The spotlight will be on Unity Raceway this weekend when the annual Long John 125 Late Model Sportsman race highlights two days of racing.
There will be four feature races on Saturday along with a Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association event and a Race Your Neighbor competition. The Flyin’ Fours and Enduros each will run a 35-lap feature with the Ladies and Lil Rascal (youngsters) each running 25-lappers.
On Sunday, the Long John LMS 125 will be joined on the docket by a 65-lap Outlaw Sportsman race along with 50-lap Monsta’ Minis and Strictly Street features.
The payouts will be larger and the races will be longer than usual.
For example, the Long John LMS 125 winner will pocket $1,500 compared with the normal Saturday night race payout of $650. The Outlaw Sportsman winner will take home $650 compared with the weekly $400 payout; the Strictly Street victor will earn $500, which is a $300 increase, and the first Monsta Mini to cross the finish line will earn $300 compared with its usual $150.
Racing will begin at noon each day.
There will be a new wrinkle to the LMS 125 and the Outlaw Sportsman 65-lapper as time trials will determine the top spots as compared with the usual heat races.
“The top six in time trials in the Late Models will start based on their times and the rest of the positions will be determined by consolation races. And the top 10 cars in the Outlaw Sportsman will be decided by their times,” explained Jere Humphrey, who is leasing the track from Ralph and Nancy Nason.
“We just wanted to do something different. We like to spice things up,” said Humphrey. “Hopefully, it will attract more people. It’ll give fans something different to watch.”
Steuben’s Brenton Parritt won last year’s 100-lap Long John Late Model race followed by Palmyra’s Ajay Picard and Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders. Saunders won the 2010 race.
Humphrey said all three would have to be considered among the favorites along with Bradley’s Deane Smart and Fairfield’s Jeff Burgess.
Smart won the Late Model points title at Unity this season and was fourth at Hermon’s Speedway 95. Saunders won the points at Speedway 95 for the second straight year.
Burgess is a three-time winner of the Long John race.
Humphey said the favorites in the Sportsman/Outlaw race include Speedway 95 points champion Kris Watson of Hermon, Orrington’s Kris Huff and Bradley’s Tim Reynolds.