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posted September 06, 2001 06:31 AM UIN: 16262997
TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY'S MOD MADNESS V EXPANDED TO TWO DAYS ON SEPT. 22 AND 23;
WINGLESS WARRIORS SPRINTS ADDED TO CARD
by Brian Spaid

September 5, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRANKLIN, PA .... Tri-City Speedway Co-Promoters Mike Graham and Roger
Crick recently announced that the NorthPointe Automotive Mod Madness V show
will be expanded to a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday September 22-23,
and the Wingless Warriors Sprints have been added to the show to make it a
four-division extravaganza at the half-mile Venango County oval.
On Saturday September 22, the BRP Modified Tour 2001 for the Titusville
Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds, the York Triathlon E Mod Series for the
RE/MAX E Mods and the popular Sportsman Modifieds will run heat races for
Sunday's NorthPointe Automotive 150. The top eight DIRT Modified drivers
will also compete in the Mod Masters 2001. The round robin tournament will
pit driver against driver as they race for the $500 top prize.
In addition, the Wingless Warriors Sprints will compete in their
inaugural series event on Saturday night. Organized by Lori Potter and Lynn
Felix, the Wingless Warriors feature some of the best sprint car drivers in
the region racing without wings. Tri-City champion Scott Bonnell heads the
list of registered drivers, which includes Mark Cassella, Arnie Kent, Jamie
Smith, Daryl Stimeling and Mike Lauterborn. The Wingless Warriors will run a
complete program on Saturday topped by a 20-lap main event paying
$2,000-to-win.
On Sunday September 23, after final qualifications, the NorthPointe
Automotive 150 will take to the track with three 50-lap Mod Madness feature
events. Topping the list will be the Kodiak Memorial 50 for the DIRT
Modifieds, which pays $3,000 to the winner. It will be the final event for
the BRP Modified Tour 2001 as Dave Murdick tries to capture the series
championship. Other racers in action will be current and four-time track
champion Brian Swartzlander, Jeff Hoffman, Kevin Bolland, Scott Gurdak, Jim
Rasey, Lou Blaney, Jeff Schaffer and New York star Ron Smoker. Hoffman is
the top extra distance feature winner at Tri-City with wins in Mod Madness
II, III and IV. This event will also mark the 6th Annual Kodiak Memorial
event at Tri-City. Held in honor of former DIRT Modified car owner Bob
"Kodiak" Graham, past winners of Tri-City's Kodiak Memorial include Hoffman
(1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000) and Tommy Kristyak (1998).
The York Triathlon E Mod Series will compete in the Myrgo All Star 50,
which will be the third series event at Tri-City in 2001. Brent Rhebergen,
who won the first two races at Tri-City this season, will try to capture his
11th RE/MAX E Mod feature win in a row in his Bruce Steadman's No. 69. With
the win, Rhebergen will tie the all-time record of consecutive feature wins
at Tri-City set by former Super Sprint ace Gus Linder in 1964. Over 50 cars
are typically on hand to compete in this event, which is one of the premier
races on the series schedule. Todd Roncaglione, the 2001 track champion at
Tri-City and Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio, will lead the rest of the field in
an attempt to unseat Rhebergen for the $800 win. Past winners of the Mod
Madness E Mod event include Logan Dernoshek (1997), Hugo Litwiler (1998),
Bill Watson (1999) and two-time defending York Triathlon E Mod Series
Champion Jeff Taylor (2000).
The Sportsman Modifieds will race in the NorthPointe Automotive 50,
which will be the division's biggest event of the season. Andy Priest will
lead the pack aboard Ted Hull's No. 41. Priest is a two-time winner of the
Mod Madness Sportsman Modified event in 1998 and 2000. This season, Priest
earned 11 feature wins at Mercer Raceway Park and Sportsman's Speedway
combined as well as the point titles at both tracks. Behind him in the win
column this season is Steve Young with eight wins at Mercer and Sharon
Speedway combined and Gerry Bruce with six wins at Sportsman's. Randy Myers
(1997) and Dean Pearson (1999) are also past Mod Madness Sportsman Modified
winners.
Despite the conversion to a two-day event, adult grandstand admission
remains at $15, which means a fan will pay only one admission price for both
nights of action. Senior citizens will pay $14 while students (13-17) and
children (6-12) will still pay regular admission prices of $5 and $1 each.
Pit admission also remains at $25 for both nights.
Gate opening and race times are different for each night. On Saturday,
the gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 4 p.m., which will allow track
officials to host a pit party after the races at the Coors Light Pavilion
located in the famous oak grove. Then, on Sunday, the gates open at 4 p.m.
and racing starts at 6 p.m.
For more information, please contact the track office at (814)
473-4038.

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