green light to use the number 85 of car owner Jake Marine and serve as a relief driver for Ricky Elliott on Saturday afternoon. Popular Delaware pilot Elliott completed the initial 52 laps of the Eckerd 200 in Marine's Modified on Oct. 9, so wherever Hearn finishes Elliott will be awarded that position as well as points while Hearn will collect 40 markers (44th-place) towards the coveted Mr. DIRT Championship.
"I'm still going to Syracuse looking for a top finish or with some luck even another win," said Fuller, who first watched as runner-up Matt Sheppard suffered a flat tire on lap 199 then took immediate action when leader Kenny Tremont had his fuel tank run dry on the final lap last year to lead only a half-mile and register the biggest victory of his career. "Whatever is going to happen will happen, there's nothing else you can do but run hard and be smart. I should be all right, I just can't do anything stupid. I'd really have to screw up big time to fall out of the picture."
Fuller hasn't raced competitively in a Modified since capturing the Goulds Pumps-ITT Industries 150-lap 'Salute to the Troops' 358-Modified Championship on Saturday of Super DIRT Week XXXIV at Syracuse. However, the '03 Mr. DIRT 358-Modified champion recently celebrated his 38th birthday last week competing in a pair of full-fender World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series events for car owner John Wight. On Wed., Oct. 26 he finished 19th in the no. 19 Gypsum Wholesalers/Rocket at Golden Isles (Ga.) Speedway before closing out the WoO LM national tour with an 18th-place tally at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on Sat., Oct. 29.
Also postponed due to rain more than a week ago, the Nov. 13 Atlantic Coast Championship at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway will mark the season-finale for the 2005 Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series. Fuller holds a 58-point advantage over runner-up Hearn in the overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT title chase and a finish of fourth-place or better ---based on Hearn's decision to swap rides--- for Fuller in the Eckerd 200 would clinch the team's first big-block championship.
Eckerd 200 Schedule – Sat., Nov. 5, 2005:
7:00 AM ....... Pit Gates Open;
8:00 AM ....... Advance Auto Parts Modified Inspection;
9:00 AM ...... Grandstands Open (reserved seating with wristbands/ticket stubs ONLY);
10:00 AM .... Grandstands Open to Public;
10:00 AM .... Mandatory Advance Auto Parts Modified Driver’s Meeting;
11:00 AM .... Advance Auto Parts Modified Practice (Qualified Cars);
11:45 AM .... Advance Auto Parts Modified Driver Introduction;
12 Noon ...... Eckerd 200 Modified Championship.
The DIRT MotorSports™ Advance Auto Parts Modified Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Dynomax Performance Exhaust, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional Partners include Stacker 2®, AMB i.t., RACEceiver, Zippo Lighters and F.X. Caprara Car Companies and the contingency sponsors are DART Machinery, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.