Local Tracks Will Attempt To Open This Weekend

BUSTI — Stateline Speedway will try again to start the 2018 season on May 19 with not one, but two extra length/extra pay races honoring special people in its history.

Pete Loretto was a track official at several local speedways throughout his life and was a happy fan at a race track somewhere in the area when he wasn’t working. Bill Law was a car owner and almost single-handedly responsible for the introduction of the Crate Late Model class now sanction by RUSH to Stateline. The two were universally loved and respected in the area for their contributions to the sport. This night will honor their efforts with extra lap/extra pay events. Even with the two special events, admission will be at regular pricing.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models will race 30 laps for $2,000 to win while the RUSH Crate Late Models will also run 30 laps for $2,000 to win. The Rusted Nutz Auto Repair and Restoration Outlaw E-Mods, the RUSH ProMods, Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks, and Challengers will all run a full program of heats and feature.

Admission at Stateline is as follows: adults, $15; seniors/vets, $10; students (ages 11-15), $8; 10 and under, free; pits, $30. Special event admissions will be higher. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. and fan gates will open at 5 p.m.

Stateline Speedway on Kortwright Road in Busti has been in continuous operation since 1956 and is currently owned by Jim and Jean Scott and Dave Turner. Racing is presented every Saturday night during the racing season, this year through Aug. 31 plus special events and practices. The 2018 season will conclude on Sept. 3 with an Enduro. The track is on the Internet at www.newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti, NY, and Twitter @newstateline. Stateline’s Instagram is also @newstateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is 720-2403. Information can also be had by emailing newstateline15@gmail.com.

Once again, Eriez Speedway will attempt to open for the 2018 season on Sunday.

The featured class will be the RUSH Crate Late Models, running a $2,000 to win Bonnell Auto Group Crate Late Model feature. In the five previous touring series events at Eriez, Max Blair has won four, while his father, Robbie Blair, prevailed in the other. Blair won’t have an easy time of it with the likes of 2017 champion Mike Knight and 2016 champion Jason Genco, as well as former champions Kyle Zimmerman, Darrell Bossard, Chad Wright and others contesting for the win, fighting for the lead every inch of the way. Also expected to be in contention for a win will be former Challenger champion Andy Proper, who reportedly is moving up to RUSH Crate racing this summer.

Eriez Speedway is located on Sampson Road, just off Lake Pleasant Road in the town of Hammett, Pennsylvania, 3 miles south of Interstate 90. Take Route 8 South from Interstate 90 Exit 29 and follow the signs starting in Hammett. Admission for this special event is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military (with ID), children ages 6-15 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. A family pass for two adults and up to four kids under 16 is available for $36. Pit admission is $30 for all ages. Fan gates open at 4:30 p.m. and pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the first green flag shown at 6:30 p.m.