Weedsport, NY — May 26, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
The ‘Battle of Plattsburgh’ presented by Hynes Electric and Northline Utilities at Airborne Speedway on June 7 marks the return to pavement for the nation’s premier Big-Block Modified tour.
Although its been 17 years since an Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series points race was last staged on asphalt, veteran racers like Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Frank Cozze and defending overall Mr. DIRTcar Champion Billy Decker still know how to get around on a smooth, black oval. Especially when a $6,000 top prize awaits the winner of the 100-lap feature race finale slated for Sunday evening.
As the special event at Airborne will be the lone Advance Series stop on asphalt in 2009, the DIRTcar Rule Book will be in effect along with the following exceptions.
2009 Airborne Speedway Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Event
*Special Rules – addendum to Official DIRTcar Rule Book (effective immediately)
1. Points: Full series points will be awarded for the race but will include drivers running Big-Blocks only. All Big-Block series drivers must race a Big-Block powered car to be eligible for points.
2. Minimum frame clearance 4 inches.
3. Engine location-minimum 58” from centerline of front axle to rear engine plate
4. Weight: Left side weight-maximum 55% without driver;
Rear weight- minimum(must have) 58% without driver;
TOTAL WEIGHT WITH DRIVER (tsp = track scale pounds):
a. DIRTcar Big Block – 2500tsp
b. 04 CVRA/DIRT Steel Heads (Ball Check)- 2550tsp
c. rodix non-ported spec head -2450tsp
d. Ported Heads-2600tsp
5. Open Carburetor
6. Tires: DIRTcar Hoosier ‘Hard’ (D400) or ‘extra hard’ (D500) only.
7. Brakes-Maximum rotor width .810
8. Crankshaft height-bottom of frame to center line of crank = 8 inches
9. Lead may be mounted outside of the frame rails as long as it is securely mounted and must be inspected by tech officials. Weights must be painted white and have car number on it.
10. Shocks-DIRTcar Rules apply.
11. Fuel Cell height minimum 12” off ground (as per DIRTcar rule book) and centered in frame.
12. NO right side steering.
13. All other rules commonly used by DIRTcar Modified racing will apply. Tech Director and/or Race Promoter will have final say of all technical legalities of the event upon completion.
14. Gear Rule for small blocks 6:03. No gear rule for Big Blocks.
Joining the Advance Auto Parts Modifieds in the Sunday showdown will be a full card of ACT Sportsman, Renegades and Mini Mods. Pits gates are scheduled to unlock at 12 noon while grandstands open at 3 p.m. Multiple Big-Block warm-up sessions begin at 2 p.m. with Integra Shocks Time Trials going off the line at 5 o’clock and the first qualifying heat taking green at 6 p.m. The cost of an adult general admission ticket is $22, Students (6-12 yrs.) just $5 with kids 5 & under admitted free.
Airborne Speedway can be reached by traveling Interstate 87 to Exit 36, taking a left on to route 22 then driving one more mile to the track located on Broderick Road.
For additional information, contact DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Cory Reed via cell (315/224-9009) or in the DIRTcar Northeast Office (315/834-6606). Also log into www.superdirtcarseries.com, phone promoter Mike Perrotte at the speedway office at 518/561-3208 or visit the track website at www.airborneparkspeedway.com.
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.