Area Stock Car Racing: Big weekend on tap at local speedways

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Saturday you have a chance to physically attend an auto racing event. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is holding its Slate Valley 100 for big block and small block modifieds. Located in West Haven, Vermont on Route 22A, the facility is able to have spectators. The 100-lap feature offers a winner’s share of $10,000 and the 50-lap King Of Dirt Northeast Crate Nationals will payout $2,000 to the victor. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., grandstands and infield parking open at 4:30 p.m., with the infield closing at 5:50. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with racing at 5:30.

Brett Hearn has even announced that he would be coming out of retirement for this weekend and you can expect to see many local teams in competition, along with some of the sports traveling heavy hitters that planned on being at Albany-Saratoga Friday night, Devil’s Bowl Saturday and either Fonda or Glen Ridge on Sunday.

Sunday’s program at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has seen an increase in feature length and prize money.

The Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman division will race in a 50-lap feature for an added winner’s share of $1,500, while thanks to Bill and Cindy Yurkewecz, the Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar pro stocks will race in a 35-lap feature for a chance at $1,000. A number of added bonuses from Elmo’s Speed Shop and Snap-On Tools will be passed out to racers throughout the different divisions.

Due to New York state regulations, no spectators will be allowed. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6 p.m.

The Fonda Speedway will close out its 2020 racing season Sunday. The Montgomery County Open will see the Sunoco Modifieds race for $3,500 in a 30-lap feature, where drivers will be allowed to use sail panels on their cars.

Drivers in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 sportsman division will compete in a 25-lap feature for a top prize of $1,000.

The full-fendered Algonkin Motel pro stocks will also race for a $1,000 top prize in their 20-lap feature, and the Roberts Towing & Recovery street stocks should see an increase in attendance as that division will allow any street that normally competes at Lebanon Valley Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedwa, or Glen Ridge to challenge for the top prize of $500.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 5:15 and racing at 6 p.m.

Somehow, with all that is going on in today’s world, we’ve managed to have a busy weekend.

Results

Friday at Albany-Saratoga they closed out the 2020 points season. The 35 lap modified feature went green to checkers, with Don Ronca scoring the victory. Stewart Friesen finished second after starting 16th. Bobby Hackel IV was third followed by Jack Lehner, who started 11th, and Marc Johnson completed the top five. With a top-10 finish Mike Mahaney clinched his first A-S title and was declared the 2020 modified track champion. Johnson, Matt Delorenzo, Friesen and Anthony Perrego were the top five in points.

The 25-lap 602 sportsman feature was won by Tim Hartman Jr. Finishing second was Travis Bruno, with Andrew Buff, Mike Coffey Jr. and Justin Buff rounding out the top five. Hartman also locked up the points championship.

In the pro stocks, “Cousin” Luke Horning claimed the 25-lap feature win. Josh Coonradt finished second followed by Chad Jeseo, Kim Duell and Jason Casey. Horning and Coonradt finished first and second in the point standings.

A.J. Miller of Glen made the tow down to Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania pay off as he started 12th and finished second in the 602 crate sportsman division.

Sunday at Glen Ridge, Tony Farone picked up his second win of 2020 in the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman division. Andrew Buff gave a good chase, but had to settle for second. Cody Ochs finished third followed by Travis Green and Mark Mortensen. Green and Buff were declared co-champions for 2020 in the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman.

Beau Ballard claimed the Yurkewecz Auto Crushers pro stock feature over Nick Stone, Horning, Coonradt and Buck Gasner. Horning was crowned the 2020 Yurkewecz Auto Crushers pro stock champion for 2020, his fourth consecutive title.


Joe Venditti took the win in the limited sportsman over Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Garrett Poland and Stepen Gray. Gray was declared the 2020 division champion, his first title.

The street stock feature win went to Adam Tranka, over Matt Mosher, Damon Anderson, Jason Samrov, and Mark Burch.

In the 4-cylinder cruisers Gina Voris scored the dual cam win and Ray Young the single cam win.

The Northeast Sealcoat & Paving slingshot features were won by Nick Auspelmyer in the All-Stars and Liam Jackson in the Juniors.

Demetrios Drellos claimed the win at Devil’s Bowl on Sunday. Eighty-nine drivers attempted to qualify for the Vermont 200. Drellos collected nearly $11,000 between purse and lap sponsorships for the crate modified victory. Mike Maresca finished second followed by Matt Janczuk, Hartman and Josh Masterson. There was only one change in leaders as Robert Bublak led the first 84 laps and Drellos took the lead on lap 85 and took the field to the finish.

Devil’s Bowl also hosted the Sprint Cars Of New England. Scott Holcomb won the 25-lap SCONE feature with Cory Sparks of Edinburg second and Will Hull third.

Friesen was in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, where he competed in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series at the Richmond Raceway. The Sprakers resident finished 10th, scoring his fifth top-10 in a row in the series.

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