MIDDLETOWN, NY – It’s just over a month away and excitement is already building for the 57th Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 19-21, 2018, presented by Halmar International, Arkel Motors, and WLR Construction, at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. While Eastern States celebrates all of Orange County’s racing divisions, the weekend’s headline race remains the Eastern States 200, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. Again this year, Eastern States has been enhanced by huge increases in the purses for the Big- and Small-Block races, adding to the excitement of the entire weekend.
Legendary driver Frankie Schneider won the first Eastern States race on October 28, 1962. Since that inaugural event, many of greatest drivers in dirt track Modified racing history have seen their names etched on Eastern States 200 trophies. Orange County’s all-time winning driver, Brett Hearn, is the defending Eastern States 200 champion and the all-time Eastern States 200 winner with 12 victories in this fall classic race.
Beginning early on Friday, October 19, Eastern States is three days and evenings of non-stop racing action featuring the ground-pounding Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and CRSA Sprint Cars in qualifying time trials and heat races that set the fields for each division’s Eastern States Championship feature race.
All this leads to the Sunday, October 21 finale, the 57th Annual Eastern States 200 Championship Race for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, Arkel Motors, and WLR Construction. The only true 200-lap race of its kind, the Eastern States 200 is the one race trophy every dirt track Modified driver wants on his mantle.
Advance tickets, camping, and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information and online ticket sales can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
Race teams: An open practice at OCFS is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The practice is also open to fans with free admission to the grandstand.
Media members: Credentials requests for Eastern States Weekend should be made to Bobby Armbruster at BArmbr6493@aol.com. Deadline is October 7. Requests for Thursday, October 18 Hard Clay Final should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is October 11.