Weedsport, NYFebruary 21, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director
*George Smith Photo: #20-Brett Hearn, #42P-Pat Ward

They arrived from three different states yet Brett Hearn, Pat Ward and Jamie Mills reached common ground in Florida as soon as they each pulled into victory lane at Volusia Speedway Park during the 38th running of the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH, February 11-14.

The trio of Advance Auto Parts Series Big-Block Modified winners share another more significant element and that is the chance to win $10,000 when votes are tallied in the second Alltel DIRTcar All-Star contest in just one more week!

For one of these drivers to collect this lucrative cash prize as the consummate Alltel DIRTcar All-Star, fans need to vote for their favorite by logging into www.AlltelAllStar.com. Just a short time remains as the top prize will go to the driver who receives the most votes in an on-line poll that runs through 11:59 p.m. on February 28. Only one vote can be cast per day.

“I’m broke all winter long and that money would sure come in handy as we’ve got a lot of bills to pay. I enjoy coming down here and putting on a show for the fans, giving 110% every time out,” said Ward about why fans should choose him as the Alltel All-Star. Remarked Mills, “I think some should go to charity. It’s like free money, it’s like hitting the lottery so make sure it goes to good use.” Hearn added, “The vote could really be for me and my whole crew, they deserve it as much as I do. We didn’t give up, easily could’ve after the first three nights but stuck with it and finally got what we came here for.”

Eventual Florida Tour points champion Ward from Genoa, New York captured the opening two Big-Block feature races at Volusia followed by Milford, Delaware driver Mills while Sussex, New Jersey speedster Hearn claimed the 50-lap finale in dominating fashion. Now is the time to show your support of these top wheelmen from the Northeast and enter a vote today!

Of the 14 drivers that won main events during the recently concluded Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at VSP in Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model and Open Wheel Modified competition, UMP Mod racer Randy Hall from Olean, New York currently leads the poll with 28% of the national vote. Ward (7%), Hearn (1%), and Mills (1%) need your vote to help carry the Big-Blocks back to the forefront.

The winner of the $10,000 Alltel DIRTcar All-Star prize will be announced at the completion of voting and honored with a special ceremony at a date to be determined. In addition, the driver with the most votes in each of the other three divisions (aside from the overall winner from Big-Block, Sprint, Late Model or UMP Modified) will take home $1,000 while voting daily at www.AlltelAllStar.com for one of the DIRTcar Big-Block Modified winners will also enter fans in a contest to win a $500 gift card from Alltel Wireless.

Each driver has been assigned his own letter —Ward (I), Mills (L), Hearn (N)— which can be found on the top of their image and votes can be sent by texting that letter to 247253 (Example, Text A to 247253). To vote on-line, just click the image of your favorite driver and complete the required fields.

For more information about the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, please visit www.superdirtcarseries.com. Be sure to check out www.dirtcar.com to learn more about the entire DIRTcar Northeast circuit.

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 VP Racing Fuels. Promotional partners include Rite Aid Corporation, Dig Safely New York and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks, Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Ferris Industries, Holley HP Carburetors, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, Rislone Oil Stabilizer and Wrisco Industries.