Fuller Comes 'Home' A Winner For Sunday's World of Jun 25, 2007 15:43:29 GMT -5
Post by Dirt Master on Jun 25, 2007 15:43:29 GMT -5
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Fuller Comes 'Home' A Winner For Sunday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event At Cayuga County
WEEDSPORT, NY - June 21, 2007 - Tim Fuller isn't a DIRTcar Modified driver trying to beat the dirt Late Model boys anymore.
Now he's officially a member of the dirt Late Model clan.
When Fuller comes 'home' on Sunday night (June 24) to compete in the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Cayuga County Fair Speedway, he'll still be riding the momentum of a recent career-first victory on the national tour that gave him new status with the full-fender crowd.
Of course, ask the Watertown, N.Y., star if he thinks he's arrived as a dirt Late Model driver after winning a WoO LMS show on June 12 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.Dak., and he'll respond with a modest shrug of his shoulders.
"I don't know about that," said Fuller, who is chasing the 2007 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award after running DIRTcar big-block and 358-Modifieds fulltime since the mid-'90s. "Maybe when I get a couple more wins."
Make no mistake, though - Fuller, 38, is developing into a solid dirt Late Model racer faster than he ever imagined.
The 2005 Mr. DIRTcar Modified champion and 2004 winner of the Super DIRT Week Eckerd 200 big-block classis at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile, Fuller has gone on the WoO LMS road this season with a dirt Late Model effort owned by Gypsum Racing's John Wight and supported by Fuller's primary DIRTcar Modified sponsor John Lazore. He failed to finish among the top 10 in the season's first 13 events, but he broke out with a fourth-place finish on May 18 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., and has been a serious contender ever since; he followed up his win in the Dakotas with runner-up finishes on June 15 at the famed Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway and June 16 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans.
"I'm trying to convert over (from Modified racing), but it's tough," said Fuller, refusing to get too high on his recent success. "The win was a boost for everybody, but we still have a long way to go. All we're doing right now is learning, and next year we can take it more serious as far as running for points and stuff. Next year I'll be a full-fledged Late Model driver.
"We basically built this whole Late Model deal that I'm running in two or three weeks, so it's been a lot of catching up. We went to Florida in February on a whim and weren't there the right way, but we decided to pursue it and now we're getting to where we need to be.
"Right now we're just not as consistent as these (regular WoO LMS) guys are," he added. "Every now and again you gotta hit it right, and we've done that a few times lately, but we're still not consistent enough. All these guys have been to these tracks and have a lot more laps and experience in these cars than me.
"I'm more confident in every race we get in, but I have a lot more to learn about Late Models."
What Fuller has already learned should help him out a bunch at Cayuga County, the three-eighths-mile oval that's he toured many times over the years in his big-block Modifieds.
Last year, as a specials-only dirt Late Model driver for Wight, Fuller turned third-fastest time and won a heat race for the inaugural WoO LMS show at Cayuga County. But he missed the setup in the feature and finished one lap down in 15th - a mistake he doesn't plan to make again on Sunday.
"Last year I didn't even know enough about a Late Model to straighten it out, and it showed in the feature (at Cayuga County)," said Fuller. "Now I'm a little more familiar with the cars, and I know Weedsport and what it's gonna do.
"And luckily for me, I've been getting a lot of help from Chub (Frank, who won last year's WoO LMS 50 at Cayuga County), and Chub knows Weedsport and what tires to run. He's a good guy to partner up with, and I'm going to follow his lead."
Making a rare dirt Late Model start in front of family, friends and fans who know him well from his Modified exploits does present a challenge to Fuller.
"The beauty of being out on the road and trying to learn (with the Late Model) is that there's nobody around that you know," smiled Fuller. "You can go and make your silly mistakes, and nobody sees them.
"But you're gonna have everybody there at Weedsport that you know. Everybody's gonna be watching, and you don't want to look bad.
"Hopefully now we'll have the experience to make the right adjustments."
Cayuga County Fair Speedway's pit gates are scheduled to open at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Warm-ups begin at 6 p.m., followed by time trials at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.
Adult general admission is just $25 for adults (15-64 yrs.), $23 for Seniors (65 yrs. & older) and $8 for youths (10-14 yrs.), while children 9 yrs. and under are free. Pit admission is $25 for DIRTcar members and $35 for non-members.
The BRP CanAM Series for 360 Late Models and the Street Stock division will participate in the program, which last year drew a virtual capacity crowd to the high-banked track.
Cayuga County Fair Speedway is located on Route 31, one mile off Exit 40 of the New York State Thruway in the village of Weedsport. Contact the track office (315-834-6606) for further race day information or visit www.cayugacountyfairspeedway.com for the latest news and notes.
For more info on the WoO LMS, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com.