Southern Tier Open To Pit The Top Modified Teams At The Point On Saturday, April 16th. Past Winners List Included Below!
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RE: Southern Tier Open
CONTACT: Andrew Harpell – firstname.lastname@example.org (775-5555)
FIVE MILE POINT
The Southern Tier Open provides teams the opportunity to run sail panels and any 92 x 13 Modified tire for this event. Big blocks must weigh a minimum of 2,500 lbs. with no tolerance
and small blocks may weigh 2,400 lbs. To qualify for the weight break a small block must be 361 cubic inches or smaller and may run any carburetor on gas or alcohol.
The Modified Southern Tier Open 40 will pay $2,500 to the race winner. In addition a special $250 bonus is being posted for both the top Fulton Speedway and Woodhull Speedway team that finishes the 40 lapper. An additional $150 bonus will be paid to the best finishing runner-up from both of those facilities. Last year Pat Ward and Billy VanPelt took advantages of the posted bonuses. The bonus will be paid based on final 2010 points at the respective tracks.
Five Mile Point Speedway will also offer a $250 bonus should a 2010 track regular win the event. In addition Penn Can Speedway will offer a $250 bonus to their top finishing Modified driver in the 40 lapper based on final 2010 point standings.
“This event has turned in to one of the must see early season races in the southern tier”, commented track owner Andrew Harpell. “There is always such a great mix of talent in the Modified field and is certainly a tremendous way to start our 2011 Modified season at the Point.”
The Southern Tier Open event started out in 1970 as a compliment to the annual Southern Tier 100 each fall. The event has been run in both the spring and in the fall in the past. The first year of the event saw Canadian driver Ivan Little capture the victory. Three drivers have had repeat wins in the event. They are Mike Colsten (2001, 2008), Mitch Gibbs(2002, 2004) and Rich Ricci, Jr. repeated in 2005 and 2006. Big names like Stan Ploski, Jack Johnson and Chuck Ciprich have also logged victories in this event.
Last year Last year Pat Ward took the top honors over Mike Bowman, Brian Weaver, Stewart Friesen and Brian Malcolm. Stewart Friesen rallied late in the event from his 20th starting position on what would ultimately turn in to a dream season. For Ward it was his first victory in the Southern Tier Open. Both Bowman and Weaver had top five finishes two years in a row in this event with Weaver winning the 2009 edition.
This year’s race will have even greater significance as it will be the first weekend of the 2011 American Racer Cup for the northeast Modifieds. Last year Stewart Friesen came up only 5 points short of an extra $27,000 bonus on the American Racer Cup. Woodhull Track Champion Billy VanPelt will certainly be looking for a win at the Point in the Southern Tier Open while hoping to take points away from other FMP track regulars in the head to head American Racer Cup competition.
Joining the Modifieds on April 16th will be the point race season openers for the Sportsman, Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and Lightning Cats. For additional information please log on to the official Five Mile Point Speedway website at www.fivemilepointspeedway.net or phone the speedway offices at (607) 775-5555 you can also find us on Facebook or email the offices directly at email@example.com.
A complete listing of past winners and top five finishers of the Southern Tier Open…
1970 Ivan Little
1971 Lou Lazarro
1972 Frank Mears
1973 Stan Ploski
1974 Chuck Ciprich
1975 Jack Johnson
2000 Jim Crawn
2001 Mike Colsten
2002 Mitch Gibbs
2003 Rich Keehle, Jr.
2004 Mitch Gibbs
2005 Rich Ricci, Jr.
2006 Rich Ricci, Jr.
2007 Joey Grammes
2008 Mike Colsten
2009 Brian Weaver
2010 Pat Ward
ALL TIME TOP FIVE SOUTHERN TIER OPEN FINISHERS
YEAR/WINNER SECOND THIRD FOURTH FIFTH
1970 Ivan Little George Ely Stan Ploski Frankie Schneider Gerald Chamberlin
1971 Lou Lazarro Terry Edwards Jake Ressiga Roger Beagell DeForest Chalker
1972 Frank Mears Don Beagell Kenny Moore Jim Keppley
1973 Stan Ploksi Roger Beagell Jackie Wilson Kenny Moore Walt Emery
1974 Chuck Ciprich Don Beagell Billy Osmun Roger Beagell Chuck Akulis
1975 Jack Johnson Dave Kneisel Kenny Moore Pete Cordes Don Beagell
2000 Jim Crawn Dave Locke Craig Terrell Eddie White Dave Rumsey
2001 Mike Colsten Doug Worthing Mitch Gibbs Brian Weaver Meme DeSantis
2002 Mitch Gibbs Mike Colsten Brian Davis George Kostelansky Butch Klinger
2003 Rich Keehle, Jr. Alan Kellogg Bobby Puckett Glenn Knapp Kirk Horton
2004 Mitch Gibbs Meme DeSantis Rick Virkitis Rich Keehle Bob Savoie
2005 Rich Ricci, Jr. Mike Ricci Mitch Gibbs Brian Weaver Alan Rudalavage
2006 Rick Ricci, Jr. Mike Ricci Joey Grammes Mitch Gibbs Billy Pauch, Jr.
2007 Joey Grammes Pat Ward Brian Weaver Mike Colsten J.R. Crouse
2008 Mike Colsten Joey Grammes Tony Kawalchuk Jeff Rudalavage Shaun Walker
2009 Brian Weaver Rich Ricci, Jr. Kevin Bates Billy VanPelt Mike Bowman
2010 Pat Ward Mike Bowman Brian Weaver Stewart Friesen Brian Malcolm