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MOTHER NATURE DELAYS OPENING NIGHT AND DEBUT OF MILLS MODIFIED CLASS AT EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY

EVANS MILLS, NY – In today’s racing world, the decision to add a division to a track’s schedule is not one that is taken lightly, as promoters consistently work to maintain the balance between keeping fans in the stands and cars in the pits. Many tracks have found themselves “opening” rules in many of their classes to make it possible for a larger number of cars to compete. Following numerous months of research during the 2016 season, however, officials and management at Evans Mills Speedway had announced the introduction of the “Mills Modified” crate engine asphalt Modified class, an announcement that was met with plenty of excitement and enthusiasm.

The debut of that division was supposed to take place this past Saturday, as part of the Opening Night schedule at the 3/8-mile asphalt oval. Mother Nature, however, had other plans – forecasts showed differing percentages for the possibility of rain, but radar images showed that it was inevitable, and the forecasted heavy cloud cover coupled with wind chill temperatures under 35 degrees, drying the track would be impossible. The decision was made to postpone the show at roughly 9 am. Within an hour of the postponement by track management, the skies opened up, and rains persisted into the late afternoon.

This left all of the competitors disappointed, including the several Mills Modified drivers who were ready to take their first laps in competition. So far, the registered drivers include the likes of Randy Brunelle, Terry Gardner, Michael Hall, Jordan Keruskie, and Robby Newman.

Brunelle comes to the class after competing in the Pro Stock class at Evans Mills last season, picking up five wins in just eight starts, making him the winningest driver in the class for 2016. Gardner spent last season in both Legends and Pro Stock competition, and plans to do double-duty in 2017 in the Modifieds and Pro Stocks. Hall will be new to Evans Mills competition, having spent the last several seasons racing in different classes at other speedways. Keruskie has most recently competed on dirt, and will be making the switch to asphalt for the season. Newman, who is already known in asphalt circles, had his car on display in the Evans Mills Speedway booth at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse earlier this year.

Several others have already purchased cars and are in varying stages of preparation, so early indications are that the Opening Night field will be stout.

Opening Night has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 7th. The Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck divisions are all on the card. Gates open at 12:30 pm, with hot laps beginning at 1:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 3 pm.

More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.

EVANS MILLS HOSTS FIRST PRESEASON PRACTICE, ANNOUNCES “DRIVE FOR FIVE” INCENTIVE FOR DRIVERS

EVANS MILLS, NY – This past weekend, the gates swung open at Evans Mills Speedway for the first of two preseason practices leading up to the speedway’s April 30th season opener. Another practice is slated for Saturday, April 22, before the 3/8 mile asphalt oval goes to its regular Sunday program.
For the first time, Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modifieds turned laps on the track. Randy Brunelle got some laps in, as he prepares to move from the Pro Stock division to the new class. Brunelle was the winningest Pro Stock driver in 2016, and is always looking to be a top contender in any division he competes in. Terry Gardner was also among those taking advantage of the practice time. Gardner will also be making the move up from the Pro Stocks, but will also compete regularly in the Legends class.
Though Gardner concentrated his efforts for the day on his Modified, the Legends class was still well represented, with a number of drivers in attendance. Nate Plantz, who finished tenth in points for the 2016 season, took to the track to shake down a new car. Dalton Rombough, who picked up two wins in 2016 turned several laps in preparation of the upcoming season. Also among those on hand was Breanne Gilligan, who is looking to improve on her fifth place points finish in 2016. Rookie Bryan Chirico, who is new to both the Legends division and Evans Mills Speedway, turned his first laps as well.
Numerous Thunder Stock drivers came out to take part in the practice session, including defending division champion Ike Stone. Stone will be looking to carry on the consistency he showed in 2016, as he picked up 11 top ten finishes in 12 starts on his way to the title. Zachery Stone also debuted a car in preparation for the upcoming season. Jesse Bender was also among those turning laps. Turning his first-ever laps in a Thunder Stock was Kyle Savage. Savage, who has been racing go-karts for several years, shared the seat with his father, George Savage, as they tried to work out the kinks in the car prior to the season start. Charles Sibley debuted his 4 Cylinder Truck as well.
For this coming Saturday’s practice, gates will open at 12 noon, with practice taking to the track at 1 pm. The cost for cars is $25, with free grandstand admission for those looking to get a sneak peek at the cars and drivers that will be in competition for the 2017 season. Opening Night is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, with all divisions in action. Gates will open at 12:30 pm, with practice at 1:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 3 pm. Pit entry fee is $25, and grandstand seating is just $10, with children 15 and under admitted free of charge. VIP booth upgrades are available for just $5 per person.
While drivers are getting set for competition, the speedway announced the “Drive for Five” incentive program, which rewards those drivers who are in attendance for the first five weeks of the season. For the first five weeks, all drivers taking part in competition will receive one entry into the program for each event they participate in. At the conclusion of five weeks, the speedway will randomly select five entries to receive a bonus, which may be a complimentary pit entry, a pair of grandstand tickets, or a food voucher good for use at the concession stand.
“We work hard all winter to prepare for the season,” stated Promoter/Operations Manager Tracy Chirico, “and we know that racers do the same – long hours in their garages, all for the sport we all love. It’s our way of thanking those who have sacrificed time all winter to provide a great show for our fans.” The idea for the promotion was developed by members of the track’s staff, as a way to give back to the drivers who support the speedway.
The incentive program will kick off on Opening Night.
More information about Evans Mills Speedway, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.

CHIRICO JOINS EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY TEAM FOR 2017

EVANS MILLS, NY – Following a successful resurrection under new ownership and management during the 2016 season, Evans Mills Speedway announced this week that they have hired Tracy Chirico to serve as the Promoter and Operations Manager for the 2017 season. Chirico comes to Evans Mills following a successful six-season stint as the Business Operations Manager at Bethel (NY) Motor Speedway.
Chirico’s involvement in short-track auto racing spans over the course of several decades, and also includes public relations work at Riverhead (NY) Raceway. While at Riverhead, she served as a reporter and Managing Editor for the LongIslandJam.com web site that was founded by present Speedway Illustrated Managing Editor J.A. Ackley prior to accepting a part-time position as the public relations coordinator at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2009. In 2011, Bethel management tapped Chirico to take over the position of full-time Business Operations Manager. In addition to handling Bethel’s PR, Chirico also managed all business operations, and spearheaded successful efforts to host the INEX Bandolero Nationals in 2013. She has also been involved in the growth of Bethel’s INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals qualifier into one of the premier events in the region, while also working with other classes to increase overall car count and participation.

“We are excited to bring Tracy aboard as a member of the Evans Mills team for the coming season,” stated General Manager Vern LaFave. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and has already dealt with the complexities of revitalizing a track, with a hands-on understanding of all of the inner workings of the business’ day-to-day operations.”

Chirico’s duties will focus primarily on building relationships both inside and outside of the racing community, with an emphasis on building the speedway’s sponsorship base, driver participation, and fan involvement. It is expected that she will assume full responsibilities of the position on December 1.
Chirico said, “After visiting Evans Mills Speedway, I was very impressed with the efficiency of the core team in place, and excited with the vision for the speedway moving forward. The facility’s potential is limitless, and it is an exciting opportunity to be involved with. I am looking forward to working with the existing team to make Evans Mills ‘the place to be’ in 2017 and beyond.”

Evans Mills Speedway is a 3/8 mile asphalt oval located just outside of Fort Drum. Featured classes in 2016 included the Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Trucks, and INEX Legends; with Bandoleros being introduced later in the season. The speedway intends to continue all of those classes, and they have already announced the much-anticipated addition of a crate-engine asphalt Modified division for the 2017 season. Information regarding a banquet to honor Evans Mills’ 2016 drivers, as well as more information on the upcoming season, will be released in the coming weeks.