MIDDLETOWN, NY – The final night of the point season for all competing divisions is on tap this coming Saturday, September 2 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. And in only one of the four divisions is the outcome even close to being decided.
In the headline Big-block Modified division, two-time champion Jimmy Horton (957 points) has a 52-point cushion over defending titlist Tommy Meier (905) and 56 points ahead of four-time champion Jerry Higbie (901). Horton can wrap up the title by simply qualifying for the 30-lap feature race and finishing better than 22nd.
In Sportsman competition, before this past Saturday’s race meet John Leiby held a 21-point edge over Greg Sleight. But Sleight finished third in the 20-lap Sportsman main, while Leiby could only manage an eighth. As a result, Sleight has narrowed the gap to just eight points. Joey Bunning (-34 points) is still in the hunt, while Jimmy Johnson (-52) is all but mathematically eliminated.
Four-time winner Mike Vigiletti (1,153) tops the Street Stock division with Tommy Pickles 20 points in arrears. Third-place Jim Hajkowski is 39 points behind.
Orange County’s Small-Block Modified division has five drivers with a mathematical chance of winning the crown. Anthony Perrego (481) is the current point leader, but Jerry Higbie (450), Gary Edwards Jr. (447), and Tyler Boniface (440) can still win the championship. Chris Stevens (-52) can capture the title only if the stars are perfectly aligned
All four divisions will see action this Saturday, September 2, Champions’ Night sponsored by WLR Construction and Superior Remodeling.
Admission prices for the September 2 race meet remains at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. The full nights of racing begin promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance ticket sales for all remaining 2017 races, including the September 9 First Responders Appreciation/Eastern States Qualifier Night, September 16 Eve of Destruction, the October 19 Short Track Super Series, and the October 20-22 56th Annual Eastern States Weekend, and track information are available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
September 9 — First Responders Appreciation Night/Eastern States Qualifier, Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks
September 16 — Middletown Auto Wreckers present the EVE OF DESTRUCTION