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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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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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Sportsman Series Racer Wiesner Hoping For Better Canadian Exchange At Brockville

Weedsport, NY — July 9, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Last season Dan Wiesner made the commitment to follow the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series for a second time and schedule a return trip to Canada, both of which topped his agenda in the summer of 2005. Now holding down the top ranking in the ’08 Mr. DIRTcar Sporstman Series point standings through the opening five races, Wiesner is once again looking forward to crossing the border, this time with better results on his mind. …

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Hile Romps To July 4th Sportsman Series Win At Brewerton

Brewerton, NY — July 4, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Chris Hile opened the 2008 DIRTcar Racing NorthEast campaign behind the wheel of his familiar blue no. 5J Bicknell Modified machine, only with a four-barrel carburetor bolted onto his Sportsman motor from a year ago. Friday night he was back in a full-fledge Sportsman ride, this time buckled into the pink no. 2K Kreis Motorsports crate-powered entry, and the result was a flawless flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series at Brewerton …

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D’Ilario & Town Score First Career Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Wins

Elbridge, NY — July 3, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent Even Mother nature wasn’t about to stop the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Super DIRTcar Series showdown on Thursday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Over 40 of the best Sportsman drivers filled the pits July 3 and when the curtain finally dropped it was worth the wait as Mark D’Ilario out of Smithville, Ontario and Todd Town from Jordan, New York picked up their first-ever tour checkers with a pair of 20-lap feature wins. The special …

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Brewerton Hosts ‘Fourth Of July’ Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Special

Weedsport, NY — July 2, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Fireworks start early when the stars of the Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series arrive in full force at Brewerton Speedway for the big Fourth of July holiday special on Friday. Another big field of Sportsman Modified racers is expected to jam the Brewerton pits, with round number three of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series scheduled to run at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park the night before. In the first two events on the 2008 …

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Sportsman Modified Star Chris Raabe Attracts DIRTcar Bounty Hunters

Weedsport, NY — June 18, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The DIRTcar Racing NorthEast record book lists Chris Raabe among the youngest winners ever. A recent bounty placed on the teenage Sportsman Modified sensation puts Raabe right at the top of those singled out for their success at such a young age. “When we were first approached about the deal I was really excited, not only for the publicity it would bring to our team, but for the division as well,” said Raabe, now 17, …

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Planck Racing Teams With SUNY Canton For 2008 Season

Weedsport, NY — June 1, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series star Dale Planck has been competing behind the wheel of a race car for well over half his life. His teenage sons are now following in their father’s tire tracks. Together in 2008 the Planck family will be ‘driving for education’ as Dale Planck Racing has recently formulated a unique partnership with SUNY Canton. This season third-generation drivers Steve Planck, 18, and Brandon Planck, 16, will share driving experiences …

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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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