OK, let’s change things up a little bit. Some interesting announcements were made earlier this week.
Closest to home is the news that Fonda Speedway will be adding a race on Sunday, Sept. 13. All regular weekly divisions will be competing, with the modifieds allowed to run sail panels and chasing a $3,500 top prize.
And yes, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is also scheduled to race that night.
It will be interesting for sure, as not only are there race teams that would like to be in attendance at both facilities, but there are also staff that work both. Things that make you go hmmm.
Continuing with a Fonda theme. Short Track Super Series and Fonda promoter Brett Deyo also announced the running of the Speed Showcase 200, a three-day event at the Port Royal Speedway, in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-17. The winner’s share for the big block/ small block modified 200 lap grind will be $53,000. This will come from a minimum purse of $125,000.
The 602 crate sportsman will compete in a 50-lap feature for a shot at $2,500.
STSS South Region rules will be utilized for the show. Prices, times and schedule are in the planning stages. Per the STSS release, this event is planned as a replacement for the Fonda 200, which will not be held this year.
The next announcement is more speculative than anything. DIRTcar is still throwing around the idea of a way to present Super Dirt Week at Oswego. A decision will have to be made near the first week of September as to whether the 49th edition will take place during the week of Oct. 7. If necessary, DIRTcar will look at their options in using plan B or C?
Anthony Perrego started 14th and took his new Bicknell chassis/ Billy the Kid powered #44 to the front Friday night (Aug. 21) and scored his first 35-lap modified feature of 2020 at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Thirteen-time track champion Kenny Tremont Jr. (#115) finished second and was followed to the checkers by Jack Lehner, Keith Flach, and Mike Mahaney. With both Stewart and Jessica Friesen not in attendance that night and Marc Johnson dropping out with a did not finish (dnf), the points have tightened up. Unofficially, Mahaney sits at the top of the modified point standings.
In the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature, Andrew Buff claimed his second victory of 2020. Finishing second was Tim Hartman Jr., and he was followed across the finish line by Connor Cleveland, Jon Miller, and Brian Calabrese.
Chad Jeseo claimed the 25-lap pro stock feature, his first of 2020. Cousin Luke Horning finished second, with Josh Coonradt, Jason Meltz, and David Emigh completing the top five.
Al Relyea was victorious in the street stocks claiming the 15-lap feature. Jeff Meltz, Mike Arnold, Kaleb Shepard and Paul Brayman followed to round out the top five.
The 20-lap limited sportsman feature went to James Hinman Jr. Ron Delease Jr., Tyler Rapp, Dylan Madsen and Garrett Poland completed the top five.
The CRSA 305 winged sprint cars were down at the Penn Can Speedway near Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Josh Flint of Cherry Valley earned the pole position for the feature. Flint’s Alpin Haus-sponsored #41 would use that position to his advantage, as he was able to fend off all challengers in the 25-lap A-main for the win. Dana Wagner #25W finished second and Ethan Gray # 17E third. Jeff Trombley #3A finished sixth and Josh Pieniazek #56 finished 12th.
The Friesen family was missing from A-S on the 21st, because Stewart was competing in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series at the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Stewart had some issues during the event, (he spun after driving through some liquid on the track) but still managed to salvage a ninth-place finish. Stewart said after the race that he felt that it was still a good run in the Halmar-Friesen #52 Toyota Tundra.
Sunday at Glen Ridge, Brendan Gibbons was victorious in the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman division. Scott McCoy finished second, followed by Andrew Buff, Tony Farone and Travis Green.
Buck Gasner of Amsterdam, driving the Hal-Gas #99, scored his second win in a row and second career Yurkewecz Auto Crushers pro stock feature. Ivan Joslin of Fultonville #49, Cousin Luke Horning, Beau Ballard and Steve Cosselman rounded out the top five.
In the limited sportsman feature, Joe Venditti took the win over Stephen Gray, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner and Troy Zilles.
Street stock competition saw Harley Shepard claim another win over Ken Allen, Adam Tranka, Damon Anderson and Jason Samrov.
4 cylinder cruiser winners were Wayne Russell Jr. in the single cam and Josh Kane in the dual cam divisions.
Northeast Paving & Sealcoat slingshot feature winners were Spencer Cherko in the All-Stars and Liam Jackson in the Juniors.
Tim McCreadie recorded another win in the late model division. This one took place at the Batesville Motor Speedway, near Batesville, Arkansas. McCreadie claimed the victory on the first night of the 28th annual Topless 100 Weekend.
Dodge City Speedway results are as follows: Jr. Purple-Deegan Nichols, Thor Martin, and Addisyn Roger. Jr. Champ 7-9-Vecar Wade. Jr. Champ 8-12-Blake Banek. Jr. II Turquoise-Braxton Martin. Jr. Champ 12-15-Matthew Roger. Jr. II Gold-Patricia Wiltse.
Two local 602 sportsman teams have decided to take a break. A.J. Filbeck of Perth has sold all of the chassis in his racing stable. Waiting to see what becomes of this move.
According to longtime car owner Chuck Tibbitts, he has sold everything. His son Charlie was losing interest and said that he wanted to take a break.
Here is something that either I wasn’t aware of or had just forgotten about. Katelyn Larson, wife of NASCAR & World of Outlaws sprint car driver Kyle Larson is the sister of WoO sprint car driver Brad Sweet.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway will continue to race with fans, as the restrictions in Vermont are not nearly as controlling as they are in New York. Unfortunately, The Bowl lost it’s program to inclement weather for the first time in 2020.
Tuesday night, the STSS was at the Georgetown Speedway in Delaware. The annual Blast at the Beach was the main attraction. The modifieds ran a 35-lap feature. After racing in the truck series at Dover, Sprakers resident Stewart Friesen and family stayed in the area and enjoyed some time at the beach. Friesen started in the 23rd position and passed Billy Pauch Jr. on the white flag lap for the lead. Pauch, who started 12th, had to settle for second, with Anthony Perrego, who started eighth, finishing third. After a jingle in his heat race, Friesen made the main event by way of qualifying through the consolation race.
In the 602 sportsman feature. Scott Hitchens claimed the 25-lap main event over Bobby Flood and Michael White. Tim Hartman Jr. finished fifth.
Thoughts and wishes to get well soon are going out this week to Heather Deyo, Hunter Horton, Mikayla Haslun, and Jessica Brisbane.