KIRKWOOD, NY – Five Mile Point Speedway is set to close out the month of July in big fashion with two big Saturday night racing programs. The action begins this Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. with a full weekly racing program featuring the Big Block/Small Block Sunoco Modifieds. Next Saturday, July 31st the speedway will honor the Memory of track founders Irving and Anna Heath with the 57th running of the Heath Memorial. As always, kids 8 years old and younger will be admitted into the grandstand free of charge if accompanied with an adult.
The month of July has been a struggle up to this point as only one event has been logged at the popular quarter mile oval. The month has already gone down as the wettest ever in the Southern Tier region with a week still remaining. The heavy rains have created serious challenges for track crews and ground crews to keep up but despite this the speedway is ready for a big Saturday of racing this weekend.
This Saturday night is an added event after another rain out last weekend. For the race teams the lineups will be determined via a random draw for starting position. All teams in action will receive 25 bonus points this Saturday as it was an added event. The program will be headlined by the Big Block/Small Block Sunoco Modifieds and will include all of the weekly divisions. Currently Brett Tonkin leads the Modified point standings despite not having a feature win. Nick Rochinski, currently sits in second place in the standings and is the only repeat feature winner of the season.
In the Street Stocks Doug Polhamus has been on a recent tear winning back to back feature events. Currently Gene Sharpsteen is trying to chase him down. Gary Smith is the current point leader in the Insinger Performance Crate Sportsman division. Smith is the defending Track Champion in a class that has yet to see a repeat winner during the regular season. Justin Slezak is the current point leader in the S.W.A.T Exterminating Factory Stock division. Dale Folejewski is the current Futures Sportsman point leader. Bob Hamm, Jr. is the 600 Modified division point leader. The FWD Four Cylinder divisional point leaders are Andy Bolles (Expert) and Bethany Gilbert (Novice).
After this Saturday night all focus will turn to the 57th running of the Heath Memorial on Saturday, July 31st. The event honors the memory of Track Founders Irving and Anna Heath and is being presented by Binghamton Truck & Tire Center. Drivers from the past will be returning to the speedway for the annual Former Racer’s Reunion. Each year former drivers from all over the United States return for this event. The Modifieds will headline the action with a 35 lap special event. Bonus lap money will be up for grabs in all of the weekly divisions as well next Saturday. Binghamton Truck & Tire Center is family owned by Modified driver Scott Landers.
This Saturday pit gates open at 3:15 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 4:15 p.m. Practice is at 5:30 p.m. with racing set to get underway at 6:15 p.m. For more information, please phone us at 607-775-5555 or log on to www.5milepointspeedway.com.