Series Points Leader Brett Hearn Rallies At RWR For 3rd Series Win In ’09
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Elbridge, NYSeptember 7, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
*Bill Moore Sr. Photo

It was deja-vous all over again for Matt Sheppard as an almost certain Super DIRTcar Series victory once more slipped from his grasp for the second straight night. On an extended Labor Day Weekend that opened with ‘Super Matt’ capturing a pair of area track point championships, it closed just as quickly with two heartbreaking losses on DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s premier traveling tour for Big-Block Modifieds.

While his JB Motorsports no. 9s Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell entry suffered a broken rear hub on Sunday at Cayuga County Fair Speedway, a shredded right-rear tire forced Sheppard to relinquish the lead he had held for 87 laps on Monday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. And just as reigning overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion Billy Decker took advantage of the setback at Cayuga County, it was current tour points leader Brett Hearn pouncing at the chance to increase his lead at The Wheels on Labor Day with a late-race rally that continued to strengthen his odds.

“This was definitely a race we had no thoughts of winning,” admitted Hearn, who turned 51 at the start of the month to bring even more experience to the table as he contends for an unprecedented seventh Mr. DIRTcar Championship in 2009. “It was certainly not our race. We broke a brake rotor and spit the thing out with about 25 laps to go and I ran until the end of the race without brakes.”

“At one point I thought I was going to be fortunate to be in the top-five, then third-place was looking good even with no brakes. I just tried to get a good rhythm and get it into the corner after that. The car really stuck good in the middle of the track late in the race and that was probably the difference,” remarked Hearn, following his third tour triumph of the season to bolster his all-time best career total to 103 series wins.

With the final running order was up for grabs right until the last checkered flag, Decker rallied for second after a mid-race flat tire while Steve Paine, Bobby Varin and Jeff Brownell Jr. filled out the front-five in the annual holiday special at the ‘Fast Track.’

Drawing outside-pole the previous night at Cayuga County, Sheppard bettered that by one on Monday at the ‘Fast Track’ and once again had the 30-car field covered much of the race. He led the initial 75 laps on Sunday before mechanical failure took him out of contention, then dominated the action for all but the last 13 laps at RWR until fate stepped in and once again thwarted the best efforts of the Waterloo, N.Y. driver.

With Rolling Wheels hosting just its second show of the entire season, a solid field of 40 Modified teams signed in each looking for the $6,000 lion’s share in the headline ‘King of Beers 100’ presented by Budweiser. Sheppard was first in line most of the night, copping his qualifying heat before pacing the pack for 87 circuits around the spacious 5/8-miler.

As soon as the first green flag waved to start the 100-lap Modified main, Sheppard seemed to pull away at will with fellow touring driver Jimmy Phelps in tow from the outset. Pat Ward (lap 9) and Ryan Phelps (lap 15) slowed with tire issues to force out yellow flags in the early stages, yet the ensuing restarts offered little salvation for Sheppard’s closest pursuers.

A quarter of the way through Sheppard was already mired in lapped traffic and when the scoreboard kicked off 40 laps complete he had built up a 6.0-second lead over Phelps, who was chased by Varin, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson and Decker. Little had changed at the midway point other than Fuller wrestling third away from Varin and Decker finally cracking the top-five past Johnson while Hearn, Gary Tomkins, Paine and Brownell made up the top-10 with 50 laps in the book.

The high speed chase to the checkers finally took its toll on Decker with the potent LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell mount ducking pitside under caution following a flat tire on lap 56. Fuller inherited second soonafter when Phelps had a right-rear tread go down to incur a fourth caution period on lap 64.

Just after Hearn grabbed fifth from Alan Johnson on lap 74, ‘A.J. Slideways’ retired on lap 82 as a fan blade broke off in his Bully’s Truck Stop no. 14j CFF,Inc.-Raymond’s Car Care/Bicknell entry to end any chance of repeating a podium finish enjoyed the night before. The lap 85 restart featured Sheppard out front of Fuller and Varin, with Paine and Hearn staying within reach as the final laps counted down.

But just as fast as Sheppard had been for the duration, his night ended almost as abruptly when he suddenly slowed out of turn two with the air gone from his right rear tread. Fuller failed to avoid the slowing Sheppard machine and tagged it in the rear entering turn three, ultimately sending owner Steve Hastings no. 74 Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations-Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO ride sideways with the final result a flat tire and frustrating trip to the pits.

With Sheppard and Fuller unexpectedly out of the picture in one brief turnaround, Varin advanced to the point looking for an apparent upset in his debut aboard the no. 10 Commercial Roofing & Sheet Metal-JWJ Container Service/Bicknell car owned by Ken Saya and maintained by crew chief Eric Kingsley. Despite continuing to run with a broken brake caliper on the Madsen Motorsports no. 20 Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR-BPG/TEO machine, Hearn had ideas of his own, first pulling off a perfect turn four slide job under Paine at the end of lap 94 then slingshotting high around Varin exiting the final corner of the very next lap.

Holding down the fifth slot for the final restart on lap 90, Decker fell short of his third straight tour triumph as he made a last lap charge that still fell 10 car-lengths shy at the line. The third-place showing by Paine was good enough to earn him a guaranteed starting berth in the coveted Super DIRT Week 200 Championship, with its 38th edition slated for Sunday, October 11.

“Every once and a while the car got away from me because I didn’t stick the right front as you usually use the brakes to do that,” said Hearn, who increased his all-time career win total while opening up a 133-point series lead over Sheppard in the revised Mr. DIRTcar standings that now account for track bonus points. “A couple times I really missed bad but in the end was just able to get up to the top there, take our time and get a little bit of momentum … that’s all it took.”

“My team has been awesome. We’ve had a good series and had some heartbreaks along the way but that happens when you have a 20-race series like this. We had a few things happen but this (win) makes up for some of that bad stuff. We started the series out so consistent, there was really nowhere to go but down. Tonight builds us up back to where we were, but things can turn quick and a lot of things can happen in just a few short races,” cautioned Hearn, after scoring his track-high 16th Super DIRTcar Series victory at Rolling Wheels.

Winding up in a similar position the night before after rallying to cop Cayuga County’s 100-lap Modified main on Sunday, Decker settled for runner-up honors to move within five points of Jimmy Phelps for third on the Mr. DIRTcar points chart and 21 behind runner-up Sheppard.

“Looking back we were probably one of the lucky ones to be among the first to have a flat,” figured Decker, who earned the Integra Shocks Fast Time Award for the fourth time this season, once again matching Hearn’s career mark of 41 quick clockings. “That gave us time to get back up through the field.”

“Still would’ve like to have another caution at the end for a shot at a win, be we’ll take second given the circumstances. We’re just trying to put our best foot forward each and every race. We need to win, but when you can’t, 2nd is the next best thing,” Decker added.

Himself a three-time tour race winner at Rolling Wheels, Paine posted his best series finish of the season steering his familiar yellowbird no. 7x Tallmadge Tire-Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets/Bicknell machine.

“We were battling for 3rd & 4th then all of a sudden it was for 1st & 2nd,” noted Paine, who claimed his lone overall Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Championship in 2000, earning DIRTcar’s highest 358-Modified distinction the year prior. “Then Brett got in there and I got a little held up before Billy got by, he was really coming. We were pretty good, not as good as the first two —I don’t think any of us were— but we still had a good night.”

“We come back here in just two more weeks so I think we’ve got something to grow off of. Hopefully, we’ll be a little better. We only get to (Rolling Wheels) three times a year so its kinda hard to test and tune.around here.”

The 2009 Super DIRTcar Series returns to action this Friday, September 11 when Lernerville Speedway hosts the ‘Autumn-Motive Fest Mod Madness’ special at the popular Sarver, Pa. oval.

Super DIRTcar Series Race #17 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, September 7, 2009 Budweiser presents ‘King of Beers 100’ Big-Block Modified Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
1 8 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ($6,000)
2 6 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
3 11 7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
4 3 10v Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY
5 20 29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY
6 9 3 Justin Haers/Phelps,NY
7 4 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
8 2 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
9 21 02 Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY
10 14 27j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
11 10 5 Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA
12 1 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
13 19 62s Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY
14 12 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
15 16 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
16 25 85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
17 17 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
18 15 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
19 24 X Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY
20 28 99 Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY
21 22 10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY
22 29 4* Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ
23 7 14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
24 13 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
25 26 49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY
26 5 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
27 27 44 Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY
28 18 18 Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY
29 30 16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
30 23 56 Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY
GATER RACING NEWS LAP LEADERS: Sheppard (1-87), Varin (88-94), Hearn (95-100).
CAUTIONS: 6 for 19 laps; 1 RED FLAG (lap 89).
HEAT WINNERS: Scagliotta, Sheppard, Tomkins, Haers.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK LAST CHANCE RACE WINNERS: Bresnahan, Currier.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Brett Hearn.
RISLONE OIL STABILIZER & TREATMENT WINNER AWARD: Brett Hearn.
BARS LEAKS RUNNER-UP AWARD: Billy Decker.
SYRACUSE SDW XXXVIII 200 QUALIFIER: Steve Paine.
HALFWAY LEADER: Matt Sheppard.
BERT/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Jeff Brownell Jr.
XTREME LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Brett Hearn.
PENSKE POWER POSITION AWARD (7th): Tim Fuller.
INTEGRA SHOCKS FAST TIME AWARD: Billy Decker (20.343sec/110.603mph).
TOTAL PURSE: $27,750.
CARS ENTERED: 40.
NEXT EVENT: Lernerville Speedway “Sarvertown 75”- September 11, 2009.
DID NOT QUALIFY(10)
2-Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY
5h-Rob Hile/Syracuse,NY
8r-John Pfeffer/Hilton,NY
16-Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY
21-Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY
21k-Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
t21-Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
91h-Chad Homan/Macedon,NY
96-Todd Milton/Auburn,NY
111-Shawn Donath/South Onondaga.NY

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 20.343 110.603 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
*$100 Integra Shocks Fast Qualifier Award
2 20.410 110.240 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
3 20.501 109.751 3 Justin Haers/Phelps,NY
4 20.525 109.622 4* Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ
5 20.723 108.575 7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
6 20.724 108.570 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
7 20.755 108.408 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
8 20.772 108.319 14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
9 20.808 108.131 29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY
10 20.856 107.883 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
11 20.916 107.573 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
12 20.920 107.553 27j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
13 20.951 107.393 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
14 20.961 107.342 10v Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY
15 20.964 107.327 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
16 20.984 107.225 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
17 21.030 106.990 2 Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY
18 21.034 106.970 02 Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY
19 21.069 106.792 21 Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY
20 21.140 106.433 5 Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA
21 21.148 106.393 99 Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY
22 21.194 106.162 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
23 21.214 106.062 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
24 21.294 105.664 49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY
25 21.313 105.569 16 Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY
26 21.324 105.515 18 Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY
27 21.410 105.091 85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
28 21.427 105.008 10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY
29 21.428 105.003 X Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY
30 21.459 104.851 91h Chad Homan/Macedon,NY
31 21.490 104.700 62s Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY
32 21.499 104.656 56 Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY
33 21.514 104.583 44 Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY
34 21.682 103.773 8r John Pfeffer/Hilton,NY
35 21.741 103.491 5h Rob Hile/Syracuse,NY
36 22.045 102.064 16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
37 22.104 101.792 96 Todd Milton/Auburn,NY
38 22.165 101.511 21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
39 22.364 100.608 t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
40 -NT- —– 111 Shawn Donath/South Onondaga.NY

Heat Races (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature; top 3 redrew)
#1: Scagliotta, Varin, Paine, Planck, Wight, Vitale, Podsiadlo, Whaley, Ro.Chrysler, Milton (DNS).
#2: Sheppard, Decker, J.Phelps, D.Johnson, Beardsley, Bresnahan, Pfeffer, Vauter, Storms, Homan (DNS).
#3: Tomkins, Laubach, Fuller, Bower, Sears, Currier, Willix, R.Phelps, Bowman, Hile (DNS).
#4: Haers, Hearn, A.Johnson, Ward, Brownell, R.Johnson, Ra.Chrysler, C.Phelps, Donath, Dunn (DNS).
Dig Safely New York Last Chance Races: (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Bresnahan, Vitale, Vauter, Whaley, Storms, Ro.Chrysler, Pfeffer, Podsiadlo (DNS), Milton (DNS), Homan (DNS).
#2: Currier, C.Phelps, Dunn, R.Phelps, Willix, Ra.Chrysler, R.Johnson (DNS), Bowman (DNS), Donath (DNS), Hile (DNS).

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Point Standings (Thru Sept. 7, 2009)
No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Home Track Wins Top 5 Top 10 Starts
20 Brett Hearn 1799 1439 $360 0 Lebanon Valley 3 12 15 17
9s Matt Sheppard 1666 1306 $360 -133 Canandaigua 4 9 11 17
98H Jimmy Phelps 1650 1290 $360 -149 Brewerton 1 7 13 17
91 Billy Decker 1645 1285 $360 -154 Brewerton 4 9 9 17
3 Justin Haers 1490 1130 $360 -309 Can Am 0 2 11 17
99 Ryan Phelps 1440 1080 $360 -359 Brewerton 2 5 9 17
84 Gary Tomkins 1420 1060 $360 -379 Canandaigua 0 4 9 17
27J Danny Johnson 1350 990 $360 -449 Cayuga County 0 2 8 17
14J Alan Johnson 1199 839 $360 -600 Fulton 1 4 8 13
4 Mike Storms 1158 798 $360 -641 Fulton 0 0 2 17
29 Jeff Brownell Jr. 1147 787 $360 -652 Glen Ridge 0 3 6 13
49 Billy Dunn 1120 760 $360 -679 Can Am 0 1 3 15
99L Larry Wight 1116 756 $360 -683 Fulton 0 0 0 17
77x Dale Planck 1096 916 $180 -703 Cayuga County 0 2 5 16
7x Steve Paine 1058 698 $360 -741 Canandaigua 0 3 8 10
8 Rich Scagliotta 733 433 $300 -1066 Canandiagua 0 0 1 7
42p Pat Ward 719 359 $360 -1080 Brewerton 0 1 4 7
74 Tim Fuller 678 558 $120 -1121 Cayuga County 1 3 4 8
18 Sean Beardsley 649 289 $360 -1150 Fulton 0 0 0 6
FX1 Frankie Caprara 643 283 $360 -1156 Can Am 0 0 2 5
6 Pat O’Brien 637 337 $300 -1162 Brewerton 0 1 2 6
99B Chuck Bower 616 256 $360 -1183 Fulton 0 0 0 6
02 Roy Bresnahan 615 255 $360 -1184 Fulton 0 0 1 5
43 Keith Flach 592 232 $360 -1207 Lebanon Valley 0 0 0 4
33 Mike Mahaney 575 215 $360 -1224 Cayuga County 0 0 0 5
8R Rob Bellinger 567 207 $360 -1232 Canandaigua 0 0 0 5
44 Shannon Whaley 545 185 $360 -1254 Canandaigua 0 0 0 4
21 Derrick Podsiadlo 541 181 $360 -1258 Canandaigua 0 0 1 4
34b Andy Bachetti 538 178 $360 -1261 Lebanon Valley 0 1 2 2
62 Tom Sears Jr. 529 169 $360 -1270 Fulton 0 0 0 3
77F Mark Flach Jr. 527 167 $360 -1272 Lebanon Valley 0 1 2 2
98 Eddie Marshall 526 166 $360 -1273 Lebanon Valley 0 1 1 2
57 Donnie Corellis 525 165 $360 -1274 Lebanon Valley 0 1 2 2
60 Brian Berger 492 132 $360 -1307 Lebanon Valley 0 1 1 2
24v Bobby Varin 488 128 $360 -1311 Glen Ridge 0 1 1 2
83x Tim Sears 480 120 $360 -1319 Fulton 0 0 0 3
91 Chad Homan 479 119 $360 -1320 Canandaigua 0 0 1 2
88 Kroy Sandstedt 475 115 $360 -1324 Lebanon Valley 0 0 1 2
42 Guy Sheldon 471 111 $360 -1328 Lebanon Valley 0 0 1 2
19H Chris Higgins 468 108 $360 -1331 Can Am 0 0 0 2
07 Tim Kerr 468 108 $360 -1331 Can Am 0 0 0 2
10 Tim Currier 461 101 $360 -1338 Cayuga County 0 0 0 2
16 Mike Bowman 460 100 $360 -1339 Fulton 0 0 0 2
2 Dave Axton 456 96 $360 -1343 Cayuga County 0 0 0 2
24 Jim Witko Jr. 456 96 $360 -1343 Brewerton 0 0 0 2
87x Paul Gilardi 452 92 $360 -1347 Lebanon Valley 0 0 0 2
115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 451 91 $360 -1348 Lebanon Valley 0 0 0 2
42B Kevin Bates 451 91 $360 -1348 Brewerton 0 0 0 2
56 Vince Vitale 450 90 $360 -1349 Fulton 0 0 0 2
13 Tony Steiner 447 87 $360 -1352 Fulton 0 0 0 1

Super DIRTcar Series Modified Entries – September 7 (40)
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
2 Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY Teo Pro Car-Palmer’s Service-B0dry/TEO/JPM
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 Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA Lincoln Auto Body-Schmidt Racing/Troyer/JPM
5h Rob Hile/Syracuse,NY Ernie Kreis & Son-Fastline Performance-P&M Fabrication/Bicknell/Morrison
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 John Pfeffer/Hilton,NY U-Store of Watertown-Westward Painting-Coffin Excavation/Troyer/Finger Lakes
9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY Currier Plastics-Aflac/Bicknell/Mastin Engineering
10v Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs,NY Commercial Roofing & Sheet Metal-JWJ Container Service/Bicknell/Morrison
14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc.-Raymond’s Car Care/Bicknell/Jimmy D’s Speed
16 Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY Klaben Nursery-Fulton Springs/Troyer/Finger Lakes-Bowman
16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY SUNY Canton-Nor-Shir Construction/Bicknell/Morrison
18 Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY Pipe Pros-Bradco Supply-Blackburn Truck Bodies/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
21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY Signal Cigarettes-Randy’s Smoke Shop-Seneca Tobacco/TEO/Mike Harvey
t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY Iroquois Water-Randy’s Smoke Shop-Joey’s Sneaks/Bicknell/Jeff Nicholson
27j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Thompson Motorsports-SUNY Canton/Troyer/Dan Bedell
29 Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance
42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar
44 Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY Davis Trailer World-D&M Precision/Bicknell/Morrison
49 Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY Number One Speed-American Traditions-Fast Lube Watertown/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
56 Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY Summit Motors-Affordable Landscaping-V & V Racing/Troyer/Enders
62s Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY Mullen Industrial-Trackman Equipment/Bicknell/JanCen
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
84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY Honeoye Auto Parts-Rochester Americans-National Guard/Bicknell/Mastin
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
91h Chad Homan/Macedon,NY DigTrack.com-North Eastern Pool & Spa/Bicknell/Campbell
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
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./Bicknell/Kevlar
111 Shawn Donath/South Onondaga.NY Prevo Motorsports-Fellows Trucking-Bradco Supply/Bicknell/Enders

SKIDMARKS
Super DIRT Week Website Active
: Now available on the internet is the official site for information about Super DIRT Week, DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s crown jewel event staged at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. This year’s 38th edition runs October 7-11, 2009 and features 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.

Pot Holes: Helping celebrate Rolling Wheels’ 40th Anniversary (1969-2009) on Labor Day was second-generation promoter Don Petrocci, whose father Bob Petrocci Sr. was killed in a freak racing incident while spectating at Spencer Speedway in 1970….John Pfeffer replaced Rob Bellinger behind the wheel of the U-Store of Watertown no. 8R Westward Painting-Coffin Excavation/Troyer entry as Bellinger was in school where he is majoring in Geology at SUNY Potsdam….While the late-race misfortune for Sheppard and Fuller was among the toughest to swallow in the feature go, young Michael Storms got caught up in the same turn three ordeal. The result was far more serious for the first-year tour follower from New Jersey as he flipped exiting the track and later was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Super DIRTcar Series action moves to Lernerville Speedway where the premier touring series for Big-Block Modifieds in the country returns to Pennsylvania to kick off the first of day of the Autumn-Motive Fest on Friday, September 11. The talented traveling troop will do battle with Lernerville Speedway/BRP Modified Tour guns contending in the $6000-to-win ‘Sarvertown 75’ portion of Modified Madness.

2009 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Schedule
NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up Point event.
*All events subject to change.
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 18 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Ryan Phelps
Sun-Jul 19 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Ryan Phelps ($20,000-to-win)
Mon-Aug 3 Merrittville Speedway Matt Sheppard
Fri-Aug 7 Brewerton Speedway Matt Sheppard
Sat-Aug 8 Canandaigua Speedway Tim Fuller
Fri-Aug 21 Can-Am Motorsports Park Matt Sheppard
Sun-Aug 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Jimmy Phelps
Thr-Aug 27 Lebanon Valley Speedway Billy Decker ($17,500-to-win)
Sun-Sep 6 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Billy Decker
Mon-Sep 7 Rolling Wheels Raceway Brett Hearn
Fri-Sep 11 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Fri-Sep 18 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
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, 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 October 7-11, 2009 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 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 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.