Civic Holiday Spent Chasing Series Points At Merrittville Speedway
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Weedsport, NYJuly 27, 2009 — By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

WHAT
The Super DIRTcar Series resumes action in August with a return visit to Canada for the Civic Holiday celebration at Merrittville Speedway on Monday, Aug. 3. The 17th Annual Trevor Wilkens Memorial presented by Toolneeds headlines Merrittville’s 58th Anniversary show with a $6,000 top prize at stake in the 100-lap Modified main plus a guaranteed starting berth in the prestigious Rite Aid 200 Championship race on Oct. 11 of Super DIRT Week XXXVIII at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

WHERE
Centrally located in the heart of the Niagara Region, Merrittville Speedway is easily accessible from all sides [A reminder to all US residents to carry a valid photo ID to pass through US & Canadian Customs]. From Buffalo/Peace Bridge and South Niagara areas – after crossing at Peace Bridge take Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) north to Niagara Falls – take Thorold Stone Road WEST exit – come to the lights and turn left onto Thorold Stone Road – proceed through stoplights and under Welland Canal via tunnel – proceed taking Hwy. 406 south exit to Welland – continue until you reach The Beaverdams exit –Right at the stop sign off the ramp, and left at the next stop sign (Merrittville Highway) and follow to the Speedway on the right. From Queenston-Lewiston Bridge-Niagara Falls USA – Follow Highway 405 to the QEW Niagara and exit in St.Catharines at THE 406 EXIT to Welland (this is a sharp ramp, caution is advised) Follow highway 406 to the Beaverdams exit.( approximately 20 kms south on Hwy. 406) At the ramp make a right and next intersection (Merrittville Highway) turn left and follow to the Speedway on the right. From Niagara Falls – Lundy’s Lane turns into Highway 20 – travel west on Hwy. 20 – go over canal – proceed to stoplight intersection of Hwy. 20 & Merrittville Highway (Tim Horton’s on left), turn right, speedway and free parking on left hand side one km. down the road. From the Hamilton or Toronto Area – Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) south to Niagara – just before St. Catharines exit at Hwy. 406 south (exit #49) to Welland/Port Colborne – after approximately 20 kms south on Hwy. 406 – Beaverdams exit –make a right at the stop sign and follow to next intersection (Merrittville Highway) left on Merrittville Highway – travel 1 km.

WHEN
Merrittville is scheduled to unlock its gates Monday at 4 p.m. Integra Shocks Modified Time Trials will get underway following 6:30 hot laps with the first qualifying heat set for 7 o’clock. A special pre-race Italian Dinner served from 4-6 pm and hosted by Club Castropignano includes salad, dinner roll, fresh pasta and homemade meatballs and choice of a Pepsi Product is available for just $10.00 ($12 on raceday). Call the speedway office to reserve your pre-race dinner tickets or email Merrittville GM Erica Bicknell at ebicknell@cogeco.net.

TICKETS
Both U.S. and Canadian currency are accepted at equal value with Adult general admission tickets $25 each, Seniors (65+) & Students (13-18 yrs) $20, Juniors (8-12) $10 and Children (under 8 yrs.) Free. A Family Pass is also available for $65 while the Pit Pass fee is $25 for DIRTcar members and $30 for non-members. For additional information, contact the track at 905/892-8266 or visit www.merrrittvillespeedway.com on the net. General Admission tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate on raceday.

WEB SITES
Super DIRTcar Series is at https://www.superdirtcarseries.com.
Merrittville Speedway is at http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com.
Dirtvision.com™ Cybercast is at http://www.dirtvision.com.
All remain accessible 24-hours daily.

ABOUT THE TRACK THE TRACK
Merrittville Speedway is a 3/8-mile banked clay track located in Thorold, Ontario; only 12 miles from the US border at Niagara Falls. Merrittville remains a family operated facility and it’s been a Saturday Night Racing Tradition for 57 years; 2009 marks the seventh season owned by the Bicknell and Williamson families. Every Saturday from May to September, five classes of cars hit the popular d-shaped oval that include DIRTcar 358-Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, Open Wheel Lite and 4-Cylinder Mini-Stock. In the three Super DIRTcar Series events run under the clocks, Brett Hearn established the one-lap standard in 2007 with a time of 15.383 seconds (78.008 mph) on August 6. The Merrittville facility includes full concessions serving a great variety of fresh food and plenty of beverages at reasonable prices, as well as clean and modern restroom facilities. A VIP deck for sponsors, souvenirs, and plenty of racing action make Merrittville Speedway the place to be every Saturday night. The “pits” are located directly across from the main grandstand and when the racing on track is completed race fans are encouraged to visit the pit area to get up close and personal with their favorite race teams. Easy to find, the speedway is located in the Heart of Niagara on the famous Merrittville Highway in Thorold. Situated in Ontario, Canada, it remains ‘Yours To Discover.’

PREVIOUS WINNERS
The 2006 show at Merrittville ended a 14-year absence by DIRTcar Racing’s best Big-Block Modified touring teams and last summer Central New York standout Jimmy Phelps mirrored the domination shown by veterans Alan and Danny Johnson in the previous two stops. Pole-sitter Phelps was the latest New Yorker to earn top dollar after dicing early with Justin Haers then staying out front the final 95 circuits to capture his first tour win on Canadian soil. DIRTcar NorthEast’s all-time Big-Block winner Alan Johnson led all but the initial circuit in ‘06 while younger brother Danny matched the feat by overtaking Canadian Hall of Famer Pete Bicknell on lap two in his own march to victory lane the following summer.
SUPER DIRTcar SERIES
Merrittville Speedway (9 Evts)
DATE FIRST – SECOND – THIRD – FOURTH – FIFTH
8/4/08 Jimmy Phelps – Danny Johnson – Steve Paine – Billy Decker – Dale Planck
8/6/07 Danny Johnson – Billy Decker – Brett Hearn – Tim Fuller – Alan Johnson
8/7/06 Alan Johnson – Pete Bicknell – Kenny Cosgrove – Gary Tomkins – Brett Hearn
8/5/92 Ron Smoker – Brett Hearn – Frank Cozze – Alan Johnson – Billy Decker
8/5/91 Brett Hearn – Pete Bicknell – Danny Johnson – Kenny Tremont – Alan Johnson
8/8/90 Danny Johnson – Frank Cozze – Davey Moore – Kenny Tremont – Alan Johnson
8/7/89 Pete Bicknell – Danny Johnson – Jimmy Begolo – Doug Hoffman – Brian Stevens
9/11/83 Don McGinnis – Harry Sittler – Danny Rizzardo – Joe Plazek – Charlie Rudolph
8/3/81 Will Cagle – Alan Johnson – Charlie Rudolph – Harvey Hainer – Dave Lape

TRACK HISTORY
The idea for a track came to mind after a few trips to Civic Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. where original owner John Marino would meet many of his friends from St. Catharines, Ontario. The thought of building a speedway in southern Ontario came to mind and Marino figured, “Why the hell drive to Buffalo when we can drive to St. Catharines.” Merrittville Speedway was nearly built on a tract of land in Louth Township. John along with his partner and friend George Cullen had even bought the material for bleachers. However, there were problems as St. Catharines was primarily a “stick & ball” town and stock car racing was a “fad” being opposed by several city councilors. The search went on and John and George, both in the trucking business, heard of a 20-acre parcel of land in Thorold Township, south of St. Catharines, where a farmer, Bill Gullett, owed the township for nine years of back taxes. A deal was struck on the price of the property ($250 per acre) and the present location was secured. During 1951 the 1/4 mile clay oval was carved out of the farmer’s field, wooden bleachers were erected and racing was officially started on July 1, 1952 during the daytime. After many trips to Ancaster during 1952 with close friend Orville Kelley, Merrittville’s first points champion, they moved their racing to the coolness of the evening and treated the racing surface with many tons of calcium to diminish the dusty conditions that prevailed early on. The city of St. Catharines was heavily involved in baseball, hockey and lacrosse and hardly gave a wink to the new sport of stock car racing. Friday nights were traditionally lacrosse nights at Haig Bowl so John and George picked Saturday nights to run, and established a tradition which continues today. While the Marino and Cullen families worked hard at getting Merrittville Speedway started, they sold their “baby” to partners Ken Kavanagh and Bill Russell in time to start the 1956 race season.

During the late 1950’s Kavanagh and Russell continued to develop stock car racing and in 1957 introduced the entry level jalopy division with Bill Binning being its first points champion. Along with Merrittville founders Marino and Cullen, in 1961 they purchased land in Stoney Creek at Mud Street and Highway #20 and constructed Speedway Park, a 1/3-mile clay oval with the most modem facilities and grandstands available. Opening day was June 19, 1962 and Speedway Park would establish a Friday night tradition while sister track Merrittville continued to race Saturdays and holiday Mondays. Drivers such as Billy Rafter, Cam Gagliardi, Alex Gunn, Jeno Begolo and Fred Hurst would all compete strongly in the Sportsman Modifieds, while drivers such as Frank Fields, Don Turner, Jack Hollis, Mike Zajac and Don Deagle broke into racing in the new Late Model division —- all of which later would move on to Modified careers. During the mid 1960’s the Mini Stocks were also introduced and the Mini-Coopers and Volkswagen “bugs” would battle it out with drivers such as Denny and Larry Deagle, Bob O’Hara and Bill Dominey the star attractions. As the decade came to an end the pressure and time of running two speedways began to take their toll and both Russell (rowing, music) and Kavanagh (horse racing) had developed other interests. As a result, Merrittville Speedway and Speedway Park were both sold in 1971 to new owners, Stan Friesen and Kurt Uhl at Merrittville and a group of Hamilton investors at Speedway Park.

Friesen and Uhl had ideas for change and there were three major ones. The traditional 1/4 mile perfect oval was ripped apart and replaced by a larger D-shaped pattern with its now notorious turn four. Secondly, the old wooden bleachers were replaced with metal ones from the now defunct Niagara Drag Strip. However, the third change was probably the most memorable one and that was bringing the fledgling DIRT of New York sanction and its Schaeffer Beer sponsorship for a qualifying race from Syracuse — with Advance Auto Parts now headlining the Super DIRT Series, that event still among the biggest Modified events on Merrittville’s calendar more than three decades later. While getting their feet wet as race track operators, Stan was still pursuing his desire to race Modifieds, while occasionally racing at Merrittville, trying to balance the racing against the administration of a race track. Stan and Kurt, along with their wives Diane and Deanna took a very active roll along with the kids, Jamie, Joel and Alex Friesen and Janice Uhl, in the running of not only Merrittville Speedway but also Ransomville (NY) Speedway, which they purchased in 1973.

Although joining the DIRTcar organization in 1980, before the start of the ‘83 season the operation of two tracks —one in the U.S., the other in Canada— forced Uhl and Friesen to sell Merrittville to a group of five St. Catharines businessmen which was quickly reduced to Alan Ley, Randy Pickles and Jim Shields. Joel Friesen emerged as the first full-time track manager for the new owners in 1984 while Bryant Irvine joined Ley in promotional activity later in the decade. Doug Kerr anchored the public relations department and later served as track general manager in the early 1990s. The Irvines become sole owners during that same time period with Bobby St. Amand Jr. being named Race Director as Merrittville entered the new millennium. In a surprise announcement during his March acceptance speech at the 2003 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony in Toronto, Pete Bicknell announced that he had just become part owner of Merrittville Speedway. DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s winningest 358-Modified driver also noted his newest association at Merrittville with co-owner Randy Williamson, Fabrication Shop manager at the St. Catharines, Ontario-based Bicknell Racing Products, and formerly Jamie Friesen. Today, the families of both Jamie and Joel Friesen continue to carry on the success established by father Stan at Ransomville while Pete’s daughter Erica Bicknell fills the role of track General Manager as Merrittville Speedway celebrates its 58th consecutive season of racing in the Niagara Frontier.

2008 RACE REVIEW
Central New Yorker Jimmy Phelps had been knocking on the door to victory lane all season. When the opening finally came Monday night at Merrittville Speedway, the ‘B’Ville Blizzard’ stormed through untouched and he went on to score his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season in the 16th Trevor Wilkens Memorial 100 presented by Toolneeds. Pole-sitter Phelps swapped the lead twice with front row partner Justin Haers, before moving out front for good on lap six, then holding off a rejuvenated Danny Johnson for a comfortable 2.0-second victory in the Canadian Civic Holiday special. Steve Paine finished third followed by the 2008 Series point leaders Billy Decker, Dale Planck and Brett Hearn. While Steve Paine prevailed in the Integra Shocks Time Trials, covering the fast third-miler in a time of 15.523 seconds (77.305 mph ave.), Phelps was fourth quickest in the field of 36 entries. Yet when it came time for the customary pre-race draw for position in the feature, Phelps selected number ‘1’ on the 30-car starting grid. Phelps forged the final lead change on lap six steering the potent H&H Motorsports no. 98H Mohawk Northeast-New England Race Fuels-Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/Troyer machine, and for the 94 circuits held strong despite an early race bid from ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard and then a relentless effort put forth by Johnson from lap 22 on behind the wheel of Mike Petruska’s no. J66 Atlas Paving-Behrent’s Performance Warehouse/TEO entry.

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Point Standings (Through July 19, 2009)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 20 Brett Hearn 820 820 0 2 8 9 9
2 91 Billy Decker 677 677 -143 2 5 5 9
3 9s Matt Sheppard 663 663 -157 1 5 6 9
4 98H Jimmy Phelps 644 644 -176 0 3 6 9
5 99 Ryan Phelps 582 582 -238 2 3 5 9
6 3 Justin Haers 565 565 -255 0 0 5 9
7 84 Gary Tomkins 561 561 -259 0 1 6 9
8 77x Dale Planck 539 539 -281 0 1 3 9
9 66 Danny Johnson 497 497 -323 0 1 3 9
10 49 Billy Dunn 486 486 -334 0 1 2 9
11 4 Mike Storms 457 457 -363 0 0 2 9
12 14J Alan Johnson 429 429 -391 1 2 4 7
13 99L Larry Wight 403 403 -417 0 0 0 9
14 29 Jeff Brownell Jr. 368 368 -452 0 1 2 7
15 74 Tim Fuller 316 316 -504 0 2 2 5
16 7x Steve Paine 245 245 -575 0 0 3 4
17 FX1 Frankie Caprara 224 224 -596 0 0 2 4
18 8 Rich Scagliotta 208 208 -612 0 0 0 3
19 6 Pat O’Brien 185 185 -635 0 1 1 3
20 1H David Hebert 140 140 -680 0 1 1 2
21 22 Mario Clair 127 127 -693 0 0 0 2
22 02 Roy Bresnahan 122 122 -698 0 0 0 3
23 42 Pete Bicknell 118 118 -702 0 0 1 2
24 62 Tom Sears Jr. 113 113 -707 0 0 0 2
25 43 Keith Flach 111 111 -709 0 0 0 2
26 34b Andy Bachetti 110 110 -710 0 1 1 1
27 33 Mike Mahaney 108 108 -712 0 0 0 3
28 9m Tim McCreadie 105 105 -715 0 0 1 2
29 99B Chuck Bower 103 103 -717 0 0 0 3
30 21 Yan Bussiere 97 97 -723 0 0 0 2
31 96 Kyle Dingwall 95 95 -725 0 1 1 1
32 97 Michel Chicoine 95 95 -725 0 0 0 2
33 17 Sean Beardsley 92 92 -728 0 0 0 2
34 32c Vic Coffey 87 87 -733 0 0 1 2
35 60 Brian Berger 86 86 -734 0 1 1 1
36 3b Chad Brachmann 82 82 -738 0 0 0 2
37 73 Alain Boisvert 82 82 -738 0 0 1 1
38 33.3 Tommy Meier 81 81 -739 0 1 1 1
39 77F Mark Flach Jr. 81 81 -739 0 1 1 1
40 83x Tim Sears 80 80 -740 0 0 0 2
41 57 Donnie Corellis 77 77 -743 0 0 1 1
42 8R Rob Bellinger 72 72 -748 0 0 0 2
43 42 Guy Sheldon 71 71 -749 0 0 1 1
44 160 Johnny Hill 70 70 -750 0 0 0 2
45 21 Derrick Podsiadlo 69 69 -751 0 0 0 2
46 88 Tim O’Brien 68 68 -752 0 0 0 1
47 98 Eddie Marshall 66 66 -754 0 0 0 1
48 44 Shannon Whaley 65 65 -755 0 0 0 1
49 72 Todd Stewart 65 65 -755 0 0 1 1
50 07 Tim Kerr 65 65 -755 0 0 0 1
51 54 Steve Bernard 65 65 -755 0 0 1 1
52 14 Jimmy Horton 63 63 -757 0 0 0 1
53 7* Danny O’Brien 62 62 -758 0 0 1 1
54 123 Robbie Krull 60 60 -760 0 0 0 1
55 64 Donnie Ackner 59 59 -761 0 0 0 1
56 26 Ryan Godown 57 57 -763 0 0 0 1
57 22 Eric Gauvreau 56 56 -764 0 0 0 1
58 44 Sebastien Gougeon 56 56 -764 0 0 0 1
59 76 Travis Braun 56 56 -764 0 0 0 1
60 88k Randy Chrysler 55 55 -765 0 0 0 1
61 3 Claude Brouillard 54 54 -766 0 0 0 1
62 88 Krey Sandstedt 52 52 -768 0 0 0 1
63 24s Chris Shultz 51 51 -769 0 0 0 1
64 46 Kayle Robidoux 51 51 -769 0 0 0 1
65 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 51 51 -769 0 0 0 1
66 72 Tommy Flannigan 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
67 16 Mike Bowman 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
68 M96 Brian McDonald 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
69 3d Dexter Stacey 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
70 66w Wallace Stacey 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
71 23 Dany Bilodeau 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
72 1H Tim Hindley 50 50 -770 0 0 0 1
73 124 Pierre Dagenais 49 49 -771 0 0 0 1
74 72x Denis Gauvreau 48 48 -772 0 0 0 1
75 17c Bobby Davidson 48 48 -772 0 0 0 1
76 24 Jim Witko Jr. 46 46 -774 0 0 0 1
77 22J Gino Clair 45 45 -775 0 0 0 1
78 55 Mike King 45 45 -775 0 0 0 1
79 39 Clement Therrien 44 44 -776 0 0 0 1
80 26 Rick Richner 44 44 -776 0 0 0 1
81 87 Hector Stratton 44 44 -776 0 0 0 1
82 28 Scott Kerwin 43 43 -777 0 0 0 1
83 21m Bob McGannon 42 42 -778 0 0 0 1
84 20 Jeff McGinnis 41 41 -779 0 0 0 1
85 37c Eric Fisher 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
86 35 Adam Moore 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
87 0 Bill Gill 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
88 x31 Andy Lloyd 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
89 9 Jason Riddell 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
90 85 David Langlois 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
91 63 Dominic Dufault 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
92 74 Fredric Gamache 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
93 49 Francois Berrier 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
94 90 Martin Roy 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
95 198h Erick Rudolph 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
96 44v Phil Vigneri Jr. 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
97 93 Richie Vinson 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
98 24v Bobby Varin 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
99 33 Ray Swinehart 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
100 39 Ryan Larkin 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
101 87x Paul Gilardi 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
102 88 Eric Lefebvre 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
103 87 Martin Gagne 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
104 61 Jean Boissonneault 40 40 -780 0 0 0 1
105 37md Jer. Shingledecker 30 30 -790 0 0 0 1
106 X Chad Phelps 25 25 -795 0 0 0 0
107 13 Tony Steiner 25 25 -795 0 0 0 0
108 65 Boyd MacTavish 20 20 -800 0 0 0 0
109 55 Perry Francis 20 20 -800 0 0 0 0
110 66x Carey Terrance 20 20 -800 0 0 0 0

2009 Gater Racing News Big-Block Modified Lap Leaders
DATE TRACK LAPS LEADERS
April 26 Big Diamond 75 75-Howard
June 6 Lebanon Valley 100 100-Sheppard
June 17 Orange County 59 32-Decker, 27-Edwards
July 3 Ransomville 100 77-Hearn, 23-Friesen
July 4 Fulton 100 86-A.Johnson, 14-Hearn
July 9 Brockville 102 102-Hearn
July 10 Granby 102 74-Hearn, 28-Decker
July 18 Cayuga County 50 50-R.Phelps
July 19 Cayuga County 100 70-Sheppard, 30-R.Phelps

2009 Integra Shocks Big-Block Modified Time Trials *New Record
TRACK SIZE QUICK QUALIFIER TIME AVE.SPEED
Big Diamond 4/10-mile Tim Fuller *17.450 sec. 82.521 mph
Lebanon Valley 1/2-mile Keith Flach 19.765 sec. 91.070 mph
Orange County 5/8-mile Matt Sheppard *20.278 sec. 110.958 mph
Ransomville 3/8-mile Billy Decker 16.677 sec. 80.950 mph
Fulton 3/8-mile Larry Wight *16.408 sec. 82.277 mph
Brockville 3/8-mile Jimmy Phelps 15.585 sec. 86.622 mph
Granby 1/2-mile David Hebert 21.215 sec. 84.846 mph
Cayuga County 3/8-mile Matt Sheppard 16.856 sec. 80.090mph
Cayuga County 3/8-mile Billy Decker 16.854 sec. 80.100mph

TRACK HEAT WINNERS
Big Diamond B.Hearn, D.Howard, T.Fuller, A.Johnson
Lebanon Valley K.Flach, D.Hough, D.Ackner, A.Bachetti
Orange County D.Johnson, J.Haers, D.Howard, J.Higbie, B.Decker, P.Ward
Ransomville J.Brownell, B.Decker, D.Planck, S.Friesen
Fulton M.Sheppard, B.Decker, J.Phelps, A.Johnson
Brockville J.Phelps, P.Dagenais, K.Dingwall, M.Sheppard
Granby D.Hebert, J.Phelps, R.Phelps, B.Dunn
Cayuga County V.Coffey, B.Dunn, T.McCreadie, B.Hearn, S.Paine.
Cayuga County B.Decker, D.Johnson, S.Paine, R.Phelps, B.Hearn, C.Brachmann

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 Super DIRTcar Series along with bonus points collected at a designated hometrack throughout the racing season. Along with gaining valuable 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 10 Series 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 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.

Trevor Wilkens Remembered: It wasn’t until a young Trevor Wilkens teamed up with car owners Pete and Linda Cosco that his number became the 17C that we remember to this day with Merrittville’s biggest event. Like so many drivers over the years, a young Wilkens got his start racing go-karts, yet that was long before Merrittville Speedway’s Tuesday night Kart Club was even in the planning stages as the Virgil Kart Club and others would provide the setting. Through the help of his dad Gerry Wilkens and York Auto & Truck Collision, Trevor eventually embanked on a stock car career in the former Bomber Division followed by graduation into the Sportsman ranks.

Trevor’s younger brother, Curt, mirrored those moves, developing his own racing career in the same classes. And it was here that the Wilkens Family —Gerry, Janet and Curt— and Pete and Linda Cosco would find a friendship that went beyond racing at the track. The Coscos soonafter bought Trevor’s #12 ride from the family and hence the change from Trevor’s number to the Cosco Haulage 17c familiar today. The new team had success in the Sportsman Ranks before making the move up to the 358-Modified Division. Just as Trevor was making a name for himself in the premier division, he became faced with a setback but battled through it to return to the sport he loved. While Trevor was in recovery, the Cosco Race Team added another driver as Western New York veteran Don McGinnis stepped in to keep it going until Trevor could return. Prior to the 1993 season, however, Trevor became ill once again and in July of 1993 passed away due to cancer.

U.S. Precedent: The holiday Super DIRTcar Series special will once again attract the best in the Big-Block business to Merrittville and will also showcase some of the top DIRTcar 358-Modified teams at the storied Thorold, Ontario oval. With nine events spread over three decades, current track owner Pete Bicknell (1989) is the only Canadian driver to sever the American stronghold although locals Kenny Cosgrove, Davey Moore, Jimmy Begolo, Brian Stevens Harry Sittler, Danny Rizzardo, Joe Plazek and Harvey Hainer have made it into top-five positions through the years. Along with Bicknell, look for track 358 regulars Larry Lampman Jr., Scott Wood, Chris Steele and Mike Bowman, along with New Yorker Chad Brachmann to keep the Big-Block invaders on their toes especially if the tight third-miler slickens up during the century grind.

Hearn Consistently Up Front: Speed is a given when winning races and consistency is the name of the game racking up championships. All-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn is in the driver’s seat on both fronts this season as the Sussex, New Jersey superstar has jumped out to a commanding lead in the current tour point standings already with two victories in the opening nine events. Yet to finish outside the top-five after nearly 800 laps of feature race competition, just one front-five tally will put Hearn past Steve Paine, who opened the 2001 SDS with nines straight top-fives; ironically, Hearn went on to capture the overall Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar title that same season.

Canadian Tour Even Greater: Originally scheduled as part of the ‘Great Canadian Tour’ the second week of July before rain cut short the final two rounds of the popular four-race swing north of the border, track and series officials have secured Sunday, August 23 for a return trip to Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway and Friday, September 18 for another memorable haul to Autodrome Drummond in Quebec. Before clouds opened up over the Cornwall, Ontario oval on July 12, local favorite Pat O’Brien posted the fastest lap in Integra Shocks Time Trials then chased winner Billy Decker across the line in the only heat race run. The Big-Block stars will start all over again on August 23 with a complete program on tap headlined by the 15th Annual ‘Akwesasne Mohawk Casino International 100’ that rewards the winner $6,000. Less than a month down the road, DIRTcar Northeast’s premier Big-Block Modified touring teams journey into Quebec for ‘Dream Weekend Race Mania 5.’ Another $6,000 top prize awaits the 100-lap feature winner on September 18, with many of the Big-Block stars in attendance expected to spend the night as the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified title run on Saturday boasts a winner’s share of $10,000 in the 150-lap main event.

Big-Blocks Hit Century Mark: Through the final full weekend on the DIRTcar Racing Northeast circuit in July, exactly 100 Big-Block features have been run with 41 drivers reaching victory lane at 18 tracks. Defending Mr. DIRTcar points champion Billy Decker continues to top the win chart with 10 checkered flags although Super DIRTcar Series standout ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard (9) is right on his heels and Western Pennsylvania favorite Kevin Bolland (7) is nearly as close. Decker’s Gypsum Express teammate Pat Ward and Bolland rival Jeremiah Shingledecker own five victories apiece with Series stalwart Brett Hearn and Sheppard’s Xtreme Lubricants teammate Jeff Brownell Jr. next in line with four each. All-time Big-Block feature winner Alan Johnson, Series regulars Billy Dunn and Justin Haers, Frankie Caprara, Bobby Varin and Keystone State veteran Brian Swartzlander have collected three first-place trophies while touring star Gary Tomkins, along with Steve Paine, Kenny Tremont, Chad Phelps, Andy Bachetti, Mark Flach Jr., Del Rougeux Jr. and Paul Kinney 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 —–

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Winners: 1980-7/19/09 (628 events / 45 tracks / 69 drivers)
WINS DRIVER FIRST WIN LAST WIN
102 Brett Hearn Lebanon Valley, 7/15/81 Brockvillle, 7/9/09
66 Danny Johnson Fonda, 9/25/82 Orange County, 10/19/08
51 Bob McCreadie Ransomville, 9/10/82 Rolling Wheels, 9/4/00
51 Alan Johnson Ransomville, 6/27/80 Fulton, 7/4/09
51 Billy Decker Lebanon Valley, 9/18/88 Granby, 7/10/09
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
6 Matt Sheppard Drummond, 7/12/04 Lebanon Valley, 6/6/09
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 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
2 Ryan Phelps Cayuga County, 7/18/09 Cayuga County, 7/19/09
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

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Integra Shocks Fast Timers 1983-7/19/09 (251 events / 32 tracks / 51 drivers)
EVTS DRIVER FIRST FAST TIME LAST FAST TIME
40 Brett Hearn Orange County, 10/24/86 Brewerton, 8/15/08
39 Billy Decker NYS Fairgrounds, 7/3/01 Cayuga County, 7/19/09
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
11 Matt Sheppard Drummond, 7/12/04 Cayuga County, 7/18/09
9 Chuck Bower Cayuga County, 5/28/00 Lernerville, 8/3/05
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
6 Jimmy Phelps Drummond, 7/11/05 Brockville, 7/9/09
5 Frank Cozze Orange County, 6/10/04 New Egypt, 8/15/07
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
1 Keith Flach Lebanon Valley, 6/6/09
1 Larry Wight Fulton, 7/4/09
1 David Hebert Granby, 7/10/09

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 Super DIRTcar Series during the upcoming race season. The fast driver during 2009 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 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 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 tour 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 Big-Block 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 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.

Super-sized 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 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, the 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 boasted a $20,000 winner’s share that was collected by Ryan Phelps, 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 Series stop 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 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 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, 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.

‘Twitter’ Breaks International Boundaries: Fans will once again be kept informed through their exclusive ‘Twitter’ connection when the Super DIRTcar Series moves to the forefront in Canada. Race enthusiasts can keep up-to-date Monday at Merrittville with the Big-Block Series on-line and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter — the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Offering an early glimpse of what lies ahead with the most recent series shows in the U.S. and Canada, brief bulletins are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the SDS during each race night. Fans can also expect to receive breaking news and interesting notes between tour stops as the season unfolds. To sign-up as a SDS Big-Block ‘follower’ on Twitter and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://www.twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar.

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 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Super DIRTcar Series action is back on U.S. soil for a big doubleheader at Brewerton and Canandaigua speedways, Aug. 7-8. Can-Am Motorsports Park (Aug. 21) and Cornwall Motor Speedway (Aug. 23, rescheduled from July 12) are up two weeks later before Lebanon Valley Speedway stages the final 100-lapper of the month on August 27.

2009 Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
NP=Non-Point event.
*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 Matt Sheppard
Sun-Jun 7 Airborne Speedway rain-cancelled
Wed-Jun 17 Orange Co Fair Speedway Billy Decker
Fri-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Brett Hearn
Sat-Jul 4 Fulton Speedway Alan Johnson
Great Canadian Tour
Thr-Jul 9 Brockville Ont Speedway B.Hearn/Pat O’Brien
Fri-Jul 10 Autodrome Granby B.Decker/Jimmy Phelps
Sat-Jul 18 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Ryan Phelps
Sun-Jul 19 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway R.Phelps ($20,000-to-win)/Tim Fuller
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
Sun-Aug 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
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
Fri-Sep 18 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
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-

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 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.