March 12th, 2004
KIRKWOOD, NY…Interstate Auto Parts has signed on as the official title sponsor of the Figure 8 division at Five Mile Point Speedway for 2004. Five "figure 8" events have been scheduled at the Point with the first set for Saturday, May 22nd. This event will be the "Pack the Track" night where grandstand admission will only be a $1.
The wild Interstate Auto Parts Figure 8 division always provided edge of the seat excitement. The class has always been a fan favorite and many of the former Modified stars at the Point started their racing career in the class.
This year the feature winner in the class will earn $200 with trophies being awarded to the top five finishers in the main event. Interstate Auto Parts has put forth an incentive program for teams this season as well. Any Interstate Auto Parts Figure 8 teams that paint their car like a NASCAR Nextel Cup team will receive two free pit passes on the night's that the class competes.
Five Mile Point Speedway Promoter Andrew Harpell commented, "We put forth a similar incentive for the Winston Stocks (pure stocks) at Tioga Speedway a few years ago. As the division grew, almost 90% of the class was painted like the NASCAR Cup cars. It was a fun promotion for the fans and the drivers were able to take advantage of the free pit passes."
Several of the teams that are gearing up for the Interstate Auto Parts class felt that five events would serve as a nice promotion at the speedway without having to compete weekly. Often teams in the class are required to spend a lot of time fixing their racecar if their timing is off at the "cross section".
For those that are unfamiliar with Figure 8 racing the event is basically run as the name would indicate. Teams race through the infield area of the speedway driving in a figure 8 pattern. The middle of the crossroad can make even the toughest drivers weak in the knees.
The Interstate Auto Parts Figure 8 division will be in competition on May 22nd, June 19th, July 3rd, July 24th and August 29th. For additional information please phone the Five Mile Point Speedway offices at (607) 775-5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.