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Glen Ridge to crown champions

September 4, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

It is championship night for the modified division at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Saturday.

Heading into Saturday night's show, Jeff Brownell has a 19-point lead over JaMike Sowle and is 22 points up on defending track champion Craig Hanson.

Brownell has made Glen Ridge his home track this season and has found his way to Victory Lane three times. He is coming off a 16th-place finish last Saturday.

Sowle has been consistent all season, but is yet to be first under the checkers this year. Last week, Sowle and Hanson closed the gap on Brownell placing fourth and third respectively. Josh Hohenforst won last Saturday's modified feature, the first of his career at The Ridge with Erik Nelson chasing him across the line.

Also on Saturday's card, along with the regular budget sportsman, street stock and cruiser division, is an added event for the pro stock division. The gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing staring at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Glen Ridge will switch back to its normal Friday night race schedule next weekend, then take a break after its final points night for the remaining divisions Sept. 19. The modifieds are not scheduled to race on the Sept. 12 or 19 programs.

The Ridge will conclude its season Oct. 25.

Rite Aid 200 spot

Modified drivers will be vying to lock up a qualifying spot in the Rite Aid 200 at the Race of Kings Weekend at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The winner of Saturday's $10,000-to-win Budweiser National 200 also will receive the seventh starting spot in the Super DIRT Week XXXVII main event at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse Oct. 12.

The race also is expected to draw interest from regulars at the Orange County Fair Speedway as the highest finishing regular from that track will be guaranteed the seventh-place starting spot in the Eastern States 200.


There are a couple of interesting changes planned for teams competing at Super DIRT Week XXXVII.

Modified teams can register and practice two cars, but only one draw and one time trial per driver will be allowed. All cars entering the grounds must pay an entry fee, including those designated for use as back-ups.

Pit crew members who go over the wall during pit stops will be required to wear helmets during both the Rite Aid 200 and the 358-Modified Championship events.

In order to pass tech this year, a car must have an official identification number on the chassis.

Cars going through tech on Oct. 7 and 8 will have their engines sealed by DIRTcar officials. The engine a driver uses to qualify his car for the Rite Aid 200 is the engine he must run in the feature. Drivers forced to change engines must start at the back of the field.

If a motor needs repairs and the seal has to be broken, the crew chief must first contact an official to verify the repair and an official must be present for it to be resealed. Failure to do so will result in placement at the rear of the field.

After the Oct. 9 time trials, the top-six time trialers plus the guaranteed starter from the Lebanon Valley 200 and the eighth place starter, the winner of the Rolling Wheels 200; winners will have their engine numbers recorded. They must use that engine for the triple 20 heat races and the Rite Aid 200.



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