|Date: 10/25/2014 9:21:14 PM|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
45TH SOUTHERN TIER OPEN AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY TO SETTLE THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT MODIFIED TOUR TITLE ON SATURDAY. 100 LAPS - $5,555 TO WIN PLUS A NUMBER OF BONUSES.
KIRKWOOD, NY…The 45th edition of the Southern Tier 100 for Modifieds takes place this Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. The 100 lap event pays a minimum of $5,555 and will settle the 2014 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Championship. The event is the highlight of the two day National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend this Friday and Saturday.
Friday racing will see the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour Championship decided with a 100 lap special of its own. This event will settle the tour championship for the RoC Sportsman teams. The Racesaver 305 Sprint Car Nationals will be part of the big Friday evening of racing as well as a front wheel drive Four Cylinder event and Factory Stock open. Racing on Friday begins at 7:05 p.m.
For the youngsters there will be some Halloween fun in store as well on Friday. Kids will be able to go “Trick or Treating” with the drivers prior to the start of the Race of Champions Sportsman 100. Kids 12 and young are admitted free of charge for both the Friday and Saturday racing program. There will be a pumpkin carving contest with a winner for best racing themed pumpkin and best traditional Halloween carved pumpkin. There will be a $50 cash price for the best “Halloween Camping Display Theme” as well.
Saturday activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual Racer’s Flea Market. The annual event will be held in the turn four pit area prior to the race day activities. The daytime racing program will begin at 1:45 p.m. with early racing for the Race of Champions Street Stocks, Xcel 600 c.c. Modifieds, Four Cylinders and IMCA Modifieds.
The Saturday afternoon program begins at 5:15 p.m. with the weekend highlighted 45th Annual Southern Tier 100 for Modifieds. The race takes once again takes on important significance as the 10th Anniversary Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Championship will be determined. Currently two drivers will compete for the RoC Dirt Modified Tour title – Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard. The duo are two of the most winning drivers in dirt Modified racing. Friesen a former Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion is also the defending Race of Champions Tour Titlist as well. Friesen, has won the Southern Tier 100 on two occasions and is fresh off his October Syracuse 200 Modified victory.
For Sheppard Five Mile Point Speedway had been elusive until this past spring. Sheppard won the held-over RoC 100 Championship race back in April as once again he and Friesen were racing for the RoC title. The race was held-over from last fall after raining out on the original date. The points were held-over to the spring race as the rescheduled Southern Tier 100 was a conflict for many of the teams. The 44th Southern Tier 100 took place in November and was won by Mike Mahaney. Although Sheppard won the championship race, Friesen remained close enough to win the Race of Champions title.
The two will once again do battle in an event that will decide who will reign supreme. The friendly rivalry remains intense for the two young stars. Both were recently nominated by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association as the “Richie Evans Driver of the Year”. Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Champion Chuck Hossfeld also made the ballot to be announced in January.
Currently Friesen leads Sheppard by only 37 markers. The race will award 100 points to the winner with a lot to be decided with the 45th running of this prestigious season ending event. Pennsylvania/New Jersey star Rick Laubach is currently third in the RoC point standings. Laubach recorded the win in the Race of Champions Modified Tour stop earlier this summer at the Grandview Speedway (PA). Laubach has never won at Five Mile Point Speeedway. In fourth place in the RoC Modified points is current Five Mile Point Speedway Modified star Anthony Perrego. Perrego, a Modified rookie at the speedway won an impressive seven feature events this season, more than any other driver. Perrego also won the American Racer Cup Champions Dash recently held at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Danny Johnson is currently fifth in the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Championship points. Johnson, nicknamed “The Doctor” hopes to perform surgery in the Southern Tier 100. Johnson has won the race on four occasions including his first Southern Tier 100 win back in 1991. He is tied with Binghamton, NY driver Don Beagell for the most wins in this event. Beagell, the owner of “Don’s Automotive Mall” in Binghamton continues to be involved in racing sponsoring many area teams including that of 2014 Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion Mike Colsten.
The Saturday afternoon program featuring the Southern Tier 100 for Modifieds will also see the GRIT Series finale for 602 Crate Sportsman along with the Race of Champions Street Stock title race. That 40 lap event will pay $2,000 to the race winner.
For more information please phone 607-775-5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted to the racing action on both Friday and Saturday. Below is an all-time winners list of the Southern Tier 100 at Five Mile Point Speedway.
All-time Southern Tier 100 Modified Race Winners and Year: Kenny Meahl(1964), DeForest Chalker(1965), Chuck Akulis(1966), Don Beagell(1967), Dave Kneisel(1968), Roger Beagell(1969), Don Beagell(1970), Don Beagell(1971), Gerald Chamberlin(1972), Stan Ploski(1973), Sammy Beavers(1974), Don Beagell (1975), Jack Johnson (1976), Chuck Akulis (1977), Kenny Brightbill (1978), Jack Johnson (1979), Chuck Akulis (1980), Carl Reynolds (1981), Alan Johnson (1982), Jim Mahaney (1989), Mike Colsten (1990), Danny Johnson (1991), Billy Decker (1992), Mike Colsten (1993), Brett Hearn (1994), Bob McCreadie*(1995), Brett Hearn*(1996), Billy Decker (1997), Jim Crawn (1998), Dave Rosa (1999), Brian Davis (2000), Kirk Horton (2001), Mitch Gibbs (2002), Mike Clapperton (2003), Mitch Gibbs (2004), Mike Ricci (2005), Danny Johnson (2006), Stewart Friesen (2007), Brett Hearn (2008), Stewart Friesen (2009), Danny Johnson (2010), Jimmy Phelps (2011), Danny Johnson (2012), Mike Mahaney (2013).
* denotes the years that the race was a 200 lap event (the event was not held between 1983 and 1988).
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