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Racing Around: Richards announces changes for Malta

August 27, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS/The Leader-Herald

Wednesday night promoter Bruce Richards announced Albany-Saratoga Speedway will run asphalt next spring.

It also was announced that Albany-Saratoga Speedway will remain dirt.

Apparently, Richards has plans to remove the clay covering the asphalt track and run a series of events on the old racing surface before putting the clay back down in May for the remainder of the season.

The American-Canadian Tour announced it would open the 2010 asphalt season at Albany-Saratoga in April.

In the news release, Richards is quoted saying "Part of our plan is to pull up the clay this fall and open the first several events in the spring with the asphalt. We have considered this for a number of years, but now it is time to make the move. The ACT has grown throughout the Northeast and Canada over the past several years, and our long-standing relationship with Tom Curley and Ken Squier made this a natural for us to hook up again for what will be a very exciting change for Albany-Saratoga Speedway.''

The ACT runs full-bodied late model cars and has been sanctioning short track events throughout New England and Canada since 1986. It will also run an event at Airbourne Speedway in Plattsburgh.

Obviously, I am a dirt-track racing fan, but it will be interesting to see what shape the old speedway is in. A few years ago, Richards did peel back the clay for an asphalt race and the track was in good shape.

Richards also announced he has contacted the International Super Modified Association about an event.

He also is planning a combined event featuring the True Value and Race of Champions asphalt modifieds.

On top of the world

Matt DeLorenzo held off Dave Camara to pick up the win Wednesday night in Albany-Saratoga's CVRA vs. the World/Game On 100-lap small-block modified feature.

DeLorenzo inherited the lead on lap 53 when early frontrunner Kenny Tremont, who led 40 of the first 52 laps, clipped the car of 2009 Fonda Speedway track champion Bobby Varin, who had spun between the first and second turn.

DeLorenzo held on from there, holding off Camara after a side-by-side duel in the late stages of the race.

Camara had gotten by DeLorenzo in turn four on lap 79, but a caution before the cars crossed the line reverted the field back to the previous lap, giving DeLorenzo the lead back.

From there, DeLorenzo broke away over the final laps to earned the win over Camara.

Brett Hearn was third as he outdueled World of Outlaw late model standout Tim McCreadie. McCreadie was piloting the Vinnie Salerno-owned 4-Star ride that Hearn had won six times with the season before he and the team parted ways last week.

Pat Ward completed the top five, while Jeff Trombley, who led the first 12 laps of the feature after starting on the pole, was sixth.

Jimmy Davis, Todd Stone, Ronnie Johnson and Mike Ricci completed the top 10.

McCreadie, Johnson, Hearn and Camara each picked up heat race wins, while McCreadie also set quick time in qualifying at 16.127.

Mike Perrotte and Danny Creeden earned wins in the two 15-lap B-main events.

A total of 44 cars were on hand for the event.

In the 25-lap budget sportsman feature, Dennis Pennock claimed his first win. D.J. Brundige was second and Tim Hartman Jr. was third.

All in the family

Saturday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, first-year drivers Greg and Brian Pessolano put their "Green Machines" in Victory Lane.

Brian picked up the victory over Anthony Cardamone in the Rookie Sportsman feature, while Greg got around John Constantino for the lead and survived a late-race restart to pick up his initial win in the DIRTcar Sportsman feature.

Glen Ridge will return to action again Saturday with the fifth installment of the Ridge Runner Series for the DIRTcar Sportsman.

The fourth leg of the series will run at Albany-Saratoga Friday.

Thunder on the Thruway

Last Sunday Utica-Rome Speedway was set to host a 50-lap modified Thunder Series race and the first leg of the Best-of-Three Pro Stock division event when a late-afternoon storm washed out the racing action.

The modified series event, run in conjunction with Fonda Speedway, was rescheduled to run on the New Yorker Weekend Sept. 11 but now has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Now the Friday race card will include a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win "win and your in" race with the victory picking up a guaranteed spot in the Sept. 12 New Yorker 200. The program also will include the Best of Three Thunder Series for pro stocks, plus sportsman and pure stocks.



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