DUNDEE, N.Y. — official track release by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Crystal Gayle photo —
Gary Tomkins is still climbing up on the wheel and still winning races on the dirt.
Tomkins took the win on opening night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the Vinson family owned No. 93, a run coming after an impressive bolt from the back of the field to sixth place in the opening round of the Super DIRTcar Series at Fulton Speedway.
Tomkins will be making the trek to Black Rock Speedway on Tuesday night to compete in the ‘Rumble at The Rock’, which pays $5,000 to the winner and a minimum of $200 to start. The top three finishers will also be choosing from guaranteed starting spots to future 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
Tomkins spoke to Race Chaser Online regarding his past experiences at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ located in Dundee, N.Y.
“I’ve won in a sportsman modified at Black Rock and back in the late 90s we raced a small block modified there,” said Tomkins as he prepared for the upcoming weekend of racing in the Northeast. “I don’t remember how many wins we had (in the small block), but that was when Paine was dominant there so we usually finished behind him.”
Paine was dominant in the late 90s and early 2000s — winning over 80 races and collecting seven track championships. Tomkins will have to contend with ‘The Hurricane’ on Tuesday, where the Waterloo, N.Y. driver has already won two feature events going into Friday night’s racing action.
Tomkins, from Clifton Springs, N.Y., will be piloting a dirt modified owned by Tom Coar and carrying Tomkins’ traditional No. 84 on the sides and roof. Based on the performances that Tomkins has been logging with the Vinson team on less than a top tier budget — watch for him to be a contender on Tuesday night. Whether he has to start up front or shotgun on the field, Tomkins has proved this season that he can still get the job done when given competitive equipment.
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 remains on Friday night, 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