Racing Around: Glen Ridge finally runs its opener

After three straight postponements, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally got its season opener in last Friday.

With approximately 55 cars in the pits spread out through six divisions, the racing was competitive and provided fans with a first-time winner in the modified division.

Danny Varin slipped into the seat of the No. 00 normally piloted by his father, Bobby, who was away racing at Brewerton, and picked up the victory in the 30-lap modified feature over Jim Becker, but had a race-long battle with the ageless veteran Bob Vedder before he clipped the inside berm in turn four on the last lap and dropped to fourth.

Granted the track was a bit choppy, but what local track hasn’t been so far this season with all the rain?

While the modifieds are still the premiere class at The Ridge, the IMCA’s and slingshots appear to be a perfect fit into the weekly program.

I have only seen the IMCAs race at Fonda Speedway a few years ago where the speed did provide great photo ops with the drivers twisting the left front well-over a foot off the track. The class does seemed better suited for the short track and some of the drivers like Bill Ward, Beau Ballard and Aaron Jacobs have continued to support the division since its departure from the Track of Champions and look to bring more cars with them to The Ridge as the season continues.

The slingshots returned to Glen Ridge drawing 13 (nine senior and four junior) competitors Friday. The class called the track home back when Dustin Delaney and Pep Corradi raced in the division and the street stocks were the feature class. Again, I can see the class increasing as the season moves along but the class is also well-rooted on Fridays at Dodge City Speedway, but it gives drivers an option.

Pit notes

Fonda Speedway has lost the last two weekends and still has the tribute night for Rene Charland and Dick Schoonover on the books along with a driver’s autograph night scheduled for Saturday night.

Glen Ridge is hosting police, fire fighters and EMTs Appreciation night this week.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is hosting Law Enforcement Night with law enforcement officials being admitted free of charge with proper identification.

Law enforcement officials will be on hand to offer free child ID / finger printing to promote child safety. Capital District law firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP will also be on hand to promote child safety with a bike helmet giveaway for children 11 years of age and under. A limited number of helmets are available.

Caroga Creek Raceway will try again this Saturday to get its first points race of the season in the books. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m.

The King of Dirt series event that was scheduled for last Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway has been rescheduled for June 18.

The KOD/DIRTcar East season opener will now be May 28 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.

Slingshot driver Brian Tobey Jr. has dedicated his No. 01 and season to Racing to Find a Cure for Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia.

Congratulation to A.J. Miller for picking up the victory in the 15-lap novice sportsman division feature Saturday at Fulton Speedway.

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