EVANS MILLS, N.Y. – Another beautiful August evening hosted a long line of fans waiting to visit Evans Mills Raceway Park at Christman’s night Saturday, Aug. 31. It was a special evening with five races of different features, contested in six classes, as well as the crowning of our track points champions of the 2019 season.
The first feature was the tightest point race, the compact sports, which were associated with the Serv Pro thunder stocks. Only four points separate # 19 Craig Caskinette and Tim Dunn’s # 96t, just to ensure the race winner would be the points champion. That night, it was Craig Caskinette who returned to victory lane and won the track championship. Chuck Powelczyk was second in #17 and Amanda Dafoe was third in #61. Justin Burns triumphantly returned to the track in his # 11j and won the Serv Pro Thunder stock feature, but failed to pass inspection after the race, while Josh Verne Jr.in the new number 200 easily won the track championship.
The classic series modified by asphalt put a powerful field of 11 cars on the track and showed a great show. On the finish, franco-Canadian Normand Gervais crossed the line first in the Lucky # 7 with series president Tim James in the # 50 Coupe. The interview of the winner was a bit difficult with the language barrier, but Gervais heard ” Nice track!”and gave a hearty handshake with a smile from ear to ear.
The Fidelis Care Inex Legends saw another Josh Marchese win in the #31, which also led to his track championship win. Josh felt like his team’s hard work had paid off in the second half of the season, as he had very strong July and August at Evans Mills.
The Caskinette Ford Modifieds had some of their most intense races of the year with several laps with a series of side-by-side battles. By the middle of the race, Mike Ramos had moved from his starting 6th place to 2nd place in the # 09, and the top three cars of # 1 Casey Sykes, Ramos and Mason Spencer’s #30 had a hot fight for the top three places. Ramos managed a late pass in the race to victory. A breathless Ramos on the way to victory rejoiced at the victory. Mason Spencer, despite a good lead in the points race, did not give up and ran hard to win the Caskinette Ford Modified track championship. The Modified race at Evans Mills last month was very competitive and the treatment of the outer groove in the corners works well.
The last event of the night was something that has never been seen before in Nordland, a skid plate race. No less than 19 cars screwed a rounded metal slide to the bottom of the rear rims, trying to navigate the circuit. It was a wild affair with a few cars that made trips into the wall below and each had several quick laps with the skates attached. The winner was Ryan Martin surrounded by an acclaimed family in victory lane. It was estimated that the winner ran in a circle five different times in the race before crossing the finish line.
This Saturday, September 7th is hosted by the Evans Mills Raceway Park and sponsored by our friends at Caskinette Ford while we ” run away from hunger.”This community services campaign addresses the unpleasant fact that so many children are hungry in our Nordland.
School backpack programs provide children with nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays if they can’t rely on school meals to avoid hunger. Each backpack Food Program is unique to the community and school it serves. To support as many school districts as possible, Evans Mills Raceway Park is offering a $ 2 general admission to all who donate to our school backpack program. We will accept your donations at the new entrance to the circuit or anyone who cannot participate in Saturday’s races will be able to make their donations this week at the secluded CASKINETTE FORD location on Rt 26 in Carthage, NY. Thank you for the support of the children.