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Strong Start: Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Test out Track at Volusia during Practice

dirtcar_logo_150Andy Bachetti, Danny Johnson among Strongest Hot Lappers at UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 19, 2013 – It may have been a long winter, but Super DIRTcar Series stars Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N. Y., and Andy Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., are far from out of practice.

The two, along with a field of more than 35 Big Block Modifieds, returned to the clay after a three-month hiatus for hot laps today during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Johnson rose to the top in the first timed practice session with a 17.928-second lap, but Bachetti outshone “the Doctor” in the next two sessions, making fast times with a 17.500-second lap in session two and an 18.371-second lap in session three.

“It wasn’t that long ago that we were in Charlotte. The time flies,” reflected Johnson, hoping the initial success in practice rounds is indicative of future success in the next four nights’ features. “My car was hot coming off the trailer, and that’s the way to have it, starting out fast.”

Johnson started fast last year too, taking victory in the first feature event, but falling short in the others.

After hauling two cars – the 34 and the 34B – south to race, Bachetti’s team used the hot laps as an opportunity to test the cars.

“Right now we’re trying to figure out which care we’re going to run with. We’re playing with two different ones,” said Bachetti, steered the 34B around the Volusia oval during the first practice session, quickly experiencing mechanical issues that slowed his pace. In the 34, he was able to charge ahead of the stout field to twice make the fast time.

“It feels real good to sit back behind the wheel of one of these cars,” Bachetti said. “We’ve had a cold streak here the past few years. We’re just pumped up to come down and hopefully get some good top-fives out of it.”

Three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard also performed strongly in hot lap sessions, placing second in time in the first session, seventh in session two, and sixth in session three. Last year’s season standout Brett Hearn stayed in the top five for all three sessions, placing fourth in session one, third in session two, and fifth in session three.

The Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series return to Volusia Speedway Park tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20, sharing the spotlight with the DIRTcar UMP Late Models Swamp King Championship. The next three nights, Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23, feature the Super DIRTcar Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series to round out UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment February 19, 2013 Volusia Speedway Park Practice

Hot Laps Session 1: 1. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N. Y., 17.928 seconds; 2. 9s Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N. Y., 18.221; 3. 7 Rich Laurbach, Quakertown, Penn., 18.264; 4. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N. J., 18.286; 5. 49 Francois Bernier, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 18.442; 6. 30 Jamie Mills, Milford, Del., 18.507; 7. 42b Kevin Bates, Lake Ariel, Penn., 18.577; 8. 22c Mario Clair, St-Edmond, Quebec, 18.588; 9. 3 Justin Haers, Phelps, N. Y., 18.611; 10. 85 Dan Vauter, Clifford, Penn., 18.707; 11. 10 Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, N. Y., 18.800; 12. 10J Alan Johnson, Middlesex, N. Y., 18.857; 13. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N. J., 18.895; 14. 85J H. J. Bunting III, Milford, Del., 18.898; 15. 6 Mat Williamson, St-Catharines, Ontario, 19.011; 16. 99 Bruno LaPage, Maplegrove, Quebec, 19.026; 17. 21K Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N. Y., 19.101; 18. 1 Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn., 19.159; 19. 88 David Allen, Palmyra, N. Y., 19.178; 20. 97 Michel Chicoine, Ste-Cecile de Milton, Quebec, 19.211; 21. 21a Pete Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 19.265; 22. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N. J., 19.294; 23. 518 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N. Y., 19.295; 24. 79 Jeremy Markle, Port Jarvis, N. Y., 19.307; 25. 34 Steve Hough, East Greenbush, N. Y., 19.310; 26. 5* Tyler Siri, Corning, N. Y., 19.310; 27. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Nation, N. J., 19.394; 28. 48too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N. Y., 19.397; 29. 29 Chris Ostrosky, Conklin, N. Y., 19.438; 30. 901 Eric Koremann, Vineland, N. J., 19.443; 31. 66w Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Queben, 19.513; 32. 8r Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N. Y., 19.728; 33. 64 Daniel Nadeau, Marieville, Quebec, 19.977; 34. 34B Andy Bachetti, Sheffield, Mass., 20.158; 35. 85f Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 21.716

Hot Laps Session 2: 1. 34 Andy Bachetti, Sheffield, Mass., 17.500 seconds; 2. 7 Rick Laubach, Quakertown, Penn., 17.827; 3. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N. J., 17.956; 4. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N. Y., 18.006; 5. 79 Jeremy Markle, Port Jarvis, N. Y., 18.125; 6. 8r Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N. Y., 18.140; 7. 9s Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N. Y., 18.227; 8. 74 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N. Y., 18.227; 9. 30 Jamie Mills, Milford, Del., 18.260; 10. 3 Justin Haers, Phelps, N. Y., 18.320; 11. 85 Dan Vauter, Clifford, Penn., 18.339; 12. 6 Mat Williamson, St-Catharines, Ontario, 18.365; 13. 97 Michel Chicoine, Ste-Cecile de Milton, Quebec, 18.387; 14. 49 Francois Bernier, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 18.404; 15. 22c Mario Clair, St-Edmond, Quebec, 18.432; 16. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N. J., 18.461; 17. 10J Alan Johnson, Middlesex, N. Y., 18.515; 18. 21a Pete Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 18.522; 19. 85J H.J. Bunting III, Milford, Del., 18.528; 20. 99 Bruno LaPage, Maplegrove, Quebec, 18.556; 21. 48too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N. Y., 18.557; 22. 1 Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn., 18.565; 23. 42b Kevin Bates, Lake Ariel, Penn., 18.568; 24. 10 Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, N. Y., 18.571; 25. 21K Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N. Y., 18.583; 26. 85f Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 18.643; 27. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N. J., 18.709; 28. 5* Tyler Siri, Corning, N. Y., 18.732; 29. 901 Eric Koremann, Vineland, N. J., 18.734; 30. 518 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N. Y., 19.015; 31. 88 David Allen, Palmyra, N. Y., 19.082; 32. 66w Dexter Stacey, Kahnewake, Quebec, 19.087; 33. 29 Chris Ostrosky, Conklin, N. Y., 19.102; 34. 64 Daniel Nadeau, Marieville, Quebec, 19.263; 35. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N. J.

Hot Laps Session 3:

1. 34 Andy Bachetti, Sheffield, Mass., 18.371 seconds; 2. 3 Justin Haers, Phelps, N. Y., 18.398; 3. 22c Mario Clair, Saint-Edmond, Quebec, 18.526; 4. 85f Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 18.555; 5. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N. J, 18.645; 6. 9s Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N. Y., 18.653; 7. 99 Bruno LaPage, Maplegrove, Quebec, 18.708; 8. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N. J., 18.740; 9. 88 David Allen, Palmyra, N. Y., 18.771; 10. 21a Pete Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 18.868; 11. 85J H. J. Bunting III, Milford, Del., 18.875; 12. 74 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N. Y., 18.900; 13. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N. J., 18.950; 14. 49 Francois Bernier, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 18.978; 15. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J., 18.979; 16. 1 Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn.,18.986; 17. 6 Mat Wiliamson, St-Catharines, Ontario, 19.011; 18. 85 Dan Vauter, Clifford, Penn., 19.081; 19. 34 Steve Hough, East Greenbush, N. Y., 19.190; 20. 66w Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Quebec, 19.222; 21. 29 Chris Ostrosky, Conklin, N. Y., 19.234; 22. 8r Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N. Y., 19.293; 23. 48too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N. Y., 19.324; 24. 64 Daniel Nadeau, Marieville, Quebec, 19.326; 25. 5* Tyler Siri, Corning, N. Y., 19.456; 26. 97 Michel Chicoine, Ste-Cecile de Milton, Quebec, 19.479; 27. 518 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N. Y., 19.508; 28. 901 Eric Koremann, Vineland, N. J., 19.526

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