Story By: ANDREW HARPELL / FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY – KIRKWOOD, NY – The staff at Five Mile Point Speedway is busy preparing for a huge opening day week.
On Tuesday the speedway will host a testing and tuning session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Spectators are welcomed in to the grandstand free of charge with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit area food pantries. On Saturday the speedway will host the 68th consecutive season opening event. Racing on Saturday begins at 5 p.m. and as always children 12 years old and younger will be admitted FREE of charge!
Track crews have been working overtime removing snow and prepping the Five Mile Point Speedway racing surface in preparation for this Saturday’s season opening event. The March weather has certainly provided numerous challenges to get the 2018 season underway, but everything is on schedule for this Saturday.
The 2018 racing season at Five Mile Point Speedway is expected to be one of the biggest in many years. During the off-season a huge track renovation took place during the month of December. Hundreds of truck loads of new clay were put down on the quarter mile oval during the off-season. The huge investment has already paid off as dozens of new teams are calling Five Mile Point Speedway home this season.
A big opening day afternoon of racing will kick off the 68th consecutive season opener in fine fashion. The regional touring race for both the Xcel 600 Modifieds will see teams traveling in to the area from Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Saturday. The “Tommy Boy 20” annual Factory Stock opener will be joined by the Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders. Racing begins at 5 p.m. this Saturday.
In 1951 Anna and Irving Heath opened the historic Five Mile Point Speedway. The race is one of the oldest consecutively operated speedway’s in the entire Unite States. This season will mark the 67th consecutive year of racing. Andrew Harpell, the current owner of the speedway is the grandson of track founders Anna and Irving Heath.