MIDDLETOWN, NY – On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the 70th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County Fair Speedway will find the first green flag waving at 6:00 pm. This evening honors long-time racing driver Carl Van Horn, remembered for competing in cars numbered “71e” and “2a” as well as marking the 1,500th stock car race meet in the track’s 100-year history. Headlining the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 71-lap feature race paying the winner $7,100. They’ll be joined by the Small-Block Modifieds, the always exciting Sportsman, and the unpredictable Street Stocks. In recognition of the 1,500th race meet, the Sportsman division feature winner will take home $1,500. Qualifying events will set the fields for the evening’s feature races.
Modified racer and 2018 track point champion Anthony Perrego won last season’s opening night Big-Block Modified feature race. He finished the season by capturing the Modified division point championship, topping former track titlist Tommy Meier, Craig Mitchell, and nearly three-dozen other Big-Block competitors. All will be in action for the track’s opening night.
It will all play out in just three weeks when weekly stock car racing resumes at one of America’s oldest active speedways. Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 6:00 pm at the historic Middletown, New York five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four classes of race cars—Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Mofifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks—in qualifying races and main events.
Adult admission to Orange County Fair Speedway weekly races is $20, with children 10 and under $5.00. There is a $1.00 car fee for the Drive-In section. The first 1,000 fans through the gates on opening night will receive a Carl Van Horn commemorative souvenir. A special program with pictures and stories of Van Horn’s racing career will be available as well. Before and after the races, fans can enjoy free music at the 31st Lap Tavern. And as a special prize, the 1,500th admission on April 13 will receive two passes for the August 100th Anniversary Weekend.
The competitor pits open at 3:00 pm; spectator gates at 5:00 pm.
There is an open practice—free admission to the grandstand—scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019. Fans and competitors are advised to check the track website for the latest scheduling information.
The 2019 season marks Orange County Fair Speedway’s second year under the stewardship of Orange Motorsports and Entertainment LLC. Look for continued changes and improvements to the historic speedway as the season progresses.
Advance and season ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.