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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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358-Modified Weight Break At Lernerville & Tri-City Speedways

Sarver, PA — April 16, 2008 – By Eric Westendorf, Lernerville PR with Brian Spaid, Tri-City PR In an attempt to encourage more 358-Modified drivers to join the DIRTcar Modified fields at Lernerville Speedway and Tri-City Speedway this season, DIRTcar Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning Cory Reed announced a weight break for the 358-Modified competitors. “The 358-Modifieds have always been able to enter the Big-Block Modified fields at Lernerville and Tri-City, but with less horsepower they had very little possibility to actually being competitive,” Reed said. “The weight …

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Season Of Change For 358-Modified Chauffeur Stewart

Belleville, ONT — April 8, 2008 – Story & Photo By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications Since taking his first turn behind the controls of a DIRT Street Stock at Can-Am Motorsports Park in LaFargeville, New York, Canadian chauffeur Todd Stewart has been learning the racing game. After a couple of seasons wheeling what could best be described as an ‘entry level’ ride, Todd and his car owner/brother Glenn Stewart acquired a DIRTcar Sportsman. It was a big learning curve for the Kingston, Ontario pair, but it didn’t stop them …

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Syracuse Super DIRT Week 358-Modified Championship Qualifiers Fill Summer Slate

Weedsport, NY — April 3, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The schedule of qualifying races leading up to the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship on Oct. 11 of Super DIRT Week XXXVII in Syracuse, N.Y. has been set with 20 tracks currently staging nearly 70 events in 2008. The present-day format guarantees that automatic starting berths for the headline ITT Corporation/Goulds Pumps “Salute To The Troops” 150 will be earned by drivers competing only in DIRTcar-sanctioned events, while time trials on the Syracuse Mile will remain …

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Holley Backs NorthEast Championship Series ‘Hard Luck’ Awards

Weedsport, NY — March 31, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Long-time motorsports marketing partner Holley Performance Products has returned in support of the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast circuit as it recently signed on to offer a special award open to competitors chasing overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championships in 2008. The ‘Holley Hard Luck Award’ will be handed out following every Championship Series event contested in the Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions during the upcoming race season, with one driver …

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358-Modifieds Chase DIRTcar Regional Point Fund Awards In 2008

Weedsport, NY — March 25, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The DIRTcar Weekly Racing regional points program for 358-Modifieds continues to gain momentum in its third straight year with added incentive coming in the form of lucrative payoffs by season’s end. Open-wheel teams in the Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified and Sportsman Modified divisions collected over $45,000 in 2007, with 135 drivers rewarded in the popular regional points program developed by DIRTcar officials to entice further competition around the entire circuit. “We finally got the secret out …

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Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Draws Near

Weedsport,NY — March 24, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Qualifying procedures for all Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series events will again include the traditional pre-race draw, although in 2008 the staging of time trials for qualifying is optional among individual host track promoters. The season-ending events at Syracuse during Super DIRT Week and Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway are among the only 358-Modified Series stops still scheduled to run time trials with each fast timer awarded with the pole-position start. Beyond the …

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New Era For Mohawk Intl Raceway Begins With Frogtown Finale

Hogansburg, NY — March 22, 2008 — By Jamie Davis, Mohawk Int’l Raceway PR The last deed for Frogtown International Speedway officials took place on Saturday night March 15, when five track champions and other racers were honored for the final time under the Frogtown banner at the 20th annual awards banquet held at the Brass Horse Grill in Akwesasne (Hogansburg), NY. From this point on the popular Akwesasne based race track will be under the new direction and banner of Mohawk International Raceway. Racers, fans, officials and sponsors not …

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Cayuga County Chamber Of Commerce Meets At NE Hall Of Fame

Weedsport, NY — March 21, 2008 – By Dan Kapuscinski, DIRTcar NorthEast PR and Promotions Coordinator The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Weedsport Area Chamber, held its “Business After Five” gathering Wednesday night, March 19 at the Northeast Modified Stock Car Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum. “Business After Five” is a monthly Chamber event that provides an opportunity for Chamber Members to network with a wide variety of business people in an informal atmosphere. These events allow the hosts to promote their business, and …

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Hoosier Tire Expands Options For DIRTcar NorthEast Modifieds In 2008

Weedsport, NY — March 21, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Hoosier Tire has expanded the options for DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Modified divisions with the introduction of the new Hoosier D200. “We addressed the teams’ concerns that it was taking too much time before the races to prep tires, sometimes up to eight hours a week,” said Shanon Rush, Modified & Late Model Dirt Product Manager for Hoosier Tire “We heard from teams that there was actually more tire wear coming from grinding and siping than …

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Planck Nails Down Florida First In Alltel DIRTcar Nationals

Barberville,FL — Dale Planck has been taking the trek down I-95 since the new millennium arrived. It took the Cortland, New York driver 15 tries and on Friday he finally made his way into the winner’s circle at Volusia Speedway Park, scoring a decisive victory in round three of the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals for his sixth career DIRTcar Big-Block Modified triumph. “It seems like I’ve been coming here for years and come so close, so often … now finally,” beamed Planck, 37, as he celebrated in Alltel Victory …

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Mohawk Int’l Raceway Inks Mr. DIRTcar 358 Race

Weedsport,NY — Officials at Mohawk International Raceway, formerly known as Frogtown Int’l Speedway, have released an action-packed 2008 schedule highlighted by the return of the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series to the popular Akwesasne (Hogansburg), N.Y. layout. The inaugural running of the “Akwesasne 100” slated for Thursday, August 21 marks the 20th DIRTcar Championship event at Mohawk Int’l for the 358-Modifieds and the first Small-Block tour race scheduled there since 2005. “The track name change and bringing back a Modified championship event tie together well for ushering in a new …

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