Rich Vleck, DUNDEE, NY, (April 30, 2013)- Black Rock Speedway has been known of late for opening up their season often in early April or even in March, but with the help of Mother Nature, this year the racing calendar begins in May with an event that can not be missed.
All seven classes of weekly BRS competition will begin their championship point schedule this Friday, along with the first of three appearances by the Patriot Sprint Tour in 2013. The action is presented by Knappy’s Auto Body.
This Friday will mark the 10-year anniversary of the first Patriot Sprint event, so perhaps it is only that the series will be in action at Black Rock Speedway, the facility that has hosted by far the most events in series history.
The 2013 Patriot Sprint Tour America Series gets underway this Friday with what is sure to be a highly-contested event. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Dundee, NY oval has hosted an early-spring sprint show, with each producing a different winner.
Tom Taber won the inaugural Patriot event back in 2003, and is likely to be in attendance in the pits Friday aiding both Steve Collins as well as 2012 PST Canada Champion Justin Barger; both are expected to be quick but there are a host of other names that could factor in this Friday.
Almost every PST Champion has visited Victory Lane, including George Suprick, who won their last June for the sixth time in PST competition; his eighth time overall, the most in track history. Suprick, along with his teammate Clint Ide, will be making the trip up from Pennsylvania.
Chuck Hebing, the winningest PST driver in series history, has scored six wins at the 4/10-mile oval and should be a threat once again. The same can be said for four-time PST Champion Bryan Howland garnered a lone win in Yates County, while 2011 title holder Jared Zimbardi has a pair, will all of those wins coming with substantial payouts.
One PST Champion that has yet to capture the double-checkered flags at BRS is Scott Kreutter, who was the PST America Champion last year. Kreutter has been very quick at Dean Hoag’s facility over the years though and definitely could break through Friday as his begins his title defense.
Tommy Wickham, Kevin Ward Jr., Jason Barney, Alain Bergeron, Brad Knab and Derek Jonathan will get their PST America seasons started after running the PST Canada event at Merrittville. Among the drivers to run their first PST race of the year are Brandan Warner, Steven Hutchinson Jr., Dave Wickham, Geoff Quackenbush, Charlie Donk, Paul Habeck and Bruce DeWick.
There are a host of unknowns with the seven weekly classes. After the Rock Launcher and the Front Row were lost to rain, teams will have the rare of hitting the track for the first time on a full-points night.
Brady Fultz leads a strong contingent of drivers looking to defend their title, but the sportsman division is deeper than ever with other many top names returning plus rookies like street stock champion Chris Fisher moving into the division.
John Waters was dominant, to say the least, in the late models last season, but has the winter cooled him off? The late models are always a fan-favorite and with a long offseason, are ready to roll once again this weekend.
As mentioned, the street stocks will crown a new champion this year, which has to have a plethora of drivers licking their chops in anticipation for getting out in front of the points and never looking back.
The IMCA Modifieds return for their third season at BRS. Mike Smith has won the first two championships but the competition continues to get stronger, might someone be up to the challenge of dethroning the Arkport, NY driver this season?
The three 4-cylinder classes, the Signs Plus of Kanona Adult division, the FWD class, and the historic bandit division, will also get started on Friday.
Racing will begin at 6:45 P.M. on Friday. For more information, visit www.BlackRockSpeedway.com.