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Racing Around: 'The Jet' flying out of Fonda

May 7, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

John Scarborough had a solid night of racing Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

"The Jet" turned in a second-place finish to John McAuliffe in the held-over sportsman feature and came back with another strong run in the second feature to finish fifth.

Unfortunately, his night did not end so well.

In post-race tech after the second feature, Scarborough's engine failed the ball test on the heads and he was disqualified.

Scarborough burnt three pistons in his engine on opening night and ran a borrowed motor the second week before putting a rebuilt motor in the car this week.

"We failed the test," Scarborough said. "The wrong valves were put in the motor when it was done. The problem has been corrected and we now have the right valves in."

However, Scarborough said he will be changing his racing itinerary.

"I have talked it over with my sponsors and crew and it looks like we will be running at Utica-Rome the rest of the season and following the RoC Series, which is something I wanted to do," he said.

"The Jet" said the disqualification was not the reason for the move, but other factors have come into play for the decision.


Bodie Bellinger picked up the first feature win of his young career Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Bellinger, who midway through the 2008 season jumped from racing slingshots to a sportsman, started on the outside of the front row and drove away to claim the sportsman division victory.

The win did not come easy as he held off the challenges of Kory Wilder in the closing laps for the win.

Not bad for a 14-year-old.

Series leader

Justin Knight is off to a strong start in the street stock division at Glen Ridge. Knight has two feature wins under his belt this season, including the first leg of the Harry's Auto Street Stock Series.

Knight came on late in the race to pick up the win Friday night, turning back defending track champion Chuck McSpirit. Defending series champion Dave Bayes was in contention before heading pitside with mechanical problems.

The four-race series will continue with events June 5, July 10 and Aug. 7.

June 5 also marks the first leg of the three-track sportsman series. After running at Glen Ridge that night, the action switches to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the second leg June 6. The third race in the series will be run at Devil's Bowl Speedway July 4.

Shakedown run

Jessica Zemken was at Fonda Speedway with her 360-sprint car Saturday night after Black Rock Speedway rained out Friday.

Zemken said she wanted to get some laps in the car and Brian Grisel of the CRSA said she could take the car out when the sprinters were on the track.

In sportsman-like fashion, Zemken stayed back and out of the way of the less-powerful CRSA sprinters.

Everything appeared to be in order for Zemken and it looks like she will again be highly competitive on the circuit this season.

Mother's Day special

Fonda Speedway will be honoring mothers this weekend.

Saturday, in honor of Mother's Day, all moms will be admitted to the speedway for half price.



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