At A Glance: Gassing-up for the Grove
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action at Williams Grove Speedway (Pa.) on Wednesday, June 22
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – May 16, 2016 – The Super DIRTcar Series travels to Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway for the Big-Block Modified Mayhem at the Grove on Wednesday, June 22. The series 17 Platinum drivers will test their 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds on the Mechanicsburg, Pa. course for the first time since 2006.
Setting the bar high
The new combination of Billy Decker and car owner Mike Payne found their way to victory lane April 30 in the Super DIRTcar Series opener at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway. The duo joined forces over the winter and battled through the 45-car field at the Highbank Holdup. Decker has now won at Fulton Speedway in back-to-back seasons.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series also had an extensive entry list, drawing a field of 54 drivers to the 3/8-mile oval. Current points leader Brad Rouse rose to the occasion, winning the first night of the weekend-long event.
Men of Steele
Since Wegner Motorsports introduced its W-16 Engine to the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series in December, drivers have finished in the Top 5. At Merrittville (Ont.) Speedway – where the engine was first tested in 2015 – Tim Jones and Chris Steele finished third and fifth respectively. In a Friday night showdown at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway, Erick Rudolph finished runner-up in the feature.
The motor is approved for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and its sanctioned tracks. The goal is that the $10,000 engine – power-plants are usually double the expense – will increase accessibility into the series and grow 358 car counts throughout the Northeast.
“We wanted an alternative for the Sportsman guys moving up and an option for teams looking for a more affordable way to enter the sport,” said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar director, series and sanctioning. “It will keep more people racing.”
The 2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified season kicks-off Sunday, September 4 at Cornwall Speedway in Ontario, Canada.
Sportsman driver Jeremy Pitcher is penalized for chemically altering the benchmarks provided by Hoosier Tire Company. Pitcher, who failed inspection during the Highbank Holdup weekend, will not only forfeit the points he was awarded at the event, but also will be fined and suspended from all DIRTcar sanctioned activity until June 10.
For more race information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.
ABOUT THE TRACK
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY is a 1/2-mile, smooth banked clay oval. In 2006, Jimmy Phelps passed race leader Alan Johnson on lap 24 of the Central Penn 100, eventually winning the feature. Phelps credited the win to saving his tires early in the race to make a push for the lead.
Previous A-Feature winners:
2006: Jimmy Phelps
The following Super DIRTcar Series drivers maintain websites:
Frank Cozze: frankcozze.com
Keith Flach: keithflachracing.com
Brett Hearn: bretthearn.com
Mike Mahaney: mikemahaneyracing.com
Max McLaughlin: maxmclaughlinracing.com
Jimmy Phelps: jimmyphelps.com
Erick Rudolph: erickrudolph.com
Matt Sheppard: matt-sheppard.com
For more driver information, visit: superdirtcarseries.com
SEASON WINNERS: Billy Decker – 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30)
LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Watch the Super DIRTcar Series race LIVE at Williams Grove Speedway on Wednesday, June 22 on DIRTVision.com!
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COMING UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Southern Pennsylvania for action-packed racing in the Keystone State, as the series invades Williams Grove Speedway for a mid-week showdown on Wednesday, June 22.
Super DIRTcar Series Championship Standings
|No.||Driver||Total||Series||Bonus||Diff||Money||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Starts|
|17||62s||Tom Sears Jr.||50||50||0||-54||$300||0||0||0||1|
2016 STAT ATTACK
There has been 1 Super DIRTcar Series feature this season.
Winners (1 Driver)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins
1. – BILLY DECKER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
Pole Positions (1 Driver)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles
1. – TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
Time Trial leaders (1 Driver)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times
1. – TOM SEARS, JR., Clay, N.Y. – 1
Podium Finishes (3 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Finishes in the Top-Three
1. – BILLY DECKER, Waterloo, N.Y. – 1
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
– JIMMY PHELPS, Baldwinsville, N.Y.– 1
Heat Race Winners (5 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Win
1. – TOM SEARS JR., Clay, N.Y. – 1
– LARRY WIGHT, Phoenix, N.Y. – 1
– JIMMY PHELPS, Baldwinsville, N.Y. – 1
– BRETT HEARN, Sussex, N.J. – 1
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
Last Chance Showdown Winners (2 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins
1. – ROB BELLINGER, Cicero, N.Y. – 1
– JUSTIN HAERS, Phelps, N.Y.– 1
Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings
1. – BILLY DECKER, Waterloo, N.Y. – $6,000
2. – TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – $4,000
3. – JIMMY PHELPS, Baldwinsville, N.Y.– $2,500
4. – STEWART FRIESEN, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – $1,600
5. – LARRY WIGHT, Phoenix, N.Y.– $1,200
6. – MATT WILLIAMSON, Watertown, Conn. – $800
7. – BRETT HEARN, Sussex, N.J. – $700
8. – PAT WARD, Genoa, N.Y. – $600
9. – PETE BRITTEN, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – $500
10.- MATT SHEPPARD, Waterloo, N.Y. – $350
11.- FRANK COZZE, Wind Gap, Pa. – $300
– KEITH FLACH, Ravena, N.Y. – $300
2016 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Saturday, April 30 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, N.Y. / Billy Decker (1)
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike’s Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Mobil 1, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.