For the Second Consecutive Year, Orange County Fair Speedway’s 2016 Eastern States Weekend Offers Racers Big Prize Money
More than $60,000 awaits a driver who can win both Modified championship races
Posted: September 19th, 2016
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 19)……..Six times in Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States history, one driver has won both the Small Block Modified championship race and the headline Eastern States 200 in the same weekend. Danny Johnson swept both races in 1992 and Brett Hearn took top honors in both races five times---1986, 2002, 2004, 2012, and 2014. But neither Johnson nor Hearn ever won as much money as a double victor will this year.
With $35,000 going to the winner of the 2016 Eastern States 200, and $15,000 to the Small-Block Modified 100 victor, plus a $10,000 bonus for a sweep of the two races, one driver could leave the historic Middletown “Hard Clay” on Sunday evening, October 23 some $60,000 richer. And this doesn’t include special awards like $1,000 for fast time and the pole position in the 200 and $500 for the outside pole slot, nor the lap money in both races to the leader of each completed circuit.
The questions thus become, how many drivers will enter both races? And who has to best chance of winning the double?
During Orange County’s 2016 weekly racing schedule, 13 different drivers raced one or more times in both the Big-Block Modified and the Small-Block Modified divisions. Of the 13, the best overall record was turned in by Waldwick, New Jersey’s Tommy Meier, who won the point championships in both Modified divisions. Meier is also the defending Eastern States 200 winner, and finished second in the 100-lap Small Block Modified race. (Ironically, Hearn won the 2015 Small-Block Modified 100 and finished second to Meier in the Eastern States 200.) And based on his Orange County 2016 weekly performances in both divisions, Meier has to be considered among the favorites to join Johnson and Hearn in the exclusive weekend sweep club.
The 55th Annual Eastern States Weekend presented by Halmar International, Arkel Motors, and WLR Construction Company, the oldest continuously-run championship race weekend for dirt track Modifieds, is set for Friday through Sunday, October 21-23, 2016 at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Advance ticket information and weekend schedules are available by calling the track office at 845-342-2573 during business hours, or by visiting www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
EXCITEMENT ABOUNDS FOR 55th ANNIVERSARY
EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprint Cars, and Street Stocks in three days of nonstop racing action
Posted: September 11th, 2016
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 11)……..It’s just over a month away and excitement is already building for the 55th Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 21-23, 2016, presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. But the weekend’s headline race remains the Eastern States 200, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. This year’s Eastern States has again been enhanced by huge increases in the purses for the Big- and Small-Block races, adding to the excitement of the entire weekend.
Activity actually begins a day earlier: At 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 20 the pits open to competitors for hauler parking and inspections. Later, between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm, the grounds will open for early arriving campers.
Racing begins on Friday, October 21. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 9:30 am, with the car inspection beginning at 10:30 am and spectator gates at 11:00 am. Following car inspections and drivers meeting, on-track practice for time trials for the Big-Block Modified and Sportsman division begins at 1:00 pm. After time trials are complete, Sportsman heats precede Modified heats, Sportsman consolation races, and a hot lap session for the Small-Block Modifieds. Friday’s Sportsman 50-lap feature race, paying $1,000 to win, caps off the day’s racing.
Saturday, October 22 the racing is virtually non-stop with the Small Block Modified and 305 Sprint Cars the featured divisions. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am with the spectator gates at 10:00 am. The drivers meeting is at 11:00 am followed by hot laps for the Small Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars.
After 305 Sprint Car timed hot laps and the Small Block Modified Time Trials, qualifying heat and consolation races for the two divisions will be run.
The first feature race of the day will be the 25-lap 305 Sprint Car main, and then the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified championship race, which will see the winner take home $15,000 plus bonus and laps leader awards.
All this leads to the Sunday, October 23 finale, the 55th Annual Eastern States 200 Championship Race for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction and Arkel Motors. The only true 200-lap race of its kind, the Eastern States 200 winner will earn $35,000 plus bonus and laps leader awards. Should one driver win both Saturday’s and Sunday’s championship races, his paycheck will be enhanced with a $10,000 bonus!
Following the Fairgrounds and pits opening at 8:00 am, spectator gates swing open at 9:00 am. Street Stock inspection also begins at 8:00 am, followed by the Street Stock drivers meeting at 9:15 am. On-track activities begin at 9:30 am with the annual Pit Party when all fans are invited to join the racers along the track’s historic homestretch. Cars from all Orange County’s racing divisions will be on display, and drivers will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.
Following the Pit Party, racing gets underway with hot laps and qualifying heat and consolation races for the Street Stocks and last chance Modified consolation races. Next up will be the 25-lap Street Stock $250-to-win championship race. And then at 2:30 pm, it’s time for trackside ceremonies, driver introductions, and the headline Eastern States 200 for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors.
Advance tickets, camping, and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
Media members may request Eastern States Weekend credentials by contacting Bobby Armbruster at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 8, 2016.
Race teams: An open practice at OCFS is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Eastern States Lap Sponsorships Now Available
Posted: August 9th, 2016
Sponsor a lap for the 2016 Eastern States Weekend - Contact Ken Sands at the Speedway Office
Laps are $25 each lap for Modifieds, $15 each lap for Small Block Modifieds and $15 each lap for Sportsman
2016 Eastern States Weekend Price List
Posted: June 26th, 2016