Weedsport, NYMarch 28, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event scheduled to open the season at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Saturday, March 28 has been cancelled. Falling victim to wet weather for the fourth time in a decade —2nd straight year— the ‘North-South Shootout’ special for Big-Block Modifieds will not be rescheduled.

“It’s a shame having to miss out on Hagerstown for another year,” said Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. “Its one of the favorites for both our fans and the race teams, certainly a tough way to kick off the season. We had a great field lined up, all we can do now is gear up for the next show.”

The next race date listed on the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series schedule is Sunday, April 26 when the top tour travelers invade the Keystone State. The trip to Big Diamond Raceway will mark just the third-ever series event staged at the popular Minersville, Pennsylvania oval since the tour originated in 1980. The 2009 ‘Spring Fever’ format at Big Diamond opens with Integra Shocks Time Trials and concludes with a 75-lap feature race finale for the Big-Blocks with a top prize of $6,000 waiting for the winner.

Another all-star cast of cars is expected to sign in at BDR, led by past race winners Brett Hearn (2004) and Alan Johnson (2003), reigning overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar points king Billy Decker and a full field of the best Big-Block Modified teams from around the entire DIRTcar Northeast circuit.

The Advance Series is not the only event that has been prone to poor weather at Hagerstown lately, with promoter Frank Plessinger’s legendary speedplant losing its season-opener for the seventh consecutive season on February 21. A second try the following weekend also fell victim to unfavorable conditions before Richie Pratt Jr. finally claimed the Big-Block lid-lifter on March 7. Advance Series star Matt Sheppard copped the Small-Block special run the ensuing weekend.

Heading into the weekend, more than a half-inch of rain overnight Friday left the speedway grounds saturated by Saturday morning. An 80% chance of showers forecasted that evening and more inclement weather predicted Sunday left track and series officials with little choice but to cancel the long-anticipated show. The announcement was made by 7:30am in an effort to contact many of the traveling teams as well as alert race fans that were planning to attend the traditional spring stop in Maryland.

2009 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up Point event.
*All events subject to change
Wed-Feb 11 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Pat Ward
Thr-Feb 12 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Pat Ward
Fri-Feb 13 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Jamie Mills
Sat-Feb 14 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Brett Hearn
Sat-Mar 28 Hagerstown Speedway Rain-Cancelled
Sun-Apr 26 Big Diamond Raceway Minersville,PA
Sat-Jun 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Jun 7 Airborne Speedway-SP Plattsburgh,NY
Wed-Jun 17 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Fri-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Sat-Jul 4 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Thr-Jul 9 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville,ONT
Fri-Jul 10 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Jul 11 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sun-Jul 12 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Sat-Jul 18 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sun-Jul 19 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY ($20,000-to-win)
Mon-Aug 3 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Fri-Aug 7 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Sat-Aug 8 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Fri-Aug 21 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Thr-Aug 27 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY ($17,500-to-win)
Sun-Sep 6 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Mon-Sep 7 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Sep 11 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Sat-Sep 19 -TBA-
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY ($50,000-to-win)
Sun-Oct 18 -TBA-
Sun-Oct 25 -TBA-

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.