Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM EDT
Black Rock Speedway Back With DIRT & Crate Sportsman Class In ‘07
By RICH VLECK
Black Rock Speedway is rejoining the DIRT MotorSports NorthEast fold in 2007 with the addition of a Crate Sportsman Modified Class running weekly at the track during the upcoming season. For all weekly events at BRS in 2007, all Sportsman teams must run a crate motor to be eligible for points and money, all under DIRT sanctioning. Even though this means the class will use only GM crate-powered machines, it does not mean that the other cars will not be eligible to compete in the three special races to be run over the course of the year.
There will be three big events at the speedway in 2007, with two designated as part of the Mr. DIRT Sportsman Series. These races will be open to all DIRT legal teams, including those with rev-limiters or any other set of rules DIRT has laid out in 2007. The first will take place on April 14 as part of the speedway’s Rock Launcher Weekend. This landmark race will pay $5,000-to-win and offer a $1,000 bonus to the highest finishing crate-powered Sportsman. Round two is tentatively slated for mid-October.
Todd Henderson has earned the pole staring position for this event after winning the National Parts Peddler Sportsman Fall Classic last October. The 2006 Canandaigua Speedway Champion plans on pulling off the same feat at Black Rock in 2007. "Sportsman-modifieds definitely are the wave of the future for the economic racer and we’re excited to have them at Black Rock," noted Black Rock Race Director Alex Hoag. "We’ve already seen a number of interested teams that are planning on moving into the class this year."
BRS has hosted informational meetings about running Sportsman with representatives from General Motor’s Crate Motor Division, with those from inquiring teams also collaborating on the prospects of this new division.
Some of the new teams that have already shown interest include 2006 Street Stock Champion Dave Yehl, as well as Quinn and Trevor Sutherland. Even Black Rock officials plan on getting into the mix with Head Starter and former Mr. DIRT Sportsman Greg Hixson running with this group next year. Track announcer Greg Birosh also plans on running to bring back a family-built chassis to the track.
The other important part of this announcement deals with the speedway’s affiliation with DIRT. Crate Sportsman Modified is the only class at BRS to run under DIRT rules in 2007. Other classes, particularly the 358-Modified division, will remain under the standard set of rules used at the track over the past two seasons.
"We’ve always had a great relationship with DIRT and in particular Cory Reed, so it’s great to be aligned with them once again," commented Hoag after the meeting Thursday. Reed was also happy to have Black Rock Speedway return as one of the affiliates of DIRT. "I’m excited, plain and simple," said Reed, DIRT MotorSports NorthEast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. "I think they have a great format set up for next year and think it will work out great."
Beginning in 1979 with the track then known as Dundee Speedway, Black Rock maintained DIRT membership for 24 seasons through 2004, however the last time that a DIRT-sanctioned division ran regularly at the speedway was in 2003 when Steve Paine captured the 358-Modified points crown.
More information on the new weekly crate class along with details on the special races throughout the year will be available in the months to come on www.blackrockspeedway.net. Black Rock Speedway is located just south of the Dundee, NY limits on Route 14A.
The DIRT MotorSports™ Advance Auto Parts Modified Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., F.X. Caprara Car Companies and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, DART Machinery, Holley HP Carburetors, MSD Ignitions, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company and Wrisco Industries.