Column: DIRTcar Northeast Kicks Off 2023 Seasons for 358’s, Sportsman This Weekend
Column By: MICHELINA FRISS / DIRTCAR – FULTON, NY – The championship season for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Series is set to kick off this month.
On Saturday, April 29, the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds will be at Fulton Speedway for the High Bank Hold Up, while the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds (East and North Regions) will be at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series
The DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Series championship season will run from April through October, now starting at Fulton Speedway for the High Bank Hold Up, Saturday, April 29.
Boasting a $19,000 purse, with a $4,000 payday, the 60-lap Feature will bring the best DIRTcar 358 Modified drivers together to kick off the championship chase.
Reigning Series champion Dave Marcucilli will return, looking to build a path to a second consecutive title and battle his way back to Victory Lane after going winless last season. To do so, he’ll have duel with the likes of 2021 Series champion Billy Dunn, Lance Willix, Jordan McCreadie and Ryan Bartlett.
Several Super DIRTcar Series stars are expected to join the field, including Fulton Speedway track champion Tim Sears Jr., Mat Williamson, Jimmy Phelps and Ronnie Davis III.
Williamson and Phelps are past Series winners at Fulton, along with Alan Johnson (1999) and Billy Decker, who won the High Bank Hold Up last year.
Saturday’s race will be one of six events drivers will contend in before heading to Oswego Speedway, Oct. 2-8, for Super DIRT Week 51 and the $20,000-to-win Salute to the Troops 150. The Series will conclude at Brockville-Ontario Speedway for the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals and crown a new champion.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series
The East and North Regions for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will commence their championship season at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday. Along with battling for valuable early season points, the race will boast a $1,500 payday for the Sportsman.
Of those expected to compete are Airborne track champion Travis Bruno, Codie Aubin, Gabriel Cyr, Jamy Begor, Jessica Power, and last year’s winner of the event Shane Pecore.
This will be the Series’ sixth visit to Airborne. Pecore has two wins with the Series at Airborne (2022, 2018), while other winners include John Scarborough (2021), Travis Bruno (2019) and Alex Lajoie.
Spanning multiple regions across the Northeast, the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will again showcase rising stars and yearly veterans tackling the best tracks in New York, Ontario, Vermont and North Carolina.
The season will run through October before coming to a close at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the World Short Track Championship (Oct. 26-28) – a non-points event.
The Championship Series will commence at Fulton Speedway, Aug. 15, during SummerFAST with the Super DIRTcar Series. Throughout the 11-race title fight, the Series will visit multiple big events like Ransomville Speedway’s Summer Nationals, Albany-Saratoga Speedway’ Malta Massive Weekend, Brewerton Speedway’s Hurricane Harvey 75 and Super DIRT Week for the Chevrolet Performance 75.
Like the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, the championship chase will end at Brockville Ontario Speedway, Oct. 14, during the Fall Nationals.