April 11th, 2011


Tracks Post Bonus Awards For Southern Tier Open…



RE:  Track Bonuses

CONTACT:  Andrew Harpell – (775-5555)




KIRKWOOD, NYAn event always takes special meaning with race tracks work together to contribute bonuses for their drivers.  That will be the case this Saturday night at Five Mile Point Speedway for the 18th running of the Southern Tier Open.  The 40 lap open Modified event will pay a minimum of $2,500 to win. Race time is 6 p.m.


Several area tracks have offered up bonuses to their weekly drivers that compete in this Saturday’s 40 lap Modified special at the quarter mile oval.  Both Fulton Speedway and Woodhull Raceway driver’s have two bonus spots up for grabs this Saturday night.  The top finishing driver from each speedway (based on 2010 final points) will be awarded a $250 bonus.  Another $150 bonus will go to the next highest finishing driver from each facility as well.


Penn Can Speedway will offer a $250 bonus to their top finishing driver in the Modified 40 lapper.  The Penn Can teams will certainly be excited as this race will feature the sail panels that they compete on weekly at the popular Susquehanna, PA oval.  Five Mile Point Speedway will add a cool $250 bonus if a FMP weekly team can record the win on Saturday night.


The Southern Tier Open always sees a tremendous field of Modified talent from all over the northeast.  This year will be no different.  Expected invaders will include last years race winner Pat Ward, Woodhull Track Champion Billy VanPelt, New Jersey standout Jesse “the thrill” Hill, along with the likes of Billy Decker, Larry Wight and many, many more.


The Five Mile Point Speedway weekly stars will be out in full force trying to defend their home turf.  Defending Track Champion Stewart Friesen will be looking to pick up where he left off last season with a strong outing.  The weekly competition will be even greater this season at the quarter mile oval with the return of former Modified Track Champion Jim Crawn.  Tim Votra a two-time feature winner in 2009 will also return to weekly competition at the quarter mile oval in what should be one of the most competitive season’s in recent memory.


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 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 or phone the speedway offices at (607) 775-5555 you can also find us on Facebook or email the offices directly at