Saturday, 07 December 2019

Alltel_Allstar_Contest_WEBConcord, NCMarch 14, 2008 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations

This is it, the final weekend for the Alltel All-Star contest is here. Voting at concludes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night and it’s a virtual photo finish in the making between UMP DIRTcar Open-Wheel Modified driver Dave Hess Jr. and Sprint Car racer Wayne Johnson.

Read more: Curtain Dropping On Alltel All-Star Contest

02Mar13_09McCreadieTc_webWeedsport, NYMarch 13, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

The 2008 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series opener, 7th Annual North-South Shootout at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Saturday, March 22 is just nine days away.

Read more: Countdown Continues To Advance Series Opener At Hagerstown

01Mar12_10FullerTc_webWeedsport, NYMarch 12, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

The 2008 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series opener, 7th Annual North-South Shootout at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Saturday, March 22 is just 10 days away.

Read more: Countdown to 10th Advance Series Opener Underway

MSS_Logo_07_WEBWeedsport, NYMarch 11, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Motorsports Safety Systems (MSS) and G-FORCE Racing Gear are back together for a second straight year partnering with DIRTcar Racing NorthEast, in 2008 recognized as the official sponsor of the DIRTcar Rookie of the Year program.

Read more: MSS & G-FORCE Racing Gear Reward DIRTcar NE Rookies
DIRTcarRacing_07WEBnewsWest Sand Lake,NYMarch 11, 2008 – Anne E. Malone Tremont, 68, mother of DIRTcar Racing Modified standout Kenny Tremont from West Sand Lake, New York, passed away the morning of Monday, March 10 at 8:45 am at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a long illness.

Read more: DIRTcar Racing Community Mourns Passing Of Anne Tremont
Alltel_Allstar_Contest_WEBWeedsport, NYMarch 8, 2008 - By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

It all comes down to just one more week as votes continue to be cast from around the country to determine the inaugural Alltel All-Star. Voters have until Sunday, March 16 before the final ballots will be tabulated and one driver will collect the $12,000 grand prize posted by Alltel Wireless.

Read more: $12,000 Alltel All-Star Declared In One More Week

AAP_Super_DIRTcar_Series_10Anniv_08_FeatureWeedsport, NYMarch 7, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

Qualifying procedures for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series continue to follow a double standard in 2008 with heat race inversions after time trials once again shaping the Big-Block Modified starting grid for nearly every tour event.

Read more: Advance Auto Parts Series Qualifying Format Finalized

IntegraShocks_464_21220jpgWeedsport, NYMarch 6, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

Integra Shocks has partnered with DIRTcar Racing and for the third straight year will continue to play an active role in point fund sponsorship of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series during the 2008 race season.

Read more: Integra Shocks Rewards Advance Series Fast Timer

Hagerstown_logoWeedsport, NYMarch 5, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

For the ninth consecutive year Hagerstown Speedway is scheduled to kick off the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series in Maryland. Launching the 10th straight year of active involvement by Roanoke, Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts, the 2008 edition falls on Easter Weekend with the 'North-South Shootout' 100-lap feature winner collecting a $6,000 top prize on Saturday, March 22.

"We always anticipate one of the best Big-Block fields of the year for the Series opener,” said legendary promoter Frank Plessinger, who helped christen Hagerstown's 61st season on March 2 with reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king Brett Hearn winning the 30-lap Modified opening day main event. Hearn, a 23-time feature winner at Hagerstown, also captured the 2006 Advance Auto Parts Series century grind. “We always have a great show under the lights and with the biggest stars in the business here, the fans are in for a real treat.”

Fresh off his Alltel DIRTcar Nationals title shared with Billy Pauch at Volusia Speedway Park in February, Hearn will be looking for his second victory of the young season at Hagerstown. “We’re always confident coming here with all the success we’ve had,” said Hearn, 49, who owns the all-time Advance Auto Parts Series mark of 98 tour victories. “We’ve finished in the top-five three of the past four years so we’re hoping to get off to another fast start. Doing well in Florida was a big boost for everybody on the team and picking up a tour win at Hagerstown would be a great way to begin the season up north.”

Last season the battle for supremacy in Hagerstown’s tour-lid-lifter came down to past Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block champions Tim Fuller, Gary Tomkins, Billy Decker and Hearn, with eventual ’07 overall points runner-up Fuller dominating the action to score his first Series triumph in the Old Line State. Runner-up Hearn edged Tomkins on the last circuit in a race that was extended to 105 laps while Decker settled for fourth ahead of hard charger Rick Laubach, who started 26th in the 30-car feature race field.

The 2008 Advance Auto Parts Series points race opener is expected to attract all the top teams in Modified racing today as they contend for the prestigious Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRTcar Championship and the biggest share of the season-ending point fund in excess of $200,000. Hagerstown's century grind leads off the 23-race Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRTcar Series with the Northeast's premier Big-Block tour running from March through October and featuring extra-distance races at 17 dirt tracks in four states and two Canadian Provinces.

As the defending Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRTcar points champion, Hearn will have his hands full holding off all-time DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature winner Alan Johnson, two-time Hagerstown tour titlist Gary Tomkins (2002, '04) and inaugural Hagerstown race winner Steve Paine (2001). Upstarts looking to dethrone the cagey veterans are Empire State wheelmen Jimmy Phelps, Dale Planck, Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Billy Dunn and first-year tour regular Ryan Phelps.

The competition has been fierce in the initial six events staged at Hagerstown as 19 drivers have finished among the front-five with only five wheelmen ---Decker, Tomkins, Alan Johnson, Hearn and Fuller--- able to repeat. Still in search of his first Series checkered flag at Hagerstown, Decker (19.016 sec./94.657 mph) set the one-lap tour speed record around the ultra-smooth Hagerstown half-miler in 2005, the same season the race won by Alan Johnson when the event was rain-delayed until June. Advance Series events in 2000 and ’03 were lost altogether due to early spring precipitation.

Joining the mighty Advance Auto Parts Modifieds in the doubleheader program will be the Late Models. Pits gates are scheduled to unlock at 3:00 p.m., grandstands open at 4:00 p.m. with warm-ups starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by Integra Shocks Big-Block Time Trials. Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, four miles west of I-81. For additional information, log into, contact the speedway office at 301/582-0640 or visit the track website at

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of October 6, 2007, the company operated 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

2008 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
NP=Non-Point event.
*All events subject to change.
Wed-Feb 13 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Billy Pauch
Thr-Feb 14 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Brett Hearn
Fri-Feb 15 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Dale Planck
Sat-Feb 16 Volusia Speedway Park-NP Jimmy Horton
Sat-Mar 22 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown,MD
Thr-May 1 Virginia Motor Speedway Jamaica,VA
Sun-May 4 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-May 25 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Sat-Jun 7 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Thr-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville,NY
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville,ONT
Fri-Jul 11 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Jul 12 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sun-Jul 13 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall,ONT
Wed-Jul 16 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville,PA
Mon-Aug 4 Merrittville Speedway Thorold,ONT
Fri-Aug 8 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Sat-Aug 9 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Aug 16 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Sun-Aug 31 Cayuga Co Fair Speedway Weedsport,NY
Mon-Sep 1 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sat-Sep 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Fri-Sep 12 Lernerville Speedway Sarver,PA
Sat-Sep 20 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Sep 27 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 12 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 19 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY
-TBA- Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.

DIRTcarRacing_07WEBnewsWeedsport, NYMarch 4, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

The title of overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion remains recognized as one of the most prestigious designations a driver can hold in short-track auto racing today.

Read more: Mr. DIRTcar Track Bonus Points Needed

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