May 6th, 2011


Tough Modified Rookie Crop Ready To Make 2011 Impact!



            For Immediate Release

            Re:  Strong Rookie Modified Field



Strong Rookie Modified Field Looking to Make an Impact in 2011 at Five Mile Point Speedway.


KIRKWOOD, NYAs the 61st year of racing at Five Mile Point Speedway goes forward one early season observation can be made – the weekly Modified field at the speedway has one of the strongest group of rookies in recent memory. 


Their has been a recent youth movement in the Modified division at Five Mile Point Speedway in the past few years and 2011 looks to see much more of the same.  The strong weekly competition in the FMP Sportsman division has developed a tremendous amount of talent in the past several seasons.


This year Justin Holland leads a group of rookies looking to make their mark on the 2011 Modified division.  Holland shocked the world last fall by winning the Short Track SuperNationals event at the quarter mile in October over 70 of the northeast’s top Modified teams.  Holland followed up that effort with a fine third place finish in the Southern Tier 100 two weeks later.  He followed Danny Johnson and Stewart Friesen across the line.  His only two Modified starts last year maintains his rookie status for 2011.


So far this season the rookies have already made a statement.  On opening night Holland garnered another third place finish in the Modified feature behind Friesen and Billy Decker.  The next day saw the 18th running of the Southern Tier Open and Jamie Batzel made his rookie impact by finishing third behind Danny Creeden and Danny Tyler in the special event.  Batzel is another graduate from the Sportsman class and finished eighth in the Modified opener the night before.  Dwayne Robbins another rookie transplant from the Sportsman class is currently 17th in the point standings and Mike Nagel, Jr. could make an immediate impact after his Sportsman graduation to the Modified ranks.


Last year’s “Rookie of the Year” Brian Puckett held off Stewart Friesen to win an August Modified feature event.  He will be looking to try and avoid any type of sophomore season slump by again competing for the title.  Shaun Walker has quietly emerged as one of the top weekly Modified campaigners after a successful Sportsman career.  He too grabbed a feature win last season in the Modified division.  Nick Rochinski is looking for his first Modified victory but it certainly won’t be far away as the young Pennsylvania driver continues to run up front week after week.


Don’t miss a second of the excitement as the weekly Modified division at Five Mile Point Speedway continues to be one of the most competitive in the northeast.


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