Story By: BRETT DEYO / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – AFTON, NY – The picturesque fairgrounds located off Interstate 88 Exit 7 will once again come to life on Columbus Day weekend.
The American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals will return to its birthplace on Friday-Saturday October 11-12 when the 12th annual “Working Man’s Race” takes over Afton Motorsports Park.
Ron Ford’s Afton facility has seen a huge resurgence in 2019, with new clay providing a wide racing surface and car counts and crowds growing throughout the season.
Now, the facility is set to host a huge two-day weekend.
The Short Track SuperNationals began at Afton back on Columbus Day weekend in 2006 when then rookie event promoter Brett Deyo teamed with Pat and Janet Jordan to produce a two-day program geared for weekend racers. Over time, the SuperNationals evolved into the traveling Short Track Super Series and the event has prospered over a decade-plus at three different facilities.
The ’19 edition will again feature two days of short-track action on the racy Afton oval.
Saturday’s (Oct. 12) program is headlined by the 50-lap ‘Working Man’s Race’ Short Track SuperNationals for the Modifieds paying $5,500 to win for 50 laps, with $1,000 reserved for 10th and a minimum of $400 to take the green flag.
This event is Race No. 7 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region.
American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Modified champions will take part in One-On-One Match Races with the overall champion receiving $2,000 and each participant taking come a free tire courtesy of American Racer and Lias Tire Company.
The Short Track Super Series Crate 602 Sportsman are on the docket for Saturday in the sixth and final round of the North Region. The 25-lap feature will pay the winner $1,500 and a champion will be crowned.
Also on the Saturday card: Street Stocks (20 laps, $750 to win) and a special appearance by the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds (15 laps).
Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 3 p.m. Hot laps are set for 5:30 p.m. Racing goes green at 6:30 p.m.
Adult Admission is $24. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $22. Kids (ages 9-14) pay $12. Children 8 and under are FREE.
Pit admission is $40 for ages 13 and up. Kids 6-12 pay $15. Children 5 and under pay $2.
Friday night’s (Oct. 11) event is topped by a Sportsman Challenge allowing both Open and Crate 602 Sportsman to take part. This 30-lap event pays $1,500 to win and an increased $2,000 to win if a driver posts the $20 “Gambler’s Fee” pre-race.
American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Sportsman Champions have their moment in the spotlight with One-on-One Match Races for $1,000 to win and a tire certificate going to all participants.
The Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA 305 Sprint Cars take part in the Friday program (25 laps) in addition to the Slingshots in a 20-lap, $350-to-win program.
Modifieds will have track time for practice in advance of Saturday’s event in addition to a Dash offering a redraw for Saturday’s 50-lap main.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6 p.m. Racing begins at 7 p.m.
Adult Admission is $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $13. Kids (ages 9-14) pay $10. Children 8 and under are FREE.
Pit admission is $40 (ages 13 and up), $15 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $2 for Children 5 and under.
A two-day Pit Pass will be available for a discounted rate of $75.