New Drivers, Teams Highlight SuperDIRT Silly Season

Here’s a look at some of the latest silly season updates and news regarding drivers and teams on the Super DIRTcar Series for 2019:

Upper Decker 

Three-time Super DIRTcar Series champ Billy Decker recently announced he will be teaming back up with John Wight and the LJL Gypsum Racing team for the 2019 season. After finishing second in the point standings in 2017, Decker and his team decided to run select shows in 2018. Now, Decker and the Gypsum team plan to make a full return to the Super DIRTcar Series and join in on the hunt for the title.

Mahaney Running Full

Mike Mahaney will be making his second attempt at running the series fulltime in 2019. The driver out of King Ferry, NY, ran the full series back in 2016 where he finished 11thin the point standings. Mahaney announced his new ride for the upcoming season where he will be racing for George Huttig out of Elizabethtown, NY. He will be competing weekly at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway and will have his sights set on the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series Championship.

“I never had the opportunity before to run the full series with one team,” Mahaney said. “I’ve been wanting this opportunity for quite some time and am really excited to make the most of it.”

Drellos Upping Ante

In his first attempt, the young gun out of Queensbury, NY, Demetrios Drellos, will be taking on the Super DIRTcar Series in 2019. Drellos, who races regularly at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway, is looking to up the ante this season by adding his name into the mix.

“We wanted to run the tour this season because we felt it was the right time for us as a team to advance ourselves to the next level in racing,” Drellos said.

Drellos competed in seven Super DIRTcar Series events this past season.

Lehner Building On Rookie Season

After making the move up to the Big Block Modifieds in 2018, Jack Lehner was able to collect a top-10 finish in the point standings at his weekly track, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, as well as the rookie of the year title.

At just 20-years-old, Lehner plans to tackle the Super DIRTcar Series alongside his crew chief, Ryan Stites.

Marcuccilli Teaming With Payne

The sportsman hot shoe, Dave Marcuccilli, will be making the move up to the Big Block Modifieds and will be teaming up with car owner, Mike Payne, for the 2019 season. The team announced they don’t have plans to run weekly or follow the series but will focus on Big Block Modified events that are in close proximity to their shop.

With two DIRTcar Sportsman wins under his belt in 2018, Marcuccilli will be one to watch when the series come to town.

New Team In Town

Another new team has formed for the 2019 season, Mat Williamson and Buzz Chew Racing. With 18 victories to his name in 2018, Williamson is looking to be a force to be reckoned with.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Super DIRTcar Series,” added Williamson. “In the past we’ve set ourselves up, so we could do it then we’d have motor problems or financial stuff where we’d run out of resources. I think this deal gives me the resources to focus on racing and not going to the track having to worry about wore out equipment.”

With the purse increase, lucrative bonuses on the line, and 2019 schedule now out, it won’t be surprising if we hear more drivers making their announcements to join the Super DIRTcar Series stars and cars in 2019.

Guardino Wins Ventura's Battle of the Beach #1

After trading the lead with Jake Swanson, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the year at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Tristan’s earned $1,500 for his efforts.

Swanson Perseveres in Memphis 100 Win

It takes a master of a craft for an individual to adapt to anything thrown at them.

Swanson Debuts with Nolen at the Top in Memphis Practice

Kody Swanson used Friday’s practice session at Memphis International Raceway to get acquainted with his new ride in the Nolen Racing No. 20 for the 2019 season.

Master Sprint Wrench Jack French Passes

Prolific crew chief Jack French passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at home following a lengthy illness.  He was 75 years old.

Gordon the Most Experienced in Memphis Field

Of all the drivers in this weekend’s USAC Silver Crown field, no driver has more starts than Eric Gordon at 130 coming into the March 22-23 season-opening “Memphis 100” at Memphis International Raceway.

Leary Heads to Memphis to Begin Triple Crown Pursuit

Thus far in 2019, C.J. Leary has already established himself as a prime contender in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition with a bright showing in Ocala, Fla., scoring a pair of top-five runs in the midget and a victory in the sprint car.

Dyson Races Uncommon Road to Silver Crown

Chris Dyson’s road to becoming a regular on the USAC Silver Crown circuit is quite unique.  Born into road racing heritage as the son of Sports Car racer and owner Rob Dyson, Chris eventually found his way to the top, capturing a pair of American Le Mans Series titles - the LMP675 driver's title in 2003 and the LMP1 championship in 2011.

Ventura Hosts Battle at the Beach Saturday

After last Saturday’s battle at Bakersfield, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will clash with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA) this Saturday, March 23rd at Ventura Raceway.

Swanson Begins New Era at Memphis 100

After finishing off the most successful run between a driver and team in the history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series with DePalma Motorsports, Kody Swanson is preparing for this coming season nearly from scratch, with a new team, new cars, new engines and a new home with Nolen Racing, beginning with this weekend’s “Memphis 100” at Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway on March 22-23.

10-Time USAC Sprint Winning Owner Hillin Passes

Bobby Hillin, whose Longhorn Racing team notched 10 USAC National Sprint Car victories with drivers Bruce Walkup, Jackie Howerton, Jan Opperman and Bubby Jones between 1975 and 1977, passed away last weekend.  He was 79 years old.