By DIRT MotorSports PR
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. (September 27) – DIRT MotorSports, Inc. continues to acknowledge the legions of Canadian race fans that support Super DIRT Week annually as the exchange rate for currency carried from north of the border has been set.
While the standard exchange rate continues to fluctuate, DIRT MotorSports track officials have been instructed to accept Canadian money at 85% over U.S. Currency throughout the Oct. 4-9 extravaganza. Rolling Wheels Raceway general manager Bruno DiMatteo will follow suit during his own Super DIRT Week specials Oct. 7-8.
With many teams representing Ontario and Quebec in their quest for DIRT's top jewel, another big contingent is expected to travel from Canada when the October event arrives. Pre-race ticket sales continue to support this notion.
Already planning to make his annual trek to the Salt City is popular Frenchman David Hebert, the 2004 DIRT Modified points champion at Autodrome Drummond. Last year Hebert finished 30th after qualifying 13th in the 44-car Eckerd 200 starting field, while fellow Quebecois pilot Martin Roy (27th) and fourth-fastest time trialer Steve Poirier (35th) also reached the starting grid.
DIRT MotorSports NorthEast's winningest small-block driver Pete Bicknell, from St. Catharines, Ont., has won a race record five Syracuse 358-Modified title events, including three straight from 1998-2000. A 6th-place finish in 1995 remains his best in eight previous Eckerd 200 attempts. Last year Bicknell (22nd) and Brian McDonald (38th) were the only drivers from the province of Ontario to take the green flag.
Class of 2003 DIRT Hall of Famer Davey Moore (9th) was the first Canadian to crack the top-ten when the sixth annual event was postponed due to rain until April, 1978. Brian Stevens from St. Catharines, Ont. grabbed fifth-place when the race was lengthened to 188 laps in 1987 and Joe Plazek finished sixth in 1990. Plazek also ended up 8th in 1993 and Bicknell placed eighth in 2001.