May 13, 2012 09:22 PM EDT
BRP Dart Challenge Headlines Black Rock Card Friday
4-Cylinders Go Road Course Racing for $300 Top Prize
Rich Vleck, DUNDEE, NY, (May 13, 2012)- A week after the first “normal” race night of the season, a pair of unique and special events will help to make the final race night of May one that should not be missed.
Headlining the fifth race day of the 2012 Black Rock Speedway schedule this Friday will be the late models in the BRP Dart Challenge. This is the first of three challenge race events to be held at BRS this season, with the other three being contested at Little Valley Speedway. A point fund has been established for this six race series, plus a host of BRP CanAm Series sponsors providing bonuses at each race, which means that a healthy contingent of cars is expected to battle on the 4/10-mile oval.
John Waters, of Whitesville, is the defending champion of the BRP Dart Challenge Series and has also scored the win in both late model features at Black Rock this season. Waters looks to remain undefeated at the Yates County Power Plant but will have to deal with drivers with last names such as Wonderling, Knowles, Miller and Sutherland, just to name a few.
The Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder division, along with the Front Wheel Drive 4-Cylinders, ran the final two races of last Friday Night’s program but perhaps had the two most thrilling finishes; this week has a chance to top it though as the drivers will be turning right as well as left in their pursuit of a prestigious win. $300 will be up for grabs for the winner of the 30-lap Rock Road Course Special. Corresponding divisions at Five Mile Point (Lightning Cats) and Skyline (Junkyard Dogs) will permitted to compete.
In last week’s Rear Wheel Drive feature, the historic rivalry between Rich Sharpsteen II and Ray Speicher logged another chapter as the two swapped paint, among other things, on the final lap, with Speicher coming out on top. The Front Wheel Drive feature saw Brian Grant neatly get by Steven Rogers on the final lap for the win. Sharpsteen and Rogers still lead their respective point standings, but it is anyone’s guess who will be the road course specialist this weekend.
In the first two sportsman races of the year, the same quartet of drivers (Brady Fultz, Ross Vleck, Donnie Lawson, Chris Daughrety) has ended up in the top four spots, but there are easily more than a dozen drivers that could walk home with the win this Friday night. With that said, whoever will be battling for the lead will have to contend with point leader Brady Fultz who was impermeable Friday Night en route to the win.
In the street stock division, the question is whether this Friday will be Round 3 between Chris Fisher and Bob Buono. Each has a win this year but Larry Fenton Jr. showed his prowess Friday with a fine runner-up showing.
Mike Smith took his rightful spot atop the IMCA Modified field this past Friday, as he scored his second win of the year, but locals Rich Karnoski and Phil Yaw are still holding down the top two spots in the point standings as they head into race five.
Justin Eldridge became the first Bandit competitor to win in a Front Wheel Drive 4-cylinder and took over the point lead in the process. A solid field of youngsters ran the second race of the year and another solid group is expected to kick off the night of action this Friday at 6:45 P.M.
As is the case with most every event at BRS, kids 16 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. For more information, visit www.BlackRockSpeedway.com.