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DIRTcar Northeast Series invade Mohawk International Raceway Sept. 13 and 14
Small block track champion Billy Dunn aiming for the win in the Super DIRTcar Series feature Saturday
AKWESASNE, N. Y. - In one of the final weekends before NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII, the four DIRTcar Northeast series are invading Mohawk International Raceway Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series hit the track Friday night, followed by the Big-Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Saturday night. 
Currently third in Super DIRTcar Series points, the northern New York local Billy Dunn is ready to challenge point leaders Brett Hearn, in first, and Matt Sheppard, in second. The Watertown, N. Y., driver has been competing weekly at Mohawk, claiming seven wins over the season and his second consecutive track champion there in the 358-Modified division.
"I couldn't ask for a better season," said Dunn. "It's a little bit of a drive from Watertown every Friday, but I'm having a lot of fun racing there." 
Read more: Big-Blocks head to Mohawk

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Competition Fierce as Super DIRTcar Series Points Battle Nears

Friesen, Varin, Hearn among those challenging Sheppard's Modified supremacy


WEEDSPORT, N.Y. — May 3, 2013 — After winning an unprecedented three consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championships, Matt Sheppard clearly has established himself as the Big-Block Modified driver to beat. Sheppard, though, will have his hands full when the 2013 season opens with the Hall of Fame 60 on Wednesday, June 5, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.


The best in the business will be racing to unseat “Super Matt” from his championship throne. Drivers like Hearn, Friesen and Phelps will be have a target on Sheppard’s No. 9s FX Caprara Car Co./Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell.

Read more: Competition Fierce as Points Battle Nears

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Friesen Unfreezes, Flies Forward to Super DIRTcar Series Win at Volusia

Wednesday Winner Danny Johnson Still Leads in Event Points for DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2013 – Stewart Friesen found his groove yesterday, Thursday, February, 21, in the second of four Super DIRTcar Series feature races during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, and that groove took him all the way to victory lane.

“I was able to roll in the middle, I was good on the bottom, good on the top,” Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, said of driving on the track at Volusia Speedway Park. “We had a really balanced car, which is key.”

Friesen, a two-time VP Small Engine Fuels 200 Champion, was off to a slow start earlier in the week, breaking the top 20 in only one of three timed practice sessions Tuesday. His performance improved Wednesday, and has continued to improve Thursday. He hot lapped strongly at the sixth fastest time overall and placed second in his heat, carrying the momentum through the checkered flag.

“We worked really hard on the car; we had a couple problems in the practice session Tuesday and we worked them out yesterday in the feature,” Friesen said. “We made some good adjustments to the car.”

Read more: Freeze Warning


Matt Sheppard Three-Peats: Crowned Super DIRTcar Series Champion Third Year in a Row

Young Driver, Just 30, of Waterloo, N. Y., First Ever to Win Three Consecutive Series Titles

CONCORD, N. C. – Nov. 5, 2012 – Two-time consecutive Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard made it to the top again this year, becoming the first Big-Block Modified driver to score three series championship titles in a row.

“It put my name in the record books for a little while. It means a lot to me,” said the 30-year-old Sheppard of Waterloo, N. Y. “The first one was great, you always remember that; the second one was remarkable, it was just as good as the first one; but to win the third in a row, just the face that nobody’s ever done it before, that’s something really special.” (Photo by Mike Petrucci)

Read more: Sheppard "Three-Peats"

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Gates Open Wednesday at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 

Teams present cars to officials during early inspection as anticipation builds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Oct. 2, 2012 - NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week will come to life Wednesday morning when hundreds of campers caravan into the New York State Fairgrounds, but first on Tuesday more than 110 cars rolled through early inspection to get a jump on the biggest race week of the year.

Campers will begin moving into the fairgrounds at 8 a.m., then by 3 p.m. DIRTcar Modifieds will roar onto the Moody Mile for their first practice session of the 41st running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.


Read more: Gates Open at Syracuse

PEAK Motor Oil Named Title Sponsor of World of Outlaws World Finals

NAPA Auto Parts set as presenting partner of huge championship-crowning event

CONCORD, N.C. - Sept. 18, 2012 - The World of Outlaws and Charlotte Motor Speedway are pleased to announce PEAK® Motor Oil will be title sponsor of the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 1-3, 2012, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. In addition, NAPA Auto Parts will be presenting sponsor of the event that crowns champions in the three top divisions of dirt track racing: the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.

"PEAK is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws World Finals," said Bryan Emrich, Old World Industries Chief Marketing Officer, makers of PEAK Antifreeze, Motor Oil and other automotive products. "The brand is a great fit for dirt track fans, and we think they will be excited to watch the championship drivers put our products to the test on the track."


Read more: PEAK Motor Oil Named Title Sponsor of World of Outlaws World Finals

WEEDSPORT, N. Y. - July 12, 2012 - When Chris Raabe maneuvered his 01 small block around the quarter-mile oval at Cornwall Motor Speedway to his first career Super DIRTcar Series victory Sunday, July 1, he marked himself a worthy contender even against more powerful Big-Block Modifieds. Raabe, who has triumphed against Big Blocks before, although never before in a series race, proved that up-and-coming drivers don't have to start big to win big.

The 21-year-old resident of Napanee, Ontario, said the small blocks he drives have their niche, and, given the right conditions, can rival the Big Blocks for top spots. For instance, the comparatively short track at Cornwall, where the lack of long straight-aways diminishes the effect the engine power differential has on the race, creates opportunity for small blocks to lead the pack.

"There's a time and a place for a small block, and anytime you're on a long track, the bigger tracks, the Big Block always prevails," Raabe said. "But sometimes you do come across a small block track, and there they're just as competitive as the Big Block at times."

Read more: Raabe a Strong Up-and-Comer this Season

Emotional and Exhilarating Inductions Ceremony at The Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum

- Doiron, Bicknell & Johnson in as Drivers while Tobias, Colton, Kirkland, Alton and Carole Palmer honored for significant Contributions to the sport

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - May 27, 2012 - Hundreds of fans, media, family and friends all melded together nicely in the the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum to honor eight  greats who have made the sport of dirt track racing the spectacle it has become today. Among the splendor and artifacts of racing's rich past and many powerful racing machines of era's gone by, Ovide Doiron, Pete Bicknell & Jack Johnson were inducted as drivers along side Alton & Carole Palmer, Cheryl Kirkland, Billy Colton, & Dianne Tobias for their special contributions to the sport of dirt track racing. Also honored and acknowledged for their tireless efforts as ambassadors and stewards of racing, were standout motorsports announcer the voice of Northeast dirt modified racing, Shane Andrews & Hall of Fame curator, racing historian and pioneer, the incomparable Jack Speno.

Read more: Emotions Run High at Hall Inductions

Bill Colton Earns Northeast Modified Hall Of Fame Mechanic Award In 2012

Veteran chassis designer and crewman Bill Colton has been named to receive the annual 'Mechanic of the Year Award' and will be formally honored during the 21st Northeast Modified Hall of Fame induction and special award ceremonies scheduled for Sunday, May 27 on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the annual Memorial Day Weekend holiday show at neighboring Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

Read more: 2012 DIRT Hall of Fame Class: Bill Colton


By Gary Spaid & Joel Doiron

Ovide Doiron was born in Shediac, New Brunswick on the 22nd of September 1940. It is from this date as to where the #40 originated. He will turn 72 years of age this year.

He started his racing career on asphalt at the Riverside Speedway (Montreal area) in 1958, in a NASCAR affiliated division. During this time he worked on the cars owned by the track owners. One incident he recollects is having the throttle stick (probably because of the seven carburetors linked together!!) and flew off the first turn. When the safety officials got to the car, it was broken in half and Ovide was suffering from a few broken bones.

Read more: 2012 DIRT Hall of Fame Class: Ovide Doiron

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