SOUTHERN TIER OPEN JUST AROUND THE CORNER.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: Southern Tier Open This Saturday!
CONTACT: Andrew Harpell – firstname.lastname@example.org (775-5555)
FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY READY FOR 16th RUNNING OF THE SOUTHERN TIER OPEN THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH. MODIFIED 40 LAPPER TO PAY $2,000 TO THE WINNER.
The Modified Southern Tier Open 40 will pay $2,000 to the race winner. In addition special bonuses are being posted for the T3 and Woodhull Speedway teams that supported the season opener in the past. The first T3 Series driver based on 2008 points across the line in the 40 lapper will get a $500 bonus. Also, the first Woodhull Speedway regular across the line will earn a $500 bonus. These bonuses will be awarded to two different drivers.
“With the past support of the drivers out of the western Southern Tier area we wanted to show them our appreciation by posting these bonuses for the Southern Tier Open,” commented FMP owner Andrew Harpell. “This years Southern Tier Open will see the best from Five Mile Point, Penn Can and Woodhull battling for the title.”
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.
Last years event was a thriller as Mike Colsten held off a
late rally from Joey Grammes for the victory. Young Tony Kawalchuk
was impressive as he and Colsten swapped the lead throughout the first half of
the race. Kawalchuk
settled for third at the stripe with Penn Can Speedway regular Jeff Rudalavage and Five Mile Point Speedway Sportsman Champion
Shaun Walker finishing in the top five.
The Modified Southern Tier Open will allow the teams to compete on any 92 x 13 Modified tire. No Late Model tires will be permitted. Sail panels may also be used in this event.
Joining the Modifieds this Saturday will be the point race season openers for the Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Lightning Cats and Figure 8’s. The 600 c.c. Modifieds will also be part of a big card of racing. Practice will begin at 4:15 p.m. with racing getting the green flag at 5 p.m.
The 2009 race season gets the green flag this Saturday, April 18th with the running of the Southern Tier Open. Racing gets underway at 5 p.m. 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. Make it a point to get to the Point in 2009!
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
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