July 12th, 2005
KIRKWOOD, NY - Kenny Shupp was confident his T3 All-Star Series would grow following its inaugural season. Even he didn't expect it to catch on this fast.
Following a successful mid-April debut at New York's Black Rock Speedway, the economy-minded 358-Modified touring series received a boost late last week when Five Mile Point Speedway promoter/owner Andrew Harpell reached a deal to host two events at the 55-year-old facility.
The first appearance is slated for Thurs., Aug 4. It will be a 50-lap event, paying $2,000 to the winner and a healthy purse back through the field. The Hurricane Pure Stock Series will fill out the efficient two-division card. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
The second event will take place on Fri., Oct. 14 as part of the quarter-mile oval's Race of Champions Dirt Weekend. The first-ever T3 champion will be crowned on that autumn evening.
"I think the Thursday night show will be a great start," said the 53-year-old Shupp, who works in an announcer/PR capacity at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway. "And I know we'll have a great turnout for the October event.
"I've already started 'pounding the bushes' and I've gotten a great response. A lot of drivers in my area are excited about visiting Five Mile Point."
Woodhull Raceway (Sept. 17); Black Rock (Sept. 23); Little Valley (N.Y.) Speedway (Sept. 24); The New Afton (N.Y.) Speedway (Sept. 30); and Mercer (Pa.) Raceway Park (Oct. 1) join Five Mile Point on the '05 T3 All-Star Series schedule.
"The T3 All-Star Series is a perfect fit for Five Mile Point," Harpell said. "I think we'll have a large field for both shows, with a good mix of local drivers and invading talent."
Twenty-five small-blocks took to Black Rock's four-tenths-mile track on April 16 to kick off the T3 season. Dylan Dewert scored his first career victory after 15 years of trying before a packed house at Dean Hoag's facility. "This is a series for the middle-of-the-road type racer," Shupp said.
"I started this deal for the drivers that want to do some traveling, but don't have a large budget. My main goal here is to have a series that is doable for the promoters and pays the racers a decent purse." Dewert will make the haul to Five Mile Point in an attempt to record his second straight T3 All-Star Series victory and extend his point lead.
He'll be joined by Black Rock/Woodhull stars Billy Van Pelt, Aaron Jacobus, Mike Jackson, Stacy Jackson, Donnie and Don Lawson and Steve Hartman Jr., along with a stellar field of local drivers looking for T3 glory.
The T3 All-Star Series rules allow for '04 DIRT-legal small-block engines with conventional body rules. Any 92 x 13-inch tire will be permitted. Heat race lineups will be determined by a draw. The top 12 qualifiers from will take part in a redraw for the feature.
Drivers will be eligible for a number of contingency awards, including the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat Pole; Addison Farm Supply Hard Charger; American Racer Hard Luck Award; VP Racing Fuels $100 in fuel; Sunoco Race Fuels 10 gallons of fuel; Red's Speed Shop Award; Dewert Speed certificate; and the Express Yourself Custom Embroidery Best Looking Move of the Race Award.
For more information on the T3 All-Star Series, visit the official website: www.t3allstarseries.com.
Five Mile Point Speedway can be found on the web at: www.fivemilepointspeedway.net. The speedway office number is (607) 775-5555.