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Final 2008 DIRTcar NorthEast Regional Points Champions Declared

Weedsport, NY — September 12, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director After five straight months of wheel-to-wheel, paint-trading action at nearly 30 tracks, the chase for valuable points towards the lucrative 2008 DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Regional Championships ended over Labor Day Weekend. Crowned champions of their respective DIRTcar Region were Billy Decker (Central), Brett Hearn (Eastern) and Brian Swartzlander (Western) in the Big-Blocks ranks, 358-Modified chauffeurs Kayle Robidoux (Northern), Jerry Higbie (Eastern) and Pete Bicknell (Western), and Chris Raabe (Northern), Todd Henderson (Central) and James Michael …

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History On Horizon In Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship At Drummond

Weedsport, NY — September 10, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The history of Autodrome Drummond dates back to its official opening for “organized” stock car racing in 1951. Recognized as a far more professional entity in the entertainment business today, racers have been gearing up all summer for the biggest event in the past 57 years at the now modernized banked oval located one hour east of Montreal on the St-Francois River. “This will definitely be the most significant motorsports event ever held at Drummond,” …

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Danny O’Brien Captures Mr. DIRTcar 358-Mod Jiffy 100 at Cornwall

Cornwall, ONT — August 31, 2008 – By Martin Belanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway PR Cornwall Motor Speedway presented the annual Jiffy Auto Services 100. As usual, a huge car count and one of the best crowds of the year was on hand for this show. It was race #4 for the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series with the top Small-Block teams chasing a $4,000 top prize in the 100-lap event. John Lazore and Pete Bicknell led the field of 32 cars to start the Jiffy 100, with Lazore taking the early …

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Frenchman Clair Heads Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Revival At Mohawk

Hogansburg NY — August 21, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series had not visited Hogansburg, New York since 2004. The track was known as Frogtown Int’l Speedway then and Mario Clair was a budding Small-Block star. Four years later, Clair is still behind the wheel of the no. 22 Batiments JDL-sponsored machine. Yet on this occasion, the St-Edmond, Quebec speedster was able to usher in a new era with an overtime performance Thursday night in the Akwesasne 100 presented by …

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Burley Locked Into Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Title Chase

Weedsport, NY — August 19, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director *Alex Bruce Photo Todd Burley is the two-time defending Small-Block points champion at Ransomville Speedway and captured the overall Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman title in 1992. Next up for the Spencerport, New York racer may be the coveted Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship, a crowning achievement in a career that has already spanned more than two decades of success on the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast circuit. “I’d like to win the Ransomville title again and a …

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DIRTcar Big-Block/Small-Block Shootout August 6 At Airborne

Weedsport, NY — August 3, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The entry list continues to grow for the Akwesasne Casino Big-Block/Small-Block Shootout on Wednesday, August 6 at Airborne Speedway. The current field for the 75-lap $3,000-to-win DIRTcar Modified event already includes invaders Tim McCreadie, Frank Cozze, Todd Stone, Keith Flach, Wayne Jelley, Vince Quenneville Jr., Bobby Santos III and Erica Santos. “The show went really well last year and we’re looking forward to the same kind of support next week,” said Airborne Promoter Mike Perrotte, …

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Burley Captures Thrilling Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Victory At Ransomville

Ransomville, NY — August 1, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Two-time defending track points champion Todd Burley led only five laps but they came at just the right time as the Spencerport, New York native scored the biggest DIRTcar 358-Modified victory of his career Friday night in the 24th Alex Friesen Summer Nationals presented by Coors Light, Mighty Taco & Hard Copy Wholesale at Ransomville Speedway. Burley ran third with just a handful of circles remaining yet contact in lapped traffic between front runners Vic …

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DIRTcar NorthEast Regional Point Battles Stiffen As Summer Heats Up

Weedsport, NY — July 22, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director As the summer rolls on so do the DIRTcar NorthEast Regional point races, with just seven weeks remaining to determine the final standings. All Regional points end on Monday, September 1, 2008. With more than $45,000 on the line in DIRTcar NorthEast’s top open-wheel divisions this season, teams continue to battle week after week in the third year of Regional point fund allocation. 135 drivers that competed in the Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified and Sportsman Modified …

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New Hoosier Modified Tire Debut Delayed Two Weeks

Weedsport, NY — May 28, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The anticipated debut of the new Hoosier D200 has been pushed back to Friday, June 13. The new tire was originally scheduled to be legal for use beginning May 30, however, the date has been pushed back two weeks by DIRTcar management to ensure the distribution pipeline is completely full before the tire is made legal. “We want to be certain that everyone that wants to get the new D200 can get an ample supply,” …

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DIRTcar NorthEast Regional Point Titles On The Line

Weedsport, NY — May 13, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director With the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series and Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series underway for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified and Sportsman Modified teams, so has begun the chase for the coveted regional points titles in DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s open-wheel divisions. Central New York standout Jimmy Phelps, New Jersey superstar Brett Hearn and Western Pennsylvania veteran Brian Swartzlander are looking to reclaim their regional crowns in Big-Block competition, with Hearn already topping the Eastern Region points chart …

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Decker Dominant DIRTcar Driver After Early Success

Weedsport, NY — May 9, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director With the opening weeks of oval track activity already in the books for the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast circuit and the first full month now underway, Billy Decker has racked up the most feature wins to date. Decker stands at the forefront as he continues to chase valuable points used to crown DIRTcar Weekly Racing Series Track and DIRTcar Regional champions in 2008. Eleven tracks have hosted DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modified races with 12 drivers scoring victories …

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Planck Dominates Mr. DIRTcar 358 Series Opener At Merrittville

Thorold, ONT — April 26, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director A successful Small-Block chauffeur throughout most of his career, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series standout Dale Planck returned to his roots Saturday night as he captured round one of the 2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series at Merrittville Speedway. Not only did Planck stand to collect $4500 for his fourth career victory on DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s premier Small-Block tour, the Cortland, New York traveler led every lap of the Baron Roofing Windows and Doors …

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358-Modified Title Defense Begins Saturday At Merrittville For Mario Clair

Weedsport, NY — April 22, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director When reigning points king Mario Clair buckles into his sleek Small-Block ride this weekend to open the 2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series, the talented second-generation driver will be on defense in unchartered territory. Last autumn Clair became the first French-speaking driver in DIRTcar’s 32-year history to clinch the elusive Mr. DIRTcar Championship in any division. Although he kicks off the 26th edition of DIRTcar NorthEast’s Small-Block title run on Canadian soil, the personable pilot …

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Merrittville Speedway Sizzles With April 26 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Opener

Weedsport, NY — April 18, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Temperatures continue to rise as the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series kicks off at Merrittville (Ont.) Speedway on Saturday, April 26 with the Baron Roofing Windows and Doors ‘Spring Sizzler 100’ serving as the headline attraction. A top prize of $4,000 awaits the winner of the 26th tour lid-lifter, with a star-studded field of DIRTcar NorthEast’s top Small-Block teams set to challenge the hometown heroes in Merrittville’s own 57th season-opener. Gates are scheduled to open …

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