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DIRTcar Racing Northeast Weekly Points Update: August 10

Weedsport, NYAugust 10, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

With DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s major touring series idle this week, all the attention focused on the Regional point battles in three open-wheel divisions as the final full month of racing approaches Labor Day Weekend.

Each scoring feature wins during the weekend, Jimmy Phelps retained his slim lead over Matt Sheppard in the Central Region Big-Block standings, while Canandaigua kingpin Steve Paine continued to close the gap on the two series hotshots. Second-generation stalwart Craig Hanson remains strong in the Eastern Region even with Brett Hearn swapping the runner-up spot with Hanson’s Glen Ridge rival JaMike Sowle. Only 10 points are now the difference out West after Dave Murdick scored his third straight victory Sunday at Tri-City to close in on season-long front-runner Jeremiah Shingledecker.

Just 18 points separate the DIRTcar 358-Modified Northern Region top point-getters with Tim O’Brien, Stephane LaFrance and Carey Terrance each scoring wins last weekend. Pete Bicknell has opened up his biggest advantage of the season out West ahead of Chad Brachmann, with Mat Williamson continuing to hang on to third with four weeks to go.

Hovering just a single win behind the DIRTcar Sportsman all-time record of 24, Chris Raabe has dominated the Northern division for a third straight season with Dylan Evoy his closest pursuer. The Eastern points chart remains up for grabs after Bodie Bellinger regained the lead by a mere four markers over Tony Farone and D.J. Brundige, who are dead-locked in second. Steve Gray has command in the Central points race in front of Jeremy Pitcher while Cody McPherson is making a late-season run on Western Region standouts Ryan Susice and Greg Panunte heading down the stretch.

Sheppard (Big-Block), Danny Johnson (358-Modified), Susice (Sportsman Modified) and Louie Jackson (Pro Stock) remain atop their respective Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship standings with Lebanon Valley Speedway hosting the next Super DIRTcar Series event Aug. 26, following the lone Pro Stock stop during the month at Mohawk Int’l Raceway on Aug. 21.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series action resumes September 5 at Cornwall Motor Speedway before Sportsman teams pack their bags for a Niagara Frontier trifecta at Ransomville, Merrittville and Humberstone speedways Sept. 10-12.

To follow the status of your favorite DIRTcar driver during the closing weeks, log into www.dirtcar.com and select ‘Points’ at the top then choose division on the left to view all track, region and series leaders. Complete Championship Series points are also available by clicking ‘Super DIRTcar Series’ on the right, then choosing a specific touring division and opening up using the MS Excel format.

DIRTcar Racing Northeast Point Standings (as of August 9, 2010):

BIG-BLOCK SUPER DIRTcar SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Matt Sheppard 1,274
2 Jimmy Phelps 1,198
3 Billy Decker 1,179
4 Brett Hearn 1,102
5 Danny Johnson 1,011
6 Dale Planck 936
7 Billy Dunn 863
8 Ryan Phelps 859
9 Tom Sears Jr. 793
10 Steve Paine 785
11 Michael Storms 784
12 Stewart Friesen 722
13 Rich Scagliotta 697
14 Larry Wight 618
15 Pat Ward 589

358-MODIFIED SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Danny Johnson 190
2 Pete Bicknell 175
3 Mario Clair 149
4 Danny O’Brien 137
5 David Hebert 135
6 Stewart Friesen 128
7 Eric Gauvreau 120
7 Mat Williamson 120
9 Pat O’Brien 116
10 Chad Brachmann 114
11 Dale Planck 102
11 Larry Wight 102
11 Rick Richner 102
14 Brett Hearn 100
15 Tommy Flannigan 98

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Susice 270
2 Steve Gray 246
3 Tim Sears Jr. 245
4 Justin Wright 220
5 Dan Wiesner 208
6 Jesse Cotriss 202
7 Chris Raabe 195
8 Mark Dixon 178
8 Shane Pecore 169
10 Loren Lincoln 167
11 Mark Chiddy 154
12 Donnie Lawson 150
13 Eric Giguere 142
14 Christine Martin 138
15 Daryl Hilkert 110

PRO STOCK SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Louie Jackson 257
2 Jocelyn Roy 252
3 Carl Smith Jr. 236
4 Corey Wheeler 228
5 Joey Ladouceur 227
6 Pete Stefanski 225
7 Buddy Hencke 222
8 Dave Bissonnette 215
9 Stephane Lemire 184
10 P.J. Peters 170
11 Rob Yetman 155
12 David Papineau 154
13 Bruno Cyr 143
14 Stephane Lebrun 141
15 Ricky Thompson 140

BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jimmy Phelps 884
2 Matt Sheppard 880
3 Steve Paine 860
4 Billy Decker 820
5 Billy Dunn 800
6 Rob Bellinger 796
7 Pat Ward 782
8 Alan Johnson 758
9 Danny Johnson 756
10 Ryan Phelps 722
11 Michael Storms 704
12 Vince Vitale 694
13 Tom Sears Jr. 686
14 Justin Haers 682
15 Dale Planck 676

EASTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Craig Hanson 630
2 Brett Hearn 606
3 JaMike Sowle 598
4 J.R. Heffner 596
5 Bob Varin 586
6 Donnie Corellis 578
7 Eddie Marshall 564
8 Mike Ronca 550
9 Andy Bachetti 549
10 Jackie Brown 538
11 Rich Price 526
12 Pep Corrada 514
13 Kenny Tremont Jr. 508
14 Brian Berger 503
15 Keith Flach 492

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jer. Shingledecker 704
2 Dave Murdick 694
3 Kevin Bolland 668
4 Brian Swartzlander 632
5 Rex King 630
6 Del Rougeux Jr. 626
7 Mike Turner 562
8 Brad Rapp 556
9 Dean Pearson 552
10 Kevin Hoffman 534
11 Rex King Jr. 520
12 Carl Murdick 488
13 Chris Haines 458
14 Steve Feder 443
15 Shawn Fleeger 412

358-MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Tim O’Brien 852
2 Stephane LaFrance 844
3 Carey Terrance 834
4 Mario Clair 814
5 Matt Billings 810
6 Danny O’Brien 806
7 Luke Whittaker 792
8 Pat O’Brien 790
9 Martin Roy 788
10 Gage Morin 782
11 Kayle Robidoux 778
12 Laurent Ladouceur 770
12 David Hébert 770
14 Yan Bussiere 760
15 Steve Bernard 740

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Pete Bicknell 692
2 Chad Brachmann 640
3 Mat Williamson 606
4 Scott Wood 592
4 Mike Bowman 592
6 Todd Burley 588
7 Todd Gordon 584
8 James M. Friesen 576
9 Boyd MacTavish 568
10 Rick Richner 566
11 Tommy Flannigan 562
12 Fred Carleton 554
13 Chad Chevalier 550
14 Rob Pietz 532
15 Robbie Krull 528

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Chris Raabe 720
2 Dylan Evoy 676
3 Matt Hulsizer 664
4 Chris Herbison 660
5 Randy Earl 636
6 Josh Van Brocklin 630
7 Sheldon Hoogwerf 618
8 Shane Pecore 614
9 Brad Winters 602
10 Brent Kelsey 588
11 Mike Mainse 582
12 Travis Back 572
13 Dana Aikins 560
14 Beth Schneider 548
15 Brandon Hagan 538
15 Adam Turner 538

EASTERN (Best 10)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Bodie Bellinger 506
2 DJ Brundige 502
2 Tony Farone 502
4 Brain Pessolano 492
5 Greg Pessolano 476
6 Justin Boehler 474
7 Chuck Allen 460
8 John Marsh 454
9 Steve Constantino 446
10 Chris Schaffer 442
11 Jack Gentile 426
12 Ricky Quick 335
13 Dave Herrick 322
14 Laudy Hoyenga 316
15 Jim Eaton 281

CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Steve Gray 810
2 Jeremy Pitcher 772
3 Justin Wright 760
4 Eric Giguere 726
5 Tom Juhl 684
6 James Spano 674
7 Tim Sears Jr. 660
8 Dan Wiesner 608
9 Adam Hilton 596
10 Ricky Newton 581
11 Tim Schneider 570
12 Dave Marcuccilli 567
13 Greg Mrzywka 561
14 Mark Chiddy 526
14 Paul Guererri 526

WESTERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Susice 836
2 Greg Panunte 824
3 Cody McPherson 816
4 Brad Rouse 774
5 B.J. Willard 766
6 Don Spatorico 754
7 Nick Cupolo 734
8 Justin Wright 706
9 Rick Bellante 696
10 Brandon Easey 690
11 Mark Chiddy 658
12 Rob Murray 616
13 Adam Leslie 612
14 Jim Johnstone 546
15 Jipp Ortiz 542

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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