Ryan Phelps Brightest In ‘All-Star 50’ Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Show
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Weedsport, NYJuly 18, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Bill Moore Photo

The Saturday night Super DIRTcar Series show may have only been a preliminary performance, yet the precursor to the All-Star 100 on Sunday at Cayuga County Fair Speedway certainly provided an early glimpse of what is in store as rising series star Ryan Phelps held off all-time DIRTcar Big-Block Modified winner Alan Johnson to score his first career tour win to officially open All-Star Weekend at the Weedsport oval.

A teacher by trade during the off-season, Phelps was at the top of the class all night, time trailing fifth fastest in the 50-car field then finishing second in his qualifying heat before leading flag-to-flag in the 50-lap finale to collect the $3,000 first-place prize.

“We started off the year really good and went backwards a bit, so I guess the bar was raised for us a little and tonight we finally met that,” figured Phelps, 25, recognized more familiarly in the classroom on weekdays as an 11th grade history teacher at Newark (NY) High School where he also serves as the head coach of the wrestling team. In Central New York racing circles he’s fondly referred to as the ‘Rocket’ with the second-generation driver from Fulton, New York steering the Big Red Towing no. 99 Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell entry on weekends and in the demanding Super DIRTcar Series.

“Tomorrow we gotta try to do it when it really counts. And now we know we have a car that goes around Weedsport Speedway. This place doesn’t change much from week to week so hopefully we can have a good draw and have a good group for our time trials, start up front and drive right up through,” said Phelps, whose victory also marked his first-ever Big-Block triumph at the home of DIRTcar Racing Northeast.

Mired in traffic throughout most of the second half of the race, Johnson crossed the line in second a half straightaway behind followed by Matt Sheppard, Gary Tomkins and current series points leader Brett Hearn.

“At first it was two-wide traffic when I hit lapped cars and I said ‘man, this is bad’ I gotta get through here,’ remarked Phelps, who now stands eighth on the tour points chart through eight events following his second top-five tally of the season. “But once they started to spread out a little we were fine. I didn’t think I’d be getting my first series win this year. I set that as a goal but I don’t know how much I really believed it …. now we got one.”

Sheppard opened the program by capturing his second Integra Shocks Fast Time Award of the season and was clearly recognized as an early favorite to win the 50-lap nightcap after charging past Johnson with two to go to claim the 15-lap Exemption Dash — a special event that ultimately locked both he and runner-up Johnson into the pre-race draw for starting positions in the headline $20,000-to-win ‘All-Star 100’ set for Sunday at the fairgrounds.

Yet after Saturday’s re-draw among the Top-10 heat race qualifiers, Sheppard was shuffled back to fifth on the starting grid while Phelps was rewarded with the pole-position alongside front row partner Johnson.

Phelps and Johnson took off at the drop of the initial green and the lead duo was slowed by just one yellow flag when Tim Fuller suffered a flat left-rear tire to bunch the field for a lap eight restart. With green lights remaining on for the duration, Phelps did a masterful job once he reached traffic on lap 22, maneuvering both high and low seemingly at ease as the closest competition failed to match his speed up front.

“I didn’t know what to think, sometimes in these longer races you lose track of the laps and don’t know where you are,” admitted Phelps, who lapped up to 17th-place finisher Frankie Caprara in a race that lasted less than 18 minutes on the smooth Cayuga County 3/8-miler. “You’re just trying to be real focused. At the end I knew if I ran through the middle my dad would probably yell at me so I said I’ll go to the bottom and was able to hang in there the whole way.”

Certainly old enough to be his dad, runner-up Johnson couldn’t keep pace with the series upstart in his Bully’s Truck Stop no. 14J Raymond’s Car Care/Bicknell entry, with the last 43 laps run straight through under green.

“I certainly didn’t have anything for him,” admitted Johnson, 51, who owns an all-time DIRTcar-high 361 Big-Block feature wins with 51 registered in series competition. ‘A.J. Slideways’ began his Modified career in the early 1970s and raced at the same time Ryan’s father and current crew chief, Roger Phelps, ran a Late Model at The Port. “Thought maybe early on I could get him if he made a mistake, he just never made any. Then he got around lapped cars a little better than I could …. he was good.”

“We were lacking a little bit tonight, could’ve used more bite but it was still pretty good. If those other guys slow down a little bit, we should be alright (tomorrow),” figured Johnson, who hopes to make the All-Star 100 on Sunday evening his 62nd career win at Cayuga County. He remains the only driver to register at least one Big-Block win every year since the organization’s inception in 1976; now standing at 34 straight seasons.

Like Johnson, Sheppard was fast enough to get to the front yet not quick enough to slice through traffic and make a bid for the top spot like the red no. 99 that carried Phelps to the memorable win.

“We had a good car in the feature, we were about as fast as Alan but Ryan might’ve been a tick faster than us,” stated Sheppard, 26, who earned his sponsor’s Xtreme Lubricants ‘Slick Move of the Race’ award after pulling off a three-wide move en route to capturing the Exemption Dash earlier in the night. “The track went away a little bit for the feature, a little tougher to pass, the lapped cars definitely made it interesting.”

“I caught up to (Alan & Ryan) once and thought maybe we’d be able to give them a run, then I caught lapped traffic the wrong way and it kinda got stretched back out. I’m still happy having a good car all night and already looking forward to tomorrow with a lot more on the line,” added Sheppard, a member of this weekend’s ‘Super Team’ with Tim McCreadie, Pete Bicknell and Jeff Brownell Jr. aboard the JB Motorsports no. 9S Xtreme/Bicknell machine.

There’s little time to rest as Super DIRTcar Series teams prepare for Sunday’s history-making ‘All-Star 100’ with $20,000 waiting for the winner of the inaugural 100-lap Modified main event that boasts $1,000 just to start the richest short-track race ever staged for Big-Blocks.

Super DIRTcar Series Race #8 – Cayuga County Fair Speedway, July 18, 2009 ‘All-Star 50’ Big-Block Modified Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
1 1 99 Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY ($3,000)
2 2 14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
3 5 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
4 4 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
5 8 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
6 6 9m Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY
7 11 3 Justin Haers/Phelps,NY
8 7 32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
9 10 7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
10 12 29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY
11 20 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
12 13 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
13 15 66 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
14 9 49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY
15 22 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
16 3 83x Tim Sears/Central Square,NY
17 24 fx1 Frankie Caprara/Watertown,NY
18 16 33 Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY
19 25 21 Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY
20 23 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
21 28 02 Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY
22 26 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
23 21 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
24 17 15 Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA
25 19 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
26 29 37c Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY
27 27 37md Jeremiah Shingledecker/Polk,PA
28 18 160 Johnny Hill/Hastings,NY
29 14 8r Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY
30 30 4* Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ
GATER RACING NEWS LAP LEADER: R.Phelps (1-50).
CAUTIONS: 1 (lap 8).
HEAT WINNERS: Coffey, Dunn, McCreadie, Hearn, Paine.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK LAST CHANCE RACE WINNERS: O’Brien, Planck, Fuller.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Ryan Phelps.
RISLONE OIL STABILIZER & TREATMENT WINNER AWARD: Ryan Phelps.
BARS LEAKS RUNNER-UP AWARD: Alan Johnson.
SYRACUSE RITE AID 200 QUALIFIER: Ryan Phelps.
HALFWAY LEADER: Ryan Phelps.
BERT/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Jimmy Phelps.
XTREME LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Matt Sheppard.
PENSKE POWER POSITION AWARD (13th): Danny Johnson.
INTEGRA SHOCKS FAST TIME AWARD: Matt Sheppard (16.856sec/80.090mph).
TOTAL PURSE: $14,725.
CARS ENTERED: 50.
NEXT EVENT: Cayuga County Fair Speedway “DIRTcar All-Star 100” – July 19, 2009.
DID NOT QUALIFY(20)
X-Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY
2-Dave Axton/Port Byron,NY
2b-Ron Cartwright Jr./Portageville,NY
5-Jason Potter/Richland,NY
5h-Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY
8-Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
10-Tim Currier/Auburn,NY
13-Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY
16-Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY
18-Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY
25-Paul Habeck/Penfield,NY
27j-Dan Johnson Jr./Phelps,NY
37x-Tom Scheetz Jr./Boyertown,PA
44-Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY
46-Adam Smith/Whitney Point,NY
62s-Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY
85-Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
96-Todd Milton/Auburn,NY
117-Alex Tonkin/Carbondale,PA
121-Joe Beyea/Genoa,NY

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 16.856 80.090 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
$100 Integra Shocks Fast Qualifier Award
2 16.858 80.081 29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY
3 16.873 80.009 3 Justin Haers/Phelps,NY
4 16.925 79.764 32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
5 16.961 79.594 99 Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY
6 16.977 79.519 9m Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY
7 17.007 79.379 14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
8 17.009 79.370 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
9 17.024 79.300 33 Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY
10 17.039 79.230 49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY
11 17.067 79.100 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
12 17.214 78.425 5h Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY
13 17.231 78.347 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
14 17.263 78.202 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
15 17.278 78.134 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
16 17.283 78.111 fx1 Frankie Caprara/Watertown,NY
17 17.312 77.981 02 Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY
18 17.325 77.922 21 Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY
19 17.350 77.810 7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
20 17.402 77.577 160 Johnny Hill/Hastings,NY
21 17.403 77.573 37md Jeremiah Shingledecker/Polk,PA
22 17.408 77.551 96 Todd Milton/Auburn,NY
23 17.415 77.519 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
24 17.428 77.462 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
25 17.435 77.430 66 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
26 17.437 77.422 4* Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ
27 17.526 77.028 121 Joe Beyea/Genoa,NY
28 17.574 76.818 83x Tim Sears/Central Square,NY
29 17.575 76.814 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
30 17.593 76.735 2 Dave Axton/Port Byron,NY
31 17.595 76.726 62s Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY
32 17.721 76.181 15 Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA
33 17.776 75.945 8r Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY
34 17.806 75.817 16 Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY
35 17.812 75.792 25 Paul Habeck/Penfield,NY
36 17.813 75.787 X Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY
37 17.824 75.741 37c Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY
38 17.828 75.724 10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY
39 17.859 75.592 44 Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY
40 17.881 75.499 5 Jason Potter/Richland,NY
41 17.920 75.335 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
42 17.969 75.129 85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
43 18.038 74.842 13 Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY
44 18.097 74.598 2b Ron Cartwright Jr./Portageville,NY
45 18.259 73.936 37x Tom Scheetz Jr./Boyertown,PA
46 18.569 72.702 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
47 18.690 72.231 27j Dan Johnson Jr./Phelps,NY
48 18.855 71.599 46 Adam Smith/Whitney Point,NY
49 -NT- —– 18 Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY
50 -NT- —– 117 Alex Tonkin/Carbondale,PA

Heat Races (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to feature; top 2 redrew)
#1: Coffey, Sheppard, Haers, Mahaney, O’Brien, Fuller, Bresnahan, Shingledecker, Beyea, Milton.
#2: Dunn, A.Johnson, Brownell, B.Tonkin, Planck, Caprara, Hile, Scheetz, A.Tonkin, D.Johnson Jr.
#3: McCreadie, Tomkins, Decker, Hill, Bower, To.Sears, Axton, Currier, Cartwright, Vauter.
#4: Hearn, Ti.Sears, Bellinger, Wight, Whaley, C.Phelps, Steiner, Scagliotta, Habeck.
#5: Paine, R.Phelps, D.Johnson, J.Phelps, Podsiadlo, Storms, Fisher, Bowman, Beardsley, Potter, Smith.
Dig Safely New York Last Chance Races: (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: O’Brien, Caprara, Shingledecker, Whaley, Beardsley, Axton, A.Tonkin, Scagliotta, Storms, Vauter (DNS).
#2: Planck, Podsiadlo, Bresnahan, To.Sears, Cartwright, Steiner, Potter, Milton, Bowman, Scheetz.
#3: Fuller, Bower, Fisher, Beyea, Currier, Hile, C.Phelps, Habeck, Smith, D.Johnson Jr.
Guaranteed: Storms.
All-Star Exemption Dash: (15 laps, top 2 finishers advanced to All-Star 100 redraw)
Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Billy Dunn, Gary Tomkins, Jeff Brownell Jr., Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, Pat O’Brien.

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Point Standings (Through July 18, 2009)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 20 Brett Hearn 730 730 0 2 7 8 8
2 91 Billy Decker 596 596 -134 2 4 4 8
3 98H Jimmy Phelps 568 568 -162 0 3 5 8
4 9s Matt Sheppard 565 565 -165 1 4 5 8
5 77x Dale Planck 493 493 -237 0 1 3 8
6 3 Justin Haers 492 492 -238 0 0 4 8
7 84 Gary Tomkins 490 490 -240 0 1 5 8
8 99 Ryan Phelps 479 479 -251 1 2 4 8
9 66 Danny Johnson 431 431 -299 0 1 2 8
10 49 Billy Dunn 419 419 -311 0 1 1 8
11 4 Mike Storms 409 409 -321 0 0 2 8
12 14J Alan Johnson 376 376 -354 1 2 4 6
13 99L Larry Wight 363 363 -367 0 0 0 8
14 29 Jeff Brownell Jr. 309 309 -421 0 1 2 6
15 1F Stewart Friesen 255 255 -475 0 2 3 3
16 74 Tim Fuller 221 221 -509 0 1 1 4
17 8 Rich Scagliotta 198 198 -532 0 0 0 3
18 7x Steve Paine 184 184 -546 0 0 3 3
19 FX1 Frankie Caprara 164 164 -566 0 0 2 3
20 6 Pat O’Brien 141 141 -589 0 1 1 2
21 1H David Hebert 140 140 -590 0 1 1 2
22 42p Pat Ward 131 131 -599 0 0 1 2
23 22 Mario Clair 127 127 -603 0 0 0 2
24 43 Keith Flach 111 111 -619 0 0 0 2
25 34b Andy Bachetti 110 110 -620 0 1 1 1
26 21 Yan Bussiere 97 97 -633 0 0 0 2
27 96 Kyle Dingwall 95 95 -635 0 1 1 1
28 97 Michel Chicoine 95 95 -635 0 0 0 2
29 60 Brian Berger 86 86 -644 0 1 1 1
30 73 Alain Boisvert 82 82 -648 0 0 1 1
31 33.3 Tommy Meier 81 81 -649 0 1 1 1
32 77F Mark Flach Jr. 81 81 -649 0 1 1 1
33 57 Donnie Corellis 77 77 -653 0 0 1 1
34 42 Pete Bicknell 76 76 -654 0 0 1 1
35 62 Tom Sears Jr. 73 73 -657 0 0 0 1
36 09 Willy Decker 71 71 -659 0 0 1 1
37 42 Guy Sheldon 71 71 -659 0 0 1 1
38 02 Roy Bresnahan 70 70 -660 0 0 0 2
39 33 Mike Mahaney 68 68 -662 0 0 0 2
40 88 Tim O’Brien 68 68 -662 0 0 0 1
41 83x Tim Sears 67 67 -663 0 0 0 2
42 98 Eddie Marshall 66 66 -664 0 0 0 1
43 72 Todd Stewart 65 65 -665 0 0 1 1
44 07 Tim Kerr 65 65 -665 0 0 0 1
45 54 Steve Bernard 65 65 -665 0 0 1 1
46 99B Chuck Bower 63 63 -667 0 0 0 2
47 7* Danny O’Brien 62 62 -668 0 0 1 1
48 8R Rob Bellinger 61 61 -669 0 0 0 2
49 123 Robbie Krull 60 60 -670 0 0 0 1
50 64 Donnie Ackner 59 59 -671 0 0 0 1
51 26 Ryan Godown 57 57 -673 0 0 0 1
52 22 Eric Gauvreau 56 56 -674 0 0 0 1
53 44 Sebastien Gougeon 56 56 -674 0 0 0 1
54 76 Travis Braun 56 56 -674 0 0 0 1
55 44 Shannon Whaley 55 55 -675 0 0 0 1
56 3 Claude Brouillard 54 54 -676 0 0 0 1
57 14 Jimmy Horton 53 53 -677 0 0 0 1
58 88 Krey Sandstedt 52 52 -678 0 0 0 1
59 46 Kayle Robidoux 51 51 -679 0 0 0 1
60 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 51 51 -679 0 0 0 1
61 16 Mike Bowman 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
62 M96 Brian McDonald 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
63 3d Dexter Stacey 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
64 66w Wallace Stacey 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
65 23 Dany Bilodeau 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
66 1H Tim Hindley 50 50 -680 0 0 0 1
67 17 Sean Beardsley 49 49 -681 0 0 0 1
68 124 Pierre Dagenais 49 49 -681 0 0 0 1
69 72x Denis Gauvreau 48 48 -682 0 0 0 1
70 17c Bobby Davidson 48 48 -682 0 0 0 1
71 9m Tim McCreadie 46 46 -684 0 0 1 1
72 24 Jim Witko Jr. 46 46 -684 0 0 0 1
73 22J Gino Clair 45 45 -685 0 0 0 1
74 88k Randy Chrysler 45 45 -685 0 0 0 1
75 55 Mike King 45 45 -685 0 0 0 1
76 39 Clement Therrien 44 44 -686 0 0 0 1
77 26 Rick Richner 44 44 -686 0 0 0 1
78 87 Hector Stratton 44 44 -686 0 0 0 1
79 48T Dave Rauscher 43 43 -687 0 0 0 1
80 28 Scott Kerwin 43 43 -687 0 0 0 1
81 32c Vic Coffey 42 42 -688 0 0 1 1
82 3b Chad Brachmann 42 42 -688 0 0 0 1
83 21m Bob McGannon 42 42 -688 0 0 0 1
84 20 Jeff McGinnis 41 41 -689 0 0 0 1
85 89b Todd Burley 41 41 -689 0 0 0 1
86 24s Chris Shultz 41 41 -689 0 0 0 1
87 35 Adam Moore 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
88 0 Bill Gill 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
89 x31 Andy Lloyd 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
90 9 Jason Riddell 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
91 85 David Langlois 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
92 63 Dominic Dufault 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
93 74 Fredric Gamache 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
94 49 Francois Berrier 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
95 90 Martin Roy 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
96 198h Erick Rudolph 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
97 44v Phil Vigneri Jr. 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
98 93 Richie Vinson 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
99 72 Tommy Flannigan 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
100 24v Bobby Varin 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
101 12a Jack Johnson 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
102 33 Ray Swinehart 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
103 39 Ryan Larkin 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
104 87x Paul Gilardi 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
105 88 Eric Lefebvre 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
106 87 Martin Gagne 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
107 61 Jean Boissonneault 40 40 -690 0 0 0 1
108 160 Johnny Hill 30 30 -700 0 0 0 1
109 37c Eric Fisher 30 30 -700 0 0 0 1
110 55 Perry Francis 20 20 -710 0 0 0 0
111 66x Carey Terrance 20 20 -710 0 0 0 0
112 X Chad Phelps 15 15 -715 0 0 0 0
113 13 Tony Steiner 15 15 -715 0 0 0 0

Super DIRTcar Series Modified Entries – July 18 (50)
Car# Driver/Hometown Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
X Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY Haun Welding Supply-Ashley Winery-Midstate Tree Service/Troyer/Morrison
02 Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY Gypsum Express-RJ’s Excavating/Bicknell/Enders
fx1 Frankie Caprara/Watertown,NY F.X. Caprara Car Co.-SUNY Canton/Troyer/Dan Bedell
2 Dave Axton/Port Byron,NY Simplex Auto & Machine-Scott’s Auto/Bicknell/Simplex
2b Ron Cartwright Jr./Portageville,NY Evingham Excavation-DJ Beardsley & Son Electrical Contractor/TEO/Mastin
3 Justin Haers/Phelps,NY Phelps Cement Products-SMV Motorsports-Jeff Jolly Masonry/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
4* Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ Keizer Aluminum Wheels-Mike Sparta Trckng-Four Star Transmissions/TEO/Morrison
5 Jason Potter/Richland,NY Butler Disposal-Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop/Bicknell/Enders
5h Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY Ernie Kreis & Son-Fastline Performance-P&M Fabrication/Bicknell/Morrison
6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT 730 Truck Stop-Gypsum Logistics-Milestone Concrete/Bicknell/Enders
7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY Tallmadge Tire-Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ Central Jersey Trailer & Hitch Depot-Adamsville Maintenance/Troyer/Feil
8r Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY U-Store of Watertown-Westward Painting-Coffin Excavation/Troyer/Finger Lakes
9m Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY Xtreme Lubricants-Seneca Auto Sales/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants-Seneca Auto Sales/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY Currier Plastics-Aflac/Bicknell/Mastin Engineering
13 Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY NY Tech Supply-Tech Tire Repairs/Bicknell/Donath
14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc.-Raymond’s Car Care/Bicknell/Jimmy D’s Speed
15 Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA Grimm Construction-G&G Towing/Bicknell/Wally Fiehl
16 Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY Klaben Nursery-Fulton Springs/Troyer/Finger Lakes-Bowman
18 Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY Pipe Pros/Troyer/Moshier
20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ Madsen Motorsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR-BPG/TEO/Enders
21 Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY Penn Yan Mini Storage-Keuka Restaurant/TEO/Finger Lakes
25 Paul Habeck/Penfield,NY SwimmingPool.com-DJM Equipment-Bobcat of Finger Lakes/Troyer/Bruneau
27j Dan Johnson Jr./Phelps,NY Johnson Motorsports/Troyer/B&M
29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants-Seneca Auto Sales/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY Sweeteners Plus-Integra Shocks-CME,Inc./Troyer/C.C. Performance
33 Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY Aloi Materials Handling/Bicknell/Enders
37c Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY Bully Hill Vineyards-Fisher Tree Service-Daily Electric/Ozcar/Finger Lakes
37x Tom Scheetz Jr./Boyertown,PA TNT Repairs-Jeff D’Ambrosio Dodge/Bicknell/Doug Meyers
37md Jeremiah Shingledecker/Polk,PA Morton Buildings-Hards Welding-Steve’s Teez/Bicknell/MD Racing Engines
44 Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY Davis Trailer World-D&M Precision-Valley Sand & Gravel/Bicknell/Morrison
46 Adam Smith/Whitney Point,NY Smith Companies/Bicknell/ Finger Lakes
49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY Number One Speed-American Traditions-Fast Lube Watertown/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
62s Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY Mullen Industrial-Commercial Roofing & Sheetmetal/Bicknell/JanCen
66 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Atlas Paving-Behrent’s Performance Warehouse/TEO/JPM
74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations-Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO/Precision
77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY RezX Racing-Grow It Hydroseeding-Action Race Parts-Teo Fab./TEO/Kevlar
83x Tim Sears/Central Square,NY Total Site Development/Bicknell/Morrison
84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY Honeoye Auto Parts-Rochester Americans-National Guard/Bicknell/Mastin Engineering
85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA Sportsburg.com-Community Bank & Trust/Troyer/Enders
91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar
96 Todd Milton/Auburn,NY Bradco Supply-Milton Motorsports/Fox/FingerLakes
98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY Mohawk N.E.-New England Race Fuels-Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/Troyer/Bruneau-F-L
99 Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY Big Red Towing-Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell/Enders
99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY Ingles Performance-United Fasteners-Bradco Supply/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY Gypsum Express,Ltd.-Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l/Bicknell/Kevlar
117 Alex Tonkin/Carbondale,PA Grimm Construction-G&G Towing/TEO/Wally Fiehl
121 Joe Beyea/Genoa,NY Beyea Custom Headers/Troyer/Finger Lakes
160 Johnny Hill/Hastings,NY Flower City Glass-P.M. Mobile Service/TEO/Kevlar

SKIDMARKS
Fairgrounds Fan-Fest
: Not only was the track a busy place to be for race fans on Saturday, the surrounding fairgrounds midway remained active throughout the day offering plenty of side shows before, during and after the speedway program. Smoke from the Weedsport Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ filled the air most of the afternoon as the turn four pavilion area was the site of “All-Star Fan Zone” featuring a Dunk Tank, Bouncy Boxing, Sumo Wrestling, Bungee Run and an Inflatable Hoop. Both drivers and fans contended in a “Cornhole Challenge” (beanbag toss) while some of the favorites also participate in an all-out “Tug of War.” Judging begins Sunday at 2pm in Mike’s Hard Lemonade All-Star Weekend World Tailgating Championship with numerous awards up for grabs including ‘best of show.’

Pot Holes: Plenty of television time afforded by Syracuse stations to the Big-Block boys as Time-Warner Cable News 10 Now cameras shot clips up close and personal with Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Gary Tomkins and Brett Hearn, while interviews were given to cousins Jimmy and Ryan Phelps and Dale Planck by ABC affiliate WSYR-TV 9…..Voices of veteran announcers Brian Mulligan and Doug Elkins bellowed across the fairgrounds describing the action on opening day of All-Star Weekend…..Xtreme Lubricants-JB Motorsports teams cars of Matt Sheppard, Jeff Brownell Jr. and Tim McCreadie were the fastest in their individual time trial groups with ‘Super Matt’ claiming his second Integra Shocks Fast Time Award of the season and all three finishing in the Top-10 on the final feature race results sheet.

UPCOMING EVENTS
DIRTcar All-Star Weekend at Cayuga County Fair Speedway includes the final Super DIRTcar Series events of the month, yet fans and racers get an early jump the next month as Merrittville Speedway hosts 17th annual Trevor Wilkens Memorial 100 presented by Toolneeds on Monday, August 3.

2009 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Schedule
NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up Point event.
*All events subject to change
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DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
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 Duane Howard
Sat-Jun 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway Matt Sheppard
Sun-Jun 7 Airborne Speedway rain-cancelled
Wed-Jun 17 Orange Co Fair Speedway Bily Decker
Fri-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Brett Hearn
Sat-Jul 4 Fulton Speedway Alan Johnson
Thr-Jul 9 Brockville Ont Speedway Brett Hearn
Fri-Jul 10 Autodrome Granby Billy Decker
Sat-Jul 11 Autodrome Drummond -rain-
Sun-Jul 12 Cornwall Motor Speedway -rain-
Sat-Jul 18 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Ryan Phelps
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 Super DIRTcar Series “DIRTcar All-Star 100” on Sunday, July 19.

The Big-Block Modified 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.