By JR KENNERUP
AFTON, NY – Afton Motorsports Park held a very successful practice session this past Friday night despite numerous rain showers that surrounded the facility. Hot laps ran for two hours and fifteen minutes until a heavy thundershower hit the grounds at 7:30 pm Friday evening.
Afton Motorsports Park will host another practice session this Monday night May 7th. Pits will open at 4 pm, practice will start at 6 pm and run until 9pm, pit admission will be $20 with grandstand admission free with the donation of a canned food item that will go to the local Afton Food Bank.
The 2018 Season Opener will take place on Friday May 11th with pit gates opening at 4 pm, grandstands open at 4:30 pm, mandatory drivers meeting takes place at 5:45 pm, hot laps at 6:15 pm, and first heat at 7 pm sharp. In action will be the ZMK Construction Modifieds, Chambers & O’ Hara Open Sportsman, Butler Auto Sales Crate Sportsman, Rinker Insurance Agency Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, and Four Cylinder Trucks. Pit admission is $30, grandstand admission is $12, senior citizens age 62 and up are $10, youth aged 9 to 14 are $5, and 8 and under are free with a paid adult admission.
” I was very happy with what I saw with the track on Friday night ” said Track Promoter Ron Ford. ” I really didn’t know what the track was going to do. I talked to many racers who relayed to me that the track had plenty of bite in it. The track did get a little rough in spots near the end of practice and some loose dirt did get kicked up. But we’ll be back working on the track early Saturday morning and get it in even better condition for Monday night. ”
Car counts for practice were 11 Crate Sportsman, 13 Open Sportsman, 9 Modifieds, 6 Street Stocks, 5 Four Cylinder Trucks, and 2 IMCA Modifieds.
All Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Trucks who attend a practice session will have their car number put into a drawing where the winning car number will be awarded fifth place starting spot in their respective feature on May 11th. The winning car must make an attempt to qualify through their respective heat race on May 11th.
Overall fast lap in the Modified, Open Sportsman, and Crate Sportsman from both practice nights will be awarded fifth place starting position in their respective feature on May 11th. The fast lap driver in each division must make an attempt to qualify through their respective heat on May 11th.
After Friday nights practice, Chad Cook has the fastest lap in the Modified division with a lap of 14. 878. In the Open Sportsman Dennis Clapperton has the quick lap of 16. 040 and Cody Clark has the Crate Sportsman quick lap of 16. 000.
Teams who are in the Modified, Open Sportsman, and Crate Sportsman division are reminded that transponders are mandatory for practice. One way radio is mandatory for all divisions for the practice session on Monday night May 7th.
For more information on AMP please log on to www.aftonmotorsportspark.com or by calling 607 – 624 – 3772.
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MONDAY May 7th – 6 pm – Practice for all divisions
FRIDAY May 11th – 7pm – 2018 Season Opener for ZMK Construction Modifieds, Chambers & O’ Hara Open Sportsman, Butler Auto Sales Crate Sportsman, Rinker Insurance Agency Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, and Four Cylinder Trucks.
FRIDAY May 18th – 7pm – BIG SIX weekly show, Fan Appreciation Night for Modifieds and IMCA Modifieds.
FRIDAY May 25th – 7pm – BIG SIX weekly show plus LIghtning Sprints, Fan Appreciation for Lightning Sprints.