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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 17, 2011 - On a night that begged for horsepower and patience, often at the same time, Matt Sheppard made all the right moves Thursday in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified feature event at the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.

Read more: Sheppard Takes Round 2

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 16, 2011 - Stewart Friesen hasn't missed a beat over the winter. On Wednesday night's Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified opener, he caught and then slid ahead of Brett Hearn on the final lap at the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio to win for the second year in a row at Volusia Speedway Park.

Read more: Friesen Strikes First

Phelps & McCreadie Split World Finals Big-Block Modified Mains At Charlotte Dirt Track

‘Super Matt’ nips Jimmy Phelps In Super DIRTcar Series points finale seen on SPEED TV

Concord, NC – November 6, 2010 – The 2010 Super DIRTcar Series scheduled 22 point races spread over nine months. And that’s exactly the number of events that were needed to crown Matt Sheppard as the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion for the first time in his Big-Block career.

With The Dirt Track at Charlotte providing the backdrop for the 4th Annual Lowes Foods World Finals Presented By Bimbo Bakeries and Tom’s Snacks, the mighty Big-Block Modifieds took center stage with ‘Super Matt’ showcasing his talents in front of a national viewing audience on SPEED TV.

Buckled in behind the wheel of the JB Motorsports no. 9s Xtreme Lubricants-Integra Shocks-Bert Transmission/Bicknell machine, Sheppard closed out the final weekend of racing on the DIRTcar Northeast circuit posting 14th- and 2nd-place finishes to capture the coveted Mr. DIRTcar title worth $50,000. Jimmy Phelps closed to within 22 points after winning the 30-lap opener Saturday afternoon, yet faded to 10th in the 40-lap nightcap won by Tim McCreadie with a pass of Sheppard in the closing stages.

“It was a long day and a tough day in the first feature,” remarked a relieved Sheppard, 28, after posting his series-high 15th Top-5 finish of the season to clinch the elusive championship, one he had led since overtaking Billy Decker in mid-July during the ‘Great Canadian Tour’ of Quebec. “After that second one it was such a relief to get it done with.”

“Just feels good to bring home that championship. We’ve been working since February to get to this point so to be here now really feels great,” said Sheppard (3,122), after outscoring Phelps (3,063) by 59 points in the final Mr. DIRTcar standings. Brett Hearn (2,924) placed third ahead of Billy Decker (2,862) with Danny Johnson (2,794), Dale Planck (2,634), Billy Dunn (2,505), Ryan Phelps (2,432), Tom Sears Jr. (2,317) and Larry Wight (2,303) completing the Top-10 on the final points chart. 2010 DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Motorsports Safety Systems Rookie of the Year Lance Willix II finished 16th in the cumulative standings with 1,822 markers.

Each Modified main event paid out $6,000 to the winners, yet more importantly offered enough points for near season-long leader Sheppard to outlast Phelps as the curtain dropped on DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s 35th consecutive year of open-wheel competition.

With sun and wind beating down on the ultra-smooth 4/10-miler during the opening feature that was postponed from Friday due to rain, abrasive track conditions led to no less than 26 flat tires that resulted in 14 caution periods slowing the 30-lapper. Sheppard was the last to force out a yellow flag, holding down second with just three laps to before flattening out a right rear shoe.

“In the first race I wasn’t as much surprised with getting the flat as I was with it happening so close to the end,” Sheppard noted. “Everybody was getting flats so I guess it wasn’t unexpected. I took it easy and still got one. I was really amazed how fast the car was running it so easy and still staying up front. After what happened the first time I just didn’t want to get another flat the second time out.”

Phelps was well aware of the tire situation in the opening feature and while his closest competitors waited until their soft Hoosiers lost air before turning pitside, Phelps ducked into the pits with the yellow flag out and 18 laps flashing on the scoreboard.

“At first we thought there was a chance the track could’ve gone that way (abrasive), then we went out and watched the C and B mains and it just didn’t appear that it was going there,” figured Phelps, 35, who like Sheppard was in search of his first-ever Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block title entering the 2010 finale and now has placed among the front-four in points that last four years. “We ended up putting on the wrong tires but knew it early enough to get off the track and make the change.”

“I saw a lot of smoke off the cars in front of me, knew what we had on for rubber and also knew we wouldn’t make it. And the car wasn’t very good with the tire combination anyway. So we just gambled coming into the pits and it paid off, the car was really good after that,” said Phelps, after parkingthe HBR Motorsports no. 98h Wave Energy Drink-Mohawk Northeast/Troyer entry in victory lane surrounded by more than 14,000 fans that filled the sold-out stands.

Sheppard’s Xtreme Lubricants teammate Jeff Brownell Jr. shot out to the early lead in the opener followed by former Charlotte winner Brett Hearn, Bobby Varin, Sheppard and McCreadie. Just five laps in the first yellow flag fell for Hearn, not for a flat tire but just for the all-time Super DIRTcar Series race winner slipping high exiting turn one.

“That early miscue was actually a blessing,” said Hearn, 52, after charging to the front for a second time and crossing the line fourth behind Phelps, Danny Johnson and Gary Tomkins. “It forced me to race hard from the rear and I got my flat tire earlier than a lot of the other guys. The track was just not what any of the teams was expecting, a lot of sun with a lot of rubber laid down made for a tough surface.”

Charging from seventh starting position steering the Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations no. 74 Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO, Tim Fuller grabbed the top spot from Brownell on a lap 10 restart and maintained a comfortable advantage most of the way. Despite almost all the opposition in the 28-car starting field suffering at least one flat tire during the feature, Fuller looked like an exception as he held the point with just two laps to go. Yet rounding turn three the Edwards, N.Y. pilot had a right rear tread go down and before runner-up Danny Johnson could gain control, Phelps nosed ahead up high to forge the third and final lead change as Fuller coasted out of harms way.

“Definitely didn’t prepare for that type of track condition early on,” divulged Phelps, after scoring his fourth series win of the season with a dramatic two-car pass for the lead as he took chief starter Dave Farney’s white flag that signalled one lap to go. “Fortunately, we were one of the first in line to make a change and put fresh rubber on. After that, just tried to get through the pack as fast as I could, knew some of the guys up front were starting to struggle and I could see their tires going bald and I wanted to take advantage of it.”

“I also knew Danny had enough rubber to make it to the end as I could see his tires, felt we were probably as good as he was in regards to how our cars were working. I thought with about five to go there was a good chance it was going to be him and me racing for the lead. Then it looked like Fuller was going to make it but things got all crazy on the last lap,” Phelps said.

When the final checkered flag flew it was Phelps by .0147 sec. over Johnson, followed by last-place starter and Bert Hard Charger Gary Tomkins, Hearn, who had a flat of his own on lap 24, and Pennsylvania native Kyle Strickler, now living in nearby Mooresville, N.C., who qualified through the B-Main.

“I can’t believe I finished second, the car was so loose out there today,” noted Johnson, who rejoined the field after a right rear went flat on lap 22 to relegate him to the pits for a quick tire change. “But I guess the way guys were dropping out with flats we kind of fell into it. This is definitely a fun place to race, it was good today especially having more than one groove to get around if you were hooked up.”

Added Tomkins, who rallied from dead-last to find the show position driving Ray Tuit’s proven Mike Sparta Trucking no. 673 Pro Stock Automotive-Behrent's Performance Warehouse/Bicknell entry. “It was a long way up through the pack, I just tried to save the car as best I could and keep it as straight as possible getting around. Starting so far back we made a lot of changes having nothing to lose. Knew the track would rubber up so we planned the best we could and ended up with a good finish,” said Tomkins, who joined Strickler and 8th-place finisher Billy Dunn as the only drivers not to experience a flat tire during the course of the show.

Track conditions were literally like night and day for the 40-lap finale that began under the lights with the sun setting well beyond  the horizon. With the five heat race winners once again redrawing to establish the Top-5 starting positions, pole-sitter Bobby Varin and Sheppard filled the top slots riding ahead of Billy Decker, Dale Planck and McCreadie.

“I could tell the track was starting to get into the tires a little in the second race,” said Sheppard, who jumped ahead of front row partner Varin at the out set before relinquishing the point to McCreadie with just laps to go. “All I really wanted to do was finish so I think (McCreadie) knew my situation, knew I wouldn’t race him hard when the time came.”

“Once I built a big lead I just backed it down and tried to keep the car as straight as I could. Timmy made a heck of a move and got by me on the outside that last restart and I was gonna just let him go and focus on finishing. My car was good but staying around for the checkers was more important than any win,” Sheppard recognized.

Also starting fifth in the first feature race, McCreadie retired for good in the opener after a second flat tire sent the Four Star Motorsports no. 4* Keizer Aluminum Wheels-Kruger-Kosakowski Plumbing & Heating/TEO machine pitside for good with five laps to go. The second-generation driver hovered among the Top-5 three-quarters of the second race before taking advantage of the smoking car of runner-up Billy Decker and the ensuing lap 31 restart to grab his first lead of the night.

“The car was so bad in the beginning but then the tires caught on and just locked to the track,” described McCreadie, 36, after scoring his 19th Super DIRTcar Series triumph --- his last coming at Autodrome Drummond in 2004. “Not sure if we had the best car out there tonight, but I’m confident we definitely had the best tires.”

In the first race you could’ve slapped on an Extra-Hard Right Rear tire, yet according to McCreadie no teams ever thought they would need that compound. A regular Hoosier hard compound was utilized on the right-rear in the final 40-lapper and nearly every car made it to the finish with plenty of tread to spare.

Following McCreadie and Sheppard across the stripe was Danny Johnson, the only driver to claim both front-five finishes, while Fuller and Brownell held on in the Top-5.

“I really like this track, its nothing like anything we race on the circuit up north,” said Johnson, 50, a four-time Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block champion, yet his first title in the new millennium remains on hold for another season. “It’s a fun place to run being smooth, and it was really good today getting so wide with more than one grove. If you’re good there’s plenty of room to make it to the front. At the same time, if you’re junk don’t expect to stay around the front too long.”

With the Lowes Foods World Finals now officially in the record book, all eyes turn to the 35th annual DIRTcar Racing NorthEast ‘Night of Champions’ on Saturday, November 20 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York where nearly $300,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top teams in competition. The banquet will honor the 2010 champions in the Super DIRTcar Series Modified (Sheppard), 358-Modified (Danny Johnson), Sportsman Modified (Tim Sears Jr.) and Pro Stock (Louie Jackson).


Saturday morning opened early for track packers with the first laps turned at 8:30 a.m. on the ultra-moist North Carolina red clay oval. Pit gates swung open at 9:30 a.m. and the grandstand doors opened at 10 o’clock with the first cars hitting the track at 10:30 a.m. for hot laps. With series and track officials faced with presenting almost two complete shows ---with the regularly scheduled program geared up to headline the SPEED TV broadcast from 8 p.m.-12 midnight--- the features carried over from Friday were reduced by 10 laps for Big-Blocks and World of Outlaws Series Late Models, with the initial WoO Sprint Car Series A-Main shortened by five.

Hoag In Hottest Seat: “If there’s one short track in the country to work for, this is it,” declared Alex Hoag, 26, a transplant from New York State’s Southern Tier currently recognized as The Dirt Track at Charlotte Operations Manager. He served in a similar capacity from 2005-07 closer to his roots at Black Rock (NY) Speedway, owned by his father Dean, prior to his departure to the heart of NASCAR country in 2008. When the Super DIRTcar Series made its maiden voyage to the multi-million dollar facility in 2001, the former third-generation racer and grandson of Northeast Modified Hall of Famer Dutch Hoag from Bath. N.Y. was the first driver out for time trials. He failed to crack the Big-Block starting grid in both the 2001 and ’03 specials run down south, yet 2000 DIRTcar 358-Modified Rookie of the Year finished 8th (started 28th) in the 2003 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Mod Champ Trail event staged in Charlotte. “My wife (Nicole) got a teaching job and Tom (Deery, World Racing Group President) helped get me an intern position with Seamus (Curley, former director of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway). When I first came down south, I actually thought I might find work with a race team. Now I get to deal with a lot of teams in a lot of divisions when they come to town at all our tracks,” added Hoag, who also performs duties at the neighboring paved superspeedway and zMAX Dragway, which sandwich the dirt track. While Alex was busy helping coordinating efforts Saturday at Charlotte, his father was back up north orchestrating a $10,000-to-win Enduro as part of Black Rock’s 2010 season finale.


Just 102 more days until the Big-Blocks are back in competition during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 8-19, 2011. The 40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals officially kicks off DIRTcar Racing’s 36th consecutive season of operation with the mighty Modifieds from the Northeast in action for the 14th straight year during the week leading up to the Daytona 500 (Feb. 20). The schedule leads off (Feb. 16) with three 30-lap main events and the curtain drops with a big 50-lap finale to close out the Big-Block tour. The 2011 edition marks the 27th trek to Florida for Northeastern Modified teams since 1978 and it will be DIRTcar's 20th visit to Volusia since staging its inaugural event in 1982.

Super DIRTcar Series Races #21 & #22 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte, November 6, 2010 ‘4th Annual Lowes Foods World Finals Presented By Bimbo Bakeries and Tom’s Snacks’ Big-Block Modified Event Summary

Feature #1 (Postponed from Friday, Nov. 5)


1          9          98h     Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY ($6,000)

2          11        27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

3          28        673     Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY

4          1          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

5          23        10k      Kyle Strickler/Mooresville,NC

6          4          10v      Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY

7          25        99L     Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY

8          27        49        Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY

9          6          7          Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA

10        10        8          Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

11        14        91        Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY

12        21        77x      Dale Planck/Cortland,NY

13        16        34        Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA

14        3          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

15        8          1          Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

16        12        3d        Matt DeLorenzo/Cropseyville,NY

17        18        1f         Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT

18        13        99        Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY

19        20        21k      Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

20        7          74        Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY

21        26        115     Kenny Tremont/West Sand Lake,NY

22        5          4*        Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY

23        24        42p     Pat Ward/Genoa,NY

24        22        56        Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY

25        2          29        Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY

26        19        65        Rex King/Bristolville,OH

27        15        14        Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ

28        17        62s      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY

GATER RACING NEWS LAP LEADERS:   Brownell (1-9), Fuller (10-28), J.Phelps (29-30).

CAUTIONS:    14 (lap 5, lap 10, lap 19, lap 21, lap 22-4, lap 23, lap 24, lap 26-2, lap 27, lap 29).

HEAT WINNERS:   Sheppard, Hearn, McCreadie, Brownell, B.Varin.

B-MAIN WINNERS:   Planck, Vitale.

C-MAIN WINNER:   Pauch Jr.






PENSKE POWER POSITION AWARD (14th):   Matt Sheppard.


TOTAL PURSE:   $27,150.



07-Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT

5h-Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY

10-Danny Varin/Sharon Springs,NY

14j-Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

16w-Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY®

19h-Chris Higgins/Raleigh,NC

21m-Bob McGannon/Garnerville,NY

t21-Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

23-Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY®

24-Chris Shultz/Pawling,NY

29e-Erik Martin/Evans City,PA

33-Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY

m40-Mark Forte Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ

r40-Ryan Forte/Blue Anchor,NJ

43-Keith Flach/Ravena,NY

44-Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA

44v-Phil Vigneri/Elba,NY

48too-Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

57-Donnie Corellis/Averill Park,NY

66x-Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY

71-David VanHorn Jr./Phillipsburg,NJ

71b-Don Brown/Butler,PA

88c-Billy Pauch Jr./Frenchtown,NJ

165-Rex King Jr./Bristolville,OH



B-Mains (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)

#1: Planck, Strickler, Wight, VanHorn, Flach, Higgins, Corellis, D.Varin, Kerr, VanInwegen (5 laps completed Friday).

#2: Vitale, Ward, Tremont, Tomkins, Pauch Jr., Dunn, Rauscher, McGannon, R.Forte, Mahaney (rain-delayed from Friday).

Friday C-Main (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to B-Mains)

Pauch Jr., Higgins, McGannon, Corellis, R.Forte, Ro.Chrysler, Martin, King Jr., M.Forte, Shultz, Willix, Cozze, Brown, Terrance (DNS), Vigneri (DNS), Hile (DNS), A.Johnson (DNS).

Provisionals: Dunn, Tomkins.

Feature #2


1          5          4*        Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY ($6,000)

2          2          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

3          11        27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

4          12        74        Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY

5          9          29        Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY

6          1          10v      Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY

7          28        673     Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY

8          19        49        Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY

9          7          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

10        14        98h     Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY

11        3          77x      Dale Planck/Cortland,NY

12        24        62s      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY

13        6          7          Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA

14        21        42p     Pat Ward/Genoa,NY

15        23        99        Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY

16        27        99L     Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY

17        20        8          Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

18        25        88c      Billy Pauch Jr./Frenchtown,NJ

19        17        3d        Matt DeLorenzo/Cropseyville,NY

20        10        14        Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ

21        13        44        Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA

22        15        10        Danny Varin/Sharon Springs,NY

23        26        48too  Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

24        18        1          Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

25        22        71        David VanHorn Jr./Phillipsburg,NJ

26        16        56        Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY

27        4          91        Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY

28        8          1f         Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT

GATER RACING NEWS LAP LEADERS:   Sheppard (1-30), McCreadie (31-40).

CAUTIONS:   3 (lap 13, lap 22, lap 31).

HEAT WINNERS:   Sheppard, Planck, McCreadie, Decker, B.Varin.

B-MAIN WINNERS:   Ward, VanHorn.




HALFWAY LEADER:   Matt Sheppard.





TOTAL PURSE:   $27,150.



07-Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT

5h-Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY

10k-Kyle Strickler/Mooresville,NC

14j-Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

16w-Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY®

19h-Chris Higgins/Raleigh,NC

21k-Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

21m-Bob McGannon/Garnerville,NY

t21-Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

23-Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY®

24-Chris Shultz/Pawling,NY

29e-Erik Martin/Evans City,PA

33-Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY

34-Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA

m40-Mark Forte Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ

r40-Ryan Forte/Blue Anchor,NJ

43-Keith Flach/Ravena,NY

44v-Phil Vigneri/Elba,NY

57-Donnie Corellis/Averill Park,NY

65-Rex King/Bristolville,OH

66x-Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY

71b-Don Brown/Butler,PA

115-Kenny Tremont/West Sand Lake,NY

165-Rex King Jr./Bristolville,OH



B-Mains (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)

#1: Ward, R.Phelps, Pauch Jr., Ra.Chrysler, McGannon, Flach, Strickler, VanInwegen, King Sr., R.Forte.

#2: VanHorn, Sears, Rauscher, Willix, Wight, Tomkins, Tremont, Bachetti, Kerr, Mahaney.

C-Main (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to B-Mains)

Kerr, McGannon, Wight, R.Forte, Bachetti, Higgins, Corellis, Terrance, M.Forte, Shultz, Ro.Chrysler, Martin, King Jr. Brown (DNS), Vigneri (DNS), Hile (DNS), A.Johnson (DNS).

Provisionals: Wight, Tomkins.

Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Point Standings (FINAL)

Rank     No.       Driver               Total     Series   Bonus     Diff   Wins    Top 5   Top 10   Starts

1          9s         Matt Sheppard  3,122    2,122    1000       0        6          15         18         24

2          98H      Jimmy Phelps   3,063    2,063    1000     -59        4          14         19         24

3          20         Brett Hearn        2,924    1,924    1000     -198      2          8          18         24

4          91         Billy Decker       2,862    1,887    975       -260      1          12         18         24

5          27J       Danny Johnson 2,794    1,829    965       -328      2          12         15         23

6          77x       Dale Planck       2,634    1,689    945       -488      1          6          10         24

7          49         Billy Dunn         2,505    1,505    1000     -617      0          2          12         24

8          99         Ryan Phelps     2,432    1,477    955       -690      0          1          8          24

9          62s       Tom Sears Jr.   2,317    1,382    935       -805      1          2          3          24

10         99L       Larry Wight       2,303    1,363    940       -819      1          2          8          21

11         8          Rich Scagliotta  2,166    1,248    918       -956      0          1          3          24

12         42P      Pat Ward          2,077    1,102    975       -1,045   0          5          11         16

13         4*         Michael Storms 2,074    1,139    935       -1,048   0          3          7          20

14         7x         Steve  Paine     2,015    1,015    1000     -1,107   0          3          5          19

15         3T         Gary Tomkins    1,869    967       902       -1,253   0          3          5          17

16         16         Lance Willix II®  1,822    857       965       -1,300   0          0          1          16

17         3H        Justin Haers      1,701    736       965       -1,421   0          1          7          11

18         1J         Alan Johnson    1,693    718       975       -1,429   0          2          5          12

19         10v       Bobby Varin      1,534    559       975       -1,588   0          0          3          6

20         8R        Rob Bellinger    1,382    407       975       -1,740   0          1          2          8

21         33         Mike Mahaney   1,346    418       928       -1,776   0          0          0          9

22         48T       Dave Rauscher  1,306    374       932       -1,816   0          0          0          6

23         5H        Chris Hile          1,282    364       918       -1,840   0          0          1          8

24         21K      Randy Chrysler  1,267    355       912       -1,855   0          0          0          6

25         99B      Chuck Bower     1,251    321       930       -1,871   0          0          1          8

26         16         Mike Bowman    1,235    309       926       -1,887   0          0          0          8

27         34         Andy Bachetti   1,233    268       965       -1,889   0          1          1          3

28         1F        Stewart Friesen 1,232    1,232    0          -1,890   2          6          9          19

29         10         Tim Currier        1,224    284       940       -1,898   0          0          0          5

30         21a       Pete Britten       1,216    284       932       -1,906   0          0          0          7

31         56         Vince Vitale       1,214    259       955       -1,908   0          0          0          5

32         115       Kenny Tremont  1,211    266       945       -1,911   0          1          1          3

33         74         J.R Heffner       1,208    223       985       -1,914   1          1          2          2

34         57         Donnie Corellis  1,170    195       975       -1,952   0          0          0          3

35         21         Derrick Podsiadlo 1,157 202      955       -1,965   0          0          0          6

36         43         Keith Flach        1,151    221       930       -1,971   0          0          2          2

37         37e       Eric Fisher        1,127    203       924       -1,995   0          0          0          5

38         6          Pat O'Brien       1,124    214       910       -1,998   0          0          0          3

39         65         Rex King           1,101    116       985       -2,021   0          0          0          2

40         91         Chad Homan     1,100    155       945       -2,022   0          0          0          3

41         07         Tim Kerr            1,088    143       945       -2,034   0          0          0          2

42         02         Roy Bresnahan  1,086    166       920       -2,036   0          0          0          3

43         10x       Willy Decker      1,070    142       928       -2,052   0          0          1          3

44         94         Ray Hoard        1,066    138       928       -2,056   0          0          1          2

45         24         Jim Witko Jr.     1,063    131       932       -2,059   0          0          1          3

46         37md    Jer.Shingledecker 1,061  61       1000     -2,061   0          0          0          1

47         39         Ryan Bartlett     1,061    153       908       -2,061   0          1          1          5

48         45         Wayne Jelley     1,055    149       906       -2,067   0          1          1          2

49         77F       Mark Flach Jr.   1,051    116       935       -2,071   0          0          1          2

50         98         Eddie Marshall  1,045    90         955       -2,077   0          0          0          2

51         13         Tony Steiner      1,037    125       912       -2,085   0          0          0          1

52         160       Johnny Hill        1,032    116       916       -2,090   0          0          0          2

53         X          Chad Phelps     1,025    105       920       -2,097   0          0          0          2

54         71B      Don Brown        1,018    90         928       -2,104   0          0          0          1

55         61         Dave Murdick    1,015    40         975       -2,107   0          0          0          1

56         45m      Mike Ward         1,011    107       904       -2,111   0          0          0          2

57         777       Kevin Bolland    1,000    0          1000     -2,122   0          0          0          0

58         711       JaMike Sowle    1,000    0          1000     -2,122   0          0          0          0

59         87x       Paul Gilardi       998       80         918       -2,124   0          0          0          2

60         165       Rex King Jr.      995       50         945       -2,127   0          0          0          0

61         83         Brian Swartzlander 995   10         985       -2,127   0          0          0          0

62         18J       Jason Rood      994       70         924       -2,128   0          0          0          2

63         8J         Dean Pearson   988       48         940       -2,134   0          0          0          1

64         28p       Eldon Payne Jr.            986       60         926       -2,136   0          0          0          1

65         99         Charlie Donk     985       0          985       -2,137   0          0          0          0

66         20         Craig Hanson    985       0          985       -2,137   0          0          0          0

67         60         Brian Berger      985       45         940       -2,137   0          0          0          1

68         77J       J.C. Flach         978       52         926       -2,144   0          0          0          1

69         29e       Erik Martin         976       50         926       -2,146   0          0          0          0

70         19         Paul Kinney       974       50         924       -2,148   0          0          0          1

71         55         Mike King          974       50         924       -2,148   0          0          0          1

72         42p       Matt Pupello     974       54         920       -2,148   0          0          0          1

73         11 R     Brad Rapp        965       0          965       -2,157   0          0          0          0

74         7          Mike Ronca       965       0          965       -2,157   0          0          0          0

75         17H      Kevin Hoffman  955       0          955       -2,167   0          0          0          0

20d       Del Rougeux Jr.            955       0          955       -2,167   0          0          0          0

23B      Rich Price         955       0          955       -2,167   0          0          0          0

518       Kyle Sheldon    955       41         914       -2,167   0          0          0          1

2010 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Roster (52)

Car#     Driver/Hometown         Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)

03            Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY®                SUNY Canton-Club Wago/TEO/Morrison

07            Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT             The Bronskill Group-Loewen Window Center-Hubert Kerr Construction/Bicknell/Enders

1              Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ  K&A Excavating Contractors-Pioneer Pole Buildings-Greenfield Dodge/Bicknell/Morrison

1f             Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT Pizza Logs-Jeff Daley&Sons Oil Service-M.R. Burdick Ent/TEO/C.C. Performance

3d            Matt DeLorenzo/Cropseyville,NY BBL Family of Companies-Recovery Sports Grill/TEO/Enders

4*             Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY Keizer Aluminum Wheels-Kruger-Kosakowski Plumbing & Heating/TEO/Morrison

5h            Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY        Ernie Kreis & Sons Heating Co.-Bradco Supply/Bicknell/Morrison

7              Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA Benton Electric & Elevator-Jones Racing Products/TEO/Enders

8              Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ Central Jersey Trailer & Hitch Depot-Adamsville Maintenance/Troyer/Clements

9s            Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY                Xtreme Lubricants-Integra Shocks-Bert Transmission/Bicknell/C.C. Performance

10            Danny Varin/Sharon Springs,NY Commercial Roofing & Sheetmetal-JWJ Container-Gypsum/Bicknell/Morrison

10k          Kyle Strickler/Mooresville,NC              Glen Miller Demolition-Comp Cal/Bicknell/Ramey Racing Engines

10v          Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY Commercial Roofing & Sheetmetal-JWJ Container-Gypsum/Bicknell/Kevlar

14            Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ Alpha Distribution Solutions-McKeansburg Hotel/Bicknell/Morrison

14j           Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY               Raymond's Car Care-RE Nolan Assoc.-Pizza Logs-Spraker Used Cars/Bicknell/BBS

16w         Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY®                SUNY Canton-Nor-Shir Construction/Bicknell/Morrison

19h          Chris Higgins/Raleigh,NC   Transportation Repair Service-Terrell's Potato Chips/Bicknell/Higgins Performance

20            Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ          Madsen Mtrsprts-Wentworth Custom Homes-Benjamin Moore Paints/TEO/Enders

21k          Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY      Cigarettes-Randy's Smoke Shop/Bicknell/Jeff Nicholson

21m         Bob McGannon/Garnerville,NY Pine Bush Equipment-McGannon Excavating/TEO/Morrison

t21           Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY      Cigarettes-Randy's Smoke Shop/Bicknell/Jeff Nicholson

23            Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY®  Len & Jo's Restaurant-Johnson & Conroy Insurance/Bicknell/Precision

24            Chris Shultz/Pawling,NY       Liberty Rock Crushing-Bob's Garage/TEO/JPM

27j           Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Rochester Americans-Waste Mgmt-Honeoye Auto-Currier Plastics/Bicknell/Mastin

29            Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants-Integra Shocks-Bert Transmission/Bicknell/C.C. Performance

29e          Erik Martin/Evans City,PA     Bower's Garage-Camowrap/Bicknell/Martin

33            Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY              RK Collection-Northern Bio Diesel-Beyea Custom Headers/Bicknell/Beyea

34            Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA  Steve Hough Motors-Garrity Asphalt Reclamating/PMC/JPM

m40         Mark Forte Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ Forte Motorsports-Mr. Green Jeans/TEO/Finger Lakes

r40           Ryan Forte/Blue Anchor,NJ Forte Motorsports-Mr. Green Jeans/TEO/Finger Lakes

42p          Pat Ward/Genoa,NY              Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar

43            Keith Flach/Ravena,NY         Flach Crane & Rigging-Gould Erectors & Riggers/Bicknell/Enders

44            Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA  Harry's U-Pull-It-Bert Transmission-Waite's General Contractors/TEO/Impulse

44v          Phil Vigneri/Elba,NY              Oak Orchard Produce & Do-It-Yourself Turf-M&T Onion Sales/Troyer/JanCen

48too      Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY               Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison

49            Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY     Number One Speed-Fast Lube of Watertown-SUNY Canton/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

56            Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY       Affordable Landscaping-V & V Racing/Troyer/Enders

57            Donnie Corellis/Averill Park,NY Rifenburg Construction-John Ray & Son/Bicknell/Bedell

62s          Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY          Summit Auto Group-Mullen Industrial-Trackman Equipment/Bicknell/Morrison

65            Rex King/Bristolville,OH       Midway Garage Doors-RD Bank Chevrolet-GS Engine Poer/Bicknell/Jim Bailey

66x          Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY RezX Racing-Twin Leaf (Hogansburg)-Tomohawk Tobacco/Bicknell/Kevlar

71            David VanHorn Jr./Phillipsburg,NJ Harmony Sand&Gravel-Diamond Hart Ent.-Art's Radiator/TEO/D.VanHorn,Sr.

71b          Don Brown/Butler,PA            Turley's Truck Service-Ed Miller Signs/Bicknell/Doug Dumhoff Racing Engines

74            Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY         Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations-Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO/Precision

77x          Dale Planck/Cortland,NY      RezX Racing-Twin Leaf Express(Ft. Covington)/Bicknell/Kevlar

88c          Billy Pauch Jr./Frenchtown,NJ Clay Realty Group-Paradise Beach Realty-Wide Open Energy Drink/TEO/Enders

91            Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY      Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar

98h          Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY HBR Motorsports-Wave Energy Drink-Mohawk Northeast/Troyer/Bruneau

99            Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY        Big Red Towing-Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell/Enders

99L          Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY       Gypsum Express,Ltd.-Stadium International/Bicknell/Kevlar

115          Kenny Tremont/West Sand Lake,NY S&S Asphalt-Rifenburg Construction-Park East Sales/Bicknell/Tremont

165          Rex King Jr./Bristolville,OH Reese Services-Jim Brown Seed Sales-Cintas/Bicknell/Jim Bailey

673          Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY Mike Sparta Trucking-Pro Stock Automotive-Behrent's Perf. Warehouse/Bicknell/JPM


The 35th annual DIRTcar Racing Northeast ‘Night of Champions’ Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. The banquet will honor the 2010 series champions in the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions while track promoters and operators will convene earlier in the day for the annual DIRTcar meetings.

2010 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule

NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up point event;

DAY-DATE    TRACK                                              WINNER/LOCATION


Wed-Feb 10  Volusia Speedway Park-np                        Stewart Friesen

Thr-Feb 11    Volusia Speedway Park-np                        Matt Sheppard

Fri-Feb 12      Volusia Speedway Park-np                        cancelled

Sat-Feb 13    Volusia Speedway Park-np                        Matt Sheppard

Sat-Mar 27     Hagerstown Speedway                  Billy Decker

Sat-Apr 10     Fulton Speedway                            Dale Planck

Sun-May 30  Cayuga County Fair Speedway    Matt Sheppard

Tue-Jun 15   Grandview Speedway                     Craig VonDohren

Wed-Jun 16  Orange County Fair Speedway    Jimmy Phelps

Wed-Jun 23  Mohawk Int’l Raceway                    Jimmy Phelps

Sun-Jul 4      Rolling Wheels Raceway Park     Matt Sheppard

Sun-Jul 11    Cornwall Motor Speedway             Brett Hearn


Thr-Jul 15      Brewerton Speedway                      Matt Sheppard

Fri-Jul 16       Cayuga County Fair Speedway    Jimmy Phelps

Sat-Jul 17      Cayuga County Fair Speedway    Matt Sheppard


Mon-Jul 19    Autodrome Granby                          Brett Hearn

Tue-Jul 20     Autodrome Drummond                  Danny Johnson

Mon-Aug 2    Merrittville Speedway                      Matt Sheppard

Thr-Aug 26    Lebanon Valley Speedway                        J.R. Heffner

Sun-Sep 5     Cayuga County Fair Speedway    Larry Wight

Sat-Sep 18    Mohawk Int’l Raceway                    Matt Sheppard

Sat-Oct 2        Fulton Speedway-sp                                    Brett Hearn


Sun-Oct 10    New York State Fairgrounds         Stewart Friesen


Sun-Oct 17    Brockville Ontario Speedway        Danny Johnson


Thr-Nov 4      The Dirt Track at Charlotte(qual.)

Sati-Nov 6     The Dirt Track at Charlotte             Jimmy Phelps

Sat-Nov 6      The Dirt Track at Charlotte             Tim McCreadie

The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels and GM Performance Parts Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Chizmark & Larson Insurance, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks,, Racing Electronics, Vicci Racing Apparel and Wrisco Industries

Dale_Planck_FUL_42010_WEBFulton, NYApril 10, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Jay Fish Photo

During the past four years Dale Planck had scored a total of five Super DIRTcar Series wins, but was shutout last season for the first time since making his maiden voyage to victory lane in 2006. Planck wasted little time jumping back on the tour bandwagon in 2010 as he staged a stellar performance to capture the headline ‘VP Racing Fuels Spring Fever 100’ held Saturday night at Fulton Speedway.

Read more: Dale Planck Tops 'Spring Fever' Field At Fulton

Billy_Decker_HAG_WEBHagerstown, MDMarch 27, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Tom Ames Photo

Billy Decker had competed in the first six Super DIRTcar Series events at Hagerstown Speedway, racking up the most top-five finishes of any driver without a win since 2001.

Read more: Decker Captures Series Opener Saturday At Hagerstown

Sheppard_22013_WEBBarberville, FLFebruary 13, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Chris Dolack Photo

Matt Sheppard closed out his visit to Volusia Speedway Park last February with a pair of Top-3 feature finishes and some added confidence for the 20-hour trip home.

Read more: Sheppard Cops Florida DCN Finale, Captures Big-Block Points Title

Laubach_work_WEBBarberville, FLFebruary 12, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Rick Laubach's team ducks rain under hotel canopy Friday morning in Ormond Beach (George Smith Photo)

While most Northeasterners remain at home continuing to dig out after a savage week of snowfall, those that traveled south for the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park have also been affected by unseasonably cool and wet winter conditions as of late.

Read more: Rain Cancels DCN Show Friday At Volusia

Matt_Sheppard_WEBBarberville, FLFebruary 11, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Chris Dolack Photo

Matt Sheppard picked up where he left off on the 2009 Super DIRTcar Series, authoring a late race charge to score his first victory of the new decade in convincing fashion Thursday night in the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.

Read more: Sheppard Scored 1st Florida Win At Volusia

Stewart_Friesen_WEBBarberville, FLFebruary 10, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Chris Dolack Photo

Making just the second appearance of his budding career during race weeks, third-generation Canadian chauffeur Stewart Friesen put all doubts to rest Wednesday night with his first-ever Big-Block Modified victory at Volusia Speedway Park to open the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio.

Read more: Friesen Flies To Big-Block Opener In Florida DCN At Volusia

DCN_logo_WEBBarberville, FLFebruary 9, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

Tuesday marked the eighth scheduled day of competition during the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park, featuring the first appearance of 2010 by Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified teams from the Northeast.

Read more: Rain Dumps Big-Block Practice Tuesday At Volusia

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