October 4, 2018 (Brewerton, NY) – Mother Nature has not been kind during Super Dirt Week in Oswego or to surrounding areas. Challenging track surfaces so far at satellite shows have tested a driver’s ability to muscle their race rods around the dirt tracks in Central, NY. While ‘Dirty Dozen’ driver and King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Champion Bobby Varin along with others were testing the durability of their chassis and component parts, Jessey Mueller and David Schilling were loaded up due to track condition concerns.
Jessey Mueller is exciting to watch race. He’s not afraid to manhandle his race rocket around some challenging surfaces on dirt, which is impressive knowing his background is actually from asphalt racing. No matter his dedication however, at certain points one has to know when to put the car in the hauler and race another day.
After timing 5th fastest in-group number five at Brewerton Speedway the ‘heavy hauler’ was a no show for his heat race. One might have expected to see him roll out for the last chance qualifier, but the team had decided to put the car in the trailer and save the equipment for a change in plans at Oswego.
“Track was rather rough and I don’t want to destroy my equipment. I’m going to save my car and try qualifying for the 358 Small Block race at Oswego instead,” said Mueller about his decision to sit out the Hurricane 100 for 2018 after just hot laps and time trials.
KOD tour winner and Sportsman Modified standout David Schilling took a similar route. He timed 4th fastest in group 4, before struggling with handling in the heat due to what he chimed in with as very tough conditions. Not wanting to damage his racecar before he had a shot at Oswego, Schilling chose to load up for the night.
Brewerton track crews did make every effort to tame the track surface prior to the Hurricane 100, which was no question appreciated by all 30 drivers starting the 100 lap DIRTcar 358 Modified feature including 2018 King Of Dirt Small Block Champion Bobby Varin.
After timing 6th fastest in-group three the champ had his work cut out for him in the heat race. He’d fire from his starting spot near the rear of his qualifier and muscle his way to a 3rd place finish putting him firmly in the Hurricane 100.
Starting 18th typically means get to the front in a hurry, but in a 100-lap event against some stout competition a driver can effectively be patient. Problem is the moment the green flag dropped Bobby Varin found himself in a battle for track position. He found himself battling with guys twice his youth and some proven winners. By races end Varin had improved to a 13th place finish respectively in the Palmer’s Service Center Teo Pro Car.
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