August 1, 2002
KIRKWOOD, NYÖTrying to top last year will be tough to do but Five Mile Point Speedway is out to do it when Frenchís Auto Parts and Interstate Auto Parts Present the Second Annual Southern Tier Sprint Car Showdown. The $2,000 to win special for 360 Sprints will take place at the famed quarter mile oval on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Just like last year, this race will bring together the top Sprint Car drivers from all of the top sanctioning bodies as they go head to head with the top Pennsylvania drivers on neutral ground. They will battle for a solid purse with $2,000 going to first, $1,500 to second, $1,200 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $200 to take the green.
Last years race found Fred Rahmer, in his first ever trip to Five Mile Point, blasting out to the early lead. Rahmer, who earlier in the night broke the track record by a half second on his first ever lap around the quarter mile, was being hotly pursued by upstart Bill Bailey. Bailey stayed right with him and would inherit the lead when Rahmer dropped out with four laps to go.
Seventeen year old Justin Barger charged from 14th to make a last lap pass on Bailey for the thrilling win. Doug Emery, Mike Woodring and George Ely rounded out the top five. There was all kinds of passing going on as Barger came from 14th to win, Woodring came from 16th to fourth, Dan Massey came from 23rd to seventh and Becca Anderson advanced from 21st to 11th.
Ninth finishing Phil Mott beat Rahmerís time in his heat race to establish a new track record of 13.67 seconds. Look for that record to fall this year as the tracks new surface has been lightning quick and free of the tire wear that has plagued it in years past. A low 13 second lap and quite possibly a high 12 second lap isnít out of the question.
Last years 40 car field consisted of drivers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. It was one of the most diverse fields of cars ever assembled in New York.
The race will follow the same format as last year with qualifying heats, a pole dash, a C-Main and a B-Main leading up to the A-Main. The traditional Sprint Car format was new to area fans and was very well received.
Sprint Cars have already made one appearance at the Point in 2002. George Suprick took the win and a guaranteed starting spot in the Showdown. Suprick is a former Modified competitor at the Point that has gone onto an impressive Sprint Car career.
One driver that is looking forward to this show is R.C. Faigle. The Sprint Car standout has been driving a Modified weekly at the Point this year and took home a feature win in only his fifth time out. Faigle is a teammate of nine time 2002 Five Mile Point feature winner Mitch Gibbs. Gibbs is slated to be behind the wheel of a Sprinter for the first time in this show.
This is a rare opportunity for fans to see such a talented field of drivers together on neutral ground. Itís not very often that some of the top Pennsylvania drivers venture north into New York, but with the solid purse, and the fact that the track is located just seven miles north of the New York border near Binghamton, this will be one of those times.
Make your plans now for the show of the year. Frenchís Auto Parts and Interstate Auto Parts Present the Second Annual Southern Tier Sprint Car Showdown. The race will take place on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York. A rain date has been set for the following Wednesday, August 21st, also at 7:30 p.m.
The track, which is celebrating its 52nd consecutive year of racing in 2002, is located at the intersection of routes 17 and 81 in Kirkwood, New York just five miles south of Binghamton. From Pennsylvania take 81 north to exit 2w, then make your first left onto Francis Street. From Central New York take 81 south to exit 2 and then make your first left onto Francis Street. From the Middletown area take rout 17 west to exit 75 to Francis Street. From Albany take route 88 west to 81 south to exit 2 to Francis Street.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps will take place at 6:15 p.m. and the first heat will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
Five Mile Point Speedway is easy to get to and is a short drive from everywhere. For more information please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto our website at www.fivemilepointspeedway.net. People that missed this show last year are still kicking themselves so make it a point to "Get to the Point"!