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DIRTcar Racing Northeast Weekly Points Update: September 19

Weedsport, NYSeptember 21, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

The final weekend of points racing in September is on the horizon with half the title contenders in action this Saturday night in the ‘World Series Fanfest 125’ at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.

Both in search of their first-ever overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship in 2010, Tim Sears Jr. (Sportsman) and Louie Jackson (Pro Stock) top the respective standings heading to Rolling Wheels for a pair of 30-lap main events each paying $1,000 to win.

Teenager Sears has been sensational in racking up three victories in the past four Sportsman tour stops to give him a comfortable advantage of 65 points over regular-season leader Ryan Susice. Two-time defending points champion Chris Raabe ranks third ahead of outside threats Steve Gray and Justin Wright.

2004 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock points king Joey Ladouceur has climbed to within nine markers of Jackson after his second Series win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk Int’l Raceway. Only 47 points separate the top-six pilots, making the full-fender battle the tightest of all traveling tours.

Matt Sheppard swept both open-wheel Modified main events at Mohawk over the weekend, ballooning his Big-Block lead in the Mr. DIRTcar standings to 113 points ahead of top challenger Jimmy Phelps. Billy Decker rides third on the chart while ’09 Mr. DIRTcar titlist Brett Hearn stands a distant fourth.

Small-Block superstars Danny O’Brien and Pete Bicknell continue to swap the top spot with O’Brien emerging as the newest leader in the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified points parade after MIR. A runner-up on three occasions, O’Brien is in quest of his inaugural overall crown while Bicknell has already collected a trio of Mr. DIRTcar trophies during his Hall of Fame career.

The DIRTcar Racing Northeast Regional point standings were finalized over Labor Day Weekend with Sheppard (Central), Brett Hearn and Bobby Varin (Eastern-tie) and Jeremiah Shingledecker (Western) crowned in the Big-Blocks, Stephane LaFrance and Tim O’Brien (Northern-tie) and Bicknell taking top honors with the 358-Modifieds and Raabe (Northern), Bodie Bellinger (Eastern), Gray (Central) and Greg Panunte (Western) heading each Sportsman Modified points chart.

To follow the success of your favorite DIRTcar driver during the remaining 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 MS Excel.

DIRTcar Racing Northeast Point Standings (as of Sept. 19, 2010):

BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Matt Sheppard 2,605
2 Jimmy Phelps 2,492
3 Billy Decker 2,478
4 Brett Hearn 2,420
5 Dale Planck 2,187
6 Danny Johnson 2,186
7 Ryan Phelps 2,091
8 Billy Dunn 2,052
9 Michael Storms 2,024
10 Steve Paine 1,965
11 Tom Sears Jr. 1,961
12 Larry Wight 1,881
13 Rich Scagliotta 1,791
14 Pat Ward 1,676
15 Lance Willix II® 1,593

358-MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Danny O’Brien 1,468
2 Pete Bicknell 1,449
3 Danny Johnson 1,419
4 Mario Clair 1,418
5 David Hebert 1,402
6 Pat O’Brien 1,341
7 Mat Williamson 1,335
8 Carey Terrance 1,285
9 Jeremy Wilder 1,277
10 Eric Gauverau 1,271
11 Luke Whitteker® 1,264
12 Yan Bussiere 1,243
13 Kayle Robidoux 1,222
14 Dale Planck 1,193
15 Rick Richner 1,190

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Tim Sears Jr. 1,610
2 Ryan Susice 1,545
3 Chris Raabe 1,523
4 Steve Gray 1,513
5 Justin Wright 1,423
6 Jesse Cotriss 1,374
7 Shane Pecore 1,351
8 Mark Chiddy 1,343
9 Mark Dixon 1,287
10 Greg Panunte 1,222
11 Dan Wiesner 1,208
12 Christine Martin 1,194
13 Cody McPherson 1,191
14 BJ Willard 1,159
15 Jipp Ortiz 1,146

PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS
Pos. Driver Points
1 Louie Jackson 1,457
2 Joey Ladouceur 1,448
3 Corey Wheeler 1,435
4 Jocelyn Roy 1,428
5 Chip Smith Jr. 1,410
Dave Bissonnette 1,410
7 Buddy Hencke 1,383
8 Rob Yetman 1,348
9 Ricky Thompson 1,346
10 P.J. Peters 1,308
11 Dion Oakes 1,264
12 Stephane Lebrun 1,242
13 Allen Peters 1,216
14 Guy Viens 1,205
15 David Papineau 1,189

BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS *FINAL*
CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Matt Sheppard 896
2 Jimmy Phelps 884
3 Steve Paine 876
4 Danny Johnson 842
Rob Bellinger 842
6 Billy Dunn 834
7 Billy Decker 822
8 Alan Johnson 812
9 Pat Ward 796
10 Justin Haers 762
11 Dale Planck 748
12 Vince Vitale 736
13 Ryan Phelps 726
14 Michael Storms 720
15 Larry Wight 710

EASTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Brett Hearn 654
Bobby Varin 654
3 Craig Hanson 648
J.R. Heffner 648
5 Andy Bachetti 646
5 JaMike Sowle 644
7 Eddie Marshall 618
8 Donnie Corellis 610
9 Kenny Tremont Jr. 588
10 Mike Ronca 584
11 Jackie Brown 572
12 Mark Flach Jr. 532
Brian Berger 532
14 Pep Corrada 530
15 Keith Flach 516

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jer. Shingledecker 708
2 Dave Murdick 700
3 Kevin Bolland 684
4 Brian Swartzlander 660
5 Del Rougeux Jr. 636
6 Rex King 630
7 Brad Rapp 572
8 Mike Turner 568
9 Kevin Hoffman 558
10 Dean Pearson 552
11 Rex King Jr. 520
12 Carl Murdick 508
13 Steve Feder 494
14 Chris Haines 480
15 Shawn Fleeger 432

358-MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS *FINAL*
NORTHERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Stephane LaFrance 860
Tim O’Brien 860
3 Kayle Robidoux 852
Mario Clair 852
5 Carey Terrance 846
6 Danny O’Brien 844
Martin Roy 844
8 Patrick Dupree 842
9 Matt Billings 838
David Hébert 820
11 Pat O’Brien 812
12 Gage Morin 806
13 Luke Whitteker 802
14 Steve Bernard 788
15 Yan Bussiere 786

WESTERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Pete Bicknell 704
2 Chad Brachmann 648
3 Mike Bowman 638
4 Mat Williamson 622
5 Todd Gordon 612
Todd Burley 612
7 Tommy Flannigan 598
Scott Wood 598
James M. Friesen 598
10 Rick Richner 594
11 Robbie Krull 592
12 Boyd MacTavish 590
Chad Chevalier 590
14 Fred Carleton 584
15 Scott Kerwin 574

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED REGIONAL POINTS *FINAL*
NORTHERN (Best 12)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Chris Raabe 720
2 Dylan Evoy 688
3 Matt Hulsizer 666
4 Chris Herbison 664
5 Josh VanBrocklin 650
6 Randy Earl 646
7 Shane Pecore 638
Sheldon Hoogwerf 638
9 Brad Winters 606
10 Brandon Hagan 602
11 Brent Kelsey 600
Mike Mainse 600
13 Travis Back 588
14 Dana Aikins 584
15 Beth Schneider 566

EASTERN (Best 10)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Bodie Bellinger 536
2 Brian Pessolano 518
3 Tony Farone 510
4 Greg Pessolano 506
5 D.J. Brundige 502
6 John Marsh 488
7 Justin Boehler 486
8 Chuck Allen 484
8 Steve Costantino 468
10 Chris Schaffer 450
11 Jack Gentile 426
12 Dave Herrick 375
13 Ricky Quick 335
14 Laudy Hoyenga 328
15 Jim Eaton 317

CENTRAL (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Steve Gray 826
2 Jeremy Pitcher 814
3 Justin Wright 784
4 Tim Sears Jr. 778
5 Eric Giguere 760
6 James Spano 716
7 Tom Juhl 714
8 Dan Wiesner 694
9 Dave Marcuccilli 688
10 Adam Hilton 668
11 Matt Hulziser 660
12 Greg Mrzywka 656
13 Justin Henderson 647
14 Daryl Hilkert 640
15 Greg Cool 638

WESTERN (Best 15)
Pos. Driver Points
1 Greg Panunte 854
2 Ryan Susice 852
3 Cody McPherson 820
4 Brad Rouse 796
5 B.J. Willard 776
6 Don Spatorico 770
7 Brandon Easey 768
8 Justin Wright 764
9 Nick Cupolo 762
10 Mark Chiddy 704
11 Rick Bellante 702
12 Jipp Ortiz 694
13 Jesse Cotriss 669
14 Adam Leslie 668
15 Rob Murray 650

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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