|Date: 8/4/2009 6:58:05 AM|
Contact: World Racing Group
Streaking Fuller Can’t Wait For First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event At Grandview Speedway On Thurs., Aug. 13
New Yorker Has Won A DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Feature At Pennsylvania Track
BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Aug. 3, 2009 – Tim Fuller is on a roll, so naturally he can’t wait for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series to end a mid-summer break and get cranking again with the ‘Thunder on the Hill Traffic Jam’ program on Thurs., Aug. 13, at Grandview Speedway.
But throw in the fact that Fuller happens to be the only fulltime WoO LMS regular who’s ever raced at the Pennsylvania track, and it’s no surprise that he has the national tour’s first-ever visit to Grandview as a red-circle date on his calendar.
“Truthfully, I’m looking forward to any track we go to right now,” said Fuller, who for more than a decade has made almost annual appearances at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval to run Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified events. “But I’m probably looking forward to running Grandview a little bit more.
“I always like going to Grandview because Bob Miller (who since 1990 has organized the ‘Thunder on the Hill’ special events with track owner Bruce Rogers) is a real good promoter and I try to support him whenever I can. And really, it’s a ‘local’ show for me because I’ve run the Modified there and the fans there know me from Modified racing.”
Fuller, 41, of Watertown, N.Y., will certainly attract plenty of attention from Grandview’s clientele thanks to his DIRTcar Modified roots. Grandview, of course, headlines 358-Modifieds on its weekly Saturday-night cards – and while 358 Late Models are also a regular attraction, the speedway has never hosted a full-blown dirt Late Model show.
Grandview’s fans will see an army of WoO LMS superstars tackle the tough bullring for the first time, including points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.; former champions Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky.; and Pennsylvania travelers Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.; defending World 100 winner Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga.; former Knoxville Late Model Nationals victor Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis.; and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga.
But the Hill’s faithful have already seen Fuller, who was the 2007 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year, standing on the track’s checkeredboard square as the winner of a 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature on July 19, 2005.
Fuller, whose last big-block Modified start at Grandview came in July 2007, returns to the track with his Gypsum Express dirt Late Model riding arguably the best stretch of his young full-fender career. He won his first WoO LMS A-Main of ’09 (and the fourth of his career) in the tour’s last event, on July 25 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, and last weekend he shined in his first-ever trip to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., with a victory in a WDRL series show on July 30 and a second-place finish in the unsanctioned ‘USA Nationals 100’ on Aug. 1.
Fuller fell just short of making Cedar Lake’s $50,000-to-win ‘USA Nationals’ his initial triumph in a crown-jewel dirt Late Model event, settling for a $20,000 runner-up payoff to Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., after leading until lap 57.
“I feel like we’ve been good almost everywhere we’ve gone for the last month-and-a-half to two months,” said Fuller, who sits sixth in the WoO LMS points standings. “We’ve really hit on something with our (Rocket Chassis) car. The only places where we’re really lacking are at tracks that are so heavy (wet) or tracks that take rubber. Anytime it’s black-slick or an intermediate surface, we’re pretty good – and nine times out of 10, that’s the kind of tracks we see.”
Fuller expects Grandview’s surface to fit into the latter category, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he also expects to continue his hot streak. He knows enough about racing there to never take anything for granted.
“Grandview is in a league all its own,” said Fuller. “That’s a tough, high-contact place. It’s narrow with high-banked, paper-clip turns, and you’ve really got to be aggressive there. It’s not one of those free-flowing tracks where you can’t be cool and just ride around.
“It’s going to be an interesting race. I really don’t know what to expect with a Late Model show there.”
Grandview’s 40-lap, $7,000-to-win WoO LMS event might also provide Fuller a night with a familiar face – and booming voice – in his pit. His animated former DIRTcar big-block Modified owner, Bob Faust, lives in Slatington, Pa., about 35 miles north of the track, and will likely pay a visit.
“He keeps up with what I’m doing with the Late Model,” said Fuller, whose successful stint driving Faust’s B&F General Machine DIRTcar Modifieds from 1999-2005 included a $50,000 victory in the 2004 Rite Aid 200 at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile and the 2005 Mr. DIRTcar big-block Modified championship. “We just talked last week and I asked him if he was coming to Grandview. He said he wasn’t sure, but I’ll get him there.”
The historic ‘Thunder on the Hill Traffic Jam’ event at Grandview will also include a 40-lap feature for the big-block Modified division, marking the first time that the WoO LMS will comprise a doubleheader with the Northeast’s popular open-wheel class since February’s Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Fuller said it remains possible he’ll pull double-duty and enter the $4,000-to-win big-block Mod program behind the wheel of the New York-based Smith Brothers No. 74, a machine he drives in selected events that fit his schedule (including upcoming Super DIRTcar Series shows at New York’s Brewerton Speedway on Aug. 7 and Canandaigua Speedway on Aug. 8).
An added attraction on the Aug. 13 schedule is the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports Big-Block Modified vs. Late Model Challenge Dash, which will pit the winners of the WoO LMS and big-block Mod heats in a six-lap battle for a $1,000 top prize.
Gates will open on race night at 5:30 p.m., with WoO LMS Ohlins Shocks Time Trials scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.
General Admission tickets are $30, with children 6-11 charged $10 and kids under 6 admitted free. Pit passes are $35.
Fans can still purchase tickets in advance by sending a check or money order (payable to Grandview Speedway) and a self-addressed/stamped envelope to Thunder Series 2009, 11747 Winding Creek Drive, Berlin, Md., 21811. Advanced ticket holders will be permitted to enter the grandstand area at 5 p.m. on Aug. 13, a half-hour prior to general admission tickets going on sale.
Grandview Speedway is located 10 miles north of Pottstown, Pa., on Passmore Road, just off Route 100.
Grandview’s event will kick off a three-race swing through the Northeast for the WoO LMS, which heads to Bedford (Pa.) Speedway on Fri., Aug. 14, and Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Sat., Aug. 15.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
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