I have commented to people about the turnaround and positive forward progress made at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
The track had plenty of bumps and bruises as it grew from a go-kart track with the sling shot division being the featured class to drawing some of the bigger names in dirt track racing to its quarter-mile racing surface.
The Ridge is now ready to host a pair of high-paying year-end events.
The 77-lap, $7,711-to-win "Rumble at the Ridge," which was originally scheduled for Sept. 2, will be run on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
The sportsman division also will battle for 40-laps for the $1,000 first-place money on Rifenburg Construction/Sowle Trailer Repair/S&S Asphalt & Paving Night.
All the cars must run Hoosier tires, which might cut the field, back a bit, but it is understandable since it is a DIRTcar track and Hoosier is the DIRTcar tire.
Gates are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. with hot laps hitting the track at 5 p.m. and qualifying starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Rumble at the Ridge is not the only season-ending event scheduled at Glen Ridge. The track will host the 100-lap, $2,000-to-win Sportsman Nationals sponsored by Hunt's Machine on Sept. 9 with a rain date of Sept. 10.
Mr. DIRT Track USA
Lebanon Valley Speedway will host the 100-lap, $17,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA tonight.
Many of the top touring modified teams are expected to be on hand for the event, which J.R. Heffner nursed a smoking modified home for the 2010 victory.
The budget sportsman division will join the modifieds on the card.
Time trials are set for 6:15 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, with reserved seats at $21, while kids 11 and under get in for just $5.
The Valley is also putting the finishing touches on the inaugural Jim Langenback Memorial. The 54-lap, $5,400-to-win (plus contingencies) event for Pro Stocks is scheduled for Sept. 10.
Saturday night at Fonda Speedway Rocky Warner put his name in the record books by winning the Pro Stock feature then jumping into an open wheel sportsman and picking up his second win of the night.
After winning his first pro stock track championship on Aug. 13, Warner said that he will join the sportsman ranks full time next season.
Dual Action Weekend
Caroga Creek Raceway will host Dual Action Weekend on Friday and Saturday.
Two heat races for each class are scheduled for Friday, while Saturday CCR will host a swap meet from 4 to 6 p.m. with hot laps taking to the track for the night's racing acting at 7 p.m.
The all-star slingshots also will run features both nights with the Tobias All-Star Slingshot National Pit Stop Challenge set for Saturday.
Sunday will be used as a rain date if necessary.
James A. Ellis is a sports reporter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.