Rolling Wheels Raceway Rekindles Super DIRTcar Series Tradition In 2010

Date: 12/14/2009 7:01:44 PM

Rolling Wheels Raceway Rekindles Super DIRTcar Series Tradition In 2010

Weedsport, NY — December 14, 2009 — By Tom Skibinski, Super DIRTcar Series PR Director 

A holiday tradition that began four decades ago will be restored when Rolling Wheels Raceway Park hosts the ‘Firecracker 100’ Super DIRTcar Series show on July 4, 2010.

With the Fourth of July tour stop in Central New York last made in 2007, the return trip to the ‘Fast Track’ is expected to attract an elite array of past race winners along with a blend of young and talented Big-Block Modified racers, each looking to etch their own name in the Rolling Wheels record book. 

“We’re well underway with plans to make Rolling Wheels a show place for all of our core divisions, a direct response to all the feedback we’ve received,” stated DIRTcar Northeast Director Cory Reed, who was recently named General Manager at the popular Elbridge, N.Y. oval. Opening in August of 1969, the charter member DIRTcar track will celebrate its 42nd consecutive season of operation with the tentative 2010 lid-lifter set for Sunday, May 2.

“Rolling Wheels has always been one of the premier facilities on the DIRTcar circuit and the July 4th show among the staples throughout the summer. We’ll be taking full advantage of our specials-only format next season with an even bigger variety of classes in competition and more dates to appease both the fans and racers,” noted Reed, who has already inked a return visit by both the World of Outlaws Late Model Series (Aug. 19) and WoO Sprint Car Series (Oc. 9) as part of the Super DIRT Week festivities. 

Situated right in the backyard of DIRTcar Northeast headquarters, Rolling Wheels remains a hotbed for Modified racing with its central location providing easy access from every direction. Traveling in from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada, open-wheel stars have made their way down Route 5 for the past 40 years, with previous winners of the headline 'Firecracker 100’ some of the biggest names in DIRTcar Racing today.

The legendary list includes ’07 twin 50-lap race winners Brett Hearn and Gary Tomkins, along with ’06 Northeast Modified Hall of Famer 'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie, who leads all competitors with seven triumphs. 2010 Mr. DIRTcar champ Hearn, Danny Johnson, Jack Johnson and Will Cagle each own five 1st-place trophies while all-time DIRTcar Big-Block feature winner Alan Johnson (2) and Tim Fuller (2) are the only other repeat winners in 38 races staged since the late Jim Shampine posted his lone Independence Day victory in 1970.  

RWR "Firecracker" Independence Day Winners (1970-2007)
(1975 event made up of three feature races all won by Will Cagle)  
7/03/07-Brett Hearn-50L & Gary Tomkins-50L; 7/3/06-Rain; 7/4/05-Tim Fuller-100L; 7/5/04-Tim Fuller-100L; 7/3/03-Alan Johnson-101L; 7/4/02-Brett Hearn-102L; 7/4/01-Tim McCreadie-100L; 7/4/00-Danny Johnson-100L; 7/1/99-Brett Hearn-99L; 7/2/98-Danny Johnson-98L; 7/3/97-Brett Hearn-97L; 7/4/96-Bob McCreadie-75L; 7/4/95-Danny Johnson-100L; 7/4/94-Bob McCreadie-100L; 7/5/93-Bob McCreadie-100L; 8/18/92-Jack Johnson-100L; 7/4/91-Bob McCreadie-79L; 7/4/90-Danny Johnson-69L; 8/14/89-Bob McCreadie-76L; 7/4/88-Jack Johnson-100L; 7/3/87-Danny Johnson-100L; 7/4/86-Bob McCreadie-100L; 7/4/85-Bob McCreadie-100L; 8/13/84-Merv Treichler-100L; 7/4/83-Brett Hearn-100L; 7/5/82-Dave Lape-100L; 7/3/81-Will Cagle-50L; 7/4/80-Alan Johnson-100L; 7/4/79-Jack Johnson-100L; 7/4/78-Will Cagle-100L; 7/4/77-Jack Johnson-100L; 7/5/76-Will Cagle-76L; 7/4/75-Will Cagle-100L; 7/5/74-Will Cagle-100L; 7/4/73-Jack Johnson-92L; 7/4/72-Budd Olsen-100L; 7/5/71-Lou Lazzaro-100L; 7/3/70-Jim Shampine-50L. 

Hagerstown Speedway is slated to lead off the 31st edition of the Super DIRTcar Series on Saturday, March 27, 2010 with Rolling Wheels expanding the tour to 20 extra-distance events as the mighty Big-Block Modifieds contend for the coveted Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar crown.


Big-Block Modified action kicks off down south with four non-point series shows during the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park. Five straight days of trackside activity ---including practice on Feb. 9--- culminate February 13 with a 50-lap finale boasting a first-place prize of $5,000. In between, Feb. 10-12, each 30-lap DIRTcar BB Modified feature winner stands to collect $2,000.

For more information, please contact Series Competition Director Joe Skotnicki at 704/796-4566 while Big-Block Modified tour news continues to be posted on Specific track information can be found on the internet at with GM Cory Reed available at the DIRTcar Northeast office by calling 315/834-6606. 


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

DAY-DATE    LAPS  TRACK                                  LOCATION   

Wed-Feb 10  30-NP   Volusia Speedway Park     Barberville,FL          

Thr-Feb 11    30-NP   Volusia Speedway Park     Barberville,FL          

Fri-Feb 12      30-NP   Volusia Speedway Park     Barberville,FL          

Sat-Feb 13    50-NP   Volusia Speedway Park     Barberville,FL          

Sat-Mar 27     100     Hagerstown Speedway      Hagerstown,MD

Sat-Apr 10     100     Fulton Speedway                Fulton,NY

Sun-May 30  100     Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayWeedsport,NY         

Wed-Jun 16  100     Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY        

Wed-Jun 23  100     Mohawk Int’l Raceway        Akwesasne,NY       

Sun-Jul 4      100     Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY

Sun-Jul 11    100     Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT

Fri-Jul 16       50        Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY        

Sat-Jul 17      100     Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY ($20,000-to-win)

Mon-Jul 19    100     Autodrome Granby              Granby,QUE

Tue-Jul 20     100     Autodrome Drummond      Drummondville,QUE

Mon-Aug 2    100     Merrittville Speedway          Thorold,ONT

Thr-Aug 26    100     Lebanon Valley Speedway W.Lebanon,NY ($17,500-to-win)

Sun-Sep 5     100     Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayWeedsport,NY

Sat-Sep 18    100     Mohawk Int’l Raceway        Akwesasne,NY       

Sat-Oct 2        200-SP Fulton Speedway                Fulton,NY ($20,000-to-win)    

Sun-Oct 10    200     N.Y.S Fairgrounds               Syracuse,NY ($50,000-to-win)

Sun-Oct 17    100     Brockville Ont. Speedway  Brockville,ONT        

Thr-Nov 4      Qual.  The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s    Concord,NC 

Fri-Nov 5        50        The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s    Concord,NC 

Sat-Nov 6      50        The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s    Concord,NC 

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 annually in October 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 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 and VP Racing Fuels Promotional partners include Rite Aid Corporation, Dig Safely New York and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks, Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Ferris Industries, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks,, Racing Electronics, Rislone Oil Stabilizer and Wrisco Industries

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