FULTONVILLE — After four weeks of rain, mud and more rain, the Glen Ridge Motorsport Park was finally able to get the season started Sunday night.
Rocky Warner and Andrew Buff led the Red Chair crate modifieds to Brandon Krutz’s double green flags for the start of the Heroes Honored 30.
Warner cruised to his 23rd career sportsman, and $1,000 to win feature in his Jake Spraker Used Cars #1J followed by Buff, Scott McCoy, Kurtis Hohensheldt and Joe Orlando.
“The month of May has been awfully good to us” a jubilant Warner said in victory lane. “Thank you for everyone who came out tonight, it was great to see the fans coming out to support the track.”
Brendan Gibbons had to hold off hard charging Mortensen to win the limited sportman feature but kept him at bay long enough to earn his first career victory in open wheel competition in his Gibbons Military Motors #b24. Mortensen conceded to second followed by James Vendetti, Jerry Cohn, and Bill Port.
Two of the best Yurkewecz Auto Crusher pro stock pilots Luke Horning and Ivan Joslin started on the front row of the 20-lap season opener for the division.
Horning, the defending track champion, edged Joslin for the win. Steve Cosselman finished third, Jim Normoyle fourth, and Justin Knight finished fifth.
The Electric City Taxi Mini Stocks saw John Napoli pick up his first career victory over Chris Burnett in the dual overhead cams, and Wayne Russell Jr brought his Adam Petty tribute #54 car to victory lane over Tim Billington, Jim Bleau and Doug Ohara.
Josh Samrov won a truck vs. mini stock four-lap challenge over Doug Ohara. The victory earned Samrov a cool $50 from West End Towing & Repair.
In street stock action, Jason Samrov picked up his eighth career Glen Ridge win over Cliff Haslun, newcomer Ken Allen and Damon Anderson.
The All-Star Slingshots saw Dnny Ballard claim the victory over 2018 track champion Mike Hill. Garrett Poland was was third, Tyler Vadney was and Don Boonstra was fifth
The Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Jr Slingshots saw Brock Pinkerous pick up his fifth career victory over top competitor Matthew Backus, Adrianna DeRocher, Connor Hill, Lucas Duncan.
The Ridge is back in action this Sunday night with the Mini-Shock. A 50-lap mini-stock event paying $500 to the first SOHC across the line and $500 to the first DOHC across the line. Special thanks to Damon Anderson, and his Damon Anderson Racing team for putting this special race in motion.
The C.R.S.A. Sprint Cars return to the speedway after a three-year hiatus. Josh Flint has already confirmed his entry in the event with one goal in mind, breaking his own lap record, which is the fastest lap ever recorded in any car at the Ridge.
The Red Chair crate modifieds $1,000-to-win, limited sportsman, Yurkewecz Auto Crusher pro stocks, street stocks, All-Star slingshots and the NPS junior slingshots are also in action. Pit gates open at 2 p.m, grandstands open at 3 p.m., sprint car heat in motors at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps and heat races to follow.
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Glen Ridge Motorsports Park
The Red Chair Crate Modified Feature: Rocky Warner, Andrew Buff, Scott McCoy, Joe Orlando, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jim Introne Jr, Ryan Heath, Dan Fassett.
Heat Winners: Rocky Warner, Andrew Buff.
Limited Sportsman Feature: Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, James Vendetti, Jerry Cohn, Bill Port, Bill August, Harold Robitaille (DNS).
Heat Winners: Brendan Gibbons.
Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Pro-Stock Feature: Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Steve Cosselman, Jim Normoyle Sr, Justin Knight, Andy Graves, Buck Gasner, Jim Gronki, Jamie Warner, Harley Shepard.
Heat Winners: Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin.
Electric City Taxi DOHC Mini Stock Feature: John Napoli, Chris Burnett, Josh Samrov (DQ).
Electric City Taxi SOHC Mini Stock Feature: Wayne Russell Jr, Tim Billington. Jim Bleau, Doug Ohara, Dale VanAllen (DNS), Zack McSpirit (DNS).
Heat Winners: Josh Samrov (DOHC), Doug Ohara (SOHC).
Street Stock Feature: Jason Samrov, Cliff Haslun, Ken Allen, Damon Anderson.
All-Star Slingshot Feature: Danny Ballard, Mike Hill, Garrett Poland, Tyler Vadney, Don Boonstra, Scott Sprague, Robert Morey, Dylan Busch, Jim Mudge, Spencer Cherko, Jim Gage, Bryce Cherko.
Heat Winners: Jim Mudge, Mike Hill.
Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Jr. Slingshot Feature: Brock Pinkerous, Matthew Backus, Adrianna DeRocher, Connor Hill, Lucas Duncan, Tavien Blowers, Frank Twing Jr, Darryn Fallis, Sloan Cherko (DNS).
Heat Winners: Matthew Backus, Brock Pinkerous.