Hoosier Championship Highlights 2020 DIRTcar Racing Season in Northeast

WEEDSPORT, NY –  In a year filled with uncertainty, there was one thing drivers could count on in 2020: the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. As COVID-19 restrictions throttled motorsports in the Northeast, Hoosier Racing Tire and DIRTcar Northeast stepped up to add value to any DIRTcar sanctioned races in Ontario, CA, Quebec, CA, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York. 

Fortunately for our fans and drivers, many of our dedicated DIRTcar sanctioned tracks found creative ways to make racing sustainable through back gate admissions for participants and live streaming. 

The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship (formerly Mr. DIRTcar) is a unique, season-long, points race for Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks. Each driver’s top 16 finishes throughout the year are calculated towards the championship. This year the payout was expanded all the way down to 20th in each division and totaling over $45,000. 

With nine wins on the year, Stewart Friesen, who racked up the frequent flyer miles in 2020 with his Gander Mountain NASCAR Truck Series obligations on top of his Big Block Modified racing, knocked Matt Sheppard off the top for the championship. Friesen’s nine wins came at Orange County Fair Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, and Bridgeport Speedway where the Super DIRTcar Series took on the new ⅜ mile configuration. He will take over $5,000.

2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, was lights out in 2020 with his DIRTcar 358 Modified. Williamson nailed down nine wins and 14 top fives, mostly in Canada, as Williamson struggled with the 358 during DIRTcar OktoberFAST tallying only a tenth and a fourteenth-place finish. But conquering Canada was enough and Williamson is champion for a $3,000 top prize. 

Kevin Root, a name synonymous with excellence in DIRTcar Sportsman Modified competition, won the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for Sportsman over Andrew Buff by a mere eight points. Once again Root was tough to be at Land of Legends Raceway. The Canandaigua, NY track also hosted the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: Central Division finale, which Root also won. Over the season he picked up wins at Utica-Rome Speedway, Can-Am, and Weedsport Speedway’s only race of the year; the DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale. The Hoosier Weekly Championship was worth $1,000.

DIRTcar Pro Stock drivers battled hard on both sides of the US/Canada border however it was Luke Horning, winner at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, and Utica-Rome Speedway. In the end, only 12 points separated Horning from rival Josh Coonradt, winner at Albany, Utica-Rome, and Airborne Speedway. Like Root, Horning will receive a $1,000 check for his championship.

With the health and safety of everyone in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials decided canceling the banquets this year would be in the best interest of teams, drivers and staff. All posted awards for weekly racing for 2020 will be paid by mail on the previously scheduled banquet date. The DIRTcar Northeast awards will be paid on November 21, 2020.

World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Banquets Canceled For 2020

CONCORD, NC – World of Outlaws and DIRTcar officials have decided to cancel all banquets for the 2020 season. This includes the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, DIRTcar Northeast, Hoosier Tire Weekly Racing and all other DIRTcar divisions.

With the health and safety of everyone in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials decided cancelling the banquets this year would be in the best interest of teams, drivers and staff. All posted awards for weekly racing for 2020 will be paid by mail on the previously scheduled banquet date. The DIRTcar NE awards will be paid on November 21, 2020 and DIRTcar Midwest awards will be paid on January 9, 2021. More details will follow to each member from DIRTcar directly.

Drivers and teams in Series that were able to put together a season will still be awarded their points funds and trophies.

A champion for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will be crowned during the exciting four-day World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The Late Models will compete Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, while the Sprint Cars will compete Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model 2021 schedule has been released and is available at WorldofOutlaws.com. Keep an eye on the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar sites and social channels for the upcoming release of each Series’ 2021 schedule.

Fast-Timers’ Fates Varied throughout DIRTcar OktoberFAST

$3,750 awarded for fastest laps in Time Trials over five races at DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision

WEEDSPORT, NY – October 16, 2020 – All six nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision featured thousands of dollars of special awards put up by our excellent partners in racing. Among the most prestigious of these awards were for the first and second fastest laps in Time Trials for the Super DIRTcar Series Billy Whittaker Cars Big Blocks.

Each driver was awarded $500 for quick-time and $250 for the second-fastest lap. Speed in Time Trials is often an indicator of how the night will finish, but not always. How did the fast-timers fair at DIRTcar OktoberFAST?

OktoberFAST started at “The Great Race Place” Albany-Saratoga Speedway where it was Bart Contracting night at the races. Three-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker hit the ground running picking up fast-time on the night, while the pride of Ransomville, NY, Erick Rudolph, went second quick.

“The Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker redrew fifth and only fell back one spot to sixth in the 60-lap Feature. Albany was one of Decker’s better races of OktoberFAST where he finished with one top-five, three top-tens, and if points had been awarded for the five shows, Decker would have finished ninth overall.

Rudolph had a similar night in terms of progress by starting twelfth and finishing eleventh. He had a solid week where he scored two top-fives and 4 top-tens out of the five completed races. If points had been officially recorded for OktoberFAST, Rudolph had the fifth most.

After an unfortunate rainout at Utica-Rome, the Series moved on to Fulton Speedway where Penske Racing Shocks carried the night’s special awards. It was all Jimmy Phelps at Fulton except for Brett “The Jet” Hearn, who topped Time Trials for the $500 bonus. Phelps wasn’t far off and timed second quick.

From there, “The Baldwinville Bandit” owned Fulton Speedway, winning the Bicknell Racing Products DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Billy Whittaker Cars Big Block Features on the same night.

Hearn redrew ninth but mechanical problems bubbled up early for the No. 20 and he scored twenty-seventh on the night.

Stewart Friesen, the five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week champion, broke through on St. Lawrence Radiology night at Can-Am Speedway. Friesen was coming off a strong night and grabbed a podium at Fulton. The $500 quick-time was by the widest margin of all quick-times during the week. Friesen followed up with a fifth-place finish at Can-Am.

Behind Friesen in Time Trials was Jimmy Phelps coming off his huge night at Fulton. Phelps did not redraw well and wound up finishing eleventh.

A whole new pair of drivers found themselves on top of Time Trials at Land of Legends Raceway. Hometown hero Justin Haers left it all on the track in Time Trials to record quick-time for his $500 bonus thanks to SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment. The half-mile track in Canandaigua, NY hosted the second annual Gerald Haers Memorial in 2020 so the fast-time award was special for Haers.

Despite a strong redraw, Haers battled mechanical gremlins in the Feature and finished back in the twentieth position. The second quickest driver in Time Trials was Demetrios Drellos, from Queensbury, NY. Drellos proved himself a solid qualifier last year and it showed again at Land of Legends Raceway. Drellos’ time was worth $250 from SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment.

The OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway was presented by Stirling Lubricants, based in Rochester, NY. It was the Matt Sheppard and Max McLaughlin show at Weedsport.

Sheppard grabbed the Stirling Lubricants Fast-Time Award while McLaughlin timed a tick behind for second quick. They tandem capped off the memorable night by swapping those positions in the 75-lap classic in which Max McLaughlin became a first-time Super DIRTcar Series winner.

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DIRTcar OktoberFAST Fast-Time Awards

Albany-Saratoga Speedway – Bart Contracting – Billy Decker

Fulton Speedway – Penske Racing Shocks – Brett Hearn

Can-Am Speedway – St. Lawrence Radiology – Stewart Friesen

Land of Legends Raceway – SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment – Justin Haers

Weedsport Speedway – Stirling Lubricants – Matt Sheppard

Hard Chargers Brought Excitement to DIRTcar OktoberFAST

The most exciting special award of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision was the classic Hard Charger Award. Five exceptional partners added an additional $250 bonus for the driver who advanced the most positions during the course of the Feature: The Hard Charger Award. 

To receive the Hard Charger Award, a driver usually suffers a difficult start to the race night. Sometimes the team misses the setup for Time Trials when the track is heavy or slicker than expected. A poor Time Trial lap results in a poor starting position in the Heat Race. In other instances, a driver might run into mechanical or incidental trouble while in a transfer position causing them to drop out despite wielding a fast race car. 

Even seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champions have off days. Matt Sheppard struggled to get his No. 9S to handle throughout the first half of the week including Albany’s OktoberFAST kick off where he was forced to qualify through the Last Chance Showdown. 

Sheppard then started in the twenty-first position for the 60-lap Feature. From there it was hammer down for the Waterloo, NY Big Block driver. Sheppard motored up twelve positions to capture the Bart Contracting Hard Charger Award at Albany. 

Tim Sears Jr., from Clay, NY, knows his way around Fulton Speedway. Sears failed to qualify out of his Heat Race but he made it into the top three of his Last Chance Showdown after starting ninth. He proved his Fulton skills on Penske Racing Shocks night by advancing twelve positions from twenty-fifth to thirteenth. 

Demetrios Drellos was forced to use a Super DIRTcar Series provisional in order to start the 60-lap Feature at Can-Am Speedway. Drellos struggled all night until the Feature when “Double D” turned on the afterburners to pick up nine spots in the Feature for the St. Lawrence Radiology Hard Charger Award. 

Erick Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, calls Land of Legends Raceway home on Saturday nights for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. Unfortunately, that home track advantage did not aid the pilot of the No. 25R until Feature time. He barely made the field out of the Heat Race, finishing fifth, which put him back in the nineteenth starting position. 

Finally, when the 60-lap Feature took the green, Rudolph was set up. He powered through fifteen rivals on his way to a fourth-place finish for the SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment $250 Hard Charger bonus. 

The most dramatic Hard Charger award came at the DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway sponsored by Stirling Lubricants. Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, had a stellar week of racing during OktoberFAST picking up podiums at all four races going into Weedsport. 

It looked like that would continue as he qualified for the redraw out of the Heat Race. Unfortunately, Mahaney was disqualified from the Heat Race results due to a shock infringement. After that, the No. 35 started scratch in the Last Chance Showdown where he drove up through the field and nearly made the show. 

Mahaney took a Series provisional to start the Feature and he was a man on a mission. He made precise moves and gambled when necessary to advance all the way to tenth place at the conclusion of the 75-lap Feature. 


DIRTcar OktoberFAST Hard Charger Awards

Albany-Saratoga Speedway –  Bart Contracting Hard Charger – Matt Sheppard +12 

Fulton SpeedwayPenske Racing Shocks Hard Charger Tim Sears +12 

Can-Am SpeedwaySt. Lawrence RadiologyDemetrios Drellos +9

Land of Legends RacewaySuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment – Erick Rudolph +15

Weedsport SpeedwayStirling LubricantsMike Mahaney +17

World Finals Postponed to 2021

World of Outlaws Adds LAST CALL as Season Ender at Charlotte

With continued COVID-19 restrictions impacting the sports and entertainment world, officials at the World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte have announced that the Can-Am World Finals, originally scheduled for Nov. 5-7, has been postponed to 2021. However, the two premier dirt racing series will still end the 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the World of Outlaws Last Call featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Due to N.Y. State travel restrictions, the Super DIRTcar Series will not participate.

“Unfortunately, the current restrictions make it impossible to have the world’s three premiere racing series in the Pit area together,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter,  “but if any year needs to end with a bang it’s 2020. As frustrating as 2020 has been, we’re going to end it in spectacular fashion. All dirt roads still lead to Charlotte.”

Limited two-day Late Model and Sprint Car event tickets and Pit Passes for the World of Outlaws Last Call will be available on worldofoutlaws.com on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 9AM ET. CDC protocol and social distancing will be required. All grandstand tickets will be General Admission, and there will be no cross-over between Pit Area and Grandstands. Single-day tickets, if still available, will go on sale on Oct. 28.

Current Can-Am World Finals ticketholders will have the first opportunity to secure tickets to the 2021 World Finals or may elect to receive a full refund. Ticketholders and campers for the original event are encouraged to visit CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for further details regarding renewals for 2021 or refunds.

“We’ve been hopeful for the past several weeks that North Carolina’s pandemic restrictions would lift, enabling us to fill the grandstands for the very best in dirt track championship racing,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter.  “Unfortunately, the current limitations prohibit us from executing the Can-Am World Finals in the manner that fans from around the world have come to expect. Our efforts are focused on making 2021 the best yet.”

The Can-Am World Finals annually attracts fans from all fifty states and several foreign countries to witness the season finales of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series.

Heavy Storm Cancels Wednesday OktoberFAST Action at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY – October 7, 2020 – A large storm system with rain and strong winds moving across Central New York has forced DIRTcar Racing officials to cancel tonight’s DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision event at Utica-Rome Speedway. There is not a rain date available for the race. 

Join DIRTcar Racing Thursday live on DIRTVision when the Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series, Bicknell Racing Products DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, and the Racing Electronics DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series are in action at Fulton Speedway. 

After the conclusion of DIRTcar OktoberFAST, all pit passes will be refunded for today’s event. 

Get all your DIRTcar OktoberFAST info at SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

DIRTcar UMP Modified Stars Offer Unique Insight to OktoberFAST Competitors Set to Take on Six Straight Nights of Racing

By Jordan DeLucia

CONCORD, NC – Six nights. Six tracks. One week of non-stop Super DIRTcar Series action live on DIRTVision. DIRTcar OktoberFAST starts Tuesday, Oct. 6, at iconic Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

While the die-hard Big Block Modified fans of the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Northeast may not be so familiar with such a phenomenon as the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, there is a legion of the dirt track racing community that lives it every single summer, for five-straight weeks, running consecutively for the past 35 years.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals, also known as The Hell Tour, combines 850HP Late Models with what race fans in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest know as a DIRTcar UMP Modified to create one of the most grueling regional tours in all of motorsports. With two separate tours of racing scheduled six days a week across several different states, the competition is fierce, and the tempers sometimes flare.

Drivers hit the dirt of a new track almost every single night, providing a new configuration with new challenges for every race, much like the OktoberFAST roster will see.

In many ways, DIRTcar OktoberFAST is its own slice of The Hell Tour.

To all of those DIRTcar UMP Modified fans not yet familiar with what the Northeast calls a “Modified,” consider this your invitation to watch one of the coolest and most unique divisions of dirt track racing take on some of New York’s most storied speedways.

If there’s one driver on the Super DIRTcar Series roster that knows what it’s like to race several days in-a-row on multiple different tracks, it has to be the five-time NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week champion Stewart Friesen.

Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, earned Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and has since racked up 25 Feature wins in his career with the Series. Partnering with Halmar International for the 2016 SDS season, Friesen also made his NASCAR debut in the 2016 Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. This partnership paved the way for the foundation of what is now Halmar Friesen Racing, a division of the Halmar Racing Team, competing full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series.

“We have two great race teams – one on the Truck side of it and then our Modified race team has been growing the last five years,” Friesen said. “This is our fifth year together, racing for Chris Larsen and the Halmar group. It’s been good; we’ve just been kinda fine-tuning stuff.”

Through his ventures in NASCAR, Friesen hasn’t forgotten about the Big-Blocks. His Modified race shop in Sprakers, NY, provides him easy access to his dirt equipment and is within reasonable distance to some local Big-Block racing hotspots.

At times, Friesen will hit both the asphalt and the dirt in the same weekend. A NASCAR Truck Series race on Thursday, Sept. 17, was the kickoff to a Modified tripleheader for he and his dirt track team at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday, Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania on Saturday, then back up to Fonda Speedway on Sunday. This marathon-like schedule Friesen follows on some weekends certainly puts him ahead in the conditioning game as he prepares for the six days of OktoberFAST.

“We’ve got a strong bunch of teammates on the dirt car. Obviously, running six races in six nights is going to be a test. It’s going to be a lot of fun, number one, and number two – we’re glad to be getting out and putting these Big-Blocks to work. It’s been a weird season, but we’re looking forward to the six nights and I’m lucky to have a lot of good teammates that are going to be able to make the trip with us,” he said.

The east-to-west nature of the OktoberFAST schedule will give each of the teams some quality time spent up-and-down Interstates 90 & 81; a total of 437 miles from track-to-track. However, some drivers will be making special trips back to their own race shops between races, while others will stay out several nights in-a-row, much like the nature of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

“We’re actually going to break it up a little bit,” Friesen said of his unique travel plans. “We’re located just south of Fonda, where I live and where the Modified shop is. We’ll do Albany-Saratoga the first night and then come back to the shop. We’ll do Utica the second night and probably come back to the shop after that too, and then we’ll go out and do the Friday-through-Sunday on the road. Probably stay in the Syracuse area, get a hotel room between that and the toter.”

While Friesen and his constantly moving nature are certainly travel-acquainted by now, several of the Sportsman and Pro Stock drivers may not be in the same boat. So, allow the ironmen of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment (UMP) Modified Nationals to offer up their thoughts on exactly what six-straight nights of racing involves.

Summit Modified regular Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, just clinched his second career tour championship earlier this month, coming off a 12-win campaign in his second full-time venture on the tour. He’s also a five-time champion of Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals in the UMP Modified division. The UMP Modifieds have the most consecutive appearances of any division in the 12-day-long event, so Hoffman’s learned a thing or two about being prepared.

“Whether we run six nights at Volusia or the Hell Tour, or any of that type of stuff, the guys that are best prepared are always going to run up front every night. No issues each night, no problems, making sure nothing falls off – that type of stuff,” Hoffman said.

Likewise, Zeke McKenzie, of Claypool, IN, just made Summit Modified history in becoming the very first driver in tour history to reach perfect attendance in a single season. The 2020 tour has seen 26 races contested so far with only one makeup event remaining, and he’s been at every single one. He, like Hoffman, knows the daily grind of driving overnight to the next track, waking up, getting maintenance done, racing and repeat.

“It’s definitely something you have to be prepared for,” McKenzie said. “The competition is stiff, no matter what class you go to – Big-Blocks, UMP Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Late Models … You have to get your maintenance done every day and be ready to race.”

However, with the ongoing business restrictions from the pandemic, there’s been one big curveball McKenzie’s had to deal with throughout the year – finding a suitable place for services.

“What the fans aren’t going to see is the trucks parked up at the truck stop, trying to get something to eat, or finding somewhere to stay. You definitely have to have your ducks in a row to travel,” he said.

Each of the drivers on the OktoberFAST roster has their home track, but not all who register will see theirs on the schedule. Regardless of their experience at the non-home-tracks, each driver will have to learn to adapt. Racing all but three races outside of his home state on the Summit Modified tour, McKenzie’s become a pro at adapting and getting the inside scoop on tracks he’s unfamiliar with.

“If your car feels really balanced, you should be good. The biggest thing for us is we talk to the local drivers when we come in. We find out what gear they’re running and if the track’s been hard on tires or not, and you sort-of take what they tell you into play and put it to good use,” he said.

And if by chance adaptation doesn’t come right away, keeping a cool head will be key. In times of struggle, McKenzie often recalls a word of advice on sticking with it from a fellow DIRTcar UMP Modified regular.

“I go back to something Kenny Wallace told me a month or so ago – you have a different opportunity every night. So, if you run bad one night, there’s always tomorrow.”

All six nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision will be broadcast live around the world by DIRTVision as part of the $39 monthly Fast Pass subscription.

For detailed schedules, race-by-race event info and much more, click SuperDIRTcarSeries.com/OktoberFAST

LIVE AND LOCAL: Central New York Talent Takes Center Stage on DIRTVision Broadcasts for Six Nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST

WEEDSPORT, NY — When the Super DIRTcar Series hits the track again for the highly anticipated OktoberFAST races Oct. 6-11, viewers at home will be tuned in to DIRTvision to spectate from afar. The six race event will take place at six revered and historic tracks across the state of New York, and give viewers from around the world a chance to watch some of the nation’s most heated dirt track competition.

Largely known for broadcasting the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car series races, the trip up North is actually a homecoming for America’s premiere Dirt Racing streaming service. DIRTvision’s roots go all the way back to the very popular “This Week on Dirt” program that was enjoyed by thousands of Northeast racing fans in the mid-’90s.

DIRTvision was really a part of the acquisition when Boundless Motorsports purchased DIRT Motorsports from Glen Donnelly. It was a part of the operations at Weedsport Speedway and had been an integral part of what they were doing with ‘This Week on Dirt’ and the other pieces of television for the local area there when Glenn was building the business. DIRTvision really began in the Northeast and now we’re bringing DIRTvision in to be more prominent in the Northeast, and we’re starting with OktoberFAST. It’s a homecoming of sorts,” said World Racing Group CEO and frequent Pro Stock driver Brian Carter.

Due to travel restrictions, the DIRTvision crew got creative to line up the necessary people to pull off six nights of broadcasts. The onsite crew for an event like this consists of everyone from camera operators to the announcers, a producer as well as pit reporters. In this instance that constitutes a team of 14 members at the track. In addition to those on site, the studio in Concord, NC will be staffed with an additional five people who will put the finishing touches on the stream before sending it out to the fans.

DIRTvision Director of Broadcast Brian Dunlap says the available talent in the area has enabled the team to feel confident in being able to pull off the marathon broadcast.

“We have worked with Bret Moses [Weedsport Director of Production] and his team for several projects over the last few years. New York being a hot-bed of racing there is already a significant pool of very talented videographers. We have been fortunate enough to work most of these guys since our early days of streaming at the Syracuse Mile. When we looked at travel restrictions into New York State it only made sense to work closely with Bret’s team,” said Dunlap.

 

Dan Kapuscinski, PR Coordinator for Weedsport Speedway and color commentator for Weedsport Productions, sees it as a bit of a homecoming as well. The 20 year motorsports veteran will join the DIRTvision team with Super DIRTcar Series announcer Shane Andrews to give the broadcast that special New York touch.

I actually worked as a part of WRG’s Media and DIRTvision crew as a Media Specialist from 2009-2011, so being able to join the team for this week of racing feels like a homecoming of sorts.  Anyone that gets to work with Shane Andrews and this team should consider themselves pretty lucky.  It’s an honor to be able to work with the group that is bringing this outstanding week of racing to fans across the country,” said Kapuscinski. 

With 2020 being the year of COVID, officials and promoters were not able to work out a situation that would allow the traditional Super DIRT Week to take place. In an effort to bring some normality to racing fans in the Northeast, OktoberFAST was created as a vehicle to do just that. Having already raced without fans earlier in the year, DIRTcar and DIRTvision made the decision to turn the event into a virtual speedweek.

It’s almost a flashback to May for the World Racing Group; really back to when we had to do this with all of the series. We did it with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Knoxville on May 8, without a crowd and we’ve done it with World of Outlaws Late Models at Jackson without a crowd. So we’re bringing the Super DIRTcar Series into the fold as best we can. We were hoping to have fans, but with DIRTvision, we can bring the Super DIRTcar Series into the racing highlights for the year 2020,” said Carter

The multi-night event also serves as an introduction to the Super DIRTcar Series’ new home on DIRTvision. For the past three years the Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRTweek have been broadcast on FLOracing. In 2021 the series will make the transition back to DIRTvision, with the inclusion of the Big Block Modified, some of the other touring series and some highlighted tracks during the year, bringing the unique racing to the fans across the country that are already enjoying the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Summer Nationals and other races that DIRTvision broadcasts.

“One of the primary objectives of getting this done is to introduce the Northeast fans back to DIRTvision. What we’re going to do with OktoberFAST is launch our coverage of the Big Block Modifieds and the other touring series to the Northeast fan. Give them a taste of the service and show them that they can use DIRTvision if they’re unable to travel to the World Finals or World Short Track Championship. They’ll be able to use DIRTvision to watch their favorite race car drivers and enjoy the racing from afar,” Carter said.

For Kapuscinski it’s a proper reunion.

“The roots of national media coverage for the DIRTcar Modifieds are buried at Weedsport Speedway, dating back to the former Rush Hour on DIRT broadcasts and the LIVE Empire Sports broadcasts of the 1990s.  For many years DIRTvision became the extension of that work, so to have DIRTcar and the Super DIRTcar Series back as part of DIRTvision is huge for Northeast teams and fans. This week of racing is going to put Northeast teams, sponsors, partners and tracks in a spotlight they have not seen in quite some time.”

DIRTcar’s OktoberFAST Driving Traffic Back to the NY State Fairgrounds

SYRACUSE, NY — Sept. 29, 2020 — For more than 40 years each October, the Orange Lot at the New York State Fairgrounds was home to some of DIRTcar Racing’s most ardent fans. They camped no matter the weather for a chance to watch their heroes take on the Moody Mile in search of Super DIRT Week glory.

In a year like no other, DIRTcar Racing returns to the New York State Fairgrounds this October … on the big screen. With a Drive-In Theater set up in the Orange Lot, fans can watch all of the action with many of their racing legends from OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision, an event with over $300,000 in purse and prize money featuring six races in six nights at iconic dirt tracks across New York.

DIRTVision is broadcasting all six nights live around the world, and it will simulcast the action to the New York State Fairgrounds theater in the Orange Lot, which has audio through an FM transmitter and exterior speakers. The cost per car is only $39, same as a DIRTVision FAST PASS subscription.

The six nights of racing include:

Oct. 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks.

Oct. 7 at Utica-Rome Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and Pro Stocks.

Oct. 8 at Fulton Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds.

Oct. 9 at Can-Am Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds.

Oct. 10 at Land of Legends Raceway — Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds.

Oct. 11 at Weedsport Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks.

The event is fast-approaching so make plans to reminisce about the history of DIRTcar Racing at the NY State Fairgrounds with friends and family while watching OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision on the big screen.

The registration deadline for drivers and crew is Friday, Oct. 2.

For detailed information, including driver registration, schedules, news and more, click SuperDIRTcarSeries.com/Oktoberfast.

Unique Awards at All Six OktoberFAST Events Add $40,000 for Racers

WEEDSPORT, NY — OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision is a week-long event, Oct. 6-11, boasting more than $300,000-plus in purse and prize money. Now, on top of that, several sponsors have stepped up to put in an additional $40,000 worth of special prizes and cash awards. Racers will have an opportunity to take home their slice of the pie during each of the six nights when the Northeast’s top DIRTcar  racers compete at six historic tracks across Upstate New York. 

In addition to the cash awards, competitors in the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions will be entered in a drawing to win a Chevrolet Performance 602/604 Crate engine. Competitors will receive one entry per each race entry towards the final drawing. One engine will then be awarded to a competitor in each of those two divisions.

The awards, specific to each track and listed below, range from winning the pole to capturing the Last Chance Showdown, being Hard Charger and many more. 

Starting the event off on October 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Bart Contracting will be paying out nearly $4,000 to competitors. The Columbia County, New York company is a  multi-generational High-End Residential & Commercial Contracting Business & Home Builder. With a focus on combining expert craftsmanship with the highest quality materials, Bart Contracting’s work will last for centuries.

When the event moves to Utica-Rome Speedway on October 7, SRI Performance will be offering a generous $5,000 to racers. SRI Performance is your all-inclusive warehouse for racing and street performance products. We also carry a large variety of fasteners, welding equipment, and Industrial Supplies.

Penske Racing Shocks has chipped in a cool $5,000 for night 3 at Fulton Speedway on October 8. Penske Racing Shocks is the world leader in custom damper applications. Our catalog contains different types of shocks with standard lengths as well as certain available technologies.

As the event heads into its second half at Can-Am Speedway on October 9, St. Lawrence Radiology has graciously stepped up to post nearly $5,000 in awards. St. Lawrence Radiology Associates provides radiology services throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

Joining us at Land of Legends Raceway are new partners SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment. Big Block drivers know where to get the power and that’s with the rugged Champion portable generators.

When OktoberFAST wraps up on October 11 at Weedsport Speedway, Stirling Lubricants has put up nearly $4,000 in rewards. With a dedicated team and quality products, Stirling Lubricants provide their clients with oils and lubricants they can trust from brands they know.

Fans and other businesses will have an opportunity to get in on the action by sponsoring additional awards after October 1. There will be an online submission right here on our website. Stay tuned to our Social Media accounts and web page for further details.

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Albany-Saratoga
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Bart Contracting
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Bart Contracting
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Bart Contracting

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Utica-Rome
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SRI
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SRI
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $100.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $250.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 SRI

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Fulton
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Penske Shocks
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Penske Shocks
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Penske Shocks

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Can-Am
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Land of Legends
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Outside Pole Award $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Luck Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Weedsport
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Stirling Lubricants