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Coffey Needs No Luck In 2nd Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 Triumph

 

Syracuse, NY – October 7, 2007 – By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director

 

The 2007 edition of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 came down to a duel among three veteran drivers, each looking to repeat in the crown jewel of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Racing in the Northeast. When the final checkered flag flew to close out Super DIRT Week XXXVI at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, it was Vic Coffey making the gamble on fuel pay off as he held on for the well-earned $50,000 victory.

 

“We got lucky, we got lucky, whatever…today we didn’t get lucky, we were good,” said Coffey, 36, referring to his first Rite Aid Championship win five years ago when the leaders dropped out with empty gas tanks leaving Coffey to inherit just his second win of the season in the race that was extended to a record 203 laps after nearly a four and a half-hour delay due to rain. No rain, no dry tanks ahead and no luck needed. This time Coffey got the lead, held it and earned the biggest win of his career. “This win is definitely better than ‘02, we can appreciate it a lot more now knowing everything it takes to get this far. The first time everything came at us so fast”

 

“We got a good car and good team, I just had to do my job. Tires were no problem as I was keeping the car straight and not spinning them but I was worried about fuel. I told my guys I wasn’t coming in, we’re either gonna run out of gas or win. I don’t care about third, fourth or fifth-place, I came here to win,” declared Coffey, after capturing his second career Rite Aid 200 win by a narrow .480-second margin over a charging Tim Fuller. Fan favorite Richie Tobias Jr. settled for third ahead of another second-generation star Ronnie Johnson, with Frenchman David Hebert rounding out the top-five Sunday evening.

 

Coffey pulled the CME no. 32c Sweeteners Plus-Integra Shocks/Bicknell entry into 14th on the 47-car starting grid and made his second and final pit stop during a lap 84 caution period. For the next 116 miles the ’07 Can-Am Motorsports Park points champion bided his time as those in front made their own stops for tires and fuel, cracking the top-10 for the first time by lap 120. Less than 10 laps later he moved into the front-five after another round of pit stops, and clearly had the leaders in sight for the ultimate chase to the checkers in DIRTcar NorthEast’s only superspeedway event.

 

“I saw the cars ahead of me and knew I was in a good spot,” figured Coffey, who ducked under Hebert for second on lap 142 before forging the final lead change on lap 154 with a green flag pass of Matt Sheppard. “Some of those guys needed to make fuel stops and I felt my car was good enough to get by the others. I just had to be patient and wait for my time.”

 

The time was right for a Coffey break as once out front he never wavered, staving off a late-race rally by Advance Auto Parts Series points leader Fuller to claim his second tour triumph, both coming at the famed ‘Moody Mile’ in the even more notorious Salt City. Exhibiting arguably the best weather and track conditions enjoyed by both fans and drivers in event history, Super DIRT Week XXXVI came to another successful conclusion on Sunday with a stellar field of the Northeast’s best Modified teams taking center stage for the richest Big-Block event in the nation.

 

The Rite Aid 200 finale took off with pole-sitter Jimmy Phelps easily out-distancing past winners Billy Decker and Fuller as he cruised to an eight car-length advantage on the first circuit. It was curtains for the famed trio of Johnsons as defending race winner Danny Johnson came out late and failed to complete a single lap due to terminal motor problems, older brother Alan suffered rear-end trouble and ran just one mile, while provisional starter Jack Johnson failed to reach the starting grid.

 

Fuller grabbed second from Decker on lap 29 and after shadowing the leader for a dozen laps, sped past on lap 55 with Phelps’ H&H Motorsports no. 98H ride sporting Virginia Motor Speedway on its side panels for the big event. A pair of yellow flags slowed the action early as Kenny Brightbill looped on lap six and J.R. Heffner broke a rear-end on lap 19, but when Tom Sears Jr. parked his mount between turns one and two and Ron Smoker slowed on the back chute to force a third caution period, nearly the entire field jammed pit row for the first round of controlled chaos.

 

Ronnie Johnson was among the handful of drivers to remain trackside and he inherited the lead from Fuller on lap 62 with Sheppard, Justin Haers, Dig Safely New York Shootout consi winner Eddie Marshall and last-place starter Andy Bachetti scored in the top-five. Mitch Gibbs came next although his tour down pit lane was wasted when he was squeezed out of his stall and returned to the track with the same tires and not a drop more fuel added. Billy Decker and Pat Ward followed Gibbs while Fuller was already scored ninth when the green flag returned for a lap 68 restart. Tragedy suddenly struck Decker seven laps later when the engine expired in the LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers machine, ending his bid for a record-tying fifth Rite Aid title.

 

When Gary Tomkins lost a motor in the Honeoye Auto no. 84 Red Parker Excavating/Bicknell machine on lap 82, Johnson and Marshall made their first pit stops giving the lead to Johnson’s brother in-law Bachetti. The Massachusetts pilot stayed out long to collect the $5,000 Lap 100 Halfway Leader bonus posted by Aramark Uniform Services, and then turned the point over to race rookie Jason Barney the following circuit.

 

Making his only pit stop under caution on lap 79 at the expense of Decker’s misfortune, Sheppard was back in the spotlight on lap 126 as the front-runners pitted one-by-one during the five slowdowns in between. ‘Super Matt’ was able to keep the Ross Motorsports no. 44s Currier Plastics-Magee Transport/Bicknell car out front of Central New York DIRTcar circuit mainstay Chuck Bower and Hebert, yet it was the fast-closing Coffey with his confidence brewing that had the leaders taking notice. Bower pitted after a lap 138 yellow for debris before Coffey disposed of Hebert for the runner-up spot four miles later with the green lights back on. A dozen more laps went into the books before Coffey made what turned out to be the winning move with less than a quarter of the race still to go.

 

With plenty of Enders power packed under the hood of his JL Motorsports no. 19 Street Wise Fight Wear/TEO mount, Fuller was just as confident as Coffey as he passed Tobias for third on lap 178 and then edged Sheppard at the line with 10 to go. With his fuel gauge down, Sheppard limped into the pits on lap 196 to afford Fuller a final chance for fame, yet Coffey saw stars of his own as he cruised under the checkers four car-lengths ahead with enough fuel to spare.

 

“A lot of guys are all big on those non quick-change rears,” noted Coffey, on the heels of his second Syracuse win, the first coming in less convincing fashion a half-dozen years earlier. “They don’t want to spin the gears…its takes too much power...blah, blah, blah…we filled it up with gear today and that’s all she wrote.”

 

Fuller was the first to bear witness to the power harnessed by the Sweeteners Plus Special, settling for runner-up honors in the same event he won in 2004 when the  Edwards, N.Y. driver moved from third to first in the last 1-1/2 laps as the fuel-starved leaders faded from glory. “We just came up short,” summed up Fuller, 39, after increasing his Mr. DIRTcar points lead over sixth-place finisher Hearn to 53 with just two events remaining. “I really thought we had something there with that last restart but I think Vic was holding back a little bit and he let it all out with about five to go. That was our only shot at it…on the restarts when other cars were checking up on the bottom we made up a lot of ground using the outside.”

 

Fuller starred in the satellite DIRTcar Small-Block events that have emerged as Super DIRT Week staples, winning Wednesday at Can-Am, finishing second to Hearn at Brewerton Speedway on Thursday and returning to victory lane Friday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park before ending up 11th in the ITT Corporation/Goulds Pumps "Salute To The Troops" 358-Modified Championship on Saturday.

 

“I’m still really proud of my guys here, we had a good week, it was a long week but a good one. Anytime you can finish in the top-three…I’m not disappointed,” added Fuller, the Mr. DIRTcar Modified champion in 2005, who recently clinched Rookie of the Year accolades in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. “We pitted after lap 90 so I knew I was okay on fuel but tire wear was a concern for me as I was rolling it so hard on top. You always want to win but going away from this place in one piece with a second won’t make me too unhappy on the ride home. This race just takes so much from everybody involved all week long, its just a relief to finish.”

 

On the outside, Tobias appeared to be just as content with his third-place finish as Fuller was in second, yet his valiant run to the front kept the desire burning within where it will have to stay dormant for another year. “I think we had the best car, just got beat out at the end by fuel,” stated Tobias, who steered the Harrell Trucking no. 35 car to win the rain-shortened Rite Aid 200 in 1992 and match his late father Dick Tobias’ only triumph in 1975. This week, owner Bob Lineman supplied Toby with a brand new Troyer with a potent Kevin Enders-prepared motor to boot. “I raced hard but made that one critical mistake at the end and it cost us a little bit. But I tell you what, I’m still happy to be here and I’ll keep coming back to Syracuse as long as I can. This is an event I have marked on my calendar from day one.”

 

“A big reason why I do this is to hear those fans cheer, that’s what its all about. That’s why we get paid, the more they cheer the more we get paid. I hope they saw a good show, I know I had fun. Back when my father raced there used to be some great rivalries up here with Buzzie (Reutimann), (Will) Cagle and my old man, and I guess I’m seen as an outsider but that’s good. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about all that when we won in ’92, I was hoping to get that feeling again. I guess we’ll just have to wait for next year, there’s always another chance. Luck plays a big part around here.”

 

Rounding out the top-10 behind Johnson and Hebert were Saturday’s ITT-Goulds Pumps winner Hearn, himself a five-time Rite Aid champ, disappointed pole-winner Phelps, A-1 Race Products/Bert Hard Charger Marshall (started 43rd), Empire Sprinter Barney and 1999 Rite Aid winner Kenny Tremont. Pennsylvanian Shawn Reimert was named Freihofer’s Rookie of the Race while Ronnie Johnson accepted the NYSSCA 'Top Member' award.

 

In traditional pre-race ceremonies, driver of the William Larned no. 2 TEO entry Ronnie Johnson was recognized with the Gater Racing Photo News Best Appearing Car & Crew award, while Sheppard reluctantly accepted the Magnum Force Pest Elimination/Area Auto Racing News ‘Hard Luck’ award after running out of fuel with just a handful of laps left.

 

With Super DIRT Week now officially in the record book, all eyes turn to New Egypt Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Twin 50s for Big-Block Modifieds. Tim Fuller holds a 53-point lead over runner-up Brett Hearn followed by Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Steve Paine heading down the stretch run.

 

Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Race #29 – New York State Fairgrounds, October 7, 2007 “Rite Aid 200” Modified Event Summary

FIN      STR  CAR#     DRIVER                                              LAPS   $WON$ REASON OUT

1          14        32C     Vic Coffey / Leicester,NY                   200      50,000    Running

2          3          19        Tim Fuller / Edwards,NY                    200      25,000    Running

3          9          USA1  Richie Tobias,Jr. / Annville,PA           200      15,000    Running

4          6          2          Ronnie Johnson / Duanesburg,NY     200      10,000    Running

5          10        1          David Hebert / St. Damase,QUE       200      6,000      Running

6          7          20        Brett Hearn / Sussex,NJ                     200      4,000      Running

7          1          98H     Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville,NY       200      3,600      Running

8          43        98        Eddie Marshall / Ridgefield,CT           200      3,400      Running

9          12        35B      Jason Barney / Constantia,NY           200      3,200      Running

10        26        115      Kenny Tremont / W.Sand Lake,NY    200      3,000      Running

11        4          42P      Pat Ward / Genoa,NY                         200      2,800      Running

12        15        14        Rick Laubach / Quakertown,PA         200      2,600      Running

13        11        26        Ryan Godown / Ringoes,NJ               200      2,400      Running

14        33        1J        Bobby Varin / Sharon Springs,NY      200      2,200      Running

15        40        3          Justin Haers / Phelps,NY                    200      2,000      Running

16        29        41        Shawn Reimert / Oley,PA®               200      1,900      Running

17        32        43        Keith Flach / Ravena,NY®                 200      1,800      Running

18        44        99B      Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY                  200      1,700      Running

19        20        49        Billy Dunn / Watertown,NY                 200      1,700      Running

20        21        45        Wayne Jelley / Pittsfield,MA               200      1,700      Running

21        35        99        Ryan Phelps / Fulton,NY®                 200      1,600      Running

22        8          7X        Steve Paine / Waterloo,NY                 200      1,600      Running

23        39        44S      Matt Sheppard / Waterloo,NY            199      1,600      Running

24        30        42        Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station,NJ 198      1,600      Running

25        17        77X      Dale Planck / Cortland,NY                 196      1,600      Running

26        27        47        Jerry Higbie / Slate Hill,NY                 189      1,600      Accident

27        41        44        Frank Cozze / Wind Gap, PA             184      1,600      Rear Hub

28        23        1H       Tim Hindley / Monticello,NY               178      1,600      Accident

29        16        19B      Kenny Brightbill / Sinking Spring,PA  173      1,600      Mechanical

30        24        55        Mitch Gibbs / North Norwich,NY        171      1,600      Mechanical

31        38        56        Russell King / Bristolville,OH®           163      1,500      Rear End

32        34        24        Chris Shultz / Pawling,NY                   162      1,500      Rear End

33        22        35        Mike Perrotte / Elizabethtown,NY      152      1,500      Engine

34        48        34        Andy Bachetti / Sheffield,MA             140      1,500      Drive Shart

35        28        21J      Jeff Trombley / Altamont,NY             121      1,500     Rear Hub

36        36        21        Donnie Corellis / Averill Park,NY        113      1,500      Rear End

37        19        88H     Steve Hulsizer / Bridgeport,NY           103      1,500      Accident

38        13        84        Gary Tomkins / Clifton Springs,NY    81        1,500      Engine

39        2          91        Billy Decker / Unadilla,NY                  74        1,500      Engine

40        25        62R     Ron Smoker / Hamburg,NY               59        1,500      Engine

41        31        83        Tom Sears Jr. / Clay,NY                    59        1,500      Engine

42        37        21M     Bob McGannon / Garnerville,NY®     41        1,500      Mechanical

43        5          88        J.R. Heffner / Pittsfield,MA                18        1,500      Rear Axle

44        45        42B      Kevin Bates/Lake Ariel,PA®               3          1,500      Vibration

45        47        49K      Kenny Stafford / Homer,NY               2          1,500      Borrowed Car

46        42        14J      Alan Johnson / Middlesex,NY                        1          1,500      Rear End

47        18        27J      Danny Johnson / Rochester,NY         0          1,500      Engine

DNS    46        12A      Jack Johnson / Duanesburg,NY        ---       ----      -----                                                                

EVENT SUMMARY:                                                                      

LAP LEADERS:   J.Phelps (1-54), Fuller (55-61), R.Johnson (62-83), Bachetti (84-100), Barney (101-125), Sheppard (126-153), Coffey (154-200).                                                  

TOTAL LAPS LED:   54-J.Phelps, 47-Coffey, 28-Sheppard, 25-Barney, 22-R.Johnson, 17-Bachetti, 7-Fuller.                                                   

LEAD CHANGES:  6 among 7 drivers.                                       

CAUTIONS:   15 for 70 laps.                                             

ELAPSED TIME:   2 hrs. 33 mins. 21 secs.                                            

AVERAGE SPEED:   78.253 mph.                                              

MARGIN OF VICTORY:   .480 sec.                                              

FREIHOFER'S ROOKIE OF THE RACE $2,000 AWARD:   Shawn Reimert.                                 

BERT HARD CHARGER:   Eddie Marshall.                                          

A-1 RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER:   Eddie Marshall.                                              

ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICE LAP 100 LEADER $5,000 AWARD:   Andy Bachetti.                          

SHARON'S TOY RITE AID 200 CHAMPION BONUS:   Vic Coffey.                                      

SHARON'S TOY RITE AID 200 5TH-PLACE BONUS:   David Hebert.                                            

GATER RACING NEWS BEST APPEARING CAR & CREW:   #2 - Ronnie Johnson.                 

MAGNUM FORCE PEST ELIMINATION HARD LUCK AWARD:   Matt Sheppard.                        

AREA AUTO RACING NEWS HARD LUCK AWARD:   Matt Sheppard.                                          

NYSSCA 'TOP MEMBER' AWARD:   Ronnie Johnson.                                             

WINGFOOT COMMERCIAL TIRE SYSTEMS POLE WINNER:   Jimmy Phelps (28.365 sec/126.917 mph).   

TEO PRO CAR OUTSIDE POLE WINNER:   Billy Decker (28.615 sec/125.808 mph).                 

MAURI HOLBROOK MEMORIAL FAST TIME OF WEEK AWARD:   Jimmy Phelps (28.365 sec/126.917 mph).                                               

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TRIPLE-20 RACE WINNERS:   Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Ronnie Johnson.    

DIG SAFELY NEW YORK SHOOTOUT RACE WINNER:   Eddie Marshall.                                   

THOMPSON MOTORSPORTS PIT CREW COMPETITION:   #91 - Billy Decker/Gypsum Express                                            

CARS ENTERED:   83.                                          

RACE ROOKIES®:   6.                                          

DID NOT QUALIFY(25)

OB's    Scott Flammer / Milford,NJ

00        Doug Manmiller / Shoemakersville,PA

1          Sean Gallivan / Troy,NY

3B       Chad Brachmann / Sanborn,NY

6N       Eric Palmer / Cresco,PA

11        Scott Armbruster Jr. / Monroeville,NJ

14B     Dave Stonebraker / Coopersburg,PA

16        Mike Bowman / Baldwinsville,NY

18        Sean Beardsley / Central Square,NY

22        Mike Bruno / Castleton,VT

24D     Patrick Dupree / Saranac Lake,NY

37        Jason Herrington / Troy,NY

37X     Tom Scheetz Jr. / Boyertown,PA

M40    Mark Forte Jr. / Blue Anchor,NJ

42        Pete Bicknell / St.Catharines,ONT

48too  Dave Rauscher / Waterloo,NY

56        Vince Vitale Jr./ Phoenix,NY

65        Rex King Sr. / Bristolville,OH

66        Vince Gagliardo Jr. / Kenhorst,PA

66X     Carey Terrance / Hogansburg,NY

76        Brett Graham / Kerhonkson,NY

80        Jeff Marshall / Fort Covington,NY

93X     Craig Mitchell / Wappingers Falls,NY

M96    Brian McDonald / Cornwall,ONT

165     Rex King Jr. / Bristolville,OH

 

Overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Point Standings

(through NYS Fairgrounds – October 7, 2007)

Rank  No.      Driver             Points Home Track  Bonus            Wins   Top-5  Top-10            Starts

1          19F     Tim Fuller      3,318 2,118 1200     0        3          20        29        29

2          20        Brett Hearn    3,265 2,065 1200   -53      7          16        24        29

3          91        Billy Decker   3,145 1,945 1200   -173    4          15        22        29

4          98H     Jimmy Phelps          3,049 1,849 1200   -269    1          16        23        29

5          7x        Steve Paine  2,905 1,705 1200   -413    1          7          20        29

6          77x      Dale Planck  2,853 1,653 1200   -465    1          4          17        29

7          27J      Danny Johnson       2,800 1,600 1200   -518    4          9          14        29

8          44s      Matt Sheppard          2,635 1,435 1200   -683    0          3          15        28

9          84        Gary Tomkins           2,573 1,373 1200   -745    3          6          13        28

10        49        Billy Dunn     2,414 1,214 1200   -904    0          1          7          27

11        44c      Frank Cozze 2,403 1,203 1200   -915    1          3          8          24

12        3          Justin Haers 2,305 1,105 1200   -1,013 0          1          9          24

13        99        Ryan Phelps 1,832 632     1200   -1,486 0          1          5          16

14        99b     Chuck Bower            1,652 452     1200   -1,666 0          0          1          14

15        60        Kenny Stafford         1,636 436     1200   -1,682 0          0          0          12

16        6          Pat O'Brien    1,588 388     1200   -1,730 1          1          3          8

17        98        Eddie Marshall         1,547 347     1200   -1,771 0          1          3          3

18        26        Ryan Godown          1,537 337     1200   -1,781 0          1          2          5

19        45J      Wayne Jelley            1,527 327     1200   -1,791 0          0          1          6

20        115     Kenny Tremont.       1,513 313     1200   -1,805 0          1          2          4

21        16        Mike Bowman®       1,510 310     1200   -1,808 0          0          1          12

22        32c      Vic Coffey     1,509 309     1200   -1,809 1          5          13        20

23        15        Brett Tonkin  1,502 302     1200   -1,816 0          0          0          10

24        18        Sean Beardsley       1,474 274     1200   -1,844 0          0          0          10

25        21J      Jeff Trombley            1,459 259     1200   -1,859 0          1          2          3

26        4          Andy Bachetti           1,456 256     1200   -1,862 0          1          1          3

27        1a        Brian Weaver            1,450 250     1200   -1,868 0          0          1          5

28        74        J.R. Heffner  1,440 240     1200   -1,878 0          1          1          3

29        43        Keith Flach   1,439 239     1200   -1,879 0          0          1          3

30        56        Vince Vitale  1,432 232     1200   -1,886 0          0          0          7

31        42p     Pat Ward        1,424 224     1200   -1,894 0          4          10        14

32        R24     Jimmy Horton           1,421 221     1200   -1,897 0          0          1          4

33        02        Roy Bresnahan®1,414       214     1200   -1,904 0          0          0          7

34        X         Chad Phelps            1,409 209     1200   -1,909 0          0          0          7

35        121     Joe Beyea     1,402 202     1200   -1,916 0          0          0          9

36        21        Derrick Podsiadlo1,398      198     1200   -1,920 0          0          0          7

37        24        Chris Shultz  1,389 189     1200   -1,929 0          0          0          4

38        88        Steve Hulsizer          1,375 175     1200   -1,943 0          0          0          6

39        14J      Alan Johnson           1,367 167     1200   -1,951 2          5          14        28

40        87        Hector Stratton         1,365 165     1200   -1,953 0          0          1          2

41        60        Brian Berger 1,363 163     1200   -1,955 0          0          1          2

42        8          Rob Bellinger®        1,346 146     1200   -1,972 0          0          0          6

43        42B     Kevin Bates  1,344 144     1200   -1,974 0          0          2          20

44        91h     Chad Homan            1,340 140     1200   -1,978 0          0          0          5

45        Z          Butch Tittle    1,337 137     1200   -1,981 0          0          0          5

46        7J        Jeff Isabell     1,336 136     1200   -1,982 0          0          0          3

47        20        Matt Quinn    1,320 120     1200   -1,998 0          0          0          2

48        47        Jerry Higbie   1,316 116     1200   -2,002 0          0          0          2

49        5          Jason Potter  1,316 116     1200   -2,002 0          0          0          2

50        45m    Mike Ward     1,315 115     1200   -2,003 0          0          0          4

51        62s      Tom Sears Jr.           1,314 114     1200   -2,004 0          0          1          2

52        44        Shannon Whaley1,311      111     1200   -2,007 0          0          0          4

53        42        Guy Sheldon            1,310 110     1200   -2,008 0          0          0          2

54        83        Br.Swartzlander       1,308 108     1200   -2,010 0          0          0          2

55        24        John Hewitt   1,298 98        1200   -2,020 0          0          0          2

56        51m    Keith Hoffman®       1,295 95        1200   -2,023 0          1          1          1

57        71        David VanHorn        1,292 92        1200   -2,026 0          0          0          3

58        46        Jeremy Smith           1,292 92        1200   -2,026 0          0          0          2

59        33.3    Tommy Meier            1,288 88        1200   -2,030 0          0          0          2

60        48T     Dave Rauscher        1,284 84        1200   -2,034 0          0          0          10

61        24        Jim Witko Jr. 1,283 83        1200   -2,035 0          0          0          2

62        85        Jim Robertson®       1,280 80        1200   -2,038 0          0          0          2

63        93        Ryan Bartlett 1,280 80        1200   -2,038 0          0          0          3

64        55        Mike King      1,270 70        1200   -2,048 0          0          0          1

65        224     Chris Whitehead1,270        70        1200   -2,048 0          0          0          1

66        B2       Bob Henry Jr.            1,269 69        1200   -2,049 0          0          0          4

67        5          Chuck McKee           1,265 65        1200   -2,053 0          0          1          1

68        09        Kyle Lewis     1,264 64        1200   -2,054 0          0          0          2

69        8          Tim O'Brien   1,264 64        1200   -2,054 0          0          1          2

70        0          Russ Hefti®  1,263 63        1200   -2,055 0          0          0          11

71        2b        Dom. Buffalino®1,259        59        1200   -2,059 0          0          0          1

72        32        Cliff Ehrman 1,255 55        1200   -2,063 0          0          0          1

73        777     Kevin Bolland           1,254 54        1200   -2,064 0          0          0          1

74        7          RonJon Koczon® 1,254     54        1200   -2,064 0          0          0          1

75        22g     Mitch Gibbs   1,250 50        1200   -2,068 0          0          1          9

76        56        Russell King 1,250 50        1200   -2,068 0          0          0          1

77        73        Rick  Mills      1,250 50        1200   -2,068 0          0          0          1

78        518     Kyle Sheldon            1,248 48        1200   -2,070 0          0          0          1

79        3          Sam Martz®  1,246 46        1200   -2,072 0          0          0          1

80        5w       Pat Wall®      1,245 45        1200   -2,073 0          0          0          1

81        66        Jeff Heotzler 1,244 44        1200   -2,074 0          0          0          1

82        10E     Richie Eurich           1,242 42        1200   -2,076 0          0          0          1

83        673     Joe Morel®    1,241 41        1200   -2,077 0          0          0          1

84        41        Rich Rutski®            1,241 41        1200   -2,077 0          0          0          1

85        60x      Bill Gill                       1,240 40        1200   -2,078 0          0          0          1

86        53        Dave Franek 1,240 40        1200   -2,078 0          0          0          1

87        23        Tom Carberry®         1,240 40        1200   -2,078 0          0          0          1

88        7J        Joe Isabell     1,235 35        1200   -2,083 0          0          0          1

89        25        Mike Kolka    1,233 133     1100   -2,085 0          0          0          3

90        99        Charlie Donk            1,231 31        1200   -2,087 0          0          0          1

 

SKIDMARKS

2007 Tour Travelers: For the third straight year tour officials once again signed up the best Big-Block Modified teams in the Northeast to compete in every Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series show. The star-studded group of drivers accepting contract extensions are reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king and winningest Big-Block Modified driver Alan Johnson, current Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series points leader Tim Fuller, all-time DIRTcar Modified win leader Brett Hearn, five-time DIRTcar NorthEast Driver of the Year Danny Johnson, ‘04 Mr. DIRTcar titlist Gary Tomkins, recently crowned Cayuga County & Fulton points king Jimmy Phelps, Canandaigua Speedway record-setter Steve Paine, New Egypt Speedway points champion Matt Sheppard, full-time tour follower Dale Planck, Keystone State open-wheel veteran Frank Cozze, four-time Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 champion Billy Decker and Central New York talent Justin Hears.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS
No matter how successful a driver may claim to be, victory in the Salt City showdown on the storied Syracuse Mile still stands to separate the best from the rest. And a triumph in the lucrative Rite Aid 200 during Super DIRT Week remains one of the most prized jewels anywhere in motorsports racing today. With his recent win on Sunday afternoon, Coffey joins a select list of 10 drivers that have made it into victory lane more than once in DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s premier Advance Auto Parts Series event. Coffey was also among 11 past champions qualifying this year for the headline Advance Auto Parts Series Rite Aid 200 for Big-Block Modifieds, joining past winners Brett Hearn, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Kenny Tremont , Richie Tobias Jr. and Kenny Brightbill in the legendary line-up.

 

SYRACUSE "RITE AID 200" MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP

DATE LAPS FIRST             SECOND          THIRD

10/7/07  200  Vic Coffey     Tim Fuller         Rich Tobias Jr,

10/8/06  200  Danny Johnson       Jimmy Horton              Alan Johnson

11/5/05  200  Billy Decker   Todd Burley     Ronnie Johnson

10/10/04 200 Tim Fuller      Gary Tomkins              Pat Ward

10/12/03 200 Alan Johnson           Kenny Tremont           Frank Cozze

10/13/02 203 Vic Coffey     Gary Tomkins              Jimmy Horton

10/7/01  202  Billy Decker   Kenny Tremont           Ron Smoker

10/8/00  200  Billy Decker   Steve Paine     Kenny Brightbill

10/10/99 188 Kenny Tremont        Kenny Brightbill          Tim Fuller

10/11/98 191 Billy Decker   Bud Christmann   Dick Larkin

10/12/97 188 Danny Johnson       Jeff Heotzler    Brett Hearn

10/13/96 188 Doug Hoffman         Danny Johnson          Kenny Tremont

10/8/95   188 Brett Hearn    Dave Blaney    Steve Paine

10/9/94   188 Jimmy Horton           Dave Blaney    Danny Johnson

10/10/93 188 Brett Hearn    Kenny Tremont           Bob McCreadie

10/11/92 135 Rich Tobias,Jr.         Randy Glenski            Frank Cozze

10/13/91 188 Brett Hearn    Steve Paine     Jack Johnson

10/7/90   188 Brett Hearn    Alan Johnson              Jeff Trombley

10/8/89   188 Alan Johnson           Dave Blaney    C.D. Coville

10/9/88   188 Kenny Brightbill       Jimmy Horton              Alan Johnson

10/11/87 188 Jimmy Horton           Charlie Rudolph         Doug Hoffman

10/12/86 125 Bob McCreadie        Billy Pauch      Jack Johnson

10/13/85 125 Brett Hearn    Jack Johnson              Bob McCreadie

10/7/84   125 Jack Johnson           Carl Collis        Merv Treichler

10/9/83   125 Alan Johnson           Merv Treichler              Dave Lape

10/10/82 125 Merv Treichler           Alan Johnson              Brett Hearn

10/11/81 125 Merv Treichler           Lou Blaney      Brett Hearn

10/12/80 125 Gary Balough           Buzzie Reutimann Frank Cozze

10/7/79   125 Jack Johnson           Will Cagle         Ken Brenn,Jr.

10/1/78   100 Gary Balough           Frank Cozze    Stan Ploski

4/15/78   100 Gary Balough           Dick Tobias      Elvin Felty

10/3/76   100 Gary Balough           Bobby Gerhart             Will Cagle

9/28/75   100 Dick Tobias   Billy Osmun     Wayne Reutimann

9/29/74     95 Billy Osmun  Merv Treichler              Gary Balough

9/30/73   100 Buz.Reutimann       Tommy Corellis           Will Cagle

10/1/72   100 Buz.Reutimann       Jerry Cook        Stan Ploski

 

Dig Safely Shootout Qualifiers & More: Long-time Lebanon Valley Speedway Big-Block Modified mainstay Eddie Marshall led flag-to-flag to capture top honors Sunday in the Dig Safely New York Shootout on the final day of SDW XXXVI competition. With only two spots up for grabs towards making the starting grid for the Rite Aid 200 later that same afternoon, Chuck Bower joined Marshall in advancing to the Syracuse finale boasting $1,500 just to start. “(43rd) is not where you want to start at Syracuse but we made sure we did what we had to today,” said Marshall, after copping the 18-lap last chance qualifier that included 14 of the 25 cars scheduled. “We had some tough luck on Friday in the qualifier and that just set us back for the weekend.” Swelling the starting line-up to 48 cars were the addition of Pullen’s Truck Center “Win And You’re In” Big-Block/Small-Block Super Shootout victor Kevin Bates (45th) at Cayuga County, plus provisional starters Jack Johnson, Kenny Stafford and Andy Bachetti.

 

SDW Tape-Delayed On SPEED Channel: In showcasing the 36th Annual Super DIRT Week at Syracuse, SPEED Channel will offer two hours of tape-delayed coverage showcasing the headline Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship. The Big-Block finale run off on Sunday, October 7 will be aired by SPEED on Sunday, Oct. 28, with the two-hour program beginning at 5 p.m., EST. DIRTcar Racing special events television broadcaster Erik Tomas will join popular color analyst Shane Andrews in the booth to give lap-by-lap coverage while roving trackside reporters Mark Kenyon and Sarah Hunt will be teaming up to provide exclusive pit notes throughout the Rite Aid 200 main event.

 

Rite Aid Winner Appearance: Fans will get to meet ’07 Rite Aid 200 winner Vic Coffey when he makes his first post-race public appearance on Monday, October 8 at the Rite Aid Store on 5380 Taft Rd. in North Syracuse, NY. An autograph appearance and photo session is scheduled from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and the first 50 fans will receive a FREE Rite Aid Racing Hat. The Rite Aid 200 culminates Rite Aid’s season long motorsports promotion staged at numerous Rite Aid Store locations across the East Coast that have featured DIRTcar driver appearances, race cars, the Rite Aid “cut-away” Modified, free autograph cards and free tickets to Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series/Rite Aid 200 Qualifier Races.           

 

Get Out The Word First: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRTcar Racing. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver’s pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866/301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at select events.

 

Tracks Know The Score: In the ongoing effort to assist every sanctioned track with presenting the best possible race programs, DIRTcar has teamed with AMB i.t. which continues to be recognized as the Official Timing System of DIRTcar racing. AMB i.t. is the world’s leader in automatic race timing and scoring systems and the DIRT organization is proud to retain the company as a valued partner in the timing and scoring of all DIRTcar Racing events.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Only two extra-distance events remain on the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series schedule before crowning an overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified champion. The highly anticipated return to New Egypt (NY.) Speedway takes place on Oct. 13 while the 46th Eastern States Championship at Orange County Fair Speedway brings the curtain down on Oct. 21.

 

2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Schedule

NP=Non-Point event.                            

Day-Date       Laps   Track                                      Winner/Rite Aid 200 Qualifier (Location)

Wed-Feb 14  30-NP Volusia Speedway Park     Danny Johnson

Thr-Feb 15    30-NP Volusia Speedway Park     -rain-  

Fri-Feb 16      30-NP Volusia Speedway Park     Tim Fuller    

Sat-Feb 17    50-NP Volusia Speedway Park     Danny Johnson     

Sat-Mar 31     100     Hagerstown Speedway      Tim Fuller(G)

Thr-May 3        60      Virginia Motor Speedway   Danny Johnson(G)                       

Thr-May 31      75      Orange Co Fair SpeedwayFrank Cozze(G)

Sat-Jun 9       100     Fulton Speedway                Alan Johnson(G)

Thr-Jun 14    100     Susquehanna Speedway  -postponed-

Tue-Jul 3         50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   Brett Hearn(G)        

Tue-Jul 3         50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   Gary Tomkins(G)   

Fri-Jul 6         100     Ransomville Speedway     D.Johnson/Billy Decker(P)

Tue-Jul 10     100     Brockville Ont Speedway   Pat O’Brien(G)

Wed-Jul 18    100     Grandview Speedway         B.Hearn/Ryan Godown(P)

Sun-Jul 22    100     Cornwall Motor Speedway Billy Decker(G)

Mon-Jul 23    100     Autodrome Drummond      B.Hearn/Steve Paine(P)

Fri-Aug 3       100     Brewerton Speedway          Dale Planck(G)

Mon-Aug 6    100     Merrittville Speedway          D.Johnson/Jimmy Phelps(P)

Thr-Aug 9        50      Canandaigua Speedway   B.Hearn/Vic Coffey(P)

Thr-Aug 9        50      Canandaigua Speedway   Rain-Cancelled

Sat-Aug 11    100     Lebanon Valley SpeedwayB.Hearn/Jeff Trombley(P)

Wed-Aug 15    60      New Egypt Speedway         B.Decker/Keith Hoffman(P)         

Sat-Aug 18      50      Can-Am Motorsports Park  T.Fuller/Pat Ward(P)          

Sat-Aug 18      50      Can-Am Motorsports Park  Steve Paine(G)       

Sun-Aug 19    53      Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayD.Johnson/ Billy Dunn(P)

Sun-Aug 19    53      Cayuga Co Fair Speedway T.Fuller/Justin Haers(P)  

Sun-Sep 2       53      Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayB.Decker/Matt Sheppard(P)

Sun-Sep 2       53      Cayuga Co Fair SpeedwayA.Johnson/Mike Bowman(P)

Mon-Sep 3      50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   Jimmy Phelps(G)

Mon-Sep 3      50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   G.Tomkins/Willy Decker(P)

Sat-Sep 15    200     Lebanon Valley SpeedwayB.Hearn/Eddie Marshall(P)

Sat-Sep 22      50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   B.Decker/Ryan Phelps(P)

Sat-Sep 22      50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   B.Hearn/Chuck Bower(P)

Sat-Sep 22      50      Rolling Wheels Raceway   G.Tomkins/Kevin Bates(P)

Sun-Oct 7      200     New York State Fairgrnds  Vic Coffey

Sat-Oct 13     2-50    New Egypt Speedway         New Egypt, NJ

Sun-Oct 21    200     Orange Co Fair SpeedwayMiddletown,NY

*All events subject to change.

 

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MODIFIED SERIES SPONSORS

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., F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.

 

 

 

         

 

         

 

         

 

         
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