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September 27, 2002

SPRINT CARS ADDED TO SOUTHERN TIER OPEN AT FIVE MILE POINT, MAKING IT A TWO DAY SHOW

KIRKWOOD, NYÖFive Mile Point Speedway Promoter Dan Harpell has announced expansion of the Southern Tier Open to a weekend event. Sprint Cars will headline the Friday, October 18th show that will also include Sportsman and IMCA/Grand American Modifieds. The race will kick off the weekend that winds up on Saturday, October 19th with the running of the Southern Tier Open for Big Block and Small Block Modifieds as well as Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks.

The weekend will kick off with an open 360 Sprint Car show which will be joined by an open Sportsman event along with the IMCA/Grand American Modifieds. Pit gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and grandstand gates at 5:00 p.m. Race time will be 7:00 p.m.

Then on Saturday itís the Southern Tier Open for Big Block and Small Block Modifieds along with STAR Series Championship events for the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks. Pit gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and grandstand gates at 3:00 p.m. Race time on Saturday will be 5:00 p.m.

This will mark the third year of the return of the Southern Tier Open, which originally ran from 1970 through 1975 at the Point and was brought back in 2000 as part of the 50th Anniversary Season. Last year 130 cars jammed the pit area, including 57 Modifieds, for the blockbuster event. With the addition of Sprint Cars making it a two day show, this has turned into a canít miss event.

There has been a lot of interest from the Sprint Car community to show they can put on a great show and bring in a strong field of cars. They will now have that opportunity as there are no scheduling conflicts and point battles are now over. It will give them the chance to go out and race without any pressure. Drivers from ESS, URC, NSA, SOS and KARS are legal to compete.

Joining them on Friday will be Sportsman and IMCA/Grand American Modifieds. The Sportsman race is open to any DIRT, Penn Can, Thunder Mt., Big Diamond or Moc-A-Tek car. Sail panels will be allowed. The IMCA/Grand American Modifieds will follow IMCA rules.

Saturdayís Southern Tier Open will follow the same guidelines as last year. Big Blocks, Big Small Blocks, Aluminum Head 358ís and Ported 358ís must weigh 2,550 pounds. Steel Head gas powered 358ís must weigh 2,450 pounds. Sail panels will be allowed.

They will be joined on Saturday by the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks. Both of those classes will be competing in STAR Series Championship events.

One of the biggest events of the season just got bigger. Itís the Southern Tier Open Weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th. Friday kicks off with Southern Tier Open events for the 360 Sprints, Sportsman and IMCA/Grand American Modifieds. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

The weekend concludes with the running of the 50 lap Southern Tier Open for Big Block and Small Block Modifieds, paying $2,500 to win. The Pure Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks will also be in competition in STAR Series Championship events. Race time on Saturday is 5:00 p.m.

It all takes place at Five Mile Point Speedway 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.