Racing Around: SDS slate about to get busy
If you are a race-chaser, and have the time to do it, the month of July is show time for the Super DIRTCar Series, with 11 events scheduled for the big block modifieds.
While there have been a few races already, the series gets into full swing this week with four races on tap starting with Canandaigua (tonight), Utica-Rome (Sunday), Albany-Saratoga (Wednesday – Brett Hearn’s Big Show 8 rained out from June 28) and Mohawk International (July 7). For some race teams and fans that follow the circuit, that does not include their regular Friday, Saturday and Sunday night races.
Even with all the racing locally, a few teams have their sights set on the return of the big blocks to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio when the series goes West on July 19 and 20.
Especially, Shaun Pangman and Bobby Varin.
Pangman will make the trip to Eldora with the Laudy Hoyenga-owned No. 34, while Varin will be behind the wheel of a new Teo owned and sponsored by Alton and Carole Palmer.
“It was kind of a surprise to me,” Varin said. “Alton and Carole asked if I would be interested in driving a car for them at Eldora. A new car with a fresh engine and a good team . . . you think I would say no? I am looking forward to it.”
Varin has driven at the track before when the series traveled there a few years back and he was behind the wheel of the 98V.
Pangman is having one of his best seasons to date in the modifieds with a win and is a solid fifth in the points with one DNF at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. He now has three modified feature and three sportsman feature wins to his credit at The Ridge.
“We are having a good year,” Pangman said. “Our DNF was when we put two holes through the side of the small block. However, we came back with the big block the next week and won.”
Pangman was scheduled to run at Brett Hearn’s Big Show 8 last Tuesday, but the event was pushed to this Wednesday by rain.
However, the trip to Eldora is the focus.
“I have never been there,” Pangman said. “Laudy said he wanted to go, and I am all for it. There is going to be a lot of competition there. We are taking the big block and will be looking to qualify and have some fun.”
Varin breaks through
After falling short two weeks in a row at Glen Ridge due to a flat tire and a collision in lapped traffic while leading late in the modified feature, Varin broke through for his first win of the season last Friday at The Ridge.
He now has 36 feature wins to his credit at Glen Ridge, but Friday’s was a little different.
He did it with a spec engine under the hood of the No. 00 modified.
“We are the guinea pigs for this engine,” Varin said. “It is good, but we don’t have as much horsepower as the big blocks.”
You wouldn’t have known that Friday night as he lapped up to the fourth-place car in the modified feature on the quarter-mile.
Big local weekend
Sister tracks Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway will host extra-distance events this weekend.
The Ridge will be hosting a 50-lap modified Independence Day race presented by Tom and Sharon Spencer of Adirondac Leather as well as the Classics on Dirt Stock Car Club, A Verdi 602 Sportsman, pro stocks, midgets and the cruiser division.
STR Trailer Repair has posted a $100 bonus for the winner of the Classics on Dirt feature as well as a $100 bonus for the cruiser division winner.
Admission for Friday’s event will be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $2 for kids younger than 12.
Saturday, Fonda Speedway will honor C.D. Coville with a 61-lap, $3,061-to-win double points modified tribute race.
It looks like a full night of action as the CRSA Sprint Cars are also on tap along with the sportsman, rookie sportsman, pro stocks and street stocks.
Plus at the end of the race program a fireworks display will be presented.
Grandstand admission will be $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $2 for kids younger than 12.
The grandstands gates close at 3:30 p.m. and re-open at 4:30 p.m. for fans that want to take advantage of the blanket policy. The first heat race is scheduled to hit the track at 7:30 p.m.
It was also announced that Champion Generators of Newark, a series sponsor of the CRSA Sprint Cars, will be giving away a 4000-watt generator to a fan if they “catch” the correct winner.