WEEDSPORT, N.Y. (December 20) – Top drivers will once again share thousands of dollars during the upcoming race season as Sunoco Race Fuels continues to carry out it's long-standing role as a major point fund contributor in DIRT MotorSports NorthEast's premier touring divisions.
The chase for the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Modified crown begins in less than two months when Volusia Speedway Park hosts the 2006 Advance Auto Parts Florida Tour scheduled February 15-18. The traditional schedule once again includes three 30-lap main events with a $5,000-to-win 50-lap finale closing out the '06 trip. An optional practice day has been set for Wed., Feb. 14.
"We're proud to continue our association with DIRT," stated Rob Marro, General Manager, Sunoco Performance Products and Automotive Events. "Sunoco has been involved from the beginning of DIRT and we're happy to continue our support of all the drivers in this popular Northeast motorsports series. Sunoco Race Fuels has had a long and beneficial relationship with DIRT over the years and we expect that to continue."
Sunoco recently extended a quarter-century of commitment to DIRT MotorSports by retaining its status as the "Official Fuel" at all events sanctioned by DMS NorthEast. 2005 marked the first in the latest three-year agreement reached between Sunoco Performance Products and DIRT MotorSports officials, which upholds Sunoco as the exclusive fuel supplier on the entire DIRT NE circuit.
Sunoco will supply all racing fuel required for use by DIRT MotorSports and used exclusively by the teams in competition at all DMS NorthEast sanctioned events. Throughout the racing season random fuel checks will take place while Sunoco decals will be seen prominently displayed on every car's side panels and a Sunoco patch will be worn on each driver's fire suit.
"We're obviously pleased to have Sunoco back with our organization as a corporate partner," commented DIRT MotorSports NorthEast General Manager Tonya Moschell, as she prepared for her first full year of tenure in DIRT NorthEast's 31st successive season of promotion. "The return of Sunoco is a major show of support and we're proud to have our teams faithfully using the product as Sunoco brand fuel continues to be recognized among the best performance products available in racing anywhere today."
Advance Auto Parts Modified teams competing in the 35th Annual Winter Nationals at Volusia in February will be running both Sunoco high-performance Standard (110 octane) and Supreme (112) fuel mixtures; both supplied by Bearden Oil with its tanker truck located on-site throughout the week.
Once the nation's most recognized regional short-track sanctioning body, DIRT MotorSports has now assumed a national identity all its own and Sunoco Race Fuels has continued to strengthen an enduring affiliation that began in 1978. A point fund was ultimately established in 1983 when the first official "Mr. DIRT" Championship Trail was sponsored by CAM2 Racing Gasoline. Sunoco has also offered sponsorship of select events at Super DIRT Week in Syracuse and served as a Sportsman Super DIRT Series namesake. 2005 marked the company's first support of the coveted DIRT NorthEast Driver of the Year award garnered by Mr. DIRT champ Tim Fuller.
Teams can direct further questions regarding fuel, tires or general race day rules to Bob Dini at his shop (845/358-5049) or by cell phone (405/623-1803). For those drivers wishing to add team information for the Advance Auto Parts Florida Tour pre-race roster, please contact DIRT NE Media Manager Tom Skibinski at the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) or through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org correspondence.
Fans and race teams already planning to attend Volusia (386/985-4402) are encouraged to contact the track public relations offices for area hotel/motel accomodations. Overnight camping is also available at the track for self-contained units. Volusia Speedway Park www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com is located 15 miles west of Daytona Beach on State Road 40 in Barberville, Fla. Mail is received at: 1500 E. Highway 40, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130.
The DIRT MotorSports™ Advance Auto Parts Modified Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Dynomax Performance Exhaust, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional Partners include Stacker 2®, AMB i.t. and F.X. Caprara Car Companies and the contingency sponsors are DART Machinery, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.