EVANS MILLS-NY – Another lovely night greeted fans at Evans Mills Raceway Park as they filed into the speedway on Saturday Aug. 24 for Watertown Savings Bank night.
Before the time of the race we received the sad news that the longtime friend and experienced race presenter John Burr had died. A tribute of silence was observed at the beginning of the program in memory of John and the flags at the entrance of the speedway were set in Bern. John was present at the very first race at Evans Mills on August. 6, 1967 and had spent many years proclaiming here. We extend our sincere condolences to John’s family.
After the heat races in all divisions were completed in time, a second night of spectator races took place. Eleven cars entered and while an Audi and a Tesla gave him a good race, no one could beat Chris Rombough’s Subaru, who was back in the lead after the end of the competition. The races of the spectators were followed by a children’s poster Party and an autograph session on the track, and a considerable number of the large crowd went through the narrow door on the track to see the cars and chat with the drivers. We found out that fans from Louisiana, Texas, and Switzerland were present!
The Sport Compact and the SERV Pro Thunder stocks came out for the first feature film of the evening and the crowd buzzed when André Roggie brought his #03 to the track for the first time this season. On Lap 8, Andre had passed the terrain with the outside lane and had taken advantage of the terrain in the corners. Upon arrival, Roggie was first, followed by Craig Caskinette in the #19, Chuck Powelczyk in the 17 and Tim Dunn in the 96T. Josh Verne Jr.won another victory in the category # 200 Serv per Thunder Stock.
In the Fidelis Care INEX Legends category, the first rider to enter Andre Fiorini in the #7 of Canada would take the lead early with Colby Felber in the #14 and Breanne Gilligan in the #33 Chase. A spin by Gilligan near the final laps produced the yellow and brought about the restart of the cone that Evans Mills has used since the first of the season. Fourth-placed driver Josh Marchese in # 31 would benefit from this, as none of the first three have chosen the outer route. On the recovery Marchese took the lead and scored another victory, followed by Felber, Fiorini and Zach Anderson in #46.
The Caskinette Ford modifications have brought another solid field of drivers to the track. Unfortunately for Steve Fuchs in the # 4, he lost a clutch in hot laps and could not compete. Terry Gardner in the 2x was also unlucky, as he had to start the function from pole position, but retired with a bad engine. At the start of the 30-lap race, it was Randy Brunelle who took the lead from # 007. Mike Ramos in the # 09 loaded with a Start from 5th place to second and pulled Brunelle for several laps. There was a touch Turn 4 that produced a caveat and both drivers would be fired. Kraig heroth in the # 6 in his second race of the season at Evans Mills found himself in the lead, but Mason Spencer in the # 30 chose the outside path to the restart and was able to reclaim first place. In the end it was Spencer, Heroth and Geoff Sharkey in # 66 who finished third. Brian MacDonald, in his first race on Asphalt, was fourth in the # 126 and Brad winter was fifth in the #92.
In addition to regular courses, Saturday August. 31 features an enduro protective plate race pay $ 500 to win Sponsored by ray’s Service Center, the first race of its kind in the Northern Country. The rules can be found on the Evans Mills Raceway Park Facebook page and Website. It will also be the final points Night, sponsored by Christman Fuel Service with Tim Dunn and Craig Caskinette very close at the top of the sport Compact class. Mason Spencer leads the Caskinette Ford modifications, Josh Marchese leads the Fidelis Care Inex legends and Josh Verne enjoys an insurmountable lead in the SERV Pro Thunder shares. Classic Asphalt Modifieds will return this weekend 8/31/19 as well as a classic car Show in midway area with another big 50/50 jackpot of more than $1200 to the winner, the crowds will continue to grow at Evans Mills Raceway Park.
Make sure you mark Saturday, September 7, on your calendar as a “must-have Event” because Evans Mills Raceway Park & Caskinette Ford has launched a “Racing Away the Hunger” campaign to collect non-perishable foods, health and wellness items that are distributed to the pantries of schools in the region to support backpacking lunches. This program provides easy-to-prepare meals for students on weekends and holidays to fill the hunger gap when school meals are not available. A trailer is spotted at the entrance of the race track and anyone making a donation will be admitted to the race event.