DIRTcar Racing finally took the green flag in the Northeast once again. Sadly it’s impossible to ignore the empty grandstands as we are still subject to CDC regulations and state mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, our tracks and media partners have stepped up to bring the racing action live and in HD to you in your home.
Every week race fans can find all of the DIRTcar Northeast Features winners right here on DIRTcar.com including Big Blocks, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Series races.
The Northeast is blessed with some of the best racing photographers in the business. Please send your Victory Lane photos to @jgrabianowski@DIRTcar.com for inclusion in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship Update to be featured! All submissions must be turned in by 9 am Tuesday morning of each week.
Utica-Rome Speedway kicked off the return of DIRTcar Racing to the Northeast
VERNON, NY – Kevin Root and Luke Horning captured the first checkered flags to be awarded in the state of New York this year. Defending DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series champion Kevin Root continued his winning ways on the Vernon, NY half-mile last Wednesday.
It was a dogfight to the finish as the top three remained close together with Luke Horning keeping Josh Coonradt and eventually Nick Stone behind him. Horning went on to lead the final 15-laps for the $1,000 win over Coonradt, Stone, Beau Ballard, and Jeseo who recovered from a lap 18 flat tire.
Can-Am Speedway opened 358 Modified season plus Sportsman and Pro Stocks
La FARGVILLE, NY – The usual suspects of the North Country field battled it out side by side on the Can-Am Speedway oval on Friday night. It was anyone’s guess as to who would come out ahead as the top five swapped positions with Billy Dunn, Michael Maresca, and Tim Fuller, Tim Sears Jr., and Lance Willix all going for the win. Maresca was able to pass the high-flying Billy Dunn and then hold off a late-race charge of Tim Sears Jr. to capture the first DIRTcar 358 Modified win of 2020.
In the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division, Addison Bowman was the recipient of the lead after the dominant Kevin Root pulled off with mechanical problems. He kept his no. 12 out front for the win.
Sid Harner Jr. and his black Camaro DIRTcar Pro Stock shook off the rust and slid to victory over Nick Stone and Josh Coonradt.
DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds came to life at Land of Legends Speedway Saturday Night
CANANDAIGUA, NY – Finally, the roar of Big Block Modifieds shook New York State from east to west last Saturday night as the Land of Legend Raceway and Orange County Fair Speedway awarded the first Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points to Big Block drivers in New York. Only the DIRTcar Nationals finishes have counted thus far in 2020. Veteran Pat Ward thwarted a late-race rally by Peter Britten to capture the headline 35-lapper for Pepsi DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds.
Matt Guererri outlasted Kevin Root to take the first DIRTcar Sportsman Modified checkered flag the Canandaigua, NY half-mile in 2020.
Orange County Fair Speedway’s return to DIRTcar weekly sanctioning started with a classic
MIDDLETOWN, NY -Stewart Friesen flew by race leader Matt Sheppard with two laps remaining in the Jimmy Horton Tribute 43-lap Big Block Modified feature to win the feature. Friesen earned $4300, a figure commemorating honoree Jimmy Horton’s family’s long time car number. The race was slowed twice in the first two laps for crashes but when it went green on lap three, the rest of it went straight to the checkered.
Cornwall Motor Speedway leads the Canadian comeback with DIRTcar 358 and Sportsman Modifieds
LONG SAULT, ON – Dany Gagne shocked the star-studded DIRTcar 358 Modified field to win the 50 lap lid-lifter at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Gagne survived a green-white-checkered finish to pick up his first career DIRTcar 358 Modified victory.
Johnathon Ferguson took the lead on the initial green of the Back to the Track 50 as Justin Lalancette and Broen White had a great fight for second. Ferguson made no errors and went on to win the Feature in front of Lalancette and Scott McGill picking up the first DIRTcar Sportsman Modified checkered flag in Canada this year.
Thunder Mountain Speedway’s first DIRTcar sanctioned weekly races huge success
CENTER LISLE, NY – Corey Cormier came away with his first career DIRTcar 358 Modified win at the first DIRTcar sanctioned Feature at Thunder Mountain Speedway. He was followed by Adam Pierson and Ronnie Davis III.
Richard Murtaugh parked it in Victory Lane at the Center Lisle, NY oval over Tom Collins and Adam Pierson.
Outlaw Speedway kicked off their DIRTcar Sportsman Modified season last Friday
DUNDEE, NY – 2019 DIRTcar Hoosier Tire Sportsman Track Champion, Will Shields picked up right where he left off last season by winning the opening night feature as he beat a solid field of some twenty-one entries.