44 VS. 44 - The Battle for Victory Lane on Saturday June 27TH
With just 3 weeks of racing behind us at Orange County, Anthony Perrego has shown race fans that the “House of Power” is his house, and he will protect it. The hometown kid already boasts 3 combined Big Block/Small Block wins in 2020, but his reign goes back to 2017, when he clinched his first track championship in the 358 Small Block division. It would be the next year that Perrego scored his first Big Block Championship aboard the no.44 Superior Remodeling Modified. Though unable to come back in 2019 with another Big Block championship, Perrego did revisit his Small Block throne with another championship in the co-headlining division at OCFS.
Though a champion 3 times in as many years, Perrego isn’t hurt up for competition at OCFS, he regularly must defend his home track from outside invaders, chief among them, is Stewart Friesen. Friesen, a native of Canada, does not call OCFS his weekly Saturday night home, at least not anymore, but it doesn’t stop the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver from popping in on occasion to scoop up a decent prize for a first place finish, as he was there to do on opening night of 2020. The pilot of the Halmar no.44 Modified, referred to by some as Mr. Freeze, is anything but cold to his fans, making it easy to root for the unfortunately no longer mustachioed winning machine. While pulling double duty in the NASCAR Truck series and racing on dirt as much as possible, Friesen has already amassed 9 wins this season, and though his dirt rival on the road has consistently been Matt Sheppard (also an OCFS season regular, like Perrego) it will be The Ant-Man, Anthony Perrego who will likely pose the greatest threat to Friesen’s aspirations for Victory Lane on Saturday June 27th.
Though Perrego outclasses Friesen in overall OCFS feature wins, the track’s most prestigious race, the 200-Lap Eastern States Weekend Championship, has been won by Friesen 3 times. Perrego has yet to see victory in an Eastern States Weekend 200 but has proven himself nearly unbeatable so far this year in a regular 30-Lap modified feature.
Regardless of who parks it on Saturday night, fans can expect a heck of a show from wherever they choose to watch it. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, OCFS’s grandstands remain shuttered, however the drive-in section is open for business and full of responsibly distant from one another race fans! If the Drive-In isn’t for you, we encourage fans to Livestream OCFS races at home. Each Saturday Night on the OCFS website, they go live with an amazing production featuring all the best camera angles, on-screen graphics and live commentary from legendary track announcer Tim Pitts and special guests.
Something new for fans as of June 27th's event is fan pit parking. Due to the social distancing guidelines in place at OCFS, there are no haulers in the track’s infield pits, and the backstretch Drive-In section is LOVING the improved view. To accommodate even more fans without compromising that great view, OCFS will be accepting fan’s vehicles into the infield pit areas as a new drive-in style viewing area. When available, details can be found on the OCFS website under “Drive-In Tickets”.
So, how will you be there to see the epic battle between 44 and 44? Live online or live in person? Either way, come out and support local grassroots racing, these 2 titans of the dirt and all their fellow competitors!