LA FARGEVILLE — Billy Dunn raced to victory in the Showdown in September 100 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series on Saturday at Can-Am Speedway.
A thunderstorm before the start of the racing program didn’t stop promoter Tyler Bartlett from presenting the feature. The rain delay was well worth it as the shortened 60-lap event delivered a great feature with Dunn outdueling Tim Fuller for the win. Erick Rudolph completed the top three after starting from back in the field.
“We didn’t try to over think and got the win,” said Dunn as he starts a busy race season in the fall. “We are heading to Mohawk Friday and then Super DIRT Week.”
Tim Sears Jr. and Ryan Arbuthnot were on the front row of the 31-car field of the feature, as Sears took the lead over Arbuthnot with Chris Raabe in third. Both Sears and Arbuthnot raced side-by-side and Arbuthnot took the lead on lap three with Mike Mahaney moving to the fourth spot over Ryan Bartlett. The first caution came on lap five for Garrett Rushlow.
On the restart, Sears was in front with Arbuthnot being challenged by Raabe for the second position. Dunn cracked the top five at that point.
Dunn passed Mahaney for fourth with 15 laps in the books as the leaders got into slower cars. Dunn was on the move as he passed Raabe for third on lap 23. The driver of the No. 49-machine continued his way up front inching close to Arbuthnot at the halfway point. Dunn used the inside portion to pass Arbuthnot for the second spot and started challenging the leader with 28 laps to go.
The second caution was out for Mike Mandigo, who stopped on the backstretch as Mahaney headed to the pits with smoke coming out from his engine bay and lost his top-five position.
The green lights were back on lap 40 as Sears and Dunn were in a battle with Rudolph joining the front five after starting in 18th position. Dunn went to the lead on lap 45 as Arbuthnot and Fuller exchanged the second position with Rudolph moving to fourth with a dozen laps to go.
Fuller started to challenge Dunn with the No. 49 car closing the door several times. Dunn led the final laps and took the win over Fuller, Rudolph, Arbuthnot and Jordan McCreadie as they rounded out the top five.
The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series continues this Friday at Mohawk International Raceway for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 100.
Showdown in September 100
Feature finish: 1. Billy Dunn, 2. Tim Fuller, 3. Erick Rudolph, 4. Ryan Arbuthnot, 5. Jordan McCreadie, 6. Chris Raabe, 7. Tim Sears Jr., 8. Dave Marcuccilli, 9. Brian McDonald, 10. Lance Willix, 11. Larry Wight, 12. Corey Wheeler, 13. Nick Webb, 14. Kyle Dingwall, 15. Ryan Bartlett, 16. Pat Ward, 17. Rob Bellinger, 18. Ron Davis III, 19. Billy Whittaker, 20. Scott Webb, 21. Tyler Meeks, 22. Michael Parent, 23. AJ Miller, 24. Matt Woodruff, 25. Ryan Poole, 26. Jeff Sykes, 27. Cameron Black, 28. Mike Mandigo, 29. Mike Mahaney, 30. Preston Forbes, 31. Garrett Rushlow.