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Stock car racing: Hearn holds off Camara at Malta

Stock car racing: Hearn holds off Camara at Malta

A heavy rain shower forced a short delay at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night, but once the rain

There’s nothing like a little extra water to create great dirt track racing.

A heavy rain shower forced a short delay at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night, but once the rain stopped and the track was run in, there was a three-groove race track, and Brett Hearn and Dave Camara put on a whale of a show in the 358-modified feature.

Hearn passed Camara with five laps to go and came away with his second win of the season in the

35-lap feature.

“Dave was really good on the bottom, so I stayed on the outside and tried to not go over the bank, because I was driving the car into the turns so hard,” Hearn said after the win. “The car stuck wherever I put it, but I stayed on top to free the engine up.”

Camara started on the pole and went right ot the front. with Don Ronca in tow. On the outside of the backstretch on lap four, Ronca got around Camara for the lead, and they swapped the lead numerous times.

The red flag was out on lap 10 for a five-car pileup in turn one involving Ronnie Johnson, who got out of shape in the turn, collecting four other cars in the process. Johnson was able to pit and continue at the rear of the field. On the restart, Hearn was sitting third, and began to make his move.

Hearn tried to elbow his way between Camara and Ronca, but the two drivers squeezed Hearn out of the middle lane, as he had to get off the gas and drop back.

“I was just sitting back there watching them put on a show in front of me, but then I decided to take a shot up the middle,” Hearn said. “They squeezed me out of there once, so I had to regroup and try to get by them one at a time.”

Camara retook the lead on lap 13, with Hearn getting by Ronca for second on lap 17. Hearn started putting heavy pressure on Camara on a lap 21 restart, as Camara stayed low while Hearn stayed in the high groove.

Hearn was able to get by Camara for the lead on the outside in turn two with five laps to go, but the race was far from over. Hearn and Camara raced side-by-side over the remaining laps, with Camara ducking under Hearn one last time on the final lap in turn four as they raced to the checkered flag.

Hearn got the win, followed by Camara, Kenny Tremont Jr. who started 17th after a broken rocker arm in the motor during time trials, Jack Johnson, Todd Stone, Vince Quenneville Jr., Ronca, Keith Flach, Ronnie Johnson and Matt


“I needed a little bit more,”

Camara said. “So close, but yet so far. I couldn’t get rid of Don [Ronca], but I couldn’t give the bottom up because I didn’t want to fall back out of top spots. The bottom slicked up a lot, and after Hearn got by, I experimented a little bit and tried the middle. I wish now that I have tried the middle earlier because that is when I found out how good the middle was.”

Robert Langevin was the sportsman feature winner, followed by Kory Sandstedt, Mark Kislowski, Mike Ketchum and Dave Manny.

Jack Gentile won the budget sportsman feature, followed by Fred Proctor, Seth Howe, Tim Hartman Jr. and Chuck Dickinson.

Ed Thompson won the pro-street stock feature, and Dave Billings

recorded his first career win in the limited division.

Bellinger triumphs

GLEN — Fifteen-year-old Bodie Bellinger notched his first career win in the budget sportsman feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Bobby Varin won the modified feature, breaking Jeff Brownell’s two-race winning streak. Craig Hanson finished second, and Erik Nelson was third.

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