SYRACUSE — Two north country drivers will take their chances today in improving their position for Sunday's Syracuse 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Tim Fuller finished 15th in Thursday's time trials and Tim McCreadie was 20th. Fuller, a native of Edwards who lives in Watertown, was clocked at 32.279 seconds (111.538 mph). McCreadie, a Watertown native now residing in Avon, was clocked in 32.413 seconds (111.067 mph).
Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, won the pole for Sunday's race. He was clocked at 113.953 mph. Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen and J.R. Heffner completed the top five fastest qualifiers in the big-block time trials. Billy Dunn of Watertown was 28th and Lance Willix II of Theresa was 37th.
McCreadie qualified third fastest in the small-block modified time trials Thursday. McCreadie was timed at 33.059 seconds (108. 857 mph). Fuller was 32nd. Billy Decker of Unadilla was the fastest qualifier with a time of 32.637 seconds (110.304 mph).
Other north country drivers also competing in the small-block time trials were John Lazore of Akwesasne (11th), Jeff Sykes of Edwards (35th), Patrick Dupree of Saranac Lake (37th) and Tom Jock Jr. of Akwesasne (42nd).
Drivers in both the modified and 358-modified races are to compete today in heat races. The 358-modified twin 20s will begin at 12:45 p.m. followed by the Small Engine Fuels triple 20s for the big-block modifieds.
The 358-modified and sportsman series races are scheduled today for Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, while the 360 sprint car challenge and mod lites will compete at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport.
Josh Van Brocklin of Watertown, a regular competitor at Can-Am Motorsports Park, was one of two winners in the DIRTcar Futures for sportsman at the fairgrounds. Dale Caswell won the other sportsman feature. Chris Raabe captured the Futures 358-modified race.