Return To Canada & 51st Super DIRT Week Highlight 2023 Super DIRTcar Series Season
Story By: MICHELINA FRISS / DIRTCAR – CONCORD, NC – After making history at Super DIRT Week and ending the season in thrilling fashion, the Super DIRTcar Series is building to an exciting 2023 season.
For the first time in 16 years, the Series will visit six different states and Canada – its first time north of the border in four years.
The Beasts of the Northeast will commence its 2023 season at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park during DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 15-18, to chase the pre-season Big Gator Championship. Then, the Series’ championship season will begin at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH and run through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada, before the 51st Super DIRT Week and concluding at the World of Outlaws World Finals in Concord, NC.
“We continue to grow the Super DIRTcar Series into the biggest Big Block Modified series for drivers and fans, expanding its northeast footprint while also enhancing its roots in New York,” said DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter. “We’re excited to bring the Series back to Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and finally see our Canadian friends again. There’s a lot of excitement around each event and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for the 51st Super DIRT Week.”
NEW FOR 2023
Atomic Speedway (March 31-April 1) – Pushed to 2023, the Super DIRTcar Series will make its highly anticipated debut at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway. It’ll mark the Series’ first return to Ohio in four years and the inaugural visit of Big Block Modifieds to the 3/8-mile track.
The two-day event will open the 2023 championship season with two high-dollar events. Friday night’s Feature will pay $10,000 to win, while Saturday’s Feature will pay $12,000 to win – both Super DIRT Week Qualifier races.
Autodrome Drummond (July 31-Aug. 1) – Known as “the F1 of the clay,” the 3/8-mile Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, QC, returns to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule for the first time since 2019 and brings the Series back to Canada. It’s bringing big money too, paying $7,500 to win the first night and $10,000 to win the second.
The track debuted with the Series in 1980, won by Jack Johnson, and has hosted 46 Super DIRTcar Series events. Brett Hearn has the most Series wins at the track with eight and Erick Rudolph won the last Series race there in July of 2019.
Brockville Ontario Speedway (Aug. 2) – Rounding out a three-day trip in Canada, Brockville Ontario Speedway also returns to the schedule for the first time since 2019. The Series debuted at the track in 2006 and has run 14 events there. Billy Decker and Danny Johnson are tied for the most wins with the Series at the track. Matt Sheppard won the last event there in 2019.
52nd DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 15-18) – The Super DIRTcar Series will commence its season at Volusia Speedway Park during the 52nd DIRTcar Nationals, with all drivers contending for the iconic Big Gator Championship. And this year, they’ll see an overall increased purse and new format.
During the four-day Speedweeks, drivers will battle for a $5,000 payday Wednesday through Friday and then a $7,500 payday on Saturday. Calculating the points earned from the four Feature races, a Big Gator champion will also be crowned on Saturday.
New to the Series, a World of Outlaws-style format will be tested with drivers now drawing for their qualifying order and then their qualifying result will determine which Heat Race they line up in – rather than a pill draw determining which Heat Race they’ll be in.
SummerFAST (Aug. 14-16) – SummerFAST, one of the highlights of the 2022 summer for Big Block Modifieds, returns to New York. The Super DIRTcar Series will again race three nights in a row at three different tracks – Brewerton Speedway (Aug. 14), Fulton Speedway (Aug. 15) and Land of Legends Raceway (Aug. 16), crowning an overall SummerFAST champion through points accumulated between the three races. Matt Sheppard became the inaugural SummerFAST champion in 2022.
Super DIRT Week Qualifiers – Eight drivers will secure a guaranteed starting spot for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Super DIRT Week through the eight Super DIRT Week Qualifier events – each paying $10,000 or more to win. The winner of each race will lock the spot. If there is a repeat winner, the spot will go to the next driver in the finishing order that hasn’t locked in. The races include:
- Atomic Speedway (March 31-April 1)
- Lebanon Valley Speedway (May 29)
- Weedsport Speedway (July 16) / Hall of Fame 100
- Autodrome Drummond (Aug. 1)
- Lebanon Valley Speedway (Sept. 2) / Mr. DIRT Track USA
- Weedsport Speedway (Sept. 10) / Cavalcade Cup Weekend
- Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Sept. 23) / Malta Massive Weekend
51st Super DIRT Week (Oct. 2-8) – After a historic 50th Running of Super DIRT Week, the event is set to enter a new era at Oswego Speedway, in Oswego, NY in 2023.
Continuing its growth as one of the biggest motorsports events in the Northeast, Super DIRT Week is set to grow the fan experience throughout the week and provide exceptional on-track action for the $50,000 to win, 200-lap, Super DIRTcar Series Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
World of Outlaws World Finals (Nov. 1-4) – The Dirt Track at Charlotte will again host the championship finale for the Series. The new four-day format in 2022, saw three edge-of-your-seat events for the Big Block Modifieds and gave fans the chance to meet the Super DIRTcar Series stars on the opening night.
That will continue in 2023, making for a championship celebration week like no other. The 2023 Series champion will be crowned on Saturday, Nov. 4, along with the two World of Outlaws champions.
Big Gator Championship
Wed.-Sat., Feb. 15-18 – Volusia Speedway Park | $5,000 to win (Wed.-Fri.), $7,500 to win (Sat.)
Fri., March 31-Sat., April 1 – Atomic Speedway | $10,000 to win (Fri.), $12,000 to win (Sat.)
Sat., April 15 – Can-Am Speedway | $7,500 to win
Sun., April 23 – Bridgeport Speedway | $7,500 to win
Sun., May 28 – Weedsport Speedway | $7,500 to win
Mon., May 29 – Lebanon Valley Speedway | TBA
Mon., July 3 – Land of Legends Raceway | $7,500 to win
Tues., July 11 – Big Diamond Speedway | $7,500 to win
Sun., July 16 – Weedsport Speedway | $10,000 to win
Mon., July 31 – Autodrome Drummond | $7,500 to win
Tues., Aug. 1 – Autodrome Drummond | $10,000 to win
Wed., Aug. 2 – Brockville Ontario Speedway | $7,500 to win
Mon., Aug. 14 – Brewerton Speedway | $7,500 to win
Tues., Aug. 15 – Fulton Speedway | $7,500 to win
Wed., Aug. 16 – Land of Legends Raceway | $7,500 to win
Tues., Aug. 22 – Ransomville Speedway | $7,500
Sat., Sept. 2 – Lebanon Valley Speedway | TBA
Sun., Sept. 10 – Weedsport Speedway | $10,000 to win
Sat., Sept. 23 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway | $10,000 to win
Mon.-Sun., Oct. 2-8 – Oswego Speedway | $50,000 to win
Wed.-Sat., Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte | TBA
Series officials are also looking into potential summer dates with Airborne Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway.