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Defending Mr. DIRTcar Champ Raabe Snags 4th Sportsman Series Show At Genesee

Batavia, NY — September 19, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent It doesn’t matter on what side of the border “Teenage Tornado ” Chris Raabe shows up on, he can find Victory Lane at just about any track. Saturday night at the Genesee Speedway Raabe had a hard fought battle with Don Spatorico before finally grabbing the lead at the halfway point of the 30-lap feature. Once out front, the current Mr. DIRTcar points leader had to battle lapped traffic and hold off Spatorico for a …

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Ortiz & Susice Take Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Checkers At Canandaigua

Canandaigua, NY — September 18, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent Friday night Canandaigua Speedway played host to a pair of Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series 33 lap features. Jipp Ortiz and recently crowned track points champion Ryan Susice found themselves in victory lane, with Ortiz holding off Steve Gray to win by less than a half a car-length in round one, while Susice dominated that night cap winning by four seconds over defending Mr. DIRTcar Chris Raabe. Ortiz outran front row partner …

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Raabe Returns To Winning Ways In Humberstone Sportsman Series Show

Pt. Colborne, ONT — September 13, 2009 – By Dave Sully, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent The DIRTcar Sportsman Series completed a three race, three night set on Sunday, September 13 at Humberstone Speedway after competing at Ransomville and Merrittville speedways on Friday and Saturday. When the final checkered flag flew, 18 year-old defending overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion Chris Raabe, from Napanee, Ontario and 19 year-old Ransomville and Canandaigua speedways titlist Ryan Susice were the story of the Trevor Wilkins Memorial 50-lapper, as Raabe took a …

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B.J. Willard Scores 1st Career DIRTcar Sportsman Series Win At Merrittville

Thorold, ONT — September 12, 2009 – By Dave Roberts, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent BJ Willard of St. Catharines, Ontario comes from a historic racing family in the Southern Ontario region. They have been around short track auto racing since the time when Merrittville Speedway opened it doors in 1952. His dad Bill Jr was a top winner as well as his aunt Tammy, the only female driver to ever win a Merrittville Speedway Modified feature. His grandfather Alan was a top flight racer himself in the early days …

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Spatorico Edges Panunte in Sportsman Series Shootout At Ransomville

Ransomville, NY — September 11, 2009 – By Dave Sully, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent Don Spatorico from Ransomville, N.Y. ran down a streaking Greg Panunte to win a caution-plagued 50-lap Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series event at Ransomville Speedway on Friday, September 11. Nine cautions and a red flag for a serious crash slowed the event, but didn’t deter the tight racing. Recently crowned Ransomville champion Ryan Susice took the early lead from Cody McPherson with Spatorico moving quickly up to second. As Susice, who also captured the ’09 …

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Pro Stock Grad Jipp Ortiz Learning History Lesson In Sportsman Ranks

Weedsport, NY — September 10, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director Jipp Ortiz can accomplish something no one else before him has ever done – capture overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championships in both open-wheel and full-fender classes during his short-track career. Yet to pull off such an extraordinary feat, the second-generation driver from the Western New York town of Ransomville will first have to survive a tough stretch of three straight Sportsman Series races this weekend. Then last another six weeks traveling around …

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Ortiz Rides To 1st Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Victory At Rolling Wheels

Elbridge, NY — September 7, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent Second-generation standout Jipp Ortiz had won many races in Pro Stock and Sportsman competition coming into Labor Day night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park yet never a Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series event. All that changed for the Ransomville, N.Y. traveler on Monday night as Ortiz parked his Pizza Logs No.0 Bicknell in victory lane after 25 hard fought laps. Ortiz moved to the point on lap nine as he drove around both Ryan Susice and …

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September Packed With Super DIRTcar Series Events

Weedsport, NY — August 31, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director DIRTcar Racing’s 34th consecutive year of sanctioning motorsports events in the Northeast is ready to make its stretch run beginning in September with a full slate of high-paying extra-distance Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series races in all classes. More than 20 point races highlight the biggest month of the season on the DIRTcar NE circuit, including the Super DIRTcar Series return to Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania plus 358-Modified Series stops in both …

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DIRTcar NE ‘Night of Champions’ Banquet Returns To Turning Stone In 2009

Weedsport, NY — August 13, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director A return to the Turning Stone Resort & Casino will officially bring to a close the 2009 race season as the popular entertainment complex in Verona, New York plays host to the 34th Annual DIRTcar Racing Northeast ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet and Fall Promoters Meeting & Workshop on November 13-14. The traditional post-season celebration among competitors, sponsors and officials will honor the top series drivers along with DIRTcar Northeast track champions, with a number …

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Hot August Nights Set Stage For Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series

Weedsport, NY — July 30, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director The 2009 Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series begins its stretch run for teams contending for the elusive overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels titles in Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. A half-dozen shows highlight the month of August for Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series point chasers on both sides of the border, with Pro Stockers getting back on track in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. 358-Modified and Sportsman Series travelers have the month …

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Rain Hampers Canandaigua Sportsman Series Fair Championship

Canandaigua, NY — July 21, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director At stellar field of 40 DIRTcar Sportsman Series entries filled the Canandaigua Speedway pits on Tuesday to help kick off Ontario County Fair Week ‘09, yet the winner will have to wait until September to wear the crown as showers forced officials to postpone the main event. “We fought the elements all night and finally lost the battle,” remarked Series Director Cory Reed, after the call came at 9:45 p.m. to officially cancel the final …

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Wright Top ‘All-Star’ In Cayuga County Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Stop

Weedsport, NY — July 18, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent Justin Wright out of Piffard, New York wasn’t going to be denied his first-ever Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series win Saturday night at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway on night two of All-Star Weekend. Wright grabbed the lead on the opening circuit of the 30-lap feature and never looked back being the first under starter Dave Farney’s checkered flag. “That wasn’t easy but it was fun,” said Wright, after exiting his no. 19W Mercer Milling …

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Gray On Defense In DIRTcar Sportsman Series Doubleheader

Weedsport, NY — July 16, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director The Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series is back in the spotlight with its last two extra-distance events of the month scheduled at DIRTcar Racing Northeast charter member tracks Cayuga County Fair Speedway and Canandaigua Speedway. Steve Gray will be anchoring the defense when he joins in the DIRTcar All-Star Weekend activity at Cayuga County on Saturday, July 18 before competing closer to home at Canandaigua on Tuesday, July 21 as part of the 166th Ontario …

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Raabe Doubles Up In 2009 DIRTcar Sportsman Championship At Cornwall

Cornwall, ONT — July 5, 2009 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director Around this same time last year Chris Raabe was celebrating his first career feature race victory in the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series. Three months later he was officially crowned Mr. DIRTcar Champion at the age of 17. Only four shows have reached the record book this season, and now Raabe, a seasoned veteran of the weekly open-wheel wars, has already captured his second checkered flag on tour and his latest triumph Sunday in the …

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