Area Stock Car Racing: McCoy, Horning, Gray score wins at Glen Ridge

Thomas Coughlin Jr.'s weekly roundup of local racing news
Stephen Gray won Sunday's limited sportsman feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
Stephen Gray won Sunday's limited sportsman feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park held a full program of racing on Sunday. To start off the night, Damon Anderson Racing made a patriotic gesture by adding a bonus of $176 to the winner’s share for every feature.

In the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman feature Scott McCoy took the victory over Andrew Buff, with Travis Green, Justin Buff and Tucker O’Connor completing the top five.

Luke Horning scored his first win of the season in the Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar pro stocks at The Ridge, over Josh Coonradt. Rounding out the top five were Tanner Warner, Beau Ballard and Andy Graves.

In the limited sportsman feature Stephen Gray took the win ahead of Garrett Poland, Tim Billington, Paul DeRuyler and Teddy Starr. Three cars were disqualified after post-race technical inspection, which changed the original finishing order.

Adam Tranka scored in the street stock feature. Following the leader across the line were Damon Anderson, Kenny Allen, Jacob Zennaiter, and Chris Daughtery.

Dale VanAllen won the mini stock single cam and Josh Kane won the mini stock dual cam. Slingshot action saw Conner Hill score the Northeast Paving & Seal Coating All-Star feature and Frank Twing Jr. was victorious in the junior slingshot feature.


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After being rained out on Wednesday Fonda Speedway held its big modified Firecracker 50 for the Short Track Super Series on Sunday. Adam McAuliffe took the early lead, but it was Stewart Friesen claiming the $10,000 grand prize at the end. Larry Wight finished second followed by Mike Maresca, Adam McAuliffe and Jessica Friesen.

In the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature Chad Edwards claimed the win over Brian Calabrese, Matt Meade, Ricky Quick and Tim Hartman Jr.

Last Thursday, Devil’s Bowl Speedway held a midweek event to celebrate Independence Day. Bobby Hackel scored the win in the crate modifieds, with Demetrios Drellos finishing second. Completing the top five were Tim LaDuc, John St. Germain and Jack Speshock.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway was rained out last Friday and a few teams decided to head south down I-88 to the Afton Motorsports Park. In the modifieds Jeremy Smith scored the win over Andy Bachetti. Craig Hanson of Johnstown finished 18th. Dave Rosa won the 602 sportsman feature over Bobby Flood and Brian Calabrese.

Danny Varin of Fonda loaded up last Friday and hauled his wingless sprint car to the Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania to compete with the USAC East Coast sprints. Varin was involved in a mishap during his heat race, which caused him to have to start 19th in the feature. By lap six he had moved up into the top 10. Unfortunately, he caught the berm and took a wild ride out of the park. Naturally the car suffered damage, but Varin was OK.

Fonda ran its Fourth of July events last Saturday and again it was Stewart Friesen at the top of the modified field. Wight and Jessica Friesen did offer fans a good battle for second. Wight would go on to win that battle. Hanson, who led the first half of the race, hung on for a good fourth-place finish and 2019 modified track champion Rocky Warner was fifth.

The Swagger Factory Apparel 602 sportsman feature saw Cody Clark take his first win of 2020. Rounding out the top five were Edwards, O’Connor, JaMike Sowle and Hartman.

Nick Stone took home the winner’s share of $1,776 for the Algonkin Motel pro stock feature. Horning finished second, followed by Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga and Coonradt.

Jason Samrov claimed the street stock feature over Al Relyea, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov, and Lou Gancarz.

More racing on Sunday was also happening at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont. Adam Pierson scored the win in the crate modifieds over Drellos, Jake Scarborough, Hackel and Josh Masterson.

If there is a Friesen that sits in victory lane at Fonda this weekend, you can be sure that it won’t be Stewart. He was scheduled to race at Albany-Saratoga Friday night and then head down to the Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race. Stewart Friesen will have the Halmar International No. 52 Toyota Tundra waiting for him.

You probably have noticed that Jessica Friesen has had a number of top-five finishes lately. She has run well at both Orange County Fair Speedway and Fonda. Fonda’s racing surface has been dry and slick and she seems to do well with that. With Stewart Friesen out of town, we’ll see who will be the different winner in the modifieds at the Track of Champions. 

Unfortunately the COVID-19 situation has forced the Mohawk Valley Pro Pulling League to postpone its season. Normally competing on the Fonda Fairgrounds, it has — like so many other activities — just become too difficult to keep up with the changing restrictions put forth by the state.

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