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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