Pro Stocks return to Brewerton for first time since 1995

Written by Doug Zupan BREWERTON, NY - In a much anticipated move, the Brewerton Speedway has brought the DIRT Pro Stock division back for three shows during the 2001 racing season at the popular 1/3-mile known as the D-Shaped DIRT Demon. The...

Written by Doug Zupan

BREWERTON, NY - In a much anticipated move, the Brewerton Speedway has brought the DIRT Pro Stock division back for three shows during the 2001 racing season at the popular 1/3-mile known as the D-Shaped DIRT Demon.

The Pro Stocks, formerly known as the Street Stocks, last raced weekly at Brewerton in 1995 when they were replaced by a new division called the IMCA Modifieds. Without a doubt, have put on some of the more hair raising battles and races in the speedway history. This year at Brewerton, they will be appearing on May 18, July 20, and for the resurrected New York State championship event on September 7.

"We are really excited to be bringing the Pro Stocks back to Brewerton, and I think it will be a popular move with the fans, who have requested us to bring them back for years now," said Brewerton Speedway promoter Harvey Fink. "The division has had a tremendous increase in professionalism in the last few years, and I think the fans will really enjoy more full bodied racing at Brewerton."

Popular drivers in the heyday of Brewerton Speedway Street Stock racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s include former track champions Bret Belden, Billy Burton, Steve Hulsizer, Ricky Breed, Bob Goutermout, Tim Gareau Jr., Bob Root, and Billy Abold Jr. Other exciting drivers were J.J. Andrews, Mike Watkins, Herb DeVaul, Tim Sears, Tom Sears Jr., and Rick Miller.

"We hope to have a good turnout of cars for the Pro Stocks," said Fink, who also mentioned that the Pro Stocks have no Friday night home in the area. "Hopefully, we can have more Pro Stock shows over the next few years on a specials only basis if this goes over well," he said.

News of the return of the Pro Stocks at Brewerton has had many drivers and fans talking.

Two-time track champion Bret Belden of West Edmeston, when told of the move by Brewerton, was very excited. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to race once again at Brewerton. I love that track and I will be there in a heartbeat!" said Belden, who is well known for his many victories in the late 1980's as well as one of the scariest barrel roll flips down the frontstretch in speedway history.

Mike Watkins of Liverpool, one of the more popular Pro Stock drivers in Brewerton history, who currently works as the turn one cornerman at Brewerton, was just as thrilled as Belden. "I think I may have to take a couple nights off from my the turn one cornerman job!" joked Watkins with a sly grin, who returned to racing last season behind the wheel of the Jason Rood team car.

One of the most ardent supporters of the Pro Stock division and former Brewerton Street Stock feature winner, J.J. Andrews of Mexico feels that the "new generation" of Brewerton fans will really enjoy the excitement of the racing produced by the Pro Stocks. "The return of Street Stocks to Brewerton will bring back a lot of memories and nostalgia of classic door handle to door handle racing around the d-shaped track, and I am sure that the fans will get an excellent show."

The 2001 season at the Brewerton Speedway begins on Saturday April 7 with a special test and tune session for all divisions that meet Brewerton muffler requirements. The special practice will begin at noon and warmups will last until 3pm. Admission to the grandstand area is free.

The first races for the new season at Brewerton are scheduled for Friday April 13, when Brewerton will play host to the F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES $5000 to win Demon Dogfight on DIRT for the DIRT Modifieds and 358-Modifieds. The 15-lap Demon Dogfight will be the highest paying race over the shortest distance in DIRT Motorsports history, and many of the top drivers in the area will be in attendance for the dramatic season opener. Also in action racing starting at 7:30pm will be the IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, and Four Cylinder Super Stocks.

For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 668-6906 or log on to www.brewertonspeedway.com.

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