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DIRTcar celebrates 2014 G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookies of the Year

Wilder, Bernier, Ladouceur, Stabler and Hollner take 2014 honors

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – December 17, 2014 – DIRTcar Racing honored the rookies of the sport during November’s Champions Banquet, presenting the G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookie-of-the-Year Award to the five of the Northeast Region’s up-and-coming racers.

Korey Wilder, of Fort Plain, N.Y., took the G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookie of the Year award in the DIRTcar Big Block Modified division.

“It’s pretty intimidating to go down into turn one next to someone you’re used to just rooting for. It’s unbelievable,” Wilder said of his first year racing in the Big Block Modified Division

Quebecois Steve Bernier took the honors in the DIRTcar 358-Modified division after moving up from the Sportsman Modified division.

Briana Ladouceur and Ryan Stabler, both of Cornwall, Ontario, were named co-rookies of the year in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division.

“I learned a lot,” Ladouceur said.

“I just want to thank my family. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be racing. And I’d like to thank Korey Wheeler and Joey Ladouceur – between Sportsman and Pro Stock, they’ve always been there,” Stabler said. Of his 2015 plans, Stabler stated, “We’re going to go back to Cornwall, do the DIRTcar series again, and, hopefully, pick up a few wins.”

In the DIRTcar Pro Stock division, Gus Hollner, of Gloversville, N.Y., claimed the 2014 Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

“I just hope we come back next year and run the series and do a little better,” Hollner said.

In addition to prize money, each G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookie-of-the-Year took home a helmet of their choice courtesy of G-Force Racing Products.


G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed Rookies-of-the-Year

G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One SpeedDIRTcar Big Block Modified Rookie-of-the-Year: Kory Wilder

G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One SpeedDIRTcar 358-Modified Rookie-of-the-Year: Steve Bernier

G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One SpeedDIRTcar Sportsman Modified Co-Rookies-of-the-Year: Brianna Ladouceur & Ryan Stabler

G-Force / Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One SpeedDIRTcar Pro Stock Rookie-of-the-Year: Gus Hollner

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD LLC, Fox Shocks, Pole Position Raceway, Racing Electronics, Superflow and Wrisco Industries.

Tradition-Rich Events, New Venues Highlight 2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Schedule

First-time race at Ohsweken, plus returns to Canandaigua, Grandview, Five Mile Point, Utica-Rome, join annual specials for Northeast’s premier dirt tour

INDIANAPOLIS – Dec. 11, 2014 – The Super DIRTcar Series announced today at the Performance Racing Industry tradeshow a combination of traditional events and races at new venues will make up its 2015 schedule.

The 29-race series kicks off during the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Feb. 18-21 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The series championship begins April 25 with a 100-lapper at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway before an exciting Wednesday night return on May 20 to Canandaigua (N.Y.) Speedway followed on Wednesday, May 27, to Brockville Ontario Speedway.

Read more: 2015 Schedule Released

CBS Sports Network Returns World of Outlaws Racing to Primetime Spotlight on Sunday Evenings in December

NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week kicks off coverage at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 7, followed on consecutive Sundays by Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

CONCORD, N.C. – Dec. 3, 2014 – CBS Sports Network kicks off three consecutive weeks of broadcast coverage at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, with NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week featuring the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series.

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dave Rieff joins color analyst Shane Andrews, the voice of the Super DIRTcar Series, as well as reporters Tony Bokhoven and Bob Dillner to deliver all of action in a two-hour CBS Sports Spectacular showcase from Big-Block Modified racing’s biggest annual event.

Read more: World Finals on TV

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DIRTcar stars honored at 2014 Champions Banquet

Billy Decker, Erick Rudolph, Mathieu Desjardins and Jocelyn Roy among drivers awarded championship trophies

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – November 23, 2014 – The brightest DIRTcar Racing stars of the Northeast region gathered at the Holiday Inn Saturday to receive championship awards and other accolades during the annual Champions Banquet.

Big Block Modified star Billy Decker took home the championship trophy for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, finishing out the season with a mere six-point lead over Matt Sheppard after November’s races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“Part of the measure of an award is the competition, and I really have a lot of respect for my fellow competitors,” said Decker, who credited crew chief Scott Jeffery and hardworking crew members for his success throughout the season. “cott works tirelessly making sure things are right, and our program showed it this year. We were prepared for every Super DIRTcar Series event. We had zero failures, zero engine failures, zero car failures.”

Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., claimed a total of three Super DIRTcar Series victories in 2014, winning first at Rolling Wheel Raceway Park in July and following it up with first-place finishes at Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway in August.

“We have a great foundation, with (car owner) John Wight and LJL Racing. We expect to be competitive in the championship year in and year out,” Decker said. “Championships are won at the shop. Our car rolls out of that racecar shop, and it’s ready to win. If you’re not ready when you roll out of the race shop, you can’t win on the race track.”

Sheppard finished second in the series and Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., finished third.

Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., claimed his second consecutive title in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series.

Read more: 2014 Champions Banquet

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Decker Powers Into Super DIRTcar Series Championship Lead with Strong Qualifying Run in Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Opener

Two-time champ sets quick-time, wins heat at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 6, 2014 - Billy Decker has never won a feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but on Thursday's opening night of the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals, he powered his way to a Pole Position Raceway Quick Time Award and a heat race victory that has positioned him to not only win a feature this weekend but perhaps even his third Super DIRTcar Series championship.

Qualifying and heat races for Friday's and Saturday's main events on the 4/10-mile oval that sits just north of Charlotte were completed on Thursday, along with qualifying for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Read more: Decker Strong in Charlotte Qualifying

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Clash at Charlotte: Sheppard, Hearn and Decker duel for Super DIRTcar Series championship

World of Outlaws World Finals kicks off Nov. 6 with feature races set for Nov. 7 and 8

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - October 31, 2014 - A heated Super DIRTcar Series points battle will round out the season as the series heads into its final two feature races with the top two in point standings, Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker, within just one point of each other.

Read more: Clash at Charlotte

Brett Hearn working on three in a row at Orange County Fair Speedway

Grueling Eastern States 200 could drastically shake up point standings as Super DIRTcar Series heads into final rounds

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – October 20, 2014 – There’s no question as to which Modified driver has been dominant at Orange County Fair Speedway’s annual Eastern States Weekend. Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., has picked up 13 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series victories at the Middletown, N.Y., track, ten in the Eastern States 200. This year, the two-time consecutive Eastern States 200 Champion is looking to make it three in a row.

Read more: Orange County - 10/26/14

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Brett Hearn locks in pole position for Sunday’s Eastern States 200

Hindley, Dippel, Friesen, Perrego and Higbie also lock in starting positions in top six

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – October 25, 3014 – Brett “the Jet” Hearn is off to another good start for Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States Weekend, locking in the pole position for Sunday’s 200-lap Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series race. The Sussex, N.J., driver rounded “The Hard Clay” in 20.763 seconds, narrowly ousting Tim Hindley, whose time was 20.837 seconds, from the honors.

“This is a race where you want to start near the front. It’s not the end-all, but it’s a race where you want to start near the front, stay out of heavy traffic, and control the race if you can,” Hearn said of Sunday’s Eastern States 200, a notably grueling race and one of the few Super DIRTcar Series rounds requiring a pit stop. “It’s the kind of race where, if you can control the race and set the pace at your pace, then you’re going to be in the driver’s seat.”

After shattering the Lebanon Valley Speedway lap time record, fast laps have started to become a habit for “the Jet.” He was second overall at Fonda Speedway in September and earned the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier Award at Brockville Ontario Speedway in October. During NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII in Syracuse, Hearn claimed the outside pole starting position with the second fastest lap time, short of fast-timer Matt Sheppard by a margin of 0.002 seconds.

“I think we have some really good cars, I think it’s going good. It’s still 200 laps, so, anything can happen,” said Hearn, who hopes running in Saturday’s 358-Modified race at Orange County Fair Speedway will help the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 team stay strong for Sunday. “The track is in pretty nice shape. We’re going to have to run the small block race and try to come up with a strategy for Sunday that’s going to work.”

Read more: Brett Hearn claims Eastern States pole

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Dramatic victory in 25-lap Big Block Modified “Win and You’re In” race changes Susice’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week course

ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – October 11, 2014 – Ryan Susice’s Saturday had a disappointing start. The young racer, 24, out of Ransomville, N.Y., stumbled into a Big Block Modified ride for Sunday’s Syracuse 200, but fell two positions short of qualifying for the main event from Saturday’s Dig Safely 811 Last Chance Qualifier.

Fortunately, the day ended on a high note, as Susice charged from the rear of a 24-car field to score a dramatic win at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Saturday’s Big Block Modified Win and You’re In victory put Susice back on track, giving him a starting spot for the biggest race of his career.

“This whole weekend has been a whirlwind for us,” commented Susice, who was ecstatic to have joined the Syracuse 200 field. “I don’t even know how to begin to express it. I never thought in a million years I’d be here. We couldn’t do it financially for our small block cars, and I’ve only run a Big Block a few times.”

Read more: Susice gains 'Cuse 200 berth

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Sheppard, Hearn & Phelps Flex Muscle In Camping World 'Friday Night Lights' Big-Block Modified Triple 20s

Top Three Starters In Syracuse 200 Score $4,000 Triumphs At Syracuse Mile (Alex Bruce photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., and Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., rolled to victories in the Big-Block Modified Triple 20s that headlined Camping World 'Friday Night Lights' at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Hearn joined Heinke-Baldwin Racing teammates Sheppard and Phelps in scoring wire-to-wire $4,000 wins from the pole position. The trio will occupy the top three starting spots in Sunday's Syracuse 200 with Hearn sandwiched by the polesitting Sheppard and Phelps in the grand finale of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII.

Read more: Sheppard, Hearn & Phelps Shine

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