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Racing Around: Kiddie rides create many memories

May 14, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

It is a simple thing tracks do, but the experience can leave a lifetime of memories for a young race fan.

Of course, I am referring to Kiddie Rides.

It did for me at least.

It was more than four decades ago that I got a chance to cruise around Fonda Speedway in a coupe driven by Pete Corey. I can remember him joking with the other kids in the car as we turned a lap around the track. Thinking back now, I think after that ride, the majority of model cars I built carried yellow and black paint schemes and for a long time, there was a number three somewhere on my bikes.

I am happy tracks have continued this connection with the kids and I honestly believe that the majority of drivers still enjoy it even though there isn't much room in a modern modified, sportsman or IMCA.

The street stock and pro stock drivers step up and carry more riders because of the room, but it is still fun to see the look on the kids' faces as they ride on the back deck of a modified with the wind blowing in their faces as they circle the speedway for a couple of laps. Regardless of the driver who gives them their ride, they are cheering for them and talking about it until next year.

Fonda Speedway will host its first of two kiddie ride nights Saturday. The second opportunity is slated for July 4 along with a fireworks display. Kiddie rides are on the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park race schedule for July 24.

Strong debut

Dustin Delaney added another level of racing to his already impressive resume.

Delaney made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Kentucky Speedway and finished a solid 19th.

With rain washing out qualifying the Mayfield driver started 36th in the field with the No. 88 on the door panels of the Go Energy Infrastructure Chevy instead of his traditional No. 39.

Former DIRT competitor and Lebanon Valley regular J.R. Heffner also competed in?Kentucky, finishing 30th after wrecking out of the race after 44 laps.

Delaney returns to NASCAR Camping World Series East competition Sunday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

Thank you

I want to thank Webelo Cub Scouts Aaron Hill, Jordan Morey, Derick Bates and Ryan Brott of Pack 51 in Broadalbin, for allowing me to be part of their tour and learning experience Wednesday night at Hillside Auto Body as they worked on the requirements for their Handyman Activity Badge.

Street stock driver Dave Bayes and his crew opened the shop allowing the Webelos to experience changing tires on a race car along with learning proper maintenance of a street car.

Of course, the night ended with Bayes in the driver's seat and a short ride.



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