May 31st, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NY…All day rains forced Five Mile Point Speedway to cancel for the second consecutive week. It was the third rainout of the 2003 racing season at the Point.
The forecasters were right on target as the projection of all day heavy rain came when they said it would. The rain set in around noon and continued all day and night to force the cancellation.
This Saturday the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot Tour will make its first appearance at the Point. They will join the full show of 358 Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks on B&D Exhaust Night. Race time is 6:15 p.m.
The Slingshots are the brainchild of Rich Tobias and have grown in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. The miniature outlaw style Modifieds are powered by Briggs & Stratton engines and will really get around the quarter mile. Five Mile Point will be one of the biggest tracks these cars will race on and fans will be impressed with the speeds they will be turning.
Upwards of 30 cars could be in attendance as this is one of the Tour events for the division. Drivers from around Pennsylvania and New York will converge on the quarter mile oval. There is no increase in admission for this special event.
The Slingshots will join the full show of 358 Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks. The 358 Modifieds have had four different winners in as many weeks and will look to keep the streak going this Saturday.
There were 33 Modifieds in competition the last night of racing, necessitating a B-Main. The 15 lap B-Main transfers four cars to the feature. Drivers finishing from fifth on back will receive purse money. They will also receive several extra laps of competition, which comes in handy for the young drivers that are looking for all the seat time they can get. The B-Main will be run on any night there are over 30 Modifieds in attendance.
Dana Wagner, Mike Clapperton, Glenn Knapp and Bobby Puckett have all notched Modified feature wins thus far in 2003. Noticeably absent from the winners list is defending champ Mitch Gibbs, who notched 13 wins in 2002. Gibbs is one of as many as 15 drivers that are capable of winning on any given night at the Point which is a testament to the quality of the field.
The Street Stocks have been dominated by James Cornell thus far in 2003. Cornell won the first three weeks before Tracy Gregory broke the win streak on week four.
Gary Dence has won two straight UMP Modified features. For Dence, who came out a 12 year retirement this year, it is the first time he has won back to back features in his career. Joel Batzel and Jeff Cleveland have also raced to victory lane thus far in 2003.
Charlie Gilbert is the only repeat winner in the Pure Stock division this year. Defending champ Mahlon Shoemaker along with Bryan Lindsey have also paid a visit to the winners circle this year.
Join us this Saturday on B&D Exhaust Night featuring the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot Tour along with a full show of 358 Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and race time is 6:15 p.m.
Five Mile Point Speedway is located at the intersection of routes 17 and 81 in Kirkwood, New York. For further information, please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.