1665Re: [TrackChasers] The Rest of July: #687-689
- Aug 2, 2001The R rated Kane, PA off road race...? Tell us more.
--- andy sivi <andycv@...> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,__________________________________________________
> After my road trip I did not go to any races until
> Saturday, July 25th, when I went to Rick Schneider
> Country-Long Island for the Riverhead Raceway oval
> and Figure 8 tracks. As soon as I parked my car I
> was very surprised to see Rick Schneider come over
> to me. He had car problems Friday while leaving New
> York City. His replacement engine was not running
> properly so he returned home. It turned out only to
> be a loose spark plug wire, but by then it was too
> late to go anywhere else for the weekend. Rick could
> not remember whether he had ever actually seen a
> Figure 8 race at Riverhead. He may have always left
> early on nights with Figure 8 racing. This Figure 8
> track was Rick's 39th new track in 2001. The racing
> was exciting but I thought the $17.00 admission
> price was a bit high. Apparently, it was a special
> show because of the 30 lap, double points
> Blunderbust feature and a train race.
> Last night I picked up my brother in Jamestown, NY
> and went to the 159th annual Cattaraugus County Fair
> for Figure 8 racing. It was being held at the Little
> Valley Speedway, NY. Unfortunately, the Figure 8s
> were part of an evening of "Jamboree in the Dirt".
> There were drag trucks and mini tractor pulling on
> their respective straight lines; also, on a modified
> oval with jumps, there were 4 classes of ATVs and
> solo run Tough Trucks. The announcer and his
> attractive assistant were the ones at the R-rated
> Kane, PA Off Road Course event earlier in the year.
> The Figure 8s took a back seat to the other events.
> The show started at 7:45 with the first Figure 8
> heat at 8:25. There were 3 heats of 6 cars each. All
> the cars were big, full-sized cars except for one
> small car that probably weighed a 1,000 pounds less
> than most of the others. The small car got pushed
> around in its heat but won the consi to make the 10
> car, 10 lap feature where it finished 2nd or 3rd,
> depending upon which car won the race. When the
> feature was over at 10:30 there was a disagreement
> as to who the winner was. The vocal crowd thought
> car #3 won, but the winner was announced as #320,
> which may or may not have been a lap down. The
> Figure 8 races were all entertaining, with very
> aggressive driving styles.
> Andy Sivi
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