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Phelps Fends Off Fuller For 1st Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Win At Canandaigua

Jimmy Phelps
Jimmy Phelps - Alex Bruce Photo

Canandaigua, NYSeptember 19, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Friday night’s Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified main at Canandaigua Speedway came down to a contest on neutral ground between Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified standout Jimmy Phelps and current World of Outlaws Late Model Series star Tim Fuller.

The rough and tumble affair needed all 75 laps to determine a winner as Phelps traded the point with Fuller twice over the final two circuits to emerge victorious for the first time in a DIRTcar Racing 358-Modified Championship race.

“Timmy was awfully good there at the end, fortunately the lapped cars fell my way and I was able to hold him off,” said Phelps, 33, after edging Fuller by .272-seconds in the closest finish during the opening six rounds of the 12-race series that is scheduled to conclude at Orange County Fair Speedway in October. Already a four-time Big-Block winner in ’08, Phelps’10th career DIRTcar Small-Block feature victory was his biggest ever and worth $3,000.

“The track was so narrow tonight, all those yellows (11) probably didn’t give the guys much time to get moving. We had the luck tonight, fortunately we had the car to back it up. I have to thank everybody that helped get us here and for doing a great job tonight,” remarked Phelps, after making his 2008 Small-Block DIRTcar debut aboard the J&B Installations no. 99J Town Mechanical/Troyer entry a successful one.

Chasing Phelps and Fuller across the line were 358-Modified tour opening day winner Dale Planck, home track regular Gary Tomkins and current tour points runner-up Danny O’Brien, after a late-race rally netted the second-generation traveler from Kingston, Ontario a front-five spot.

Phelps finished third in the fourth and final qualifying heat and the pole-position awaited the Baldwinsville, New York chauffeur as he was the last driver standing in the customary pre-race draw that sorted out the top-six rows. From there the B’Ville Blizzard blasted out front of the 31-car field and survived numerous slowdowns as the ultra-tacky Ontario County Fairgrounds’ half-miler took its toll on the invading teams.

The first caution on lap four included reigning Mr. DIRTcar 358 Champion Mario Clair in the five-car melee that jammed the track in turn four. Fuller’s car owner John Lazore looped at the end of the back straightaway on lap eight and on the ensuing restart another turn four pile-up involved a handful of cars resulting in Vic Coffey and Jessica Zemken locking together against the inside retaining wall.

With a dozen laps in the books, Big-Block veterans Phelps, Tomkins, Planck, recently crowned Canandaigua points champion Steve Paine and Fuller were already racing at the head of the class leaving the top 358-Modified regulars to battle among themselves. When perennial favorite Brett Hearn slowed on the back stretch for a flat tire on lap 14, caution laps began to count although the ‘Corporate Jet’ rejoined the back of the pack without going down.

While working their way through the top-10, O’Brien and Chad Brachmann made contact to incur the eighth slowdown on lap 33. Fuller took advantage to nose ahead of Phelps for a narrow lead on the lap 38 restart yet Phelps regained the momentum on the high side and returned to the point the following circuit to set the stage for a dramatic duel that continued non-stop the last half of the race.

The 11th and final yellow flag unfurled on lap 61 when Coffey looped high exiting turn one as he diced with Danny Johnson in their attempt to reach the front-five. Coffey showed his displeasure with the Johnson, ramming him repeatedly under caution with a black flag sending him to the pits for the remainder of the event.

Green lights were back on for the lap 65 restart giving Phelps and Fuller a clear track ahead to determine the final outcome. Yet that window only lasted eight laps as the leaders reached traffic on the lap 73, with Phelps caught behind Dave Rauscher as the front-runners looked for an open lane exiting turn two.

Steering the JL Motorsports no. 19 Street Wise Fight Gear/TEO machine, Fuller dove deep to cross the line ahead by a half car-length with one lap to go but Phelps never paused, riding the high side to perfection in turns one and two to regain the lead and wrap-up opening day activities of Labatt Blue Weekend in dramatic fashion.

“The top got so slippery right up to that berm, I just couldn’t carry the speed there that I did earlier in the race,” remarked Phelps, as he put his name in the ‘Land of Legends’ record book following a torrid battle with Fuller, who scored his lone win at Canandaigua in 2001 when he competed every Saturday in a Big-Block.

“I knew (Tim) was probably a little better than I was on the bottom, but like I said, the lapped cars and traffic helped me out a ton. We did what we had to do, we had a free enough car to run up high real hard most of the race. It might have been a tad too free there at the end but it all worked out. We just better have some pretty good shocks on the car tomorrow,” added Phelps, eluding to his return to the fairgrounds on Saturday for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Labatt Blue 100 for Big-Block Modifieds.

Making his first appearance on the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Championship trail this season, native Edwards, New Yorker Fuller will also be contending in Canandaigua’s Big-Block season-finale on Saturday, once again teaming up with John Lazore for the century run.

“I run out of laps tonight, (Jimmy) was real good. If the track had been a little bit rougher maybe we would have had something for him,” remarked Fuller, 40, revealing a hint of sarcasm and momentarily shunning his roots that include a pair of overall Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championships (1993, 2003) which remain forever imbedded in Northeastern soil. “It was really a great race. Jimmy ran a great race and did exactly what he had to do and stayed on the top. We had a good side-by-side battle going there for awhile. He did a good job and it was pretty good to stay up front on this type of track.”

Enjoying possibly the best view in the house over the final circuits, Planck was content with his third-place showing as he sported his familiar RezX Racing no. 77x Grow It Hydroseeding-Action Race Parts-Teo Fab./TEO colors for the first time in Small-Block competition this season.

“This is a brand new car tonight and what you’ll see me in the rest of the year after wrecking the 66 car at Drummond,” divulged Planck, 38, who currently stands second on the points chart in the Advance Series for Big-Blocks. “It worked super right out of the box, we just have to tweak it a little bit and get a little better on those starts.”

“We were just as good as anybody out there at the end, I’m still happy to come home third. The car was good, just lacked that little bit coming off the corners and on the restarts. Don’t know if it was the gears or what. I’ll try to be back here and talk with you more about it tomorrow. The track’s a little choppy so I’ll just try to make the right choices throughout the night and end up here again,” added Planck, who like Phelps was winless at Canandaigua coming into the weekend and the popular Cortland, New York pilot hopes to break the ice on Saturday when the curtain drops on the 2008 race season at Canandaigua Speedway.

Teams chasing points towards the overall Hoosier Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series return to action next week as DIRTcar Racing NorthEast charter member Rolling Wheels Raceway Park hosts round number seven of the 2008 tour on Friday, September 26 as part of the 22nd World Series Weekend.
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Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Race #6 – Canandaigua Speedway, September 19, 2008 ‘Labatt Blue Light 75’ Event Summary
Feature

FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
1 1 99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY($3,000)
2 3 19f Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
3 4 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
4 8 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
5 18 17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
6 12 55j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
7 5 3b Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY
8 16 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
9 22 4* Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
10 6 7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
11 24 93 Rich Vinson/Sanborn,NY
12 28 19L John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY
13 23 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
14 21 007 Roy Tarbell/Hogansburg,NY
15 20 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
16 26 55 Mitch Gibbs/North Norwich,NY
17 15 22w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
18 19 22 Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE
19 30 19z Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY
20 2 80 Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT
21 14 19k Joe Kubiniec/Lockport,NY
22 13 48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY
23 7 26 Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY
24 31 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
25 9 32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
26 11 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
27 10 5 Todd Burley/Spencerport,NY
28 17 2b Ron Cartwright Jr./Portageville,NY
29 29 72 Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT®
30 27 14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY®
31 25 9 Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
EVENT SUMMARY:
GATER NEWS LAP LEADERS: Phelps (1-37), Fuller (38), Phelps (39-73), Fuller (74), Phelps (75).
CAUTIONS: 11 for 30 laps.
HEAT WINNERS: Planck, Burley, Richner, Coffey.
CONSI WINNERS: Tarbell, Hearn.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Jimmy Phelps.
SYRACUSE 150 QUALIFIER: Jimmy Phelps.
HALFWAY LEADER: Tim Fuller.
BERT HARD CHARGER: John Lazore.
HOLLEY HARD LUCK: Todd Burley.
PENSKE POWER POSITION (19th): Jessica Zemken.
TOTAL PURSE: $16,145.
CARS ENTERED: 41.
NEXT EVENT: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – September 26, 2008.
DID NOT QUALIFY(10)
1-Robbie Krull/Cambria,NY
8-Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
9t-Travis Braun/Jordan Station,ONT
11-Jeff McGinnis/Ransomville,NY
15j-Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY
28p-Eldon Payne,Jr./Hopewell,NY
37p-Francisco Perera/Etobicoke,ONT
74-Mike DeMallie/Clyde,NY
88k-Randy Chrysler/Tuscarora,NY
111-Kevin Wills/Ransomville,NY

QUALIFYING
Heat Races (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature, top 3 went to re-draw)
#1: Planck, Paine, Tomkins, Rauscher, Cartwright, Tarbell, Smoke, McGinnis, DeMallie, Payne.
#2: Burley, Steele, Brachmann, Kubiniec, D.O’Brien, Bicknell, Jock, Wills, Perera, Jones (DNS).
#3: Richner, Fuller, Chicoine, Willix, Gauvreau, Hearn, Zemken, Lazore, Flannigan, T.O’Brien.
#4: Coffey, Johnson, Phelps, Terrance, Wight, Vinson, Gibbs, Braun, Chrysler, Clair, Krull.
Consolation Round (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Tarbell, Bicknell, Smoke, Jock, Clair, Wills, Perera, DeMallie, McGinnis, Payne (DNS).
#2: Hearn, Vinson, Gibbs, Lazore, Jones, Braun, T.O’Brien, Chrysler, Flannigan, Zemken, Krull (DNS).
Guarantees: Flannigan, Zemken.
Provisionals: Clair.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Points (thru Sept. 19)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins T-5 T-10 Starts
1 42 Pete Bicknell 746 450 296 0 0 3 5 6
2 17d Danny O’Brien 733 433 300 -13 2 4 4 6
3 3b Chad Brachmann 680 404 276 -66 0 1 3 6
4 5 Todd Burley 673 373 300 -73 1 2 3 6
5 99L Larry Wight® 640 340 300 -106 0 1 2 6
6 66x Carey Terrance 606 322 284 -140 0 0 2 6
7 9s Mark Smoke 559 267 292 -187 0 0 0 6
8 16 Lance Willix II 546 270 276 -200 0 0 0 6
9 19L John Lazore 536 244 292 -210 0 0 1 5
10 19z Jessica Zemken® 511 231 280 -235 0 1 1 4
11 72 Tommy Flannigan® 498 274 224 -248 0 0 1 6
12 22c Mario Clair 474 210 264 -272 1 1 2 5
13 66 Dale Planck 465 361 104 -281 1 3 3 5
14 007 Roy Tarbell 463 213 250 -283 0 0 0 4
15 23 Laurent Ladouceur 462 178 284 -284 0 1 1 3
16 28 Scott Kerwin 429 155 274 -317 0 1 1 2
17 26 Rick Richner 429 175 254 -317 0 0 2 3
18 80 Chris Steele 427 205 222 -319 0 0 1 4
19 22e Eric Gauvreau 424 136 288 -322 0 0 0 3
20 1h David Hebert 417 121 296 -329 0 0 1 2
21 124 Pierre Dagenais 406 126 280 -340 0 1 1 2
22 123 Robbie Krull 404 130 274 -342 0 1 1 2
23 4 Brett Hearn 401 125 276 -345 0 0 1 2
24 38 Scott Wood 394 102 292 -352 0 0 1 2
25 90 Martin Roy 388 100 288 -358 0 0 0 2
26 14 Mitchell Jock® 379 115 264 -367 0 0 1 2
27 46 Kayle Robidoux 376 76 300 -370 0 0 1 1
28 39 Clement Therrien 376 112 264 -370 0 0 1 2
29 96 Kyle Dingwall 375 95 280 -371 0 1 1 1
30 54 Steve Bernard 374 122 252 -372 0 0 1 2
31 20 Jeff McGinnis 358 86 272 -388 0 0 1 1
32 80 Jeff Marshall 358 72 286 -388 0 0 1 1
33 44 Sebastien Gougeon 356 90 266 -390 0 1 1 1
34 23L Larry Lampman Jr. 354 78 276 -392 0 0 1 1
35 93 Richie Vinson 352 100 252 -394 0 0 0 2
36 15J Tim Jones 344 104 240 -402 0 0 0 2
37 97 Michel Chicione 342 156 186 -404 0 0 0 3
38 21 Yan Bussiere 341 85 256 -405 0 0 0 2
39 71 Delbert LeGrow 340 94 246 -406 0 0 0 2
40 40 Joel Doiron 340 60 280 -406 0 0 0 1
41 111 Kevin Wills 333 107 226 -413 0 0 0 2
42 151 Brian McDonald 324 72 252 -422 0 0 1 1
43 23b Dany Bilodeau 322 90 232 -424 0 1 1 1
44 96 Danny Johnson 321 251 70 -425 0 1 2 4
45 M70 Billy Cook 321 95 226 -425 0 1 1 1
46 41 Boyd MacTavish 320 102 218 -426 0 0 0 2
47 9 Ken Cosgrove 320 76 244 -426 0 0 1 1
48 95 Mark Hitchcock 312 42 270 -434 0 0 0 1
49 49 Francois Bernier 310 58 252 -436 0 0 0 1
50 22 Mike Bruno 294 0 294 -452 0 0 0 0
51 95x Alex Boisvert 290 78 212 -456 0 0 1 1
52 44 Casey Swamp 290 48 242 -456 0 0 0 1
53 115 Stephane LaFrance 290 40 250 -456 0 0 0 1
54 31 Tom Jock Jr. 288 54 234 -458 0 0 0 1
55 24 Patrick Dupree 288 0 288 -458 0 0 0 0
56 94 Tim Hindley 286 10 276 -460 0 0 0 0
57 17 Jerry Higbie 284 0 284 -462 0 0 0 0
58 72 Todd Stewart 282 10 272 -464 0 0 0 0
59 1F Fred Carleton 280 40 240 -466 0 0 0 1
60 34 George Foley 280 0 280 -466 0 0 0 0
61 8 Tim O’Brien 277 115 162 -469 0 0 1 2
62 22J Gino Clair 277 43 234 -469 0 0 0 1
63 7 Sam Crogan 276 50 226 -470 0 0 0 1
64 3 Claude Brouillard 274 40 234 -472 0 0 0 1
65 55 Perry Francis 274 20 254 -472 0 0 0 0
66 44 Brian Stevens 274 10 264 -472 0 0 0 0
67 4 Leon Gonyo 272 0 272 -474 0 0 0 0
68 6g Martin Gagne 268 66 202 -478 0 0 0 1
69 73 Alain Boisvert 268 0 268 -478 0 0 0 0
70 09 Alex Fortier 267 53 214 -479 0 0 0 1

DIRTcar 358-Modified Entries – September 19 (41)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
007 Roy Tarbell/Hogansburg,NY Street Wise Fight Wear-Chiefs Tobacco Outlet/TEO/Kevlar
1 Robbie Krull/Cambria,NY Golding Trucking-Pizza Oven-Lock City Trucking/Bicknell/Goerss
2b Ron Cartwright Jr./Portageville,NY DJ Beardsley & Son Electrical Contractor-Volvo Rents/TEO/Mastin
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
5 Todd Burley/Spencerport,NY Bashore Trucking-New York Pizzeria/Bicknell/JanCen
7x Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets-Ramada/Troyer/Finger Lakes
8 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT Pat’s Radiator-Len Corcoran’s Excavating/Bicknell/Morrison
9 Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY Thompson Motorsports-Peters Motorsports/Bicknell/West Carleton Automotive
9t Travis Braun/Jordan Station,ONT DBN Drywall-Brian’s Tire Repair/Bicknell/Cosgrove
11 Jeff McGinnis/Ransomville,NY Ridgeway Environmental-Pardee’s Automotive/Bicknell/Zappy Race Engines
14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY® Sweet Dreams-Warrior Racing/Bicknell/Dyke Engineering
15j Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY Global Warranty-Nu Craft Windows/Bicknell/ERD(Vince)
17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT 1000 Islands RV Centres-Stover Bus Lines-Pat’s Radiator/Bicknell/Morrison
19 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY Street Wise Fight Gear-JL Motorsports-G&R Auto Parts/TEO/Enders
19k Joe Kubiniec/Lockport,NY Adam Zac Brokers Ltd.-Kubiniec Racing/TEO/C.C. Performance
19L John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY Street Wise Fight Gear-JL Motorsports-G&R Auto Parts/TEO/Enders
19z Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY Street Wise Fight Gear-Thompson Motorsports/TEO/Enders
22 Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE Micheline Richard Home Sales-Gauvreau Top Soil/Troyer/Ovide Doiron
22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE Batiments JDL-Motel Drummond-Freightliner Drummond/Bicknell/Morrison
22w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY Nor-Shir Construction-TRC-SUNY Canton/TEO/Morrison
26 Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY National Vacuum Corp.-Lazy Lakes Camping Resort/Bicknell/Gor-Den
28p Eldon Payne,Jr./Hopewell,NY Monroe Sand&Gravel-Payne’s Tiltbed-Original Pizza Logs/TEO/FingerLakes
32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY Sweeteners Plus-CME,Inc./Troyer/C.C. Performance
37p Francisco Perera/Etobicoke,ONT Black Widow Racing/Bicknell/R&B
42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT Lucas Oil Products-Merrittville Speedway/Bicknell/Morrison
48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison
55 Mitch Gibbs/North Norwich,NY New York Truck Parts-Gibbs Speed & Auto/TEO/JPM
55j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Francis Racing-C&B Boating Enterprise-Action Race Parts/TEO/AMB
66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY Akwesasne Filter Manufacturing-RezX Racing/TEO/Kevlar
72 Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT® Kane’s Vending-CMH Leasing/Bicknell/Enders
74 Mike DeMallie/Clyde,NY Seneca Graphics-Kegger’s Sports Bar & Grill/Bicknell/DeMallie
77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY RezX Racing-Grow It Hydroseeding-Action Race Parts-Teo Fab./TEO/Kevlar
80 Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT Mac Outpost Computers-RCM Racing-Niagara Dental/Bicknell/Fioravanti
84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY Honeoye Auto Parts-Red Parker & Son Excavating/Bicknell/Mastin
88k Randy Chrysler/Tuscarora,NY Signal Cigarettes-Randy’s Smoke Shop/Bicknell/JanCen
93 Rich Vinson/Sanborn,NY No Blanket Smoke Shop-Sanborn Shipping Service/Bicknell/Ralph Vinson
97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE GMCI Express-E.Beaudry Enterprises/Bicknell/Enders
99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY J&B Installations-Town Mechanical/Troyer/FingerLakes
99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY Gypsum Express Ltd-Gypsum Wholesalers-Tracey Road Equip./Bicknell/Enders
111 Kevin Wills/Ransomville,NY Wills Dairy Farm-Smith’s Speed & Pro/Bicknell/Tom Mahar

SKIDMARKS
O’Brien On The Attack
: Fresh off his $15,000 Mr. DIRTcar 358 triumph last Saturday at Autodrome Drummond, Danny O’Brien nailed down another top-five in a rare Small-Block appearance at the venerable Ontario County Fairgrounds oval. He left wine country Friday cutting Series points leader Pete Bicknell’s advantage to just 13 markers with six races still to go. “We started the season the same way we’re ending it, taking every race one at a time,” said O’Brien, the only repeat winner on this year’s Small-Block tour. “Our funds are still limited so we’ll keep going as long as we can keep finishing near the front and avoid any major mishaps. So far, we’ve done better than expected with this three year-old car. There’s a few people pitching in (money) so our plans are to finish out the season at all the big DIRT shows.” While older brother Pat O’Brien is a four-time overall Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Champion, ’07 runner-up Danny has his sights set on a first title. Friday actually marked his second trip to Canandaigua this season, strapping in a Big-Block for the first visit in Spring.

Gibbs Back On Grounds: Just like Jimmy Phelps and Gary Tomkins, Canandaigua Speedway was the site of Mitch Gibbs’ first DIRTcar 358 event of the season and upcoming plans include both Big-Block and Small-Block activity during the final month of competition. “Right now we’re looking at running Rolling Wheels next weekend, then the Super DIRT Week shows at Brewerton and Rolling Wheels along with Eastern States (Orange County),” figured Gibbs, 45, a former Big-Block campaigner at Canandaigua, as he prepared to for hot laps in owner Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts no. 55 TEO Pro Car at his favorite Western New York track. “We’ll definitely have the Big-Block at Orange County and right now Syracuse is 50-50. We’d like to run a few more races around here but its been a tough year for our business.”

Third-Generation Racers: Making his DIRTcar 358-Modified debut —actually steering a crate engine-powered Sportsman Modified ride— on Friday was Mike DeMallie from Clyde, New York, who was following in the tire tracks of his father, Dean, and grandfather, Dick, all of which comprised the crew for the Seneca Graphics no. 74 Kegger’s Sports Bar & Grill/Bicknell team. Now 70 years-old, Dick first raced on Canandaigua Speedway in the late 1950s and made his last run in 1986. Dean, now 52, got behind the wheel of the family-owned Big-Block after capturing Canandaigua’s Expert Street Stock points title in 1983, while 2008 marked the first season for 31 year-old Mike in his Sportsman car.

POT HOLES: 2008 Small-Block rookie Travis Braun entered the no. 9 Bicknell car just purchased from Merrittville Speedway regular Kenny Cosgrove, whose pending marriage prompted an early retirement ….. Don’t be confused as four cars numbered 19 helped fill the roster on Friday, featuring the JL Motorsports entries of owner John Lazore (19L) and Tim Fuller (19F), Don Thompson’s no. 19z driven by Jessica Zemken, and Joe Kubiniec (19K) in the former Sweeteners Plus TEO mount. Lazore and Thompson also carry Street Wise Fight Gear on the side panels while Street Wise Fight Wear adorns Roy Tarbell’s no. 007 TEO ride ….. The Friday night special ended with Jimmy Phelps claiming just the seventh Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship event ever to be staged in Canandaigua. Alan Johnson won two tour events in 2005 following victories by Steve Paine and Pat Ward in ’04, Tim McCreadie in ’03 and Vic Coffey in 2002.

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 Danny O’Brien
Sat-Sep 12 75 Brockville Ont Speedway Rain-Cancelled
Sat-Sep 13 152 Autodrome Drummond Danny O’Brien
Fri-Sep 19 75 Canandaigua Speedway Jimmy Phelps
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 Andy Bachetti
Fri-Aug 29 Ransomville Speedway T.Burley/Jeff McGinnis(5th)
Sat-Aug 30 Orange County Fair Speedway Tommy Meier
Sat-Aug 30 Merrittville Speedway L.Lampman,Jr./Tim Jones(6th)
Sat-Aug 30 Mohawk Int’l Raceway John Lazore
Sat-Aug 30 Airborne Speedway P.Dupree/Mark Lamberton(2nd)
Sun-Aug 31+ Cornwall Motor Speedway D.O’Brien/Laurent Ladouceur(3rd)
Mon-Sep 1 Northern Region Champion Kayle Robidoux
Mon-Sep 1 Eastern Region Champion Jerry Higbie
Mon-Sep 1 Western Region Champion Pete Bicknell
Fri-Sep 5 Autodrome Granby M.Clair/Frederic Gamache(6th)
Sat-Sep 7 Lebanon Valley Speedway(2) Corey Sandstedt, Ray Hoard(11th)
Sat-Sep 7 Lebanon Valley Speedway(2) Art Collins, Kale Groff(9th)
Sat-Sep 13+ Autodrome Drummond(2) D.O’Brien/Pat O’Brien(2nd), Sebastien Gougeon(3rd)
Fri-Sep 19+ Canandaigua Speedway Jimmy Phelps
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.