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Racing Around: Tracks set for busy weekend

September 16, 2010
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

If you are a local racing fan and can't find an event to go to this weekend, you're not trying.

Fonda Speedway re-opens Saturday after its annual break for the Fonda Fair. After being rained out last week, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host racing, featuring the 60-lap, $1,500-to-win 602 Nationals on Sunday.

Caroga Creek Raceway will host a weekend jam packed with go-kart and slingshot action Friday and Saturday at the popular Ephratah facility.

Action at Fonda Speedway will include open events for the modifieds, 602 sportsman, pro stock and street stock divisions along with the addition of a Best of Four Sportsman Thunder Series race. The UMP division was originally slated to be in action but has been dropped in favor of a 4-cylinder event.

The Best-of-Four Sportsman Thunder Series event is the second in the series. The opening event was won by Utica-Rome Speedway regular Matt Janczuk last Friday night at Utica-Rome.

The final race of the sportsman series will be run at Fonda Speedway Sept. 26 on the undercard for the $9,500-to-win McDonald's 100 for modifieds and series finale for the Best of Four Pro Stock Thunder Series.

Racing will start at 6 p.m. with pit gates opening at 3 p.m. and front gates opening at 4 p.m.

With the modified and pro stock divisions taking the week off at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, the sportsman division will take center stage.

Glen Ridge will host the 60-lap, $1,500-to-win 602 Nationals for the sportsman division Sunday, along with Championship Night for the street stock and cruiser divisions plus an enduro.

The main event on Riley Mortuary/Dodson Construction Night will feature a 26-car field with $100 to take the green. No modified drivers will be allowed to compete and a B-main and a rookie race also are on tap.

Since the rain-out last Sunday, more sponsors have stepped forward, offering additional contingency money for the 602 feature.

As a result there could be a $2,000 pay day for the winner.

Gates are scheduled to open at noon with hot laps taking to the track at 3 p.m. and the green flag dropping on the days racing at 3:45 p.m.

Clash at the Creek

The track championships will wrap up Friday night at Caroga Creek Raceway with the track's "Clash at the Creek."

All classes will run 25-lap features plus a 100-lap main event for the senior slingshot division.

The race will be red flagged at the halfway point allowing pit crews to change the right rear tire and get the driver out of the pits first.

The top five junior racers will receive "Clash Cups" for trophies and the senior racers receive a 50 percent payout plus first-place "Clash Cups.".

Saturday, the final race of the Northeast New York Slingshot & Go-Kart Tour returns to Caroga Creek.

The Animal Heavy division will run for $200-to-win, while $100 has been added to the purses for the Light and Stock Heavy classes.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with racing starting at 7 p.m. on both days and covered grandstand admission will be free for both nights of racing.

DIRTcar champions

The DIRTcar Racing Northeast Regional point standings were finalized over Labor Day Weekend with champions crowned in big-block, 358-modified and sportsman classes.

The Eastern Region Big-Block Modified points battle came down to the final weekend with Brett Hearn and Bobby Varin finishing in a tie for the championship. Matt Sheppard won the Central Region title and Jeremiah Shingledecker capturing the West Regional title.

Craig Hanson tied with J.R. Heffner for third in the East Region modified points, six points behind Hearn and Varin, while Glen Ridge track champion JaMike Sowle was sixth.

Tim O'Brien and Stephane LaFrance shared the 358-modified Northern Region points title while Pete Bicknell won in the West.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park track champion Bodie Bellinger won the East Region sportsman crown, while Steve Gray won the Central Division and Chris Raabe was crowned Northern Region champion.

Brian Pessolano was runner-up in the East aportsman division standings, followed by Tony Farone, Greg Pessolano and D.J. Brundige.

Sponsor named

DIRTcar announced this week that SEF Small Engine Fuels produced by VP Racing Fuels will be title sponsor of the Oct. 10 200-lap main event for Big-Block Modifieds at 39th annual Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.



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