New Races, Return of Eastern States Highlights 2020 Super DIRTcar Series Tour

CONCORD, NC — Super DIRTcar Series fans saw one of the greatest all-time championship battles go down to the final night of the 2019 season, culminating in Mat Williamson edging seven-time champ Matt Sheppard for the crown. Today, the Super DIRTcar Series reveals its 2020 schedule, setting the stage for the best Big Block Modified drivers in the country to showcase their brand of wheel-to-wheel racing at the most historic and tradition-filled venues across the Northeast. 

There are 30 races on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule with nearly $1.3 million at stake during the season, including eight events where drivers will have a chance to lock themselves into the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week in October.

One of the biggest additions to the 2020 tour is the return of the legendary $40,000-to-win Eastern States 200 on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY. Also, for the first time ever, the Series will take on New York’s Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle. Bridgeport Speedway also returns with a $7,500-to-win Feature on the new 3/8-mile version of the famous New Jersey track. Finally, Ontario favorite Ohsweken Speedway is back with a $10,000-to-win, NAPA Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Qualifier on July 6.

The DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford features the best dirt track racing in Florida, including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, and of course the “Beasts from the Northeast” from Feb. 4-15 at Volusia Speedway Park. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Super DIRTcar Series kicks off five nights of intense 40- and 50-lap non-points feature action. Last year, Larry Wight took home the coveted Big Gator trophy.

The points-paying season rumbles to life at Can-Am Speedway with a $7,500-to-win Thunder in the Thousand Islands 100 on Saturday, April 11. The Series will see the newly configured 4/10-mile version of the speedway for the first time, making it anyone’s race. 

Weedsport Speedway is a part of the very fabric of short track Big Block Modified racing having hosted Super DIRTcar Series races since 1972. The Series has contested the Central New York oval 68 times and the 2020 schedule will add three more names and numbers to the winner’s list.

The first of Weedsport’s three races is the Heroes Remembered 100 on Memorial Day, May 25. Then, on Sunday, July 26, $10,000 and a guaranteed NAPA Super DIRT Week berth will go to the winner of the annual Hall of Fame 100.  Finally, on Monday, Sept. 12, Weedsport hosts a mega-event, which will also award more than $10,000 to the winner and a Billy Whittaker Cars 200 starting position.

Tuesday, June 23, marks the first NAPA Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 qualifier of 2020. A guaranteed start and $10,000 are on the line at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Brett Hearn’s The Big Show XII. Later in the season, the fan-favorite Malta, NY, track hosts a second Billy Whittaker Cars qualifier on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Battle at Toga pays out $10,000 to the winner, as well.

The high-banked bullring of Cornwall Motor Speedway follows on Sunday, June 28. The quarter-mile has seen 25 Series races in its history with Brett Hearn carrying the most wins with five. Eight-time champ Sheppard is on a three-race win streak going into 2020’s O’Canada 100. 

The next day, Monday, June 29, the Series rolls up to another bullring, Le RPM Speedway in Quebec. The $7,500-to-win battle royale on the quarter-mile dirt oval is sure to thrill Canadian and road-tripping American fans.

Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, is set for a huge year on the Super DIRTcar Series tour. The historic track, and weekly home of Sheppard, Rudolph and more, has three Super DIRTcar Series races scheduled. On Thursday, July 2, celebrate Independence Day with the Liberty 100. The Series then returns on Thursday, Aug. 13 for the Gerald Haers Memorial and a second $7,500-to-win Feature on the high-speed Finger Lakes New York half-mile. Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 19, a minimum of $10,000 and a NAPA Super DIRT Week guaranteed start are on the line to wrap up the three-race Land of Legends miniseries.

The long-awaited return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Ontario’s Ohsweken Speedway is on Monday, July 6, which is also the 25th Anniversary of their very first racing event. The Series comes back in a big way with a 100-lap Feature to pay $10,000-to-win as well as a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week. Chad Brachmann took the first of only two previous races at the 3/8-mile speedway back in 2015. The next day, Tuesday, July 7, the Series rolls back stateside to Niagara County for the Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway. 

The next stop is another Monday-Tuesday doubleheader, this time in Quebec. On July 20, the big, fast, and exciting Autodrome Granby hosts the Super DIRTcar Series to kick off the Quebec swing. The next day, Tuesday, July 21, is Autodrome Drumond’s turn to pack the stands for Series action. 

Tuesday, July 28 the Super DIRTcar Series goes to the Orange County Fair. The Battle on the Midway 100 at Orange County Fair Speedway is a NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier paying $10,000 to the victor. 

But the Series returns to Middletown, NY, one more time in 2020 and it’s huge. The $40,000-to-win Eastern States 200, on Sunday, Oct. 25, is officially a Super DIRTcar Series points race once again. Adding another prestigious and historic event to the Series schedule makes the month of October even more special.

Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey has played host to 18 Super DIRTcar Series races in its illustrious history. The Series returns for the 19th time on Wednesday, July 29 for a $7,500-to-win Feature. Series drivers will have to contend with the best New Jersey and Pennsylvania drivers to come away with a win on the newly configured 4/10ths -mile version of the historic track. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Super DIRTcar Series makes its inaugural visit to New York’s Thunder Mountain Speedway. Thunder Mountain also announced DIRTcar sanctioning for 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds in 2020. Teams and officials are excited to take on the challenge of a new track for $7,500-to-win. 

The Mr. DIRT Track USA is set once again for the giant Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 5, and paying $25,500 to the winner plus a guaranteed spot in the NAPA Super DIRT Week field Kenny Tremont Jr. has successfully defended his home territory for the past two years. Can a Series driver invade for a win in 2020? 

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 6, the Series rolls to Utica-Rome Speedway. Billy Decker and Brett Hearn each have Series high two wins at the Vernon, NY track. The half-mile is a staple of DIRTcar with weekly 358, Sportsman and Pro Stock sanctioning and the fans looked forward to the annual stop of the big blocks!

The most exciting, prestigious and historic dirt track racing event of the year takes place Oct. 7-11 in Oswego, NY. Dirt will cover Oswego Speedway for the fifth consecutive year for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX featuring the $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, Oct. 11. Williamson took the win in 2019 and propelled himself to the Series championship. Back-to-back wins would cement Williamson’s name in Series history.

The Series’ final trip to Canada is Friday, Oct. 16 for the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Danny Johnson and Decker are locked in a tie for the most Series wins at Brockville with three. Will it be a veteran wheelman who takes The Bullring win or can a young gun like Demetrios Drellos or Jack Lehner ride to victory?

Finally, two Can-Am World Finals Features at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will decide the points for the 2020 championship race. No doubt Williamson will be aiming to create a little more breathing room than last year, but eight-time champion Sheppard and the rest of the field will be eager to write their names in the history book. 

With a total winner’s purse alone totaling at least $293,000 plus and a minimum of $500-to-start, it’s no wonder the Super DIRTcar Series is the pinnacle of Big Block Modified racing in the Northeast. Check out the all-new SuperDIRTcarSeries.com for schedule updates, race reports, track info, driver stats and more.

Day/Date — Track — Location
Tue-Sat, Feb. 11-15 — Volusia Speedway Park — Barberville, FL
Saturday, April 11 — Can-Am Speedway — Lafargeville, NY
Monday, May 25 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY
Tuesday, June 23 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Malta, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, June 28 — Cornwall Motor Speedway — Cornwall, ON
Monday, June 29 — Le RPM Speedway — St. Marcel, QC
Thursday, July 2 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY
Monday, July 6 — Ohsweken Speedway — Ohsweken, ON (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Tuesday, July 7 — Ransomville Speedway — Ransomville, NY
Monday, July 20 — Autodrome Granby — Granby, QC
Tuesday, July 21 — Autodrome Drummond — Drummondville, QC
Sunday, July 26 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Tuesday, July 28 — Orange County Fair Speedway — Middletown, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Wednesday, July 29 — Bridgeport Speedway — Swedesboro, NJ
Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Thunder Mountain Speedway — Center Lisle, NY
Thursday, Aug. 13 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY
Saturday, Sept. 5 — Lebanon Valley Speedway — West Lebanon, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, Sept. 6 — Utica-Rome Speedway — Vernon, NY
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Saturday, Sept. 19 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Saturday, Sept. 26 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Malta, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, Oct. 11 — Oswego Speedway — Oswego, NY (49th NAPA Super DIRT Week)
Friday, Oct. 16 — Brockville Ontario Speedway — Brockville, ON
Sunday, Oct. 25 — Orange County Fair Speedway — Middletown, NY (Eastern States 200)
Thu-Sat, Nov. 5-7 — The Dirt Track at Charlotte — Concord, NC

CHAMPION CELEBRATIONS

LIVERPOOL, NY – Nov. 24, 2019 – The best DIRTcar racers in the Northeast were honored Saturday night at the annual DIRTcar Night of Champions after a season where fans were treated to one of the closest Super DIRTcar Series championship battles of all time.

More than $212,000 in cash and awards was handed out to nearly 100 drivers across four series as well as the four divisions of DIRTcar Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.

Mat Williamson outran Matt Sheppard in the final two races of the season to become the Super DIRTcar Series’ first Canadian champion. As Sheppard put it, it’s the consistency that wins championships.

Williamson — piloting the No. 88 Buzz Chew Bicknell chassis Big Block Modified and his family-owned No 6 — was up front all year, but it wasn’t until a Friday the 13th in the Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway when Williamson would finally break out. He went back-to-back with wins at Brewerton and Mohawk Int’l Raceway, and then one month later picked up his final and most memorable checkered flag of 2019. He cemented his place in Super DIRTcar Series history by picking up the victory at NAPA Super DIRT Week’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

Those late-season wins catapulted the 28-year-old St. Catharines, Ontario, driver to new heights. Williamson is a champion in every way, but while nothing could shake him up en route to winning the title, getting on stage in front of his team, crew, family and competitors made for too much emotion to hold back.

“First things first is that I am really nervous to be up here right now,” Williamson said. “This is my whole dream to be up here, but I didn’t think it would happen at this age. I looked up to Billy [Decker], Matt [Sheppard], and Brett [Hearn] and everyone who has done this, who I watched growing up.”

Williamson split his time between two cars. The Buzz Chew Racing No. 88 competed in the US races while the family-owned No. 6 took on a majority of the Canadian tracks.

“It says a lot about the super team that we have behind us,” Williamson said. “The guys work so hard and put in so much preparation going into it. Everybody that’s behind me elevates my level and make me better. The preparation of both cars was second to none. It also says a lot of Billy the Kid engines. It’s one hell of a motor to finish every race and every lap.”

Family is extremely important in racing and the Super DIRTcar Series is no exception.

“I have to thank my family,” Williamson said. “My Mom and Dad for getting me to this point in life, to build me into the man today and my girlfriend. She sticks by me.”

For the first time in four years, Sheppard was interviewed by Shane Andrews not as Series champion but as runner-up. It last happened in 2014 when Super Matt fell to Billy Decker.

“This feels a little weird,” Sheppard said with a smile on stage with Andrews. Sheppard congratulated Williamson and his team. Although the No. 9s fell short of another championship, Sheppard led the Series in wins with nine.

Decker, of Unadilla, NY, rounded out the top three. Decker bookended the season with a DIRTcar Nationals win at Volusia Speedway Park in the first race of the season, and then capped off 2019 by winning the finale at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Decker’s consistency was also key as he only finished outside of the top 10 on three occasions.

Ryan Godown, from Ringoes, NJ, was voted Rookie of the Year as the highest finishing rookie in the points standings. Godown’s best finish came at the Orange County Fair Speedway where he crossed the line in second place to pick up a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week.

Fifth-place finisher Erick Rudolph was awarded the KSE Hard Charger of the Year Award. The No. 25R made up the most positions four times throughout the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series season.

Despite finishing fifth in Super DIRTcar Series points after his championship run in 2018, Rudolph still put together a tremendously successful year. Rudolph took his DIRTcar 358 Modified program to the highest reaches in 2019, scoring the overall DIRTcar 358 Modified Series title plus Track Championships at Ransomville Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway.

“I can’t believe how blessed I am to be able to do what I do here,” Rudolph said. “I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that I have and hope to keep doing the same in the future. I gotta thank my car owners, my sponsors and everyone in my group. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing today.”

No one can deny how good Kevin Root is in his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified. For the second year in a row, Root scored the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series championship. After claiming the Central Region championship, Root went on to have a fantastic NAPA Super DIRT Week in five nights straight of competition cement his second crown.

At the banquet, Root noted that with his current resume he’s, “open to job offers.”

Root’s son, Nicholas, was awarded the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Crew Chief award and took home an eagle for himself. Hopefully, Dad will give him some room on the mantle.

C.D. Beauchamp has a new nickname. According to banquet host Shane Andrews, C.D. can only stand for one thing: Championship Driver. Beauchamp took his slick No. 88x to the top and brought the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series championship home to Quebec.

In addition to the four series champions, weekly racers were also honored. Matt Sheppard in the Big Block Modified class, Mat Williamson in the 358 Modified division, Brad Rouse in Sportsman and Josh Coonradt in Pro Stocks were all honored for their Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship titles.

“Amazing season. Amazing team,” said Beauchamp. “They do so much for me and everyone is just amazing. They give me a good car every race. I’m just the driver, they do all the hard work. This is a family operation.”

Stay tuned to SuperDIRTcarSeries.com and DIRTcar.com as the 2020 season comes together. As always, make plans to escape the winter by coming to the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Feb. 4-15 at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, FL.