The rumble of the United Rentals Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds will echo through Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Thursday evening June 17 with the return of the “Revenge 50,” a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win romp around the historic five-eighths-mile clay speedway. Thanks to Rob Sherlock Roofing, of Wurtsboro, New York, drivers finishing positions 4-6 in their heats will race in a special Rob Sherlock’s Working Man’s Dash for Cash. The winner of the Dash will earn $2,000, while the top-five finishers will all bank prize money, and the driver who advances the most positions will pocket an extra $250.
The 2021 season at Orange County Fair Speedway is a return to form for the over 100-year-old racetrack, but it’s also the introduction, or reintroduction of many new events. Perhaps the most exciting reintroduction in 2021, will be the return of the World of Outlaws Late Models! Thursday August 19th, the Late Models, the fastest wingless cars to race on dirt, will roll into the pits at OCFS, to put on a show that race fans haven’t seen in over a decade in Middletown, NY.
Annually, it’s among the most anticipated evenings of the racing season. Set for Saturday, June 12, Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates its racing heroes of yesteryear on “Nostalgia Night.” Several dozen former drivers, team owners, and officials are expected to be on hand ready to greet the fans, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. In addition, keeping with the theme of remembrance, there’ll be a display of vintage race cars, several of which turned laps on Orange County’s historic five-eighths-mile clay track.
Sportsman Triple Crown headlines the racing program
Following the Memorial Holiday Weekend, Orange County Fair Speedway returns to action on Saturday, June 5 with the Sportsman Triple Crown. The evening of racing action culminates with three 20-lap features races for the Arkel Motors Sportsman division. Also on the program will be the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Rookie Sportsman and the NAPA Northeast Parts Group Street Stocks. Wolfe Country 97.7, 97.3, 105.5 FM as well as Arkel Motors are the evening’s sponsors.
In what was possibly one of the nicest days of 2021, the racing was hot on the 5/8th mile Legendary House Of Power Thursday evening. 30 plus United Rentals DIRTcar Modifieds entered for a $6,000 pay day, and a chance to get closer to the $25,000 Championship. Along with the United Rentals DIRTcar Modifieds, the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Rookie Sportsman and spectator races filled out the card. The event on hand was the first one of many Thursday night specials this season, known as the “Twin”tyfive-75. Two 25 lap feature events and a B-Main set the starting grid for the 75 lap Main event for the DIRTcar Modifieds.
The event's format will see three (3) 20-lap features for the sportsman, each will pay FULL PURSE and be worth FULL POINTS towards the Arkel Motors Sportsman Championship. The first 20-lap feature will work like any typical Saturday night feature, drivers will run heats and be handicapped as usual. The second feature will see feature no.1's winner draw a random number of 10 through 16 to determine an invert on feature no.1's finish to line up that event. The third feature will have no.2's winner draw again numbers 10 through 16 to line up the last feature of the night.
OCFS's first Thursday night Big Block show of 2021 is tomorrow, May 27th. With no major conflicting events, a full field of series drivers and home town heroes is expected. The night's events will consist of two 25-lap qualifiers (draw for pos) to set up a 75-lap feature event! That's a lot of Big Block racing action! There will also be Rookies and Spectator Races!
The H.O Penn Cat 358 Small Block Modified 30 lap feature event was set up after Craig Mitchell, Rich Eurich, and Kevin Root took home the heat race wins. The event kicked off with Danny Morgiewicz and Pat Reiser bringing the field to the green flag. Almost immediately as the green waved, the yellow followed suit for an issue with the Mike Sparta Trucking #28 of Jimmy Spellmon. It would take another complete restart to get going and it was Pat Reiser who grabbed the advantage and took the lead. Reiser got out front and left two young guns battling as Danny Morgiewicz and Charles Loiodice would mix it up with Loiodice getting the edge and taking over second position. As the young guns sat two and three, it was the ageless veteran Richie Eurich on the move. Eurich, one of the pioneers for dirt track racing, would get around the #15m of Morgiewicz for third and then begin to catch the #5L of Loiodice.
75-Lap Feature Race with Unique Qualifying Races
Listen my children and you shall hear
The roar of the engines loud and clear.
Come to Middletown May 27 of 2021,
And watch the Modifieds mightily run!
Orange County Fair Speedway is proud to be a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and in recognition the May 22 racing program has been name Orange County Chamber of Commerce Night. Headlining the three division program will be the H.O. Penn Cat Small-Block Modifieds competing in qualifying races that lead to a 30-lap feature race paying $2,200-to-win. While every driver will be out to secure the victory, should John Lieto repeat his May 15 win, he’ll take home an extra $300 from the Wicked Truck Worx Back-To-Back Bonus.