Sheppard Beats Rain To Score 2nd Straight Super DIRTcar Series Win Saturday At Rolling Wheels!

Date: 9/27/2009 12:14:59 PM


Sheppard Nabs 7th Rite Aid 200 Spot With Rain-Shortened Rolling Wheels Win

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Elbridge, NY –  September 26, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director 

Three weeks earlier Matt Sheppard had paced the field for 87 laps at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and came away empty. Saturday night Sheppard led the final 57 circuits and this time it was good enough to give ‘Super Matt’ his Super DIRTcar Series-high sixth win of the season as rain shortened the ‘World Series 100’ to 68 laps.

And maybe more valuable than the $6,000 winner’s share and 100-points towards the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship, Sheppard was rewarded with a guaranteed seventh starting position in the 38th running of the Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers that brings the curtain down on Super DIRT Week Oct. 11 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. 

“Man, I wanted it to pour (after lap 50) out there,” remarked Sheppard, 27, who nosed ahead of front row starter Jimmy Phelps on a lap 12 restart, then was the first under the checkered flag when forecasted showers finally hit the Elbridge oval to make the racing surface unsafe for both man and machine. “Thought this place owed me one after the last time here.”

“Never won a Big-block race here before, but I’ve been close so many times it seems. Feels real good to finally get that first one done,” beamed Sheppard, following his DIRTcar Northeast-leading 19th open-wheel feature win of the season. 

Fellow Waterloo, New York driver Steve Paine took advantage of an ignition problem from near race-long runner-up Phelps that forced out the sixth and final caution to cross the line in second, followed by current Mr. DIRTcar points leader Brett Hearn, May winner at Rolling Wheels Tim Fuller, and 18th-place starter Justin Haers.

Himself a three-time series winner during the 2009 campaign, Hearn’s third-place finish proved to be as significant as a win after Sheppard drew his number allowing the Sussex, N.J. speedster to join him on row four to kick off the richest Big-Block Modified race in the country in October. 

“It’s a huge luxury to be starting 7th or 8th in that race and not have to worry about how you time trial,” said Hearn, 51, a five-time winner of DIRTcar NE’s prized jewel, although the ‘Corporate Jet’ has not pulled into victory lane on Sunday at the Syracuse Mile since 1995. “That really takes a lot of pressure off us.”

Sheppard’s second straight tour triumph coupled with Hearn’s third-place tally cuts the deficit to 83 points going into the Rite Aid finale over Columbus Day Weekend. With the 150-point schedule intact for the only 200-lap event of the year, Hearn needs to finish in 21st-place or better to lock up an unprecedented seventh overall Mr. DIRTcar title and close out DIRTcar’s 34th consecutive season of operation all alone at the top.

Teamed this year with JB Motorsports in the no. 9s Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell entry, Sheppard has done almost everything in his power to close the gap on Hearn. Just one more dose of good fortune could be the difference as the 2000 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman champion awaits a final chance to take top honors in the highest Modified class. 

“This car was just awesome tonight,” said Sheppard, who leads all title contenders with 689 laps led, nearly double that of Hearn, while posting series-high totals of eight qualifying heat race wins and six Integra Shocks Fast Times. “We hemmed and hawed about which car we were gonna run tonight, whether the car we used the last time we were here or this one. I think we made the right choice.”

Heat four winner Phelps out-gunned pole-sitter Alan Johnson to open the scheduled 100-lap feature while sixth-place starter Sheppard shared the third row, two spots behind Hearn on the 30-car grid. At the end of the opening circuit Sheppard was already on the move, and the second-generation pilot cruised into second just as a slowing Mike Ward machine was enough to bring out the first caution on lap three. 

Sheppard’s teammate Jeff Brownell Jr. suffered a blown right-rear tire to require a second yellow flag with 10 in the books and with threatening skies overhead the ensuing lap 12 restart was the perfect time for ‘Super Matt’ to forge the final lead change. Three more caution periods slowed the action during the first half of the race, with Tom Sears Jr., Lance Willix II and top-five running Billy Decker ---lost his breaks on lap 37 and flew off the track in turn three--- the primary culprits.

By lap 50 Sheppard continued to drive away at will from his nearest challengers Phelps and Hearn while ninth and tenth-place starters Paine and Fuller could do no better in their attempt to run down the leaders. Just as Sheppard rode under head flagman Matt Burdick’s crossed flags to signal halfway home, the first wave of rainfall arrived and every drop was easily visible in the track-wide lights overhead. 

Talented teenager Larry Wight looped his Gypsum mount in turn one after frontstretch contact with Brownell to incur the sixth caution period on lap 54. By this time the rain had grown steadier and gusting winds carried the flags sideways as the lamp posts teetered in the wake. When Phelps slid off the track high in turn two for the final slowdown on lap 63, the green lights would never return as only dangerous conditions prevailed during the closing stages and forced officials to stand by their call.

“Getting the Syracuse spot is huge,” added Sheppard, last year’s Rite Aid 200 runner-up, who recently captured Big-Block point championships at both Brewerton and Canandaigua speedways, and settled for third on the final chart at Cayuga County Fair Speedway. “If you go (SDW) and something stupid happens or you have a bad day in time trials, you know you’re starting 7th no matter what. That takes away a lot of stress right there, which carries through to the weekend and hopefully we can take advantage.” 

Quietly finding his way into second in the feature, it was Paine’s best finish by far this season on tour aboard the familiar yellow Tallmadge Tire no. 7x Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets/Bicknell Modified machine.

“The longer the green was out the better compared to the guys in front of me,” figured Paine, 51, after registering just his fourth top-five finish in the opening 19 SDS shows, with his third-place showing at Rolling Wheels on Labor Day the best previous outcome. “Think Matt was just too fast all night, 2nd is probably as far as we were gonna go so its okay.” 

“I like to run the bottom and hate to go to the top early but if I have to, I have to. If it kept raining I was going to have to because I was slipping really bad on the bottom with the water. But in the end it all worked out, we were able to save 40 laps on the race car and take it home in one piece,” Paine said.

Although owning half as many series wins (3) as Sheppard this season, Hearn was still upbeat about his 13th top-five series finish of the season steering the potent Madsen Motorsports no. 20 Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR-BPG/TEO entry. 

“Matt’s got a really good hot rod right now, certainly tough to catch it,” said Hearn, who added his all-time series best 103rd victory at Rolling Wheels back on Labor Day. “So the points deal is gonna come down to Syracuse like we expected it would.”

“I guess two of the guys (Phelps & Decker) got eliminated mathematically tonight, so we’ll just keep truckin’ on for the stretch run. Got a lot of preparation to do this week, a lot of work to do to get ready for Syracuse and we’re looking forward to it.” 

With Hearn (1,973 pts) doing his best to pull away from his closest challengers, runner-up Sheppard (1,890) remains the only outside threat in his bid for a record seventh career Mr. DIRTcar Championship heading into Super DIRT Week at the State Fairgrounds. The 38th Annual Super DIRTcar Series Rite 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers is set for Sunday, October 11 and Hearn is already a five-time race winner in the Salt City showdown.  

Super DIRTcar Series Race #19 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, September 26, 2009 ‘World Series 100’ Big-Block Modified Event Summary

FIN   STR   CAR#     DRIVER

1          6          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY ($6,000)

2          9          7x        Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY

3          3          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

4          10        74        Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY

5          18        3          Justin Haers/Phelps,NY

6          1          14j       Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

7          22        77x      Dale Planck/Cortland,NY

8          5          42p     Pat Ward/Genoa,NY

9          8          29        Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY

10        11        27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

11        28        91x      Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ

12        21        49        Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY

13        19        99b     Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY

14        12        48too  Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

15        25        21        Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY

16        2          98h     Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY

17        30        8          Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

18        26        X         Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY

19        16        99L     Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY

20        15        91h     Chad Homan/Macedon,NY

21        20        5h       Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY

22        29        26        Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY

23        7          91        Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY

24        27        44        Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY

25        14        99        Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY

26        17        16w     Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY

27        23        62s      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY

28        13        45m    Mike Ward/Genoa,NY

29    24        18        Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY

30        4          84        Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY

GATER RACING NEWS LAP LEADERS:   J.Phelps (1-11), Sheppard (12-68).                             

CAUTIONS:   7 for 23 laps.                                               

HEAT WINNERS:   Fuller, Decker, Brownell, J.Phelps.                                              

DIG SAFELY NEW YORK LAST CHANCE RACE WINNERS:   Dunn, Planck.                            

BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD:   Matt Sheppard.                                          

RISLONE OIL STABILIZER & TREATMENT WINNER AWARD:   Matt Sheppard.                        

BARS LEAKS RUNNER-UP AWARD:   Steve Paine.                                                 

SYRACUSE RITE AID 200 QUALIFIERS:   Matt Sheppard (7th), Brett Hearn (8th).                      

HALFWAY LEADER:   Matt Sheppard.                                       

BERT/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD:   Michael Storms.                       

XTREME LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:   Jeff Brownell Jr.                     

PENSKE POWER POSITION AWARD (11th):   Michael Storms.                                          

INTEGRA SHOCKS FAST TIME AWARD:   Billy Decker (20.646sec/108.980mph).                     

TOTAL PURSE:   $27,750.                                    

CARS ENTERED:   40.                                          

NEXT EVENT:   New York State Fairgrounds "Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers" - October 11, 2009.                                           

DID NOT QUALIFY(10)

8r-Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

13-Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY

15-Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA

t21-Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

22c-Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

27d-Clayton Benedict/Akwesasne,ONT

37c-Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY

85-Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA

88k-Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

111-Shane Donath/South Onondaga.NY

 

QUALIFYING

            FAST              AVE               

            TIME               MPH               CAR# DRIVER

1          20.646            108.980          91        Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY

*$100 Integra Shocks Fast Qualifier Award

2          20.733            108.523          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

3          20.769            108.335          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

4          20.869            107.815          29        Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY

5          20.914            107.583          99L     Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY

6          20.920            107.553          84        Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY

7          20.923            107.537          99        Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY

8          20.927            107.517          3          Justin Haers/Phelps,NY

9          21.001            107.138          7x        Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY

10        21.015            107.066          42p     Pat Ward/Genoa,NY

11        21.027            107.005          98h     Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY

12        21.038            106.949          74        Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY

13        21.152            106.373          48too  Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

14        21.161            106.328          91h     Chad Homan/Macedon,NY

15        21.179            106.237          14j       Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

16        21.373            105.273          5h       Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY

17        21.384            105.219          91x      Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ

18        21.406            105.111          49        Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY

19        21.482            104.739          45m    Mike Ward/Genoa,NY

20        21.522            104.544          77x      Dale Planck/Cortland,NY

21        21.614            104.099          62s      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY

22        21.627            104.037          16w     Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY

23        21.643            103.960          8          Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

24        21.645            103.950          27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

25        21.659            103.883          X         Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY

26        21.691            103.730          22c      Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

27    21.713            103.625          18        Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY

28        21.721            103.586          99b     Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY

29        21.745            103.472          44        Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY

30        21.753            103.434          13        Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY

31        21.879            102.838          27d     Clayton Benedict/Akwesasne,ONT

32        21.947            102.520          15        Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA

33        21.980            102.366          111     Shane Donath/South Onondaga.NY

34        22.043            102.073          37c      Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY

35        22.056            102.013          26        Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY

36        22.075            101.925          88k      Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

37        22.271            101.028          85        Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA

38        22.307            100.865          t21       Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

39        22.422            100.348          8r         Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

40          -NT-                -----               21        Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY

Heat Races (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature; top 3 redrew)

#1: Fuller, Rauscher, Tomkins, M.Ward, Willix, Podsiadlo, Ra.Chrysler, Whaley, Benedict, Ro.Chrysler.

#2: Decker, Sheppard, Hearn, R.Phelps, Haers, Dunn, Sears, Donath, Richner, Steiner.

#3: Brownell, Paine, P.Ward, Homan, Bower, Planck, Fisher, Scagliotta, Tonkin, Clair.

#4: J.Phelps, A.Johnson, D.Johnson, Wight, Hile, C.Phelps, Beardsley, Storms, Bellinger, Vauter.

Dig Safely New York Last Chance Races: (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)

#1: Dunn, Sears, Podsiadlo, Whaley, Richner, Ro.Chrysler, Benedict, Steiner, Ra.Chrysler, Donath.

#2: Planck, Beardsley, C.Phelps, Storms, Scagliotta, Clair, Bellinger, Fisher, Tonkin, Vauter.

 

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Point Standings (Thru Sept. 26, 2009)

No.       Driver               Total     Series   Bonus   Diff      Home Track       Wins     Top 5    Top 10  Starts

20         Brett Hearn        1973     1613     360          0       Lebanon Valley 3          13         17         19

9s         Matt Sheppard  1890     1530     360       -83        Canandaigua     6          11         13         19

91         Billy Decker       1807     1447     360       -166      Brewerton         4          10         10         19

98H      Jimmy Phelps   1803     1443     360       -170      Brewerton         1          8          14         19

3          Justin Haers      1671     1311     360       -302      Can Am            0          4          13         19

84         Gary Tomkins    1561     1201     360       -412      Canandaigua     0          5          10         19

99         Ryan Phelps     1530     1170     360       -443      Brewerton         2          5          9          19

27J       Danny Johnson 1505     1145     360       -468      Cayuga County 0          2          10         19

14J       Alan Johnson    1291     931       360       -682      Fulton               1          4          9          14

4          Mike Storms      1268     908       360       -705      Fulton               0          0          2          19

99L       Larry Wight       1232     872       360       -741      Fulton               0          0          0          19

29         Jeff Brownell Jr.1228     868       360       -745      Glen Ridge        0          3          7          14

77x       Dale Planck       1213     1033     180       -760      Cayuga County 0          2          6          18

7x         Steve Paine      1201     841       360       -772      Canandaigua     0          4          9          12

49         Billy Dunn         1188     828       360       -785      Can Am            0          1          3          16

8          Rich Scagliotta  832       532       300       -1141    Canandiagua     0          0          1          9

74         Tim Fuller          768       648       120       -1205    Cayuga County 1          4          5          9

18         Sean Beardsley 689       329       360       -1284    Fulton               0          0          0          7

99B      Chuck Bower     672       312       360       -1301    Fulton               0          0          0          7

FX1      Frankie Caprara 643       283       360       -1330    Can Am            0          0          2          5

6          Pat O'Brien       637       337       300       -1336    Brewerton         0          1          2          6

62         Tom Sears Jr.   625       265       360       -1348    Fulton               0          0          0          5

02         Roy Bresnahan  615       255       360       -1358    Fulton               0          0          1          5

21         Derrick Podsiadlo 593   233       360       -1380    Canandaigua     0          0          1          5

44         Shannon Whaley 585     225       360       -1388    Canandaigua     0          0          0          5

8R        Rob Bellinger    577       217       360       -1396    Canandaigua     0          0          0          5

33         Mike Mahaney   575       215       360       -1398    Cayuga County 0          0          0          5

34b       Andy Bachetti   538       178       360       -1435    Lebanon Valley 0          1          2          2

43         Keith Flach        536       176       360       -1437    Lebanon Valley 0          0          0          3

77F       Mark Flach Jr.   527       167       360       -1446    Lebanon Valley 0          1          2          2

98         Eddie Marshall  526       166       360       -1447    Lebanon Valley 0          1          1          2

57         Donnie Corellis  525       165       360       -1448    Lebanon Valley 0          1          2          2

91         Chad Homan     523       163       360       -1450    Canandaigua     0          0          1          3

60         Brian Berger      492       132       360       -1481    Lebanon Valley 0          1          1          2

24v       Bobby Varin      488       128       360       -1485    Glen Ridge        0          1          1          2

X          Chad Phelps     486       126       360       -1487    Fulton               0          0          0          2

42p       Pat Ward          482       122       360       -1491    Brewerton         0          1          5          8

83x       Tim Sears         480       120       360       -1493    Fulton               0          0          0          3

88         Kroy Sandstedt 475       115       360       -1498    Lebanon Valley 0          0          1          2

42         Guy Sheldon     471       111       360       -1502    Lebanon Valley 0          0          1          2

19H      Chris Higgins    468       108       360       -1505    Can Am            0          0          0          2

07         Tim Kerr            468       108       360       -1505    Can Am            0          0          0          2

10         Tim Currier        461       101       360       -1512    Cayuga County 0          0          0          2

16         Mike Bowman    460       100       360       -1513    Fulton               0          0          0          2

13         Tony Steiner      457       97         360       -1516    Fulton               0          0          0          1

2          Dave Axton       456       96         360       -1517    Cayuga County 0          0          0          2

24         Jim Witko Jr.     456       96         360       -1517    Brewerton         0          0          0          2

37c       Eric Fisher        455       95         360       -1518    Cayuga County 0          0          0          2

87x       Paul Gilardi       452       92         360       -1521    Lebanon Valley 0          0          0          2

115       Kenny Tremont. 451       91         360       -1522    Lebanon Valley 0          0          0          2

42B      Kevin Bates      451       91         360       -1522    Brewerton         0          0          0          2

 

Super DIRTcar Series Modified Entries – September 26 (40)

Car#     Driver/Hometown         Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)

X              Chad Phelps/Mexico,NY      Haun Welding Supply-Ashley Winery-Midstate Tree Service/Troyer/Morrison

3              Justin Haers/Phelps,NY        Phelps Cement Products-SMV Motorsports-Jeff Jolly Masonry/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

5h            Chris Hile/Syracuse,NY        Ernie Kreis & Son-Fastline Performance-P&M Fabrication/Bicknell/Morrison

7x            Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY     Tallmadge Tire-Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

8              Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ Central Jersey Trailer & Hitch Depot-Adamsville Maintenance/Troyer/Feil

8r             Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY       U-Store of Watertown-Westward Painting-Coffin Excavation/Troyer/Mastin

9s            Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY                Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance

13            Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY NY Tech Supply-Tech Tire Repairs/Bicknell/Donath

14j           Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY               Bully's Truck Stop-CFF,Inc.-Raymond's Car Care/Bicknell/Jimmy D's Speed

15            Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA                Grimm Construction-G&G Towing/Bicknell/Wally Fiehl

16w         Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY   SUNY Canton-Nor-Shir Construction/Bicknell/Morrison

18            Sean Beardsley/Central Square,NY Pipe Pros-Bradco Supply-Blackburn Truck Bodies/Troyer/Moshier

20            Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ          Madsen Motorsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR-BPG/TEO/Enders

21            Derrick Podsiadlo/Penn Yan,NY Penn Yan Mini Storage-Keuka Restaurant/TEO/Finger Lakes

t21           Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY               Frontenac Water-Randy's Smoke Shop-Joey's Sneeks/Bicknell/Jeff Nicholson

22c          Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE                Batiments JDL-Motel Drummond-Freightliner Drummond/Bicknell/Morrison

26            Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY National Vacuum-Jetport Lounge-Lazy Lakes Camping Resort/Bicknell/Gor-Den

27d          Clayton Benedict/Akwesasne,ONT Thompson Motorsports-SUNY Canton/Troyer/Dan Bedell

27j           Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Thompson Motorsports-SUNY Canton/Troyer/Dan Bedell

29            Jeff Brownell Jr./Waterloo,NY              Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell/C.C. Performance

37c          Eric Fisher/Bluff Point,NY     Bully Hill Vineyards-Fisher Tree Service-Daily Electric/Ozcar/Finger Lakes

42p          Pat Ward/Genoa,NY              Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar

44            Shannon Whaley/Pavilion,NY             Davis Trailer World-D&M Precision/Bicknell/Morrison

45m         Mike Ward/Genoa,NY           Cal-East Collision & Street Rods/Bicknell/Chet Ward

48too      Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY               Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison

49            Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY     Number One Speed-American Traditions-Fast Lube Watertown/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

62s          Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY          Mullen Industrial-Trackman Equipment/Bicknell/Chevrolet

74            Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY         Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations-Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO/Precision

77x          Dale Planck/Cortland,NY      RezX Racing-Grow It Hydroseeding-Action Race Parts-Teo Fab./TEO/Kevlar

84            Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY Honeoye Auto Parts-Rochester Americans-National Guard/Bicknell/Mastin

85            Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA    Sportsburg.com-Community Bank & Trust/Bicknell/Enders

88k          Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY               Signal Cigarettes-Randy's Smoke Shop/Bicknell/JanCen

91            Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY      Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar

91h          Chad Homan/Macedon,NY  DigTrack.com-North Eastern Pool & Spa/Bicknell/Campbell

91x          Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ                Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar

98h          Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY Mohawk N.E.-New England Race Fuels-Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/Troyer/Bruneau-F-L

99            Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY        Big Red Towing-Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell/Enders

99b          Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY    Ingles Performance-United Fasteners-Bradco Supply/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

99L          Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY       Gypsum Express,Ltd./Bicknell/Kevlar

111          Shane Donath/South Onondaga.NY Prevo Motorsports-Fellows Trucking-Bradco Supply/Bicknell/Enders 

SKIDMARKS
Rescheduled ‘Sarvertown 75’ Shelved At Lernerville: The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified event at Lernerville Speedway, which was originally scheduled for Friday, September 11 and later rescheduled for Friday, October 23, following the completion of qualifying has been cancelled. The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede Modified events will now be the season championship for the BRP Modified Series with a 30-lap feature as part of the Western PA/Ohio-based BRP Tour paying $2,000 to win. Tickets and pit passes purchased for the September 11 event may be used at face value for the Steel City Stampede. 

Super DIRT Week Website Active: On-line activity continues to grow with the official site for Super DIRT Week providing valuable information about DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s crown jewel event staged at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. This year’s 38th edition runs October 7-11, 2009 and features Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.

VP Racing Fuels Official SDW Fuel Supplier: Already recognized as the ‘Official Fuel of DIRTcar Racing’ and the Super DIRTcar Series, VP Racing Fuels is also the ‘Official Fuel Supplier’ of Super DIRT Week XXXVIII, Oct. 7-11, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Throughout the 2009 season in the DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region the only fuels allowed in the Big-Block Modified and 358-Modified divisions at sanctioned events have been VP110 and C12. That will continue during Super DIRT Week with the fast time trialer/qualifier in the Rite Aid 200 presented by Ferris & Snapper Mowers and 358-Modified Championship both receiving a $1,000 fuel certificate. 

UPCOMING EVENT
Just one more event remains on the 2009 Super DIRTcar Series schedule and that is the nationally recognized ‘Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers’ to close out Super DIRT Week XXXVIII at the New York State Fairgrounds. Syracuse is the lone 200-lapper on the ’09 agenda with 150 points on the line for the winner and 50 points awarded to start. 

2009 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Schedule

NP=Non-Point event; SP=Show-Up Point event.                        

*All events subject to change.

DAY-DATE    TRACK                                     WINNER/LOCATION

Wed-Feb 11  Volusia Speedway Park-NP  Pat Ward

Thr-Feb 12    Volusia Speedway Park-NP  Pat Ward

Fri-Feb 13      Volusia Speedway Park-NP  Jamie Mills

Sat-Feb 14    Volusia Speedway Park-NP  Brett Hearn

Sat-Mar 28     Hagerstown Speedway         rain-cancelled

Sun-Apr 26   Big Diamond Raceway          Duane Howard

Sat-Jun 6       Lebanon Valley Speedway   Matt Sheppard

Sun-Jun 7     Airborne Speedway                rain-cancelled

Wed-Jun 17  Orange Co Fair Speedway    Billy Decker

Fri-Jul 3         Ransomville Speedway        Brett Hearn

Sat-Jul 4        Fulton Speedway                   Alan Johnson

Great Canadian Tour

Thr-Jul 9        Brockville Ont Speedway      B.Hearn/Pat O’Brien

Fri-Jul 10       Autodrome Granby                 B.Decker/Jimmy Phelps

Sat-Jul 18      Cayuga Co Fair Speedway   Ryan Phelps

Sun-Jul 19    Cayuga Co Fair Speedway   R.Phelps ($20,000-to-win)/Tim Fuller

Mon-Aug 3    Merrittville Speedway             M.Sheppard/Pat Ward

Fri-Aug 7       Brewerton Speedway             M.Sheppard/Danny Johnson

Sat-Aug 8      Canandaigua Speedway      T.Fuller/Gary Tomkins

Fri-Aug 21     Can-Am Motorsports Park     M.Sheppard/Dale Planck

Sun-Aug 23  Cornwall Motor Speedway    J.Phelps/Pierre Dagenais

Thr-Aug 27    Lebanon Valley Speedway   B.Decker ($17,500-to-win)/Eddie Marshall

Sun-Sep 6     Cayuga Co Fair Speedway   B.Decker/Justin Haers

Mon-Sep 7    Rolling Wheels Raceway      B.Hearn/Steve Paine          

Sun-Sep 20  Autodrome Drummond         M.Sheppard/David Hebert

Sat-Sep 26    Rolling Wheels Raceway      M.Sheppard (7th), B.Hearn (8th)

Sun-Oct 11    New York State Fairgrnds     Syracuse,NY ($50,000-to-win)

DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event ---Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse--- runs October 7-11, 2009 featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime. 

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 Rite Aid Corporation www.riteaid.com, Dig Safely New York www.digsafelynewyork.com and the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks www.barsproducts.com, Bert Transmission www.berttransmission.com, Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, Brodix Cylinder Heads www.brodix.com, Ferris Industries www.ferrisindustries.com, Integra Shocks www.integrashocksandsprings.com, Intercomp www.intercomp-racing.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Rislone Oil Stabilizer www.barsproducts.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.



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