NASA Rally Sport returns to Lewis and St. Lawrence counties of New York on September 15-16 bringing the Black River Stages rally to life. In a spot just thirty miles from the Canadian border, the tranquility of the gorgeous fall leaf season will be interrupted by the roar of competitors racing down closed roads in the towns of Croghan, Edwards, Harrisville and Pitcairn.
The Black River Stages Rally is the fourth round of the Atlantic Rally Cup. Racing will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday all day. Spectators who wish to catch the racing action can can stop by the pits at the Croghan Rec Park on Saturday or the Harrisville Fire Hall on Sunday to pick up a limited edition spectator guide with schedules and bios. More rally information and a rally schedule can be found on the web site: BlackRiverStages.com.
Brad Morris is leading the Two Wheel Drive championship, but due to schedule conflicts won’t be contesting this weekend. That leaves the two top dogs, Simon Wright and Dillon Van Way, in a heated battle nearing the end of season. Wright has a scant one point lead over Van Way. Sitting just behind them is an unusual grouping of two rally trucks: the Mitsubishi and Nissan of Mike Hall and Dan Spalinger, respectively.
For the All Wheel Drive rally cars, Eric Wages has a pretty dominant lead over Lance Weisenfluh. However, with Black River being a double points event, a win for Weisenfluh could easily catapult him into the top sport. Michael Reily is leaving the WRC Escort at home for this round and opting for his Escort XR4Ti, which makes predicting his finishing position very difficult. Late breaking news that Wyatt Knox is prepping a car may not impact these standings, as he is pedaling a two wheel drive machine this go around.
In the Atlantic RallyMoto(tm) Cup, Kurt Weigand has been making a strong push for the lead this year. That hard work has paid off with a ten point lead coming into the final round of the motorcycle portion of the ARC. JJ McCarthy and Jack O’Connor can still take the prize with a little luck. However, Weigand will have to best local talent John Wernsdorfer, who has been just itching to upset the points cart as he jumps into this last event after taking a couple seasons off.
Black River Stages Rally still needs volunteers, reports organizer Anders Green. ‘We still have spots open for road marshals and ham radio operators. If you’re willing to give some time to your community, you can help keep everyone safe and see some great racing! It’s really like getting a private spectator area.’ Green suggests volunteers visit BlackRiverStages.com for more information.
NASA Rally Sport, the grassroots rally sanctioning body in the US, focuses on competitor fun and providing support for rally organizers. Providing tools, technology, and systems to the organizers, racers, and fans to increase their enjoyment of rally is a core mission of NASA Rally Sport.
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