Afton Motorsports Park News Releases & Promoter Updates

IMCA Modified Empire State Series Race added to August 25th Racing Card at Afton Motorsports Park

by JR Kennerup

Afton, NY — The IMCA Modifieds who use to race weekly at the facility which is now known as Afton Motorsports Park, will be making an appearence on Friday night August 25th.

The race will be a full sanction IMCA Modified show with all rules and procedures being followed and it will also be an Empire State Series race. This show was made possible due to the Outlaw Speedway, who holds the New York State Friday night IMCA Modified sanction, giving the IMCA Modifieds the night off on Friday August 25th.

National IMCA officials in Iowa wanted to see the IMCA Modifieds race on this night and they started to look around to see what Friday night tracks would be interested in hosting a show. With IMCA Modifieds previously racing at the Afton Motorsports Park up until this year, when they were dropped for low car counts.

"We were very happy to help IMCA out in this situation and able to host an Empire State s between IMCA and Afton Motorsports Park co-promoter Ron Ford started and earlier this week IMCA awarded Afton Motorsports Park the sanction and the Empire State Series Series race for the IMCA Modifieds" said Ron Ford." Many of the drivers who called our track home on Friday nights previously have been calling and asking us to have a IMCA Modified show this year. Now they have their chance to race at Afton Motorsports Park this year and hopefully all drivers who have a IMCA Modified will support this show."

Afton Motorsports Park co-promoter Leon Andrus added," This is a perfect opportunity for the IMCA Modifieds to show us that they want to race here weekly in 2018. The door for the IMCA Modifieds to come back is open and with a excellent turnout on August 25th. It will make our decision easier when we make our plans on which divisions are racing at Afton Motorsports Park in 2018."

Friday August 25th will be a big night of racing at the Afton Motorsports Park with Patriot Masonary sponsoring the nights racing program. Also on this night will be Joey Coulter Kids Club C.A.R.S Night with racing action taking place in the Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, IMCA Modified, and Four Cylinder Truck divisions. Gates open at 4 pm, hot laps are at 6:15 pm, with the first heat starting at 7 pm sharp.

Afton Motorsports Park is fast, fun, furious — check us out!

Guaranteed Starting Spot for Fulton Outlaw 200 on the Line This Friday Night for the Modifieds at Afton Motorsports Park

by JR Kennerup

Afton, NY — The Modified feature winner this Friday night at the Afton Motorsports Park will receive a Guaranteed Starting Spot for the Fulton Outlaw 200 which takes place on Saturday September 30th.

This Guaranteed Starting Spot was originally going to be given out on Tuesday August 8th, but that show has been cancelled and will not be made up.

Afton Motorsports Park co-promoters Ron Ford and Leon Andrus decided late Tuesday night to award the Modified feature winner the Guaranteed Starting Spot this Friday night.

"First off on behalf of the Modified racing teams that race at Afton Motorsports Park weekly, I have to say Thank You to John & Laura Wight and Cory Reed of the Fulton Speedway for awarding us a Guaranteed Starting Spot for the Fulton Outlaw 200" said Ron Ford. Leon Andrus continued on by saying, "We have a very competitive field that races at Afton on a weekly basis in our Modified division. This Guaranteed Starting Spot for one of the premiere short track races in the Northeast is icing on the cake for the feature winner this Friday night."

Racing at Afton Motorsports Park this Friday night sees gates opening at 4pm, hot laps at 6:15 pm, and the first heat gets the green at 7pm sharp. The Modifieds will be using their normal weekly handicap for heats and features and they will race third in the running order of the program.

Afton Motorsports Park Cancels Tuesday August 8th Show

by JR Kennerup

Afton, NY — The Tuesday August 8th race slated for the Afton Motorsports Park has been cancelled and will not be made up. This show was slated to be the Earl Halaquist Memorial for the Empire Super Sprints who were going to be joined by the Modifieds and the Four Cylinder Stocks.

The Vintage Palooza is fast Approaching

by Leon Andrus

The Afton Motorsports Park is proud to present the Vintage Palooza on July 14 and 15. It is being done to celebrate auto racing's first appearance at the Afton Fairgrounds just under 84 years ago. The first ever race was held on August 19, 1933. Over the years Afton Fairgrounds hosted many of the nation's top drivers and here is just a sampling of them. Indy 500 veterans Bob Sall, Billy Winn, George "Doc" Mackensie, Ken Fowler and Ted Horn among others. The Fairgrounds track here in Afton also attracted the King's of the Outlaws from the 30's like Maynard "Hungry" Clark from Rock Island, Illinois and John Gerber from Davenport, Iowa. They were probably the winningest outlaw race teams of the 1930's. The Afton Fair of 1938 would have two Indy 500 winners competing Bill Holland and Lee Wallard were on hand to compete for the win.

On July 14th in conjunction with the normal five divisions that compete weekly, Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Street Stock and Four Cylinder Trucks the Lightning Sprints will also be in action. Some of the Vintage Sprint Cars, Vintage Midgets and Vintage Modifieds will be on display behind the Grandstands and tower area. That will help wet everyone's appetite for the Vintage Palooza on Saturday morning getting underway at 10am. It will go on throughout the day to around four o'clock.

On July 15 will be the first official Vintage Palooza taking center stage with the stars of Vintage Sprint Cars, Midgets, Stock Cars and other possible Vintage racecars on display. There will be some exhibition on the track but no actual racing of the equipment. There will be plenty of displays and many folks to talk to about the past of racing and of racing right here in Afton, N.Y. from decades ago.

Also with this show some of the folks around the surrounding communities will have some Vintage Cars on display to add to the lure of this prestigious event. All are invited to bring your camera, and talk to the drivers, owners and he folks that have restored these fine machines for all of us to enjoy. You will by talking to these folks learn about their histories, who drove the cars. You can learn about the Afton Fairgrounds, home of the Afton Motorsports Park.

For more information on this rapidly approaching show you can contact us through the Afton Motorsports Park Contact Page. Hope to see many of you there to enjoy the show and learn the history of the sport we love.