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Frenchman Clair Heads Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Revival At Mohawk

Mario Clair
Mario Clair - Rick Young Photo

Hogansburg NYAugust 21, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

The Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series had not visited Hogansburg, New York since 2004. The track was known as Frogtown Int’l Speedway then and Mario Clair was a budding Small-Block star.

Four years later, Clair is still behind the wheel of the no. 22 Batiments JDL-sponsored machine. Yet on this occasion, the St-Edmond, Quebec speedster was able to usher in a new era with an overtime performance Thursday night in the Akwesasne 100 presented by Mohawk Bingo Palace and Casino at the recently renamed Mohawk International Raceway.

“This is my biggest win ever against some of the best cars around,” said Clair, who joined fellow Quebecois Steve Poirier, Kayle Robidoux and David Hebert as the only other Frenchman to a capture Super DIRTcar Series victory. Poirier claimed his memorable win during the 2002 edition of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Blocks at Autodrome Drummond while Robidoux (Granby) and Hebert (Cornwall) claimed Small-Block victories last summer. Clair did become the first-ever driver from Quebec to take a checkered flag in Mr. DIRTcar tour competition on U.S. soil.

“The track was one lane tonight but very fast. I play it safe the first half of the race, then run my best the rest of the way. We’re happy to make the distance, it was a long race out there but we finally got first at the end,” remarked Clair, the reigning overall Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Champion who garnered the coveted crown without a win yet logged four top-five finishes in 13 starts.

Clair inherited the lead and ultimate victory when Brian McDonald suffered a broken right front shock on a lap 91 restart and the resulting pile-up forced out a red flag with 10 laps to go. Runner-up Danny Johnson and female phenom Jessica Zemken were the only other drivers to complete the distance while Billy Cook and rookie Larry Wight filled out the front five three laps down.

Mohawk regulars John Lazore and Delbert LeGrow led the 30-car starting grid to the initial green flag with LeGrow using the high side to his advantage to take the early lead. A mid-pack scramble on the opening circuit forced a complete restart although the pair was still able to out-distance themselves from Saturday night MIR racers Roy Tarbell and Carey Terrance with McDonald right behind.

Lazore slid high over the turn one berm and dropped back to fourth on lap eight yet the next time around tangled with Tarbell exiting turn four to initiate the second of a dozen caution periods that, along with a pair of red flags, would drop the average race speed to under 40 mph. Clair took advantage of the second slowdown to vault into third behind LeGrow and Terrance, with McDonald and ’07 Mr. DIRTcar 358 runner-up Danny O’Brien scored next.

McDonald charged forward to shadow LeGrow with 15 laps in the books and made quick work when the leader got boxed in behind the lapped car of Casey Swamp five circuits later. When Lance Willix slowed to incur yellow number four on lap 22, McDonald was chased by LeGrow and Terrance while Clair and O’Brien bided their time among the top-five.

Caution flags continued to fly as three more counted before the halfway mark, with the mounts of both Jeff Marshall and Todd Burley suffering flat right rear tires to force out the seventh yellow on lap 45. Tour traveler Chad Brachmann gave up seventh-place during this slowdown while McDonald and Clair battled up front as the field prepared for the lap 51 restart.

Yet just as the lead pack charged out of turn to resume action, the first major accident took place right in front of the grandstand with Terrance, LeGrow, O’Brien, Mitchell Jock and Brett Hearn absorbing the brunt of the multi-car melee. The first red was unfurled as track officials worked diligently trying to pry apart the open-wheel machines of Jock and O’Brien while Hearn and LeGrow were done for the night.

Cautions continued to keep the field in check and with 25 laps still remaining just five cars were scored on the lead lap while Terrance returned to fill in 10th still six laps down. Fifth-place runner Pete Bicknell slowed with a flat right rear tire leaving only McDonald, Clair, Johnson and Zemken to battle for supremacy, although the ensuing restart would further change the race complexion as half the field had retired pitside.

Just as McDonald picked up speed in turn four near the end of lap 90, his shock broke forcing the front end to dig in and send the trailing pack swerving on both sides to avoid the mishap. While McDonald’s West Front Construction no. 151kb East End Auto Parts/Troyer entry coasted to a stop on the main straightaway, the no. 27 machine of Roy Delormier slammed in, tearing off the entire left side back to the fuel cell on McDonald’s car, with Delormier staging a wild series of flips that ended in a heap of sheet metal just shy of turn one. Frenchman Michel Chicoine and Tarbell were also involved in the incident that prompted the second red flag of the night.

The final 10 circuits clicked off caution-free with Clair powering out to nearly a straightaway lead over Johnson, as Zemken crossed the line almost a second and a half later. Johnson was rewarded with a guaranteed starting berth in the Syracuse 358-Modified Championship during Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds on October 11 while fourth-place finisher Cook was recognized as the Bert Hard Charger.

But in the end during the customary post-race inspection, a carburetor infraction was determined with the Clair car and the team was penalized full points and fined full earnings, dampening the spirits of the newest Canadian tour winner. The Clair team announced in the aftermath that it will appeal the ruling, with more details forthcoming as they are released.

“We had a real fast hot rod tonight, glad it was able to stick it out for the distance,” said Johnson, who just days earlier was in touch with car owner Perry Francis before securing the ride on Thursday night. After suffering mechanical issues last Sunday in the Advance Series show at Cornwall Motor Speedway, Johnson was close to climbing in Francis’ C&B Boating Enterprise no. 55 Action Race Parts/TEO ride for the first time that night until Francis qualified and Johnson made repairs in Zach Aubertine’s black no. 11 TEO car.

“The track was really rough, I guess just to survive and finish is quite an accomplishment tonight. I have to thank Perry for letting me drive while he’s out of town. Right now, I’m on a day-to-day schedule finding a ride,” Johnson added.

While Clair made history with his first 358-Modified tour triumph, Zemken pulled out a page of her own becoming the highest finishing female ever in DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s premier series for Small-Block racers as she drove Don Thompson’s Street Wise Fight Wear no. 19z Thompson Motorsports/TEO to a solid third-place showing.

“I have to thank Don for giving me this opportunity,” said Zemken, who may be a Mohawk regular next year as her aunt lives in nearby Massena, New York and Thompson has already found success with ‘Pumpkin’ behind the wheel. “Right now, we’re getting better and better every race and plan to follow the rest of the series if we keep doing well. Tonight we held back in such a long race, there was definitely a lot going on out there. We’re certainly happy to come home third, best of all in one piece.”

The rate of attrition proved costly for early season Mr. DIRTcar 358 point leader Dale Planck, who borrowed a ride only to run 48 laps and finish 23rd. Todd Burley buckled into Mitchell Jock’s back-up no. 14 TEO machine to last 95 laps and grab eighth at the line and as a results overtook Planck atop the standings through three of 13 scheduled events.

Teams chasing points towards the overall Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series return to action across the border when Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway stages round number four of the 2008 tour on Sunday, August 31.

SKIDMARKS
The former Frogtown Int’l Speedway emerged as the new Mohawk Int’l Raceway in March during the 20th annual track banquet yet the 2008 race season is the just the beginning of a three-year plan to completely renovate the facility that first opened to the public in August of 1987. The Hogansburg, New York hangout has been affiliated with DIRTcar Racing since 1988 and in 2009 the best is yet to come.

“We’ve already built a state-of-the-art washroom that features an adjoining shower facility and security office,” revealed MIR Board of Directors member Don Thompson. “In phase one this year we’ve also upgraded our equipment with the addition of two packer vehicles and a new grader. As soon as the season ends in September we’ll get our major renovation project underway. We wanted to do more this year but in order to do things right we’ve outlined a three-year project.”

Added fellow MIR board member John Lazore, also a weekly racer at his facility, “The Monday after our last race we’ll begin tearing down the main grandstands and replace the old boards with aluminum seating. We hold about 1,500 now but the new better seats will accommodate just about as many and we’re looking to accommodate close to 2,000 in the future. Racers will notice a big difference we’ll be extending the pits a couple hundred feet back and raising it 2-3 feet from the ground up with new drainage going in. The haulers will enter behind the grandstands and once inside teams will find a two-stall tech building. New stadium (Musco) lighting will also be in place to give everyone the best view possible. The final stage will include improvements to the parking lot with space for RVs and a picnic area on the drawing board.”

POT HOLES: A solid field of 36 racers signed in for the inaugural Akwesasne 100, including more than a dozen in their first tour effort of the season. Included in the list were 2006 Mr. DIRTcar 358 champ Brett Hearn, DIRT Hall of Famer Dave Heaslip and 15 year-old Dexter Stacey, son of Wallace Stacey, owner of cars still driven today by DIRTcar veteran Alan Johnson…..A trio of Small-Block rookies qualified for the feature go with Larry Wight (5th), Mitchell Jock (9th) and Tommy Flannigan (22nd) making the grade…..Second-generation racer Tim O’Brien was competing for the first time at MIR, although brothers Pat (1989 & ’92 track champ) and Danny have 34 DIRTcar 358-Modified feature wins between them at the track…..Ryan Jacobs, a former owner of cars driven by Dale Planck, back behind the wheel of a Modified after a short jaunt in a sprint car. Mechanical problems with the Carey Terrance-owned no. 66 driven by Planck this year in the 358 Series forced Dale to pick up a ride in Clement Therrien’s no. 39 Carrosserie St-Calixte Racing-JT Rerrassement/Bicknell entry for the feature…..While Jessica Zemken recorded the highest finish for a female on the Super DIRTcar Series, the Sprakers, New York pilot also posted the second fastest lap in time trails to rank as the best-ever for her gender.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Race #3 – Mohawk International Raceway, August 21, 2008 Akwesasne 100 presented by the Mohawk Bingo Palace and Casino Event Summary
Feature

FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
*1 5 22 Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
2 9 55 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
3 7 19z Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY
4 26 m70 Billy Cook/Akwesasne,NY
5 14 99 Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
6 16 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
7 21 80 Jeff Marshall/Fort Covington,NY
8 27 14x Todd Burley/Spencerport,NY
9 12 14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY®
10 6 151kb Brian McDonald/Cornwall,ONT
11 15 27 Roy Delormier/Cornwall Island,ONT
12 3 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
13 22 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
14 24 31 Tom Jock Jr./Hogansburg,NY
15 4 007 Roy Tarbell/Hogansburg,NY
16 20 3b Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY
17 25 44 Casey Swamp/Akwesasne,NY
18 17 9s Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
19 8 17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
20 2 71 Delbert LeGrow/Massena,NY
21 10 4* Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
22 13 72x Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT®
23 28 39x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
24 31 39a Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
25 30 66d Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
26 11 16 Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
27 19 1 Dave Heaslip/Smiths Falls,ONT
28 1 19 John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY
29 18 73 Ryan Jacobs/Hogansburg,NY
30 23 8 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
DNS 29 80x Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT
*Loss of points and earnings due to carburetor infraction.
EVENT SUMMARY:
LAP LEADERS: LeGrow (1-19), McDonald (20-89), Clair (90-100).
CAUTIONS: 12 for 41 laps; 2 RED FLAGS (lap 58, lap 91).
HEAT WINNERS: Terrance, Zemken, Clair, Lazore.
CONSI WINNER: Marshall.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Mario Clair.
SYRACUSE ITT/GOULDS PUMPS 150 QUALIFIER: Danny Johnson.
HALFWAY LEADER: Brian McDonald.
BERT HARD CHARGER: Billy Cook.
HOLLEY HARD LUCK: Brian McDonald.
PENSKE POWER POSITION (9th): Mitchell Jock.
FAST TIME TRIALER: Carey Terrance (16.591sec/86.794mph).
TOTAL PURSE: $20,200.
CARS ENTERED: 36.
NEXT EVENT: Cornwall Motor Speedway – August 31, 2008.
DID NOT QUALIFY(5)
12-Clayton Benedict/Cornwall Island,ONT
39a-Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
66w-Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
70b-Josh Brockway/Fort Covington,NY
72-Todd Stewart/Kingston,ONT

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 16.591 86.794 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
2 16.674 86.362 19z Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY
3 16.808 85.673 22 Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
4 16.817 85.628 19 John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY
5 16.819 85.617 4* Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
6 16.826 85.582 007 Roy Tarbell/Hogansburg,NY
7 16.942 84.996 55 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
8 16.952 84.946 17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
9 16.956 84.926 151kb Brian McDonald/Cornwall,ONT
10 16.994 84.736 16 Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
11 16.995 84.731 27 Roy Delormier/Cornwall Island,ONT
12 17.041 84.502 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
13 17.126 84.083 72x Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT®
14 17.128 84.073 73 Ryan Jacobs/Hogansburg,NY
15 17.179 83.823 14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY®
16 17.205 83.697 66 Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
17 17.239 83.532 9s Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
18 17.271 83.377 99 Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
19 17.327 83.107 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
20 17.355 82.973 71 Delbert LeGrow/Massena,NY
21 17.389 82.811 80x Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT
22 17.404 82.740 80 Jeff Marshall/Fort Covington,NY
23 17.518 82.201 39 Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
24 17.554 82.033 3b Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY
25 17.848 80.681 8 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
26 17.881 80.532 44 Casey Swamp/Akwesasne,NY
27 17.896 80.465 m70 Billy Cook/Akwesasne,NY
28 17.916 80.375 66d Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
29 18.004 79.982 72 Todd Stewart/Kingston,ONT
30 18.014 79.938 31 Tom Jock Jr./Hogansburg,NY
31 18.038 79.831 1 Dave Heaslip/Smiths Falls,ONT
32 18.054 79.761 12 Clayton Benedict/Cornwall Island,ONT
33 18.138 79.391 89b Todd Burley/Spencerport,NY
34 18.462 77.998 70b Josh Brockway/Fort Covington,NY
35 18.544 77.653 66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
36 -NT- —– 39a Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
Heat Races (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature, top 3 went to re-draw)
#1: Terrance, Hearn, McDonald, Flannigan, Smoke, T.O’Brien, Steele, Burley (DNS), Stewart (DNS).
#2: Zemken, Tarbell, Willix, Wight, Jacobs, Marshall, T.Jock, Swamp, Brockway.
#3: Clair, Johnson, M.Jock, Delormier, Heaslip, Chicoine, Cook, W.Stacey, C.Therrien.
#4: Lazore, D.O’Brien, LeGrow, Bicknell, Brachmann, Benedict, Planck, D.Stacey, A.Therrien (DNS).
Consolation Round (10 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Marshall, Chicoine, T.O’Brien, T.Jock, Swamp, Cook, D.Stacey, Burley, C.Therrien, Brockway, Benedict, W.Stacey, Steele (DNS), Planck (DNS), Stewart (DNS), A.Therrien (DNS).
Provisional: Burley, Planck, Steele.
Added: D.Stacey.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Points (thru August 21)
Rank No. Driver Points Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 5 Todd Burley 253 0 1 2 3 3
2 66 Dale Planck 231 -22 1 2 2 3
3 42 Pete Bicknell 224 -29 0 1 3 3
4 3b Chad Brachmann 196 -57 0 1 1 3
5 99 Larry Wight 180 -73 0 1 1 3
6 66x Carey Terrance 169 -84 0 0 1 3
7 28 Scott Kerwin 155 -98 0 1 1 2
8 72 Tommy Flannigan 154 -99 0 0 1 3
9 17d Danny O’Brien 153 -100 0 1 1 3
10 96 Danny Johnson 135 -118 0 1 1 2
11 26 Rick Richner 134 -119 0 0 2 2
12 9s Mark Smoke 129 -124 0 0 0 3
13 16 Lance Willix II 128 -125 0 0 0 3
14 80 Chris Steele 121 -132 0 0 1 2
15 123 Robbie Krull 120 -133 0 1 1 2
16 41 Boyd MacTavish 102 -151 0 0 0 2
17 38 Scott Wood 102 -151 0 0 1 2
18 26g Scott George 100 -153 0 0 0 2
19 111 Kevin Wills 97 -156 0 0 0 2
20 15J Tim Jones 94 -159 0 0 0 2
21 19z Jessica Zemken 90 -163 0 1 1 1
22 M70 Billy Cook 85 -168 0 1 1 1
23 3x Stewart Friesen 85 -168 0 1 1 1
24 19L John Lazore 84 -169 0 0 0 2
25 20 Jeff McGinnis 76 -177 0 0 1 1
26 9 Ken Cosgrove 76 -177 0 0 1 1
27 80 Jeff Marshall 72 -181 0 0 1 1
28 23L Larry Lampman Jr. 68 -185 0 0 1 1
29 14 Mitchell Jock 65 -188 0 0 1 1
30 151 Brian McDonald 62 -191 0 0 1 1
31 007 Roy Tarbell 62 -191 0 0 0 1
32 4 Brett Hearn 60 -193 0 0 0 1
33 37 Kyle Jacobs 58 -195 0 0 0 1
34 97 Michel Chicoine 56 -197 0 0 0 1
35 1h David Hebert 56 -197 0 0 0 1
36 31 Tom Jock Jr. 54 -199 0 0 0 1
37 7 Sam Crogan 50 -203 0 0 0 1
38 1 Todd Gordon 50 -203 0 0 0 1
39 44 Casey Swamp 48 -205 0 0 0 1
40 56 Derek Lemyre 48 -205 0 0 0 1
41 32 Vic Coffey 45 -208 0 0 0 1
42 22c Mario Clair 44 -209 0 0 0 1
43 71 Delbert LeGrow 44 -209 0 0 0 1
44 11 Bob Broomfield 41 -212 0 0 0 1
45 39 Clement Therrien 40 -213 0 0 0 1
46 1 Dave Heaslip 40 -213 0 0 0 1
47 73 Ryan Jacobs 40 -213 0 0 0 1
48 8 Tim O’Brien 40 -213 0 0 0 1
49 66wd Dexter Stacey 40 -213 0 0 0 1
50 18 Rick Hoctor 40 -213 0 0 0 1
51 9 Jon Miller 40 -213 0 0 0 1
52 93 Richie Vinson 40 -213 0 0 0 1
53 23 Laurent Ladouceur 40 -213 0 0 0 1
54 22e Eric Gauvreau 40 -213 0 0 0 1
55 108 Bill Bleich 40 -213 0 0 0 1
56 1F Fred Carleton 40 -213 0 0 0 1
57 5Jr. Travis Braun 40 -213 0 0 0 1
58 91 Travis Cunningham 40 -213 0 0 0 1
59 22 Dan Miller 40 -213 0 0 0 1
60 66 Wallace Stacey 10 -243 0 0 0 0
61 12 Clayton Benedict 10 -243 0 0 0 0
62 70b Josh Brockway 10 -243 0 0 0 0
63 72 Todd Stewart 10 -243 0 0 0 0
64 27 Roy DeLormier 10 -243 0 0 0 0
65 17c Pete Cosco 10 -243 0 0 0 0
66 T21 Roger Chrysler 10 -243 0 0 0 0
67 19 Joe Kubiniec 10 -243 0 0 0 0
68 1p Darren Peters 10 -243 0 0 0 0
69 16w Derek Wutzke 10 -243 0 0 0 0
70 31 George Bosse 10 -243 0 0 0 0
71 37s Andrew Sittler 10 -243 0 0 0 0
72 44 Brian Stevens 10 -243 0 0 0 0

DIRTcar 358-Modified Entries – August 21 (–)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
007 Roy Tarbell/Hogansburg,NY Street Wise Fight Gear-Chiefs Tobacco Outlet/TEO/Kevlar
1 Dave Heaslip/Smiths Falls,ONT National Parts Peddler Newspaper-Heaslip Racing/Bicknell/Ovide Doiron
3b Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY Original Pizza Logs/Bicknell/Honest Abe’s
4* Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ Four Star Transmissions-Kruger-Kosakowski Plumbing & Heating/TEO/Morrison
8 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT Pat’s Radiator-Len Corcoran’s Excavating/Bicknell/Morrison
9s Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY Thompson Motorsports-Peters Motorsports/Bicknell/West Carleton Automotive
12 Clayton Benedict/Cornwall Island,ONT Thompson Motorsports-No. 9 Fuels/Troyer/Steve-O Performance
14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY® Sweet Dreams-Warrior Racing/Bicknell/Dyke Engineering
16 Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY Nor-Shir Construction-TRC-SUNY Canton/Bicknell/Morrison
17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT 1000 Islands RV Centres-Stover Bus Lines-Pat’s Radiator/Bicknell/Morrison
19 John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY Street Wise Fight Gear-JL Motorsports-G&R Auto Parts/TEO/Enders
19z Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY Street Wise Fight Wear-Thompson Motorsports/TEO/Enders
22 Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE Batiments JDL-Motel Drummond-Freightliner Drummond/Bicknell/Morrison
27 Roy Delormier/Cornwall Island,ONT Express Gas-Delormier Trucking & Construction/Bicknell/West Carleton
31 Tom Jock Jr./Hogansburg,NY B.C. Enterprise/TEO/Kevlar
39 Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE Carrosserie St-Calixte Racing-JT Rerrassement/Bicknell/RL Racing Engs.
39a Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE Carrosserie St-Calixte Racing-JT Rerrassement/Bicknell/RL Racing Engines
42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT Lucas Oil Products-Merrittville Speedway/Bicknell/Morrison
44 Casey Swamp/Akwesasne,NY Swamp’s Performance-Big E’s Den/Troyer/Billy Cook
55 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Francis Racing-C&B Boating Enterprise-Action Race Parts/TEO/AMB
66 Dale Planck/Cortland,NY Akwesasne Filter Manufacturing-REZ Racing/TEO/Kevlar
66d Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance
66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully’s Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance
66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY Akwesasne Filter Manufacturing-REZ Racing/TEO/Kevlar
70b Josh Brockway/Fort Covington,NY Rhoades Accounting-Leahy Motor Sprts/TEO/Tom Leahy
m70 Billy Cook/Akwesasne,NY White’s Construction-Mohawk Plumbing/Troyer/Crysler Automotive
71 Delbert LeGrow/Massena,NY Sweet Dreams-Warrior Racing-Bear’s Den/Bicknell/Dyke Engineering
72 Todd Stewart/Kingston,ONT Red Line Oil-ReMax Realty/TEO/DSE1
72x Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT® Kane’s Vending-CMH Leasing/Bicknell/Enders
73 Ryan Jacobs/Hogansburg,NY Discount Cigarettes-Highlighting Homes/Bicknell/Steve-O Performance
80 Jeff Marshall/Fort Covington,NY RPS Performance-Bailey’s Motor Company-Oakley/TEO/Tom Leahy
80x Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT Mac Outpost Computers-RCM Racing-Niagara Dental/Bicknell/Fioravanti
89b Todd Burley/Spencerport,NY Bashore Trucking-New York Pizzeria/Bicknell/JanCen
97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE GMCI Express-E.Beaudry Enterprises/Bicknell/Enders
99 Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY Gypsum Express Ltd-Gypsum Wholesalers-Tracey Road Equip./Bicknell/Enders
151kb Brian McDonald/Cornwall,ONT West Front Construction-East End Auto Parts/Troyer/Kevlar

2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
Sat-Apr 26 100 Merrittville Speedway Dale Planck
Fri-Aug 1 68 Ransomville Speedway Todd Burley
Thr-Aug 21 100 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Mario Clair
Sun-Aug 31 100 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, ONT
Sat-Sep 6 75 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville, ONT
Sat-Sep 13 150 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE ($15,000 to win)
Fri-Sep 19 75 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua, NY
Fri-Sep 26 75 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Wed-Oct 8 75 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville, NY
Thr-Oct 9 75 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, NY
Fri-Oct 10 100 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge, NY
Sat-Oct 11 150 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY ($20,000 to win)
Sat-Oct 18 100 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY ($7,500 to win)

2008 358-MODIFIED SYRACUSE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
(+)-denotes Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series event.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/QUALIFIER
Sat-Apr 19 Orange County Fair Speedway Brett Hearn
Sat-Apr 26+ Merrittville Speedway Dale Planck
Sat-May 10 Airborne Speedway Patrick Dupree
Fri-May 16 Autodrome Edelweiss Pierre Dagenais
Sat-May 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway Jessica Zemken
Mon-May 19 Merrittville Speedway Larry Lampman Jr.
Fri-May 23 Ransomville Speedway Pete Bicknell
Sat-May 24 Lebanon Valley Speedway Tom Faxon
Sat-May 24 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Tim Fuller
Fri-May 30 Autodrome Granby Kayle Robidoux
Sat-Jun 7 Autodrome Drummond David Hebert
Sat-Jun 21 Lebanon Valley Speedway Kenny Tremont
Sun-Jun 22 Cornwall Motor Speedway Carey Terrance
Sun-Jun 22 Humberstone Speedway Chad Brachmann
Thr-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Robbie Krull
Fr-Jul 4 Autodrome Edelweiss Mitchell Jock
Sat-Jul 5 Can-Am Motorsports Park Billy Decker/Larry Wight(9th)
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ontario Speedway B.Decker/Danny O’Brien(9th)
Fri-Jul 11 Autodrome Granby B.Hearn/Alain Boisvert(12th)
Sat-Jul 12 Autodrome Drummond D.Planck/Dany Bilodeau(13th)
Sat-Jul 12 Canandaigua Speedway Todd Burley/Rich Vinson(8th)
Sat-Jul 12 Lebanon Valley Speedway J.R. Heffner
Sat-Jul 19 Autodrome Drummond D.Hebert/Clement Therrien(2nd)
Fri-Jul 18 Ransomville Speedway Todd Burley
Sat-Jul 19 Orange County Fair Speedway Craig Mitchell
Thr-Jul 31 Mohawk Int’l Speedway D.Hebert/Joel Doiron(4th)
Fri-Aug 1+ Ransomville Speedway T.Burley/Scott Kerwin(2nd)
Fri-Aug 1 Autodrome Edelweiss Mario Clair
Sun-Aug 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway D.Planck/Yan Bussiere(5th)
Mon-Aug 4 Merrittville Speedway Jimmy Phelps/Scott Wood(10th)
Wed-Aug 6 Airborne Speedway Martin Roy
Fri-Aug 8 Ohsweken Speedway P.Bicknell/Bill Bleich(2nd)
Sat-Aug 9 Lebanon Valley Speedway Matt Quinn
Sat-Aug 9 Autodrome Drummond K.Robidoux/Francois Bernier(2nd)
Sat-Aug 16 Can-Am Motorsports Park Gary Tomkins/Lance Willix II(14th)
Sat-Aug 16 Orange County Fair Speedway Jerry Higbie
Sun-Aug 17 Cornwall Motor Speedway G.Tomkins/Kyle Dingwall(6th)
Sun-Aug 17 Humberstone Speedway C.Brachmann/Brian Stevens(3rd)
Thr-Aug 21+ Mohawk Int’l Raceway M.Clair/Danny Johnson(2nd)
Sat-Aug 23 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Fri-Aug 29 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Sat-Aug 30 Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
Sat-Aug 30 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Sat-Aug 30 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Hogansburg,NY
Sat-Aug 30 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh,NY
Sun-Aug 31+ Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Mon-Sep 1 Northern Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Mon-Sep 1 Eastern Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Mon-Sep 1 Western Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Fri-Sep 5 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Sep 6+ Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sat-Sep 6 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sat-Sep 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway(4) West Lebanon,NY
Sat-Sep 13+ Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Fri-Sep 19+ Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sun-Sep 21 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Sep 21 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh,NY
Fri-Sep 26+ Rolling Wheels Raceway(4) Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 4 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Wed-Oct 8+ Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Thr-Oct 9+ Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Fri-Oct 10+ Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 11+ New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets As of April 19, 2008, the Company operated 3,291 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at http://www.advanceautoparts.com.