Story By: JOHN SNYDER / ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – MIDDLETOWN, NY – Six times in Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States history one driver has won both the Small Block Modified championship race and the headline Eastern States 200 in the same weekend.
Danny Johnson swept both races in 1992 and Brett Hearn took top honors in both races five times—1986, 2002, 2004, 2012, and 2014. But neither Johnson nor Hearn ever won as much money as a double victor will this year.
Should a single driver win all three Modified races, he’ll need a Brinks armored truck to haul away his weekend’s earnings of more than $80,000!
With $40,000 going to the winner of the 2021 Eastern States 200, and $20,000 to the Small-Block Modified 100 victor, plus a $10,000 bonus for a sweep of the two races, one driver could leave the historic Middletown five-eighths-mile clay oval on Sunday evening, October 25 some $70,000 richer. And this doesn’t include special awards for fast time and the pole position in the 200 and for the outside pole slot, nor the lap money in both races to the leader of each completed circuit, as well as other contingencies, cash and merchandise awards.
Now add in the $5,000 going to the winner of the Friday evening Short Track Super Series 50-lap feature race and the $5,000 bonus for a double victory in the STSS and Small-Block Modified 100 races, and that adds another $10,000, or $80,000 for a triple winner.
The questions thus become, how many drivers will enter all three races?
And who has to best chance of winning the triple?
With a record total purse in excess of $318,000, excitement is building for the 60th Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 21-24, 2021, a perfect ending for the 102nd season of racing at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. While Eastern States celebrates all of Orange County’s racing divisions, the weekend’s headline race remains the Eastern States 200, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country.
Hall of Fame drivers, as well as Orange County Fair Speedway champions and Eastern States 200 winners Will Cagle, Buzzie Reutimann, and Gary Balough will be on hand all weekend to greet fans, sign autographs, and relive great racing memories
Live and DJ Music, games, Kids Club, historic race cars on display, a Cornhole Tournament with prizes, souvenir opportunities, a variety of food stands, and other activities will be on the grounds all four days and evenings of the weekend.