Weedsport, NY — March 22, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
For the past four decades the city of Syracuse and surrounding Central New York area have evolved into a mecca of motorsports for the mighty Big-Block Modifieds every autumn. The Rite Aid 200 during Super DIRT Week XXXVII, Oct. 7-12, is the main attraction while qualifying events leading up to the New York State Fairgrounds finale help set the stage over the summer months.
Guaranteed starting berths in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 remain up for grabs throughout the 2008 season with even more drivers able to earn preferred starter status for the richest DIRTcar Big-Block Modified event in the world.
Winners of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series races and those among the top-12 in overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified Championship points heading into Super DIRT Week comprise the core group of drivers receiving guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200. Preferred starters are the next eligible drivers finishing behind an Advance Auto Parts Series race winner that is already locked into the Rite Aid 200 starting grid, as well as all three DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Regional point champions and every licensed Big-Block Modified track champion crowned this year.
“We’re opening the door by giving an opportunity to as many race teams as possible that want to run the Syracuse Mile,” said DIRTcar Racing Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Cory Reed. “The Advance Auto Parts Series is our most prestigious tour and we want to reward the winners and those that are dedicated to following it. At the same time giving preferred spots to our weekly regional and track champs further recognizes the best in Big-Block racing as they all come together on neutral ground for a truly all-star event that remains the essence of what Super DIRT Week is all about.”
In order to take advantage of their guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200, Advance Series race winners and top-12 Mr. DIRTcar point-getters must run time trials. Any guaranteed driver that fails to qualify through time trials or a Triple 20 will be added to the Rite Aid field in order of heat race results. Those drivers holding preferred status are afforded up front starting positions in the ‘Dig Safely New York Shootout’ on Sunday, Oct. 12 if unable to qualify while running under the clocks or in a heat race.
The balance of the Rite Aid 200 line-up is filled in from the Dig Safely New York last-chance qualifier with the 45th starting spot going to the best overall finisher in Cayuga County Fair Speedway’s ‘Win & You’re In’ Twin 25s on Sat., Oct. 11.
For further questions regarding qualifying procedures for the Rite Aid 200 or any Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event, please contact Cory Reed in the DIRTcar Northeast Office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours. Be sure to check out www.superdirtcarseries.com to find out the latest news and notes about the 2008 Advance Auto Part Super DIRTcar Series as well as many special features as the season swings into full gear.
2008 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/RITE AID 200 QUALIFIER
Sat-Mar 22 Hagerstown Speedway Weather-cancelled
Thr-May 1 Virginia Motor Speedway Jamaica,VA
Sun-May 4 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-May 25 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Jun 7 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Thr-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville,ONT
Fri-Jul 11 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Jul 12 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sun-Jul 13 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Wed-Jul 16 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville,PA
Mon-Aug 4 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Fri-Aug 8 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Sat-Aug 9 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Aug 16 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Sun-Aug 31 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Mon-Sep 1 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sat-Sep 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Fri-Sep 12 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Sat-Sep 20 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Sep 27 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 12 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 19 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
-TBA- Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of October 6, 2007, the company operated 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.
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 Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.