Racing Around: New team takes over at GRMP

Change was inevitable as low car counts and bad weather have hampered the racing at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for all but three races so far this season.

Wednesday night it was announced that effective immediately, long-time race team owners Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin will take over the promoting duties at The Ridge.

Racing for this Friday has already been postponed as the new team prepares to make the switch from racing on Friday nights to Sundays, with the first race scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18.

In a press release, it was announced that a 602 modified class will be the headline division along with a limited sportsman class and cruisers.

Banking on his experience promoting the King of Dirt series events, Rob Hazer will take over as race director on nights when the series is not in competition.

More news is pending as to starting time, schedule updates and the future of the IMCA and slingshot divisions that were added to the program this year by promoters Pete and Matt Demitraszek.

Parity in the modifieds

While Kenny Gates and Rocky Warner have posted four victories apiece respectively in the pro stock and sportsman divisions at Fonda Speedway, the modifieds have been just the opposite.

In five weeks of racing, there have been five different winners — Justin Boehler, Stewart Friesen, Jeremy Wilder, Josh Hohenforst and Bobby Varin.

This has prevented anyone from breaking out to an early-season points lead as Friesen leads Tim Fuller by two points, 268-266, while Ronnie Johnson is third with 256, followed by Varin with 248 and Wilder with 244.

Gates won the first four races of season in the pro stocks before “Cousin Luke” Horning pulled off a sweep of the twin 20 features last week.

Warner rallied for the victory over Tim Hartman Jr. last week to return to Victory Lanes after having his three-race win streak snapped by Cody Clark.

Make-Up Madness

In an effort to make-up for a few of its rained outs, Albany-Saratoga will host Make-Up Madness Wednesday.

The race card will feature a $3,000-to-win feature for the modifieds and a $1,500-to-win sportsman main event compliments of STR Tractor Repair; plus a $300 bonus to the winner of the pro stock main event.

All features will be run at their regular Friday night distance.

In another twist to the night’s racing, drivers will draw for their spots in the heat races with a fan picking an inversion for the starting spots in the main events.

Honoring Earl Mewhorter

Fonda Speedway will honor 1973 late model track champion Earl Mewhorter on Saturday with a tribute night.

Mewhorter was a seven-time winner in the division that evolved into the 320 sportsman/modified division before returning years later as the street stock division and then to the present-day pro stock division.

It is expected that Bill Knapp, who normally pilots the No. 21 pro stock at Utica-Rome Speedway and has been a competitor in the past at Fonda, will be on hand Saturday with a special tribute to Mewhorter, a close friend and team member, on his car.

Saturday is also NYSSCA Night at Fonda with monetary awards given out to the top finishing NYSSCA members in each feature and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series is also on the race card.

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