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Phelps Hangs On For $10,000 358-Modified Series Win On Canadian Soil

Jimmy Phelps
Jimmy Phelps - Rick Young Photo

Drummondville, QUESeptember 19, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

It took Jimmy Phelps 21 extra laps yet it was well worth the wait as he surged ahead of Brett Hearn by a car-length under the checkered flag Saturday night at Autodrome Drummond to capture the biggest victory of his career, worth a whopping $10,000 in the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series ‘Dream Weekend Race Mania 5’ title race.

It was also one of the best Small-Block series showings for Team Troyer this season as Phelps and Danny Johnson sandwiched loyal TEO Pro Car supporter and runner-up finisher Hearn among top-three positions in the cautioned-plagued finale that was extended from 150 to 171 laps due to numerous late-race tire problems on the abrasive 4/10-miler.

“This is the biggest win for this team for sure,” confirmed Phelps, 34, after scoring his second career Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series victory, his first coming exactly one year ago on Sept. 19 closer to home at Canandaigua (NY) Speedway. “We’ve been knocking on the door in some big shows, just haven’t been able to seal the deal for whatever reason. Finally got one tonight.”

Filling out the front-five in the feature that was slowed by 17 yellow flags, 11 falling after the mandatory lap 75 intermission, were Carey Terrance and Larry Lampman, Jr. Frenchman David Hebert (21st) was the last driver to complete the extended distance after dropping from the top-five due to a late-race flat tire.

Luck of the draw among the top-12 heat race qualifiers moved teenager Larry Wight to the point to begin the scheduled 150-lap main event. ‘Lightning Larry’ bolted out to an early lead steering the potent Gypsum Express Ltd no. 99L Gypsum Wholesalers-Tracey Road Equipment/Bicknell entry with reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king Pete Bicknell filling up his rear-view mirror.

Track regular Alex Fortier slowed down on the back straightaway and pulled to the infield to bring out the initial yellow flag on lap 10, with Wight remaining ahead of Bicknell, Hearn, Frederic Gamache and Johnson on the ensuing restart. After a authoring a bold three-wide maneuver, lap 13 brought good luck for Hearn as he grabbed his first lead rolling high around Wight exiting the second corner.

Mirroring his run at the head of the pack the previous Sunday at sister track Autodrome Granby, Hearn increased his advantage to nearly a straightaway with 20 laps complete. Despite three more caution periods slowing the pace in the early stages, Hearn was untouchable during the initial third of the race biding his time aboard the Madsen Motorsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Benjamin Moore/TEO mount.

Hearn suddenly slowed exiting turn four on lap 56 and a flat right-rear tire was the culprit, returning the lead back to Wight while opening the door for the rest of the field to improve another position without making a pass.

The scripted competition yellow unfurled on lap 75 —the original halfway point— just as Phelps slipped under Bicknell for second, while Johnson and Pat O’Brien settled into top-five positions in time for mandatory pit stops among the remaining field. On the lead lap at the halfway mark were 28 cars with 30 of the original 33 starters returning trackside to contend in the second half of the race.

Phelps wasted little time on the lap 76 restart, blasting high around Wight as the two Central New York standouts charged down the back chute dicing for position. Phelps and Wight continued to pace the pack at the century mark, followed closely by Bicknell, Johnson and Pat O’Brien, with a fast moving Hearn lurking just outside the top-10.

Canadian pilots Eric Lefebvre, Laurent Ladouceur and Clement Therrien forced out the caution lights after a three-car pile-up on lap 102, and six laps later it was Lefebvre this time tangling with Jeremy Wilder to require another yellow flag on lap 109. Johnson finally disposed of Wight on lap 116 to take over third with hopes of chasing down Bicknell and Phelps during the closing stages.

While track conditions continued to take their toll as the laps dwindled, Johnson advanced into second when Bicknell had a right rear tire go down lap 134. Pat O’Brien got around Wight for third on lap 139, and that was the beginning of the end for ‘Lightning Larry’ as he slowed into the pits with mechanical issues the next circuit and never returned.

With just three circuits remaining in the scheduled 150-lapper, Pierre Dagenais slowed high off turn two to force out the first of five consecutive yellow flags and ultimately set into motion the same number of green-white-checkered flag attempts to finish before the show could finally end.

Pat O’Brien slowed next with a flat tire on lap 152, Francois Bernier dropped off the pace on lap 156, Fortier had a right-rear tire go down on lap 161 while David Hebert and Kayle Rodidoux suffered flat tire simultaneously to incur the final slow down on lap 167. Even as the checkered flag came down, defending race winner Danny O’Brien relinquished a solid top-five run when another soft shoe put him sixth on the final scorsheet.

Hearn had methodically navigated through the field during the final two restarts yet was unable to overtake the J&B Installations no. 99J Town Mechanical/Troyer machine, falling behind by just .23-seconds at the line to post his first top-five finish of the season in 358-Modified competition.

“I knew we had a good car, but it still made me a little nervous on those last few restarts,” admitted Phelps, who will be recognized behind the wheel of the H&H Motorsports no. 98H Mohawk N.E.-New England Race Fuels-Joe Gibbs Racing Oil/Troyer ride on Sunday at Drummond when the Big-Blocks take center stage in the Super DIRTcar Series.

“Thought we were all by ourselves at the end, although I felt somebody right there at he end. We were a little free after a yellow for a lap or whatever, still kinda figured the tires were worn but we had enough to get it to the end.

“Have a lot of people to thank, especially a bunch of locals that helped us out with tires as we came here a little unprepared. We still had a good car and got up in there. Glad that my mom and dad were able to come tonight, and we finally got one (win) for them,” Phelps added.

While Phelps was happy to hang on with a bald tire showing its wear in the winner’s circle, Hearn remained hungry after the checkered flag fell only laps before he could regain his position up front.

“Its unfortunate that we had to play second fiddle, I think we had the best car by far here,” stated Hearn, 51, DIRTcar Northeast’s all-time 358-Modified Series winner with 68, yet still winless on tour in ’09. “But in a long race like this, sometimes that’s the way it works out.”

“(Jimmy) was restarting a little bit better, he put just that little bit of distance on me on the front straightaway. Couldn’t quite run the top of (turn) one like I wanted to.”

“I saw his tire and said ‘man, if we can keep doing this (restarts) over and over again, sooner or later he’s gonna blow that thing.’ I was worried about my tire as I could see he was out of tires as well, but I was trying not to do anything too crazy and tried to make my moves right after the restarts.”

“Thought I had it planned out to where I knew what I was gonna do, Danny just didn’t let up on me so I couldn’t do exactly what I wanted. On a track like this where it gets so rubbered up, track position is everything and we gave up track position with that blown tire in the first half of the race. It took us the whole time to get back where we started from after that,” Hearn noted.

Already an ’09 series winner in the end of July at Ransomville (NY) Speedway, the most recent trip to the Canadian province of Quebec afforded Johnson just his second front-five tally of the season in Dave Thompson’s no. FX1 Troyer entry. However, the official end result was still pending as the customary post-race technical inspection was inconclusive at press time.

“(Brett) and I were trying to sneak by Jimmy and then all of a sudden he snuck by me,” smiled Johnson, the leading rival of Hearn over the past two decades on both sides of the border. “So then I had two (cars) to sneak by again, just couldn’t do it.”

“Regardless, I really appreciate the team’s effort getting me here in the top-three and not being a lapped car. Its great getting up in a podium finish. Hopefully we can pick up a few more before the season’s out around here,” Johnson added.

Teams chasing points towards the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series return to action next week as DIRTcar Racing Northeast charter member Rolling Wheels Raceway Park hosts round number eight of the 2009 tour on Friday, September 25 as part of the 23rd World Series Weekend.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Race #7 – Autodrome Drummond, September 19, 2009 ‘Race Mania 5’ Event Summary
Feature
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
1 7 99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY($10,000)
2 4 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
3 5 fx1 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
4 25 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
5 18 22 Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT
6 3 7* Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
7 29 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
8 6 74 Frederic Gamache/Granby,QUE
9 13 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
10 11 16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
11 19 22j Gino Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
12 2 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
13 27 6m Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT
14 14 61 Jean Boissonneault/Granby,QUE
15 21 49 Francois Bernier/St-Hyacinthe,QUE
16 23 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
17 28 22jw Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY
18 9 54 Steve Bernard/St Paul Abbotsford,QUE
19 26 23 Laurent Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
20 22 88 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
21 10 1 David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE
22 24 3 Claude Brouillard/Tracy,QUE
23 30 46 Kayle Robidoux/St-Constant,QUE
24 15 2x Alex Fortier/Princeville,QUE
25 1 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
26 16 39 Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
27 32 88L Eric Lefebvre/St-Cyrille,QUE
28 20 124 Pierre DagenaisGatineau,QUE
29 17 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
30 8 21 Yan Bussiere/Drummondville,QUE
31 31 1w Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
32 33 08 Mark D’Ilario/Smithville,ONT
33 12 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
GATER NEWS LAP LEADERS: Wight (1-12), Hearn (13-55), Wight (56-75), Phelps (76-171).
CAUTIONS: 17 for 49 laps.
HEAT WINNERS: Wight, Bernard, Hebert, D.O’Brien, Decker, Bicknell.
CONSI WINNERS: G.Clair, Dagenais, Bernier.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Jimmy Phelps.
SYRACUSE SUPER DIRT WEEK QUALIFIER: Jimmy Phelps.
HALFWAY LEADER: Larry Wight.
BERT HARD CHARGER: Dale Planck.
PENSKE POWER POSITION (17th): Jeremy Wilder.
FAST TIME TRIALER: Brett Hearn (17.582sec/81.902mph).
TOTAL PURSE: $33,250.
CARS ENTERED: 53.
NEXT EVENT: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park ‘World Series Weekend’ – September 25, 2009.
DID NOT QUALIFY(20)
7-Patrice Demers/Drummondville,QUE
9s-Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
10-Pat McGrail/Candiac,QUE
14-Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY
17-Eric Bessette/St-Marc-Richelieu,QUE
19-Michel Pelletier/Ste-Anne de Sorel,QUE
22e-Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE
23b-Dany Bilodeau/Victoriaville,QUE
35-Francois Bellemare/Trois-Rivieres,QUE
37s-Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT
39a-Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
44-Sebastien Gougeon/Drummondville,QUE
66w-Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
72-Denis Gauvreau/Alymer,QUE
75-Sebastien Benoit/St.Eugene,QUE
81-Eric Landry/Trois-Rivieres,QUE
87-Martin Gagne/Granby,QUE
97-Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
99a-Mike Adderley/Charlotte,NC
172-Andre Gauthier/Granby,QUE

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 17.582 81.902 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
2 17.751 81.122 54 Steve Bernard/St Paul Abbotsford,QUE
3 17.853 80.659 74 Frederic Gamache/Granby,QUE
4 17.857 80.641 21 Yan Bussiere/Drummondville,QUE
5 17.859 80.632 1 David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE
6 17.871 80.577 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
7 17.874 80.564 22jw Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY
8 17.903 80.433 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
9 17.948 80.232 2x Alex Fortier/Princeville,QUE
10 17.951 80.218 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
11 17.962 80.169 7* Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
12 18.000 80.000 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
18.000 80.000 99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY
14 18.051 79.774 61 Jean Boissonneault/Granby,QUE
15 18.056 79.752 16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY
16 18.061 79.730 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
17 18.068 79.699 fx1 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
18 18.069 79.695 88 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
19 18.073 79.677 22j Gino Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
20 18.104 79.540 23b Dany Bilodeau/Victoriaville,QUE
21 18.111 79.510 39a Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
22 18.135 79.404 39 Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE
23 18.138 79.391 99a Mike Adderley/Charlotte,NC
24 18.139 79.387 1w Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
25 18.165 79.273 37s Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT
26 18.170 79.252 22 Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT
27 18.206 79.095 87 Martin Gagne/Granby,QUE
28 18.241 78.943 66w Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY
29 18.242 78.939 3 Claude Brouillard/Tracy,QUE
30 18.259 78.865 08 Mark D’Ilario/Smithville,ONT
31 18.268 78.826 49 Francois Bernier/St-Hyacinthe,QUE
32 18.317 78.615 124 Pierre DagenaisGatineau,QUE
33 18.356 78.448 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
34 18.364 78.414 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
35 18.366 78.406 6m Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT
36 18.368 78.397 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
37 18.416 78.193 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
38 18.456 78.023 81 Eric Landry/Trois-Rivieres,QUE
39 18.461 78.002 7 Patrice Demers/Drummondville,QUE
40 18.482 77.914 88L Eric Lefebvre/St-Cyrille,QUE
41 18.612 77.369 23 Laurent Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
42 18.630 77.295 10 Pat McGrail/Candiac,QUE
43 18.634 77.278 75 Sebastien Benoit/St.Eugene,QUE
44 18.697 77.018 46 Kayle Robidoux/St-Constant,QUE
45 18.699 77.009 22e Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE
46 18.772 76.710 35 Francois Bellemare/Trois-Rivieres,QUE
47 18.808 76.563 72 Denis Gauvreau/Alymer,QUE
48 18.930 76.070 19 Michel Pelletier/Ste-Anne de Sorel,QUE
49 18.957 75.961 17 Eric Bessette/St-Marc-Richelieu,QUE
50 19.013 75.738 9s Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
51 19.020 75.710 172 Andre Gauthier/Granby,QUE
52 -NT- —– 14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY
53 -NT- —– 44 Sebastien Gougeon/Drummondville,QUE

Heat Races (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature, top 2 to re-draw)
#1: Wight, Phelps, M.Clair, Wilder, Robidoux, A.Therrien, Bilodeau, Paine, Chicoine.
#2: Bernard, Hearn, Boissonneault, T.O’Brien, Flannigan, Adderley, G.Clair, Landry, Gauthier.
#3: Hebert, Bussiere, Fortier, P.O’Brien, Sheppard, Gagne, Benoit, Bessette, Jock.
#4: D.O’Brien, Johnson, C.Therrien, Dagenais, Terrance, E.Gauvreau, D.Gauvreau, Pelletier, Smoke.
#5: Decker, Gamache, Scagliotta, Bernier, Gougeon, Williamson, Lefebvre, McGrail, Bellemare.
#6: Bicknell, Willix, Lampman, Brouillard, Ladouceur, Demers, Planck, D’Ilario.
Consolation Round (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: G.Clair, T.O’Brien, Robidoux, A.Therrien, Adderley, Paine, Wilder, Bilodeau, Chicoine, Landry, Gauthier, Flannigan.
#2: Dagenais, P.O’Brien, Sheppard, Terrance, E.Gauvreau, Jock, D.Gauvreau, Bessette, Gagne, Benoit, Pelletier, Smoke.
#3: Bernier, Brouillard, Lefebvre, Ladouceur, Williamson, Demers, McGrail, Gougeon, Bellemare, Planck, D’Ilario (DNS).
Guaranteed: Terrance, Ladouceur, Williamson, Wilder, Planck.
Provisional: D’Ilario.
Added: Robidoux, Sheppard, Lefebvre.

Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Point Standings (Thru Sept. 19, 2009)
No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Home Track Wins Top-5 Top-10 Sts
77x Dale Planck 955 595 360 0 Fulton 0 5 7 7
42 Pete Bicknell 863 503 360 -92 Merrittville 0 3 5 7
7* Danny O’Brien 860 500 360 -95 Brockville 0 2 5 7
22 Larry Lampman 843 483 360 -112 Merrittville 1 3 4 7
66x Carey Terrance 829 469 360 -126 Mohawk 0 2 4 7
3b Chad Brachmann 743 383 360 -212 Merrittville 0 1 4 6
22c Mario Clair 737 377 360 -218 Granby 0 2 3 6
6 Pat O’Brien 728 368 360 -227 Brockville 2 2 3 5
22J Jeremy Wilder 710 350 360 -245 Glen Ridge 0 0 2 6
6m Mat Williamson ® 697 337 360 -258 Humberstone 0 0 0 7
16w Lance Willix II 682 322 360 -273 Can Am 0 0 1 7
23 Laurent Ladouceur 649 289 360 -306 Edelweiss 0 0 1 6
1 David Hebert 645 285 360 -310 Granby 0 2 3 4
08 Mark D’ilario ® 641 281 360 -314 Merrittville 0 0 0 6
25 Bobby Herrington 602 242 360 -353 Edelweiss 0 0 0 5
72 Tommy Flannigan 593 233 360 -362 Merrittville 0 0 0 5
80x Chris Steele 510 150 360 -445 Merrittville 0 0 1 3
61 Jean Boissonneault 507 147 360 -448 Granby 0 0 0 3
22e Eric Gauvreau 503 143 360 -452 Edelweiss 0 0 1 2
54 Steve Bernard 502 142 360 -453 Drummond 0 0 0 3
46 Kayle Robidoux 501 141 360 -454 Cornwall 0 0 0 3
3 Claude Brouillard 498 138 360 -457 Granby 0 0 0 3
124 Pierre Dagenais 496 136 360 -459 Edelweiss 0 0 0 3
M70 Billy Cook 491 131 360 -464 Mohawk 0 0 0 3
39 Clement Therrien 490 130 360 -465 Drummond 0 0 0 3
9 Mark Smoke 485 125 360 -470 Mohawk 0 0 0 2
21 Yan Bussière 480 120 360 -475 Drummond 0 0 0 3
73 Alain Boisvert 476 116 360 -479 Cornwall 0 0 1 2
88 Tim O’Brien 476 116 360 -479 Can Am 0 0 1 2
72T Todd Stewart 474 114 360 -481 Mohawk 0 0 0 2
33 Mike Mahaney 472 112 360 -483 Cayuga Co. 0 0 0 2
96 Kyle Dingwall 472 112 360 -483 Brockville 0 0 1 2
007 Roy Tarbell 472 112 360 -483 Mohawk 0 0 1 2
55p Perry Francis 470 110 360 -485 Mohawk 0 0 0 2
97 Michel Chicone 468 108 360 -487 Granby 0 0 0 2
74 Frederic Gamache 468 108 360 -487 Granby 0 0 1 2
28 Scott Kerwin 468 108 360 -487 Ransomville 0 0 1 2
22J Gino Clair 465 105 360 -490 Granby 0 0 0 2
5* Tim Jones 460 100 360 -495 Merrittville 0 0 0 2
123 Robbie Krull 456 96 360 -499 Ransomville 0 0 0 2
76 Travis Braun 456 96 360 -499 Merrittville 0 0 0 2
49 Francois Bernier 455 95 360 -500 Drummond 0 0 0 2
52 James M. Friesen 454 94 360 -501 Merrittville 0 0 0 2
m96 Brian McDonald 452 92 360 -503 Brockville 0 0 0 2
26R Rick Richner 452 92 360 -503 Ransomville 0 0 0 2
FX1 Danny Johnson 451 331 120 -504 Mohawk 1 2 4 4
8 Rich Scagliotta 449 209 240 -506 Cayuga Co. 0 0 0 5
14 Mitchell Jock 440 80 360 -515 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
84 Dave Heaslip 440 80 360 -515 Brockville 0 0 0 2
89b Todd Burley 440 80 360 -515 Ransomville 0 1 1 1

DIRTcar 358-Modified Entries – September 19 (53)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
08 Mark D’Ilario/Smithville,ONT Pioneer Fuels-Turn 4 Collision-Chevron/Bicknell/Fioravanti
1 David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE Mecanique Electrique CMPL-Coffrage Levesque/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
1w Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY Westmoreland Golf Club-Fairway Farms/Bicknell/Enders
fx1 Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Thompson Motorsports/Troyer/Steve O
2x Alex Fortier/Princeville,QUE NAPA Auto Parts-Castrol/Troyer/BHP
3 Claude Brouillard/Tracy,QUE R.Brouillette Transport-G.A.D. Brouillard/Bicknell/RL Racing Engines
6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT 730 Truck Stop-Gypsum Logistics-Milestone Concrete/Bicknell/Enders
6m Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT Optional Hose & Hydraulics-Jasen Enterprises/Bicknell/ERD
7 Patrice Demers/Drummondville,QUE Pierre Demers/Bicknell/Enders
7* Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT Global Warranty-1000 Islands RV-Stover Bus Lines/Bicknell/Morrison
8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ Central Jersey Trailer & Hitch Depot-Adamsville Maintenance/Troyer/Enders
9s Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY Smoke’s Construction-Action Race Parts/Bicknell/West Carleton Automotive
10 Pat McGrail/Candiac,QUE Brossard Mazda/Bicknell/Morrison
14 Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY Sweet Dreams-Warrior Racing/Bicknell/Dyke Engineering
16w Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY Nor-Shir Construction-TRC-SUNY Canton/Bicknell/Morrison
17 Eric Bessette/St-Marc-Richelieu,QUE Le Groupe BMA-Montmorency Ford/TEO/Bessette
19 Michel Pelletier/Ste-Anne de Sorel,QUE Service Routier L.S./Bicknell/Pelletier
20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ Madsen Mtrsprts-Wentworth Custom Homes-Benjamin Moore/TEO/Enders
21 Yan Bussiere/Drummondville,QUE Bud Lime/TEO/RL Racing Engines
22 Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT CMH Leasing-Turn 4 Collis.-Garden City Auto/Bicknell/CC Performance
22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE Batiments JDL-Motel Drummond-Freightliner Drummond/Bicknell/Morrison
22e Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE Micheline Richard Home Sales-Gauvreau Top Soil/Troyer/Ovide Doiron
22j Gino Clair/St-Edmond,QUE Dionne & Bros. Auto Parts-Cofrages M&B/TEO/Kevlar
22jw Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY Grant West-Roosevelts/Bicknell/Grant
23 Laurent Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT Mr. Radiator-Roxborough Bus Lines-Denis Rose Trkng/Bicknell/Ladouceur
23b Dany Bilodeau/Victoriaville,QUE Entrepot Victo-Garage Bilodeau/Troyer/RL Racing Engines
35 Francois Bellemare/Trois-Rivieres,QUE Equipment SMS-Coffrage Bergeron/Bicknell/Boomer
37s Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT Gaston’s Auto Sales-Precision Transmission/Bicknell/Fioravanti
39 Clement Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE Therrien Racing/Bicknell/RL Performance
39a Alan Therrien/Victoriaville,QUE JT Terrassement-Carrosserie St-Calixte Racing/Bicknell/B.H.P.
42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT Lucas Oil Products-Merrittville Speedway/Bicknell/Morrison
44 Sebastien Gougeon/Drummondville,QUE Gougeon Bros. Service Center/TEO/Doyon
46 Kayle Robidoux/St-Constant,QUE Bert Transmission-Genesis Racing Shocks-Rube Restaurant/TEO/Clements
49 Francois Bernier/St-Hyacinthe,QUE Steph’s Best Deals-Bernier Excavation/POP/RL Performance
54 Steve Bernard/St Paul Abbotsford,QUE Robert Bernard Tire-Robert Transport-Burrowes Ins./Bicknell/Enders
61 Jean Boissonneault/Granby,QUE Resto Pub Dix10-Shefford Remorquage/Bicknell/Boomer Racing
66w Steve Paine/Waterloo,NY Bully’s Truck Stop-Unicast Crusher Parts/Bicknell/Morrison
66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY RezX Racing-Tomohawk Tobacco-Brass Horse Grill/TEO/Kevlar
72 Denis Gauvreau/Alymer,QUE Micheline Richard Home Sales-Gauvreau Top Soil/Troyer/Ovide Doiron
74 Frederic Gamache/Granby,QUE Performance POP/POP Performance/AMB Performance
75 Sebastien Benoit/St.Eugene,QUE Garage SMB/TEO/Benoit
77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY RezX Racing-Grow It Hydroseeding/TEO/Kevlar
81 Eric Landry/Trois-Rivieres,QUE Breyers Ice Cream-Virtuoso Graphisme/Bicknell/Boomer Racing
87 Martin Gagne/Granby,QUE Demers Transport-Dooly’s/Troyer/RL Performance
88 Tim O’Brien/Kingston,ONT Jim’s Performance Plus-SG Wells Ford/TEO/Jim’s Performance Ford
88L Eric Lefebvre/St-Cyrille,QUE Hoosters-Les Fondations Herve Carpenter/Bicknell/Boomer
91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int’l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Kevlar
97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE GMCI Express-E.Beaudry Enterprises/Bicknell/Enders
99a Mike Adderley/Charlotte,NC MA Motorsports-Fast Lube of Watertown/TEO/Morrison
99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY J&B Installations-Town Mechanical/Troyer/Finger Lakes
99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY Gypsum Express Ltd-Gypsum Wholesalers-Tracey Road Equip./Bicknell/Kevlar
124 Pierre DagenaisGatineau,QUE Carriere Sabliere Dagenais/Bicknell/Ovide Doiron
172 Andre Gauthier/Granby,QUE Gauthier Racing/Troyer/Martin Hebert

POT HOLES: Upon waking up Saturday morning at his hotel just a mile down the road from Autodrome Drummond, car owner Vinny Salerno was stunned to discover the Four Star Racing hauler missing from the lot. Although the rig was recovered later in the day, both the enclosed Big-Block & Small-Block Four Star Transmissions no. 4 Keizer Aluminum Wheels-Mike Sparta Trucking/TEO cars driven regularly by Michael Storms were yet to be found, prompting Salerno to post a $20,000 reward upon their safe return. Chris Moore, Todd Burley and Todd Stone were among those DIRTcar Modified drivers that also lost equipment in past trips up to the Drummondville area for series events…….Big-Block drivers Brett Hearn, Billy Decker Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Steve Paine and Larry Wight were in competition not only vying for the $10,000 winner’s share on Saturday, but also logging valuable track time for the Super DIRTcar Series event postponed to Sunday following rain on Friday….For the second straight year Drummond’s Dream Weekend attracted 53 Small-Block entries, 39 of those entered competed the previous Sunday in Autodrome Granby’s sister 150-lapper taken by Billy Decker over young teammate Larry Wight. While Decker was first last week, he was last on Saturday at Drummond….6th and final qualifying heat was easily the most dramatic as Dale Planck slid high out of turn three and rode the wall right in front of Mark D’Ilario who even did one better as his mount climbed the turn three cement barrier before coming to rest on the grass….A gigantic fireworks display prempted the start of the 150-lap feature with the speakers blasting as each driver was introduced under a spotlight in front of the homestretch grandstand crowd….a 4-wide ‘salute to the fans’ pace lap was another unique aspect of promoter Yan Bussiere’s presentation in the track’s biggest 358-Modified race of the year.

2009 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
Mon-May 18 Merrittville Speedway Larry Lampman Jr.
Fri-Jul 31 Ransomville Speedway Danny Johnson
Sun-Sep 6 Cornwall Motor Speedway Carey Terrance
Fri-Sep 11 Mohawk International Raceway Pat O’Brien
Sat-Sep 12 Brockville Ontario Speedway Pat O’Brien
Sun-Sep 13 Autodrome Granby Billy Decker ($10,000 to win)
Sat-Sep 19 Autodrome Drummond Jimmy Phelps ($10,000 to win)
Fri-Sep 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Wed-Oct 7 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Thr-Oct 8 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Fri-Oct 9 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 10 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY ($20,000 to win)
Sat-Oct 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sun-Oct 18 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT

2009 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
Sun-Apr 26 Big Diamond Raceway Duane Howard/Tom Scheetz Jr.-18th
Sat-May 2 Airborne Speedway Martin Roy
Sun-May 17 Cornwall Motor Speedway Danny O’Brien
Mon-May 18+ Merrittville Speedway Larry Lampman Jr.
Mon-May 18 Merrittville Speedway Pete Bicknell
Fri-May 22 Ransomville Speedway Todd Burley
Wed-Jun 17 Orange County Fair Speedway BillyDecker/Donnie Wilson&Kirk Horton
Sun-Jun 21 Cornwall Motor Speedway Joel Doiron
Sat-Jun 27 Lebanon Valley Speedway Ray Hoard
Fri-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Brett Hearn/Robbie Krull-11th
Sat-Jul 4 Fulton Speedway Alan Johnson/Mike Mahaney-21st
Thr-Jul 9 Brockville Ontario Speedway B.Hearn/Kyle Dingwall-5th
Fri-Jul 10 Autodrome Granby B.Decker/David Hebert-5th
Fri-Jul 17 Autodrome Granby Mario Clair
Sat-Jul 18 Merrittville Speedway L.Lampman/Chad Brachmann-2nd
Sat-Jul 18 Autodrome Drummond D.Hebert/Michel Chicoine-3rd
Sun-Jul 26 Lebanon Valley Speedway Tom Faxon
Thr-Jul 30 Mohawk Int’l Speedway D.Hebert/Todd Stewart-2nd
Fri-Jul 31+ Ransomville Speedway Danny Johnson
Fri-Jul 31 Autodrome Edelweiss D.Hebert/Steve Bernard-3rd
Sat-Aug 1 Brockville Ontario Speedway D.O’Brien/Kayle Robidoux-3rd
Sat-Aug 1 Humberstone Speedway Stewart Friesen
Mon-Aug 3 Merrittville Speedway M.Sheppard/Adam Ferri-11th
Fri-Aug 7 Brewerton Speedway M.Sheppard/Chris Hile-19th
Sat-Aug 8 Lebanon Valley Speedway Andy Bachetti
Sat-Aug 8 Autodrome Drummond S.Bernard/Clement Therrien-2nd
Fri-Aug 21 Can-Am Motorsports Park M.Sheppard/Eric Gauvreau-23rd
Sun-Aug 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Jimmy Phelps/Pierre Dagenais-2nd
Fri-Aug 28 Autodrome Granby Yan Bussiere
Fri-Aug 28 Autodrome Edelweiss P.Dagenais/Brian McDonald-2nd
Fri-Sep 4 Ransomville Speedway P.Bicknell/Jon Miller-4th
Sat-Sep 5 Airborne Speedway M.Roy/Patrick Dupree-2nd
Sat-Sep 5 Merrittville Speedway Mike Bowman
Sat-Sep 5 Autodrome Drummond D.Hebert/Eric Lefebvre-6th
Sat-Sep 5 Lebanon Valley Speedway Steve Hough
Sun-Sep 6 Cornwall Motor Speedway Carey Terrance
Sun-Sep 6 Cayuga County Fair Speedway B.Decker/Randy Chrysler-13th
Mon-Sep 7 Northern Region Champion Danny O’Brien
Mon-Sep 7 Western Region Champion Pete Bicknell
Fri-Sep 11+ Mohawk Int’l Raceway Pat O’Brien
Sat-Sep 12+ Brockville Ontario Speedway P.O’Brien/Billy Decker-2nd
Sun-Sep 13+ Autodrome Granby B.Decker/Larry Wight-2nd
Sat-Sep 19 Autodrome Drummond Jimmy Phelps

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.