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2014 Season Was a Winner

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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Howard Commander Purchases Albany-Saratoga Speedway

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

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Final Points for Modifieds and Pro Stocks 8/29/14

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

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Brett Hearn’s “The Big Show 6” concludes July 30 with two Big Block Modified feature races

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

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Info about the Big Show 6, Tuesday July 8th

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

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Rocky Warner Victorious in Mark Hughes Memorial

Malta, NY – On Friday evening the Albany-Saratoga Speedway presented a very special event for the Sportsman division. The Mark K. Hughes Memorial 26 lap event was contested in front of a packed grandstand and run in honor of its … Continue reading

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The Big Show 6 Coming to Albany-Saratoga!

Press releases are now available with info about Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6, which is coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday, July 8th! Sportsman Press Release The Big Show 6 Press Release

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Mark Hughes Memorial Race added to June 6 schedule

Mark Hughes Memorial Sportsman race this Friday June 6th, $1,000 to win, increased purse and 2 limited sportsman features. Plus 30 lap street stocks, and 4-cylinders. A big night on tap!!!

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Camara Slate sponsors Empire Super Sprints on May 23rd

Malta, NY – It was nearly 30 years ago that the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints made their maiden voyage to the Great Race Place, and thanks to a special marketing partner, the tour will make its 26th stop at the fast four tenths of a mile oval in just over a week’s time.

With the support of Camara Slate Products the series will make its way to Lyle DeVore’s oval on Friday evening May 23rd. Camara Slate will also help support the series when they make their way to the high banks of the Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday June 21st.

Gordy Button won the very first Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint event at Albany-Saratoga on July 13th, 1985. Since then 16 other drivers have parked their 360 cubic inch Sprint Car in victory lane at the track. DIRTcar Modified veteran Stewart Friesen won the most recent series event at Albany-Saratoga. Friesen powered the familiar number 33 to victory in last season’s August 2nd appearance.

“What a race car,” stated Friesen after last season’s win.  “I’ve got to thank Doug Emery and Barb Patterson for giving me the opportunity to wheel this thing.  We’ve been super fast every where we’ve went this year.”

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Albany-Saratoga Set to Wave Green Flag Friday April 18th

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

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