SYRACUSE, NY - Oct. 7, 2011 – By Kevin Kovac/DIRTcar Racing P.R. – Aussie Pete Britten (Big-Block Modifieds) and asphalt Modified convert Jimmy Blewett of Howell Twp., N.J. (358-Modifieds) headlined the list of victors in Friday afternoon’s DIRTcar Futures features during Super DIRT Week XL at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Other winners in the short sprints reserved for drivers making first visits to the venerable Syracuse Mile in their respective classes included Cody McPherson of St. Catharines, Ont., and Bobby Hackel IV of Rensselaer, N.Y. (Sportsman) and Rick Achzet of Gloversville, N.Y. (Pro Stocks). Britten, a rising 23-year-old talent who left his native Brisbane, Australia, to spend the 2011 season racing fulltime on the DIRTcar Modified circuit, made history in the 20-lap Big-Block Modified Futures event. He led from start-to-finish to become the first driver from Down Under to win an event during Super DIRT Week. “It’s a pretty special moment,” said Britten, who earned $750 for his efforts behind the wheel of a Troyer car. “It’s great just to get 20 laps around this place because obviously we’re a newcomer here. We’ve only had four- or five-lap sessions for practice, so getting 20 in this race was brilliant. “Our weekend has started off pretty good so far. Let’s hope it continues.” Dan Humes of Canaan, Conn., finished second in the 16-car Big-Block event, a distant 5.092 seconds behind Britten. Blewett, 31, shined in the 15-lap, 14-car 358-Modified Futures race, steering his red-and-white machine to a 1.274-second victory over Jean Boissonneault of Granby, Que. The checkered flag brought Blewett a $600 payoff. A standout asphalt Modified racer for more than decade, Blewett decided to try his hand at dirt-track action in the Big-Block Modified division this season at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. He progressed enough to put together a 358-Modified effort for Super DIRT Week and has found the competition on the Moody Mile agrees with him. “I really like this dirt stuff,” said Blewett, who has received dirt-racing tutoring at Syracuse this week from such names as defending SEF 200 champion Stewart Friesen, Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway star Ronnie Johnson and Teo-Pro Car’s Matt and Bobby Hearn. “It’s interesting racing here. It’s about 50/50 – you gotta drive 50 percent like a dirt car and 50 percent like an asphalt car.” An amazing 45 drivers registered for Futures action in the DIRTcar Sportsman division, prompting officials to split the field into two $400-to-win 12-lap features. McPherson, a 19-year-old who competes regularly at Ontario’s Merrittville and Humberstone speedways, controlled the first Futures event. He beat Don Spatorico of Ransomville, N.Y., to the finish line by 3.068 seconds shortly after turning heads around the Fairgrounds by registering the second-fastest lap in time trials for Saturday’s DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30. At 17, Hackell was the youngest of the Futures winners after capturing the second Sportsman feature. The fourth-generation driver ran away with the event, beating Kyle Wilson of Joyceville, Ont., by a convincing margin of 6.190 seconds. The oldest Futures winner was Achzet, a 48-year-old from the Mohawk Valley who topped the 10-lap Pro Stock headliner. He triumphed in the tightest race of the day, beating David Chenette of Mooresville, N.C., by just over half a second. For more information on Super DIRT Week XL, log on to www.SuperDirtWeekOnline.com. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Futures Finish (20 laps): 1. Pete Britten, 2. Dan Humes, 3. Brian Murphy, 4. Kevin Bates, 5. Jasmin Leveillee, 6. Jean Boissonneault, 7. Darwin Green, 8. Ted Christopher, 9. Marcus Dinkins, 10. Jeremy Wilder, 11. Aaron Jacobs, 12. Billy VanInwegen, 13. Mike O’Brien, 14. Paul Gilardi, 15. Rob Bellinger, 16. Tim Currier DIRTcar 358-Modified Futures Finish (15 laps): 1. Jimmy Blewett, 2. Jean Boissonneault, 3. Travis Braun, 4. Chuck Hossfeld, 5. Brian Murphy, 6. Henry Maier, 7. C. G. Morey, 8. Jasmin Leveillee, 9. Kevin Gamble, 10. Craig Reyell, 11. Aaron Bartemy, 12. Brandon Sweet, 13. Aaron Jacobs, 14. Adam Bartemy DIRTcar Sportsman Futures No. 1 Finish (12 laps): 1. Cody McPherson, 2. Don Spatorico, 3. Whitey Slavin, 4. Rocky Warner, 5. Fred Proctor, 6. Scott Duso, 7. Ryan Carcy, 8. Dave Conant Jr., 9. Daniel Mazy, 10. Brandon Hagan, 11. Steve Barber, 12. A.J. Lloyd, 13. Randy McCulloch, 14. Chris Thurston, 15. Cody Sargent, 16. Thunder Anderson, 17. Jenna David, 18. Steve Ackers, 19. Robert Bublak, 20. Brent Kelsey (DNS) Josh VanBrocklin DIRTcar Sportsman Futures No. 2 Finish (12 laps): 1. Bobby Hackel IV, 2. Kyle Wilson, 3. Paul Kline, 4. Adam Leslie, 5. Adam McAulliffe, 6. Jeff Rockefeller, 7. Robert Humphreys, 8. Brian Gleason, 9. Michael Sabia, 10. Jon Haegele, 11. Kristian Smoke, 12. Eric Giguere, 13. Colton Chappius, 14. Brett Martin, 15. Josh Gaylord, 16. Mark Hughes, 17. Dillon Sallows, 18. Andrews Reeves, 19. Casey Pavlick, 20. Andy Durie, 21. John Lodini, 22. Gino Postrivo, 23. Robert Delormier, 24. James Maier Pro Stock Futures Finish (10 laps): 1. Rick Achzet, 2. David Chenette, 3. Owen White, 4. Luke Horning, 5. Mike White, 6. 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