Scarborough banned from Glen Ridge
An unfortunate incident last Friday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has left a black mark on the racing community.
After a multi-car accident on the opening lap of the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature last Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, John Scarborough exited his car, pounded on another driver’s car and made physical contact with the driver.
He was initially told he was done at the Ridge for his actions but after further review, promoter Pete Demitraszek lifted the ban and Scarborough was going to be allowed to race this week.
However, a rant on social media proved costly and the disturbing remarks by Scarborough against the driver led to Demitraszek releasing the following official statement:
“After careful review of the numerous videos from spectators and the official track video, John Scarborough is banned from any further competition or spectating at the speedway.
Mr. Scarborough has been banned not for his racing actions but for the physical attack on a fellow competitor after a racing incident and the continuing harassment of that competitor on social media.
Earlier this year, Glen Ridge had suspended a competitor for similar actions and while losing any competitor is upsetting, the overall picture and racing environment is what has to be preserved. Glen Ridge will not tolerate ANY overly aggressive driving or physical altercations as stated when racing began this year.
This is no reflection on Rich Dodson or the Dodson Construction Racing program as Rich has always had top notch equipment and drivers and he expects nothing but the best out of them.”
Since then other tracks including Devils’ Bowl and Airborne as well as the King of Dirt and GRIT Series have also banned the Vermont-based driver from competition.
Glen Ridge announced it will run double features for the 602 sportsman division this Friday. The first being the feature that was postponed due to the 12-car wreck that claimed all but a handful of cars, plus the regularly scheduled feature for the night.
After losing yet another engine Friday night at Glen Ridge, defending track champion Bobby Varin borrowed Eric Mack’s 602 sportsman to run the feature.
Varin did a masterful job, starting at the rear and finished a highly competitive fourth behind Craig Hanson, Jeremy Wilder and Jeff Rockefeller.
Motor problems have also cost Varin at Fonda Speedway as he was disqualified two weeks ago after a borrowed motor did not pass post-race tech and he was absent last Saturday and drove Ray Sitterly’s modified in the midweek 50-lap tribute to Jack Johnson.
Mack did double-duty Friday night at the Ridge. Besides driving his DKM Sportsman during the race program, Mack served as an emergency fill-in driver in the No. 7 vintage car after Buck Gasner became ill just before the feature.
Mack did alright as he drove the car to a third-place overall finish and was the top finisher for the vintage sportsman cars.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night.
Billy Pauch Sr. will be on hand to compete in the $3,000-to-win modified feature.
Pauch, who has six wins at Malta, will drive a Jessey Mueller team car Friday night.
Two more legends also will be on hand for a pre-race autograph session.
C.D. Coville and Dave Lape are scheduled to be on hand to greet fans. Coville has 42 career wins and two track championships at Malta, while Lape won the 1982 track title and posted 24 feature wins at the track.
The countdown continues at Fonda Speedway for Stewart Friesen.
Friesen picked up his 10th feature win of the season last week at Fonda Speedway, leaving his two feature wins away from tying the mark of 12 wins shared by Steve Danish and Jack Johnson.
Friesen has five more races at the Track of Champions in which to tie or break the record.
He is also well on his way to a fourth-straight track championship as he needs 53 points to lock up the title. Basically, he just needs to make the feature and claim the 20 points for making the main event in each of the final three weeks to lock up the title.
The sportsman and pro stock title races are wide open.
Connor Cleveland has moved to the top of the 602 sportsman ranks and is one point ahead of defending division champion Rocky Warner.
With his win last week, Nick Stone has jumped to the top of the pro stock standings. He leads Kenny Gates by nine points and Pete Broderson by 38.