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Malta, NY – Albany-Saratoga Speedway waved the green flag on their 2014 racing season Friday night, and when the final checkered flag waved over the DIRTcar Modified feature event, a name that is quickly becoming very familiar in the DIRTcar Modified world sat in victory lane.
Marc Johnson of Guilderland NY put his plain white number 3J Troyer chassis machine in victory lane after a thrilling battle with defending track champion Brett Hearn. In other action teenager Brett Wright won the 25 lap Sportsman feature event while Rob Yetman was the DIRTcar Pro Stock winner. David Emigh won the Limited Sportsman feature event while Randy Miller and Dave LaBarge won the Street Stock and Four Cylinder feature events.
Floyd Billington and JaMike Sowle brought the DIRTcar Modified field to the green flag with Sowle controlling the early lead. Sowle would hold the lead for nine laps before giving way to a fast Billington. While Sowle and Billington were battling for the lead, the remainder of the top five would see a familiar face break into its ranks. Brett Hearn started the 35 lap feature event from the ninth position and by lap five was hounding fifth place runner Keith Flach. Hearn would take the position from Flach on lap seven.
A total of five caution flags slowed the event. The first occurred on lap 13 when Bodie Bellinger and Jeremy Wilder came together in turn two. Billington would lead on the restart with Johnson moving into second. The second caution period would occur on lap 15 when five cars came together between turns one and two. Of those five, two of them – Jeff Trombley and Mike Perrotte, would be helped pit side.
Johnson would drive the Big Mann Painting/Quality of Life machine deep into turn number one on the restart, which allowed him to power to the lead. Hearn meanwhile had moved to third and was hounding Billington for second. On lap 26 the New Jersey super star would take over second, relegating Billington to third. Justin Boehler would bring out the third caution on lap number 29 when he slowed in turn two and came to a stop on the backstretch.
Johnson, Hearn and Billington would run one-two-three on the restart however Kenny Tremont, Jr. would spin in turn one bringing out the next-to-last caution period. Johnson again would lead on the restart, however Hearn was all over his rear end. Johnson bobbled just a little bit in turn one on lap 31 which allowed Hearn to get alongside. Hearn won the race to the flag stand to complete lap 32.
Jeff Rockefeller then came to a stop in turn three on lap 32 to bring out the final caution period. While under the caution, Johnson was moved back to the lead because of the rule that half of the field must complete the lap before it will be counted as official. Since half of the field did not complete the lap it was not counted, and Hearn’s pass was negated.
Johnson would lead on the restart with a determined Hearn all over him. The duo would battle down to the checkers, but in the end Johnson would not be denied. He would take the win by .12 seconds over Hearn, Billington, Peter Britten and Matt Delorenzo. A total of 32 drivers entered the season opener with the heat races being won by Billington, Sowle and Johnson. No consolation events were held.
“That was awesome,” Johnson said after career win number four at the Great Race Place. “It was awesome racing Brett (Hearn) like that. He schooled me in some places and I learned on that restart.” Note: Billington would later be disqualified from the official finish.
The Sportsman event would see Dave Baranowski and Peter Carlotto lead the field to the green with Baranowski taking the early lead. Baranowski would only lead the first two laps as Vermont’s John Scarborough would take over. Scarborough would control much of the race until he gave way to a hard charging Brett Wright on lap 12.
After numerous caution periods Scarborough found himself challenging Wright for the lead as the laps wound down. On a lap 23 restart Scarborough looked to go under Wright heading into turn one, but couldn’t make it stick and spun himself out. The spin collected defending track champion Jeremy Pitts, Cody Bleau and Mike Tholin. This would move Rocky Warner into the second position, however, as the field circled under the caution flag his left rear tire went down, forcing the Flying Squirrel to the pit area.
Wright, who started 21st on the field, would lead the rest of the way for the win over Connor Cleveland, Jon Miller, Carlotto and Jack Speshock. Heat races for the 30 car field were won by Carlotto, Baranowski and Scarborough.
“My dad was working hard in the shop and put a lot of hours in,” Wright said. “He set the car up really well.”
In the DIRTcar Pro Stock event Rob Yetman was pretty much the dominant force. Yetman shared the front row with Kevin VanChance and would lead lap number one. After a lap one jingle, Yetman would control the field on the restart with Walt Brownell and Dan Older following. Older would spin on lap four setting up a restart.
Yetman would lead on the restart with Byron Wescott and Brownell following. In the end no one had anything for Yetman who would score his 17th career feature win. With the win Yetman now sits all alone in sixth on the all-time feature winners list. Yetman was followed across the line by Brownell, Wescott, Jeff Washburn and Ed Thompson. Heat races for the 18 car field were won by VanChance and Yetman.
“Starting up front helped,” Yetman said of his front row starting position. “I wasn’t sure how far I got away, I saw Byron (Wescott) alongside of me. It was a good race.”
Ricky Davis and Chris Ronca led the Limited Sportsman feature event to the green with Ronca taking the early lead over Davis and Ron Casey. The driver on the move was former DIRTcar Pro Stock competitor David Emigh. Emigh, who started fifth would take third from Casey on lap three and then second from Davis on lap five. Emigh would catch Ronca by lap eight, setting up a late race battle for the lead.
The duo raced side by side with Emigh taking control by lap ten. Emigh would lead the final two laps to bring home the win over Ronca, Casey, Davis and Zach Daurio. Heat races for the 17 car field were won by Davis and Colin Bokus.
Paul Braymer and Randy Miller would bring the Street Stock field down to the green with Miller taking the early lead over Braymer and tenth place starter Nathan Dahoda. Braymer’s good run would come to an end on lap four when he slowed on the front stretch. Jody Thew had no place to go and slammed into the back of him. Both drivers were done for the evening.
Miller would lead on the restart with Dahoda moving into second. John Hayes would come to a stop on lap 13 bringing out the second and final caution period. Miller would lead on the restart however Dahoda was all over him. Dahoda would take the lead on lap 16 however a lap later Miller would take it back. Miller would lead the rest of the way to take the win over Dahoda, Frank Monroe, Bill Duprey and David Shippee.
Dave LaBarge would jump out to the early lead in the Four Cylinder division. He would open a large lead and look to be headed for an easy win. As the race progressed slower traffic became an issue which allowed the hard charging Todd Goldstein to close in. In the end LaBarge would bring home the win over Goldstein, Jeff Donnelly, Jr., Pete Vila and Keith Tesiero, Sr.
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway returns to action this Friday night, April 25th at 7pm. On the card will be the opening event in the Featherfoot Warrior Sportsman Series. The DIRTcar Modified, DIRTcar Pro Stock, Street Stock and Limited Sportsman divisions will also be on the card.
Official Feature Finishes – April 18th, 2014
Friday, April 19 2013 – Malta, NY – Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Marc Johnson, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Peter Britten, 4) Matt Delorenzo, 5) Jamike Sowle, 6) Mark Kislowski*, 7) Keith Flach, 8) Rich Scagliotta, 9) Jeremy Wilder, 10) Rich Ronca, 11) Matt Depew, 12) Don Ronca, 13) Elmo Reckner, 14) C.G. Morey, 15) Ken Tremont Jr, 16) Alex Bell, 17) Brian Gleason, 18) Neil Stratton, 19) John Lutes Jr., 20) Cass Bennett, 21) Hector Stratton, 22) Jeff Rockefeller 23) Jimmy Cottrell, 24) Bodie Bellinger, 25) Pep Corradi, 26) Justin Boehler, 27) Jeff Trombley, 28) Mike Perrotte 29) Ronnie Johnson, 30) Dylan Scribner DQ) Floyd Billington *Jimmy Davis Substitute Driver
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Brett Wright, 2) Connor Cleveland, 3) Jon Miller, 4) Pete Carlotto, 5) Jack Speshock, 6) Nick Anatriello, 7) Matt Hitchcock, 8) Joe Orlando, 9) Hunter Bates, 10) Dave Baranowski Jr, 11) Jake Scarborough, 12) Scott Duell, 13) Cody Bleau, 14) Rocky Warner, 15) Mike Burdo, 16) Chad Miller, 17) Johnny Scarborough, 18) Jeremy Pitts, 19) Mike Tholin, 20) Bert Film, 21) Robert Bublak, 22) Derek McGrew, 23) Matrtinsard, 24) Rick LaMont, 25) Timothy Davis, 26) Tony Farone, 27) Mike Ostrander, 28) Chris Murray, 29) Jack Gentile, 30) Joey Scarborough
Limited Sportsman Results (12 Laps) – 1) David Emigh, 2) Christopher Ronca, 3) Ron Casey, 4) Ricky Davis, 5) Zach Daurio, 6) Alissa Cody, 7) Anthony Alger, 8) Rob Maxon, 9) Emily Quinn, 10) Ben Brownell, 11) Colin Bokus, 12) Milo Campbell,13) Wally Potter, 14) Whitney Martel, 15) Scott Bennett, 16) Ken Conroy, DNS) John Linblade
Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) – 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Walt Brownell, 3) Byron Wescott, 4) Jeff Washburn, 5) Ed Thompson, 6) Dan Older, 7) Ken Martin, 8) Brandon Emigh, 9) Robbie Speed, 10) Kevin VanChance, 11) Bill Smith, 12) Danny Wood, 13) Dave Depaulo, 14) Mike Bradley, 15) Kevin Loomis, 16) Dennis Joslin, 17) Kim Duell, DNS) Eli Gilbert
Street Stock Results (20 Laps) – 1) Randy Miller, 2) Frank Monroe, 3) Bill Duprey, 4) David Shippee, 5) Dave Stickles, 6) Luke MacIsaac, 7) Matt Mosher, 8) Damon Anderson, 9) Jason Meltz, 10) John Hayes, 11) Tim Thompson, 12) Scott Lawrence, 13) Paul Braymer, 14) Jody Thew, 15) Mark Casey, 16) Fred Harris, DQ) Nathan Dahoda
4 Cylinder Combined Results (15 Laps) – 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Todd Goldstein, 3) Jeff Donnelly Jr, 4) Pete Vila, 5) Keith Tesiero, 6) Dave LaBarge, 7) Kasper Jordan, 8) Ken Stager, 9) Joe Tallman, 10) Chris Keller, 11) Brett Horlacher, 12) Dan Older
4 Cylinder Single Cam Results – 1) Jeff Donnelly Jr, 2) Keith Tesiero, 3) Dave LaBarge, 4) Kasper Jordan, 5) Joe Tallman, 6) Chris Keller, 7) Brett Horlacher, 8)Dan Older
4 Cylinder Dual Cam Results- 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Todd Goldstein, 3) Pete Vila, 4) Ken Stager
Malta, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is set to wave the green flag for the first race of 2014 on Friday evening. The season opener will be the third under promoter Lyle DeVore and staff. The night’s activities will begin at 7 pm.
On tap for the 2014 season opener will be the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and Four Cylinders. In addition, the band, “The Just Looking Band” will be on hand for a pre-race concert. Also on hand will be Mickey the Clown, who will be giving out free balloons to the kids.
Since DeVore resurrected the four-tenths of a mile track, no DIRTcar Modified driver has been able to repeat as opening day winner. Stewart Friesen won the first event on Thursday April 19th, 2012 while Watertown, New York’s Tim McCreadie won the second day of the season opening double header on April 20th. Last season eventual track champion Brett Hearn beat a stout 29 car field to earn the opening day checkered flag.
In the Sportsman ranks, Derrick McGrew has won each season opener. In 2012 the veteran pilot beat out Joey Budka and Jeff Rockefeller for the win. A total of 58 drivers entered the event. One year ago McGrew out ran Scott Duell and Cody Bleau for the win. Connor Cleveland won last season’s Limited Sportsman (then called Novice Sportsman) season opener.
In the full fender ranks Rob Langevin was victorious in the 2012 Pro Stock opener while Rob Yetman won last year’s opening event. Bill Dupree won the 2012 season opening Street Stock feature event while Matt Mosher won last year’s event. Chris VanDeputte and Dan Older, Jr. won the 2012 Four Cylinder openers.
For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule, please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.
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Malta, NY – The last name Johnson is as much a part of the history of Capital District racing as the tracks themselves. The tradition will continue in 2014 as fan favorite Ronnie Johnson returns to weekly DIRTcar Modified action at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
“We plan on racing at Albany-Saratoga every Friday night,” Johnson said. “It is one of my home tracks; I started my racing career there. I really like running there and the competition is about as high as it can get. We are really excited about it. Lyle (DeVore) and Howie (Commander) are doing a good job there, it is a fun place to go and we enjoy it.”
Johnson has been a regular at the Great Race Place for most of his racing career. It is the whole track package that keeps bringing the third generation star back each season.
“It’s a fun race track,” Johnson said. “It is really fun and you have to be aggressive. It is old fashioned short track racing.”
The 2013 campaign for Johnson would see him put the Alton and Carole Palmer owned Teo Pro Car in victory lane two times on the way to a fifth place finish in the final DIRTcar Modified point standings.
“I won two races and ended up fifth in points,” Johnson said. “They have a good point fund at Albany-Saratoga and to finish fifth in points is not too bad. I would love to win a track championship there as that is the ultimate goal. There is so much competition there.”
The man known as “RJ” started all 17 feature events during the 2013 season. He would visit victory lane on May 17th and August 2nd and complete the season a mere ten points behind fourth place points finisher Matt Delorenzo. In all Johnson scored seven top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes and finished the season with an average finish of 8.29.
Johnson has a total of 26 feature wins at the Great Race Place. A total of 19 are in the DIRTcar Modified division with seven coming in the Sportsman division. Johnson won all seven Sportsman events in the 1997 season, a season which he was crowned the division’s track champion.
Like most racers, Johnson is always on the lookout for ways to improve his weekly performance and in 2013 he learned a few things that could go a long way in improving the team’s weekly consistency.
“We are always trying something different on the race car,” Johnson said. “We are looking for something that will get us in position to win more than a couple of races per season. There are pros and cons to this because when you don’t hit the right set up you’re maybe a tenth place car. We learned some things last year; I think some of our set ups are going to carry over into this year.”
For the first time in his career Johnson will be running on Hoosier Racing Tires on both Friday and Saturday nights. While Johnson feels the tire consistency will help, he doesn’t see the end result changing.
“I think it will help us as a whole,” Johnson explained. “It will help with the amount of work that we have to do as the set ups are a little different between the different tire brands. I do not think it will change the outcome of the events as I think you will see the same guys run up front every week. I also think we will spend a little less money.”
Going into the 2014 season six time track champion Brett Hearn and 12 time champion Kenny Tremont, Jr. are the early favorites. Johnson feels he will be in the mix but it will not be easy.
“That is the goal,” Johnson said of challenging the first and third winningest drivers in the track’s history. “Those two are good at what they do and trying to knock them off the top two positions will be awful tough. Even if they have an off night they still finish close to the top five. I think we need to be more consistent. I don’t think anybody is going to go in there and win ten races in a season like Brett, Kenny or my father have done in the past. I think it is more about being consistent and being in the top five every week.”
Johnson was quick to thank everyone who makes competing weekly possible.
“I have to thank all of my sponsors and especially Carole and Alton Palmer,” Johnson said. “We have a whole slew of sponsors and I do not want to forget anyone. I have to thank my wife Shelley and my step daughter Nikki as they put up with my crazy life style and everybody involved with our team.”
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is scheduled to open its gates on Sunday April 13th for a practice session. The season opener is scheduled for Friday evening April 18th. For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule, please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com
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