Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Caps Off 2019 With Awards Banquet At Dirt Motorsports Hall Of Fame
Weedsport, NY - For the second time in as many years the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour celebrated it's Champions here at the Dirt Motorsports Hall Of Fame this past Saturday night.
Brad Litzenberger of Romulus, NY in the Nostalgia class and Modified division winner Bob Johnson of Horseheads, NY were honored for their respective Championships this year. Litzenberger is expected to return in 2020 to defend his title and although Johnson was not expected to return, he did hint in a recent interview on Doug's Dirt Diary that there is a possibility of something now happening for next season.
Megan Ciglich of North Augusta,Ontario was recognized as the most improved driver of 2019 with strong showings at the Can Am Speedway late in the year. Tim McColman of Kingston, Ont and Allie Elkins of Liverpool, NY were the Rookie Of The Year recipients for the Nostalgia and Modified divisions respectively.
It was an unusually tough season for quite a few drivers resulting in not only the usual "Hard Luck" award but a Harder and Hardest Luck as well. Scott Gauthier of Mooers, NY would take the Hard Luck, his brother Chip of Hartford, NY would claim the Harder and Darrell Wilson of Merrickville, Ontario would claim the Hardest. Darrell cemented this award by not only blowing an engine in his race car but his motorhome towing the car. He would cap of the season with a rollover at Mohawk International just to solidly claim the worst luck of 2019.
Brad Litzenberger would receive the Earl Bilow Memorial Award for his Nostalgia Championship and John Stanley of Kingston, Ontario received the Bruce G. Dostal Sr. Memorial Award for dedication and perseverance while overcoming personal hardship.
Contingency winners were Denzil Billings Jr., John Stanley, Bob Johnson, Chip Gauthier and Brad Litzenberger for the Super Gen Products rewards. They each have their choice of a generator, power inverter or a pressure washer. Megan Ciglich, Scott Gauthier and Tim McColman were the winners of the Swagger Factory Apparel contingency of a custom made firesuit, gloves and shoes. And lastly Allie Elkins was the winner of the open crate engine donated by FlowMax DPF.
Two new Championships were announced for 2020, the first of which is the Midstate Championship which will be a 6 to 8 race mini series within the greater DMNT schedule. All Southern Tier tracks on the schedule and a handful of Central NY venues will be part of the series named in honor of the Midstate Antique Stock Car Club. It's hoped this new mini series will generate a lot of interest and hopefully participation.
The other new Championship will be something completely new. A team based Championship. Participation will be voluntary and three names will be drawn for each "team". The Championship will be cross division so you could have 2 Modified drivers and one Nostalgia or the reverse.
"This was always something I wanted to try in Motorsports" explains Series Director Jeff Ciglich "Although it initially looks like a gimmick we believe once the season starts and the points start to tally it will add some excitement to the season. Plus it might give a few drivers some extra incentive and motivation now that they can contribute to a team. And for some it may be an opportunity for a Championship they might not otherwise be able to capture"
The DMNT would like to thank the the Dirt Motorsports Hall Of Fame, Jack Speno, John Meloling, Rich Applebee , Jim Olin and the rest of the staff for once again giving us such a wonderful place to hold our awards banquet.
The schedule for 2020 is slowly taking shape and the series is expecting to see many new faces, returning faces and current faces changing divisions or debuting new cars.
The 2019 Edition of the DMNT was brought to you by: CARtoons Magazine, Super Gen Products, Swagger Factory Apparel and FlowMax DPF.
Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Welcomes Back CARtoons Magazine For 2019 Season
Thunder Bay, Ont - CARtoons magazine is back! And for the second straight year will be teaming with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour.
Originally established in 1959, CARtoons magazine features automotive humor and hot rod artwork. The book saw a revival in 2016 under current CEO Marc Methot after it's original run ended in 1991.
Many of the original artists have returned including George Trosley, John Deaton and Jeff Slemons as well as a host of newcomers like Ben Mitchell, Chuck Kelley, Larry Williams and Mike Yapps.
The publication is available at local comic book shops and various Wal-Marts across the United States and Canada. Fans new and old alike can also subscribe online at www.cartoonsmag.com and can save 10% with the promo code cartoonsdmnt.
"We are once again excited to be a part of the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour" says Methot, "Old Coupes, Gremlin's, Vega's and Pinto's bring back a lot of fond memories and look great 'tooned up! We can't wait for the race season to begin"
SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Join The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour In 2019
Newark, NY - The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is thrilled to welcome SuperGen Products for the upcoming 2019 season.
With it's retail location first established in 2012 in Newark, NY, SuperGen has since added a second retail outlet in Azusa, CA. SuperGen strives to make the highest quality products having over 40 years of innovation and design experience.
"We look forward to having SuperGen on board with us for the entire season" Series Director Jeff Ciglich explains. "They helped us a lot at the end of 2018 and will be a huge part of 2019. Virtually all of the Champion products can be used by our racers, everything from pressure washers to clean the cars to generators used by the teams in the pits."
SuperGen owner Paul Cole adds "SuperGen Products is proud to support the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. The history of the sport is no less expensive than current times and with DMNT's teams travelling throughout the Northeast, we are pleased to be able to support their efforts in bringing that history back to life for fans of all ages"
Five Series regulars who compete in at least 2/3 of the 17 race DMNT schedule will be eligible to draw for their choice of one of the following Super Gen Products. A 4200 PSI pressure washer, a 2800/3100 Inverter or a 7000/9000 watt generator.
Swagger Factory Apparel Joins DMNT For 2019
AMSTERDAM, NY – With the 2019 racing season just around the corner, the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is proud to announce that they have joined into a partnership with Swagger Factory Apparel of Amsterdam, N.Y.
This partnership will provide an added bonus to DMNT competitors following the tour in 2019. Race team owner/ driver Mike Jackson of Amsterdam, N.Y., who also is president of Swagger Factory Apparel has joined forces with DMNT to present added contingency incentives for licensed DMNT competitors, who compete in two/thirds of the 2019 DMNT races. When asked about the decision to join in with DMNT, Jackson stated “Swagger Factory Apparel is a racer specific brand, that has been outfitting drivers throughout the Northeast and beyond for years” Jackson continued, “and we’re looking forward to having some fun with DMNT while preserving the history and nostalgia of racing from the early years and at the same time also receiving some great marketing exposure from a vintage tour that covers a large part of the Northeast.”
All licensed DMNT drivers competing in two/thirds of the DMNT events during the 2019 racing season and proudly displaying a Swagger Factory Apparel decal on their car, will be eligible for a random draw at the 2019 DMNT awards banquet.
Through Mike Jackson and Swagger Factory Apparel three eligible drivers will receive special one of a kind prizes.
1. One custom tailored SF Apparel Mark III Racing Armor Nomex Suit, with custom design. This suit comes standard with Double Layer Light Weight Nomex, unlimited embroidery, 360 Degree Radial Arms, SF Comfort Stretch panels, boot cut, internal receiver pocket, and carbonx inner liner.2. One Custom pair of HH1 Driver Shoes.
3. One Custom Pair of Gauntlet Driver Gloves.
The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is the premier vintage group of the Northeast and is scheduled to compete in seventeen race events at fourteen different dirt tracks, providing seventeen point events for it’s drivers throughout the Northeast in 2019. A large area of the state of New York is where many races will take place, but the state of Pennsylvania and the province of Ontario, Canada will also see the DMNT style of racing.
The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour wishes to extend a big Thank you to Swagger Factory Apparel staff and Mike Jackson for this gracious commitment.