February 20th, 2005
KIRKWOOD, NY - Race fans won't have to wait for the mercury to rise before the action heats up at Five Mile Point Speedway. That's because the early portion of the quarter-mile oval's 2005 schedule is jammed with special events.
The Patriot Sprint Group's 2005 Season Opener will headline the first part of the Southern Tier Open on Sat., April 9. A Sportsman Southern Tier Open (30-laps) and Pure Stock Southern Tier Open (25-laps) will fill out the card. Race time is 4 p.m. The rain date is Sat., April 16.
On Sun., April 17, the Modifieds, complete with alcohol and sail panels, will compete in a 50-lap Southern Tier Open, along with a Street Stock Southern Tier Open (25-laps), IMCA/UMP Southern Tier Open (25-laps) and a Four Cylinder Stock Southern Tier Open (20-laps). Racing is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Two practice sessions will serve as the segue-way into the 2005 point season. On April 23 and 30, the speedway will be open for test and tune from 12-4 p.m.
A 50-lap Modified feature will officially kick off the point season on May 7, complimented by the Sportsman, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks in the 55th Annual Season Opener.
Last year, Don Hart Jr. of Bainbridge, N.Y., set the tone for his championship effort in the Modified division by winning the opening 50-lapper. Brian Weaver, Alan Rudalavage, Dana Wagner and Jim Crawn rounded out the top five.
Sat., May 14 will serve as Little League Night at FMP with a full five-division card.
One of the true bargains in motorsports will take place on Sat., May 21 with the 2nd Annual "Pack the Track Night." Grandstand admission will be just $1. For a buck, fans will see a 50-lap Sportsman feature plus Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds, Pure Stocks and the first 2005 appearance by the ever-popular Figure Eights.
Last year's "Pack the Track Night" filled the stands on both sides of the oval as Butch Klinger of Walton, N.Y., invaded the Sportsman division and walked off with the win over Rodney Hart, Mike Trautschold, Scott Brady and Brett Tonkin.
Town of Windsor Community Night will finish out the month on May 28. All residents of Windsor, N.Y., will be admitted free (with verification of residence) to a program of Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks.
The Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modifieds, a touring group based in Orange County, N.Y., will be on hand for the Memorial Day Weekend festivities.
In other news, a one-way radio system will be mandatory for all cars competing in the Modified, Sportsman and Street Stock divisions at Five Mile Point in 2005. The rule goes into effect on May 7.
The one-way system will allow cars in those divisions to receive communications from the scoring tower during all events (heats, consolations and features). Cars not equipped with a one-way will not be allowed to compete. The frequency, 154.515, is the same as other area tracks using the system.
For more information on Five Mile Point Speedway, contact the track office at (607) 775-5555 or visit the website: www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.