April 14th, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NY…Five Mile Point Speedway will kick off its 53rd consecutive year of racing this Saturday at 6:15 p.m. with Spring Championship Night for all divisions. The night will be highlighted by a 50 lapper for the 358 Modifieds paying $1,500 to win.
All divisions will compete in extra distance events with championship points and additional money on the line as well. In addition to the 50 lapper for the Modifieds, the Street Stocks will run 25 laps for $400 to win. The UMP Modifieds will go 25 laps for $300 to win, while the Pure Stocks will go 20 laps for $200 to win.
The Pure Stocks will also begin the B&D Exhaust Pure Stock Challenge on Saturday. If a driver can win his heat race and feature on the same night they will pocket a $50 bonus. If nobody claims it, another $50 is added each week until someone wins it. At that time the bonus starts over again at $50.
Championship points will be on the line in all four divisions and if last year was any indication, the opening night winners have a good chance to win the season championship. Last year Mitch Gibbs, Brett Spoor and Mike Stoddard all won their opening night features and all three went on to claim the season title.
For Gibbs it was his first of what would turn out to be a record tying year. He claimed 13 feature wins, tying Chuck Akulis for most wins in a season. In the 2002 lid lifter Gibbs was chased to the stripe by J.R. Crouse, Alan Rudalavage, Dana Wagner and Don Hart, Jr.
They are just some of the contenders that will be on hand for the 50 lapper. With very few tracks open, you can expect to see a host of invaders converge on the Point to try to take home the lions share of the purse.
Brett Spoor will be out to defend his championship in the Street Stock division. Spoor will have plenty of competition to contend with when the season kicks off this Saturday.
The most noticeable difference for the fans and drivers alike will take place in the UMP Modified division. The former Grand American Modifieds are now sanctioned by United Midwest Promoters and with it comes softer tires that are more conducive to speed. The cars will be noticeably faster with their new tires, which will equate to a lot of action on the track. Mike Stoddard will have the pack gunning for him as the defending champ.
Mahlon Shoemaker will begin his title defense on Saturday in the Pure Stock division. Shoemaker held off Randy Percival on the final night of the season last year to claim the title. Last years season opening winner, Walt McClenon, wound up third in the points and will be looking to move up in 2003.
Be a part of history as Five Mile Point Speedway opens its gates this Saturday for the start of its 53rd consecutive year of racing. The track is one of the longest continually run race tracks in the country and is rich with history and tradition. See which drivers add their names to the history books this Saturday night.
Pit and grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps taking to the track at 5:00 p.m. World of Racing Motorsports will be presenting an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids prior to the start of the races. It is open to all kids age eight and under. The first heat will get the green flag at our new start time of 6:15 p.m.
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.