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Racing Around: Glen Ridge set to host ESS Friday

June 24, 2010
By JAMES?A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will take a big step forward Friday night.

Over the winter, promoters Mike Romano and Jake Spraker made major improvements to the quarter-mile racing facility. They also stepped up their racing schedule, adding the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints to the 2010 line-up.

"This is definitely our biggest attempt as promoters," Romano said. "We are excited to be able to bring this show to the track."

Friday's show will be the culmination of the efforts by Glen Ridge official Pete Demitraszek and the ESS' Dean Reynolds.

"This is something Pete wanted to do and Dean has been there a couple of times when we had the 305s and said this would be great place for the 360s," Romano said. "Pete kind of put it together with Dean over the winter and we did it."

Of course, there have been some changes to accommodate the traveling series.

"I think we will see about 30 cars," Romano said. "They have a couple of URC guys coming from New Jersey and probably some 305s and a bunch of the ESS 360s, so it looks like a pretty good group."

Heat races will be run for the sprint cars, modifieds and sportsman divisions, and it will be features only for the remaining divisions. The pro stock division has been dropped for the night.

"We anticipate between 25 and 30 sprinters coming in, so we will pit the cruisers on the infield this week to make room in the pits," Romano said. "We are anticipating about 1,000 fans Friday, so we not allowing the people in the pits not to go to the stands, which will help give fans more room."

Series points leader Chuck Hebing, Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, defending series champion Justin Barger and Dan Kaszubinski are slated to be on hand Friday along with Jessica Zemken, Cory Sparks, Jami Russell and Bobby Varin in the Demitraszek No. 61.

Adult grandstand admission for the night's racing will be $17 and $30 for the pits.

"It is going to be a busy night and we are looking forward to it," Romano said. "It looks like it will be good weather. We hope it all goes well."


Craig Hanson debuted his new TEO Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. The modified replaces the big block destroyed in a head-on collision on the front stretch earlier this year at the Track of Champions.

Former Fonda Speedway street stock champion John Bradt returned to racing action for the first time this season Saturday in the popular Nemo-painted No. 24B.

Floyd Billington can't get enough racing. The South Glens Falls driver competes at local tracks in a modified, runs a sprint car on the ESS circuit and runs with a younger group in the 122-250cc amateur division Wednesdays at Monster Supercross at Royal Mountain.



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