The lightning-fast H.O. Penn Cat Small-Block Modifieds as well as the always exciting and unpredictable Arkel Motors Sportsman are set to thrill fairgoers as they roar around the five-eighths-mile, clay-surfaced Orange County Fair Speedway on  Saturday, July 17, opening weekend of the 181st Annual Orange County Fair in Middletown, New York.


Drivers in each division will compete in qualifying events to set the fields for the two feature races, 20 laps for the Sportsman and 30-laps for the Small-Block Modifieds.


The Orange County Fair Speedway stands and Drive-In are fully open. General admission either for the stands or the Drive-In is $20 adult, $16 seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets for the speedway races include fair admission. As a convenience for fans, guaranteed parking spaces in Rows D, E, and F of the Drive-In may be reserved for $15. Unsold spaces in these rows will be available at the gate on race day. The Party Deck is available at $35 per person, minimum two, maximum four per table. In the Drive-In, announcements and race calls are heard over FM 107.7. Fans may purchase tickets by calling the Speedway Office at 845-342-2573. The fair opens at noon on Saturday. The stands and Drive-In will open at 4:00 pm. Prepaid 2020 Season Tickets will be honored. Hot Laps at 6:00 pm, racing at 7:00 pm. The 31st Lap Tavern is open for adult beverages.


During the fair, parking will be off Carpenter Avenue and entrance to the grounds will be opposite the parking area.

3:00 Pit Gate opens

4:00 Grandstand and Drive In Gates open

5:30 Mandatory Drivers Meeting at Scales

6:00 Sportsman to Staging Area

6:15 Sportsman Hot Laps

358 Modified Hot Laps

6:55 National Anthem

7:00 Sportsman Heats , 8 Laps each

358 Modified Heats, 8 Laps each

Sportsman Last Chance Qualifier(s) – 8 Laps

358 Modified Last Chance Qualifier – 8 Laps (if needed)

Sportsman Feature Event – 20 Laps

358 Modified Feature Event – 30 Laps


Live multi-camera streaming will not be available for this race meet. Live streaming will return for the Thursday, August 12 Big-Block Modified Centennial 102. Please check the OCFS website for live streaming information.


For competitors: Transponders and one-way radios are mandatory. Fire suppression equipment is required for all open wheel divisions (Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, and Sportsman,) and strongly recommended for Street Stocks. Street Stocks must have fire extinguisher. Pit passes are $25 for members, $35 non-members. Pit gate opens at 3:00pm. Competitors will use the normal pit entrance, but are reminded to be alert for spectators entering the grounds.


Media member must request credentials prior to July 17. No requests will be honored on race day. Contact Doug Dulgarian at with your request.