RPW Exclusive: 2019 Will Be A Great Year For The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

Column By: LAURIE FALLIS / RPW – FULTONVILLE, NY – With vintage racing on the rise in the Mohawk Valley and the Capital District, What better place for the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) to get their season rolling at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday, May 17th.

After a year off at the “Great Race Place” the series is excited to be getting back to the track were the drivers are dedicated in showing the young fans what the different era’s of racing looked liked of the past. And for the older fans it’s to bring back the memories of their favorite drivers or just the looks of the cars in their child hood days.

In 2019, MVVDMS  is excited about their new class. Hitting the track for the first time for the series is the Vintage Antique!

This is a class for the true Authentic cars of 1969 and below as they will get their time to shine with out having to worry about running with the newer cars of the Vintage Sportsman and Modifieds along with late models.

Over the winter, I (Series promoter) reached out to the three area promoters in which we will be running our point series shows, being at Albany-Saratoga,(DeVore) , Fonda,(Deyo) and Glen Ridge Motorsports, co promoter(Hazzard) if they would be on board allowing for a mini feature for this class. All three graciously agreed.

So, as they say, if you build it they will come!

It’s a great chance for the true framed cars to have a place to race and show the fans the cars from yesteryear while having a great time doing it.

Our other feature consist of Vintage Modifieds, Sportsmans and Latemodels which offers an array of different body styles representing our many era’s of racings past with replicas that represents their favorite driver or car.

So as you can see we offer four different classes for four different winners at each one of our races. Two feature! Four times the fun!!

I was able to reach out to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Promoter Lyle DeVore and ask him does he feel vintage racing is important?

“It’s totally important for the newest fan right up to the older fan, it’s a great experience for both, the new fans get a chance to see the history of dirt stock car racing and the older generation, well it bring back some great memories.”

“I think vintage racing is great! I have always been a fan of racing growing up around my father Stan DeVore. As a young kid my dad started the Norsemens Street Rods out of Gloversville, NY and each year they would parade around Fonda Speedway during intermission. It was a lot of fun and some great memories” Lyle said.

Oh! and when asked him who was his favorite driver when growing up, He stated, CD Coville!

“As promoters we all should take responsibility on having Vintage racing at the tracks to maintain and move forward in keeping the young involved, teaching them the history of our great sport, so it will never be forgotten from generation to generation.” Lyle stated.

It’s very important in vintage racing, to keep an existence growing for all series and clubs to have great communication and calibration with each other to keep vintage racing alive and strong. And alway keep in mind the true meaning and what it stands for.

MVVDMS has the support of drivers committed at Malta from the Champlain Valley Vintage Racing Club, Northeastern Vintage Modified Racing Club, and Classics On Dirt. All together preserving our history.

In 2019 we are fortunate to have a great core of sponsors that supports our vintage series. I’m very honored that all our sponsors have some how been involved in racing in the past or still are involved in many different ways.

With these special allows me to give back to the guys, the best I can for their efforts they give with their heart in soul, in keeping the past rolling into the present,
threw vintage racing!

Series promoter (me) and on behalf of the racers I would like to thank!

  • Jake Spraker Used Cars and Glove City Taxi
  • Buanno Custom Body Shop
  • Boyd’s Motorworks
  • Mathewson’s Farm
  • John’s Auto Service Center Inc.
  • Custom By Bob Signs and Designs
  • Winners Circle
  • Swagger Factory Apparel
  • New Day Motors
  • Dixie Saloon
  • Final Reward Trophy & Imprintables
  • Kugler’s Red Barn
  • Todd Hoffman Racing

I must not forget those who support us, but would like to be watching from the sidelines. also to the media that takes the great shots and writes that special story threw newspaper, radio and of course Facebook, that help promote our vintage series.

We are excited about our Special races that will be going on threw out our 2019 season, that will be having special things taking place at each event. June 1st at Fonda Speedway is NYSSCA night for the vintage drivers.

June 22nd is Jack Cottrell Night for the vintage, Fonda Speedways Hall Of Fame Race along with the Hall Of Fame Inductions on July 20th, Our “Thrill on the Hill” at Glen Ridge Motorsports.

Then its back to the “Track Of Champions on September 14th for our Championship night. This will be one historic night as news will be coming out soon! Stay tuned!

All together we have six point shows for the MVVDMS, Starting with our race this coming Friday for the “Malta’s Vintage Express.”

There will also be three open shows for all Vintage racers…Series…Clubs starting at the Devils Bowl Speedway for their “Vintage Racing Celebration” on Sunday,June 30th.

The big Event; “Legands at the Valley” featuring MVVDMS runner Stanley Wetmore will be on Saturday, August 3rd at the “High Banks” of Lebanon Valley Speedway.

Last event of the year for Vintage racing will be a part of Brett Deyo’s STSN weekend on Saturday, October 12th for the “Vintage Afton Atraction” at the Afton Motorsports Park.

Something exciting in 2019 is for every driver that participates in each one of our point events they will get their names put into a hat and be eligible for a chance at one of two contingency awards sponsored by Mike Jackson’s Swagger Factory Apparel. Each winner can choose either Customized Racing Gloves, Racing Boots or Five Customized Crew Shirts.

Something special for all that will be displayed at all our races will be our “Legends Rocking Chair” donated by Kugler’s Red Barn, with hand painted legends drivers of Dave Lape, CD Coville, Jack Johnson and Lou Lazzaro sketched on by Custom By Bob Signs and Designs. it’s a beautiful piece of art you don’t want to miss out on. keep a look out at our events for tickets.

We at MVVDMS is committed on making this series value fun and exciting for the drivers and car owners, while doing their part in preserving and passing on our history while never forgetting our hero’s memories.

Hope to see you all at “THE GREAT RACE PLACE” watching some great racing with MVVDMS… Vintage Style!