Champion Speedway Season Opens May 28!

| 18 May 2017 1:29 pm

East Coast Spring Classic/Patrick Ahlund Championship
Champion Speedway

Courtesy of Champion Speedway
OWEGO, NY, MAY 17, 2017

Great news for racing fans: Champion Speedway in Owego will open its doors for its 36th season on Sunday, May 28, at 6 p.m., with the East Coast Spring Classic/ Patrick Ahlund Championship!

Current track champion Casey Donholt (97).

Current track champion Casey Donholt (97).

This summer marks the 20th year for track promoter Jason Bonsignore – by far the longest term of any of the track’s owners and the 36th year of actual races at the venue, although if you include seasons in which the facility was not used, this is the 42nd year, which makes it one of the oldest racing sites in the whole country.

The action promises to be hot in 2017, with a highly anticipated battle of four or five stars, any of whom could win on any given night. The current track champion is Casey Donholt of Port Crane, New York. Donholt scored an upset victory in the U.S. Open National in 2015.

Other early favorites include Endicott’s Adam Mittl, who has five track championships; Binghamton’s Mikey Buman, who has won several features the past couple years; and Vestel’s Jeremy Parsons, who has won the points title before.

Among the many other contenders are Jesse Diem of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Owego’s own Brian Hollenbeck, another fast rider, who can’t make opening night but has signed up for the June event.

Smooth-riding veterans David Meldrum, Jerry Harman, Keith Hawkins, Gene Bonsignore, Jeff Garlinghouse, Josh Carr, Ron Walker, Russ Cornell, Dave Oakden, Alex Heath and more are all expected to be riding at the first two events! Meanwhile, promising speedy youngsters such as Spencer Portararo, Brandon Bruzek, Mason Higley, Johnny Scheg, Dalton Oakden and Roger Roberts will be looking to make an impact at the famous local track this season. And a few veteran shockers may be in store!

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Start time for Sunday is 6 p.m. Admission prices are just $12 for adults and just $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Parking is free. There is also great food and a go-kart fun track on site! Rick and Margaret Decker of Windsor, New York, have done a great job of reopening the BMX track on site as well.

More information can be found at

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