One more time at The Ridge
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is set to give local race fans one more night of racing before the cars are put away for the winter.
Saturday, The Ridge will open its gates for the Adirondac Leather 602 Nationals presented by Longhorn Trucking.
The race program features a 60-lap, $3,000-to-win, 602-sportsman A-main; $500-to-win, 30-lap B-main; $1,000-to-win pro stock A-main and a $1,000-to-win, 35-lap feature for the Excell 600s along with a 50-lap, $500-to-win enduro and a $500-to-win modified non-winners race.
There are also plenty of incentives for the drivers, including $100 for each heat and consolation winner and more than $2,400 in lap money.
Gates are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. with drivers drawing for starting positions from 2:30 to 4 p.m. followed by a mandatory drivers meeting at 4:30 p.m.
A band and barbecue will be available for fans starting at 3 p.m.
Warm-ups are slated to hit the track at 4:45 p.m. with time trials for the sportsman, pro stock and excell 600s starting at 5:15 p.m.
The 25-lap modified non-winners race is set to take the track a little after 6 p.m., with eight-lap heat races scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
The 50-lap enduro will take to the speedway after the conclusion of Victory Lane ceremonies for the Adirondac Leather 602 Nationals.
Tim Sears Jr. won the 2013 602 Nationals, a 125-lap event, at Glen Ridge that attracted more than 50 sportsman competitors to the track and was divided into three segments.
Another Super DIRT Week is in the book, and again and again it leaves fans and drivers shaking their heads in amazement and confusion.
First, congratulations to Stewart Friesen for his outstanding run over the last 50 laps to capture his third Syracuse 200 in five years.
Matt Sheppard looked like he had settled in to make a late run until Friesen showed him a nose and woke him up. All of a sudden, he moved from fourth to the lead quickly.
The move by Friesen to get the lead away from Sheppard with 10 laps to go is one that will have people talking for a while. It is hard to pass on the outside anyway, but on the outside of three, late in the race when the track normally locks down, is just something that is not done.
There should have been a change in the winner of the 602-sportsman main event.
Jimmy Spellmon led all 30-laps of the 602-sportsman feature, which he should be congratulated for. However, his car failed postrace tech.
Reportedly, the rev chip was missing. He was fined money won and points, but was able to keep the win. OK, I thought disqualified meant disqualified. But apparently not.
Local drivers had a tough weekend on the mile.
Rocky Warner was involved in an early race jingle that rearranged the right side of his car before a late-race flat took him out of contention.
Luke Horning was involved in a wreck in the pro stock main event Sunday. Nick Stone and Chuck Dumblewski did find success in the pro stock feature, with Stone finishing third and Dumblewski fourth.
And congratulations to Jimmy Davis and the crew of the modified No. 41. Davis won rookie of the race and best appearing car and crew with the Earnhardt Tacklegrab-sponsored modified.