This Week Ahead: Cozze Discusses Grandview Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series Rolls Into Five Mile Point and Grandview

WEEDSPORT, NY – July 10, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Syracuse winner and Dirt Hall of Famer, Frank Cozze, from Wind Gap, Pa., is ready to show the Super DIRTcar boys how to get around his home track, Grandview Speedway. Cozze, the driver of the No. 35 Adirondack Auto Big-Block Modified is looking forward to this upcoming week.

As Cozze looks for his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the year he tells us what he thinks about going to Grandview Speedway this week.

Grandview has been your weekly home track for four years and you have two wins under your belt so far this year. How is the competition there?

“The competition is stout but it’s not just the competition there that makes it hard. The track surface and structure itself is what I think that makes the competition there hard. The track is pretty narrow and fast and everyone is so even there that the track itself promotes such tight, close racing.”

You run small blocks there weekly, do you think the track will be any different running a Big Block?

“The Rogers (owners) are very smart people there when it comes to track prep. They like to see an even top and bottom and they work really hard at it. They understand the racetrack better than a lot of people and can dictate exactly what they want. I don’t think the track will be much different. They like good racing there so they will know what they will need to do.”

A normal feature on a Saturday night at Grandview is 30 laps. The ‘Traffic Jam’ at Grandview will be 60 laps. Do you think the track will change a lot during the feature?

“As a matter of fact, the track has been changing this year. It’s been doing some different stuff than normal. Guys like Jeff Strunk and Craig Von Dohren, they have lived their whole life there. They are the ones that can tell when the track is going in a different direction. Sometimes I don’t catch it in time. I think these guys on the series are good at reading these tracks because they see so many different tracks throughout the year. I’ve gotten better at catching when the track starts to change at Grandview. But, I believe you’re going to see a couple different racetracks all in one night.”

You’ll be racing a completely different car than your usual Saturday night car. Do you think your set up will be any different?

“We’ve actually been basing our setups off of both cars. What I’ve been trying to do is the same set up to both the series car and the Saturday night car. The exact same set up that I run on the series is what I won with in the car at Grandview the other week.”

The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds roll into Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. this Tuesday night, July 12, and then head south to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, P.A. on Thursday, July 14. Last year we saw Stewart Friesen take the checkers at Five Mile Point Speedway and Matt Sheppard take the victory at Grandview Speedway.

The 2016 series has witnessed their first back-to-back winner of the season as Stewart Friesen dominated both Albany-Saratoga and Mohawk International this past week to capture his second and third series win of the season.

Coming Up Next

After this upcoming week the series then heads to Eldora Speedway to join the NASCAR truck series on Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20 and then to Sharon Speedway on Thursday, July 21.

For more race information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

ABOUT THE TRACK:

FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY is a 1/4 mile high-banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit   www.5milepointspeedway.com

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY is a 1/3 mile high-banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit   www.grandviewspeedway.com

DRIVER INFO

The following Super DIRTcar Series drivers maintain websites:

Frank Cozze: frankcozze.com

Keith Flach: keithflachracing.com

Brett Hearn: bretthearn.com

Mike Mahaney: mikemahaneyracing.com

Max McLaughlin: maxmclaughlinracing.com

Jimmy Phelps: jimmyphelps.com

Erick Rudolph: erickrudolph.com

Matt Sheppard: matt-sheppard.com

For more driver information, visit: superdirtcarseries.com

SEASON WINNERS: Billy Decker – 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30); Matt Sheppard – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on June 22, Utica-Rome Speedway on Jul 3); Stewart Friesen – 3 (Cornwall Motorsports Park on June 26, Albany-Saratoga on July 6, Mohawk International raceway on July 7); Tim Fuller – 1 (Canandaigua Speedway on June 30)

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2016 Super DIRTcar Championship Standings

No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Money

  1. 9s Matt Sheppard 654 654 0 0 $24,650
  2. 44 Stewart Friesen 636 636 0 -18 $27,600
  3. 91 Billy Decker 587 587 0 -67 $17,000
  4. 19 Tim Fuller 563 563 0 -91 $18,175
  5. 99L Larry Wight 524 524 0 -130 $8,000
  6. 27J Danny Johnson 505 505 0 -149 $10,600
  7. 20 Brett Hearn 470 470 0 -184 $6,300
  8. 18H Pete Britten 448 448 0 -206 $5,050
  9. 98h Jimmy Phelps 439 439 0 -215 $5,500
  10. 42P Pat Ward 408 408 0 -246 $3,875
  11. 25R Erick Rudolph 392 392 0 -262 $3,900
  12. 6m Mat Williamson 388 388 0 -266 $3,625
  13. 35 Frank Cozze 372 372 0 -282 $4,100
  14. 32c Vic Coffey 369 369 0 -285 $4,075
  15. 6h Max McLaughlin 344 344 0 -310 $2,375
  16. 43 Keith Flach 325 325 0 -329 $2,500
  17. 88 Mike Mahaney 314 314 0 -340 $2,600
  18. 8 Rich Scagliotta 297 297 0 -357 $2,100
  19. 33 Ryan Arbithnot 272 272 0 -382 $1,550
  20. 28p Eldon Payne Jr. 241 241 0 -413 $1,500

2016 STAT ATTACK
There have been 7 Super DIRTcar Series features this season.
Winners (4 Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – STEWART FRIESEN, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – 3
2. – MATT SHEPPARD, Waterloo, N.Y. – 2
3. – BILLY DECKER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1

Pole Positions (6 Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles

1. – TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 2
2. – MAX MCLAUGHLIN, Concord, N.C. – 1
– GARY TOMKINS, Clifton Springs, N.Y. – 1
– DANNY JOHNSON, Phelps, N.Y. – 1
– VIC COFFEY, Caledonia, N.Y. – 1
– BILLY DUNN, Watertown, N.Y. – 1

Time Trial leaders (6 Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1. – MATT SHEPPARD, Waterloo, N.Y. – 2
2. – BRETT HEARN, Sussex, N.J. – 1
– TOM SEARS, JR., Clay, N.Y. – 1
– LARRY WIGHT, Phoenix, N.Y. – 1
– MARC JOHNSON, Guilderland, N.Y. -1
– RONNIE JOHNSON, Malta, N.Y. – 1

Podium Finishes (9 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Finishes in the Top-Three

1. – MATT SHEPPARD, Waterloo, N.Y. – 5
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 5
3. – BILLY DECKER, Waterloo, N.Y. – 3
– STEWART FRIESEN, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – 3
4. – DANNY JOHNSON, Phelps, N.Y. – 2
5. – DAVE BLANEY, Hartford, Ohio – 1
– JIMMY PHELPS, Baldwinsville, N.Y.- 1
– DANNY VARIN, Sharon Springs, N.Y. -1
– BILLY DUNN, Watertown, N.Y. – 1

Heat Race Winners (18 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Win

1. – MATT SHEPPARD, Waterlook, N.Y. – 5
2. – LARRY WIGHT, Phoenix, N.Y. – 3
– BRETT HEARN, Sussex, N.J. – 3
– STEWART FRIESEN, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – 3
3. – JIMMY PHELPS, Baldwinsville, N.Y. – 2
– PETER BRITTEN, Brisbane, Australia – 2
– DANNY JOHNSON, Phelps, N.Y. – 2
4. – FRANK COZZE, Wind Gap, Pa. – 1
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
– TOM SEARS JR., Clay, N.Y. – 1
– MAX MCLAUGHLIN, Concord, N.C. – 1
– CHRIS RAABE, Napanee, Ont. -1
– PAT WARD, Genoa, N.Y. -1
-ROB BELLINGER, – 1
-MARC JOHNSON, Guilderland, N.Y. – 1
-RONNIE JOHNSON, Malta, N.Y. – 1
-VIC COFFEY, Caledonia, N.Y. – 1
-MATT DELORENZO, Cropseyville, N.Y. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (13 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – ROB BELLINGER, Cicero, N.Y. – 1
– JUSTIN HAERS, Phelps, N.Y.- 1
– DUANE HOWARD, Oley, Pa. – 1
– BRIAN MCDONALD, Cornwall, Ont. – 1
– PAT WARD, Genoa, N.Y – 1
– CHRIS HILE, Syracuse, N.Y. – 1
– ALAN JOHNSON, Middlesex, N.Y. -1
– VIC COFFEY, Caledonia, N.Y. – 1
– BRETT HEARN, Vernon, N.J. -1
– JESSEY MUELLER, Chestertown, N.Y. – 1
– TIM FULLER, Watertown, N.Y. – 1
– MIKE MAHANEY, King Ferry, N.Y. – 1
– PETER BRITTEN, Brisbane, Australia – 1

2016 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)

1. Saturday, April 30 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, N.Y. / Billy Decker (1)
2. Wednesday, June 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Matt Sheppard (1)
3. Sunday, June 26 / Cornwall Speedway / Ontario, Canada / Stewart Friesen (1)
4. Thursday, Jun 30 / Canandaigua Speedway / Canandaigua, NY / Tim Fuller (1)
5. Sunday, July 3 / Utica-Rome Speedway / Vernon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (2)
6. Wednesday, July 6 / Albany-Saratoga Speedway / Malta, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (2)
7. Thursday, July 7 / Mohawk International Speedway / Akwesasne, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (3)

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike’s Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

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