If you like the earth-shaking 467 cubic-inch, 800 horsepower Big-Block Modifieds, then you’ll want to be at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York each of the next three Saturday nights, July 11,18, and 25. Headlining each of these weekly racing programs will be the track’s super-fast United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, competing in a series of qualifying races that lead to 30-lap feature events each paying the winner $3,000.
The July 11 program will also include, in addition to the Big-Block Modifieds, the slightly less powerful H.O. Penn Small-Block Modifieds, the unpredictable Sportsman, and the full-bodied Street Stocks in qualifying and feature races. The following week, on July 18, it will be a two-division program with the Big-Block Modifieds and Sportsman. And to wrap up the month, on July 25, the final Saturday night of the month, a three-division card with the Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, and Street Stocks competing on the five-eighths-mile clay speedway.
While the grandstands remain closed, in the next step towards totally reopening, the Orange County Drive-In section will be open for same day ticket sales for each night at $20 per adult, $18 seniors, children 12 and under free, and a $1.00 car charge. All unreserved Drive-In slots are open. Fans wishing to reserve a particular Drive-In space must pre-register with the speedway office. Fans may also watch the races from the Infield Drive-In at $30. And arrangements can be made for reserving a table on the Party Deck.
For fans attending in the Drive-In: With the exception of emergency vehicles and maintenance equipment, the infield will be empty, allowing an unobstructed view of the track. Race car haulers will be parked elsewhere on the grounds. Announcements and race calls can be heard over car radios at FM 107.7. The refreshment stands, restrooms, and the souvenir stand will be open.
Fans unable to attend in person, may order live multi-camera streaming of the races on the OCFS website for $20.00.
Competitors are required to pre-register. Pit passes will not be sold at the sign-in gate. Transponders and one-way radios are mandatory. Fire suppression equipment is required for all open wheel divisions (Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman) and strongly recommended for Street Stocks.
So that there are no misunderstandings, both competitors and fans are urged to read the detailed instructions posted on the OCFS website for following the protocols and restrictions required for allowing the speedway to host racing. Facial coverings are mandatory when moving about the fairgrounds. Everyone’s cooperation will be the best assurance of allowing racing to continue for the balance of the season.
On race days July 11, 18, and 25, the competitor Gate 9 will open at 3:00 pm; the Drive-In will open at 4:00 pm; cars will be on the track at 6:00 pm. Pre-approved media members only will enter at Gate 1, the employee entrance. Please consult the OCFS website www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net for all the latest news and information. Race teams, call 845-342-2573 for pre-registration.