Story by Steven Ovens – Photo Credit to Matthew Boyce Photography –
As most of the big sprint car, late model and Super DIRTcar Modified teams are headed down 81 to the World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway there is still a few straggling events left on the 2013 calendar. Two events we feature this weekend is the Inaugural American Racer Crate Classic 200 at Black Rock Speedway and the National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Both events feature long laps and big money to the victor. According to officials at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY, “Cold and wet weather has forced the postponement of the annual Gary’s U-Pull It Southern Tier 100 to Saturday, November 9th at 1pm. The Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour title will be decided on the track Sunday, April 13th.”
What that leaves for this Saturday is the Southern Tier 100, a race featuring local dirt modifieds who will compete for a top prize of $5,555. The event will also award $300 to take the green flag and award $100 to all non-qualified cars. On top of these prizes, there will also be monetary lap awards given out. Lap 25 and 75 feature $250 in lap money that will be split into: 1st- $125, 2nd- $75 & 3rd- $50. The Lap 50 fuel stop will see $500 spread out to the top three as $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
Five Mile Point Speedway will also feature the $2,000-to-win ROC Street Stock Southern Tier 40. This looks to attract cars from all over New York and Pennsylvania as this race is one of the highest paying races for the street stocks in the Southern Tier. There is also lap money on the line for the street stocks as Laps 10, 20 & 30 will see $150 spread across the Top 3 as $75, $50 and $25 respectively.
But FMPS will not be the only place local race fans can get their racing fix on this weekend. Black Rock Speedway will feature their inaugural American Racer Crate Classic 200. The first of it’s kind, a 200 Lap Crate Sportsman race that will see drivers in this division go about 150-170 laps more than they have probably ever driven in a feature race in their careers.
The Crate Classic 200 will follow the 100 lap race, halftime break, 100 lap finish format that fans are familiar with in several local 200 lap affairs. The 200 will pay $4,000 to the winner and is a whopping $400 to start the race. It is fantastic to see the support shown to the drivers of the Sportsman division for this event, as they will take center stage at “The Rock”. It will be crucial to qualify well as time trials will start the qualifying process for the event, with your speed likely determining your qualifying heat race starting position.
The first entry to the Crate Classic 200 came from a driver in Connecticut. It will be exciting to see the car counts for this first-time event for the speedway. Black Rock will also boast “The Big One”- a $5,000 to win enduro. Local hotels fill up as several race teams build enduro cars and travel from long distances to try and take home five thousand big ones!