In just a few short days. The Orange County Fair Speedway will start it's 100th year of automobile racing. This year's April 13th Opening Night event marks the 70th consecutive year of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway, the track’s history dates back to 1857 when it was first laid out for horse racing. The first automobile race on the Middletown, New York oval took place on August 15, 1919, when Jim Benedict, of Katonah, New York, drove a Duesenberg Special to victory.
To celebrate 100 years of racing, The 31st Lap Tavern will feature themed drink specials to celebrate OCFS's historic drivers. Since opening night has been dedicated to Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn, the first cocktail special is of course a Fuzzy Navel featuring Dekuyper Peach Schnapps for $4.00!
If you want a your own limited edition, Belvidere Bandit Bandanna, however, you'll want to arrive at the gates open time of 5PM. Only 1,000 will be handed out, for FREE to race fans coming through the gate (limit 1 per person). Fuzzy was a fierce competitor and fan favorite at OCFS, known for scoring a number of big opening night wins so we expect fans to line up for these, don't miss your chance, GATES OPEN AT 5PM and you won't be bored waiting in line as there will be FREE live music from local group, The Black Dirt Bandits.
Black Dirt Bandits make their return to the Orange County Fairgrounds pavilion stage next to the 31st Lap Tavern. These guys rocked our socks off during 2018's County Fair and we just couldn't wait to get them back! Now, on our Saturday. April 13th 2019, 100th anniversary season opener on which we pay tribute to "The Belvidere Bandit" Carl Van Horn, we brought back our favorite musical bandits!
On a Saturday night at The Orange County Fair Speedway, the only full-fender division that has endured is Street Stocks. Street Stocks at OCFS is a division that started back in the heyday of racing. Once, a division with three separate skill levels at The Hard Clay, it has consolidated over time to the single class that is still run most weeks at OCFS.
The decision was made, and it was a well thought one, that Mike Sabia would call Orange County Fair Speedway his home for 2019. Sabia, who has raced pretty much everywhere in the North East, hasn’t competed for points at a home track since the early 2000’s
Sheppard has been one of biggest winners in Modified competition for the past several seasons and has captured many championships in the process. But one thing has eluded the talented driver during his decorated career – a victory at the Orange County Fair Speedway.
The murmurs were heard throughout the crowd as veteran driver Grant Hilfiger turned some heads and served notice to the rest of his OCFS Sportsman competition as he scored a thrilling victory in the Short Track Super Series North Region 20-lap main event.
The winning driver of the Big-Block Modified feature on Opening Night of weekly racing at Orange County Fair Speedway will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing traces its Orange County roots back 100 years 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.