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DIRTcar 358-Modified Series: 2012 season recap

After three series victories, six times in the top five, and eight top-ten finishes Dale Plank took the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship. Finishing third behind greats Brett Hearn and Danny Johnson at Cornwall Motor Speedway’s May season opener, Planck’s small block season was off to a good start. He fell back to a 13th-place finish at Merrittville Speedway, allowing Hearn to take the win. Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N. Y., fired to victory at his home track, Mohawk International Raceway in June, but Planck finished in a close second. Johnson …

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Champs Honored at DIRTcar Northeast ‘Night of Champions’ Banquet

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – Nov. 10, 2012 – Mr. DIRTcar and DIRTcar Northeast Series champions and stars gathered Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn Liverpool to celebrate another successful season. Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., made 2012 a year for the record books, becoming the first driver to claim three consecutive Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Super DIRTcar Series Championship titles. “This is where it’s tough for me,” said Sheppard, as the fact hit home that he had rewritten racing history with his third championship title. “I’m still a fan, I’ve …

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Danny Johnson Charges to Third 358-Modified Series Win of Season

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO – Oct. 14, 2012 – “The Doctor” Danny Johnson cruised to the front during Saturday’s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series finale at Brockville Ontario Speedway, avoiding several pile-ups and outlasting competition through a challenging 100 laps on his way to his third series win of the season. “I’m very fortunate to have a great hotrod here at the end of the season,” said Johnson, of Rochester, N. Y. “It’s a phenomenal hotrod, that’s all I can tell you. It’s the same car that we ran here last year and won …

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Hearn Jets to 358-Modified Series Victory at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

ELBRIDGE, N. Y – Oct. 5, 2012 – Second place just wasn’t good enough for Brett Hearn. The Vernon, N. J., native took the runner-up spot at Wednesday’s 358-Modified Series race at Cayuga County Fair Speedway, but Thursday’s 75-lap series race at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park gave him the second chance he needed to make it to victory lane.   “We finished the deal tonight,” said Hearn, who fought hard for first in Weedsport Wednesday, but finished second to World of Outlaws Late Model Series star Tim McCreadie. “We didn’t …

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Tim McCreadie Fends off Brett Hearn for 358-Modified Series Victory

Steve Gray Wins Sportsman Modified Series Race at Cayuga County Fair Speedway   WEEDSPORT, N. Y. – October 3, 2012 – A year away from his small block did no harm to Tim McCreadie’s performance during Wednesday night’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Kickoff presented by FX Caprara. McCreadie qualified well for Wednesday’s 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race, starting six, and charged through several early-race cautions to take the lead in lap 5. “We were fast early. We died a little mid-race, but we picked up at the end,” …

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DIRTcar Racing Mourns Passing of Hoosier’s Bob Newton

CONCORD, N.C. — Sept. 27, 2012 — DIRTcar Racing is saddened to learn of the passing of Hoosier Racing Tire founder Bob Newton on Wednesday afternoon.  

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Mario Clair Cruises to DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Victory

Photo by Rick Young BRIGHTON, ONTARIO – September 23, 2012 – After an intense battle for the top spot at Brighton Speedway’s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race Saturday, “Super” Mario Clair managed to take the lead with five laps to go and keep it through the checkered flag. Chad Chevalier charged ahead of pole-sitter Erick Rudolph for the early lead in the Applefest 100, but lost it after six laps to Carey Terrance. Chevalier clung to second for almost 30 laps, taking his chance at a restart in lap 36 to …

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Dunn Darts Past Planck for DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Win

358-Modified Track Champion Struts his Stuff at Mohawk International Raceway HOGANSBURG, N. Y. – September 16, 2012 – Just coming off winning Mohawk’s 358-Modified track championship, Billy Dunn proved his prowess navigating his 23d small block through the turns of Mohawk International Raceway, charging from an 11th starting position to the lead spot by lap 28 at the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Round 7 Saturday, Sept. 15. “I had to work hard for that race. It locked down a little toward the end and once I got the lead it was …

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Mohawk International Raceway to Host DIRTcar Northeast Series Sept. 14 and 15

Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Friday, DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Saturday AKWESASNE, N. Y. – September 9, 2012 – Four DIRTcar Northeast traveling tours head to Mohawk International Raceway next weekend, September 14 and 15, for two action-packed racing nights. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series run Friday night, Sept. 14, and theDIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series run Saturday, Sept. 15 Season standout and Mohawk 358-Modified track champion Billy Dunn hasn’t won a Super DIRTcar Series race since he started following the series in 2007, but this year …

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Pat McGrail Charges to DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Series Win and Championship Title

PLATTSBURGH, N. Y. – September 10, 2012 – Pat McGrail steered his DIRTcar 358-Modified to victory in the final 50-lap session at Airborne Park Speedway Sunday, winning the day’s Triple 50s and taking home the DIRTcar 358-Modified Asphalt Series Championship. Triple 50s Overall Standings: 1. 10 Patrick McGrail, 2. 19 Jessey Mueller, 3. 24 Patrick Dupree, 4. 1x Todd Stone, 5. 77 Keith Flach, 6. 97 Kris Vermold, 7. 100 Roger Lebreche, 8. 3L Andy Lindeman, 9. 1h Pierre Berthiaume, 10. 25 Maxime Vien, 11. CO2 Craig Reyell, 12. b3 …

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Naturally! Dale Planck, “the Natural,” captures DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Cornwall, Ontario – Sunday, September 2, 2012 – Martin Bélanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway PR Director – A new driver visited the winners circle in round number five of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Cornwall Motor Speedway as Dale Plank charged ahead of the competition to victory. Matt Billings and Kyle Dingwall were on the front row on the initial green and Dingwall became the early leader. The new Brockville track champion led the first 14 laps as Billings took a restart opportunity to grab the first position, Planck jumping to …

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“The Natural” Dale Planck Conquers Granby, 358-Modified Series Round 6

Planck Takes Two in a Row, Winning Consecutive DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Events GRANBY, QUEBEC – September 8, 2012 – Shooting ahead of local star Francois Bernier and early race leader Matt Billings in lap 13, “the Natural” Dale Planck took first at Friday’s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series “VP Racing Fuels 75” and never looked back until he reached victory lane. “We were lucky to have an out front starting spot and so many green laps there. I was pretty content on running bottom, then the 49 [Francois Bernier] showed me the …

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All Five DIRTcar Northeast Series Running this Weekend

Modifieds and Pro Stocks at Granby, Sportsmans at Ransomville, Merrittville, and Port Colborne; 358-Modifieds on Asphalt at Airborne WEEDSPORT, N. Y. – September 5, 2012 – The DIRTcar Northeast Series heat up this coming weekend with races throughout the region for all five series. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series, DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series head to Autodrome Granby in Granby, Quebec. The 358-Modified Series runs Friday, Sept. 7, and the Super DIRTcar Series and Pro Stock Series run Saturday, Sept. 8. Big-Block Modified driver Matt Sheppard …

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