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Malta, NY – Just over three weeks ago the Great Race Place hosted the sixth installment of Brett Hearn’s The Big Show. Mother Nature intervened on lap 11 of the 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series Modified event forcing a makeup date. Track and event management got together and created an entirely new event last evening which consisted of a double header for the DIRTcar Modified division.
When all of the racing was said and done a pair of unrelated Johnson’s sat in victory lane. The Doctor of DIRTcar Modified racing, Danny Johnson and Marc Johnson each earned victories during the evening. Danny picked up the $10,000 to win Super DIRTcar Series event while Marc won the 35 lap event. The win was worth $2,000 for the Guilderland fan favorite.
A complete run down of the $10,000 to win Super DIRTcar Series event will be forthcoming from Brett Hearn-Driven Marketing. Danny Johnson picked up the win over Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten and Stewart Friesen. A total of 41 drivers entered The Big Show 6 on July 8th.
A pair of second generation drivers – Don Ronca and Jimmy Cottrell, led the field to the green to kick off the 35 lap Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified night cap. Ronca took the early lead over Gary Tomkins, Cottrell, Marc Johnson and Jimmy Phelps. Johnson meanwhile was on the move, moving the familiar number 3j into the third position on lap three. A lap later Brett Hearn put the Madsen Motorsports number 20 into the fourth position.
As the leaders approached heavy slower traffic, the battle between Hearn and Phelps for the fourth position intensified. On lap 14 Tomkins moved past Ronca for the lead with Johnson following to second. This relegated former track champion Ronca to the third position. The first caution period of the event slowed the field on lap 15 when Hearn slowed in between turns one and two, ending his evening.
On the restart Tomkins controlled the lead over Johnson, Phelps, Ronca and Matt Sheppard. A multi car jingle brought the caution back out on lap 16. Among the drivers collected were Kenny Tremont, Jr., Elmo Reckner and Mike Perrotte. The top three remained the same on the restart with Sheppard getting past Ronca for the fourth position.
Caution number three slowed the field on lap 17 when Duane Howard spun in turn two. On the restart the top five remained unchanged. As the field came around to complete lap 18, contact was made between Tomkins and Johnson. The contact forced Tomkins into the front stretch wall, ending his event. Track officials deemed the incident a racing incident.
Former track regular Bodie Bellinger spun on the restart forcing another caution period. When racing resumed Johnson held the lead over Phelps, Sheppard, Billy Decker and Ronca. On lap 25 Bobby Varin slowed forcing John Lutes, Jr. to spin in turn three, bringing out the final caution period.
Johnson pulled away on the restart with Phelps following. The battle for the third position initially was heavy between Sheppard and Decker however Sheppard would maintain the position. Jeremy Wilder moved into the fifth position.
In the end Johnson would bring home the win over Phelps, Sheppard, Decker and Wilder. Heat races for the 37 car field were won by Rich Ronca, Phelps, Cottrell and Johnson. A total of 29 drivers competed in the heat races and were eligible to start the feature event.
“It was unbelievable,” Johnson said. “I hate to see what happened with Gary Tomkins, we just ran out of room. That was racing. Right now my wife is in the hospital, in labor, so we have to get going to the hospital.”
Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 6 Presented by: Recovery Sports Grill Malta, Ferris Industries and VP Racing Fuels. Super DIRTcar Modified Series Event Results (100 Laps) – 1) Danny Johnson, 2) Billy Decker, 3) Matt Sheppard, 4) Peter Britten, 5) Stewart Friesen, 6) Jimmy Phelps, 7) Brett Hearn, 8) Billy VanIngewin, 9) Marc Johnson, 10) Ronnie Johnson, 11) Bobby Varin, 12) Duane Howard, 13) Ken Tremont Jr, 14) Bodie Bellinger, 15) Pat Ward, 16) Rich Scagliotta, 17) Erick Rudolph, 18) Keith Flach, 19) Matt Billings, 20) Jimmy Cottrell, 21) Tyler Siri, 22) Larry Wight, 23) Mike Perrotte 24) Gary Tomkins, 25) Elmo Reckner, 26) Justin Haers, 27) Billy Dunn, 28) Mark Kislowski, 29) Tim McCreadie, 30) Jimmy Davis
Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Marc Johnson, 2) Jimmy Phelps, 3) Matt Sheppard, 4) Billy Decker, 5) Jeremy Wilder, 6) Rich Scagliotta, 7) Don Ronca, 8) Keith Flach, 9) Pat Ward, 10) Bodie Bellinger, 11) Neil Stratton, 12) John Lutes Jr., 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Bobby Varin, 15) Gary Tomkins, 16) Stewart Friesen, 17) Rich Ronca, 18) Duane Howard, 19) Peter Britten, 20) Brett Wright, 21) Ken Tremont Jr, 22) Elmo Reckner, 23) Matt Depew, 24) Mike Perrotte 25) Brett Hearn, 26) Brian Whittemore, 27) Danny Johnson, 28) Mark Kislowski, 29) Ronnie Johnson, DNS) Matt Billings, DNS) Billy Dunn, DNS) Justin Haers, DNS) Erick Rudolph, DNS) Tyler Siri, DNS) Billy VanIngewin, DNS) Larry Wight
MALTA, N.Y. — July 27, 2014 — For the highly anticipated conclusion of Brett Hearn’s ‘The Big Show 6’ presented by Recovery Sports Grill, Ferris Industries, and VP Race Fuels, Albany-Saratoga Speedway will feature not just one, but two Big Block Modified races Wednesday, July 30.
“We considered a number of options to round out the show that night,” said Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified driver and event promoter Brett Hearn. “We didn’t want to bring fans all the way out just to see one feature race, and we didn’t want to bring all the series teams back a second time for a single paycheck, so we added a second Big Block Modified show.”
The original running of Brett Hearn’s ‘The Big Show 6,’ scheduled for Tuesday, July 8, was nearing completion when inclement weather moved into the speedway with the last feature of the night on the track. Officials called the Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series off the track with 11 laps complete and 89 laps to go.
Racing Wednesday, July 30, will kick off with the conclusion of this $10,000-to-win feature from lap 11, with Justin Haers aiming to keep his lead over Billy Decker and Danny Johnson. After the Super DIRTcar Series victor is crowned, the Big Block Modifieds will return to the track for a 35-lap show.
“This will be an all-star 35-lapper,” said Hearn. “It’s open to anyone who wants to participate. It’s going to be a great opportunity for Malta’s regular Friday night racers to be part of the event, and a great potential bonus for the series guys making the haul.”
The 35-lap, $2,000-to-win Big Block Modified show will run according to standard Albany-Saratoga Speedway rules. Drivers who participate will be eligible for home track show-up points at Albany-Saratoga.
General admission tickets for the second round of Brett Hearn’s “The Big Show 6” presented by Recovery Sports Grill, Ferris Industries, and VP Race Fuels, are just $10 each for adults or $2 for children under 12. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. and pit gates open at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Pit area pricing is $15 for Members and $20 for Non Members. Wristbands from the original running of the Big Show on July 8th will not be honored. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com. For more information about Albany-Saratoga Speedway, visit http://www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com/.
AT A GLANCE Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 6 Presented by Recovery Sports Grill, Ferris & VP Race Fuels DATE: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (postponed from Tuesday, July 8) TIME: Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. and pit gates open at 4 p.m.; hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. DIVISIONS: Super DIRTCAR Series (100 laps), plus additional Big Block Modified Show (35 laps) LOCATION: Albany-Saratoga Speedway, 2671 U.S Route 9, Ballston Spa, N.Y. ABOUT THE TRACK: 4/10 mile oval MORE TRACK INFORMATION: albany-saratogaspeedway.com |@Albany_Saratoga | Facebook MORE SERIES INFORMATION: superdirtcarseries.com | @SuperDIRTcar | facebook.com/DIRTcar
Super DIRTcar Series A-Main Running Order, as of lap 11: 1. 3 Justin Haers – Phelps, N.Y. 2. 91 Billy Decker – Sidney, N.Y. 3. 27J Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. 4. 18B Bodie Bellinger – Johnstown, N.Y. 5. TEN Billy VanInwegen – Sparrowbush, N.Y. 6. 1wcg Stewart Friesen – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada 7. 2rj Ronnie Johnson – Duanesburg, N.Y. 8. 7z Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y. 9. 9h Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y. 10. 66 Duane Howard – Oley, Penn. 11. 14b Pete Britten – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 12. 8c Jimmy Cottrell – Rock City Falls, N.Y. 13. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, N.J. 14. 98h Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinsville, N.Y. 15. 4* Tim McCreadie – Watertown, N.Y. 16. 74m Matt Billings – Brockville, Ontario, Canada 17. 3J Marc Johnson – Guilderland, N.Y. 18. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Hillsborough, N.J. 19. 49 Billy Dunn – Watertown, N.Y. 20. 115 Kenny Tremont – West Sand Lake, N.Y. 21. 99L Larry Wight – Altmar, N.Y. 22. 41 Jim Davis – Ballston Spa, N.Y. 23. 3 Mark Kislowski – Ballston Spa, N.Y. 24. 678 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. 25. 1j Bobby Varin – Johnstown, N.Y. 26. 43 Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y. 27. 35 Mike Perrotte – Plattsburgh, N.Y. 28. 42p Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. 29. 5* Tyler Siri – Watkins Glen, N.Y. 30. 17E Elmo Reckner – Ballston Lake, N.Y.
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Malta, NY – As the month of July hits the halfway point, the points races at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway are heating up like the weather in Saratoga County.
In the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division, the Jersey Jet Brett Hearn sits on top of the point standings. Hearn’s six feature wins in ten races has propelled him to an 84 point lead over runner up Marc Johnson. The winner of the last two feature events – Peter Britten, runs in the third position eight points behind Johnson. Ronnie Johnson and Kenny Tremont, Jr. complete the top five drivers.
Defending Sportsman track champion Jeremy Pitts is primed to repeat his inaugural title run of a year ago. Pitts holds a 41 point lead over Cody Bleau. Jack Speshock runs in the third position 20 points behind Bleau. Hunter Bates and sophomore driver Connor Cleveland complete the top five. Bleau leads Pitts by two points in the Featherfoot Warrior Series standings.
With three feature wins under his belt Rob Yetman holds the DIRTcar Pro Stock points lead. Yetman has a slim seven point lead on Kenny Martin. Martin meanwhile has a 20 point cushion on Byron Wescott. Kin Duell and Dan Older, Sr. complete the top five.
Bill Duprey leads Randy Miller by 20 points in the Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division standings. Frank Monroe sits in the third position with Scott Lawrence fourth and Josh Coonradt fifth. In the Greg’s Towing & Repair Four Cylinder ranks Dave LaBarge holds a 40 points lead over Jordan Kasper in the Single Cam division while Steve Ryan has nearly locked up the Dual Cam title.
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway will return to action Friday evening July 18th with the 3rd Annual Hungry Mike Ronca Memorial Race for the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modifieds division. All other weekly divisions will be on hand with the DIRTcar Pro Stocks competing in a $600 to win event. Racing is set to start at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 11, 2014 – Malta, NY – One week ago Peter Britten recorded a very popular win at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway by defeating current point’s leader Brett Hearn in what many have described as an unbelievable race. This week, … Continue reading
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 – Malta, NY – Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 6 Presented by: Recovery Sports Grill Malta, Ferris Industries and VP Racing Fuels. Super DIRTcar Modified Series Event Results (100 Laps) – Feature race postponed until Wednesday July 30th.
Sportsman Feature #1 Results (20 Laps) – 1) Joey Scarborough, 2) Brian Krummel, 3) Derek McGrew, 4) Rocky Warner, 5) Connor Cleveland, 6) Jack Gentile, 7) Jon Miller, 8) Cody Bleau, 9) Adam Pierson, 10) Joe Orlando, 11) Kevin Chaffee, 12) Evan Kingsbury, 13) Floyd Billington, 14) Dave Baranowski Jr, 15) Jordan Fornwalk, 16) Ricky Quick, 17) Chris Johnson, 18) Derek Barker, 19) Adam Gage, 20) Whitey Slavin, 21) Anthony Alger, 22) Colin Bokus, 23) Jack Swinton, 24) Alex Bell, 25) Cody Hunt, 26) Alissa Cody
Sportsman Feature #2 Results (20 Laps) – 1) Jeremy Pitts, 2) Chris Donnelly, 3) Scott Duell, 4) Matt Pappa, 5) Dave Constantino, 6) Robert Bublak, 7) Tim Hartman Jr, 8) Jack Speshock, 9) Adam McAuliffe, 10) Hunter Bates, 11) Chris Lynch, 12) Nick Anatriello, 13) Timothy Davis, 14) Nick Lussier, 15) Matt Hitchcock, 16) Mike Burdo, 17) Ricky Davis, 18) John Proctor, 19) Jush Sunn, 20) Jesse Edwards, 21) Christopher Ronca, 22) Mike Ostrander, 23) Brian Calabrese, 24) Jake Scarborough, 25) Nick Poumstead, 26) Olden Dwyer
Links to press releases with info about Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6, which is coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway this Tuesday, July 8th! Official Website Sportsman Press Release The Big Show 6 Press Release
Malta, NY – On Thursday evening the race fans of the Capital District experienced Mother Nature’s wrath as severe storms pelted the region with heavy rain, wind and lightning. Just about 24 hours later those same race fans saw a different kind of storm, one in which the thunder came from down under!
Australia’s Peter Britten picked up the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event win in what many would call one of the best races ever on the fast, four tenths of a mile oval. The win came just over a year since Britten became the first driver from outside of North America to win a feature event at the Great Race Place.
“We do what we can,” Britten said in response to announcer Mike Warren’s claim that Batman can really fly. Britten then asked a question that received a roar so loud from the packed stands that they may have heard it down under.
“What does everyone think about Brett Hearn not winning?” Britten asked.
In other action defending Sportsman track champion Jeremy Pitts won the division’s 25 lap feature event while Rob Yetman (DIRTcar Pro Stocks), Ricky Davis (Limited Sportsman) and Randy Miller (Don Don’s Delights Street Stocks) also each reached victory lane. The entire racing program, which included a huge fireworks display and 118 entries, was completed in three and a half hours.
Pep Corradi and Neal Stratton led the stout Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event to the green Corradi taking the point first. The race would see a pair of caution flags negate the attempt to start the event. The first saw fourth place starter Rich Ronca spin in between turns three and four, collecting Mark Kislowski and Matt Delorenzo. On the restart Jeff Trombley would make very hard contact with the front stretch wall, forcing another caution period. The newest driver to the Albany-Saratoga Speedway’s all-star lineup – Jeff Strunk, suffered a flat tire in the incident. He would return to the event.
Racing was finally able to get underway with Corradi taking the early lead over Neal Stratton, Hector Stratton, Mike Perrotte and Jimmy Cottrell. Neal Stratton would move to the topside and on lap two take the lead from Corradi. His father, Hector followed him past Corradi a lap later. The third of what would be five caution flags slowed the event on lap four when Matt Depew slowed on the track.
The Stratton’s remained one-two on the restart with Perrotte moving into the third position, Britten fourth and Brett Hearn fifth. Hearn, who started 15th, was tenth before the restart. On lap seven Britten moved past Hector Stratton for second while Hearn took over fourth from Perrotte. Brian Gleason came to a stop in turn two which forced the caution flag to wave for the fourth time. The restart attempt was unsuccessful as Depew, Brian Whittemore and Justin Barber tangled in turn four, which forced the caution flag to wave for the final time.
Neal Stratton would again lead on the restart with Britten, Hearn, Hector Stratton and Kenny Tremont, Jr. completing the top five. Britten would power the Troyer Race Cars backed machine out front on lap nine as Tremont moved into the fourth position. On lap 11 Hearn overtook Stratton for second while Tremont moved to third and Marc Johnson broke into the top five.
By lap 15 Britten had just shy of a ten car length lead over Hearn however that lead quickly evaporated as the duo entered extremely heavy traffic. Hearn was all over Britten by lap 18, even getting a look underneath the rising Australian star. On lap 24 the leaders were side by side working their way through slower traffic. They were three wide with Elmo Reckner and split Rich Ronca coming out of turn two.
The race for the lead was one of the best ever at the track with Britten and Hearn slicing their way through traffic. As they battled 12 time track champion Tremont started to close in. By lap 30 Tremont was on the rear deck of Hearn as Britten opened a small lead.
That small lead was all Britten needed as he brought home his second career feature win at the Great Race Place. Hearn held off Tremont for second with Marc Johnson finishing fourth and Ronnie Johnson fifth. Heat races for the 32 car field were won by Hearn, Kislowski and Neal Stratton. All drivers were eligible to start the feature event.
“That was a hell of a show,” Britten said. “I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Jeremy Pitts won the 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win for the defending track champion and current points leader was his second of the season. Nick Anatriello would take the early lead over Timothy Davis, Andy Durie and the remainder of the 33 car starting field. Jack Speshock moved past Durie for third on lap two and set his sights on the leaders.
The first of four caution flags slowed the event on lap three when Joe Orlando broke on the front stretch. Anatriello would lead on the restart however Pitts was on the charge. Pitts moved past Jake Scarborough on lap five for fourth and then two laps later past Speshock for third. Pitts then joined Anatriello and Davis for a dandy three car battle for the lead.
On lap 11 the trio went three wide for the lead with Davis coming out on top over Pitts. Pitts would take the lead on lap 13. In the end Pitts would survive three more restarts to bring home the win over Speshock, Cody Bleau, Scarborough and Rocky Warner. Heat races for the 33 car field were won by Durie, Speshock, Scarborough and Davis. All drivers started the feature event.
Rob Yetman picked up his 19th career DIRTcar Pro Stock feature win at the track. Ed Thompson grabbed the early lead before a lap eight caution flag for a stopped Brandon Emigh set up the races first restart. On the restart Yetman was able to stay with Thompson and on lap nine took over the top spot. Yetman would go unchallenged to take the win over Robbie Speed, Thompson, Dave DePaulo and Kim Duell. A total of 17 DIRTcar Pro Stocks were pit side with heat races going to Speed and Bernie Companion.
Ricky Davis not only picked up his first career Limited Sportsman feature event win in the divisions 15 lap event, the win was his first ever in a stock car. Davis took the lead at the drop of the green and despite numerous caution flags was able to lead the entire distance for the win. Brandon Pitcher finished second with Ben Brownell third, Emily Quinn fourth and Alissa Cody fifth. Heat races for the 18 car field were won by Davis and Pitcher.
Randy Miller returned to victory lane in the Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division. Miller pulled away to the win over Jason Meltz, Scott Lawrence, Bill Duprey and Matt Mosher. A total of 18 drivers entered the event.
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway returns to action this Tuesday evening with the sixth running of Brett Hearn’s Big Show. The event is a $10,000 to win Super DIRTcar Series race for the DIRTcar Modifieds. The DIRTcar Sportsman division will also be in action in a twin 20, feature only program. Racing is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway including the 2014 racing schedule, photos and point standings please log on to our website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.
Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Peter Britten, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Ken Tremont Jr, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Ronnie Johnson, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Neil Stratton, 8) Mike Perrotte 9) Matt Delorenzo, 10) Hector Stratton, 11) Jimmy Cottrell, 12) Brett Wright, 13) Jeff Strunk, 14) Don Ronca, 15) Rich Scagliotta, 16) Mark Kislowski, 17) Kyle Armstrong, 18) John Lutes Jr., 19) Elmo Reckner, 20) Rich Ronca, 21) Pep Corradi, 22) Jim Nagle, 23) Brian Whittemore, 24) Brian Gleason, 25) Jeremy Wilder, 26) Justin Barber, 27) C.G. Morey, 28) Mike Minick, 29) Cass Bennett, 30) Jeff Trombley, 31) Matt Depew, DNS) Justin Boehler
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Jeremy Pitts, 2) Jack Speshock, 3) Cody Bleau, 4) Jake Scarborough, 5) Rocky Warner, 6) Hunter Bates, 7) Tim Hartman Jr, 8) Nick Anatriello, 9) Robert Bublak, 10) Connor Cleveland, 11) Joey Scarborough, 12) Derrick McGrew, 13) Chris Johnson, 14) Dave Baranowski Jr, 15) Jack Gentile, 16) Nick Lussier, 17) Pete Jeske, 18) Mike Burdo, 19) Alex Bell, 20) Colin Bokus, 21) Bert Film, 22) Scott Duell, 23) Chad Miller, 24) Elliott Lussier, 25) Timothy Davis, 26) Olden Dwyer, 27) Cody Hunt, 28) Jon Miller, 29) Sebastien Bourque, 30) Jack Swint 31) Mike Ostrander, 32) Andy Durie 33) Joe Orlando
DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) – 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Robbie Speed, 3) Ed Thompson, 4) Dave Depaulo, 5) Kim Duell, 6) Ken Martin, 7) Dan Older, 8) Byron Wescott, 9) Danny Wood, 10) Randy Brownell, 11) Bernie Companion, 12) Tom Princiotta, 13) Bill Smith, 14) Brandon Emigh, DNS) Norm Loubier, DNS) Kevin Loomis, DNS) Rowdy Burch
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) – 1) Ricky Davis, 2) Brandon Pitcher, 3) Ben Brownell, 4) Emily Quinn, 5) Alissa Cody, 6) Randall Soucie, 7) Anthony Alger, 8) Diana Huyck, 9) Chris Curtis, 10) Jack Bublak, 11) Andrew Buff, 12) Zach Daurio, 13) Jesse Edwards, 14) Ken Conroy, 15) Wally Potter, 16) David Emigh, 17) Shannon Donnelly, 18) Christopher Ronca
Don Don’s Delights Street Stock Results (20 Laps) – 1) Randy Miller, 2) Jason Meltz, 3) Scott Lawrence, 4) Bill Duprey, 5) Matt Mosher, 6) Yule Cook, 7) Josh Coonradt, 8) Chase Aussicker, 9) Dave Stickles, 10) Joe Wolcott, 11) Darrell Older, 12) Frank Monroe, 13) Damon Anderson, 14) Luke MacIsaac, 15) John Hayes, 16) Paul Braymer, 17) Jason Barrett, 18) David Shippee