Big Block Modified Stars Ready to Break the Ice at Weedsport Speedway on May 20
Story By: Dan Kapuscinski/Weedsport Speedway
Photos By: Mike Johnson & Dave Dalesandro/RacersGuide.com
WEEDSPORT, NY (May 8, 2018) – Weedsport Speedway’s 2018 season will open in star studded fashion on Sunday, May 20 as some of the best drivers in the world of Big Block Modified racing are set to converge on The Port for the Ice Breaker 50 presented by WACK 1420AM.
The May 20 Ice Breaker will open consecutive weeks of Big Block racing at Weedsport with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds making their first stop in the northeast on Monday, May 28 for the Heroes Remembered 100 presented by DC Rauscher.
This schedule alignment makes the $3,000 to win Ice Breaker a perfect event for Big Block drivers and teams to get dialed in for the $7,500 to win 100-lapper just one week later.
Among the headliners to attend Weedsport on May 20 is defending Super DIRTcar Series champion, Matt Sheppard.
“Super Matt” scored nearly $146,000 on the Super DIRTcar Series alone last year with 12 main event wins including Weedsport’s Labor Day 100 last September.
Sheppard is off to a hot start in 2018 with a win at Volusia in February, back-to-back wins to open the season at Outlaw Speedway and a season opening triumph at Land of Legends Raceway. The driver of the No. 9S now looks to hold form and conquer The Port in its first race of the season.
Joining the list of Super DIRTcar Series stars expected at Weedsport for the Ice Breaker are HBR teammates Jimmy Phelps and “Mad Max” McLaughlin, Tim Fuller, Peter Britten, Mike Mahaney and Adam Roberts.
Phelps and McLaughlin each have six starts so far this season, with top five finishes to their credit. McLaughlin snagged a third at Volusia in February with Phelps taking fourth in the Land of Legends opener on May 5.
Fuller recently reached victory lane at Fonda Speedway topping the red-hot Stewart Friesen for his first win of the season.
Mahaney has two top five and four top ten finishes in five DIRTcar Big Block starts this season while also competing in 360 Sprint Car action.
While not a weekly competitor on the Super DIRTcar Series recently, veteran Gary Tomkins will also be in action on May 20 looking to add yet another Weedsport Big Block win to his list of accolades in the No. 84.
Like Tomkins, Erick Rudolph is a recent Weedsport Modified winner and has also declared his intentions to take part in the Ice Breaker ahead of the lucrative Heroes Remembered 100 on May 28.
Justin Haers has won eight career Modified mains at Weedsport and is off to a fast start in 2018. Haers has two top five finishes in five starts this season and will bring his No. 3 machine to The Port on May 20.
With the special event feel that Weedsport always provides, other top shoes such as Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Ryan Bartlett and more are all expected to join the field to get the 2018 season started off in fantastic fashion.
The Ice Breaker 50 presented by WACK 1420AM will not only feature the DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, but also the Spano Container Sportsman and the NY6A Microsprints.
Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. on May 20 with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. and racing taking the green flag at 6 p.m.
Only general admission seating will be available with adult pricing set at $20. Kids 11-17 will be admitted for $8 with kids 10 and under free. Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
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About Weedsport Speedway: Purchased in 2013 by Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway has returned to a real racers track, providing a complete venue for racers, their families and friends, and for the fans looking for motorsports entertainment. Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few. Today the facility welcomes the best of the best in dirt short track racing from the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Sprint Cars, to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and more. While racing entertainment is the focal point, Weedsport Speedway has gone the extra mile in welcoming Weedsport Productions, which brings the facility full circle with a dedicated digital entertainment team for web, television, and on site screen usage.