JAMESTOWN - On Tuesday, July 24 Stateline Speedway presented "The Empire 50" sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series.
It was the largest single day sporting event in Chautauqua County in many years as an estimated 6,500 fans viewed the action. John Blankenship of Williamson, W.V., won the 50-lap race and its $10,000 first prize after a thrilling duel with Mike Knight of Ripley, N.Y.
Another big winner that evening was the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. With the permission of Stateline Speedway owner Jenifer Seamens, the CSHOF conducted a 50/50 raffle the fans supported in a big way. Over $10,000 in tickets were sold, which resulted in over $5,000 being contributed to the CSHOF.
Stateline Speedway owner Jenifer Seamens and Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson display the banner for the 50/50 raffle that brought a $5,000-plus contribution to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
"I cannot thank Jenifer and her fans enough for their generosity," CSHOF President Randy Anderson said. "I knew there would be a huge crowd, but the excitement the raffle created was over the top.
"The CSHOF has been an active player in preserving the history of Stateline and honoring its most outstanding drivers," Anderson said. "We are a large repository of Stateline records and memorabilia and have inducted three Stateline racers into our Hall of Fame - Bobby Schnars, Dick Barton and Skip Furlow."
"I am thrilled that our fans were so generous in their support of the 50/50 raffle and in turn the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame," Seamens said. " The CSHOF was a key partner in the production of the 2010 documentary film 'Stateline Speedway, The First Ten Years,' and Randy Anderson has been instrumental in collecting and recording the 56-year history of the racetrack."