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Jason Simmons Racing & Dan Kapuscinski Partner Once More For Runs at Outlaw Weekend, Super DIRT Week

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions – OSWEGO, NY (September 6, 2018) – In what has become a familiar fall partnership, Jason Simmons Racing and driver Dan Kapuscinski will once again partner to go DIRTcar Sportsman racing with their sights set on Fulton Speedway’s Outlaw Weekend and Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.

Simmons and Kapuscinski have worked together on DIRTcar ventures since 2015, when the duo successfully qualified for and finished 12th in the Super DIRT Week Sportsman finale at the New York State Fairgrounds ‘Moody Mile.’

“I can’t thank Jason (Simmons), David (O’Connor), Tyler (Thompson) and all their partners enough for giving me this opportunity,” said Kapuscinski.  “It’s tough to come into this dirt game late every year, but JSR gives me their best and we always enjoy racing together.  We picked the two toughest races of the year to try and get it done, but I know we will give it our best.”

Kapuscinski spent the majority of the season competing in Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Super division on pavement, running as high as fourth in the championship standings with five top five finishes and two second place runs. Now, he will have the opportunity to race on Oswego’s clay surface.

“Having the chance to run Oswego as a pavement and dirt facility in the same season is certainly a bucket list type of item,” said Kapuscinski.  “But that goes out the window once you are there and ready to compete.  Like Syracuse, I think the type of racing on Oswego’s dirt fits my style and that should bode well for what we hope will be a competitive week at the Steel Palace come October.”

Before Super DIRT Week on October 3-7, Kapuscinski will wheel the JSR No. 00M Troyer Chassis at Fulton Speedway’s Outlaw Weekend on September 28-29, an event he missed last year by just two positions after finishing third in the B-Main in a field of over 110 race cars.

Plans are currently also in place for Kapuscinski to get initial seat time at Brewerton Speedway’s DIRTcar Sportsman Series event on Friday, September 14.

Keep up with Jason Simmons Racing and lead driver Tyler Thompson through their all-new website at www.tylerthompson98.com.

Visit www.facebook.com/JasonSimmonsRacing to follow Thompson and Jason Simmons Racing on social media.

Jason Simmons Racing & Dan Kapuscinski Partners: Ashley Lynn Winery, Cam’s Pizzeria, CH Sealants, Champion Power Equipment, CNY Power Equipment, D&S Landscaping, Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions, Farmers Insurance Stephen Gioia Agency, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, JCB, Liftech, Lakeside Property Services, Lindsey Aggregates, Mid-Country Machinery, Mike Babcock Racing, Morrison Performance, Nice Price Auto Sales, Performance Manufacturing, S&W Firewood, Shell Shock Designs & Paint, Slack Karts, Speedway Safety Solutions, SuperGen Products, Top Quality Construction, Weaver’s Custom Coatings, Weedsport Speedway

Steel Palace Super DIRT Week: Oswego Speedway Set to Host NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV

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(Shawn Cathcart Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (July 14, 2016) – For the first time since 1952, Oswego Speedway’s racing surface will be covered in dirt, as the ‘Steel Palace’ will officially play host to NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV running from October 5-9, including the featured NAPA 300.

The official announcement from the World Racing Group comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference held earlier this afternoon at Oswego’s Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, in which Governor Cuomo not only announced the city of Oswego as the winner of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization initiative, but also confirmed a plan to move Super DIRT Week from Central New York Raceway Park to Oswego Speedway.

“With support from Governor Cuomo, the State of New York, and incredible fans and sponsors, we are excited to write a new chapter in the history of Racing’s Biggest Party,” said DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter. “We’ve developed a great relationship with John Torrese and his team over the past several months, and Super DIRT Week is going to be a lot of fun at Oswego this year.”

The 5/8 mile Oswego Speedway paved oval will play host to two other major open-wheel events ahead of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, with the 60th running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend taking place September 2-4 and the historic Race of Champions September 15-17.

Speedway co-owner John Torrese is excited at the opportunity to host three of the biggest racing weekends in motorsports in a month period.
“The coming weeks at Oswego Speedway are certainly unprecedented,” said Torrese.  “This is a testament to the history and lineage of Oswego Speedway to be fortunate enough to host Classic Weekend, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Race of Champions, and Super DIRT Week in such close proximity.  We thank World Racing Group’s Brian Carter as well as the State of New York for the opportunity to help keep such an important event, not only in New York State, but right here in central New York.”

Opening in 1951, Oswego Speedway’s beginnings were as a 3/8 mile dirt racing facility.

The Speedway operated as a dirt oval from August 10, 1951 through June 15, 1952 before Speedway owner Harry Caruso opted to pave the facility for the remainder of the 1952 season which continued on July 11 of that year.

Eventual International Classic champion Billy Blum won on the dirt at Oswego more than any other driver with three victories, two of which came in the final four events on the surface including the last dirt event to be held at Oswego on June 15, 1952.

Charlie Barry, the winner of the first event ever to be held at Oswego in August of ’51, Chuck Kotwica, Bob Cameron, Nelly Ward, Al Weber, Bob Kegebin, John Torrese Sr., and Dick Jerrett Sr. would all win on the dirt at Oswego in A-Modified action.
After moving to pavement, the Speedway would stay at its 3/8 mile configuration until being enlarged to the current 5/8 mile configuration in 1961.

The format and schedule for NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway will remain the same as previous years with on-track action every day from October 5 through 9 at Oswego, including a return of Friday Night Lights. Other municipalities will get in on the action with traditional nighttime events slated for Weedsport Speedway on Wednesday, October 5; Brewerton Speedway in Central Square, NY on Thursday, October 6; and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will be racing at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Saturday, October 8.
All fans that placed deposits will be contacted to select their seats and camping spots in the order of their deposit through July 25. Tickets and camping spots will then be made available to all on August 8. More information will be available to fans at SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com after Friday, July 15, or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Dirt Winners at Oswego Speedway:

August 10, 1951: Charlie Barry
August 17, 1951: Bob Cameron

August 24, 1951: Billy Blum

September 15, 1951: Nelly Ward

September 21, 1951: Chuck Kotwica
September 28, 1951: Al Weber
September 28, 1951: John Torrese Sr.
October 20, 1951: Bob Kegebin

May 18, 1952: Dick Jerrett Sr.
June 1, 1952: Billy Blum
June 8, 1952: Chuck Kotwica
June 15, 1952: Billy Blum

Hearn Hustles from 21st to Win in DIRTcar Nationals Finale

Sheppard captures the Big Gator for his second career DIRTcar Nationals title

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb 20, 2016 – Brett Hearn did the improbable on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., raced his way from the 21st starting position in the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series finale to take his 23rd career win at the Volusia Speedway Park.

“We got a huge favor tonight that we didn’t really expect in that we had to run the consi,” said Hearn. “We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered.”

Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.

Stewart Friesen started on the pole of Saturday’s finale and quickly darted to the front of the field with Tim Fuller taking over second on the first lap. Before a second lap could be completed a multi-car incident occurred in turns one and two. Nearly everyone was able to continue with the exception of Tim Kerr who was towed back to the pit area.

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Friesen lined up on the outside as the leader with Fuller next to him. Fuller stayed with Friesen when the race got back underway. Fuller attempted to dive underneath him through turns one and two. Friesen was too strong and immediately dispatched Fuller.

Over the next several laps Friesen and Fuller battled one another on a number of restarts. Each time Friesen proved to be up to the task. The race’s final caution came on lap 18 for Erick Rudolph. Rudolph blew a right rear tire and slowed dramatically on the speedway. Friesen was the leader while Hearn had just moved his way into the top ten.

From this point forward Hearn put on a show. Electing for a different compound than other competitors Hearn began his march forward. He picked off a nearly a car per lap allowing him to work inside the top five by the midway point. Once there, Friesen had a large lead on Hearn, but he never gave up hope of gaining more spots.

“Once we got consecutive laps and I broke into third I could feel myself reeling those guys in,” Hearn said. “They were getting looser and looser and I was getting better and better. When I got to third I was happy to be on the podium. Then I realized I was reeling them in pretty quick.”

It took Hearn only ten more laps to track down the second place running Sheppard on lap 34, then four laps later he was able to muscle the lead away from Friesen. Friesen moved up a lane in hopes of slowing Hearn but it wasn’t enough. Hearn dove low and drove right on by as they exited turn two.

“I had enough side bite to cut left and get down low in the corner if I needed too,” Hearn said. “I could also lay it out there and use the momentum if I needed to as well. I was able to get under him (Friesen) and take the lead.”

After taking the top spot, Hearn set the cruise control and pulled away from the rest of the field. He was flawless over the final few laps in traffic as he finally got the handling dialed in on his Teo Pro Car. He was able to maneuver around the speedway so well that he went on to win by nearly seven seconds at the checkered flag.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., nipped a hard charging Sheppard at the line. For Friesen it was his best run of the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals as he struggled earlier in the week.

“We were great all week,” Friesen said. “We made some big swings at it this week and learned some things that will apply for all season long. This trip is always worthwhile so we can iron out some things and learn. That is what we did. We went with the safe bet on tires and Uncle Brett (Hearn) just came out of nowhere. Hats off to them guys. We’ll take it, learn from it and move on.”

Friesen was good on the shorter runs but once the race stayed green he was a sitting duck out in front as he lost the tires on his Teo Pro Car.

“We were good, good, good, but on that long green flag run we just over heated the right rear,” he said. “Brett had a hard (tire) on there and we were just hanging on there at the end. We burned it up.”

Sheppard’s third place finish was enough for him to claim the championship. He battle Friesen for the final five laps and nearly pulled off the last lap pass for second. Although he was denied the position he enjoyed his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. His last came back in 2010.

“We had an awesome race car all week,” said Sheppard. “We had another good car tonight. Brett snookered us on tires a little bit. We were really coming on Stewie there at the end. I couldn’t be prouder of all those guys standing over there that stepped up to help out. To come down here out of the box to have a first, second, third and a fifth is pretty good, pretty consistent. Hopefully we can keep it going all season.”

Fuller faded back to bring his No. 19 home in the fourth position and Danny Johnson came from 12th to complete the top five.

Billy Pauch was again the fastest car at the speedway in time trials with a lap of 17.125. Once again that was the fastest lap of the week. Dippel, Sheppard, Pauch and Friesen each earn heat wins while Hearn and Billy Dunn split the consolations.

With the conclusion of the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals the Super DIRTcar Series now shifts north to New York. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.

Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 20, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 20-Brett Hearn [$5,000], 2. 44-Stewart Freisen, 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 5. 27J-Danny Johnson, 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 7. 21a-Pete Britten, 8. 99L-Larry Wight, 9. 54-Steve Bernard, 10. 7-Rick Laubach, 11. 14J-Alan Johnson, 12. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 13. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 14. 1-Billy Pauch, 15. 1G-Darwin Green, 16. 30-Jamie Mills, 17. 32c-Vic Coffey, 18. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 19. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 20. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 21. 74-J.R Heffner, 22. 85-H.J. Bunting, 23. 5*-Tyler Siri, 24. 28p-Eldon Payne, 25. 323-Neal Williams, 26. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 27. 7-Tim Kerr, 28. 8-Rich Scagliotta

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transfer) – 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 3. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 4. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 5. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 6. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 7. 29e-Erik Martin

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transfer) – 1. 49-Billy Dunn, 2. 85-H.J. Bunting, 3. 54-Steve Bernard, 4. 1G-Darwin Green, 5. OBs-Jeremy Markle

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 2. 5*-Tyler Siri, 3. 14J-Alan Johnson, 4. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 6. 20-Brett Hearn, 7. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 8. 19m-Jessey Mueller

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 3. 32c-Vic Coffey, 4. 30-Jamie Mills, 5. 28p-Eldon Payne, 6. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 7. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 8. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 9. 1G-Darwin Green

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 4. 7-Tim Kerr, 5. 323-Neal Williams, 6. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 7. 14-C.G. Morey, 8. 64-Daniel Nadeau

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 44-Stewart Freisen, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 27J-Danny Johnson, 4. 21a-Pete Britten, 5. 74-J.R Heffner, 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 7. 85-H.J. Bunting, 8. 54-Steve Bernard

Qualifying Group 1 – 1. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 17.589; 2. 5*-Tyler Siri, 17.675; 3. 14J-Alan Johnson, 17.793; 4. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.3; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.348; 6. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 18.51; 7. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.528; 8. 29e-Erik Martin, 18.86; 9. 20-Brett Hearn, 19.523

Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 30-Jamie Mills, 17.644; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.737; 3. 28p-Eldon Payne, 17.758; 4. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 17.807; 5. 32C-Vic Coffey, 17.845; 6. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 17.916; 7. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 18.002; 8. 1G-Darwin Green, 18.127; 9. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 18.18

Qualifying Group 3 – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.125; 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.422; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.446; 4. 7-Tim Kerr, 17.718; 5. 64-Daniel Nadeau, 17.8; 6. 323-Neal Williams, 17.957; 7. 14-C.G. Morey, 17.961; 8. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 18.103

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 44-Stewart Freisen, 17.289; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 17.345; 3. 21a-Pete Britten, 17.462; 4. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.761; 5. 74-J.R Heffner, 17.78; 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 18.024; 7. 85-H.J. Bunting, 18.1; 8. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18.154