|Date: 6/10/2010 9:40:47 PM|
Richest Big-Block Modified event of summer returns to
Weedsport, NY – June 10, 2010 – Right around this same time last year,
The timing ---and track conditions--- couldn’t have been any better come mid-July for the second-generation driver from
“We weren’t finishing as good as we hoped when summer arrived,” remarked Phelps, 26, recalling a number of mechanical issues and the handful of mediocre finishes posted at Cayuga County before suddenly stringing together back-to-back Super DIRTcar Series victories. The $20,000 payday in Sunday’s 100-lapper for the high school history teacher brought instant notoriety and his own place in the record book for generations to research.
“My uncle Doug (Phelps) and I made it a point to try out a lot of different combinations when the track turned slippery. We also found a different set-up for the longer races at
With the Second Annual DIRTcar All-Star Weekend on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds is set for July 16-17, Phelps is far more prepared for a return engagement in Weedsport’s winners circle. He is certainly just as eager to regain his top-flight form as the historic ASW triumph was his last registered on the demanding DIRTcar Northeast Big-Block circuit.
“I think I’ve got as good a chance as anybody going in,” remarked Phelps, who settled for sixth in the Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame Classic held at
“We’ve had a Top-5 car the past four series races in Weedsport and knowing we have the potential to win is a pretty big confidence booster. It’s been a rough start so far this year but our crew is working like crazy trying to turn things around. I’m confident we’re making progress and starting to move back in the right direction. That’s kind of the way it was last year, too, so you just never know when you’ll have that break-out moment,” said Phelps, joined by crew chief Barry Knapp, and currently ranked eighth on the Cayuga County points chart behind fellow tour followers Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Billy Dunn, Alan Johnson, Dale Planck and Tom Sears Jr.
With all eyes ---nationally as well as locally--- focused on the ‘Super DIRT Week of summer’ in one more month at
“(ASW) is one of the biggest weekends with all the best DIRT drivers, and I already proved anything can happen,” noted Phelps, who will be back steering the same Big Red Towing no. 99 Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell entry owned by his father Roger Phelps, himself a former Modified and Late Model contender at Cayuga County in the 1970s and 80s. “It was definitely a huge milestone in my career, certainly a stepping stone to reaching a higher level and it has to raise the bar for how I perform from here on out.”
“Ever since I was a little kid and saw Frank Cozze win a big race I wanted to be part of that victory lane celebration. I remember him climbing the podium, being sprayed with champagne, getting covered with confetti and looking up at all those fireworks in the sky. All that happened to me when I won the All-Star and its something you just never forget,” Phelps added.
Fans are growing just as anxious as Phelps in their return to the Cayuga County Fairgrounds for the 2010 edition of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend as advance ticket sales are moving at a brisk pace and nearly all reserved campsites have been sold. Reserved seat tickets remain on sale on-line by clicking the ‘Buy Tickets’ button at https://www.cayugacountyfairspeedway.com or by calling the ticket hotline at 315/834-6606.
A two-day (Fri-Sat) reserved ticket purchased in advance for All-Star Weekend is only $39 until July 5 and includes a Friday pit pass. Just a limited number of camping permits remain at $50 per reserved spot (includes water hookup) and $30 for general camping, while the popular Infield Tailgate Party offering trackside parking and access to the infield stage, will again be offered.
Action at nearby Brewerton Speedway kicks off the extended DIRTcar All-Star Weekend on July 15 with a 50-lap Super DIRTcar Series event headlining the Thursday evening card.
Additional details about ASW II can be obtained by contacting DIRTcar Northeast Promotions & PR Coordinator
DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in
The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire www.hoosiertire.com and VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and Chizmark & Larson Insurance www.chizmarklarson.com, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, MSD Ignition www.msdignition.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Vicci Racing Apparel www.vicci.com and
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