Weedsport, NYMarch 26, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Lee Smith Photo

Add one more marquee name to the list of contenders signed up for the 7th Annual North-South Shootout at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, March 27.

Looking to qualify for just his second Super DIRTcar Series show at Hagerstown, short-track superstar Billy Pauch Sr. from Frenchtown, N.J. recently teamed up with car owner Nick Nero to steer his no. 49er Bicknell entry powered by the new ‘DIRTcar 500’ engine in the 2010 tour opener.

Already a seven-time winner at Hagerstown, Pauch will be looking for his first victory at the popular Maryland oval since taking the checkered flag in a small-block Modified feature event in 1999. The open-wheel veteran owns seven Super DIRTcar Series wins spread among a handful of tracks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Nero’s 49er mount is the same BRP machine that New Yorker Danny Johnson raced to a pair of top-10 finishes with during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park in February. Pauch was one of the most interested competitors in DIRTcar’s new high-performance spec engine option that was designed and built specifically for Big-Block Modified racing.

Hagerstown pit gates scheduled to unlock tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., grandstands opening at 4:00 p.m. and warm-ups starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by Big-Block Time Trials. Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, four miles west of I-81.

For more information, contact DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Joe Skotnicki (704/796-4566) or log into www.superdirtcarseries.com for additional news & notes. Be sure to sign up on http://www.twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar and receive updates anywhere at anytime. The speedway office can be reached by phoning 301/582-0640 and the track website is www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.allstar100weekend.com and www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.

The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire www.hoosiertire.com and VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and Chizmark & Larson Insurance www.chizmarklarson.com, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, MSD Ignition www.msdignition.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Vicci Racing Apparel www.vicci.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.