Super DIRTcar makes a stop in lonely Orange County on July 28

Super DIRTcar Series in Orange County. (Photo by Quentin Young)

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The historic Orange County Fair Speedway will host the Super DIRTcar Series for its only stop at the Middletown, NY track this year on Thursday, July 28.

In addition to a $10,000 payday to the winner, the event will also award one driver a prestigious guaranteed starting spot for NAPA Auto Parts’ 50th Annual Super DIRT Week.

As in years past, the race will see the region’s best Big Block Modified riders go head-to-head wheel-to-wheel on one of the biggest and fastest tracks on the circuit.

Last year the series returned to Orange County for the first time since 2019 and NASCAR Truck Series star Stewart Friesen earned his second Super DIRTcar Series win at the track. He has 11 Orange County wins overall.

Three-time series champion Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY – about two hours from Orange County – has won three series on the track and will be back to try and win his fourth in his 33rd year on the tour from the Serie.

However, the high-speed nature of the track doesn’t just serve veteran drivers. Last year’s rookie Chris Hile earned a career-best second-place finish, fending off series champions Matt Sheppard and Mat Williamson for the spot.

However, Sheppard will enter the event as one of the newest big bouldering winners on the track, having already won there this year and winning the Eastern States 200 in October. A win in July would give a significant boost to his hopes of securing his ninth series title this year – driving his modified No.9s.

Orange County will be the third 50th NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier this year, giving a third different driver the chance to earn a guaranteed starting spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on October 9. So far, LJ Lombardo is the only driver to have locked up a spot. The next one will be awarded at Weedsport Speedway on July 24.

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