Racing Around: Special weekend planned

It looks like it will be a special weekend for kids and moms at the local race tracks.

Friday is kid’s night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway with kids 11 and younger admitted free with a paid adult admission. There will be free balloons and giveaways during the evening’s race program, which will include the Empire Lightning Sprints.

Saturday, Fonda Speedway is offering kiddie rides and will give away two boys and two girls bikes.

Free face painting by JoJo’s Fabulous Faces will be offered under the covered grandstand from 5 to 7 p.m.

Also, in recognition of Mother’s Day, moms will receive a $2 discount off the general admission price.

On Sunday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will welcome back the cruiser division featuring 4- and 6-cylinder cars.

Utica-Rome Speedway will feature twin 20-lap features for the modifieds on its regular race card. On May 18, the Go Nuclear Late Model Series will join the race card in a $1,500-to-win added feature.

GRIT Racing Series

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will feature the second stop of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series on its Sunday race card.

The 60-lap, $2,711-to-win Spring Championship for the 602 sportsman class is expected to draw a solid turnout of competitors from around the DIRT circuit.

The series drew 54 cars to The Ridge for the season-ending championship last October with Tim Sears Jr. taking home the victory and Dave Marcuccilli locking up the series championship by one point over Tyler Dippel.

The series uses a different format for its races.

When they sign in, drivers will draw for their spots in the heat races. After qualifying, there will be a redraw for the main event. Heat race winners will draw from the front spots (if there are five heats, the winners will draw for the top five spots). The second-place finisher will draw for the next spots and so on.

During the 60-lap feature, all restarts are double file.


Last Saturday would have been an interesting night of racing at Fonda Speedway if Mother Nature hadn’t added one last big rain storm just before the race program was ready to get going.

With Canandaigua raining out earlier in the day, Pat Ward and Billy Decker had hauled east and were on hand as well as other teams from out west.

The late rainout also led to the track management defining its rain-check policy.

For this week, Fonda will honor all pit wristbands and general admission ticket stubs from May 3 on any regular show.

From now on, cash back will be offered when you turn in the wristband at the pit gate on the night of the rain out. Cash back also will be offered to those returning their ticket stub at the general admission window on the night of the rain out only. Those not wanting cash back will be offered free admission for a regular show within two weeks of the rain out date.

A refund will be offered if the races are canceled due to rain before the completion of all heats.

If the heat races are completed and the program canceled due to rain, no refunds will be offered.