PICTON, Ont. – August 4, 2016 – A busy conclusion to July saw Picton racer Tim Kerr hit the track six times for Big-Block Modified racing in two different states. Kerr made his first ever trip to Ohio’s Eldora and Sharon speedways with the Super DIRTcar Series and made a pair of starts at each of his home tracks, Brewerton and Fulton speedways in New York.
Constant change between preparation at home and on the road provided a challenging couple of weeks. At Eldora, Kerr achieved his goal of making the 100-lap main event, qualifying through the Last Chance Showdown in an impressive run from seventh to third. An incident in the feature ended his night prematurely, but he was excited nonetheless to race at the Tony Stewart-owned facility for the first time.
“My goal was just to make the race. I knew there would be a pile of cars. The end didn’t go well, but it was definitely cool to go to Eldora,” Kerr explained.
The trip also allowed Kerr’s crewmembers Jesse and Craig Brandt to experience life on the road and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage, who the Big Blocks accompanied at Eldora, for the first time.
“When we got there, I gave them NASCAR passes so they could go in the garage. To me, that’s what it’s all about – letting somebody else experience the stuff I’m able to do. That’s what this sport is all about,” Kerr reveled.
Two days later he visited Sharon (OH) Speedway on July 21 for the first time and turned in a 17th-place performance against the Super DIRTcar Series that wasn’t indicative of his speed or effort.
“We started deep again and we came up through the field. We were good. I listened to some guys and what they had to say about previous years,” Kerr explained. “We had our shot at the top-10 and were riding it out with five to go. We had a little incident and that put us to the back. We came back to 17th.”
The Kerr Motorsports team returned north for their weekly shows at Brewerton and Fulton over the next two weeks. The Picton, Ont. driver registered 16th and 17th-place results at Brewerton and 10th and 11th-place finishes at Fulton to conclude July.
“The car’s been good at Fulton, but we’re struggling to grasp the new clay at Brewerton. I figured the clay could be a game changer. I think we’re finding something pretty good right now,” Kerr said optimistically. Brewerton added the new clay at the start of the month.
Last week at Fulton, Kerr ran as high as fifth and looked poised for another strong run at the 3/8-mile oval.
“We got in a little mix-up right off the start and that put us to the tail after starting fifth. We pitted twice and still came out with a top-10,” Kerr commented confidently. “A 16th at Brewerton, that definitely makes you want to work harder.”
Kerr described July as a “roller coaster” month, but knows there’s still plenty of upside left to find over the final three months of the season.
“I feel like the car still has speed in it. We’re just missing something small,” he said. “I think the car’s good enough to get another win, it’s just getting all the ducks in a row. We need to make everything come together in one night.”
Kerr will remain focused on finding that speed at Brewerton and Fulton over the next month before experimenting with more travel in September.
Tim Kerr 2016 Season: 31 Starts – 1 Win, 4 Top-5s, 9 Top-10s
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Tim Kerr’s 2016 Big-Block Modified season on the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified tour and weekly racing at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways is supported by a number of corporate supporters, including: The Bronskill Group, Hubert Kerr Construction, Home Hardware Picton, Greenbush Electric, Tim Dainard Electric, The Main Stop Picton, Bicknell Racing Products, Enders Racing Engines, Threadwords Custom Embroidery, Zero3 Motorsports, Chris Cunningham Racing, Number One Speed Shock Service and AtomicWraps.com.
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Photo Attachment: Tim Kerr races his Bronskill Group No.07 Big-Block Modified at Fulton Speedway. (Jeremiah Fish photo).