DUNDEE, N.Y. — official track release by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Susan Van Pelt photo —
Billy Van Pelt was one of the first drivers to request a registration form for Tuesday night’s running of the ‘Rumble at The Rock’ at Black Rock Speedway. The 16-time Woodhull Raceway track champion has his sights set on the $5,000 winner’s share of the purse sponsored by S.P. Wilson, Inc.
Van Pelt is coming off of another victory this past weekend at Woodhull Raceway — his second of the season and third podium finish in four features for 2015 on ‘The Highbanks’. The Grant Hilfiger-owned No. 78 has been potent, which has the team hopeful to earn one of the three guaranteed starting spots up for grabs Tuesday night to one of three Short Track Super Series North Region events.
The guaranteed starting spots available to pick from for the top three finishers include:
- Lightning on the Mountain; Sunday June 28 at Thunder Mountain Speedway — paying $5,000+ to win and $400 to start
- Crazy 8s Special; Wednesday July 22 at I-88 Speedway — paying $8,888+ to win and $388 to start
- Hustlin’ the Highbanks 51; Tuesday August 11 at Woodhull Raceway — paying $5,100+ to win and $400 to start
Although Van Pelt is the 16-time Woodhull Raceway track champion, it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ for the Westfield, Pennsylvania driver.
“We’ve had up and down luck at Black Rock over the years — literally,” said Van Pelt. “I’ve been upside down at that place but we have had some really exciting charges to the front too.”
Van Pelt recalled a race in 1993 when he charged from the back to the front, passing Danny Johnson for the lead — something the driver of the No. 78 car might have to do again on Tuesday night when ‘The Doctor’ makes his attempt to go 2-for-2 at Black Rock Speedway in 2015.
“I started 18th in 1993 and worked my way to the front to pass Danny Johnson for the win,” recalled Van Pelt. “[And then] in 2006 we qualified through the B-Main to start 21st and came back to win the opener that season for the ‘T3 All-Star Series’ at that time.”
Last season, Van Pelt also qualified into a Modified feature at the track through a consolation race and raced his way to a top five finish. Tuesday night will provide the 16-time Woodhull champion and two-time Black Rock Speedway Modified champion the chance to race to the front again — but hopefully from a better starting position. The qualifying heat races will be greatly important to help drivers make the top 12 redraw and better their chances at winning the $5,000 top prize and one of the three STSS guaranteed starting spots.
As a reminder- the Crate Sportsman and Creekside Entertainment Bandits will NOT be on the racing card for the June 2 show presented by S.P. Wilson, Inc.
The racing action will take the green flag on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission for adults will be $15.00 while Seniors and ages 12-17 will be admitted for $13.00. Pit admission will be $27 for members and $35 for non-members Tuesday night.
One night of weekly competition comes up tonight, serving as a final tune up for ‘The Rumble’. The Big Block/Small Block Modifieds will be joined by the Crate Sportsman, M&M Auto Sales & Service IMCA Modifieds, MRC Street Stocks, NAPA Know How 4 Cylinders and Creekside Entertainment Bandits.
Pits open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstands follow at 5 p.m. and race time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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CREDIT: Black Rock Speedway