Glen Ridge hoping to run opener
With Mother Nature up 5-0 against Glen Ridge Motorsports Park so far this year, it is time to start Pete Demitraszek to start using a Peyton Manning commercial phrase (you know the tune), “Epic comeback starts right here.”
Unless Mother Nature can find the kid with the wicked top-spin, it looks like The Ridge will be able to open its gates to fans and race teams for the first time this season as the weatherman calls for a very low chance of rain Friday night.
But how much has the 0-for-5 start of the season hurt the little track on the hill?
“We have to see what the car count is but it [the rain] has really cost us a lot, especially as far as the points battle going with Fonda and Glen Ridge,” Demitraszek said. “We have three races in at Fonda and none at the Ridge. For the points battle to really shape up, we may have to schedule a couple of double-points races to make up for it.”
The points battles Demitraszek referred to includes the STR Trailer Repair Series, a combined points series between both the Glen Ridge and Fonda 602 sportsman divisions, that will pay the winner of the series $7,711 from the $12,711 point fund; the $10,000-plus “DARE YA” point fund sponsored by Palmer Service Center, Morris Ford and two silent sponsors along with a pro stock series put together by pro stock driver Todd Hoffman with help from Shultz Auto Care, Stone Motorsports, Sowle, Longhorn Trucking and Boyd’s Motorworks.
Some of the rules for the series include, you must run each week at both Glen Ridge and Fonda; there are no show up point races concerning other series; you must have either a DIRTcar or a Glen Ridge/Fonda track license and DIRTcar rules are in effect.
“I don’t know if mid-week shows are feasible or not just to make up some races,” Demitraszek said. “We were thinking more along the line of double features just to make them up. I just felt midweek shows are hard particularly with people working and school still in session.”
Unfortunately the special events scheduled along with the regular race card will not be made up.
“Those shows are going to be lost,” the two-track promoter said. “For the midgets, The Ridge is their home track this year so they will run their scheduled events.”
The cars have been on the track four times this season at Fonda, once for a practice session and three nights of racing.
The track has turned up fast and smooth each night and the racing has been tight and exciting, even with the heads-up starts.
“I guess it is going OK,” Demitraszek said of the first month at Fonda. “I learned a few things. One is I just have to pay attention to what Ric Lucia tells me. I follow his instructions pretty close.”
Of course the weather has led to frustration.
“Two weeks ago we had the weatherman saying it looks like rain so people stayed home and we raced,” Demitraszek said. “This week we tried but I guess you have to see what the weatherman says about noon and make a decision.”
Lou Lazzaro Tribute
Saturday will be the incomparable Lou “The Monk” Lazzaro Tribute night at Fonda Speedway along with the held-over Kenny “The Shoe” Shoemaker tribute that was rained out last week.
The Fonda Speedway Museum on the fairgrounds will be open with displays featuring both of the drivers who helped make Fonda Speedway the Track of Champions.