Volusia County Pulls The Plug on Tuesday Night Racing
Rain Washes Out Opening Night for DIRT Modifieds
The 2007 edition of the Florida Tour was scheduled to open for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series on Tuesday evening at Volusia Speedway Park. Heavy afternoon rain accompanied by streaks of thunder and lightning forced track officials to put an early end to the debut of the Big-Block Modifieds’ 36th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals presented by Mopar Speed Shop.
Before the rain started falling at 3 o’clock, nearly 20 race haulers waiting to unharness the mighty DIRT Modifieds had reached the speedway. Twice that number of race teams are expected arrive on Wednesday for the Big-Block Modified opener as the DIRTcar Nationals continues Race Weeks '07 in the Sunshine State. DIRT NE's 32nd season of short-track racing is scheduled to begin down south on Feb. 14 with a full set of qualifiers followed by a 30-lap feature race paying $2,000 to win. Two more big-block shows at VSP are scheduled for Feb. 15-16 before action concludes Saturday night with a big $5,000-to-win 50-lapper. Check out a complete schedule of events by logging into Volusia Speedway Park on the internet at www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com while more information about the entire circuit can be found on www.dirtmotorsports.com.

Prior to the Valentine’s Day Big-Block lid-lifter members of the media, sponsors, promoters and officials are invited to talk with some of the Advance Auto Parts Modified top drivers, as well as those following the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series, who will take part in a special meet & greet session on the VSP grounds. This 3:30pm gathering featuring stars from two of DIRT MotorSports’ premier traveling divisions will take place in the press suite situated outside turn one of the upper pit area and run until 5 p.m.

Among those already signed in for hot laps on Tuesday were six-time and reigning Florida Tour points champion Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Pat Ward, Dale Planck, Wayne Jelley, David VanHorn, Jeremy Markle, Colin Jackson and Sean Merkel. The cars registered to be driven by teammates Alan Johnson and Wallace Stacey, Russ Hefti, Dave Schrader, Randy and Roger Chrysler, Rich Rutski and Glenn Richards were parked outside the pits as early as Monday morning.

2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series
@ Volusia Speedway Park - Barberville, Fla.
36th DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified Roster (thru Feb. 13)

Car#     Driver/Hometown         Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)

0              Russ Hefti/Elbridge,NY            Clearview Windows-Sunsetter Awnings/Bicknell/Carr Power (Tommy Carr)

07            Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT                Saxony-Bronskill&Coe-Grenbush Elec.-Hubert Kerr Const./Bicknell/Enders

1              Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA Greene Quality Bluestone-Big Diamond Tools-TJ's NAPA/Bicknell/Morden

1k            Scott Kurtzner/Brandon,FL     Interstate Batteries-T-Bird Fab.-Greenleaf Recycling/Bicknell-Troyer/Markert

1w           Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ     Will Brown's Truck Repair-Holly Hill Farms/TEO/Lombardo

6              Pat O'Brien/Kingston,ONT       730 Truck Stop-Gypsum Logistics-Newells Garage/Bicknell/Enders

6pack      Dave Schrader/Endeavor,PA  A&S Production-Superior Well Service-Lictus Keystone/Dirt Wheels/Burnett

8              Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ Central Jersey Trailer & Hitch Depot-Adamsville Maintenance/Bicknell/Enders

9              Jeff Brown/Parsonsburg,MD  Chesapeake Paving/Dirt Wheels/Lombardo

10            Randy Sherlock/Milford,PA(2) CRC Community Rental-Tri-State Roofing-Cedar Ridge RV/TEO/Morrison

14            Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA                Alpha Mills-Reiley & Sterner Auto Sales-Werner's Auto Body/TEO/Enders

14j           Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY   Bully's Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance

19            Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY          Native Poker-Chiefs Tobacco & Gas-G&R Auto Parts/TEO/Enders

20            Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ           Madsen Mtrsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR/TEO/Enders

21k          Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY NECO Distributors-Randy's Smoke Shop-Joey's Sneaks/Bicknell/Campbell-JPM

t21           Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY  Iroquois Water-Randy's Smoke Shop-Joey's Sneaks/Bicknell/Campbell-JPM

27j           Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Thompson Motorsports-Chiefs Tobacco & Gas/Troyer/Kevlar

27m         Dan Hartgraves/Troy,NY        New England Disposal Technologies-Diversified Sign/Bicknell/Malcuit

30            Jamie Mills/Milford,DE(2)          I.G.Burton Car Dealership-ReMax Realtor-L&W Ins./Bicknell/FingerLakes-DDE

32c          Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY         Sweeteners Plus-CME,Inc./Bicknell/C.C. Performance

33            Ray Swinehart/Bechtelsville,PA J & L Speed Supplies-PK Moyer & Sons/Troyer/R&R Machine(SB)

34            Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA(2)               Steve Hough Motors/PMC/JPM

42            Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ Millennium Car Wash-Grosso Trucking-Metal Fab Race Pro Shop/TEO/Feil

42p          Pat Ward/Genoa,NY                Gypsum Express,Ltd.-Stadium International/Bicknell/Enders

44            Gary Hager/Stewartsville,NJ  Quality Drywall-Building Specialties/TEO/Burnett

44s          Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY   BKS/G-U-Currier Plastics-Magee Transport-Adam Ross/Bicknell/Finger Lakes

45            Wayne Jelley/Pittsfield,MA      K&F Modular Homes-Freedom Plains-TLC Contracting/PMC/Dan Bedell

48too       Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY  Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison

66w         Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully's Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance

71            David VanHorn/Phillipsburg,NJ Harmony Sand&Gravel-Diamond Hart Ent.-Art's Radiator/TEO/D.VanHorn,Sr.

74            J.R. Heffner/Stephentown,NY                A.Colarusso & Son-Turner Auto-Miller's Automotive/Bicknell/JPM

77x          Dale Planck/Cortland,NY         East End Auto Parts & Construction-Jacob's Excavation/Bicknell/Kevlar

79            Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY Len & Jo's Restaurant/Bicknell/Precision

79s          Mike Storms/Wantage,NJ        New York Truck Parts-Liberty Rock Crushing/TEO/JPM

81            Rich Rutski/Somerville,NJ        BRB Construction-MMI Properties-Total Automotive/Bicknell/Feil

85            Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA      Community Bank & Trust-Vauter Racing/TEO/Enders

88            Dick Larkin/Alford,MA             Advance Auto-Bedell Race Eng.-PromotionalIncentives.com/TEO/Dan Bedell

91            Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY          Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Enders

98            Glenn Richards/Wyoming,DE) Hatteras Press-Alessi Construction-Coastal Marine/Dirt Wheels-TEO/Morrison

118          Sean Merkel/Gilbertsville,PA   Merkel Rebar-Reid Automotive/TEO/Lombardo

923          Colin Jackson/Peckville,PA      Ashford Cottages Bed& Breakfast-Jackson Excavating/Bicknell/Griffin

“The decision was made based on the potential dangerous conditions we faced when the storm hit,” said VSP General Manager Harvey Fink, following the decision to cancel all activity during the eighth day of racing at the popular Barberville half-miler with rain still pounding down. “The last time we had rain like this we didn’t get the program going until around 9:30pm.”

A big UMP doubleheader featuring Late Models and Modifieds headlined Volusia’s scheduled Tuesday night card. Anyone wishing to make a refund request can contact the speedway office by calling 386/985-4402 or writing to 1500 East State Road 40, DeLeon Springs, Fla. 32130.