Weedsport, NY — March 1, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director
2009 marks DIRTcar Racing’s 34th consecutive year of sanctioning motorsports events in the Northeast. Twenty-four tracks currently carry full membership while more than a dozen ovals in the region maintain associate status as hosts for either Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, Western Pa./Ohio-based BRP Modified Tour or specially approved events scheduled during the upcoming summer months.
Beginning with the season openers at all DIRTcar member tracks, valuable points will be on the line for teams contending for both DIRTcar Weekly Racing Series Track and DIRTcar Regional Championships, as well as the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar titles.
The Big-Block Modifieds already began their season in February during the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park while Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway kicks off the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series on March 28. Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway unlocks its gates further north that same weekend with all but the New York State Fairgrounds opening up from early April through mid-May.
The premier DIRTcar Big-Block Modified class was first established in 1976, current 358-Modified division was initiated in 1980 and Sportsman gained notoriety in 1987 before the Northeastern Pro Stocks comprised the first full-fender class to be recognized in 1995. In competition at many tracks around the DIRTcar NE circuit today, entry level Street Stocks are officially enjoying the fifth year of sanctioning in 2009 while the Pro Late Models make their debut at Can-Am Motorsports Park in April.
Including the specials-only cards at both the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Big-Blocks now make up the headline class at 11 full member tracks, Small-Blocks rank first at nine speedways and Sportsman top the weekly race program at four facilities. Pro Stocks will be competing at 10 DIRTcar tracks this season with six speedways playing host to the Street Stocks. Super DIRT Week once again marks the lone stop at the Syracuse Mile with DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock racers filling the autumn card in 2009.
To find links to every DIRTcar Racing track affiliate hosting events during the upcoming season, log into http://www.dirtcar.com and select ‘Tracks’ at the top and follow the instructions provided. Bookmark each track selection for quick review at a later time.
DIRTcar RACING NORTHEAST 2009 SANCTIONED TRACKS
2009 Opener….Track/Location (Sanctioned Divisions)
Sat-May 2………Airborne Speedway/Plattsburgh, NY (358)
Sat-May 23..….Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, NY (Spt)
Fri-Apr. 3……….Black Rock Speedway/Dundee, NY (Spt, Sts)
Fri-Apr. 17……..Brewerton Speedway/Brewerton, NY (Mod)
Sat-May 16.…..Brockville Ontario Speedway/Brockville, ONT (358, Spt)
Fri-Apr. 17……..Can-Am Motorsports Park,Ltd./LaFargeville, NY (Mod/358, Spt, Sts, Pro LM)
Sat-Apr. 18…….Canandaigua Speedway/Canandaigua, NY (Mod, Spt, Pro, Sts)
Sun-Apr. 19……Cayuga Co. Fair Speedway/Weedsport, NY (Mod, Spt, Sts)
Sun-May 17……Cornwall Motor Speedway/Cornwall, ONT (358, Pro)
Sat-May 16…….Autodrome Drummond/Drummondville, QUE (358, Pro)
Fri-May 15……..Autodrome Edelweiss/Hull, QUE (358, Pro)
Sat-Apr. 25…….Fulton Speedway/Fulton, NY (Mod, Spt, Sts)
Sat-Apr. 25…….Genesee Speedway/Batavia, NY (Spt, Pro)
Fri-Apr. 17…….Glen Ridge Motorsports Park/Fultonville, NY (Mod, Spt)
Fri-May 15……..Autodrome Granby/Granby, QUE (358)
Sun-Apr. 26……Humberstone Speedway/Pt. Colborne, ONT (358, Spt)
Sat-Apr. 18…… Lebanon Valley Speedway/West Lebanon, NY (Mod, Pro)
Fri-Mar. 27…….Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Mod, Pro)
Sat-Apr. 25…….Merrittville Speedway/Thorold, ONT (358, Spt)
Fri-May 22……..Mohawk Int’l Raceway/Hogansburg, NY (358, Pro)
Oct. 6-11….……New York State Fairgrounds/Syracuse, NY (Mod, 358, Spt, Pro)
Fri-May 1……….Ransomville Speedway/Ransomville, NY (358, Spt)
Sun-May 3……..Rolling Wheels Raceway Park/Elbridge, NY (Mod, 358, Spt, Pro, Sts)
Sun-Apr. 5……..Tri-City Speedway/Franklin, PA (Mod)
DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds www.cayugacountyfairspeedway.com, home of the 2009 DIRTcar All-Star Weekend, July 24-26, featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Pro Stock (Fri.) and Sportsman (Sat.), as well as Big-Block Modifieds in the richest short-track show of its kind in the nation — the $20,000-to-win Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series “DIRTcar All-Star 100” on Sunday, July 26.
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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 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 Holley HP Carburetors www.Holley.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.