2019 News/Press Releases.
Five Mile Point Speedway Set To Open in 2019.
KIRKWOOD, NY…. After an off season filled with uncertainty, Five Mile Point Speedway will officially open its doors for the 69th consecutive season in 2019. After a successful 2018 racing season it was unclear what the future of the speedway would be as Track Operator Andrew Harpell indicated that he would no longer operate the speedway.
Upon the news, three familiar faces around the speedway sat down and began talks of becoming the next promoters of the speedway. Brothers Tyler, Tanner, and Tucker Harpell, the great grand children of the track’s founders Irving and Anna Heath knew immediately that they wanted to be the ones to take over the speedway and continue its rich history. The trio have leased the speedway for the 2019 season with their corporation T3 Motorsports, Inc. The Harpell brothers have grown up at the speedway with their father and former promoter Dan Harpell, along with their uncle and most recent promoter Andrew Harpell. Tyler had served as the speedway’s announcer for nearly 10 years, while Tanner and Tucker have spent most of their lives racing at the track and helping out around the facility any way that they could. After making the decision to become promoters, Tanner and Tucker decided they would take a step back from their racing careers and focus their attention promoting the speedway. New co promoter Tyler Harpell stated, “We are beyond excited to be the new promoters of the speedway. We have all grown up at the track and it has been a dream of ours to one day become the promoters of the track. It will be a lot of work, but we are ambitious and excited for the future of the track.” The trio has already gotten to work at the speedway in preparation of the 2019 season and is currently working on finalizing the schedule for next season. Tyler also stated, “We have a list full of new ideas and a lifetime full of experience in the industry. We look forward to making more announcements in the days and weeks to come.” A schedule, weekly classes, and rules will be released in the following weeks. An informational meeting will be held at the Five Mile Point fire station just down the hill from the speedway on Saturday January 26th.
For more information please log on to our website at www.5milepointspeedway.com, email us directly at [email protected] or call us at 607-775-5555. Any correspondence can be mailed to 3T Motorsports, Inc. – P.O. Box 242 – Kirkwood, NY 13795. Our official Facebook page is under the name Five Mile Point Speedway.
March 20, 2019
FIVE MILE POINT POSTPONES OPENER TO APRIL 6TH; PRACTICES SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH AND SATURDAY MARCH 30TH
FIRST RACE - SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH.
KIRKWOOD, NY…Five Mile Point Speedway has revised its early season schedule, postponing its March Madness season opener and scheduling a couple of practice sessions. The 2019 season opener will now take place on Saturday, April 6th. An open practice will be held THIS Sunday, March 24th, from noon until 4:00 p.m., with another practice taking place on Saturday, March 30th.
With the weather just starting to break, the decision was made to replace the originally scheduled March Madness event on March 30th with an open practice for all divisions. “With the cold temperatures and soft grounds we decided to push our opener back a week. We have a lot of painting and work to do around the facility that the cold temperatures haven’t allowed up to this point”, said Co-Promoter Tyler Harpell.
The track itself is in great shape. It was graded and packed on Tuesday and is ready for this Sunday’s practice. However there is a lot of other work to do around the facility that will take some extra time. In addition it has been too cold to hook up the water pipes. “You only get one chance to make a first impression and we want to make sure that we are fully prepared before we begin our first year. It will not only give us some needed extra time to get ready, but also give the drivers more time to be prepared for the opener”, he added.
So the new early season schedule has been adjusted. The first practice will now be scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 24th from noon until 4:00 p.m. We will utilize the upper spectator parking lot for the pit area as we allow the regular pit more time to dry out. The Friday, March 29th practice will be moved to Saturday, March 30th and will take the place of the originally scheduled March Madness race.
The 2019 Season Opener will now take place on Saturday, April 6th featuring a Grit Series Race for the Insinger Performance Crate Sportsman, along with season openers for the Factory Stocks, Four Cylinders (Experts and Novice), Excel 600cc Modifieds, along with a special appearance by the Street Stocks. Race time is 6:00 p.m. Another open practice will be held the night prior, on Friday, April 5th, for all divisions.
Saturday, April 13th remains the same as it was originally scheduled with a Racers Flea Market beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by open practice for all divisions at noon. This will be the final tune up before the racing season gets into full swing the following week with a big event.
The Sunoco Modified Season Opener will take place on Saturday, April 20th with a Tribute to Doug Worthing. The 46 lap race will pay the winner $2,063 for the win. The 46 laps recognize his number of Modified feature wins at the Point in his career, ranking him fourth all time. The $2,063 to win reflects his car number for the majority of his career, 63.
The Sunoco Modifieds will be joined by a full show of Insinger Performance Crate Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Four Cylinders (Expert and Novice) and Excel 600cc Modifieds. Race time for the month of April is 6:00 p.m.
It should be noted that the Sunoco Modifieds will be part of the show on Saturday, April 27th. It is not reflected on the original schedule that was handed out at the car shows. They were erroneously omitted from the schedule. Another clarification to the schedule is Season Championship Night, which was also mistakenly deleted when the schedules were printed. Season Championship Night for all divisions is Saturday, August 31st.
Five Mile Point Speedway begins its 69th consecutive year of racing in 2019 under the direction of first year Promoters Tyler, Tanner and Tucker Harpell, the Great Grandsons of track founders Irv and Anna Heath. For further information please call us at 607-775-5555, log onto www.5MilePointSpeedway.com or check out our Facebook pages.
MODIFIEDS RETURN TO FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY IN A BIG WAY, APRIL 20TH RACE TO HONOR LEGENDARY DOUG WORTHING; SEASON OPENER SET FOR MARCH 30TH.
KIRKWOOD, NY…Modified racing will return to Five Mile Point Speedway in a big way in 2019 as the track pays tribute to a track legend. Saturday, April 20th will be Doug Worthing Tribute Night, featuring a 46 lap feature, paying $2,000 to win. The track will open the 2019 racing season with March Madness on Saturday, March 30th.
The race pays tribute to Doug Worthing, one of the all-time greats and a member of the original 50 Greatest Drivers at Five Mile Point Speedway. The 46 lap distance is significant because it is the number of Modified feature wins that the driver known as the “Junkyard Jet” garnered in his career at the Point, putting him fourth on the all-time feature win list.
Track Co Promoter Tyler Harpell stated, “We are excited to have the Modifieds returning in 2019 and we thought it would be pretty cool to have their season opener pay tribute to Doug Worthing”. The Modifieds will be joined by the Crate Sportsman, 600cc Mods, Four Cylinders and Factory Stocks. All divisions will be racing for weekly points on that night as well.
Check our Facebook page in the coming days as we release more of our schedule leading up to the Southern Tier Speedworld Car Show March 1st through 3rd at the Oakdale Mall, where we will release the entire schedule. There are many more exciting announcements coming in the days and weeks ahead.
The speedway opens under new management in 2019. Brothers Tyler, Tanner and Tucker Harpell will be at the helm. The brothers are the Great Grandsons of track founders Irv and Anna Heath, nephews of track owner and former Promoter Andrew Harpell and sons of former Promoter Dan Harpell. 2019 marks to 69th consecutive year of racing at the Southern Tier oval.
Five Mile Point Speedway is located on Francis Street in Kirkwood, New York. For further information you can call the speedway office at 607-775-5555, look us up on Facebook or log onto our website at 5MilePointSpeedway.com.
VERY SUCCESSFUL OPENING NIGHT FOR THE NEW PROMOTERS AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY. MARCUCCILLI WINS THE GRIT SERIES INSINGER CRATE SPORTSMAN RACE. CLAIMING HIS FIRST EVER FEATURE WIN AT THE TRACK.
Ajay Potrzebowski Jr. and Corey Cormier led the GRIT Series INSINGER Crate Sportsman to the green. On the start, going into turn two the front of the pack was full of door banging getting them all jumbled but they all kept going. A short time after the yellow flag was flown putting Cormier and Marcuccilli on the front row. After the restart, there were many battles happening throughout the field. The next caution was brought out on lap seven with a pile up with the back of the field in turn four. Marcuccilli made his move taking the highside around Cormier to take the lead on the lap seven caution restart. The restart after the lap thirteen debris caution, Jimmy Zacharias took over the second position over Cormier. Zacharias then began to close in on Marcucilli for many laps but never could get by him. Marcucilli ended up claiming the victory over Jimmy Zacharias, Randy Brokaw, Ryan Macartney, Randy Fox, and Tyler Peet after a long 30 laps. This was Dave Marcuccilli’s first ever win at the track after numerous appearances.
Factory Stock field was led to the green by Ray Lindquist and Buck Mills Jr. Until the final laps, the race was tremendously trouble plagued. After a handful of cars had experienced either mechanical problems pulling numerous cautions and several lead changes. Once the checkered flag flew, Jerry Lobdell Jr. picked up the win over, Ray Lindquist, Charlie Gilbert, Andy Brigham, and Charlie Towner.
The XCEL 600cc Modifieds were led to the green by Zack Mills and Hunter Deihl. As soon as the green flag flew Adam Mudge flew past the leaders taking the lead in turns one and two and never looked back even when lap cars came into play. Adam Mudge picked up his second consecutive opening night win at Five Mile over Jared Green, James Randall, Chelsie Beebe, and Nolan Smith.
Tyler Yeagle and Jerry Lobdell Jr. led the Street Stock field to the green. Tyler Yeagle took the lead on lap one and never looked back. Jerry Lobdell Jr., Shane Wolf Jr., Dan Force, and Doug Stack Sr. rounded out the top five in the caution free 20 lap Street Stock feature. We would like to thank Doug’s Speed Shop for the $100 bonus they put up for the winners share.
Lightning Cat Experts were led to the green by Kenny Underwood and Eric Rowley. Soon after Nick Kennedy took the highside to pass Eric Rowley for the lead. The field went caution free for the first half and was very spread out throughout. A few cautions had flown but the action came during the final laps as there was a three-wide battle for the second-place position. Nick Kennedy ended up with the feature win over Trevor Williams, Kenny Underwood, Eric Rowley, and Keith Potter.
Walter Decker ended up bringing home the Lightning Cat Novice feature win. Mike Stark, Bethany Bertram, Owen Clark, and Jodey Sullivan rounded out the top five.
Brian Malcolm took home the win in the Modified Dash for Cash that was added to the schedule during the week. Not only did he take home some money from our wonderful sponsors. Malcolm also gets a redraw spot for the Doug Worthing Tribute night Modified 46 lapper, running April 20th. We would like to thank Sharky’s Fuels, Country Town Auto Service, French’s Auto Parts, Bradley Tokarz, Dave and Tyler’s Auto Service, and an anonymous race fan for sponsoring the dash.
REMINDER: There is no racing next week (April 13th). We will be back racing on April 20th for the Doug Worthing Tribute night presented by Stockholm’s Barber Shop located in Binghamton, NY. The Modified race will be 46 laps paying $2,063 to win. Also, racing that night are the INSINGER Crate Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Four Cylinders, and XCEL 600cc Modifieds.
INSINGER CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Jimmy Zacharias, Randy Brokaw, Ryan MaCartney, Randy Fox, Tyler Peet, Cole Youse, Matt Cole, Blaine Klinger, Brandon Fritsch, Kenny Peoples, Dale Welty, Gene Beadle, Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Corey Cormier, Brian Franko, Aaron Doolittle, Garett Rushlow, Tim Guild, Mike Nagel Jr., Todd Titus, Mike Grover, Tommy Collins, Matt Meade, Ray Bliss Sr.
STREET STOCK OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): TYLER YEAGLE, Jerry Lobdell Jr., Shane Wolf Jr., Dan Force, Doug Stack Sr., Rich Sharpsteen, DNS - Doug Stack Jr.
FACTORY STOCK OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (15): JERRY LOBDELL JR., Ray Lindquist, Charlie Gilbert, Andy Brigham, Charlie Towner, Alan Komer, Rich Wagner, Alecia Towner, Buck Mills Jr., Eric Williams, Lucas Mills, DNS - Jerry Lobdell Sr.
XCEL 600 MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): ADAM MUDGE,Jared Green, James Randall, Chelsie Beebe, Nolan Smith, Tyler Smith, Hunter Deihl, Samantha Brown, Justin LaDue, Zack Mills, Ayden Morgan, Dominic Amato.
LIGHTNING CAT EXPERT OFFICIAL FEATURE (15): NICK KENNEDY, Trevor Williams, Kenny Underwood, Eric Rowley, Keith Potter, Jeremy Warren, Kevin Whitman, Jeff Sterling, Brian Salmini, Mike Ferris, Randy Lane, Eddie Jones, Cory Brown, Josh Amatuccio, Don Whiteside, Caleb Lacey, Mat Mather, Dave Simms, Josh Wilder, Steve Lunn, DNS – Lee Wagner.
LIGHTNING CAT NOVICE OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (12): WALTER DECKER, Mike Stark, Bethany Bertram, Owen Clark, Jody Sullivan, Ashley Clark, Daniel Luke, DNS – Billy Colwell.
MODIFIED DASH FOR CASH RACE (12): BRIAN MALCOLM, Byron Worthing, Brandon Walters, Scott Landers, John Morse, DNS - Chris Vanbarin.
RUSTY SMITH WINS THE 46 LAP DOUG WORTHING TRIBUTE MODIFIED RACE TAKING HOME $2,063 WITH ADDITIONAL BONUS MONEY.
Incredibly successful night honoring the “Junkyard Jet”, Doug Worthing. The night was sponsored by Stockholm's Barbershop in Binghamton.
A 46-lap modified feature was ran in his tribute paying $2,063 to win and over $1,700 in bonus money went to drivers all throughout the field. Doug is one of the 50 greatest racers of all time at the track with 46 feature wins, hence why the race was ran 46 laps. We had invaders such as big names like, Stewart Friesen, his wife Jessica, Pat Ward, ad Danny Johnson. Along with them we had many drivers from all over the state as all other tracks that had races scheduled had cancelled due to weather. The pits and stands were packed as we had 157 cars in the pits for a phenomenal night of racing.
The Doug Tribute 46-lap Sunoco Modified race was led to green by Butch Getz and Brett Tonkin. Lap 1 there was a big pile up on the backstretch, causing tempers to flare. Getz and Tonkin lead the field to the restart. Tonkin breaks lap 8 bring out the caution. Lap 12 Stewart Friesen takes the lead over Getz until lap 17 when Friesen’s rear end broke. Getz and Petrilak led the field to the green on the restart. Petrilak led the field until lap 43 when he slowed on the front stretch. Danny Johnson then claimed the lead until 2 laps later when his rear end broke. Rusty Smith ended up leading the last lap after starting 19th because he didn’t make it in through his heat and ended up having to run a consi. He took his number 34 BLUEOX machine to Victory Lane. Where he got to hold the big check for $2,063. Smith was followed by Getz, Gibbs, Malcolm, and Worthing.
The INSINGER Performancer Crate Sportsman’s were led to the green by Brandon Fritsch and Travis Green. Fritsch fell back a few spots after the green. Bringing Corey Cormier to second. Todd Titus then spins pulling out the caution on lap 2. Bringing Cormier and Green side by side on the restart. Where Cormier led the field the rest of the way through the caution filled race. Cormier was followed by Gary Smith, Travis Green, Tommy Collins, and Dustin Jordan.
The 600cc Modified’s were led to the green by Korey Inglin and Jared Green. Inglin led to almost the half way point until he broke. Bringing Jared Green to the lead. Green led the race the rest of the way. Matthew Warner was on his back bumper the last few laps but never got by him. Green was followed by Warner, Randal, Beebe, and Mills.
Lightning Cat Experts were led to the green by Kenny Underwood and Caleb Lacey. The race was extremely caution filled. Mike Robinson came from 12th place to win the feature over Nick Kennedy, Trevor Williams, Kenny Underwood, and Caleb Lacey.
Lightning Cat Novice class was led to the green by Owen Clark and Bethany Bertram. Walter Decker ended up winning the race over Owen Clark, Bethany Bertram, Ashley Slater, and Billy Colwell.
The Factory Stock race will be ran next weekend as they will now have a double header.