Wednesday, 28 June 2017

All-Square: Super DIRTcar Series Heads to Airborne For First Time

Plattsburgh, NY track hosts Series for first time since surface change

CONCORD, N.C. – June 28, 2017 – When the Super DIRTcar Series rolls into Airborne Park Speedway on Thursday, July 6 it will be the first time every full-time driver sees the track’s new dirt configuration. The Plattsburgh, NY track converted its surface from asphalt to dirt following the 2016 racing season and is now set to host the Super DIRTcar Series for the first time in its history.

Super DIRTcar Series director Mike Perrotte has been competing at Airborne weekly in the track’s 358 Modified division this season. Fans can expect plenty of side-by-side racing around the 3/8-mile oval, Perrotte said.

Read more: All-Square: Super DIRTcar Series Heads to Airborne For First Time

Mahaney and Ward Hope to Use Home Track Advantage at Utica-Rome

New Yorker 100 Set for July 2 at Vernon, NY Half-Mile

CONCORD, N.C. – June 22, 2017 – When the Super DIRTcar Series rolls into Utica-Rome Speedway, a number of home track drivers will attempt to use their knowledge from weekly competition as an advantage in the New Yorker 100. Chief among that list are full-time Series regulars Mike Mahaney and Pat Ward.

Mahaney, a King Ferry, NY native, is looking forward to racing at the big Vernon, NY half-mile. It’s a change of pace from the smaller, high-banked bullring-style tracks the Series has visited in three of its first four races this season.

“You can kind of use the Big-Block power a little more,” Mahaney said. “When you’re running the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, it’s nice to have a track that will use the motor.”

Genoa, NY driver Pat Ward echoed Mahaney’s sentiments and is looking forward to the extra space Utica-Rome’s larger configuration allows.  

“Utica has lots of room with a top, bottom and middle (groove),” Ward said. “It’s just getting the power to the ground because it gets so slippery (that is challenging).”

Most drivers have become accustomed to the typically slick surface at Utica-Rome. However, Mahaney admits its still a tricky track surface to tackle, even for the weekly regulars.

“Racing on a slick track kind of makes you pull your hair out all the time,” Mahaney said. “It’s very challenging, especially when you have all that Big-Block horsepower. Half the time you can’t use it all.”

That’s not to say a powerful Big-Block motor can’t be useful. The track has had its heavy and fast nights, especially with plenty of early-season rain. However, with 100 laps on the schedule for the Sunday night showdown, it’s likely to get slick.

As a DIRTcar Racing Big-Block Modified home track, Utica-Rome’s regular drivers like Mahaney and Ward will already have a strong idea of how to handle the track with the Super DIRTcar Series rule package.

“This year, the rules are the same with the Series as they are weekly there, so you don’t have to change much,” Mahaney said. “There’s little differences, but being there every week I have a keen eye on what the track conditions are and end up like throughout the night. There’s a lot of good competition at Utica weekly, so it’s tough sledding there.”

It’s a tough battle at each Super DIRTcar Series race as well with 17 full-time drivers following the 2017 tour. Many of them will be trying to upset Matt Sheppard, the reigning Utica-Rome track and Super DIRTcar Series champion. Sheppard won the Series’ visit to Utica last July. So what does it take to be fast at Utica-Rome?

“You probably should go ask Matt Sheppard that,” Ward joked, while remaining tight-lipped. “There’s some different setup stuff that we do at Utica-Rome that seems to help us out.”

For additional event and ticket information on the New Yorker 100 presented by Clinton Tractor on July 2, 2017, visit www.uticaromespeedway.com or www.superdirtcarseries.com

New Format for Super DIRTcar Series All-Star Race at Eldora

Big Blocks Visit World’s Greatest Dirt Track For Second Straight Year

CONCORD, N.C. – June 22, 2017 – The Super DIRTcar Series will return to Eldora Speedway for two action-packed nights of racing at the World’s Greatest Dirt Track on July 18 and 19. The Series will race alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on both nights. The 75-lap Feature event during the Tuesday Night Tailgate on July 18 at the Rossburg, OH half-mile will count towards the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series championship standings.

On Wednesday night, Eldora hosts the Super DIRTcar Series all-star race alongside the NASCAR Trucks Eldora Dirt Derby for the second straight year. The $2,000-to-win, $500-to-start all-star race is open to all 17 full-time Super DIRTcar Series drivers and the three highest finishing non-series drivers from Tuesday night’s event. The all-star race will consist of heat races lined up via open draw and a 20-lap Feature.

The new twist on Wednesday’s all-star format will be that an inversion draw following heat races will determine the starting line-up for the Feature event. Pill numbers 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 will be in the draw bucket. The result could be up to two-thirds of the field inverted for the main event. The inversion is a change from the Series’ usual practice of a driver-by-driver top-12 redraw and forces an interesting element of strategy into the event.

Advance reserves seating tickets for the Super DIRTcar Series’ Tuesday Night Tailgate and Wednesday’s all-star race are available at www.eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com. Visit www.eldoraspeedway.com and www.superdirtcarseries.com for additional event information. 

 

$10,000-to-Win On The Line at Big Show 9

Brett Hearn Brings New Elements to 2017 Edition

June 16, 2017 – On the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule, Brett Hearn’s Big Show 9 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway appears the same as every other race. But make no mistake; the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Tuesday, June 27 is one of the biggest on the schedule this season and a race that drivers make sure they can attend.

 “It’s kind of a fun diversion for me personally to put that show together and make some big things happen,” Hearn said. “Like every year, we have some pretty cool plans to make the show feel different than it does on a Friday night. I’ve tried to create an event that somebody marks on their calendar back in January or February and says “that’s a race I have to be at.”

The ninth edition of Hearn’s Big Show will feature an autograph session from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with Super DIRTcar Series and Albany-Saratoga drivers as well as Ms. Motorsports 2017 Taylor Albert and 1991 Midi Miller.

Fans will also have the opportunity to win up to $1000 with the Pick the Quick Contest. Players who select the top-five fastest cars in time trials (in any order) will split a $1000 jackpot. Hearn is also working on what he calls his “Yankee Stadium” sound system.

“We have a DJ production coming in, so it’s going to have a whole different feel,” Hearn said. “The sound system is going to be amazing. We’ll be integrating a lot of different music into the feel of the show.”

Hearn has been hard at work compiling an impressive list of sponsors to raise the purse to a $10,000-to-win event. Recovery Sports Grill is the primary sponsor for Hearn’s event, along with Halmar International, Fox Racing Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, Cedar Peaks Enterprises and JMMB. While he has help, recruiting sponsors is a big part of promoting the show for Hearn.

“I’m behind the scenes trying to get guys excited about being there and getting my sponsors put together so that we can do different things,” Hearn said.

With the Super DIRTcar Series invading the Malta, NY track to battle the Albany-Saratoga regulars, fans will see the best Big-Block Modified racing has to offer.

“Obviously when you bring the Super DIRTcar Series in you have all the best drivers and right now the Series has 17 guys that are going to all the races,” Hearn said, “plus all the regular guys that run there on Friday night. We’ll have probably an amazing field of 40 to 45 Modified cars alone.”

On race night, Hearn has added tasks as a promoted that keep him occupied. He has a supportive team behind him to help keep the show running efficiently when he switches hats from promoter to driver.

“It’s hard, because the night of the event, at some point I have to switch to Brett Hearn the driver and forget about being Brett Hearn the promoter,” he said. “There are some distractions, I have to admit, but fortunately it’s a track I run on a weekly basis, so I kind of know what to expect. I can kind of lose my focus a little bit and still get back on it at the end.”

Albany-Saratoga is an exciting 3/8-mile oval where action happens quickly and all around the track. The best drivers in the Northeast are sure to take full advantage of the space afforded them with a $10,000 payday on the line.

“It’s elbows up,” Hearn said. “It’s a really racey track and it’s easy on tires. It’s multi-groove. You’re not locked into one place you have to be on the track. You can slide across the middle, you can curl the bottom, you can run the cushion – you can do whatever’s working for you on that night. It’s just a fun place to race.”

Stewart Friesen is the most recent winner of the Big Show while Jimmy Phelps won the 2015 edition, his second career Big Show victory. Hearn’s only win in the event he promotes came in 2013. Hearn would like to win it for the second time now as much as ever.

His last Super DIRTcar Series points win came at Cornwall Motor Speedway on August 23, 2015. Hearn is the winningest driver in Series history with 136 victories and is quickly approaching 900 career Feature wins, with 897 to his credit so far. A win at the Big Show 9 would help both causes.

“I hope I do it before then, but if it comes down to that, maybe that’ll be the one,” Hearn said of ending his current Super DIRTcar Series winless streak. “We’ve had good cars this year, good speed. Our time will come.”

Advanced reserved tickets for the Brett Hearn’s Big Show 9 are available for the top two rows of seating for $35. VIP tickets, including food, beverages, a pit pass and an optional reserved seat are available for $75 or $90. General admission purchased on race day is $25 for adults. To buy tickets or to find additional event information, visit www.thebigshow9.com or www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com

Alan Johnson Leads Super DIRTcar Series to Outlaw Speedway

Series Invades Dundee, NY Track on June 20

CONCORD, N.C. – June 15, 2017 – When the Super DIRTcar Series takes on Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday, June 20 for the Ultimate Outlaw 100, it will be a home game for full-time Series Driver Alan Johnson. The Middlesex, NY native races weekly on Friday nights at Outlaw, which could offer him a slight advantage entering the event.

The one-third mile track isn’t the trickiest track the Series will visit in 2017, but knowing its quirks could play to the advantage of the hometown regulars, including Johnson.

Read more: Alan Johnson Leads Super DIRTcar Series to Outlaw Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series Penalties:

Neal Williams, of the Super DIRTcar Series violated section 11.1-J of the DIRTcar Racing rulebook.

11.1-J:

Any member that attempts and/or is found to be using tires that are found to be illegal in any manner will be suspect to disqualification and/or fine and/or suspension and/or loss of points and/or any other action deemed appropriate by Super DIRTcar Series and/or DIRTcar Officials

and/or World Racing Group Supervisory Officials.

 

Tire samples were taken May 16, 2017 at Bridgeport Speedway in a post-race inspection in the Big Block Modified Series Event and sent to an independent laboratory for testing for chemically altering substances in the tires. The test showed that Neal Williams tire had been altered and did not conform to benchmarks provided by Hoosier Tire Company.

 

Williams has been suspended from all DIRTcar sanctioned events until July 6, 2017, Loss of all points and money earned May 16, 2017, fined a total of $3,950 and placed on probation until December 31, 2017.                                             

Back In Action: Super DIRTcar Series Gearing Up For June 

Five Mile Point and Outlaw Up Next

June 2, 2017 – The Super DIRTcar Series is set to resume action in New York over the next two weeks with stops at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY on Sunday, June 11 before invading Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY on Tuesday, June 20.

Read more: Back In Action: Super DIRTcar Series Gearing Up For June

Super DIRTcar Series Rained Out at Weedsport

Rescheduled Date To Be Determined

CONCORD, NC – May 22, 2017 – Due to heavy overnight rain and saturated grounds, the Super DIRTcar Series has postponed Big-Block Monday at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY. Track and series officials are working together to choose a date for the rescheduled event.

Read more: Super DIRTcar Series at Weedsport Postponed

 

Big-Block Monday Marks Third Points Event of 2017

CONCORD, NC – May 15, 2017 – The Super DIRTcar Series will make its first of three visits to Weedsport (NY) Speedway on May 22 for Big-Block Monday. The takeover of the pristine 3/8-mile oval marks the third points event on the Series’ 2017 schedule.

The grounds of Weedsport Speedway are home to Heinke Baldwin Racing teammates Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin. Now in his second full-time season with the Super DIRTcar Series, the 17-year-old McLaughlin is chasing his first career win on the tour. McLaughlin, who works out of the HBR shop and at the track at Weedsport, knows every inch of the world-class facility. Literally.

“I painted all of the walls at the racetrack Thursday,” McLaughlin said. “We’re working on the track to make it the best possible for the fans.”

McLaughlin’s familiarity with the track could be the advantage he needs to secure his first Series triumph.

“Every race is important to us,” McLaughlin said. “We look at it the same way: we have to unload fast, qualify well, race well and finish well. We’re going into every race, whether it’s a series race or a weekly race, with the same mindset. We’re here to win.”

Fans who can’t make it to the track will be able to watch what is guaranteed to be another ultra-competitive event live on DIRTvision. The Series saw three different winners in its three stops at Weedsport in 2016. Defending series champion Matt Sheppard visited Victory Lane along with Gary Tomkins and Danny Johnson.

Four different drivers have won in five Series races since the track underwent major renovations in 2014. Sheppard is the only repeat winner. Side-by-side racing happens naturally at Weedsport, which helps create the parity, McLaughlin said.

“It’s a tight racetrack,” McLaughlin said. “Everybody’s aiming for the bottom in [turn] one, but coming out of the corner you have a bunch of different grooves. You can race side-by-side at Weedsport pretty easily. It’s a really racey track.”

The recent renovations at Weedsport have made it a state-of-the-art dirt track recognized across North America. The track’s LED lighting system, open concourse area and live video board have made it a fan favorite racing destination and the drivers have taken notice of the full grandstands, McLaughlin said.

“Every big race you come to, the fans are packed in,” McLaughlin said. “That’s awesome in itself. For a local short track like Weedsport to have that many fans, it means a lot not only for the track, but for the sport. I think [the facility] brings in a lot of people who aren’t racing fans and makes them racing fans.”

Two-day advanced reserved tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Empire State Challenge on May 21 and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Monday on May 22 are available online at www.weedsport.com/tickets.

Fans who can’t make it to the track can watch LIVE pay-per-view of both the Empire State Challenge and Big-Block Monday at www.dirtvision.com

 

The Super DIRTcar Series is pleased to announce their list of marketing partners for the 2017 season. A list that features 17 of the industry-leading brands.

Read more: 2017 Super DIRTcar Series Sponsors Announced

 

6/27/17 Albany-Saratoga Speedway Event Info
7/2/17 Utica-Rome Speedway Event Info
7/6/17 Airborne Park Speedway Event Info
7/9/17 Cornwall Motor Speedway Event Info