Mountain Speedway opens for 2002

ST. JOHNS, PA -- March 10, 2002 -- The racing action at Mountain Speedway will get started this coming weekend, with the first of two practice sessions. This will give drivers the first opportunity to shakedown their equipment before the points...

ST. JOHNS, PA -- March 10, 2002 -- The racing action at Mountain Speedway will get started this coming weekend, with the first of two practice sessions. This will give drivers the first opportunity to shakedown their equipment before the points racing gets underway.

The practices are set for consecutive Sunday afternoons on March 17 and 24. The pit gate opens at 9:00 A.M., with safety inspections starting at 10:00 A.M. For cars that pass inspection, action on the track will begin at 12:30 P.M. Any and all race drivers are welcome to come and check out the racing facility.

There will be no racing at the speedway on March 31, for the Easter holiday. Sunday, April 7, will be qualifying day. The Modified and Late Model divisions will qualify via time trials. Heat races will be run for the Pro Stock, Street Stock, and Factory Stock classes. This will also give drivers one last opportunity to fine tune their cars before the start of the season.

Opening day for the season will be Sunday, April 14, with all five regular divisions in action. The gate and start times will be the same as practice. That will kick off a season packed with special events. "By all indications, this should be an exciting year", states promoter Joe Callavini. All divisions have seen a high rate of driver pre-registration during the off season. In fact, the new paved pit stalls along the back road have been sold out for a couple weeks. If there is enough interest from additional teams, paving the road that runs along side the backstretch before the season starts will be considered.

One of the special events on the original schedule, just got a little bigger. Billy Bartley, Director of Operations says, "Interest and inquires from enduro teams has been very high". Cars from many tracks in the NY, NJ, and PA area have already pre-registered for the May 12 event. As a result, more enduro races have been added to the already packed schedule.

Three small car (4 cylinder) enduro events have been added to the schedule. The first will be on May 5, replacing 4-cylinder stock car event. The second will be August 18, as part of the Late Model Nationals. The final small car enduro will be held on October 13. The big cars (6 - 8 cylinders) also pick up a couple extra dates. Along with the May 12 show, the big cars will also be part of the Modified Top Gun event on September 8. They will also be in action with the small cars on October 13.

The October 13 enduro show will be the Tri-State Enduro Championship (TRI-SEC 400) which will pay $2500 to win in each class based on 100 cars in a division. Both enduro races will be a 200-lap distance.

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