Weedsport, NY — June 1, 2009 — By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series returns to action with a unique dirt/asphalt doubleheader kicking off the first month of summer. The Abele Tractor & Greylock Federal Credit Union 100 on June 6 is the first-ever tour stop staged at Lebanon Valley Speedway in June while ‘The Battle of Plattsbugh 100’ at Airborne Speedway on June 7 is the only special of the year run on pavement, each paying $6,000 to win and offering valuable points towards the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship.
Lebanon Valley Speedway is located 18-miles southeast of Albany on US 20 in West Lebanon, about 10 miles from the Massachusetts state line. Airborne Speedway can be reached by traveling Interstate 87 to Exit 36, taking a left on to route 22 then driving one more mile to the track located on Broderick Road.
Pit gates swing open at Lebanon Valley at 3 p.m., main grandstand seating begins at 5 o’clock and Integra Shocks Time Times are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Airborne pit gates are slated to unlock at 12 noon while grandstands open at 3 p.m. Multiple Big-Block warm-up sessions begin at 2 p.m. with time trials going off the line at 5 o’clock and the first qualifying heat taking the green at 6 p.m.
Adult General Admission grandstand tickets at Lebanon Valley are $15 each, $2 kids 11 and under and $16 for reserved seating while $22 secures a spot in the tower or on the roof. Pit passes are $20 for a DIRTcar member and $25 non-member. The cost of an adult general admission ticket at Airborne is $22, Students (6-12 yrs.) are $5 each with kids 5 & under admitted free. Pit passes are $25 (member) and $30. For more information, contact the Lebanon Valley Speedway office at 518/794-9606 or Airborne Speedway at 518/561-3208. All tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate the day of the race.
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series at http://www.superdirtcarseries.com.
Lebanon Valley Speedway is at http://www.lebanonvalley.com
Airborne Speedway at www.airborneparkspeedway.com.
Dirtvision.com™ Cybercast is at http://www.dirtvision.com.
DIRTcar Racing at http://www.dirtcar.com.
All remain accessible 24-hours daily.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
Lebanon Valley is listed as a 1/2-mile high-banked oval with the smooth surface one of the fastest on the entire DIRTcar Northeast circuit. Andy Bachetti set the Big-Block Modified tour record (16.645 sec./91.626 mph) on Sept. 11, 2004. J.R. Heffner and Mark Flach Jr. were crowned track co-champions last season and Saturday winner Bachetti tops the current point standings with Kenny Tremont ranking as the all-time track leader with 112 DIRTcar Big-Block triumphs scored since 1982. Featuring DIRTcar 358-Modified, ACT Sportsman, Renegade, Mini Mod and Bomber classes every Saturday throughout the summer, Airborne is a half-mile paved oval. Patrick Dupree was crowned the first DIRTcar 358 champion on asphalt at the Plattsburgh, New York track last season, while Martin Roy tops the ‘09 points chart with two wins through May.
Lebanon Valley Speedway has hosted 47 events in the Advance Auto Parts Series, and ranks behind only Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (80) and the Syracuse Mile (48) in total tour races run since 1980. Experience on the high banks has paid big dividends as all but three of the 14 past tour winners have returned to victory lane. Brett Hearn, who scored the first of his record 100 Advance Series wins at The Valley in 1981, tops the chart with all-time track winner Kenny Tremont and defending Mr. DIRTcar Champion Billy Decker next.
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series @ Lebanon Valley Speedway
Wins Driver First – Last
14 Brett Hearn 7/15/81-9/15/07
7 Kenny Tremont 7/9/92-7/7/05
4 Billy Decker 9/18/88-9/10/00
3 Jack Johnson 9/19/82-9/11/94
3 Danny Johnson 9/20/87-8/7/97
3 Andy Bachetti 8/5/04 -9/7/08
2 Jimmy Horton 7/8/80 -9/15/85
2 Tommy Corellis 9/14/80-9/14/86
2 Doug Hoffman 9/16/90-9/20/92
2 Rich Ricci Jr. 7/28/94-9/7/97
2 J.R. Heffner 8/10/00-9/9/06
1 Merv Treichler 8/9/84
1 Jeff Heotzler 8/3/95
1 Bob McCreadie 9/10/95
Although Airborne has now hosted a pair of DIRTcar Big-Block events the past two seasons on asphalt, the upcoming June date is the first in tour competition. Track regulars Martin Roy (2008) and Mike Bruno (2007) took checkered flags with their Small-Block powered entries while the list of past Big-Block winners on dirt includes Bob Savoie (9/1/84), Alan Johnson (7/13/88), C.D. Coville (7/27/88) and Robert Ranger (6/21/89).
Celebrating its ‘Golden Anniversary’ of automobile racing in 2003, Lebanon Valley Speedway has complemented the growth and development of the DIRTcar Racing organization under the promotion of current owner Howard Commander. The half-mile track that was originally laid out in 1953 was owned and operated by the Massachusetts trio of Edward Radke, Robert Scott and Harold Beitzel. The grand opening-day show was cancelled due to a Sunday rainstorm and the following week’s scheduled 50-lapper was reduced to 26 circuits when competing drivers declared the track turns too dangerous. Hully Bunn from Cropseyville. N.Y. won the inaugural 13 mile main event on June 28, 1953 in front of an estimated crowd of 2,500. Lou Spanier gained ownership in 1954 and at the end of the ’55 season Lebanon Valley gained its signature high banking —a timely project as no record of racing in 1956 can be found— that has become a track trademark ever since. Racing resumed in 1957 under the promotion of Spanier and the Lebanon Valley Auto Racing Association. Race day moved from Sunday afternoons to Friday evenings and midway through that same season the switch was made to Saturday nights where it has remained for 50 years. Before the 1950s came to a close, future DIRT MotorSports Hall of Famer Howie Westerveldt established a single-season record that stands intact today. In 1959 the Ravena, N.Y. racing pioneer won 17 features, was runner-up three times and placed third once in 21 events! The reigns of promoter were eventually passed from ‘Uncle Lou’ Spanier to Commander in 1970 and he remains at the helm as the new millennium presses on. Lebanon Valley joined the DIRTcar fold in 1980 and has boasted some of the top drivers on the entire circuit including past Syracuse Rite Aid 200 champions Kenny Tremont, Billy Decker and five-time Valley points king Brett Hearn. All three open-wheel veterans rank among the top-10 on DIRTcar Northeast’s all-time Big-Block Modified winner’s list since the organization was formed in 1976.
Current owners Steve and Denise Fuller completed the purchase of Airborne Speedway in 2007 from a Vermont corporation headed by American Canadian Tour (ACT) President Tom Curley. The two seasons prior, George and Julie Huttig and current promoter Mike Perrotte —’86 track champion and co-owner in 1988— of Elizabethtown, New York had leased and managed the asphalt half-mile facility that first opened as a dirt track in 1954 under the ownership of Maurice Broderick. 1955 marked the first full-season of racing in Plattsburgh with legendary pilot Billy Wimble crowned the inaugural track points champion. C.J. Richards took over promotions in the early 1980’s, returning the track to dirt and shortening it from a half to the current 4/10-miler, before Curley and Ken Squier bought it and paved it as a ½-mile in 1990. Buck Holliday (1956-57), Dick Nephew (1969-70) and C.D. Coville (1987-88) are among the Northeast Modified Hall of Fame inductees capturing Airborne titles, on a list that also includes Jean Paul Cabana, Guy Chartrand, Bobby and Beaver Dragon, plus modern-day DIRTcar runners Leon Gonyo (2005), Mike Bruno (‘06) and George Foley (’07).
Advance Auto Parts Series Point Standings (Through April 26, 2009)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 4 Duane Howard 105 105 0 1 1 1 1
2 29 Jeff Brownell Jr. 98 98 -7 0 1 1 1
3 20 Brett Hearn 95 95 -10 0 1 1 1
4 98h Jimmy Phelps 88 88 -17 0 1 1 1
5 99 Ryan Phelps 81 81 -24 0 1 1 1
6 8p Billy Pauch Jr. 76 76 -29 0 0 1 1
7 66 Danny Johnson 73 73 -32 0 0 1 1
8 14j Alan Johnson 73 73 -32 0 0 1 1
9 84 Gary Tomkins 66 66 -39 0 0 1 1
10 FX1 Frankie Caprara 62 62 -43 0 0 1 1
11 77x Dale Planck 60 60 -45 0 0 0 1
12 62 Tom Sears Jr. 58 58 -47 0 0 0 1
13 88c Rich Laubach 56 56 -49 0 0 0 1
14 4s Mike Storms 55 55 -50 0 0 0 1
15 91 Billy Decker 55 55 -50 0 0 0 1
16 74 Tim Fuller 55 55 -50 0 0 0 1
17 3 Justin Haers 50 50 -55 0 0 0 1
18 49 Billy Dunn 48 48 -57 0 0 0 1
19 26 Ryan Godown 47 47 -58 0 0 0 1
20 37x Tom Scheetz Jr. 46 46 -59 0 0 0 1
21 14 Jimmy Horton 43 43 -62 0 0 0 1
22 44 Frank Cozze 42 42 -63 0 0 0 1
23 6 Mike McAleer 41 41 -64 0 0 0 1
24 28 Richie Pratt 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
25 99L Larry Wight 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
26 117 Kevin Hirthler 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
27 126 Billy Pauch 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
28 33 Ray Swinehart 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
29 1c Craig VonDohren 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
30 9s Matt Sheppard 40 40 -65 0 0 0 1
31 07 Tim Kerr 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
32 69 Bob Trapper 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
33 6 Pat O’Brien 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
34 53 Mike Gular 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
35 00 Doug Manmiller 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
36 27 Troy Wink 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
37 41 Jeff Strunk 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
38 8 Rich Scagliotta 10 10 -95 0 0 0 0
2009 Gater Racing News Big-Block Modified Lap Leaders
DATE TRACK LAPS LEADERS
April 26 Big Diamond 75 75-Howard
2009 Integra Shocks Big-Block Modified Time Trials
TRACK SIZE QUICK QUALIFIER TIME AVE.SPEED
Big Diamond 4/10-mile Tim Fuller 17.450 sec. 82.521mph
TRACK HEAT WINNERS
Big Diamond B.Hearn, D.Howard, T.Fuller, A.Johnson
NEWS & NOTES
2009 Mr. DIRTcar Championship On The Line: The overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified Champion in 2009 will be determined by adding actual points earned in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series along with bonus points collected at a designated hometrack throughout the racing season. Along with gaining valuable Advance Series points during the year, each driver can now earn a maximum of 360 additional points (60 per event) from participation in six feature races at their hometrack when Mr. DIRTcar Championship points are officially tallied after Labor.
Billy Decker was crowned Mr. DIRTcar Champion in 2008, with his initial title taken exactly 10 years earlier in 1998. Chalking up a record-tying Advance Auto Parts Series 10 feature wins in ‘08, the ‘Franklin Flyer’ grabbed the points lead early in June and never wavered the rest of the way as he secured DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s highest Big-Block Modified honor for owners John & Laura Wight and the Gypsum Wholesalers Team. Jimmy Phelps overtook Dale Planck for second in the season-finale, with ’04 champion Gary Tomkins also moving past all-time Advance Series champion Brett Hearn in the last race to fill out the front-five. 2008 Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year Larry Wight finished 14th on the final points chart.
Pavement Past: As part of the Advance Auto Parts Series from 1989-92, the short-lived DIRT-Asphalt Challenge is chronicled in the DIRTcar Northeast record book with 20 feature events staged at six tracks. Although its been 17 years since a tour race has been held on asphalt, active runners Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson and Frank Cozze were on the elite list of 11 feature winners during that earlier era, while current point chasers like Alan Johnson and defending overall Mr. DIRTcar Champion Billy Decker still know how to get around on a smooth, black oval. Hearn was crowned D/A champion in 1989-90, followed in order by Pennsylvanians Doug Hoffman (1991) and Kevin Collins (1992).
DIRT-ASPHALT CHALLENGE FEATURE WINNERS: 1988-92
WINS DRIVER FIRST WIN LAST WIN
4 Doug Hoffman Flemington, 5/27/91 Flemington, 11/3/91
4 Bob McCreadie Sanair, 7/8/90 Sanair, 7/12/92
2 Brett Hearn Pennsylvania, 5/6/90 Pennsylvania Int’l, 4/28/91
2 Danny Johnson Cayuga Int’l, 8/27/89 Pennsylvania Int’l, 4/26/92
2 Kevin Collins Flemington, 4/5/92 Flemington, 11/1/92
1 Jack Cottrell Cayuga Int’l, 8/14/88
1 Kenny Schrader Sanair, 7/9/89
1 Geoff Bodine Thompson, 8/6/89
1 Reggie Ruggiero Thompson, 7/29/90
1 Frank Cozze Cayuga Int’l, 8/25/91
1 Jimmy Horton Oswego, 8/2/92
Home Sweet Home: Although a handful of Advance Series drivers have numerous years of experience at Lebanon Valley, none call the high banks home today on weekends. The only asphalt oval to showcase the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds on a weekly basis, Airborne also runs every Saturday and will present an even bigger test for touring teams as they compete in the Sunday special on a smooth yet unfamiliar surface. Valley top-5 point-getters Andy Bachetti, Keith Flach, Eddie Marshall, Kenny Tremont and Guy Sheldon will pose the greatest threats for tour travelers, while Frenchman Martin Roy, Patrick Dupree, Leon Gonyo, Aaron Bartemy and Saturday’s winner George Foley will be protecting the pavement in the Advance Series assault at Airborne.
Asphalt Adjustments: As the special event at Airborne will be the lone Advance Series stop on asphalt in 2009, the DIRTcar Rule Book will be in effect along with the following exceptions.
1. Points: Full series points will be awarded for the race but will include drivers running Big-Blocks only. All Big-Block series drivers must race a Big-Block powered car to be eligible for points.
2. Minimum frame clearance 4 inches.
3. Engine location-minimum 58” from centerline of front axle to rear engine plate
4. Weight: Left side weight-maximum 55% without driver;
Rear weight- minimum(must have) 58% without driver;
TOTAL WEIGHT WITH DRIVER (tsp = track scale pounds):
a. DIRTcar Big Block – 2500tsp
b. 04 CVRA/DIRT Steel Heads (Ball Check)- 2550tsp
c. rodix non-ported spec head -2450tsp
d. Ported Heads-2600tsp
5. Open Carburetor
6. Tires: DIRTcar Hoosier ‘Hard’ (D400) or ‘extra hard’ (D500) only.
7. Brakes-Maximum rotor width .810
8. Crankshaft height-bottom of frame to center line of crank = 8 inches
9. Lead may be mounted outside of the frame rails as long as it is securely mounted and must be inspected by tech officials. Weights must be painted white and have car number on it.
10. Shocks-DIRTcar Rules apply.
11. Fuel Cell height minimum 12” off ground (as per DIRTcar rule book) and centered in frame.
12. NO right side steering.
13. All other rules commonly used by DIRTcar Modified racing will apply. Tech Director and/or Race Promoter will have final say of all technical legalities of the event upon completion.
14. Gear Rule for small blocks 6:03. No gear rule for Big Blocks.
Early Season Winners: The first full month of racing on the DIRTcar Northeast circuit is now in the books with more than a dozen tracks having hosted Big-Block Modified races and 31 drivers scoring victories in the 56 features run. Advance Series star ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard and Western PA favorite Kevin Bolland top the win chart with six apiece and are followed closely by Gypsum Express teammates Billy Decker (5), the reigning overall Mr. DIRTcar points king, and Pat Ward (4), the recently crowned Alltel DIRTcar Nationals Florida Tour champion. Sheppard’s Xtreme Lubricants teammate Jeff Brownell Jr. has scored three victories while Brett Hearn, Gary Tomkins, Frankie Caprara, Billy Dunn, Del Rougeux Jr. and Jeremiah Shingledecker are the only other drivers to double up during the 2009 campaign.
Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Champs
YEAR CHAMPION (wins) MSS/G-FORCE ROOKIE of the YEAR
2008 Billy Decker (10) Larry Wight
2007 Brett Hearn (7) Mike Bowman
2006 Alan Johnson (6) Kenny Stafford
2005 Tim Fuller (6) Stewart Friesen
2004 Gary Tomkins (4) Justin Hears
2003 Alan Johnson (6) Matt Sheppard
2002 Alan Johnson (5) Joe Beyea
2001 Brett Hearn (7) Frankie Caprara
2000 Steve Paine (4) Jeff Brownell
1999 Danny Johnson (2) Josh Skarzenski
1998 Billy Decker (6) Todd Milton
1997 D.Johnson (7)/B.Hearn (5) Tim McCreadie
1996 Brett Hearn (5) Vic Coffey
1995 Bob McCreadie (6) Tim Fuller
1994 Bob McCreadie (9) Jamie Mills
1993 Brett Hearn (5) Scott Schrader
1992 Danny Johnson (6) Ricky Elliott
1991 Doug Hoffman (5) Lenny Boyd
1990 Brett Hearn (7) Scott Prentice
1989 Danny Johnson (7) John Ventura
1988 Jack Johnson (2) Mike Jeffery
1987 Jack Johnson (2) Steve Behrent
1986 Charlie Rudolph (1) Jim Ruston
1985 Jack Johnson (1) Rich Burgess
1984 Jack Johnson (3) Ray Underwood
1983 Alan Johnson (4) Jimmy Begolo
1982 Jack Johnson (2) Randy Glenski
1981 Alan Johnson (2) Craig Keel
1980 Jack Johnson (5) Roger Phelps
1979 Will Cagle Jim Jarvis
1978 Will Cagle Jerry Knox
1977 Dave Lape Rick Martell
1976 Will Cagle —–
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Winners: 1980-4/26/09 (620 events / 45 tracks / 68 drivers)
WINS DRIVER FIRST WIN LAST WIN
100 Brett Hearn Lebanon Valley, 7/15/81 Orange County, 7/31/08
66 Danny Johnson Fonda, 9/25/82 Orange County, 10/19/08
51 Bob McCreadie Ransomville, 9/10/82 Rolling Wheels, 9/4/00
50 Alan Johnson Ransomville, 6/27/80 Rolling Wheels, 9/27/08
49 Billy Decker Lebanon Valley, 9/18/88 Rolling Wheels, 9/1/08
28 Jack Johnson Cayuga County, 7/16/80 Orange County, 6/14/01
27 Steve Paine Canandaigua, 9/7/85 Can-Am, 8/18/07
26 Doug Hoffman Orange County, 10/25/87 Lowe’s, 4/6/02
18 Tim McCreadie Rolling Wheels, 9/26/99 Drummond, 8/23/04
17 Tim Fuller Rolling Wheels, 9/21/03 Cayuga County, 8/19/07
17 Gary Tomkins Hagerstown, 3/30/02 Cornwall, 8/17/08
16 Jimmy Horton Lebanon Valley, 7/8/80 Susquehanna, 6/15/06
13 Kenny Tremont Lebanon Valley, 7/9/92 Lebanon Valley, 7/7/05
9 Kenny Brightbill Fonda, 10/18/87 Bridgeport, 6/19/97
8 Frank Cozze Orange County, 10/22/89 NYS Fairgrounds, 10/12/08
7 Billy Pauch Flemington, 7/27/89 New Egypt, 6/22/05
7 Jeff Heotzler Orange County, 7/26/89 Orange County, 10/21/07
6 Dave Lape Rolling Wheels, 7/5/82 Fonda, 7/24/91
6 Joe Plazek Brewerton, 6/28/94 Rolling Wheels, 9/1/97
5 Will Cagle Erie County, 9/20/80 Rolling Wheels, 9/27/81
5 Pete Bicknell Humberstone, 8/23/84 NYS Fairgrounds, 7/3/02
5 Matt Sheppard Drummond, 7/12/04 Virginia, 5/1/08
5 Dale Planck Cornwall, 7/9/06 Drummond, 7/12/08
4 Carl Reynolds Five Mile Point, 7/12/80 Five Mile Point, 10/17/81
4 Merv Treichler Cayuga County, 9/20/81 Lebanon Valley, 8/9/84
4 C.D. Coville Fonda, 4/19/80 Devil’s Bowl, 8/29/84
4 Kevin Collins Fonda, 7/25/90 Fonda, 8/16/94
4 Bobby Varin Fonda, 8/16/95 Orange County, 10/26/03
4 Jimmy Phelps Brewerton, 8/30/06 Merrittville, 8/4/08
3 Charlie Rudolph Fonda, 10/16/83 Ransomville, 9/5/86
3 Chuck McKee Orange County, 8/16/98 Orange County, 8/1/02
3 Pat Ward Can-Am, 7/16/98 Cayuga County, 9/4/05
3 Andy Bachetti Lebanon Valley, 8/5/04 Lebanon Valley, 9/7/08
2 Mike McLaughlin Canandaigua, 9/6/80 Rolling Wheels, 9/28/80
2 Don McGinnis Merrittville, 9/11/83 Canandaigua, 9/17/83
2 Tommy Corellis Lebanon Valley, 9/14/80 Lebanon Valley, 9/14/86
2 Davey Moore Ransomville, 8/4/81 Humberstone, 9/10/87
2 Rich Ricci Jr. Lebanon Valley, 7/28/94 Lebanon Valley, 9/7/97
2 J.R. Heffner Lebanon Valley, 8/10/00 Lebanon Valley, 9/9/06
2 Pat O’Brien Can-Am, 7/17/90 Brockville, 7/10/07
2 Vic Coffey NYS Fairgrounds, 10/13/02 NYS Fairgrounds, 10/7/07
1 Bernie Griffin Five Mile Point, 7/12/80
1 Lou Lazzaro Canandaigua, 7/23/80
1 Chuck Akulis Five Mile Point, 10/18/80
1 Harvey Hainer Ransomville, 9/11/81
1 Dick Larkin NYS Fairgrounds, 9/6/82
1 Gary Iulg Rolling Wheels, 9/6/82
1 Ken Brenn Jr. NYS Fairgrounds, 7/3/83
1 Larry Brolsma Orange County, 9/10/83
1 Freddy Brightbill New Venture, 9/29/85
1 Rich Eurich Orange County, 10/23/88
1 Kenny Schrader Sanair, 7/9/89
1 Geoff Bodine Thompson, 8/6/89
1 Mike Romano Fonda, 10/15/89
1 Reggie Ruggiero Thompson, 7/29/90
1 Walt Mitchell Woodhull, 7/31/91
1 Doug Worthing Five Mile Point, 8/14/91
1 Ron Smoker Merrittville, 8/5/92
1 Richie Tobias Jr. NYS Fairgrounds, 10/11/92
1 Danny O’Brien Can-Am, 8/30/95
1 Jimmy Hauser NYS Fairgrounds, 7/7/96
1 Eddie Marshall NYS Fairgrounds, 9/6/99
1 Steve Poirier Drummond, 7/8/02
1 Kevin Bolland Lowe’s, 4/5/03
1 Ricky Elliott Lowe’s, 4/3/04
1 Keith Hoffman New Egypt, 10/13/07
1 H.J. Bunting Georgetown, 7/17/08
1 Duane Howard Big Diamond, 4/26/09
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Integra Shocks Fast Timers 1983-4/26/09 (243 events / 32 tracks / 48 drivers)
EVTS DRIVER FIRST FAST TIME LAST FAST TIME
40 Brett Hearn Orange County, 10/24/86 Brewerton, 8/15/08
37 Billy Decker NYS Fairgrounds, 7/3/01 Lebanon Valley, 9/7/08
21 Tim McCreadie Rolling Wheels, 7/4/00 Cayuga County, 5/29/05
21 Tim Fuller New Egypt, 6/20/02 Big Diamond, 4/26/09
17 Steve Paine Canandaigua, 9/1/99 Merrittville, 8/4/08
9 Chuck Bower Cayuga County, 5/28/00 Lernerville, 8/3/05
9 Matt Sheppard Drummond, 7/12/04 Ransomville, 7/6/07
8 Bob McCreadie NYS Fairgrounds, 10/7/90 Fonda, 10/20/02
8 Gary Tomkins Drummond, 7/10/00 Rolling Wheels, 5/7/06
8 Alan Johnson Cayuga County, 5/26/02 Rolling Wheels, 9/27/08
5 Frank Cozze Orange County, 6/10/04 New Egypt, 8/15/07
5 Jimmy Phelps Drummond, 7/11/05 Can-Am, 8/16/08
5 Dale Planck Drummond, 7/10/06 Cornwall, 8/17/08
3 Billy Pauch NYS Fairgronds, 10/12/86 NYS Fairgrounds, 10/9/88
3 Kenny Brightbill NYS Fairgronds, 10/13/96 New Egypt, 8/2/00
3 Doug Hoffman NYS Fairgronds, 10/11/87 Tri-City, 8/5/01
3 Andy Bachetti Orange County, 10/24/99 Lebanon Valley, 7/7/05
2 Jack Johnson NYS Fairgrounds, 10/7/84 Orange County, 10/28/84
2 Dave Blaney NYS Fairgrounds, 10/9/94 NYS Fairgrounds, 10/10/99
2 Jimmy Horton NYS Fairgronds, 10/11/92 Big Diamond, 6/18/03
2 Bobby Varin NYS Fairgronds, 10/11/98 Fonda, 7/17/03
2 Pat Ward Fonda, 7/19/00 Rolling Wheels, 9/23/06
2 Duane Howard Grandview, 7/18/07 Virginia, 5/1/08
2 Jeff Heotzler Orange County, 10/27/96 Orange County, 10/19/08
1 Merv Treichler NYS Fairgrounds, 10/9/83
1 Rich Eurich Orange County, 10/30/83
1 Sammy Swindell NYS Fairgrounds, 10/13/85
1 Tony Ferriauolo IV Orange County, 10/27/85
1 Joe Plazek NYS Fairgrounds, 10/10/93
1 Chuck McKee Orange County, 10/25/98
1 Scott Prentice Rolling Wheels, 4/30/00
1 Danny Johnson Lebanon Valley, 8/10/00
1 A.J. Romano Rolling Wheels, 8/20/00
1 Ricky Elliott New Egypt, 6/21/01
1 Eddie Marshall Lebanon Valley, 8/2/01
1 Ron Smoker NYS Fairgrounds, 9/3/01
1 Frankie Caprara Lowe’s, 4/6/02
1 Todd Burley Cornwall, 7/7/02
1 Bucky Kell Hagerstown, 3/27/04
1 Justin Hears Rolling Wheels, 5/2/04
1 J.R. Heffner Lebanon Valley, 9/10/05
1 Rick Grosso Jr. New Egypt, 9/24/05
1 Pierre Berthiaume Brockville, 7/4/06
1 Rick Mill Orange County, 10/22/06
1 Ryan Phelps Cayuga County, 9/2/07
1 Vic Coffey Cayuga County, 5/25/08
1 Pat O’Brien Fulton, 6/7/08
1 David VanHorn Jr. Orange County, 7/31/08
Integra Shocks Fast To Support Top Series Qualifiers: For a fourth straight year Integra Shocks will play an active role in point fund sponsorship of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series during the upcoming race season. The fast driver during 2009 Advance Auto Parts Series qualifying will once again earn the ‘Integra Shocks Fast Time Award’ and the driver winning the most Integra Shocks Fast Time awards during the season will collect a bonus set of four Integra Shocks ($1,400 value) at the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Banquet in November. The Advance Auto Parts Series has recognized fast time trialers since 1983, with 1999 marking the first year the awards program included every tour event scheduled during the year. All-time Advance Series race winner Brett Hearn is also a leader when it comes to speed, earning a series-best total of 40 Integra Shocks Fast Time awards during the past two decades.
Drivers will continue to draw for their order in the ‘Integra Shocks Time Trials’ at nearly every Advance Series stop, with the fast timer once again selecting a second pill to determine how many cars (0, 2, 3 or 4) will be inverted to start each preliminary heat race. The ‘Integra Shocks Fast Time Award’ winner will collect $100 and five (5) bonus points and the top-three heat race finishers will earn additional bonus points as follows: 1st-5 pts, 2nd-3 pts, 3rd-1 pt. With this inversion format in place, a driver can now earn a maximum of 10 more points being the fast timer as well as a heat race winner.
JB Motorsports Goes To Xtreme With Race Award: Continuing to play a pivotal supporting role in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, JB Motorsports team owner Jeff Brownell Sr. has developed a unique award that will be handed out at each tour stop during the 2009 race season. An ‘Xtreme Lubricants Slick Move of the Race’ award will be presented after every series show with the winner receiving $100 in product. A $500 cash bonus to the overall ‘Xtreme Lubricants Slick Move of the Year’ winner will be delivered during the DIRTcar Racing Northeast ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet to be held at the Turning Stone Resort on November 14. The ‘Xtreme Lubricants Slick Move of the Race’ will be determined by those Advance Series officials presiding over each event. The criteria does not limit the award winner to making a memorable move on the track, as any noteworthy action —avoiding an accident en route to the track or helping out a fellow competitor in the pits— on race day could sway voters when making their final decision. Veteran Central New York car owner Brownell boasts 40 years of experience in the oil business with 25 of those recognized nationally as a company owner.
Big Advance Series Stops Showcase ’09 Big-Block Campaign: The customary pre-race re-draw among top heat race qualifiers will continue to be in effect throughout the summer, with the season-ending show at the New York State Fairgrounds the only Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series stop awarding the fast timer with a pole-position start (heat points will not be awarded at this show). Continuing to rank among the most prestigious races in the country, the Rite Aid 200 at the N.Y.S. Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Oct. 11 is the only 200-lap race on the annual tour with the winner taking home $50,000. However, Super DIRT Week showdown is not the only prized jewel this season as the first-ever DIRTcar All-Star 100 at Cayuga County Fair Speedway on July 19 boasts a $20,000 winner’s share while another $17,500 sits on top for the winner of the Mr. DIRT Track, USA finale at Lebanon Valley Speedway on August 27. Syracuse remains the only Advance Auto Parts Series stops where the fast timer starts on the pole and the top-six are locked into front three row starting positions while heats will be aligned in heads-up fashion.
Syracuse SDW Starters Guaranteed From Series Success: Guaranteed starting berths in the Rite Aid 200 are once again up for grabs and in 2009 drivers will also be able to earn preferred starter status throughout the season for the richest DIRTcar Big-Block Modified event in the world. Winners of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series races and those among the top-12 in overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified Championship points heading into Super DIRT Week comprise the core group of drivers receiving guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200. Preferred starters are the next eligible drivers finishing behind an Advance Auto Parts Series race winner that is already locked into the Rite Aid 200 starting grid, as well as all three DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Regional point champions and every licensed Big-Block Modified track champion crowned this year.
In order to take advantage of their guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200, Advance Series race winners and top-12 Mr. DIRTcar point-getters must run time trials. Any guaranteed driver that fails to qualify through time trials or a Triple 20 will be added to the Rite Aid field in order of heat race results. Those drivers holding preferred status are afforded up front starting positions in the Dig Safely New York last-chance qualifier on Sunday, Oct. 11 if unable to qualify while running under the clocks or in heat race competition. The balance of the Rite Aid 200 line-up is filled in from the Dig Safely New York Shootout with the 45th starting spot going to the best overall finisher in Cayuga County Fair Speedway’s ‘Win & You’re In’ Twin 25s on Sat., Oct. 10.
Andrews Anchors DIRT Radio Network Broadcasts: Nationally recognized SPEED commentator and popular track public address announcer Shane Andrews is back on the road in 2009 serving as the official voice of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for a fourth consecutive year. In addition to traveling the DIRTcar Northeast circuit and carrying out his accustomed weekend announcing duties, Andrews will also be a regular host heard on the DIRT Radio Network. Fans will again be able to listen to nearly every Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event LIVE on the DIRT Radio Network in 2009.
DIRTcar Series Doubleheader Broadcast On DIRT Radio Network: If fans can’t make the trip to New York State’s Capital Region, the DIRT Radio Network presented by BUTLERbuilt travels to Lebanon Valley Speedway and Airborne Speedway for rounds two and three of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series. Listeners will be able to tune in to LIVE audio coverage from Lebanon Valley on June 6 and Airborne on June 7 as program host and SPEED personality Shane Andrews brings you all the action generated by the ground-pounding 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds. From Integra Shocks Time Trials to victory lane, LIVE audio coverage starts Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. ET with qualifying, heat races and a $6,000-to-win 100-lap feature headlining the show, and continues Sunday with the same agenda kicking off at 5 o’clock. Cheer for your favorite driver, along with the 20,000 registered members who enjoy LIVE Racing coverage on the DIRT Radio Network.
To tune in, visit www.dirtvision.com, log in, click on the race you want to hear, and you’re off to the races. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher, and internet explorer 6 to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. Users with Mac computers need flip4Mac to listen. For help e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dirt Radio Network is presented by BUTLERbuilt professional seat systems. BUTLERbuilt is the leader in custom seating. Call 704/784-1027 and let BUTLERbuilt build you an advantage today!!!
VP Official Race Fuel Of DIRTcar Northeast: The World Racing Group announced early in the year that VP Racing Fuels signed a multi-year agreement to become the Official Racing Fuel of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, all 12 divisions of DIRTcar Racing and UMP DIRTcar Racing, along with a number of regional touring series that fall under the DIRTcar banner. In the DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region, the only fuels allowed in the Big-Block Modified and 358-Modified divisions at sanctioned events will be VP110 and C12. The multi-faceted deal began with the season-opening Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park in February, where VP was the sole fuel supplier at the high speed, half-miler. VP Racing Fuels will roll out a program to quickly become a part of the fabric of DIRTcar Racing with aggressive promotional programs for DIRTcar sanctioned tracks, while giving the competitors a variety of incentive programs across all World Racing Group series, divisions and sanctioning bodies.
In one of the only mid-week Advance Auto Parts Series events on tap throughout the entire season, THE BIG SHOW presented by veteran racer Brett Hearn at Orange County Fair Speedway arrives on June 17, with racers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania set to converge on the ‘hard clay’ for the biggest event of the summer in Middletown. With the addition of a B-Main, the list of lap leader awards continues to grow with $2,000 up for grabs to the race-long pace-setters. Hearn is also in the process of securing a halfway bonus to bring the total to nearly $32,000 posted in prize money and contingency awards, with the 100-lap Modified main event paying to $6,000 to win.
2009 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/RITE AID 200 QUAL. (Site)
Wed-Feb 11 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Pat Ward
Thr-Feb 12 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Pat Ward
Fri-Feb 13 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Jamie Mills
Sat-Feb 14 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Brett Hearn
Sat-Mar 28 Hagerstown Speedway rain-cancelled
Sun-Apr 26 Big Diamond Raceway Duane Howard
Sat-Jun 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Jun 7 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh,NY
Wed-Jun 17 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Fri-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Sat-Jul 4 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Great Canadian Tour
Thr-Jul 9 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville,ONT
Fri-Jul 10 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Jul 11 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sun-Jul 12 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Sat-Jul 18 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sun-Jul 19 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY ($20,000-to-win)
Mon-Aug 3 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Fri-Aug 7 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Sat-Aug 8 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Fri-Aug 21 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Thr-Aug 27 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY ($17,500-to-win)
Sun-Sep 6 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Mon-Sep 7 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Sep 11 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Sat-Sep 19 -TBA-
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY ($50,000-to-win)
Sun-Oct 18 -TBA-
Sun-Oct 25 -TBA-
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, 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.