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RACING AROUND: Area tracks have busy weekend

The Fourth of July Weekend was packed with racing action, some with and some without spectators.

With the rainout of last Wednesday’s Firecracker 50, Fonda Speedway hosted a two-day racing spectacular with limited entry into the grandstand.

Stewart Friesen made the most of racing near home on the holiday weekend, sweeping the $4,000-to-win 30-lap modified feature on Saturday and returned Sunday to take home the $10,000 first-place check for the second year in a row in the Firecracker 50.

The weekend also marked the start of the motocross season at Royal Mountain Ski Center.

Close to 500 riders took to the redone racing layout for the Central New York Motocross Riders Association D-3 events.

With street stock driver Damon Anderson putting up bonuses for each division, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park drew a full roster of drivers for its Sunday night race program with Frank Twing Jr. and Adam Tranka picking up their first career feature wins in the Junior Slingshot and Street Stock divisions, respectively.

Though not as many events are scheduled for this weekend, there will be plenty of action, weather permitting.

After being rained-out last Friday, Albany-Saratoga Speedway will be ready to go this week with a full race card that will also include the four-cylinders and a $500-to-win street stock feature and a $200-to-win dash-for-cash for the Pro Stocks.

The Great Race Place is still racing without spectators in the stands.

Saturday, one of the highlights of the racing season for the Pro Stock division is on the program – the 15th Annual Hondo Classic in memory of popular Pro Stock driver Hondo Carpenter who was killed in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005.

The event carries several contingencies and bonuses in addition to the regular purse that will pay a minimum of $1,000-to-win. Josh Coonradt is the defending race champion.

The grandstands will be closed for Saturday’s racing action; however, the infield drive-in will be open on a first-come, first-served basis at $60 per vehicle that is limited to four participant passes.

It should be noted that even though spectators are not permitted at Albany-Saratoga and Fonda Speedway, the races are available on a pay-per-view basis on Dirt Track Digest.

Also, on Saturday, the go-karts will take to the track at Caroga Creek RacePark for the first time this season.

The Tom Varin-promoted facility in Ephratah, will host a practice session from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Caroga Creek will open for its first race of the season on July 18 for slingshots, Excel 600 CC modifieds and karts.

The Ridge will be back in action Sunday with double points for all divisions.

Again, the pits are open with masks and social distancing enforced, while the grandstands remain closed to spectators.

On July 19, Glen Ridge will host its first Enduro of the season.

The event will be 50-laps from a standing start with event sponsor Bear Muffler putting up a minimum $200 for the winner.

Competitors are asked to check the track’s Facebook page and website for rules for the event.

Royal Mountain was tentatively scheduled to host its first Monster Energy Drink Supercross event of the season Wednesday, but the date has been pushed back to July 15 and the annual Hillclimb originally scheduled for this weekend has been tentatively moved to July 19.

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