Langhorne, PA - March 23 , 2004..... The COMDIAL Telephone Communications DIRT Southeast Series for Big Block Modifieds will officially open on Saturday, March 27 with the 100 lap Super DIRT Series Qualifier at the Hagerstown (MD) Speedway...
Langhorne, PA - March 23 , 2004..... The COMDIAL Telephone Communications DIRT Southeast Series for Big Block Modifieds will officially open on Saturday, March 27 with the 100 lap Super DIRT Series Qualifier at the Hagerstown (MD) Speedway followed by a 25 lap event the next afternoon at the Minersville, PA Big Diamond Raceway. The DIRT Southeast Series consists of some fifteen events that are aimed at bringing the PA, NJ, and DE big block modifieds together to compete with the New York modifieds on select dates. The Series carries a $12,500 point fund to be awarded after the last event of the season at the Bridgeport NJ Speedway in November.
Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD, will serve as the opener for both the new COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series and the 2004 edition of the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series with all touring regulars expected to be in attendance for competition on the ½ mile clay raceway. Time trials and qualifying heat races will set the field for the 100 lap main event, with the winner getting a guaranteed starting spot in the annual autumn classic, the Advance Auto Parts 200, held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY in October. Racing action at Hagerstown begins at 5:30PM . On Sunday, March 28 the action will turn to the Big Diamond 3/8th mile dirt oval in Minersville, PA. Heats and consolation races will be run to set the feature field for the 25 lap main event to be contested that afternoon. Many of the New York contingent are expected to be in competition that day with the PA, NJ and DE regulars, stopping on their way from Hagerstown the night before, looking to take home the $2500 first prize money that will be on the line for the winner. The first race is slated for 2PM, with pit gates opening at 10:30AM. All drivers will draw for starting position in the heats, with the top 12 from the heats drawing for position in the 25-lap feature. The inaugural season of the DIRT Southeast Series, will boasts over $300,000 in total payoff, along with a $12,500 point fund. Home track points will be awarded to the DIRT Southeast drivers, giving them a chance to compete for the Mr. DIRT Championship point title.
The complete COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series will be run under DIRT rules, with Hoosier DIRT tires mandatory. All drivers contesting for the new Southeast DIRT Series Championship must have a DIRT licenses, purchased BEFORE July 31st, 2004 to be eligible for any point money. The 25 and 40 lap events will feature double file restarts until two laps to go, providing a dash to the cash in the final laps of the main event. Frank Cozze is one of many top entries for the COMDIAL DIRT Southeast Series that will open this weekend. Tim Fuller, Brett Hearn, Jeff Strunk, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch, Jimmy Chester, Doug Manmiller, Kenny and Keith Brightbill are just some of the top names planning to kickoff the Southeast Series. For additional information, please visit www.dirtmotorsports.com Under the DIRT Southeast Series page, you will find links to the participating speedways for up to date information including directions, weather and starting times. END