October 13th, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NYÖThis Saturday will mark the end of an era at Five Mile Point Speedway. The Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 and the BPG Motorsports Sandra Heath Phelps Memorial Southern Tier Open will bring down the curtain of racing under the direction of Promoter Dan Harpell after 15 seasons.
The huge day of racing will get started at 4:00 p.m. with the heldover Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100. The race was rained out just before the start back on September 27th and will now kick off the biggest day of racing in the 53 year history of the track.
Twenty six cars will take the green flag in the 34th running of the Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100. Second generation driver Ryan Phelps will lead the pack to the drop of the green in his first appearance at Five Mile Point. He will be joined in the front row by veteran Paul Jensen.
Once the 100 lapper is in the books the track will then turn around and present the BPG Motorsports, Sandra Heath Phelps Memorial Southern Tier Open. The Big Block and Small Block Modifieds will go to battle in a 50 lapper and will be joined by championship events for the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks.
This will be the 10th running of the Southern Tier Open, which originated in 1970 and was resurrected in 2000 after being discontinued in 1975. While the 100 lapper is strictly for the 358 Modifieds, the Open will pit the Big Blocks against the Small Block with bragging rights on the line.
In 2002, track champ Mitch Gibbs dominated the Big Blocks in his steel head 358 Modified on gas. The Big Block/Small Block debate has raged for years at the Point with the Small Blocks pretty much having their way over the past 15 years.
While Big Blocks dominated the competition in the 1970ís and early 80ís, the Small Blocks took control in the late 1980ís and 90ís. A majority of the big block teams switched to small blocks, which seem to hook up better on the short tracks.
The Southern Tier Open will feature Big Blocks on gas, aluminum head Small Blocks on alcohol, steel head Small Blocks on gas as well as big Small Blocks, which was very successful for Brett Hearn when he won all of his races at the Point in the 1990ís. Find out this Saturday which combination will take the checkers.
The winner will take home $2,500 for his efforts in the 50 lap Open. The Pure Stock feature will be 30 laps in distance, paying $500 to win. The Four Cylinder Stocks will go 20 laps for $300 to win.
Be a part of history and witness the end of an era this Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. See the biggest day of racing in the 53 year history of the famed quarter mile oval featuring the Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 and the BPG Motorsports, Sandra Heath Phelps Memorial Southern Tier Open both on the same day.
Pit gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and grandstand gates at 2:00 p.m. Hot laps will take place at 2:30 p.m. The Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 will take the green flag at 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by the BPG Motorsports, Sandra Heath Phelps Memorial Southern Tier Open, featuring the Big Block and Small Block Modifieds along with the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks.
Five Mile Point Speedway is located at the intersection of routes `17 and 81 in Kirkwood, New York, near Binghamton. For further information please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto our website at www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
It all takes place this Saturday, October 18th at Five Mile Point Speedway. Make it a point to "Get To The Point".