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Ruggiero Rallies For 2nd Straight Eastern States Sportsman Victory

Middletown, NY — October 18, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Following in the tire tracks of 358-Modified winner Brett Hearn on Saturday of Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway, Mike Ruggiero scored his second straight Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman win in the 2008 track finale that covered 50 laps around the ‘Hard Clay’ oval. Unlike last year when the Walden, New York pilot set fast time and led the entire distance to earn the biggest payday of his career, Ruggiero needed 39 laps to …

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Rookie Rudolph Races To SDW Town Mechanical 30 Sportsman Riches

Syracuse, NY — October 11, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent *George Smith Photo High School Honor Roll student and third-generation racer Erick Rudolph out of Ransomville, New York had never turned a lap at the Syracuse Mile coming into Super DIRT Week XXXVII. By time he left he turned in one of the most dominating performances ever seen in the Town Mechanical 30-lap Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series event. The win was worth $4,000 and Rudolph padded his pocket by claiming Blue Moon Potatoes …

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Gray Earns Thrilling Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Win At Rolling Wheels

Elbridge,NY — October 10, 2008 – By Chris Dolack, DIRTcar VP Public Relations *Bill Moore Photo Steve Gray and Mark D’Ilario waged an epic duel for 30 laps on Friday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. The sixth caution of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman event set up a thrilling two-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Gray charged hard into the first corner on the final restart, D’Ilario stayed with him. The two pulled away from the field, Gray’s momentum carried him high into the second corner, D’Ilario powered through a …

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Reakes Starts Where He Left Off With Fastest SDW Sportsman Qualifying

Syracuse, NY — October 10, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Top DIRTcar Sportsman Modified teams made their return appearance at Super DIRT Week on Friday afternoon and for the second straight year Sammy Reakes IV set fast time to win the pole position start for Saturday’s headline Town Mechanical 30 Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds. Defending TMI 30 Champion Reakes posted a one-lap time of 33.508 sec. for an average speed of 107.437 mph around the Syracuse Mile and SDW rookie Matt Hulsizer …

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Rain Delay No Sweat For Fulton Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Winner Wilder

Fulton, NY — October 4, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The Gater Racing News/Motorsports Expo 30 needed an extra day to complete but it was well worth the wait for go-cart graduate Jeremy Wilder as the Fort Plain, New York driver went on to capture his first Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series victory Saturday to close out the Modified Sportsman portion of the 23rd Schneider Bros. Weekend at Fulton Speedway. “This is awesome!,” beamed Wilder, 18, who not only scored his first career DIRTcar …

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Panunte Wins Over World In Rolling Wheels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series

Elbridge, NY — September 27, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent Greg Panunte out of Port Colborne, Ontario became the first two-time Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series race winner this season, leading flag-to-flag in the Taylor Rental 30 on Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Panunte grabbed the lead on the opening lap and never looked back in the 30-lap event yet the win was anything but easy for the Canadian as he had to hold off challenges from fellow countryman Chris Raabe to …

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Ridley Fends Off Friesen For 1st Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Win At Canandaigua

Canandaigua, NY — September 20, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent Newly crowned 2008 track points champion Kevin Ridley picked the right time to score his first victory of the year at Canandaigua Speedway on Saturday night. Yet grabbing the lead early, it was anything but easy as he had to hold off late race challenges from Canadian James Michael Friesen to pick up a well-deserved win in the Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Championship “Labatt Ice 45” at the Ontario County Fairgrounds oval. “I’m in shock …

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Rain Forces Cancellation of 358-Modified & Sportsman Mr. DIRTcar Events

Weedsport, NY — September 12, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing PR Director Rain throughout the day forced track officials to cancel Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events scheduled Friday at Brockville Ontario Speedway and Ransomville Speedway. Mid-day rain in the Brockville area resulted in the cancellation of the scheduled 75-lap Mr. DIRTcar event for 358-Modifieds along with the twice rain delayed final 96 laps of the Canadian DIRT Challenge Series. Neither of these marquee events will be rescheduled and fans and teams with rain checks from the September 6 …

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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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Rouse Wire-to-Wire In Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Main At Merrittville

Thorold, ONT — September 6, 2008 – By John Steckley, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent Brad Rouse headed a Merrittville Speedway Tour-de-Force on Saturday night as the invading sportsman contingent was fed a strong dose of home cooking. Rouse, who finished fourth in the recently concluded Merrittville point race, led the division with four wins. No other driver visited Victory Lane more than twice in 2008. On Saturday, the St. Catharines pilot put his track experience to good use. Rouse grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag …

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Ruggiero Romps In Rolling Wheels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Show

Elbridge, NY — September 1, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent Recently crowned Orange County Fair Speedway Champion Mike Ruggiero made the long tow north pay off as he won the “Big Dog” 30-lap Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Championship Series event on Labor Day at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Downstate racer Ruggiero survived yellow flags and race-long pressure from Canadian invader James Friesen to come away with his first ever win at the ‘Fast Track’ on Monday night. “I’m almost speechless,” said a smiling Ruggiero. “We …

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DIRTcar Sportsman Star Chris Raabe Finds Strength in Numbers

Belleville, ONT — August 29, 2008 – By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications (613/968-6410, 613/922-0654) clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com If there really is strength in numbers, then it would only make sense to see Napanee, Ontario’s Chris Raabe www.chrisraabe.com participating in the next World Strongman Competition. When it comes to DIRTcar Sportsman Modified racing, no one has better numbers than the young 17 year-old driver. The third-year chauffeur, who’ll take his 95% average into grade 12 at Napanee and District Secondary School in just a couple of weeks, scored the 15th and 16th …

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Town Mechanical Showcased Nationally On Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Weedsport, NY — August 25, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director A job well done in record time. 106 hours to be exact. Recognized locally at speedways around the Central New York circuit, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified racer Todd Town moved to the national stage this past week participating in a volunteer construction effort as part of the ABC reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Owner of Town Mechanical, Inc. based in Baldwinsville, New York, Town was notified three weeks earlier that he was chosen to provide …

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Thunder Mountain Lands Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Show

Weedsport, NY — August 12, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Amidst a two-month layoff from tour activity, Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series race chasers will get another chance to earn valuable points as Thunder Mountain Speedway has signed up to host a championship event on Friday, October 17. The addition of Thunder Mountain, which enjoyed associate status with the organization in 1999, brings the total to 35 tracks staging DIRTcar Racing NorthEast events in 2008. “Thunder Mountain is a perfect fit with the race coming the …

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