Mars Hits the Jackpot In Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series Action at New Egypt Speedway

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    New Egypt,NJ 6-3-04
    By Brett Emrick

    Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound,WI captured his third Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series sanctioned main event of the season Thursday taking the $10,000 to win “Jersey Jackpot 50” at New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt,NJ. Driving the Stacker2®/Heeg Well Drilling/Deppe Enterprises No. 28M Jimmy Mars Racing MasterSbilt/Pro Power Racing Chevrolet, Mars traded the lead with Earl Pearson Jr. throughout the early stages of the caution filled event until taking the lead for good on lap 21. Once in front, Mars used every inch of the semi-banked “D” shaped ½ mile to keep his car front taking the checkered flag one car length in front of 11th starting Brian Birkhofer. Pearson Jr. finished third with Ray Cook fourth and 12th starting Darren Miller fifth. Completing the top ten were 13th starting Jeep Van Wormer in sixth trailed by Matt Miller then Steve Shaver, 14th starting Jim Bernheisel and Dan Stone.

    “Man, what a race”, stated the Mars in victory circle. “Earl and I had a great race going through the early stages of the race. Then, late in the race I could hear someone but I didn’t know who it was until Brian showed me the nose of his car. It was a tough race. I hated to see all those early race cautions. I’ve never raced this far east before but the track surface reminds me of a lot of places back in the Midwest, black gumbo. I really hope the fans enjoyed the race. This is a great facility. I hope we can come back”.

    Mars and Pearson Jr. brought the field to the green flag with Mars inching ahead of Pearson Jr. as the pair exited turn two. But, before lap 1 could be finished Eddie Carrier Jr. and Stone got together in turn four bringing out the first of several cautions. Carrier Jr. returned to the race several laps later after making repairs while Stone rejoined the race. The second attempt at a start saw Matt Miller spin in turn two after contact resulting in a massive pile-up which involved nearly 10 cars. Both Sean Cosgrove and Scott Haus suffered enough damage to their cars they were done for the race.

    The third time at getting a lap in was the charm with Pearson Jr. getting the upper-hand as he led Mars, Cook, Matt Miller and Shane Clanton at the end of the first lap. But, “yellowitis” struck again before lap 2 could be recorded as Clanton spun in turn collecting several cars. Clanton and Billy Drake both retired from the race with damage to their cars. With Clanton sidelined due to the crash, Donnie Moran moved into fifth spot for the restart. Caution would wave again on lap 3 when Steve Casebolt rolled to a stop with front-end damage to his car sending him out of the race.

    Pearson Jr. brought the single-file field for the restart to the green flag and this time some green flag racing took place. Mars stayed right with Pearson Jr. racing side by side until grabbing the lead on lap 5. Moran moved past Matt Miller one lap later to take fourth and on lap 8 Birkhofer snared the fifth spot from Matt Miller and two laps later grabbed fourth from Moran. Mars entered lapped traffic on lap 12 which allowed Pearson Jr., Cook, Birkhofer and Moran to close. Mars did an expert job of getting through the backmarkers to separate himself from his pursuers. Birkhofer made a strong move on lap 13 to snare third from Cook and put the pressure on Pearson Jr. But, Cook came right back the next lap to take the third spot back from Birkhofer. The intense action would be slowed though on lap 17 when D.J. Troutman rolled to a stop on the frontchute.

    With no lapped traffic between Mars and Pearson Jr. for the restart, Pearson Jr. stuck with Mars while Birkhofer again grabbed third from Cook on lap 18. The caution would again wave one lap later as Frank Cozze and Stone tangled in turn two. Pearson Jr. shot past Mars exiting turn two to reassume the lead on lap 19 with Mars coming right back to regain the lead the next circuit. Darren Miller was now into the top five at lap 22 while Mars began to open some distance on Pearson Jr. The caution would wave again on lap 24 when Cozze spun in turn one.

    The top 10 at this point had Mars with the lead over Pearson Jr., Birkhofer, Cook and D. Miller with Van Wormer sixth trailed by M. Miller, Bernheisel, Chuck Schutz and Shaver. Lap 27 saw the yellow out again when Billy Pauch rolled to a stop in turn two and the yellow was out again at lap 28 for debris.

    The race would remain green for the final 22 laps which saw several changes among the top 5 runners. Cook regained the third spot on lap 29 with Birkhofer taking it right back the next lap. D. Miller and Van Wormer both shot past Cook the next lap but Cook fought his way back into fourth one lap later. Mars had opened up a five car advantage by lap 35 leaving Pearson Jr. to battle with Birkhofer for the runner-up spot. Birkhofer worked his way past Pearson Jr. for second on lap 39 and set sail for Mars. Meanwhile, the battle between D. Miller and Cook continued. Cook and D. Miller traded the fourth spot three times in the final 8 circuits while Birkhofer moved in on Mars. With 2 laps to go Birkhofer was three cars lengths behind Mars but could only whittle Mars’ lead to a car length when the checkered flag fell.

    The $42,000 event, the first ever DirtCar event in the State of New Jersey, attracted 29 drivers with Pearson Jr. establishing a new track record in RINGERS GLOVES Time Trials with a fast lap of 16.486 seconds. Heat race wins fell to Mars, Cook and M. Miller while Troutman copped the “B” Main and Mars scored the YJ STINGER EXTREME ENERGY DRINK dash.

    The Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series will continue their “Invasion Of The East” tour Friday, June 4 at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown,MD for the running of the $10,000 to win “9th Annual Maryland Silver Cup”. Pit gates will open at 4:00pm and spectator gates at 5:00pm. Warm-ups are slated to begin at 7:30pm with time trials at 8:00pm and racing to follow. Also on the racing card will be the Hagerstown Speedway Limited Sportsman division. Adult general admission is $26.00 with reserved seating priced at $31.00. Children under 12 years of age are free and pit admission is $32.00.

    For further information phone Hagerstown Speedway at 301-582-0640 or visit the Hagerstown Speedway website located at www.hagerstownspeedway.com. Hagerstown Speedway is located 5.3 miles west of Hagerstown,MD on U.S. Route 40.

    STACKER2® Xtreme DirtCar Series Race Report For 6-3-04
    Round No. 8-2004 Season-"Jersey Jackpot 50"

    New Egypt Speedway-New Egypt,NJ-1/2 Mile Oval
    $42,000 Purse-$10,000 To Win-50 Lap Feature


    Fin.Pos.
    StartPos.
    Car#
    Driver
    Laps Fin.
    Reason Out (if any)
    Purse

    1
    1
    28M
    Jimmy Mars
    50
    Running
    $10,100

    2
    11
    15B
    Brian Birkhofer
    50
    Running
    $6,000

    3
    2
    1
    Earl Pearson Jr.
    50
    Running
    $3,100

    4
    4
    53
    Ray Cook
    50
    Running
    $2,600

    5
    12
    32D
    Darren Miller®
    50
    Running
    $2,000

    6
    13
    55
    Jeep Van Wormer®
    50
    Running
    $1,800

    7
    3
    7
    Matt Miller
    50
    Running
    $1,700

    8
    8
    0
    Steve Shaver
    50
    Running
    $1,400

    9
    14
    119
    Jim Bernheisel
    50
    Running
    $1,200

    10
    10
    21D
    Dan Stone
    50
    Running
    $1,100

    11
    25
    1X
    Chuck Schutz
    50
    Running
    $1,000

    12
    24
    59
    Bill Cunningham
    50
    Running
    $950

    13
    20
    72
    John Mason
    50
    Running
    $900

    14
    22
    18
    Keith Berner
    48
    Running
    $875

    15
    25
    1x1
    Sonny Conley®
    48
    Running
    $850

    16
    23
    95
    Buckshot Miles
    48
    Running
    $825

    17
    27
    18D
    Billy Pauch
    47
    Running
    $800

    18
    5
    99
    Donnie Moran
    28
    Mechanical
    $750

    19
    7
    28
    Eddie Carrier Jr.®
    26
    Mechanical
    $700

    20
    28
    119C
    Frank Cozze
    24
    Mechanical
    $700

    21
    26
    7T
    Dave Troutman
    19
    Mechanical
    $700

    22
    19
    2*
    D.J. Troutman
    17
    Mechanical
    $700

    23
    17
    19J
    Davey Johnson
    8
    Mechanical
    $700

    24
    15
    C9
    Steve Casebolt
    3
    Mechanical
    $700

    25
    6
    25
    Shane Clanton
    1
    Accident
    $700

    26
    9
    9
    Billy Drake®
    1
    Accident
    $700

    27
    16
    33
    Scott Haus
    0
    Accident
    $700

    28
    18
    64
    Sean Cosgrove
    0
    Accident
    $700









    Time Of Race: 54 Mins. 30 Secs.




    Yellow Flags: Ten - Laps 0, 0(rs), 1, 1(rs), 3, 17, 19, 24, 27, 28


    Red Flags: None






    Lap Leaders: Two - Pearson Jr. 1-4, Mars 5-18, Pearson Jr. 19-20, Mars 21-50


    GEMINI AUTO CARE CENTERS "Hard Charger of the Race": Schutz (advanced 14 positions)


    LUCAS OIL "Rookie of the Race": D. Miller




    Provisional Starters: Miles, Cunningham, Schutz, Dv. Troutman, Pauch, Cozze


    Car Count: 29






    RINGERS GLOVES Time Trials Fast Time Award: Pearson Jr. 16.486 secs (new track record)


    Heat Race Winners: Mars, Cook, M. Miller




    "B" Main Winner" D.J. Troutman




    YJ STINGER EXTREME ENERGY DRINK Dash Winner: Mars






    SUMMARY: RINGERS GLOVES Time Trials:



    CAR#
    DRIVER
    RESIDENCE
    SPONSOR
    CHASSIS
    ENGINE
    CAR STYLE
    1ST LAP
    2ND LAP
    FAST LAP

    1
    Earl Pearson Jr.
    Jacksonville,FL
    Lucas Oil/Dunn Benson Ford
    Rocket
    Larry Wallace
    Taurus
    16.5OO
    16.486
    16.486

    25
    Shane Clanton ®
    Locust Grove,GA
    RSD Enterprises/SAE Parts
    Rocket
    Custom
    Monte Carlo
    16.53O
    16.932
    16.53O

    7
    Matt Miller
    Waterville,OH
    McCullough Motorsports
    Rocket
    Russell Baker
    Grand Prix
    16.665
    16.608
    16.608

    28M
    Jimmy Mars
    Elk Mound,WI
    Stacker2/Heeg Well Drilling
    MasterSbilt
    Pro Power
    Monte Carlo
    16.778
    16.649
    16.649

    53
    Ray Cook
    Brasstown,NC
    Dodge/Bill Elliott Racing
    MasterSbilt
    Gaerte
    Intrepid R/T
    16.772
    16.676
    16.676

    28
    Eddie Carrier Jr. ®
    Ona,WV
    Grover Motorsports/Engines,Inc.
    Rocket
    Grover
    Taurus
    16.889
    16.738
    16.738

    21D
    Dan Stone
    Thompson,PA
    NEP Telephone
    Lazer G2
    Rhodes
    Monte Carlo
    17.254
    16.825
    16.825

    15B
    Brian Birkhofer
    Muscatine,IA
    Daufeldt Transport/J&J Steel
    MasterSbilt
    Pro Power
    Monte Carlo
    17.053
    16.84O
    16.84O

    32D
    Darren Miller ®
    Chadwick,IL
    Seubert Calf Ranches
    Rocket
    Pro Power
    Taurus
    16.998
    16.859
    16.859

    99
    Donnie Moran
    Dresden,OH
    Eddie's Sunoco
    MasterSbilt
    SMS Engines
    Monte Carlo
    17.096
    16.891
    16.891

    0
    Steve Shaver
    Vienna,WV
    Richard Construction/Bill Bland
    Rocket
    Malcuit
    Monte Carlo
    17.291
    16.912
    16.912

    9
    Billy Drake ®
    Bloomington,IL
    MasterSbilt Race Cars
    MasterSbilt
    Mullvain
    Grand Prix
    16.952
    17.006
    16.952

    33
    Scott Haus
    Hamburg,PA
    Riverfront Trucking
    Rocket
    Miller
    Taurus
    17.099
    17.073
    17.073

    119
    Jim Bernheisel
    Lebanon,PA
    WJTL/Gibble Roofig
    Lazer G2
    Rhodes
    Grand Prix
    17.149
    17.102
    17.102

    C9
    Steve Casebolt
    Richmond,IN
    Seubert Calf Ranches
    Rocket
    Dargie
    Taurus
    17.358
    17.126
    17.126

    55
    Jeep Van Wormer ®
    Pinconning,MI
    Bayline Fire Protection
    Warrior
    Pro Power
    Taurus
    17.195
    17.237
    17.195

    ONE
    Chuck Schutz
    Pottstown,PA
    Total Rental
    Lazer G2
    Meyers
    Grand Prix
    17.575
    17.209
    17.209

    1x1
    Sonny Conley
    New Martinsville,WV
    Conley Enterprises
    Lazer G2
    Emery
    Monte Carlo
    17.597
    17.257
    17.257

    72
    John Mason
    Millersburg,OH
    Bert Transmissions
    Rayburn
    Malcuit
    Monte Carlo
    17.724
    17.299
    17.299

    19J
    Davey Johnson
    Greensburg,PA
    Reliable Painting
    MasterSbilt
    Malcuit
    Grand Prix
    17.475
    17.345
    17.345

    64
    Sean Cosgrove
    Catharpin,VA
    Drywall Systems
    Rocket
    Hershey
    Grand Prix
    17.368
    20.941
    17.368

    2*
    D.J. Troutman
    Hyndman,PA
    Stacker2/YJ Stinger
    Rocket
    Russell Baker
    Grand Prix
    17.55O
    17.405
    17.405

    18
    Keith Berner
    Millersburg,OH
    Massillon Transmission
    Boss
    Malcuit
    Taurus
    17.414
    17.444
    17.414

    119X
    Frank Cozze
    Wind Gap,PA
    WJBL/Gibble Roofing
    Lazer G2
    Rhodes
    Grand Prix
    17.799
    17.451
    17.451

    21
    Tim Murphy
    Fallston,MD
    JSI Automotive
    MasterSbilt
    Singer
    Grand Prix
    17.645
    17.499
    17.499

    7T
    Dave Troutman
    Hyndman,PA
    Budweiser
    Rocket
    Russell Baker
    Grand Prix
    17.757
    17.539
    17.539

    95
    Buckshot Miles
    Evans,GA
    Newby Racing
    Newman
    Clements
    Monte Carlo
    17.666
    17.597
    17.597

    59
    Bill Cunningham
    Jefferson,OH
    JBR Graphics
    MasterSbilt
    Craiger
    Grand Prix
    17.958
    17.818
    17.818

    18D
    Billy Pauch
    Frenchtown,NJ
    KV Excavating
    Lazer G2
    Rhodes
    Monte Carlo
    17.989
    18.111
    17.989




    Heat Race #1 (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance To Feature): Mars, Moran, Pearson Jr., Stone, Van Wormer, Haus, D.J. Troutman, Murphy, Mason, Cunningham

    Heat Race #2 (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance To Feature): Cook, Clanton, Shaver, Birkhofer, Bernheisel, Johnson, Schutz, Berner, Pauch, Dv. Troutman

    Heat Race #3 (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance To Feature): M. Miller, Carrier Jr., Drake, D. Miller, Casebolt, Cosgrove, Conley, Cozze

    “B” Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance To Feature): D.J. Troutman, Mason, Conley, Berner, Schutz, Pauch, Miles, Murphy, Cunningham, Cozze

    YJ STINGER EXTREME ENERGY DRINK Dash (4 Laps-Finish Determines First Two Rows Of Feature): Mars, Pearson Jr., M. Miller, Cook








    2004 Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series “YJ STINGER CUP” Point Standings (after 6-3-04_



    Position
    Car #
    Driver Name
    Residence
    Starts
    Wins
    Top 5's
    Top 10's
    FastQua.
    Earnings
    Points

    1
    28M
    Jimmy Mars
    Elk Mound,WI
    8
    2
    6
    8
    1
    $38,950.00
    1,335

    2
    15B
    Brian Birkhofer
    Muscatine,IA
    8
    0
    6
    7
    3
    $30,300.00
    1,259

    3
    1
    Earl Pearson Jr.
    Jacksonville,FL
    8
    0
    4
    6
    4
    $22,850.00
    1,196

    4
    99
    Donnie Moran
    Dresden,OH
    8
    2
    4
    5
    0
    $41,950.00
    1,180

    5
    7
    Matt Miller
    Waterville,OH
    8
    0
    1
    5
    0
    $22,550.00
    1,118

    6
    71
    Don O’Neal
    Martinsville,IN
    6
    2
    3
    6
    0
    $31,300.00
    1,059

    7
    9
    Billy Drake®
    Bloomington,IL
    7
    0
    2
    5
    0
    $16,800.00
    1,055

    8
    53
    Ray Cook
    Brasstown,NC
    7
    0
    2
    5
    0
    $13,000.00
    1,049

    9
    72
    John Mason
    Millersburg,OH
    8
    1
    1
    2
    0
    $17,200.00
    1,039

    10
    32D
    Darren Miller®
    Chadwick,IL
    5
    1
    4
    5
    0
    $19,400.00
    1,028

    11
    0
    Steve Shaver
    Vienna,WV
    8
    0
    1
    3
    0
    $14,575.00
    1,014

    12
    55
    Jeep Van Wormer®
    Pinconning,MI
    7
    0
    1
    3
    0
    $10,900.00
    995

    13
    25
    Shane Clanton®
    Locust Grove,GA
    6
    0
    2
    4
    0
    $11,900.00
    990

    14
    28
    Eddie Carrier Jr.®
    Ona,WV
    7
    0
    0
    1
    0
    $8,900.00
    929

    15
    1x1
    Sonny Conley®
    New Martinsville,WV
    4
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $3,600.00
    775

    16
    2
    Dennis Franklin
    Gaffney,SC
    5
    0
    0
    3
    0
    $6,925.00
    667

    17
    A1
    Duke Whiseant®
    Texarkana,AR
    4
    0
    1
    1
    0
    $4,400.00
    652

    18
    19J
    Davey Johnson
    Greensburg,PA
    5
    0
    1
    2
    0
    $6,650.00
    637

    19
    C9
    Steve Casebolt
    Richmond,IN
    3
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $2,650.00
    585

    20
    95
    Buckshot Miles
    Evans,GA
    3
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $2,325.00
    485

    21
    23
    Patrick Sheltra
    Indiantown,FL
    2
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $1,850.00
    462

    22
    10
    Pete Parker
    Kaukauna,WI
    2
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $1,825.00
    461

    23
    T31
    Shane Tankersley
    Morgonton,GA
    4
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $3,300.00
    455

    24
    O0
    Richard Smith
    Science Hill,KY
    1
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $1,000.00
    444

    25
    64
    Sean Cosgrove
    Catharpin
    1
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $900.00
    415

    26
    59
    Bill Cunningham
    Jefferson,OH
    2
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $2,150.00
    400

    27
    21D
    Dan Stone
    Thompson,PA
    1
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $1,400.00
    374

    28
    83
    Joe Morris
    Galatia,IL
    2
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $1,900.00
    360

    29
    70
    Jeff Smith
    Dallas,NC
    3
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $2,600.00
    321

    30
    7C
    Jim Curry®
    Norman,IN
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    $400.00
    320






    STACKER2® XTREME DIRTCAR SERIES SPONSORS



    STACKER2® - “The Title Sponsor of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series”



    YJ STINGER EXTREME ENERGY DRINK – “The Official Sponsor of the YJ Stinger Extreme Energy Drink Dash and the 2004

    Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series “YJ Stinger Cup” Championship



    THE GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY – “The Official Tire of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series. Goodyear, #1 In Tires”



    GEMINI AUTO CARE CENTERS – “The Official Auto Care Center of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series and Sponsor of the Gemini Auto Care Centers Hard Charger Award”



    LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS,INC. – “The Official Oil of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series and Sponsor of the 2004 Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year Award”



    SUNOCO RACE FUELS – “The Official Race Fuels of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series”



    BEARDEN OIL COMPANY/RACE FUEL DIVISION – “The Official Race Fuels Supplier of the Stacker2® Xtreme DirtCar Series”



    RINGERS GLOVES – “The Official Sponsor of the Ringers Gloves Time Trial Fast Qualifier Award”



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