Breweton, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€ The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will make a first-ever visit to Brewerton Speedway on Wed., Sept. 2, track and series officials have announced.
A 50-lap A-Main paying $10,000 to win will top the late-summer evening program, which gives central New York DIRTcar big-block Modified fans one more chance to see the full-fender stars of the national tour in 2009.
John Wight, a trucking company magnate who owns Brewerton Speedway and nearby Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway and also fields big-block Modified and dirt Late Model teams under the Gypsum Racing banner, is in the process of increasing the seating capacity of the one-third-mile Brewerton oval in preparation for the highly-anticipated WoO LMS event.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As soon as I bought the tracks (in March) I was thinking about having a World of Outlaws Late Model Series race at Brewerton,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Wight. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Harvey (Fink, who manages Brewerton and Fulton for Wight) said Brewerton didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have enough seating to run an Outlaw show, so we went out and got more bleachers to make it happen.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very excited about the race. We had fans asking if they could buy reserved tickets as soon as we announced the date during one of our Friday-night shows, so I think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to need every one of those new seats.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wight said work crews are currently pouring the foundation for the new grandstand, which will be positioned outside turn four and add approximately 1,000 seats to the trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capacity.
Fink, a former owner and promoter of both Brewerton and Fulton speedways whom Wight summoned from his home in Florida to once again run the two tracks, has been waiting for more than a decade to see dirt Late Models battle at Brewerton. He scheduled a STARS Renegade DirtCar Series event for Super DIRT Week 1996 at Brewerton, but the race was rained out and not rescheduled.
Several dirt Late Model drivers did, however, test their cars at Brewerton during a DIRTcar 358-Modified program run the night before the scheduled STARS event in October 1996. Fink fondly recalls those exciting dirt Late Model laps on the track known as the Ã¢â‚¬ËœD-Shaped Dirt Demon.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That practice session was awesome,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Fink. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Late Models were out there twisting and lifting up their left-front wheels. It had everybody talking, but unfortunately we never got to run the show because of the rain.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anybody who saw that practice knows how exciting (a WoO LMS) show will be at Brewerton.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The WoO LMS event will feature plenty of drivers familiar to BrewertonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s weekly faithful, including 2006 tour champion Tim McCreadie and current WoO LMS regular Tim Fuller, a pair of Watertown, N.Y., residents who starred in the trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DIRTcar big-block Modified ranks before moving to the national dirt Late Model scene. McCreadie owns 11 career Modified feature wins at Brewerton (his legendary father, Ã¢â‚¬ËœBarefootÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Bob McCreadie, is the trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all-time winningest driver with 82 victories), while Fuller ranks sixth on BrewertonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career win list with 26 triumphs.
Fuller drives dirt Late Models from WightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gypsum Racing stable. He will be one of three Gypsum Racing drivers in BrewertonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WoO LMS event, joining DIRTcar big-block Modified superstar Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., who ranks fourth on the trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career win list with 44 victories, and rising DIRTcar big-block Modified star Larry Wight of Baldwinsville, N.Y., John WightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 16-year-old son who recently made his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main starts.
Both Decker and Larry Wight provided a taste of what’s in store on Sept. 2 when they made some exhibition laps around the track with their dirt Late Models during Brewerton’s June 26 racing program. Decker turned laps in the high 13-second bracket while Wight topped out at 14.2 seconds on the stopwatch.
Fink said Brewerton Speedway will not sell advance reserved-seat tickets to the WoO LMS event, but plans are being made to open the trackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ticket windows early on Sept. 2 to accommodate the influx of fans. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
The event will carry a rain date of Thurs., Sept. 3.
Information on Brewerton Speedway is available by logging on to www.brewertonspeedway.com.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.