Super DIRTcar Series Returns to Weedsport for $10,000-to-Win Hall of Fame 100
Gary Tomkins looks to repeat as Hall of Fame 100 champion on Tuesday, July 11
WEEDSPORT, NY – July 5, 2017 – Weedsport Speedway is the flagship station of northeast DIRTcar Modified racing and on Tuesday, July 11 Weedsport will pay tribute to the history of DIRTcar racing with the annual $10,000 to win Hall of Fame 100 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.
A fantastic night of racing will follow the 26th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies at the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame and Museum on Monday, July 10, located directly next to the Speedway.
This year’s Class of 2017 includes Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, and Freddy Adam. The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday’s racing will be the first time the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks see Weedsport in 2017, as the series’ first stop was postponed due to rain back on May 22.
The cars and stars of the Super DIRTcar Series are chomping at the bit to take on The Port including leading regulars Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard, and Larry Wight, especially with a whopping $10,000 on the line for the winner.
Currently holding a 21-point lead on Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn, before events at Airborne and Cornwall, Decker is looking forward to turning around his recent luck at Weedsport.
“We really haven’t run well there recently,” said Decker. “But, the Mike Payne Racing team has been working hard to prepare and be ready; they have put in a lot of hard work. Weedsport is the home of DIRT Modified racing and it is just exciting racing. The Weedsport group has done great with the facility and the atmosphere is next to none.”
Couple those high point men with 2016 winners Gary Tomkins and Erick Rudolph as well as fellow tour regulars Jimmy Phelps, ‘Mad Max’ McLaughlin, Hall of Fame inductee Johnson, Keith Flach, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, plus many more, and Weedsport’s Hall of Fame special will be the highlight of the summer for Central New York Modified racing.
Tomkins wowed spectators with a tremendous last lap pass on Rudolph to win last year’s Hall of Fame 100, and says he is bringing back the same ride for this year’s edition.
“The Bicknell owned by Darren Kendrick we won with last year will be the one we bring back this year,” said Tomkins. “We didn’t time trial well last year, but caught a break in the heat to get into the redraw. But, we definitely had speed in the feature. If all goes well, I don’t see why we wouldn’t have a good shot of doing well again this year.”
Joining the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks on July 11 will be the future drivers of the sport in the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series.
Young Sportsman hot shoes Ronnie Davis III, Tyler Trump, Tyler Thompson, and Will Shields are among those expected to join top veterans Rocky Warner, Dave Marcuccilli, Todd & Kevin Root, Kevin Ridley, and more.
Making for a three-division lineup on July 11 will be the Vintage Antique Stock Car club. As a tribute to Hall of Fame weekend, these throwback machines of yesteryear will take on the 3/8 mile to give fans a taste of racing’s past at Weedsport.
Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on July 11 with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. and a driver autograph session planned for 5:15 p.m. Qualifying will hit the Speedway at 6:40 p.m. with opening ceremonies set for 7 p.m.
Reserved seating is available for $29 with general admission seating on sale for $25. General admission student seating (11-17) is $10 with kids 10 and under admitted FREE.
2017 HALL OF FAME 100 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – TUESDAY, July 11th, 2017
-4PM PIT GATES OPEN/HAULER PARKING/REGISTRATION OPENS
-4PM Gear Box Opens
-5PM GRANDSTANDS OPEN
-5:15PM HOF/SDS Autograph Session (Midway)
-6PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES DRIVERS MEETING
-6:10PM SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SERIES DRIVERS MEETING
-6:30PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES GROUP HOTLAPS
-6:40PM SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SERIES TIMED HOTLAPS
-6:50PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES GROUP TIME TRIALS
-7PM OPENING CEREMONIES/ANTHEMS
-7:10PM SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SERIES HEAT RACES(8 LAPS)
-7:40PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES HEAT RACES(8 LAPS)
-8:10PM VINTAGE STOCK CAR HEAT RACE (6LAPS)
-8:20PM SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SERIES CONSI(S) (8 LAPS)
-8:35PM SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES CONSI(S)(10 LAPS)
-8:45PM INTERMISSION/DRIVER REDRAW(FRONTSTRETCH)
-9PM VINTAGE STOCK CAR A-MAIN( 12 LAPS)
-9:15PM SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SERIES FEATURE (25 LAPS)
-9:45PM HALL OF FAME 100 SUPERDIRTCAR SERIES A-MAIN(100 LAPS)
About Weedsport Speedway: Purchased in 2013 by Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway has returned to a real racers track, providing a complete venue for racers, their families and friends, and for the fans looking for motorsports entertainment. Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few. Today the facility welcomes the best of the best in dirt short track racing from the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and more. While racing entertainment is the focal point, Weedsport Speedway has gone the extra mile in welcoming Weedsport Productions, which brings the facility full circle with a dedicated digital entertainment team for web, television, and on site screen usage.