Weedsport, NY — January 18, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director
*Bob Armbruster Jr. Photo
The Len Sammons Productions’ Motorsports 2009 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey attracted thousands of automotive enthusiasts over the past weekend, January 16-17, with DIRTcar Racing Northeast showcased on the brink of launching its 34th season of operation trackside in February.
Officials answered questions and discussed the upcoming season both Friday and Saturday with track promoters, sponsors, racers and fans alongside the familiar red Advance Auto Parts Series Support Trailer that was a focal point trackside during DIRTcar Northeast’s premier traveling show.
“Despite the economic conditions on everyone’s mind, there was quite a bit of traffic that came our way,” commented Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning, who was joined during the weekend by Bob Dini, Director of Technical Operations for DIRTcar Racing Northeast, and World of Outlaws Late Model Series PR Director Kevin Kovac.
“We talked to a number of racers and covered a lot ground with what we’re looking to accomplish this season. The atmosphere was remarkably upbeat and interest is already high among our fans and the teams ready to compete. The excitement will certainly continue to build as we prepare for the Florida DIRTcar Nationals and all the series action planned further north in 2009,” Reed added.
The sparkling red LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell Modified entry steered by current Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Champion Billy Decker along with Eric Marin’s sleek blue EMS Motorsports no. 214 Extreme Designs/Chevrolet Impala Pro Stock and Raye Vest’s orange no. 24 World of Outlaws Late Model Series mount driven by Rick Eckert flanked the DIRTcar information booth, each highly visible during the 24th edition of the Sammons Motorsports annual extravaganza in the Garden State.
Decker is among more than 35 pre-race entries for the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH when the return trip to Volusia Speedway Park kicks off with an optional practice day on Tuesday, February 10. VSP opens for Big-Block racing on Wednesday and concludes Saturday, February 14 with a big $5,000-to-win 50-lapper while two more Advance Auto Parts shows are scheduled in between February 12-13. Volusia www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com (386/985-4402) is located 15 miles west of Daytona Beach on State Road 40 in Barberville, Florida.
Please contact the DIRTcar Northeast Office (315/834-6606) during the week to find out additional schedule information and order tickets for the upcoming race season. The DIRTcar homepage www.dirtcar.com provides news about the entire NE circuit, including all major traveling tours contested in 2009, while www.superdirtcarseries.com offers complete coverage of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds.
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 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.