Susice Avenges Rolling Wheels Loss, Grabs Sportsman Title

Syracuse, NY – October 9, 2010 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent

After seeing a Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series win slip away Friday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Ryan Susice from Ransomville, N.Y. collected the biggest win of his young career Saturday during Super DIRT Week XXXIX at the N.Y.S. Fairgrounds.

Susice overtook race long leader Shane Jablonka on lap 6 and never looked back. During the 30-lap SUNY Canton feature Susice built up leads of two seconds and never slowed down. On the last lap of the race when most cars were losing speed the Ransomville Speedway 2010 champion recorded the fastest lap time of the race.

“It’s a dream come true for me, I didn’t think we had enough to win it,” Susice said. “We came here with the intention just to make a lap unless we had a good time trial. We time-trialed third and were fastest today. We dialed the car in. I ended up getting a run on the outside for second and I did the same pass to get to the lead. I was always told you can’t pass high at the Mile, but I did it twice. So it’s awesome.”

Neal Williams and Shane Jablonka led down a hungry pack of DIRTcar Sportsman racers to starter Dave Farney’s green flag with Jablonka grabbing the early advantage. By lap 5 Jablonka, Susice and Williams broke away from the field setting a blistering pace around the Syracuse mile. One lap later, lap 6, Susice swung around Jablonka exiting turn two to be scored the new leader.

With 10 laps in the record books Susice was on rails as he was a full 2-mph faster than the rest of the field. Jablonka and Williams ran bumper to bumper for 2nd-place with Jesse Cotriss and Sportsman first-timer Dale Caswell showing the top-five.

At the halfway point Susice turned the wick up as he was rapidly putting cars a lap down. Williams moved back into 2nd with Jablonka, Cotriss and Caswell running third through fifth. On lap 17 Susice saw his big lead evaporate as a caution slowed the field down.

When the green came back out Susice took off as he looked to once again run away and hide from the field. Jablonka used the top of the speedway to retake second.

With 10 laps to go Susice was still out front setting a torrid pace making his car work high and low on the mile. Jablonka, Williams, Brandon Sweet who was now coming forward and Cotriss showed on the scoring tower.

The final caution flag flew on lap 27 for 2nd-place running Neal Williams. Last year’s ‘Futures’ winner got out of the groove in turn two collecting the wall and ending his run of a top finish.

The last slowdown set up a three-lap shootout to the finish between Susice and Sweet who made his run to 2nd-place using the top of the track. Over the final laps no one had anything for Susice as he pulled away for the memorable win. Sweet, Jablonka (Rookie of the race), Cotriss and Caswell rounded out the top five.

“I really have to thank my dad and my crew for setting up this car, I usually do it but I let them do it this time. And it paid off,” said the smiling winner after doing the roof dance in victory lane. Susice also thanked his girlfriend Michelle for putting up with what he does so he can go racing.

Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #11 – New York State Fairgrounds, Oct. 9, 2010 “SUNY Canton 30 Championship” Event Summary

FIN            STR    CAR# DRIVER

1    3          38        Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY ($4,000)

2    5          24        Brandon Sweet/Watertown,NY

3    2          44x      Shane Jablonka/Sanfordville,NY®

4    6          55c      Jesse Cotriss/Akron,NY

5    4          9-11    Dale Caswell/Central Square,NY®

6    19        67        James Henry/Niagara Falls,NY

7    12        220     John Ferrier/Middletown,NY

8    13        80        Steve Barber/Lansdowne,ONT®

9    24        23        John McAuliffe/Ballston Lake, NY

10  14        55        Matt Hulsizer/Bridgeport,NY

11  15        20        Jack Gentile/Ballston Lake,NY®

12  22        67g     Eric Giguere/Waterloo,NY

13  10        18        Anthony Perrego/Montgomery,NY®

14  18        28        Jimmy Spellmon/Butler,NJ®

15  21        3          Erik Holmgren/Middletown,NY

16  20        42        Tim Paul/Stony Point,NY®

17  17        61s      John Scarborough/Bomoseen,VT

18  28        7          Tom Benedict/Akwesasne,QUE®

19  16        83x      Tim Sears Jr./Clay,NY

20  25        11j       Justin Wright/Piffard,NY

21  29        81        Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY®

22  31        54        Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY

23  27        44        Steve Hankle/Averill Park,NY®

24  1          0          Neal Williams/Pittsgrove,NJ

25  11        1          Sammy Reakes IV/Palermo,NY

26  8          15        Shane Pecore/Cornwall,ONT®

27  9          01        Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT

28  7          3d        Dean Patterson/Philadelphia,NY®

29  26        63        Chris Herbison/Brockville,ONT®

30  23        m1       David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY

31  30        jvs1     Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY

32  33        10m    Nate Reynolds/Newfane,NY

33  32        140     Mark Dixon/Durham,ONT®

LAP LEADERS:   Jablonka (1-5), Susice (6-30).

CAUTIONS:  3 (lap 18, lap 24, lap 27).

ELAPSED TIME:  32 mins. 27 secs.

AVERAGE SPEED:   55.465 mph.

MARGIN OF VICTORY:   0.861 sec.

ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Shane Jablonka.





KENWORTH OF BUFFALO POLE WINNER: Neal Williams (34.510 sec/104.318 mph).

MOTORSPORTS SAFETY SYSTEMS OUTSIDE POLE WINNER: Shane Jablonka (34.568 sec/104.143 mph).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS: Justin Wright, Chris Herbison.




Consolation #1 (8 Laps)

FIN            CAR#            DRIVER

1    11j       Justin Wright/Piffard,NY

2    44        Steve Hankle/Averill Park,NY

3    81        Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY

4    54        Mark Chiddy/Boston,NY

5    10        Josh VanBrocklin/Watertown,NY

6    14        Paul Kline/Reading,PA

7    17j       Jamie Platt/Watertown,NY

8    140     Mark Dixon/Durham,ONT

9    32        Andy Durie/Stillwater,NY

10  92ny    Brad Winters/Lison,NY

DSQ         19        Rob Bublak Jr./Ballston Spa,NY

DNS          42p     Jason Occhino/Fulton,NY

*Top-3 advance to championship starting grid.

Consolation #2 (8 Laps)

FIN            CAR#            DRIVER

1    63        Chris Herbison/Brockville,ONT

2    7          Tom Benedict/Akwesasne,QUE

3    jvs1     Jim Spano/Skaneateles,NY

4    21b     John Wilber/Fulton,NY

5    30        Brent Kelsey/Plantagenet,ONT

6    1          Travis Back/Hogansburg,NY

7    28w     Sandy Pembleton/Lewiston,NY

8    60        Henry Desormeau/Weedsport,NY

9    117     Richard Eggers/Walden,NY

10  2          Jenna David/Akwesasne,QUE

11  9s        Kristian Smoke/Akwesasne,NY

12  30t       Thunder Anderson/Hogansburg,NY

13  5          Tom Keyes/Fairport,NY

DNS          9          Paul Gaboury/Welland,ONT

DNS          62        Jeff Leslie/Fly Creek,NY

DNS          10m    Brett Martin/Burt,NY

DNS          6r         Nate Reynolds/Newfane,NY

*Top-3 advance to championship starting grid.


On the heels of the Super DIRT Week specials at the New York State Fairgrounds and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, just one more event remains before the overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman champion is crowned for a 21st consecutive season. Teams travel across the border next weekend for the 2nd annual DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Oct. 16.

2010 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Schedule

*All events subject to change.

DAY-DATE          TRACK                                              WINNER/LOCATION

Sat-Apr 10           Black Rock Speedway                     Steve Gray

Sun-Jun 13           Cornwall Motor Speedway               Tim Sears Jr.

Sat-Jul 17 Cayuga County Fair Speedway      Dave Marcuccilli

Fri-Sep 10           Ransomville Speedway                    Tim Sears Jr.

Sat-Sep 11          Merrittville Speedway                       Tim Sears Jr.

Sun-Sep 12         Humberstone Speedway                 Chris Raabe

Fri-Sep 17           Mohawk International Raceway       Tim Sears Jr.

Sat-Sep 25          Rolling Wheels Raceway Park        Tim Sears Jr.

Fri-Oct 1   Fulton Speedway                              Dave Marcuccilli

Wed-Oct 6           Can-Am Motorsports Park               -cancelled-

Fri-Oct 8   Rolling Wheels Raceway Park        Chris Raabe

Sat-Oct 9  New York State Fairgrounds           Ryan Susice

Sat-Oct 16           Brockville Ontario Speedway          Brockville,ONT


*All tmes and events subject to change.


Sun-10/10       8am                         Pit Gates Open

9:15am                    Pro Stock Driver’s Meeting (in pit building)

9:30am                    Modified Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building)

10am                       Grandstands Open, Track Open for Pro Stock Final Practice

10:20am                  Modified Final practice

10:45am                  Pro Stock Last Chance Qualifier

11:15am                  Dig Safely NY Modified Last Chance Qualifier

11:45am                  Modified Top-30 Autograph Signing under grandstand (Top 30 in Thursday Time Trials)

12noon                    BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Championship (25 laps)

12:45-1:45pm          Cold Pit Tour of Pit Row

1:30pm                    SEF Small Engine Fuels 200 Presented by Ferris/Snapper/Simplicity Pre-Race ceremonies

2:00pm                    SEF Small Engine Fuels 200 Presented by Ferris/Snapper/Simplicity Championship (200 laps)

Mon-10/11       -TBA-                      Rain Date for Saturday or Sunday events

DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into and anytime.

The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels and GM Performance Parts  Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Chizmark & Larson Insurance, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks,, Racing Electronics, Vicci Racing Apparel and Wrisco Industries