Area Stock Car Racing: Friesen gets win at Albany-Saratoga

Thomas Coughlin Jr. with the latest on area stock car racing
Stewart Friesen won the 32-lap feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway last Friday.
Stewart Friesen won the 32-lap feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway last Friday.

Last Friday, Albany-Saratoga Speedway presented Stan Da Man Night in honor of Stan DeVore, the late father of promoter Lyle DeVore. It was a 32-lap feature for the modifieds to represent Stan’s love for the ’32 Fords. Stewart Friesen only led one lap, but it was the most important lap, as he made a last-lap pass on Marc Johnson for the win. Jessey Mueller, Anthony Perrego and Mike Mahaney completed the top five.

Luke Horning and Josh Coonradt duked it out over the last five laps in the 25-lap pro stock feature. In the end, Horning would prevail over Coonradt, with early leader Brandon Emigh coming home third. Kim Duell and Dean Charbonneau rounded out the top five.

Jack Speshock scored the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature, beating Travis Bruno, Joey Scarborough, Thomas VanVorst and Tim Hartman Jr.

Continuing with Friday, Dodge City Speedway in Howes Cave,was only able to run two classes. Due to the ever-changing state guidelines, the track is limited to the number of people allowed on the grounds.

In the junior purple alcohol class, Deegan Nichols took the win over Thor Martin, Jayden Wust, E.J. Hatch, Addisyn Roger and Khloie Bellen. The wing champ 12-15 race was won by Matthew Rogers over Vinnie Comparetta.

A.J. Miller of Glen was down at the Penn Can Speedway on Friday, where he claimed another podium finish with his No. 14J in the sportsman division. Finishing second was Brett Tonkin.

On Sunday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park had another new winner in the headline division. Cody Ochs No. 33 took his career first win in the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman division feature. The Ridge has had eight different winners in 2020. Completing the top five were Travis Green, Tony Farone, Bill August and Andrew Buff.

Andy Graves scored the win in the Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar pro stocks. Horning, Beau Ballard, Ivan Joslin and Buck Gasner rounded out the top five.

In the limited sportsman, it was James Venditti claiming his second win of 2020. Carter Gibbons was second, followed by Troy Zilles, Stephen Gray and Isaac Walker.

Wayne Russell Jr. claimed the single cam mini-stock feature, and Josh Kane won the dual-cam feature.

The Northeast Paving and Sealcoat features for the slingshot divisions were won by Danny Ballard in the all-stars and Frank Twing Jr. in the junior division.
Demetrios Drellos claimed the 38-lap Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial crate modified feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Also earning podium finishes were John St. Germain Jr. and Adam Pierson.

Coonradt scored the 20-lap pro stock feature over Scott Towslee and Kim Duell.


Glen Ridge continues to plug along with its weekly Sunday programs, and it will have a bonus night. If the winner from Friday night’s 602 sportsman race at Albany-Saratoga can win at The Ridge on Sunday, there is at least another $500 waiting for them.

Heather Deyo, who is the wife of Fonda promoter Brett Deyo, had surgery recently, and we want to send her our thoughts and get-well wishes.

Friesen was supposed to race in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway Friday night. Hopefully, his dirt track modified luck will carry over to the trucks.

Brian Calabrese raced in the GRIT Series race at Afton Motorsports Park on Thursday and finished fifth.


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