on the formula of $200 per car. The rules are wide-open with tube chassis and stock chassis each competing. Competitors are required to run a Hoosier racing tire, which must be purchased at the race track. Finally, all cars must pass a safety inspection. Any technical questions should be directed to Dick Brooks at 860-442-4540.

Staunch supporter of the Pro-Four Modifieds, Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment is presenting a unique and lucrative contingency package for the Shootout. “Kraze FOUR the Shootout” Contingency Program will present $100 in gift certificates to the race winner of the Pro-Four Modified/Four-Cylinder event. Kraze's will also present $50 Gift Certificates to the Pro-Four Modified/Four-Cylinder Class to be distributed in the following categories: High-Flyer Award (driver who advances the most positions during the event); Hard Charger (to be determined by a representative of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equip.); Hard Luck Award (to be determined by a representative of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equip.); “Move of the Race” Award (to be determined by a rep of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equip.). Also receiving $50 gift certificates will be the Halfway Leader, 10 th Place , 20 th Place and Last Place Finishers.

A number of lap sponsorships have been sold. The payout will be $10 to the both the highest running Pro-Four Modified and Four-Cylinder and $5 to the second-highest running for both the Pro-Four Modifieds and Four-Cylinder on each of the sponsored laps.

Tickets are now on sale for the prestigious event by contacting C&C Racing Promotions days at (336) 250-4383 and evenings at (336) 249-3759.  To order online visit the secure on-line store at www.northsouthshootout.com or www.ccracingsouvenirs.com
51's MODIFIED MADNESS  Presented by Advance Auto Parts Compiled by Mike Twist
News From Throughout The Mod-ern World - North and South, Asphalt and Dirt

Improving a single position from his runner-up finish in the 150-lap small-block feature the day before, big-block specialist Brett Hearn capped off the 45th Eastern States Weekend by capturing the headline Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series Modified 200 on Sunday afternoon at Orange County Fair Speedway. The $20,000 triumph for Hearn was a record third straight in Orange County’s nationally recognized season-finale, with the Sussex, N.J. driver now owning eight E-S trophies since copping his first double-century grind in 1979.
Hearn out-dragged pole-sitter Rick Mill and led the 43-car field through lap 55 when he pulled the Madsen Motorsports no. 20 Wentworth Custom Homes-BPG Racing/TEO pitside for his mandatory stop to relinquish the point to Tim Fuller. The Edwards, N.Y. pilot collected the $1,000 halfway bonus from Budweiser-Dana Distributors for leading lap 100 before making his own pit stop on lap 106 allowing Hearn to regain the top spot.

But Hearn’s fifth victory of the season at the historic Middletown oval was far from secure as with just a half-dozen laps remaining a vibration had the ‘Corporate Jet’ tip-toeing around the hard 5/8-miler the remaining circuits attempting to save his treadles tires. Moments after Hearn raced under the checkered flag the right-rear tire went flat, as did that of runner-up Frank Cozze. Local favorite Jerry Higbie chased the pair across the line while Tommy Meier and Pat Ward completed the top-five. Alan Johnson placed ninth and was officially crowned the overall 2006 Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Championship at Orange County, with his four previous titles taken in 2002-03, 1983, 1981.
With Eastern States Weekend now officially in the record book, all eyes turn to the 31st annual DIRT MotorSports Champions Banquet Saturday, November 18 at the Oncenter Complex  in Syracuse, New York where over $400,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top teams in competition. The banquet will honor the 2006 champions in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series Modified (Alan Johnson), 358-Modified (Brett Hearn), Sportsman (Russ Hefti) and Pro Stock (Pete Stefanski) divisions. DIRT-Sanctioned Track Champions will also be honored at the 2006 awards luncheon on Saturday afternoon in the Empire Room on the NYS Fairgrounds.


The four-cylinders are all set to make a triumphant return to the North-South Shootout TM on November 3&4, 2006. After a two-year absence the four-cylinders will once again be a part of the racing action. This year the mighty mites will have some additional support from their open-wheel cousins. The Pro-Four Modifieds, a touring club from the New England area will come to the Shootout in force in 2006.
Brett Hearn  (DIRT Photo)
The Tour-Type Modified portion of the “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” features a 250-lap main event on Saturday, November 25th.  The PASS South Super Late Models also have a 250-lap event that day and both premier divisions will be racing for a $12,500 paycheck for the winner, plus lap money and other to bonuses to be announced soon.  Also competing during the “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” weekend are the Legends Cars (Friday-only) and the Pro Challenge Series (Saturday-only).  


Stafford Motor Speedway will close out its 2006 NASCAR season with a championship extravaganza that will see four new champions crowned on Saturday, October 28 for the 34th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. Headlining the festivities will be the final Whelen Modified Tour race of the 2006 season. By taking the green flag, Mike Stefanik will officially become the 2006 Whelen Modified Tour champion, his seventh WMT title, and his ninth overall NASCAR championship, which will tie him with the late Richie Evans for the most career NASCAR championships.

Jason Taylor drove to victory in the 40-lap PASS Modified season finale. The Searsmont, Maine driver held off a hard-charging Gary Norris Jr. for top honors. Chris Staples put in a strong run and locked up the 2006 divisional crown. Troy Morse of Brunswick, Maine rounded out the top five in a thrilling closer for the open-wheel warriors.


Rodney Scott bested a 30-car field when the USA Modifieds invaded Music City Motorplex.  Scott held off Bob Curry and Tony Dager to win the event.

Looking for a great way to relax after a long day at the track during Thanksgiving weekend at South Boston Speedway in Virginia?  Look no further than Berry Hill Resort, the Official Hotel and Resort of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.

Discounted room rates of $79 per night are now available to competitors and fans alike.  Please contact the Berry Hill Resort at 434-517-7000 and mention Mason-Dixon Meltdown for your discounted rate.  A one night’s deposit via credit card is required for reservations.  (Rooms are normally $159 a night at the luxurious hotel built on a Virginia historic site.)  If the hotel receives 50-room reservations or more the "per-night" rate will be lowered to $69.
The podium finishers at Unity.  (Norm Marx Photo)
The four-cylinders will come largely from the local racing scene in North Carolina . Competitors from Concord Motorsports Park , Ace Speedway, Caraway Speedway and the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium are expected to make up the full-fendered contingent at the Shootout. Entries have also come from as far away as Ohio , Michigan and Florida .

The starting line-up for the 30-lap feature event will be determined by heat race finishes. The purse will be built
Four-cylinder Modifieds will be a big part of the North-South Shootout.  (Pro Four Photo)
The Berry Hill Resort
Three other champions will also be crowned, as Stafford's SK Modified®, Late Model, and SK Light divisions will all be in action with tight championship races in each division. The championship chases begin with the SK Modifieds®, where Frank Ruocco currently holds an 18-point lead over Willie Hardie. Ruocco must finish no more than 8 positions behind Hardie to win the championship, while Hardie must finish at least 9 positions ahead of Ruocco to become champion. The two combatants for the championship will start alongside each other for the season ending 50-lap feature, with Ruocco starting 9th and Hardie starting 10th.

Stafford Motor Speedway still has tickets available for
James Civali of Meriden, Conn. has finished in second place in the Track Championship standings during his rookie season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  Civali finished second in July’s New England 100 and third in September’s New Hampshire 100.  James was the model of consistency in both of his starts at NHIS behind the wheel of the No. 28 Ramar-Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet.

Mike Stefanik has captured third place in the Track Championship point standings.  Driving the No. 16 Diversified Metals Chevrolet, this Coventry, R.I. native finished fifth in July at the New England 100 and fourth in the September New Hampshire 100.  This is Mike’s fifth podium finish in the NHIS Lincoln Electric/Merriam-
the CARQUEST Fall Final. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office at 860-684-2783, or tickets will be available at the admission gates the day of the show. Tickets are $35.00 for adult general admission, children ages 6-14 are $5.00, and children ages 5 & under are admitted free. Reserved seat tickets are available for $38.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight parking available.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.


John Blewett, III of Howell, N.J. has won the 2006 Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Driving the No. 66 Sunoco Race Fuels Chevrolet, John won both the New England 100 in July and the New Hampshire 100 in September.  This is John’s fourth NHIS Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Whelen Modified Tour Track Championship.  He has also won the Whelen Modified Tour Track Championship in 2000, 2002, and 2003.  This title ties John with Brad Leighton of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series for most championships at “The Magic Mile”.
Woddy Pitkat in SK victory lane at Stafford.  (jim DuPont Photo)
John Blewett, III
Located just a short distance down the road from South Boston Speedway, guests will feel as though they have been transported back to a simpler place and time. The historic mansion was built in 1842 and has been completely remodeled and had extensions built on to accommodate large groups and meetings.

For more information on the hotel or to book a room, please call Berry Hill Plantation Resort at 434-517-7000 and be sure to tell them that you are with the Mason-Dixon Meltdown so that you can receive the discounted rate.  A lower rate could apply if more than 50 rooms are booked by people with the Mason-Dixon Meltdown. You can also visit www.berryhillplantationresort.com to find out more about the hotel and the area.
Graves Track Championship for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  Stefanik has also finished second in 1997 and was the 2005 winner of the NHIS Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series.

The Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Championship awards a total purse of $10,000 to the top three finishing drivers at the New Hampshire International Speedway races based on the point system for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The awards will be presented at the Speedway's Annual Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 14, 2006.


For the second straight year a new winner made his way to the podium, on this sun-drenched autumn afternoon it was open-wheel veteran Billy Decker capturing his first 358-Modified title in the 30th Eastern States 150 Championship at Orange County Fair Speedway. While Decker collected $7,500 for his initial small-block victory of the year Saturday in DIRT MotorSports NorthEast’s SB finale, runner-up Brett Hearn claimed his first-ever overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT 358-Modified title.