PENN YAN, NY — Story by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Photo by Turn 5 Podcast Co-Host Clint Miller — I told myself I wouldn’t take out any more time writing about Mother Nature in a Broadslidin’ Blog but in the first line I’ve already blown that. Sorry Race Chasers, this weather is finally starting to get in my head a little bit up here in the Northeast.
Races aside, my little hometown went through the worst flooding in our town of Penn Yan, NY’s history last week and it still rattles me to talk or write about it. Thoughts of what races we were going to head out to quickly changed to finding shelter for a family member who lost everything in the flood. News crews and volunteers from everywhere entered our town and the support is just flat out incredible.
Just to give you an idea of how much rain we took in — I live at the top of a pretty big hill and spent 3 days with the shop vac in my basement. But as we try to press on and move ahead from the water and destruction, there is a lot of racing going on this weekend in the Northeast to help us get away for a few hours on the weekend.
For Friday night,Freedom Speedway that was supposed to host the Patriot Sprint Tour has already pulled the plug on their show due to a very saturated pit area and racing surface. Ransomville Speedway has a $3,000-to-win event scheduled which would be their first race of 2014 and I will be headed there to cover it for Race Chaser and Turn 5.
Other tracks in action include Brewerton, I-88 Speedway, Albany-Saratoga, which hosts the Empire Super Sprints, and the Woodhull Raceway, which has a special non-points event for their Crate Sportsman division. Part of a 2-day weekend in Woodhull, NY features a regular show for the Late Models as well.
On Saturday night, Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Woodhull Raceway, Fulton Speedway, Thunder Mountain Speedway, Lebanon Valley, and Orange County Fair Speedway all feature regular shows. Oswego Speedway has an outstanding night on tap as they bring in MAVTV to tape the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 to air later on July 3rd at 8 pm. They also feature the RoC Asphalt Modifieds where we will see if Chuck Hossfeld has anything for ‘Money Matt’ Hirschman in the Richie Evans Memorial 75.
They will have on tap the 35-lap Tony White Memorial for the Small-Block Supermodifieds. Good luck to my buddy Camden Proud making his 2nd career Oswego start! The Empire Super Sprints will hit the Fonda Speedway for night #2 of their 3-day Eastern NY swing.
And on Sunday, fasten your seatbelts folks. The Empire Super Sprints will invade the Utica-Rome Speedway for what is always a near sellout show in the grandstands. Look for Chuck Hebing to try and get back on track with his new Eagle Chassis in the Cobra Coaches, Wilkins RV #45 and good luck to 2nd year sprint car competitor ‘Lil Cobra’ Kelly Hebing as she attempts to qualify in her 305 c.c. SUNY Canton #10.
I will be making my first trip to the Little Valley Speedway with Turn 5 Podcast producer Brad Ovens to take in the NDRL Super Late Model Series as well as the opening round for the Bicknell Racing Products CanAm Late Model Series. Little Valley produces high speeds on the straights and tight corners so we look forward to that.
We’re even going racing on a Monday! Utica-Rome features the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour 100-Lap ‘Victoria Weekend’ event for the modifieds. This track tends to get dry slick in a hurry during the daytime so we will see just who has the right combination. Stewart Friesen told us Tuesday night at Thunder Mountain he has a small-block prepared to go into the Tom Cullen owned 1wgc ride for Monday.
I love this time of year as far as racing is concerned. Two new tracks will get crossed off the ‘never been to’ list and there should be great racing every direction you travel. Wherever you go this weekend, make sure to encourage the kids to tag along with you. They are the next generation of race fans.
Until next time race fans, keep it on the cushion!