Weedsports, NY — July 27, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director
One of the most prestigious titles a driver can hold in short-track auto racing today remains that of the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding rules & regulations, plus procedures currently in place for teams chasing the lucrative 2010 point crowns in DIRTcar Northeast’s top touring divisions.
Q: How do I earn points?
A: Each touring series will continue to account for the bulk of the points towards the respective Mr. DIRTcar titles, yet bonus points picked up at a weekly home track remain just as valuable. Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar champs in 2010 will once again be determined by tabulating points earned in the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds and the Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series for 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock teams, along with bonuses collected at a driver’s respective home track in each divisional DIRTcar Regional Racing Series.
Q: What is the points structure?
A: Points earned in either the season-long Super DIRTcar Series or Mr. DIRTcar Championship trails combined with bonus points issued after Labor Day from a driver’s hometrack will determine the overall titlist in 2010. Each licensed track champion will receive 1,000 points, with the 25th-place driver earning 900 at his best track during the year. The customary 100-point format will be in effect for all four series, with the Big-Block division experiencing the only exceptions during All-Star Weekend at Brewerton and Cayuga County Fair speedways and in those events staged after August. The 60-point structure will be used in the 50-lappers at Brewerton (July 15) and Cayuga County (July 16) as well as each of the three segments comprising the All-Star 100 main event at CCFS on July 17. The 150-point profile will be followed for six events beginning Sept. 5 at Cayuga County. Complete track and series point guidelines are listed in the Official DIRTcar NE Rulebook.
Q: Where do I find the rule book?
A: DIRTcar Racing sets technical rules for its divisions, allowing drivers to travel to any DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned speedway or event and compete without making changes to their cars’ components, bodywork or tires. These standardized rules provide the perfect framework for track promoters to draw large fields of cars from across the region to their major events while easing the burden on promoters when tough decisions have to be made regarding rules. The 2010 Official DIRTcar Northeast Rule Book is available online in the DOWNLOAD section at both http://www.superdirtcarseries.com and http://www.dirtcar.com.
Q: Who can I address my question?
A: Specific questions can be directed to DIRTcar NE Competition Director Joe Skotnicki (704/796-4566, firstname.lastname@example.org), Chief Technical Inspector Bob Dini (845/358-5049, email@example.com), PR Director Tom Skibinski (585/350-8997, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chief Handicapper/Pointskeeper Gary Spaid (585/734-5959, email@example.com), as well as 358-Modified Series Director John Nelson (716/907-1905, firstname.lastname@example.org), Sportsman Series Director Chip Burdick (315/778-3407, email@example.com) and Pro Stock Series Director Brian Mulligan (613/330-1565, firstname.lastname@example.org). Log into the homepages at www.superdirtcarseries.com and www.dirtcar.com to find out more information.
Q: When is the next series event?
A: Competitors notes are listed on-line prior to each series stop as well as distributed directly to team members that have provided active e-mail addresses. Included on the pre-race agenda are track staff members, detailed daily event schedule, specific event rule references, qualifying format, technical inspection items, starting field make-up and race day purse. Also click ‘Schedules’ at the top of the http://www.dirtcar.com homepage and scroll down to find upcoming race dates along with complete race reports for the series and division of your choice. Be sure to sign up as a Super DIRTcar Series follower on Twitter by visiting http://www.twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar and receive updates anywhere at anytime during the race season.
Q: Where can I find official race results and point standings?
A: DIRTcar NE Series race result stories are posted throughout the season on both www.superdirtcarseries.com and www.dirtcar.com sites, as well as sent out via e-mail in a timely manner following the completion of each program. Listed at the top of the superdirtcarseries.com homepage are tabs for POINTS and RESULTS, with complete Big-Block Modified race reports archived in the NEWS section. When logged into dirtcar.com, click on ‘Schedules’ at the top and scroll down to find complete race reports for the series and division of your choice. Complete Championship Series points can be viewed by selecting ‘Points’ at the top, clicking ‘Super DIRTcar Series’ on the right, then choosing a specific touring division and opening up using the MS Excel format.
Q: How do I become a DIRTcar member?
A: Contact the DIRTcar Northeast office in Weedsport, N.Y. (315/834-6606) to request an official license application or log into www.DIRTcarMembers.com, fill out the required information, then submit. Membership has it rewards with special discounts and member offers form participating companies as well as receipt of special offers and complimentary offers. At most DIRTcar sanctioned events and facilities, members may receive, at the promoter’s discretion, a discount of up to $10 for a pit credential by showing their DIRTcar Members License at the pit window. All members participating at a DIRTcar-sanctioned event are included in DIRTcar Racing’s expanded Participant Accident Benefit program. Any member, driver, crew member, or owner is eligible for an additional $50,000 in Participant Accident Benefits on top of the tracks Participant Accident policy. In addition, all members receive via email the DIRTcar Digest Newsletter twice a month that includes updated point standings and feature stories about DIRTcar Racing across the country.
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 www.allstar100weekend.com and 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.