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Racing Around

Season opener delayed

March 27, 2008
By James A. Ellis, The Leader-Herald
With an ambitious schedule planned for the upcoming season, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was set to open its season Saturday.

But with wet grounds at the raceway, the management team of Jake Spraker and Mike Romano decided to postpone opening day until April 5. All divisions will be in action. Gates open at 11 a.m. and racing starts at 1 p.m.

There have been plenty of changes made at The Ridge in the offseason. A new VIP tower has been added, the flagger’s stand moved further down the front stretch and a new announcers tower was built. The purse also has changed.

The 30-lap modified feature will now pay $1000-to-win, while the 25-lap Budget Sportsman feature will pay $250-to-win. The Street Stock class will continue to pay $200 to win for a field of 20 cars.

New Series at Fonda

Fonda Speedway promoter Ric Lucia unveiled his plans for a five race series at the “Track of Champions” during the 2008 season at the track’s annual car show.

The Go Green NMX Fonda Thunder Series for modifieds will offer $28,500 if any driver is fortunate enough to win all five events. The series consists of two 40-lap events paying $4,000-to-win, a $5,000-to-win 50-lapper and a $6,000-to-win 60-lapper all run as Saturday night main events. The series finale is a 100-lap, $9,500-to-win race on the final day of racing Sept. 21.

A separate set of points will be kept for the series vents and Fonda regulars will receive a base number of points at the events.

“We don’t want our regulars to get zero points if they have a problems and can’t race in the feature,” Lucia said in a press release. “With a base number of points given it will keep our regulars in the hunt for the pooint championship in the sereis.”

The initial series point championship payout is $4,000 for first, $3,000 for second and $1,500 for third. The point fund may increased during the sason as other sponsors commit to the series.

I am sure there will be plenty of invaders ready to take a shot at the extra money and it should be a great bonus for the regular Saturday night fans.

CVRA car show

Since the weather is keeping the cars off the track, you can still get chance to see some of your favorite drivers and their rides for the upcoming season before the season starts.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway will host its second annual Motorsports Preview at the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the cars, there will be booths set up by tobacco-free Reality Check; Project 301, which is geared to safe and alcohol-free driving; and Helping Paws, an animal rescue group.

Albany-Saratoga promoter Bruce Richards announced that the speedway will host a series of clinics, which will focus on chassis setup and driving techniques.

The clinics, which will be conducted for drivers in all divisions, will be conducted April 4 and 11 at the Malta track and April 12 and May 10 at Devil’s Bowl. The clinics will run in conjunction with the test and tune sessions that are scheduled at both tracks.

Drivers helping run the clinics are Ken Tremont Jr., Jack Johnson and Ronnie Johnson for the 358 modifieds and Dave Madej and Kim Duell for pro stocks.

The cost for the clinics will be minimal but will only be open to valid 2008 CVRA members.

The first night of racing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 18. The general admission for a normal Friday night show will remain at $10.

CCR Kart Show

If you want a glimpse of the future champions, Saturday at the Pyramid Mall in Johnstown, Caroga Creek Raceway will be hosting its season-opening Go-Kart Show.

The event will run from 1 to 6 p.m. Karters are asked to contact Eric Miller at 922-8774 to secure a spot in the show. No entries will be accepted the day of the show.

Jim Ellis is a sportswriter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at'>


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