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Racing Around: Drivers ready to return to action

August 9, 2012
The Leader Herald

With the way things went, you would have thought there was a full moon hanging over Fonda Speedway last Saturday night.

The red flag waved three times during a chaotic racing program for major wrecks on the speedway. Although three people were taken to the hospital, two drivers and a crew member, no serious injuries were reported.

Troy Palmer, who was involved in the first of two red-flag wrecks in the 602 Sportsman feature, suffered a bruised lower back, while Mark Mortensen, who barrel-rolled in the second accident, suffered a mild concussion. Becky Cosselman was reported to be sore after being hit by a car on the hot pit.

Although not taken to the hospital, Harry Shaffer was bruised up pretty good after flipping in the turn-three accident.

Palmer and his crew were working on getting his car race-ready for Saturday, which will be his last night of racing this season as he leaves for college next week.

Mortensen's crew has his car ready to go as he tries to chase down points-leader Cody Bleau for the 602 title.

In the street stock division, Dave Horning Sr. also rolled, but thanks to a well-built car, was able to return to action and record a top-five finish.

Racing at The Ridge

With the highly anticipated, Race of Champions series event heading to The Ridge Tuesday night, no racing will be held this Sunday, giving the management extra time to prepare for the special event.

The modifieds will run a 60-lap main event, while the sportsman division will go 25 laps for $500-to-win. The rookie sportsman division is on the racecard but the cruisers and street stocks have the night off.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hotlaps hitting the track at 6:30 and racing starting at 7.

It also was officially announced that the manangement team of Mike Romano and Jake Spraker will not return next season as promoters at The Ridge after the scheduled Sept. 1 race.

Hearn out of hospital

Brett Hearn missed the racing action last Friday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway after being admitted to Saratoga Hospital with a blood clot.

Hearn has been released from the hospital but is expected to miss a couple of weeks of racing as he recovers.



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