By JAMES A. ELLIS
RACING AROUND – With a big weekend of special racing events ahead, Lance Willix, A.J. Albreada, Bodie Marks, Luke Horning and Bruce Liddle kept their early-season momentum going forward at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville.
Willix captured his second-straight DIRTcar 358 modified feature win of the season Sunday night at The Ridge, while Albreada swept the dual All-Star Slingshot division features and Marks made it 3-for-3 in the Junior Slingshots. Horning kept his record perfect in the Pro Stock division with his second win in as many weeks as did Liddle in the Single Cam Mini Stock division.
Joining the quintet with victories Sunday night were Zach Buff (602 Crate Sportsman), Jason Samrov (Street Stock) and Dylan Grogan (Limited Sportsman), while Jay Ingersoll picked up his first win of the season in the Dual Cam Mini Stock feature.
Willix, Albreada and Marks will be counting on their experience on the fast 1/4 mile to benefit them as this Sunday’s DIRTcar 358 modified feature winner will earn a guaranteed starting spot in the 37th annual Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway on Sept. 30.
“We usually don’t go to that race because it is so close to Super DIRT Week and we are just trying to thrash and get a car together for that,” Willix said. “If we get that spot that might change our mind and we definitely will go. We will play it out like a regular race next week and see what happens.”
With the largest car count so far this season with more than 100 cars in the pit area, including 20 358s and 14 Pro Stocks on hand for the running of the headlining Silver Fox Showdown, The Ridge will be looking at the possibility of an even larger draw this week.
Along with the 358 modified feature, the All-Star and Junior Slingshot divisions will be running big money events.
The Northeast Paving & Sealcoat All-Star Slingshot division will compete in a $1,000-to-win feature event, while the Northeast Paving & Sealcoat Junior Slingshot division battle in a $300-to-win main event as part of a full regular race card.
The time schedule for the night’s events has been changed. The pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with a draw for time trials from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a drivers meeting at 5 p.m. and hot laps scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Front gates open at 4 p.m. and the Ridge is also offering free admission to veteran and active military for the show.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park results
American Cancer Society Relay For Life – Red Chair DIRTcar 358 Modifieds (35 Laps): Lance Willix, Jordan McCreadie, Garrett Poland, Chris Mackey, Jeff Sykes, Nick Webb, Tyler Meeks, Bill August, Tucker O’Connor, C.J. Castelletti, Chris Bisson, Carter Gibbons, Jackie Brown, Jr., Richie Price, Aaron Jacobs, Dale Gray, Ted Star, Jim Becker, Joe Krum, Brandon Daley.
Classic Muscle Parts DIRTcar Sportsman (30 Laps): Zach Buff, Cody Ochs, Derrick McGrew, Jr., Andrew Buff, Tony Farone, Taylor Doxtater, Taylor Wason, Butchie Irwin, Brendan Gibbons, Floyd Billington, Ricky Quick, Kearra Backus, Joe Pravia.
Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar Pro Stocks “The Silver Fox Showdown” (20 Laps): Luke Horning, Shawn Perez, Jr., Josh Coonradt, Kyle Weiler, Slater Baker, Ian Bressett, Johnny Rivers, Caden Dumblewski, Dean Charbonneau, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Doug Sheely, Ken Allen, Richard Spencer.
Limited Sportsman (15 Laps): Dylan Grogan, Tavien Blowers, Wesley Sutliff, Tanner Coon, Craig Coons, Joe Wilcox, James Hinman, Jr., Zach McSpirit, Billy Hillman, Kolton Weiler, Connor Hearn (DNS).
Street Stocks (15 Laps): Jason Samrov, Joe Wilson, Josh Samrov, Matt Mosher, Jason Barrett, James Dellea, Matt Wells, Rob VanAernam, Milo Campbell.
Leatherstocking Credit Union DIRTcar Mini Stocks (Dual Cam) (15 Laps): Jay Ingersoll, Gina Voris, Damian Ward, Chad Hoffman, Jason Beck, John Napoli, Brian Blanck, Jamie Lee Cummins, Nicholas Bunn (DNS), Billy Hillman (DNS).
Leatherstocking Credit Union DIRTcar Mini Stocks (Single Cam) (15 Laps) – Bruce Liddle, Blaze Post, Keith Chorba, Jack Minery, Wayne Russell, Jr., Duane Condon, Jamie Warner, Daniel Joubert, T.J. Marlitt, John Ray (DNS).
Northeast Paving and Sealcoat All-Star Slingshots (15 Laps) – A.J. Albreada, Danny Ballard, Robbie Albreada, Brett Putnam, Chris Darrow, Devin Pierce, Dave Vaill, Adam Fusco, Corky Warner, Sloan Cherko, Lucas Duncan, Alex Boisvert, Jim Pollard, Scott Sprague, Zach Mecca.
Northeast Paving & Sealcoat All-Star Slingshots (Held Over From 5/7/23) (15 Laps) – A.J. Albreada, Brett Putnam, Devin Pierce, Dave Vaill, Adam Fusco, Sloan Cherko, Alex Boisvert, Almanzo Carpenter, Scott Sprague, Justin House, Jim Pollard, Zach Mecca, Tucker Jones, T.J. Hughes.
Northeast Paving & Sealcoat Junior Slingshots (12 Laps) – Bodie Marks, E.J. Hatch, Kolton Gamble, Lucas Cole, Colton White, Mason Gray, Jayden Wust, James Hatch, Jr., Alexandria Cosselman, Alex Vaill.
THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES OPENER AT FONDA
The Thunder on the Thruway Series will kick off this Saturday at Fonda Speedway.
The six-race series sponsored by the F.X. Caprara Car Companies is run at sister tracks Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedway, headlines a 30-lap, $4,022-to-win feature for the modifieds, a 25-lap, $1,522-to-win feature for the 602 Crate Sportsman division and a $1,022-to-win 20-lap main event for the Pro Stocks.
The evening’s race program is being presented as the Dave Lape Memorial sponsored by the late seven-time track champion’s long-time sponsor M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt’s Towing.
The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds will host a pre-race show at the Fonda Speedway Museum from 1:30 to 4 p.m. before heading to the infield pit area to prepare for Tex Gorden/Dave Lape Memorial race.
The MVVDM are also holding a drawing for the Fonda Kids Club where three kids between the ages of 7 and 13 will have a chance to win a ride on track and pace the vintage class in a 1936 Hudson Coupe pace car. Sign-up for the drawing will take place at the Kid’s Club table near Gate 2 prior to the night’s action.
The Limited Sportsman, 4-cylinder divisions are also scheduled to compete Saturday night.
LEBANON VALLEY HOSTING TWO WEEKEND EVENTS
Lebanon Valley Speedway will host a pair of DIRTcar events this weekend.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Night with all member of the armed forces receiving free grandstand admission for the full regular show featuring big and small block modifieds, sportsman, pro stock, limited sportsman, street stock and 4-cylinder classes.
Monday, the big block modifieds, sportsman and pro stocks return to the Valley for a Memorial Day event featuring the 100-lap, $13,500-to-win King of Spring Super DIRTcar series main event. The DIRTcar sportsman and pro stocks will compete in 20-lap main events.
TWIN 20S ON TAP AT UTICA-ROME
Friday the modifieds will run a pair of 20-lap modified features paying $1,500-to-win apiece.
Justin Wright picked up the first modified feature win of his career in the opening 20 lapper, while Matt Sheppard won the second. Sheppard is 3-for-3 in modified feature wins so far this season at Utica-Rome.
The first 20-lap event will be lined up by traditional handicapping. The winner of the opening race will pick an invert of four, six or eight to determine the starting lineup in the second feature.
The 602 Crate Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Limited Sportsman and 4-cylinders are also on the evenings race card. General admission for the special event is $18. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 p.m. with the first green flag of the night at 7:30 p.m.
MIDGETS ADDED TO ALBANY-SARATOGA PROGRAM
The DMA USAC Bear Ridge Speedway Midgets will join a full regular race program Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
The Pro Stocks and Sportsman divisions will be running for $1,000-to-win in their feature events on Benson’s Peter Center Night.
DEVIL’S BOWL HOSTING CRATE NATIONALS
Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont has a two-day racing event on the schedule for this weekend.
Saturday will feature a full regular schedule of racing for its regular weekly classes.
Sunday, the Sportsman Modifieds will compete in the 100-lap, $5,000-to-win, $200 to take the green, Northeast Crate Nationals.
Also on Sunday’s program are the New England Sprint Cars, limited and novice sportsman classes, mini stocks and 500cc mini sprints.
Racing starts at 5 p.m. both nights.
ROYAL MOTOCROSS SEASON OPENS
Royal Mountain Ski Area will host its first Central New York Motocross Racing Association (CNYMRA) and AMA District 3 event of the season Saturday and Sunday.
Royal Mountain owner Jake Tennis announced changes have been made to the mile-long layout, adding step-ups and step-down to go with the single and double jumps as well as spreading the layout out to make the track more flowing and faster for the riders.
Both days, sign-up will run from 7 to 9 a.m. with practice taking to the track at 8:30 a.m. with the first gate drop immediately following.
General admission for the event is $20 each day.