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Albany, NY – On Saturday evening the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held its 46th Annual Awards Banquet at the Polish Community Center in Albany. Drivers and crews from across the State of New York gathered to accept … Continue reading
We have arranged a special room rate for the 2014 Banquet (Saturday March 7th), for those interested in staying over. The Courtyard Marriott Saratoga Springs (11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 — 518-226-0538) is offering a room rate of … Continue reading
Under ‘New’ Ownership, the ‘Great Race Place’ Gears Up for its 50th Year of Operation Story By: MATT NOLES / RPW (reprinted with permission) SPRAKERS, NY- January 13, 2015- If the racing rumor mill were to become a publicly traded … Continue reading
The 2014 Albany-Saratoga Speedway Awards Banquet will be held at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Club on Saturday, March 7th, 2015. The reservation form is now posted, and it can be printed and mailed with your payment.
Malta, NY – The weekly field at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway is deep with talent and big names. Once the 2014 season ended in September, track regulars in the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stock and Street Stock divisions took their talents on the road to compete in some of the biggest events that our sport has to offer.
Leading the way was 2014 DIRTcar Modified Track Champion Brett Hearn. The New Jersey based veteran had an outstanding fall season throughout the northeast. Hearn kicked off the fall campaign by picking up the Mohawk Valley 100 at the Fonda Speedway. This event returned to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule for the first time in nearly a decade.
Following his win at the Track of Champions, Hearn moved on to Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds. He timed second quick for the prestigious Syracuse 200 and then seventh quick for the Salute to the Troops 358 Championship, both on Thursday afternoon. Later that evening he picked up the Hurricane 100 event at the Brewerton Speedway, an event that was a part of the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series. On Friday night Hearn won the second DIRTcar Modified Triple 20 event and finished fourth in the first 358 Modified Twin 20 event. He then went on to win the biggest DIRTcar 358 Modified event on the schedule, the Salute to the Troops 150.
Hearn continued his post season success by sweeping the annual Eastern States Weekend at the Orange County Fair Speedway. He set fast time for the Eastern States 200 during time trials and then won the event on Sunday. He also won the 358 Modified 100 on Saturday. Hearn finished up the season by finishing second in both events that made up the World Finals at the Dirt Track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Success in the DIRTcar Modified and 358 Modified ranks was not limited to just Hearn, other drivers that call the Great Race Place home had great, post season runs as well. Kenny Tremont, Jr. finished seventh in the Syracuse 200 and fourth in the Eastern States 200. Batman, Peter Britten finished second in the second Triple 20 event on Friday night of Super DIRT Week. Keith Flach finished an impressive 14th during the Syracuse 200.
Third generation driver Ronnie Johnson timed fourth quick for the Salute to the Troops 150, 358 Modified Championship during Super DIRT Week. He followed that up with a second in the second Twin 20 event on Friday night and an impressive eighth place finish in the 150 mile finale.
Marc Johnson once again flexed his muscle on the Moody Mile during DIRTcar 358 Modified competition. Johnson timed ninth quick for the 150 mile event and then brought home a top ten finish in his Triple 20 event. He finished tenth in the Salute to the Troops 150.
In Sportsman competition, Cody Bleau picked up the win in the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series event during the Mohawk Valley Weekend at the Fonda Speedway. During Super DIRT Week activities, two time Albany-Saratoga Track Champion Jeremy Pitts and Robert Bublak each made the field for the Sportsman Championship event. Pitts finished fifth in the first Friday night qualifying event and Bublak, seventh. Jon Miller finished seventh in the second DIRTcar Sportsman Futures event.
In full fender action, Rob Yetman won his second consecutive DIRTcar Pro Stock Super DIRT Week Championship, this after qualifying fifth quick. Amsterdam’s Chuck Dumblewski finished fourth in the event after qualifying third. Veteran Kim Duell also made the DIRTcar Pro Stock field after qualifying sixth. Kenny Martin, Jr. finished an impressive second in the Hondo Classic held at the Fonda Speedway during the Mohawk Valley Weekend. Randy Miller was victorious during the weekend in the Street Stock division.
Details on the 2015 racing season as well as banquet information can be found on the track website during the coming weeks. Please log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for the details.
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.
By JO ANN & DON DAVIES Published with permission from Area Auto Racing News MALTA, NY - “The Great Race Place” Albany-Saratoga Speedway, in Malta, N.Y, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, secure in the knowledge of many … 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, 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 … Continue reading
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