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Racing Around

Special events set for this weekend

June 12, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald
This weekend’s racing cards are filled with special events, especially if you are a kid.

Both Fonda and Albany-Saratoga speedways will host student nights.

Saturday, students with identification will be admitted for half price.

At Albany-Saratoga, there will be stock car rides at 6:30 p.m. and the first 500 kids will all receive free T-shirts.

Also on tap for the kids at Fonda Speedway who are members of the Fonda Futures Kid’s Club, the first 11 kids who sign in at the club table will play musical chairs on the speedway infield. Instead of chairs, race car tires will be used instead. Prizes will be awarded to those participating in the event.

Caputo Dash

The 10th Annual Bev Caputo Dash for Cash sponsored by the Champion and Caputo families will be run Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

The dash is for non-winners in the Pro Stock division and winner of the five-lap dash will receive $100 and a handmade afghan by Diane Champion. The second-place finisher will receive $50, third-place $25, while all others will receive $10.

In conjunction with the dash, there will be a raffle to support breast cancer research.

Series continues at Glen Ridge

Friday night, the second leg of the Harry’s Auto Street Stock Series is scheduled to take to the track.

Dave Pope edged Dave Bayes in the opening race of the series and leads the series by four points. Andy’s Service Station has added a $100 bonus to the winner if there are 21 cars or more on hand to bring the winner’s share up to $400.

The Central New York Mini Sprints will join the regular show of modifieds, budget sportsman and cruisers. General grandstand admission will be $12. Friday also marks the one-year anniversary of the management team of Mike Romano and Jake Spraker at the Ridge.

CVRA vs. the World

General Motors will present the return of CVRA vs. The World, a 100-lap race for big blocks and 358-modifieds.

Track champions will be rewarded June 27 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

It was announced that big block or small block track champions along with four members of their crews will be admitted to the pits free.

The race will pay $8,000 to the winner and $300 to take the green.

Time trials will be run to determine heat race lineups and the top 12 qualifiers will redraw for the feature.

The race card also will include the budget sportsman, pro-street stock, limited and mini-stock divisions and a fireworks display.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 4.

Adult grandstand admission will be $18, while pit admission will be $20 for CVRA members, $25 for anyone with a valid 2008 license from another track or sanctioning body, and $30 for nonmembers.

Racing at CCR

Friday night, I made the trip to Caroga Creek Raceway. The management team of Eric Miller and Mike Hall has made many positive improvements to the Ephratah go-kart facility.

One of the most notable was the smoothness and raceability of the track itself.

Hall said 15 truckloads of fresh clay were down this year and it has helped draw an average of more than 100 karts to the track weekly.

It was also great to see a resurgence of the slingshot division at the speedway. Between 15 and 20 of the modified-looking racing machines were on hand

This Friday, fathers will be admitted to the covered grandstand free for a night of racing if they are accompanied to the track by a child.


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