Orange County Fair Speedway Motorsports Show Was A Big Hit!
Orange County Fair Speedway’s Motorsports Show Was A Big Hit; Amy Coddington Named Miss OCFS, Eric Jennings’ Wingless Sprint Named Best In Show
STEVE BARRICK – MIDDLETOWN, NY – Nearly sixty pieces of motorized vehicles, ranging from Dirt Bikes to Modified Stock Cars to Slingshots to restorations were crammed inside the Orange County Fair Speedway Arena for the track’s annual pre-season Motorsports Show, held Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19.
Eric Jennings earned Best In Show honors with his wingless sprinter that he campaigns at Accord Speedway.
“A Sprint is a lot different to design graphics for than a Modified or a Sportsman,” Jennings said. “It took me a while to get the hang of it.”
Jennings, who has been making a big name for himself as a race car graphic designer in the Orange County area, has committed his full racing attention toward running the Wingless Sprints at Accord.
Amy Coddington, 23, was crowned Miss Orange County Fair Speedway 2017 at the show’s annual pageant. Amy’s reign will be taking place seventeen years after she won the OCFS Little Miss OCFS title.
Other event laurels were earned by Allison Ricci for her Best Appearing Modified Halmar No. 55 and by Cory Cormier for his Best Appearing Sportsman No. 20.
Orange County Fair Speedway released its 2017 season schedule with consists of twenty one race dates, culminating with the running of a now four day Eastern States Weekend on October 19-22.
The Hard Clay Open, run by Short Track Super Series promoter Brett Deyo, kicks off the season on Saturday, April 8, preceded by an April 7 practice and backed up with a Sunday, April 9 rain date.
Weekly racing, featuring Big Block Modifieds, begins on Saturday, April 22. The track will be dark Easter Weekend and Memorial Day Saturday.
Special events include the All Star Circuit Of Champions race on Saturday, July 29, and the Patriot/ URC 360 Sprint Challenge race of Saturday, August 19.
Dates for the 2017 Orange County Fair, which were not on the Orange County Fair Speedway events schedules handed out at the Show, will be July 13-16 and July 20-23, an eight day fair over the course of two weekends.
Show coordinators Ken and Kimmy Reed presented OCFS promoter Mike Gurda with an award for his supreme effort in readying the grounds for the event. Over two feet of snow fell in Orange County on the Tuesday before the show, yet plenty of parking was available for show attendees and exhibitors, who moved in on schedule throughout the day on Friday.
The event served two parallel purposes. The first was to provide a social environment for race teams and fans to stoke one another’s racing fires even as snow blanketed the Fairgrounds and Speedway and flurries began falling Saturday afternoon.
The second purpose of the OC event was for advance season license, parking and ticket purchases and business was brisk both days.
Prominent exhibitors included Extreme Energy Solutions. Its President Sam Burlum is trying an innovative way of connecting his company’s products to racing’s youth.
He is inviting fifty young racers to register with Extreme Energy Solutions and to then provide to the company weekly resumes of their racing successes and challenges.
“At the end of the year, the one who promotes himself the best over the course of the year will win $250,” Burlum announced.
Tracy Chirico along with husband Chris and son Bryan were staffing a booth showcasing Evans Mills Speedway in upstate New York. Tracy has taken the position with Evans Mills as its general manager after having served in the same capacity with Bethel Motor Speedway for several years.
Redline Graphics were vividly displayed on the Sportsman and accompanying Slingshot cars that will be driven in 2017 by Ashley Rogosich. Redline’s exhibit in the January, 2017 PPB Motorsports 2017 Show was an award winner.
Two regional historically minded groups have merged their endeavors. Ed Stevens, long time leader of the Hudson Valley Historical Racing Committee, said his organization’s competitive group has merged with the Mohawk Valley Dirt Modified Series.
“It made sense,” Stevens said. “A lot of the guys who race with us are from further up north.”
Stevens was showing all interested spectators a rare find: a program from Orange County Fair Speedway believed to be from the very first race at The Hard Clay in 1919.
With the Show now concluded, all attention shifts toward opening weekend, with the Hard Clay Open scheduled for Saturday, April 8, preceded by a practice session on Friday, April 7.