By RICH VLECK
BATAVIA, NY – This Saturday, June 3, was always slated to have a lot of attention given to it, but with some last-minute developments things are about to get even more exciting at the Genesee Speedway.
The first appearance by the RUSH Late Model Tour will be a matchup between hometrack heros and invaders from the south. This marquee event will pay $2,000 to the winner. In 2016, the inaugural season of weekly crate late model action at Genesee Speedway, 11 different drivers went to Victory Lane, and even though Jimmy Johnson was not one of them, his win last weekend sure made up for it. Johnson will lead the group against invaders like RUSH point leader Bryce Davis, who won in his only start in Batavia in 2016. The car count should be impressive, as will the racing.
The fun will not stop with the late models though as Dennis Cummings of Cummings Trucking has kick-started a chain reaction of purse inflation throughout the pits. Cummings, along with MHL Performance, Saturday Night’s sponsor, the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks will now pay $1,000-to-win. Last week’s Gene Dewitt Memorial was already a big-paying show, with point leader Byron Dewitt coming out on top, but this last-minute boost should see a host of invaders to the 1/3-mile oval.
The Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks will also get in on the fun as the Genesee Speedway will make their feature $300-to-win, with additional money spread throughout the top 10 finishers. Point leader James Gayton is the only driver to win two features thus far in 2017 and will surely be one to watch in this big race.
Saturday will also mean the return of the popular Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models, who had last week off. Also on the card Saturday are the DML Sealing Bandits. The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman will have the night off.
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M. Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.