Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 14, 2017 - On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.
Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.
Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver's home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Drivers may compete in as many DIRTcar Racing events as they choose and may earn additional points toward the championship by competing in events out of their region (20 points per attempt up to a maximum of five totaling 100 points). These points will be added to a driver's home track and regional bonus total.
Central New York and Brockville, Ontario will be the final battleground for the DIRTcar Racing Championship when the calendar reaches fall. All regions will converge for a five event "Fall Championship Challenge" - bringing the best of the best together into one five-race chase for the championship. Mandatory 150 point-to-win races will be on tap for Sportsman Modified teams during a busy week-long stretch beginning with Fulton Speedway's 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend on September 29th & 30th, Weedsport Speedway Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday Oct. 4, Brewerton Speedway 25th Hurricane, Thursday, Oct. 5 and the the 75-lap Super DIRT Week Championship at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 8th. These events will build to the final series showdown for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series crown on Friday, October 13 at Brockville Speedway for the Fall Nationals.
"We feel this will allow teams to run good paying races within region throughout the season and earn valuable points without a heavy travel burden," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar Director of Series and sanction. "Then to have them all converge into the same sand box for the Fall Championship Challenge allows teams to race against racers from other regions for all the marbles."
Any Series feature winner across all four regions will earn automatic berths into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship All-Star Invitational at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on October 27. The top-12 in final overall series points will carry provisional starter status into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship non-point series finale on October 28.
"There has been a high demand for series races from track promoters and a lot of interest from race teams since we ended the series last fall," said DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Director, Cory Reed. "The series includes major events and great race tracks - we think the race teams will be pleased."
2017 Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, April 28 Fulton Speedway- Highbank Holdup
Sunday, April 30 Utica-Rome Speedway
Tuesday, June 20 Outlaw Speedway
Monday, July 3 Weedsport Speedway- Sportsman Classic
Friday, September 15 Brewerton Speedway- Duel at the Demon
Saturday, May 6 Autodrome Drummond
Friday, August 11 Autodrome Granby
Sunday, September 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 16 Mohawk Speedway- Pete Mitchell Memorial
Friday, September 22 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23 Autodrome Drummond
Sunday, September 24 Airborne Speedway
Tuesday, July 25 Ohsweken Speedway
Friday, September 8 Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, September 9 Merrittville Speedway
Sunday, September 10 Humberstone Speedway
Friday, September 22 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
Saturday, September 23 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
East Region/King of Dirt
Sunday, May 13 Utica-Rome Speedway
Monday, May 28 Devil's Bowl Speedway
Saturday, July 15 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Tuesday, August 15 Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Sunday, August 20 Utica-Rome Speedway
Thursday, August 31 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Friday, September 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Northeast Crate Nationals
Friday, September 22 Fonda Speedway
Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Friday-Saturday, September 29 & 30 Fulton Speedway- 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend
Wednesday, October 4 Weedsport Speedway- Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party
Thursday, October 5 Brewerton Speedway- 25th Hurricane
Sunday, October 8 Oswego Speedway- NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
Friday, October 13- Brockville Speedway- Fall Nationals
Thu-Fri-Sat, October 26-28 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
World Short Track Championship - NP
Genesee Speedway Ends 2016 Season with a Bang at the Banquet
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (December 10, 2016)- The first season of a new era at Genesee Speedway ended as strongly as the entire 2016 year went with a fantastic awards banquet. Over 250 were in attendance at the Quality Inn with more than 60 competitors taking home part of the fun. Over $15,000 in cash was distributed in year-end point fund and some very special awards were given out.
Seven different drivers claimed track championships including Kyle Inman (Sportsman) and Dave DuBois (360 Late Model), who were each declared Drivers of the Year. Beamer Guzzardi became the inaugural Crate Late Model Champion at the speedway while Butch Zimmerman claimed his first career track title in the street stocks. Brad Shepard was the mini stock champion while Cole Hicks claimed the bandit crown. Matt Smith was named the micro sprint mini series champion.
At the end of the awards banquet, a special presentation was made to new speedway promoter Jim Johnson as the inaugural Mike Logsdon Dedication to Motorsports recipient. The award was a special surprise for both the recipient as well as the namesake.
The evening also included a host of other special awards, as well as a preview of the 2017 season, featuring 21 race dates including a special trip to Batavia by the ULMS Late Model Series in July. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Genesee Speedway Ready to Pay Out $15,000 at 2016 Awards Banquet
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (November 25, 2016)- It should come as no surprise that what was an incredible 2016 season at Genesee Speedway will be capped off with a record-paying banquet.
At the 2016 Genesee Speedway Awards Banquet Saturday December 10 at the Quality Inn (formerly Clarion Hotel), the Point Fund will exceed $15,000 in cash! Over $5,000 was made possible by the FOAR Score Group, but the first-year promotion team of Jim and Pam Johnson and Mike Fisher decided to triple that amount for the over 50 teams that will take home a slice of the record-breaking amount.
The top 10 drivers in each of the five adult divisions will claim a portion of the point fund, with champions Beamer Guzzardi (Crate Late Models), Kyle Inman (Sportsman, Dave DuBois (360 Late Models), Butch Zimmerman (Street Stocks), Brad Shepard (Mini Stocks), Cole Hicks (Bandits) and Matt Smith (Micro Sprints) being highlighted throughout the night.
The point standings may already be known, but a host of special awards will also be part of the festivities, including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Fan Favorite, Best Appearing, Sportsmanship, Perseverance and Drivers of the Year.
It is important to note that with 250 tickets already purchased, the Awards Banquet is Sold Out. The banquet will give teams and fans to get a preview at what is setting up to be an even more thrilling 2017 season with the recent announcement of the ULMS Super Late Model event on Thursday, July 6th. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
KING OF DIRT AWARD WNNERS ANNOUNCED
To Be Honored At The January 14th Banquet Party In Fonda
November 16, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing recently announced the list of drivers who have earned awards by touring in 2016. 18 different drivers will be honored among their peers along side champions Connor Cleveland (Sportsman) and Robbie Speed (Pro Stock) at the annual Night Of Champions banquet party on January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York.
Eight different Sportsman Modified drivers will share in the 10 special awards up for grabs at the Night Of Champions banquet party. While King Of Dirt releases the names of drivers who have won the aforementioned special awards, the specific awards they have earned is unknown until banquet day.
The Sportsman Modified special awards include crowning champion Connor Cleveland and naming the prestigious Award Of Excellence winner. Other awards to be handed out include newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, top Bicknell warrior, 1st man out, and most popular driver.
Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Sportsman Modified Series are: Connor Cleveland, Andrew Buff, Scott Duell, Michael Sabia, Adam Gage, Adam Pierson, Cody Hunt, and David Schilling.
Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Pro Stock Series are: Dean Charbonneau, Dan Older, Gus Hollner, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Casey, Byron Wescott, Robbie Speed, Daniel Sanchez, and Nick Stone.
Crowning the Pro Stock champion will top honors naturally, however the award of excellence, newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, 1st man out, and most popular driver awards will also greet one of the lucky drivers named.
"Honestly our season ended September 24th and it's taken this long to determine award winners. That's how many guys were up for each and deservingly so. At the end of the day we had to narrow it down and we've done that. I think everyone will be pleased with how we close out our racing season," said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
Last year the King Of Dirt Racing Series packed the banquet hall at the Winner's Circle Restaurant and expects to do so again this year. With space being limited, everyone attending is asked to be prompt with ticket sales. Please send checks or money orders made out to King Of Dirt Racing along with a list of names in your party no later than January 2nd.
The KOD Night Of Champions Banquet Party is scheduled for January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York. There will be dinner, dancing, fun, and friends to close out the 2016 season. Also announcements for the 2017 season will first be made at the banquet for those in attendance.
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2016 KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES FEATURE WINNERS: (Sportsman) Connor Cleveland, Scott Duell, Kevin Ward, Tim Hartman Jr., David Schilling, Rocky Warner, (Pro Stock) Robbie Speed, Dan Older, Nick Stone, Daniel Sanchez, and Luke Horning.
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
King Of Dirt Banquet Date Set
Saturday January 14, 2017
Winner's Circle Restaurant
Route 5 – Fonda, NY 12068
Crate Sportsman Series
Pro Stock Series
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Awards – 7:30 PM
$30 Per Ticket Due By January 2nd
Please RSVP Names Along With Money
Anyone Is Welcome To Join Us; We hope to see you there!
Dinner, Awards, Products, Point Funds, Dancing, 50/50's, Prizes, & More!
Dinner included with ticket price, which includes: Roast Beef, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Salad, Soup, Dinner Rolls, Tea, and Desert.
All who plan to attend must RSVP along with paying for tickets prior to January 14th please. Make Money Order or Check payable to King Of Dirt Racing and on the memo line note KOD Banquet. Mail to 2204 Hickory Hill Rd, Fonda NY, 12068.
Top 10 King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Points
1) Connor Cleveland
2) David Schilling
3) Michael Sabia
4) Cody Bleau
5) Cody Hunt
6) Kevin Chaffee
7) Scott Duell
8) Andrew Buff
9) Jon Miller
10) Adam Pierson
HUMBERSTONE HOSTED AWARDS BANQUET
- Drivers, Crews Honored For 2016 Season Achievements -
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO (November 12, 2016) The Humberstone Speedway hosted their 2016 Awards Banquet at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls on Saturday evening. The banquet was mc’ed by track announcers Clinton Geoffrey and Steven Petty.
Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario raced his way to the 2016 title in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Rouse beat out former track and Mr. DIRT champion Cody McPherson by just 35 points to earn the title. Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp and Jay Mallory finished in the top five at season’s end. Other drivers to see victory lane in 2016 include Ron Davis III (Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Tour event), Brent Begolo, Joey Mastrioanni, Sharp, and Jeff Armstrong.
“The Keystone State Warrior” Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his second straight Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model Championship. Lunger beat out veterans Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz and Ken Winfield to win the championship. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 included Lunger, Dayman, Gillespie, Pietz, Chad Homan, John Waters (RUSH Tour) and Brandon Mowat (Go Nuclear Series).
Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stock Championship in 2016. Bailey was also crowned the track champion at both Ohsweken and Merrittville. Rob Murray, Jason Fontaine, Kyle Pelrine and Vince Fargnoli completed the top five in points. Drivers that picked up checkered flags this season were Bailey, Fontaine, Murray and Bill Bleich Jr. Fontaine, Bleich, Murray, Fargnoli and Bryce Richardson also received their point fund money from the Duel on the Dirt.
Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks championship. Haynes beat out former track champion Evan Curtis, Olivier Larocque, Garnet Wilson and Mike Sarantakos to earn his first track title at Humberstone. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 include Haynes, Curtis, Larocque, Rob Goulding, Jay Moulton, Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani, and Tony Kelly.
Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks championship behind 10 feature wins. Llord just edged out Danny Wurster by 43 points to earn the title in just his sophomore year of racing. Craig Vlasic, Frank Perry and Kyle Tomaski completed the top five in points. LLord, Wurster, Perry, Tomaski and Vlasic all saw victory lane in 2016.
The Most Improved Driver Award was presented to Joey Mastrioanni, Tim Gillespie, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Haynes and Craig Vlasic. The Most Sportsmanlike Award went to Justin Sharp, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Garnet Wilson and Andy Imbeault. Chad Chevalier, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski won the Best Appearing Car/Truck Award. The Hard Charger Award went to Brad Rouse, Dennis Lunger Jr, Jason Fontaine, Evan Curtis and Dylan Llord while Jay Mallory, Colton Ledingham, Andrew Reece, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski were the recipients of the Hard Luck Award.
Dylan Davidson, Travis Martineau, Andrew Reece, Olivier Larocque and Mitch Dumont were honored by being named Rookie of the Year.
The Pete Cosco Dedication to the Sport Award went to Pro 4 Truck driver Kyle Tomaski. Tomaski went out into the region to help promote Humberstone at different events throughout the season.
The Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award went to Jeff Armstrong. Jeff, a DIRTcar Sportsman driver, also wrenched on step son Tyler Puchalski’s Sportsman as well as a Sportsman and a Pro 4 Truck for Emily Puchalski.
The Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year went to Dave Bailey. Bailey won the track titles at all three tracks in the Niagara Region (Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone) and just missed out on the overall title for the Duel on the Dirt, a four track series between Brighton, Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone.
Race Director Tom Beales spoke to the crowd that was on hand, releasing the speedway’s plan for the 2017 season. New improvements to the speedway will be made including an upgrade to the track lighting system. The first event for the 2017 will be the second annual Dawn of Destruction that will take place the first weekend of May. More information about a potential race night change will be announced after the DIRTcar fall promoters meeting in Syracuse in mid-November.
2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Sept. 6
1. Shane Pecore 1,335
2. Brad Rouse 1,252
3. L. Jackson Jr. 1,243
4. Martin Pelletier 1,221
5. Alex Lajoie 1,201
6. Bryan Coultier 1,179
7. B. Ladouceur 1,174
8. C. Cunningham 1,168
9. Dany Gagne 1,152
10. Ron Davis III 1,135