Car counts lacking at Glen Ridge

After a month of waiting, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally dropped the green flag on its season.

Track conditions were good. The racing was close and exciting top to bottom, but frankly, the car counts were about the only disappointing thing on the night.

A total of 38 cars were in the pits – nine modifieds, 13 sportsmen, nine 4-cylinder cruisers and seven Xcel 600 modifieds.

Promoter Pete Demitraszek kept the program on course, hitting the starting time right on the money at 7:30 p.m. and keeping a steady flow of racing in front of the fans with the complete program run off by 9:30 p.m.

With an eye on drawing more cars to the fast quarter-mile this Friday, additional money is being put into the A Verdi 602 sportsman purse by longtime supporter of the track and division Rich Dodson of Dodson Construction.

The battle for the points championships at The Ridge also begins this week along with a visit from the Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets.

Meet and greet

Fonda Speedway will host its first of two meet-and-greets scheduled for this season.

These have proven to be a fun way for the fans to stay in touch with the drivers, and the drivers also have embraced the meet-and-greets, often providing pictures, candy and photo ops for the fans.

Much improved

One of the big criticisms of the first two weeks of racing at Fonda Speedway was the length of the program.

Last week, the program moved along smoothly, and the program was done in about four hours, even with the addition of the pro stock elimination challenge.

Probably one of the reasons was that the track itself is settling down and less time was spent between races fixing rough spots. I am not saying there weren’t any rough spots, but the track was raceable and the drivers dealt with them.

Nice recovery

Nick Scavia’s season did not get off to the kind of start he wanted.

The former go-kart champion jumped into a sportsman for the first time during the practice session at Fonda Speedway and it did not end well as he hit the first turn wall and rolled.

His crew made the repairs and he returned two weeks ago, and Saturday night stood in Victory Lane after winning the first limited sportsman feature of the season.

The class is intended for rookie and lesser experienced drivers in the class to give them more seat time and experience.

Caroga Creek returns

With new management, or maybe more appropriately the return of a former promoter, Caroga Creek Raceway is ready to return to action.

John Mills, who was involved with the go-kart facility along with Jimmy Johnson a few years back, has returned to promote the Ephratah racing facility.

“It looks like it is going to go over good,” Mills said. “The former owners of the track are not going to be involved at all. Hopefully, we can get things going again.”

Mills has scheduled the season opener for May 29 with a full card of the standard racing divisions.

“We are still going to run weekly on Friday nights,” Mills said. “Gates will open at 4 p.m. with practice starting at 6 p.m. followed by a drivers meeting and racing on the track at 6:30 p.m. Entry fees will be $25 per cart and $10 for insurance. That is the same as people paid last year.”

Mills said if the carts show up, racing will be every Friday with some special races mixed in. He has already secured race people who have said they would sponsor racing events during the season.

For further information, race teams are asked to call Mills at 773-8070 or 848-0890.

“It would be nice if they would give me a call just to confirm that they will be coming, especially for the opener, so we know what to expect,” he said.