Area Stock Car Racing: Snow Drags set for Royal Mountain Ski Area on Saturday

ERICA MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Fonda Speedway, Fonda Fairgrounds, off South Bridge Street in Fonda on Friday, April 3, 2020.

ERICA MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Fonda Speedway, Fonda Fairgrounds, off South Bridge Street in Fonda on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Royal Mountain Ski Area is scheduled to hold its final Snow Drags on Saturday. Registration at the Route 10 facility will begin at 4 p.m., with racing to begin at 7 p.m.

Cherokee Speedway looked nice and smooth last Friday as the Short Track Super Series paid a visit to the South Carolina oval. The four 20-lap qualifying races were won by Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard and Danny Creeden. The 15-lap STSS crate 602 sportsman qualifying races were won by Mike Nagel Jr., Jeff Watson and 12-year-old Brock Pinkerous.

Last Saturday was the inaugural Rebel 50 race, the first of the six-race Halmar International-Elite Series. The “Ringoes Rocket” Ryan Godown of Ringoes, New Jersey, scored an impressive victory and collected the $25,000 check over Wight,  Billy Pauch Jr.  Jimmy Horton and Mike Maresca. Horton started 22nd and finished fourth. Area drivers finished in this order: Ronnie Johnson seventh, Alex Yankowski 11th, Marc Johnson 17th, Friesen 18th, Anthony Perrego 19th, Jeremy Pitts 20th, Bobby Hackel IV 22nd, Demetrios Drellos 26th, Jack Lehner 27th and Rocky Warner 30th.

There were a number of drivers who were able to charge up through the field during the 50-lap feature, including Ronnie Johnson, who advanced from 29th to seventh. Around the halfway mark, the cautions started and in the final 10 laps, starter Joe Kriss had to wave the yellow flags many times as drivers were starting to fall victim to right rear flat tires from the abrasive surface.

Thirty-one cars started the 30-lap STSS crate 602 sportsman feature. Logan Watt claimed the win over Payton Talbot and Nagel. Brian Calabrese finished eighth, Brock Pinkerous ninth and Mike Bruno 28th.

The Indoor Auto Racing Championship finale will be held in the Exposition Center on the New York State fairgrounds in Syracuse next Friday and Saturday. TQ midgets, Champ Karts and Slingshots will be the divisions making up the program. Friday practice is from 1-4 p.m. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. Saturday practice is at 2 p.m. Doors open to the public with a Fanfest in the pits at 5:30 p.m.

The Syracuse Motorsports Expo will be happening at the same time next weekend in the Center of Progress building on the fairgrounds. Expo hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday.

Georgetown Speedway in Delaware is scheduled to hold racing next Friday, with a 30-lap Pa./N.J. spec small block feature paying $4,049 and the Rush Late Models in a 20-lap feature paying $1,049. Race No. 2 in the Elite Series will take place next Saturday. The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial for STSS modifieds will pay $25,000 to the winner of the 49-lap feature. The STSS crate 602 sportsman will compete in a 25-lap feature offering $1,549.

Saturday, March 19, will be the Icebreaker at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania. This is a STSS South tour division event paying out $5,000 to the winner of the 40 lap modified feature.

The following day, the STSS modifieds will be at the Port Royal Speedway for the Spring Speed Showcase also offering $5,000 for a 40-lap modified feature.

Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27, the annual race car show will be the feature attraction at Via/Port in Rotterdam. Listed hours for the mall are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., so plan accordingly.

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