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.

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.

BIG BLOCKS IN OCTOBER: DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision Features Six Nights of Racing on Six Historic DIRTcar Tracks

2020 continues to be a year without precedent. Given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions — knowing NAPA Super DIRT Week just wouldn’t be Super DIRT Week without thousands of spirited fans on location — DIRTcar Racing has scheduled a six-day extravaganza of the four premier Northeast divisions, spotlighting the Super DIRTcar Series. With purses and prize money totaling over $300,000, DIRTcar OktoberFAST will feature six tracks in six days, participants-only at track, broadcast live to fans around the world on DIRTVision from October 6-11.

New York State’s COVID-19 restrictions have forced the four DIRTcar Northeast Series to wait to resume in 2021 but not without racing for big money in the cool October air. While competitors will be at the track, social distancing, and masking up for their safety, our fans will be able to enjoy this unparalleled week of racing from home on DIRTVision, the new home of the Super DIRTcar Series in 2021. DIRTcar OktoberFAST events will be included in the monthly DIRTVision FAST PASS. 

With the 49th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week postponed until 2021, tickets and camping will automatically carry over to Oct. 6-10, 2021. Fans may request a refund, but refunded camping sites and seats will be made available to the general public at superdirtweek.com in October. 

What DIRTcar has put together is essentially an entire season in a week with six nights of Super DIRTcar Series racing supported by DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Pro Stocks. 

“We want to keep the teams close to home by celebrating at our home tracks,” said DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter. “We’re putting it all on the line, investing the 2020 Series’ point funds into prize money over the course of a single week so we can put 2020 behind us with a bang.”

Six core, longstanding DIRTcar tracks are lined up to host these premier events. Generally, travel will be east to west with DIRTcar OktoberFAST kicking off on Tuesday, October 6, at the ever-exciting Albany-Saratoga Speedway with Big Blocks, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. From there the action picks back up in Vernon, NY on the wide, half-mile Utica-Rome Speedway on Wednesday night with Big Blocks, 358 Modifieds, and Pro Stocks. 

Fulton, NY has been quiet in 2020, but on Thursday, October 8, the Super DIRTcar Series will shake up the town once again on the high banks of Fulton Speedway alongside the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman. Then, it’s “The Nasty Track’s” turn as Big Block, 358 Modified and Sportsman teams tow up to Can-Am Speedway for a Friday night spectacular on their racy new surface and configuration. 

Land of Legends Raceway is the site of a Saturday night special. Big Blocks and Sportsman will tear up the historic half-mile oval in Canandaigua, NY on October, 10.

Sunday, October 11, the DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale takes the green for a 75-lap Big Block barn burner. Weedsport Speedway, the founding site of DIRTcar Northeast racing, will cap off this incredible one-time tour with a thrilling Sunday Spectacular including Sportsman and Pro Stocks.

Each night from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 11, will be highlighted by two or three feature events. No weeklong champion will be named, but drivers will battle for over $300,000 in purse and prizes. Fans and friends of DIRTcar will also have the opportunity to contribute to Special Awards for the entire week. 

Stay tuned for details on the purse structure, expanded digital fan interaction, Special Awards opportunities, and more. 

Competitors will be asked to pre-register for each event. An email will be sent to DIRTcar members with the link and more information. 

2020 has become the most challenging year on record for racing and individuals alike. DIRTcar is proud to put together a program that tracks, competitors, and fans can enjoy as much as possible under the restrictions deployed by New York State at this time. 

Unfortunately, the remaining races on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule in September have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 crowd restrictions. Because of the limited racing, there will be no Series champions crowned in 2020. The spotlight will shine on the Hoosier Weekly Championship chase.

The canceled races were scheduled for Sept. 6 at Utica-Rome Speedway, Sept. 12 at Weedsport Speedway, Sept. 19 at Land of Legends Raceway, and finally September 26 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Series officials and track promoters are looking forward to getting back to Series racing in 2021. 

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, DIRTcar.com, Facebook, and Twitter

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, Drydene, Fast Shafts, FireAde, Fox Shox, Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), I Love New York, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), NAPA Auto Parts, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), TNT Rescue, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum).

Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship Extended Beyond Labor Day

Top 20 in each DIRTcar Northeast division to receive cash payouts for lengthened 2020 season

CONCORD, NC – Due to the extended restrictions around COVID-19 in New York State and Canada, the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship will continue beyond Labor Day to support all of the DIRTcar sanctioned tracks in the Northeast and Canada for DIRTcar Big Blocks, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Pro Stocks. 

A substantial increase in the purse for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship now pays out to the top 20 drivers in each division. 

“With how the scope of DIRTcar racing in the Northeast and Canada has developed throughout the summer, we decided to keep the Hoosier Racing Tires Weekly going and will end on Sunday, October 18,” noted DIRTcar Northeast Director Dean Reynolds.

Despite the restrictions, many DIRTcar tracks are adopting new models to make race nights financially viable without or with limited fans. DIRTcar and Hoosier Racing Tire want to see our tracks race as much as they can as well as give our drivers something exciting to shoot for into October.  

“Some areas, especially Canada, weren’t able to start racing until later in the season. With the points set up as your best 16 finishes, this will now enable teams from these areas the ability to get to that number or possibly even more,” noted Reynolds. 

“Since we really haven’t been able to get any of our Series off the ground, our focus has turned to the Hoosier Weekly points. We have increased the payout for 2020 where the top 20 in each division will receive a cash bonus,” Reynolds continued, “The tracks that have been fortunate enough to hold events, we also want to keep the points going so they can get as many entries in the pits as possible.” 

2020 has seen phenomenal Big Block battles at Lebanon Valley Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway where many stars from the Super DIRTcar Series have been competing weekly. 

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds have been entertaining race fans via live stream at Can-Am Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway. Canadian tracks are getting into the act with 358 races at Autodrome Granby, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Le RPM Speedway, and Humberstone Speedway,

The points for the 358’s are very tight with Steve Bernier, Lance Willix and Jordan McCreadie atop the standings looking to take home the crown.

Almost every track sanctions DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds as they are the most numerous and competitive division for entry-level and veteran drivers alike. Sportsman Modified driver Zach Sobotka was the first driver to reach 16 DIRTcar sanctioned starts in 2020 and currently leads the points standings. 

The full-fender frenzy of the DIRTcar Pro Stocks are putting on excellent shows at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Lebanon Valley Speedway, as well as Autodrome Granby and Cornwall. 

The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship rules are the same across all four DIRTcar Northeast divisions. Each drivers’ top 16 finishes are calculated for points, which are released weekly on Facebook, Twitter, DIRTcar.com, and via the newsletter which can be signed up for on the website

Airborne and Ransomville Super DIRTcar Series Dates Fall to COVID-19 Restrictions

CONCORD, NC – Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings in New York State, the Super DIRTcar Series races scheduled for Airborne and Ransomville Speedways have been canceled. 

Airborne Speedway’s year was in limbo before the pandemic even began, however, Lyle DeVore and others kept the Plattsburgh, NY race track alive in 2020. The Series race was highly anticipated by fans and drivers. Fortunately for the track, Airborne’s DIRTcar Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship season begins this Saturday, August 15. 

Niagara County’s Ransomville Speedway is steeped in Super DIRTcar Series history. The Summer Nationals would have marked the 6th decade of Series action at “The Big R”. Sadly, the Series will not be able to make its return in 2020. 

“With the executive order extended to late August in New York State it makes the decision, unfortunately, an easy one,” noted Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds. “Both tracks are in areas where the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks are seen just once a year and very important dates for both tracks. We will be back in 2021 to give the local fans a taste of the big blocks.”

Stay up to date on SuperDIRTcarSeriers.com and DIRTcar.com for all Series and Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship news. Also, follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

COVID-19 Restrictions Force Cancelation of Super DIRTcar Series ‘Battle on the Midway’ at Orange County Fair Speedway

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Super DIRTcar Series and Orange County Fair Speedway management have agreed to cancel the Tuesday, July 28 “Battle on the Midway” Series race due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Both organizations are looking forward to getting back on track with the Eastern States 200 on Sunday, Oct. 25.

“Orange County promoter Brett Hearn went into great detail and time in an attempt to make the Super DIRTcar Series event work at Orange County,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. 

“Unfortunately with New York State restrictions, and now with the track having to hold off on the drive-In section, we both felt best to cancel the show and move the focus to Eastern States Weekend.  Brett still wants to give the DIRTcar Big Blocks a show on the July 28 date and is looking to put together another type of program to give the gang a race to run.”

Orange County’s return to weekly DIRTcar action plus the Eastern States 200 coming back to the Series schedule created a lot of buzz around the Middletown oval. 

“We are all very disappointed. Orange County is my home track where my dad and I grew up watching racing. I saw Brett Hearn’s first race!” Reynolds said. 

“And I can tell how much Brett is disappointed as he followed the Series for so many years. He loves the Series and really wanted to have this event in his first year at the promotional helm.”

The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds kick off their return to racing on Wednesday, July 29th at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, New Jersey. 

Check SuperDIRTcarSeries.com for further schedule updates. Also, follow the Series on Facebook and Twitter. 

WEEDSPORT CANCELED: COVID-19 forces cancellation of Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame event at Weedsport

WEEDSPORT, NY – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 guidelines, Weedsport Speedway and the Super DIRTcar Series have canceled the Hall of Fame 100. 

The historic Series staple, Weedsport Speedway, continues to lay dormant until fans are allowed back in the grandstands. 

Please also note that the Hall of Fame ceremonies that were scheduled for Thursday, July 23 are also canceled.  More details will be announced in the near future. 

Keep an eye out for future schedule updates on SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Border Restrictions Force Officials to Cancel Canadian Mid-Summer Races

CONCORD, NC — Canada has extended the border closure with the United States through the end of July, and due to these restrictions the Super DIRTcar Series is forced to cancel and postpone several events that were scheduled north of the border. 

Also, the July 2 race at Land of Legends has been postponed until Wednesday, July 22. 

“With the ever-changing restrictions due to COVID-19, the Super DIRTcar Series schedule has been quite the juggling act,” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds said. “First with the extension of the Canadian border closing, and now with the uncertainty of executive orders in New York, we have to make some changes.

“We were all set for July 2 at Land of Legends, but with recent changes and the uncertainty of when or even how many fans would be allowed in the stands, Paul Cole and I determined it was best to postpone to later in the Summer where we hope to have better guidance from the state,” Reynolds said. “Our teams have been itching to get on the track so we are looking at some of our partnered tracks outside of New York in an effort to schedule a race or two where we’ve unfortunately lost dates.”

Super DIRTcar Series officials and Cornwall Motor Speedway ownership are working to reschedule their June 28 race on a future Sunday later this Summer. 

The June 29th event at Le RPM Speedway in Quebec is canceled. 

Drivers and fans were looking forward to being a part of Ohsweken Speedway’s historic 25th Anniversary season on July 6th, but the event will not be held in 2020. The Super DIRTcar Series and Ohsweken are looking forward to making it happen in 2021.

The fan-favorite “Quebec Swing” to Autodrome Granby on July 20 and Autodrome Drummond on July 21 have both been canceled. The gros blocs will invade Quebec once again in 2021. 

Stay tuned for information about Super DIRTcar Series at SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, and follow us 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.

Super DIRTcar Series ‘Heroes Remembered 100’ at Weedsport Canceled

WEEDSPORT, NY – The annual Super DIRTcar Series “Heroes Remembered 100” at Weedsport Speedway has been canceled by series and track officials because of state and local restrictions, as well as CDC guidelines, limiting mass gatherings in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was originally scheduled for Memorial Day, May 25.

“I’ve been talking with [Weedsport promoter] Jimmy Phelps a few times a week going over all of the possible scenarios, but with the guidelines set forth by the state to make sure all are as safe as possible, we had to cancel the event,” said Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds. 

“The way the Series schedule is set up, luckily it was only our second event on the schedule, but we will get busy by the end of June into July,” Reynolds said. “A combination of two more events at Weedsport, a busy Summer and of course just the unknown, it was best to cancel versus postpone.”   

All parties involved look forward to when New York State can safely reopen for racing. Stay up to date with all Super DIRTcar Series news and schedule updates at SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, Facebook and Twitter.