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Local auto racing: Excitement builds for Super DIRT Week in Syracuse

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Final preparations are almost complete for drivers and their pit crews as Super DIRT Week XLI gets under way Tuesday at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

For local well-known drivers Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller, they will get behind the wheel of a modified and 358-modified instead of their late models that they competed nationwide for most of the season.

McCreadie, a Watertown native, won the 358-modified feature last year at Syracuse. He would also like to win his first big-block modified championship Sunday at Super DIRT Week.

Fuller, a Watertown resident, has one big-block title at Syracuse and would like to make it No. 2.

“It was nice winning the small-block race last year at Syracuse,’’ McCreadie said last week. “I really haven’t logged any seat time in the small-block this year. I have raced in a few big-block features, but didn’t win any of them.”

McCreadie and Fuller were scheduled to race a late model during Super DIRT Week, but the race was canceled.

“The small-block modified race in Syracuse will be my first one this season,’’ Fuller said. “I’ve raced a few big-block races, but with our late-model series, it is pretty hard to come back and race in the modified divisions.’’

McCreadie and Fuller will renew old acquaintances this week as they go up against many drivers that they competed with before heading to the World of Outlaws late-model series several years a go.

Another Watertown resident will be out to lay claim to his first championships in both modified features this week at Super DIRT Week.

Billy Dunn has competed in most of the big-block and small-block modified series races this season. He recently won his second straight 358-modified points title at the Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne.

While Super DIRT Week actually gets under way Tuesday with inspections, racing doesn’t start until Wednesday with practice sessions. There is also a 358-modified race Wednesday night at the Weedsport Speedway.

Qualifying times begin Thursday and another night of racing. On Friday, the small-block and big-block modifieds along with the sportsman modifieds will hold their Twin 20s (358-modifieds); Triple 10s (sportsman modifieds) and Triple 20s (big-block modifieds) at the fairgrounds.

A handful of other north country drivers are expected to compete in Syracuse this week and hope to qualify in the modifieds, sportsman and pro stock features later in the week.

The small-block modified championship race (150 laps) and sportsman modified championship (30 laps) are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, the pro stock series will begin at noon followed at 2 p.m. by the big-block modified championship.

RAMOS WINS 2 RACES

Mike Ramos of Glenfield recently won the Big 10 super stock championship race at Lancaster Speedway. He went onto win the overall Big 10 race title for the season.

Ramos was a double-winner on the same day he won the New York State super stock series race. Ramos was one of only two competitors that drove a Ford this season in the Big 10 super stock series.

RACES POSTPONED

Racing scheduled Sunday at Adirondack International Speedway in New Bremen was postponed because of rain. The makeup date is Saturday, Oct. 19, with gates opening at 10 a.m.

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