MIDDLETOWN, NY – Double your pleasure. Double your fun! The United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds are headlining a special pre-Independence Day race meet for enhanced prize money Thursday, July 2 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This spectacular doubleheader program features both the earth-pounding Modifieds and the Rapid Tire East Coast USAC Sprint Cars. The Modifieds will compete in a pair of 50-lap main event feature races, each paying the victor $5,000. Should any driver sweep the night, winning both Modified features, there’s a $5,000 bonus, making it a $15,000 payday for 100 laps of racing! On both days, qualifying races will set the fields for the feature races.
The July 2 pre-Independence Day race meet will mark the first appearance at Orange County for the 360-cubic-inch, non-wing Rapid Tire East Coast USAC Sprint Cars. Theirs will be a complete program of qualifying events leading to a feature race.
In addition to the nearly three-dozen weekly Orange County Modified teams, fans can expect to see a number of top racers from across the Big-Block Modified racing spectrum, the premier form of stock car racing excitement in the Northeast and neighboring Canada.
While the grandstands remain closed, the Orange County Drive-In and Infield Drive-In sections will be open for same day ticket sales for July 2 at $24 per adult, $20 seniors, children 12 and under free, and a $1.00 car charge. All unreserved Drive-In slots are open. For fans choosing to watch the races from the Infield Drive-In, the admission is $30 per person. Fans in the infield must remain with their vehicles, and are not allowed to move about the area freely. Portable restrooms are available.
For fans attending in the Drive-In: With the exception of emergency vehicles, maintenance equipment, and the two single lines of fans’ cars, the infield will be empty, allowing an unobstructed view of the track. Race car haulers will be parked elsewhere on the grounds. Announcements and race calls can be heard over car radios at FM 107.7. The refreshment stands, restrooms, and the souvenir stand will be open.
Fans unable to attend in person, may order live multi-camera streaming of the races on the OCFS website for $20.00.
Competitors are required to pre-register. Transponders and one-way radios are mandatory. Fire suppression equipment is required for all open wheel divisions (Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman) and strongly recommended for Street Stocks.
So that there are no misunderstandings, both competitors and fans are urged to read the detailed instructions posted on the OCFS website for following the protocols and restrictions required for allowing the speedway to host racing. Everyone’s cooperation will be the best assurance of allowing racing to continue for the balance of the season.
On race day July 2, the competitor Gate 9 will open at 3:00 pm; the Drive-In will open at 4:00 pm; cars will be on the track at 6:00 pm. Pre-approved media members only will enter at Gate 1, the employee entrance. Please consult the OCFS website www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net for all the latest news and information. Race teams, call 845-342-2573 for pre-registration.