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Racing Around: Varin wins twice at the Ridge

July 21, 2011
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

It is becoming a typical month of July with hot weather and some even hotter racing.

Friday night Bobby Varin pulled off a rare double victory at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Vain piloted the Pete Demitraszek-owned No. 00 sprinter to his first career Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint A-main victory.

That celebration did not last long as he carried the momentum over to the Marv Pedrick-sponsored No. 97 modified and raced his way to his second feature win of the night in the 35-lap modified main event.

"Driving a sprint car is the most fun you can have in a race car," Varin said in Victory Lane after the ESS feature. "The modifieds are fun and I really love watching the modifieds and racing three- and four-wide, but driving one of these sprint cars with your butt sitting in the seat, there is no feeling like it."

It was a particularly special night for the Demitraszek family as Matt Demitraszek returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The track hosted a special flag raising ceremony Friday night, raising an American flag over the speedway that also saw a tour of duty in Afghanistan with Demitraszek.

The great racing action continued Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.

With fresh clay worked into the racing surface (and more being worked in this week) the racing surface disturbed a few of the set-ups in all divisions.

It did not take A.J. Romano long to adjust as he blistered the new clay with the fastest times of the night. Romano turned a lap of 18.726 in warm-ups before clocking a 19.733 in the fourth modified heat race. In the 30-lap modified feature, he turned in the fastest lap of the race with a 20.070. Fourth-place finisher Ryan Odasz turned in the second fastest lap in the feature, a 20.698.

Lucas Late Models

Fonda Speedway is ready for the second appearance of the Lucas Oil Late Models and the second leg of the Thunder on the Thruway for the modifieds on Wednesday.

Last year, in their first appearance at the Track of Champions, the race attracted 23 late models including several big name competitors to the track including Scott Bloomquist, Billy Decker, Don O'Neal and Jimmy Owens, with Owens coming on late to pick up the victory.

Of course, it was fun to watch "The Intimagator" Chris Wall. I mean, who else brings an alligator with them to a racetrack?

A larger than normal field of Lucas late models was anticipated with the World of Outlaws Late Models having open dates. Now there is a conflict.

The WoO have added a race Tuesday at Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pa. and a Wednesday night event at McKean County Speedway in East Smethport, Pa.

Though it will not effect many of the regulars on the Lucas Oil National Tour, it may have put a damper on the possibility of watching WoO regulars Tim Fuller and Tim McCreadie compete in both the late models and modifeds at Fonda and at Utica-Rome on Thursday.

The modifieds will be running a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event Wednesday. Jim Gabriel Jr. leads the modified Thunder Series points chase after his victory earlier this season at I-88 Speedway.

Local winners

Congratulations to a pair of local drivers who prefer piloting cars around asphalt racing surfaces.

Last Saturday, Canajoharie's Otto Sitterly picked up his second supermodified victory of the season at Oswego Speedway, while Johnstown's Kreig Heroth posted his first career Small Block Supermodified feature win at Oswego.

Heroth started third in the 30-lap main event and took the lead on the opening lap to lead the entire A-main. He is currently fourth in points in the division.

Sitterly, the defending track champion, took the lead on lap 17 of the 50-lap feature and used consistent laps in the low 17-second range to pick up the victory.

Sitterly's son, Nate, also competes in the SBS division at Oswego and is currently fourth in the rookie points and 17th overall in the SBS points.

Track closed

In a press release earlier this week, it was announced that Cayuga County Speedway in Weedsport is now closed.

In the statement, A.J. Kingsley said, "Due to the poor car counts in the sportsman class, we made a decision for the better of the speedway and the competition. With the idea to allow aluminum wheels and American Racers our car count doubled, but we received a phone call saying 'go back to Hoosiers, drop the sportsman, or close the gate' at a track with a dying car count.

"We made the decision that would and ultimately will save racing in this area. But instead because of personal issues between WRG [World Racing Group] and American Racer we were given the ultimatum. Funny thing. No one complained before that the DIRTcar Stock Cars run American Racers weekly at most tracks they compete."

Cayuga County, once the flagship track for DIRT Motorsports, ran weekly on Sunday nights. It's anticipated that some of the competitors may make the haul to Utica-Rome Speedway instead.



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