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Super DIRTcar Series Stars to Battle Media Celebrities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse’s Destiny USA

logo Schatz’s historic World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season could hit another milestone Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sept. 16, 2015 – Super DIRTcar Series superstars will battle Central New York media personalities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Third Annual Pole Position Raceway NAPA Super DIRT Week Challenge.

Eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn, three-time champion Matt Sheppard, three-time and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 winner Stewart Friesen, 2014 DIRTcar Nationals champion Larry Wight, and two-time Syracuse 200 polesitter Jimmy Phelps will compete against several media celebrities at Pole Position Raceway in Destiny USA.

Several qualifying races will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the main event featuring Super DIRTcar Series stars taking on media celebrities in equally prepared electric indoor karts. Fans are encouraged to come join the fun, with one fan winning two tickets to the Syracuse 200 – the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” – the last race in more than 100 years of racing at the New York State Fairgrounds, plus a chance to get autographs and pictures with the Super DIRTcar Series stars.

For directions and more information about Pole Position Raceway, click www.PolePositionRaceway.com/syracuse-ny.

OUTLAWS AT ROLLING WHEELS: Donny Schatz is on pace to post one of the top three seasons in the history of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and the event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., could play a key role. Steve Kinser, who has won more races at Rolling Wheels than any other driver in World of Outlaws history, owns the top three single season win totals in series’ history. Schatz, who has 29 victories going into this weekend and won the past two October races at Rolling Wheels, could be in a position to move past Kinser’s 1991 36-win season, which would rank Schatz’s season second all-time behind Kinser’s 1987 46-win season. To have a chance to see history, tickets can be ordered at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

HONORING HISTORY: Nearly 30 vintage racecars, including Buzzie Reutimann’s “00” coupe that won the inaugural NAPA Super DIRT Week crown in 1972 and the revolutionary “Batmobile” that Gary Balough drove to victory in 1980, will be on display during the event, showcasing a variety of the different cars that have competed on the Syracuse Mile. In addition, past champions of the event will also be back in attendance to take part in the Sunday driver autograph session and to be recognized during pre-race ceremonies.

COMPETITOR GUIDE: The complete Competitor’s Guide to NAPA Super DIRT Week is posted at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com or by clicking this link – SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com/images/stories/PDF/2015_Competitor_Guide.pdf .

JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Become part of the social media surge surrounding the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” by likingwww.Facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek or following on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek. Let all your friends and followers know where you’re spending the week of Oct. 7-11.

GOT QUESTIONS? We have answers. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the “Got A Question” link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com.

GENERAL CAMPING: Reserved camping is sold out for this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week, but there still are general camping locations left at the New York State Fairgrounds. Go to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849) for more information.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS: Tickets are still available by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

GET THE NEWS: For all of the news and information about NAPA Super DIRT Week, make sure to check outwww.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek, or follow us on Twitter at @SuperDIRTWeek.

It’s “Showtime” for “Ole Blue” at the North-South Shootout

Jimmy Blewett Making Return to Asphalt Modified Racing at Concord
North South Shootout
(Concord, North Carolina) – When the green flag falls to start this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, the Boehler Racing Enterprises team will be able to tell their driver, “It’s Showtime.”

Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Michael Boehler are partnering together to have Blewett drive the famous “Ole Blue” No. 3 machine in this year’s $10,000-to-win Tour-Type Modified main event on November 7.
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The North-South Shootout is Blewett’s first event planned in his return to asphalt racing. Blewett had been running dirt Modifieds in the Northeast for the last two years after a successful pavement career that included a North-South Shootout SK Modified victory in 2007.

“Not many people know that I took a step back from dirt racing to head back to asphalt racing,” Blewett said. “I put all my dirt stuff up for sale. I’ve pretty much sold half of it already. Michael called me and he said, ‘Hey I heard you’re not trying to run dirt anymore. What do you think about maybe doing the Shootout?’ When he said that I told him I’d definitely be interested.”

The 35-year-old New Jersey driver explained that when he heard the North-South Shootout was leaving its most recent home at Caraway Speedway (NC) to head back to Concord, he just had to find a way to run the race.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Concord for that race,” he said. “That’s the whole reason I want to go run the Shootout. And it’s been my brother’s memorial race for a few years so it will mean a lot to me to get back there.”

In addition to running the Shootout this year, Blewett is going to be doing a lot more asphalt racing over the course of the next year. He said he plans on coming back to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the start of the 2016 season, but after that his plans are kind of up in the air.

“We’re going to start out with probably the first three to five races,” said Blewett. “If we’re running in the top 10 or top five in points then you’ll see us at a lot more. We’re looking to come out with everything we need to get the job done. I can’t see why there’s any reason we can’t put the car out front right off the bat. I know I’ve been away from the Tour for two years, but I haven’t stopped racing in that time.”

Blewett has been racing and winning on the dirt of New Jersey and even sometimes in Pennsylvania, but he recently decided that it’s time to move on from dirt racing and go back to something that he knew a little bit better.

“I sat down with my grandfather this past Tuesday and I said that I think it’s time to take a step back from dirt racing,” he said. “We ran it for four years and won some big races. But it just got to be a lot for me. I haven’t had enough guys to go with us every week and it got to be too much for me.”

For now, Blewett is focused on the North-South Shootout with “Ole Blue.” He just wants to go down to North Carolina and win a race in his older brother’s memory. Blewett knows that both the driver behind the wheel and “Ole Blue” can win, but he believes that some people may already be counting them out.

“I feel like I’m going into it as an underdog, and I feel like the team is going into it as an underdog even though ‘Ole Blue’ has a lot of wins and history,” Blewett said. “But times have changed somewhat with the Spec motors and other things. I feel like some people have counted that car out.

“But we’re going with every intention of winning. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can go there and win. I feel like if you don’t think you can win then there’s no sense in even going.”

The 13th Annual North-South Shootout will take place at Concord, North Carolina’s Concord Speedway November 5-7. Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Memorial Tour-Type Modified event are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.

Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.

For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

ON-TRACK PARTY HIGHLIGHTS WALL STADIUM STOCK CAR RACING SATURDAY

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ A pre-race “On-Track Party” where fans are invited to walk onto the speedway, check out the race cars and pose for photos with and collect autographs from drivers, “Carnival Night” festivities in the grandstand midway, seven feature events and tight point races in all divisions are in store for those who attend Wall Stadium Speedway’s “Fan Appreciation Night” events this Saturday (Sept. 19). Due to the “On-Track Party,” which runs from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the evening will see grandstand seating opening one hour earlier than usual at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 6:00 p.m. and main event racing will follow. Fans who arrive between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. will receive a $2 admission discount.

The Downs Ford Modified stock cars will compete in a 40-lap main event while the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models are set for a 25-lapper. The Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repairs Factory Stocks, the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Snap-on Sportsman cars will all be racing in “Triple Crown” main events with 35-laps being the distance for each. The ATQMRA Three Quarter Midgets will also be in action racing on the inner oval.

In the Modified ranks Jackson’s Steven Reed is at the top of the point rankings as he seeks his first ever crown. Still, Reed’s brother in law, Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Howell’s Eric Mauriello and Brick’s Ron Frees are also within striking distance.

Andrew Krause of Holmdel, defending champion Kevin Davison and Chris Lane, both of Howell, and Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau are at the top of the Sportsman chase. Brick’s Joe Mongeau and Ronnie Mullen, Union’s Joey Helberg and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman lead Factory Stock points going into the night’s action.

The Legend Cars find defending champ Brian Spencer of Edison and Howell’s Robert French locked in a battle for the title. In the 4 Cylinder Stocks Ronnie Mullen and Jason Lane, both of Brick, and Wall’s TJ Graves are the top point drivers and Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth leads the Limited Late Model points with former champs Howie Conk of Jackson and Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. close behind.

Saturday will also be special as Wall Stadium joins Legend Cars driver Mitchell Dowd in a shoe drive to support the “In Ian’s Boots” charity. Both fans and competitors are asked to clean out their shoe rooms and closets of lightly worn or new shoes and boots of any kind including men’s, women’s and children’s. Sports shoes are also accepted. Shoes and boots will be collected in the pit area and the grandstand midway. More information on the charity and the distribution of these boots and shoes to the needy is available at iniansboots.org.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 2:30 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 4:00 p.m. The “On-Track Party” starts at 4:30 p.m. while qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. with main events to follow.

The 2015 championship season will then conclude on Saturday, September 26, when all divisions race for double championship points. In the event of rain on September 26 only an October 3 rain date will be put into effect. Once the Saturday night season has concluded the “Spooky Spectacular” is set for Saturday October 24 and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.