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Racing Around

A little racing around

April 3, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald
OK, I’ll admit it, it was great to see the cars at the shows, but now I am getting the itch to see them in action.

It was a nice day Wednesday, so I decided to take a little ride into the Mohawk Valley and check out the tracks.

The grandstands are open at Fonda Speedway and the track had some water around the inside but still looked in great shape.

The river is up, but at least it’s not over the banks.

It was a little different seeing different haulers down in the pit area — kid haulers … school buses. I am sure they will be absent when Fonda opens for action April 12 with its annual 40-lap Ice Jam event. Also on the season-opening card is a $750-to-win sportsman open race and the track will be open to all divisions for practice.

I continued my journey up to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. The track was supposed to open last weekend, but snow, rain and wet grounds pushed the season opener to this weekend.

There was some snow along the entry road and a sheet of ice on the pond near the pit entrance, but other than that, it looks clear.

The frontstretch and infield look a little wet, but a couple of good weather days and packer trucks will take care of that.

Now, if Mother Nature will cooperate, there is a very good chance there will be racing at the Ridge this weekend.

It does appear Glen Ridge still is a work in progress with a cluster of new lights still to be put up, but there are improvements in place and ready to go.

The biggest ones are the moving of the starters stand from just off the fourth turn to about three-quarters of the way down the frontstretch.

The announcers/scorers tower also was moved and is above the grandstands for a better view. The former tower is now a VIP area.

With rain in the forecast again Friday, track promoters Mike Romano and Jake Spraker are upbeat about the chances of opening this weekend.

“If we don’t get too much rain Friday, we’ll be ready to run Saturday,” Romano said. “If not, we’ll give it a shot Sunday.”

Practice session canceled

The practice and clinic scheduled for this weekend at Albany-Saratoga Speedway has been moved to April 11.

If the clinic and practice weekend is canceled, then the season opener will be pushed back one week.

There are couple of more interesting changes coming at Albany-Saratoga Speedway this year.

There will be a new parking arrangement in the pit area and in an attempt to speed up the race program, the “top guns” at Albany-Saratoga Speedway will not have to run heat races. This program will apply to all divisions.

Teams in the top 10 in points will have a separate warm-up session later in the night that may be set up as a dash for cash event.

James A. Ellis is a sports reporter 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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