For more than a decade if you wanted to catch up on what happened on the local stock car racing scene all you had to do was turn on the TV and watch Fox Fast Track.
Scott Morlock has been part of the show in one way or another since its inception. Now, it's time for the popular on-air sports personality to move on.
Saturday night, with camera hoisted on his shoulder and Eddie Biittig along side, Morlock made his final trip to Fonda Speedway as a member of the Fast Track crew.
"I have been there from the beginning," Morlock said. "I started out just shooting and after three years I ended up on air, reporting and anchoring it."
Morlock began working on-air alongside Shawn Farley before Farley left and Rich Becker, who left the show earlier this year, stepped along side and, in my opinion, the show really took off.
"I grew up going to Fonda and Albany-Saratoga as a kid. I tell people I get to go to the track and get paid for it. So you really can't beat that," Morlock said. "The fans have been great. They are enthusiastic about their tracks. We started out as mostly national with a touch of local but over the years the fans wanted more local so we made it 95 percent local and threw in a touch of Sprint Cup."
I got to know Scott and Rich away from the racing scene as our paths crossed many times on the sidelines of local basketball, football or soccer games or almost any other local sporting event they were at, filming hours of game footage just to get a 30-second clip.
It was not uncommon to hear the fans call out to them, either to say hello or get the camera turned on them for a shot of crazy, enthusiastic fans cheering on their teams.
At the race tracks it was no different as proven Saturday night. It took a long time for Morlock to make his way to the tower to film the racing action.
"It is nice," Morlock said of the recognition. "But it is not about me. It is about these drivers, the fans, the crews and the officials who come out here. It is nice to get recognition, but I wouldn't be here if these guys weren't doing this on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. It is good to do what we do and fun to do what we do, but it is not about me; It is about these guys."
Before leaving Fonda Speedway Saturday night, Morlock said, "I just want to say thank you to the fans. It has been a lot of fun. I have been treated fairly and treated well. The fans have been great and I hope they support the show whether I am there or not. Again, it is not about me. It's about the drivers. It's about the show. It is about giving back to the public, which is what we have been able to do for 13 years."
New time at The Ridge
After moving the starting time for the heat races to 5:30 p.m. last Sunday, the management at The Ridge has adjusted the starting time again for this week.
The heat races will take to the track at 6 p.m. this Sunday. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. and the grandstands at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 5:30 p.m.
Sunday's race card will include a $3,000-to-win, 35-lap modified feature as well as a $750-to-win, 35-lap sportsman main event. Also on the card is the second leg of the $250-to-win Harry's Auto Street Stock Series plus the regular show for the cruisers and rookie sportsmen.
Kiddie rides at Fonda
After a successful on-track Meet and Greet last Saturday, fans will get the opportunity again to interact with their favorite drivers as kiddie rides will be included on Saturday's race program after warm-ups.
Bobby Allison at S.A.M.
As part of the Saratoga Auto Museum's "From Moonshine to Millionaires NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology" exhibit, 1983 Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison, will kick off the series of four "Meet and Greet" programs on July 18.
The event is set for 6 p.m. with a $15 admission charge. The program will be held in a tent on the museum grounds and will feature an autograph session.
Future "Meet and Greet" programs will feature four-time Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, one of NASCAR's most successful owners, Richard Childress, and Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch.