Raceway 7 set to open 2013 season Friday night!
By Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH, (April 30, 2013):
Raceway 7, northeast Ohio’s premier speedplant, is set to throw open the gates for another season of racing Friday May 3 with regular racing for all classes.
Max Blair is expected to defend his championship in the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models. Billy Cunningham, Billy Henry, Kyle Zimmerman, and several others will be vying for the title as well.
Joel Watson will be doing his best to defend his Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod championship from Russ Dunn, the McDonald brothers, Jack Young, and other E-Mod speedsters.
Brandon Blackshear’s plans are not known to this writer presently but Blackshear dominated the McDonald Meats Economod division last year. If he does return there is a line-up of first-rate talent ready to unseat him as champion, including the young star Casey Bowers, only 14 years old and the 2012 Cavalcade of Auto Racing’s Rookie of the Year. Steve Burns, Jodi Woodworth, and others are expected to give Blackshear a run for the glory. Mini-Stock Champion Bud Sergeff has noted his son, Kevin, will be fielding an Economod as well.
Tommy Fox’s plans are also unknown at this time for the Western Reserve Animal Clinic Street Stock run for points but Rusty Wheeler is expected to run a limited schedule. Ed Bolyard will be attempting to regain his championship form and former Mini-Stock champion Jonny Boyd will be moving into the class as well, driving the car campaigned by Ryan Blood in 2012.
Bud Sergeff will be defending his Specialty Products Mini-Stock championship and will be joined in the season-long quest by by Cale Sousa, Mitch Stokes, Jason Easler, Brad Cole and Dale Fraschetti, driving one of Jonny Boyd’s former mounts. Hoyt Mihalac has purchased Boyd’s other car and will campaign it this summer.
The first special of the season will be a Western Reserve Animal Clinic Street Stock $500 to win event on May 10. All other classes will run a regular show. The last Friday of May, the 31st, will see the first-ever appearance of the Patriot Sprint Tour at Raceway 7. The winged 360 sprinters will take to the 3/8 mile oval for heats and feature with the racing starting at 7:30.
The Super Late Models will make three appearances this season with the first coming on June 14 for a $1500 to win special. They will return July 19 and August 16.
The Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models are scheduled for a Touring Series event on June 21 and another August 23. Friday June 7 will be a special night for all kids in scouting uniforms.
The McDonald Meats EconoMods will have a $500 to win special on autograph night, June 28, always a fan favorite. All divisions will have their cars out on the front straight and fans will be permitted down on the track during intermission to mingle with the drivers and see the cars close-up.
The Special Products Mini stocks will have a $300 to win special July 5 along with a giant firewoks display, one of three fireworks nights scheduled in 2013. The other nights for fireworks will be June 7th and August 23.
The biggest night of the season for the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods will come August 9 when the annual Chris Clinger Memorial will be run. The race is always the high point of the season for the open-wheeled ground-pounders and Jim Clinger always goes all out to put on a first-rate program of racing for the fans.
Other special nights will include a fan-appreciation night July 19 when the Super Late Models make their second appearance of the season, the Twin State Auto Racing Club night on August 2, and an $800 to win Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod special scheduled for July 12.
At present time it is expected the season will draw to a close on August 30. More events may be added and alterations may be made to the schedule at any time. Check our website at www.raceway7.com regularly for updates.
3 Opening night, points start for all classes
10 Regular divisions, $500 to win for Street Stocks
17 Regular divisions
24 Regular divisions
31 Regular divisions, Patriot Sprint Tour, FIRST TIME EVER AT RACEWAY 7!
7 Regular divisions, Kids Ubniform Night, FIREWORKS!
14 Regular divisions $1500 to Win SUPER LATE MODELS!
21 Regular divisions, $1200 to win Northeast Touring Series
28 Regular divisions, $800 to Win Econo-Mod race, AUTOGRAPH NIGHT!
5 Regular divisions, Regular divisions, $300 to Win Mini Stocks, FIREWORKS!
12 Regular divisions, $800 to Win E-Mods
19 Regular divisions, $1500 ti Win Super Late Models, FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT!
26 Regular divisions, $1200 to Win Northeast Touring Series
2 Regular divisions, Twin State Auto Club Night
9 Regular divisions, Chris Clinger Memorial Race for E-Mods
16 Regular divisions, $1500 to Win Super Late Models
23 Regular divisions, $1200 to Win Northeast Touring Series, FIREWORKS!
30 Regular divisions, END OF POINTS
NO RACING SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME
Pit Season pass $350.00
General Admission $140.00