Glen Ridge point races heating up
With the point battles at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park heating up with just two weeks left, promoter Pete Demitraszek has scheduled a big night of racing at The Ridge.
Friday is billed as a Night of Features, similar to the season-sending event formerly run at Fonda Speedway.
The schedule for the night includes twin 20s for the modifieds with full points offered for both races. The sportsman division will compete in twin 15-lap events, while the cruisers will go at it in a pair of 10-lap main events, also for full points.
The cars will be handicapped for the first feature and the re-handicapped for their starting spots in the second.
The full purse will be split between the two features for each class.
Unofficially, despite being plagued by motor problems the past few weeks, Bobby Varin holds a 14-point lead over Willy Decker, 654-640 in the modified point chase with Craig Hanson 22 points behind Decker.
In the 602 sportsman points, Chad Edwards has come on strong in the past three events and has closed to within four points of leader Brian Pessolano, 612-608 with Harry Shaffer in third with 584.
Also on tap is a modified elimination event, which Demitraszek said he may have the fans vote for the four drivers they would like to see compete in the elimination event.
The Ridge has a Run What You Brung event on tap for the final night of racing for the track championships next week.
Glen Ridge will then switch to Saturday night racing for three weeks while Fonda Speedway takes its annual break for the Fonda Fair.
Basically all Stewart Friesen has to do is take the green for the modified feature Saturday night, collect 20 points, and he will lock up his fourth-straight modified track championship at Fonda Speedway.
The battle for the second spot is still wide open.
Josh Hohenforst, Ronnie Johnson and Jeremy Wilder swapped spots this week. Wilder won last week and picked up 60 points to move into third, two points behind Johnson, 628-626. Hohenforst, who was involved in an early-race wreck but finished 16th, dropped from second to fourth with 615 points.
With his victory Saturday night, Rocky Warner regained the top spot in the 602 sportsman standings.
Heading into the night, Warner trailed Connor Cleveland by a single point, 621-620. However, Cleveland finished seventh, giving Warner a 15-point lead after the feature, 680-665.
Nick Stone picked up the win in the pro stock feature to extend his lead over Kenny Gates from nine points to 17, 735-716.
Dave Horning Sr. is well on his way to his second-straight and third overall street stock track championship. He has 10 feature wins on the season, while no one else has score more than one win apiece, including Jason Samrov who mathematically has a shot at catching Horning.
Samrov would have to win both of the remaining features and Horning would have to finish worse than eighth in both of them, which would be hard to do without showing up because there have been an average of 10 cars or less in most of the features this season.
Big Show 7
Jimmy Phelps inherited the lead from Tim Fuller and pulled away from early-race leader Matt DeLorenzo to claim the victory in the rain-delayed Brett Hearn’s Big Show 7 on Wednesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
DeLorenzo finished second, while Matt Sheppard crossed the line in third followed by Gary Tomkins and Hearn. Peter Britten, Billy Decker, Keith Flach, Marc Johnson and Elmo Reckner completed the second five.
A.J. Romano posted an 11th place finish, while Brian Gleason was 16th, Jessey Mueller 17, Friesen placed 18th and Ronnie Johnson finished 26th.
Warner drove the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J to victory in the first of the twin 20-lap sportsman features Wednesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Rober Bublak nipped Cody Bleau by .017 of a second for the runner-up spot with Josh Sunn fourth and Alison Ricci fifth.
Jack Gentile, Colin Bokus, Ryan Stortini, Ken Conroy and Ivan Joslin round out the top 10.
Nick Lusier won the second over Joey Scarborough, Jeremy Pitts, Scott Duell and Adam Pierson. Matt Hitchcock, Bobby Hackel IV, David Constantino, Richard Simmons and Kevin Chaffee completed the top 10.
JaMike Sowle drove the No. 1Z to an 11th-place finish in the second feature, while Don Bellen was 12th.