Paul Billings & Tim Hegarty Capture Wins, John Stanley & Hegarty Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Champions
Hogansburg, NY – The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour wrapped up it’s inaugural season this past Saturday night at the Mohawk International Raceway in front of a huge crowd as part of the tracks season finale, the Mohawk Nationals.
The Kingston Krew, John Stanley & Tim Hegarty entered the evening both spotting their respective division leaders, Tyler Reynolds and Matt Larrivee 5 points. Stanley would race his way to the Modified Championship finishing 3 spots ahead of Reynolds while Hegarty would capitalize on Matt Larrivee’s misfortune after the MVCC Tom Belewich entry would experience mechanical issues with only a handful of laps to go.
Paul Billings of Merrickville, On was not interested in points this night, he was after his first Mohawk feature win.But in the early going it was all Nathan Berry as he had his Loud & Dirty Brand/Snap On Tools 14B purple Pinto out front until a caution for Megan Ciglich would bunch up the field.
The restart would see Stanley use the high side of the track to power by Berry and it looked like the blue #2 would celebrate his Championship in victory lane. However only a couple of laps later Cory Winters would see his right front hub fail on his
#33 bringing out the second and final caution of the evening.
Billings would dive to the bottom going into turn 3 and take command on lap 12 and go on to take the checkers. Berry would slip by Stanley for second, Can Am winner Matt Barbour would finish fourth with Denzil Billings Jr. rounding out the fast five.
With 2017 in the books the DMNT has already begun putting together it’s 2018 schedule with some surprises announcements coming soon.
The DMNT would like to thank Tom Belewich, Walt Constantini and the Mohawk Valley Community College Airframe & Powerplant Technology for partnering with us in 2017.
Pit notes...Stanley and Larrivee would claim heat wins...David Charczuk making the 5 ½ hour tow to Mohawk International...Larrivee would see his Championship hopes dashed with 2 to go as the car picked up a terrible vibration...first ever feature win for Hegarty...Berry and Winters making their DMNT debut...Series saw 21 different drivers participate over four races throughout central and northern New York State...Reynolds throwing everything at the car including the kitchen sink between the heat and the feature, brother Evan will take over the driving chores on the vintage ride with Tyler moving back into the Sportsman division next year...was good to have Mike Verbeek back as Race Director after his recent health issues...Brian Hegarty helping the series out as guest scorer for the evening...Special thanks to Ryan Hegarty, Cheryl Murphy, Crystal Reynolds and Christine Ciglich for all the behind the scenes work throughout the year.
Mohawk Valley Community College Feature 15 laps, 13 entries
B10 Paul Billings 2) 14B Nathan Berry 3) 2 John Stanley 4) 37 Matt Barbour 5) X22 Denzil Billings Jr. 6) 81 Tyler Reynolds 7) 99 David Charczuk 8) 4 Tim Hegarty 9) 00 Darrell Wilson 10) 42 Pat Charland 11) 19 Megan Ciglich 12) 22 Matt Larrivee 13) 33 Cory Winters
1) Stanley, Berry, Charczuk, P.Billings, Reynolds, Winters, Barbour, D.Billings
1) Larrivee, Wilson, Hegarty, Charland, Ciglich
Lap money Berry 1-9 $100.00
Stanley 10, 11 $20.00
Billings 12-15 $40.00
MVCC “Nostalgia Heroes” Hegarty $75.00
MVCC “Maintenance award” Hard Luck Larrivee $50.00
Predator Automotive Hard Charger: Denzil Billings Jr. $25.00
Kuleszo & Larrivee Win Big At Paradise Speedway
Geneva, NY – Romulus NY native Jon Kuleszo claimed the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour’s Modified division feature go this past Saturday at the tight 1/3 rd mile oval at the Paradise Speedway.
Kuleszo battled briefly with Kingston, Ontario’s John Stanley as the field went green during the 20 lap feature go. But within a few laps Kuleszo would start to pull away from the field with the margin of victory about half a track over runner up Tyler Reynolds.
Reynolds had Mahopac, NY native Rob Casti climbing all over his rear bumper the entire race but held on for dear life gaining an extra 5 points on Stanley who placed fourth, to put him into the Championship lead for the Modified division. Port Byron New York’s Richard Applebee would round out the fast five.
Matt Larrivee of Forrest Port, NY would claim his second straight feature win in the Nostalgia class once again besting Kingston, Ontario’s Tim Hegarty.
The series wraps up September 16th at the Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, NY.
Pit Notes...Appleby, Kuleszo and Michele Kuleszo all making their first appearance in the series...Larrivee now in the driver’s seat for the Nostalgia Championship with a 5 point cushion on Hegarty...Casti and Reynolds were the show with their second place battle over the final 8 or so laps...second consecutive green to checkered feature for the series...Megan Ciglich back behind the wheel of the 19 machine...Stanley and Larrivee would claim heat wins...after the races Evan Reynolds and Ryan Hegarty would put some laps on the 81 and the 4, shades of things to come in 2018?...plans are already in the works for a return trip to the Paradise Speedway next season.
Mohawk Valley Community College feature, 20 laps, 9 entries
1)55 Jon Kuleszo 2) 81 Tyler Reynolds 3) 71E Rob Casti 4) 2 John Stanley 5) 1 Richard Appleby 6) 22 Matt Larrivee 7) 4 Tim Hegarty 8) 19 Megan Ciglich 9) 514 Michele Kuleszo
Heat 1 1) Stanley 2) J. Kuleszo 3) Reynolds 4) Appleby 5) Casti
Heat 2 1) Larrivee 2) Hegarty 3) Ciglich 4) M. Kuleszo
Lap money 1 -20 J. Kuleszo $220.00
MVCC “Modified Heroes” 1)J. Kuleszo $75.00, 2) Reynolds $50.00 3) Casti $25.00
MVCC “Nostagia Heroes” 1) Larrivee $75.00 2) Hegarty $50.00
MVCC “Maintenance” Award: Stanley
Predator Automotive Hard Charger: Casti
Paul Pekkonen and Matt Larrivee Take Checkers At Airborne Park
Plattsburgh, NY – The all new Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour series made it’s way to the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY this past Saturday as part of it’s Legends Night and saw two new winners in each division.
Paul Pekkonen from Brockville, On would jump out to the lead immediately from his pole starting position and cruise to victory in the 12 lap affair. Lyn, On native Tyler Reynolds would give chase with Kingston, Ontario’s John Stanley in tow. Mahopac, NY’s Rob Casti would make some early moves on Stanley in the early part of the race but would have to settle for fourth. Matt Larrivee of Forrest Port, NY would round out the fast five but win the Nostalgia division over Tim Hegarty of Kingston, On.
The series moves on to Paradise Speedway in Geneva, NY next Saturday, August 5th.
Pit notes...Larrivee would take the Hard Charger, Maintenance Award and the lions share of the Nostalgia purse money for $135.00...Pekkonen would walk away with $205.00 in purse and lap money...Rob Casti towing six hours plus to make the show...Modified driver Chris Cayea behind the wheel of the 5 7/8 machine for the heat, his night would end with a broken shock...Pekkonen beating Reynolds by a wheel at the flag to take the heat win.
Mohawk Valley Community College Feature
1)19 Paul Pekkonen 2) 81 Tyler Reynolds 3) 2 John Stanley 4) 71E Rob Casti 5) 22 Matt Larrivee 6) 4 Tim Hegarty DNS 5 7/8 Chris Cayea
Heat # 1
1)Pekkonen 2) Reynolds 3) Stanley 4) Casti 5) Hegarty 6) Larrivee 7) Cayea
Predator Automotive Hard Charger: Larrivee $25.00
MVCC Maintenance Award: Larrivee $35.00
MVCC “Nostalgia Heroes” Larrivee $75.00, Hegarty $50.00
MVCC “Modified Heroes” Pekkonen $75.00, Reynolds $50.00, Stanley $25.00, Casti $25.00
Matt Barbour & Darrell Wilson Claim First Checkers In The All New Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour
LaFargeville, NY Matt Barbour and Darrell Wilson will be the trivia answer in years to come after capturing their respective classes here at Caprara’s Can Am Speedway this past Saturday night.
In a night of firsts, Barbour, from Brockville, On, would wheel his Ken Miller Excavating/Luna Pizza #37 machine to the Modified division win after a lengthy battle with wily veteran Paul Billings. Barbour would start outside pole with the Billings Automotive, B10 in the number one spot. It would be Billings leading the first circuit around the ½ mile oval but Barbour would storm back to lead laps two through fifteen. Billings would challenge throughout, showing the rookie a wheel on occasion but Barbour would click off the laps, hitting all his marks in a near flawless performance capturing his first ever vintage Modified feature. Kingston, On native John Stanley would finish a close third with David Charczuk of Lewiston, NY coming home fourth. Tyler Reynolds from Lyn, On would complete the fast five.
Darrell Wilson of Kemptville, On would put his Buzzie Reutimann tribute car into the Nostalgia division winner’s circle in his first taste of victory behind the wheel of a vintage modified as well. Finishing sixth on the field Wilson would outduel Tim Charland and Tim Hegarty for the victory.
Next week the series heads to Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.
Pit notes...Mohawk Valley Community College on hand with a display for their Airframe and Powerplant Technology program...Suzi Roy from Oxford Station made her debut in the #Q36 Ford Falcon bodied machine...Denzil Billings Jr would see a driveshaft let go ending his night early, a DNS in the feature...Megan Ciglich would see her debut night end early after tagging the retaining wall in turn four...Matt Larrivee looked strong in the Tom Belewich #22...Charczuk making the 4 hr haul from Lewiston, NY...Pat Charland getting more and more competitive in his #42...Paul Billings and Tim Hegarty would claim heat race checkers...
1) 37 Matt Barbour 2) B10 Paul Billings 3) 2 John Stanley 4) 99 David Charczuk 5) 81 Tyler Reynolds 6) 00 Darrell Wilson 7) 12 Tim Charland 8) 4 Tim Hegarty 9) 22 Matt Larrivee 10) 42 Pat Charland 11) Q36 Suzi Roy 12) 19 Megan Ciglich DNS X22 Denzil Billings Jr.
Number #1 Speed Heats
1) P.Billings, Barbour, Charczuk, Reynolds, Stanley, Ciglich, Roy, Billings Jr.
1) Hegarty, Wilson, P.Charland, T. Charland, Larrivee
Lap money: Lap 1 P. Billings $10.00 Laps 2 -15 Barbour $150.00
Predator Automotive Hard Charger: Tim Charland $25.00
MVCC Nostalgia Hero's: Wilson $100.00, T. Charland $75.00 Hegarty $50.00
MVCC Top Gun Award: Barbour $100.00
MVCC Maintenance Award: Ciglich $35.00
Number One Speed Heat #1 P. Billings $45.00, Heat #2 Hegarty $45.00
8th place car, lap #8: P.Charland
MVCC Airframe & Powerplant Technology Joins The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour In 2017
Jeff Ciglich (DMNT Series Director) Rome, NY The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is excited to announce it will be partnering with the Mohawk Valley Community College Airframe & Powerplant Technolgies division in it’s inaugural season.
Located in Rome, NY, the MVCC features a one year course, start to finish.
“We are looking to create awareness for our College and of course by extension, new students in our program” Director Walt Constantini remarked, “We look forward to this marketing partnership with a great deal of enthusiasm”
There are few industries that foster dreams and goals like aviation. From design to construction, from maintenance to flight, aviation is an industry that has shaped the future. Demand for personal and commercial air travel has spawned jobs for trained personnel of all types – in particular, for Airframe and Powerplant Technicians.
Start your career in one year with the Airframe and Powerplant Technology program offered by Mohawk Valley Community College. It is the only community college-based aviation maintenance program in New York State and one of only a few one-year programs in the country.
The FAA-authorized program (Certificate #VXYT570K) is structured as a full-time, 40-hour-per-week training program that runs in three consecutive semesters.
During the course of 12 months, students receive 1,905 hours of FAA-approved training that prepares them to sit for the examinations required to be issued the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate.
For more information on the MVCC Airframe & Powerplant course visit their website at http://www.mvcc.edu/academics/programs/airframe-and-powerplant-technology
Or the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MVCCAirframePowerplant/
For more information on the all new Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dirtmodifiednostalgiatour/
Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Launches With Four Big Events In 2017
The all new Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour series kicks off it’s inaugural season with stops across Northern and Central NY this season. The series hopes to offer exciting Vintage Dirt Modified racing with some nice bonuses and contingency awards for those who commit to the four race series.
There will be two classes of cars run, the Nostalgia class which will consist of the older, OEM frames and the Hybrid Nostalgia car which will consist of production frames (Bicknell, Troyer etc) dated 1999 or older. The Hybrid cars will have to meet strict body rules, weight a minimum of 2,500 lbs and use a Holley 500 CFM carburetor if using a V-8 engine.
The Modified class will see a weight break to all cars that comply with the series rules. Any non conforming cars must weight 2,500 lbs and MUST run a Holley 500 CFM carburetor.
For more rules information and clarification contact series Technical Director Derrick Flynn by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The action starts on Saturday, July 8 th at Caprara’s Can Am Speedway in LaFargeville, NY, where competitors from both sides of the border are expected to take part in the series premiere.
The second stop takes place on Saturday, July 29 th at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The big half mile track has undergone a transformation in the off season with clay being put down over top of the previous asphalt surface. The tour will be part of “Legends night” at the speedway.
The following week, on Saturday, August 5 th the series heads to Geneva, NY where Paradise Speedway will be host to two separate 20 lap features for both classes. The small but smooth one third mile will be a stark contrast from the first two venues.
Champions will be crowned at the Mohawk International Raceway on September 16 th during the Mohawk Nationals where the Super DirtCar series will also be on the card at the smooth and slick Akwasasne speedplant.
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