(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 4-2-16) April 9 is fast becoming one of the most anticipated season opening days ever at Mahoning Valley Speedway as Modified teams from near and far will be converging on the paved quarter mile Lehighton oval for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco “Break-the-Ice 75.”
Both the Mahoning Valley racers and those chasing the RoC Tour open up their respective 2016 season’s in just one week’s time and after concluding Saturday’s second of three Test and Tune days, promoter Floyd Santee was not only excited as another solid group of Modified teams came out to test, but he also foresees how the Break-The-Ice-75 has the makings of a very impressive gathering of racers to his track.
Knowing that qualifying will be intense, Santee has decided that to be as fair as possible to all teams he has added a Modified B-main.
In the likely event that 40 or more Modifieds are on hand, a 30-lap race will be held for the non-qualifiers and pay $800 to win and $100 to take the green.
“With the turnout we’ve had just in the past two Test and Tunes plus another day of pre-season testing lined up for tomorrow, (April 3), we can foresee this first race on April 9 as being a smash hit,” said Santee.
“There are more guys who will not be here until next week and we’ve been getting calls all the time about the track and the race. By adding the B-main I feel it’s a great way to say thanks to all those drivers especially for the ones who may not qualify. We appreciate the support. I really feel we’ll get 40 cars. It’s good for the drivers and it’s good for our fans.”
The winner of the Break-The-Ice-75 will earn $2800, $1500 for second and $200 to take the green. 26 cars will qualify for the feature. All others, provided there are 40 cars, will then compete in the $800 to win 30-lap B-main.
Also on the program will be the Mahoning Valley Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.
On Opening Day 2016 pits open 10:00 a.m. followed by Modified inspection at 11:30 a.m. Sign-in takes place from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Heat racing will begin at 4:00 p.m.