MIDDLETOWN, NY – The Small-Block Modifieds will be the Saturday, October 20 headline attraction during the 57th Annual Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 42nd Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship Presented by Halmar International, Arkel Motors, and WLR Construction race will be 100 laps in distance.
A star-studded lineup of top Small-Block Modified drivers from the entire Northeast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event.
Since its inception in 1977, the Small-Block Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to Saturday’s main event.
Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time race winner and eight time Small-Block Modified point champion, and twice Small-Block Modified titlist Danny Johnson have won more than one-half of the previous 41 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 16 Eastern States Small-Block Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), Jeff Heotzler (two wins), and defending victor Stewart Friesen (two wins).
Single Eastern States Small-Block Modified champions include Brian Krummel, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.
On Eastern States Saturday, the fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am, with spectator gates opening two hours later at 10:00 am. Following the drivers meeting at 11:00 am, non-stop racing action begins on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway, wrapping up with the 42nd Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified 100-lap Championship race.
Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as 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. Tickets may also be ordered online at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.