Cayuga 2000 Speedway Agri-Fest preview

Nelles Corners, Ontario -- On Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, Cayuga 2000 Speedway hosts the second annual Agri-Fest Weekend. Featuring country music, two classes of open-wheel racecars, full-fendered stock cars and plenty of free camping, the ...

Nelles Corners, Ontario -- On Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, Cayuga 2000 Speedway hosts the second annual Agri-Fest Weekend. Featuring country music, two classes of open-wheel racecars, full-fendered stock cars and plenty of free camping, the Agri-Fest Weekend is shaping up to be a fun time for music and racing fans of all ages. The roster of entertainment for the weekend will be released shortly.

The auto racing feature events are 50 laps for the Supermodifieds of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), 30 laps for the Canadian Vintage Modifieds (CVM), and 30 laps for the Outlaw Thundercars. The Thundercars race on Saturday and Sunday, while the Supermodifieds and Vintage Modifieds run on Sunday only.

Billed as the fastest short-track asphalt cars in the world, the ISMA Supermodifieds are capable of running Cayuga's five-eighths-mile-oval in less than 17 seconds at average speeds exceeding 130 mph (210 km/h). They are powered by big block, North American built motors with a maximum displacement of 470 cubic inches (7.7 litres) producing upwards of 700 horsepower.

The Supermodified portion of the Agri-Fest Weekend will be the second of two appearances at Cayuga this year for ISMA. In the first race, Joe Gosek of Oswego, New York narrowly edged young Ryan Coniam from Burlington, Ontario in a thrilling finish. It was Gosek's third Cayuga win in a row. The defending ISMA champ will be going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory when the ISMA Supermodifieds return to Cayuga on August 5.

The stellar performance by Ryan Coniam came in just his second race in a supermodified. Coniam is the son of well-known supermodified driver Warren Coniam, a two-time Oswego Classic champion. Ryan began racing go-karts, and then progressed to open-wheel modified ranks before joining the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS). He was the SOS rookie of the year in 1999 and won his first feature in 2000. He also has a win this year. If Coniam's sprint car schedule does not conflict with the Cayuga race, he will be back behind the wheel of the Brad Lichty-owned Patco Transportation Special on Agri-Fest Weekend.

Lou Cicconi of Aston, Pennsylvania leads the ISMA point standings by a slim six points over Gosek. Dave McKnight out of Brampton, Ontario, a two-time winner this year, sits third in the standings. Chris Perley of Rowley, Massachusetts and Joey Payne from Hawthorne, New Jersey round out the top five. The separation from first to fifth is less than 50 points.

On the strength of two feature wins, David Elliott of Dundas, Ontario heads the point standings in the Grisdale Racing Tour for Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Multi-time CVM champion Ray Hughes from Kitchener, a 35-year veteran, is second in the point chase. Hughes has also recorded a pair of victories in his 1933 Plymouth coupe. Third place Doc Roper from Oakville has yet to win this year, but has been consistent in his 1934 Chevrolet coupe. Doug Hood of Freelton is tied for third. He drives a 1930 Ford Model A and has one win in the eight CVM events run thus far.

Spectator gates for the race track open at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Warm ups are scheduled for 10:00 o'clock. Qualifying heat races for the three classes are scheduled to start at noon. On Saturday, gates open at noon.

Race-only tickets for the Agri-Fest Weekend are general admission and sold at the gate on race day. Adult tickets are $25. The Family Plan costs $80 and admits two adults and two students. Children under 12 are free. More information and the full 2001 schedule for Cayuga 2000 Speedway is available on the web site at www.cayuga2000speedway.com. Phone inquiries are welcome at the speedway office (519-622-2430) from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

-CS

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