Racing Around: Weekend filled with exciting finishes
If the final laps of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and the 602 sportsman features at Fonda Speedway didn’t get your heart pumping, then you better have it checked.
Bobby and Danny Varin both ran down Chuck “The Cobra” Hebing in the final laps of the sprint car main with Bobby first taking the point before Danny, whose car didn’t finish timed hot laps, caught him with two laps to go to pick up his second-straight Earl Halaquist Memorial victory.
Josh Pieniazek and Cory Sparks put on a show at the start of the sprint car feature, swapping leads before Sparks spun while leading and was missed by all but one car.
Hebing, who started 16th, took over the lead from Pieniazek on lap 13 but a pair of No. 00s were close behind. Bobby, who started 10th, and Danny, who started 14th settled into second and third before Bobby used a move I have seen him use many times coming off the bottom of turn two, to shoot past Hebing into the lead with four laps to go.
Danny wasn’t ready to follow his father home as he basically pulled off the same move to get the lead with two to go and capture the win.
The 602s were not ready to be outdone.
The closing laps of the 25-lap feature were definitely interesting.
While leading the race, Nick Scavia hit an implement tire on the inside of turn one with Tony Farone, Jeremy Pitts and Cody Clark all closing in on his back bumper.
Farone and Pitts both put their cars in front of Scavia but could not hold on to their leads. On the last lap in turn four Farone made a strong bid and again had a nose in front, but by the time the cars got to the checkers, Scavia was back on the point, and the electronic scoring had to be used to separate Pitts, Clark and Farone as they all crossed the line less than a half-second apart.
Fonda finally has three nights of racing in the books so handicapping will start this week, which could provide some even more intense racing as the points leaders charge from mid-pack to the front.
Friday’s modified feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway probably triggered a lot of flashbacks for fans as Kenny Tremont Jr. and Brett Hearn locked horns for the lead in the closing laps.
There have been countless battles between these two over the years and Tremont came away with the latest victory for his 74th career feature win at Malta.
Albany-Saratoga is set to honor another pair of champions who helped pack the place on Friday nights, Jumpin’ Jack Johnson and C.D. Coville, with a 61 lap, $6,112-to-win main event on June 12 simply called “The Tribute.”
Johnson finished with 90 feature wins at Albany-Saratoga with the last one coming on May 18, 2007, while Coville finished his career with 42 feature wins with the last being put in the books on May 17, 1996.
Coville will be on hand to sign autographs, and Paul Lakata has designed a special poster for the occasion. There will also be “Tribute” T-shirts on sale, as well as raffles.
Fan appreciation night at The Ridge
The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host Fan Appreciation Night featuring a driver meet-and-greet Sunday.
The on-track meet-and-greet will take place following the 5:30 p.m. hot lap session and before heat races for the evenings race card take to the track.
The extra distance $300 to win main event for Senior Slingshots that was knocked out by rain last Sunday at The Ridge has been rescheduled as a 20-lap $300-to-win event on June 10.
Mother Nature has claimed five of the scheduled six race programs at Utica-Rome Speedway so far this season.
Sunday they will try again with the $2,000-to-win Victoria for the King of Dirt 358-Modified Series; a $1,000-to-win King of Dirt Sportsman feature and a $600-to-win King of Dirt Pro Stock main event on tap.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands at 3:30 p.m. with racing getting under way at 6 p.m.
Friesen picks up win
Stewart Friesen backed up his victory Saturday night at Fonda Speedway with a victory in the 100 lap Heroes Remembered 100 Monday at Weedsport Speedway. The victory also locked up a guaranteed starting spot in the 200-lap main event during NAPA Super DIRT Week in October at Oswego Speedway.
Bobby Varin made the trip to Weedsport and finished 20th, while Josh Hohenforst, who finished second to Friesen at Fonda on Saturday, came home 28th.