Barberville, FL — February 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.
The lead-off win in DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s 35th successive season of operation for the energetic driver of Tom Cullen’s no. 1 Pizza Logs-Jeff Daley & Sons Oil Service-Westmoreland Golf Club/TEO entry was scored in flag-to-flag fashion and worth a cool $2,000 on an even colder night of competition witnessed by the heartiest of race fans in the Sunshine State.
“Last night we were having a couple cocktails and everybody was telling us we had no business being down here, I guess we proved them all wrong,” beamed Friesen, 26, referring to Tuesday evening’s practice session for the Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds that was cancelled due to rain early in the afternoon. “This trip to Florida is already worth it.”
“Now we’re just going to keep on rolling, we get three more days of this. Maybe we’ll just keep this car in the trailer until that 50-lapper ($5,000 to win) on Saturday, I don’t know,” Friesen remarked.
Shadowed the entire distance by runner-up Dale Planck from Cortland, N.Y., Friesen survived four caution periods and a rare red flag to emerge as the 34th different winner in 109 events staged since the mighty DIRTcar Modifieds first ventured to Volusia in 1978. Eastern New York invader Bobby Varin from Sharon Springs, Central New York traveler Jimmy Phelps from Baldwinsville and top Frenchmen Mario Clair from St-Edmond, Que. filled out the final front-five.
The winningest Big-Block driver in 2009, Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, N.Y. crossed the line sixth followed by veteran Ohioan Rex King Sr., past Florida Tour champions Jimmy Horton, Alan Johnson and Billy Pauch in the Top-10, with reigning DCN points king Pat Ward finishing 11th after rallying from an early race flat tire.
With a heads-up start format in place for only the first round in the four-race mini-series, heat one winner Friesen paced the 26th car starting field as the Northeastern Modifieds went green to unleash their 26th trip to Florida. New Jersey legend Billy Pauch slowed in turn two to incur the first yellow flag yet it was the ensuing restart involving fellow Garden State standout Brett Hearn that resulted in a red light situation which reduced the grid by eight cars just two laps into the 30-lap finale.
Exiting turn four to start lap three, fifth-place runner Hearn clipped the inside cement wall and broke the front end of the Madsen Motorsports no. 20 Wentworth Custom Homes/TEO mount. He limped across the track with no steering and tried to tuck up against the wall below the starter’s stand, yet that was all he could do as the back of the pack piled in one after another with Pennsylvanian Dan Vauter launched into the air. Also involved were Danny Johnson (broken axle), Andy Bachetti, Rick Laubach, Dave Rauscher, Vic Coffey, Tim Kerr and Richie Pratt Jr.
“The car itself is fine, just most of the skin has to be replaced,” downplayed Hearn, a 19-time Florida feature winner and seven-time DCN points champ, in the aftermath of suffering his worst finish down south since placing 24th in the ’06 winter tour opener; incidentally he followed up with two wins and a third-place to wrap-up the series points crown. “We’ll probably park it for the rest of the week, but if we had to, we could still get it back together in time to race.”
The green flag flew once more and Friesen returned to his post out front, now with only 16 racers left to join in the chase. Eighth starting Ward slipped in turn to bottle up traffic behind him with four laps complete, and just two more times around the Barberville half-miler the Genoa, N.Y. wheelman slowed with a right-rear flat tire. A jumble up front on the third restart dropped third-place Phelps one spot, allowing Varin to grab the show position with King Sr. clinging to a top-five with nearly a third of the race complete.
A victim of the lap seven skirmish, Jamie Mills suddenly slid off the track high in turn four before using the outside access road to idle into the pits for an early departure. At the halfway mark, the front of the field remained intact, although Clair moved into a Top-5 slot hoping to score his own personal best in gator country.
Despite Rick Laubach slamming the turn four uke tire down low to force out the final yellow flag on lap 21, Friesen was flawless back under green and never waivered as the final 10 laps clicked off. Planck drew within a handful of car-lengths at the stripe, but Friesen was unfazed over the final five miles and went on to log the fifth DIRTcar Big-Block win of his career in the 35-minute main.
“We were pretty good, changing tires, mounting tires, really fiddling around all night long,” noted Friesen, who was scored 7th, 20th and 18th in his only other visit to Volusia in 2006, climbing into 19th on the final DCN points chart. “Whatever we did, starting position was still key tonight.”
“Had a good draw coming to the gate, then we were able to get by Brett (Hearn) in the first heat. The car was on rails after that and we were in a good position to capitalize on it. Our Bilstein Shock package was a killer, we got tricks up our sleeves there. But what’s really great is the way Jeff Daley and Marty Burdick stepped up, last week at this point we didn’t even have a motor. Now we’ve got a win, we’re excited no matter what happens the rest of the week,” Friesen said.
Returning to Barberville after notching that elusive first win at Volusia in 2008, Planck was content with second-place debuting a brand new car on opening day.
“Can’t really ask for much more, this car came right out of the box with a new shock package and it ran just great,” stated Planck, 39, first-string driver in the RezX Racing No. 77x Twin Leaf/Bicknell machine. “We had a real good draw for the heat, but the car still seemed to be real strong all night. Figured if I could get by (Stew) into turn one, I was going to do good. If not I would just settle into second and keep an eye on tire wear.”
“This was the first night out for pretty much everything, so obviously I’m pretty happy. Have to thank Carey Terrance for letting me come down. We were close to not even making the trip a couple weeks back. Can’t wait for the rest of the shows, we should be able to do even better with more laps under out belt,” said Planck, who remained taking antibiotics while recently battling flu-like symptoms during the week.
Like Friesen, not racing at Volusia since the winter of 2006, Varin also contended for Northeast bragging rights in the 2003, 2005 and 1999 stops at the Route 40 oval. Yet prior to Wednesday, the multi-time Fonda (NY) Speedway Big-Block points champion could only muster 8th in ’05 and 9th in ’06.
“It was a tough track tonight, but we had a really good race car,” boasted Varin, who steered the no. 10 Commercial Roofing & Sheetmetal-JWJ Container-Gypsum/Bicknell machine into third to snatch his first career Top-5 in Florida. “Kenny Saya (owner) put us out in a good race car and Eric Kingsley is doing a good job on the wrenches.”
“It was kinda tough passing out there tonight, but these guys are all pretty tough anyways. Especially with a lot of fast cars starting up front. Congratulations to Stewart, he deserved it, and Dale did a fine job too,” added Varin, himself a four-time race winner from 1995-2003 on the demanding Super DIRTcar Series.
Four qualifying heats were used to break down the 43-car field that once again included a GM spec motor-powered Modified that was driven this time by versatile runner Danny Johnson. Friesen, Planck, Phelps and Varin copped heat race wins while Andy Bachetti and Billy Decker won last chance consolation round qualifiers to determine the feature grid.
Friesen leads the ground-pounding NE Modifieds back to Volusia for two more regular programs on Thursday and Friday before DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s Big-Block stars battle in the fourth and final round on Saturday, February 13 as a $5,000-to-win 50-lap championship event will decide the 2010 DIRTcar Nationals points championship.
39th Florida DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH Big-Block Modified Schedule
*All times and events subject to change.
General Daily Schedule:
10:00 am — Pit Gates Open, Transporter Parking, Team Entry
1:00 pm Pit Pass Sales Open
3:00 pm Pits Cleared, Pit Passes/Credentials required
4:40pm Grandstand, Midway areas cleared.
5:00pm Grandstand Gate opens
5:00pm Drivers meetings (All draws for starting position conclude at the end of the driver’s meeting)
6:00pm Hot Laps/ Qualifying
7:20 pm Opening Ceremonies
7:30 pm First Race
2nd & 3rd Nights (Thr.-Fri.)
26 Car Field Maximum
4 heats (8-laps) with 5 cars from each qualifying for ‘A’ Feature
2 ‘B’-Features (10-laps) with 2 cars transferring
2 Provisional Positions to highest finishing point earners not to qualify through the ‘B’-Features
(Top 8 – 1st and 2nd – from each heat Redraw)
Final Night (Sat.-Feb. 13)
28 Car Field Maximum
4 heats (8-laps) with 5 cars from each qualifying for ‘A’ Feature
2 ‘B’-Features (10-laps) with 3 cars transferring
2 Provisional Positions to highest finishing point earners not to qualify through the ‘B’-Features
(Top 8 – 1st and 2nd – from each heat Redraw)
Super DIRTcar Series – Volusia Speedway Park, February 10, 2010
39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH Event #1
BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER/HOMETOWN
1 1 1f Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT($2,000)
2 2 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
3 4 10 Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY
4 3 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
5 18 22 Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
6 9 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
7 6 65 Rex King/Bristolville,OH
8 19 14 Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ
9 13 66w Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
10 23 1p Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ
11 8 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
12 22 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
13 25 1x Willy Decker/Vernon,NY
14 26 33 Ray Swinehart/Bechtelsville,PA
15 24 19h Chris Higgins/Syracuse,NY
16 16 7 Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA
17 12 165 Rex King Jr./Bristolville,OH
18 10 30 Jamie Mills/Milford,DE
19 5 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
20 7 49er Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
21 11 0 Richie Pratt Jr./Woodbury Heights,NJ
22 17 85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
23 14 07 Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT
24 15 48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY
25 20 29 Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
26 21 34 Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA
DID NOT QUALIFY(17)
85j-H.J. Bunting III/Milford,DE
97-Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
70-Eric Acquaro/New Windsor,NY
6-John Stangle/Neshanic Station,NJ
8-Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
79-Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY
Lap Leader: Friesen (1-30).
Cautions: 4 (lap 2, lap 6, lap 11, lap 21); 1 Red Flag (lap 3).
2 (lap 16, lap 25).
Heat Races (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Friesen, Hearn, Sheppard, A.Johnson, Vauter, Bachetti, W.Decker, Chicoine, Acquaro, Stangle, Ra.Chrysler (DNS).
#2: Planck, R.King Sr., Mills, Kerr, Clair, Pauch, Bunting, Flach, Ro.Chrysler, Ballard, VanInwegen.
#3: Phelps, D.Johnson, Pratt, Rauscher, Horton, B.Decker, Swinehart, Greene, Bellinger, Markle, W.Stacey (DNS).
#4: Varin, Ward, R.King Jr., Laubach, Coffey, Higgins, Vitale, Scagliotta, Wight, D.Stacey.
Consolation Round (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Bachetti, Pauch, W.Decker, Chicoine, Ballard, Flach, Bunting, Ro.Chrysler, VanInwegen, Acquaro, Stangle, Ra.Chrysler (DNS).
#2: B.Decker, Higgins, Swinehart, Wight, Bellinger, Scagliotta, Vitale, Greene, Markle, D.Stacey.
2010 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Roster (43)
Car# Driver/Hometown Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
0 Richie Pratt Jr./Woodbury Heights,NJ South Jersey Overhead Door/TEO/DDE
01 Brett Ballard/Pennsville,NJ Burlington Overhead Door/TEO/DDE
07 Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT The Bronskill Group-Loewen Window Center-Hubert Kerr Construction/Bicknell/Enders
1 Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA Greene Quality Bluestone-Big Diamond Tools-TJ’s NAPA/Bicknell/Jensen Tech
1f Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT Pizza Logs-Jeff Daley & Sons Oil Service-Westmoreland Golf
1p Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ K&A Excavating Contractors-Pioneer Pole Buildings-Greenfield Dodge/Bicknell/Morrison
1x Willy Decker/Vernon,NY ComeRaceWithUs.com-JWJ Container-Commercial Roofing/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
6 John Stangle/Neshanic Station,NJ Active Disposal-Lightning Delivery-Metro Optics/TEO/VanHorn
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/Feil
8r Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY Westward Painting-Coffin Excavation-Lake Ontario Realty/Troyer/Finger Lakes
9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
10 Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY Commercial Roofing & Sheetmetal-JWJ Container-Gypsum/Bicknell/Morrison
14 Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ Alpha Distribution Solutions-McKeansburg Hotel/TEO/Enders
14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY Sue Johnson Racing-Raymond’s Car Care-RE Nolan Assoc./Bicknell/Jimmy D’s Speed
19h Chris Higgins/Syracuse,NY Transportation Repair Service-JLRB Construction/Bicknell/Higgins Performance
20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ Madsen Mtrsprts-Wentworth Custom Homes-Benjamin Moore Paints/TEO/Enders
21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY TIBchurch.org-Signal Cigarettes-Randy’s Smoke Shop/Bicknell/Mr. E
t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY Frontenac Water-Randy’s Smoke Shop-Joey’s Sneaks-NECO/Bicknell/Nickel
22 Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE ResistO-Batiments JDL-GMCI Express/Bicknell/Morrison
23 Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY Len & Jo’s Restaurant/Bicknell/Precision
29 Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
30 Jamie Mills/Milford,DE I.G.Burton Car Dealership-ReMax Realtor-L&W Ins./Bicknell/H&G Associates
33 Ray Swinehart/Bechtelsville,PA J & L Speed Supplies/Bicknell/Malcuit
34 Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA Steve Hough Motors-Garrity Asphalt Reclamating/PMC/JPM
42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar
43 Keith Flach/Ravena,NY Flach Crane & Rigging-Gould Erectors & Riggers/Bicknell/Enders
48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison
49er Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Nick Nero Motorsports/Bicknell/Hi-Performance
56 Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY Affordable Landscaping-V & V Racing/Troyer/Enders
65 Rex King/Bristolville,OH Midway Garage Doors-RD Bank Chevrolet-GS Engine Poer/Bicknell/Jim Bailey
66 Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc.-Unicast Crusher Parts/Bicknell/Morrison
66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc.-Unicast Crusher Parts/Bicknell/Morrison
70 Eric Acquaro/New Windsor,NY Arkel Motors Int’l Truck Dealer-P&M Fab.-Behrent’s Performance/TEO/Ammirati(358)
77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY RezX Racing-Twin Leaf/Bicknell/Kevlar
79 Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY Len & Jo’s Restaurant-Advance Recovery/Bicknell/Precision
85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA Vauter Racing/Bicknell/Enders
85j H.J. Bunting III/Milford,DE J&M Roofing & Builders-Art Collins Trucking/TEO/Medford Speed
91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar
97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE GMCI Express-E.Beaudry Enterprises/Bicknell/Enders
98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY HBR Motorsports-Wave Energy Drink-Mohawk Northeast/Troyer/Bruneau
99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar
165 Rex King Jr./Bristolville,OH Jim Brown Seed Sales-Reese Services-Cintas/Bicknell/Jim Bailey
FLORIDA TOUR 2010 PIT NOTES
Wednesday – February 10
*Big-Blocks Finally On Track…The 26th year of racing in Florida for Northeastern Modifieds officially kicked off at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville with a strong turnout of DIRTcar Big-Block teams assembled for the DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio. Of the 43 cars signing in for the Wednesday lid-lifter, three-quarters of the field were Winter Nationals veterans, with seven past tour point champions and 10 drivers owning feature race victories in gator country. Six stars were among an elite group having more than a dozen Syracuse Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 triumphs to highlight their personal list of career accomplishments.
*Snow Sidelines Sibling Showdown….The Fortes, Mark Jr. and Ryan, were not among those that made the race day roster. Although each had plans to head south just days before, blizzard conditions that have locked down the Northeast sector of the country forced the Blue Anchor, N.J. brothers to stay home and protect their 25 greenhouses. “If we didn’t stay home and keep the snow off the roofs they would collapse and we’d be out of business,” relayed elder sibling Mark from his residence that same afternoon. While the Fortes were scratched, unexpected arrivals Eric Acquaro from downstate New York and Central New Yorker Willy Decker filled the void to produce the 4th largest car count (tying the 2004 total) in Florida Tour history, with 56 (2006), 46 (2003), 44 (1998) the only higher listings. Accord Speedway regular Acquaro was the lone small-blocker to register, although Decker has been a solid contender in the Big-Block ranks at Brewerton Speedway, capturing the track points crown in 2007.
*Modified Pilots Address Media…Top-3 overall 2009 Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block drivers Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps answered questions in the turn one VSP Hospitality Center prior to hitting the track for their opening act. Hearn responded to questions regarding his future goals, promotional plans and return trip to The Dirt Track @ Charlotte in November. Sheppard talked about personal and team expectations in 2010 after a record-setting campaign last summer while Phelps made remarks about kicking off the season in Florida and what it will take to pass the final hurdle in his career goal of securing his first Mr. DIRTcar title.
*Radio Waves Provide Evening Ride For DIRTcar Big-Block Stars…Helping to preview the return of the mighty Big-Block Modifieds to the Sunshine State, registered Florida DIRTcar Nationals drivers Dale Planck from New York and Billy Pauch from New Jersey were lined up to participate in “live” interviews on Tuesday night. The two-hour call-in show aired on local station WNDB Radio featured both Big-Block Modified and Late Model stars, with Planck and Pauch penciled in for a pair of 15-minute sessions. Each were contacted to help fill the on-air void after rain curtailed all trackside activity, marking the third time in the past four trips south that unwanted precipitation cancelled practice day. The Mod Squad was stationed outside the turn four go-cart track early in the week before most relocated Wednesday to a spot adjacent to the notorious gator pond that looms prominently below the backstretch pit area.
*Higgins Finds New Home…Relocating to Raleigh, N.C. just one week ago, Central New York open-wheel pilot Chris Higgins from Syracuse is one of the first drivers to declare his presence at the season-ending World Finals, Nov. 4-6. Currently residing with his parents just over two hours east of The Dirt Track @ Charlotte in Concord, Higgins continues his search for a house for himself and girlfriend Theresa while his brother John still lives in New York’s Salt City confines. “We’re hoping to find a way to get some hot laps in at The Dirt Track some time during the summer,” said Higgins, 25, who continues to suffer from a debilitating auto-immune disease. He owns 15 career DIRTcar Sportsman feature wins and finally claimed his first Big-Block victory last May at Can-Am Motorsports Park. “Right now the only definite is the Series opener at Hagerstown in March, after that it will be hit and miss the whole year. We’ll maintain the car at home but maybe even hit a few shows back up north if the schedule allows.”
*JB Motorsports Three-peats In Florida…For the third straight winter JB Motorsports will feature a pair of rides for ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard and owner Jeff Brownell’s son Jeff Jr. A staple on the Super DIRTcar Series with a tour-best seven victories last season, Sheppard climbed to within four points of perennial power Brett Hearn on the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar points chart in 2009 and is still in search of his first checkered flag in Florida. Scheduled to steer the no. 29 Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell team car this week, Brownell Jr. turned over the driving chores to fellow New Yorker Vic Coffey after suffering from flu-like symptoms on Wednesday. Coffey qualified for the feature go yet was caught up in the early red flag incident to wind up 25th out of 26 on the final scoresheet. Sheppard crosses the line sixth.
*French Quarter…An all-time high total of four Big-Block Modified drivers representing Quebec signed in for the DIRTcar Nationals, with new teammates Mario Clair and Michel Choicoine along with the father/son tandem of Wallace and Dexter Stacey making the haul all the way down to Florida from the Canadian province. 2007 Hoosier-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified champ Clair and third-year DIRTcar Modified chauffeur Chicoine will share the GMCI Express garage this season while the Staceys will tour the north country for a number of special events that dot the summer agenda. A long-time friend of Alan Johnson, Wallace offered his #66 Bicknell ride to ‘A.J. Slideways’ in the DCN opener after the patented no. 14J mount developed mechanical problems in warm-ups.
2010 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up point event;
DAY-DATE TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
*** FLORIDA DIRTcar NATIONALS ***
Wed-Feb 10 Volusia Speedway Park-np Stewart Friesen
Thr-Feb 11 Volusia Speedway Park-np Barberville,FL
Fri-Feb 12 Volusia Speedway Park-np Barberville,FL
Sat-Feb 13 Volusia Speedway Park-np Barberville,FL
Sat-Mar 27 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown,MD
Sat-Apr 10 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Sun-May 30 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Tue-Jun 15 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville,PA
Wed-Jun 16 Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Wed-Jun 23 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne,NY
Sun-Jul 4 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sun-Jul 11 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
*** ALL-STAR WEEKEND ***
Thr-Jul 15 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Fri-Jul 16 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Jul 17 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
*** GREAT CANADIAN TOUR ***
Mon-Jul 19 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Tue-Jul 20 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Mon-Aug 2 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Thr-Aug 26 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Sep 5 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Sep 18 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne,NY
Sat-Oct 2 Fulton Speedway-sp Fulton,NY
*** SUPER DIRT WEEK ***
Sun-Oct 10 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY
*** DIRTcar FALL NATIONALS ***
Sun-Oct 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
*** WORLD FINALS ***
Thr-Nov 4 The Dirt Track @ Charlotte(qual.) Concord,NC
Fri-Nov 5 The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Concord,NC
Sat-Nov 6 The Dirt Track @ Charlotte 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.