DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Championship Battle Kicks Off on Saturday, April 25, at Fulton Speedway


DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Championship Battle Kicks Off on Saturday, April 25, at Fulton Speedway

Posted: 16 Apr 2015 08:38 AM PDT

Tour features 14 races from April to October, including NAPA Super DIRT Week


By Jo Ann & Don Davies


WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – April 16, 2015 – DIRTcar Racing's Sportsman Modified Series kicks off its 14-race 2015 season on Saturday, April 25, at Fulton Speedway, and expectations are high as the tour will roll through New York, Ontario and Quebec throughout the year.


"We averaged just over 35 Sportsman at each Series race last year," said DIRTcar Northeast Director of Series and Sanctioning Mike Perrotte. "All indications are that we will have strong car counts in this class once again. I'm excited to see the caliber of competition these drivers will bring to the tracks we will be running."


In 2014, champion Mathieu Dejardins of Sorel, Quebec, clinched the title by just one point over Shane Pecore of Cornwall, Ontario. Each had two wins to their credit on the highly competitive 13-stop circuit and each is looking to best that performance starting with the opening show next weekend at Fulton.


Cory Reed, Director of Marketing for the John and Laura Wight owned Fulton & Brewerton Speedways, is looking forward to Fulton being the opening track.


"The Sportsman are a perfect complement to the Big-Block DIRTcar Northeast Series event we are running on that same date," Reed said. "We believe in the DIRTcar Northeast product. Having the 2015 DIRTcar Northeast Series program begin at Fulton Speedway gives us the opportunity to showcase our facility and the competitive program we run weekly. We're real pleased to be involved."


After starting the season at Fulton Speedway the Sportsman Series will make its next visit to CanAm Speedway on Wednesday, June 3, in LaFargeville, N.Y.


Fulton and CanAm are new to the schedule after an absence of several seasons, providing some neutral territory for competitors and making it anyone's guess who might win. Sportsman Series action resumes in July with a two-day trip to Quebec's Autodrome Drummond on July 20 in Drummondville and Autodrome Granby on July 21 in Granby.


The tour then shifts into September for a busy stretch with races Sept. 6 at Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway, Sept. 11 at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway, Sept. 12 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont., Sept. 13 at Humberstone (Ont.) Speedway, Sept. 19 at Mohawk Speedway in Akwesasne, N.Y.), and finally Sept. 20 at RPM Speedway (DeRichelieu, QUE).


The championship run in October includes a busy NAPA Super DIRT Week. Not only will the class compete at the famous 'Moody Mile' in Syracuse, N.Y., but it will also race at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on Thursday, Oct 8.


Weedsport Speedway promoter (and Super DIRTcar Series star) Jimmy Phelps is pleased about the opportunity for the Sportsman to compete at Weedsport during NAPA Super DIRT Week.


"The Sportsman division has not only played a key role in the early success of Weedsport, but it is a big part of our overall season," Phelps said. "We are very proud to be able to bring a DIRTcar Series race to our venue during such a big week as Super DIRT Week."


The management team at Brewerton echoes those sentiments. Reed is looking forward to the Sportsman class running at Brewerton during Super DIRT Week.


"Brewerton makes a perfect back-to-back opportunity for more participation by the Sportsman on that Thursday night. The 358 and Sportsman teams will now be able to race at two prominent central New York facilities."


Action at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV wraps up with the drivers taking on the Mile for 30 laps of competition in a non-point race on the sport's biggest stage. The prestige, and even more importantly, the momentum of a win at Super DIRT Week will be important heading into the season's championship finale.


Brockville (Ont.) Speedway will once again welcome the Sportsman competitors for the 2015 championship finale. The annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals weekend will be the final showcase, and if history repeats the 2015 DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Series championship will go right down to the checkered flag.


"There is a lot of team commitment to the Sportsman Series program," Perrotte said. "We're very optimistic this class will continue to be strongly supported at the local level, at Super DIRT Week and throughout the Series season. I think the fans will be pleased with the level of competition they will see at all DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman events."



April 25SaturdayFulton SpeedwayFulton, NY
June 3WednesdayCan Am SpeedwayLafargeville, NY
July 20MondayAutodrome DrummondDrummondville, QUE
July 21TuesdayAutodrome GranbyGranby, QUE
September 6SundayCornwall Motor SpeedwayCornwall, ONT
September 11FridayRansomville SpeedwayRansomville, NY
September 12SaturdayMerrittville SpeedwayThorold, ONT
September 13SundayHumberstone SpeedwayHumberstone, ONT
September 19SaturdayMohawk SpeedwayAkwesasne, NY
September 20SundayRPM SpeedwayDeRichelieu, QUE
October 7WednesdayWeedsport SpeedwayWeedsport, NY
October 8ThursdayBrewerton SpeedwayBrewerton, NY
October 11SundayNYS Fairgrounds (non-point race)Syracuse, NY
October 18SundayBrockville SpeedwayBrockville, ONT


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, Pole Position Raceway and Dig Safely New York. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shox, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue and Wrisco Aluminum.

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Cassius Clark Ready For AIM Recycling PASS North Return This Weekend At Oxford Plains

Cassius Clark Ready For AIM Recycling PASS North Return This Weekend At Oxford Plains


-      For Immediate Release


NAPLES, ME (April 16) – For race fans throughout New England and Canada, the wait is nearly over for one of the most anticipated events in recent short track racing history.  On Saturday, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Mate Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will compete on the same racing car at Oxford Plains Speedway for the first time ever.  While fans and competitors have patiently been awaiting this event, perhaps no one has been looking forward to it more than Farmington, ME's, Cassius Clark.

            Clark captured his first PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model Presented By Kenny U-Pull championship in 2013 and was once again in contention for the title last year.  But, an accident at Speedway 95 as Clark took the checkered flag for his second PASS win of the season, sent him prematurely to the sidelines for the final three races of the year.

            "A day doesn't go by that I don't think about how our season ended last year," says Clark.  "I'm disappointed that we didn't get the chance to finish the season out, but I'm anticipating our return to the track in a brand new piece."

            That piece will be a completely brand new Hight Chevrolet #77 for 2015.  A new Port City Chassis has Clark excited for the new season.  

            "Our team will be more ready than ever," says Clark.  "This is the first time in my career that I will be driving a car that is completely new and I'm really looking forward to it.  I have no doubt that I'll have the best equipment and people surrounding me to help steer into victory lane where we left off last year."

Lessons learned in last year's AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull have Clark confident heading into this weekend's PASS season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway.  And while he is excited for this weekend, Clark will continue to stay focused on the 250 as the year progresses, a race that has eluded him to this point.

"The Oxford 250 is at the top of our list," said Clark.  "We've come up short the last two years and, if a late race caution hadn't of come out last year, we may have had a different outcome.  We felt like we learned a lot about our flat track program in that race and our season started to turn around at that point.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to compete in the final race at Oxford, but all of us on the Hight Motorsports Team are looking forward to hauling our new car up to Oxford Plains on April 18."

One of the best fields in PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model Presented By Kenny U-Pull history is expected to join Clarkon Saturday, April 18 at Oxford Plains Speedway.  Veteran Joey Doiron will be joined by defending series champion DJ Shaw and former champions Johnny Clark and Ben Rowe.  Two-time defending AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull winner Travis Benjamin is always a strong contender at Oxford Plains along with 3-time race winner Mike Rowe.  Quebec is represented in the early entries by Eric St Gelais and Raphael Lessard and Nova Scotia's Cole Butcher will be coming from the Canadian Maritimes.  Vermont's Brent Dragon and Bobby Therrien, along with Connecticut's Dillon Moltz and Rhode Island's Kyle Desouza will be joined by a strong contingent from New Hampshire including Joey Polewarczyk, Matt Frahm, Bryan Kruczek, and Andy Shaw.  And, as would be expected, a strong list of drivers from Maine will be contenders led by Tim and TJ Brackett, Richie Dearborn, Dave Farrington, Jr., Scott Farrington, Mike Hopkins, Michael Landry, Reid Lanpher, Glen Luce, Shawn Martin, Scott McDaniel, Scott Mulkern, David Oliver, Adam Polvinen, Tony Ricci, Gary Smith, and Bobby Timmons.

Opening weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway begins on Friday, April 17 with rotating practice for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull, ACT Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Wicked Cool Midgets and Street Stocks starting at 1 PM.  On Saturday, April 18, rotating practice starts at 9:30 AM, with heat races beginning at 2 PM, followed by the main events.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

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