Weedsport, NY — July 28, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director
Riding the wings of a successful debut last autumn in the Salt City, the 2008 edition of Super DIRT Week will include ‘DIRTcar Futures’ on the schedule of events for a second straight year at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Super DIRT Week XXXVII is scheduled for Oct. 7-12, 2008, with single day events for first-ever SDW competitors presented in the Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. These special events are open to all first time racers in any of DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s four traditional touring classes, with all features to be held the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 9.
“Last year was a trial run and it proved to be one of the most popular attractions during the entire week,” said DIRTcar NorthEast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Cory Reed. “Our goal was to help usher in some new talent on the DIRTcar circuit and entice more first-timers to give Syracuse a shot as its definitely a unique place that requires a high level of skill to compete. We know a lot of teams want to run The Mile but it can be intimidating going up against years of experience. Having separate events takes away a lot of the pressure of having to qualify for the championship in each class although they’re still an option and rookie status will not be lost just by trying to make the starting field.”
In the inaugural DIRTcar Futures features staged last year, Craig Mitchell bested a fine array of 18 first-timers to cop the 18-lap affair for Big-Block Modifieds. Brett Graham held off Mitchell to take top honors in the 10-lap 358-Modified main while in the most highly contested division on the card, Kevin Ridley out-distanced 23 racers to capture the 15-lap Sportsman Modified finale. In the 12-lap Pro Stock nightcap that boasted 13 full-fender entries, Nick Stone led the distance to make his first checkered flag at Syracuse a memorable one.
For more information about Super DIRT Week, including DIRTcar Futures sign-up, ticket order placement, lap sponsorship and vendor space availability, please contact DIRTcar Racing NE Headquarters during the week at 315/834-6606. Further newsworthy items can be found at www.superdirtcarseries.com and www.dirtcar.com while tickets can be ordered on-line by logging into https://syracuse.ticketdirector.com.
Super DIRT Week XXXVII Events Schedule: Oct. 7-Oct. 12, 2008
New York State Fairgrounds – Syracuse, New York
*All times and events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TIME EVENT
12 noon Main Gate & Camping Area Opens;
3-9:00pm ‘Early Bird’ Advance Auto Parts Mod & 358-Mod & DIRTcar Futures Inspection (under main grandstand);
8am Advance Auto Parts Mod & 358-Mod & DIRTcar Futures Inspection (under main grandstand);
3-5:00pm Advance Auto Parts Modified ‘Happy Hour’ Practice;
10pm Pit Area Closed;
7:30pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series & Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Can-Am Motorsports Park.
8am Pit Gates Open;
8am-10am Inspection Area Open (under main grandstand); (Advance Auto Parts Mod, 358, Sportsman, DIRTcar Futures allowed);
10am Grandstands Open, Advance Auto Parts Modified Practice;
11am 358-Modified Practice;
12noon Advance Auto Parts ‘Media Day’ Press Conference – Infield Conference Bldg;
1pm DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (Sportsman, Pro Stock);
1:30pm 358-Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows);
2:15m DIRTcar Futures Practice/Qualifying (358-Modified, Modified);
2:45pm Advance Auto Parts Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify For Front-3 Rows);
4pm DIRTcar Futures Feature Events (Modified, 358-Mod, Sportsman, Pro Stock);
10pm Pit Area Closed;
7:30pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Brewerton Speedway;
11pm Rite-Aid Pole Party at Quaker Steak & Lube .
8am Pit Gates Open, Town Mechanical Sportsman Inspection Open;
10am Grandstands Open, 358-Modified Practice;
10:45am Advance Auto Parts Modified Practice;
11:30am Town Mechanical Sportsman Practice;
12noon 358-Modified Twin 20s (10 non-qualified cars advance from each);
1:30pm Advance Auto Parts Modified Triple 20s (10 non-qualified cars advance from each);
2:45pm Town Mechanical Sportsman Time Trials (2-laps, Top-24 Qualify);
3:30pm Modified Pit Stop Competition;
10pm Pit Area Closed;
7pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified & Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
7:30pm ASCS Patriot Sprint & Mr. DIRTcar Street Stock Series at Cayuga County Fair Speedway.
8am Pit Gates Open, Pro Stock Inspection Open;
9am 358-Modified Championship Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building);
9:20pm Town Mechanical Sportsman Driver’s Meeting (in pit building);
9:30am Grandstands Open & 358-Modified Final Practice;
10:15am Town Mechanical Sportsman Final Practice;
11:15am Pro Stock Practice;
11:45am Dig Safely NY Sportsman Last Chance Race;
12:15pm Pro Stock Time Trials (2-laps, Top-24 Qualify);
1:30pm 358-Modified Championship Pre-Race Ceremonies;
2pm 358-Modified Championship (150 laps, 40 cars to start);
4pm Town Mechanical Sportsman Championship (30 laps, 30 cars to start);
7pm 360 Sprint Challenge at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park;
7:30pm “Win and You’re In” Big-Block/Small-Block Twin 25’s (Mod Overall Winner Earns 45th starting spot in Rite Aid 200)
plus BRP CanAm Late Model Series at Cayuga County Fair Speedway.
8am Pit Gates Open;
9:15am Pro Stock Driver’s Meeting (in pit building);
9:30am Advance Auto Parts Rite Aid 200 Modified Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building);
10am Grandstands Open & Pro Stock Final Practice;
10:20am Advance Auto Parts Rite Aid 200 Modified Final Practice;
10:45am Dig Safely NY Pro Stock Last Chance Race;
11:15am Dig Safely NY Modified Last Chance Race;
11:45am Advance Auto Parts Modified Top-30 Autograph Signing under grandstand (Top-30 in Thursday Time Trials);
12:00pm Pro Stock Championship (25 laps, 30 cars to start);
12:45-1:45pm Rite Aid Cold Pit Tour of Pit Road;
1:30pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship Pre-race Ceremonies;
2:15pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship (200 laps, 44 cars to start).
-TBA- Rain Date For Saturday or Sunday Events.
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The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.