Weedsport, NY — March 16, 2009 – By Jen Brown, DIRTcar Northeast PR and Promotions Coordinator
*Alex Bruce Photo (L-R): Runner-Up Jamie Toth, Ms. DIRTcar Allison Dopp, Samantha Lewis
As we gear up for another exciting year in dirt track racing, a new crop of beautiful women made their way to the stage on Saturday March, 14th in hopes of being crowned 2009 Ms. DIRTcar during the 23rd Annual Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
With extra lip gloss in hand, six women from around New York state competed in front of an esteemed panel of judges, including NASCAR Cup driver Mike Wallace and 2006 Ms. DIRTcar Chelsea Miller. Announcer Doug Elkins in addition to Aprill Gray, Ms. Parts Peddler 2008, guided the contestants through three levels of competition including Introduction, Sportswear and Interview.
Who would wear the tiara and sash when it was all said and done? In her first-ever pageant appearance, Allison Dopp from nearby Fulton, New York stole the hearts of the judges and fans, becoming the 12th crowned Ms. DIRTcar. “Its unexplainable, I don’t know what to say… I’m in shock!” Dopp remarked. Falling short of the crown, Jamie Toth and Samantha Lewis, Miss Canandaigua Spedway, were all smiles as they rounded out the top-three spots.
Allison’s love of DIRT racing started at a very young age, hanging around her Uncle Mike Prentice’s shop, as her step dad and uncle perfected his #72 Small-Block powered Modified. Her hometown track, Brewerton Speedway, remains her favorite among numerous ovals visited, but Allison looks forward to hitting all the stops on her 2009 Ms. DIRTcar tour as she hopes to get more young people involved with the dirt track scene. “The young drivers are our future and I think it’s important we get them excited about DIRTcar Racing,” Dopp stated.
Currently a full-time college student at Cayuga Community College in Fulton, the future elementary school teacher received a $500 check along with her title thanks to Leaf Racewear, manufacturers of auto racing apparel and safety equipment.
DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds www.cayugacountyfairspeedway.com, home of the 2009 DIRTcar All-Star Weekend, July 17-19, featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Sportsman and Big-Block Modifieds in the richest short-track show of its kind in the nation — the $20,000-to-win Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series “DIRTcar All-Star 100” on Sunday, July 19.
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets As of April 19, 2008, the Company operated 3,291 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at www.advanceautoparts.com.
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 www.hoosiertire.com and VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com. Promotional partners include Rite Aid Corporation www.riteaid.com, Dig Safely New York www.digsafelynewyork.com and the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks www.barsproducts.com, Bert Transmission www.berttransmission.com, Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, Brodix Cylinder Heads www.brodix.com, Ferris Industries www.ferrisindustries.com Holley HP Carburetors www.Holley.com, Integra Shocks www.integrashocksandsprings.com, Intercomp www.intercomp-racing.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Rislone Oil Stabilizer www.barsproducts.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.