Weedsport, NY — January 14, 2010 — By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
After 11 straight appearances at Grandview Speedway, the Super DIRTcar Series returns to the popular Pennsylvania oval on Tue., June 15 for the 12th running of the TRAFFIC JAM 100.
“We’re really excited to get the show back on our calendar,” commented Bob Miller, who promoted the event from 1998 thru 2008 before a scheduling conflict forced officials to drop the annual Big-Block Modified tour stop. “The timing is definitely better this year and we’re already looking forward to the series return.”
“We have a specific number of unique shows that need to be spaced out in order to work, to keep the interest high among both fans and racers. The Big-Block event has been moved up this year and that fits in very well with the current format,” said Miller, who has inked a half-dozen more specials featuring just as many headline divisions at the racy high-banked third-miler.
The 15th appearance of DIRTcar Northeast’s premier Big-Block traveling tour to Bruce and Theresa Rogers’ storied speedplant in Bechtelsville, Pa. is followed by ‘Big Show II’ promoted by Brett Hearn at Orange County Fair Speedway on June 16, creating the first of four doubleheaders in the 2010 Super DIRTcar Series.
“Historically, previous shows have been held at Grandview on Tuesday,” noted Miller, who spearheaded the DIRTcar Southeast Modified Series in 2004 that included visits to Grandview as well as Big Diamond (Pa.) Raceway, Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway, Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway and Delaware Int’l Speedway. “100 laps is always exciting as it seems to be a perfect size track and the tour guys put on very professional show.”
“It was nice to hear from drivers last season asking when the next series show at Grandview would be. Now I can give them a real answer and its part of a great week to kick off summer. We’re ready to work right alongside Brett to help make both events the biggest and best possible,” Miller added.
Always highlighted by great competition between the invading series stars and local favorites, the DIRTcar contingent has led the way with defending overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion Hearn the only three-time (1998, 2002 & ’07) winner on the hill. Billy Decker, who won the last series stop at Grandview in 2008, joins Danny Johnson and Tim McCreadie with two victories apiece while New York notables Alan Johnson and Tim Fuller, seasoned Pennsylvanian pilots Frank Cozze and Kenny Brightbill, and New Jersey jockies Jimmy Horton and inaugural winner Billy Pauch complete the legendary list.
“Grandview is an important event as we look to expand the series further south in our region,” affirmed Joe Skotnicki, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. “We hope to finalize more events in the coming weeks and Pennsylvania remains a solid starting point.”
While Grandview opened for the first time in 1963 and has enjoyed Modified-Sportsman racing ever since, Miller’s Thunder on the Hill Racing Series was born in August of 1990. At that time Miller joined forces with track owners to present a special mid-week racing series, which is now ready to launch it’s 21st consecutive season. While debuting at Grandview in 1989, the Super DIRTcar Modified Series joined Thunder on the Hill in 1998 with Hearn copping the first presentation of the 100 Lap TRAFFIC JAM.
Grandview Speedway Super DIRTcar Series Winners (1989-2008)
7/16/08-Billy Decker-100L; 7/18/07-Brett Hearn-100L; 7/19/06-Alan Johnson-100L; 7/19/05-Tim Fuller-100L; 8/18/04-Tim McCreadie-100L; 8/14/03-Billy Decker-100L; 8/15/02-Brett Hearn-100L; 8/16/01-Tim McCreadie-100L; 8/17/00-Frank Cozze-100L; 8/12/99-Jimmy Horton-104L; 7/23/98-Brett Hearn-98L; 8/19/92-Danny Johnson-92L; 6/26/91-Kenny Brightbill-91L; 6/20/90-Danny Johnson-90L; 8/23/89-Billy Pauch-89L.
Hagerstown Speedway is slated to lead off the 31st edition of the Super DIRTcar Series on Saturday, March 27, 2010 with Grandview bolstering the tour to 21 extra-distance events as the mighty Big-Block Modifieds contend for the coveted Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar crown.
Big-Block Modified action kicks off down south with four non-point series shows during the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park. Five straight days of trackside activity —including practice on Feb. 9— culminate February 13 with a 50-lap finale boasting a first-place prize of $5,000. In between, Feb. 10-12, each 30-lap DIRTcar BB Modified feature winner stands to collect $2,000.
A FREE Fan Pit Pass has been made available to every ticket buyer who comes through the main gates each night of the DIRTcar Nationals at VSP beginning on Feb. 2. All fans have to do once they arrive at the track is take their grandstand ticket and head toward the pits, where a table will be set up to sign-in for an up-close look at the cars and stars who will be racing that night. To purchase tickets call Volusia Speedway Park at 386/985-4402, for more information visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
In addition, every person that purchases a ticket for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia before January 15 will be entered in the “Fan of February” contest currently being held. The winner will be announced on January 16 and will receive two tickets for each of the (4) Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified shows run at VSP In February, as well as a free hotel stay during that time. Winners will also be selected for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and WoO Late Model Series portion of the 2010 DCN, as well as the UMP DIRTcar Modified segment. For more information visit www.fanoffebruary.com.
For more information, please contact Series Competition Director Joe Skotnicki at 704/796-4566 while Big-Block Modified tour news continues to be posted on www.superdirtcarseries.com. Be sure to sign up as a Super DIRTcar Series follower on Twitter by visiting http://www.twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar and receive updates anywhere at anytime as the 2010 season gets underway.
2010 SUPER DIRTcar SERIES SCHEDULE
NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up point event.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION
Wed-Feb 10 30-NP Volusia Speedway Park Barberville,FL
Thr-Feb 11 30-NP Volusia Speedway Park Barberville,FL
Fri-Feb 12 30-NP Volusia Speedway Park Barberville,FL
Sat-Feb 13 50-NP Volusia Speedway Park Barberville,FL
Sat-Mar 27 100 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown,MD
Sat-Apr 10 100 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Sun-May 30 100 Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayWeedsport,NY
Tue-Jun 15 100 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville,PA
Wed-Jun 16 100 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Wed-Jun 23 100 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Akwesasne,NY
Sun-Jul 4 100 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Jul 11 100 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Fri-Jul 16 50 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Jul 17 100 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY ($20,000-to-win)
Mon-Jul 19 100 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Tue-Jul 20 100 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Mon-Aug 2 100 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Thr-Aug 26 100 Lebanon Valley Speedway W.Lebanon,NY ($17,500-to-win)
Sun-Sep 5 100 Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayWeedsport,NY
Sat-Sep 18 100 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Akwesasne,NY
Sat-Oct 2 200-SP Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY ($20,000-to-win)
Sun-Oct 10 200 N.Y.S Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY ($50,000-to-win)
Sun-Oct 17 100 Brockville Ont. Speedway Brockville,ONT
Thr-Nov 4 Qual. The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Concord,NC
Fri-Nov 5 50 The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Concord,NC
Sat-Nov 6 50 The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Concord,NC
DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.
The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors 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.