October 10th, 2005
KIRKWOOD, NY.....The annual Southern Tier 100 is set to go this Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. This will mark the 36th edition of this event with the winner set to earn a minimum of $5,000 for the victory. The race will also serve as the final point race of the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour. A number of former winners will be looking to repeat in the Southern Tier 100 with race time set for 5 p.m.
A big field of the top northeast Modified chauffeurs are expected to converge on the historic quarter mile oval this Saturday for the Southern Tier 100. Former Southern Tier 100 winners Mitch Gibbs, Jim Crawn, Bob McCreadie, Mike Colsten and Danny Johnson will all be in action. This year's event is even more important as it will decide the 2005 Race of Champions Modified Tour Championship.
Currently Bobby Varin leads the way on the Race of Champions Modified Tour overall standings. Varin leads defending Southern Tier 100 winner Mitch Gibbs and 2005 Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion Brian Weaver in the current standings. Orange County Fair Speedway talent Jerry Higbie is fourth in points with Fonda Speedway/Capital district star Ronnie Johnson in fifth place in the standings.
Both Gibbs and Weaver are hoping to use their local knowledge to try and over take Varin for the point lead. Varin had an impressive '05 campaign by winning the Fonda Speedway Track Championship and sweeping the R.o.C Dirt Tour north regional races by winning all four. Gibbs has won two times in three starts at Five Mile Point this year with his other effort scoring him a runner-up finish. Weaver had a consistent season at the Point enroute to his first ever track championship. Weaver also captured the July Race of Champions victory at Five Mile Point Speedway over Gibbs and former track champion Jim Crawn. Varin placed fourth in that event.
Of the past winners of this event Jim Crawn is the only other active weekly Five Mile Point Speedway competitor to score the victory. Crawn finished fourth in the overall Five Mile Point Speedway point championship this season and has one former track championship to his credit. Mike Colsten has won this event twice in the past with Bob McCreadie and Danny Johnson looking to become two-time winners this year. McCreadie last won the event in 1995 in one of only two years that the race was a 200 lapper. Danny Johnson won the race in 1991. Two-time winner Jack Johnson is anticipated this Saturday but unlike the above mentioned drivers he is not officially entered as of this writing.
The Southern Tier 100 will showcase a fantastic display of driving talent this Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. A huge field of the top teams will be in competition. Joining the Modifieds on Saturday will be the I.M.C.A Empire State Series teams, the Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. Race time Saturday is 5 p.m.