East Coast Speedway Update: The Return of the Greats!

| 25 July 2015 9:02 am

East Coast Speedway Series
Champion Speedway

By Jason Bonsignore
OWEGO, NY, JULY 23, 2015

After a great opening night in May, Champion Speedway in Owego, New York, has had to cancel its last two events due to rain-outs.

“Stormin’ Norman” Robinson will be returning to Champion Speedway…

“Stormin’ Norman” Robinson will be returning to Champion Speedway…

The good news is that both races have been rescheduled! The Omar Lightner Legends Night is set for August 1, and the Hank Bassett New York State Championship will now be held on August 15. August 29 will still be the Larry and Kathy McBride Memorial event, and the U.S. Open National Championships are on for September 5 and 6.

…as will George “Lazorbeam” Lazor…

…as will George “Lazorbeam” Lazor…

…and New York State Champion Tuff McBride.

…and New York State Champion Tuff McBride.

There is now an exciting probability that former World Champion Billy Hamill will be here in October for the season-ending Fall Brawl Classic as well, which usually takes place on a Sunday afternoon in early October. The track is waiting to confirm on which Sunday it will be held, at a later date, depending on the results of another scheduling conflict.

Legends Night on August 1 should be a great treat for the local speedway motorcycle community, as many former stars will be in attendance – and many of them have agreed to make a return to the track!

Shockingly, former crowd favorite and U.S. Open Champion “Stormin’ Norman” Robinson has been practicing, and he will be on a bike, possibly even in the regular program!

Former track champions George “Lazorbeam” Lazor and “Fast Frank” Watson will also likely compete, and hopefully six-time U.S. Open Champion Warren Diem will be able to make it.

Multitime New York State Champion Tuff McBride, who has missed this season thus far due to injury, is slated to ride, along with other past greats such as Joey Sephton, Rick Close, Mike Robinson, Tom Burge, John Lewis and more! Former heroes such as Dan “Moonbeam” Fallon and “Hurricane Hank” Bassett will also be on hand! Champion Speedway promoter Jason Bonsignore expects the best field of the year for the regular racing program that evening as well!

On August 1, the gates will open at 5 p.m., and the races will blast off at 7 p.m.!

More info can be found at or by calling 585/739-9612.

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