HOT SUMMER WEATHER AND HOT RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Two Feature Races for the Big-Block Modifieds This Saturday

Posted: June 22nd, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 23)......With the hot summer months upon us, racing action on the Hard Clay of Orange County Fair Speedway will be just as hot with top drivers looking for wins at the historic five-eighths-mile Middletown race track.

This coming Saturday evening, June 27, Hutchings Insurance and HIG FAB present a full program of Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock, and Thunder Trucks in qualifying and feature races. The program will open with the 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature race held over from May 16. The Big-Block Modifieds will then be back later in the evening with the regularly-scheduled 30-lap feature race.

At the season’s midpoint, two-time Orange County Modified point champion Tim Hindley is again on top the leaderboard with 779 points. Chasing him are former champion Jerry Higbie (797 points), young Anthony Perrego (795 points), Billy Vaninwegen and Mike Ruggiero, both with 747 points.

Randy Sweetman (825 points), Matt Hitchcock (815 points) and Matt Janiak (813 points), are the leaders in the Sportsman division, while Charlie Donald (942 points), and Emerson Cargain Sr. (935 points) rule the roost in the unpredictable Street Stock division. Peter VanNoordt (180 points) is best in the Thunder Trucks.

Admission prices for both the June 27 race meet remains at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

Fans are reminded that there will be no racing on Saturday, July 4 so that everyone can enjoy the Independence Day Holiday with their families. Racing will resume on Saturday, July 11.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


Upcoming: July 22–August 2 -- The 175th Annual Orange County Fair!


CHARLIE LODER MEMORIAL FOR SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: June 15th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 15)......The spotlight turns to the Small-Block Modifieds this coming Saturday evening, June 20 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

The lightning-quick Small-Block Modifieds will compete in a special 25-lap Charlie Loder Memorial feature race, with the winner receiving not only the trophy and cash prize, but also a guaranteed seventh starting position in the October 24 Eastern States Weekend Small-Block Modified championship race. Qualifying heat races will determine the starting lineup for this special race. Loder was a long-time supporter of all the racers at Orange County. There will also be a one-on-one elimination race among the top Small-Block Modified drivers, with the winner taking home $561 courtesy of the Loder family. The night’s activities are sponsored by Arkel Motors.

In addition to the Small-Block Modifieds, the evening’s racing program will also include the, the wild and wooly Sportsman cars, the learning-the-ropes Rookie Sportsman, the always unpredictable Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder cars. In addition, the Orange County Kids Club has special activities planned for the youngsters.

Admission prices for the June 20 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.


Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 27 --- Modified make-up race from May 16 added

July 04 --- NO RACING

July 11 --- Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, CRSA Sprint Cars


June 13th Recap
Posted: June 15th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN – Reigning two-time champion Tim Hindley and former titlist Tommy Meier both picked up their first wins of the season last Saturday night as the Orange County Fair Speedway presented its annual Twin Twenties Modified racing program.

Meier, who has been saddled with hard luck most of the season, opened the night’s parade of features when he started on the pole and led the whole way to capture the first Modified 20-lapper. It was the 15th career OCFS win for Meier, who own two track championships here.

Meier got a quick jump on Gary Edwards Jr. and was able to stretch out a big lead as he raced to OVFS starter Bob Ryder’s checkered flags without a caution. The veteran driver turned in a top single-lap speed of 21.975 seconds (102.389 seconds) en route to the win as Edwards, Chuck McKee, Jeff Heotzler Sr. and Hindley completed the top five.

Hindley, who earned his 14th career win here, turned in even faster times than Meier in the nightcap as he took the checkered flag more than five seconds ahead of Craig Mitchell. Hindley, who started fourth, turned in speeds of over 105 miles per hour as he took the lead away from Mitchell with an outside pass off the fourth turn on the third lap.

Jerry Higbie, who leads the point standings, brought out the race’s only caution with nine laps completed when his car sustained damage to the right rear of the car. Higbie’s crew changed a tire and worked on the right rear as he was able to return to the track.

However, Higbie only managed a 17th place finish and saw his lead in the standings dwindle to just two points over Hindley.

Chris Whitehead followed the two leaders across the line in third place with Anthony Perrego, McKee, Heotzler, Rich Ricci Jr., Meier, Mike Ruggiero and Bob McGannon rounding out the top 10.

Matt Janiak grabbed his third victory of the 2015 racing season in an abbreviated Sportsman feature, which was checkered after just 17 of the 20 scheduled laps were completed.

OCFS officials were forced to end the race after R.J. Smith flipped wildly down the backstretch and took down several feet of the fencing. Since it would take an hour or more to fix the fencing, the race was declared official as the track’s curfew was also approaching. Smith wasn’t injured.

Janiak, who captured the first qualifying heat, started on the pole for the heads-up start event and never trailed throughout.

The race was also red-flagged on the fourth lap when Anthony Falanga flipped in the third turn and had his car cradled off the track. Falanga wasn’t injured from the accident.

Janiak was then able to stretch out a big lead until Troy Arnold’s second turn mishap forced a caution with 17 laps completed. Smith’s flip followed shortly after that as the race was stopped three laps from the finish.

Randy Sweetman picked up a second place effort with rookie driver Jared LaBagh, Danny Cronk and Matt Hitchcock rounding out the top five. It was LaBagh’s best outing of his young racing career, which is only a few weeks old.

Brandon Finley will be moving up to the Sportsman ranks after he claimed his third career win in the Rookie Crate Sportsman 15-lap feature. Any driver winning three races in the division must move on to Sportsman competition.
Finley grabbed first place from Howie Finch Jr. on the fourth lap and then went on to finish ahead of Leo Fotopoulos, Allison Ricci, Pete Goydich and Finch.

Finch won the six-lap, dash-for-cash, for the Rookie Sportsman drivers, but presented the winning $500 check to George Begg, who placed second. Finch was the sponsor of the race and Begg appreciated the generous gesture.

Emerson Cargain Jr. became only the second full fender driver in OCFS history to claim 40 career victories as he captured the Street Stock 15-lap feature ahead of Paul Maiolo, Charlie Donald, Joel Murns Jr. and Stan Vishinski.

Cargain got a break after 12 laps were completed when leader Jim Maher slowed on the racing surface and Donald made contact with his car. Both drivers went to the pits and Cargain inherited first place. He then went on to join all-time leader Al D’Antonio (48) on the track’s 40-win club.


June 6th Recap
Posted: June 8th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN – Veterans Mike Kolka and John Ferrier shared the spotlight last Saturday evening as the Orange County Fair Speedway celebrated its annual “Nostalgia Night’’ with many old time drivers of seasons past in attendance.

Kolka, who has struggled throughout the 2015 campaign, finally got things together as he captured his first victory of the racing campaign in the Modified 30-lap main event. Ferrier, meanwhile, broke a 13-year winless streak in the Small Block Modified 25-lap feature as he picked up his first triumph since July, 24, 2002.

“It’s been a struggle,’’ said Kolka, who notched his 10th OCFS career win. “We’ve experienced motor problems and haven’t had a whole lot of luck so far this year. But track position definitely made the difference tonight because it was only a one-lane track to race on.’’

Kolka, who started on the pole, took advantage of that spot as he led the entire distance while hugging the inside and forcing his competition to follow the same line. Chris Whitehead could draw in on Kolka during the race, but never made a passing attempt with no outside cushion to grab on to.

Kolka, whose previous best outing this season was a sixth place showing on opening night, got the quick jump on Whitehead when OCFS starter Bob Ryder waved the green flag and never looked back as the race was completed with no cautions during a span of 11 minutes, 15.324 seconds.

Chris Shultz and Richie Eurich raced third and fourth throughout the race, and Mike Ricci passed Chuck McKee for fifth place on the fourth circuit around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval. Ricci remained there the rest of the event as he finished ahead of Bob McGannon, Tim Hindley, McKee, Jerry Higbie and Anthony Perrego.

Ferrier, whose last win here came in Sportsman competition on Sept. 10, 2011, completely dominated a 19-car field as he collected the third Small Block Modified victory of his OCFS career. The Middletown driver got the jump on Willy Auchmoody from his outside pole starting spot and took the checkered flag more than three seconds ahead of Jesse Leiby.

“It’s been a long time,’’ said Ferrier, who also has nine Sportsman wins here. “I’ve won some races in the Sportsman class, but it’s been quite a few years since I last won here with a Small Block. I’m glad the track brought this class back.’’

Ferrier’s only stumbling block to victory came after 14 laps were completed when second-place running Auchmoody made contact with Jason Kosch in the first turn to force the race’s only caution. Auchmoody ran into the back of Kosch as he was attempting to put a lap on him.

Leiby inherited second place after Auchmoody was forced to retire and remained there until the finish. Rob Rowe followed in third with Kirk Horton, McGannon, Tommy Meier, Donnie Elliott, Tim Hindley, Gary Edwards Jr. and Tom Hindley rounding out the top 10.

Frank Venezia received a reprieve on the final lap restart to earn his first win this season in the Sportsman 20-lap feature race. It was the ninth career win for Venezia, who last won on May 18, 2014.

Venezia, who led the entire race from his outside pole starting position, nearly lost the top spot after Leiby’s second-turn spin forced a caution with 19 laps completed. Venezia chose to take the outside lane for the restart and it nearly backfired for the veteran driver.

Joey Bruning got the jump on Venezia and appeared to take over first place when the yellow flag was displayed for an accident involving Matt Janiak and Anthony Falanga on the restart. Venezia remained in first place as the lap wasn’t scored and chose to stay inside for the ensuing restart.

Venezia maintained his lead as he went on to finish ahead of Bruning, Matt Hitchcock, Brian Krummel and Chris Stevens when the checkered flags were displayed.

Jim Maher continued his dominance in Street Stock action this season as he grabbed his fourth win in the Marky Traverse Memorial Race 15-lap main event. He was followed by Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Sr., Charlie Donald and Mike Vigiletti.

Maher, who now has five career wins, grabbed first place away from Tarantino on the second lap and then ran away for the win.

Jake Schlagel started on the pole and led the whole race as he captured the Northeast Vintage Modified 15-lap feature.
Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Mike Kolka, 2. Chris Whitehead, 3. Chris Shultz, 4. Richie Eurich, 5. Mike Ricci, 6. Bob McGannon, 7. Tim Hindley, 8. Chuck McKee, 9. Jerry Higbie, 10. Anthony Perrego, 11. Billy VanInwegen, 12. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 13. Tommy Meier, 14. Gary Edwards Jr., 15. Mike Ruggiero, 16. L.J. Lombardo, 17. John Lieto, 18. Jeremy Markle, 19. Craig Mitchell, 20. Bobby Hentschel, 21. Willy Auchmoody, 22. Chad Loiodice, 23. Rich Ricci Jr.

Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. John Ferrier, 2. Jesse Leiby, 3. Rob Rowe, 4. Kirk Horton, 5. Bob McGannon, 6. Tommy Meier, 7. Donnie Elliott, 8. Tim Hindley, 9. Gary Edwards Jr., 10. Tom Hindley, 11. Rich Ricci Jr., 12. Darrell Ford, 13. L.J. Lombardo, 14. Chad Loiodice, 15. Tyler McKee, 16. Jason Kosch, 17. Ted Zacker, 18. Dom Roselli, 19. Willy Auchmoody. Did Not Start: Jimmy Spellmon , Steve Akers.

Sportsman Feature Finish 20 Laps: 1. Frank Venezia, 2. Joey Bruning, 3. Matt Hitchcock, 4. Brian Krummel, 5. Chris Stevens, 6. Dominic Roselli, 7. Danny Cronk, 8. Zack Vavricka, 9. Randy Sweetman, 10. Jared Labagh, 11. Rafaele Carson, 12. R.J. Smith, 13. Andrew Reeves, 14. Jesse Leiby, 15. Allison Ricci, 16. Thomas Strupp, 17. Matt Janiak, 18. Anthony Falanga, 19. Howie Finch Jr., 20. Doc Young, 21. Paul Hyde, 22. Joe Falanga, 23. Tommy Vigh, 24. Tyler Treacy. Did Not Qualify: Mike Murphy, Keith Johannessen, Rob Wosyluk, John Farissien, Jim Rumsey, Austin Smith.

Street Stock Feature (Marky Traverse Memorial Race) Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Jim Maher, 2. Ray Tarantino, 3. Emerson Cargain Sr., 4. Charlie Donald, 5. Mike Vigiletti, 6. Ron Constable, 7. Dick Shaddock, 8. Jeff Krawcyzk, 9. Mike Unger.

Northeast Vintage Modified Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Jake Schlagel, 2. Rob Sanford, 3. Darrell Hulbert, 4. Stan Wetmore, 5. Jimmy Johnson, 6. Chris Adams, 7. Patrick Murphy, 8. Rust Granicker, 9. Mike VanTassel, 10. Jeff Hager, 11. John Hager.


TWO WEEKS OF “DOUBLES” FOR MODIFIEDS UPCOMING
AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Twin-20s for the Modifieds June 13 and previous rained out 30-lap feature race added to June 27 full racing program

Posted: June 8th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 9)......Two of the next three two weeks of racing action at Orange County Fair Speedway will spotlight “doubles,” first with twin 20-lap feature races for the Modifieds on Saturday, June 13, and then the rained out 30-lap Modified feature from May 16 will be added to the full program of racing on Saturday, June 27. The Big-Block Modifieds will not be racing on Saturday, June 20.

This coming Saturday, led by current point leader and three-time track champion, Jerry Higbie, the earth-shaking, 800 horse power Big-Block Modifieds will have two chances to win on the lightning fast five-eighths-mile Middletown “Hard Clay” oval. Also on the evening’s program are the Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman, the thrill-a-minute Street Stocks, and the Thunder Trucks. The Street Stocks will be competing in the Crane Golf Challenge Series Point Race No. 2. The night’s activities are sponsored by Dana Distributors, Budweiser, and Sparta Trucking.

The following week, Saturday, June 20, the Small-Block Modifieds take center stage with the Annual Charlie Loder Memorial race. Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and the Four-Cylinder race cars will also be in action.

Admission prices for the June 13, 20, and 27 race meets remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. Starting times will be promptly at 6:30 pm.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


Reminder: July 4 Independence Day – No Racing


May 30th Recap
Posted: June 1st, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN – Jerry Higbie became the 14th driver to claim at least 25 career Modified wins at the Orange County Fair Speedway last Saturday night as he battled Anthony Perrego during an exciting 30-lap main event.

Higbie, who also padded his lead in the point standings, found an opening around Perrego while racing off the second turn on the 15th lap to grab the lead en route to his second win of the 2015 season. The veteran driver then set a blistering pace to the finish as he lapped all of his competition up to sixth place.

“I knew I had a very good car tonight,’’ said Higbie, “and I knew I would be okay once I got in front. But that was quite a battle for a while there. He (Perrego) raced me clean and is a very talented driver. There’s going to be a lot of wins coming from him in his future.’’

Perrego , after starting third, grabbed the lead from Richie Eurich at the starter’s stand just before Chuck McKee’s car went up in smoke to force a caution with seven laps completed. Higbie, who started ninth, was already racing fourth.

Higbie raced past Bob McGannon for third place following the restart and wrestled second away from Eurich a lap later as he set his sights on Perrego. Higbie quickly closed in on Perrego, who blocked all of his passing attempts as the race went on.

“I knew it was just a matter of time,’’ said Higbie. “The track was very wide tonight and I just took my time. I was really good in the turns and got a good run off the second to take over the lead.’’

Higbie and Perrego then drove well ahead of the rest of the 23-car field as the event went non-stop to the finish. Perrego was able to close in through lapped traffic in the closing laps, but never challenged Higbie the remainder of the race.

Craig Mitchell finished a distant third to the two leaders with Billy VanInwegen, McGannon and Jeff Heotzler Sr. following as the only drivers on the lead lap. Eurich, Mike Ricci, L.J. Lombardo and Chris Shultz rounded out the top 10.

Brian Krummel had quite an evening as he captured the first win of his career in the Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 305 sprint car 20-lap feature as well as the held-over Sportsman 20-lap main event.

Krummel, the reigning Sportsman track titlist, started on the pole and led the entire race in just the fifth outing of his sprint car career.

“That was pretty awesome,’’ said Krummel. “I’ve had a few top five finishes this season, but this race was really fast tonight and the track was in great shape. We had a good run in the first Sportsman feature, but I ran out of tires in the second one.’’

Krummel was in complete command of the 25-car sprint field as he stretched out tremendous leads following each restart during the race. Jeremy Quick moved into second place by the 11th lap, but never challenged Krummel.

Former CRSA champion John Matrafailo followed in third place with rookie driver Christian Rumsey and Kyle Smith completing the top five.

Krummel had no trouble at all in the held-over Sportsman feature as he finished ahead of Matt Janiak, Andrew Reeves, Dominic Roselli Jr. and Joe Bruning.

Janiak picked up his second win of the 2015 season in the Sportsman 20-lap race as he finished ahead of Reeves, Matt Hitchcock, Jesse Leiby and Randy Sweetman.

Janiak grabbed the lead away from Reeves with an outside back down the backstretch on the 16th lap as he scored the 6th win of his OCFS Sportsman career.

Brandon Finley won the Rookie Crate Sportsman 15-lap feature with Austin Smith, Leo Fotopoulos, Pete Goydich and Howie Finch Jr. following.

Jim Maher locked up his third Street Stock win this season in the 15-lap race with Charlie Donald and Ron Constable following.

George Zeininger grabbed his third win in the Four-Cylinder 10-lap race.

Sportsman Feature (held over from May 16) Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Matt Janiak, 3. Andrew Reeves, 4. Dominic Roselli Jr., 5. Joey Bruning, 6. Matt Hitchcock, 7. Jesse Leiby, 8. Randy Sweetman, 9. R.J. Smith, 10. Joe Conklin, 11. Danny Cronk, 12. Troy Arnold, 13. Rafaele Carson, 14. Anthony Falanga, 15. Joey Falanga, 16. Scott Flammer, 17. Jared Labagh, 18. Alan Cote, 19. Tommy Vigh, 20. Austin Smith, 21. Frank Venezia.

Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jerry Higbie, 2. Anthony Perrego, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4. Billy VanInwegen, 5. Bob McGannon, 6. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 7. Richie Eurich, 8. Mike Ricci, 9. L.J. Lombardo, 10. Chris Shultz, 11. John Lieto, 12. Bobby Zwart, 13. Mike Ruggiero, 14. Willy Auchmoody, 15. Gary Edwards Jr., 16. Jimmy Spellmon, 17. Chris Whitehead, 18. Kirk Horton, 19. Chuck McKee, 20. Danny Creeden, 21. Jeremy Markle, 22. Timmy Hindley, 23. Tommy Meier. Did Not Start: Mike Kolka.

Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Matt Janiak, 2. Andrew Reeves, 3. Matt Hitchcock, 4. Jesse Leiby, 5. Randy Sweetman, 6. Brendon Finley, 7. R.J. Smith, 8. Mike Sabia, 9. Brian Krummel, 10. Chris Stevens, 11. Danny Cronk, 12. Dominic Roselli Jr., 13. Joey Bruning, 14. Anthony Falanga, 15. Tyler Treacy, 16. Jared LaBagh, 17. Rafaele Carson, 18. Thomas Strupp, 19. Scott Flammer, 20. Ricky Davis, 21. Joe Conklin, 22. Troy Arnold, 23. Alan Cote, 24. Joe Falanga.

CRSA Sprint Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Jeremy Quick, 3. John Matrafailo, 4. Christian Rumsey, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Dalton Herrick, 7. Joe Kata, 8. Josh Flint, 9. Thomas Radivoy, 10. Chuck Alessi, 11. Josh Pieniazek, 12. Emily VanInwegen, 13. Brody Adamsky, 14. Mark Sasso, 15. Geoff Quackenbush, 16. Warren Alexson, 17. Scott Flammer, 18. Cory Sparks, 19. Timmy Hindley, 20. BK Rizzo, 21. Steve Meilleur, 22. Brett Jaycox, 23. Scott Goodrich, 24. Chad Miller, 25. Dana Wagner.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Brendon Finley, 2. Austin Smith, 3. Leo Fotopoulos, 4. Pete Goydich, 5. Howie Finch Jr., 6. Roger Henion, 7. George Begg, 8. Chris Raser, 9. John Criscione, 10. Mark Azzarito, 11. Clark Bradford, 12. Keith Johannessen, 13. Bobby Deleon, 14. John Smykla, 15. John Farissier.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Jim Maher, 2. Charlie Donald, 3. Ron Constable, 4. Paul Maiolo, 5. Emerson Cargain Sr., 6. Dick Shaddock, 7. Kenny Reed, 8. Mike Vigiletti, 9. D.J. Ross.

Four Cylinder Feature Finish, 10 Laps: 1. George Zeininger, 2. John Bankich, 3. Gene Helms.

Thunder Trucks Feature Finish, 10 Laps: 1. Peter Van Noordt.


FORMER DRIVERS AND TEAM OWNERS RETURN TO
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY FOR NOSTALGIA NIGHT
June 6 Racing Program to Include Vintage Race Cars on the Hard Clay

Posted: June 1st, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 01)……..The stars come out on Saturday, June 6 when Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York hosts its annual Nostalgia Night. Nearly 70 former drivers and car owners have indicated they will be on hand for the fun-filled night of remembrance, autographs, and interviews, all to help Orange County celebrate its glorious stock car racing history. Among the drivers expected are former track champions Frankie Schneider, Sonny Strupp, Carl Van Horn, and Billy Tanzosh as well as two time Eastern States 200 winner Gerald Chamberlain.

In addition to this colorful look back at Orange County racing history, a full program of Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock racing is scheduled. The always entertaining Street Stocks will be competing in the $500-to-win Marky Traverse Memorial Race. And to make the night complete, the restored and vintage race cars of the Northeast Vintage Modified Racing Club and the Atlantic Coast Old Timers will help fans recall the great race cars of yesterday.

An extended intermission period will allow fans to interact and get autographs with the returning stars of The Hard Clay.

Sponsors for the evening are Tire King of Sussex County and Frank Stevens & Sons Roofing.
Admission prices for the big June 6 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. Please note that this full night of racing and reminiscence begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Additional drivers wishing to take part in Nostalgia Night are asked to contact the speedway office to be included in the activities.


Upcoming: June 13 – Twin 20-lap feature races for the Big-Block Modifieds

June 20 – Charlie Loder Memorial Race for Small-Block Modifieds (no Big-Blocks)

June 27 – Two 30-Lap Big-Block Modified feature races (make-up for May 16 rainout)


ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY QUIET SATURDAY, MAY 23
Racing Resumes Saturday, May 30

Posted: May 19th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY……..To allow members of the racing community to spend the Memorial Holiday Weekend with their families, there will be no racing Saturday, May 23 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Racing resumes Saturday, May 30 with a full program of Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock, and Thunder Trucks all in action on the five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” speedway. Johnstons Subaru and Superior Building Supply of Neversink are the May 30 evening’s sponsors.

As an added attraction, the CRSA Sprint Cars are returning for their second 2015 appearance.

Packing even more racing into the program, the evening will open with the concluding 18 laps of the Sportsman division feature race postponed from May 16.

Across the board this season, racing in every Orange County division has been tightly contested. In Big-Block Modified competition, former champion Jerry Higbie has but a two-point edge over 2014 titlist Tim Hindley, with young stars Mike Ruggiero, Anthony Perrego, and Billy Vaninwegen just a few points further back.

The tightest point chase is in the Small Block Modified ranks, where Danny Creeden, Tommy Meier, and Gary Edwards Jr. are tied with 460 points each. LJ Lombardo and Bob McGannon trail this trio.

Randy Sweetman tops the Sportsman division. He only a few points ahead of Matt Hitchcock, with Brian Krummel, Frank Venezia, and Matt Janiak eager to move up in the standings.

Charlie Donald won back-to-back Street Stock titles in 2011 and 2012. He’s after his third championship in this challenging division. Former champion Emerson Cargain Sr., Jim Maher, 2014 champion Mike Viglietti, and Paul Maiolo are also in the hunt.

Racing on May 30 begins promptly at 6:60 pm. Admission remains $14 for adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under.

Additional information may be found at www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or by calling the Speedway Office at 845-342-2573 during business hours.

UPCOMING: Saturday, June 6 Nostalgia Night celebrating Orange County Fair Speedway’s glorious racing heritage! That evening the popular Street Stocks will be competing in the Marky Traverse Memorial Race, which will see the winner take home $500. Track activity on Nostalgia night begins at 6:00 pm.


May 16th Recap
Posted: May 17th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Gary Edwards Jr. beat both the rain and Tom Hindley last Saturday night to register his first win of the season in the Small Block Modified 25-lap feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Edwards, after starting fourth in the 22-car field, moved into second place behind Hindley when he passed Kirk Horton following a sixth-lap restart. Edwards quickly closed in on Hindley, who was leading since the second lap.

But each passing attempt made by Edwards was staved off for several laps by Hindley. Edwards was able to get good runs while racing off the second turn and down the back stretch each lap, but was unable to find an opening past Hindley.

However, while charging down the backstretch after taking the two-lap signal from OCFS starter Bob Ryder, Edwards finally saw an opening into the third turn. He drove the high road between the third and fourth turns, and nosed ahead down the homestretch to grab first place on the 24th circuit.

“That was very difficult,’’ said Edwards. “He was running hard into the turns and drifting high coming off down the straightaways. But it was a good hard race. He raced me clean.’’

Edwards then pulled away on the final lap as he earned his second career OCFS win and first since April 20, 2013. Hindley followed across in second place, but was disqualified after the event for a weight infraction centered around the stamp on his car.

That moved Bob McGannon up a position into second place with Tommy Meier, Rob Rowe, Chuck McKee, Horton, L.J. Lombardo, Dom Roselli and Danny Creeden rounding out the top 10.

Darrell Ford, who took the checkered flag in fourth place, was also disqualified during the post-race inspection doing illegal work on the heads in his Small Block racer.

The Small Block competitors raced under a heads-up format, and Rowe, Horton and Hindley each won a qualifying heat to start in the first three positions for the feature.

Racing came to a halt for the evening with two laps completed in the Sportsman 20-lap feature when heavy rain began to fall. The 30-lap Modified feature was also postponed for the evening. Both races will be made up at a later date.

The Street Stock drivers, meanwhile, ran only a 15-lap feature for the evening and veteran driver Emerson Cargain Sr. raced home with his first victory of the season. It was the 39th career victory for Cargain, who trails just Al D’Antonio (48) on the track’s all-time winners’ list.

“I had a good starting position,’’ said Cargain, who grabbed an early lead and never trailed. “There’s been a lot of change in this class, but it’s not so easy to win with all the former champions out there.

“I want to dedicate this win to Herb Finger and my brother who both passed away. Herb Finger was a true friend and I miss him. He did a lot for this sport and was part of our racing family here.’’

The Modified heats were won by Rich Ricci Jr., Jeff Heotzler Sr. and Jerry Higbie. Heotzler, who is seeking his 50th career win, will start outside pole when this race is contested later in the season.

The four Sportsman heats were won by Dominic Roselli Jr., Matt Janiak, R.J. Smith and Brian Krummel. Jared LaBagh won the consolation race for the Sportsman, who had a field of 35 cars in the pits.
There will be no racing at OCFS this Saturday night as the track is closed for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Gary Edwards Jr., 2. Bob McGannon, 3. Tommy Meier, 4. Rob Rowe, 5. Chuck McKee, 6. Kirk Horton, 7. L.J. Lombardo, 8. Dom Roselli, 9. Danny Creeden, 10. Paul Hyde, 11. John Ferrier, 12. Jesse Leiby, 13. Donnie Elliott, 14. Tim Hindley, 15. Tyler McKee, 16. Jason Kosch, 17. Rich Ricci Jr., 18. Willy Auchmoody, 19. Jimmy Spellmon, 20. Chad Loiodice. Disqualified: Tom Hindley, Darrell Ford.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Emerson Cargain Sr., 2. Tim Southard, 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Jim Maher, 5. Charlie Donald, 6. Ron Constable, 7. Paul Maiolo, 8. Joel Murns, 9. Pete VanNoordt, 10. Jeff Krawczyk.

May 9th Recap
Posted: May 11th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Jerry Higbie took advantage of a new wrinkle incorporated into Orange County Fair Speedway’s handicapping system this season to capture his first win of 2015 in the Modified 30-lap main event.

All divisions at the track this season will utilize an average for the first three weeks to determine their starting positions for qualifying heats and feature races. A heads-up format will then be implemented for main events each fourth week throughout the 2015 campaign, and Higbie is all for it.

“I’m in favor of this system,’’ said Higbie. “You pass three or four cars to get up front in the heats with the handicapping system, and then have to do it all again in the features. At least this gives some of the faster cars a better chance at starting up front with the new heads-up policy.’’

Higbie, who won the first qualifying heat after starting second, was in complete command as he blitzed the starting 22-car field in 11 minutes, 21.949 seconds to register the 24th triumph of his OCFS career and move into 14th place on the track’s all-time winners’ list.

Higbie, who marched to the checkered flags caution-free, finished more than three seconds ahead of Mike Ruggiero, who ran second the entire distance. It marked the fifth straight time this season that the Modified winner started on the pole.

“That’s why it’s so important to get a starting position up front here,’’ said Higbie. “You can pass at this track, but there are so many good cars that it’s difficult to get all the way to the front. You can advance just so far and then run into a wall.

“This new system at least gives us an opportunity to get a good starting position. We had a very good race car throughout the night and I’m very happy with our performance. But you have to take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself, and we were able to do that tonight.’’

John Lieto, who started outside pole, drove a consistent race to finish in third place with two-time reigning track champion Tim Hindley, Billy VanInwegen, Bob McGannon, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Mike Ricci and Jeff Heotzler Sr. rounding out the top 10.

In Small Block Modified action, Tommy Meier was able to stay free of a rash of early-race cautions en route to his first victory this season in the 25-lap main event. It was Meier’s ninth career win in the division as he joined a slew of drivers for 10th place all-time on the track’s leader board.

Meier, after starting ninth in the 22-car field, passed Chad Lioidice while racing off the second turn on the ninth lap and then held off the late-race surge provided by Creeden to earn the victory.

“I knew we had something good right from the start tonight,’’ said Meier. “I felt we had a car that could get the job done and the guys really busted their butts getting it ready. It was our turn tonight.’’

Creeden, who was sent to the pits following a first-lap mishap, returned to the back of the field and quickly vaulted into seventh place after just two laps were scored. He moved into fifth place by the third circuit, and trailed just Lioidice, Willy Auchmoody and Meier a lap later.

Meier, meanwhile, jumped ahead of Auchmoody on the seventh lap as Creeden followed suit and had the lead for good two laps later. Creeden really never got a chance to overtake Meier as the two drivers raced through lapped traffic in the closing laps.

Hindley came all the way from 15th to earn a third-place performance with Gary Edwards Jr. and Lioidice rounding out the top five.

Danny Cronk grabbed his first win of the season in the Sportsman 20-lap feature with Randy Sweetman, Chris Stevens, Matt Hitchcock and Brian Krummel following.

Cronk, after starting on the pole, surrendered the lead to Sweetman on the first lap and raced in second place for the first nine laps. However, Cronk overtook Sweetman on a 10th-lap restart and remained there until the finish.

Jim Maher picked up his second straight victory in street stock competition as he captured the Herb Finger Memorial 15-lap race ahead of Charlie Donald, Emerson Cargain Sr., Paul Maiolo and Tim Southard.

The race was red-flagged with 12 laps completed when Jack Dekker slammed hard into the backstretch wall and he was knocked unconscious. Dekker was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for observation. There was no information released on his condition.

George Zeininger won the Four-Cylinder eight-lap feature and Chad Adams took the Northeast Vintage Modified 15-lap season debut.

Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jerry Higbie, 2. Mike Ruggiero, 3. John Lieto, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Billy Vaninwegen, 6. Bob McGannon, 7. Anthony Perrego, 8. Danny Creeden, 9. Mike Ricci, 10. Jeff Heotzler, 11. Chuck McKee, 12. Gary Edwards Jr., 13. Craig Mitchell, 14. Tommy Meier, 15. Chris Whitehead, 16. Steve Dodd, 17. Mike Kolka, 18. Bob Hentschel, 19. Rich Ricci Jr., 20. Rich Eurich, 21. Chris Shultz, 22. Cliff Ehrman.

Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Danny Cronk, 2. Randy Sweetman, 3. Chris Stevens, 4. Matt Hitchcock, 5. Brian Krummel, 6. Matt Janiak, 7. Dominic Roselli Jr., 8. Joey Falanga, 9. Frank Venezia, 10. Tyler Treacy, 11. Bill Kukelka, 12. Pat Murphy, 13. Mike Wahl, 14. Alan Cote, 15. Zack Vavricka, 16. R.J. Smith, 17. Anthony Falanga, 18. Rafaele Carson, 19. Jesse Leiby, 20. Michael Murphy, 21. Joe Conklin, 22. Austin Smith, 23. Thomas Terry, 24. Andrew Reeves. Did Not Qualify: Troy Arnold, Jared LaBagh, Howie Finch III, John Criscione, Keith Johannessen, Joey Bruning, Tommy Vigh.

Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1.Tommy Meier, 2. Danny Creeden, 3. Tim Hindley, 4. Gary Edwards Jr., 5. Chad Loiodice, 6. L.J. Lombardo, 7. Darrell Ford, 8. Donnie Elliott, 9. Jesse Leiby, 10. Tyler McKee, 11. Rob Rowe, 12. Kirk Horton, 13. Steve Akers, 14. Ted Zacker, 15. Willy Auchmoody, 16. Bob McGannon, 17. John Ferrier, 18. Jason Kosch, 19. Jimmy Spellmon, 20. Dom Roselli, 21. John Finley, 22. Tom Hindley.

Street Stock Feature Finish (The Herb Finger Memorial Race), 15 Laps: 1. Jim Maher, 2. Charlie Donald, 3. Emerson Cargain Sr., 4. Paul Maiolo, 5. Tim Southard, 6. Pete VanNoordt, 7. Ron Constable, 8. Mike Vigiletti, 9. Jack Dekker, 10. Ray Tarantino, 11. D. J. Ross, 12. Jeff Krawcyzk, 13. Scott Gumaer. Disqualified: Joel Murns Jr.

Northeast Vintage Modified Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Chad Adams, 2. Darryl Hulbert, 3. Stan Wetmore, 4. Rob Sanford, 5. Jimmy Johnson, 6. Kyle VanTassel, 7. Bill Liese, 8. John Hager, 9. Anthony DeFritas, 10. Dan McKiernan.

Four Cylinder Feature Finish, 8 Laps: 1. George Zeininger, 2. Matt Curry, 3. Tim Curry.


RACING CONTINUES FULL STRIDE SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 16 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: May 11th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 11)......The fifth evening of the 2015 season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York is set for Saturday, May 16. The night’s action will include five divisions in qualifying and feature event races, with the mighty Big-Block Modifieds headlining the program. Also on the card will be the very competitive Small-Block Modifieds, the unpredictable Sportsman, the full-bodied Street Stocks, and the four-cylinder Thunder Trucks. For the youngsters in attendance, the Orange County Kids Club has special activities scheduled.

In the Modified division, the four previous feature races have produced four different winners as young Anthony Perrego won on opening night, Chuck McKee, Jeff Heotzler, and Jerry Higbie---all former champions---also have been victorious on the Hard Clay five-eighths-mile speedway.
Defending Modified division champion Tim Hindley is still looking for his first win of 2015, but his consistent finishes have him in second place in the point standings, just a single marker behind Higbie.

Jesco, Holiday Inn of Middletown, and Tony Monaco Landscaping are the sponsors of the May 16 race meet.

Admission prices for the May 16 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. Parking on the Fairgrounds is free. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead, no racing is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, but action returns to the Hard Clay track on Saturday, May 30, with a dynamite lineup that includes Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, Four-Cylinder Cars, and a return engagement of the CRSA Sprint Cars.

Then on Saturday, June 6, it’s the annual Nostalgia Night when Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates its glorious racing history. Many top drivers and car owners from past seasons will be on hand that evening, with an extended intermission scheduled to allow fans to meet and get autographs from their racing heroes of yesteryear. In addition, both the Atlantic Coast Old Timers and the Northeast Vintage Modifieds will have cars on display along the Midway and in exhibition races on the track. This is a night to come to the track early, enjoy the races, and revisit the past at Orange County Fair Speedway, among the oldest auto racing venues in the country.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS AND VINTAGE RACE CARS SPICE UP THE MAY 9 PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: May 4th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 6)......The popular Small-Block Modifieds will make their third 2015 appearance on Saturday, May 9 at the historic five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. In addition, folks will get a look back to an earlier era as the Vintage Modified race cars will also be in action.

Bob McGannon won the season inaugural race for the Small-Block Modifieds, while Tim Hindley captured the feature on week two of the point season. McGannon and Hindley and two-dozen other competitors will be after the trophy, cash prize money, and the glory that comes from winning at one of the country’s oldest speedways.

The evening’s schedule includes a full racing program featuring Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Small-Block Modifieds, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinder race cars, and the Vintage machines in qualifying heats and feature races. The evening’s activities are sponsored by Sparta Trucking and New York Truck Parts.

In the headline Modified division, defending champion Tim Hindley has yet to win, but he tops the point race with solid finishes. Young Anthony Perrego was victorious in the season opener, while former track champions Chuck McKee and Jeff Heotzler Sr. have also won Modified division features in early season racing.

Admission prices for the May 9 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead, a program of Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Thunder Trucks is set for Saturday, May 16. No racing is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, but action returns to the Hard Clay track on Saturday, May 30, with a dynamite lineup that includes Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, Four-Cylinder Cars, and a return engagement of the CRSA Sprint Cars.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


May 2nd Recap
Posted: May 4th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Jeff Heotzler Sr. moved within one victory of joining a very exclusive club at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Heotzler, turning in a performance very similar to last season, started on the pole and never trailed as he collected his 49th career OCFS Modified victory – joining Richie Eurich for third place on the track’s all-time winners’ list.

Heotzler or Eurich can become only the third Modified driver in OCFS history to earn 50 wins with another triumph. Frankie Schneider was the first to accomplish the feat with 58 career victories. Brett Hearn (174) smashed that standard to bits.

Heotzler, who earned his last win here on April 19, 2014, was never seriously challenged throughout the race as he took the checkered flag well ahead of Gary Edwards Jr. The veteran Wallkill driver got the early jump on Edwards and built a comfortable lead before Bobby Hentschel’s third-turn mishap forced a caution with 11 laps completed.

Reigning track champion Tim Hindley, meanwhile, who turned in the race’s quickest single lap with an average speed of 103.282 miles per hour, was racing fifth when the caution flew. But Hindley was unable to advance further through the field as he was stuck behind Mike Ruggiero until the midway point.

Heotzler, meanwhile, was able to build another comfortable lead as he drove the Ron Roberts owned No. 14H mount to his first win of the 2015 racing season.

“I want to thank Ron Roberts for giving me this opportunity,’’ said Heotzler. “He’s all the way down in Delaware and leaves us alone up here to do some racing. I just can’t thank him enough for letting me race closer to home.

“It’s nice being just a half-hour drive from the race track. We still have some commitments at Bridgeport Speedway down in New Jersey with this car and at some other big races. But this deal is really nice for me.

“I just pretty much cruised out there tonight,’’ added Heotzler. “We had some tough luck the past few weeks, but the car was really good and I didn’t push it. I found a real good line and didn’t have to throw the car through the turns. I didn’t have any tire wear at all.’’

Tommy Meier, who has also had some tough luck early in the 2015 campaign, drove home with a third-place effort with Hindley, Chuck McKee, Ruggiero, Chris Shultz, Jerry Higbie, Danny Creeden and Mike Ricci rounding out the top 10.

The Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) made its 2015 racing debut at the track and Cory Sparks drove home with his first career OCFS victory as he led the 20-lap main event from start-to-finish.

But Sparks didn’t have an easy time of it was Jeremy Quick was on his tail throughout the race and nearly stole a win through lapped traffic during the closing stages. Sparks nearly got trapped behind Josh Flint while racing down the backstretch with Quick closing in.

Sparks was able to move his way past Flint before the white flag flew and then went to to the win. Quick settled for second with Middletown’s Scott Goodrich, Kyle Smith and Mike Kiser rounding out the top five.

Chris Stevens, after starting third, grabbed first place by the first lap and then went on to score the second win of his OCFS career in the Sportsman 20-lap feature.

Frank Venezia was able to move past Joey Falanga on the 13th lap to finish in second and Brian Krummel did likewise four laps later to finish in fourth. Falanga rounded out the top five.

Thomas Strupp rolled his car near the pitgate before a lap was scored and was forced to retire for the night. He wasn’t injured.

Pete Goydich earned his second career win in the Rookie Crate Sportsman feature, which was limited to 10 laps because of the time curfew. He was followed by Brendan Finley.

Jim Maher picked up his second career win in the Street Stock 15-lap feature with Charlie Donald, Mike Vigiletti, Emerson Cargain Jr. and Ron Constable following.

Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 2.Gary Edwards Jr., 3. Tommy Meier, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Chuck McKee, 6. Mike Ruggiero, 7. Chris Shultz, 8. Jerry Higbie, 9. Danny Creeden, 10. Mike Ricci, 11. Anthony Perrego, 12. Billy Vaninwegen, 13. John Lieto, 14. Craig Mitchell, 15. Rich Ricci Jr., 16. Chris Whitehead, 17. Kirk Horton, 18. Cliff Ehrman, 19. Rich Eurich, 20. Mike Kolka, 21. Bobby Hentschel, 22. Bill Pascual, 23. Steve Dodd, 24. Bob McGannon.

Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Chris Stevens, 2. Frank Venezia, 3. Brian Krummel, 4. Joey Falanga, 5. Joe Conklin, 6. Randy Sweetman, 7. Danny Cronk, 8. Zach Vavricka, 9. Matt Janiak, 10. Rafaele Carson, 11. Joey Bruning, 12. Matt Hitchcock, 13. Bill Kukelka, 14. Tommy Vigh, 15. Andrew Reeves, 16. Troy Arnold, 17. Dion Naples, 18. Alan Cote, 19. Rob Wosyluk, 20. Anthony Falanga, 21. Dominic Roselli Jr., 22. Mike Dutka, 23. Thomas Strupp. Disqualified: Jesse Leiby. Did Not Qualify: Mike Wahl, R.J. Smith.

Rookie Feature Finish, 10 Laps: 1. Pete Goydich, 2. Brendan Finley, 3. Leo Fotopoulos, 4. George Begg, 5. Chris Azzarito, 6. Thomas Terry, 7. Roger Henion Jr., 8. Austin Smith, 9. John Criscione, 10. Chris Raser, 11. Howie Finch III, 12.Rich Eggers, 13. Kyle Plumstead, 14, Bobby DeLeon, 15. Steven Bail. Did Not Start: Keith Johannessen, Clark Bradford, James Brundage.

CRSA Sprint Car Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Cory Sparks, 2. Jeremy Quick, 3. Scott Goodrich, 4. Kyle Smith, 5. Mike Kisor, 6. John Matrafailo, 7. Chuck Alessi, 8. Joe Kata, 9. Josh Pieniazek, 10.Dalton Herrick, 11. Christian Rumsey, 12. Jordan Thomas, 13. Brian Krummel, 14. Geoff Quackenbush, 15. Steve Meilleur, 16.Chad Miller, 17. Tyler Jashembowski, 18. Josh Flint, 19. Brett Jaycox, 20. Timmy Hindley, 21. Scott Flammer, 22. B.K. Rizzo, 23. Emily Vaninwegen, 24. Thomas Radivoy, 25. Frank Jashembowski.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Jim Maher, 2. Charlie Donald, 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Emerson Cargain Sr., 5. Ron Constable, 6. Tom Cilurso, 7. Billy DeGraw, 8. Paul Maiolo, 9. Buck Barrett, 10. Tim Southard, 11. Joel Murns Jr., 12. Jeff Krawczyk, Did Not Start: Dick Shaddock.


April 25th Recap
Posted: April 27th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN, NY – Veteran driver Chuck McKee flirted with disaster on April 18 when his Modified car burst into flames before his qualifying heat during opening night at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

McKee, who received first degree burns to his arms and legs from the incident, said a faulty carburetor sprayed fuel into the cockpit, which ignited into a ball of flames as he drove his way feverishly into the pit area. He was able to get out of the car under his own power and later received medical attention.

McKee, who thanked the OCFS racing fraternity for all of their help and concern during the week, returned to competition last Saturday night and rebounded with a convincing victory in the Modified 30-lap main event.

“That was a close call,’’ said McKee, referring to the fire. “A screw came loose on the carburetor that sprayed gas into the car. The fuel ignited and the car just burst into flames.

“My arms and legs were burned, but I’m feeling much better now. The car had electrical damage to the dash, but it could have been much worse,’’

McKee, after winning the third qualifying heat, started on the pole for the main event and took full advantage of the opportunity, The “Middletown Missile’’ drove like a rocket ship as he cruised the 30-lap distance in 11 minutes, 17.315 seconds and finished nearly six seconds ahead of Jeremy Markle.

“This wouldn’t be possible if not for all of these guys,’’ said McKee, pointing to his race team. “They get me here and busted their tails getting the car ready. We were really fast and the car didn’t miss a beat.’’

McKee, a five-time track champion, picked up his 32nd career OCFS Modified tiumph and is now within a victory of deadlocking legends Buzzie Reutimann and Rags Carter for ninth place on the all-time leader board.

Markle, who experienced problems on opening night, started third behind McKee and Gary Edwards Jr. Markle inherited second place when Edwards retired on the eighth lap and remained there until the finish.

Craig Mitchell, Chris Shultz and Billy VanInwegen raced in that order for the duration with Danny Creeden, Bob McGannon, Steve Dodd, Jerry Higbie and Tim Hindley rounding out the top 10.

Hindley, who experienced his share of bad luck on opening night, bounced back with a convincing effort in the Small Block Modified ranks as he captured the 25-lap feature for his 15th career win.

“I couldn’t stay off the wall last week,’’ joked Hindley. “The car ran well tonight, but I also started up front. We’ll get a true test in two weeks when we race the Small Block again, That will give me a better indication on how fast this car really is.’’

Hindley, after starting third for the 24-car field event, darted into first place past Dom Roselli and Chad Lioidice on the first lap and never looked back. The “Monticello Maniac’’ was slowed just once on his way to the checkered flags when Kurt Hundeland climbed the second turn outside retaining wall with three laps completed.

Donnie Elliott, who is making OCFS his Saturday night stop in 2015, passed Roselli for second place on the fourth lap and remained there until the finish. He was followed by L.J. Lombardo, Mitchell, Jimmy Spellmon, Edwards, Darrell Ford, Shane Jablonka, McGannon and Creeden.

In Sportsman action, Joey Bruning picked up his first career victory in the 20-lap main event as he finished ahead of Rafaele Carson, Jesse Leiby, Thomas Strupp and Matt Hitchcock in the caution-marred event.

Only half of the starting 24-car field finished the race as a couple of pile-ups depleted the competition. A homestretch incident started by Milton Mann caused the most damage.

Milton, who was leading, turned his car into Matt Janiak on a restart that started off a big wreck on the homestretch. Mann was sent to the pits for his actions and disqualified for the night. He received no money or points as well.

Bruning inherited first place when racing resumed and stayed there until the finish. He took the checkered flag more than 10 seconds ahead of Carson.

In Rookie Crate Sportsman action, 12-year-old Leo Fotopoulos became the youngest driver to ever win at OCFS as he captured the 12-lap race ahead of Thomas Terry, Steven Ball, Austin Smith and Brendan Finley.

Joel Murns Jr. picked up his 16th career OCFS win in the Street Stock division as he captured the 15-lap main event ahead of Mike Vigiletti, Paul Maiolo, Jim Maher and Charlie Donald.

The four-cylinder 10-lap feature was captured by George Zeininger.

Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1.Chuck McKee, 2. Jeremy Markle, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4, Chris Shultz, 5. Billy VanInwegen, 6, Danny Creeden, 7. Bob McGannon, 8. Steve Dodd, 9. Jerry Higbie, 10. Tim Hindley, 11. Mike Ruggiero, 12. Anthony Perrego, 13. Rich Ricci Jr., 14. Mike Ricci, 15. John Lieto, 16. Mike Kolka, 17. John Ferrier, 18. Gary Edwards Jr., 19. Chris Whitehead, 20. Tommy Meier. Did Not Start: Bill Pascual, Richie Eurich, Jeff Heotzler Sr.

Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Tim Hindley, 2. Donnie Elliott, 3. L.J. Lombardo, 4.Craig Mitchell, 5. Jimmy Spellmon, 6. Gary Edwards Jr., 7. Darrell Ford, 8. Shane Jablonka, 9. Bob McGannon, 10. Danny Creeden, 11. John Ferrier, 12.Kirk Horton, 13. Dom Roselli, 14. Jesse Leiby, 15. Tommy Meier, 16. Ted Zacker, 17. Tom Hindley, 18. Jason Kosch, 19. John Finley, 20. Kurt Hundeland, 21. Chad Lioidice, 22. Barry White, 23. Rob Rowe, 24. Tyler McKee. Did Not Qualify: Willy Auchmoody.

Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Joey Bruning, 2. Rafaele Carson, 3. Jesse Leiby, 4.Thomas Strupp, 5. Matt Hitchcock, 6. Frank Venezia, 7. Bill Kukelka, 8. Randy Sweetman, 9. Tommy Vigh, 10. Eddie Burgess, 11. Anthony Falanga, 12. Alan Cote, 13. Matt Janiak, 14. Joey Falanga, 15. Tyler Treacy, 16. Joe Conklin, 17. Dominic Roselli Jr., 18. R.J. Smith, 19. Brian Krummel, 20. Danny Cronk, 21. Chris Stevens, 22. Mike Dutka, 23. Andrew Reeves. Disqualified: Milton Mann. Did Not Qualify: Paul Hyde.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 12 Laps: 1. Leo Fotopoulos, 2. Thomas Terry, 3.Steven Ball, 4. Austin Smith, 5. Brendan Finley, 6. Pete Goydich, 7. Clark Bradford, 8.John Smykla, 9. John Criscione, 10. Howie Finch Jr., 11. Roger Henion Jr., 12. Keith Johanassen, 13. Chris Raser. Did Not Start: Mike Talmadge, Chris Palazzo.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Joel Murns Jr., 2. Mike Vigiletti, 3. Paul Maiolo, 4. Jim Maher, 5. Charlie Donald, 6. Joey Metrando, 7. Ron Constable, 8. Emerson Cargain Sr., 9. Tim Daley, 10. Jack Dekker, 11. Scott Gumaer, 12. Jeff Krawczyk, 13. Buck Barrett. Did Not Start: Tim Southard, Steve Johanassen .

Four-Cylinder Feature Finish, 10 Laps: 1. George Zeininger, 2. Matt Curry, 3. Tim Curry.


CRSA SPRINT CARS ADDED TO THE MAY 2 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

Posted: April 26th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 26)……..The open-wheel Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) Sprint Cars will make its first 2015 appearance at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Saturday, May 2. CRSA is a regional sprint car sanctioning body that features its cars powered by 305 cid engines and other restrictions to equalize and enhance competition.

The CRSA Sprint Cars will be an added attraction to the weekly racing program of Big-Block Modifieds, the ever exciting Sportsman division, Rookie Sportsman, the full-bodied Street Stocks, and the Thunder Trucks for a thrilling night of racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Qualifying heat races and consolation dashes will set the fields for each division’s main event.

The CRSA Sprints Cars appeared at Orange County on five nights in 2014, with five different drivers reaching Victory Lane. Winning Sprint Car drivers included Scott Flammer, Josh Pienazek, Emily Van Inwegen, Brittany Tresch, and Jeremy Quick.
Johnstons Toyota and 1340 WALL Radio are the evening’s sponsors.

Admission prices for the May 2 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.

UPCOMING: May 9 --- Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and 4-Cylinders; Vintage Stock Cars added attraction


FIVE DIVISIONS IN RACING ACTION SATURDAY, APRIL 25 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

Orange County Kids Club has activities for the youngsters

Posted: April 19th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 17)……..Double your pleasure; double your fun! Both the earth-shaking 467-cid Big-Block Modifieds and the exciting Small-Block Modifieds headline racing action this coming Saturday night, April 25 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

Both divisions are scheduled to race in their own series of qualifying heats and feature races---25 laps for the Small-Block cars and 30-laps for the Big-Block Modifieds. They’ll be joined by the unpredictable Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and the new-to-Orange County 4-Cylinder race cars. The full night of racing gets underway promptly at 7:00 pm.

“With five divisions in competition, we may have nearly two-dozen separate races, so as soon as one race is completed, the next one is on the track and ready to get the green flag,” says track general manager Ken Sands.

The popular Orange County Kids Club also has activities planned for the youngsters.

Many of Orange County’s top big-block Modified drivers also compete in the 358 Modified division. This gives fans a double-header of Modified racing action---two star-laden feature fields thundering around the five-eighths-mile clay track.

Sponsors for the night of action include Halmar International, Smokers Choice, and Jumpin’ Jakes.

Admission prices for the April 25 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under.

Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours


UPCOMING: Saturday, May 2 --- Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and CRSA Sprint Cars


Hard Clay Open Recap

Posted: April 13th, 2015

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Stewart Friesen hasn’t enjoyed too much success during his previous visits to the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Friesen, in fact, has run into some rough times during the early part of the 2015 dirt-track Modified racing season.

But Friesen, who capitalized on a good starting position, pushed all his adversity aside last Saturday night as he captured the second annual Hard Clay Open 50-lap Modified feature at OCFS to open this year’s Short Track Super Series (STSS) North Region championship schedule.

“Hopefully, this will get things pointed back in the right direction,’’ said Friesen, who topped all Modified drivers in victories during the 2014 racing campaign. “I haven’t had much luck here in the past and we’ve been saddled with a rash of flat tires early this season.’’

Friesen, who notched the first Modified win of his OCFS career, grabbed the inside pole during the redraw following six qualifying heats for the 50-lap grind, which earned his $5,000. The top two finishers from each heat picked numbers and Friesen took advantage of the spot.

“It’s always good starting up front no matter where you’re racing,’’ said Friesen, “but it’s really good starting up front here. This track can really be tricky at times, but it was well groomed and very racy. I think racing here at night was much better for us.

“We were able to hit on a good combination with the sail panels and had good balance racing between the turns. The only real problems I encountered during the race was trying to get around some lapped traffic. I had to be patient and that’s not always easy to do.’’

Rick Laubach, who started outside pole, got the jump on Friesen at the opening green flag and led for two laps until Grant Hilfiger slowed between the third and fourth turns to force a caution.

Laubach elected to go inside for the restart and Friesen sailed around him and into the lead. Dan Vauter slowed racing with a third-lap caution and racing was slowed again two laps later when Hilfiger forced another yellow flag.

But that would prove to be the final caution of the race and Friesen took full advantage of the clean air ahead of him. The Sprakers driver, who turned in a fast single lap of 109.356 miles per hour during his winning ride, stretched out a commanding cushion over the rest of the 29-car field and lapped up to 11th place en route to the checkered flag.

“I’m glad there weren’t any more cautions,’’ said Friesen. “I ran a smooth line throughout the race, but I was experiencing some handling problems the last 13 laps. I knew I had a big lead because I was getting signals from the pits, but it felt like I was starting to get some tire wear on the car. I was just hoping to hold on.’’

Friesen did just that as he finished more than three seconds ahead of Jerry Higbie, who steadily worked his way forward during the race’s early stages. Higbie broke into the top five by the 10th circuit, passed Mike Ricci for fourth place three laps later and then moved ahead of J.R. Heffner on the 16th circuit.

Young driving sensation Tyler Dippel, who inherited second place when Laubach retired on the eighth lap, started slowing on the 21st lap and Higbie took advantage of his misfortune to move into second place. But Higbie, despite gaining ground on Friesen, never challenged for the win because he was too far behind and didn’t get any help as there were no cautions.

Danny Johnson followed Higbie across the finish line in third place and Tommy Meier drove a consistent race to finish in fourth.

Brett Hearn, who started 23rd, made several passes during the latter stages of the race and finished in fifth place to earn the Hard Charger Award. He was followed across the line by Ricci, Heffner, Craig Mitchell, Anthony Perrego and reigning STSS champion Andy Bachetti.

In the Crate 602 Sportsman action, defending OCFS champion L.J. Lombardo picked up where he left off last season as he earned a convincing victory in the 25-lap feature ahead of Mike Sabia, Dave Marcuccilli, Joey Brunning and Zack Vavricka.

Lombardo led the entire distance after Brunning and Matt Hitchcock forced a first-lap incident before a lap was scored. The front end of Brunning’s car came to rest on top of the outside wall in the second turn. He rejoined the field and raced all the way back to a fourth-place finish.

Tim Southard captured the opening leg of the Crane Golf Challenge Street Stock series as he captured the 10-lap feature ahead of Emerson Cargain Sr., Charlie Donald, Joey Metrando and Mike Vigiletti.

Southard led the entire distance of the race, which was shortened from 15 laps because of the time curfew.

Hard Clay Open Feature Finish, 50 Laps: 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Jerry Higbie, 3. Danny Johnson, 4. Tommy Meier, 5. Brett Hearn, 6. Mike Ricci, 7. J.R. Heffner, 8. Craig Mitchell, 9. Anthony Perrego, 10. Andy Bachetti, 11. Billy VanInwegen, 12. Billy VanPelt, 13. Mike Mahaney, 14. Erick Rudolph, 15. Bob McGannon, 16. Danny Creeden, 17. Richie Eurich, 18. Jackie Brown Jr., 19. Mike Sabia, 20. Rich Ricci Jr., 21. Tyler Dippel, 22. Bob Henschel, 23. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 24. Dan Vauter, 25. Steve Dodd, 26. Kirk Horton, 27. Rick Laubach, 28. Vic Coffey, 29. Grant Hilfiger. Did Not Qualify: Craig Hanson, Stan Jablonka, Rob Rowe, Kyle Redner, Tyler McKee, Jason Kosch, Willy Auchmoody, Scott VanGorder, Chris Shultz, Bill Pascual, L.J. Lombardo, Mike Ruggiero, Heath Metzger, Dom Roselli, Billy Spoonhower.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. L.J. Lombardo, 2. Mike Sabia, 3. Dave Marcuccilli, 4. Joey Brunning, 5. Zack Vavricka, 6. Andrew Reeves, 7. Mike Dutka, 8. Danny Cronk, 9. Patrick Murphy, 10. Chris Stevens, 11. Michael Murphy, 12. Floyd Billington, 13. Allison Ricci, 14. Matt Janiak, 15. Tyler Treacy, 16. Randy Sweetman, 17. John Scarborough, 18. Milton Mann, 19. Frank Venezia, 20. Billy Eggers Jr., 21. Rocky Warner, 22. Rafaele Carson, 23. Joe Conklin, 24. Matt Hitchcock. Did Not Qualify: Ricky Davis, Kyle Plumstead, Thomas Terry, Alan Cote, Roger Henion Jr., John Criscione, Dion Naples, Joe Falanga, Matt Pappa, Eddie Burgess, John Illanovsky, Dominic Roselli Jr., Bill Kukelka.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 10 Laps: 1. Tim Southard, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Charlie Donald, 4. Joey Metrando, 5. Mike Vigiletti, 6. Ron Constable, 7. Gary O’Brien, 8. Buck Barrett, 9. Kyle Welsch, 10. Stan Vishinski Jr., 11. Joel Murns Jr., 12. Jeff Krawczyk. Did Not Start: D.J. Ross, Paul Maiolo. Disqualified: Jim Maher, Ray Tarantino.


WEEKLY RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY GETS THE GREEN ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18 WITH A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT!

Seven racing divisions headed by the Big-Block Modifieds to see action!

Posted: April 13th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 13)……..With the special non-point Hard Clay Open race completed this past Saturday, April 11, weekly stock car racing competition at Orange County Fair Speedway is set to get underway on Saturday, April 18 with a full seven-division card on the program.

The 66th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County will find the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. Headlining the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 30-lap feature race. They’ll be joined by the nearly-as-fast Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and for the first time the Four-Cylinder race cars. Qualifying races will set the fields for the evening’s feature events.

Defending track champion Tim Hindley won the 2014 opening night Big-Block Modified feature race, while veteran driver Tommy Meier captured last year’s inaugural Small-Block Modified feature. Hindley experienced some bad racing luck in the Hard Clay Open, with his car suffering mechanical issues during warm-ups. He’s looking to rebound this Saturday. Meier finished fourth in the Hard Clay Open, driving a small-block car.

It will all play out on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and the start of the 66th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include seven divisions of race cars---Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and Four-Cylinder race cars---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Howard Johnson/Super 8 of Middletown and MAACO of New Hampton. The Street Stocks will be competing in the Jeremy Michael Hedges Memorial Race for Street Stocks.

Advance and season ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


SEE FOLLOWING PAGE FOR A LISTING OF OPENING NIGHT MODIFIED WINNERS

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY --- OPENING DAY WINNERS 1950-2014

1950 04/15 Tex Enright 1960 04/10 Ken Wismer Sr. 1970 04/18 Will Cagle*
1951 04/15 Frank Schneider 1961 04/08 Carl Van Horn 1971 04/17 R. Schwendernmann
1952 04/26 Joe Romer 1962 04/21 Al Tasnady 1972 04/29 Carl Van Horn
1953 04/26 Bud Marl 1963 04/13 Frank Schneider* 1973 04/14 Bobby Bottcher*
1954 04/16 Dick Fletcher 1964 04/05 Bill Wimble 1974 04/20 Carl Van Horn
1955 04/30 Pete Corey 1965 04/10 Al Tasnady 1975 04/12 Wayne Reutimann*
1956 04/21 Bud Marl* 1966 04/06 Bill Wimble 1976 04/10 Buzzie Reutimann
1957 0414 Ray Brown* 1967 04/29 Will Cagle* 1977 04/16 Bobby Bottcher
1958 04/13 Sonny Strupp* 1968 04/20 Jackie Evans 1978 04/22 MeMe DSantis
1959 04/04 Carl Van Horn 1969 04/12 Will Cagle* 1979 04/21 Bobby Bottcher


1980 04/19 Billy Osmun 1990 04/14 Sammy Rogers 2000 04/15 Brett Hearn
1981 04/11 Harry Behrent 1991 04/20 Frank Cozze 2001 04/28 Brett Hearn
1982 05/01 Rich Eurich* 1992 05/02 Brett Hearn* 2002 04/20 Jeff Heotzler
1983 04/02 C.D. Coville 1993 04/17 Brett Hearn* 2003 04/19 Chuck McKee
1984 03/18 Larry Brolsma 1994 04/16 Jeff Heotzler 2004 04/17 Tommy Meier*
1985 04/06 Bob McCreadie 1995 04/15 Jack Johnson 2005 04/16 Chuck McKee
1986 04/12 Brett Hearn* 1996 04/13 Jeff Heotzler 2006 04/29 Craig Mitchell
1987 04/18 Brett Hearn* 1997 04/19 Frank Cozze 2007 04/21 Mike Kolka
1988 04/16 Carl Reynolds 1998 04/18 Rich Eurich 2008 04/19 Brett Hearn
1989 04/22 Brett Hearn* 1999 04/17 Rich Eurich 2009 04 18 Danny Creeden

2010 04/17 Brett Hearn 2014 04/12 Tim Hindley*
2011 04/09 Danny Creeden
2012 04/14 Chris Shultz
2013 04/13 Jerry Higbie

*Won Opener and Track Modified Point Champion Same Year

39 Different Winners, 1950-2014

Multiple Winners Single Winners
Brett Hearn – 9 Harry Behrent Craig Mitchell
Carl Van Horn – 4 Larry Brolsma Billy Osmun
Bobby Bottcher – 3 Ray Brown Buzzie Reutimann
Will Cagle – 3 Pete Corey Carl Reynolds
Rich Eurich – 3 C.D. Coville Sammy Rogers
Jeff Heotzler – 3 MeMe DeSantis Joe Romer
Frank Cozze – 2 Tex Enright Carl Reynolds
Bud Marl – 2 Jackie Evans Ron Schwendernmann
Chuck McKee – 2 Dick Fletcher Chris Shultz
Frankie Schneider – 2 Jerry Higbie Sonny Strupp
Al Tasnady – 2 Jack Johnson Ken Wismer Sr.
Bill Wimble – 2 Mike Kolka Tim Hindley
Danny Creeden – 2 Bob McCreadie
Tommy Meier


INCLEMENT WEATHER FORCES SCHEDULE CHANGE; WEEKLY RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY NOW BEGINS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18 WITH A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT!

Seven racing divisions headed by the Big-Block Modifieds to see action!

Posted: April 6th, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 5)……..With the special non-point Hard Clay Open race postponed until Saturday, April 11, weekly stock car racing competition at Orange County Fair Speedway will now get underway on Saturday, April 18 with a full seven-division card on the program.

The 66th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County will find the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. Headlining the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 30-lap feature race. They’ll be joined by the nearly-as-fast Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and for the first time the Four-Cylinder race cars. Qualifying races will set the fields for the evening’s feature events.

Defending track champion Tim Hindley won the 2014 opening night Big-Block Modified feature race, while veteran driver Tommy Meier captured last year’s inaugural Small-Block Modified feature.

It will all play out on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and the start of the 66th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include seven divisions of race cars---Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and Four-Cylinder race cars---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Howard Johnson/Super 8 of Middletown and MAACO of New Hampton. The Street Stocks will be competing in the Jeremy Michael Hedges Memorial Race for Street Stocks.

Advance and season ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


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.

The first weekly racing program was held on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright, who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only Orange County victory of record. Since then, 38 other drivers have won season openers, led by all-time track record holder Brett Hearn, who has tasted first night victory champagne nine times.

The 66th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County is set for Saturday, April 11, with the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. In a change from previous season openers, the Small-Block Modifieds will be the headline division. They’ll be joined by the Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and for the first time the Four-Cylinder race cars. Fans can expect a full field of Small-Block Modifieds to be on hand, with many Orange County Big-Block Modified drivers---as well as some outside invaders---seeing action as well.

(The earth-shaking, 800-plus horsepower Big-Block Modifieds begin their weekly Orange County season on Saturday, April 18.)

Veteran driver Tommy Meier won last year’s opening night Small-Block Modified feature race, while the overall season-long point title went to Chuck McKee. Both Meier and McKee are former multi-time champions in both Modified divisions.

It will all play out on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and the start of the 66th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name be added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will one of the previous victors take the checkered flag once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include five divisions of race cars---Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Four-Cylinder race cars---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by MAACO of New Hampton and Middletown Auto Wreckers. The Street Stocks will be competing in the Crane Golf Challenge Point Race No. 1.

Advance and season ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


EASTERN STATES 200 Recap
Posted: October 26th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN, NY – Brett Hearn put the finishing touches on another sweep of the Eastern States Weekend Festival late Sunday afternoon as he cruised to his record 11th victory in the DIRTcar Modified 200-lap Championship race at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Hearn, coupled with his Eastern States 100 Small Block Modified triumph on Saturday, has now swept the two major races during this prestigious weekend festival an unprecedented five times and has reached the OCFS victory lane 301 times during a decorated career that has spanned 40 years.

“This has just been a phenomenal weekend,’’ said Hearn. “I couldn’t have scripted it any better. We won both major races and also grabbed the pole for both. It was just a clean sweep and has added to a great season up until this point.
“I kind of put myself in a deep hole to climb out of as far as the DIRTcar Series point chase goes, but we have some big races left down in Charlotte in two weeks. That’s one of my favorite places to race and I’m looking forward to it.’’

Hearn, who now has 22 wins this season to increase his career mark to 860 triumphs, entered the weekend at OCFS more than 100 points behind both DIRTcar Series leader Billy Decker and Matt Sheppard. He shaved a few points off Decker’s lead, but has pretty much lost any chance at defending his championship.

Sheppard, in fact, who continued his history of OCFS misery, was forced to go to his back-up car for the 200-lapper after experiencing mechanical problems with his main Modified ride in a consolation race. Sheppard started in 43rd position behind his guaranteed starter status and rode home to a second place finish behind Hearn.

“I’ve never had too much luck at this place,’’ said Sheppard, “so finishing second was kind of a surprise, especially after I had to go to my backup ride. This car had no laps on it and we just hoped for the best. I guess I have to be pleased with our outcome.’’

Sheppard, who was in and out of the pits several times early in the race, actually was scored the leader of the event five times under caution after leader Gary Edwards Jr. made his mandatory pit stop on the 116th lap and Mike Ricci followed Edwards two laps later.

That gave Sheppard first place for the 119th circuit and Hearn moved into second place for the restart – when the event went back to green conditions on lap 124.

“I don’t know why he (Sheppard) was scored the leader,’’ said Hearn. “He passed several cars under caution when the stop sign was out and just blended into the field. I can’t believe no one saw what he did.’’

Hearn was able to make an outside pass on Sheppard for first place and then settled into his groove before an accident involving Chuck McKee, Mike Kolka and Ricci on the homestretch forced a caution with 128 laps in the record books.

“That was the only time someone took the lead with an outside pass following a restart during the whole race,’’ said Hearn. “I was able to settle back and just run my line once I got the lead back. I didn’t want to put too much stress on my right rear tire because I knew tire wear was going to become a factor.

“All the cautions were making me anxious as the race progressed because so many cars were coming up with right rear flats. We stuck to our plan of just taking on fuel on our mandatory stop and rolled the dice with tires. We were actually better than last year when my right rear didn’t have a lot of tread left on it.’’

Teenage driving sensation Tyler Dippel was able to move ahead of Sheppard for second place on the 134th lap and remained there until relinquishing the spot back to Sheppard on the 142nd circuit.

Hearn, meanwhile, just drove his race with clean air ahead of him as Sheppard tried feverishly to reel in the leader. There were periods in the race that he looked to be closing in, but Hearn was able to stretch out the margin again when needed – especially following a series of restarts late in the event.

Edwards, who lapped several top competitors while leading the race from lap 84 until his mandatory pit stop on the 116th circuit, shredded a right rear tire to force a caution with 156 laps down. He would remain on the lead lap and eventually was scored in 17th place.

Danny Creeden lost a right rear tire with 169 laps down to force another caution and Larry Wight came up with a flat with 185 laps down.

The lap counter was frozen at that point as no caution laps were scored between laps 176 to 200. That was a new twist added to the race this season and all restarts were single file from that point on.

It also started off a flurry of cautions during the remaining 15 laps of the race as several drivers racing among the top 10 – including Dippel, Tim McCreadie and Danny Johnson – were all forced to the pits with flat tires.

Johnson, who started 33rd in the 44-car field after winning the third consolation race, did a fantastic job moving his way towards the front as the race progressed. He broke the top five by the 135th lap and climbed to fourth six circuits later.
But that’s as far the six-time Eastern States champion would venture as he was forced out of the event after 196 laps with a right rear flat.

“I have to admit that I was getting a little nervous towards the end,’’ said Hearn. “All those cautions because of flats had me wondering if we made the right decisions. But we stuck to our game plan and it actually worked out better than last year.

“We have a great team of people behind this operation and none of this would be possible without all of their hard work and dedication. I can’t be more pleased how things turned out this weekend and how great this season has been.’’

Hearn, despite the rash of cautions, was able to pull away from Sheppard following each restart down the stretch and took the checkered flag several cars lengths ahead of him at the finish.

Hindley , the reigning two-time OCFS champion, drove home with an impressive third-place effort with Ken Tremont Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Jeff Heotzler Sr., Decker, Rich Ricci Jr., Larry Wight and Tim Fuller rounding out the top 10.

Hearn, who started on the pole by virtue of his single-lap time of 20.763 seconds (over 108 miles per hour) in Friday’s time trials, led the race for the first 63 laps before taking his mandatory pit stop for fuel along with several other top competitors.

Edwards inherited first place and had Jerry Higbie following behind him when racing resumed on the 70th lap. Higbie was able to take over first place on the 71st lap and stayed there until Edwards took over again with an outside pass off the third turn on the 84th circuit. Edwards remained there until pitting himself well after the midway point.

Eastern States Modified Championship Feature Finish, 200 Laps: 1. Brett Hearn, 2. Matt Sheppard, 3. Tim Hindley, 4. Ken Tremont Jr., 5. Jimmy Phelps, 6. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 7. Billy Decker, 8. Rich Ricci Jr., 9. Larry Wight, 10. Tim Fuller, 11. Clinton Mills, 12. Jimmy Horton, 13. Jerry Higbie, 14. Justin Haers, 15. Billy VanInwegen, 16. Pat Ward, 17. Gary Edwards Jr., 18. Tommy Meier, 19. Anthony Perrego, 20. Erick Rudolph, 21. Tyler Dippel, 22. Mike Ricci, 23. Matt Billings, 24. Keith Flach, 25. Chris Shultz, 26. Danny Johnson, 27. Tim McCreadie, 28. Steve Dodd, 29. Chuck McKee, 30. Danny Creeden, 31. Mike Ruggiero, 32. Peter Britten, 33. Mike Kolka, 34. Donnie Corellis, 35. Ryan Phelps, 36. Stewart Friesen, 37. Mike Sabia, 38. Bob McGannon, 39. Ric Hill, 40. Rich Scagliotta, 41. Andy Bachetti, 42. Jim Davis, 43. Paul Gilardi, 44. Gary Tomkins.

Halmar Modified Dash For Cash (Top Six Time Trialers), 6 Laps: 1. Anthony Perrego, 2. Jerry Higbie, 3. Tyler Dippel, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Brett Hearn. Did Not Participate: Stewart Friesen.

Street Stock Championship Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Ray Tarantino, 2. Kyle Welsch, 3. Emerson Cargain Sr., 4. Jim Maher, 5. Raymond Hall Sr., 6. Yule Cook, 7. Bob Palmer, 8. Dave VanSise, 9. Joey Metrando, 10. Jason Meltz, 11. Ron Constable, 12. Stan Vishinski Sr., 13. Gary Ronk, 14. Tom Shortway, 15. Gary O’Brien, 16. Danny Carlough, 17. Sean Maher, 18. John Heckinger, 19. Nick Johnson, 20. Bob Sleight Jr., 21. Joel Murns Jr., 22. John Miracle. Disqualified: Tim Southard. Did Not Start: Dave Sticklers.


EASTERN STATES 100 Recap
Posted: October 26th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN – Brett Hearn provided another chapter to his legacy at the Orange County Fair Speedway Saturday night as he captured the 300th victory of his historic career at the track in the Eastern States 100-lap Small Block championship race.

Hearn, who has now won this event a record 15 times, led the entire distance as he battled both arch nemesis Danny Johnson and several caution periods en route to his 125th Small Block win at OCFS. The 56-year-old Sussex, N.J., driver has also reached victory lane 173 times in Modified competition and twice with a United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Car at the track.

Hearn, who started on the pole for Sunday afternoon’s 53rd annual Eastern States 200, looked happy, but exhausted after climbing out of his car in victory lane.

“That race seemed like it lasted forever,’’ said Hearn. “But I feel like I ran a perfect race. I knew Danny was going to keep right after me because he never gives up. But winning 300 times at this track…that’s a crazy, crazy number.

“We talked about it (300 wins) last night (Friday) and I really wanted to get it over with this weekend. We wanted to put this behind us and now I can concentrate on the 200-lapper. We’ve had a really good season up into this point and winning that race will make it that much better.’’

Hearn, who has pocketed 21 wins during the 2014 racing season, grabbed the pole position by virtue of his quick lap in time trials. He toured the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval in 20.943 seconds for an average speed over 107 miles per hour.

Johnson, who provided OCFS fans many memorable moments as he battled Hearn on Saturday nights at OCFS during the 1980s and ‘90s, gave Hearn all he could handle after grabbing second place away from Matt Sheppard on the 26th lap.

The two drivers treated the audience to another classic battle as they ran well ahead of the rest of the 36-car field before moving into lapped traffic. Johnson nearly nosed ahead of Hearn while racing down the backstretch after three quarters of the event was completed. But some lapped traffic loomed that enabled Hearn to keep his advantage and slowed down Johnson.

Hearn was able to put some distance between himself and Johnson before C.G. Morey slowed on the backstretch to force a caution with 86 laps completed. Tyler Dippel forced another pair of cautions – including one for a right real flat with 98 laps completed.

Jerry Higbie, who grabbed third place on the 88th lap, pressured Johnson on the restart and Hearn was able to pull away to grab his milestone win. Johnson held on for second place with Higbie, Sheppard, Jeff Heotzler Sr., Stewart Friesen, Ken Tremont Jr., Tim McCreadie, Danny Creeden and Andy Bachetti rounding out the top 10.

“There’s just something about this place,’’ said Hearn, who races weekly now at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday nights. “Everything always seems to come back to me and I’m able to hit on the right set up. It’s almost like we’ve never left here.’’

Sheppard, who had the second quickest lap in time trials to start outside of Hearn, never really challenged for the lead and eventually dropped back as both Johnson and later Creeden moved ahead of him.

There were 16 caution periods during the event with one red-light incident 21 laps into the race when Jesse Leiby flipped in the first turn and destroyed his Small Block racer. Leiby walked away from the wreck uninjured.

In other action, Jeremy Quick took advantage of Jeff VanSteenburg’s misfortune to grab his first OCFS victory ever in the Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 20-lap championship race.

Quick inherited first place on the 15th lap when VanSteenburg’s sprinter slowed on the backstretch to force a caution.

Quick then went on to outrace Scott Flammer, John Matrafailo, Chuck Alessi and Jordan Thomas to the finish.

“It’s awesome to finally get a win here,’’ said Quick. “I’ve been fortunate to win races at several other race tracks, but this is one of two tracks that I haven’t. I won my last time out at Penn Can so I guess you could say I’m on a tear now.’’

VanSteenburg, who won this race a year ago, looked well en route to another victory as he sailed well ahead of his competition. However, luck wasn’t on his side as he dropped off the pace as Quick took over.

Flammer, who has visited victory lane at OCFS three times during the past two seasons, appeared to be the driver to beat following time trials as he toured the track in 19.127 seconds for an average speed of 117.365 miles per hour.
But Flammer was never a factor in the main event as he raced third to VanSteenburg and Quick throughout the race. He inherited second when VanSteenburg was forced to the pits.

Eastern States Small Block Modified Championship Finish, 100 Laps: 1. Brett Hearn, 2. Danny Johnson, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Matt Sheppard, 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 6. Stewart Friesen, 7. Ken Tremont Jr., 8. Tim McCreadie, 9. Danny Creeden, 10. Andy Bachetti, 11. Tim Fuller, 12. Jimmy Horton, 13. John McClelland, 14. Dominick Buffalino, 15. Anthony Perrego, 16. Chuck McKee, 17. Mike Ricci, 18. Randy Chrysler, 19. Tyler Dippel, 20. Ray Hall Jr., 21. Larry Wight, 22. Jeremy Markle, 23. Jimmy Phelps, 24. C.G. Morey, 25. Bob McGannon, 26. Chris Shultz, 27. Brett Haas, 28. John Ferrier, 29. Gary Edwards Jr., 30. Willy Auchmoody, 31. Billy VanInwegen, 32. Matt Janiak, 33. Alan Kellogg, 34. Donnie Elliott, 35. Tim Hindley, 36. Jesse Leiby.

CRSA Sprint Car Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Jeremy Quick, 2. Scott Flammer, 3. John Matrafailo, 4. Chuck Alessi, 5. Jordan Thomas, 6. Scott Goodrich, 7. Kyle Smith, 8. Emily VanInwegen, 9. Scott Frack, 10. Dalton Herrick, 11. Thomas Radivoy, 12. Joe Kata. 13. Brett Jaycox, 14. Jeff VanSteenburg, 15. Mark Sasso, 16. Tyler Jashembowski, 17. Geoff Quackenbush, 18. Brittany Tresch, 19. Mike Esposito.


EASTERN STATES SPORTSMAN RECAP
Posted: October 26th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN, NY – Brian Krummel worked frantically Friday afternoon putting the final touches on his Sportsman race car for this year’s edition of the annual Eastern States Weekend Racing Festival at the Orange County Fair Speedway.
Krummel, the biggest winner in OCFS history in the Sportsman ranks, was pressed for time as the final seconds ticked away. The 37-year-old Middletown driver, in fact, didn’t know if his car would be prepared for competition.

“Luckily, I only have about a 15-minute drive to the track,’’ said Krummel. “I didn’t get here this afternoon (Friday) until 3:30 and just scaled the car about 15 minutes before that. I work on the car myself and worked by butt off the past two weeks putting it back together after a bad crash in Syracuse.’’

Krummel’s hard work was rewarded later that night when he completely dominated a 30-car field to capture the Eastern States 50-lap championship race for the second time of his OCFS seven-year racing career. Krummel, who now has 31 career wins here, pocketed the first-place prize of $1,000 and all of the lap money as he led the event from start to finish.

“This makes all of that hard work all worth while,’’ said Krummel. “It was a struggle getting the car back together. I think I spent all of my free time in the garage the last two weeks. But this put the finishing touches on a good season here and I think the eight wins is the most I’ve ever had in a season at Orange County.’’

Krummel surpassed the standard of 27 career wins set by two-time Modified champion Tim Hindley earlier in the 2014 racing campaign. Hindley won his last Sportsman race here 10 years ago during Eastern States Weekend on Oct. 23, 2004.

“I grew up in Bloomingburg and it was just a few minutes away from Hindley’s garage in Fair Oaks,’’ said Krummel. “I used to hang around the garage a lot while Timmy and we’ve become very good friends. It was an honor beating his record. I hope nothing but the best for him this weekend.’’

Krummel, who started on the pole after clocking a fast time of 21.725 seconds (103.967 miles per hour) around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval, was in complete command throughout the race as only 14 cars finished on the lead lap.

Sportsman rookie driver Brendon Finley slammed hard into the second turn wall before a lap was scored to bring out the event’s first caution. Finley, who wasn’t injured, was done for the evening because his car was too damaged.
Racing was red-flagged after four laps when Jimmy Johnson slammed hard into the outside wall in the fourth turn and his car caught on fire. The flames were quickly extinguished and Johnson walked away from the crash uninjured.

The action was slowed four more times before Krummel finally took the checkered flag from OCFS starter Bob Ryder. But Krummel was able to build a comfortable cushion following each caution as he finished ahead of Matt Papa, Matt Hitchcock, Matt Janiak, L.J. Lombardo, Chris Stevens, Thomas Strupp, Michael Sabia, John Virgilio and Ken Boniface Jr.
Krummel, who also has a Small Block Modified win here on June, 8, 2013, is undecided what the 2015 season will bring.

“It’s up in the air,’’ said Krummel. “I’ve been racing for more than 20 years now and have enjoyed my career in the Sportsman division. We have two small block engines and Orange County’s schedule of racing every other week makes that enticing. We were on the road quite a bit this season, but I know moving up is going to make it much tougher to win. It’s all going to come down to finances and take a look at what makes sense for us.’’

Janiak kept Krummel from making a clean sweep of the Sportsman racing action as he won the Halmar six-lap, dash for cash. Krummel was second with Lombardo, Jesse Leiby, R.J. Smith and Danny Cronk following.

The six heat winners were Strupp, Virgilio, Papa, Frank Venezia, Sabia and Andrew Reeves. Nick Plumstead, Joey Bruning and Chris Lynch won a trio of consolation events.

Eastern States Sportsman Championship Feature Finish, 50 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Matt Papa, 3. Matt Hitchcock, 4. Matt Janiak, 5. L.J. Lombardo, 6. Chris Stevens, 7. Thomas Strupp, 8. Michael Sabia, 9. John Virgilio, 10. Ken Boniface Jr., 11. Joe Conklin, 12. Jesse Leiby, 13. Greg McCloskey, 14. Chris Lynch, 15. Joey Bruning, 16. Patrick Murphy, 17. Ricky Davis, 18. R.J. Smith, 19. Dominic Roselli, 20. Winter Mead, 21. Dave Constantino, 22. Dion Naples, 23. Zack Vavricka, 24. Andrew Reeves, 25. Jared LaBagh, 26. Frank Venezia, 27. Nick Plumstead, 28. Jimmy Johnson, 29. Danny Cronk, 30. Brendon Finley.

Jesse Leiby, 5. R.J. Smith, 6. Danny Cronk.


EASTERN STATES STREET STOCK RECAP
Posted: October 26th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN – Ray Tarantino picked up the third Eastern States crown of his racing career Sunday afternoon as he captured the Street Stock 25-lap championship race at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Tarantino, a former track champion here, had to hold off the late charge provided by Kyle Welsch to notch the 21st victory of his OCFS career. He also captured Eastern States titles in 2003 and 2011.

“My guys busted their butts getting this car ready and I wouldn’t have made it here without all of their hard work,’’ said Tarantino. “This was a new car we just put together and everything came out just great.’’

Tarantino grabbed first place away from John Hechinger following a third-lap restart and then started to pull away before Joey Metrando spun in the fourth turn to force a caution with seven laps completed.

Tarantino continued to pace the field when racing resumed while Welsch was making his way through the pack. Welsch moved past Hechinger for second place on the ninth circuit and then began reeling in Tarantino.

Tarantino’s advantage was erased when Hechinger climbed the second turn wall to force another caution with 15 laps down. Welsch started right on Tarantino’s bumper, but was unable to find a winning move to grab first place.

“I really didn’t know how close he was,’’ said Tarantino. “I just ran my race and was able to come out ahead. I would like to run here full time next year if I can find some sponsorship. I really enjoy racing at this track.’’

Welsch settled for a second-place effort with Emerson Cargain Sr., Jim Maher and Raymond Hall Jr. rounding out the top five.

Hechinger, who led the first three laps, had his advantage erased when Joel Murns Jr. climbed the inside concrete wall on the backstretch for a caution. Murns’ car rested on the wall and he had to be taken to Orange Regional Hospital in Middletown. Murns was released later in the day.

Peter (Scooter) Van Noordt captured the four-lap race for the Thunder Trucks.


EASTERN STATES WEEKEND---IT’S HERE!
Posted: October 22nd, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 22)……..Are you ready for some racing? We’re just hours away from the start of the biggest race weekend of the year at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. That’s right, it’s time as Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC present the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. It is three action-packed days---Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26---of high speed racing excitement that culminates with the Eastern States 200, the “granddaddy” of all fall championship races.

Much of the weekend’s focus will be on the headline big-block DIRTcar Modifieds, with time trials (WLR Construction sponsors the fast time award.), heat races, and a Top-Six Dash for Cash sponsored by Halmar International on Friday, all leading up to Sunday’s Eastern States 200.

Friday’s activities will also include a full program for the Sportsman division, culminating in a 50-lap feature race. Middletown Carting sponsors the Sportsman fast time award, while Halmar International is backing the Sportsman Dash for Cash.

Saturday’s “Hard Clay” racing focuses on the Small-Block Modifieds, with time trials qualifying races, and a 100-lap feature. The driver turning in the fast time in the Small-Block Modifieds will be rewarded by WLR Construction. Also on Saturday, the 305 Sprint Cars will be in action with timed hot laps, qualifying heats, and a 25-lap feature race.

On Sunday, following the morning fan-oriented Pit Party, there are last chance consolation races for the Modifieds, plus Street Stock heats and a 25-lap feature. These preliminaries lead up to the 52nd Annual Eastern States 200 Modified Championship race. The driver who gains the most positions during the 200-lap grind will receive the Hard Charger award sponsored by Rock Fantasy.

Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time winner and point champion, is the defending titlist of the Eastern States Modified 200. Hearn has won the Eastern States 200 ten times in his career. Stewart Friesen won the 2013 Small-Block Modified 100, Tyler Dipple captured the Sportsman 50, Jeff VanSteenburg was the 305 Sprint Car victor, and Charlie Houghtaling took home the Street Stock trophy.

Tickets, camping permits, and parking permits for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 during business hours.


EASTERN STATES 200 FAVORS “HOME TRACK” DRIVERS
Posted: October 15th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..Last October, when Brett Hearn took the checkered flag in the 52nd Annual Eastern States 200 for dirt track Modified stock cars at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, it marked his tenth win in the fall classic race. And although Hearn holds most of the racing records on the Middletown Hard Clay, he has not raced weekly at Orange County for several years. Thus, there is a debate whether “The Corporate Jet” should be considered an invader or an Orange County regular competitor. Hearn and six-time Eastern States 200 winner Danny Johnson, who also has not raced here weekly for a number of years, lead all others in dominating this oldest of championship Modified races. Both will return for this years’ 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC. The Eastern States 200 is the headline race of Eastern States Weekend, this year Friday-Sunday, October 24-26.

In the 52 previous running of this classic endurance race for Modifieds, 17 of the winners have been drivers who have raced weekly at Orange County at least one full season and 13 who can be considered “outside” invaders. But in terms of total wins, the Orange County contingent wins hands down, 38 to 14. And only one invading driver, Gerald Chamberlain in 1973 and 1976, has more than one Eastern States victory to his credit.

In addition to Johnson and Hearn, among active Orange County weekly competitors, Jerry Higbie in 2009, Jeff Heotzler, the 2007 victor, Chuck McKee, the 2000 winner, and Rich Eurich, who won back in 1988, would surely like to take home another Eastern States trophy.

Of the 13 invaders who have won the Eastern States gold, Tim McCreadie (2010), Bobby Varin (2003), Alan Johnson (1999), and Billy Decker (1998) are likely entrants in this year’s race.

The top-6 drivers in time trials will lead the field in Sunday’s race. The balance of the starting field will be made up of guaranteed starters and qualified drivers from heat and consolation races.

In recent years, both Heotzler and Hearn have won the 200-lap grind from the back of the field, proving that this race can be won from any position. That’s why a banner field is expected for this year’s edition of the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds---the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC.

Advance tickets for Sunday’s race, or the entire Eastern States Weekend, plus camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours or through 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.

EASTERN STATES 200 WINNERS

*Brett Hearn (10)
*Danny Johnson (6)
*Will Cagle (4)
*Frankie Schneider (3)
Gerald Chamberlain (2)
*Frank Cozze (2)
*Jimmy Horton (2)

*Alan “Rags” Carter
Ron Lux
Al Tasnady
*“Buzzie” Reutimann
*Bobby Bottcher
*Wayne Reutimann
*Gary Balough
Lou Lazzaro
Kenny Brightbill
*Harry Behrent
C.D. Coville
Dave Lape
Jack Johnson
*Doug Hoffman
*Rich Eurich
Bob McCreadie
Billy Decker
Alan Johnson
*Chuck McKee
Bobby Varin
*Jeff Heotzler
*Jerry Higbie
Tim McCreadie

*Raced at Orange County Fair Speedway at least one full season


WINNING MODIFIED RACING’S “DOUBLE” IS A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT! Five Drivers Have Won Syracuse and Eastern States in the Same Year
Posted: October 15th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The annual Syracuse 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds and Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York are dirt Track Modified racing’s biggest, most lucrative, and tradition-laden championship races. Since 1972, a dozen drivers have won both classic events, but only five accomplished the feat in the same year.

Floridian Emil “Buzzie” Reutimann won the inaugural Syracuse championship in 1972 as well as the Eastern States 200 that year. Gary Balough, also from Florida, won the double in 1977, while New Yorkers Danny Johnson (1997) and Billy Decker (1998) as well as New Jersey champion racer Brett Hearn (2012) have won both title races in the same year.

Additional drivers who have won both races but not in the same year include New Jersey native Jimmy Horton; Pennsylvania residents Frank Cozze, Ken Brightbill, and the late Doug Hoffman, as well as New Yorkers Jack Johnson, Bob McCreadie, and Alan Johnson.

In total wins, Hearn heads the list with six Syracuse 200 victories and ten Eastern States 200 triumphs. Danny Johnson, two Syracuse wins and six Eastern States trophies, is the runner up in this category.

Led by Sprakers, New York’s Stewart Friesen, who just won this year’s Syracuse 200 for the third time, Hearn, Danny Johnson, Decker, Horton, and Alan Johnson are expected entrants for the October 26 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC. They’ll be joined by at least 50 additional drivers seeking the top prize in the country’s oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modified stock cars.

Advance tickets for Sunday’s race, or the entire three-day, October 24-26 Eastern States Weekend, plus camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours or through 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.


NON-STOP RACING ON SATURDAY OF EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Small-Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars Star on Saturday
Posted: October 15th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The Small-Block Modifieds, powered by 358-cubic inch engines, will be the Saturday, October 25 headline attraction during the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend (October 24-26) at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 38th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC race will be 100 laps in distance.

A star-studded lineup of top Small-Block Modified drivers from the entire Northeast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event.

Since its inception in 1977, the Small-Block Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to Saturday’s main event.

Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time race winner and eight time Small-Block Modified point champion, and twice Small-Block Modified titlist Danny Johnson have won more than one-half of the previous 37 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 14 Eastern States Small-Block Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include the late Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), and Jeff Heotzler (two wins).

Single Eastern States Small-Block Modified champions include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.

Saturday’s card is one of the busiest in all auto racing. In addition to the Small-Block Modified Championship 100 race, they will be joined by the 305 Sprint Cars, with timed hot laps and qualifying races leading up to their 25-lap Eastern States Championship feature race. To cap off the day’s activities, the big-block Modifieds will get a last practice session during a break in the racing action.

Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday 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.


SPORTSMAN RACE CARS HEADLINE FRIDAY OF ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY’S EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Big-Block Modifieds Time Trials and Heat Races Also on Friday
Posted: October 15th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The Sportsman division, powered by restricted engines, will be the Friday, October 24 headline attraction during the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend (October 24-26) at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s racing weekend is sponsored by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC.

A talented lineup of top Sportsman drivers from Orange County and other Northeast dirt tracks will battle for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious 50-lap championship event.

The field for the feature race will be set by time trials, heat and consolation races. The driver turning in the fastest time will earn a cash bonus from Middletown Carting. In addition, the fastest six drivers will compete in a special Cash for Dash race, sponsored by Halmar International.

The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds will also take to the Middletown Hard Clay on Friday, with time trials locking in the fastest six and heat races to determine additional starters in Sunday’s 200-lap race. The Modifieds will have a final chance to qualify during consolation races prior to the main event on Sunday.

Fast time in the Modified ranks will earn a cash prize from WLR Construction, and the top-six time trialers will race in a Dash for Cash also sponsored by Halmar International.

Friday track activities begin at 4:00 pm, with the spectator gate opening at 2:00 pm. Consult the Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, for a complete
Eastern States Weekend schedule.

Advance tickets for Friday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours, or through credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional ticket and event information is posted on the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


EASTERN STATES WEEKEND---IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER!
Posted: September 30th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 29)……..On October 28, 1962, legendary stock car driver Frankie Schneider won the first Eastern States race at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Now on October 24-26, 2014, Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe, PC present Eastern States Weekend---this year the 53rd Annual festival of speed---the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. It’s three action-packed days of high speed racing excitement that culminates with the Eastern States 200, the “granddaddy” of all fall championship races.

On track action begins on Friday, October 24 with DIRTcar Modified time trials, heat races, and a Dash for Cash among the top-six qualifiers. Headlining the Friday program are the Sportsman cars and drivers. They’ll also set the field for their 50-lap feature race with time trials, heat and consolation races. And the top qualifiers will compete in a Dash for Cash prior to the Sportsman feature.

On Saturday, October 25, the Small-Block Modifieds and 305 CRSA Sprint Cars take to the five-eighths-mile Orange County “Hard Clay” with their respective qualifying events leading up to a 25-lap feature race for the Sprint Cars and the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified feature race.

All the Friday and Saturday preliminaries lead up to the Sunday, October 26 finale, the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Modified Championship race. But before the 800-horsepower DIRTcar Modifieds take center stage, there are “last chance” consolation races and a pair of preliminary feature races for the Street Stocks (25 laps) and the Thunder Trucks (15 laps).

Brett Hearn is the defending Eastern States 200 titlist and also the all-time Eastern States 200 winner with ten victories in this fall classic race.

Tickets, camping permits, and parking permits for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Friday during business hours.

MEDIA MEMBERS: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at 201-323-2913, or BArmbr6493@aol.com. Deadline is October 10, 2014.


WRISTBAND CREDIT TOWARDS FUTURE RACE MEETS AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: September 8th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 8)……..When a sudden downpour ended racing almost as soon as it started Saturday night, September 6 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, the track announced a means for attending fans to redeem their identifying wristbands for full credit towards the purchase of tickets for the Saturday, September 13 EVE OF DESTRUCTION special event, the upcoming October 24-26 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, or any race meet in 2015.

Fans with September 6 wristbands may redeem them at the Speedway Office for a voucher that then can be used towards purchasing future events tickets. The Speedway Office will be open the day of the event fans wish to attend, or Wednesday through Saturday during business hours. Call 845-342-2573 for additional information.

REMAINING 2014 SPEEDWAY EVENTS

The final weekly program at Orange County will take place on Saturday, September 13 when All Steel & Aluminum and Middletown Auto Wreckers present the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! Folks that enjoy motorized mayhem won’t want to miss this thrill-packed evening that includes crashes of all sorts, an organized Enduro Race (if there is such a thing), and general destruction.

Advance sale tickets for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! are available at the Speedway Office and online at the Orange County Fair Speedway website.

Tickets for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are also on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.

MEDIA MEMBERS: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at 201-323-2913, or BArmbr6493@aol.com. Deadline is October 12, 2013.


OCFS Champion's Night Recap - August 30th, 2014
Posted: September 1, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A reversal of fortune and a powerful racing mount carried Jerry Higbie to his second victory of the season in the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature during championship night last Saturday at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Higbie, who has been plagued with a rash of bad luck in previous weeks, was the class of a 17-car field as he raced clear of several early accidents to score his 23rd career triumph – deadlocking Frank Cozze for 14th place on OCFS’s all-time leader board.

“The car has been real fast the past five weeks,’’ said Higbie, “but something was always stopping us from getting here. We’ve had a string of bad luck with crashes and flat tires, but this car has just been real fast. We put a new body on it and changed the paint scheme. Hopefully, our luck will change the rest of the way.’’

Tim Hindley, who only needed to take the green flag to capture his second straight Modified championship, slammed into the third turn wall on the opening lap and was forced to the pits. Hindley returned to the track several laps down and finished in 12th place.

“I just got up a little too high in the turn,’’ said Hindley. “It’s my own fault. I thought I had more room than I did and just slammed into the wall.

“But we’ve had another great season. We won our second straight championship and this entire crew deserves all the credit.’’

Hindley, who capitalized on his consistency for another crown, grabbed his second DIRTcar Small Block Modified victory earlier in the evening when he outclassed a 23-car field in the 25-lap feature.

“This Small Block car has just been awesome all season,’’ said Hindley. “But I was able to avoid that accident early in the race, and moved from 10th to fifth place. That really made a big difference and I just went from there.’’

Chuck McKee, who was embroiled in a battle with Danny Creeden for the Small Block championship, and Creeden had problems in both features during the racing program. The two drivers made contact on the backstretch and in the third turn on the first lap.

Creeden’s car was damaged and he was forced to the pits when his car slammed into the wall off the fourth turn. McKee was able to continue but was forced to the rear for aggressive driving following the incident.

McKee dropped out of the race after just seven laps because of another accident and was forced to watch from the pits. Creeden returned to the track, but was black flagged because his car was deemed unsafe to race.

McKee claimed his second track championship by 12 points over Creeden when the dust finally settled.

Hindley, after capitalizing on the first-lap incident, drove ahead of Willy Auchmoody for first place on the fifth lap and never looked back as he finished ahead of Billy VanInwegen, John Ferrier, Donnie Elliott, Jesse Leiby, Darrell Ford, Frank Doty, Jimmy Spellmon, Rob Rowe and Ray Jashembowski.

In the Modified feature, Craig Mitchell’s car rode the second-turn wall following Hindley’s first-lap incident and then was lifted high in the air before slamming hard back on the racing surface. Creeden was also involved in the incident as both drivers retired for the night. No one was injured.

Chris Whitehead grabbed first place when racing resumed and remained in front until Mike Ricci, VanInwegen and John Lieto were involved in a first-turn incident. Higbie, meanwhile, was racing third at that point behind Whitehead and Clinton Mills.

Mills was able to power ahead of Whitehead on the restart and Higbie grabbed second by the seventh lap as Whitehead forced a caution with a right rear flat.

Higbie, taking advantage of outside on the restart, powered ahead of Mills and never looked back as he took the checkered flag nearly five seconds ahead of Mills.

“I was surpised Clinton gave me the outside for that restart,’’ said Higbie. “He really runs well on the top and he’s a good competitor. In fact, it’s been a privilege to race with this entire group here all season long. We have a talented field of drivers here and we all get along.’’

Higbie drove caution-free to the finish after grabbing first place with Mills, McKee, Richie Eurich, Tommy Meier, Bob McGannon, Gary Edwards Jr., Chris Shultz, Jeff Hulseapple and Whitehead rounding out the top 10.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, rookie driver Milton Mann surprised a 24-car field as he picked up the first win of his career in the 20-lap main event. L.J. Lombardo, who grabbed his first track title, followed in second place with Matt Janiak, Frank Venezia and Dion Naples rounding out the top five.

Mann, who racing here just a few weeks ago, survived several early-race cautions and then the presence of Lombardo during the last three laps to score his initial OCFS victory.

Joel Murns Jr. returned to victory lane for the first time in several seasons as he captured the Street Stock 15-lap feature ahead of Emerson Cargain Sr., Mike Vigiletti, Peter VanNoordt and Danny Carlough.

Murns, a former Pure Stock champion in 2008, and Cargain battled each other throughout the event just as they did for several seasons in Pure Stock competition. It was the 15th career win for Murns.

Vigiletti earned his first track championship behind his third-place effort.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jerry Higbie, 2. Clinton Mills, 3. Chuck McKee, 4. Richie Eurich, 5. Tommy Meier, 6. Bob McGannon, 7. Gary Edwards Jr., 8. Chris Shultz, 9. Jeff Hulseapple, 10. Chris Whitehead, 11. Mike Ruggiero, 12. Tim Hindley, 13. Mike Ricci, 14. Billy VanInwegen, 15. John Lieto, 16. Craig Mitchell, 17. Danny Creeden.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Tim Hindley, 2. Billy VanInwegen, 3. John Ferrier, 4. Donnie Elliott, 5. Jesse Leiby, 6. Darrell Ford, 7. Frank Doty, 8. Jimmy Spellmon, 9. Rob Rowe, 10. Ray Jashembowski, 11. Chris Shultz, 12. Jeremy Markle, 13. Willy Auchmoody, 14. John Finley, 15. Everett Haubrich, 16. Joe Conklin, 17. Mike Weslowski, 18. Chad Loiodice, 19. Bob McGannon, 20. Tyler McKee, 21. Chuck McKee, 22. Danny Creeden, 23. Ron Nuzzaro. Did Not Start: Mark Bishop. Did Not Qualify: Jason Kosch.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Milton Mann, 2. L.J. Lombardo, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. Frank Venezia, 5. Dion Naples, 6. Chris Stevens, 7. Joey Falanga, 8. Danny Cronk, 9. Patrick Murphy, 10. Troy Arnold, 11. Joe Conklin, 12. Anthony Falanga, 13. Hawley Smith, 14. Tommy Vigh Jr., 15. Mike Talmadge, 16. Austin Smith, 17. Randy Sweetman, 18. Brody Adamsky, 19. Jesse Leiby, 20. Dominic Roselli Jr., 21. Thomas Strupp, 22. Michael Murphy, 23. Zack Vavricka, 24. R.J. Smith. Did Not Qualify: Mike Barbieri, Winter Mead.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Joel Murns Jr., 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Pete VanNoordt, 5. Danny Carlough, 6. Charlie Donald, 7. Scott Gumaer, 8. Stan Vishinski Sr., 9. Shawn Maher, 10. Jim Maher, 11. Ron Constable, 12. Shawn Johannenssen, 13. John Hechinger.


SEPTEMBER BONUS NIGHTS AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY INCLUDE A FINAL NIGHT OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING AND THE ALWAYS EXCITING EVE OF DESTRUCTION
Posted: September 1st, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 3)……..While the point season concluded with Champions’ Night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, racing will continue Saturday evening, September 6, with a “no-points” bonus night. All four weekly racing divisions---Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will see action, with the winner of the 30-lap Modified feature earning a guaranteed starting spot in the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, set for Sunday, October 26.

Added to the September 6 program will be the popular new Thunder Trucks division.

Sponsored by Superior Remodeling, this is also 9/11 Tribute Night.

Admission prices for the September 6 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

The final weekly program at Orange County will take place on Saturday, September 13 when All Steel & Aluminum and Middletown Auto Wreckers present the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! Folks that enjoy motorized mayhem won’t want to miss this thrill-packed evening that includes crashes of all sorts, an organized Enduro Race (if there is such a thing), and general destruction.

Advance sale tickets for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! are available at the Speedway Office and online at the Orange County Fair Speedway website.

Tickets for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.

MEDIA MEMBERS: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at 201-323-2913, or BArmbr6493@aol.com. Deadline is October 12, 2013.


ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY POINT CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Posted: August 26th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 26)……..When New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” truer words were never spoken. That’s exactly the case in Orange County Fair Speedway’s weekly racing divisions. With the season-long point championships to be decided Saturday, August 30, drivers competing in the DIRTcar Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock ranks are locked in tight point battles with the outcomes in doubt until each division’s final checkered flag.

Drivers in each division will compete in qualifying races that lead to feature races of varying length. The Modified feature is 30 laps; the Small-Block Modified main is 25 laps; Sportsman race for 20 laps; and the Street Stocks take to the Hard Clay track for 15 laps.

Defending champion Tim Hindley tops the headline DIRTcar Modified division; Chuck McKee is the point leader in Small-Block Modified competition; LJ Lombardo leads the Sportsman division; and Mike Vigiletti rules the roost in Street Stock racing.

The winning drivers will each earn a Champion’s trophy, cash awards, and other prizes that will be presented at the annual banquet held during the winter months.

Championship Night on Labor Day Weekend is sponsored by Bill Rumsey’s WLR Construction Company.

Admission prices for the August 30 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The exceptionally full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales for the September 6 non-point races, the September 13 Eve of Destruction, the October 24-26 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


OCFS GEARS UP FOR ANNUAL EVE OF DESTRUCTION
Posted: August 23rd, 2014

On Saturday Sept 13, the Orange County Fair Speedway will hold its annual Eve Of Destruction sponsored by Middletown Auto Wreckers, which will include a 50 Lap Enduro race, the always exciting trailer race, a rollover contest, school bus race, 4 cylinder Demo derby and this year a new twist has been added with Tim Chitwood, Chris Morena and Rocky Hardcore doing stunts.

Tim Chitwood is the son of Joie Chitwood of the famous Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, learning the business from his famous father, Tim has performed for more than 40 years in front of live audiences and before cameras in Hollywood having done over 22 film and TV credits including James Bond “Live and Let Die”, Smokey and the Bandit III, Batman Forever and Assassins.

Chris Morena has performed stunts in many commercials, TV Shows and movies including Footloose, Big Mammas House 3, and Transformers 4, his company Mostunts Entertainment specializes in auto crashes, jumps and stunt driving for films and live shows, Rocky Hauri aka Rocky Hardcore is a nationally acclaimed stunt man from Owasso Michigan who has been performing stunts all over the United States for years, this is a guaranteed edge of your seats event, so plan on being at OCFS on Sept 13, the show begins at 6pm.

Tickets are available through our website www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net or by stopping by or contacting the speedway office at 845-342-2573 during regular business hours.


ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY DRIVERS BATTLE FOR POINTS AS SEASON WINDS DOWN
Posted: August 11th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 10)……..When the exhaust fumes settle from the Saturday, August 16 race meet at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, there will be just two more weeks of competition before the track point champions are crowned. For drivers in each of the speedway’s stock car divisions this makes the upcoming racing program even more important as point championships---including trophies, cash bonuses, and all-important bragging rights---get closer to being determined.

Four racing divisions---DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks---will be in action on the 16th, with a full program of qualifying and feature races that will be marked by DOUBLE POINTS. In addition, the nostalgic Vintage Modifieds will be on hand for their special race. Holiday Inn of Middletown is the night’s sponsor.

In the headline Modified division, the point battle is between current leader and defending champion Tim Hindley and past champions Jerry Higbie and Chuck McKee. Hindley holds a 38-point edge over the two challengers who are tied.

In Sportsman competition, LJ Lombardo currently is in the top spot with Matt Janiak his closest pursuer. Lombardo’s lead is 36 points, but in the unpredictable Sportsman division, his championship is far from assured.

Mike Vigiletti is the point leader in the Street Stock division, with a 35-point edge over 2011 and 2012 champion Charles Donald. Veteran racer Emerson Cargain in third-place is the only other driver in contention for the crown, but he trails Vigiletti by 45 points.

The closest point race is in the Small-Block Modified division, where Danny Creeden leads by just six points over Chuck McKee. Bob McGannon and Chris Shultz are next in line, but have significant points deficits to make up.

Admission prices for the August 16 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The exceptionally full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales for all remaining 2014 races, including the September 13 Eve of Destruction and the October 24-26 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


UPCOMING EVENTS

August 23 --- Accord Speedway Night (Modified King of the Catskills Qualifier)


OCFS Week 17 Recap - August 2nd, 2014
Posted: August 4th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN, NY – The hot sweltering sun of August usually takes its toll on the racing surface at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Historically, “the hard clay’’ has lived up to its billing at this time of the season. A track as hard as asphalt has made passing difficult for those drivers racing from deep in the field.

However, a summer with below average temperatures and plenty of rain has been beneficial to the track’s surface this season. And, according to veteran DIRTcar Modified driver Chuck McKee, it presented the perfect conditions for what could have been the most exciting main event of the 2014 racing campaign.

McKee, taking advantage of a tacky surface that allowed for plenty of passing, became the first multiple winner at OCFS this season as he outraced Tim Hindley to the front to capture last Saturday night’s DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature.

“I knew it was going to come down to Timmy and me,’’ said McKee, who pocketed the 31st victory of his OCFS Modified career. “The surface was just perfect and you could race any place on the track. It all came down to who got to the front first and I was fortunate to get there before him.’’

Hindley, who earlier captured his first DIRTcar Small Block Modified 25-lap main event this season, was hoping to complete his first career sweep. But “The Monticello Maniac’’ knew the task was going to be difficult once McKee got in front.

“Yeah, it would have been nice to get a sweep because I’ve never done it before,’’ said Hindley. “Chuck did it earlier this year and it would have been great to win both modified classes on the same night. But it all came down to track position. He got to the front before me and that was pretty much the story.’’

McKee, who ended a string of 15 straight different DIRTcar Modified winners this season, wasted no time racing towards the front after starting 10th in the 19-car field. “The Middletown Missile’’ passed Richie Eurich for fifth place on the 11th lap and had Hindley right on his tail.

Craig Mitchell, meanwhile, who led from the opening green, was enjoying a commanding lead and looked well en route to his first win of 2014. But Steve Dodd made contact with the backstretch wall and forced a caution with 16 laps completed that erased Mitchell’s big cushion.

The field tightened for the restart and McKee took advantage of the situation on the restart as he charged into third place behind Mitchell and Chris Whitehead. Hindley moved up to fourth place before Whitehead forced another caution with 17 laps down.

An incident involving Jeremy Markle and Bob McGannon on the homestretch forced the race’s final caution with 18 laps down, and left McKee, Hindley and Jerry Higbie breathing down Mitchell’s neck for the restart.

Hindley actually was able to get underneath McKee on a few occasions following the restart, but McKee’s outside momentum proved to be the difference as he maintained second place off the second turn. Mitchell and McKee crossed the finish line in a virtual tie for complete the 22nd lap before McKee nosed ahead off the second turn.

McKee then started pulling away from Mitchell down the backstretch to be scored the leader with 23 laps down and Hindley moved into second place a lap later. But McKee was able to stretch out his advantage to the finish for his second win this season.

“My car was really tight at the beginning of the race,’’ said McKee. “I made some adjustments and those cautions really helped. Timmy got underneath me a few times in the second turn, but my car was getting better as the race progressed and I was able to pull away.’’

Hindley, who is seeking his second straight track title, finished second for the third straight race with Higbie, Mitchell, Meier, Eurich, Clinton Mills, Mike Ruggiero, Donnie Wilson and Danny Creeden rounding out the top 10.

“That was really a lot of fun,’’ said Hindley. “Chuck, Jerry and I really get along well and that must have been a great race to watch. My car is getting better each week and this crew of mine deserves all the credit. There’s a lot more that goes into this than a Saturday night and they bust their butts all week to get these cars ready.

“I haven’t been able to experiment as much this year because the title chase is so close. But we’re getting there and I want to thank Gary Edwards Jr. for helping up with the Small Block motor. We’ve struggled with the ignition system, but I think we’ve finally solved our problems.’’

Hindley, after starting 13th in the 18-car field, became a force early as he broke into fourth place by the fifth lap. He passed McKee for second place on the 14th lap and passed McGannon while racing off the second turn on the 15th circuit to grab the lead.

Hindley, who grabbed his 13th OCFS career Small Block win and first since Sept. 5, 2009, was in complete command from that point on as he finished ahead of McGannon, McKee, Creeden, Rob Rowe, Chris Shultz, Mike Kolka, Frank Doty, Willy Auchmoody and Jesse Leiby.

Brian Krummel continued his dominance in the DIRTcar Sportsman ranks as he grabbed his sixth victory this season in the 20-lap feature ahead of Danny Cronk, Matt Janiak, Frank Venezia and Randy Sweetman.

Krummel, who registered his 29th OCFS career win, passed Cronk for the lead following an 18th-lap restart and then pulled away. L.J. Lombardo, who maintained his lead in the standings, drove Mike Weslowski’s No. 20 car after experiencing mechanical problems with his racer.

Danny Carlough captured his second win this season in the Street Stock 15-lap feature ahead of Mike Vigiletti, Ron Constable, Emerson Cargain Sr. and Charlie Donald.

Pete VanNoordt picked up his third win in the Thunder Track race, which was shortened to seven laps after Steve Colfax dropped out. They were the only two competitors of the newly formed division at OCFS in 2014.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Chuck McKee, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Craig Mitchell, 5. Tommy Meier, 6. Richie Eurich, 7. Clinton Mills, 8. Mike Ruggiero, 9. Donnie Wilson, 10. Danny Creeden, 11. Gary Edwards Jr., 12. John Lieto, 13. Bob McGannon, 14. Mike Kolka, 15. Jeremy Markle, 16. Chris Whitehead, 17. Chris Shultz, 18. Steve Dodd, 19. Mike Ricci.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Tim Hindley, 2. Bob McGannon, 3. Chuck McKee, 4. Danny Creeden, 5. Rob Rowe, 6. Chris Shultz, 7. Mike Kolka, 8. Frank Doty, 9. Willy Auchmoody, 10. Jesse Leiby, 11. Jason Kosch, 12. John Ferrier, 13. Tyler McKee, 14. Chad Loiodice, 15. Jay Jashembowski, 16. John Finley, 17. Billy Eggers Jr., 18. Mike Weslowski.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Danny Cronk, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. Frank Venezia, 5. Randy Sweetman, 6. L.J. Lombardo, 7. Chris Stevens, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Mike Butler, 10. Dominic Roselli Jr., 11. R.J. Smith, 12. Joey Falanga, 13. Joe Conklin, 14. Rafaele Carson, 15. Troy Arnold, 16. Dion Naples, 17. Austin Smith, 18. Winter Mead, 19. Zach Mead, 20. Patrick Murphy, 21. Zack Vavricka. Did Not Start: Milton Mann.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Danny Carlough, 2. Mike Vigiletti, 3. Ron Constable, 4. Emerson Cargain Sr., 5. Charlie Donald, 6. D.J. Ross, 7. John Hechinger, 8. Tommy Vigh Jr. Did Not Start: Joel Murns Jr., Alan Tarantino.

Thunder Trucks Feature Finish, 7 Laps: 1. Pete VanNoordt, 2. Steve Colfax.


CRSA SPRINT CARS ADDED TO AUGUST 9 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY - Countdown to track championships continues
Posted: August 4th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 05)……..The always exciting CRSA Sprint Cars will be back in action this coming Saturday evening, August 9 at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. That’s in addition to “Hard Clay” track’s weekly regimen of DIRTcar Big-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock racing divisions.

On July 12, the last CRSA appearance at Orange County saw Emily Vaninwegen win the 20-lap Sprint Car feature race. CRSA Sprint Cars have limited 305 cid engines, making the division more affordable for weekend racers. But lest anyone doubt, they are fast race cars, especially on the big five-eights-mile Orange County track.

With just four weeks remaining in this year’s season-long point chases to determine the track champions, Orange County’s weekly racing divisions are set for another round of intense competition that includes qualifying heat races and feature events for all divisions.

Goldenarea Furniture of Middletown and New Jersey’s Sparta Trucking are the evening’s presenting sponsors.

Admission prices for the August 9 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales and track information for all remaining Orange County Fair Speedway race dates, including the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, can be found at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


HOT AUGUST RACING AUGUST 2 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Five race meets remain in the chase for track championships

Posted: July 28th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 28)……..August heat is upon us and so is the hot racing action at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. On tap this Saturday evening, August 2, is a full night of qualifying and feature races for the track’s racing divisions---DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Thunder Trucks. And as an added attraction, the Orange County Kids Club has activities planned for the young fans.

It’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County Night at the historic Hard Clay speedway, with the program sponsored by Pine Bush Equipment and McGannon Excavating.

With just five more nights of racing left in the season-long point chase to determine track champions, all the top drivers will be out to score as many points as possible. Two weeks back in the headline DIRTcar Big-Block Modified ranks, Tim Hindley and Chuck McKee were tied for the point lead. But McKee’s on-track fortunes slipped somewhat on July 26 and now Hindley (1427 points) holds a 27-point edge over Jerry Higbie (1400). Clinton Mills is third (1392), while McKee (1379) has slipped to fourth, with Tommy Meier (1368) is in fifth place.

Danny Creeden (660) leads the Small-Block Modified standings by seven points over McKee (653). John Ferrier (603), Chris Shultz (602), and Ray Jashembowski (594) complete the top-five.

LJ Lombardo (1425) tops the ultra-competitive Sportsman division, with Matt Janiak (1391) second and Brian Krummel (1372) in third. In Sportsman racing, anything can happen, but this talented trio are the likely candidates for division honors.

It’s also a three-way battle in the Street Stock division, where Mike Vigiletti (1435) leads Emerson Cargain (1408) and Charles Donald (1406).

Admission prices for the August 2 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for Children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales and track information for all remaining Orange County Fair Speedway race dates, including the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, can be found at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


OCFS Week 16 Recap - July 26th, 2014
Posted: July 28th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Chris Shultz and Clinton Mills became the newest DIRTcar Modified winners at the Orange County Fair Speedway this season as the track hosted a pair of 30-lap features last Saturday night.

Shultz, who debuted a new car, got the evening rolling as he grabbed his first win of the 2014 racing campaign in the 30-lap race that was held over from July 5. Mills capped the racing program when he became the 15th different winner this season in the 30-lap nightcap that he dedicated to his father-in-law – who is battling cancer.

“This is a very important win for me,’’ said Mills. “I really wanted to get a win for my father-in-law Paul who is battling cancer. He’s been a real strong supporter of me and this race is dedicated to him. I just spoke to him on the phone before the race and I told him I was going to win one for him.

“This is my first win in four years and we’ve been really struggling with this car. We got it from Ken Tremont in 2010 and he told me it was just a second-place car. We thought about throwing it in the scrap heap because it’s only been a second place car for me. But we stuck with it and finally got a win. I just couldn’t be happier right now.

“All the guys on this crew and all my fans have stuck behind me, and I can’t thank them enough. But I couldn’t have done his without my wife (Becky). She has my back and I have hers. That’s what’s important and getting this win for her father was just fantastic.’’

Mills, who started on the pole, got a quick jump on Craig Mitchell and seemed well en route to a resounding victory until John Lieto slowed on the homestretch for force the race’s only caution with 16 laps completed.

Tim Hindley, who started 10th, stood in fourth place for the restart and quickly moved ahead of both Chris Whitehead and Mitchell for second place by the 18th lap. He then began reeling in Mills as the race progressed.

“I usually don’t look at the scoreboard,’’ said Mills. “But I took a glance because I knew Timmy was back there. He’s a real strong competitor here and I just grabbed a quick look to see where he was.’’

Hindley was able to close in on Mills, but never was able to get a serious run for a takeover and was forced to settle for his second runners up finish during the evening. The win was the fifth of Mills’ career and his first since July 24, 2010
Mitchell followed Mills and Hindley across the finish line with Whitehead, Billy VanInwegen, Mike Ruggiero, Jerry Higbie, Chuck McKee, Tommy Meier and Danny Creeden rounding out the top 10.

Shultz, who picked up his 13th career victory, had to withstand a late-race charge by Hindley to notch his first win since July 6, 2013. He tied Hindley, Meier and Billly Osmun for 25th place on OCFS’s all-time leader board.

“I knew that was going to be one tough last lap,’’ said Shultz. “Timmy is an animal out there on the track and just one tough competitor. But we have a real good field of drivers here and it just shows with the number of different winners we’ve had. This is a tough place to win at because of the competition.

“We’ve been struggling and just picked up this new car on Wednesday. The guys worked real hard all week to get it ready and we had a great ride with it. This makes all the hard work worthwhile.’’

Hindley, who regained first place in the standings with 1,427 points, closed in on Shultz for a double-file restart when Mike Kolka slowed in the second turn with rear end problems with 29 laps completed. But the reigning track champion had to settle for second as Shultz took the checkered flag by 0.610 seconds.

Higbie followed in third place and stands 27 points behind Hindley in the title chase. Mitchell finished in fourth with Bob McGannon, Mills, Whitehead, Gary Edwards Jr., Meier and Donnie Wilson rounding out the top 10.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, Brian Krummel finally became the track’s all-time winner as he grabbed his fifth win of the season in the 20-lap feature event. It was Krummel’s 28th career victory and broke a 10-year record Hindley set on Oct. 23, 2004 during Eastern States Weekend.

Krummel, after starting 12th in the 21-car field, grabbed first place from R.J. Smith on the ninth lap and then sailed off to an impressive win as he finished ahead of L.J. Lombardo, Smith, Danny Cronk and Chris Stevens.

Matt Janiak, who flipped during a multi-car crash in the second turn at the race’s start, came all the way back to finish10th and remained in second place behind Lombardo in the title hunt.

Joey Bruning capped off a perfect weekend by capturing his first OCFS career victory in the Rookie Crate Sportsman 15-lap race ahead of Thomas Terry, Rafaele Carson, Matt Burke and Winter Mead.

Bruning, who also won at Accord Speedway last Friday, led the entire race that was run caution-free.

Emerson Cargain Sr. grabbed his first win this season in the Street Stock 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of Joel Murns Jr., Mike Vigiletti, Danny Carlough and Charlie Donald.

Cargain grabbed the lead away from Murns on the second lap and remained there the rest of the way as he captured his 37th OCFS career win. He ranks second behind Al D’Antonio (48) on the track’s all-time winners’ list.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Clinton Mills, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4. Chris Whitehead, 5. Billy VanInwegen, 6. Mike Ruggiero, 7. Jerry Higbie, 8. Chuck McKee, 9. Tommy Meier, 10. Danny Creeden, 11. Chris Shultz, 12. Bob McGannon, 13. Gary Edwards Jr., 14. Donnie Wilson, 15. Tyler McKee, 16. John Lieto, 17. Mike Kolka, 18. Jeremy Markle. Did Not Start: Richie Eurich.

DIRTcar Modified Feature (Held Over From July 5) Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Chris Shultz, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Craig Mitchell, 5. Bob McGannon, 6. Clinton Mills, 7. Chris Whitehead, 8. Gary Edwards Jr., 9. Tommy Meier, 10. Donnie Wilson, 11. Mike Kolka, 12. Billy VanInwegen, 13. Mike Ruggiero, 14. Jeremy Markle, 15. Richie Eurich, 16. John Lieto, 17. Chuck McKee.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. L.J. Lombardo, 3. R.J. Smith, 4. Danny Cronk, 5. Chris Stevens, 6. Patrick Murphy, 7. Randy Sweetman, 8. R.J. Smykla, 9. Jesse Leiby, 10. Matt Janiak, 11. Dominic Roselli Jr., 12. Troy Arnold, 13. Zach Mead, 14. Andrew Reeves, 15. Anthony Falanga, 16. Dion Naples, 17. Joey Falanga, 18. Christian Rumsey, 19. Frank Venezia, 20. Joe Conklin, 21. Matt Hitchcock. Did Not Start: Milton Mann. Did Not Qualify: Jimmy Johnson, Stan Jablonka, Zack Vavricka, John Corry, Thomas Strupp.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Joey Bruning, 2. Thomas Terry, 3. Rafaele Carson, 4. Matt Burke, 5. Winter Mead, 6. Geoff Quackenbush, 7. Pete Goydich, 8. Clark Bradford, 9. Brian Travers, 10. Paul Hyde. Did Not Start: Shawn Corry, George Begg.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Emerson Cargain Sr., 2. Joel Murns Jr., 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Danny Carlough, 5. Charlie Donald, 6. Ron Constable, 7. John Hechinger, 8. D.J. Ross, 9. Buck Barrett.


A TIE IN MODIFIED POINTS STANDINGS ADDS DRAMA TO RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: July 20th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 21)……..In 2009, Modified race car drivers Chuck McKee and Jerry Higbie tied for the season-long point championship at Middletown, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway. Five years later, McKee is embroiled in another Modified division point race and is tied with Tim Hindley as the weekly racing season reaches the last week in July.

McKee, from Middletown, a five time Orange County Modified division track champion, and Hindley, from Monticello, New York, the 2013 Modified titlist, each have registered 1,230 points with just six weeks left in their quest for the track crown. That means added importance of every finishing position for both drivers as the season winds down.

And that translates into more racing excitement for the fans each Saturday night at the historic five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” speedway.

This coming Saturday evening, July 26, McKee, Hindley, and the rest of the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks racers return to action for a full evening of non-stop racing action. Two Modified features---and two opportunities to gain the point advantage---are on tap, with opening race the 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature postponed from July 5. The Holiday Inn of Middletown is the night’s sponsor.

Speedway admission prices during Fair events at $14 adults, $2.00 children under 12 with advance purchase tickets including Fair admission. Racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Fair admission applies to same day speedway attendance. Advance Speedway tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to the scheduled race meet to include Fair admission.

Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $12.00 plus Fair admission.

Ticket prices, starting times, and other important information for the Orange County Fair are available at www.orangecountyfair.com/entertainment/grandstand.

Advance ticket sales and track information for all remaining Orange County Fair Speedway race dates, including the 53nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, can be found at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


OCFS Week 15 Recap - July 19th, 2014
Posted: July 20th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Popular local driver Jerry Higbie broke a winless drought that has stretched for more than a year last Saturday night as he captured the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Higbie, who became the 13th different winner in as many races this season, joined Danny Johnson for 15th place on the track’s all-time winner’s list with his 22nd career triumph. It was the Newburgh driver’s first visit to victory lane since June 15, 2013.

“This is the best our car has been all season,’’ said Higbie. “But we’ve had some other good runs, too. I just ran into a little bad luck with flat tires and it cost me some top finishes the past few weeks. There have been quite a few flats for everyone.

“I just had a regular hard tire on the right rear and it held up with no problems. It’s just good to finally get a win.’’

Higbie, after starting fifth in the 18-car field, blasted into second place behind leader Tommy Meier following a third-lap restart and then began his quest for the top spot. The three-time Modified track champion crossed the finish line nearly dead even with Meier to complete five laps and then nosed ahead while racing down the backstretch of the next circuit.

Higbie grabbed the lead just before Gary Edwards Jr. blew the motor on his Modified to force a caution with six laps down. Higbie then went on to stretch out a commanding cushion over his competition until Mike Kolka slowed in the fourth turn with 19 laps completed.

Two more cautions for Bob McGannon couldn’t stop Higbie’s drive to the checkered flags as he finished nearly a full straightaway ahead of Meier. Chris Whitehead came on late in the event to finish in third place with Tim Hindley, Chuck McKee, Clinton Mills, Chris Shultz, Danny Creeden, Craig Mitchell and McGannon rounding out the top 10.

Higbie’s victory also put him right in the thick of the Modified title chase as the top five are now separated by just 27 points. Hindley and McKee are deadlocked in first with 1,230 points and Higbie is just eight markers off their pace. Meier (1,205) and Mills (1,203) close out the top five.

John Finley realized a goal he set for himself last season when he grabbed the first win of his OCFS Small Block Modified career as he bested a 17-car field in the 25-lap main event.

Finley, considered to be one of the top racing motor builders in the area at Middletown’s Precision Engine, enjoyed a successful career years ago as he won features in both the DIRTcar Modified and Sportsman divisions.

“That’s really what made me come back,’’ said Finley. “I had won in every other division at the track and never got a Small Block win. The fact that they brought the division back last season made me return. Now I’m one of just a handful of drivers to get a feature in every division at the track.’’

Finley, who started fourth, grabbed first place away from Frank Doty while exiting the second turn on the eighth lap and then held off several challenges offered by McGannon for his first OCFS win in 12 years. The Bloomingburg driver claimed his last win here in Modified competition on Aug. 3, 2002.

McGannon, who was right in the thick of the title chase, was dealt a serious blow on the final lap when his car burst into flames while racing off the fourth turn. The fire was extinguished by the track’s emergency crew and McGannon wasn’t injured.

Creeden took advantage of McGannon’s misfortune to finish second and also grabbed first place in the standings with 660 points. Creeden, who is looking to defend his champion, leads McKee by seven markers.

Hindley finished in third place with McKee, John Ferrier, Tyler McKee, Shultz, Steve Meilleur, Ray Jashembowski and Chad Loiodice rounding out the top 10.

Matt Janiak and L.J. Lombardo both held off the late-race charges provided by Brian Krummel to capture a pair of DIRTcar Sportsman 20-lap features.

Janiak, after taking first place on the ninth lap from R.J. Smykla, was able to keep Krummel at bay as he scored his first win of the season. Krummel, after changing a right rear flay after just eight laps, roared back to finish second ahead of Lombardo, Frank Venezia and Christian Rumsey.

Lombardo earned his second win of 2014 in the held-over race from July 5 as grabbed first place from Randy Sweetman on the 15th lap and then went on to the victory. Krummel, Janiak, Sweetman and Venezia followed Lombardo across the finish line.

Mike Vigiletti grabbed his fifth triumph this season in the Street Stock 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of Emerson Cargain Sr., John Hechinger, Danny Carlough and Tim Southard. It was Vigiletti’s 19th career OCFS win.
Peter VanNoordt was awarded his second straight win for the Thunder Truck division after racing with the Street Stocks.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jerry Higbie, 2. Tommy Meier, 3. Chris Whitehead, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Chuck McKee, 6. Clinton Mills, 7. Chris Shultz, 8. Danny Creeden, 9. Craig Mitchell, 10. Bob McGannon, 11. Mike Ruggiero, 12. Donnie Wilson, 13. John Lieto, 14. Richie Eurich, 15. Billy VanInwegen, 16. Mike Kolka, 17. Steve Dodd, 18. Gary Edwards Jr.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. John Finley, 2. Danny Creeden, 3. Tim Hindley, 4. Chuck McKee, 5. John Ferrier, 6. Tyler McKee, 7. Chris Shultz, 8. Steve Meilleur, 9. Ray Jashembowski, 10. Chad Loiodice, 11. Jesse Leiby, 12. Frank Doty, 13. Mark Bishop, 14. Bob McGannon, 15. Jason Kosch, 16. Rob Rowe, 17. Everett Haubrich. Did Not Start: Willy Auchmoody, Mike Weslowski, Clinton Mills.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Matt Janiak, 2. Brian Krummel, 3. L.J. Lombardo, 4. Frank Venezia, 5. Christian Rumsey, 6. Jesse Leiby, 7. R.J. Smykla, 8. Patrick Murphy, 9. Jimmy Johnson, 10. Chris Stevens, 11. Troy Arnold, 12. Greg Sleight, 13. Dominic Roselli Jr., 14. Andrew Reeves, 15. Thomas Terry, 16. Joey Falanga, 17. Randy Sweetman, 18. Austin Smith, 19. Shane Jablonka, 20. Tyler Treacy, 21. R.J. Smith, 22. Anthony Falanga, 23. Zach Mead. Did Not Start: Nick Soules. Did Not Qualify: John Corry, Thomas Strupp, Rafaele Carson, Danny Cronk, Milton Mann.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (Held Over From July 5) Finish, 20 Laps: 1. L.J. Lombardo, 2. Brian Krummel, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. Randy Sweetman, 5. Frank Venezia, 6. Troy Arnold, 7. Tyler Treacy, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Chris Stevens, 10. Christian Rumsey, 11. R.J. Smykla, 12. Dominic Roselli Jr., 13. Patrick Murphy, 14. Joey Falanga, 15. R.J. Smith, 16. Austin Smith, 17. Thomas Strupp, 18. Danny Cronk, 19. Rafaele Carson, 20. Milton Mann, 21. Anthony Falanga. Did Not Start: Nick Soules.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Mike Vigiletti, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. John Hechinger, 4. Danny Carlough, 5. Tim Southard, 6. Jim Maher, 7. Ron Constable, 8. D.J. Ross, 9. Pete VanNoordt, 10. Charlie Donald, 11. Joel Murns Jr.


OCFS Week 14 Recap - July 12th, 2014
Posted: July 14th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Veteran driver Bob McGannon and young sprint car chauffer Emily VanInwegen shared the spotlight last Saturday night at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

McGannon, who has experienced his share of bad luck this season, completely dominated a 21-car field as he grabbed his first victory in nearly three years in the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature.

VanInwegen, who has also raced through adversity, claimed the first victory of her young career as she captured the second Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 305 sprint car 20-lap feature. She became just the second female driver in the track’s history to capture a sprint car race – joining Brittany Tresch, who set the standard last year on June 1.

Scott Flammer, who is no stranger to the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval, picked up a victory in the first CRSA 20-lapper, which was held over from May 3. It was the third OCFS career sprint car win for Flammer, who won twice here in 2013.

McGannon, who earned his only other Modified win here on July 16, 2011, jumped out to a quick lead over Ray Jashembowski from his starting pole position and was able to stretch out his cushion as the laps clicked off the scoreboard.

Chris Shultz, who ran in second place since the first lap, got his only chance to steal a victory when Jerry Higbie’s car came up with a right rear flat with 20 laps completed – forcing the event’s only caution and erasing McGannon’s big lead.

But McGannon proved to be too strong as he stretched his lead out once again. Shultz exited the race on the 23rd lap with a flat tire to hand second place over to Jeremy Markle. But Markle could only ride out the remaining laps as McGannon became the 12th different winner in as many races this season.

“This car was just awesome tonight,’’ said McGannon. “It was just on rails tonight and I have to thank all the people that help for getting me here. They are my racing family and I can’t do this without all of their support.

“We’ve had our share of problems and didn’t fare too well with our Small Block Modified a week ago. But it was good to get another win. It took us too long to get here again. Hopefully, we’ll get the next one a little sooner.’’

Craig Mitchell followed McGannon and Markle across the finish line in third place with Tommy Meier, Tim Hindley, Jashembowski, John Lieto, Richie Eurich, Mike Ruggiero and Clinton Mills rounding out the top 10.

VanInwegen, who is in the midst of her third season with CRSA, also took advantage of her starting position as she led the entire 20-lap distance to secure her first victory against a 17-car field. The 19-year-old Sparrowbush resident joined her brother - DIRTcar Modified driver Billy VanInwegen , who took a sprint car race here on May 8, 2010.

“I’m just so excited right now that I really don’t know what to say,’’ said Emily VanInwegen. “I know I started up front, but we really needed this with all the problems we’ve had this season. This is my first career win in a sprint car and I couldn’t be happier.

“I’ve had a few decent finishes before tonight, but we’ve been hurt with a lot of motor problems. My boyfriend (Matt Tanner) has given me a lot of pointers and he helps us as much as he can. But he’s racing 360 sprint cars this season.’’

Tanner, meanwhile, was a regular competitor during CRSA’s early years here and claimed a pair of feature victories on Aug. 15, 2009 and Aug. 28, 2010.

Emily VanInwegen grabbed a quick lead over Scott Goodrich on the first lap before Dan Hennessy flipped on the backstretch to force the event’s only caution. She took control again when racing resumed and was never challenged as she picked up her initial win over Goodrich, John Matrafailo, Jeremy Quick and Kyle Smith.

Josh Pieniazek, who picked up a win here on May 31, flipped several times in the first turn and crashed through the wooden fence to land outside the racing facility during his qualifying heat. Pieniazek hit the inside jersey barrier with his left front tire and then went through a series of barrel rolls before ending up on Wisner Avenue. He wasn’t injured.

Flammer, who led from start-to-finish in a caution-free race, nearly let first place slip away during the closing laps as Dalton Herrick made a strong bid for the win. But Flammer regrouped and was able to cross the finish line ahead of Herrick by a few car lengths.

Quick followed Flammer and Herrick across the finish line with Goodrich and Tresch rounding out the top five.
In DIRTcar Sportsman action, Randy Sweetman grabbed his first career win in the 20-lap feature as he finished ahead of Frank Venezia, Matt Janiak, L.J. Lombardo and Brian Krummel.

Sweetman wrestled first place away from R.J. Smykla on the second lap and never looked back as he finished well ahead of Venezia when OCFS starter Randy Filipowski displayed the checkered flags.

Pete Goydich picked up his first win this season in the Rookie Crate Sportsman 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of John Schweizer, Rafaele Carson, Matt Burke and George Begg.

In Street Stock competition, Charlie Donald won for the fourth time in 2014 as he captured the 15-lap race ahead of Emerson Cargain Sr., Joel Murns Jr., Mike Vigiletti and Tom Cilurso. It was the 24th career triumph for Donald, who stands third on the track’s all-time winners’ list.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Bob McGannon, 2. Jeremy Markle, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4. Tommy Meier, 5. Tim Hindley, 6. Ray Jashembowski, 7. John Lieto, 8. Richie Eurich, 9. Miike Ruggiero, 10. Clinton Mills, 11. Jerry Higbie, 12. Billy VanInwegen, 13. Chuck McKee, 14. Mike Kolka, 15. Donnie Wilson, 16. Tyler McKee, 17. Chris Shultz, 18. Chris Whitehead, 19. Steve Dodd, 20. Dave Gearhart, 21. Gary Edwards Jr.

CRSA 305 Sprints Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Emily VanInwegen, 2. Scott Goodrich, 3. John Matrafailo, 4. Jeremy Quick, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Scott Flammer, 7. Geoff Quackenbush, 8. Brittany Tresch, 9. Tyler Chartrand, 10. Joe Kata, 11. Chad King, 12. Frank Jashembowski, 13. Mark Taylor, 14. Dalton Herrick, 15. John Leombruno, 16. Jeff VanSteenburg, 17. Dan Hennessy. Did Not Start: Josh Pieniazek.

CRSA 305 Sprints Feature (Held Over From May 3) Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Scott Flammer, 2. Dalton Herrick, 3. Jeremy Quick, 4. Scott Goodrich, 5. Brittany Tresch, 6. John Matrafailo, 7. Geoff Quackenbush, 8. Emily VanInwegen, 9. Tyler Chartrand, 10. Crad King, 11. Joe Kata, 12. Dan Hennessy.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Randy Sweetman, 2. Frank Venezia, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. L.J. Lombardo, 5. Brian Krummel, 6. Jimmy Johnson, 7. R.J. Smykla, 8. Danny Cronk, 9. Joey Falanga, 10. Patrick Murphy, 11. Chris Stevens, 12. Jesse Leiby, 13. Thomas Strupp, 14. Christian Rumsey, 15. Greg Sleight, 16. R.J. Smith, 17. Anthony Falanga, 18. Andrew Reeves, 19. Troy Arnold, 20. Dion Naples, 21. Milton Mann, 22. Jimmy Spellmon, 23. Tyler Treacy. Disqualified: Joe Conklin. Did Not Qualify: John Aumick.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Pete Goydich, 2. John Schweitzer, 3. Rafaele Carson, 4. Matt Burke, 5. George Begg, 6. Paul Hyde, 7. Steven Ball, 8. Austin Smith, 9. Otto Bradatsch, 10. Thomas Terry, 11. Nick Soules, 12. Joey Bruning, 13. Winter Mead. Did Not Start: Clark Bradford, Rich Oxford.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Charlie Donald, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Joel Murns Jr., 4. Mike Vigiletti, 5. Tom Cilurso, 6. Chickie Bradford, 7. Ron Constable, 8. D.J. Ross, 9. Danny Carlough, 10. Buck Barrett.


TWO NIGHTS OF STOCK CAR RACING ON TAP DURING THE 174TH ANNUAL ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Posted: July 14, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 14)……..Two evenings of stock car racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway will be run during the 174th Annual Orange County Fair in Middletown, New York.

First up on Saturday, July 19, Middletown Collision and lawyers Dupée & Monroe, P.C. present a four-division stock car racing program anchored by the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds competing for the top prize of $2,500 in a 30-lap feature race. Also on the card are the Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock divisions in qualifying and feature event races. And as a special attraction, the Thunder Trucks are making a return appearance to the famous Orange County Hard Clay. There will be two Sportsman feature races, with the program opening with the previously postponed 20-lap July 5 Sportsman feature.

Saturday, July 26 the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks return to action on the historic speedway. Two Modified features are on tap, with opening race the 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature postponed from July 5. The Holiday Inn of Middletown is the night’s sponsor.

Speedway admission prices during Fair events at $14 adults, $2.00 children under 12 with advance purchase tickets including Fair admission. Racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Fair admission applies to same day speedway attendance. Advance Speedway tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to the scheduled race meet to include Fair admission.

Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $12.00 plus Fair admission.

Ticket prices, starting times, and other important information for the Orange County Fair are available at www.orangecountyfair.com/entertainment/grandstand.

Advance ticket sales and track information for all remaining Orange County Fair Speedway race dates, including the 53nd Annual Eastern States Weekend, can be found at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


TIGHT POINT RACES AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Two Feature Races for the Capital Region Sprint Association (CRSA)
this Saturday, July 12

Posted: July 6, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 7)......With the Orange County Fair Speedway weekly racing season past the halfway mark, there are tight point races in each of the track’s competing divisions. That means drivers will be out to establish their positions, defending top spots, or challenging leaders as the season heads into its final two months. And for the fans, that insures great racing each Saturday night on the historic Middletown, New York “Hard Clay” five-eighths-mile speedway.

In the headline DIRTcar Big-Block Modified division, five time champion Chuck McKee and defending titlist Tim Hindley are in a seesaw battle for supremacy, with McKee currently holding a slim 18-point lead.

McKee also tops the Small-Block Modified ranks, but only by seven points over 2013 champion Danny Creeden. L.J. Lombardo is the Sportsman point leader, a somewhat comfortable 27-point edge over Matt Janiak. Tightest of all is the Street Stock competition where Charlie Donald is just three points ahead of Mike Vigiletti.

This coming Saturday evening, July 12, Johnstons Toyota and Steve Dodd Plumbing & Heating present a full program of DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock qualifying and feature races. And joining them will be the CSRA Sprint Cars, promising even more racing excitement for the fans. Due to an earlier postponement, the CRSA Sprint cars will open the program with a 20-lap feature race and then compete in a full card of qualifying races leading to their second “A” main of the evening.

Admission prices for the July 12 race meet remains at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 24-26, 2014, headlined by the Eastern States 200, the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


Upcoming: July 17-27 -- The 174th Annual Orange County Fair!


OCFS Week 13 Recap - July 5th, 2014
Posted: July 6th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Chuck McKee put himself in position to gain control of all of his competition this season as he picked up his second DIRTcar Small Block Modified 25-lap feature last Saturday night at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Further racing for the evening was postponed shortly after intermission because of a medical emergency in the pit area. Street stock driver Charlie Donald’s father was struck by the grater in the pits and was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. No further details were available on the extent of his injuries.

A prolonged police investigation on the incident forced OCFS officials to postpone both the DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Modified features for the evening. The Sportsman 20-lapper will be made up on July 19 and the Modified 30-lapper on July 26.

McKee, who grabbed first place in the Small Block standings behind his 11th career victory, is also on top of the Modified standings in his quest to sweep both divisions during the same season. He was the last driver to accomplish the feat in 2009 – becoming only the second chauffer in OCFS history to turn the trick.

Brett Hearn, who now calls Lebanon Valley Speedway his Saturday night home, swept both titles seven times during his tremendous career here. Hearn did it four straight seasons from 1889-92.

However, McKee won’t have an easy time of it as he has a host of close competition in both divisions. The “Middletown Missile’’ vaulted ahead of both reigning champion Danny Creeden and Bob McGannon in the Small Block ranks and currently owns a 21-point cushion over Tim Hindley in the Modified class.

McKee, after starting ninth in the 17-car field, took advantage of a series of cautions before one lap was scored to vault into fifth place when racing finally got started. He passed Chad Loiodice for fourth on the fourth circuit and raced ahead of Ray Jashembowski on the eighth lap.

Rob Rowe, meanwhile, was enjoying a comfortable lead over his competition as he raced well ahead of second-generation driver Tyler McKee for the first 10 laps. However, Chuck McKee moved ahead of his son by the next circuit as well as Hindley – setting up what appeared to be a fierce battle for the win.

But McGannon’s spin between the third and fourth turns forced a caution with 17 laps completed as McKee, Hindley and Creeden all closed in on Rowe. Rowe was able to remain ahead after two more cautions before McKee powered in front following a 19th-lap restart.

Hindley was able to pass Rowe for second place on the 20th lap, but McKee was able to stretch out his advantage as he won by 1.160 seconds at the checkered flag. Rowe followed in third place with Creeden, Jashembowski, John Ferrier, Steve Meilleur, Chris Shultz, Lioidice and Frank Doty rounding out the top 10.

“It’s really unfortunate what happened to Mr. Donald and the track did the right thing postponing any further racing for the night,’’ said McKee. “It’s too bad because the track was really in great shape tonight and I think it would have been a heck of a Modified feature. You could really race anywhere out there tonight.

“It took me a lap to get going, but once I was able to get out there, the car was like a rocket. We’re not real good in our heat races, but we have the car set up for the feature and that’s the important thing. Precision Engine has really done a great job building the engines for both our cars. I’m very pleased with them.’’

McKee’s victory enabled him to grab first place in the Small Block Modified standings with 470 points. Creeden is close behind at 463 markers with McGannon (448), Jashembowski (431) and Shultz (429) rounding out the top five.
Rowe and Jashembowski won the two Small Block Modified heats.

The Modified heats were won by Hindley, Jeremy Markle and Tommy Meier. Hindley, who was driving a new car for just the second week, turned in the quickest lap in quaiifying with a time of 21.030 seconds - 106.990 miles per hour around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval.

In Street Stock action, Tim Southard picked up his first win in many season as he captured the 15-lap main event ahead of Charlie Donald, John Hechinger, Danny Carlough and Joey Metrando.

Southard, who grabbed his second career victory, powered ahead of Joel Murns Jr. on a third-lap restart and then held off the challenges provided by both Donald and Kyle Welsch en route to his win.

Second-generation driver Darryl Hulbert picked up his second win this season in the Northeast Vintage Modified 15-lap feature.

Hulbert, the son of Mert “Socks’’ Hulbert, a former star at Central New York race tracks, never trailed throughout the event as he finished ahead of Ray See Jr., Howie Murphy, Jimmy Johnson and Rob Sanford.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Chuck McKee, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Rob Rowe, 4. Danny Creeden, 5. Ray Jashembowski, 6. John Ferrier, 7. Steve Meilleur , 8. Chris Shultz, 9. Chad Loiodice, 10. Frank Doty, 11. Tyler McKee, 12. Bob McGannon, 13. Mike Weslowski, 14. Everett Haubrich, 15. Jason Kosch, 16. Willy Auchmoody, 17. Zack Vavricka. Did Not Start: John Finley.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Tim Southard, 2. Charlie Donald, 3. John Hechinger, 4. Danny Carlough, 5. Joey Metrando, 6. Joel Murns Jr., 7. Kyle Welsch, 8. Tom Shortway, 9. Emerson Cargain Sr., 10. D.J. Ross, 11. Buck Barrett, 12. Mike Vigiletti, 13. Ron Constable, 14. Pete VanNoordt. Did Not Start: Scott Gumaer, Ray Tarantino.
Northeast Vintage Modifieds Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Darryl Hulbert, 2. Ray See Jr., 3. Howie Murphy, 4. Jimmy Johnson, 5. Rob Sanford, 6. Stan Wetmore, 7. Rob Casti, 8. Kyle VanTassel , 9. John Hager, 10. Jeff Hager.


OCFS Week 12 Recap - June 28th, 2014
Posted: June 30th, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Steve Dodd became the winningest driver of his family’s long association with the Orange County Fair Speedway last Saturday night as he captured his 11th career victory in the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap main event.
Dodd surpassed his great uncle Russ Dodd’s career mark of 10 feature victories that he accumulated from 1950-55.

Russ Dodd was OCFS’s first Modified track champion in 1950 and began a relationship with the track that has now been going for 65 seasons.

“No, I didn’t realize I passed uncle Russ,’’ said Steve Dodd during the post-race festivities. “Our family has been coming to this race track for a long time and he started it all. It’s an honor to become the biggest winner here from our family.’’
Steve Dodd, who started on the pole for the 21-car event, charged right to the front and opened a commanding lead over Mike Ruggiero and Jerry Higbie, who raced second and third the whole distance as the event was run caution-free.
However, Dodd said he couldn’t wait until the race got over. He said he had no idea how big his advantage was and kept peaking at the leader board as the race went on.

“What was a 30-lap race felt like it was going for 50 laps,’’ said Dodd. “The track was pretty rough and there was a fine line you had to race on. I almost got knocked into the wall off the fourth turn on one lap. One mistake would have proved costly because your forward motion was being disrupted by the conditions.’’

Still, Dodd was able to keep his car straight as he raced to a convincing win over Ruggiero, Higbie, Tim Hindley, Chuck McKee, Clinton Mills, Tommy Meier, John Lieto, Craig Mitchell and Richie Eurich.

“You really have to take advantage of your starting position here,’’ said Dodd, who became the ninth different winner in as many races this season. “My car has been getting better and we were pretty strong finishing in eighth place a week ago. I had another good starting spot a few weeks before that, but Chuck (McKee) was on a mission that night and there was nothing stopping him.

“We made a few minor adjustments for the feature after winning our heat race and I think we made the right choices. This win was a long time coming and something we definitely needed.’’

Dodd, who captured his last win here on Aug. 25, 2012, moved into a 30th-place tie with Carl Collis, Frank Jashembowski and Ric Hill on the track’s all-time leader board.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, L.J. Lombardo padded his lead in the standings as he held off the late-race charge provided by Brian Krummel to capture his second win this season in the 20-lap feature race.

Lombardo, who started 11th in the 24-car field, inherited first place under caution with seven laps completed when Frank Venezia was forced to the pits with a broken shock. The race was cautioned seven times and only 11 cars finished on the lead lap.

However, Lombardo was in for no easy time of it as Krummel passed Jimmy Spellmon for second place at the midway point. Krummel, who was looking to become the division’s all-time winner, quickly closed in on Lombardo with powerful drives off the second turn.

But Lombardo stood tall to each challenge and took advantage of the cautions to remain in front. Krummel seemed to need a lap after each restart to regroup and ran out of time as Lombardo nipped him at the checkered flag.

Krummel tried a last-ditch effort to pass Lombardo with a high drive off the fourth turn, but fell inches short and settled as runner-up for the second straight week. Matt Janiak, Spellmon and Matt Hitchcock rounded out the top five.
Winter Mead set OCFS history by becoming the first female driver to capture a Rookie Crate Sportsman 15-lap feature race.

Mead came close to winning on two other occasions earlier in the season, but was denied victory after a pair of late cautions. She grabbed first place on the first lap this time around and never looked back as she raced non-stop to her first checkered flag.

Thomas Terry followed in second place with Rafaele Carson, Joey Bruning and Matt Burke rounding out the top five.
Mike Vigiletti picked up one of the most exciting wins of the 2014 raciing season as he held off five other drivers to capture the Street Stock 15-lap feature race.

Vigiletti stood back in third place watching as Tim Southard and John Hechinger swapped the lead back for the first 12 laps. However, Vigiletti raced to the outside of both drivers to grab first place on the 13th circuit.

Vigiletti then held off Southard the remaining two laps for his fourth win this season. It also was his 18th career triumph and tied Ron Irvin for fifth place all-time at OCFS. Danny Carlough, Hechinger and Emerson Cargain Sr. completed the top five.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Steve Dodd, 2. Mike Ruggiero, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Chuck McKee, 6. Clinton Mills, 7. Tommy Meier, 8. John Lieto, 9. Craig Mitchell, 10. Richie Eurich, 11. Billy VanInwegen, 12. Donnie Wilson, 13. Gary Edwards Jr., 14. Jeremy Markle, 15. Chris Whitehead, 16. Bob McGannon, 17. Ray Jashembowski, 18. Chris Shultz, 19. Michael Storms, 20. Mike Kolka, 21. Ric Hill.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. L.J. Lombardo, 2. Brian Krummel, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. Jimmy Spellmon, 5. Matt Hitchcock, 6. Joe Conklin, 7. Mike Barbieri, 8. Chris Stevens, 9. Joey Falanga, 10. Corey Lowitt, 11. Dominic Roselli Jr., 12. Anthony Falanga, 13. R.J. Smith, 14. Paul Hyde, 15. Frank Venezia, 16. Jesse Leiby, 17. Greg Sleight, 18. Kyle VanDuser, 19. R.J. Smykla, 20. Troy Arnold, 21. Andrew Reeves, 22. Randy Sweetman, 23. Thomas Strupp, 24. Danny Cronk. Did Not Qualify: Terry Arnold.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Winter Mead, 2. Thomas Terry, 3. Rafaele Carson, 4. Joey Bruning, 5. Matt Burke, 6. Pete Goydich, 7. Paul Hyde, 8. George Begg, 9. Clark Bradford, 10. Nick Soules, 11. Austin Smith, 12. Michael Folchetti.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Mike Vigiletti, 2. Tim Southard, 3. Danny Carlough, 4. John Hechinger, 5. Emerson Cargain Sr., 6. Charlie Donald, 7. Ron Constable, 8. D.J. Ross, 9. Pete VanNoordt, 10. Joel Murns Jr. Did Not Start: Joey Metrando.


LITTLE LEAGUERS WELCOME AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: July 1, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 1)……..All Little League ballplayers in uniform, both boys and girls, are invited to attend the stock car races at Orange County Fair Speedway free of charge on Saturday, July 5. Orange County’s full complement of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock race cars will be in action with qualifying and feature races. In addition, the North East Vintage Modifieds are also on the card.

Falanga Trucking is the evening’s sponsor.

Speedway admission prices for the July 5 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales for the 53rd Anniversary Eastern States Weekend and additional track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


UPCOMING EVENTS

July 12 --- Steve Dodd Plumbing & Heating/Johnstons Toyota Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks

July 17 --- 174th Orange County Fair opens

July 18 --- Flat Track Slingshots, Motorcycles, and Quads

July 19 --- Dupree & Monroe PC Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and
Thunder Trucks


HOT SUMMER WEATHER AND HOT RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
First appearance of the new Thunder Trucks division this Saturday

Posted: June 22nd, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 23)......With the hot summer months upon us, racing action on the Hard Clay of Orange County Fair Speedway will be just as hot with top drivers looking for wins at the historic five-eighths-mile Middletown race track.

This coming Saturday evening, June 28, Hutchings Insurance and HIG FAB present a full program of DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock qualifying and feature races. And joining them for the first time will be the new Thunder Trucks division, promising even more racing excitement for the fans. The Orange County Kids Club will also have activities for the youngsters.

Five-time Orange County Modified point champion Chuck McKee is again on top the leaderboard with 885 points. Chasing him are defending titlist Tim Hindley (859 points), Gary Edwards Jr. (859 points), Clinton Mills (836 points), and former champion Jerry Higbie (836 points).

In the other racing divisions, Bob McGannon heads the Small-Block Modified ranks with 373 points. Close behind are Danny Creeden (369 points) and Chuck McKee (368 points). McKee is out to sweep the point titles in both Modified divisions, a feat he previously achieved in 2009.

LJ Lombardo (836 points), Matt Janiak (821 points), and Jimmy Spellman (782 points) are the leaders in the Sportsman division, while Mike Vigiletti (867 points), Charlie Donald (860 points), and Emerson Cargain (835 points) rule the roost in the unpredictable Street Stock division.

Admission prices for both the June 28 race meet remains at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 24-26, 2014, headlined by the Eastern States 200, the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


Upcoming: July 17-27 -- The 174th Annual Orange County Fair!


OCFS Week 11 Recap - June 21st, 2014
Posted: June 22nd, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Gary Edwards Jr. appears to have finally worked out the kinks that have plagued the performance of his DIRTcar Modified during the first few months of the 2014 racing campaign.

Edwards, who rejoined the division after three years in the Sportsman and Small Block Modified ranks, displayed some awesome power last Saturday night as he became the eighth different winner this season in the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap main event at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Edwards, who picked up his eighth career OCFS victory, said he’s had trouble getting his car to handle the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval because of a potent engine under the hood of his Modified mount.

“This is the motor Tim Hindley used at Syracuse last year and it has quite a lot of power behind it,’’ said Edwards.

“We’ve just had trouble getting it to the track. But we’ve made some recent changes to both the engine and set-up the past few weeks, and I think we’re starting to get some where.

“The track was in great condition tonight and I was really able to get some good bite in the turns. We can still get better, but this was a big improvement for us. The changes we made really worked.’’

Edwards, after starting fourth in the 21-car field, vaulted into second place behind leader Chris Whitehead on the first lap and stayed there for most of the race. He began closing in on Whitehead 20 laps into the event and then took advantage of slower traffic to grab first place.

Whitehead, while attempting to lap Michael Storms, got bottled down low while racing through the third turn and Edwards was able to move into first place with an outside pass. Edwards was in control from that point on as he finished ahead of Whitehead, Chuck McKee, Clinton Mills, Jeremy Markle, Jerry Higbie, Mike Ruggiero, Steve Dodd, Ray Jashembowski and Tommy Meier.

McKee, who started in 15th place, took advantage of an early-race accident involving Hindley to regain first place in the standings as all divisions were competing for double points. McKee, who is seeking his sixth track championship, now paces the way with 885 points. Hindley, the defending titlist, and Edwards are 26 points off the pace in second.

Hindley, who has juggled the top spot with McKee in recent weeks, was involved in a second turn accident with several cars before a lap was scored. Hindley, after taking his car to the pits, returned to the event, but was never a factor.
Danny Creeden received a big hug from Sharon Loder in victory lane after capturing the second annual Charlie Loder Memorial Small Block Modified 25-lap feature after a classic battle with McKee, who was victorious in last year’s inaugural event.

“I just want to thank Chuck for racing me clean,’’ said Creeden. “This is a very special win for me and I would have taken the checkered flag upside down if I had to. Sharon is an aunt to all of us, but she’s really family to me. Her and Charlie, by uncle Nick Illobre, Connie Foster and my father (Rusty) have all been close for many years. They used to park their cars in my father’s garage and have been part of my life for a long time.’’

However, the road to Creeden’s second career Small Block victory wasn’t an easy one. After cruising out to a big cushion in the early stages, Creeden was about to feel McKee’s pressure as the race went beyond the halfway point.
McKee challenged Creeden to both the inside and outside, especially while racing off the second turn, but just couldn’t find a lane to move ahead. Creeden successfully blocked each challenge, despite racing with a car that wasn’t 100 percent.

“I really had a hard time getting into the turns,’’ said Creeden. “I don’t know if it was a carburetor problem or something with the throttle, but I really had to back it off and I was really concerned. I was really strong on the bottom, but I had to do everything I could to keep Chuck behind me. I just kept him guessing where to go and it worked out.’’
Creeden, who displayed awesome power in winning his qualifying heat and later the Small Block elimination race, where he also beat McKee on the final round, said he had to borrow a right rear tire from Hindley for the feature.
“My car was really fast in the heat and then the elimination race,’’ said Creeden. “But I picked up a nail in the right rear tire after the elimination race and was fortunate that Tim Hindley let me borrow one of his truck. But the car was no where as good as it was earlier.’’

Meier, after battling with McKee, finished in third place with John Ferrier, Bob McGannon, Chris Shultz, Willy Auchmoody, Jashembowski, Tyler McKee and Everett Haubrich rounding out the top 10.

Chris Stevens held off the late-race charge provided by Brian Krummel to grab his first OCFS career win in the DIRTcar Sportsman 20-lap feature race. Krummel, Matt Janiak, L.J. Lombardo and Thomas Strupp rounded out the top five.
Stevens passed Troy Arnold while racing down the homestretch on the 14th lap to grab first place and then held off Krummel on the final lap for the win.

Mike Vigiletti picked up his third win this season in the Street Stock 15-lap feature race and ranks sixth all-time on OCFS’s leader board with 17 career victories.

Vigiletti passed Emerson Cargain Sr. for first place on the 11th lap and never looked back as he outraced Cargain, Tim Southard, Charlie Donald and John Hechinger to the wire.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Gary Edwards Jr., 2. Chris Whitehead, 3. Chuck McKee, 4. Clinton Mills, 5. Jeremy Markle, 6. Jerry Higbie, 7. Mike Ruggiero, 8. Steve Dodd, 9. Ray Jashembowski, 10. Tommy Meier, 11. Craig Mitchell, 12. Billy VanInwegen, 13. Chris Shultz, 14. John Lieto, 15. Mike Kolka, 16. Tim Hindley, 17. Bob McGannon, 18. Michael Storms, 19. Richie Eurich, 20. Mike Sabia, 21. Donnie Wilson.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Danny Creeden, 2. Chuck McKee, 3. Tommy Meier, 4. John Ferrier, 5. Bob McGannon, 6. Chris Shultz, 7. Willy Auchmoody, 8. Ray Jashembowski, 9. Tyler McKee, 10. Everett Haubrich, 11. Mike Weslowski, 12. Chad Lioidice, 13. Steve Pinto, 14. John Finley, 15. Steve Meilleur, 16. Rob Rowe, 17. Tyler Dippel, 18. Zack Vavricka. Did Not Start: Frank Doty.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Chris Stevens, 2. Brian Krummel, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. L.J. Lombardo, 5. Thomas Strupp, 6. Troy Arnold, 7. Jesse Leiby, 8. Randy Sweetman, 9. Matt Hitchcock, 10. Jimmy Spellmon, 11. Joe Conklin, 12. R.J. Smykla, 13. Joey Falanga, 14. Patrick Murphy, 15. R.J. Smith, 16. Anthony Falanga, 17. Nick Soules, 18. Tyler Treacy, 19. Frank Venezia, 20. Paul Hyde, 21. John Illanovsky, 22. Seth Pacella, 23. Danny Cronk, 24. Tommy Vigh Jr. Did Not Qualify: Austin Smith, Terry Arnold, John Lodini, Andrew Reeves, John Corry.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Mike Vigiletti, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Tim Southard, 4. Charlie Donald, 5. John Hechinger, 6. Danny Carlough, 7. Chicky Bruntfield, 8. Joey Metrando, 9. Ray Tarantino, 10. Ron Constable, 11. Stan Vishinski Sr., 12. Tom Shortway, 13. D.J. Ross, 14. Pete Van Noordt, 15. Joel Murns Jr., 16. Scott Gumaer.


OCFS Week 10 Recap - June 14th, 2014
Posted: June 15, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Perhaps it was appropriate that Donnie Wilson waited until the eve of Father’s Day to push aside the adversity that has plagued him since beginning his DIRTcar Modified racing career at the Orange County Fair Speedway eight years ago.

Wilson, the son of former OCFS driver Billy Wilson, has had victory within his grasp on several occasions in the past.However, a rash of hard luck has thwarted each of those opportunities and had the second-generation chauffer wondering if he would ever park his car in the winner’s circle.

Donnie Wilson, under the watchful eye of his father, who was stationed in the pit area, finally realized that elusive victory as he joined Billy VanInwegen as last Saturday night’s winners during the DIRTcar Modified Twin 20s racing program at the historic racing facility.

Donnie Wilson, who started outside pole, got the jump on Bill Pascual on the opening green and led the entire distance as he reached victory lane at OCFS for the first time since winning his fifth Small Block Modified race at the track on Aug. 17, 1996.

“This has really been a long time coming,’’ said Donnie Wilson. “It’s something that I was wondering would ever happen. I’ve been close one or two times each season for the past several years, but something always seemed to happen to keep me from winning. I’ve had a lot of luck, but it’s always been bad.

“This is an early Father’s Day present to my dad and I just want to thank him for sticking behind me all of these years. We’ve been at this for a long time and it’s nice to finally get the monkey off my back after feeling snake bit for all these years. Hopefully, this will be a sign of better things to come for us.’’

Donnie Wilson, who began his OCFS Modified career in 2006, said he was a little concerned after Chuck McKee forced the race’s only caution with a left rear flat after four laps were completed.

“I was a little nervous about the restart because I had Tommy Meier starting on the outside of me,’’ admitted Donnie Wilson. “He’s a real good driver, but I was able to get a good restart and everything worked out for me.

“I had a pretty good run in the first feature, but made a few adjustments to the car for the second race. I talked to my crew chief and he just told me to go with my gut feeling, The changes we made worked out well and the car was right on.’’

Donnie Wilson, following the restart, was in complete command as he led Meier, Tim Hindley, Mike Kolka, Clinton Mills, Chris Shultz, Richie Eurich, Bob McGannon, Craig Mitchell and Mike Ruggiero across the finish line.

VanInwegen, who has been plagued with engine problems in 2014, started on the pole and ran away from his competition as he collected the second victory of his young OCFS Modified career. The young Sparrowbush driver grabbed his first win here on June 8, 2013.

“This is only June 14 and we’ve already lost four motors this season,’’ said VanInwegen. “I had to run up to Morrison’s to pick up this motor on Friday and we just put it in. But I can’t blame them for our problems. They’ve been very good to us. We’ve just had a bunch of different things go wrong and they’ve been right there to help us.’’

VanInwegen had little difficulty with the starting 22-car field in the first 20-lapper as he went non-stop to the checkered flag to win by more than five seconds over McGannon. Mitchell followed in third place with Hindley, Shultz, Jerry Higbie, McKee, Donnie Wilson, Kolka and Gary Edwards Jr. rounding out the top 10.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, Brian Krummel duplicated a track record that has stood since Oct. 23, 2004 as he captured his 27th career victory in the 20-lap feature to join Hindley for first place on the track’s all-time winner’s list.
But the road to his record milestone was hardly easy as Krummel , after starting deep in the 20-car field, had some tough competition to pass en route the front. He was able to move ahead of Chris Stevens for second place on the 16th circuit and passed Danny Cronk off the second turn on the final lap to earn his fourth win this season.

Cronk, who led from the first lap, settled for a second place performance with Lombardo, Matt Janiak and Stevens rounding out the top five.

Matt Burke, who had a successful full fender career, picked up his first win in the Rookie Crate Sportsman division as he won the 15-lap race ahead of Joey Bruning, Pete Goydich, Del Liguori and Anthony Falanga.

Charlie Donald was awarded his third win of the season in the Street Stock 15-lap main event after apparent victor Kyle Welsch was disqualified for an unknown reason during the post-race inspection. Emerson Cargain Sr., Mike Vigiletti, Danny Carlough and John Hechinger completed the top five following the disqualification.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Billy VanInwegen, 2. Bob McGannon, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Chris Shultz, 6. Jerry Higbie, 7. Chuck McKee, 8. Donnie Wilson, 9. Mike Kolka, 10. Gary Edwards Jr., 11. Clinton Mills, 12. Tommy Meier, 13. Richie Eurich, 14. Mike Ruggiero, 15. Steve Dodd, 16. Ray Jashembowski, 17. Jeremy Markle, 18. John Lieto, 19. Chris Whitehead, 20. Bill Pascual, 21. Everett Haubrich, 22. Bobby Zwart. Did Not Start: Tyler McKee.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Donnie Wilson, 2. Tommy Meier, 3. Tim Hindley, 4. Mike Kolka, 5. Clinton Mills, 6. Chris Shultz, 7. Richie Eurich, 8. Bob McGannon, 9. Craig Mitchell, 10. Mike Ruggiero, 11. Jerry Higbie, 12. Gary Edwards Jr., 13. Steve Dodd, 14. Chuck McKee, 15. Jeremy Markle, 16. Chris Whitehead, 17. Ray Jashembowski, 18. John Lieto, 19. Billy VanInwegen, 20. Bill Pascual, 21. Bobby Zwart, 22. Everett Haubrich. Did Not Start: Tyler McKee.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Danny Cronk, 3. L.J. Lombardo, 4. Matt Janiak, 5. Chris Stevens, 6. Frank Venezia, 7. R.J. Smykla, 8. Randy Sweetman, 9. Patrick Murphy, 10. Jimmy Spellmon, 11. Seth Pacella, 12. Dominic Roselli Jr., 13. Joe Conklin, 14. Joey Falanga, 15. Thomas Strupp, 16. R.J. Smith, 17. Mike Weslowski, 18. Nick Plumstead, 19. Troy Arnold, 20. Tyler Treacy. Did Not Start: Andrew Reeves.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Matt Burke, 2. Joey Bruning, 3. Pete Goydich, 4. Del Liguori, 5. Anthony Falanga, 6. John Schweitzer, 7. Steven Ball, 8. Nick Soules, 9. Paul Hyde, 10. Mike Folchetti, 11. Austin Smith, 12. Winter Mead, 13. Thomas Terry, 14. Thomas Stevens, 15. Rafaele Carson. Did Not Start: Kyle Plumstead.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Charlie Donald, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Danny Carlough, 5. John Hechinger, 6. Joey Metrando, 7. Tom Shortway, 8. Ron Constable, 9. Pete VanNoordt, 10. Kevin Colman, 11. Did Not Start: Joel Murns Jr. Disqualified: Kyle Welsch.


TWO WEEKS OF “DOUBLES” UPCOMING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Twin-20s for the Modifieds followed by double points for all divisions

Posted: June 9th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 9)......The next two weeks of racing action at Orange County Fair Speedway will spotlight “doubles,” first with twin feature races for the Modifieds on Saturday, June 14, and then double points for all divisions on Saturday, June 21.

This coming Saturday, led by current point leader and five-time track champion, Chuck McKee, the earth-shaking, 800 horse power DIRTcar Modifieds will have two chances to win on the lightning fast five-eighths-mile Middletown “Hard Clay” oval. Also on the evening’s program are the Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks. The night’s activities are sponsored by Ultimate Restoration.

The following week, Saturday, June 21, the Small-Block Modifieds take center stage with the Second Annual Charlie Loder Memorial race. McKee won the track’s most recent Small-Block Modified race and will be looking to capture this prestigious event as well. The DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock will also be in action. And all divisions will be racing for double track points. Arkel Motors and Middletown Collision are the evening’s sponsors.

Admission prices for both the June 14 and 21 race meets remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. Both full nights of racing begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 24-26, 2014, headlined by the Eastern States 200, the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


Upcoming: July 17-27 -- The 174th Annual Orange County Fair!


OCFS Week 9 Recap - June 7th, 2014
Posted: June 9, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A large crowd was on hand to mingle with past and present driving stars last Saturday evening as the Orange County Fair Speedway presented its annual Nostalgia Night.

Chuck McKee, one of the many driving talents who signed autographs during the hour long intermission session, turned in one of the most awesome displays of power on the historic hard clay oval in many years later in the program as he swept both ends of the Modified competition for the second time in his career.

McKee, after claiming the DIRTcar Small Block Modified 25-lap main event, became only the ninth driver in OCFS history to capture 30 career wins as he captured the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature in convincing style.

McKee, who earned his first OCFS sweep 16 years ago on Aug. 15, 1998, moved ahead of reigning champion Tim Hindley (536) for first place in the standings with 541 points. The victory also pushed him ahead of Modified legends Gary Balough and Carl (Fuzzy) Van Horn on the track’s all-time leader board.

“Every driver probably has about 10 defining moments that they’ll look back to and cherish during their racing careers,’’ said McKee. “This is one of them. And to do this tonight with all of these talented drivers on hand and in front of all of these fans makes it that much more special.

“I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out here every week and supporting us, because without all of you, this wouldn’t be possible. I want to also thank everyone that is behind our racing teams this year and appreciate all of their support. This was a real big night for all of us. The new color scheme (black and gold) we have on these cars really made for a nice picture.’’

McKee, after starting eighth in the 19-car field, quickly charged towards the front as he drove the outside cushion to sail into fifth place by the fourth lap. The “Middletown Missile’’ was finally able to move ahead of Clinton Mills on the seventh circuit around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval and moved in front of Chris Shultz a lap later.

McKee then had just leader Steve Dodd, who was in command from the start, and Jerry Higbie in front of him as the race approached the midway point. McKee disposed of Higbie on the 14th circiuit and then rocketed ahead of Dodd with an outside pass down the homestretch to take over first place on the 15th lap.

It was all McKee from that point on as he went on to finish ahead of Dodd, Higbie, Mike Ruggiero, Mills, Hindley, Shultz, Gary Edwards Jr., Tommy Meier and Craig Mitchell.

“Both of our cars were right on tonight,’’ said McKee, “but there were some close calls in both races. I came within inches of making contact with the third turn wall in the big block race and got pinched on the outside wall down the backstretch a few times.

“I had no idea that Danny Creeden was there in the Small Block race when we made contact on that restart. I shot to the outside and it was unfortunate that he was out there.’’

McKee was referring to a third-place restart that sent Creeden to the pits with a flat front right tire and front end damage that knocked him out of the event. McKee was riding second to leader Chad Loiodice and Creeden was racing third for the restart. McKee and Creeden made contact while racing for position, and Creeden made contact with the outside wall entering the first turn.

“You can put in there that he (McKee) knocked me out of the race,’’ said a disgruntled Creeden following the post-race celebrations in victory lane.

McKee was able to pass Loiodice for first place following the restart and was in command from that point on as he lapped all the way up for eighth place en route to posting the 10th win of his OCFS Small Block Modified career.

Bob McGannon also moved ahead of Loiodice to finish in second place with Loiodice, Rob Rowe, John Ferrier, John Finley, Ray Jashembowski, Shultz, Mike Sabia and Tyler McKee rounding out the top 10.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, Brian Krummel moved to within one victory of deadlocking Hindley for first place on the all-time winners’ list by posting his third triumph this season in the 20-lap feature race.

Krummel, who now has 26 career wins, passed Randy Sweetman for first place on a ninth-lap restart and never looked back as he finished more than four seconds ahead of Matt Janiak at the finish. Joe Conklin, John Illanovsky and L.J. Lombardo rounded out the top five.

Charlie Donald was awarded his second win this season in the Street Stock 15-lap feature when apparent winner Scott Gumaer was disqualified for racing with illegal tires.

Emerson Cargain Sr. followed in second place with Mike Vigiletti, Kyle Welsch and Danny Carlough rounding out the top five.

Before the street stock feature, Harry Shortway, who competed at the track during five decades, announced this race will be his final one during a 44-year career. He never won a main event during that span at the track.

Jimmy Johnson won the Northeast Vintage Modified 15-lap feature with Stan Wetmore, Darryl Hulbert, Howie Murphy and Rob Cast following.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Chuck McKee, 2. Steve Dodd, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Mike Ruggiero, 5. Clinton Mills, 6. Tim Hindley, 7. Chris Shultz, 8. Gary Edwards Jr., 9. Tommy Meier, 10. Craig Mitchell, 11. John Lieto, 12. Richie Eurich, 13. Billy VanInwegen, 14. Bob McGannon, 15. Mike Kolka, 16. Jeremy Markle, 17. Ray Jashembowski, 18. Donnie Wilson, 19. Chris Whitehead. Did Not Start: Bill Pascual.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Chuck McKee, 2. Chuck McKee, 2. Bob McGannon, 3. Chad Loiodice, 4. Rob Rowe, 5. John Ferrier, 6. John Finley, 7. Ray Jashembowski, 8. Chris Shultz, 9. Mike Sabia, 10. Tyler McKee, 11. Frank Doty, 12. Kurt Hundeland, 13. Andrew Reeves, 14. Everett Haubrich, 15. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 16. Danny Creeden. Did Not Start: Willie Auchmoody, Steve Pinto, Nick Soules.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Matt Janiak, 3. Joe Conklin, 4. John Illanovsky, 5. L.J. Lombardo, 6. Jimmy Spellmon, 7. R.J. Smith, 8. Dominic Roselli Jr., 9. Randy Sweetman, 10. Patrick Murphy, 11. Jesse Leiby, 12. Joey Falanga, 13. Tommy Vigh Jr., 14. R.J. Smykla, 15. Anthony Falanga, 16. Mike Weslowski, 17. Zack Vavricka, 18. Thomas Strupp, 19. Troy Arnold, 20. Chris Stevens, 21. Frank Venezia, 22. Mike Dutka, 23. Tyler Treacy, 24. Andrew Reeves, 25. Christian Rumsey. Did Not Qualify: Kyle Plumstead, Danny Cronk, George Begg, John Corry, Allen Johns, Austin Smith, Pete Goydich, Seth Pacella.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Charlie Donald, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Danny Carlough, 6. Tim Southard, 7. Joel Murns Jr., 8. Joey Metrando, 9. John Hechinger, 10. Harry Shortway, 11. D.J. Ross, 12. Ron Constable. Disqualified: Scott Gumaer.

Northeast Vintage Modified Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Jimmy Johnson, 2. Stan Wetmore, 3. Darryl Hulbert, 4. Howie Murphy, 5. Rob Cast, 6. Kyle VanTassel, 7. Bill Liese, 8. Jeff Hager, 9. John Hager, 10. Natasha Bruner, 11. Tom Athanas.


OCFS Week 8 Recap - May 31st, 2014
Posted: June 2, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – John Lieto was sweating out the closing stages of last Saturday night’s DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Because Lieto, after being so dominant since the opening green flag flew, was battling an ailing race car during the final few laps and didn’t think he was going to be able to hold on as he was bidding for his first victory of the 2014 racing season.

Lieto, with some luck riding on his side this time around, breathed a sigh of relief as he took the checkered flags from OCFS starter Bob Ryder to pocket his fifth career victory at this historic racing facility.

“I really didn’t think I was going to make it to the end,’’ said Lieto. “My car came up with a bad vibration during the last two laps and it was so bad that it blurred my vision going into the first turn. I could hardly see because the vibration was that intense.

“We won’t know exactly what the problem is until we tear the car down, but it’s some where in the drive train. We’ve been struggling all season, and it looked like we were going to be dealt some more bad luck. I was fortunate to hold on and this was a big win for the whole Ken Hermance racing team. We really needed this win.’’

Lieto, after starting in the pole for the 21-car main event, stormed out to a quick lead over Clinton Mills until reigning track champion Tim Hindley stopped in the third turn to force a caution with four laps completed. Hindley had brushed the outside wall between the first and second turns just moments before his car came to a rest on the track.

Lieto continued to dominate when racing resumed and was able to build more than a straightaway lead over Mills when Jerry Higbie slowed action with 25 laps completed when his car came up with a right rear flat. Tommy Meier slowed action once again a lap later when he slowed on the track with 26 circuits in the record books.

Jeremy Markle slipped past Mills for second place on the ensuing restart, but never was able to challenge Lieto for the win. However, Lieto, who finished well ahead of Markle, didn’t realize what a cushion he had built.

“I thought someone was right on my tail, but that could have been because of the vibration,’’ said Lieto. “We took advantage of a front row start and you have to do that here. It’s not easy coming to the front because of the competition here.

“I’m just glad the crew sticks behind me and can’t thank Ken Hermance enough for this opportunity. We have a good bunch of people on this racing team and they work hard to give me a good car to drive. This win makes all their work worth while.’’

Lieto, who became the fifth different winner in as many races this season, finished ahead of Markle, Chuck McKee, Mills, Gary Edwards Jr., Craig Mitchell, Mike Ruggiero, Chris Whitehead, Donnie Wilson and Bob McGannon.

Josh Pieniazek started on the pole and never looked back as he coasted to a decisive victory in the -Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 20-lap feature ahead of Dalton Herrick, Jordan Thomas, Geoff Quackenbush and Joe Kata.

Pieniazekl, who also captured the first qualifying heat, was able to build more than a straighaway lead over Herrick, who raced second the entire distance. The event was cautioned with 18 laps completed when Middletown driver Brittany Tresch stopped in the fourth turn. Tresch is the only female driver to ever win a sprint car race in OCFS history.

Jimmy Spellmon notched his first victory this season in the DIRTcar Sportsman 20-lap feature as he finished ahead of Brian Krummel, L.J. Lombardo, Mike Dutka and Frank Venezia.

Spellmon, who pocketed his fourth career win here, wrestled the lead away from Joey Falanga following a fifth-lap restart and then held off the charge by Krummel during the second half of the race en route to his victory.

In the Rookie Crate Sportsman division, Del Liguori took advantage of Winter Mead’s misfortune to capture his first win of 2014 in the 15-lap feature race. Mead, who led the first 13 laps, dropped out of the race under caution.

Liguori inherited first place and went on to finish ahead of Pete Goydich, Rafaele Carson, Thomas Terry and Matt Burke for his second career win in the rookie class. Another triumph will force Liguori to move to the Sportsman ranks.

Mike Vigiletti moved into sixth place all time on OCFS’s Street Stock leader board as he picked up his second straight victory in the 15-lap main event. Vigiletti now has 16 career wins.

Vigiletti utilized a three-wide pass down the backstretch on the outside lane to move head of both leader Ron Constable and Emerson Cargain Sr. for first place. He then held off Charlie Donald’s challenges for the lead before finishing ahead of Cargain, Donald, John Hechinger and Danny Carlough.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. John Lieto, 2. Jeremy Markle, 3. Chuck McKee, 4. Clinton Mills, 5. Gary Edwards Jr., 6. Craig Mitchell, 7. Mike Ruggiero, 8. Chris Whitehead, 9. Donnie Wilson, 10. Bob McGannon, 11. Mike Kolka, 12. Billy VanInwegen, 13. Richie Eurich, 14. Ric Hill, 15. Chad Loiodice, 16. Jerry Higbie, 17. Tyler McKee, 18. Tommy Meier, 19. Chris Shultz, 20. Steve Dodd, 21. Tim Hindley.

CRSA 305 Sprints Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Josh Pieniazek, 2. Dalton Herrick, 3. Jordan Thomas, 4. Geoff Quackenbush, 5. Joe Kata, 6. Scott Goodrich, 7. John Matrafailo, 8. Chuck Alessi, 9. Jeremy Quick, 10. Scott Flammer, 11. Bill Jaycox, 12. Emily VanInwegen, 13. Chad King, 14. Brittany Tresch, 15. John Leombruno.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Jimmy Spellmon, 2. Brian Krummel, 3. L.J. Lombardo, 4. Mike Dutka, 5. Frank Venezia, 6. Joe Conklin, 7. Tyler Treacy, 8. John Illanovsky, 9. Jesse Leiby, 10. Thomas Strupp, 11. Andrew Reeves, 12. Troy Arnold, 13. Dominic Roselli Jr., 14. Mike Weslowski, 15. Mike Barbieri, 16. Dion Naples, 17. Joey Falanga, 18. Chris Stevens, 19. Danny Cronk, 20. Christian Rumsey, 21. Matt Janiak, 22. Zach Mead, 23. R.J. Smith, 24. Zack Vavricka. Did Not Qualify: Randy Sweetman, Seth Pacella, Patrick Murphy, R.J. Smykla, Chad Loiodice.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Del Liguori, 2. Pete Goydich, 3. Rafaele Carson, 4. Thomas Terry, 5. Matt Burke, 6. Paul Hyde, 7. Austin Smith, 8. Anthony Falanga, 9. Winter Mead, 10. Joey Bruning, 11. Jon Schweizer, 12. Steven Ball, 13. Rich Oxford, 14. Nick Soules, 15. Gary Predmore.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Mike Vigiletti, 2. Emerson Cargain Sr., 3. Charlie Donald, 4. John Hechinger, 5. Danny Carlough, 6. Stan Vishinski Sr., 7. Ron Constable, 8. Joey Metrando, 9. Pete VanNoordt, 10. D.J. Ross, 11. Harry Shortway, 12. Ray Tarantino.


FORMER DRIVERS AND TEAM OWNERS RETURN TO ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY FOR NOSTALGIA NIGHT - June 7 Racing Program to Include Vintage Race Cars on the Hard Clay
Posted: June 2nd, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 02)……..The stars come out on Saturday, June 7 when Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York hosts its annual Nostalgia Night. Nearly 70 former drivers and car owners have indicated they will be on hand for the fun-filled night of remembrance, autographs, and interviews, all to help Orange County celebrate its glorious stock car racing history.

In addition to this colorful look back at Orange County racing history, a full program of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, Small Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock racing is scheduled. And to make the night complete, the restored and vintage race cars of the Northeast Vintage Modified Racing Club and the Atlantic Coast Old Timers will help fans recall the great race cars of yesterday.

An extended intermission period will allow fans to interact and get autographs with the returning stars of The Hard Clay.

Sponsors for the evening are Tire King of Sussex County and Frank Stevens & Sons Roofing.
Admission prices for the big June 7 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. Please note that this full night of racing begins a half-hour early, promptly at 6:30 pm.

Advance ticket sales, including the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours. Additional drivers wishing to take part in Nostalgia Night are asked to contact speedway office to be included in the activities.


CRSA SPRINT CARS ADDED TO THE MAY 31 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY - It’s also Banner Night with a special contest open to all youngsters
Posted: May 26, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 26)……..The open-wheel Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) Sprint Cars will return to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Saturday, May 31. CRSA is a regional sprint car sanctioning body that features its cars powered by 305 cid engines and other restrictions to equalize and enhance competition. This will be a full card of qualifying races and a feature event for the CRSA sprint cars. (The previously postponed CRSA feature race from May 3 will be run on July 12.)

The CRSA Sprint Cars will be an added attraction to the weekly racing program of DIRTcar-sanctioned big-block Modifieds, the ever exciting Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman, and the unpredictable Street Stocks for a thrilling night of racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway.

In addition, Saturday night’s program includes Orange County Kids Club activities, with the annual Banner Night contest open to all youngsters.

Rock Fantasy Concert & Smoke Shop is the evening’s sponsor.

Admission prices for the May 31 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


Upcoming June 7: Tire King of Sussex and Frank Stevens & Son Roofing present Nostalgia Night with special appearances by many of Orange County’s greatest drivers. The Northeast Vintage Modifieds and the Atlantic Coast Old Timers will have their cars from the past on the Middletown Hard Clay.


OCFS Week 6 Recap - May 17th, 2014
Posted: May 19, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Legendary driver Richie Eurich and Mike Kolka both pocketed their first wins of the season last Saturday night in a pair of fiercely contested DIRTcar Modified 30-lap features at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Eurich, who is in the midst of his fifth decade of racing at the track, moved into sole possession of third place on the Modified leader board at OCFS as he held off the constant pressure offered by Tommy Meier for his 49th career victory. The veteran Johnson driver, who won for the first time since Sept. 10, 2011, has now claimed at least one triumph in 28 different seasons.

Eurich, a three-time Modified track titlist, trails only Brett Hearn (173 wins) and Frankie Schneider (58) on the track’s all-time list. Eurich also only trails Hearn’s bench mark of 32 winning seasons.

“We still have little fire under us,’’ said Eurich. “This car belongs to my brother (Dave) and it’s an experimental car. It’s been a struggle, but I think we’re finally starting to hit on the right set-up. We’re definitely pointed in the right direction and I think we can get the car even better.’’

Eurich, after starting third in the 22-car field, stormed into second place behind leader Donnie Wilson at the race’s start and immediately began putting pressure on Wilson. An inside pass while racing off the fourth turn vaulted Eurich into the lead and he stretched his advantage out to more than a straightaway.

Meier, meanwhile, moved ahead of Wilson for second place on the 17th lap and Chris Whitehead grabbed third just before a flat right rear tire on Tyler McKee’s car forced the event’s only caution.

Reigning track champion Tim Hindley, who started 14th, Clinton Mills and Chuck McKee were also making tracks forward and were within striking distance of cracking the top five when OCFS starter Bob Ryder displayed the yellow flag.

Eurich remained in first place when racing resumed and Meier kept the leader in his sights. Hindley passed both Gary Edwards Jr. and Wilson to move into fourth place by the 20th circuit around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval.

Eurich, despite experiencing some handling problems as the race progressed, was able to keep Meier behind him as Chris Whitehead raced in third place. Meier closed in on Eurich while racing through the second turn on each lap during the latter stages, but Eurich was able to stretch his cushion out down the backstretch.

Meier made a last-ditch effort to over take Eurich while racing through the third and fourth turns on the final lap. But Eurich prevailed as he finished ahead of Meier, Whitehead, Hindley, Wilson, Chuck McKee, Jeremy Markle, Mills, Edwards and Craig Mitchell.

“I never saw Meier’s bumper at all,’’ said Eurich, “but the car was getting a little squirrely. I really had to hold on to it. I was sure it was on the verge of going out on us. If he (Meier) went by us, he went by us.

“But it’s been an honor to be doing this for all these years, and I just want to thank all the people and sponsors that have helped me. It’s been a great run and I’ve had a great time.’’

Kolka, like Eurich, was feeling the pressure while racing in first place and held off several challenges by Hindley to secure his ninth career OCFS victory in the opening Modified feature, which was suspended by rain on May 3 after 12 laps were completed.

Kolka got the jump on the 13th-lap restart from Wilson, who was bidding for his first career win. Wilson forced a caution when his car got out of shape in the second turn following the restart and he was forced to the rear.

Kolka took control when racing resumed as led Mitchell, Edwards, Mike Ruggiero and Hindley. But Hindley quickly moved forward and was able to sneak past Mitchell for second place by the 20th circuit. He then began chopping into Kolka’s lead and was in a challenging position to take over first place by the 24th lap.

Kolka, however, wasn’t about to yield as he kept Hindley behind him with each passing lap by changing lanes. Hindley was able to get right on Kolka’s bumper, but could never find the momentum to surge ahead and took the checkered flag about two car’s lengths behind Kolka.

“I knew Timmy was back there and my car was really good on the bottom,’’ said Kolka. “I just played a game with him. I know he likes the outside, but I switched lanes to keep him guessing and it worked.’’

Hindley settled for his second-place effort and also padded his lead in the points standings. Mitchell followed in third with Edwards, Ruggiero, Whitehead, Jerry Higbie, Mills, Chris Shultz and Chuck McKee following.

In Rookie Crate Sportsman action, Paul Hyde grabbed his first career win in the 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of Rafaele Carson, Steven Ball, Winter Mead and Del Liguori.

Hyde wrestled first place away from Ball following a 13th-lap restart and then pulled away for the victory. Ball had led the event from the opening green flag.

Mike Vigiletti grabbed his first win of the 2014 racing campaign in the Street Stock 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of Charlie Donald, John Hechinger, Danny Carlough and Emerson Cargain Sr.

Vigiletti, who ranks in a sixth-place tie in career wins (15) with Greg Kurtzman and Steven Kammer, took over first place from Ron Constable on the second lap and then held off Donald to the finish.

Second-generation driver Darryl Hulbert was the class of the field as he easily captured the Northeast Vintage Modiified 15-lap feature. He is the son of former Central New York Modified racing legend Mert “Socks’’ Hulbert.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Richie Eurich, 2. Tommy Meier, 3. Chris Whitehead, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Donnie Wilson, 6. Chuck McKee, 7. Jeremy Markle, 8. Clinton Mills, 9. Gary Edwards Jr., 10. Craig Mitchell, 11. Bob McGannon, 12. John Lieto, 13. Billy VanInwegen, 14. Steve Dodd, 15. Mike Kolka, 16. Chris Shultz, 17. John Ferrier, 18. Tyler McKee, 19. Mike Ruggiero, 20. Bill Pascual, 21. Jerry Higbie, 22. Everett Haubrich.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish (held-over from May 3 after 12 of 30 Laps completed): 1. Mike Kolka, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Craig Mitchell, 4. Gary Edwards Jr., 5. Mike Ruggiero, 6. Chris Whitehead, 7. Jerry Higbie, 8. Clinton Mills, 9. Chris Shultz, 10. Chuck McKee, 11. Bob McGannon, 12. Tommy Meier, 13. Billy VanInwegen, 14. John Lieto, 15. Richie Eurich, 16. Steve Dodd, 17. Bill Pascual, 18. Tyler McKee, 19. John Ferrier, 20. Donnie Wilson, 21. Jeremy Markle, 22. Ric Hill, 23. Ray Jashembowski, 24. Darrell Ford, 25. Everett Haubrich.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Paul Hyde, 2. Rafaele Carson, 3. Steven Ball, 4. Winter Mead, 5. Del Liguori, 6. Tyler Treacey, 7. John Schweitzer, 8. Rich Oxford, 9. Otto Bradatsch, 10. Pete Godych, 11. Gary Predmore, 12. Thomas Terry, 13. Austin Smith, 14. Emerson Cargain Jr., 15. Austin Smith, 16. Nick Soules, 17. Matt Burke, 18. Tim Treacey. Did Not Start: Thomas Stevens.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Mike Vigiletti, 2. Charlie Donald, 3. John Hechinger, 4. Danny Carlough, 5. Emerson Cargain Sr., 6. Harry Shortway, 7. Ray Tarantino, 8. Ron Constable, 9. D.J. Ross, 10. Joey Metrando.


ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY HONORS VETERANS ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND
Small-Block Modifieds and Thunder Trucks Racing on the Hard Clay

Posted: May 19, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 19)……..As part of our country’s celebration of Memorial Day, all military personnel in uniform and veterans with appropriate identification will be admitted at the reduced rate of $10.00 for the Saturday, May 24 night of stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

“We owe so much to our military people. Their sacrifices have kept us free, allowing us to enjoy a way of life that is the envy of all the other nations,” says Mike Gurda, speedway promoter. “We’re happy to recognize our active and veteran military folks at the speedway on Memorial Weekend.”

Orange County’s full complement of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock race cars will be in action with qualifying and feature races. And the lightning-fast Small-Block Modifieds return to the Hard Clay racing surface as well as the inaugural outing for the new Thunder Trucks division. Holiday Inn of Middletown is the evening’s sponsor.

Defending point champion and current point leader Tim Hindley leads a strong corps of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified drivers in their quest for Orange County racing supremacy. His championship reign is being challenged by former titlists Jerry Higbie, Chuck McKee, Tommy Meier and nearly two-dozen other top Modified drivers.

Admission prices for the May 24 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

Advance ticket sales, including the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 weekdays during business hours.


TWO RACE MEETS THIS WEEKEND AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Steve Kinser Invade Middletown on Sunday

Posted: May 13, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 13)...... Are you ready for the WEEKEND OF SPEED at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York? This coming Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the historic five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway presents two thrilling nights of racing---two headline attractions---the mighty Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds and the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series (WoO).

First up on Saturday, May 17, the final 18 laps of the Johnstons Toyota Modified feature from May 3 will take to the track. Then race meet sponsor Superior Building Supply presents a full program of heat and feature races for the DIRTcar Modifieds, the Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks. Racing gets underway at 7:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 18, all time WoO winner and champion Steve Kinser and the rest of the traveling Outlaws, bring the Greatest Show on Dirt to Orange County. Kinser, who is in his final year on the full Outlaw circuit, holds six previous WoO feature victories on the big Middletown oval.

Presented by Dana Distributors and Superior Building Supply, the night’s racing action also includes the Orange County Sportsman division. On Sunday, the pit gate opens at 2:00 pm, stands and drive-in at 3:00 pm, and racing begins at 6:00 pm.

Fans should call the Speedway Office, 845-342-2573, for tickets.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Speedway Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


OCFS Week 4 Recap - May 3rd, 2014
Posted: May 3, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN – Donnie Wilson’s bid to secure his first DIRTcar Modified career victory at the Orange County Fair Speedway was put on hold last Saturday night when racing was suspended by rain.

Wilson, who led from the opening green flag after starting on the pole, enjoyed a comfortable lead over the rest of the starting 25-car field before action was halted with 12 laps in the record books. The remainder of the 30-lap feature will kick off Saturday’s program starting at 7 p.m.

Wilson, who has five Small Block Modified wins to his credit, the last coming on Aug. 17, 1996, will be attempting to end a 19-season winless streak at OCFS. The second-generation Ramsey, N.J., driver also looked impressive in qualifying as he captured the second heat with a fast single-lap clocking of 21.535 seconds (105.372 miles per hour).

Mike Kolka, who was running second to Wilson when the race was postponed, won the first heat with even a quicker time of 21.460 seconds and was gaining on the leader. Craig Mitchell won the third heat with a 21.221 second clocking as his fastest lap around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval.

Reigning track champion Tim Hindley, despite finishing third to Kolka and Chuck McKee in the first heat, displayed the most power in qualifying as he toured the track with a single best lap of :21.220 (106.032 mph).

The biggest Modified field of the season was on hand as 25 cars were signed into the pits. Those making their 2014 Modified debuts included Steve Dodd, Ric Hill, Ray Jashembowski, Darrell Ford, John Ferrier and Everett Haubrich.

The Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) 305 sprint car drivers were also making their first visit for the 2014 season and had their 20-lap feature postponed as well. CRSA returns to OCFS on May 31 and will kick off that program with their held-over main event.

Scott Flammer, who was victorious at OCFS during the 2013 campaign, and Geoff Quackenbush won a pair of qualifying races for the sprinters. Flammer posted the evening’s fastest single lap with a time of 19.103 seconds (117.783 mph). Quackenbush’s fastest lap was 115.663 mph.

L.J. Lombardo picked up his first victory of the season in the DIRTcar Sportsman 20-lap feature as he displayed awesome power by passing his competion on both the inside and outside grooves on the track.

“This TEO Pro car that they built for me is just awesome,’’ said Lombardo. “The car was just on rails tonight. It was just so hooked up. I could put the car any where on the track and it would go.’’

Lombardo, who claimed his first OCFS win on Aug. 3, 2013, wrestled the lead away from second-generation rookie driver Dominic Roselli Jr. with an inside pass exiting the second turn on the 10th lap. He then went on to finish ahead at Matt Janiak, Danny Cronk, Joe Conklin and defending Sportsman titlist Brian Krummel.

Dion Naples grabbed the early lead from his pole position until Roselli took over first place with an outside pass through the second turn on the third lap, Roselli, the 16-year-old son of Modified driver Dom Roselli, drove through traffic like a veteran as he was able to keep the rest of the 24-car field behind him.

Lombardo, however, who started 12th, began gaining on Dominic Roselli Jr. as the race progressed and finally made his winning pass just before the midway point. Roselli faded as the was went on and finished 13th.

Lombardo, Roselli and Conklin were all victorious in a trio of qualifying heats. Troy Arnold grabbed the consolation race.

In Rookle Crate Sportsman action, Rafaele Carson took advantage of a slip-up by Winter Mead to pick up his second straight victory in the 15-lap main event.

Carson moved into first place when Mead’s car got out of shape while racing through the third and fourth turns on the 10th lap. Carson and Matt Burke were both able to sneak past Mead, and then went on to take the checkered flag in that order.

“It was tough out there tonight, and I have to give her a lot of credit,’’ said Carson. “Winter kept her line and was putting up a good battle for a while there.’’

Mead grabbed first place from her pole position and was able to open a big lead before Steven Ball’s spin near the pit gate forced a caution with five laps completed. Carson grabbed second on the sixth lap and then began putting pressure on Mead for the lead.

Danny Carlough picked up the first win of his OCFS career in an exciting Street Stock 15-lap feature as he finished ahead of Mike Vigiletti, Charlie Donald, John Hechinger and Joey Metrando.

Carlough and leader Vigiletti put on quite a battle for the win as they raced under a blanket after OCFS starter Bob Ryder displayed the five-laps-to-go sign. Carlough was finally able to nose ahead while racing off the second turn on the 14th lap and then went on for the win.

Vigiletti grabbed first place on the second lap from leader Metrando and stayed there until Carlough made his race-winning pass.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. L.J. Lombardo, 2. Matt Janiak, 3. Danny Cronk, 4. Joe Conklin, 5. Brian Krummel, 6. Mike Dutka, 7. Jimmy Spellmon, 8. Troy Arnold, 9. Zach Mead, 10. Corey Lowitt, 11. R.J. Smith, 12. Frank Venezia, 13. Dominic Roselli Jr., 14. Randy Sweetman, 15. Nick Soules, 16. Mike Barbieri, 17. Mike Weslowski, 18. Dion Naples, 19. Christian Rumsey, 20. Thomas Strupp, 21. Andrew Reeves, 22. George Begg, 23. John Smykla Sr., 24. John Corry. Did Not Qualify: Jesse Leiby, Patrick Murphy, John Illanovsky, Chris Stevens, Joe Falanga.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Rafaele Carson, 2. Matt Burke, 3. Winter Mead, 4. John Schweitzer, 5. Paul Hyde, 6. Allen Johns, 7. Steven Ball, 8. Anthony Falanga, 9. Thomas Stevens, 10. Gary Predmore.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Danny Carlough, 2. Mike Vigiletti, 3. Charlie Donald, 4. John Hechinger, 5. Joey Metrando, 6. Emerson Cargain Sr., 7. Ron Constable, 8. Tim Southard, 9. Scott Gumaer, 10. Harry Shortway.


305 SPRINT CARS ADDED TO MAY 3 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: April 28, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 280)……..The open-wheel Capital Region Sprint Association (CRSA) 305 Sprint Cars will make their first 2014 appearance at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Saturday, May 3. The cars that race in this class are powered by 305 cid engines and other restrictions to equalize and enhance competition.

The CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will be an added attraction to the weekly racing program of DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modifieds, the ever exciting Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman class for novice drivers, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks. They’ll all be part of a thrilling night of racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway.

Johnstons Toyota of Middletown and Monticello is the evening’s sponsor.

Admission prices for the June 4 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. Racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales for the special Saturday, May 18 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars and Sportsman competition race night as well as track information is available at the OCFS website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net , or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Friday during business hours.


RACING ACTION APRIL 26 ON SCOUT NIGHT AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Posted: April 21, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 20)......Get ready for an exciting night of high-speed racing action on Saturday, April 26 at the historic five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

The evening’s schedule Includes a regular four-division racing program featuring DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stock race cars in qualifying heats and feature races. In addition, the new racing Thunder Trucks division will be making its Orange County debut. It’s also Scout Night and the Orange County Kid’s Club has activities planned for the youngsters in attendance. The evening’s program is sponsored by Jumpin Jake’s.

All Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts and their leaders in uniforms will be admitted free on Scout Night. Scout groups are asked to inform the speedway office of their troop number, home town, and leaders’ names so that they may be recognized during the evening.

“Scouting has always been part of the true fabric of American life,” says speedway promoter Mike Gurda. “It’s an outstanding citizenship builder as well as being a great deal of fun. We’re happy to have all the scouts as our guests.”

Admission prices for the April 26 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and racing Stars are returning to Orange County on Sunday, May 18. Tickets are now on sale at the Speedway Office for this special evening that will also include the Orange County Sportsman drivers and cars.

Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


OCFS Week 2 Recap - April 19th, 2014
Posted: April 21, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Jeff Heotzler Sr.’s racing opportunities have dwindled through the years at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Heotzler, despite being one of the biggest Modified winners in the track’s history, hasn’t been able to secure a steady ride in recent seasons and was unsure of what chances he would have to compete during the 2014 campaign.

However, Delaware car owner Ron Roberts struck a deal with Heotzler over the winter to drive his car on a limited basis. Roberts and Heotzler hooked up midway through the 2013 season with not much success, and Heotzler didn’t know what to expect following that run.

“I got a call from Ron Roberts back in January and we put a deal together,’’ said Heotzler. “But I’ll be doing a lot of traveling and hitting some of the bigger races. I’m only scheduled to race at Orange County for the first two or three weeks. It’s up in the air after that. I’m also committed to run all the Poker Series races.’’

Heotzler, after running into some tough times during OCFS’s April 12 opener, joined Richie Eurich for third place all-time at the track as he secured his 48th career victory in the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap feature last Saturday night. It was exactly a year since he steered Craig Mitchell’s back-up car to his last win here on April 20, 2013.

Heotzler, who was won at least one feature in 23 different seasons, pushed ahead of Will Cagle, and now only has Brett Hearn (173 wins) and Frankie Schneider (58) ahead of him. Heotzler, a four-time track champion, picked up his first Modified win here on May 14, 1983.

“We decided to race the first few weeks here with the chance at maybe stealing a win,’’ said Heotzler. “Mission accomplished. But it’s been a struggle and this is the first time we haven’t had something break on the car.

“I just want to thank Ron (Roberts) for giving me this opportunity. He’s all the way down in Delaware and I just can’t thank him enough. We stripped the car completely down over the winter and everything is new from bolts to nuts. I just want to thank everyone involved in this for all of their help.’’

Heotzler, after starting on the pole, jumped out to a quick lead and was able to put some distance between himself and Jeremy Markle as the laps ticked away. Billy VanInwegen, who secured the quickest lap of the night of 21.066 seconds (106.807 miles per hour) while winning the first heat event, was able to slip past Markle for second place on the 12th lap.

Heotzler’s run to victory was slowed after 14 laps when Clinton Mills forced a caution after hitting the third turn wall. A right front flat to Mike Ruggiero’s Modified slowed racing once again with 16 laps in the books.

Heotzler then got the jump on VanInwegen when racing resumed and was able to stay in front until the end. Bob McGannon held off the late charges offered by Tim Hindley, who was racing the Sherlock’s No, TEN back-up car, to finish in third place.

Hindley was followed in the top 10 by Eurich, Chuck McKee, Jerry Higbie, Tommy Meier, Markle and Chris Shultz.

In DIRTcar Sportsman action, Christian Rumsey drove like a seasoned veteran as he picked up the first win of his youthful career in the 20-lap main event.

“I just can’t believe I did this right now,’’ said Rumsey. “There is just so much good competition in this division and this is just unbelievable. I want to thank the Higbies and my grandfather for all of their help.’’

Rumsey, after starting on the pole, was able to move ahead of Dominic Roselli Jr. on the second lap and remained in front the rest of the way. John Illanovsky passed Roselli for second on the fourth lap, but never challenged for the win.

A 10-car pile-up following an eighth-lap restart knocked four cars out of the event, including Frank Venezia, who finished in second place a week ago.

Brian Krummel, who picked up the first two wins in 2014, wasn’t in competition as he plans to turn his attention to the Small Block Modified competition this year.

In the Rookie Crate Sportsman class, Rafaele Carson was in complete command as he captured his first career win in the 15-lap main event.

Carson powered into first place on the first lap and never looked back as he finished ahead of Corey Lowitt, John Schweizer, Otto Bradatsch and Clark Bradford.

Connor Otten forced a red flag after three laps were completed when his car climbed the second turn wall and landed on it. Otten wasn’t injured in the crash.

Charlie Donald notched his 21st career win in Street Stock competition to move into third place all time on the leader board as he outraced Kyle Welsch in the 15-lap main event.

Donald, after challenging Mike Vigiletti in the early going, grabbed first place while racing down the homestretch on the ninth lap. Vigiletti slowed and was forced to the pits with a right rear flat.

Welsch took over second when Jim Maher had the right rear tire go soft on his car with 13 laps completed. Welsch had to settle for second place as John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain Sr. and Ron Constable followed.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 2. Billy VanInwegen, 3. Bob McGannon, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Richie Eurich, 6. Chuck McKee, 7. Jerry Higbie, 8. Tommy Meier, 9. Jeremy Markle, 10. Chris Shultz, 11. Chris Whitehead, 12. John Lieto, 13. Craig Mitchell, 14. Mike Kolka, 15. Mike Ruggiero, 16. Gary Edwards Jr., 17. Tyler McKee, 18. Bill Pascual, 19. Donnie Wilson, 20. Clinton Mills.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Christian Rumsey, 2. John Illanovsky, 3. Matt Janiak, 4. Chris Stevens, 5. L.J. Lombardo, 6. Jesse Leiby, 7. Jimmy Spellmon, 8. Danny Cronk, 9. Patrick Murphy, 10. Tommy Vigh Jr., 11. Joey Falanga, 12. George Begg, 13. Zach Mead, 14. R.J. Smith, 15. Randy Sweetman, 16. Andrew Reeves, 17. Dominic Roselli Jr., 18. Zack Vavricka, 19. John Corry, 20. Frank Venezia, 21. Joe Conklin, 22. Troy Arnold, 23. Mike Dutka, 24. Bobby Schade. Did Not Qualify: Nick Soules, Dion Naples, Thomas Strupp.

Rookie Crate Sportsman Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Rafaele Carson, 2. Corey Lowitt, 3. John Schweitzer, 4. Otto Bradatsch, 5. Clark Bradford, 6. Allen Johns, 7. Paul Hyde, 8. Thomas Stevens, 9. Del Ligouri, 10. Gary Predmore, 11. Brian Traver, 12. Steven Ball, 13. Connor Otten. Did Not Start: Winter Mead, Austin Smith, Danny Spellmon, Keith Johanson.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Charlie Donald, 2. Kyle Welsch, 3. John Hechinger, 4. Emerson Cargain Jr., 5. Ron Constable, 6. D.J. Ross, 7. Jim Maher, 8. Mike Vigiletti, 9. Joey Metrando.


ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY PRESENTS FOUR RACING DIVISIONS APRIL 19 ON HOWARD JOHNSON/SUPER 8 OF MIDDLETOWN NIGHT
Posted: April 14, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 13)……..With Opening Night jitters out of the way, the more than 100 Orange County Fair Speedway race car drivers are primed for the second night of exciting stock car racing Saturday night, April 19 at the historic Middletown, New York five-eighths-mile track. This week marks the first outing of the Rookie Sportsman division, a chance for novice drivers to test their racing mettle before competing against more experienced wheelmen. Racing for the four divisions---DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will take the green flag with qualifying heats and consolation races beginning at 7:00 PM.

The highly competitive Modified division is the track’s headline racing class, with the winner of the 30-lap feature race earning $2,500, among the region’s highest payouts for a regularly-scheduled weekly event.

The sponsor for the night of action is Howard Johnson/Super 8 of Middletown.

Admission prices for the April 16 race meet remain at $14.00 adults, $12.00 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under.

With just a month until the thrilling World of Outlaws Sprint Cars return to Orange County on Saturday, May 18, advance ticket sales and track information is available at the website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.


OCFS Week 1 Recap - April 12th, 2014
Posted: April 14, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Tim Hindley opened defense of his DIRTcar Modified championship at the Orange County Fair Speedway last Saturday night with a thrilling victory over John Lieto in the 30-lap main event.

Hindley, who claimed his first Modified track title with just one win in 2013, was able to slip past Lieto while racing through the third turn on the 23rd lap and then went on to score the 13th triumph of his OCFS career – deadlocking Billy Osmun and Tommy Meier for 25th place on the all-time leader board.

“I used a cross-over off the second turn and was able to nose ahead of Johnny (Lieto) on the inside through the third turn,’’ said Hindley, referring to his race-winning move. “I really like racing with him because he’s one of the cleanest drivers out there. Johnny’s aces and he races you fair.

“But he gave me everything I could handle and it was no easy time getting the lead. I had to race where he wasn’t to get some clean air because the little bit of fine dust that was kicking up was hurting my car’s performance. However, once I got ahead, I was able to really get going.’’

Hindley, who finished second to Jerry Higbie in the first qualifying race, started fourth in the 20-car feature field and also had his hands full with Higbie for the first half of the race.

“Jerry really smoked me in our qualifying heat,’’ said Hindley. “The guys really put their noses to the grindstone for the feature. We made a few tweaks to the car and the adjustments were perfect. These guys give me a good car all the time. It all comes down to how I drive it.

“I get a little too anxious out there at times and things get a little crazy. But I was able to take my time tonight and used a little patience. I was able to get into a rhythm and that really helped.’’

Hindley and Higbie put on quite a show during the first 14 laps of the race as they battled for second place behind Lieto, who was able to build a comfortable cushion. Hindley finally moved ahead of Higbie at the midway point and turned his attention to Lieto, who was already lapping his slower competition.

Hindley caught a break when Craig Mitchell forced the race’s first caution with a right rear flat on his Modified with 19 laps completed. Lieto elected to start inside for the double-file restart and was able to hold his ground before Billy VanInwegen forced another stoppage two laps later with a spin off the second turn.

Lieto once again chose inside for the restart, but this time Hindley was able to nose ahead down the homestretch. Lieto gained control again off the second turn and beat Hindley to the starter’s stand to complete 22 laps.

But Hindley then pulled off his winning move down the backstetch and through the third turn as he finished ahead of Lieto, Higbie, Clinton Mills, Chuck McKee, Meier, Mike Ruggiero, Chris Whitehead, Gary Edwards Jr. and Mike Kolka.

Meier, who didn’t compete as OCFS brought back its Small Block Modified division last season, drove to an impressive victory in the 25-lap main event after surviving a backstretch altercation with McKee early in the race.

McKee, who started inside pole after besting McKee in a heated battle during the first qualifying heat, darted into first place for two laps before a first-turn caution involving Andrew Reeves and Chad Loiodice slowed action.

The ensuing restart had McKee and Meier starting in the front row and battling for first place. The two veteran drivers made contact with their cars off the second turn, and McKee went spinning while Meier was able to continue and grab first place. McKee was forced out of competition.

Meier was really never challenged from that point on as he picked up the eighth win of his OCFS Small Block career and his first since July 31, 2010. Craig Mitchell was a distant second with Bob McGannon, Brian Krummel and reigning champion Danny Creeden rounding out the top five.

The DIRT Sportsman 20-lap feature was also plagued with some controversy as defending champion Brian Krummel grabbed his second win this season and the 25th of his OCFS career.

However, during the post-race interview, Krummel said he wasn’t deserving of the win and said he was going to hand over his winning first-place payoff to Frank Venezia, who led most of the event.

“I want to offer an apology to Frank Venezia,’’ said Krummel. “It was real tight racing out there and I got into him a little. He was the class of the field out there tonight and I want to offer my winner’s share after what happened. I slipped up and he deserved the win.’’

Venezia, who led from the first lap, was knocked off the track by Krummel following a restart on the 15th lap and was forced to the rear. However, OCFS officials deemed the collision a racing accident and Krummel wasn’t penalized.

Krummel went on to take the checkered flag ahead of Matt Janiak, Joe Conklin, L.J. Lombardo and Reeves.

Ray Tarantino moved into a third-place tie with Charlie Donald on OCFS’s all-time Street Stock winners’ list as he grabbed his 20th career victory ahead of Jim Maher in the 15-lap main event.

Tarantino, who started fourth in the 10-car field, bolted into first place on the first lap and led the whole race. Maher chased Tarantino throughout the event, but could never find an opening for a winning pass.

Mike Vigiletti finished in third place with Donald and Tim Southard rounding out the top five.

DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Tim Hindley, 2. John Lieto, 3. Jerry Higbie, 4. Clinton Mills, 5. Chuck McKee, 6. Tommy Meier, 7. Mike Ruggiero, 8. Chris Whitehead, 9. Gary Edwards Jr., 10. Mike Kolka, 11. Bob McGannon, 12. Craig Mitchell, 13. Chris Shultz, 14. Richie Eurich, 15. Donnie Wilson, 16. Billy VanInwegen, 17. Bill Pascual, 18. Jeremy Markle, 19. Randy Sherlock, 20. Jeff Heotzler Sr.

DIRTcar Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Tommy Meier, 2. Craig Mitchell, 3. Bob McGannon, 4. Brian Krummel, 5. Danny Creeden, 6. Chris Shultz, 7. Ray Jashembowski, 8. Jeremy Markle, 9. Rob Rowe, 10. L.J. Lombardo, 11. Frank Doty, 12. John Finley, 13. Marc Bishop, 14. Willy Auchmoody, 15. Andrew Reeves, 16. Steve Pinto, 17. Mike Weslowski, 18. Chuck McKee, 19. John Ferrier, 20. Chad Loiodice, 21. Joe Falanga. Did Not Start: Nick Soules, Tyler McKee.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish, 20 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Matt Janiak, 3. Joe Conklin, 4. L.J. Lombardo, 5. Andrew Reeves, 6. Jimmy Spellmon, 7. Mike Dutka, 8. Chris Stevens, 9. Dave Hinsch, 10. Frank Venezia, 11. Randy Sweetman, 12. Eddie Burgess, 13. Joey Falanga, 14. Ricky Davis, 15. R.J. Smith, 16. Zach Mead, 17. John Illanovsky, 18. Rafaele Carson, 19. Jesse Leiby, 20. Troy Arnold, 21. Danny Cronk, 22. Thomas Strupp, 23. Patrick Murphy. Did Not Start: Zack Vavricka. Did Not Qualify: Dominic Roselli Jr., George Begg, Paul Hyde, Terry Arnold, Jay Papp, Joe Falanga.

Street Stock Feature Finish, 15 Laps: 1. Ray Tarantino, 2. Jim Maher, 3. Mike Vigiletti, 4. Charlie Donald, 5. Tim Southard, 6. John Hechinger, 7. Ron Constable, 8. Kyle Welsch, 9. Emerson Cargain Sr., 10. D.J. Ross. Did Not Start: Joel Murns Jr.


Hard Clay Open Recap - April 6th, 2014
Posted: April 7, 2014

By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Andy Bachetti busted open the curtain on the 2014 New York dirt-track racing season with a convincing victory in the highly anticipated inaugural “Hard Clay Open’’ Modified/Small Block Modified 50-lap feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

However, Bachetti, who led the race from start to finish, encountered several bumps along the road as he helped kick off Brett Deyo’s six-event, National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series on Sunday afternoon. A large crowd applauded the popular victory for Bachetti, who ended a 13-season drought with his first OCFS Modified triumph since June 30, 2001.

“It ‘s just a great feeling to be standing here in victory lane at Orange County Fair Speedway,’’ said Bachetti, who began his Small Block Modified career here two decades ago. “It’s been a long time between wins here, but it sure feels good to be back. This was a great way to get our season started and I want to thank Brett (Deyo) for putting on such a great show.’’

The “Hard Clay Open’’ was originally scheduled to be held on March 23 and would have been the second earliest opener in OCFS’s prestigious 95-year-old history. However, Deyo and OCFS co-promoters Mike Gurda IV and Howard Commander were forced to postpone the race two weeks because the track conditions were still unfavorable after a long harsh winter.

“Those responsible for getting this track ready did a tremendous job,’’ said Bachetti, “especially after all the snow and cold temperatures we had this winter. ‘’

But Bachetti also noted the racing surface was getting slicker as the afternoon went on and he was worried about tire wear. All the drivers were able to run sail panels for the first time in the track’s history and Bachetti elected to utilize the power of a big block engine.

“But that might not have been the best way to go this afternoon,’’ admitted Bachetti. “The track conditions were more suited for a small block because it was really getting slick out there. I also didn’t know how much longer I could go on my right rear tire. It really had me concerned, but we were able to make it through until the end.’’

Anthony Perrego, who closed out the 2013 Northeast racing season with a victory in the inaugural “The Gobbler’’ at the Accord Speedway, wasn’t as fortunate as Bachetti. Perrego, after pressing Bachetti for many laps, blistered his right rear tire to force a caution with 47 laps completed.

Perrego’s departure enabled reigning OCFS Modified champion Tim Hindley to move into second place after starting 19th in the 28-car field. Hindley, racing with a DIRT-legal Small Block spec engine, wasn’t able to advance any further and settled for second as Bachetti notched his eighth career OCFS modified win.

A field of 59 cars were in the pits for the opening leg of Deyo’s 2014 series as six qualifying heats, three consolations and a three-lap dash, which advanced the final qualifier, decided the starting field for the 50-lap grind. A new passing points system, which is utilized in sprint car racing, determined the three qualifiers in each heat race with the top two finishers redrawing for the feature.

When the dust settled, Bachetti, who finished second to J.R. Heffner in the second heat race, picked the No. 1 pill during the redraw to grab inside pole for the main event. That proved to be the deciding factor as Bachetti remained in front all the way en route to pocketing the first-place prize of $5,000 plus additional lap money and contingency awards.

“This way just a great way to start the season and our entire team deserves all the credit for getting me here,’’ said Bachetti. “We pretty much have a new crew this year and a new motor program. I just can’t be happier with this start and want to thank all of my sponsors for their support. I wouldn’t be here without all of their help.’’

Bachetti jumped out to a quick lead at the drop of OCFS starter Bob Ryder’s initial green flag and was able to build a comfortable cushion over Canadian driver Matt Billings from Brockville, Ontario. Bachetti was already starting to lap his competition when Tim Kerr spun in the second turn to force a caution with 18 laps completed.

Stewart Friesen brought the yellow flag out again when he was involved in a fourth-turn skirmish on the 19th-lap restart. A fourth-turn pile-up, which included Brett Hearn, on the ensuing restart forced another stoppage.

Hearn, OCFS’s winningest driver, was attempting to earn his 300th career victory at the track. However, after starting 21st by qualifying through a consolation race, Hearn was never a factor as he finished 11th.

Billings was also dealt a blow under caution when he was forced to the pits to change a flat tire.

That opened the door for Perrego, who darted into second place behind Bachetti when racing resumed. The two drivers remained ahead of the pack and began approaching lapped traffic as the laps ticked off.

Bachetti, with Perrego right on his tail, attempted to make an inside pass on Darwin Greene while entering the second turn. But Bachetti made contact with the slower Greene and nearly lost his advantage to Perrego.

Bachetti, however, was able to slip past Greene, who spun in the turn to force another caution with 31 laps completed. Perrego also avoided the accident to remain in second place.

“I don’t know what he (Greene) was thinking there,’’ said Bachetti. “I just don’t know. We nearly made contact again later in the race.’’

Perrego slipped up on the 32nd lap restart and Danny Tyler was able to move into second place. Hindley, meanwhile, cracked the top five before Duane Howard forced another caution with 32 laps scored when he slowed on the track.

Perrego grabbed second place back on the restart and remained there until his right rear tire exploded three laps from the finish. Hindley took over in second with Tyler, Danny Johnson, Jeff Heotzler Sr., Billy VanInwegen, Heffner, Tommy Meier, Freisen and Jimmy Davis rounding out the top 10.

The 2014 GRIT Sportsman Series also got underway as reigning OCFS champion Brian Krummel outraced a starting 24-car field to grab a decisive victory in the 25-lap main event.

Krummel, who pocketed $1,000, dove underneath Connor Cleveland while entering the third turn on the 15th lap and never looked back as he took over sole possession of second place on OCFS’s all-time winners’ list with his 24th career triumph. He now only trails Hindley (27).

Cleveland, who led from the first lap, held on to finish in second place with Rocky Warner, Andrew Reeves and Chris Stevens rounding out the top five.

Hard Clay Open Modified/Small Block Modified Feature Finish, 50 Laps: 1. Andy Bachetti, 2. Tim Hindley, 3. Danny Tyler, 4. Danny Johnson, 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr., 6. Billy VanInwegen, 7. J.R. Heffner, 8. Tommy Meier, 9. Stewart Friesen, 10. Jimmy Davis, 11. Brett Hearn, 12. Bob McGannon, 13. Ryan Watt, 14. Matt Billings, 15. Richie Eurich, 16. Anthony Perrego, 17. Jeremy Markle, 18. Donnie Corellis, 19. Darwin Greene, 20. Danny Creeden, 21. Duane Howard, 22. Chris Whitehead, 23. Matt Jester, 24. Gary Edwards Jr., 25. Tim Kerr, 26. Michael Sabia, 27. Jerry Higbie, 28. Craig Mitchell. Did Not Qualify: Marcus Dinkins, John Siedlecky, Elmo Reckner, Mike Ruggiero, C.G. Morey, Mike Mahaney, Darrell Ford, Bob Hamm Jr., David Van Horn Jr., Peter Britten, Craig Hanson, Robert Rowe, Dom Roselli, Rich Ricci Jr., Chuck McKee, Tyler McKee, Nick Nye, Tyler Dippel, Willy Auchmoody, Tim Currier, Frank Doty, Chris Shultz, Rob Pitcher, Jackie Brown Jr., Bill Pascual, Eric Kormann, Clinton Mills, Ray Jashembowski, Nick Rochinski , Gary Tomkins. Did Not Race: Jimmy Horton.

GRIT Sportsman Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Brian Krummel, 2. Connor Cleveland, 3. Rocky Warner, 4. Andrew Reeves, 5. Chris Stevens, 6. John Illanovsky, 7. L.J. Lombardo, 8. Dave Marcuccilli, 9. Ivan Joslin, 10. Brian Pressalone, 11. Troy Arnold, 12. John Scarborough, 13. Jesse Leiby, 14. Eric Gugiere, 15. Dave Constantino, 16. Derrick McGrew, 17. Anthony Stockman, 18. Corey Lowitt, 19. John Virgilio, 20. Curtis Hohensholett, 21. Alan Houghtaling, 22. Frank Venezia, 23. Matt Hitchcock, 24. Dion Naples. Did Not Qualify: Rich Ricci III, Nick Plumstead, Scott Duell, Otto Bradatsch, Danny Cronk, John Corry, Tim Barone, Jim Intronne, Michael Folchetti, Jay Papp, Ray Zemken, Dave Hinsch, Mike Traver.


Bachetti Is Back: Former Track Champion Andy Bachetti Returns To Orange County Glory, Earns $5,637-plus In Inaugural NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP ‘Hard Clay Open’ Event Over Strong 59-Car Field; Brian Krummel Tops GRIT Series Sportsman Field
Posted: April 7, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Andy Bachetti shook off the bad luck that has plagued him at Orange County Fair Speedway in a big way Sunday afternoon.

The Sheffield, Mass., driver wired the field, leading from start-to-finish to win the inaugural National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf. The event was a co-promotion involving Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and track managers Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander.

Bachetti, 38 years old, staved off the race-long advances of young Anthony Perrego, who succumbed to a flat right-rear tire in the final laps, and outdistanced defending Orange County track champion Tim Hindley, who drove from 19th to finish second in the Joe Sarvis-owned No. 94.

“Man, it feels good to be back in Victory Lane again at Orange County,” noted Bachetti, a former track regular who now competes weekly at Accord and Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) speedways. “With all these fans and cars here today, it’s even better.”

Bachetti – past three-time Orange County 358-Modified champion - earned $5,000 from the base purse, $400 cash as the Halfway Leader from Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room and an additional $237 in lap money and contingency awards for a total of $5,637 plus.

A field of 59 NDRL Modifieds vied for 28 feature starting spots, with a large crowd filling the grandstands and drive-in section at the venerable fairgrounds oval.

Bachetti opted for big-block power in his No. 34 Teo-Pro car. Following a redraw of the top-12 passing-points earners from heat races, he started the 50-lap main from the pole.

Bachetti launched into the lead from the outset. But all eyes were on Perrego early on. The 20-year-old, who started eighth, cracked the top five on lap six in Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55. Perrego drove to fourth on lap seven and vaulted to second at the 18th circuit. During the mid-portions of the race, Perrego closed to within a car-length of race-leading Bachetti.

Lapped traffic proved to be a scare for Bachetti at lap 31. In turn two, he briefly tangled with Darwin Greene. The yellow flew for Greene’s ensuing spin. Another quick caution for debris on lap 32 set the stage for a green-flag run.
Perrego chased Bachetti around the five-eighths-mile until his right-rear tire went down on lap 47 to draw the caution.
Hindley, the Fair Oaks, N.Y., driver who had methodically worked through traffic from his 19th starting spot, inherited second. Hindley’s bid ended one spot short, as Bachetti made history earning the first-ever NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP triumph.

Hindley’s second-place finish was worth $4,000, plus $500 in lap money, $250 from Simplicity Design as the highest-finishing track regular and an additional $210 from McGannon Excavating as the Hard Charger for a total of $4,960!
Accord Speedway short-track ace Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., finished a solid third, racing inside the top-three for the entire distance in his family owned No. 97T. Tyler earned $2,500 for third, $200 in memory of Judy Tuit courtesy of the Tuit family and Mike Sparta Trucking and $323 in lap money for a total of $3,023 plus contingencies.

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., guided the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 86 from 18th position to finish fourth and veteran Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., advanced from 15th to finish fifth in Mel Schrufer’s No. 2a small-block.

Completing the top-10 were track regular Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y. driving the Sherlock Motorsports No. TEN ($200 bonus in memory of Judy Tuit); Lebanon Valley regular J.R. Heffner of Valatie, N.Y. ($250 bonus in memory of Judy Tuit); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., who started 25th in Jeff Behrent’s No. 3 small-block; Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who recovered from a lap-18 restart tangle in Tom Cullen’s Westmoreland Golf Club No. 1WGC; and Capital District star Jimmy Davis of Ballston Spa, N.Y., who started 23rd.

Top passing points earners in the six, 10-lap NDRL Modified heats were Matt Billings (Brockville, Ont.), Heffner, Jeremy Markle (Port Jervis, N.Y.), Jerry Higbie Jr. (Newburgh, N.Y.), Donnie Corellis (Averill Park, N.Y.) and Tyler.
Consolation victors were Hindley, Friesen and Duane Howard (Oley, Pa.).

Bob McGannon of Garnerville, N.Y., nipped Chuck McKee at the line to earn the final, 28th, starting spot in the main via a 3-lap Last Chance Race of drivers missing a transfer spot by one position in the three consolations.

Defending track champion Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., swept by Connor Cleveland on the 14th lap and was never headed en route to a $1,000 victory in the 25-lap Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman main event. Cleveland, of Corinth, N.Y., settled for second, followed by Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., Andrew Reeves of Stony Point, N.Y., and Chris Stevens of Cornwall, N.Y.

The NDRL Short Track Super Series resumes on Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21) at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway with the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services & Husqvarna. NDRL big-block/small-block Modifieds run 50 laps for $5,000-plus to win and $500 just to take the green flag: the richest night in Thunder Mountain history. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) join the program in a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event. Thunder Mountain Speedway is located in Center Lisle, N.Y., 25 miles north of Binghamton.

To learn more about the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail Deyo99H@aol.com. Like “BD Motorsports Media” on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.
HARD CLAY CLIPS: The Orange County pit area was buzzing with 96 total race cars in the pit area: 59 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds and 37 Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Sportsman….

The traditional NDRL ‘Kings of Dirt’ four-wide pace lap made its debut in Modified racing Sunday much to the delight of the crowd. Jeff Ahlum and Leon Andrus handled the day’s announcing duties….

Delaware’s Matt Jester, making his first appearance in New York State, ran inside the top-five until contact on a lap-18 restart ended his day. Jester made the redraw in his Orange County debut….

Jimmy Horton’s Lincoln Auto Body No. 5 was done in hot laps following a plume of white smoke….

Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn elected not to run sail panels for the main event, switching to conventional windows.

The highest “non-sail panel” car belonged to track regular Billy Van Inwegen in sixth spot….

Canadian Matt Billings held second in his first OCFS effort until a flat right-rear tire sent him to the pits on the 28th lap. Billings, of Brockville, Ont., reported more than two feet of snow remained on the ground at home….

The use of passing points qualifying and sail panels were a first in Orange County’s long history….

All of the podium finishers stated their plans to attend the next NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Thunder Mountain May 20….

‘HARD CLAY OPEN’ RACE SUMMARY – SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014
NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): ANDY BACHETTI, Tim Hindley, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson, Jeff Heotzler, Billy Van Inwegen, J.R. Heffner, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Brett Hearn, Bob McGannon, Ryan Watt, Matt Billings, Rich Eurich, Anthony Perrego, Jeremy Markle, Donnie Corellis, Darwin Greene, Danny Creeden, Duane Howard, Chris Whitehead, Matt Jester, Gary Edwards Jr., Tim Kerr, Michael Sabia, Jerry Higbie Jr., Craig Mitchell.

Did Not Qualify: Chuck McKee, Gary Tomkins, Elmo Reckner, Marcus Dinkins, Peter Britten, Mike Ruggiero, Darrell Ford, Mike Mahaney, C.G. Morey, Bob Hamm Jr., John Siedlecky, David Van Horn Jr., Tyler Dippel, Rob Rowe, Tim Currier, Craig Hanson, Nick Nye, Rich Ricci Jr., Frank Doty, Dom Roselli, Willy Auchmoody, Tyler McKee, Rob Pitcher, Jackie Brown Jr., Eric Kormann, Ray Jashembowski, Bill Pascual, Clinton Mills, Chris Shultz, Nick Rochinski, Jimmy Horton.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown: Andy Bachetti ($637), Tim Hindley ($500), Danny Tyler ($323), Anthony Perrego ($257), Billy Van Inwegen ($202), Matt Billings ($142), J.R. Heffner ($140), Jeff Heotzler ($65), Tommy Meier ($48), Danny Johnson ($45), Jeremy Markle ($40), Matt Jester ($40)

Dana Distributors ‘Lead A Lap, Drink A Beer’ Bonus: Andy Bachetti (60 beers)
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader ($400 Cash): Andy Bachetti
Teo-Pro Halfway Leader ($500 Product): Andy Bachetti
Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Gift Certificates): Danny Tyler (third) and Tommy Meier (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (One Tire Each): Tommy Meier (eighth) and Rich Eurich (15th)
Behrent’s Bonuses ($50 Gift Certificates): Danny Johnson (fourth) & Stewart Friesen (ninth)
BFP Specialty Bonus ($100 Credit Toward Shock Service): Ryan Watt (13th)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Credits): Tim Hindley (second), J.R. Heffner (seventh) and Anthony Perrego (16th)
DRACO ‘Spring Forward’ Award: Tim Hindley
Elmo’s Auto Body Bonus ($50 Cash): Jeremy Markle
Judy Tuit Memorial Awards: Danny Tyler ($200 - third), Billy Van Inwegen ($200 - sixth), J.R. Heffner ($250 - seventh)
McGannon Excavating Hard Charger Award ($210 Cash): Tim Hindley
PM3 Digital Imaging Hard Charger Bonus ($25 Certificate): Tim Hindley
Rochinski Enterprises ‘Bad Day’ Bonuses ($20 Each): Darwin Greene, Danny Creeden, Duane Howard, Chris Whitehead, Matt Jester, Gary Edwards Jr., Tim Kerr, Michael Sabia, Jerry Higbie Jr., Craig Mitchell
Schaeffer Racing Oil Bonus (Two Cases Of Oil): Andy Bachetti
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers & Rubrails): David Van Horn Jr.
Simplicity Design Orange County Regular Bonus: Tim Hindley ($250)
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (One Wheel): Jeff Heotzler

Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman (25 Laps): BRIAN KRUMMEL, Connor Cleveland, Rocky Warner, Andrew Reeves, Chris Stevens. John Illanovsky, L.J. Lombardo, Dave Marcuccilli, Ivan Joslin, Brian Pessalono, Troy Arnold, John Scarborough, Jessie Leiby, Eric Giguere, Dave Constantino, Derrick McGrew, Anthony Stockman, Corey Lowitt, John Virgilio, Curtis Hohensholett, Alan Houghtaling, Frank Venezia, Matt Hitchcock, Dion Naples.
Did Not Qualify: Dave Hinsch, Mike Traver, Mike Folchetti, Jay Papp, Jim Introne, Ray Zemken, Scott Duell, Danny Cronk, Rich Ricci III, John Corry, Tim Barone.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, West Point Golf, Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room, Simplicity Design, 673 Racing, Mike Sparta Trucking, Elmo’s Auto Body, Zubi’s Racing, McGannon Excavating, Teo-Pro Car, Rochinski Contracting Services, Bob Hilbert Sportswear & many other fine marketing and lap sponsors.

The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Rochinski Contracting Services, Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, Art’s Radiator, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, BFP Specialty, Bicknell Racing Products, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, DRACO Springs, Driven Racing Oil, ERK Steering, Finish Line Web Design, FOX Shox, H.B. Steele & Son, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Jack’s Used Race Car Parts & More, Kirkey Racing Products, PM3 Digital Imaging, Quarter Master, Race Pro Weekly, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Shiley Fabrication, Sleepy Hollow Golf, Teo-Pro Car, Troyer Race Cars & Vahlco Wheels.


APRIL 12 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY OPENER MARKS 65 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING
Posted: March 21, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 21)……..The winning driver in the 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.

The first weekly racing program was held on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright, who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only Orange County victory of record. Since then, 37 other drivers have won season openers, led by all-time track record holder Brett Hearn, who has tasted first night victory champagne nine times.

Other multi-time Opening Night winners include Carl Van Horn who captured four Modified features; three-time Opening Night victors Bobby Bottcher, Will Cagle, Rich Eurich, and Jeff Heotzler; with Frank Cozze, Danny Creeden, Bud Marl, Chuck McKee, Frankie Schneider, Al Tasnady, and Bill Wimble each winning two openers.

Drivers who have raced at Orange County on a weekly basis some or all of their careers have won the vast majority of Opening Night feature races. But that hasn’t always been the case. The first outside invader to take home the season opener top prize was Hartford, Connecticut driver Dick Fletcher back in 1954. Then in the 1960s, Flemington (New Jersey) Speedway great Al Tasnady won two Orange County openers, as did Fonda (New York) Speedway champion Bill Wimble.

In 1983, C.D. Coville, from Upstate New York, ushered in the DIRT Motorsports era by winning the first race under Glenn Donnelly’s reign. “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie, from Watertown, New York, took the local boys to task in 1985, while Jack Johnson, whose home track was also Fonda Speedway, won in 1995, the last outside invader to win on Opening Night.

Winning Opening Night Modified features the past six years were Brett Hearn (2008 and 2010), Danny Creeden (2009 and 2011), Chris Shultz (2012), and Jerry Higbie (2013). With early season bragging rights on the line, more than three-dozen top Modified drivers are looking to start 2013 weekly racing with a victory. And who knows, there’s always the possibility an outside invader will pull into the Orange County pits and win the Opening Night top prize money.

It will all play out on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the start of the 65th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name be added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will one of the previous victors take the checkered flag once again? Racing gets under way at the new 7:00 P.M starting time at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four divisions of race cars---Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Middletown Auto Wreckers.

Advance ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


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