Hallowed Orange County Fair Speedway Opens Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Tuesday, April 7; United Pump & Tank Returns As Lead Sponsor; Grand Rental Station Posts $500 Hard Charger Award; Rules & General Information Announced
Posted: January 15th, 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the second consecutive year, the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek will open on the hallowed ground of the Orange County Fairgrounds.
The venerable five-eighths-mile Orange County Fair Speedway will play host to the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9) to kick off the race for the $15,000 Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region championship. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is the first of eight North Region points-paying events with $38,650 set to be distributed to the top-12 drivers in the standings.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be headlined by a big-block/small-block Modified 50-lap event offering a mammoth $30,000 total purse: $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag. There will be lap money, contingency awards and bonuses, contributing to a lucrative night for series competitors.
Again this season, United Pump & Tank has signed on as the lead ‘Hard Clay Open’ marketing partner. United Pump & Tank, based in Newburgh, N.Y., is the leader in service station maintenance and technologies. The Lowitt family owned business specializes in all service needs, including repair service, maintenance, and installations, from new to upgrades. To learn more about United Pump & Tank, visit www.unitedpumpandtank.com.
Not only will United Pump & Tank serve as a ‘Hard Clay Open’ sponsor, the company will back two Modifieds on the Short Track Super Series: one driven by veteran Jackie Brown Jr. and another for Crate 602 Sportsman graduate Corey Lowitt.
The first bonus award sponsor has signed on for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. Grand Rental Station, a tool and party rental center located just one block outside the speedway’s first and second turns in Middletown, N.Y., will present the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modified Hard Charger Award. The Grand Rental Station Hard Charger recipient, the driver advancing the most positions from scheduled start to finish in the 50-lap main, will receive $500 cash. Grand Rental Station, 388 East Main Street Middletown, N.Y., can be contacted by phone at 845.341.1500 or on the web: www.grandrentalmiddletown.com.
Rules for the ’15 ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be unique. Teams opting for the 2,500 lb. weight classification (big-block and dry-sump small-block engines) will be required to utilize standard window body panels. All other weight classifications will have the opportunity to run high sail panels.
Complete rules and ‘Hard Clay Open’ general information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-general-information/
The complete Modified purse structure has also been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-modified-pay-structure/
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will feature two divisions of open-wheel racing. The Short Track Super Series Fueled by Hi-Tek Modifieds will be joined by Crate 602 Sportsman, racing under Orange County track rules, in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start event.
Registration is open for both the Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman. Entry forms have been posted on the event website.
For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 1 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with a drivers’ meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the pit tower. Hot laps will follow and racing is set to begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $22 (Adults), $20 (Seniors) and $2 (Kids 6 and under). Pit admission is $35, with no license required. Advance tickets will go on sale through the speedway office on March 1 by calling 845.342.2573.
Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., bested a 59-car Modified field to win last year’s inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ special over a charging Tim Hindley, who drove from 19th starting position to a runner-up finish in Joe Sarvis’ small-block. Short-track racer Danny Tyler, traveling star Danny Johnson and veteran Jeff Heotzler rounded out the top-five.
Bachetti, off the strength of an Orange County triumph, went on to earn the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek championship worth $10,014-plus.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek and BD Motorsports Media LLC is on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: email@example.com. The series is also on Twitter and Facebook.
Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuels, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Hig Fab Chassis, Bicknell Racing Products, Teo-Pro Car, FOX Shocks, Fast Axle, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Kirkey Race Products, Simplicity Designs and many other fine marketing partners
Tentative 2015 OCFS Schedule Has Been Released
Posted: December 18th, 2014
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Orange County Fair Speedway To Operate Independently In 2015, Ends DIRTcar NorthEast Sanction; STSS ‘Hard Clay Open’ Set For April 7
Posted: November 26th, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NY – The questions have been answered surrounding the 2015 season at Orange County Fair Speedway.
Michael Gurda IV, the promoter of the historic five-eighths-mile fairgrounds oval, has confirmed that OCFS will operate as an independent facility for the ’15 campaign, effectively ending the speedway’s DIRTcar NorthEast sanction. Orange County first hosted auto racing in 1919 and the ’15 campaign will mark its 66th year of uninterrupted stock car racing.
“At this time, we felt it was in the best interest of Orange County Fair Speedway, its drivers and fans, to operate fully on our own for 2015,” Gurda stated. “We’re working on a schedule of events that should be enticing for weekly racing and our traditional special events.”
The independent status will not prompt rule changes in any of the weekly classes. Hoosier Racing Tires will be utilized in open-wheel divisions.
The ’15 Orange County Fair Speedway season will open on Tuesday, April 7 with the second edition of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event co-promoted by BD Motorsports Media LLC. The event will kick off the point chase for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek $15,000 championship with a 50-lap Modified event paying $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. Crate 602 Sportsman offering $1,000 to win and $100 to start will complete the doubleheader. Weather dates are planned for April 8 and 9.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be preceded by an open practice session on Saturday, April 4 from noon-5 p.m.
The first Saturday night event of the season is set for April 11 with small-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman and Street Stocks on the card. The opening points-paying race for big-block Modifieds is planned for Saturday, April 18.
Weekly racing will continue through September 12 with the exception of May 23 (Memorial Day) and July 4 – the track will be silent for the holiday weekends. The speedway’s ‘Eve of Destruction’ will take place on September 19.
Orange County Fair Speedway’s “trademark event” take place on October 23-25 with the 54th running of the Eastern States Weekend, the longest consecutively run event for dirt-track Modified stock cars in the country. The ’15 edition of Eastern States Weekend will, of course, be highlighted by the $20,000-to-win Eastern States 200 for big-block Modifieds on Sunday.
2014 OCFS Awards Banquet - March 7th, 2015
Posted: November 7th, 2014
2014 Awards Banquet will be Saturday March 7 at 6pm in the OCF Arena - Tickets are available by contacting the speedway office during business hours.....also 2015 Season Tickets are on sale through the speedway office during regular business hours. Speedway Office Hours during the Off Season are Mon - Fri 9am - 2pm. Closed Saturday / Sunday and Holidays. Phone 845-342-2573 to purchase tickets.