COVID-19 Restrictions Postpone Super DIRTcar Series at Thunder Mountain and Land of Legends

CONCORD, NC — The extension of New York State’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19 has forced the postponement of the Super DIRTcar Series races at Thunder Mountain Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Land of Legends Raceway Thursday, Aug. 13. 

Series officials and Thunder Mountain Speedway management are hopeful the Super DIRTcar Series will make its debut this season in Center Isle, NY. Thunder Mountain has had a strong season already featuring DIRTcar 358 and Sportsman Modifieds racing in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. The planned Central Region Sportsman Series event on the same day is also postponed.

“We were very happy and excited to get our first Super DIRTcar Series event off the ground at Bridgeport in New Jersey,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. “Unfortunately in New York with the executive order being extended it has caused another schedule shuffle. The team at Thunder Mountain was really looking forward to the event, it was to be their biggest in the track’s history. We will look for a date down the road to see if we can reschedule the Super DIRTcar Series and also the DIRTcar Sportsman Series event.” 

In addition, the Gerald Haers Memorial scheduled for Aug. 13 at Land of Legends Raceway where there are many special bonuses will now take the place on the originally scheduled Sept. 19 Super DIRTcar Series race at the track.

“The Haers family is very special to not only Land of Legends but to DIRTcar as well,” Reynolds said. “It will make our Fall event there even more special.”

A lot has been unpredictable about 2020 but one thing that has remained a constant is Big Blocks at Land of Legends Raceway. While the Series won’t be in competition on Aug. 13, promotor Paul Cole has decided to offer a 40-lap $4,000-to-win DIRTcar Big Block Modified special.

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7/29/20 Bridgeport Motorsports Park

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [9]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [19]; 4. 4b-Andy Bachetti [24]; 5. 7m-Michael Maresca [14]; 6. 21a-Peter Britten [10]; 7. 19f-Tim Fuller [13]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [6]; 9. 35-Mike Mahaney [3]; 10. 88-Mat Williamson [20]; 11. 111-Demetrois Drellos [11]; 12. 19m-Jessey Mueller [22]; 13. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [16]; 14. 5H-Chris Hile [5]; 15. 2-Jack Lehner [21]; 16. 32-Brandon Grosso [27]; 17. 14w-Ryan Watt [28]; 18. 3t-Tyler Dippel [18]; 19. 17-Marcus Dinkins [26]; 20. 25r-Erick Rudolph [17]; 21. 1Jr-Billy Pauch [8]; 22. 9s-Matt Sheppard [12]; 23. 26-Ryan Godown [4]; 24. 7-Rick Labach [15]; 25. 99L-Larry Wight [1]; 26. 0w-Neal Williams [7]; 27. X-Chad Phelps [25]; 28. 29k-Ryan Krachun [23]

Hard Charger Award: 4b-Andy Bachetti[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 14w-Ryan Watt, 17.14; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.153; 3. 19f-Tim Fuller, 17.683; 4. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 17.688; 5. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.71; 6. T3-Tom Scheetz, 18.104; 7. X-Chad Phelps, 18.19; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.32; 9. 35-Mike Mahaney, NT

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.032; 2. 26-Ryan Godown, 17.084; 3. 1Jr-Billy Pauch, 17.093; 4. 3t-Tyler Dippel, 17.24; 5. 2-Jack Lehner, 17.536; 6. 7m-Michael Maresca, 17.855; 7. 1z-Jessica Zemken, 18.054; 8. 65-Mark Pettyjohn, 18.988

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 5H-Chris Hile, 17.23; 2. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.269; 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.452; 4. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 17.556; 5. 4b-Andy Bachetti, 17.68; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 17.772; 7. 7-Rick Labach, 17.835; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 18.335; 9. 6c-Josh Delea, NT

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 111-Demetrois Drellos, 17.084; 2. 0w-Neal Williams, 17.153; 3. M1-Dave Marcuccilli, 17.326; 4. 91-Billy Decker, 17.331; 5. 29k-Ryan Krachun, 17.364; 6. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.393; 7. 32-Brandon Grosso, 17.705; 8. 2a-Mike Gular, 17.716

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [5]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [9]; 4. 19f-Tim Fuller [3]; 5. 25r-Erick Rudolph [4]; 6. T3-Tom Scheetz [6]; 7. X-Chad Phelps [7]; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher [8]; 9. 14w-Ryan Watt [1]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 1Jr-Billy Pauch [3]; 3. 26-Ryan Godown [2]; 4. 7m-Michael Maresca [6]; 5. 3t-Tyler Dippel [4]; 6. 2-Jack Lehner [5]; 7. 1z-Jessica Zemken [7]; 8. 65-Mark Pettyjohn [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 5H-Chris Hile [1]; 2. 21a-Peter Britten [2]; 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard [3]; 4. 7-Rick Labach [7]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [6]; 6. 19m-Jessey Mueller [4]; 7. 4b-Andy Bachetti [5]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8]; 9. 6c-Josh Delea [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 111-Demetrois Drellos [1]; 2. 0w-Neal Williams [2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 4. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [3]; 5. 88-Mat Williamson [6]; 6. 29k-Ryan Krachun [5]; 7. 32-Brandon Grosso [7]; 8. 2a-Mike Gular [8]

LCS – Last Chance Showdown (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 2-Jack Lehner [2]; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller [3]; 3. 29k-Ryan Krachun [4]; 4. 4b-Andy Bachetti [7]; 5. X-Chad Phelps [5]; 6. 32-Brandon Grosso [8]; 7. 1z-Jessica Zemken [6]; 8. 14w-Ryan Watt [13]; 9. 2a-Mike Gular [12]; 10. T3-Tom Scheetz [1]; 11. 48T-Dave Rauscher [9]; 12. 17-Marcus Dinkins [11]; 13. 65-Mark Pettyjohn [10]; 14. 6c-Josh Delea [14]

 

Bridgeport Crowns Friesen ‘King of the Big Blocks’

SWEDESBORO, NJ – 28 premier Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified drivers charged into 100 laps of the unknown at the newly reconfigured high-banked, Bridgeport Motorsports Park at outset of the ‘King of the Big Blocks’ 100. 

Every driver in the field rose to the occasion and fought hard for the win but only the 5-time NAPA Super DIRT Week champion, Stewart Friesen, would be crowned ‘King of the Big Blocks.’ In Victory Lane, an emotional Stewart Friesen dedicated his win to the late Danny Serrano who passed away after working all Winter to prepare the new Bridgeport Motorsports Park for race season. 

Friesen won his Heat Race to make it to the Redraw and randomly selected 9th. With 100 laps to run, there was plenty of time for the Halmar International no. 44 to make up the necessary ground.

The Gypsum Racing cars of Larry Wight and Billy Decker led the field to the green flag. The no. 99L took off and jetted out to an early lead while Ryan Godown, Chris Hile, and Mike Mahaney duked it out for the rest of the top 5.

The next 20 laps stayed green and Decker began reeling in Wight. Slowly but surely Wight started to fade. On lap 20, Wight relinquished the lead to Decker. At the same time, Friesen began making serious inroads to the top 5 passing both Mike Mahaney and Chris Hile in one fell swoop for 4th. 

Everything changed on lap 25. 

Decker, while running in the lead, suffered a flat tire and brought out the caution. Incredibly, Decker was able to fight through the field all the way back to second place. 

“I didn’t expect to be on the podium but when it blew, sometimes getting a new tire early can win you the race,” said Decker. “By the looks of Friesen’s tire [in Victory Lane], we weren’t far off.”

On the restart, Friesen jumped to 2nd and then the lead, but suddenly the caution came out for Matt Sheppard and Mike Mahaney.  Both went behind the wall before starting their charge to the front once again. 

Friesen then outdueled Wight for the lead and drove off. Wight later retired from the race due to a mechanical failure. 

At the halfway point, Friesen was leading but Matt Sheppard worked his way back up into the top 5. Sheppard finally caught up with Friesen with 12 laps to go and made the pass. Almost immediately the no. 9S slowed and brought the caution flag out. His night was over although he did receive a free Hoosier Racing Tire for redrawing position 12. 

Friesen noted the Sheppard pass: “I figured the tire was shot because we started skatin’ pretty good. The car was getting upset in the bumps off of turn 2 a little bit. I tried to guard the bottom but Matt [Sheppard] got me on the top,” said Friesen. “I don’t know what happened but Danny Serrano was looking out for me tonight.”

Then it was Billy Decker’s turn to try and take down Friesen. He threw everything he had at him. “You have to hit it just right to get a run,” said Decker. “I was close but didn’t want to lay iron on him. I was trying. I didn’t come here to finish second.” 

3rd place finisher Jimmy Phelps was very happy with the result.

“The car was a lot better than me all night. We didn’t qualify well and I don’t think it had anything to do with the car, “said Phelps. “It just took me a while to get used to this place. What a great, racy place.”

The no. 98H never went away and the Baldwinsville Bandit never gave up. 

“It took me 50-60 laps to get to the top of turns 1 and 2 and the car could drive all over in 3 and 4. But I am happy. I wasn’t sure about halfway we had climbed up to 10th and then went back to 15th. Fortunately, the attrition helped us make it back in there.”

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PHOTO: Quinten Young 

King of the Big Blocks 100 Feature results:

1) STEWART FRIESEN 2) Billy Decker 3) Jimmy Phelps 4) Andy Bachetti 5) Michael Maresca 6) Peter Britten 7) Tim Fuller 8) Billy Dunn 9) Mike Mahaney 10) Mat Williamson 11) Demetrios Drellos 12) Jessey Mueller 13) Dave Marcuccilli 14) Chris Hile 15) Jack Lehner 16) Brandon Grosso 17) Ryan Watt 18) Tyler Dippel 19) Marcus Dinkins 20) Erick Rudolph 21) Billy Pauch Jr. 22) Matt Sheppard 23) Ryan Godown 24) Rick Labauch 25) Larry Wight 26) Neal Williams 27) Chad Phelps 28) Ryan Krachun

Contingency sponsorship awards:

Billy Whittaker Cars $100 – Stewart Friesen

VP Racing Fuels $50 – Billy Decker

Cometic Gasket $50 – Chris Hile

Comp Cams $50 – Demetrios Drellos

Fox Racing Shocks $50 – Marcus Dinkins

ARP $50 – Peter Britten

DART $50 – Demetrios Drellos

Drydene $50 – Peter Britten

ASi Racewear $50 – Tim Fuller 

Bicknell Racing Products $100 certificate – Stewart Friesen

Comp Cams $50 certificate – Billy Decker

Hoosier Racing Tire (free tire) – Matt Sheppard

Wrisco Aluminum – Stewart Friesen

ARP $50 certificate – Chris Hile

DART $100 certificate – Billy Decker

DART $100 certificate – Marcus Dinkins

Drydene $50 – Ryan Watt

COVID-19 Restrictions Force Cancelation of Super DIRTcar Series ‘Battle on the Midway’ at Orange County Fair Speedway

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Super DIRTcar Series and Orange County Fair Speedway management have agreed to cancel the Tuesday, July 28 “Battle on the Midway” Series race due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Both organizations are looking forward to getting back on track with the Eastern States 200 on Sunday, Oct. 25.

“Orange County promoter Brett Hearn went into great detail and time in an attempt to make the Super DIRTcar Series event work at Orange County,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. 

“Unfortunately with New York State restrictions, and now with the track having to hold off on the drive-In section, we both felt best to cancel the show and move the focus to Eastern States Weekend.  Brett still wants to give the DIRTcar Big Blocks a show on the July 28 date and is looking to put together another type of program to give the gang a race to run.”

Orange County’s return to weekly DIRTcar action plus the Eastern States 200 coming back to the Series schedule created a lot of buzz around the Middletown oval. 

“We are all very disappointed. Orange County is my home track where my dad and I grew up watching racing. I saw Brett Hearn’s first race!” Reynolds said. 

“And I can tell how much Brett is disappointed as he followed the Series for so many years. He loves the Series and really wanted to have this event in his first year at the promotional helm.”

The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds kick off their return to racing on Wednesday, July 29th at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, New Jersey. 

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BRIDGEPORT CONFIRMED: Super DIRTcar Series Returns to Premier New Jersey Speedway

Swedesboro, NJ – DIRTcar Racing officials and Bridgeport Motorsports Park have agreed to proceed as scheduled with the “King of the Big Blocks” Super DIRTcar Series event on Wednesday, July 29. Bridgeport and the Series welcome all fans and competitors to make history on the brand new high banked, short track configuration. 

“It’s been an ongoing shuffle and dance with the Super DIRTcar Series Schedule,” said Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds. “We are glad that New Jersey has been holding events in the past few weeks. Bridgeport has been off to a great start with the new configuration and promotions from Doug Rose. It will be neutral ground so to speak so it will be a really exciting event watching the Series regulars going up against the Bridgeport faithful.”

The Swedesboro oval has been on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule off and on since 1973. Frank Cozze and Billy Pauch are tied with the most Series wins with just two each. Those wins came on the .625 mile speedway. 

Bridgeport Speedway kicked off its 2020 season with a brand new high-banked .400 mile configuration. Ryan Godown, from Ringoes, NJ,  won the very first race on the new configuration. 

“There’s great racing, multiple grooves, which is pretty awesome,” Godown raved. “At most tracks you get settled into a groove but here the grooves are constantly changing.”

Godown is looking forward to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds to take to the new track. “The guys from New York are in for it,” he said. “It takes some getting used to. Doug [Rose] has done such a great job. The place is just awesome.” 

The new Bridgeport Speedway has been configured as .400 mile high-banked clay oval. 

“It’s like nothing we’ve ever been to. The closest I can describe it is that it’s like Eldora Speedway with tighter turns. I believe it’s a little higher banked in turns 1 and 2 than Eldora believe it or not,” noted Godown. 

The longest race so far on the new track has been 40-laps. The Super DIRTcar Series will race for $7,500-to-win and 100 laps. 

Visit Bridgeport Speedway’s website for ticket information and directions. Also, give them a follow on Twitter and Facebook

Unfortunately, due to New York State’s COVID-19 guidelines, the Land of Legends Raceway race on July 22 has been canceled. 

“Land of Legends Raceway promoter Paul Cole and I spoke, and with the uncertainty that still surrounds New York State, in general, we just both felt it was best to cancel this show in July and move our full focus to the already scheduled August 13th event,” Reynolds said. “Super DIRTcar Series events are large scale events that you want to have all your resources in place and with the uncertainty right now, it was best to have our eyes on August. Paul still wanted to have a special show on the 22nd for the DIRTcar Big Blocks and I think he has some great ideas. It’s going to be a cool show.”   

Follow the Land of Legends Raceway on Facebook and Twitter for updates about their DIRTcar Big Block Modified special.

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WEEDSPORT CANCELED: COVID-19 forces cancellation of Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame event at Weedsport

WEEDSPORT, NY – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 guidelines, Weedsport Speedway and the Super DIRTcar Series have canceled the Hall of Fame 100. 

The historic Series staple, Weedsport Speedway, continues to lay dormant until fans are allowed back in the grandstands. 

Please also note that the Hall of Fame ceremonies that were scheduled for Thursday, July 23 are also canceled.  More details will be announced in the near future. 

Keep an eye out for future schedule updates on SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, Facebook, and Twitter. 

RANSOMVILLE RESCHEDULE: Summer Nationals for Super DIRTcar Series Moved to Monday, August 24

RANSOMVILLE, NY –  The Summer Nationals originally to be raced on July 7 at Ransomville Speedway has been rescheduled for Monday, August 24 in accordance with local guidelines regarding COVID-19. 

The Super DIRTcar Series has turned up the Niagara County earth with Big Blocks since 1973 when Jack Johnson parked the no. 12a in Victory Lane. As of late Stewart Friesen has dominated the track his family helped build winning three of the last four Series tour stops at “The Big R.” 

Before’s Friesen’s run, Billy Decker dominated 2014 setting the all-time track record and winning the 100-lap Feature. 

Ransomville Speedway’s Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar 358 Modified field is full of elite drivers but there are two names everyone should know: Mat Williamson and Erick Rudolph. 

Rudolph and Williamson not only butt heads weekly on the .375 mile Ransomville paperclip but on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, and the Super DIRTcar Series. Both drivers sort it out cleanly and with great respect. It’s an understated but significant rivalry in the northeast. 

Both drivers weighed in on the Series and Ransomvile ownership shoring up a date. 

Erick Rudolph is from the town of Ransomville, NY so this race is always special. 

“Everyone around town and local fans get hyped up for the Series to come in,” said Rudolph.

Mat Williamson noted, “The place is pretty cool for the Series because the track is good for a Big Block at the beginning of the night and slicks off by the end. It makes for dynamic racing. That’s what makes it one of the best races we go to all year.”

There will be a set of strong local drivers to defend home turf. 

“Ransomville is a fun place to race weekly. Parm and the whole team there have done an amazing job upgrading the facility and making it into one of the premier tracks of New York State,” said Williamson. “It’s filled with talent weekly with Mike Bowman, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Susice, Greg Martin, and Gary Lindberg all there.

Can Rudolph and Williamson convert their 358 Modified success into a Super DIRTcar Series win at the “The Big R?” 

“There’s a lot of unknowns going into it this year,” noted Rudolph. ”I hope to get on the track soon.”

Race fans are in store for an outstanding DIRTcar Northeast doubleheader as the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: Western Region is in town as well.

Stay up to date with more schedule announcements coming up on SuperDIRTcarSeries.com. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Border Restrictions Force Officials to Cancel Canadian Mid-Summer Races

CONCORD, NC — Canada has extended the border closure with the United States through the end of July, and due to these restrictions the Super DIRTcar Series is forced to cancel and postpone several events that were scheduled north of the border. 

Also, the July 2 race at Land of Legends has been postponed until Wednesday, July 22. 

“With the ever-changing restrictions due to COVID-19, the Super DIRTcar Series schedule has been quite the juggling act,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. “First with the extension of the Canadian border closing, and now with the uncertainty of executive orders in New York, we have to make some changes.

“We were all set for July 2 at Land of Legends, but with recent changes and the uncertainty of when or even how many fans would be allowed in the stands, Paul Cole and I determined it was best to postpone to later in the Summer where we hope to have better guidance from the state,” Reynolds said. “Our teams have been itching to get on the track so we are looking at some of our partnered tracks outside of New York in an effort to schedule a race or two where we’ve unfortunately lost dates.”

Super DIRTcar Series officials and Cornwall Motor Speedway ownership are working to reschedule their June 28 race on a future Sunday later this Summer. 

The June 29th event at Le RPM Speedway in Quebec is canceled. 

Drivers and fans were looking forward to being a part of Ohsweken Speedway’s historic 25th Anniversary season on July 6th, but the event will not be held in 2020. The Super DIRTcar Series and Ohsweken are looking forward to making it happen in 2021.

The fan-favorite “Quebec Swing” to Autodrome Granby on July 20 and Autodrome Drummond on July 21 have both been canceled. The gros blocs will invade Quebec once again in 2021. 

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The Big Show Waits for 2021, New Albany-Saratoga Date Being Explored

The Big Show Waits for 2021, New Albany-Saratoga Date Being Explored

MALTA, NY — Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 12 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway originally scheduled for June 23 has been postponed to 2021 because of mass gathering restrictions to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Track and Series officials are working on a new event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for this season. 

“In talking with promoters Brett Hearn and Lyle DeVore, we, unfortunately, have to cancel the Big Show-themed event,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. “However, we will continue to follow the scope on what is going on in New York State with the COVID-19 restrictions, and hope to add a Super DIRTcar Series event at Albany-Saratoga later in the summer.” 

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MAHANEY MATTERS: Mike Mahaney is ready to fly in 2020

CONCORD, NC – King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney has a reputation. In the pit area, the full-time Super DIRTcar Series competitor has a smile as wide as a front stretch is long but on the track, he’s known as a ferocious competitor.

2019 was a revolutionary year for Mahaney. He joined one of the most storied race teams in the history of dirt modified racing in the Northeast: The iconic yellow George and Julie Huttig-owned Adirondack Auto no. 35. 

NAPA Super DIRT Week fans will immediately recognize the yellow paint scheme as it has been entered in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 for many years with top drivers behind the wheel such as Mike Perrotte, Wayne Jelly, and Frank Cozze. 

Perrotte was the Huttig’s first driver and he brought the No. 35 to the team in 1985. It’s been emblazoned on the Huttig machine ever since. 

Traditionally, outside of NAPA Super DIRT Week, the Huttigs fielded a DIRTcar 358 Modified rather than a Big Blocks. But with Mahaney on board, the Adirondak Auto team enters a new era. 

As a full-time driver, any lull in action is difficult, especially one as extended as we are experiencing in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This whole thing has everyone nervous because we just don’t know what to expect,” said Mahaney. “It would be nice to get out there but the next best thing has been iRacing.” The only difference is that the dirt is digital and the cars are virtual but the competition has been incredibly fun for fans and competitors alike.

Mahaney has been competing in the World of Outlaws iRacing Invitationals against some of the best drivers across the country and even the world. His sponsors have been exposed to many thousands of people on FOX Sports, CBS Sports, and DIRTvision making the friendly competition well worth the time for a full-time racer who depends on sponsors. 

“We have been able to put on a show and advertise our sponsors where if we can’t get on the track this is the next best thing to keep their names out there and show them off a bit in a positive way,” said Mahaney. “There’s a lot of negativity out there and this was positive we can do.”

Since day one of the shutdown, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing have been working diligently to create racing entertainment for the present while we prepare for the “Return to Racing” and reaction to the iRacing shows has been tremendous. 

When it comes to the racing there are adjustments for real-life drivers to make. 

“The simulator has limitations. You don’t get a “seat of your pants” feeling from the race car of course but it works on your hand-eye coordination and you’re working on your audio coordination,” he noted. “The track changes. You have to move around to find the right groove. You gotta do trial and error with setups. It’s not necessarily the exact changes that we make in real life but you do have to try something to see if the car got faster. You get into that rhythm of what you do in real life.”

Mahaney has been paired against some of the best World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car drivers plus stars from NASCAR like Joey Logano, Will Byron, and even Formula 1 and IndyCar star Juan Pablo Montoya. 

“The best part of iRacing is that it doesn’t matter where you are, you can race against people from across the world. We are a Northeast division so it’s rare for us to run into drivers from California or Texas,” Mahaney said. “It’s cool not only because you can race with each other but you get to talk to each other too. We’re on the radio chatting it up and people are going a little bit of trash talking. Instead of fighting in the pits they just say what they want to say and it’s over.” 

Of course, sitting behind the wheel of a simulator in your basement or race shop mostly eliminates the risk factor of making a gutsy slider. Mahaney likens the racing to, “having 25 Jac Haudenchild’s out there going as hard as they can go every lap and not giving an inch. And why not? You don’t have a whole lot to risk.”

Of course, there’s no substitute for the smell of VP Racing Fuel, the heat of the Big Block’s exhaust, and the sound of a cheering crowd.

Race fans can catch Mahaney out on the Super DIRTcar Series trail when the tour starts up again. Additionally, the Adirondack Auto team will also be on the hunt for valuable Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and, new for 2020, Orange County Fair Speedway. 

Now in the second year of the DIRTcar Big Block Modified program, Mahaney and team are ready to rock. 

“We were going to be more prepared than ever before the pandemic but now all we have is time,” said Mahaney. “Without being able to race or test, we’ve learned more about what to work on in the shop. But we won’t know what to do with the cars until we run them.”

Between the Super DIRTcar Series, Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly racing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, plus select races at Utica-Rome Speedway, the team has to keep up a strict maintenance schedule rotating equipment in and out. 

On some weeks the Adirondack Auto machine will can potentially race four DIRTcar events. The common rulebook makes that possible. “Going from DIRTcar track to DIRTcar track we know we can run our Hoosier Racing Tires and Big Block,” said Mahaney. 

Mahaney is excited to start racing at Orange County. 

“There’s a big attraction to running Orange County. There’s a really good weekly purse and a great point fund. DIRTcar sanctioning means we know 100 percent what we are getting into for rules,” he noted. “There’s a strict rulebook and with Brett Hearn running it, I think knowing him as a racer and a professional, he’ll keep to the rulebook. You know what you expect.”

Needless to say when the Return of Racing comes to the Northeast, Mike Mahaney and his team will be ready. Of course they could not do it all without the support of their sponsors Adirondak Auto, Huttig Nissan, Marcella’s Appliances, Bosch, and Darcy Construction. 

Get connected to Mike Mahaney Racing. Check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to come out to the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Fridays, Orange County Fair Speedway Saturdays, and all along the Super DIRTcar Series tour.