CLASSIC ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES DEBUTS IN NEW YORK STATE THIS SEASON – PTD EXCLUSIVE
By CAMDEN PROUD
Perhaps one of the most interesting and eye opening booths at the 2016 Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds just a few weeks ago was that of the brand new Classic Asphalt Modified Series, which will debut at tracks around New York State this coming season.
On hand were restored rides from some of the biggest names in Central New York racing history including those of Jim Shampine and Dick Clark, which could easily be spotted right as race fans took their first steps into the expo center.
Tim Janes has owned his very sharp vintage No. 50 Modified for several years now. It has appeared with both an Oswego and Utica-Rome Speedway graphic on it and was on display on a couple occasions throughout 2015 at the aforementioned Vernon, NY oval. The sleek looking blue ride stood out at the expo and should look familiar to CNY race fans. Janes said he will compete in the series in 2016 and that while it is more of an exhibition deal, he could not be more excited to be a part of the newly formed club of traveling racers with a passion for local racing history.
“This club is brand new this year, we just formed it over the offseason and it’s kind of a spin off of the Midstate Vintage Modified Tour. I race the No. 50 car, but we are more about the show and showing the fans the vintage cars and what they are all about more than we are racing them,” Janes said.
For a club that just took off over the winter, Janes thinks those that attend races featuring the series exhibition events will be very pleased with the car counts and the cars that are on hand. “Right now we have about 14 cars that we will bring to each race in theory. We have a Richard Evans car, a Sonney Seamon car, a Geoff Bodine car, a Maynard Troyer car, we have a Jimmy Shampine car, Dick Clark car, we have a bunch of good rides and that’s just a few off the top of my head,” Janes commented.
So where will Central New York race fans be able to catch this new series in action? Those interested will be pleased to know that the club will visit almost every pavement racing facility here in Central New York. “We start out at Adirondack, then we go to Spencer, Shangri-La, Lancaster, Evans Mills, Wyoming County Intl. in Perry, and as of this show we tentatively have a few dates set at Oswego,” Janes said.
Tim says he wants the CNY community to know just how much effort has gone into this new deal.
“We want everyone to know that we are putting a lot of effort into bringing these old cars back and showcasing them to appear as original as possible. We are a vintage group with vintage bodies, but we have modern chassis, modern brakes, fuel cells, and we pretty much drive them to our capabilities. We will reach speeds of up to 90MPH at some of the tracks and all of the cars are very safe, so it makes for a pretty exciting experience,” Janes says.
The Classic Asphalt Modified Series debut is set for Saturday, May 21st at the Adirondack Speedway before it heads to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY on Friday, June 10th. The series does not have an official website as of this time, but you can join the Classic Asphalt Modified Series group on Facebook for more information.