PERREGO POUNCES: Last Lap Decides First OktoberFAST Feature

MALTA, NY – October 6, 2020 – The Super DIRTcar Series roared to life once again at Albany-Saratoga Speedway launching a week’s worth of Big Block Modified action all across New York State. Anthony Perrego, the 26-year-old driver from Montgomery, NY, made every lap count and picked up the $7,500 payday with a last-lap pass on local hero Ronnie Johnson. Meanwhile, Mike Mahaney was within striking distance of the leaders after starting 11th but had to settle for a strong 3rd place finish. 

Ronnie Johnson, from Duanesburg, NY, rocketed from the VP Race Fuels Making Power Point to lead the field to start the 60-lap Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision Feature into turn one. 

Early in the race Albany favorite Matt DeLorenzo and 2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, made strong charges for the lead but Johnson kept them at bay by riding the cushion up top. On lap 18, Johnson caught the tail of the field and had to start working through traffic. Pennsylvania’s Rex King Jr. was the first to fall to the No. 2RJ but he wouldn’t be the last. 

By lap 20 Anthony Perrego, in the No. 44, began to show his nose to Johnson on the bottom part of the track. Perrego actually got alongside Johnson just as the caution flag flew for the first time in the Feature. 

A succession of cautions claimed the likes of Pat Ward who slowed with an engine issue and front-runner Matt DeLorenzo who clipped the front stretch wall on the restart and suffered a flat tire. Luckily, the driver of the No. 3D was able to clear the track in turn four as he entire field was on the gas right behind him. 

The race ended on a long green-flag run and that played directly into the hands of Anthony Perrego. 

“The top was really dominant throughout the race but it got a little dirty and he [Ronnie Johnson] started to back up to me. I’ve run a lot of races here and when you rip around the top like that, the tire overheats,” Perrego said. “I’ve had it happen to me where I got passed.”

Although he’s a young racer, that’s the type of decision making and knowledge that a veteran driver might have. Catching Johnson was one thing but passing him is another story.  

“In traffic, most of the guys were blazing around the top side and I knew he could get a few cars between us. He was looking for the bottom but every time he moved down he’d lose traction,” noted Perrego. “I think that’s really where we got him at the end. He probably kept seeing my nose and number and started moving down.

Perrego was amped to get his first career Super DIRTcar Series win. 

“I am really happy for the team. We’ve really turned things around here and we’re glad to get a big one!” 

There are, of course, two sides to a last lap thriller. Ronnie Johnson may lose some sleep over this one but it was a very strong run for the No. 2RJ. He led 59/60 laps, which thanks to Bart Contracting, earned him another $250 for leading the most laps without winning. A bittersweet award to say the least. 

Here’s how Johnson broke it down:

“Anthony was working the bottom and I was getting freer and freer as the race went on and I really couldn’t move my line. I led 58 laps up there. But that’s just the way it goes. I don’t know what I could have done differently there,” said Johnson. “I’ll probably lay awake tonight thinking about it. It’s disappointing but it was a sold run. 

Mike Mahaney was crowned the Albany-Saratoga Speedway DIRTcar Big Block Modified track champion in September. He used that expertise to drive up from 11th, passing many of the best Big Block Modified drivers there are to capture the final step on the podium. 

At the green flag, it was go time for the No. 35 Adirondack Auto machine and the car just worked. 

“Starting from 11th, especially earlier on, I was very aggressive moving around, going top, bottom, wherever it took to get the spots,” Mahaney said. “Everybody was on the top but once they started to go in different lanes, I could go where they weren’t. I had a great race car in either lane. That got us some spots early and got us to the front.”

Mahaney’s drive thrilled race fans everywhere watching at home on DIRTVision. 

Super DIRT Week is known for brand new wraps and paint jobs on cars. Mahaney’s team continued that tradition and with good reason. 

“Tony Monaco, from Tony Monaco Landscaping, his daughter is fighting breast cancer. We wrapped the car with pink and put “Keep fighting Maryann” on the car because we want to raise awareness about it. We want to remind everyone fighting cancer to stay strong and to know we got their backs. Plus, it’s a great paint scheme that we get to support them with.”

Matt Sheppard, to the surprise of many, had to transfer out of the Last Chance Showdown to make the field. He won that race and continued his campaign in the 60-lap Feature by passing another 11 cars to pick up the $250 Bart Contracting Hard Charger Award. 

Race fans will be eager to see if “Super” Matt Sheppard returns to form at Utica-Rome Speedway tomorrow live on DIRTVision. 

Gypsum Racing’s Billy Decker set the fast time of the night and grabbed an extra $500 from Bart Contracting for his trouble. 

Join us tomorrow where the Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series, Bicknell Racing Products DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, and COMP Cams DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will be in action beginning with Hot laps at 5PM exclusively on DIRTVision at Utica-Rome Speedway. 

Feature (60 Laps)

  1. 44P-Anthony Perrego [2][$7,500]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [11][$4,000]; 3. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson [1][$2,500]; 4. 115-Ken Tremont [8][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [15][$1,600]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [5][$1,400]; 7. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,300]; 8. 3J-Marc Johnson [10][$1,200]; 9. 9S-Matt Sheppard [21][$1,100]; 10. 5H-Chris Hile [7][$1,000]; 11. 25-Erick Rudolph [12][$800]; 12. 44-Stewart Friesen [20][$700]; 13. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [14][$600]; 14. 98-Rocky Warner [24][$575]; 15. 19-Tim Fuller [16][$550]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [26][$525]; 17. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [17][$500]; 18. 2-Jack Lehner [18][$500]; 19. 19M-Jessey Mueller [13][$500]; 20. 20-Brett Hearn [19][$500]; 21. M1-David Marcuccilli [3][$500]; 22. 165-Rex King [22][$500]; 23. 97-Bobby Hackel [23][$500]; 24. 3D-Matt Delorenzo [4][$500]; 25. 42P-Pat Ward [9][$500]; 26. 111-Demetrios Drellos [25][$500]

 

9S-Matt Sheppard[+12]

10/6/2020 Albany-Saratoga Speedway

MALTA, NY – Tuesday, October 6 – The Super DIRTcar Series roared to life once again at Albany-Saratoga Speedway launching a week’s worth of Big Block Modified action all across New York State. Anthony Perrego made every lap count and picked up the $7,500 payday with a last-lap pass on local hero Ronnie Johnson. Meanwhile, Mike Mahaney was within striking distance of the leaders after starting 11th but had to settle for a strong 3rd place finish.

Feature (60 Laps)
1. 44P-Anthony Perrego [2][$7,500]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [11][$4,000]; 3. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson [1][$2,500]; 4. 115-Ken Tremont [8][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [15][$1,600]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [5][$1,400]; 7. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,300]; 8. 3J-Marc Johnson [10][$1,200]; 9. 9S-Matt Sheppard [21][$1,100]; 10. 5H-Chris Hile [7][$1,000]; 11. 25-Erick Rudolph [12][$800]; 12. 44-Stewart Friesen [20][$700]; 13. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [14][$600]; 14. 98-Rocky Warner [24][$575]; 15. 19-Tim Fuller [16][$550]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [26][$525]; 17. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [17][$500]; 18. 2-Jack Lehner [18][$500]; 19. 19M-Jessey Mueller [13][$500]; 20. 20-Brett Hearn [19][$500]; 21. M1-David Marcuccilli [3][$500]; 22. 165-Rex King [22][$500]; 23. 97-Bobby Hackel [23][$500]; 24. 3D-Matt Delorenzo [4][$500]; 25. 42P-Pat Ward [9][$500]; 26. 111-Demetrios Drellos [25][$500]

9S-Matt Sheppard[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 49-Billy Dunn, 15.572; 2. 3D-Matt Delorenzo, 15.581; 3. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 15.748; 4. M1-David Marcuccilli, 15.854; 5. 115-Ken Tremont, 15.898; 6. 46-Darren Smith, 16.015; 7. 32C-Max Mclaughlin, 16.029; 8. 97-Bobby Hackel, 16.065; 9. 3-Justin Haers, 16.179; 10. 32MC-James Meehan, 16.366; 11. 4B-Derek Bornt, 99.999

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.528; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 15.545; 3. 5H-Chris Hile, 15.592; 4. 88-Mat Williamson, 15.833; 5. 2-Jack Lehner, 15.86; 6. 98-Rocky Warner, 16.004; 7. 63-Adam Roberts, 16.057; 8. 7-Donald Ronca, 16.35; 9. 14S-Brian Swarthout, 16.789; 10. 88A-Joe August, 16.915

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 25-Erick Rudolph, 15.588; 2. 42P-Pat Ward, 15.72; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.737; 4. 35-Mike Mahaney, 15.765; 5. 99L-Larry Wight, 15.808; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 15.822; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 15.878; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti, 15.902; 9. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 15.943; 10. 14-CG Morey, 16.235

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 19-Tim Fuller, 15.598; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.673; 3. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson, 15.794; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson, 15.821; 5. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 15.837; 6. 55-Allison Ricci, 15.962; 7. 165-Rex King, 16.05; 8. 21A-Peter Britten, 16.133; 9. 33T-Cass Bennett, 16.877; 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 99.999

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 3D-Matt Delorenzo [2]; 2. 115-Ken Tremont [5]; 3. M1-David Marcuccilli [4]; 4. 19M-Jessey Mueller [3]; 5. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [7]; 6. 97-Bobby Hackel [8]; 7. 46-Darren Smith [6]; 8. 3-Justin Haers [9]; 9. 32MC-James Meehan [10]; 10. 49-Billy Dunn [1]; 11. 4B-Derek Bornt [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 5H-Chris Hile [3]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [4]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [2]; 5. 2-Jack Lehner [5]; 6. 63-Adam Roberts [7]; 7. 98-Rocky Warner [6]; 8. 88A-Joe August [10]; 9. 7-Donald Ronca [8]; 10. 14S-Brian Swarthout [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 25-Erick Rudolph [1]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [4]; 3. 42P-Pat Ward [2]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight [5]; 5. 20-Brett Hearn [3]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard [6]; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos [7]; 8. 7MM-Michael Maresca [9]; 9. 14-CG Morey [10]; 10. 4-Andy Bachetti [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson [3]; 2. 3J-Marc Johnson [4]; 3. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [1]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [2]; 6. 55-Allison Ricci [6]; 7. 165-Rex King [7]; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett [9]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [8]; 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][]; 2. 97-Bobby Hackel [1][]; 3. 111-Demetrios Drellos [4][]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [5][]; 5. 46-Darren Smith [3][]; 6. 14-CG Morey [8][]; 7. 4-Andy Bachetti [10][]; 8. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][]; 9. 32MC-James Meehan [7][]; 10. 49-Billy Dunn [9][]; 11. 4B-Derek Bornt [11][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( Laps)
1. 165-Rex King [4][]; 2. 98-Rocky Warner [3][]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [8][]; 4. 63-Adam Roberts [1][]; 5. 55-Allison Ricci [2][]; 6. 88A-Joe August [5][]; 7. 7-Donald Ronca [7][]; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett [6][]; 9. 14S-Brian Swarthout [9][]; 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins [10][]

 

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Albany Saratoga Speedway October 6, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Albany Saratoga Speedway October 6, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Feature Event Highlights from Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York on October 6th, 2020.

DIRTcar UMP Modified Stars Offer Unique Insight to OktoberFAST Competitors Set to Take on Six Straight Nights of Racing

By Jordan DeLucia

CONCORD, NC – Six nights. Six tracks. One week of non-stop Super DIRTcar Series action live on DIRTVision. DIRTcar OktoberFAST starts Tuesday, Oct. 6, at iconic Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

While the die-hard Big Block Modified fans of the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Northeast may not be so familiar with such a phenomenon as the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, there is a legion of the dirt track racing community that lives it every single summer, for five-straight weeks, running consecutively for the past 35 years.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals, also known as The Hell Tour, combines 850HP Late Models with what race fans in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest know as a DIRTcar UMP Modified to create one of the most grueling regional tours in all of motorsports. With two separate tours of racing scheduled six days a week across several different states, the competition is fierce, and the tempers sometimes flare.

Drivers hit the dirt of a new track almost every single night, providing a new configuration with new challenges for every race, much like the OktoberFAST roster will see.

In many ways, DIRTcar OktoberFAST is its own slice of The Hell Tour.

To all of those DIRTcar UMP Modified fans not yet familiar with what the Northeast calls a “Modified,” consider this your invitation to watch one of the coolest and most unique divisions of dirt track racing take on some of New York’s most storied speedways.

If there’s one driver on the Super DIRTcar Series roster that knows what it’s like to race several days in-a-row on multiple different tracks, it has to be the five-time NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week champion Stewart Friesen.

Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, earned Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and has since racked up 25 Feature wins in his career with the Series. Partnering with Halmar International for the 2016 SDS season, Friesen also made his NASCAR debut in the 2016 Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. This partnership paved the way for the foundation of what is now Halmar Friesen Racing, a division of the Halmar Racing Team, competing full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series.

“We have two great race teams – one on the Truck side of it and then our Modified race team has been growing the last five years,” Friesen said. “This is our fifth year together, racing for Chris Larsen and the Halmar group. It’s been good; we’ve just been kinda fine-tuning stuff.”

Through his ventures in NASCAR, Friesen hasn’t forgotten about the Big-Blocks. His Modified race shop in Sprakers, NY, provides him easy access to his dirt equipment and is within reasonable distance to some local Big-Block racing hotspots.

At times, Friesen will hit both the asphalt and the dirt in the same weekend. A NASCAR Truck Series race on Thursday, Sept. 17, was the kickoff to a Modified tripleheader for he and his dirt track team at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday, Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania on Saturday, then back up to Fonda Speedway on Sunday. This marathon-like schedule Friesen follows on some weekends certainly puts him ahead in the conditioning game as he prepares for the six days of OktoberFAST.

“We’ve got a strong bunch of teammates on the dirt car. Obviously, running six races in six nights is going to be a test. It’s going to be a lot of fun, number one, and number two – we’re glad to be getting out and putting these Big-Blocks to work. It’s been a weird season, but we’re looking forward to the six nights and I’m lucky to have a lot of good teammates that are going to be able to make the trip with us,” he said.

The east-to-west nature of the OktoberFAST schedule will give each of the teams some quality time spent up-and-down Interstates 90 & 81; a total of 437 miles from track-to-track. However, some drivers will be making special trips back to their own race shops between races, while others will stay out several nights in-a-row, much like the nature of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

“We’re actually going to break it up a little bit,” Friesen said of his unique travel plans. “We’re located just south of Fonda, where I live and where the Modified shop is. We’ll do Albany-Saratoga the first night and then come back to the shop. We’ll do Utica the second night and probably come back to the shop after that too, and then we’ll go out and do the Friday-through-Sunday on the road. Probably stay in the Syracuse area, get a hotel room between that and the toter.”

While Friesen and his constantly moving nature are certainly travel-acquainted by now, several of the Sportsman and Pro Stock drivers may not be in the same boat. So, allow the ironmen of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment (UMP) Modified Nationals to offer up their thoughts on exactly what six-straight nights of racing involves.

Summit Modified regular Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, just clinched his second career tour championship earlier this month, coming off a 12-win campaign in his second full-time venture on the tour. He’s also a five-time champion of Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals in the UMP Modified division. The UMP Modifieds have the most consecutive appearances of any division in the 12-day-long event, so Hoffman’s learned a thing or two about being prepared.

“Whether we run six nights at Volusia or the Hell Tour, or any of that type of stuff, the guys that are best prepared are always going to run up front every night. No issues each night, no problems, making sure nothing falls off – that type of stuff,” Hoffman said.

Likewise, Zeke McKenzie, of Claypool, IN, just made Summit Modified history in becoming the very first driver in tour history to reach perfect attendance in a single season. The 2020 tour has seen 26 races contested so far with only one makeup event remaining, and he’s been at every single one. He, like Hoffman, knows the daily grind of driving overnight to the next track, waking up, getting maintenance done, racing and repeat.

“It’s definitely something you have to be prepared for,” McKenzie said. “The competition is stiff, no matter what class you go to – Big-Blocks, UMP Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Late Models … You have to get your maintenance done every day and be ready to race.”

However, with the ongoing business restrictions from the pandemic, there’s been one big curveball McKenzie’s had to deal with throughout the year – finding a suitable place for services.

“What the fans aren’t going to see is the trucks parked up at the truck stop, trying to get something to eat, or finding somewhere to stay. You definitely have to have your ducks in a row to travel,” he said.

Each of the drivers on the OktoberFAST roster has their home track, but not all who register will see theirs on the schedule. Regardless of their experience at the non-home-tracks, each driver will have to learn to adapt. Racing all but three races outside of his home state on the Summit Modified tour, McKenzie’s become a pro at adapting and getting the inside scoop on tracks he’s unfamiliar with.

“If your car feels really balanced, you should be good. The biggest thing for us is we talk to the local drivers when we come in. We find out what gear they’re running and if the track’s been hard on tires or not, and you sort-of take what they tell you into play and put it to good use,” he said.

And if by chance adaptation doesn’t come right away, keeping a cool head will be key. In times of struggle, McKenzie often recalls a word of advice on sticking with it from a fellow DIRTcar UMP Modified regular.

“I go back to something Kenny Wallace told me a month or so ago – you have a different opportunity every night. So, if you run bad one night, there’s always tomorrow.”

All six nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision will be broadcast live around the world by DIRTVision as part of the $39 monthly Fast Pass subscription.

For detailed schedules, race-by-race event info and much more, click SuperDIRTcarSeries.com/OktoberFAST

LIVE AND LOCAL: Central New York Talent Takes Center Stage on DIRTVision Broadcasts for Six Nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST

WEEDSPORT, NY — When the Super DIRTcar Series hits the track again for the highly anticipated OktoberFAST races Oct. 6-11, viewers at home will be tuned in to DIRTvision to spectate from afar. The six race event will take place at six revered and historic tracks across the state of New York, and give viewers from around the world a chance to watch some of the nation’s most heated dirt track competition.

Largely known for broadcasting the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car series races, the trip up North is actually a homecoming for America’s premiere Dirt Racing streaming service. DIRTvision’s roots go all the way back to the very popular “This Week on Dirt” program that was enjoyed by thousands of Northeast racing fans in the mid-’90s.

DIRTvision was really a part of the acquisition when Boundless Motorsports purchased DIRT Motorsports from Glen Donnelly. It was a part of the operations at Weedsport Speedway and had been an integral part of what they were doing with ‘This Week on Dirt’ and the other pieces of television for the local area there when Glenn was building the business. DIRTvision really began in the Northeast and now we’re bringing DIRTvision in to be more prominent in the Northeast, and we’re starting with OktoberFAST. It’s a homecoming of sorts,” said World Racing Group CEO and frequent Pro Stock driver Brian Carter.

Due to travel restrictions, the DIRTvision crew got creative to line up the necessary people to pull off six nights of broadcasts. The onsite crew for an event like this consists of everyone from camera operators to the announcers, a producer as well as pit reporters. In this instance that constitutes a team of 14 members at the track. In addition to those on site, the studio in Concord, NC will be staffed with an additional five people who will put the finishing touches on the stream before sending it out to the fans.

DIRTvision Director of Broadcast Brian Dunlap says the available talent in the area has enabled the team to feel confident in being able to pull off the marathon broadcast.

“We have worked with Bret Moses [Weedsport Director of Production] and his team for several projects over the last few years. New York being a hot-bed of racing there is already a significant pool of very talented videographers. We have been fortunate enough to work most of these guys since our early days of streaming at the Syracuse Mile. When we looked at travel restrictions into New York State it only made sense to work closely with Bret’s team,” said Dunlap.

 

Dan Kapuscinski, PR Coordinator for Weedsport Speedway and color commentator for Weedsport Productions, sees it as a bit of a homecoming as well. The 20 year motorsports veteran will join the DIRTvision team with Super DIRTcar Series announcer Shane Andrews to give the broadcast that special New York touch.

I actually worked as a part of WRG’s Media and DIRTvision crew as a Media Specialist from 2009-2011, so being able to join the team for this week of racing feels like a homecoming of sorts.  Anyone that gets to work with Shane Andrews and this team should consider themselves pretty lucky.  It’s an honor to be able to work with the group that is bringing this outstanding week of racing to fans across the country,” said Kapuscinski. 

With 2020 being the year of COVID, officials and promoters were not able to work out a situation that would allow the traditional Super DIRT Week to take place. In an effort to bring some normality to racing fans in the Northeast, OktoberFAST was created as a vehicle to do just that. Having already raced without fans earlier in the year, DIRTcar and DIRTvision made the decision to turn the event into a virtual speedweek.

It’s almost a flashback to May for the World Racing Group; really back to when we had to do this with all of the series. We did it with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Knoxville on May 8, without a crowd and we’ve done it with World of Outlaws Late Models at Jackson without a crowd. So we’re bringing the Super DIRTcar Series into the fold as best we can. We were hoping to have fans, but with DIRTvision, we can bring the Super DIRTcar Series into the racing highlights for the year 2020,” said Carter

The multi-night event also serves as an introduction to the Super DIRTcar Series’ new home on DIRTvision. For the past three years the Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRTweek have been broadcast on FLOracing. In 2021 the series will make the transition back to DIRTvision, with the inclusion of the Big Block Modified, some of the other touring series and some highlighted tracks during the year, bringing the unique racing to the fans across the country that are already enjoying the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Summer Nationals and other races that DIRTvision broadcasts.

“One of the primary objectives of getting this done is to introduce the Northeast fans back to DIRTvision. What we’re going to do with OktoberFAST is launch our coverage of the Big Block Modifieds and the other touring series to the Northeast fan. Give them a taste of the service and show them that they can use DIRTvision if they’re unable to travel to the World Finals or World Short Track Championship. They’ll be able to use DIRTvision to watch their favorite race car drivers and enjoy the racing from afar,” Carter said.

For Kapuscinski it’s a proper reunion.

“The roots of national media coverage for the DIRTcar Modifieds are buried at Weedsport Speedway, dating back to the former Rush Hour on DIRT broadcasts and the LIVE Empire Sports broadcasts of the 1990s.  For many years DIRTvision became the extension of that work, so to have DIRTcar and the Super DIRTcar Series back as part of DIRTvision is huge for Northeast teams and fans. This week of racing is going to put Northeast teams, sponsors, partners and tracks in a spotlight they have not seen in quite some time.”

HOMEGROWN HERO: Albany-Saratoga DIRTcar Pro Stock Racer Gears Up to Kick Off OktoberFAST at Home Track

Family-owned team takes on huge week of DIRTcar Racing on DIRTVision, Oct. 6-11

BALLSTON SPA, NY — The full-fendered DIRTcar Pro Stocks visually stand out amongst the four premier DIRTcar Northeast Series, and the standout class has standout drivers like Jay Fitzgerald, who has wheeled a Pro Stock since 1996.

Fitzgerald and his family-run race team out of Ballston Spa, NY, are set to take on DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision, which runs Oct. 6-11 at iconic dirt tracks across New York. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series presented by COMP Cams is set to race three times over the six-day DIRTcar Racing extravaganza, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Fitzgerald’s home track Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Next, the Pro Stocks roll to Utica-Rome Speedway on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and then return to the schedule for the OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 11. Every night of racing will be broadcast live around the world on DIRTVision.

But how did it all begin? Much the same way so many race car drivers get their start — a passed down passion for racing from Mom and Dad. 

“I have been going to Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) since I was three. My parents and my aunt and uncle were faithful Albany fans and we went every Friday night,” said Fitzgerald. “In fact, my parents’ house is only 10 minutes from the track. Currently where I live is only 10 minutes from the track so Albany has been my home since I was three.”

Fitzgerald’s father owned a salvage yard in the 1970s. Salvage yards were goldmines for drivers and race car builders back then. One could find control arms, carbs, and even whole cars to take racing. That’s how the Fitzgerland and the Older families hooked up initially, and how a young Jay was introduced to the true life of a racer. 

“Right around the corner from my house was a great friend of my Dad’s, Marc Older. He raced all through the ’70s. Marc’s brother started racing in the ’80s and before I could drive those guys would pick me up every weekend to go to the races. I got to go to the pits and I was only 10 years old. I learned a lot about life on those rides in the hauler,” Fitzgerald said with a laugh. 

Although he learned a lot early, Fitzgerald didn’t jump straight into DIRTcar Pro Stocks. He cut his teeth on an enduro car and then raced a half-season in street stocks. In 1996, he made his first Pro Stock start. 

Recently, Fitzgerald has gone all-in with his race team and brand new race shop where he’ll run his classic car part business: Classic Muscle Parts. Work funds the racing but it’s friends and family that fuels it. 

“Past couple of years we’ve gone all-in with chasing the Series. We did a lot of racing last year. I absolutely loved going to Canada last year,” Fitzgerald noted. “My girlfriend, my stepdaughter, and I go on the road together. My stepdaughter is 16 and she is a real deal crew chief. She knows her stuff.”

In fact, we might just see a two-car team roll out of the Fitzgerald shop with the young lady behind the wheel in the near future. Stay tuned. 

2020 has been a trying year for everyone and opportunities to race have been minimized. However, many DIRTcar sanctioned tracks opened the gates for Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points and live streaming. Fitzgerald accumulated 26 starts in 2020, which is impressive given the circumstances. That also means his ride needs a look over before running three DIRTcar Pro Stock Series presented by COMP Cams races in six days. 

“Our car is completely apart right now.” Fitzgerald said. “We took the rear end out and that is getting looked at. We are going through all the suspension, changing springs, and any wear items. You don’t want part failures in the middle of a week like this.”

Fitzgerald is excited to join the convoy of race cars crossing New York for OktoberFAST, but at least the first night, Tuesday, Oct. 6, is right at home at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 

“Albany is my home so we are hoping for good things. We’ve had a great car all year but the level of competition is so high,” noted Fitzgerald. “I looked at the Feature lineup a few weeks ago at Albany and every driver but one was a multi-time Feature winner.” 

He hopes to start on the right foot in familiar territory. Next, the Series shoots down I-90 to Vernon, NY to race the half-mile Utica-Rome Speedway for another bout. Utica-Rome hosted races early on in 2020 and Fitzgerland felt very confident and racy there. He’s looking forward to going back to take on the Series. 

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series picks back up in the finale on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Weedsport Speedway. Fitzgerald has run only one race there, last year’s Series stop. He is eager to tackle the historic speedway once again.

Fitzgerald has an offer out to the touring Pro Stock drivers as well: “We open our shop for Series races to drivers who are traveling and need to work on the cars. We have scales, tools, food, and everybody hangs out. That’s the fun part!”

And that’s what it’s all about. 

Watch all the DIRTcar OktoberFAST action live all week on DIRTVision with a $39 Fast Pass subscription.

For more news, schedules, and more information, click SuperDIRTcarSeries.com/oktoberfast.

Unique Awards at All Six OktoberFAST Events Add $40,000 for Racers

WEEDSPORT, NY — OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision is a week-long event, Oct. 6-11, boasting more than $300,000-plus in purse and prize money. Now, on top of that, several sponsors have stepped up to put in an additional $40,000 worth of special prizes and cash awards. Racers will have an opportunity to take home their slice of the pie during each of the six nights when the Northeast’s top DIRTcar  racers compete at six historic tracks across Upstate New York. 

In addition to the cash awards, competitors in the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions will be entered in a drawing to win a Chevrolet Performance 602/604 Crate engine. Competitors will receive one entry per each race entry towards the final drawing. One engine will then be awarded to a competitor in each of those two divisions.

The awards, specific to each track and listed below, range from winning the pole to capturing the Last Chance Showdown, being Hard Charger and many more. 

Starting the event off on October 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Bart Contracting will be paying out nearly $4,000 to competitors. The Columbia County, New York company is a  multi-generational High-End Residential & Commercial Contracting Business & Home Builder. With a focus on combining expert craftsmanship with the highest quality materials, Bart Contracting’s work will last for centuries.

When the event moves to Utica-Rome Speedway on October 7, SRI Performance will be offering a generous $5,000 to racers. SRI Performance is your all-inclusive warehouse for racing and street performance products. We also carry a large variety of fasteners, welding equipment, and Industrial Supplies.

Penske Racing Shocks has chipped in a cool $5,000 for night 3 at Fulton Speedway on October 8. Penske Racing Shocks is the world leader in custom damper applications. Our catalog contains different types of shocks with standard lengths as well as certain available technologies.

As the event heads into its second half at Can-Am Speedway on October 9, St. Lawrence Radiology has graciously stepped up to post nearly $5,000 in awards. St. Lawrence Radiology Associates provides radiology services throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

Joining us at Land of Legends Raceway are new partners SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment. Big Block drivers know where to get the power and that’s with the rugged Champion portable generators.

When OktoberFAST wraps up on October 11 at Weedsport Speedway, Stirling Lubricants has put up nearly $4,000 in rewards. With a dedicated team and quality products, Stirling Lubricants provide their clients with oils and lubricants they can trust from brands they know.

Fans and other businesses will have an opportunity to get in on the action by sponsoring additional awards after October 1. There will be an online submission right here on our website. Stay tuned to our Social Media accounts and web page for further details.

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Albany-Saratoga
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Bart Contracting
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Bart Contracting
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Bart Contracting
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Bart Contracting
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Bart Contracting
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Bart Contracting
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Bart Contracting

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Utica-Rome
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SRI
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SRI
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 SRI
Outside Pole Award $100.00 SRI
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 SRI
Hard Luck Award $250.00 SRI
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 SRI
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SRI
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 SRI

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Fulton
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Penske Shocks
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Penske Shocks
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Penske Shocks
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Penske Shocks
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Penske Shocks
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Penske Shocks
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Penske Shocks

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Can-Am
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $500.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Outside Pole Award $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Luck Award $250.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 St. Lawrence Radiology
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 St. Lawrence Radiology

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Land of Legends
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Outside Pole Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Luck Award $500.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Outside Pole Award $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Luck Award $250.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 SuperGen Products and Champion Power Equipment

 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Special Awards – Weedsport
Super DIRTcar Series Payout $2,020.20
Pole Award $500.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $500.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
DIRTcar Sportsman Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Payout $920.20
Pole Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Outside Pole Award $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Last Chance Showdown (1st Non-Qualifier) $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Luck Award $250.00 Stirling Lubricants
Hard Charger Bonus $100.00 Stirling Lubricants
Leader at Lap 19 $20.20 Stirling Lubricants
Most Laps Led without winning $100.00 Stirling Lubricants

 

Billy Whittaker Cars Leads Way in Sponsorship of OktoberFAST Divisions

WEEDSPORT, NY — Sept. 25, 2020 — DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision is an event featuring more than $300,000 in purse and prize money over six consecutive nights of racing, Oct. 6-11, at some of the most iconic dirt tracks across New York.

Starting Oct. 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing will compete throughout the Empire State at tracks like Utica-Rome Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway and Weedsport Speedway. In addition, since grandstands will be closed at these races, all of the action will be broadcast live around the world every night on DIRTVision.

One constant with the Super DIRTcar Series and October is a partnership with Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux. A longtime sponsor of NAPA Super DIRT Week — returning in 2021 at Oswego Speedway — Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux has carried over its partnership this year to OktoberFAST. All six nights of Super DIRTcar Series action is sponsored by Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, including the huge $10,000-to-win finale Oct. 11 at Weedsport Speedway.

“We were disappointed we couldn’t have Super DIRT Week and the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 this year,” Billy Whittaker said. “But we are pleased DIRTcar came up with a great solution by creating OktoberFAST! Racing people are our people, so we had to be involved, that’s why we are sponsoring the premier division, the Big Blocks! Check us out all week long, and if you are looking for a new Ford or a quality pre-owned car, truck, or SUV, check out BillysCars.com.”

Bicknell Racing Products will sponsor the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, with Racing Electronics sponsoring the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and COMP CAMS sponsoring the DIRTcar Pro Stocks.

The six nights of action look like this:

Oct. 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks.

Oct. 7 at Utica-Rome Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and Pro Stocks.

Oct. 8 at Fulton Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman.

Oct. 9 at Can-Am Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman.

Oct. 10 at Land of Legends Raceway — Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks and DIRTcar Sportsman.

Oct. 11 at Weedsport Speedway — Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks.

While no fans are allowed in the grandstands these days, all of the racing will air live on DIRTVision, the leader in dirt track broadcasting. All DIRTVision FAST PASS subscribers will have access to every night of racing from Albany-Saratoga to the big finale at Weedsport. So, six nights of racing for only a $39 DIRTVision FAST PASS subscription.

The registration deadline for drivers and crew is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

For detailed information, including driver registration, schedules, news and more, click SuperDIRTcarSeries.com/Oktoberfast.

HILE-DRIVER: Family Tradition Powers Chris Hile’s 6-Race DIRTcar OktoberFAST Effort

SYRACUSE – Chris Hile has been a staple on the high banks of Fulton and Brewerton Speedways for a decade where he honed his skills before deciding to go full-time Super DIRTcar Series racing in 2020. Unfortunately, like many well-laid plans, the Series championship has been postponed until 2021. 

Hile, of Syracuse, a would-be rookie of the year candidate with a decade of experience behind the wheel of a Big Block Modified, sits poised to make the best of a turbulent 2020 racing season with a run for the money at DIRTcar OktoberFAST. 

“We were really excited for this year to go full time on the Series trail, but obviously we’re all in the same boat with COVID,“ Hile said thinking back to April. 

It was decided that the Super DIRTcar Series would not go quietly into the end of 2020. DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision promises six nights of the greatest Super DIRTcar Series action to be seen anywhere this year. 

Chris Hile and his team have committed to taking on the entirety of the event. The demon-red No. 5H will roll out of the hauler for all six nights of DIRTcar OktoberFAST, and here’s how it all came together.

The Track, Grandpa, and Kinsella:

Chris Hile, a 33-year-old Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified driver, started his life at the race track, spending each and every weekend there. The rhythm of the Central New York summer beats to the order of weekdays, Hot Laps, Feature, sleep. For many, the interruption has encouraged us to look back on our past. Hile has taken the time to remember his roots. 

“When he was young, my grandfather raced a hobby stock at Fulton and Lafayette Speedway. Later, he and my father took me to the races every week. I know I went to races in diapers so I’ve been around it since I can remember,” Hile reminisced. 

Not only did Hile have his grandfather and dad to look up to at the race track, but he also had his hero Tom Kinsella, a two-time champion of the famed Victoria 200 at Fulton Speedway. 

“I was probably about 13 when we started helping out Tom Kinsella. He was my idol growing up. If there was a race and Tommy was at it, I had his autograph at least four times. He was someone I looked up to,” said Hile, laughing. 

Hile has walked the path many have dreamt. He started as a wide-eyed Tommy Kinsella fan, he took the chance to try a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified and made his way up to become a full-fledged Super DIRTcar Series driver. It’s only a matter of time before “The Hile Driver” will inspire that next young fan to want to jump into a go-kart and go racing. 

From Sportsman to a Decade in a Big Block:

Race fans were anticipating Chris Hile’s rookie season because although he would technically be a rookie on the Series, he is also a threat to win on any given night. Hile has been behind the wheel of a race car for well over a decade. 

“In 2003, when we started dirt racing we went straight into DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. There wasn’t a novice class like there is today,” noted Hile. “We raced Sportsman until 2010, which was my first full year in a Big Block. This is my 10th year in a Big Block!”

In those 10 years, Hile has 250 starts in DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds at Fulton Speedway and Brewerton Speedway combined. The No. 5H finished in the top 10 in half of those races, including two Feature wins at Fulton and four at Brewerton. The impressive stats are all a nod to the consistency of his racing program. 

“We’ve always had good help from people. We try to be meticulous with stuff so when the car leaves the shop it always has a chance to win,” Hile said. “The driver is on his own though. It shows that we keep our nose clean that we try to make it to the next race. At the end of the day if you have a waffled up race car you don’t have much.”

One of the many NAPA Super DIRT Week traditions that made the move from the New York State Fairgrounds was the ”Win and You’re In” race on Saturday night before the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. Hile has the distinction of winning the first one to award a position at Oswego rather than The Mile. 

“I remember it was raining and raining, they went out and worked the track and it was the fastest Fulton surface I have ever been on. To watch the World of Outlaws out there, too, was pretty wild. I don’t remember who won the sprint car race but I know we had a good night,” Hile said with a laugh.

Super DIRTcar Series and OktoberFAST track experience

Hile has 48 starts, two top-fives, and 12 top-10s in Super DIRTcar Series competition at tracks across New York, although a few tracks will be new for him during DIRTcar OktoberFAST. 

He was surprised at the number of career starts he has on the Series, but when reflecting Hile said, “Anytime Weedsport, Rollings Wheels, Utica-Rome, Canandaigua came up on the Series schedule we’d go. It’s just crazy to think of how fast it adds up when you look at the numbers.”

Hile has Big Block starts at all the OktoberFAST tracks except Can-Am Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 

“I have a couple wins at Can-Am in Sportsman Modifieds but never in a Big Block. I’ve never raced at Albany-Saratoga at all. I have only been there to help out on other teams.”

But learning a new track is very simple for Chris Hile: He either gets it or he doesn’t. 

“I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but as a race car driver, I look at a World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver,” said Hile. “They’ll go to a track for the first time and they are just as quick as a regular. I always say if I can’t figure it out in Hot Laps and Time Trials then I’ve got an issue behind the wheel.”

There is still some homework to be done and racers never give all of their intel away. Tweaking setups night-to-night will be key for winning teams. 

“For setups I try to think of tracks that are similar shapes and sizes. You can grab your notes for gears and things like that,” he said. “You want to know if it has a big bank or is flat. Take those main things into account and you can get pretty close from there. I can go to Fulton, Weedsport, and Albany with pretty much the same setup besides the gears.”

To see how Chris Hile and the rest of the Super DIRTcar Series fare over six races in six nights at six different tracks, be sure to watch DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision October 6-11. Click here to get your Fast Pass now. 

DIRTcar OktoberFAST is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including:

ARP [automotive Racing products], ASI Race Wear, Bart Contracting Inc., Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, Chevy Performance, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, DIRTVision, Drydene, Fast Shafts, FireAde, Fox Shox, Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), I Love New York, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), TNT Rescue, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum).

DIRTcar OktoberFAST Boasts $300,000 Purse

CONCORD, NC – DIRTcar OktoberFAST is a unique opportunity for Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified drivers and teams to experience a true speed week. Six storied DIRTcar tracks set the stage for six heart-pounding nights of action all broadcast live on DIRTVision without fans in the stands as per state COVID-19 guidelines. 

Notably, all six DIRTcar OktoberFAST events pay a full Series purse for all divisions including five $7,500-to-win Super DIRTcar Series races, three $4,000-to-win DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races, three DIRTcar Pro Stock Series races at $1,000-to-win, and five DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series races also for $1,000-to-win. The final races at Weedsport have increased purses of $10,000-to-win for the Big Blocks and $2,000 for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. 

While these events do not award Series points, they do count towards the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for each division. 

On Tuesday, October 6, the highly anticipated roadshow begins at “The Great Race Place” Albany-Saratoga Speedway where the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series will race for 60 laps and $7,500-to-win. The Big Blocks are joined by the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stocks where they race 30 and 25-lap features respectively for a full night of DIRTcar racing. 

Vernon, NY’s Utica-Rome Speedway hosts race two of DIRTcar OktoberFAST. The famous half-mile track has hosted Super DIRTcar Series races since 1982 when “Jumpin” Jack Johnson took the checkered flag. Jimmy Phelps, in the HBR no. 98H, grabbed the win in 2018 at the last completed Series race there. Also on the card are the DIRTcar 358 Modified for a 40-lap Feature and Pro Stock Series. 

Then the Series digs in at Fulton Speedway for the third 60-lap scrap of DIRTcar Big Blocks. The high banks will also feel the roar of the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds as well. 

Friday, October 9 OktoberFAST the Series rolls north to “The Nasty Track” for another triple threat of Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, DIRTcar 358, and Sportsman Modified Series races. 

Can-Am was supposed to host the first point-paying Series race of 2020 back in April but the pandemic caused it to be canceled. Big Block drivers are eager to challenge the reworked LaFargville, NY track. Added banking in turns one and two has created another lane of action at Can-Am thanks to the investments by the Bartlett family. 

Then it’s a Saturday special at Land of Legends Raceway, where DIRTcar Big Blocks have been rocking all season long against the odds. Look for home track favorites like track champion Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph and Matt Sheppard to be on the pointy end of the field after 60 laps. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series joins the Big Blocks as well. 

The grand finale to DIRTcar OktoberFAST takes place Sunday, October 11 at Weedsport Speedway. The Super DIRTcar Series will race for $10,000 over 75 laps on the one-third mile Central New York staple. Weedsport has been on the Serie tour since the beginning and has hosted the best of the best. 

The DIRTcar Sportsman will go 35 laps for their $2,000 to win payday and on this night the DIRTcar Pro Stocks make their return to the DIRTcar OktoberFAST trail for another $1,000-to-win battle. 

Race fans can now experience what it is like to race at Weedsport Speedway on iRacing after the release of the new digital version of the track on Wednesday, September 9. Be sure to drive the track before you watch the track! 

Race teams can note that the online registration process and competition notes will be available no later than Monday, Sept. 14.  A reminder that all pit passes will be purchased online as there will be no sales on race night and the deadline to enter is set at Sept. 30th.

Now the drivers write a new chapter in history with this unprecedented Big Block Modified speed week. Race fans do not want to miss this incredible week of racing, which will be streamed live on DIRTVision

Keep up to date on upcoming DIRTcar OktoberFAST news regarding special awards, digital fan engagement, track spotlights, and committed driver announcements by following the Super DIRTcar Series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision Schedule

Tuesday, October 6 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Wednesday, October 7 – Utica-Rome Speedway 

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Thursday, October 8 – Fulton Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Friday, October 9 – Can-Am Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Saturday, October 10 – Land of Legends Raceway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Sunday, October 11 – Weedsport Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 75 laps, $10,000-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 35 laps, $2,000-to-win, $100-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

 

All races will be broadcast, without fans in attendance, on DIRTVision.com.