Hard Chargers Brought Excitement to DIRTcar OktoberFAST

The most exciting special award of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision was the classic Hard Charger Award. Five exceptional partners added an additional $250 bonus for the driver who advanced the most positions during the course of the Feature: The Hard Charger Award. 

To receive the Hard Charger Award, a driver usually suffers a difficult start to the race night. Sometimes the team misses the setup for Time Trials when the track is heavy or slicker than expected. A poor Time Trial lap results in a poor starting position in the Heat Race. In other instances, a driver might run into mechanical or incidental trouble while in a transfer position causing them to drop out despite wielding a fast race car. 

Even seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champions have off days. Matt Sheppard struggled to get his No. 9S to handle throughout the first half of the week including Albany’s OktoberFAST kick off where he was forced to qualify through the Last Chance Showdown. 

Sheppard then started in the twenty-first position for the 60-lap Feature. From there it was hammer down for the Waterloo, NY Big Block driver. Sheppard motored up twelve positions to capture the Bart Contracting Hard Charger Award at Albany. 

Tim Sears Jr., from Clay, NY, knows his way around Fulton Speedway. Sears failed to qualify out of his Heat Race but he made it into the top three of his Last Chance Showdown after starting ninth. He proved his Fulton skills on Penske Racing Shocks night by advancing twelve positions from twenty-fifth to thirteenth. 

Demetrios Drellos was forced to use a Super DIRTcar Series provisional in order to start the 60-lap Feature at Can-Am Speedway. Drellos struggled all night until the Feature when “Double D” turned on the afterburners to pick up nine spots in the Feature for the St. Lawrence Radiology Hard Charger Award. 

Erick Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, calls Land of Legends Raceway home on Saturday nights for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. Unfortunately, that home track advantage did not aid the pilot of the No. 25R until Feature time. He barely made the field out of the Heat Race, finishing fifth, which put him back in the nineteenth starting position. 

Finally, when the 60-lap Feature took the green, Rudolph was set up. He powered through fifteen rivals on his way to a fourth-place finish for the SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment $250 Hard Charger bonus. 

The most dramatic Hard Charger award came at the DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway sponsored by Stirling Lubricants. Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, had a stellar week of racing during OktoberFAST picking up podiums at all four races going into Weedsport. 

It looked like that would continue as he qualified for the redraw out of the Heat Race. Unfortunately, Mahaney was disqualified from the Heat Race results due to a shock infringement. After that, the No. 35 started scratch in the Last Chance Showdown where he drove up through the field and nearly made the show. 

Mahaney took a Series provisional to start the Feature and he was a man on a mission. He made precise moves and gambled when necessary to advance all the way to tenth place at the conclusion of the 75-lap Feature. 


DIRTcar OktoberFAST Hard Charger Awards

Albany-Saratoga Speedway –  Bart Contracting Hard Charger – Matt Sheppard +12 

Fulton SpeedwayPenske Racing Shocks Hard Charger Tim Sears +12 

Can-Am SpeedwaySt. Lawrence RadiologyDemetrios Drellos +9

Land of Legends RacewaySuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment – Erick Rudolph +15

Weedsport SpeedwayStirling LubricantsMike Mahaney +17

BREAK OUT THE BACKUP: Sheppard Switches Cars and Wins Land of Legends OktoberFAST Cash

CANANDAIGUA, NY – October 10, 2020 – Fans of Matt Sheppard were wondering where exactly where the “Super” has been during this week’s DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision. Many had him pegged to win multiple Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Features and certainly, a few podium finishes this week. But that did not materialize until tonight at Land of Legends Raceway

Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY,  held off repeated challenges from King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney, who, with another third-place finish, is now on a four-race streak of top threes. That’s the best streak he and his Adirondack Auto, Tony Monaco Landscaping No. 35 team has ever had on the Super DIRTcar Series trail. 

Second-place finisher Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, passed Mahaney late for second and was reeling in race winner Matt Sheppard in the final ten laps. Unfortunately for the Buzz Chew Chevrolet race team, the lap counter was not their friend and the 60-lap SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment OktoberFAST Feature went to the seven-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. 

The Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply No. 9s has been mired mid-pack most of this week. The team threw everything they had at the car setup-wise but couldn’t make it handle the way he needed it to. So they went with the most drastic change of all and prepared an entire car for Land of Legends Raceway, a track Sheppard has won a lot of races on. 

Like Clark Kent ducking in and out of a phone booth, “Super” Matt went back to the shop and reemerged with his $7,500 Feature-winning mount. 

“We’ve had a miserable week. We brought this new car out today and it was a Hail Mary,” Sheppard said. “We knew if there was any place that we could turn it around that it would be here tonight.”

“I put the same setup in this car that I had in the other one all week and it was a rocket ship. The other one not so much,” Sheppard said grinning. “Thank God everything went our way. The car was flawless all night.”

Matt Sheppard has won over 70 Feature races at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY. The 60-lap OktoberFAST Feature win was his 79th all-time Super DIRTcar Series victory. He is now ten wins away from equalling Danny Johnson’s second-place position on the all-time wins list. 

2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson has been in a similar situation as Sheppard for much of OktoberFAST and scoring a top-three finish was an important confidence boost going into the $10,000-to-win 75-lap OktoberFAST Feature at Weedsport Speedway.  

“We made a lot of changes and we’ve been working with Integra Shocks all week. We’ve been fast for a year and a half so we were really religious to our setup,” Williamson noted. “We were open to change today because obviously what we were doing wasn’t going to win us any races. The race track was favorable to passing tonight. We were there at the end.”

Williamson was pleased with how racy they were in the Feature during the second half of the race. 

“We struggled for the first 30 laps, just hanging in there. We would have liked to see the cushion go away a little bit but you could throw some slide jobs,” said Williamson. “It was good hard racing with Mike [Mahaney] and we hope we put a show on for the fans.”

Mike Mahaney isn’t tired of stepping on the podium but he would love to check out the view from the top step. 

“I am real happy with our consistency this week. We’re doing well. I can’t say enough about my team. They’ve been working hard.” said Mahaney. 

The Adirondack Auto race team competed in both the Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series races and the Bicknell Racing DIRTcar 358 Modified Series events. Despite all of that Mahaney has been the most consistent of all the drivers during OktoberFAST. 

But it takes a Herculean effort to make that happen. 

“I think they were all exhausted today. We got here at four in the morning and woke up at 9:30 to move in so it’s a lot. I’m happy to be doing it. I love driving race cars.”

“Matt [Sheppard] was faster than us most of the race. I was really hoping the track would get a little slicker. It usually does but man it stayed fast around the top and he did an awesome job,” Mahaney said. 

“Congratulations to him and Mat Williamson. We had a good race for second at the end. I didn’t mean to get into him in the wall on the front stretch,” said Mahaney. “I didn’t see him coming. Once he got there we threw a couple of sliders at each other and hopefully made it exciting for the fans.”

Like Williamson said, good hard racing.

Fittingly, Justin Haers, from Phelps, NY, won the SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Fast-Time Award. Haers has always called Canandaigua home and to be at the top of the charts of a premier Big Block Modified field was a special moment. Haers had some issues in the Feature and finished twentieth. 

Another Land of Legends Raceway regular had a huge night. Erick Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, took the SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Hard Charger Award for passing fifteen cars to finish fourth. Rudolph made it up to third but the inside line had a disadvantage on restarts and Mat Williamson reclaimed the position, ending his run to the front. 

Join us Sunday, October 11 at DIRTVision.com for the Stirling Lubricants OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and SuperDIRTcar.com for OktoberFAST coverage. 

Feature (60 Laps)

  1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$7,500]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson [7][$4,000]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [4][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [19][$1,800]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [14][$1,600]; 6. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [5][$1,400]; 7. 99L-Larry Wight [11][$1,300]; 8. 19-Tim Fuller [12][$1,200]; 9. 98-Rocky Warner [8][$1,100]; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [10][$1,000]; 11. 5H-Chris Hile [15][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [16][$700]; 13. 14J-Alan Johnson [24][$600]; 14. 3J-Marc Johnson [18][$575]; 15. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6][$550]; 16. 165-Rex King [9][$525]; 17. M1-David Marcuccilli [21][$500]; 18. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [26][$500]; 19. 2-Jack Lehner [22][$500]; 20. 3-Justin Haers [3][$500]; 21. 48TOO-Dave Rauscher [28][$]; 22. 121-Gary Tomkins [13][$500]; 23. 10S-Ryan Susice [25][$500]; 24. 42P-Pat Ward [1][$500]; 25. 44-Stewart Friesen [20][$500]; 26. 19W-Justin Wright [17][$500]; 27. 19M-Jessey Mueller [27][-]; 28. 49-Billy Dunn [23][$500]

 

SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+15]

10/10/2020 Land of Legends Raceway

CANANDAIGUA, NY – October 10, 2020 – Fans of Matt Sheppard were wondering where exactly where the “Super” has been during this week’s DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision. Many had him pegged to win multiple Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Features and certainly a few podium finishes. But that did not materialize until tonight. 

Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY,  held off repeated challenges from King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney, who, with another third-place finish, is now on a four-race streak of top threes. That’s without a doubt the best streak he and his Adirondack Auto, Tony Monaco Landscaping No. 35 has ever had on the Super DIRTcar Series trail.

Feature (60 Laps)
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$7,500]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson [7][$4,000]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [4][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [19][$1,800]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [14][$1,600]; 6. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [5][$1,400]; 7. 99L-Larry Wight [11][$1,300]; 8. 19-Tim Fuller [12][$1,200]; 9. 98-Rocky Warner [8][$1,100]; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [10][$1,000]; 11. 5H-Chris Hile [15][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [16][$700]; 13. 14J-Alan Johnson [24][$600]; 14. 3J-Marc Johnson [18][$575]; 15. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6][$550]; 16. 165-Rex King [9][$525]; 17. M1-David Marcuccilli [21][$500]; 18. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [26][$500]; 19. 2-Jack Lehner [22][$500]; 20. 3-Justin Haers [3][$500]; 21. 48TOO-Dave Rauscher [28][$]; 22. 121-Gary Tomkins [13][$500]; 23. 10S-Ryan Susice [25][$500]; 24. 42P-Pat Ward [1][$500]; 25. 44-Stewart Friesen [20][$500]; 26. 19W-Justin Wright [17][$500]; 27. 19M-Jessey Mueller [27][-]; 28. 49-Billy Dunn [23][$500]

SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+15]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 3-Justin Haers, 18.04; 2. 21A-Peter Britten, 18.334; 3. 165-Rex King, 18.469; 4. 19W-Justin Wright, 18.556; 5. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.617; 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.637; 7. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 18.641; 8. 10S-Ryan Susice, 18.822; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti, 18.994; 10. 32R-Ronnie Davis, 19.005; 11. 77-Lance Dusett, 98.999; 12. 121-Gary Tomkins, 99.999

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.269; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 18.345; 3. 91-Billy Decker, 18.356; 4. 98-Rocky Warner, 18.518; 5. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.585; 6. 3J-Marc Johnson, 18.729; 7. 2-Jack Lehner, 18.831; 8. 12X-Dillon Grover, 19.007; 9. 2020-Tyler Trump, 19.009; 10. 14NY-Daniel Johnson, 19.365; 11. 70D-Alex Payne, 19.379; 12. 31M-Jimmy Maier, 19.604; 13. 72-Cass Bennett, 21.753

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 18.282; 2. 32C-Max Mclaughlin, 18.289; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.31; 4. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.456; 5. 5H-Chris Hile, 18.494; 6. M1-David Marcuccilli, 18.58; 7. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.673; 8. 11J-James Sweeting, 18.793; 9. 28-Jordan Mccreadie, 19.045; 10. 33J-Robbie Johnston, 19.079; 11. 48TOO-Dave Rauscher, 19.272; 12. 88A-Joe August, 19.633; 13. 14S-Brian Swarthout, 19.667

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.363; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney, 18.428; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 18.456; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.524; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.563; 6. 1Z-Jessica Friesen, 18.719; 7. 14J-Alan Johnson, 18.804; 8. 21-Derrick Podsiadlo, 19.001; 9. 63-Adam Roberts, 19.085; 10. 14-CG Morey, 19.161; 11. 22T-Gil Tegg, 19.217; 12. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 19.458; 13. O2-Roy Bresnahan, 19.522

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 3-Justin Haers [1]; 2. 165-Rex King [3]; 3. 42P-Pat Ward [5]; 4. 121-Gary Tomkins [12]; 5. 19W-Justin Wright [4]; 6. 49-Billy Dunn [6]; 7. 10S-Ryan Susice [8]; 8. 32R-Ronnie Davis [10]; 9. 7MM-Michael Maresca [7]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [2]; 11. 4-Andy Bachetti [9]; 12. 77-Lance Dusett [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1]; 3. 98-Rocky Warner [4]; 4. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 5. 3J-Marc Johnson [6]; 6. 2-Jack Lehner [7]; 7. 12X-Dillon Grover [8]; 8. 2020-Tyler Trump [9]; 9. 23-Kyle Coffey [5]; 10. 31M-Jimmy Maier [12]; 11. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [10]; 12. 70D-Alex Payne [11]; 13. 72-Cass Bennett [13]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [2]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [3]; 4. 5H-Chris Hile [5]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [7]; 6. M1-David Marcuccilli [6]; 7. 19M-Jessey Mueller [4]; 8. 11J-James Sweeting [8]; 9. 33J-Robbie Johnston [10]; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [9]; 11. 88A-Joe August [12]; 12. 48TOO-Dave Rauscher [11]; 13. 14S-Brian Swarthout [13]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 35-Mike Mahaney [2]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [1]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 6. 14J-Alan Johnson [7]; 7. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [6]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins [12]; 9. 14-CG Morey [10]; 10. 21-Derrick Podsiadlo [8]; 11. 63-Adam Roberts [9]; 12. O2-Roy Bresnahan [13]; 13. 22T-Gil Tegg [11]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer
1. M1-David Marcuccilli [2][]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [1][]; 3. 10S-Ryan Susice [3][]; 4. 7MM-Michael Maresca [7][]; 5. 33J-Robbie Johnston [8][]; 6. 19M-Jessey Mueller [4][]; 7. 11J-James Sweeting [6][]; 8. 32R-Ronnie Davis [5][]; 9. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [10][]; 10. 48TOO-Dave Rauscher [14][]; 11. 72-Cass Bennett [15][]; 12. 77-Lance Dusett [13][]; 13. 21A-Peter Britten [9][]; 14. 4-Andy Bachetti [11][]; 15. 88A-Joe August [12][]; 16. 22T-Gil Tegg [16][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( Laps)
1. 2-Jack Lehner [1][]; 2. 14J-Alan Johnson [2][]; 3. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [4][]; 4. 2020-Tyler Trump [5][]; 5. 23-Kyle Coffey [7][]; 6. 12X-Dillon Grover [3][]; 7. 17-Marcus Dinkins [6][]; 8. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [11][]; 9. 21-Derrick Podsiadlo [10][]; 10. 14S-Brian Swarthout [15][]; 11. 63-Adam Roberts [12][]; 12. 31M-Jimmy Maier [9][]; 13. 14-CG Morey [8][]; 14. 70D-Alex Payne [13][]; 15. O2-Roy Bresnahan [14][]

PERREGO DOUBLES UP AT OktoberFAST

LAFARGVILLE, NY – October 9, 2020 – Anthony Perrego, from Montgomery, NY, wheeled a perfect 60-lap race to win his second career Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Feature and second win of OktoberFAST. Hot on his heels, the No. 7mm of Michael Maresca crossed the finish line in second after a late-race charge fell short. And once again at OktoberFAST, Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, parked his No. 35 on the podium for the third time in three races.

Anthony Perrego pinned it right out of the gate. The No. 44 handled perfectly for the newly minted Series winner. At the drop of the green Perrego roared into Can-Am Speedway’s first turn with the holeshot on the field. From there it didn’t matter what happened behind him because all he saw was lapped traffic and Head Starter Dave Farney’s flags.

Except for one resilient Michael Maresca from Pierrepont, NY. Perrego had to be perfect because a black and orange door made an appearance on his left side more than once.

Maresca gave Perrego a good look at his St. Lawrence Radiology Big Block Modified entering turn one on a restart with nine laps to go. But Perrego slammed the door, Maresca yielded the low line, and the No. 44 parked in Victory Lane for the second time in four days.

Perrego was proud of his team and thrilled to double up on OktoberFAST wins and his first two Super DIRTcar Series wins.

“To not have a Series win coming into this week and get two is pretty cool,” said Perrego. “I wish we could do them all but who knows maybes next year we’ll do the whole Super DIRTcar Series.”

Michael Maresca took his chance on a restart with nine laps to go. He dove deep into turn one, trying to secure the low line through the corner.

“Anthony has raced me clean a lot so I lifted. I drove it in pretty deep and had to hit the brakes,” Maresca said of his final shot at the lead. Further challenges were hampered because Maresca clipped an implement tire and knocked the toe out in the final laps.

Despite that, he was relieved to have a strong finish after struggling for the last two nights.

“Pretty happy to get to second after starting sixth. We had a really terrible first two nights. We haven’t run the Big Block much and we were pretty far off,” said Maresca.

Mike Mahaney has had an outstanding OktoberFAST nabbing podiums in every Super DIRTcar Series race so far.

“It’s a great week for us. I can’t thank the team enough. Our car has been solid and very consistent,” said Mahaney. “I just keep thinking that if we keep running up front that one of these days we’ll win one,” he joked.

Two OktoberFAST events remain so that’s two more chances for Mahaney to reach the top step.

200 DIRTcar Northeast stars packed the Can-Am Speedway pit area for night three of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision. The racing was nonstop all night which included the Bicknell Racing DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and Racing Electronics DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds.

St. Lawrence Radiology sponsored all of the special awards in all three divisions highlighted by Stewart Friesen’s lightning-quick lap to pick up the $500 Fast Time Award. Jimmy Phelps continued his OktoberFAST speed going second quick overall.

Queensbury, NY’s Demetrios Drellos grossed nine positions up through the field for the St. Lawrence Radiology Hard Charger Bonus worth $250.

Join us again tomorrow night on DIRTVision from the Canandaigua, NY half-mile Land of Legends Raceway where the Billy Whittaker Cars and Trucks Super DIRTcar Series and Racing Electronics DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series pick up the action for night five of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision.

Feature (60 Laps)
1. 44P-Anthony Perrego [1][$7,500]; 2. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][$4,000]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [3][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [4][$1,800]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [7][$1,600]; 6. 49-Billy Dunn [9][$1,400]; 7. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$1,300]; 8. 99L-Larry Wight [12][$1,200]; 9. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,100]; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [13][$1,000]; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [10][$800]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller [14][$700]; 13. 2-Jack Lehner [17][$600]; 14. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [21][$575]; 15. 83X-Tim Sears [20][$550]; 16. 42P-Pat Ward [5][$525]; 17. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [23][$500]; 18. 21A-Peter Britten [22][$500]; 19. 111-Demetrios Drellos [28][$]; 20. 19M-Jessey Mueller [24][$500]; 21. 62S-Tom Sears [26][$500]; 22. 98-Rocky Warner [18][$500]; 23. 2020-Tyler Trump [19][$500]; 24. 5H-Chris Hile [16][$500]; 25. 9S-Matt Sheppard [11][$500]; 26. 91-Billy Decker [27][$]; 27. M1-David Marcuccilli [25][$500]; 28. 3J-Marc Johnson [15][$500]

St. Lawrence Radiology Charger Award: 111-Demetrios Drellos[+9]

10/9/2020 Can-Am Speedway

LAFARGVILLE, NY – October 9, 2020 – Anthony Perrego, from Montgomery, NY, wheeled a perfect 60-lap race to win his second career Super DIRTcar Series Feature and second win of OktoberFAST. Hot on his heels, the No. 7mm of Michael Maresca crossed in second place after a late charge on a late restart. Once again, Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, parked his black and pink No. 35 on the podium making three top 3s in a row at DIRTcar OktoberFAST.

Feature (60 Laps)
1. 44P-Anthony Perrego [1][$7,500]; 2. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][$4,000]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [3][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [4][$1,800]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [7][$1,600]; 6. 49-Billy Dunn [9][$1,400]; 7. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$1,300]; 8. 99L-Larry Wight [12][$1,200]; 9. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,100]; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [13][$1,000]; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [10][$800]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller [14][$700]; 13. 2-Jack Lehner [17][$600]; 14. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [21][$575]; 15. 83X-Tim Sears [20][$550]; 16. 42P-Pat Ward [5][$525]; 17. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [23][$500]; 18. 21A-Peter Britten [22][$500]; 19. 111-Demetrios Drellos [28][$]; 20. 19M-Jessey Mueller [24][$500]; 21. 62S-Tom Sears [26][$500]; 22. 98-Rocky Warner [18][$500]; 23. 2020-Tyler Trump [19][$500]; 24. 5H-Chris Hile [16][$500]; 25. 9S-Matt Sheppard [11][$500]; 26. 91-Billy Decker [27][$]; 27. M1-David Marcuccilli [25][$500]; 28. 3J-Marc Johnson [15][$500]

St,. Lawrence Radiology Charger Award: 111-Demetrios Drellos[+9]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 20.032; 2. M1-David Marcuccilli, 20.608; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 20.795; 4. 32C-Max Mclaughlin, 20.894; 5. 35-Mike Mahaney, 20.917; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 20.95; 7. 28-Jordan Mccreadie, 20.998; 8. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen, 21.028; 9. 2-Jack Lehner, 21.042; 10. 1Z-Jessica Friesen, 21.211; 11. 63-Adam Roberts, 21.362; 12. 165-Rex King, 21.725

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 20.428; 2. 88-Mat Williamson, 20.43; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 20.621; 4. 98-Rocky Warner, 20.736; 5. 91-Billy Decker, 20.822; 6. 48TOO-Gary Tomkins, 20.898; 7. 21A-Peter Britten, 20.917; 8. 19-Tim Fuller, 21.001; 9. 62S-Tom Sears, 21.05; 10. 24R-Garett Rushlow, 21.25; 11. 33J-Robbie Johnston, 21.364; 12. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 22.509

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 42P-Pat Ward, 20.642; 2. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 20.677; 3. 3J-Marc Johnson, 20.778; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 20.853; 5. 2020-Tyler Trump, 20.873; 6. X-Chad Phelps, 21.237; 7. 14-CG Morey, 21.468; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey, 21.474; 9. 88A-Joe August, 21.507; 10. 1NY-Gregory Atkins, 21.544; 11. 14S-Brian Swarthout, 22.466; 12. 39-Ryan Bartlett, 99.999

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 20.364; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 20.566; 3. 5H-Chris Hile, 20.59; 4. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 20.668; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph, 20.729; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 20.809; 7. 27W-Nick Webb, 20.973; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti, 21.137; 9. 14J-Alan Johnson, 21.24; 10. 83X-Tim Sears, 21.259; 11. 19W-Justin Wright, 21.273; 12. 72-Cass Bennett, 22.402; 13. O2-Roy Bresnahan, 22.566

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [5]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3]; 4. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [7]; 5. 2-Jack Lehner [9]; 6. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [4]; 7. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [10]; 8. M1-David Marcuccilli [2]; 9. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [8]; 10. 3-Justin Haers [6]; 11. 165-Rex King [12]; 12. 63-Adam Roberts [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 88-Mat Williamson [2]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [1]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [8]; 5. 98-Rocky Warner [4]; 6. 21A-Peter Britten [7]; 7. 48TOO-Gary Tomkins [6]; 8. 62S-Tom Sears [9]; 9. 24R-Garett Rushlow [10]; 10. 33J-Robbie Johnston [11]; 11. 17-Marcus Dinkins [12]; 12. 91-Billy Decker [5]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 42P-Pat Ward [1]; 2. 44P-Anthony Perrego [2]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson [3]; 5. 2020-Tyler Trump [5]; 6. 39-Ryan Bartlett [12]; 7. X-Chad Phelps [6]; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey [8]; 9. 14-CG Morey [7]; 10. 1NY-Gregory Atkins [10]; 11. 88A-Joe August [9]; 12. 14S-Brian Swarthout [11]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 49-Billy Dunn [2]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph [5]; 4. 5H-Chris Hile [3]; 5. 83X-Tim Sears [10]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6]; 7. 19M-Jessey Mueller [4]; 8. 27W-Nick Webb [7]; 9. 14J-Alan Johnson [9]; 10. 4-Andy Bachetti [8]; 11. 19W-Justin Wright [11]; 12. O2-Roy Bresnahan [13]; 13. 72-Cass Bennett [12]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer
1. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [1][]; 2. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [3][]; 3. M1-David Marcuccilli [5][]; 4. X-Chad Phelps [2][]; 5. 3-Justin Haers [9][]; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey [6][]; 7. 63-Adam Roberts [13][]; 8. 1NY-Gregory Atkins [10][]; 9. 14-CG Morey [8][]; 10. 14S-Brian Swarthout [14][]; 11. 72-Cass Bennett [15][]; 12. 39-Ryan Bartlett [4][]; 13. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [7][]; 14. 165-Rex King [11][]; 15. 88A-Joe August [12][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( Laps)
1. 21A-Peter Britten [1][]; 2. 19M-Jessey Mueller [4][]; 3. 62S-Tom Sears [5][]; 4. 48TOO-Gary Tomkins [3][]; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos [2][]; 6. 27W-Nick Webb [6][]; 7. 14J-Alan Johnson [8][]; 8. 91-Billy Decker [13][]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [10][]; 10. 24R-Garett Rushlow [7][]; 11. 33J-Robbie Johnston [9][]; 12. 19W-Justin Wright [12][]; 13. 17-Marcus Dinkins [11][]; 14. O2-Roy Bresnahan [14][]

HBR GETAWAY CAR: Baldwinsville Bandit Jimmy Phelps Doubles Down with Pair of OktoberFAST Victories at Fulton

FULTON, NY – October 8, 2020 – On night three of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision, Jimmy Phelps was simply untouchable. Phelps, from Baldwinsville, NY, wheeled his Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified and his HBR No. 98H Bicknell Racing DIRTcar 358 Modified to Victory Lane on the same night at Fulton Speedway to win a grand total of $12,500. 

Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, was the best of the rest. Mahaney made some aggressive moves early to put himself in a position to go after the lead. The No. 35 Adirondack Auto Big Block Modified was a serious threat to the leader but he could not keep up with Phelps in traffic. 

After a difficult OktoberFAST opener for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario’s Stewart Friesen had a much-improved race night and made the podium. The No. 44 climbed up through the field in a hurry and got right up to Mahaney’s back bumper. Friesen and his stout Halmar team maintained and finished third.  

It was a night of incredible numbers. 235 cars in three divisions raced a total of 32 races. There were 380 laps of side-by-side racing on a beautiful Fulton Speedway surface. 

Jimmy Phelps had some numbers of his own. Since he played double duty Phelps had to draw for a Qualifying Group twice. He drew the number 63. Twice. 

After that, it was a matter of getting into the redraw for both races. Phelps accomplished that by going out and winning them. “The Bandit” still had a little luck left on his side. He drew the pole for the Bicknell Racing DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Feature. Then he drew the pole again for the Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Feature on the front stretch live on DIRTVision. 

“It was a great night for us. With the limited amount of racing, we’re just happy we get to race here,” Phelps said. “It was a perfect night for us.”

“We found a new baseline and we got ourselves back on track everywhere we went. We came to a few practice nights and for whatever reason, it was excellent here,” noted Phelps. “We knew three weeks ago that we had to come back to Fulton with that package. This car is just really good.”

The final 52 laps of the 60-lap Feature were non-stop without a caution. Phelps caught up with a very strong pack of Big Blocks racing side by side in front of him. That’s when he made the move of the race. 

“When you get held up in lapped traffic you know somebody is coming up. When I made it four-wide I had a run. I was down in the grip. I had to get down in front of those guys and just hope they let me in,” said Phelps. “Fortunately, it worked out. We put it all together.”

Second place finisher Mike Mahaney had the best view of Phelps’ move. 

“Jimmy made some crazy moves through lapped traffic. I split through two cars and I thought that was pretty cool but Jimmy dropped low and made it four-wide out of turn four and I wasn’t going to clear them. He got a big split,” Mahaney said laughing. 

With a third-place finish on Tuesday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and a second at Fulton, Mahaney is racing with confidence. 

“The car is really rolling right now. The hard work is paying off. I am really happy with it. Tonight we really wanted to win but I never got a chance at it. I really would have liked a caution and had a chance to race him without cars in front of us. We didn’t get that and he did a better job of getting through the traffic. He earned it.”

Mahaney made several strong charges for the lead. He was at Phelps door and bumper several times before traffic separated them. 

“When I got to lapped traffic I really lost my rhythm. It got super tight. It was weird. There nothing wrong with the race car. It didn’t fall off. I messed up. Later it got better and I knew Stewie was coming,” noted Mahaney. 

Stewart Friesen was filling Mahaney’s mirror for the second half of the race. Friesen felt he was battling tire heat after catching up to the No. 35. 

“We were just playing the tires. Mahaney fired off and put the pressure on Phelps. I overheated the right rear tire a little bit. I kept putting around the yuke tires trying to save my stuff,” said Friesen. “I would get the left rear in the bite off of turn four but then I was slipping the right rear and ended up sealing it up a little bit. That was it.” 

Eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn turned the fastest lap in Time Trials awarding him $500 from Penske Racing Shocks. Plus, “The Bandit” stole another $250 for being second quick, his night’s only blemish. 

Weekly Fulton favorite Tim Sears was the Penske Racing Shocks Hard Charger award winner. 

Join us live on DIRTVision Friday, October 9 at “The Nasty Track” Can-Am Speedway for night four of DIRTcar OktoberFAST. 

Feature (60 Laps)

  1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$7,500]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [5][$4,000]; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen [8][$2,500]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [13][$1,600]; 6. 5H-Chris Hile [2][$1,400]; 7. 98-Rocky Warner [12][$1,300]; 8. 25-Erick Rudolph [10][$1,200]; 9. 91-Billy Decker [4][$1,100]; 10. 49-Billy Dunn [18][$1,000]; 11. 2-Jack Lehner [20][$800]; 12. 62S-Tom Sears [11][$700]; 13. 83X-Tim Sears [25][$600]; 14. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$575]; 15. 19-Tim Fuller [7][$550]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [23][$525]; 17. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [19][$500]; 18. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [16][$500]; 19. M1-David Marcuccilli [24][$500]; 20. X-Chad Phelps [22][$500]; 21. 19M-Jessey Mueller [14][$500]; 22. 111-Demetrios Drellos [26][$500]; 23. 15-Todd Root [17][$500]; 24. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 25. 2020-Tyler Trump [3][$500]; 26. 4-Andy Bachetti [21][$500]; 27. 20-Brett Hearn [9][-]

Penske Racing Shocks Hard Charger Award: 83X-Tim Sears[+12]

Full results here.

10/8/2020 Fulton Speedway

FULTON, NY – October 8, 2020 – On night three of DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision, Jimmy Phelps was simply untouchable. Phelps, from Baldwinsville, NY, wheeled his Billy Whittaker Cars Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified and his HBR No. 98H Bicknell Racing DIRTcar 358 Modified to Victory Lane on the same night at Fulton Speedway to win a grand total of $12,500.

Mike Mahaney, from King Ferry, NY, was the best of the rest. Mahaney made some aggressive movies early to put himself in a position to go after Phelps. The No. 35 Adirondack Auto Big Block Modified made serious ground the leader but he could not keep up in traffic.

After a difficult OktoberFAST opener for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario’s Stewart Friesen, the No. 44 came up through the field in a hurry and got right to Mahaney’s back bumper. Friesen and his stout Halmar team had to settle for third.

Feature (60 Laps)
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$7,500]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [5][$4,000]; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen [8][$2,500]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [13][$1,600]; 6. 5H-Chris Hile [2][$1,400]; 7. 98-Rocky Warner [12][$1,300]; 8. 25-Erick Rudolph [10][$1,200]; 9. 91-Billy Decker [4][$1,100]; 10. 49-Billy Dunn [18][$1,000]; 11. 2-Jack Lehner [20][$800]; 12. 62S-Tom Sears [11][$700]; 13. 83X-Tim Sears [25][$600]; 14. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$575]; 15. 19-Tim Fuller [7][$550]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [23][$525]; 17. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [19][$500]; 18. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [16][$500]; 19. M1-David Marcuccilli [24][$500]; 20. X-Chad Phelps [22][$500]; 21. 19M-Jessey Mueller [14][$500]; 22. 111-Demetrios Drellos [26][$500]; 23. 15-Todd Root [17][$500]; 24. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 25. 2020-Tyler Trump [3][$500]; 26. 4-Andy Bachetti [21][$500]; 27. 20-Brett Hearn [9][-]

Penske Racing Shocks Hard Charger Award: 83X-Tim Sears[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 2020-Tyler Trump, 18.523; 2. 62S-Tom Sears, 18.698; 3. 66X-Carey Terrance, 18.723; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.751; 5. 55H-Matt Hulsizer, 18.882; 6. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen, 18.992; 7. 1NY-Gregory Atkins, 19.079; 8. 27W-Nick Webb, 19.096; 9. 77-Lance Dusett, 19.145; 10. O2-Roy Bresnahan, 19.223; 11. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 19.593; 12. 72-Cass Bennett, 20.676

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.119; 2. 98-Rocky Warner, 18.475; 3. 15-Todd Root, 18.515; 4. 91-Billy Decker, 18.525; 5. 83X-Tim Sears, 18.564; 6. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 18.675; 7. X-Chad Phelps, 18.726; 8. 3J-Marc Johnson, 18.911; 9. 32R-Ronnie Davis, 18.984; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie, 19.085; 11. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson, 19.089; 12. 46-Darren Smith, 19.301

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 5H-Chris Hile, 18.65; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.698; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 18.729; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti, 18.791; 5. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.951; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 19.055; 7. 14S-Brian Swarthout, 19.229; 8. 1Z-Jessica Friesen, 19.335; 9. 14NY-Daniel Johnson, 19.425; 10. 14-CG Morey, 19.462; 11. TM1-Tim Murphy, 99.999; 12. 38-Timothy Harris, 99.999

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 18.237; 2. 32C-Max Mclaughlin, 18.387; 3. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.452; 4. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.575; 5. M1-David Marcuccilli, 18.741; 6. 63-Adam Roberts, 18.78; 7. 121-Gary Tomkins, 18.803; 8. 3B-Chad Brachmann, 18.843; 9. 48TOO-David Rauscher, 18.942; 10. 24R-Garett Rushlow, 19.044; 11. 88A-Joe August, 99.999

Qualifying Flight-E
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.171; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney, 18.249; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 18.432; 4. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.606; 5. 2-Jack Lehner, 18.627; 6. 21A-Peter Britten, 18.701; 7. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.712; 8. 165-Rex King, 19.028; 9. 33J-Robbie Johnston, 19.068; 10. 19W-Justin Wright, 19.116; 11. 5X-Tyler Siri, 19.374

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 2020-Tyler Trump [1]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph [4]; 3. 62S-Tom Sears [2]; 4. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [6]; 5. 66X-Carey Terrance [3]; 6. 27W-Nick Webb [8]; 7. O2-Roy Bresnahan [10]; 8. 1NY-Gregory Atkins [7]; 9. 77-Lance Dusett [9]; 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins [11]; 11. 72-Cass Bennett [12]; 12. 55H-Matt Hulsizer [5]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 20-Brett Hearn [1]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 3. 98-Rocky Warner [2]; 4. 15-Todd Root [3]; 5. X-Chad Phelps [7]; 6. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6]; 7. 3J-Marc Johnson [8]; 8. 83X-Tim Sears [5]; 9. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson [11]; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [10]; 11. 32R-Ronnie Davis [9]; 12. 46-Darren Smith [12]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 5H-Chris Hile [1]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller [2]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 4. 49-Billy Dunn [5]; 5. 4-Andy Bachetti [4]; 6. 3-Justin Haers [6]; 7. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [8]; 8. 14-CG Morey [10]; 9. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [9]; 10. 14S-Brian Swarthout [7]; 11. 38-Timothy Harris [12]; 12. TM1-Tim Murphy [11]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson [3]; 3. 19M-Jessey Mueller [4]; 4. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [2]; 5. M1-David Marcuccilli [5]; 6. 121-Gary Tomkins [7]; 7. 24R-Garett Rushlow [10]; 8. 48TOO-David Rauscher [9]; 9. 63-Adam Roberts [6]; 10. 3B-Chad Brachmann [8]; 11. 88A-Joe August [11]

Heat #5 – Flight (E) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [2]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3]; 4. 2-Jack Lehner [5]; 5. 21A-Peter Britten [6]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [4]; 7. 42P-Pat Ward [7]; 8. 165-Rex King [8]; 9. 19W-Justin Wright [10]; 10. 33J-Robbie Johnston [9]; 11. 5X-Tyler Siri [11]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer
1. 4-Andy Bachetti [2][]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten [3][]; 3. 83X-Tim Sears [9][]; 4. 7MM-Michael Maresca [4][]; 5. 66X-Carey Terrance [1][]; 6. 121-Gary Tomkins [5][]; 7. 42P-Pat Ward [8][]; 8. 1Z-Jessica Friesen [7][]; 9. 3B-Chad Brachmann [15][]; 10. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [14][]; 11. 48TOO-David Rauscher [10][]; 12. 19W-Justin Wright [13][]; 13. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [12][]; 14. 46-Darren Smith [19][]; 15. 77-Lance Dusett [11][]; 16. 38-Timothy Harris [17][]; 17. 72-Cass Bennett [16][]; 18. O2-Roy Bresnahan [6][]; 19. 5X-Tyler Siri [18][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( Laps)
1. X-Chad Phelps [1][]; 2. M1-David Marcuccilli [2][]; 3. 111-Demetrios Drellos [5][]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [4][]; 5. 3J-Marc Johnson [6][]; 6. 27W-Nick Webb [3][]; 7. 165-Rex King [10][]; 8. 24R-Garett Rushlow [7][]; 9. RJ2-Ronnie Johnson [11][]; 10. 14-CG Morey [9][]; 11. 33J-Robbie Johnston [15][]; 12. 32R-Ronnie Davis [16][]; 13. 14S-Brian Swarthout [14][]; 14. 63-Adam Roberts [12][]; 15. 17-Marcus Dinkins [13][]; 16. TM1-Tim Murphy [19][]; 17. 1NY-Gregory Atkins [8][]; 18. 88A-Joe August [17][]; 19. 55H-Matt Hulsizer [18][]

 

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][]

 

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.