CONCORD, NC – January 11, 2019 – Since 1957, Hoosier Racing Tire has developed and manufactured racing tires for thousands of race cars. DIRTcar Northeast is proud to carry their name and logo throughout the Northeast and Canada on Big-Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and Pro Stocks at dozens of race tracks. DIRTcar Northeast is proud to announce that in 2019, at the Racing Tire will hand out $36,750 to the top weekly racers at the end of the season.
The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship takes into account each and every DIRTcar Northeast sanctioned weekly show and Series race for all four divisions of racing. The points standings are calculated by taking each driver’s top 16 finishes. Drivers do not need to do anything except race at DIRTcar sanctioned race tracks and Series races to be eligible. $36,750 will be awarded at the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet at the end of the year. The Big-Block Modified winner receives $5,000 while the top scoring 358 Modified pilot takes home $3,000. Meanwhile the Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock winners receive $1,000 each.
Six speedways are awarding points for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Albany-Saratoga Speedway, host of the $11,111 to-win Big Show XI, returns to action with weekly racing, featuring the likes of Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Ronnie and Marc Johnson. Meanwhile at Brewerton Speedway, Billy Decker returns to Gypsum Racing to compete weekly, as well as on the Super DIRTcar Series tour. In 2018, Land of Legends Raceway’s impressive Big-Block Modified field boasted the Super DIRTcar Series top two in points, Matt Sheppard and Erick Rudolph. Rudolph edged out Sheppard in points at the historic Canandaigua oval last season.
The massive temple of speed, Lebanon Valley Speedway, saw Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Ronnie Johnson battle it out in the top three, and 2019 is expected to be another highly competitive race season. Rex King Jr. dominated the 2018 points at Lernerville Speedway over second place, 15-time Track Champion Brian Swartzlander, who was inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame in 2018. The legendary Weedsport Speedway has six Big-Block Modified dates scheduled in 2019, including three Super DIRTcar Series clashes. The six races will be counted towards the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points. All-in-all, $16,400 will be awarded to the top 15 drivers for their best 16 weekly finishes.
A healthy pipeline of talent has bolstered the already highly competitive 358 Modifieds across the Northeast and Canada. Twelve tracks are awarding Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points in 2019. The competition will be fierce, as the top 10 drivers will have to fight over an $11,250 purse with their strongest 16 finishes. Last season, Steve Bernier topped Chris Raabe and Billy Dunn, but you could’ve thrown a blanket over them, as they were only separated by eight points. Every lap, every position, and every win is important at all DIRTcar sanctioned speedways.
Race fans can catch all the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar 358 Modified action at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, Fulton Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Le RPM Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Mohawk Int’l Raceway, Ransomville Speedway, and Utica-Rome Speedway. Weekly schedules for all of the 2019 weekly racing action will be released soon.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds compete weekly at 21 race tracks. The division is perfect for young racers moving up the DIRTcar ladder, and for veterans racing within a budget. Safety and parity are paramount to the success of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified racing, and those factors have pushed the division to become the most popular form of auto racing in the Northeast. Quebec native Martin Pelletier finished on top of the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points last season, ahead of Dave Marcucilli who is moving up to 358 and Big-Block Modifieds for 2019. The exceptional racing facilities hosting DIRTcar Sportsman in 2019 are: Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Bear Ridge Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, Freedom Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Humberstone Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Le RPM Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Mohawk Int’l Raceway, Outlaw Speedway (new for 2019), Ransomville Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway.
In weekly full-fender action, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks can be seen racing at seven tracks: Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Le RPM, Lernerville Speedway, and Utica-Rome Speedway. Josh Coonradt took top honors in 2018 over C.D. Beauchamp and Chuck Dumblewski. Once again, the tight-knit family of Pro Stock racers will race door-to-door every week, in their chase for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.
Stay tuned for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship schedules from all of our DIRTcar sanctioned tracks in the Northeast and Canada.