Apr 15, 2007 11:34 PM EDT
Black Rock Press Release
By RICH VLECK
It snowed last week, it will snow at the beginning of this week, but Black Rock Speedway has all intentions of racing for the second weekend in a row this Friday.
The first complete regular card of racing gets underway this Friday at 6:45 p.m. as two more series begin their season-long points battle. Another series will be the first for cars, and trucks, that were two divisions in 2006.
Signs Plus of Kanona, along with Keuka Bay Express, will present the first regular race for the new Regional International Truck Street Stock/ Pro Truck division, placing two similar divisions from the past under one common checkered flag in the future. While the first two weeks will be non-points, to allow for rule adjustments, it will be just as competitive out on the track. Both types of vehicles being combined figures to bring the car count to near a full field, making the racing tight and action-packed each night throughout 2007 season.
In the only previous contest between the street stocks and pro trucks, Terry Povoski dominated the race in his pro truck but it was Adam Depuy walking away with the win in a street stock. This should be a good indication that things will be equal starting this Friday.
Speaking of Depuy, he was the winner of last Friday’s Caprara’s Mr. DIRTcar Street Stock event, which featured some of the best street stocks around. Due to the finely manicured facility they raced on, expect many to return for this weekend.
Friday will also be the first Marbles Automotive 358-modified point race of the season as Brian Swarthout goes after his third consecutive title. Swarthout experienced mechanical problems in the T-3 race Friday but did not lose any points in the process.
A three-peat will be difficult for Swarthout, however, as drivers like Steve Paine, who won on Friday, announced that he would be running Black Rock until at least July to see if he can once again be the track champion. Other top names like Ron Cartwright Jr., Tim Sebring and Donnie Lawson figure to go after yet another win in Dundee this Friday.
The Freedom Village USA Super Stocks, Hoselton Sportsman and Black Rock Bandits will be running their second point races of the season. Jeremy Wonderling, Todd Henderson and Tom Austin Jr. will look to repeat in their respective divisions, something that no driver was able to do at Black Rock to start 2006.