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Ryan Susice
Ryan Susice

Elbridge, NYOctober 10, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent

After a rough outing earlier Saturday during Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds the already qualified Sportsman teams headed west to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park to complete their series race that fell victim to rain after qualifying back in September.

After 30 caution-free laps round the spacious 5/8-miler, Ryan Susice out of Ransomville, NY picked up the victory, his third in the last five tour stops. For Susice it was his first ever Rolling Wheels win, yet more importantly it tightened up the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman points battle with reigning champ and current leader Chris Raabe.

“It’s been a long time coming, I’m so proud of the whole crew,” said Susice, after exiting his Investors Service Company No.38k Bicknell mount. “We came straight from Syracuse where we had a good run (3rd), threw the other car in the trailer, and never really changed a thing. I came here with the Can-Am set-up that got rained out. I owe it all to my crew.”

Jipp Ortiz out-raced Dan Wiesner to the first turn and immediately opened up a four car-length advantage as the 30 lapper got underway. While Ortiz was out front, Susice moved into the runner-up slot on lap three and took off after the leader.

With five laps reading on the scoreboard the Ransomville ridge runners maintained an advantage over Wiesner, Tim Sears Jr. and Don Spatorico who ran a distant third through fifth.

At the 10 lap mark Susice was still hounding Ortiz for the lead. Ortiz held his line as he fought off Susice, Sears, Wiesner and Spatorico in the top-five.

After running the top trying to find a way around Ortiz, on lap 14 Susice went to the bottom as he shot into the lead exiting turn four.

By lap 20 Susice was on rails building up a 3.0-second lead ahead of Ortiz while Wiesner, Sears and Spatorico continued their tight battle behind the top two.

With five laps to go Susice was still dominating, Ortiz ran alone in 2nd, Spatorico, Wiesner and Series point leader Chris Raabe held down third through fifth.

Over the remaining laps Susice made quick work of lapped traffic to win by 3 seconds with Ortiz, Spatorico, Raabe and Wiesner completing the front-five. Alan Fink, Billy Clark Jr., Jesse Cotriss, Justin Wright and Sammy Reakes IV rounded out the top-ten.

Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Race #15 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Raceway, October 10, 2009 ‘World Series 30’ Event Summary
Feature (30 laps) *Rain-delayed from Sept. 26
RYAN SUSICE, Jipp Ortiz, Don Spatorico, Chris Raabe, Dan Wiesner, Alan Fink, Billy Clark Jr., Jesse Cortiss, Justin Wright, Sammy Reakes IV, B.J Willard, Luke Carlton, Mark Chiddy, Steve Crouse, Ben Wheeler, Adam Turner, Craig Gardn, Robert Humphreys, Tim Sears Jr., Greg Cool, Mike Fowler, Greg Birosh, Randy McCulloch.

QUALIFYING (held Sept. 26)
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 22.030 102.133 83x Tim Sears Jr./Central Square,NY
Xtreme Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award
2 22.036 102.106 01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT
3 22.051 102.036 0 Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY
4 22.057 102.008 38k Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY
5 22.081 101.898 19w Justin Wright/Piffard,NY
6 22.113 101.750 17k Sammy Reakes IV/Palermo,NY
7 22.153 101.566 66 Dan Wiesner/Geneva,NY
8 22.218 101.269 4 Daryl Hilkert/Potter,NY
9 22.268 101.042 74 Matt Billings/Brockville,ONT
10 22.280 100.987 5 Don Spatrorico/Ransomville,NY
11 22.297 100.910 55c Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY
12 22.360 100.626 22 Greg Cool/Geneva,NY
13 22.430 100.312 11j Alan Fink/Pennellville,NY
14 22.436 100.285 29g Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY
15 22.447 100.236 85h Rob Humphreys/Elbridge,NY
16 22.556 99.752 54 Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY
17 22.563 99.721 38 Jason Parkhurst/Fulton,NY
18 22.633 99.412 jvs1 Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY
19 22.637 99.395 07 Tom Juhl/Weedsport,NY
20 22.651 99.333 99 Billy Cook Jr./Fulton,NY
21 22.735 98.966 11k Dillon Sallows/Wolfe Island,ONT
22 22.751 98.897 28 Steve Crouse/Fulton,NY
23 22.768 98.823 26h Luke Carleton/Port Colborne,ONT
24 22.776 98.788 11 Ben Wheeler/Genoa,NY
25 22.810 98.641 29 Greg Birosh/Horseheads,NY
26 22.818 98.606 77jr. B.J. Willard/St.Catharines,ONT
27 22.828 98.563 17 Marcus Dinkins/Watkins Glen,NY
28 22.842 98.503 21 Randy McCulloch/Romulus,NY
29 22.867 98.395 14s Craig Gardner/Watkins Glen,NY
30 22.891 98.292 81 Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY
31 22.901 98.249 06j Jordan Bennett/Pennellville,NY
32 22.925 98.146 6m Mike Williams/Tuscarora Nation,NY
33 22.952 98.031 11n Ricky Newton/Oakfield,NY
34 23.009 97.788 92 Adam Turner/Picton,ONT
35 23.156 97.167 410 Mike Fowler/Hannibal,NY
36 23.289 96.612 44 Gary Hotelling/Middlesex,NY
37 23.350 96.360 24b Brett Buono/Dundee,NY
38 23.657 95.109 64 Bob Buono/Dundee,NY
39 23.771 94.653 22j Ryan Jordan/Freeville,NY
40 24.288 92.638 15 Dave Emmons/Hannibal,NY
41 -NT- —– m1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY
42 -NT- —– 70 Mike Tripp/Gouverneur,NY

Heat Races (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature; top 3 redrew)
#1: Wiesner, Ortiz, Cotriss, Hilkert, Spano, Fink, Cool, Willard, Wright, Hotelling.
#2: Raabe, Sears, Juhl, Chiddy, Martin, Wheeler, Newton, Bo.Buono, Sallows, Bennett.
#3: Reakes, Susice, Gray, Billings, Crouse, Humphreys, McCulloch, Birosh, Trapp, Williams, Marcuccilli (DNS).
#4: Parkhurst, Clark, Spatorico, Carleton, Gardner, Fowler, Br.Buono, Emmons, Turner, Jordan, Dinkins (DNS).
Consolation Round (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Fink, Wheeler, Wright, Willard, Cool, Bennett, Newton, Bo.Buono, Sallows, Hotelling.
#2: Humphreys, Fowler, McCulloch, Birosh, Trapp, Turner, Williams, Br.Buono, Emmons, Jordan, Marcuccilli, Dinkins (DNS).
Added: Turner-G, Marcuccilli-P.

Mr. DIRTcar Series Sportsman Point Standings (Through Oct. 10, 2009)
Rank No Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins Top 5 Top 10 Starts
1 01 Chris Raabe 1,501 1,141 360 0 4 9 11 15
2 38k Ryan Susice 1,464 1,104 360 -37 3 8 12 14
3 0 Jipp Ortiz 1,364 1,004 360 -137 2 5 8 15
4 11Jr Justin Wright 1,259 899 360 -242 1 3 9 15
5 99p Greg Panunte 1,243 883 360 -258 0 4 7 12
6 66 Dan Wiesner 1,202 842 360 -299 0 4 6 15
7 77Jr B.J. Willard 1,182 822 360 -319 1 1 4 14
8 92 Adam Turner 1,153 793 360 -348 0 1 3 15
9 17K Sammy Reakes IV 1,096 736 360 -405 1 2 5 11
10 54 Mark Chiddy 1,062 702 360 -439 0 0 1 14
11 67G Eric Giguere 1,042 682 360 -459 0 1 3 11
12 24x Brandon Sweet 1,040 680 360 -461 0 1 3 11
13 M1 Dave Marcuccilli 954 594 360 -547 0 3 3 9
14 74 Matt Billings 903 543 360 -598 1 2 3 9
15 29g Steve Gray 813 453 360 -688 0 2 3 6
16 83x Tim Sears Jr 810 450 360 -691 1 2 2 7
17 5 Don Spatorico 807 447 360 -694 1 3 4 6
18 55 Matt Hulsizer 752 392 360 -749 0 2 3 5
19 28 Alan Fink 738 378 360 -763 0 0 4 6
20 777 Tyler MacPherson 726 366 360 -775 0 3 4 5
21 38s Luke Whittaker 716 356 360 -785 0 0 1 7
22 17D Tom Juhl Jr. 714 354 360 -787 0 2 4 5
23 20x Kevin Ridley 700 340 360 -801 0 0 0 5
24 62 Rich Bellante 699 339 360 -802 0 0 0 5
25 55c Jesse Cotriss 676 316 360 -825 0 2 3 4
26 26h Luke Carleton 659 359 300 -842 0 0 2 6
27 1s James Spano 635 275 360 -866 0 0 0 4
28 14 Jermey Pitcher 603 243 360 -898 0 0 1 5
29 13s Derek Smith 591 231 360 -910 0 1 2 3
30 17 Marcus Dinkins 590 230 360 -911 0 0 0 3
31 2L Loren Lincoln 582 222 360 -919 0 0 1 4
32 06J Jordan Bennett 574 214 360 -927 0 0 2 3
33 81 Christine Martin 570 210 360 -931 0 0 0 2
34 2K Rob Knapp 565 205 360 -936 0 0 1 3
35 7 Cody McPherson 558 198 360 -943 0 0 1 3
36 85 John Pietrowicz 554 194 360 -947 0 1 1 3
37 21JJ Jim Johnstone 554 194 360 -947 0 0 1 4
38 18 Brad Rouse 550 190 360 -951 0 1 1 3
39 4 Darryl Hilkert 545 185 360 -956 0 1 1 3
40 85H Robert Humphreys 542 182 360 -959 0 0 0 3
41 18h Justin Henderson 532 172 360 -969 0 0 1 3
42 22 Greg Cool 531 171 360 -970 0 0 1 3
43 56 Steven Schumacher528 168 360 -973 0 0 1 3
44 76 Rob Bussey 528 168 360 -973 0 0 2 3
45 06 Brandon Easey 526 166 360 -975 0 1 2 2
46 24a A.J. Lewis 525 165 360 -976 0 0 0 3
47 11n Ricky Newton 522 162 360 -979 0 0 0 3
48 3m Henry Maier 515 155 360 -986 0 0 0 1
49 111 Allan Wills 513 153 360 -988 0 0 0 2
50 11 Ben Wheeler 512 152 360 -989 0 0 0 3

Mr. DIRTcar Series Sportsman Entries – September 26 (42)
Car# Driver/Hometown Team (Sponsor / Chassis)
0 Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY Pizza Logs-Lee Heil-Ed’s Garage/Bicknell
01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT Scott Industrial Services-Kingston RV Centre-Tyroute Communications/TEO
06j Jordan Bennett/Pennellville,NY Bennett’s Car Care
07 Tom Juhl/Weedsport,NY Juhl Bros. Racing/Bicknell
m1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY Barbay&Son Const-Crew Boyz Racing-Stormin/Bicknell
jvs1 Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY Spano Paving & Excavating/Bicknell
4 Daryl Hilkert/Potter,NY Rochester Gypsum-Community Bank-Ewing Graphics/TEO
5 Don Spatrorico/Ransomville,NY CGB Construction/Bicknell
6m Mike Williams/Tuscarora Nation,NY Collins-Maxwell Attorneys/Bicknell
11 Ben Wheeler/Genoa,NY Aflac Insurance/Bicknell
11j Alan Fink/Pennellville,NY JIR Motorsports-Oneidaview Pile Driving/Troyer
11k Dillon Sallows/Wolfe Island,ONT Number One Speed Equipment-Motorsports Safety Systems/Bicknell
11n Ricky Newton/Oakfield,NY Gary Herman Properties/Troyer
14s Craig Gardner/Watkins Glen,NY Swarthout Mobile Document Destruction/TEO
15 Dave Emmons/Hannibal,NY Emmons Racing/Bicknell
17 Marcus Dinkins/Watkins Glen,NY RushRacewear-WatkinsGlen NAPA-Hazlitt Winery/TEO
17k Sammy Reakes IV/Palermo,NY Whittaker’s Trophy Auto Sales-ProMotion/Bicknell
19w Justin Wright/Piffard,NY Mercer Milling Company-Yager Bros. Trucking/Bicknell
21 Randy McCulloch/Romulus,NY Jay’s Body Shop-Finger Lakes Truck & Welding/Bicknell
22 Greg Cool/Geneva,NY Newcomb’s Painting & Papering-Jeff Jolly Masonry-Cool Construction/TEO
22j Ryan Jordan/Freeville,NY Collins & Walton/Bicknell
24b Brett Buono/Dundee,NY Buono Racing/Olsen
26h Luke Carleton/Port Colborne,ONT Carleton Racing/Bicknell
28 Steve Crouse/Fulton,NY Bennett’s Car Care/Bicknell
29 Greg Birosh/Horseheads,NY McMichael Electrical Contractors-Irwin Industrial Tools/Birosh
29g Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY Fox’s Auto-Dar’s Auto-JSB Graphics-Beck’s Recycling/Bicknell
38 Jason Parkhurst/Fulton,NY A to Z Contracting/Bicknell
38k Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY Investor’s Service Company/Bicknell
44 Gary Hotelling/Middlesex,NY Proctor Roofing-Gorham Market/TEO
54 Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY D&B Motorsports-Mississippi Mudds Restaurant/Bicknell
55c Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY Sigma Motor Inc./Bicknell
64 Bob Buono/Dundee,NY Harris Logging-Buono Racing/Bicknell
66 Dan Wiesner/Geneva,NY Monroe Wheelchair-Suttleworth Asphalt Paving/Troyer
70 Mike Trapp/Gouverneur,NY G&R Auto Auto Parts/TEO
74 Matt Billings/Brockville,ONT Billings Automotive-Stealth Racewear/Bicknell
77jr. B.J. Willard/St.Catharines,ONT CAA Niagara Battery Assist-Speck Trucking/Bicknell
81 Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY Meade Optical/Troyer
83x Tim Sears Jr./Central Square,NY Total Site Development/Bicknell
85h Rob Humphreys/Elbridge,NY M&W Aluminum Products-Humphrey’s Garage/Bicknell
92 Adam Turner/Picton,ONT Paul Turner Auto Repair/Bicknell
99 Billy Cook Jr./Fulton,NY JTS Remodeling-RJ’s Excavating/Bicknell
410 Mike Fowler/Hannibal,NY Thunder Alley Power Sports/TEO

UPCOMING EVENTS
Following the Super DIRT Week specials at the New York State Fairgrounds and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, just two more events remain before the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman champion is crowned for a 20th consecutive season. Teams travel across the border next weekend for the inaugural DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Oct. 17 before the curtain drops the following Saturday, Oct. 24 at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

2009 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Sun-Apr 5 75 Black Rock Speedway Sammy Reakes IV
Fri-Apr 17 30 Can-Am Motorsports Park Chris Raabe
Thr-Jul 2 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park rain-cancelled
Fri-Jul 3 30 Brewerton Speedway Tim Sears Jr.
Sun-Jul 5 50 Cornwall Motor Speedway Chris Raabe
Sat-Jul 18 30 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Justin Wright
Mon-Sep 7 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Jipp Ortiz
Fri-Sep 11 50 Ransomville Speedway Don Spatorico
Sat-Sep 12 50 Merrittville Speedway B.J. Willard
Sun-Sep 13 50 Humberstone Speedway Chris Raabe
Fri-Sep 18 33 Canandaigua Speedway Jipp Ortiz
Fri-Sep 18 33 Canandaigua Speedway Ryan Susice
Sat-Sep 19 30 Genesee Speedway Chris Raabe
Sun-Oct 4 30 Fulton Speedway Ryan Susice
Wed-Oct 7 30 Can-Am Motorsports Park rain-cancelled
Fri-Oct 9 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park rain-cancelled
Sat-Oct 10 30 New York State Fairgrounds Matt Billings
Sat-Oct 10 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Ryan Susice
Sat-Oct 17 30 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sat-Oct 24 50 Black Rock Speedway Dundee,NY
@Driver’s (2) worst finishes dropped through September; last (7) events count.

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 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.

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