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Racing Around: Big weekend scheduled at the Ridge

September 1, 2011
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

Thanks to Irene, it has been a devastating week in the Mohawk Valley.

However, Friday night a sense of normalcy will return as Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is ready to kick off its Labor Day Weekend racing festivities.

"Everything is a go," promoter Mike Romano said. "We are all set. We graded the track Tuesday night so we should be ok."

Romano said several race teams have called ahead to check on the racing status for the weekend.

"We have gotten a lot of calls from Accord guys, especially, that are coming up because I guess they don't have power," he said. "So you might see a lot of Accord guys Friday and Monday."

Friday's show will be a regular night of racing with the added bonus of the lightning sprints.

It also marks the end of the season's points battle for the modified and sportsman divisions.

However, the majority are fighting for second as Kenny Tremont's victory last Friday locked up his first Ridge DIRTcar modified track championship and Bodie Bellinger secured his second-straight DIRTcar Sportsman title.

Tremont also is locked into a tight battle for the Lebanon Valley track championship where he leads Brett Hearn by two points heading into this weekend's racing.

The street stock, cruisers will crown their track champions after the Sept. 9 show.

Defending street stock champion Rob VanAernam is holding on to a 64-point lead over Harry's Auto Street Stock Series champion Chuck McSpirit heading into the final races, while Kerrie Hollenbeck leads Ken Hollenbeck by 24 points with the season winding down.

There won't be much time for the track crew to rest as the cars return Monday for the big Rifenburg Construction, Sowle Trailer Repair, S&S Asphalt and Paving-sponsored, 77-lap, $7,711-to-win modified feature along with a $1,000-to-win, 40-lap DIRTcar Sportsman feature, plus street stocks and cruisers.

"Andy Bachetti said he will be here Friday and Monday," Romano said. "Dustin Delaney, Matt DeLorenzo, Mike Ricci, Danny Tyler, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker and Pat Ward have also indicated that they will be here Monday. So there will be some new guys. I am thinking 35 to 40 modifieds, which will be awesome."

The Ridge will wrap up its racing season on Sept. 9 with the Sportsman division taking center stage for the 100-lap, $2,000-to-win Hunt's Machine Sportsman Nationals. There also is an enduro on the card along with the street stock, cruisers and rookie sportsman divisions.

A rain date has been set for Sept. 10.

For sale

After years of countless rumors, it was recently announced that Albany-Saratoga Speedway is officially on the market.

According to reports, the track is up for sale with an asking price of $6,000,000.

Albany-Saratoga's CVRA sister track Devil's Bowl Speedway also has been put up for sale by longtime owner C.J. Richards.

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



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