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Competition Fierce as Super DIRTcar Series Points Battle Nears

Dirtcar LogoFriesen, Varin, Hearn among those challenging Sheppard's Modified supremacy WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - May 3, 2013 -After winning an unprecedented three consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championships, Matt Sheppard clearly has established himself as the Big-Block Modified driver to beat. Sheppard, though, will have his hands full when the 2013 season opens with the Hall of Fame 60 on Wednesday, June 5, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y. The best in the business will be racing to unseat "Super Matt" from his championship throne. Drivers like Hearn, Friesen and Phelps will be have a target on Sheppard's No. 9s FX Caprara Car Co./Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell. Here are some of the superstars attempting to capture the 2013 Super DIRTcar Series crown: Brett Hearn: Close Call Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., fell short of Sheppard by just 45 points last year, even after missing two tour races because of illness. The Madsen Motorsports/B.H. Racing Enterprises No. 20 driver claimed some of the most impressive victories, flying from a 23rd starting spot for the win at Lebanon Valley Speedway's Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A., staying strong for the victory in Orange County Fair Speedway's Eastern States 200, winning the coveted VP Small Engine Fuels 200 trophy during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, and wrapping it up with a victory during the World Finals in Charlotte. Hearn started off the 2013 season strong, with a victory at the Super DIRTcar Series Florida Tour finale during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, giving him momentum going into the first points race of the seriesJune 5at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Stewart Friesen: Bonus Points Stewart Friesen, another strong title contender, demonstrated his skill numerous times on Syracuse's "Moody Mile" at the New York State Fairgrounds, but his lack of home track points kept him from scoring a high rank in the series. This year, the native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, added Albany-Saratoga Speedway to his weekly schedule, qualifying him for those integral home track bonus points. "Hopefully we seat ourselves well with the home track points at Albany-Saratoga and can put some stuff together to hit the whole (Super DIRTcar) Series," said Friesen, who in 2010 became the first Canadian to win the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Big-Block Modified championship race. In addition to adopting a DIRTcar sanctioned home track in 2013, Friesen is teaming up with Brett Deyo, of BD Motorsports Media, to promote a Super DIRTcar Series race. The Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. "Dirty Jersey 60" brings the Big-Block Modified tour to New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Wednesday, June 19. "Brett Deyo is a great friend of mine and we talked a little at the end of the 2012 season about getting together and promoting a race. We were going to do it, and we both knew that New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey would be a great location," Friesen said. "It's a premier facility and we didn't have to think twice about who we were going to bring for an event. We wanted to bring the premier modified organization, and that's DIRTcar." Due to the event's location, Friesen expects the "Dirty Jersey 60" to match the best of the Northeast and Canada with some of the most talented drivers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and some of the other mid-Atlantic states. "Billy Pauch, Jimmy Horton, Ryan Godown- a lot of the big names down there - don't necessarily make it to all the series events, so it's something that's going to be kind of an all-star event," Friesen said. "The SuperDIRTcarSeries brings a lot of the northern guys, a lot of Canandiagua guys, who have never been to New Egypt. It's going to be the best race of the summer." Bobby Varin: Ready to Travel Bobby Varin, winner at last year's The Big Show 4 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, may also have some tricks up his sleeve for the 2013 season. With more help preparing race cars, Varin said he will have more time to travel hopes to compete in most of the Super DIRTcar Series races. "We're going to try and hit those shows as often as we can," said Varin, who plans on towing the No. 00 and the Atlas Paving 66 to Super DIRTcar Series shows. "We've always been fairly competitive when we show up to these events and we've got a number of Super DIRT Series wins, so I feel pretty confident that we can compete." Like Friesen, Varin did not have the opportunity to pick up home track bonus points in 2012. This year, however, his points from Orange County Fair Speedway stand to put him in contention for top spots. Add in Varin's demonstrated strength in long-distance races, and both Sheppard and Hearn will have their work cut out staying ahead. "I feel fairly confident that we'll be in good shape for the extra-distance races,"Varin said. "It gives you a chance to get in the car, shake the car out, get a good feel for what's going on, then adjust as a driver, and see what you can come up with at the end of the night." Pete Britten: Confident after Success "Down Under" Australian Pete Britten barely took time off this winter, claiming two dirt modified wins in his home country. His confidence showed in February's UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment when Britten finished third in the first Super DIRTcar Series feature race. "I think we're at the point where things are taking a bit of a turn. I honestly don't see a reason why we can't be challenging for wins every night of the week," said Britten, who finished third in points last year but is still working toward his first Super DIRTcar Series win. "These guys better look out because I'm really confident as a driver, and I'm confident in my equipment, and when you put those two together you'll be good." Jimmy Phelps: Clean Slate Jimmy Phelps, who was within shouting distance of the championship up until the very end of the 2012 season, aims at improving some of his weak spots early this long before his November haul to North Carolina for World Finals in Charlotte. "Any time you've got a clean slate and a fresh shot at trying to make a new season out of it, it's exciting," said Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who finished third in points last year."As usual, we've got the tools to get it done, we just have to make sure that we start running a little better at certain tracks and we've got our shot come Charlotte. We just have to get a little better and eliminate some of the mediocre finishes that really hurt us. You don't really notice them until you get to the end of the year and you're digging and clawing for 30 points that you left on the table further back. The next thing is to try and build some consistency and win some races and everything should fall into place." Justin Haers: Building Up for a Win Justin Haers, of Phelps, N.Y., came close to a win at UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, and said his program is strong enough going into the 2013 season to get even closer. "Each year we just keep building on our program, and we keep getting better and better, and that's all you can ask for," said Haers, who finished fourth in points last year.   Matt Sheppard: Keeping It Together With increasing competition in this year's Super DIRTcar Series point battle, Sheppard said his team has what it takes for another successful season -"a lot of hard work, a good motor program, a great car." "You have to have your whole program together, and, basically, you really have to keep it together,"said Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y. "I think our program is a little better, but it's too early to see." He'll set his sights on a fourth consecutive championship on Wednesday, June 5, at Rolling Wheels. Danny Johnson: The Doctor Is In Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., finished fifth in points in 2012 and continues to run with Canandaigua Motorsports Park as his home track in 2013. Rich Scagliotta, eighth in points last year, continues to travel with Britten to Super DIRTcar Series events. Rob Bellinger: Star on the Rise Rob Bellinger, of Dexter, N.Y.,was ninth in points in 2012, and is especially looking forward to running the big shows, such as the Hall of Fame 60 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and the VP Small Engine Fuels 200 during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. 2013 Super DIRTcar Series: Potential Driver Entry List (Entry list also available at
No. Driver Home Town Home Track
0 Dan Humes Cannan, Conn. Lebanon Valley
1h Tim Hindley Monticello, N. Y. Orange County
1Jr Stewart Friesen Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Albany-Saratoga
1Jr Jason Herrington Troy, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
1ny Greg Atkins Keeseville, N. Y. Airborne
1 Darwin Greene Susquehanna, Penn.
1 David Hebert St-Danase, Quebec Granby
1 Chris Raabe Napanee, Ontario Mohawk Int'l
2RJ Ronnie Johnson Duanesburg, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
3a Kevin Albert Lebanon, Penn
3b Chad Brachmann Sanborn, N. Y. Ransomville
3d Matt Delorenzo Cropseyville, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
3e Eric Gabany Mercer, Penn. Lernerville
3J Marc Johnson Guilderland, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
3M Henry Maier Spencerport, N. Y.
3 Mark Frankhouser Altoona, Penn. Lernerville
3 Justin Haers Phelps, N. Y. Canandaigua
3 Mark Kislowski Ballston Lake, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
4* Tim McCreadie Watertown, N. Y.
4J Shane Pecore St. Andrews West, Ontario
4k Jasmin Leveillee Prevost, Quebec
4 Daryl Hilkert Canandaigua, N. Y. Canandaigua
5* Tyler Siri Watkins Glen, N. Y. Canandaigua
5 Jimmy Horton Neshanic Station, N. J.
6m Mat Williamson St. Catherines, Ontario - Canada Merrittville
6ny Kevin Bates Lake Ariel, Penn.
6x Jackie Brown Hurley, N. Y. Orange County
6 Brandon Easey St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Carl Murdick Butler, Penn. Sharon
6 Pat O'Brien Kingston, Ontario
7x Steve Paine Waterloo, N.Y. Canandaigua
7 Tim Kerr Picton, Ontario
7 Rick Laubach Quakertown, Pennsylvania
7 Don Ronca Clifton Park, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
007 Roy Tarbell Hogansburg, N. Y. Mohawk Int'l
8J Dean Pearson Harrisville, Penn. Sharon
8R Rob Bellinger Dexter, N. Y. Canandaigua
8 Jimmy Cottrell II Rock City Falls, NY Albany Saratoga
8 Rich Scagliotta Hillsborough, N. J. Canandaigua
9s Matt Sheppard Waterloo, N. Y Canandaigua
10J Alan Johnson Middlesex, N. Y. Canandaigua
10s Dylan Scribner East Greenbush, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
10 Tim Currier Auburn, N. Y. Canandaigua
10 Rich Eurich Warwick, N. Y. Orange County
10 Patrick McGrail Candiac, Quebec Airborne
11a Kyle Armstrong New Milford, Conn. Lebanon Valley
12 Chad Chevalier Port Colborne, Ontario
13s Toney Steiner Jamesville, N. Y.
14a Brian Swarthout Beaver Dams, N. Y.
14e Rich Eurich Warwick, N. Y. Orange County
14x Don Scarborough Brandon, Vt. Albany-Saratoga
14 C. G. Morey Rutland, Vt. Albany Saratoga
15J Tim Jones Sanborn, N. Y.
16 Kyle Hoffman Averill Park, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
16 Gage Morin St. Andrews West, Ontario
16 Lance Willix II Theresa, N. Y.
17c Chris Steele Fenwick, Ontario
17d Danny O'Brien Inverary, Ontario
17 Marcus Dinkins Montour Falls, N. Y. Canandaigua
17 Rob Pitcher Lebanon Valley
17 Elmo Reckner Ballston Lake, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
17 Marc Therrien Williamstown, Ontario
18 Neil Stratton North Bennington, Vt. Albany Saratoga
19w Justin Wright Piffard, N. Y. Canandaigua
20Q Matt Quinn Lebanon Valley
20 Brett Hearn Sussex, N. J. Albany/LVS
21a Pete Britten Spencerport, N. Y./Brisbaine, Queensland, Australia Albany/Canandaigua
21J Jeff Trombley Altamont, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
21K Randy Chrysler Lewiston, N. Y.
21m Bob McGannon Garnerville, N. Y. Orange County
T21 Roger Chrysler Lewiston, N. Y.
21 Yan Bussiere Drummondville, Quebec
21 Derrick Podsiadlio Penn Yan, N. Y. Canandaigua
22c Mario Clair Drummondville, Quebec
22j Gino Clair St-Germain, Quebec
22J Jeremy Wilder Fort Plain, N. Y. Albany-Saratoga
22 Larry Lampman, Jr. Port Colborne, Ontario
22 Gil Tegg, Jr. Rochester, N. Y. Canandaigua
23b Danny Bilodeau Victoriaville, Quebec
23 Laurent Ladouceur Alexandria, Ontario Mohawk Int'l
23 Billy VanInwegen Sparrowbush, N. Y. Orange County
24dc Devin Caron Cornwall, Ontario
24 Patrick Dupree Saranac Lake, N. Y. Airborne
24 Chris Shultz Pawling, N. Y. Orange County
25 Bobby Herrington Kingston, Ontario
25 Mike Kolka Circleville, N. Y. Orange County
26 Rick Richner Niagara Falls, N. Y.
27J Danny Johnson Rochester, N. Y. Canandaigua
27R Dave Reges Butler, Penn. Lernerville
37 Jusin Barber Gansevoort, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
28P Eldon Payne, Jr. Hopewell, N. Y. Canandaigua
28 Todd Gordon Thorold, Ontario
29 Chris Ostrowsky Conklin, N. Y.
31 Jim Weller, Jr. Hubbard, Ohio Sharon
32c Vic Coffey Caledonia, N. Y. Canandaigua
33 John Lieto Mount Kisco, N. Y. Orange County
33 Tommy Meier Walkwick, N. J. Orange County
34b Andy Bachetti Great Barrington, Mass. Lebanon Valley
35 Mike Perrotte Elizabethtown, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
37md Jeramiah Shingledecker Polk, Penn. Lernerville
37s Kenny Cosgrove Allanburg, Ontario
37 Paul St-Sauveur La Presentation, Quebec
38 Luke Whitteker Iroquois, Ontario
38 Scott Wood Thorold, Ontario
39 Dustin Delaney Mayfield, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
39 Clément Therrien Victoriaville, Quebec
40 Joel Doiron Alexandria, Ontario
41 Chris Busta Ballston Lake, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
42P Matt Pupello East Greenbush, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
42P Pat Ward Genoa, N. Y.
42 Pete Bicknell St. Catharines, Ontario Merrittville
43 Keith Flach Ravena, N. Y. Albany/LVS
44 Sébastien Gougeon Drummondville, Quebec
45J Wayne Jelley Pittsfield, Mass. Lebanon Valley
45 Steve Feder Butler, Penn. Lernerville
46 Kayle Robidoux St. Constant, Quebec
48Too Dave Rauscher Waterloo, N. Y. Canandaigua
49 François Bernier Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
49 Billy Dunn Watertown, N. Y. Canandaigua
54 Steve Bernard Granby, Quebec
55k Mike King Nassau, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
55 Dexter Stacey Kahnawake, Quebec
56 Vince Vitale Phoenix, N. Y. Canandaigua
57 Colton Chappius Holly, N. Y.
57 Donnie Corellis Averill Park, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
60 Brian Berger Castleton, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
61 Dave Murdick Slippery Rock, Penn. Sharon
62s Tom Sears, Jr. Clay, N. Y.
63 Dominic Dufault Ste-Victoire de Sorel, Quebec
65 Rex King Bristolville, Ohio Sharon
66w Wallace Stacey Kahnawake, Quebec
66x Carey Terrance Hogansburg, N. Y. Mohawk Int'l
66 Kyle Dingwall South Dundas, Ontario
66 Billy Pauch, Jr. Frenchtown, N. J.
67 Dave Small Port Colborne, Ontario
69 Tom Mattocks Grove City, Penn. Sharon
71 Mike Bowman St. Catharines, Ontario
71 Delbert LeGrow Massena, N. Y.
72 Tommy Flannigan Port Robinson, Ontario
73Jr Mathieu Boivert Doraval, Quebec
73 Alain Boisvert Lachine, Quebec
74F Tim Fuller Watertown, N. Y.
74 Matt Billings Brockville, Ontario
76 Travis Braun St. Catharines, Ontario
77F Mark Flach, Jr. Selkirk, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
77x Dale Planck Cortland, N. Y.
83x Tim Sears, Jr. Clay, N. Y.
83 Brian Swartzlander Natrona Heights, Penn. Lernerville
84 Gary Tomkins Clifton Springs, N. Y. Canandaigua
85 Jim Davis Ballston Spa, N. Y.
87 Hector Stratton Bennington, Vt. Albany Saratoga
88 Dave Allen Palmyra, N. Y. Canandaigua
88 Shawn Fleeger Butler, Penn. Lernerville
88 Tim O'Brien Kingston, Ontario
88 Shayne Pierce Welland, Ontario
89b Todd Burley Spencerport, N. Y. Ransomville
91 Billy Decker Sidney, N. Y.
91 Chad Homan Macedon, N. Y. Canandaigua
93x Craig Mitchell Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Orange County
96b Bob Warren Slippery Rock, Penn. Sharon
96 Fred Carlton Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
96 Mike Turner Butler, Penn. Lernerville
97 Michel Chicoine Ste-Cecile De Milton, Quebec
97 Jerry Higbie Middletown, N. Y. Orange County
97 Bobby Varin Johnstown, N. Y. Orange County
98H Jimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, N. Y. Canandaigua
98s Kolby Schroder Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
98 Eddie Marshall Ridgefield, Conn. Lebanon Valley
99L Larry Wight Baldwinsville, N. Y.
99 Bruno Lepage Maple Grove, Quebec
101 Jimmy Burns Delanson, N. Y. Lebanon Valley
108 Bill Bleich Port Robinson, Ontario
115 Stephane LaFrance St. Albert, Ontario
115 Kenny Tremont, Jr. West Sand Lake, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
151 Brian McDonald Conwall, Ontario Mohawk Int'l
165 Rex King, Jr. Bristolville, Ohio Sharon
172 Andre Gauthier Granby, Quebec
188 David Papinea Akwesasne, Ontario Mohawk Int'l
323 Neal Williams Pittsgrove, N. J.
667 Matt Depew Argyle, N. Y. Albany Saratoga
747 Ryan Godown Ringoes, N. J.
777 Kevin Bolland New Brighton, Penn. Lernerville
816 Jeff Rockefeller Scotia, N. Y.
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region are brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue, and Wrisco Industries.  

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