Orange County Fair Speedway’s 2015 Eastern States Weekend Sets a Record for Prize Money

OCFS-Logo2More than $60,000 awaits a driver who can win both Modified championship races

MIDDLETOWN, NY ……..Six times in Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States history, one driver has won both the Small Block Modified championship race and the headline Eastern States 200 in the same weekend. Danny Johnson swept both races in 1992 and Brett Hearn took top honors in both races five times—1986, 2002, 2004, 2012, and 2014.  But neither Johnson nor Hearn ever won as much money as a double victor will this year.

With $35,000 going to the winner of the 2015 Eastern States 200, and $15,000 to the Small-block Modified 100 victor, plus a $10,000 bonus for a sweep of the two races, one driver could leave the historic Middletown “Hard Clay” on Sunday evening, October 25 some $60,000 richer. And this doesn’t include special awards like $1,000 for fast time and the pole position in the 200 and $500 for the outside pole slot, nor the lap money in both races to the leader of each completed circuit.

The questions thus become, how many drivers will enter both races?  And who has to best chance of winning the double?

During Orange County’s 2015 weekly racing schedule, 19 different drivers raced one or more times in both the Big-Block Modified and the Small-Block Modified divisions. Of the 19, the best overall record was turned in by Tim Hindley, who was the runner up in the Big-Block standings and finished third in Small-Block points. Hindley has finished third in the last two Eastern States 200 races, but hasn’t had similar luck in the Small-Block event, dropping out last year and finishing 14th in 2013. Yet, based on his 2015 weekly performances in both divisions, Hindley has to be considered one of the favorites to join Johnson and Hearn in the exclusive weekend sweep club.

The 54th Annual Eastern States Weekend is the oldest continuously-run championship race weekend for dirt track Modifieds, is set for Friday through Sunday, October 23-25 at the newly refurbished Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.  Friday action will fins Modified Time Trials, Modified Heats, Sportsman Time Trials, Sportsman Heats and a 50 Lap Sportsman Feature. Saturday action will have the Small Block Modifieds running Time Trials, Heats and a 100 Lap Feature Event, also in action on Saturday will be the CRSA Sprint Cars with heats and a 25 Lap Feature. On Sunday the Street Stocks will run heats and a 25 Lap Feature along with final chance races for the Modifieds to be followed by the Grand Daddy of All Modified Events – The 54th Annual Eastern States 200.  Call the Speedway Office for times and ticket information.

Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA to present $500 to one lucky fan and driver at Mahoning Valley Speedway October 24 season finale

unnamed(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 10-15-15) Mahoning Valley Speedway will conclude the 2015 season with its final event slated for Saturday, October 24, featuring Dirt Mods, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, All Star Slingshots, the ATQMRA and the Vintage Division of the ATQMRA.

The speedway is also proud to announce that Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA will sponsor the day of racing.

Located at 3600 William Penn Highway in Easton, Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA played a leading role in the 2015 season at Mahoning Valley as each week one lucky fan and driver were presented with $50 cash through the “Weekly Wheel Spin.”

Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA also was the primary sponsor on the No. 5 championship Dirt Modified of Ricky Yetter.

The popular dealership likewise played a major part in this year’s Fan Appreciation Night and during the year provided Mahoning Valley with the “Official Pace Car” a KIA Optima. Fans were also able to take advantage of a special $500 off coupon from the program book from their best negotiated deal.

Seeing how well the relationship has been, Gary Lee is going above and beyond for the season closer. One lucky fan and driver from either the Dirt Mods, Street Stocks or Hobby Stocks will receive $500.

The final “Weekly Wheel Spin” will be used to award the lucky recipient. For the fans all they need to do is purchase a copy of the Thunder in the Valley program book and check out the Gary Lee’s Brown Daub ad page. There is a stamped number on the page and if their number is called they will be given the chance to win the $500. There will be six lucky numbers called.

As for the racers they will have a wheel spin take place during the drivers meeting. If the wheel stops on the designated class then one lucky finisher from that feature will get a shot at the $500.

Gary Lee will also have additional giveaways including an I-pad. There will be a tent set-up near the main ticket window for fans to register to receive prizes and giveaways.

At intermission Gary Lee will make several laps with his 1991 custom Mustang Fox body while members of his team shoot t-shirts into the stands. He will also serve as official starter for the feature events.

Prior to the start of the races there will be a special releasing of purple and yellow balloons to honor the memory of Jennifer Flannigan Kutz.

The Dirt Mods will battle for 60 laps and $1500 to win. The Street Stocks will race in a 40-lap feature with $800 to win plus it will be the deciding race of the American Rental Street Stock Gamblers Series. Hobby Stocks will cover a distance of 25 laps and be awarded $300 for the victor.

The All-Star Slingshots will hit the pavement in a 25 lap main that is part of the 2015 National Tour with major title implications on the line.

A champion of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will be crowned at the end of their 25-lapper.

At intermission the Vintage Division of the ATQMRA will conduct an exhibition race.

Grandstands open at 1:00. Admission is $15. $2.00 off for students, seniors 65 + and active military. Must have ID. Kids 0 and under are free.

Pit sign-ins will take place from noon – 1:30. Pit admission is $30. There is a $20 entry fee for the All-Star Slingshots.

Any teams that wish to run an early practice can do so from noon to 1:00 pm. Early paid practice is $25 per car. Regular warm-ups will take place from 1:15 – 2:25.

More information will be out later this week. Additional news can be found on the track’s official site at or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway and on Twitter at

Tagg Claims Late Model Title In Dramatic Fashion At Thompson Speedway

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(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park crowned it’s first of fourteen champions that will be named this weekend as the track kicked off the biggest racing weekend in New England on Friday, October 16th, the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by XtraMart.
Friday’s racing action featured intense qualifying races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Monster Mini Stocks, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, the North East Street Stock Tour, the New England Truck Series and the North East Mini Stock Tour as well as the first feature event of the weekend, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model season that set the pace for what promises to be a wild weekend of non-stop racing action at the Big T.
Drivers in the Late Model series didn’t waste any time adding some drama to the title fight with a pair of highly competitive heat races that saw the points lead for the main event stand at only three points. Brian Tagg held the points lead over Keith Rocco despite receiving damage in an early crash during his heat race. Tagg recovered from the incident to finish fifth in the heat while Rocco made the most of his heat race by winning the qualifying event.
The action only got more intense once the Late Models hit the track for their feature event. While Rocco appeared to have a smooth race, consistently running in the top five for the 25-lap event, Tagg faced another near miss when a lap one caution in turn two nearly collected his car. Tagg’s issues didn’t stop there after the driver found himself marred back in 8th place after being penalized for a rough driving incident involving Earnest LaRose, while Rocco maintained a top three position in third.
Tagg recovered however, working his way to fourth, one position behind Rocco, which would have secured him the championship. With less than two laps to go Rocco made a big move to pass Jeff Smith for second, putting himself two spots ahead of Tagg and in position to win the Late Model championship without winning a single event on the year. With the biggest move of the night, Tagg, who would not be defeated, passed Smith on the final lap to claim third place and win the championship by a single point, while Larry Gelinas went on the win the race. The event also marked the final race for Danielson, CT native, Glenn Boss, who finished fifth.
Tagg, a rookie and newlywed who grew up watching races at Thompson, commented on his miraculous championship win in victory lane.
“It’s something I never would have thought of,” said Tagg. “We had a good car all day and in practice and I knew we were going to have a good car in the heat race. I was worried about the heat race. That was my biggest concern.”
Tagg took the blame for his contact with LaRose and apologized for the incident. He recalled seeing his points rival Rocco take away second position as he worked his way back to the front and what it was like knowing one spot stood between him and a championship title with less than two laps to go.
“A lot of things (went through my mind). Devastation. Still having hope. You never know what could happen,” he said. “It was just crazy. I knew Rocco was going to try everything to get by Smith. He did. He used him up, but he got by him. Hey you have to do that. He’s running for a championship too. He knows what’s going on. It’s unreal.”
The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing continues Saturday, October 17th where the North East Midget Association, Valenti Modified Racing Series, American Canadian Tour, Monster Mini Stock, North East Street Stock Tour, New England Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, Pro 4 Modified and Lite Modifieds will take to the track for one more ride on the 2015 season. Qualifying for Sunday’s events will also take place throughout the afternoon.
LATE MODEL SERIES FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, MA); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 4. Jeff Smith (Old Lyme, CT); 5. Glen Boss (Danielson, CT); 6. Wait Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 7. Buddy Charette (Woodstock, CT); 8. Lloyd Anderson, Jr. (Wauregan, CT); 9. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 10. Josh King (Vernon, VT)

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