MIDDLETOWN, NY – Record-setting weekly purses and lucrative season-long point funds have generated a great deal of enthusiasm among competitors at Orange County Fair Speedway (OCFS) in Middletown, New York. “The drivers in all our racing divisions have expressed their thanks for bringing our weekly purses up to 21st Century standards,” say Brett Hearn, OCFS Director of Motorsports. “Plus, we’ve received a great deal of interest from competitors across the Northeast considering racing with us weekly.”
The DIRTcar Big-Block Modified weekly base purse totals $20,200, with $3,000 to win, $1,000 for seventh, $500 for a 15th-place finish, and $250 to start the 30-lap feature race. The Small-Block Modified weekly purse totals $13,400, including $2,000 to the winner of the 25-lap feature, paying $1,000 for fourth, $500 for ninth, and a minimum of $200 to start.
On 14 nights during the season, both Modified divisions will be in action, prompting a unique $1,000 bonus to any driver who can win both feature races on the same evening. That’s $6,000, unheard of in weekly racing!
In addition, on several nights during the season enhanced purses will be in effect. The Big-Block Modifieds will be racing for extra money on seven occasions, topped off by the $25,000 to win Anniversary 103 race on August 11. Earlier, on May 14, the Small-Block Modifieds will compete for $4,500 to win in the 45-lap Whitey Memmelaar Memorial race.
Twice during the season, on April 2 and again on October21, Brett Deyo brings his Short Track Super Series (STSS) to Orange County for Modified events, also paying enhanced purses.
Orange County has also increased weekly prize money for the Sportsman and Street Stock divisions. Weekly, the Sportsman will race for $5,725, with $1,000 going to the winner, a breakdown of $1,000-$600-$500-$450-$400, with $100 for 13th through 19th, and $75 to start. The Street Stocks will pay back ten positions, with $500 to win, a breakdown of $500-$250-$150-$125-$100 and $50 in the remaining finishing positions.
*The 2022 season concludes October 20-23 with the traditional Eastern States Weekend. All racing divisions will be competing for enhanced purses, topped off by the $20,000 to win Small-Block Modified 100 and the 61st Eastern States 200, a $40,000 payday for the winner.
For drivers who complete in season-long point races in the Big-Block Modified, Small-Block Modified, and Sportsman divisions, there is the lure of sharing in lucrative point funds that total $144,550. From the $94,000 Big-Block Modified point fund, the champion will win $30,000, with a breakdown of $30,000-$15,000-$10,000, decreasing in $1000 increments to 11th and 12th places in points, each earning $1,000. The Small-Block Modified point fund totals $44,250, and a breakdown of $5,000-$2,500-$1,500, and paying a total of ten positions. The $6,300 Sportsman point fund also pays back ten slots, with $1,500-$1,250-$1,000 for the first three finishers.
The 2022 racing season kicks off Saturday, April 2 with the STSS Elite Series for Modifieds racing for $25,000 to win. Weekly OCFS competition and point season gets the green flag the following week, April 9, with a four division program—Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman. Saluting long-time competitor Tommy Meier, the Big-Block Modifieds will race a 33-lap feature event for $3,300 to win.
Fans and competitors are urged to frequently check the track website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, as the season nears for the latest news and information. Think spring and racing!