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POINT DISTRIBUTION FOR BREAKDOWN FOR 4/27 AND 5/4.

 

 

 

As we announced on Saturday the Southern Tier Open was moved to this Saturday, April 27th.  A full racing program was also added for Saturday, May 4th.  We were forced to do the same thing last year after an early season rain out.  Last year we had on our schedule that the off May weekend was reserved for early season rain outs and we did use it.  This year the schedule did not specify that but  based on what we did last year we had planned on utilizing that again, like last year, as needed.  This past weekend we did consider moving the Southern Tier Open to Sunday afternoon if needed.  We received some negative feedback about that as many people had other plans, including our staff.  Also we were unaware that Thunder Mountain Speedway was looking to possibly use the Sunday rain date.  When we learned of that we backed off the date as we weren’t looking to run against them.

 

When we build our schedule, every racing facility is looking for the best dates for their track without conflict of others.  Those plans are ideal in the winter and often we are faced with scenarios as the season progresses that may cause conflicts with other tracks, some of our teams and drivers.  We make the best decisions in operating this business that will negatively effect the fewest people.  That includes our own staff, neighbors of the track, our race fans and teams.

 

The last line of every schedule reads – Schedule Subject To Change. 

 

Every race track in the country is faced with many factors to operate but the one we absolutely cannot change is the weather.  As weather issues arise we all adapt the best that we can.  If the next ten Saturday’s rain out you can be assured there will be many schedule changes that will be made in the best interest of operating this business.  We weigh all of the factors but at the end of the day we are a seasonal business (like golf courses, ski lodges, etc.) with only a certain number of weeks to operate.

 

We always consider what is best for our race fans, teams and neighbors of the track with our scheduling at the speedway.  Any time there is a schedule change it will affect somebody.  It actually affects our own personal plans for myself, our family and staff at the speedway as well.  We always have to balance running a business and doing the best to minimize any changes we make as the season progresses.  Traditionally, we have done a great job with this and will continue to do so.

 

With the addition of the May 4th event we do understand that there are a very few members of our staff, fans and teams that made other personal commitments for that weekend with the assumption that we wouldn’t be racing.  With that in mind we always try to run our operation in a way that is fair for all of our race teams while maximizing the limited opportunities that we have to hold races through the season.  We have posted below what the point breakdown will be for the next two weekends due to the scheduling change.  This is the fairest scenario that we could provide that will support our teams in attendance at the two events while not having a devastating impact on the teams that cannot.

 

Thank you to all our fans and race teams for your support for what is going to be a great 63rd Anniversary Season at Five Mile Point Speedway.  We have had two very successful events and have a lot of excitement ahead this season.

 

Moving forward, with the American Racer Cup added for our Sportsman teams this year we are going to do everything we can to work within the framework of the Cup rules to give our teams a great shot at the overall title.  Only the best 12 finishes for our Modified and Sportsman teams will count toward the cup so we will try to maximize our teams chances for success.  Like the Modifieds, the Sportsman will be running two Twin 20 events for this year on already existing dates per the American Racer Cup rules.  This will give our teams a great opportunity to compete for the overall title.  Once again, we always consider our teams and how we can enhance their opportunities.  Those two dates will be released by the end of the week.  With the American Racer Cup for Sportsman announced after our schedule was released we wanted to add the two Twin 20 races to help our Sportsman teams in their pursuit of the overall title.

 

Sincerely,

 

H. Andrew Harpell

 

Saturday, April 27th Point Breakdown…

Full track points for Sportsman, Street Stocks and Lightning Cats as previously scheduled.  IMCA Modifieds will compete for both track points, regional and national points as previously scheduled.  The Modifieds will now only compete for 25 show up points and many non-regular teams will be in attendance this Saturday.  The IMCA Modifieds will draw for position this Saturday with handicapping to begin on May 4th per their rules.

 

Saturday, May 4th Point Breakdown…

Full track and regional points for IMCA Modifieds and they don’t provide us an option for show up points.  The Modifieds will compete in a 30 lapper paying $2,000 to win with 25 show up points being awarded.  The Sportsman, Street Stocks, Lightning Cats and A League of Their Own will also compete for 25 show up points on this evening. 

 

Handicapping begins this Saturday, April 27th for all classes.  We will draw for heat race position for all classes for the first two weeks beginning this Saturday, April 27th.  IMCA Modifieds will be handicapped as per their sanctioned rules and will draw for position only this Saturday, April 27th.  The two week draw for position is the same as years past with our handicapping.

 

Figure 8 racing will begin now on Saturday, June 1st – we will have a big announcement by the end of the week for this division and for the Factory Stocks in the area.

 

American Racer Cup points began being awarded on the April 14th at the speedway.  That is the weekend that the Cup begins tracking.  Remember only a driver’s best 12 finishes will count toward the overall cup.  Two Twin 20 events for Sportsman will be announced by the end of the week.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 27th  - Pricing and Gate Times – Southern Tier Open

 

Pit Gates Open:                             3:00 p.m.

Grandstand Gates Open:              4:00 p.m.

Practice:                                         5:05 p.m.

Racing:                                          6:00 p.m.

 

 

Grandstand Admission:

       Adults:                                             $15

       Seniors:                                            $13

       Youth:                                              $5

       Kids 12 and younger Free!

       Family Five Pack:                           $40 – includes 2 adult tickets, 3 senior/youth or kids tickets plus 5 hot dogs and 5 sodas.

 

Pit Admission:

       Members:                               $30

       Temp Members:                    $35

 

 

Saturday, May 4th  - Pricing and Gate Times – Official 63rd Season Opener

 

Pit Gates Open:                             3:00 p.m.

Grandstand Gates Open:              4:00 p.m.

Practice:                                         5:05 p.m.

Racing:                                          6:00 p.m.

 

Grandstand Admission:

       Adults:                                             $12

       Seniors:                                            $10

       Kids 17 years old and younger FREE!

       Family Five Pack:                           $30 – includes 2 adult tickets, 2 senior/youth or kids tickets plus 5 hot dogs and 5 sodas.

 

Pit Admission:

       Members:                               $25

       Temp Members                     $30

·       Please note there will be a $2 ambulance fee charged to anyone entering the pit area effective May 4th!