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Bonuses Abound As Solid Pro Stock Series Swings Into September

Weedsport, NYSeptember 9, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

The 2009 Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series picks up pace with a second straight doubleheader highlighting the post-Labor Day parade. Tour activity resumes this weekend when Autodrome Edelweiss hosts round five on Friday, Sept. 11, followed up the next day by a return to Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York’s Capital District on Sept. 12.

Second in total purse only to Super DIRT Week’s full-fender finale in October, top Pro Stock point chasers will be after the $1,500 first-place prize posted by promoter Serge Lagace in Edelweiss’ 100-lapper. Another $1,000 is on the line in the 30-lap main event scheduled Saturday at the West Lebanon layout.

Track regular Denis Gauvreau outlasted three-time reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king Pete Stefanski to claim last year’s title event at the Quebec oval while Rob Yetman took top honors the last time the tour visited the high banks in 2005.

Rolling Wheels Raceway Park hosts the final Pro Stock series stop of the month on Sept. 26 as the Sept. 19 event at Canandaigua Speedway has been replaced with a brand new date at Brockville Ontario Speedway on October 18. The ‘DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at the BOS’ includes a big 50-lap series finale on Sunday that stands to determine the overall 2009 Mr. DIRTcar Champion.

The month of October kicks off with the annual trip to the Syracuse Mile for the 38th running of Super DIRT Week, this year scheduled for Oct. 7-11 at the New York State Fairgrounds. A Pro Stock ‘Futures’ race is slated for Friday, Oct. 9 and time trials run Saturday, with a consolation round leading into Sunday’s 25-lap SDW XXXVIII Championship.

“A lot of enthusiasm has filtered down through the ranks this season,” beamed Pro Stock Series Director Brian Mulligan, now in his second full season guiding DIRTcar Northeast’s top full-fender touring division. “More activity has generated more excitement. Instead of our established teams wondering if the class will be around, the interest keeps growing and I continue to receive calls from guys asking how they can get involved. Some have already purchased new cars.”

Mulligan helped fan the flame during the off-season, first lining up an exclusive ‘National Parts Peddler Halfway Bonus’ leader award at each series show, then creating a special season-ending drawing that will reward a handful of drivers from those attending 100% of the events.

Mulligan worked closely with Corky Stockham to initiate a program that rewards every series race halfway leader with a $100 certificate that can be presented to any participating vendor for an equivalent discount at the 30th National Parts Peddler Trade Show & Auction, Nov. 20-22, at the New York State Fairgrounds.

And joined by recognized EMS (Eric’s Machine Shop) chassis builder and body dealer Eric Marin, the seasoned public relations/marking specialist from Cornwall, Ontario also formulated a special package that will reward four drivers that attend every 2009 series event. The names of all those eligible drivers will be thrown into a hat at the Brockville finale in October, with one drawn to receive a Five Star Body and three more selected to win $100 product certificates from Allstar Performance.

Two-time ’09 tour winners Pete Stefanski and Joey Ladouceur pace the current Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock point standings just shy of the midway point, with Jody Swamp and Ghislain Valade joining Ladouceur (twice) as recipients of NPPN Halfway Bonus awards through the first four events. Stefanski and Ladouceur also head the list of exactly a dozen drivers who have signed in for those initial four series shows that are in contention for the ‘perfect attendance’ prizes at the end of the season.

For additional tour information, please contact Pro Stock Series Director Brian Mulligan (613/938-6751) or call the DIRTcar Northeast office (315/834-6606) in Weedsport during normal business hours. Visit www.dirtcar.com online anytime to find race results, point standings, upcoming events and learn more about the entire circuit.

Officials at Autodrome Edelweiss www.autodromeedelweiss.com, located North of Cantley on Route 307 then going 0.5-mile west on Route 366 in Hull, Quebec, can be reached by calling (819/457-4440) while the office number for Lebanon Valley Speedway www.lebanonvalley.com, found 18-miles southeast of Albany on US 20 in West Lebanon –about 10 miles from the Massachusetts state line– remains 518/794-9606.

Overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock
Point Standings
(Thru Sept. 7, 2009)
@Motorsports Safety Systems/G-FORCE DIRTcar NE Rookie of the Year candidate
No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Home Track Wins Top-5 Top-10 Strts
2 Pete Stefanski 711 351 360 0 Genesee 2 3 3 4
92 Joey Ladouceur 697 337 360 -14 Cornwall 2 3 3 4
26 Don Carlson 662 302 360 -49 Lebanon Valley 0 2 3 4
73 P.J. Peters 660 300 360 -51 Cornwall 0 2 3 4
48 Dion Oakes 628 268 360 -83 Cornwall 0 1 3 4
7 Rob Yetman 608 248 360 -103 Lebanon Valley 0 1 2 4
1 Ricky Thompson 604 244 360 -107 Cornwall 0 1 2 4
6 Stephane Lebrun 598 238 360 -113 Drummond 0 1 1 4
18 Louie Jackson 597 237 360 -114 Cornwall 0 0 2 4
4 Roch Aubin 591 231 360 -120 Cornwall 0 0 2 4
8 Sean Corr 585 225 360 -126 Lebanon Valley 0 1 1 4
47 Dave Bissonnette 552 192 360 -159 Cornwall 0 1 2 3
69 Jody Swamp 521 161 360 -190 Mohawk 0 1 1 2
6x Travis Back 510 150 360 -201 Mohawk 0 1 2 2
78 William Chubb 504 144 360 -207 Cornwall 0 0 0 3
08 Richard Bertrand 501 141 360 -210 Drummond 0 0 2 2
7Jr Harvey Arquette Jr. 497 137 360 -214 Mohawk 0 0 0 3
188 David Papineau 487 127 360 -224 Cornwall 0 0 0 3
99 Mike Martin 472 112 360 -239 Genesee 0 0 0 2
99 Ghislain Valade 455 95 360 -256 Cornwall 0 1 1 1
33 Bruno Cyr 451 91 360 -260 Drummond 0 0 0 2
49 Bill Woodward Jr. 428 68 360 -283 Mohawk 0 0 1 1
05 Jocelyn Roy 425 65 360 -286 Drummond 0 0 1 1
55 George Renaud 422 62 360 -289 Cornwall 0 0 1 1
97 Roland Hebert 420 60 360 -291 Drummond 0 0 0 1
6z Butch Zimmerman 420 60 360 -291 Genesee 0 0 0 1
24 Jacques Robert 418 58 360 -293 Drummond 0 0 0 1
48T Rod Tarbell ® 416 56 360 -295 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
11 John Zimmerman 414 54 360 -297 Genesee 0 0 0 1
04 John Yandoh Jr. 414 54 360 -297 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
115 Stephane Lemire 412 52 360 -299 Drummond 0 0 0 1
2EZ Mike Arquiette 412 52 360 -299 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
73 Michel Dejardins ® 406 46 360 -305 Cornwall 0 0 0 1
94 Carl Pouin 406 46 360 -305 Drummond 0 0 0 1
8 Mark Lalonde 403 43 360 -308 Cornwall 0 0 0 1
98T Jack Terrell 403 43 360 -308 Genesee 0 0 0 1
29 Daniel Laduc 401 41 360 -310 Cornwall 0 0 0 1
62 Andrew Northrup 400 40 360 -311 Genesee 0 0 0 1
ba98 Steve Johnston 400 40 360 -311 Cornwall 0 0 0 1

2009 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Sat-Jul 4 Genesee Speedway Pete Stefanski
Fri-Jul 17 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Pete Stefanski
Sat-Aug 22 Autodrome Drummond Joey Ladouceur
Sun-Aug 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Joey Ladouceur
Fri-Sep 11 Autodrome Edelweiss Hull,QUE ($1,500-to-win)
Sat-Sep 12 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 18 Brockville Ont. Speedway Brockville,ONT

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 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.