The Big Show Waits for 2021, New Albany-Saratoga Date Being Explored

The Big Show Waits for 2021, New Albany-Saratoga Date Being Explored

MALTA, NY — Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 12 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway originally scheduled for June 23 has been postponed to 2021 because of mass gathering restrictions to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Track and Series officials are working on a new event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for this season. 

“In talking with promoters Brett Hearn and Lyle DeVore, we, unfortunately, have to cancel the Big Show-themed event,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. “However, we will continue to follow the scope on what is going on in New York State with the COVID-19 restrictions, and hope to add a Super DIRTcar Series event at Albany-Saratoga later in the summer.” 

For the latest news and information visit SuperDIRTcarSeries.com as well as follow the Series on Facebook and Twitter.

MAHANEY MATTERS: Mike Mahaney is ready to fly in 2020

CONCORD, NC – King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney has a reputation. In the pit area, the full-time Super DIRTcar Series competitor has a smile as wide as a front stretch is long but on the track, he’s known as a ferocious competitor.

2019 was a revolutionary year for Mahaney. He joined one of the most storied race teams in the history of dirt modified racing in the Northeast: The iconic yellow George and Julie Huttig-owned Adirondack Auto no. 35. 

NAPA Super DIRT Week fans will immediately recognize the yellow paint scheme as it has been entered in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 for many years with top drivers behind the wheel such as Mike Perrotte, Wayne Jelly, and Frank Cozze. 

Perrotte was the Huttig’s first driver and he brought the No. 35 to the team in 1985. It’s been emblazoned on the Huttig machine ever since. 

Traditionally, outside of NAPA Super DIRT Week, the Huttigs fielded a DIRTcar 358 Modified rather than a Big Blocks. But with Mahaney on board, the Adirondak Auto team enters a new era. 

As a full-time driver, any lull in action is difficult, especially one as extended as we are experiencing in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This whole thing has everyone nervous because we just don’t know what to expect,” said Mahaney. “It would be nice to get out there but the next best thing has been iRacing.” The only difference is that the dirt is digital and the cars are virtual but the competition has been incredibly fun for fans and competitors alike.

Mahaney has been competing in the World of Outlaws iRacing Invitationals against some of the best drivers across the country and even the world. His sponsors have been exposed to many thousands of people on FOX Sports, CBS Sports, and DIRTvision making the friendly competition well worth the time for a full-time racer who depends on sponsors. 

“We have been able to put on a show and advertise our sponsors where if we can’t get on the track this is the next best thing to keep their names out there and show them off a bit in a positive way,” said Mahaney. “There’s a lot of negativity out there and this was positive we can do.”

Since day one of the shutdown, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing have been working diligently to create racing entertainment for the present while we prepare for the “Return to Racing” and reaction to the iRacing shows has been tremendous. 

When it comes to the racing there are adjustments for real-life drivers to make. 

“The simulator has limitations. You don’t get a “seat of your pants” feeling from the race car of course but it works on your hand-eye coordination and you’re working on your audio coordination,” he noted. “The track changes. You have to move around to find the right groove. You gotta do trial and error with setups. It’s not necessarily the exact changes that we make in real life but you do have to try something to see if the car got faster. You get into that rhythm of what you do in real life.”

Mahaney has been paired against some of the best World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car drivers plus stars from NASCAR like Joey Logano, Will Byron, and even Formula 1 and IndyCar star Juan Pablo Montoya. 

“The best part of iRacing is that it doesn’t matter where you are, you can race against people from across the world. We are a Northeast division so it’s rare for us to run into drivers from California or Texas,” Mahaney said. “It’s cool not only because you can race with each other but you get to talk to each other too. We’re on the radio chatting it up and people are going a little bit of trash talking. Instead of fighting in the pits they just say what they want to say and it’s over.” 

Of course, sitting behind the wheel of a simulator in your basement or race shop mostly eliminates the risk factor of making a gutsy slider. Mahaney likens the racing to, “having 25 Jac Haudenchild’s out there going as hard as they can go every lap and not giving an inch. And why not? You don’t have a whole lot to risk.”

Of course, there’s no substitute for the smell of VP Racing Fuel, the heat of the Big Block’s exhaust, and the sound of a cheering crowd.

Race fans can catch Mahaney out on the Super DIRTcar Series trail when the tour starts up again. Additionally, the Adirondack Auto team will also be on the hunt for valuable Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and, new for 2020, Orange County Fair Speedway. 

Now in the second year of the DIRTcar Big Block Modified program, Mahaney and team are ready to rock. 

“We were going to be more prepared than ever before the pandemic but now all we have is time,” said Mahaney. “Without being able to race or test, we’ve learned more about what to work on in the shop. But we won’t know what to do with the cars until we run them.”

Between the Super DIRTcar Series, Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly racing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, plus select races at Utica-Rome Speedway, the team has to keep up a strict maintenance schedule rotating equipment in and out. 

On some weeks the Adirondack Auto machine will can potentially race four DIRTcar events. The common rulebook makes that possible. “Going from DIRTcar track to DIRTcar track we know we can run our Hoosier Racing Tires and Big Block,” said Mahaney. 

Mahaney is excited to start racing at Orange County. 

“There’s a big attraction to running Orange County. There’s a really good weekly purse and a great point fund. DIRTcar sanctioning means we know 100 percent what we are getting into for rules,” he noted. “There’s a strict rulebook and with Brett Hearn running it, I think knowing him as a racer and a professional, he’ll keep to the rulebook. You know what you expect.”

Needless to say when the Return of Racing comes to the Northeast, Mike Mahaney and his team will be ready. Of course they could not do it all without the support of their sponsors Adirondak Auto, Huttig Nissan, Marcella’s Appliances, Bosch, and Darcy Construction. 

Get connected to Mike Mahaney Racing. Check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to come out to the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Fridays, Orange County Fair Speedway Saturdays, and all along the Super DIRTcar Series tour.

New Races, Return of Eastern States Highlights 2020 Super DIRTcar Series Tour

CONCORD, NC — Super DIRTcar Series fans saw one of the greatest all-time championship battles go down to the final night of the 2019 season, culminating in Mat Williamson edging seven-time champ Matt Sheppard for the crown. Today, the Super DIRTcar Series reveals its 2020 schedule, setting the stage for the best Big Block Modified drivers in the country to showcase their brand of wheel-to-wheel racing at the most historic and tradition-filled venues across the Northeast. 

There are 30 races on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule with nearly $1.3 million at stake during the season, including eight events where drivers will have a chance to lock themselves into the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week in October.

One of the biggest additions to the 2020 tour is the return of the legendary $40,000-to-win Eastern States 200 on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY. Also, for the first time ever, the Series will take on New York’s Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle. Bridgeport Speedway also returns with a $7,500-to-win Feature on the new 3/8-mile version of the famous New Jersey track. Finally, Ontario favorite Ohsweken Speedway is back with a $10,000-to-win, NAPA Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Qualifier on July 6.

The DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford features the best dirt track racing in Florida, including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, and of course the “Beasts from the Northeast” from Feb. 4-15 at Volusia Speedway Park. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Super DIRTcar Series kicks off five nights of intense 40- and 50-lap non-points feature action. Last year, Larry Wight took home the coveted Big Gator trophy.

The points-paying season rumbles to life at Can-Am Speedway with a $7,500-to-win Thunder in the Thousand Islands 100 on Saturday, April 11. The Series will see the newly configured 4/10-mile version of the speedway for the first time, making it anyone’s race. 

Weedsport Speedway is a part of the very fabric of short track Big Block Modified racing having hosted Super DIRTcar Series races since 1972. The Series has contested the Central New York oval 68 times and the 2020 schedule will add three more names and numbers to the winner’s list.

The first of Weedsport’s three races is the Heroes Remembered 100 on Memorial Day, May 25. Then, on Sunday, July 26, $10,000 and a guaranteed NAPA Super DIRT Week berth will go to the winner of the annual Hall of Fame 100.  Finally, on Monday, Sept. 12, Weedsport hosts a mega-event, which will also award more than $10,000 to the winner and a Billy Whittaker Cars 200 starting position.

Tuesday, June 23, marks the first NAPA Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 qualifier of 2020. A guaranteed start and $10,000 are on the line at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Brett Hearn’s The Big Show XII. Later in the season, the fan-favorite Malta, NY, track hosts a second Billy Whittaker Cars qualifier on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Battle at Toga pays out $10,000 to the winner, as well.

The high-banked bullring of Cornwall Motor Speedway follows on Sunday, June 28. The quarter-mile has seen 25 Series races in its history with Brett Hearn carrying the most wins with five. Eight-time champ Sheppard is on a three-race win streak going into 2020’s O’Canada 100. 

The next day, Monday, June 29, the Series rolls up to another bullring, Le RPM Speedway in Quebec. The $7,500-to-win battle royale on the quarter-mile dirt oval is sure to thrill Canadian and road-tripping American fans.

Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, is set for a huge year on the Super DIRTcar Series tour. The historic track, and weekly home of Sheppard, Rudolph and more, has three Super DIRTcar Series races scheduled. On Thursday, July 2, celebrate Independence Day with the Liberty 100. The Series then returns on Thursday, Aug. 13 for the Gerald Haers Memorial and a second $7,500-to-win Feature on the high-speed Finger Lakes New York half-mile. Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 19, a minimum of $10,000 and a NAPA Super DIRT Week guaranteed start are on the line to wrap up the three-race Land of Legends miniseries.

The long-awaited return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Ontario’s Ohsweken Speedway is on Monday, July 6, which is also the 25th Anniversary of their very first racing event. The Series comes back in a big way with a 100-lap Feature to pay $10,000-to-win as well as a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week. Chad Brachmann took the first of only two previous races at the 3/8-mile speedway back in 2015. The next day, Tuesday, July 7, the Series rolls back stateside to Niagara County for the Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway. 

The next stop is another Monday-Tuesday doubleheader, this time in Quebec. On July 20, the big, fast, and exciting Autodrome Granby hosts the Super DIRTcar Series to kick off the Quebec swing. The next day, Tuesday, July 21, is Autodrome Drumond’s turn to pack the stands for Series action. 

Tuesday, July 28 the Super DIRTcar Series goes to the Orange County Fair. The Battle on the Midway 100 at Orange County Fair Speedway is a NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier paying $10,000 to the victor. 

But the Series returns to Middletown, NY, one more time in 2020 and it’s huge. The $40,000-to-win Eastern States 200, on Sunday, Oct. 25, is officially a Super DIRTcar Series points race once again. Adding another prestigious and historic event to the Series schedule makes the month of October even more special.

Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey has played host to 18 Super DIRTcar Series races in its illustrious history. The Series returns for the 19th time on Wednesday, July 29 for a $7,500-to-win Feature. Series drivers will have to contend with the best New Jersey and Pennsylvania drivers to come away with a win on the newly configured 4/10ths -mile version of the historic track. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Super DIRTcar Series makes its inaugural visit to New York’s Thunder Mountain Speedway. Thunder Mountain also announced DIRTcar sanctioning for 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds in 2020. Teams and officials are excited to take on the challenge of a new track for $7,500-to-win. 

The Mr. DIRT Track USA is set once again for the giant Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 5, and paying $25,500 to the winner plus a guaranteed spot in the NAPA Super DIRT Week field Kenny Tremont Jr. has successfully defended his home territory for the past two years. Can a Series driver invade for a win in 2020? 

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 6, the Series rolls to Utica-Rome Speedway. Billy Decker and Brett Hearn each have Series high two wins at the Vernon, NY track. The half-mile is a staple of DIRTcar with weekly 358, Sportsman and Pro Stock sanctioning and the fans looked forward to the annual stop of the big blocks!

The most exciting, prestigious and historic dirt track racing event of the year takes place Oct. 7-11 in Oswego, NY. Dirt will cover Oswego Speedway for the fifth consecutive year for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX featuring the $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, Oct. 11. Williamson took the win in 2019 and propelled himself to the Series championship. Back-to-back wins would cement Williamson’s name in Series history.

The Series’ final trip to Canada is Friday, Oct. 16 for the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Danny Johnson and Decker are locked in a tie for the most Series wins at Brockville with three. Will it be a veteran wheelman who takes The Bullring win or can a young gun like Demetrios Drellos or Jack Lehner ride to victory?

Finally, two Can-Am World Finals Features at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will decide the points for the 2020 championship race. No doubt Williamson will be aiming to create a little more breathing room than last year, but eight-time champion Sheppard and the rest of the field will be eager to write their names in the history book. 

With a total winner’s purse alone totaling at least $293,000 plus and a minimum of $500-to-start, it’s no wonder the Super DIRTcar Series is the pinnacle of Big Block Modified racing in the Northeast. Check out the all-new SuperDIRTcarSeries.com for schedule updates, race reports, track info, driver stats and more.

Day/Date — Track — Location
Tue-Sat, Feb. 11-15 — Volusia Speedway Park — Barberville, FL
Saturday, April 11 — Can-Am Speedway — Lafargeville, NY
Monday, May 25 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY
Tuesday, June 23 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Malta, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, June 28 — Cornwall Motor Speedway — Cornwall, ON
Monday, June 29 — Le RPM Speedway — St. Marcel, QC
Thursday, July 2 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY
Monday, July 6 — Ohsweken Speedway — Ohsweken, ON (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Tuesday, July 7 — Ransomville Speedway — Ransomville, NY
Monday, July 20 — Autodrome Granby — Granby, QC
Tuesday, July 21 — Autodrome Drummond — Drummondville, QC
Sunday, July 26 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Tuesday, July 28 — Orange County Fair Speedway — Middletown, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Wednesday, July 29 — Bridgeport Speedway — Swedesboro, NJ
Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Thunder Mountain Speedway — Center Lisle, NY
Thursday, Aug. 13 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY
Saturday, Sept. 5 — Lebanon Valley Speedway — West Lebanon, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, Sept. 6 — Utica-Rome Speedway — Vernon, NY
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Weedsport Speedway — Weedsport, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Saturday, Sept. 19 — Land of Legends Raceway — Canandaigua, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Saturday, Sept. 26 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Malta, NY (NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier)
Sunday, Oct. 11 — Oswego Speedway — Oswego, NY (49th NAPA Super DIRT Week)
Friday, Oct. 16 — Brockville Ontario Speedway — Brockville, ON
Sunday, Oct. 25 — Orange County Fair Speedway — Middletown, NY (Eastern States 200)
Thu-Sat, Nov. 5-7 — The Dirt Track at Charlotte — Concord, NC

Drellos Denies All Challengers in First-Career Series Win

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MALTA, NY – September 21, 2019 – It’s a rare moment in motorsports when a rookie pulls out a huge victory in the top echelon of their driving discipline. On this night, Rookie of the Year contender Demetrios Drellos did just that, shocking the world of Big Block Modified racing by winning his first Super DIRTcar Series race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in one of the biggest races of the year.

Drellos battled back the best in the business including Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Mat Williamson to pick up $10,000 and a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. Billy Decker crossed the line in second and Mat Williamson had his two-race win streak broken with a third-place finish.

The night of racing started out well for the Queensbury, NY driver Demetrios Drellos after setting the second fastest lap in his Time Trial group, which put the No. 111 on the outside pole for his Heat Race. Pole-sitter Matt Sheppard got the best of him but soon the roles were reversed. In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw, Drellos drew the pole position and Matt Sheppard’s designated drawer put the No. 9s on the outside pole.

At the drop of the green flag, The Greek Streak outdueled Sheppard to retain the top spot in the early going. He eventually stretched out a substantial lead with the first caution coming around lap 40. After that, the rest of the heavy-hitters like Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Mat Williamson stepped up to the plate but Drellos denied all-comers.

“Every lap that clicked by I thought Larry, Matt, Billy, or Williamson would get by on the bottom. I was just so persistent on the top. I know it’s really risky picking the top lane here on the restarts but the top has been so fast here. It worked out for me,” said Drellos.

The No. 111 pilot sliced and diced his way through heavy lapped traffic in the latter half of the race. The track conditions were conducive to fast, side-by-side racing, which made the traffic difficult to work through.

“I follow a lot of good guys on the Series and they aren’t afraid to take risks in lapped traffic. You gotta go and if you don’t go, someone’s gonna pounce on you,” Drellos explained.

Needless to say, Drellos was a very happy driver in Victory Lane. He’s worked hard learning new tracks and refining his Time Trial program all season.

“It’s been such a learning curve running with these guys every week and it’s finally paid off.”

Drellos’ voice wavered with emotion as The Voice of the Super DIRTcar Series Shane Andrews interviewed him in Victory Lane when he said, “I watched a lot of Super DIRTcar Series races from those seats right up there and it feels really amazing to be standing down here not too many years later beating the best.”

The win will take a little time to sink in because it’s a rare feat to beat your heroes at their own game:

“I’m speechless, to be honest. You have Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, I mean, I’ve watched those guys for years. They are just unbelievable stars here. Just to say I beat them in a Super DIRTcar Series race is something I never even dreamed of.”

The Franklyn Flyer Billy Decker was the final driver to reach the rear bumper of the No. 111 but he too failed to overtake the young rookie.

Mat Williamson now has four podium finishes in a row including two race wins. The team has been constent all year but now Williamson is clicking off great finishes and has begun reeling in points leader Matt Sheppard.

“Confidence as a lot to do with it. It seems like when we won Orange County [Centennial Celebration] it started rolling from there. Forutnately I have a really good car owner and really good crew guys. They make my job real easy behind the wheel,” noted Williamson.

The racing surface was tacky and provided a lot of grip from the bottom to the top of the speedway.

“We tried to move all over the place. The track was really fast and racy,” said Williamson. “I think we tightened up a little bit too much. Demetrios was really good. Hats off to those guys, it’s cool to see him win.”

Mike Mahaney stormed through the field to pick up sixteen positions as the KSE Racing Hard-Charger Award. He finished seventh after starting deep in the field, but the tenacious Huttig No. 35 team’s hard work paid off.

In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw, Peter Britten had his daughter for a designated drawer. The curly-haired youngster joyfully picked up a neon yellow t-shirt and awarded Britten one free Hoosier Racing Tire, but also a twelfth place starting position.

Home-track hero Kenny Tremont Jr., who picked up the 2019 Mr. DIRT Track USA title at Lebanon Valley Speedway, set the fastest lap in Time Trials, which granted him the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award.

The next Super DIRTcar Series race is the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, October 13 at Oswego Speedway to conclude NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII.

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$10,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$5,000]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$2,500]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$1,600]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$1,400]; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney [23][$1,300]; 8. 93-Danny Varin [8][$1,200]; 9. 18-Anthony Perrego [16][$1,100]; 10. 2-Ronnie Johnson [3][$1,000]; 11. 19m-Jessey Mueller [5][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [17][$700]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$600]; 14. 25-Erick Rudolph [18][$575]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [10][$550]; 16. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [6][$525]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner [24][$500]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [22][$500]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [25][$500]; 20. 74-JR Heffner [13][$500]; 21. 91NY-Jackie Brown [19][$500]; 22. 27J-Danny Johnson [26][$500]; 23. R2-Rusty Smith [27][$]; 24. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$500]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 26. 115-Kenny Tremont [9][$500]; 27. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [14][$500]; 28. 3j-Marc Johnson [20][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 35-Mike Mahaney[+16]

9/21/19 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Rookie of the Year contender Demetrios Drellos won his first Super DIRTcar Series race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and it was a big one. Drellos battled back the best in the business in including Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Mat Williamson to pick up $10,000 and a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. Billy Decker crossed the line in second and Mat Williamson had his two-race win streak broken with a third-place finish.

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$10,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$5,000]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$2,500]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$1,600]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$1,400]; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney [23][$1,300]; 8. 93-Danny Varin [8][$1,200]; 9. 18-Anthony Perrego [16][$1,100]; 10. 2-Ronnie Johnson [3][$1,000]; 11. 19m-Jessey Mueller [5][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [17][$700]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$600]; 14. 25-Erick Rudolph [18][$575]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [10][$550]; 16. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [6][$525]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner [24][$500]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [22][$500]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [25][$500]; 20. 74-JR Heffner [13][$500]; 21. 91NY-Jackie Brown [19][$500]; 22. 27J-Danny Johnson [26][$500]; 23. R2-Rusty Smith [27][$]; 24. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$500]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 26. 115-Kenny Tremont [9][$500]; 27. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [14][$500]; 28. 3j-Marc Johnson [20][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 35-Mike Mahaney[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 115-Kenny Tremont, 15.581; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 15.706; 3. 93-Danny Varin, 15.761; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.778; 5. 74-JR Heffner, 15.814; 6. 43-Keith Flach, 15.836; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney, 15.932; 8. 14NY-Daniel Johnson, 16.245; 9. 49-Billy Dunn, 16.501; 10. 27J-Danny Johnson, 16.744; DQ. 19D-Darrick McGrew, 16.41

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 97-Bobby Hackel, 15.792; 2. 3d-Matt Delorenzo, 15.808; 3. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur, 15.878; 4. 21A-Peter Britten, 16.048; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 16.113; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph, 16.134; 7. 26-Ryan Godown, 16.223; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti, 16.243; 9. 43D-Ricky Davis, 16.272; 10. 14-CG Morey, 16.666

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 15.601; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 15.761; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.779; 4. 27-Jeremy Pitts, 16.128; 5. 88-Mat Williamson, 16.243; 6. 42P-Pat Ward, 16.389; 7. 99-Kolby Schroder, 16.652; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.925; 9. 9V-Vincent Visconti, 17.526; DQ. 91NY-Jackie Brown, 16.29

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.611; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson, 15.705; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 15.744; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego, 15.837; 5. 3j-Marc Johnson, 15.844; 6. 2L-Jack Lehner, 15.92; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 16.076; 8. 816-Jeff Rockefeller, 16.193; 9. R2-Rusty Smith, 16.437; 10. G-Reggie Bonner, 17.551

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 115-Kenny Tremont [1]; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller [2]; 3. 93-Danny Varin [3]; 4. 74-JR Heffner [5]; 5. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 6. 35-Mike Mahaney [7]; 7. 43-Keith Flach [6]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [9]; 9. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [8]; 10. 27J-Danny Johnson [10]; 11. 19D-Darrick McGrew [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [2]; 2. 97-Bobby Hackel [1]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [4]; 4. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [3]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [6]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 7. 26-Ryan Godown [7]; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti [8]; 9. 43D-Ricky Davis [9]; 10. 14-CG Morey [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos [2]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [5]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 5. 91NY-Jackie Brown [10]; 6. 42P-Pat Ward [6]; 7. 99-Kolby Schroder [7]; 8. 27-Jeremy Pitts [4]; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8]; 10. 9V-Vincent Visconti [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson [2]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego [4]; 5. 3j-Marc Johnson [5]; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [7]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner [6]; 8. 816-Jeff Rockefeller [8]; 9. R2-Rusty Smith [9]; 10. G-Reggie Bonner [10]

LCS1 – Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 19-Tim Fuller [2][]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [1][]; 3. 26-Ryan Godown [4][]; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti [6][]; 5. 43-Keith Flach [3][]; 6. 43D-Ricky Davis [8][]; 7. 49-Billy Dunn [5][]; 8. 14-CG Morey [10][]; 9. 27J-Danny Johnson [9][]; 10. 19D-Darrick McGrew [11][]; 11. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [7][]

LCS2 ( Laps)
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [2][]; 2. 2L-Jack Lehner [4][]; 3. 99-Kolby Schroder [3][]; 4. 816-Jeff Rockefeller [6][]; 5. R2-Rusty Smith [8][]; 6. 27-Jeremy Pitts [5][]; 7. 17-Marcus Dinkins [7][]; 8. 9V-Vincent Visconti [9][]; 9. 42P-Pat Ward [1][]

Going All In

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MALTA, NY – Sept. 12, 2019 – As the Super DIRTcar Series gears up for the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200, there is one final piece of business outstanding — the final guaranteed starting spot, which goes to the winner of Saturday’s $10,000-to-win Feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

This race was not initially slated to be a NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier, but the excitement of the high stakes races was enough for Albany-Saratoga Speedway officials to bump up the huge finale to their “Massive Malta Weekend” to make it a $10,000-to-win. Teams should note that the event also pays $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag!

Earlier this season, the Series raced on the famous eastern New York dirt track, where Stewart Friesen edged out Brett Hearn for the guaranteed start and $11,111 in The Big Show XI. Race fans have come to expect nothing less than specular wheel-to-wheel racing at Albany-Saratoga.

While Matt Sheppard has a strong lead on his fellow Super DIRTcar Series stars, it is not insurmountable, especially with the premier Series race teams gunning for the top spot behind him including Mat Williamson, Erick Rudolph, Larry Wight, Billy Decker and Jimmy Phelps.

Peter Britten, Mike Mahaney and Demetrios Drellos have many laps around the Malta oval and should not be counted out.

Home track hero and 900-plus-win Big Block Modified superstar Brett ‘The Jet’ Hearn was the runner up in his own Big Show back in June. The famous No. 20 will be looking for retribution on Saturday night.

Albany-Saratoga regulars like 2019 Track Champion Marc Johnson, Matt Delorenzo in the No. 3D, Mr. DIRT Track USA Champion Kenny Tremont Jr., and many more will be on hand to battle the Series stars.

Plus, for those outside region, this race will be broadcast live in HD by at FloRacing.

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Stewart Friesen Runs Down Brett Hearn for The Big Show 11 Win

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Friesen pockets $11,111 and much needed guaranteed start for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII

MALTA, NY – June 25, 2019 – Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 11 lived up to its name and surpassed all expectations. In a 111-lap race that few will soon forget, five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen passed race promotor and eight-time Series Champion Brett Hearn on lap 110 to steal the win in dramatic fashion. In third place, Mat Williamson and his Buzzchew Racing team were catching the dueling leaders but had to settle for the final step on the podium when the checkered flag fell.

Read moreStewart Friesen Runs Down Brett Hearn for The Big Show 11 Win

06/25/19 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway

MALTA, NY – June 25, 2019 – Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 11 lived up to its name. In a 111-lap race that few will soon forget, five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen passed race promotor and eight-time Series Champion Brett Hearn on lap 110. Mat Williamson put together another solid finish to round out the podium.

Read more06/25/19 — Albany-Saratoga Speedway