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DIRTcar Racing Northeast Weekly Points Update: May 10

Weedsport, NYMay 11, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

Unseasonably cool and wet weather conditions plagued many Northeastern tracks during Mother’s Day Weekend, although those racers able to hit just a handful of shows gained an early season advantage in the DIRTcar Regional point chases.

With Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship trail action picking up in two more weeks, Billy Decker leads the Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series standings through a pair of 100-lap events while Steve Gray tops the Sportsman chart with just one extra-distance tour show in the books.

The Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series gets underway at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on May 23, followed the next evening by opening-round action in the 358-Modified title hunt at Merrittville (Ont.) Speedway. The 19th Annual Hall of Fame Classic at Cayuga County Fair Speedway will attract the cream of the Big-Block crop on May 30, while leading Sportsman contenders make their way to Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway for round two on June 13.

‘Super Matt’ Sheppard scored his 4th Big-Block victory of the season, winning Friday at Brewerton Speedway to open up a commanding lead in DIRTcar Northeast’s Central Region. Bobby Varin returned to the top of the Eastern points chart as Glen Ridge Motorsports Park also beat the elements on Friday, while Jeremiah Shingledecker used his opening-day feature win at Tri-City (Pa.) Speedway to vault from fifth to first in the Western sector.

Chad Brachmann retained his stronghold in the Western New York 358-Modified Regional points battle as continued cloudbursts washed out Small-Block events slated throughout the Niagara Frontier, while track owner/driver John Lazore took advantage of his Mohawk Int’l Raceway lid-lifter to overtake Tim O’Brien in the Northern standings.

Defending Mr. DIRTcar Chris Raabe padded his Northern division Sportsman points lead after capturing Mohawk’s lid-lifter and Bodie Bellinger advanced to the top in the Eastern ranks as Glen Ridge also beat the rain on Friday. Gray continues to pace the Central Sportsman fields, as does Ryan Susice out West after surviving Humberstone Speedway’s spring chiller on Sunday.

Log into www.dirtcar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s Northeast circuit and follow the points chase for all divisions as the season speeds forward.

DIRTcar Racing Northeast Point Standings (as of May 10, 2010):

BIG-BLOCK SUPER DIRTcar SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Billy Decker 201
2 Matt Sheppard 200
3 Michael Storms 162
4 Dale Planck 159
5 Pat Ward 159
6 Brett Hearn 158
7 Billy Dunn 145
8 Danny Johnson 131
9 Justin Haers 130
10 Jimmy Phelps 129
11 Stewart Friesen 121
12 Ryan Phelps 121
13 Larry Wight 117
14 Steve Paine 110
15 Gary Tomkins 104

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Steve Gray 100
2 Chris Raabe 95
3 Donnie Lawson 90
4 Ryan Susice 85
5 Eric Giguere 80
6 Brady Fultz 76
7 Mark Chiddy 72
8 Dan Wiesner 68
8 Loren Lincoln 65
10 Jesse Cotriss 62
11 Shane Pecore 60
12 Fran Hilton 58
13 Daryl Hilkert 56
14 Rob Richmond Jr. 54
15 Mark Dixon 52

BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Matt Sheppard 375
2 Jimmy Phelps 302
3 Billy Decker 274
4 Steve Paine 271
5 Billy Dunn 250
6 Alan Johnson 242
7 Rob Bellinger 242
8 Michael Storms 234
9 Larry Wight 225
10 Ryan Phelps 220
11 Danny Johnson 213
12 Justin Haers 210
13 Tom Sears Jr. 194
14 Pat Ward 186
15 Chad Phelps 176

EASTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Bob Varin 158
2 JaMike Sowle 146
3 Jerremy Wilder 128
4 Mike Ronca 128
5 Craig Hanson 127
5 Paul Kinney 123
7 Jackie Brown 123
8 Kenny Anatriello 112
9 Jim Davis 112
10 Rich Price 110
11 Kenny Tremont Jr. 110
12 Pep Corradi 106
13 Don Mattison 105
14 Donnie Corellis 104
15 Bob Vedder 100
15 Billy Decker 100

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jer. Shingledecker 212
2 Kevin Bolland 202
3 Dean Pearson 188
4 Mike Turner 182
5 Brian Swartzlander 168
6 Carl Murdick 156
7 Del Rougeux Jr. 148
8 Dave Murdick 130
9 Mark Frankhauser 118
10 Rex King 108
11 Kevin Green 104
12 Shawn Fleeger 96
13 Jim Weller Jr. 94
14 Erik Martin 88
15 Steve Feder 86

358-MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 John Lazore 122
2 Tim O’Brien 112
3 Luke Whitteker 110
4 Matt Billings 106
5 Andy Howard 100
5 Perry Francis 98
7 Tim Sears Sr. 92
8 Kevin Gamble 88
9 Laurent Ladouceur 88
9 Preston Forbes 82
11 Mitchell Jock 70
12 Todd Stewart 63
13 Patrick Dupree 60
14 Dale Planck 60
15 Brett Hearn 60

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Chad Brachmann 210
2 Mat Williamson 192
3 Todd Gordon 170
4 Tommy Flannigan 166
5 Pete Bicknell 152
6 Scott Wood 132
7 Robbie Krull 126
8 Rob Pietz 124
8 Adam Ferri 116
10 Mark D’Ilario 110
11 Fred Carleton 108
11 Bill Bleich 104
13 Boyd MacTavish 104
14 James M. Friesen 104
15 Rick Richner 102
15 Mike Bowman 100

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Chris Raabe 232
2 Dylan Evoy 144
3 Tim Sears Jr 140
4 Christine Martin 131
5 Shane Pecore 104
6 Matt Hulsizer 102
7 Brad Winters 100
8 Josh VanBrocklin 92
9 Adam Turner 88
10 Brandon Hagan 82
11 Tom Conklin 76
12 Jamie Platt 75
13 Steve Barber 72
14 Anthony Stockman 72
15 Brent Kelsey 66

EASTERN (Best 10)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Bodie Bellinger 142
2 DJ Brundige 136
3 John Marsh 136
4 Tony Farone 136
5 Brian Pessolano 131
6 Greg Pessolano 122
7 Justin Boehler 121
8 Chuck Allen 118
8 Chris Schaffer 118
10 Ricky Quick 112
11 Steve Constantino 105
12 Mike Tholin 88
13 Leo Sousie 88
14 Mike Burdo 88
15 Dave Herrick 83

CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Steve Gray 224
2 Eric Giguere 204
3 Dan Wiesner 168
4 Tom Juhl 152
5 Adam Hilton 151
6 Mark Chiddy 148
7 Paul Guererri 140
8 Tim Sears Jr. 136
9 Justin Wright 133
10 Daryl Hilkert 118
11 Ricky Newton 118
12 Loren Lincoln 113
13 Chris Raabe 112
14 Randy McCulloch 104
15 Greg Cool 100

WESTERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Susice 241
2 Greg Panunte 226
3 Brad Rouse 221
4 B.J. Willard 180
5 Rick Bellante 174
6 Cody McPherson 174
7 Don Spatorico 152
8 Jipp Ortiz 146
9 Nick Cupolo 144
10 Adam Leslie 131
11 Rob Murray 129
12 Mark Dixon 118
13 Brandon Easey 100
14 Justin Wright 100
15 Jim Johnstone 88

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 annually in October 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.allstar100weekend.com and 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 the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and Chizmark & Larson Insurance www.chizmarklarson.com, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, MSD Ignition www.msdignition.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Vicci Racing Apparel www.vicci.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.

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