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Cornwall Motor Speedway is the First Canadian Super DIRT Series Tour Stop in 2018

CONCORD, NC – June 19, 2018 – The Super DIRTcar Series’ first foray into Canada of 2018 will take place on July 1, 2018 at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Since 1994, the Series has visited Cornwall 23 times. Brett The Jet Hearn sits on top of the all-time Series wins list at the quarter-mile Ontario oval with five checkered flags to his credit. The points race is on with Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps battling to stand at the top. As of the June 16 race at Brewerton Speedway, Sheppard has one win and a fifth-place finish, while Phelps has been Mr. Consistent with two third-place finishes.

In last year’s race, Sheppard outdueled Billy Decker in the late stages of the 100-lap Feature. The leaders slid in and out of lapped traffic until Sheppard snookered Decker and picked up his tenth win of 2017. Will he continue to count off wins in 2018 on the quarter-mile bullring, or will Billy Decker take his revenge on the no. 9s? Max McLaughlin would also like to capture a trip to Victory Lane in the first half of the season as well. The HBR no. 6H has been running strong since 2017 but has yet to take a checkered flag in a Series race.

Five-time Cornwall Motor Speedway Super DIRTcar Series winner Brett Hearn needs to turn up the dial on 2018 to stay in the hunt for the Championship. As of this writing, Hearn has punched out a 10th place finish at the Heroes Remembered 100 and took a 18th place finish at Brewerton Speedway so far this season. With 800+ Feature wins under his belt, it’s only a matter of time before The Jet lifts off.

In 2010 The Hurricane Steve Paine set the current track record with a 12.875-second lap. The Big-Block Modified pilots of the Super DIRTcar Series will aim to take that record down in Time Trials to secure a Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time Award. That award’s namesake, Billy The Kid Whitaker, was forced to miss the Showdown at Sundown 100 due to illness. The Super DIRTcar Series looks forward to his return to the tour in good health.

The Super DIRTcar Series is the premier Big-Block Modified tour of North America. Tour regulars, such as eight-time Series Champion Brett Hearn and current title-holder Matt Sheppard, pit their 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds against the best short track racing drivers over a 27-race schedule on 21 tracks from Canada to Florida. In 2018 there are 17 drivers contending for the Series Championship. Follow along for news and notes on Facebook and Twitter.

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By The Numbers: Matt Sheppard Notches Win No. 60 In Super DIRTcar Series

“Super” Matt Sheppard may have finished off the podium in the Super DIRTcar Series’ season opener last month, but the defending tour champion did not have to wait long to find his way back to victory lane.

On Friday evening, Sheppard tamed the D-Shaped Demon at Brewerton Speedway in New York by dominating a whopping field of 36 modified drivers who signed up for the series’ second points race of 2018.

Check out the rest of Mandee Pauch's article and find out how to live stream select Super DIRTcar Series races at FloRacing

 

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Big Show X Winner guaranteed a starting position in 47th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week

CONCORD, NC – June 18, 2018 - On Tuesday, June 26 the Albany-Saratoga Speedway hosts The Big Show X with a $10,000 check for the winner and guaranteed starting position in the 47th running of NAPA Super DIRT Week. After ten years of incredible racing, this year’s Big Show has all the elements to make for a memorable Super DIRTcar Series race. The Championship chase is young and so is HBR no. 6H driver Max McLaughlin, the 18-year-old who appears to be on his way to having a banner season. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series breakout driver Stewart Friesen will join the Super DIRTcar Series at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in the Halmar Racing no. 44 as well. Friesen is looking to snatch the $10,000-to-win prize money and assert his dominance in the first two of seven NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifiers.

Last year’s Big Show victor, Tim McCreadie, will pilot the no.39 Sweetner’s Plus Big-Block Modified to go grab some of “Brett Hearn’s” money, as he said in his Big Show IX Victory Lane interview. McCreadie, from Watertown, NY, is the son of legendary Big-Block Modified driver Bob McCreadie. After some success in the Big-Block and 358 Modifieds, McCreadie’s dirt track racing career sparked in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model series. Even after winning a World of Outlaws Championship, he always makes his way home to take on NAPA Super DIRT Week and other marquee Big-Block Modified events like The Big Show X.

Super DIRTcar Series star Brett Hearn not only boasts a 900+ career win tally, but he has also successfully promoted The Big Show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for ten years. Over the last decade, The Big Show has become one of the most sought after checkered flags in Big-Block Modified racing. This year’s festivities will include a tribute to the man and machine Gary Balough and The Batmobile. Gary Balough designed a radical Big-Block Modified and dominated NAPA Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds. His creative design, with its attention to downforce and drag reduction, inspired years of engineering ingenuity. Gary Balough and The Batmobile started a technological trend that continued until we arrived at the 800-horsepower Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds we have today. Be sure to check out the new book by Gary Balough with Bones Bourcier, Hot Shoe! A Checkered Past: My Story.

The Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Big Show X, and the Super DIRTcar Series want to see fans in the stands early and often. From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM race fans will have the opportunity to Pick the Quick. If you name the top five fastest drivers in Time Trials, you’ll take home a $1,000 cash prize. Also during pre-race, the Super DIRTcar Series will host a Tweetup from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Stop by the NAPA Super DIRT Week Pace Car to pick up some giveaways, talk Big-Block Modified racing, and discuss who your drivers are for Pick the Quick. Directly following the Tweetup at 5:00 PM, there will be a Super DIRTcar Series driver autograph session. That gives fans more than enough reasons to get to the race track early.

The Super DIRTcar Series is the premier Big-Block Modified tour of North America. Tour regulars, such as eight-time Series Champion Brett Hearn and current title-holder Matt Sheppard, pit their 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds against the best short track racing drivers over a 27-race schedule on 21 tracks from Canada to Florida. In 2018 there are 17 drivers contending for the Series Championship. Follow along for news and notes on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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CONCORD, NC – June 4, 2018 – To some, the 1/3-mile Central New York race track is known as Brewerton Speedway. To others amongst the Big-Block Modified faithful, it’s known as the D-Shaped Demon. On Friday, June 15 the Super DIRTcar Series will attempt to tame the beast and take home valuable Championship points in the Showdown at Sundown 100. With the first points-paying contest in their rear-view mirror, 2018 contenders have begun to emerge. Defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard has visited Victory Lane in three out of the last five races at Brewerton Speedway and will look to improve on his fifth-place performance at Weedsport Speedway.

Read more: Brewerton Speedway Takes Center Stage for Super DIRTcar Series Showdown at Sundown 100

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Orange County Fair Speedway Returns to Super DIRTcar Series Schedule with the first Battle on the Midway

CONCORD, NC – June 1, 2018 – The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will return to the hallowed 99-year-old Orange County Fair Speedway on Thursday, July 19 for the Battle on the Midway. The victor takes home $10,000 and a guaranteed starting position at the 47th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. The Series has not raced on the Middletown, NY, 5/8-mile speedway since 2014. For many years prior to that, race fans and drivers alike cured their post-NAPA Super DIRT Week blues with a trip the Eastern States 200 in mid-October. The first Super DIRTcar Series OCFS race was held in 1972 when Buzzie Reutimann took the checkered flag.

Read more: Orange County Fair Speedway to Hold NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier

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By Clayton Johns, FloRacing.com

When the Super DIRTcar Series season finally gets underway on Memorial Day with the Heroes Remembered 100 at Weedsport Speedway in New York, Erick Rudolph will be in the field. And for every series race after that in 2018.

The 26-year-old native of Ransomville, NY, is making his second attempt to run full-time with the Super DIRTcar Series, which is starting a full month later than it was scheduled to after rain washed out races at Fulton and Bridgeport speedways. He last competed as a tour regular in 2014 at just 22 years old. The series’ offseason decision to eliminate DIRTcar home track points as part of the championship was a big reason Rudolph decided to tackle the entire tour this year, he said.

Read more: Erick Rudolph Is Back With The Super DIRTcar Series—This Time To Stay

Series Director Mike Perrotte to Step Down at the End of the 2018 Season

CONCORD, NC – May 22, 2018 – As rain continues to plague the onset of the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series season — leaving not a single race run since McCreadie’s late race charge past Stewart Friesen for the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator on February 17 — already Series Director Mike Perrotte is thinking ahead and planning for upcoming years. It won’t be until Monday, May 28 that the Big-Block Modifieds will come to life under his watch again. This race will have a notable significance to Perrotte as it will be the first Series race to run since he decided 2018 would be his last as Series Director. The NY native plans on retiring from Series management at the end of the season, remaining in the DIRTcar family as a driver.

Read more: One More Time Around with Mike Perrotte

The Super DIRTcar Series Heroes Remembered 100 at Weedsport Speedway on Monday May 28 will name 2018’s first Super DIRT Week guaranteed starter.

CONCORD, NC – May 22, 2018 – Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of the high price our country’s soldiers have paid in our defense. Many of us spend the day with our family and our friends, living life to the fullest for those who no longer can. On Monday May 28, Memorial Day, Weedsport Speedway hosts the Northeast’s premier Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the Heroes Remembered 100 in honor of our nation’s military members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Elite drivers from all over the northeast United States and Canada will descend on the 3/8-mile dirt track in Central New York to put on a show for all to enjoy.

Read more: NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifiers Return to Weedsport Speedway for Heroes Remembered 100

 

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The Premier Big-Block Modified Series of the Northeast Travels to Bridgeport Speedway for the Battle at the Bridge

CONCORD, NC – May 4, 2018 – Last year, Bridgeport Speedway regulars successfully defended their home turf against the Super DIRTcar Series travelers. On Wednesday, May 16, the Super DIRTcar Series stars will be looking to take the fight back to the New Jersey faithful on Bridgeport’s big track – the extremely fast and racy 5/8 mile clay oval. It was Ryan Watt from Boyertown PA who captured the win after 60 hard-fought laps last year. Although technically the same size as Oswego Speedway, the home of NAPA Super DIRT Week, Bridgeport Speedway’s 5/8-mile track is unique in its own right. Tacky and fast, the New Jersey clay allows drivers to hit seriously high speeds.

Tim McCreadie is the Super DIRTcar Series track record holder with a 20.182 second lap, a 111 MPH average speed. No single driver has been able dominate the 5/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway in Super DIRTcar Series races. Only two drivers have multiple Series wins going back to 1976: Billy Pauch and Frank Cozze, with two Series wins each to their credit. The last Series regular to win was Danny Johnson in 2005.

Read more: Super DIRTcar Series Heads East to Bridgeport Speedway

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'We're Ready to Go!': Perrotte is Geared up for Fulton

by Clayton Johns, FloRacing.com

After a long offseason and a sometimes painful two-month break since big block modifieds were last on track, the Super DIRTcar Series is ready to fire engines for its 2018 season this Saturday at Fulton Speedway for the Highbank Holdup 100.

Sure, there’s been various modified races throughout the Northeast since the Super DIRTcar Series ran a trio of races at February's DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, but the opening points race on the series’ schedule always brings with it another level of anticipation.

Read more: Series Director Mike Perrotte Excited For Series Opener

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