Story By: TOM SKIBINSKI / LAND OF LEGENDS RACEWAY – CANANDAIGUA, NY – After an unseasonable mix of rain and snow blanketed Ontario County to force cancellation of any trackside activity scheduled over the past two weekends, Land of Legends Raceway roared to life Tuesday evening to the delight of a few hundred eager fans and more than 60 hungry racers that flocked to the fairgrounds for what amounted to the lone practice period leading up to the long-awaited 2021 lid-lifter.
The 58th DIRTcar season-opener arrives next with Regional Truck & Trailer presenting a full five-star show of Pepsi Big-Block Modifieds, Speed Connection Sportsman, Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Cars, Eldredge & Sons Scrap Recycling Street Stock and Lloyd’s Contracting Hobby Stock action in the May 1 ‘Saturday Spectacular.’
Access to the begins at 3:30pm, spectator gates open at 5 o’clock, hot laps start at 5:30 and the first qualifier goes green at 6:30 in the ’21 DIRTcar debut.
April 17 was Land of Legends’ original season-opening practice date with the first race slated for April 24 before inclement weather put LOLR promoter Paul Cole in position to make the latest adjustment to his April agenda. Patience paid dividends as 66 cars representing eight divisions filled the pits with the Tuesday night affair lasting three hours, beginning just before 6pm.
Reigning Canandaigua MEM 305 points champion Alysha Bay was the first to hit the hallowed half-miler as the winged machines put heat in their motors while second-year Sportsman campaigner Tim Lafler was the initial car up to speed in the first of three practice sessions provided each class.
Defending track champions Matt Guererri (Sportsman) and Tyler Burnell (Hobby) also made the tow as drivers in Big-Block Modified, 358-Mod, Street Stock, Late Model and 360 Sprint Car classes comprised the stellar field. The father/daughter duo of Chuck and Kelly Hebing posted the quickest times during the night with Chuck turning in a 15-second (113mph) lap followed by Kelly in the 112mph range.
2021 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
While the original season-opening ‘Cabin Fever 40’ for DIRTcar Sportsman was ultimately dropped due to early season weather conditions, a number of special events still jam the Canandaigua calendar during the upcoming months.
The ‘Liberty 100’ headlines a Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series showdown on July 1, followed by touring BB SDS specials on Aug. 4 and Sept. 18 – 3rd Annual Gerald Haers Memorial. Northeast DIRTcar Sportsman Series contenders join the fray with high-paying extra-distance events added to the 8/4 and 9/18 cards.
The high-flying Empire Super Sprints return to Canandaigua on July 1 while the lone Patriot Sprint Tour shootout is slated for Aug. 7. A trio of CRSA Sprint Car events are on the docket May 22, June 19 and Aug. 14.
With the Fall season soon to follow, Cole has inked a unique ‘Full Fender Frenzy’ on Sat., Sept. 11 featuring a Rush Crate Late Model Series event alongside the Top Gun Shootout for Street Stocks plus a doubleheader for Hobby Stock and 4-Cylinder teams.
Led by Art Rorick, the LOLR TV production team of Brad Ovens and chief camera operators Mike Lawler and Bob Miller is once again geared up to provide LIVE video coverage of every event exclusively through Land of Legends TV. And in an unprecedented move this season, all LIVE streaming will be offered FREE in 2021. On-line registration at https://landoflegendstv.com/orders/customer_info for a free account is the only step to take.
PRICE PACKAGES IN PLACE FOR ’21
In lieu of the more traditional ‘Season Pass’ provided in past seasons, Land of Legends management is again offering fans and race teams the chance to save money by purchasing General Admission and Pit Pass bundles. Unlike previous season passes, the LOLR Ticket/Pit Pass bundle allows freedom of use in different ways. Packs of 20 or 50 can be purchased and used throughout the upcoming season. If a 50-pack of Pit Passes is ordered, 20 complimentary General Admission tickets are included!
General Admission Bundle Tickets carry a value of $15 if used toward a Super DIRTcar Series event where GA prices are $25 Adults and $23 Seniors and kids under 16 GA $10. Weekly ticket prices are set at $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, Kids under 16 FREE. For those youngsters needing pit access, Child Season Pit Passes are $30 for 2 & Under and $150 for kids 3-14. Camping is FREE at all race events.