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APRIL 11 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY OPENER MARKS 66 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING
Posted: March 29th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 29)……..The winning driver in the Small-Block Modified feature on Opening Night at Orange County Fair Speedway will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing traces its Orange County roots back to 1919, weekly stock car racing---the precursors of today’s Modifieds---began on April 16, 1950 and has continued uninterrupted since that memorable date...CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


HARD CLAY OPEN

Preparations Continue For Second Annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ At Orange County Fair Speedway Tuesday, April 7 As Short Track Super Series Kicks Off 2015 Season; Open Practice Session Planned For OCFS Saturday, April 4

MIDDLETOWN, NY – “We’re good to go!”

Those were the words of Orange County Fair Speedway promoter Michael Gurda IV when asked the status of the upcoming ‘Hard Clay Open’ at the historic track. The Halmar International ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank and East Coast Speed/ECS Auto Inc. is set for Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9), kicking off the 2015 Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship battle.

“We’ve been working around the facility, getting ready for the start of our motocross season (which opens the last week of March). We were fortunate not to have frost deep in the ground like some other places,” Gurda said. “We’ll make sure we host at least one practice day or night before the ‘Hard Clay Open’ to get some laps on the track and identify any trouble spots.

“I’ve been hearing nothing but good about the event.”

A pre-season practice is planned for Orange County on Saturday, April 4 from noon through 5 p.m. Teams looking to get a jump on safety inspection can have it completed on practice day.

American Racer, via the regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., is the official tire of the STSS. American Racer tires will be required for all 30 starters in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified main event. Local teams will be permitted to attempt to qualify on Hoosiers (D400) but will need to start the feature event on the approved American Racer compounds.

East Coast Speed/ECS Auto in Middletown, N.Y., is the area American Racer distributor. The first order of American Racers will be available March 24. To contact East Coast Speed, call 877.327.3535 or 845.343.0688.

East Coast Speed and Lias Tire will be present at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on race night with tires available.

Crate 602 Sportsman will race under the weekly Orange County Fair Speedway rule structure, including the Hoosier tire rule of D400 on all four corners (engine claimer rule not in effect). The Elmo’s Speed & Supply 25 offers a minimum of $1,250 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag.

Complete ‘Hard Clay Open’ rules have been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-general-information/

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ 50-lap STSS event is among the season’s most lucrative events for big-block/small-block Modified racers, offering a non-top-heavy purse structure throughout the field: $5,000 is guaranteed to the event winner, with $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green plus lap money, contingency awards and bonuses.

A complete list of ‘Hard Clay Open’ special awards and bonuses can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-2015-special-awards-bonuses-2/

The Modified purse structure, from first to last, has also been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-modified-pay-structure/

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 are on sale through the speedway office by calling 845.342.2573.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found 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: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com. The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”

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.


2014 OCFS Awards Banquet
Posted: March 8th, 2015

Photos from the 2014 Awards Banquet on 3/7/15 by Track Photographer Bobby Armbruster of Armbruster Racing Photos - CLICK HERE TO VIEW


2015 Handicapping Procedures
Posted: February 25th, 2015

Click Here to view the Handicapping Procedures for the 2015 OCFS Racing Season


Reserved Pit Parking
Posted: February 25th, 2015

Reserved Pit Parking Spaces are Available for $100 for the 2015 Regular Season. Contact Ken Sands at the Speedway Office if interested - 845-342-2573


2015 Rules For ALL Divisions Have Been Posted
Posted: February 7th, 2015

Click Here to view the 2015 Rule Book for Big Block Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and 4-Cylinders


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: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.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

Click Here to View the 2015 Schedule


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.


 



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