ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY’S 73RD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF WEEKLY DIRT TRACK RACING POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY, APRIL 16

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY’S 73RD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF WEEKLY DIRT TRACK RACING POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY, APRIL 16

An April 9 late afternoon cloudburst that included solid precipitation hit Orange County Fair Speedway (OCFS) and ended any possibility racing that evening. As a result, the official 73rd consecutive year of weekly stock car racing was postponed until this coming Saturday evening, April 16 at the historic clay-surfaced, five-eighths-mile track in Middletown, New York. Headlining the four division racing program will be the 33-lap, $3,300-to win “Tommy Meier” feature race for the United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Qualifying races will set the field for the season inaugural weekly feature race. The entire night of racing is co sponsored by Mike Sparta Trucking and County Waste.

Tommy Meier, from Waldwick, New Jersey, has been a weekly competitor at OCFS for 36 years. He holds the distinction of having won races and championships in each of the track’s major divisions: Street Stock (1986), Novice Sportsman (1990), Sportsman (1991), Small-Block Modified (2003 and 2016), BigBlock Modified (2004, 2011, and 2016). Meier was also victorious in the 2015 Eastern States 200. “Tommy has been a tough competitor ever since he started racing, I know that from experience of racing against him,” said Brett Hearn, OCFS Director of Motorsports. “He’s been a real asset to the sport in general and Orange County in particular.”

In addition to the United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, the H.O. Penn Small-Block Modifieds have a 25-lap, $2,000-to win feature following their qualifying races. With as many as 20 drivers racing both Modified divisions, fans will be treated to a “double header” of high speed Modified feature races.

The extremely competitive Arkel Motors Sportsman division drivers will race in qualifying heats to determine the starting lineup for their 20-lap, $1,000-to win feature race. To round out the evening’s program, either the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Rookie Sportsman, or the NAPA Northeast Parts Group Street Stocks, or both divisions, will go to the post for 15-lap feature(s). A decision regarding this will be announced early in the week and fans and competitors should check the track website for details.

For fans: Grandstand and Drive-In gates open at 4:00 pm. Reserved seating admission or Drive-In parking $26, General admission $20, Senior/Military discount $16, Party Deck $140 (minimum 2, maximum 4). As always, kids 12 and under are admitted free for racing events. For reserved seating or Drive-In parking, call the Speedway Office at 845-342-2573.

For competitors: Pits open at 2:00 pm. Pit admission $35, OCFS member $30.

Racing begins at 6:30 pm.

UPCOMING: April 23, Weekly Racing United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, H.O. Penn Small-Block Modifieds, Arkel Motors Sportsman, Precision Hydraulic & Oil Rookie Sportsman