Danny Johnson Set To Defend Florida Tour Title

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Weedsport, NYJanuary 12, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Two years ago Danny Johnson made his debut with JIR Motorsports in the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. In just one more month team owner Jeff Isabell and Johnson will reunite for an all-out run at the coveted Florida Tour title as DIRTcar Racing NorthEast opens up for it’s 33rd straight season of operation.

“My plate is fuller than its ever been, so I can only hope for the best once we get out on the road,” said Johnson, 47, as he prepared to defend his Advance Auto Parts Modified mini-series crown steering the JIR Motorsports/Troyer entry carrying his trademark number 27J. The Rochester, New York favorite dominated the Big-Block action last winter as owner Dave Thompson’s first-string pilot, posting a pair of feature wins and adding a runner-up finish to capture his third title in gator country. “All I know for sure right now is that we’re running in Florida, so we’ll see what falls into place after that.”

Johnson continues in his fourth decade of racing when the 37th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia arrives in February, with 2008 marking the 20th trip to the Sunshine State for the DIRTcar Big-Block contingent. Florida Tour ’08, Feb. 13-16, features the mighty Advance Auto Parts Modifieds contending in three 30-lap main events with a $5,000-to-win 50-lap finale closing out the trip on Saturday.

Just like his initial outing with JIR Motorsports in the winter of ’06, Johnson will pace the parade down south alongside a full squadron of cars and drivers making the haul. The ‘Doctor’ expects to head the multi-car operation once again with familiar owner Jeff Isabell, son Joe Isabell and Alan Fink sharing the load. Jeff Isabell, Jr. may even help fill the roster in his own ride if he is able to make a break from school come mid-February.

“We’ll probably hit the Advance Auto (Super DIRTcar Series) shows most of the season, it all depends on how we do early on,” figured Johnson, who owns 65 Advance Auto Parts tour triumphs (2nd all-time) among his 295 (4th best) DIRTcar Big-Block feature wins logged since 1979. The popular second-generation pilot won back-to-back Florida Tour championships in 1987-88 and has collected 11 checkered flags along the way.

“It will be a lot of work any way you look at it but I’ll be focused only on my ride. Jeff has four cars yet only one with my name on it. He will still call all the shots so I’ll just worry about doing the best I can out on the track. Right now I’m pretty happy, I think I’ll have a good hot rod in Florida and things are looking real good as long as we don’t run into any bad luck,” Johnson added.

Johnson tops a pre-race entry list already headlined by past Florida DIRTcar Nationals point champions Brett Hearn, Alan Johnson, Pat Ward, Andy Bachetti and Billy Pauch. Veterans Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Rick Laubach and Jamie Mills, along with young guns David VanHorn, Rob Bellinger, Keith Flach and ’07 DIRTcar Sportsman rookie of the year Larry Wight are among more than 30 drivers also confirming plans to attend.

Modified teams can direct any questions regarding rule procedures to Cory Reed, DIRTcar NE Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning, at the DIRTcar NE Office (315/834-6606). For drivers wishing to add their entry information to the pre-race roster, please contact DIRTcar NorthEast PR Director Tom Skibinski at DIRT NE headquarters or through e-mail tskibinski@dirtcar.com correspondence.

Volusia Speedway Park www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com (386/985-4402) is located 15 miles west of Daytona Beach on State Road 40 in Barberville, Fla. For additional information, contact the DIRTcar NorthEast Office during normal business hours or log into www.superdirtcarseries.com.

37th DIRTcar Nationals Schedule & Rule Information
Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Florida Tour
Day-Date Event Feature Winner
Tue-Feb 12 Practice —
Wed-Feb 13 Qualifying Heats, Feature (30 Laps) $2,000
Thr-Feb 14 Qualifying Heats, Feature (30 Laps) $2,000
Fri-Feb 15 Qualifying Heats, Feature (30 Laps) $2,000
Sat-Feb 16 Qualifying Heats, Feature (50 Laps) $5,000
Rules:
– 2008 DIRTcar NorthEast Rulebook applies;
– DIRTcar Hoosier Tires mandatory, Soft, Hard, Extra Hard compounds may be used in any combination;
– Racing Gasoline only;
– Weight Minimum:
*DIRTcar legal big-block up to 467 c.i. (min. 2500 lbs.);
– AMB Transponders & RACEceivers required, NO Radios allowed;
– All heat race line-ups will be determined by draw, all features will start heads-up.

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.

High-Dollar Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Unveiled

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Weedsport, NYJanuary 10, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Fueled by the addition of two more high-paying shows and return of three long-standing member tracks, the 2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series is now in place with a dozen dynamic events culminating with the crowning of the Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Champion for a 26th consecutive year.

“Talk about the Series has already generated a lot of interest and with an official schedule now available, racers and fans can make their summer plans accordingly,” said 358-Modified Series Director Gaston Salvas, who also heads the tech team throughout Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. “We’re looking forward to working with some new teams and making it back to some familiar tracks. The Small-Block Series is always exciting and 2008 should be no different. I’m hoping that if drivers or car owners have any doubts at any time, they feel free to talk with me immediately.”

On the ‘08 docket, Autodrome Drummond (September 13) moves one month later with its seventh 358-Modified tour event the biggest in track history as Small-Block stars on both sides of the border chase a $15,000 top-prize in 150-laps of open-wheel competition. Merrittville (April 26), Ransomville (August 1) and Canandaigua (Sept. 19) speedways are back on DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s premier Small-Block tour after a one-year absence, with Ransomville’s 68-lap Alex Friesen Summer Nationals moving from its traditional Tuesday date to Friday and paying $6,800 to the winner.

“This is a solid schedule, a perfect mix of dates crossing over our entire circuit,” said Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. “Getting some new faces in our Series has been a goal and this year’s tour offers a great opportunity. A lot more money at stake in a shorter schedule should encourage even more teams to be part of the traveling show this season.”

Kicking off the Series in April for the first time since 2003-04, Merrittville’s earliest date ever in its own 2008 lid-lifter is the first of three slated for the province of Ontario. Following Ransomville’s Small-Block showdown, short-track action resumes on Canadian soil when Cornwall Motor Speedway leads off the customary post-regular season campaign for DIRTcar 358-Modifieds on August 31 and Brockville Ontario Speedway (Sept. 6) keeps pace the next weekend.

Teams head back to Canada for the lone stop in Quebec at Drummond before closing out the month with consecutive Friday night 75-lap Small-Block specials at Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels Raceway (Sept. 26).

The green flag falls in October with successive ‘Super DIRT Week’ specials scheduled at Can-Am (October 8), Brewerton Speedway (Oct. 9) and Rolling Wheels (Oct. 10) before the New State Fairgrounds attracts the top Small-Blockers in the Northeast for a fourth straight show on Oct. 11. The curtain comes down Oct. 18 when Orange County hosts the 2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358 finale as part of the prestigious 47th Annual Eastern States Weekend.

For additional information, please contact 358-Modified Series Director Gaston Salvas (450/655-5022 or 514/817-2270; e-mail gastonsalvas@hotmail.com) or DIRTcar NE Director Cory Reed at the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours. In the meantime, log into the DIRTcar homepage at www.superdirtcarseries.com to find out more about the entire circuit.

2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION
Sat-Apr 26 100 Merrittville Speedway Thorold, ONT
Fri-Aug 1 68 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, NY ($6,800 to win)
Sun-Aug 31 100 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, ONT
Sat-Sep 6 75 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville, ONT
Sat-Sep 13 150 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, QUE ($15,000 to win)
Fri-Sep 19 75 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua, NY
Fri-Sep 26 75 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Wed-Oct 8 75 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville, NY
Thr-Oct 9 75 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, NY
Fri-Oct 10 100 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge, NY
Sat-Oct 11 150 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY ($20,000 to win)
Sat-Oct 18 100 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY ($7,500 to win)

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.

2008 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Solid

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Weedsport, NYJanuary 7, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Matching the 16-race total from a year ago, the 2008 Hoosier Tire/Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series is geared up to generate another high-powered performance from top teams contending in DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s entry-level open-wheel division.

The chase for the coveted Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman title begins in April and ends in October, with 13 tracks slated to host high-paying extra-distance events on the way to crowning an overall champion for the 19th consecutive year.

“2008 promises to be a challenge coming off our most competitive series in the history of the tour last year,” said Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning, alluding to the fact that there were eight different winners with all but one making their first-ever trips to victory lane in Series competition. “The Crate engine program has been the reason for the increased participation and we think it will be at an all-time high with Crates’ being the only Series option this season.”

“We’re excited to have Brockville and Genesee back on the trail and look forward to continued success in both Canada and the U.S. Including Brockville, more than half of the Sportsman shows will be run in conjunction with Advance Auto Parts Series Big-Block Modified events to create some great DIRTcar doubleheaders on both sides of the border,” Reed added.

Black Rock Speedway (April 5) kicks off the Sportsman Series for the second straight year while the 50-lap Sportsman finale during Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway (October 18) concludes the ’08 Mr. DIRTcar title chase. Both Brockville Ontario Speedway (July 10) and Genesee Speedway (September 13) last held Sportsman Championship trail races in 2006.

Teaming together for the festive Independence Day celebration, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (July 3) and Brewerton Speedway (July 4) join Black Rock and Brockville as the only tracks running a Mr. DIRTcar event prior to the traditional Labor Day shootout at Rolling Wheels. The Niagara Frontier is the setting for the tour’s lone tripleheader that features consecutive 50-lappers at Ransomville, Merrittville and Humberstone speedways the first weekend in September.

On the heels of successive Saturday shows at Merrittville (Sept. 6) and Genesee, Canandaigua Speedway (Sept. 20) and Rolling Wheels (Sept. 27) close out the month before Fulton Speedway (Oct. 3) hosts its the traditional Vic 200 Weekend title race. Super DIRT Week showcases Sportsman at Can-Am, Rolling Wheels and the New York State Fairgrounds’ Syracuse Mile before Orange County takes center stage for the big season-finale downstate.

For additional information, please contact DIRTcar NE Competition Director Cory Reed at the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours or log into the DIRTcar homepage at www.superdirtcarseries.com to find out more about the entire circuit.

2008 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK LOCATION
Sat-Apr 5 Black Rock Speedway Dundee,NY
Thr-Jul 3 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Jul 4 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Mon-Sep 1 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Sep 5 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Sat-Sep 6 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Sun-Sep 7 Humberstone Speedway Pt.Colborne,ONT
Sat-Sep 13 Genesee Speedway Batavia,NY
Sat-Sep 20 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Sep 27 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Oct 3 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Wed-Oct 8 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Fri-Oct 10 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY
Sat-Oct 18 Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown,NY

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.

Candlewood Suites set for Super DIRT Week

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Weedsport, NYJanuary 3, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Fans looking to get a jump start on DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s biggest event of the season can now do so 10 months in advance!

DIRTcar Racing NE has partnered with Candlewood Suites in 2008 to become a prime hotel for all Super DIRT Week XXXVII race fans. A special room rate is being offered to those planning to make the only trip to the famed Syracuse Mile to see DIRTcar NorthEast’s top touring teams in action.

Candlewood Suites, located at 5414 South Bay Road, Syracuse, NY 13212 (Hotel Front Desk: 1-315-454-8999, Hotel Fax: 1-315-455-1173), is giving all race fans who call with the Room Code SDW08 a rate of $89.00 plus tax. Don’t miss a lap, please call and make your Super DIRT Week ‘08 reservations today.

Hotel amenities include: On-site Health & Fitness Center, 2 Treadmills – 1 Eliptical & 1 Total Gym (6:00am – 11:00pm Daily), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Weekly Housekeeping, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities w/washer & dryer (Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM), Dry Cleaning, Pickup/Laundry, Same Day Dry Cleaning, Entertainment & Recreation, Barbeque Grills, Hotel Shops, Convenience Store, Business Services, Copying, E-mail & Internet, Facsimile, PC available, Printer, Public Space Data Services, High Speed Internet Access (Service Provider: Time Warner/Roadrunner).

The 37th edition of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds runs Tuesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 12, with the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 bringing the curtain down on Sunday afternoon.

Super DIRT Week ticket order forms are available by logging into superdirtcarseries.com, selecting DOWNLOADS at the top, then clicking 2008 Super DIRT Week XXXVII Ticket Renewal Form under Ticket Renewals where a print-out can be made.

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.