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posted February 25, 2002 01:59 AM
2002 Schedule announced at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH (February 24) - Raceway 7 owner and promoter Ron Nielson has announced the 2002 racing schedule at Raceway 7, the 7/16 mile clay oval located in Ashtabula County.
Four racing divisions will be in competition each and every Friday night, as Maloney Tool and Mold will return as the title sponsor of the headlining Super Late Model division. **** Barton will be defending his 2001 division championship, but will be facing some tough competition. A large number of teams have indicated their desire to compete at Raceway 7, as the class offers the highest payoff for any division in a large surrounding area. The minimum winners share will be $2,002, with several events paying in excess of that amount.
The E-Mod division will return for the tenth season, as Raceway 7 was one of the first tracks in the area to add the division. Todd Roncaglione will be on hand to defend his 2001 point championship.
Fame Manufacturing has long been a strong supporter of Raceway 7, and they will return as the title sponsor of the Street Stock division. Mike Hochschild was the 2001 champion.
Brand new for 2002 is the Hobby Stock division. This class has been designed for entry level drivers to enter the sport of auto racing. Rules for this and all divisions are available on the Raceway 7 web site at www.raceway7.com.
The 2002 season opener will take place on April 26, as Friday night racing programs featuring four divisions will take place every week until Labor Day. One week prior to the opener will be a Practice Night for all divisions, on April 19.
The biggest program of the season will take place on July 5, as General Aluminum of Park Ohio will present "The Ohio Nationals." The national traveling UDTRA Late Models will return to northeast Ohio for the third straight season, as the main event winner will earn $10,000.
The Renegade DirtCar Series for Late Models, formerly known as STARS, will make a return to Raceway 7 for a program on July 26. Jay's Auto Wrecking will sponsor the program as the main event winner will earn $5,000.
Also a part of the schedule is a series of events called the Tri-State Series. During two weekends of the season, Late Model events will be held on Friday at Raceway 7, Saturday at McKean County Raceway in Pennsylvania and Little Valley Speedway in New York. The first weekend of races will take place on May 24-26. The second weekend on July 12-14 will feature the Late Models racing topless, without the roofs on the cars.
The Late Models will not be the only division having special events, as the Triathlon Racing Series York Modifieds will visit to take on Raceway 7's strong E-Mod contingent. The first visit will be on May 17, with the second coming on August 16 as both events will be presented by General Aluminum. The premier event of the York Series season will return to Raceway 7 on September 6 as Applebee Motorsports will present the second running of "THE 100." The York Series Sprint cars will also make a return visit on this night.
Race time every Friday is 7:30, with the gates opening at 5:30. Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90 on Ohio Route 7. For more information, please call the track office at 814-967-4230. For the most complete source of Raceway 7 information, please visit the track's web site at www.raceway7.com.
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2002 Schedule of Events:
April 19 - Practice Night for all divisions - Free General Admission.
April 26 - Opening Night - Four-division racing.
May 3 - Four-division racing.
May 10 - Four-division racing.
May 17 - General Aluminum presents "Spring Fling" for the York Triathlon Series E-Mods, plus $3000 to win for the Late Models. Four-division racing.
May 24 - Corry Laser presents Tri-State Series Race 1 for Late Models, 33 laps for $3,333 to win. Four-division racing. (Tri-State Series Race 2 will be held on May 25 at McKean County Raceway, Race 3 will be held on May 26 at Little Valley Speedway.)
May 31 - Kim's Cut & Curl sponsored event for Street Stocks, Autograph Night for Late Models and Hobby Stocks. Four-division racing.
June 7 - Kightlinger Auto sponsored event for the E-Mods. Four division racing. Treasure Hunt for children 12 & under from 5:30 to 7:30.
June 14 - The Gas House sponsored event for Street Stocks, Autograph Night for E-Mods and Street Stocks. Four-division racing.
June 21 - Rigby Ford presents Mid-Season Championship races. Four-division racing, plus Speedo The Clown.
June 28 - Lakeview Ford Night. Four-division racing, plus FIREWORKS.
July 5 - General Aluminum Of Park Ohio presents "The Ohio Nationals" for UDTRA Late Models, $10,000 to win. Four-division racing.
July 12 - Bossard-Crawford GM presents Tri-State Series Race 4 for Super Late Models, 33 Laps for $3,333 to win, Late Models will race topless, without the car roofs. Four-division racing. (Tri-State Series Race 5 will be held on July 13 at McKean County Raceway, Race 6 the Series finale will be held on July 14 at Little Valley Speedway, both of those events will also be topless.)
July 19 - Coca Cola presents Christmas in July Night plus Bike Races. $2500 to win for the Late Models. Four-division racing.
July 26 - Jay's Auto Wrecking presents the Renegade Series for Late Models (formerly STARS) $5000 to win. Four-division racing.
August 2 - Roberts Trucking Night, $2502 to win for Late Models. Added purse for the Street Stocks. Four-division racing.
August 9 - Scout Night, Free General Admission for all scouts in uniform. Four-division racing.
August 16 - General Aluminum Night featuring the "Buckeye Challenge" for the York Triathlon Series E-Mods, plus $3000 to win for Late Models. Four-division racing.
August 23 - Nor-Ice Night, $3002 to win for Late Models. Four-division racing.
August 30 - Fan Appreciation Night, last night for all division points. Fireworks sponsored by General Aluminum. Four-division racing.
September 6 - Applebee Motorsports presents the 2nd Annual "THE 100" for York Triathlon Series E-Mods plus John McMahon presents the York Triathlon Series Sprint cars. Raindate will be September 13.