Column By: JIM CLARKE – LAFARGEVILLE, NY – With close to a handful of tracks running the class, DIRTcar’s Northeast Region is a virtual hotbed of activity for 358 Modified teams. The home track heroes are getting ready to take on the travelling stars – Wednesday, June 26th – as the Small Block Modified tour rolls into Can Am Speedway at Lafargeville, New York.
“We’ve had some impressive shows from our regular Friday night runners and with the best of the best from Brockville, Cornwall and MIR expected to pay a visit and battle some of the sport’s biggest names, there’s no telling who might end-up in the winner’s circle,” said track owner and promoter Tyler Bartlett. “After rain washed-out what was originally planned to be the series opener – Sunday, May 12th – at Utica Rome, this will be the season kick-off for the 358 Modified Series.”
Bartlett says that with a payday worth $4,000 waiting for the winner of the 100 lap extravaganza, there’s no telling who’ll be signing-in at the pit gate. Also on the agenda will be DIRTcar Sportsman-Modifieds and a $1,000 to win 4 cylinder invitational. For complete schedule details, see www.racecanam.com.
Friday night racing at Can Am Speedway is a tasty main course, but it’s the mid-week special events that offer fans a delicious dessert. Just a week after the Small Block Super DIRTcar Series visit the track is pleased to host the 2019 edition of the crowd favourite Pabst Shootout – Wednesday, July 3rd – featuring the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman-Modifieds. Elginburg, Ontario’s Bobby Herrington is the reigning Small Block Mod event champion, while Danny Varin and Taylor Caprara took the checkered flags in the ESS and Sportsman features. Bartlett says a huge crowd is expected to be on hand for this show.
“In 2018, both the sprint car and modified features offered last lap passes for the checkered flag,” Tyler Bartlett said. “There’s no way to predict what might happen this year, but we’re expecting the place to be packed for this popular event that has long been a Can Am Speedway tradition.”
Bartlett says that again this year, there will be a fan fest held behind the main grandstand before the racing gets started. Fans can arrive ahead of time and check out the cars as they enter the speedway grounds. Driver autograph sessions will be held to give fans a chance to meet their favourites before the dirt flies.