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Racing Around: Wilder bounces back with big win

April 26, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS (sports@leaderherald.com) , The Leader Herald

Over the past two decades of covering the local racing scene I have watched it happen time and time again - a driver totals a car one week, returns to action the next week, and wins.

Friday night, Jeremy Wilder added his name to that list as he recovered from a hard wreck at Fonda Speedway on Saturday and returned to racing Friday night at Glen Ridge to beat out hot shoes Stewart Friesen and Bobby Varin for his first career modified win at The Ridge.

"We had a spindle and axle break at the fastest part of Fonda [entering turn 3], the car dug in and flipped," Wilder said. "We took the car up to Bicknell and they have fixed the damage. We have it back and will be ready for Saturday."

Fortunately, the team had the 2010 Bicknell Ridge-ready.

Wilder got the jump on the field from his front-row starting spot and never looked back, although he may have looked to his left as both Friesen and Varin tried to dive under the No. 22J as he rode the high line.

"I like running the high groove here," he said.

After Friday night's victory, Wilder and his crew were prepared to pull a long night getting the rejuvenated chassis ready for Fonda, but rain gave them Saturday night off and more time to prepare for their return to the Track of Champions with an eye on the possibility of another wreckers-to-checkers finish.

CRSA returns

Last Saturday's rainout at Fonda Speedway has pushed the first regular point show of the season for the Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) 305 Sprint Cars to this Saturday.

The race card will now be featured this week with the sprinters joining the modifieds, 602 sportsmen, pro stocks and street stocks.

Last year, Danny Varin scored his first of three career CRSA sprint car wins at Fonda Speedway. He has one win under his belt so far this season, an A-main victory at Black Rock Speedway on March 31.

Asphalt assault

Jessica Zemken will try her hand at asphalt racing as she is scheduled to slide behind the wheel of a super modified on opening night at Oswego Speedway on May 5.

In a news release, Oswego Speedway announced that Zemken will attempt to qualify the No. 12 Novelis Supermodified fielded by Ray Graham.

In the release, Zemken said, "I'm really excited to get some laps behind the wheel again. I have a lot to learn. It is going to be a totally different experience than what I am used to, but I am really looking forward to it. This is something that I have been interested in doing and my Corr-Pak sponsors, John and Wendy Brush, are really into supermodifieds, so we came to see my first race at Oswego last season."

Zemken tested with a wing in October at Oswego but does not have any laps in a supermodified without a wing.

Zemken will not be at Oswego's test session this weekend, as she will be running her 410-sprint car at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania.

If she has any questions about how to get around the "Steel Palace," she could ask fellow Mohawk Valley racer Otto Sitterly.

Over the past four seasons, the Canajoharie driver has had 10 regular-season feature wins to his credit along with three track championships and a pair of International Classic wins.

Sitterly will again team with John Nicotra of G&I Homes Nicotra Racing this season with a pair of race-proven supermodifieds ready to go and a brand-new non-winged Hawk Jr. supermodified, which Sitterly has described as "unlike any other supermodified at Oswego" being built and will debut later this season.

Fort Plain's Kreig Heroth also will be ready for the new season with his small-block supermodified.

Heroth is starting the season with a new team - Won 4 Racing - with a new Ray Hedger chassis and has a Hedger asphalt modified also ready to hit the track.

CCR points opener

Caroga Creek Raceway will open its battle for the track's points championship this week when it switches to its regular Friday night racing.

Hot laps are scheduled to take to the track at 7 p.m.

 
 

 

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