September 27th, 2003
BINGHAMTON PEPSI-COLA SOUTHERN TIER 100 POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 18TH; MILLS TAKES NE PURE STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP
KIRKWOOD, NY…Heavy rains came just as Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 was set to get the green flag on Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. The feature will be run on Saturday, October 18th, prior to the running of the BPG Motorsports Southern Tier Open. Before the rains, Buck Mills took home top honors in the Northeast Pure Stock Championship.
After all of the qualifying and the Northeast Pure Stock Championship was in the books, the only race left was the Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 for 358 Modifieds. Just as the introductions were completed, the rains came, washing out the 100 lapper.
The race will now become part of perhaps the biggest, and possibly most memorable night of racing, in the 53 year history of Five Mile Point Speedway. The 100 lap feature will now kick off the BPG Motorsports Southern Tier Open on Saturday, October 18th, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Adding to the significance of this event is that Promoter Dan Harpell announced at a press conference prior to the start of the night that he will step down at the conclusion of the season. The huge October 18th event could possibly be the final race ever at Five Mile Point Speedway.
The October 18th Southern Tier Open will mark the end of an era at Five Mile Point Speedway as Harpell leaves after a 15 year run as Promoter. Harpell is the grandson of track owner Anna Heath.
Some great racing did occur during the night as the Modified and Pure Stock heats and consi’s were hotly contested. The 50 lap Northeast Pure Stock Championship was able to be run before the heavy rain hit the area.
Doug Stack darted into the lead from his second starting position but Buck Mills was on the move early. Mills, who started eighth took over second on lap six and immediately went to work on Stack for the lead.
Dick Stark made it a three car battle as he took second on lap 15. Stark would have the lead at the halfway point, only to lose it back to Stack on lap 26. Mills reclaimed second at the same time and went back to work on Stack for the lead.
Mills would take the lead on lap 32, with Stack now second ahead of Stark, Brad Butcher and Track Champion Mahlon Shoemaker. Mills claimed the $500 win over Stack, Butcher, Dan Searles and Stark. Tom Garren, Darrell Krebs, Rich Talada, Nate Evans and Charlie Holcomb rounded out the top ten finishers.
The Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 will be run on Saturday, October 18th at 4:00 p.m., prior to the running of the complete BPG Motorsports Southern Tier Open. The 50 lap Southern Tier Open will feature the Big Block Modifieds against the Small Block Modifieds in an all out war. Last year Mitch Gibbs showed the Big Blocks the way around the track in his steel head 358 Modified. The Modifieds will be joined by a 30 lap feature for the Pure Stocks and a 20 lap Four Cylinder Stock Championship event.
COUNTER POINTS… 46 Pure Stocks and 37 Modifieds entered the show…Ryan Phelps, son of Roger Phelps, will make his first Five Mile Point start from the pole with veteran Paul Jensen alongside…Four past Southern Tier 100 winners are in the feature consisting of Mike Colsten, Jim Mahaney, Kirk Horton and Jim Crawn.
NORTHEAST PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
BUCK MILLS, Doug Stack, Brad Butcher, Dan Searles, Dick Stark, Tom Garren, Darrell Krebs, Rich Talada, Nate Evans, Charlie Holcomb, Brett Barrett, Roger Wood, Jr., Mahlon Shoemaker, Dave Bellis, Shane Wolf, Jamie Rosh, Louie Gordinier, Mike Lartz, Charlie Gilbert, Tom Eiklor, Darl Ellis, Chris Lietner, Larry Hillis, Butch Green.
STARTING LINEUP FOR 34TH BINGHAMTON PEPSI-COLA SOUTHERN TIER 100:
Ryan Phelps, Paul Jensen, Alan Rudalavage, Ed Strada, Bobby Puckett, Mike Colsten, Jim Mahaney, Bob Hamm, Bob Lane, Mike Clapperton, George Kostelansky, Kevin Bates, Brian Corcoran, Dick Sundgren, Brett Tonkin, Scott Prentice, Dan Vauter, Brian Weaver, Jeremy Markle, Russell Hendrickson, Don Hart, Jr., J.R. Crouse, Dana Wagner, Kirk Horton, Jim Crawn, Glenn Knapp.