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December 17, 2014 — Long time racer Bob Savoie has left us. Albany-Saratoga Speedway sends its condolences to his family and friends. A great driver with many fans, Bob’s racing career spanned decades at tracks in upstate New York and Vermont. He was a character, the type of person you don’t forget even if you’ve only met him once, and he will be remembered fondly by many!
Malta, NY – The 2014 season was another successful one for Lyle DeVore and the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The Saratoga County facility completed its third season under DeVore’s leadership and with the news breaking in November that it has now been purchased by 2015 NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductee Howard Commander, many more seasons are sure to follow.
The Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division once again saw Garden State icon Brett Hearn crowned king of the fourth tenths of a mile oval. Hearn piled up nine feature wins en route to his seventh track title and third straight. This marks the second time that Hearn has won three straight titles at the track, he previously did it from 2004 through 2006.
Marc Johnson kicked off the 2014 season on April 18th with his fourth career DIRTcar Modified feature win at the track. Johnson would have a consistent season at the Great Race Place and followed up the opening day win with another on July 30th. His fifth feature win came as the companion 35 lap feature, which was part of the rescheduled Big Show event.
Hearn though would go on a tear that propelled him to the top of the standings early. He picked up the win on April 25th and then grabbed the checkered flag the next four weeks in a row. Hearn owns the record for most consecutive feature wins in a row at Albany-Saratoga; he set that record of six in 2002. He came up one win shy of equaling that record on June 20th, when Kenny Tremont, Jr. put the famous 115 in victory lane.
The Jet returned to victory lane on June 27th with Peter Britten winning the next two features on July 4th and 11th. In between Britten’s wins came the Brett Hearn promoted Big Show, which unfortunately fell to rain and was postponed to July 30th. Tremont returned to victory lane on July 18th while Pennsylvania’s Jeff Strunk picked up his first career track win on July 25th. The Doctor of DIRTcar Modified racing, Danny Johnson brought the lion’s share of the Big Show money back to his Rochester home when the race was completed on July 30th.
Over the final five weeks Hearn cemented his championship with three more feature wins. Tremont picked up another win on August 15th while Mark Kislowski brought the crowd to their feet with his second career win on August 22nd.
Hearn was crowned champion with Britten, Johnson, Tremont and Ronnie Johnson completing the top five in the final Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified point standings. Kislowski finished sixth with Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, Don Ronca and Elmo Reckner completing the top ten. The 2014 Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division averaged 29.21 entries per event. A total of seven different drivers won events in 2014.
The Sportsman division once again saw huge car counts every week. On average 54 total sportsman competitors pulled through the gates each week and once again they were split into the regular Sportsman division and the Limited Sportsman division. The breakdown would see 33.75 drivers call the regular division home each week and 20.44 in the Limited division.
A total of 13 different drivers won Sportsman events during the 2014 season with Jeremy Pitts repeating as track champion. Cody Bleau finished second with Hunter Bates third, Derrick McGrew fourth and Jack Speshock edging Scott Duell for fifth. During the season three drivers picked up their first ever feature wins – those include Joey Scarborough (April 25th), Jake Scarborough (July 11th) and Jon Miller (August 29th). Joey Scarborough backed his spring time win with another on July 8th.
The Sportsman division highlighted the final event of the season on September 12th. The Northeast Crate Nationals is one of the biggest Sportsman events of the year for the division. In the end Tim Hartman, Jr. picked up the event win.
During the season the special Featherfoot Warrior Series for the Sportsman division was held. This series within the regular schedule would see Jeremy Pitts pick up the title over Connor Cleveland, Cody Bleau, Nick Lussier and Joey Scarborough.
In the Limited Sportsman division Pete Jeske, Rob Maxon and David Emigh all won three times during the season and had to move up to the regular Sportsman ranks. Colin Bokus won two times, however it was his third overall in the division and likewise had to move up. A total of ten drivers won feature events in the Limited division.
Rob Yetman claimed his second straight DIRTcar Pro Stock track championship. On the heels of three feature wins, Yetman brought home the title over sophomore driver Byron Wescott, Kenny Martin, Jr., fellow three time winner Kim Duell and Dan Older, Sr. The division would see ten different drivers pick up feature wins with an average car count of 18.11. Only two drivers – Nick Stone and Bernie Companion were able to win back to back feature events.
In the Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division Randy Miller won nine feature events, however the track championship went back to Vermont with Bill Duprey. Miller finished second in the final standings with Jason Meltz, Scott Lawrence and Damon Anderson completing the top five. Joining Miller on the feature winners list for the 2014 season were Duprey, with five wins, Josh Coonradt with three wins and Frank Monroe with a single win. An average total of 18.53 drivers were on hand weekly.
Dave LaBarge and Steve Ryan were crowned the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder track champions. LaBarge claimed the Single Cam crown over Brett Horlacher and Robert Garney. Ryan was victorious in the Dual Cam division over Pete Vila and Ken Stager.
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Crate Sportsman Rules
- DIRTcar Rules in effect with the following exceptions.
- Rev Boxes are not mandatory.
- Modified American Racer or Hoosier tires are permitted. All 4 tires must be same manufacturer. No 49 American Racer Compound. No block pattern tires, no late model tires. MINIMUM American Racer Compounds 33LF, 38RF, 38LR, 48RR. MINIMUM Hoosier Compounds D300.
- Aluminum or Steel wheels are permitted. There is no weight break for Steel wheels.
- Weight is 2400 for ALL Crate Sportsman cars. Track scales are official.
- Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust is NOT permitted.
- No Modified drivers. If you have completed 4 or more Modified feature events in 2014 or have a Modified/358 Modified feature win in 2014, you are not eligible to compete in the Northeast Crate Nationals. If you are unsure of your eligibility, contact race officials.
- GM (General Motors) Crate Engine part number 88958602/19258602 is the ONLY crate engines permitted.
- Any steel body non-adjustable shock is legal. No steel adjustable or big body shocks are permitted. No aluminum small or big body shock and/or aluminum adjustable shocks are permitted at all. No aluminum shocks of any kind are legal. No big bulb shocks. Schroeder valves are legal.
Pro Stock Rules
- DIRTcar Pro Stock Rules in effect with the following exceptions.
- Rev Boxes are not mandatory.
- Hoosier tires only and need to be D60 on all 4 corners.
- Weights are 3100 for Open/Home Built Motors and 2900 for GM Crate Engines part number 88958602/19258602.
Street Stock Rules
- All 4 tires must be the same letter and number size. Street DOT tires only, racing tires are not permitted. Maximum size P225, 70 series or higher 14” or 15” diameter. All 4 tires must be the same size and marked number. OEM wheels, or any steel 7” only wheels. 7″ minimum – 8” maximum wide tire permitted. Up to 3 ½” offset steel aftermarket wheels permitted. Wheels and tires must be the same size – ½” allowance on wheel width. NO GROOVING ALLOWED. Stock treads only; No mud, snow, studded, directional or recap tires allowed.
- Weights are 3100 for Open/Home Built Motors and 2900 for GM Crate Engines part number 88958602/19258602.
- No 4BBL carbs permitted per track management. Holley 4412 on crate motors, Rochester carbs on open/home built motors.
- Headers are permitted, but must be 1 5/8” max diameter from flange to collector. NO Tri-Y’s and NO Stepped headers.
- Conventional body styles preferred, but aftermarket nose and hood pieces will be permitted. No wings, sail panels, exotic body styles etc. It’s not a run what you brung.
- Jacking bolts are not permitted. If they are in the car for any reason they must be welded or bolted solid so they are unmovable during the evening.
All rules were created with the best interest of the competitors locally and abroad. They are designed to allow drivers from multiple tracks to compete during the Northeast Crate Nationals. If you have any questions feel free to contact race officials and we’ll get you clarification ASAP.
Malta, NY – The 2014 points season came to an end Friday night at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. With the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division completing their season a week earlier, the Sportsman and CRSA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series co-headlined the night’s actioned packed activities.
Cody Bleau put the Davis Family number 173 Sportsman in victory lane for the first time in 2014. Davis would finish second in points as Jeremy Pitts was crowned track champion for the second straight season. Danny Varin picked up the CRSA A-Main event while Andrew Buff (Limited Sportsman), Randy Miller (Don Don’s Delights Street Stock) and Steve Ryan (Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinders) also reached victory lane. Ron Case won the 40 lap Enduro event.
Other track champions crowned during the evening were Bill Dupree in the Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division and Dave LaBarge (Single Cam) and Steve Ryan (Dual Cam) in the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder’s. One week ago Brett Hearn and Rob Yetman were crowned DIRTcar Modified and DIRTcar Pro Stock division champions respectfully.
Rob Maxon and John Proctor led the Sportsman division field down to starter Rich Peterson’s green flag with Maxon taking the initial lead over Proctor and Jack Swinton. Bleau started to show his strength on lap three as he moved from sixth to fourth in one sweeping move. Proctor never lost sight of Maxon and on lap four was alongside of the recent Limited Sportsman division graduate for the lead. Bleau meanwhile moved past Swinton for third on lap five.
The first of what would be way too many caution periods to count slowed the field on lap five when Colin Bokus spun in turn two. On the restart Maxon and Bleau battled for the lead as Proctor and Olden Dwyer followed. A large pile up on lap six involving Jake Scarborough, Orlando and others brought the caution flag out again.
The restart saw Bleau take the lead only to have his pass negated by another caution flag. This scenario played out many times over the next ten laps and numerous restarts. Bleau ultimately emerged as the race leader. Once racing was able to stay green Bleau checked out on the field, bringing home the win over Jeremy Pitts, Maxon, Dwyer and Nick Lussier. A total of 25 drivers entered the regular Sportsman division with heat races being won by Dwyer, Orlando and Proctor.
Danny Varin picked up the CRSA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series A-Main event win. Chuck Alessi and Scott Goodrich led the field down to the green with Goodrich taking the early lead over Mike Kiser and Alessi. On lap two Thomas Radivoy would spin in turn two. Tyler Jashembowski just clipped the spun Radivoy which sent his car over on its side. Everyone was ok. Goodrich remained the leader on the restart with Kiser, Alessi, John Matrafailo and Josh Pieniazek following. Pieniazek took over the fourth position on lap four and then third from Alessi one lap later. At the same time Varin moved to fifth.
While Pieniazek and Varin were moving through the top five, Kiser was taking the lead. The second generation driver from New York’s Southern Tier held the lead until Jeff Van Steenburg came to a stop in turn one. Kiser led on the restart with Goodrich, Varin, Alessi and Pieniazek following. Varin was now on the moved as he put the Cuomo machine into second on lap eight and then on lap 14 he moved into the lead.
Once our front no one had anything for the proud new father from Rotterdam. Varin picked up his second straight win at the Great Race Place and third overall in the Capital District with the CRSA. Kiser had to settle for second with Alessi third, Goodrich fourth and Pieniazek fifth. Heat races for the 21 CRSA entries were won by Kiser, Varin and Joe Kata.
Ricky Davis won his second Limited Sportsman feature event during the division’s season finale. Rookie Andrew Buff jumped out to the early lead over the large field. Buff held the top spot through restarts that marred the 15 lap event. Davis was able to keep close to Buff and on lap 13 make the pass of the lead. Davis led the remainder of the distance to pick up the win over Buff, Ken Conroy, Anthony Alger and Ben Brownell. Heat races for the 27 entries were won by Zach Daurio, Jack Bublak and Buff.
Randy Miller picked up his ninth Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division feature event win of the season in their 20 lap event. Matt Mosher jumped out to the early lead and held it until giving way to Miller on lap nine. Once out front Miller would not be challenged, bringing home the win over Hunter Sanchez, Jason Meltz, Damon Anderson and Bill Duprey. A total of 20 drivers entered the event.
Steve Ryan remained dominant in the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder division. Ryan picked up the win over Kenny Stager, Todd Goldstein, Mike Parodi and Robert Garney. A total of 13 drivers entered the event.
Coming up this Friday night September 12th the annual Northeast Crate Nationals will take center stage at the Great Race Place. The Sportsman division will be on hand for a $2,225 to win event along with the Street Stock division and an event for the Pro Stocks. This will be the final event for the 2014 season at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 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.
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Cody Bleau, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Rob Maxon, 4) Olden Dwyer, 5) Nick Lussier, 6) Adam Gage, 7) Jon Miller, 8) Jack Swinton, 9) Mike Ostrander, 10) Dave Baranowski Jr, 11) Jush Sunn, 12) Tim Hodge, 13) Mike Burdo, 14) Colin Bokus, 15) Jack Speshock, 16) John Proctor, 17) Derrick McGrew, 18) Chris Murray, 19) Scott Duell, 20) Alex Bell, 21) Joe Orlando, 22) Hunter Bates, 23) Mike Tholin, 24) Jake Scarborough, 25) Bert Film
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) – 1) Ricky Davis, 2) Andrew Buff, 3) Ken Conroy, 4) Anthony Alger, 5) Ben Brownell, 6) Ron Casey, 7) Anthony Savoca, 8) Bruce Schwab, 9) Alissa Cody, 10) Walter Cook, 11) Christopher Ronca, 12) Pat Jones, 13) Tim Heady, 14) Diana Huyck, 15) Butch Schwarting, 16) Steve Wagoner, 17) Nick Fretto, 18) Scott Flanders, 19) Jesse Edwards, 20) Bob Schmidt, 21) Emily Quinn, 22) Matt Atwood, 23) Jack Bublak, 24) Zach Daurio, 25) Josh Morgan, 26) Shannon Donnelly, DNS) Travis Billington
CRSA Sprints Results (25 Laps) – 1) Danny Varin, 2) Mike Kiser, 3) Chuck Alessi, 4) Scott Goodrich, 5) Josh Pieniazek, 6) John Matrafailo, 7) Dustin Purdy, 8) Chad King, 9) Robert Gray 10) Mark Taylor, 11) Jeremy Quick, 12) Kyle Smith, 13) Cory Gurney, 14) Dalton Herrick, 15) Thomas Radivoy, 16) Joe Kata, 17) Brett Jaycox, 18) Emily VanInwegen, 19) Jeff Van Steenburg, 20) Warren Alexson, 21) Tyler Jashembowski
Don Don’s Delights Street Stock Results (20 Laps) – 1) Randy Miller, 2) Hunter Sanchez, 3) Jason Meltz, 4) Damon Anderson, 5) Bill Duprey, 6) Matt Mosher, 7) John Filarecki, 8) Paul Braymer, 9) Fred Harris, 10) John Hayes, 11) Jody Thew, 12) Jordan Kasper, 13) Jaske Currier, 14) George Dorvee, 15) Scott Lawrence, 16) Josh Coonradt, 17) Chase Aussicker, 18) Dave Stickles, 19) Jason Barrett, 20) Darrell Older
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cylinder Combined Results (15 Laps) – 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Ken Stager, 3) Todd Goldstein, 4) Mike Parodi, 5) Robert Garney, 6) Clifford Booth, 7) Wayne Russell, 8) Ben Britch, 9) Tim Meltz, 10) Dave LaBarge, 11) James Mehan, 12) Brett Horlacher, 13) Dylan LaPort
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cylinder Single Cam Results – 1) Mike Parodi, 2) Robert Garney, 3) Wayne Russell, 4) Ben Britch, 5) Tim Meltz, 6) Dave LaBarge, 7) Brett Horlacher, 8) Dylan LaPort
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cylinder Dual Cam Results – 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Ken Stager, 3) Todd Goldstein, 4) Clifford Booth, 5) James Mehan
Enduro Results Top 3 (40 Laps) – 1) Ron Case, 2) Jon Taisey, 3) Brandon Uline
Malta, NY – With the close of the 2014 Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified season at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway one thing was certainly proven true, Brett Hearn is the man at the fast, four tenths of a mile oval. Hearn … Continue reading
This Friday the 29th is the final points race for modifieds, and many spots will be determined, though it’s now statistically impossible to overtake Brett Hearn, who has clinched his 7th Albany-Saratoga Modified Championship. It’s also the final points night … Continue reading
Malta, NY – Just over one year ago Mark Kislowski sat in victory lane for the first time at The Great Race Place. The Ballston Lake driver backed up that inaugural win this past Friday night with another trip to … Continue reading