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DIRTcar Racing Northeast Weekly Points Update: August 30

Weedsport, NYSeptember 1, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

DIRTcar Racing Northeast point chases conclude on Labor Day Weekend with circuit-wide races for Big-Block, 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock teams coming to a head Sept. 6 at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge (NY). Track bonus points toward the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship will be issued at that time, with 2010 Regional champs declared in the open-wheel classes.

On the verge of capturing his first Cayuga County Fair Speedway Big-Block title, Matt Sheppard and Brewerton and Fulton front-runner Jimmy Phelps have solidified their places atop the Central Region Modified points chart heading into the final weekend. Two big wins at Lebanon Valley have vaulted J.R. Heffner into 2nd just two points behind Craig Hanson in the Eastern standings, with only 2 more markers separating 3rd-place JaMike Sowle, the current Glen Ridge leader.
Tri-City champ Jeremiah Shingledecker is the first Big-Blocker to clinch out West.

Only eight points stand between leader Stephane LaFrance from Ontario and Frenchman Kayle Robidoux, with Tim O’Brien sandwich between in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Northern Region standings. With the help of eight feature wins this season, ‘Mr. Small-Block’ Pete Bicknell has already locked up the Regional title on the Western front over Chad Brachmann and Mat Williamson.

Teenager Chris Raabe has wrapped up the Northern Region Sportsman crown with a perfect score of 720 points during a record-setting campaign that already boasts 27 checkered flags. Bodie Bellinger is on the brink of claiming his first Regional title in the East while rising star Ryan Susice leads open-wheel veteran Greg Panunte by a half-dozen markers in the Western Region points race. Steve Gray is on track to garner Central Region high point honors ahead of Jeremy Pitcher and Justin Wright, with all titles determined in one more week.

In tour activity, Mohawk Int’l Raceway hosts the rescheduled Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship event today (9/1), while the Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series and Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified champ trail return to action on Sunday.

Series point leaders Sheppard and Phelps will go at it again in the Labor Day 100 at Cayuga County on Sept. 5 while an international legion of Small-Block stars will headline the Cornwall card in their own 100-lapper that same evening in Ontario, Canada. Sportsman are back on tour for three straight shows, Sept. 10-12, at Ransomville, Merrittville and Humberstone speedways.

To follow the success of your favorite DIRTcar driver during the final 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 30, 2010):

BIG-BLOCK SUPER DIRTcar SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Matt Sheppard 1325
2 Jimmy Phelps 1283
3 Billy Decker 1222
4 Brett Hearn 1157
5 Danny Johnson 1081
6 Dale Planck 976
7 Billy Dunn 925
8 Ryan Phelps 899
9 Michael Storms 872
10 Tom Sears Jr. 839
11 Steve Paine 825
12 Stewart Friesen 764
13 Rich Scagliotta 753
14 Larry Wight 659
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 Matt Sheppard 892
2 Jimmy Phelps 884
3 Steve Paine 868
4 Rob Bellinger 832
5 Billy Dunn 830
6 Billy Decker 822
7 Danny Johnson 820
8 Pat Ward 796
9 Alan Johnson 788
10 Justin Haers 750
11 Vince Vitale 730
12 Dale Planck 724
13 Ryan Phelps 722
14 Michael Storms 708
15 Tom Sears Jr. 692

EASTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Craig Hanson 648
2 J.R. Heffner 646
3 JaMike Sowle 644
4 Bob Varin 638
5 Brett Hearn 634
6 Andy Bachetti 628
7 Donnie Corellis 604
7 Eddie Marshall 604
9 Mike Ronca 584
10 Jackie Brown 572
10 Kenny Tremont Jr. 572
12 Mark Flach Jr. 532
12 Brian Berger 532
14 Pep Corrada 530
15 Jeff Sheely 514
15 Guy Sheldon 514

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jer. Shingledecker 704
2 Dave Murdick 700
3 Kevin Bolland 684
4 Brian Swartzlander 660
5 Del Rougeux Jr. 636
6 Rex King 630
7 Mike Turner 568
8 Brad Rapp 556
9 Dean Pearson 552
10 Kevin Hoffman 534
11 Rex King Jr. 520
12 Carl Murdick 508
13 Steve Feder 482
14 Chris Haines 458
15 Shawn Fleeger 432

358-MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Stephane LaFrance 860
2 Tim O’Brien 856
3 Kayle Robidoux 852
4 Carey Terrance 846
5 Martin Roy 838
6 Mario Clair 834
7 Danny O’Brien 828
8 Matt Billings 826
9 David Hébert 812
10 Gage Morin 806
11 Pat O’Brien 804
12 Patrick Dupree 803
13 Luke Whitteker 802
14 Yan Bussiere 782
15 Laurent Ladouceur 770

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Pete Bicknell 704
2 Chad Brachmann 648
3 Mat Williamson 622
4 Todd Burley 612
5 Mike Bowman 610
6 Todd Gordon 602
7 Scott Wood 598
7 James M. Friesen 598
9 Tommy Flannigan 594
10 Boyd MacTavish 590
11 Fred Carleton 584
12 Rick Richner 574
12 Robbie Krull 574
14 Chad Chevalier 568
15 Scott Kerwin 566

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS
NORTHERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Chris Raabe 720
2 Dylan Evoy 684
3 Matt Hulsizer 666
4 Chris Herbison 660
5 Josh Van Brocklin 650
6 Randy Earl 642
7 Sheldon Hoogwerf 636
8 Shane Pecore 626
9 Brad Winters 606
10 Brandon Hagan 602
11 Brent Kelsey 600
12 Mike Mainse 598
13 Dana Aikins 584
14 Travis Back 582
15 Beth Schneider 566

EASTERN (Best 10)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Bodie Bellinger 522
2 Brian Pessolano 514
3 Tony Farone 510
4 Greg Pessolano 504
5 DJ Brundige 502
6 Justin Boehler 486
7 Chuck Allen 484
8 John Marsh 482
9 Steve Costantino 452
10 Chris Schaffer 450
11 Jack Gentile 426
12 Dave Herrick 371
13 Ricky Quick 335
14 Laudy Hoyenga 328
15 Jim Eaton 317

CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Steve Gray 824
2 Jeremy Pitcher 796
3 Justin Wright 778
4 Eric Giguere 746
5 Tim Sears Jr. 730
6 Tom Juhl 708
7 James Spano 702
8 Dan Wiesner 684
9 Dave Marcuccilli 666
10 Paul Guererri 664
11 Adam Hilton 642
12 Greg Mrzywka 629
13 Tim Schneider 621
14 Daryl Hilkert 620
15 Ricky Newton 616

WESTERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Susice 844
2 Greg Panunte 838
3 Cody McPherson 820
4 Brad Rouse 796
5 Don Spatorico 770
6 B.J. Willard 768
7 Nick Cupolo 760
8 Brandon Easey 756
9 Justin Wright 744
10 Rick Bellante 702
11 Mark Chiddy 676
12 Jipp Ortiz 660
13 Adam Leslie 656
14 Jesse Cotriss 642
15 Mark Dixon 627

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, VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com and GM Performance Parts www.gmperformanceparts.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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