Jul 9, 2007 09:44 PM EDT
Big Rigs and Big Races on Friday the 13th at Black Rock
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - Friday the 13th could bring about some odd circumstances; but one thing is for sure: with BRP Can-Am 360 Late Model winner will capture the rare odd-numbered $1,313 top prize.
The BRP Can-Am 360 Late Model tour invades the Black Rock Speedway Friday night for the second time this season. The $1,313 prize will be awaiting the winner of the eighth race of the 2007 season, which is the highest of the year to date.
Larry Knowles used track experience to outlast 2006 Track Champion and current point leader Jeremy Wonderling to win back on May 4 to open up the touring season. Paul Grigsby was third in the event and continues to inch closer to his first career win.
Jim Johnson of Batavia, NY was a force in the earlier going of the 30-lap feature, fading back to fourth in the late stages. Wayne Robertson was fifth back in the May event.
Another superb car count is expected, with names like Jeff Chesebro coming in white hot, fresh off two wins in a row. The Smethport, PA driver is now tied with retired driver Darren Kish for the most wins in series history and will attempt to take that distinction over at the track where he scored his 2nd and 3rd career wins in 2005.
The driver of the No. 97 is second in points, chasing down defending series champion and current point leader Randy Hall. The Olean, NY hot shoe has struggled of late but expects to be added by a new Chevy Powerplant in his No. 10 for this Friday.
The weekly Freedom Village USA Super Stock division will have the night off. No points will be given for competing with the BRP Can-Am 360 Late Models.
The racing action will be presented by Ed Carley Motorsports, a major player on the BRP Can-Am Tour. The Night will also be sponsored by John Ferris Trucking, who is helping to present Big Rig Races.
Big Rig Races are just like other 1 on 1 spectator races at the speedway, except that fans can only bring semis or dump trucks.
Big Rig Races have not been at Black Rock in years, but they have historically been the highlight of the night. Perhaps some tractor-trailers from Route 14a can be flagged down…
The diesel consuming beasts will tackle the 4/10-mile Dundee Oval on Friday Night as the air horns blow and the trucker’s hats fly. This should be great entertainment for fans both young and old.
The Hoselton Automotive Crate Sportsman return after a week hiatus. During the week off, Justin Wright scored his first career win at Ransomville while Loren Lincoln, Dave Yehl and Daryl Hilkert represented the track well at Brewerton in the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman event.
Wright and Hilkert, along with Loren Lincoln, are in a tight battle for second, with Brady Fultz just 24 points ahead of that group. Mike Mahaney was the most recent winner and will attempt to repeat this Friday.
The street stock series had a major shake up with Nate Peckham winning but Frank Chapman Jr. taking over in points. Darl Ellis Jr. has fallen off in second with Jared Hill again closing in with his No. 93.
Terry Povoski is now 34 points up in the Regional Truck Pro Truck standings, fresh off another win Friday. Chris Leroux is second in points with Jared Hill yet again a close third.
Derrick Mills closed the gap significantly on Del Cummings for the point lead in the Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder points. Just three points separate the top two, with only Chirs McCann possibly in the running for this year’s track champion.
While Mills has fared well in the No. 88a in the adult division, “Rocker” Austin has dominated action in that same car in the HomeNecessities.com Bandit youth division. Now 37 points up on Dylan Cecee, Austin just needs to continue brining it home in the top-five over the next two months to claim the track title.
All of this racing action is just $10 for Adult General Admission, with family packs available, as always, to help ease the wallet.