February 24th, 2003


KIRKWOOD, NYÖFive Mile Point Speedway has announced some changes for the upcoming 2003 racing season. Among the announcements is the dropping of a class, the possibility of a new sanctioning body at the track and a new starting time.

The Figure 8ís will no longer be a part of the weekly show at the Point. The exciting brand of racing was a hit with the fans, but the lack of competitors and no expectations of it changing any time soon has mandated the decision.

"The Figure 8ís were a lot of fun, but they surprisingly never took off", said Promoter Dan Harpell. "Itís unfortunate and very surprising, but after five years only a handful of cars showed up on a weekly basis. You donít need a lot of cars to make this class exciting, but the three or four that were there weekly just werenít enough to justify it anymore", he added.

The removal of the Figure 8 division has opened the door to other events to be held at the speedway in 2003. Among them are shows for the Slingshots, the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club and the much anticipated debut season of the Patriot Sprint Car Organization, who will join forces with KARS for a Challenge event at the Point on August 9th.

Five Mile Point will have a new starting time in 2003. Racing will now begin at 6:15 p.m., fifteen minutes earlier than last year. "Our goal is to have every show completed by, or before, 10:00 p.m.", said Harpell. "We did a good job of running an efficient show last year and we want to improve upon that even more in 2003".

Harpell has also been exploring a new sanctioning body for the Grand American Modifieds in 2003. Negotiations have been ongoing with the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) organization. It is a very good possibility that the track will go this route based on what they have to offer along with the tremendous feedback the track has received from the competitors.

A large point fund for the division and the chance to run for a national title are a couple of the perks they have to offer. Drivers that have any input are encouraged to call the speedway office in the upcoming week.

These are just a few of the exciting things on the table for the upcoming season. Many other things are currently in the works that are sure to cause a stir. Keep posted the website at in the weeks to come to find out more.

For more information on the 53rd consecutive year of racing at Five Mile Point Speedway, please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto the website at the above listed address.