Racing Around: Busy week ahead for race fans

Over the next 10 days, there is enough racing action going on within driving distance to satisfy (well, maybe) even the most enthusiastic of dirt racing fans,

Starting off with Friday, the King of Dirt Pro Stock Series rolls into Albany-Saratoga Speedway to bolster their regular show.

On Saturday, the action shifts to Fonda Speedway for a regular show plus the Classics on Dirt Vintage racers.

On Sunday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park returns to its roots of go-kart racing as the Winged Champ Racing Series takes to the quarter-mile.

Now the special events kick in

On Monday, after being rained out on Aug. 1, the Super DIRTCar Series will invade Fonda Speedway for the 100-lap Jack Johnson Tribute race, which also carries a guaranteed starting spot in the main event at Super DIRT Week in Oswego, plus the 30-lap 13th Annual Hondo Classic for the Pro Stocks. (General Admission $28)

DIRTCar and Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series cooperated and waved the travel rule “in the best interest of fans and drivers, to reschedule The Jack because on Tuesday Albany-Saratoga is slated to host Stampede at ‘Toga, a 50-lap $5,000-to-win STSS event that could be bumped to $7,500-to-win if there are more than 56 modifieds on hand to top the mark set at Brett Hearn’s Big Show earlier this year. (General admission $24)

Then it is back to the Track of Champions on Wednesday for the Grand Daddy 602 World Championships sponsored by Tom and Sharon Spencer and McDonalds. The Grand Daddy has also taken on the title as the Brian Hanaburgh Memorial Race in honor of the local racing enthusiast, Fonda Hall of Fame member and former owner of the local McDonald’s that put their name on McDonald’s Weekend.

Joining the racing action Wednesday at Fonda will be the King of Dirt 358-modifieds for a series event that was moved from Glen Ridge earlier this season.

Thursday is a day of rest for fans, drivers, crews and promoters to get ready for the weekend.

Next Friday is Nostalgia Night at Albany-Saratoga with stars from the past on hand for an autograph session plus a full regular race card.

Also on Aug. 17, Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions will put the 410 Sprinters on the track at Utica-Rome Speedway. Scheduled to join the sprinters are the 358-modifieds in a $2,000-to-win open draw event with King of Dirt Rules enforced. (General admission $30)

On Aug, 18, Fonda Speedway wraps up its regular season with The Night of Features and will crown its 2018 track champions before shutting down for the annual break for the Fonda Fair.

That night, Stewart’s All-Star Sprinters will make the trip to Orange County Speedway for a special appearance.

On Aug. 19, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host a special event.

The Ridge will host the 66-lap, $2,500-to-win, plus lap money and contingencies, Aftershock for modifieds. The cars will be allowed to run sail panels and have the option of running either Hoosier or American Racer tires.

The night will also honor the Hayes Family, Randy Hotaling, Bob Vedder and Don Warner as the inaugural induction class into the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Hall of Fame.

The Ridge just recently announced an addition to the already big night of racing with the $1,000-to-win Hoosier Daddy feature for the 602 sportsman in honor of Don Warner. There are also contingencies and lap money being handed out for that event also.

With all the action going on that night, the Albany-Saratoga/Glen Ridge Street Stock Challenge event that was scheduled for that night has been moved to Aug. 26.

Also on Aug. 19, Stewart’s sprint car series is scheduled to make a stop at Lebanon Valley Speedway along with a $1,500-to-win small block modified feature on tap with a rain date of Aug. 20. (General admission $25)

Change at the top

There has been a shakeup in the points at Fonda Speedway heading into the final two Saturday nights of racing.

Josh Hohenforst overcame mechanical trouble with his No. 6H in the heat race and came out for the modified feature in Marc Johnson’s No. 3J.

Although being involved, along with Bobby Varin, in the big wreck on the opening turn of the 30-lap feature that involved all but six of the 20 cars in the feature, Hohenforst and the majority of the teams made quick repairs in the 10-minute break given by track management and returned to the track to finish third, while Varin finished 12th.

The run vaulted Hohenforst back on top in the modified points chase with 612 points, while Varin dropped into second with 602 and Jeremy Wilder sits third with 584.

The 602 sportsman points battle may not be decided unto the final turn on the final lap of the second race on the Night of Features.

Going into Saturday’s racing action; Tony Farone leads a tight pack of contenders with 874 points. Nick Scavia is three points back in second with 871, while Ray Zemken is third with 570 and Chad Edwards is fourth with 564.

In the pro stock division Kenny Gates holds a 50-point edge over Josh Coonradt, 650-600, while Johnny Young leads Cliff Haslun and Jason Samrov, 658 to 606 and 604 respectively.

Derrick McGrew Jr. is in command of the limited sportsman points chase, leading Michael McCallon, 678-592.

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