Apr 6, 2008 05:51 PM EST
Sprints, Modifieds, and Much More This Saturday at Black Rock
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - The modifieds are often the main draw at Black Rock Speedway. The sprint cars are always the popular novelty on the 4/10-mile. This Saturday, for the first time in five years, the two divisions come together on the same card for a sure-fire winner.
Watkins Glen NAPA will present the second special Saturday afternoon event this weekend, as the Empire Super Sprints invade the Yates County Powerplant, along with a special $3,000-to-win Modified feature. Add to it the A-Verdi Central New York Mini Sprints and the New York Modified Midgets, sprinkle in an enduro, and you have the makings for a special afternoon of dirt-flying action.
The last time modifieds and sprints were both on the same card at Black Rock, ESS was the sanctioning body for the sprint event. That was also the last time ESS held a full-point race at their second-most visited facility.
2004 and 2005 ESS Champion, and local fan favorite Lance Yonge will lead the brigade on the early season event. He will be joined by a slew of others including defending Champion Steve Poirier, ASCS Patriot Champion Chuck Hebing, and other locals such as Bubby Kerrick and Tim Kelly.
Also highly anticipated is the first modified feature of the year, which should feature many of the best in the business with the special $3,000 top prize. This will be the highest paying modified feature since August of 2002.
The combination of these divisions bring the tradition of the speedway back to the “pre inside wall era”, when this cards was standard in early April. With the inside wall once again, this retro look will help veterans return to their prime.
The A-Verdi Central New York Mini Sprints also begin their 2008 campaign with most of the top names back again for another swing throughout the Northeast. Don Harvey has won the last two CNYMS Champions, and also was the winner of the last BRS race, held last May.
The New York Modified Midgets make their first trip of three to Black Rock for this year. NYMM has made Black Rock a regular stop on the tour and is one of the fastest ovals on their circuit.
The night will be capped off with the first of a half-dozen 4-cylinder enduros paying a $1,000 top prize. The ability to rent track-owned cars are still available.
Racing will start at 4:00 p.m., with pit gates opening at 1:00 p.m. Family passes are available for this special event.