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Racing Around: The Ridge returns with a Vengeance

The long-range forecast looks promising as the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will again try for a third time to get the 50-lap, $2,500-to-win Vengeance for sail-paneled modifieds on the track this Sunday.

The highly-anticipated show, sponsored by Palmer’s Service Center also carries a guaranteed starting spot in the Fonda 200 on Sept. 28 at Fonda Speedway.

Carole and Alton Palmer and Wing Champ Racing Series promoter Tom Varin have come together to offer $1,000-to-win the National Championship race for the karts this Sunday.

Admission for Sunday’s showdown will be $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors, kids 11 and younger $5. With the full race card the times have been pushed forward. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled to hit the track at 4:30 p.m.

The WCRS ran at The Ridge last season with Ryan Swartz taking home the victory.

Sunday is also the final points night for the weekly divisions and it has been announced that The Man in The Red Chair has boosted the 50/50 for the night by starting it off with $400 already in the pot. He has also put up $1,000 for the winner of the 602 crate modified feature winner.

Looking at the points, Rocky Warner leads the Red Chair crate modified standings with a 36-point advantage over Andrew Buff. “The Flying Squirrel” also leads the Palmer’s Service Center modified points standings 232-224 over Bobby Varin. Warner has three series wins while Varin has one, so far.

Luke Horning has won half of the Yurkewecz Auto Crusher pro stock features this season and leads the points 546-512 over Andy Graves and Cliff Haslun has locked up the street stock points 640-614 over Damon Anderson and Ken Allen is third with 462.

Josh Kane has nine feature wins in the Electric City Taxi mini stock dual cam class, but is second to John Napoli in the points battle, 604-584. Even though Kane has nine wins, he has not taken a trophy home this season as he has made it a tradition to award his trophy to a young fan to make their trip to The Ridge even more memorable.

The single cam point battle is interesting.

Tim Billington leads Zack McSpirit by eight points and third-place contender Dale VanAllen by 16. The division has had five different winners in the 11 races run with Billington and Wayne Russell Jr. claiming four apiece. VanAllen, T.J. Marlitt and Josh Samrov have one apiece, while McSpirit has not posted a win this season. Russell is well out of the chase for the title but could play the role of spoiler as he has won four of the five races he has entered this year.

Eight points separate Mike Hill and Danny Ballard in the All-Star senior slingshot division, while Brock “Bam Bam” Pickerous has locked up the title in the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating junior slingshot division, leading runner-up Tavien Blowers 601-517.

As they have done all season, Jerry Cohn and Harold Robitaille are locked in a battle for the lead in the limited sportsman division. Cohn and Robitaille are separated by 10 points, 538-528. They are the only two drivers in the division that have made the trip to The Ridge for all 11 events.

Warner wins at Devil’s Bowl

Rocky Warner was reportedly the last driver to pull through the gate at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last Sunday but was first to the finish line to take home more than $14,000 for his victory in the Interstate All Battery Center Vermont 200.

The Flying Squirrel, who started 14th, passed defending Vermont 200 winner Brett Hearn for the lead on a lap-109 restart and withstood the pressure of 10 more restarts to pick up the victory over Kenny Tremont, Adam Pierson, Hearn and Tim LaDuc.

The win was Warner’s first at Devil’s Bowl and 19th this season.

With 58 602 crate modifieds in the pits, Johnstown’s Brian Calabrese made the 33-car starting line up and finished on the lead lap in 13th.

The sealed General Motors “602 crate” engines from the Warner, Tremont, and Pierson cars were all impounded following the race.

Fonda Speedway awards banquet

The Fonda Speedway track management have sent a “Save the Date” notice out for the 2019 awards banquet.

The date has been reserved for Dec. 7 at Treviso by Mallozzi’s at 257 Washington Ave. Ext. in Albany.

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