Well, I try to keep you up to date on what is going on. Unfortunately, the coronavirus situation has caused most large events in New York State to be canceled.
The following have been cancelled for this weekend: The Northeast Race Car Show at the ViaPort in Rotterdam, Syracuse Indoor Race at the New York State Fairgrounds and the Syracuse Motorsports Expo, also at the fairgrounds.
One event that is looking to reschedule is the New York International Auto Show. The tentative date is August 2020.
One event that is still a go for today is the Jamin’ Jamie Warner No. 77 Racing Benefit Party. Adult tickets are $10 at the door. Kids age 12 and under are free. It will be held at the Esperance Volunteer Fire Department, located at 115 Church Street in Esperance. Hours are 4 until 9 p.m. Door prizes, basket raffles, and goodie bags for the kids are just part of what is in store for guests.
— The Short Track Super Series was busy last weekend down in Delaware at Georgetown Speedway.
There was plenty of money up for grabs during the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend. Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, would score the big prize as he pocketed $10,049. for the win in the 49 lap modified feature. Craig Von Dohren was second and Tyler Dippel third. Andy Bachetti 12th, Mike Maresca 15th and David Schilling and Allison Ricci were dnq’s.
The $4,049. to win 30-lap small block feature was won by Watertown’s Billy Dunn. Following Dunn across the finish line were Ryan Watt, Richie Pratt, Friesen, and Larry Wight. Schilling finished ninth, Bachetti 11th and Dippel 23th.
The 602 sportsman division held a 25-lap feature that saw Jim Housworth take the win over Scott Hutchens and Joe Toth. Tim Hartman Jr. finished sixth, and Charlie Tibbitts 19th.
— Another loss recently happened to the local racing community.
Mike Deuel, who was the operator of Broadalbin Manufacturing, sadly passed away. Broadalbin Manufacturing was a sponsor on at least a couple of cars that come to mind, like the 1M of Mark Mortensen and the 09 of Connor Cleveland.
We send out condolences to Mike’s family and friends.
Thomas Coughlin Jr. covers area stock car racing for The Recorder.