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200-Lappers Make Up Advance Series Grand Slam


Weedsport, NYMarch 23, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series continues to be the premier traveling show for Big-Block Modifieds throughout the Northeast.

In 2008, the annual tour will be highlighted by four big 200-lap events with the Rite Aid 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Oct. 12, Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway on Oct. 19, Coors National 200 at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sept. 6 and World Series Weekend 200 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Sept. 27 continuing to rank among the most prestigious races in the country.

These four signature events on the Advance Auto Parts Series formulate the ‘Grand Slam’ in DIRTcar Racing for Big-Block Modifieds, with more monetary incentive and extra points on the line towards the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship. In addition, the Rite Aid 200 winner automatically earns seventh-place on the Eastern States 200 starting grid.

“These four are among the most prominent races in the Northeast and certainly deserve to stand out on the Advance Auto Parts Series schedule,” said DIRTcar Racing Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Cory Reed. “They hold the most tradition, offer the biggest payoffs and are what fans and racers plan their seasons around year after year. They are the only 200-lappers we run all season so it’s important to emphasize their significance and guarantee further success for many more.”

This unique ‘Grand Slam’ features the $50,000-to-win Rite Aid 200 in the Salt City, $20,000-to-win Eastern States 200 in Middletown (NY), $10,000-to-win Coors National 200 at the West Lebanon (NY) oval with another $10-grand on the line for the Rolling Wheels National 200 winner. Syracuse and Orange County are the only Advance Auto Parts Series stops where the fast timers start on the pole and the top-six are locked into front three row starting positions while heats will be aligned in heads-up fashion. A special points system was implemented for these prominent races last season with each winner receiving 150 Series points and 50 points awarded to start.

Beginning in 1962, the Eastern States 200 at Orange County remains the biggest and oldest consecutively-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds in the nation while the Valley’s National 200 was christened in 1965, running every year except for 1976-79. The historic New York State Fairgrounds one-mile oval has played host to Super DIRT Week since 1972 while Rolling Wheels Nationals returns to the forefront after first scheduling the double century grind in 1979.

For further questions about the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series ‘Grand Slam’ or the 2008 race schedule, please contact Cory Reed in the DIRTcar NorthEast Office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours. Be sute to log into where news and notes, race results and point standings, driver and track information will be posted throughout the season. The DIRTcar homepage is also available 24/7 offering news about the entire circuit.

2008 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
NP=Non-Point event.
*All events subject to change
Sat-Mar 22 Hagerstown Speedway Weather-cancelled
Thr-May 1 Virginia Motor Speedway Jamaica,VA
Sun-May 4 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-May 25 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Jun 7 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Thr-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville,ONT
Fri-Jul 11 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Jul 12 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sun-Jul 13 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Wed-Jul 16 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville,PA
Mon-Aug 4 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Fri-Aug 8 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Sat-Aug 9 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Aug 16 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Sun-Aug 31 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Mon-Sep 1 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
+Sat-Sep 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Fri-Sep 12 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Sat-Sep 20 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
+Sat-Sep 27 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
+Sun-Oct 12 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY
+Sun-Oct 19 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
-TBA- Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of October 6, 2007, the company operated 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

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.