DIRTcar 358-Modified Series makes inaugural trip to Humberstone Speedway followed by action-packed race night at Ransomville Speedway


WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Wednesday, June 25 – The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series are celebrating next week’s patriotic holidays with a pair of action-packed race nights. The small block tour invades Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario, for the first time on Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, then heads straight to Ransomville Speedway, where it joins the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series for a highly-anticipated DIRTCAR doubleheader Wednesday, July 2.

Dale Planck, who is currently third in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series points after strong finishes earlier this season at Cornwall and Merrittville Speedways, said he is looking forward to racing at a couple of his strong tracks.

“We’ve had great success at Humberstone,” said Planck, whose first-ever run at the speedway last year took him to victory lane. “I’m looking forward to that race.”

Planck trails point leader Mario Clair, of Drummondville, Quebec, by just 10 points and is only behind defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., by only 9 points. With margins so slim, races at Humberstone and Ransomville Speedways could make or break competitors as the points chase continues to heat up.

“We’re definitely excited to go back to those two places,” said Planck, who is also hoping to see success Wednesday at Ransomville Speedway after claiming second-place in last year’s Battle at the Border. “We had two great runs there last year. Mike (Payne, car owner) is super good with the setups at Ransomville and I look forward to getting back there. We had a couple of mechanical issues that kept us from the win a couple times.”

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series race at Ransomville Speedway the same night in a 30-lap feature. Martin Pelletier currently leads the tour, followed by Joey Ladouceur in second and Brad Rouse in third.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Humberstone Speedway. At Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July, 2, pit gates open at 5 p.m. grandstand gates open at 6 p.m. and racing is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

COSCO Haulage Ltd. presents: Canada Day DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, plus fireworks
DATE: Tuesday, July 1
TIME: Racing begins at 6 p.m.; grandstand gates open at 4 p.m.
LOCATION: The New Humberstone Speedway, 1716 HWY #3 East, Port Colborne, ON, L3K 5V4
ABOUT THE TRACK: 3/8-mile clay oval
MORE TRACK INFORMATION: www.humberstonespeedway.com

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series, 4 Banger Non-Winner plus Fireworks presented by Waste Management and FinditQuick.com
DATE: Wednesday, July 2
TIME: Racing begins at 7:15 p.m.; grandstand gates open at 6 p.m.
DIVISIONS: DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series, 4 Banger Non-Winner
LOCATION: Ransomville Speedway, 2315 Braley Road, Ransomville, N.Y. 14131
ABOUT THE TRACK: Half-mile clay oval
MORE TRACK INFORMATION: www.ransomvillespeedway.com
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Safety-Kleen, and Velocita USA. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD LLC, Fox Shocks, Pole Position Raceway, Racing Electronics, Superflow and Wrisco Industries.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series makes inaugural trip to Humberstone Speedway followed by action-packed race night at Ransomville Speedway

Erick Rudolph secures DIRTcar 358-Modified Series title by winning tour finale

His season’s first DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win propels Rudolph to championship circle

• October 20, 2013

Brockville, Ontario – Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 – Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondant– Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N. Y., claimed the DIRTcar 358-Modifed Series Championship with a thrilling victory in the tour’s 100-lap final round of the during day 2 of the 1000 Island RV DIRTcar Northeast Falls Nationals. Rudolph claimed the lead in lap 67 of the feature race Saturday, Oct. 19, and didn’t let up until the checkered flag waved.

Last Sunday’s Syracuse 200 winner at Syracuse Billy Dunn and local runner Lee Gill shared the top row for the start of the 100-lap event.  Dunn took the early lead with DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point leader Erick Rudolph following in second. An early caution slowed racers in lap 6 as Lee Ladouceur stopped in turn 4.

The top two leaders remained the same off the restart, with Brian McDonald powering ahead to claim third.  Gill and Danny O’Brien followed. Dunn joined slower traffic at the backend of the field, where cars running side-by-side slowed his progress.

Running in fourth spot, Lee Gill went off turn 3 and the yellow lights were lit with 23 laps down. A lap 32 restart saw Dunn still in the lead.

Brian McDonald by cracked the top 5, but he stepped out of turn 2 and the yellow got out as the feature neared its midpoint.

The halfwas point was reached under caution, with Dunn, Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Danny O’Brien and Dale Planck making up the top 5.

Planck was able to pass Danny O’Brien just before another yellow was thrown with Dave Austin having issues with his mount.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series contender Mat Williamson made his way in the top 5 as Billy Dunn slipped off the track, losing valuable spots and giving the lead to Erick Rudolph on lap 67.

With 25 laps to go, Rudolph,Johnson, Planck, Williamson and Danny O’Brien composed the first five.

Both Johnson and Danny O’Brien had issues with their cars, losing their top 4 positions in lap 81.

On the restart, Rudolph remained the leader. Pat O’Brien lost his fifth spot in lap 90 with a flat right rear tire, giving his spot to Dunn who made his way back with the leaders. Williams also succumbed to a flat tire late in the race, losing his third-place position with one lap to go.

Rudolph managed to lead the last two laps in the green-white-checkered finish, winning his first event of the season and securing his first-ever DIRTcar 358-Modified Series title. Dale Planck, Billy Dunn, Alain Boisvert and Carey Terrance completed the top 5.

Rudolph was ecstatic in winner`s circle: “Wow! I can’t believe it, winning the race and getting the championship, I am really happy!” Rudolph was thankful for his team: ‘’I would like to thank everyone for a great year in the Snyder Industries Car’’.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #12 – Event Summary
1000 Island RV Falls Nationals 100
Brockville Ontario Speedway
October 19th, 2013

Feature Results:

Erick Rudolph, Dale Planck, Billy Dunn, Alain Boisvert, Carey Terrance, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, David Hebert, Ryan Arbuthnot, Stephane Lafrance, Michel Chicoine, Brian McDonald, Mario Clair, Dany Bilodeau, Jeff Sykes, Pierre Dagenais, Mat Williamson, Tim O’Brien, Pat O’Brien, Steve Bernard, Danny O’Brien, John Mulder, Danny Johnson, Lee Gill, Lee Ladouceur, Dave Austin, Kyle Wilson, Jason Riddell, Adam Moore, Kyle Dingwall

Dunn (1-66)
Rudolph (67- 101)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 to redraw, top 5 qualify)

H1: Dale Planck, Pat O’Brien, David Hebert, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O’Brien, Alan Johnson, Michel Chicoine, Joel Doiron, Yan Bussiere, Joe Banks

H2: Steve Bernard, Lee Gill, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance, Matt Sheppard, Alain Boisvert, Kyle Wilson, Jeff Sykes, Kevin Hamel, Jordan McCreadie

H3: Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Danny O’Brien, Kyle Dingwall, Mario Clair, Jason Riddell, Lee Ladouceur, John Mulder, Pierre Dagenais, Roger Levesque

H4: Erick Rudolph, Dany Bilodeau, Billy Dunn, Dave Austin, Adam Moore, Gilles Godard, Jean Boissonneault, Ryan Arbuthnot, Steve Bilow, David Papineau

Consolation Races:

C1: Alan Johnson, Alain Boisvert, Kyle Wilson, Jeff Sykes, Michel Chicoine, Jordan McCreadie, Yan Bussiere, Kevin Hamel, Joe Banks (DNS), joel Doiron (DNS)

C2: Jason Riddell, Lee Ladouceur, John Mulder, Ryan Arbuthnot, Pierre Dagenais, Steve Bilow, Gilles Godard, Jean Boissonneault, Roger Levesque, David Papineau (DNS)