Weedsport, NY — March 22, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
Time is of the essence in qualifying for Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series competition. In 2009 heat race inversions following the customary pre-race clockings will once again shape the Big-Block Modified starting grid for nearly every tour event.
Drivers will continue to draw at sign-in for their order in the ‘Integra Shocks Time Trials’ at all Advance Auto Parts Series shows and the fast timer will select a second pill to determine how many cars (0, 2, 3 or 4) will be inverted to start each preliminary heat race.
“The fans have enjoyed more action up front when the fastest car doesn’t always get to start on the pole in heat races,” attested Cory Reed, DIRTcar Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. “We’ll continue to shake up the Advance Series format if necessary as our goal is to generate the most excitement for our fans. For now, everything is status quo when we arrive at Hagerstown for the opener.”
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. A driver can earn a maximum of 10 more points being the fast timer as well as a heat race winner during the upcoming Advance Auto Parts Series.
The customary pre-race re-draw among top heat race qualifiers will continue to be in effect throughout the summer, with the season-ending Syracuse Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 currently the only Advance Auto Parts Series stop awarding the fast timer with a pole-position start. Top heat race and Dig Safely New York consolation round finishers will fill the Rite Aid field in the same order as heat points will not be awarded.
For further questions regarding qualifying procedures for Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series events or the 2009 race schedule, please contact Cory Reed (cell, 315/224-9009) in the DIRTcar Northeast Office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours. Log into www.superdirtcarseries.com for the latest news and results, driver and track information, as well as many special features as the season rolls on.
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.