Racing Around: Glen Ridge wraps up its season
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park wrapped up its racing season with one of the best overall nights of racing this season.
The track, which tended to be locked down for most of the season, widened out for the modifieds and they responded with some passing on the high side.
Josh Hohenforst came away with the coveted prize of not only a $2,500 pay check for winning the 50-lap two-time postponed “Vengeance,” but a guaranteed spot in the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 in two weeks. That takes a lot of pressure off the team just knowing they are in.
The wide racing surface also suited Rocky Warner as he made a run from his 19th starting spot to finish second. He started so far back after being collected up in an early race incident in turn one that ended the night for Andy Bachetti.
Warner also survived an early-race accident in the Red Chair 602 Crate Modified feature to add another second-place finish on the night.
Sunday was also the final night of competition for the season at The Ridge.
Warner took home the championship in the Red Chair 602 Crate Modifieds, while “Cousin” Luke Horning successfully defended his Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Pro Stock championship. Jerry Cohn took top honors in the Limited Sportsman division, while Cliff Haslun won his first track championship in the Street Stock division. John Napoli and Tim Billington respectively won the DOHC and SOHC Mini Stock track championships, while Mike Hill won his third-straight All-Star Senior Slingshot title and Brock “Bam Bam” Pinkerous took home his first Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Junior Slingshot title.
The Wing Champ Racing Series drivers turned in in numbers with 21 karts taking to the track for the $1,000-to-win Palmer’s Service Center main event.
Matt Chavis held off Josh Persse for the win but Bobby Varin, whose brother Tommy promotes the series, made his presence known, driving from the back of the starting field to challenge for the lead before settling back to sixth at the finish.
The Ridge battled multiple cancellations this year due to weather and wet grounds, but promoters Ray Sefrin and Butch Hazzard brought new ideas and race programs to the speedway. It proved to be a good season at The Ridge, one that can be built on for next year.
Dancing Bear honored
John Constantino has been a fixture at the local speedways both as a weekly competitor and now on the Vintage Racing series in his familiar sportsman No. 124.
Sunday, he was honored at The Ridge, where he also helps out with the weekly track prep, by Carole and Alton Palmer for his years of service to the racing community.
The Palmer’s presented Constantino with a carved bear with a sign saying “Dancing Through The Years.”
Congratulations John, a well-deserved honor.
Another Warner, another win
I guess winning at The Ridge has become a tradition for the Warner Racing Clan or is it Warner Nation?
Don Warner won there, Rocky Warner has won there. Earlier this season, Corky Warner posted his first career feature win in the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Junior Slingshot division.
Now you can add Tanner Warner to that list as he picked up his first career feature win, wiring the field in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman main event.
Fonda Speedway returns to action
After the annual break for the Fonda Fair, the Track of Champions returns to action Saturday night with a racing program presented by Dodson Construction.
On the racing card will be the Sunoco Racing Modifieds in a 30-lap $4,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman King of Dirt Racing Series in a 50-lap $2,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in a 20-lap $1,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the CRSA Sprints in a 20-lap feature event, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a 15 lap feature event with a draw for position, the Four Cylinder Cruisers in a 12-lap event with a draw for position, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.
Times have been moved ahead for the Saturday’s program with pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps are slated to take the track at 4:45 p.m. with the green flag dropping on the racing program at 6 p.m.
Fonda Speedway on MAVTV
The Short Track Super Series Firecracker 50 that was run at Fonda Speedway on July 3, and taped by MAVTV, will air this Sunday at 3 p.m.