KIRKWOOD, NY…This Saturday and Sunday will serve as the 66th consecutive season opening weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway.  The historic quarter mile oval is one of the longest and most storied in the United States.  Racing on Saturday will begin at 6 p.m. with the Sunday events set to get underway at 4 p.m.
         After a mild winter the speedway has fallen to two early season attempts to begin the 66th consecutive year of racing.  Early season on track testing has been wildly successful and the 2016 racing season looks to be outstanding in all areas.
         This Saturday will officially start the point races for the new Crate Sportsman division along with the IMCA Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Lightning Cats and Slingshots.  The STAR Series Modifieds will headline the Saturday program of racing with the 23rd edition of the Southern Tier Open.  The 40 lap event will pay $2,000 to the race winner.  The race provides for open competition style rules for the Modifieds and should provide for a big field of the region’s top teams.  Racing on Saturday will begin at 6 p.m.  Danny Johnson is the defending race winner of the Modified Southern Tier Open.
         On track testing will take place during the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The testing session benefits area food pantry CHOW.  All spectators are admitted free to watch the early day testing with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit CHOW. 
         Sunday will see the first green flag fly at 4 p.m. with a unique racing program slated.  The Late Models will make their first return to the speedway in almost ten years with the STAR Series Crate Late Model event slated.  Teams from as far away as Canada are expected to be in competition for this event which is one of only two slated for Late Models at the speedway this season.
         The Sunday program will also be highlighted with an Open vs. Crate Sportsman 40 lap special, along with the STAR Series Street Stocks, STAR Series 4 Cylinders and Tommy Boy 20 for Factory Stocks.  A full weekend schedule of events is posted below.
         After the recent cold snap, the long term forecast shows for a dramatic warming trend for the April 16th and 17th weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway.  The action will certainly be intense on both days.  The STAR Series is a mini-series between Five Mile Point Speedway, Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, PA) and Skyline Raceway Park (Cortland, NY).  
         The 66th consecutive season opening weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway is set for this Saturday and Sunday.  Racing will get underway at 6 p.m on Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please phone the Five Mile Point Speedway offices at 607-775-5555 or log on to  Complete pricing and race event rules can be found on our website. 
66th Opening Weekend Order of Events – April 16th and 17th
Saturday, April 16th – Paid Open Practice 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 16th – Racing Program – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 17th – Racing Program – 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 16th – Opening Night – racing 6 p.m.
Racing Divisions:  STAR Series Southern Tier Open for Modifieds (40), STAR/Empire State IMCA Modified Tour (25), Crate Sportsman point opener (20), Factory Stock (15), Lightning Cat Expert (15), Lightning Cat Novice (12), Tobias Slingshot (15).
Please note – full weekly track points will be awarded for IMCA Modifieds and Crate Sportsman, 25 show up points only will be awarded for Factory Stock, Lightning Cats and Tobias Slingshots due to next day (Sunday events).
Top three bonuses will be paid on the Southern Tier Open to Open Sportsman teams.
 Sunday, April 17th – racing 4 p.m.
Racing Divisions:  Open vs. Crate Sportsman (40), STAR Series Late Models (25), Factory Stock Tommy Boy 20, STAR Series Street Stocks (25), STAR Series Four Cylinders (20), Tobias Slingshots Mid Atlantic and Empire Dual Regional Event. 
Top three bonuses will be paid to the Crate Sportsman teams in the Sportsman 40.  The top finishing Crate Sportsman will earn a Guaranteed Spot in the November “Great Crate Race – $3,000 to win”…
 For more information please phone 607-775-5555.

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