January 12, 2015

USAC DMA Midgets Announce 2015 Schedule

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Includes Race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Ellington, CT: The USAC Dirt Midget Association held their annual meeting this week and announced the 2015 race schedule which includes twelve races at Bear Ridge Speedway, the series home track, and a race on August 28th at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. This will be the series second trip to the famed dirt track just north of Albany.

In addition to the 2015 race schedule, the rules were released with only minor changes from the prior year. The series will continue its fuel and tire program for all members along with other benefits that have been in place since the series inception back in 2011.

It was also announced that Ken Schrader will race with the series during the July 18th race. Schrader ran with the series back in July of 2014 and had a podium finish. He will be driving The Race Depot sponsored midget owned by Bobby Seymour.


July 9, 2014

Photos: Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6

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MALTA, NY (July 8, 2014) — Matt Wiernasz covered Brett Hearn’s ‘The Big Show 6′ presented by Recovery Sports Grill Tuesday evening.

The Super DIRTcar Modified Series 100-lap feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway was postponed to July 30 by rain.

[Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz


January 14, 2014

VIDEO: Watch 2013 NASCAR Awards Shows

Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions

Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.

The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.


NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH


November 11, 2013

NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.


October 2, 2013

NEAR Hall of Famer Rene Charland Passes at 84

Rene Charland “Da Champ”: November 13, 1928 – September 30, 2013

Rene M Charland, legendary stock car driver who blazed numerous tracks from Canada to Florida passed away peacefully on Monday Sept 30 at the Wilkinson Residential Care Facility in Amsterdam, NY where he had resided for the past several years.

Mr Charland was born in Chicopee, MA on November 13, 1928 the son of Adelard and Noella Lamoureux Charland. After serving his time in the US Marines and Merchant Marines, Mr Charland resettled in the Chicopee area and later was a resident of Agawam, MA before locating to Upstate NY in the 1960’s. After returning from his act of duty in the service he tried on many masks, working for Remington Arms in Springfield, Ma and running his own speed shop and radio station before turning the throttle full bore on his racing career which began in 1947.

Rene was a 4-time Nascar National Sportsman Champion from 1962 thru 1965. He was one of the original Eastern Bandits that enjoyed tickling the skills of the drivers in the South. He was also a member of the AllStar League for many years. He was inducted into many Hall of Fames thru-out his life span; the New England Antique Racers(NEAR), Dirt Motorsports ,Riverside Park, Fonda Speedway, Utica-Rome and Albany-Saratogas as well as many more. He was named as one of Nascar’s Top 50 Drivers at Stafford Motor Speedway as well. His career wins exceeded 800, his track championships were numerous and covered many states in the country to achieve his records.

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July 10, 2013

Big Show 5 Results

Albany Saratoga Speedway-The Big Show 5

Feature Fin: 1. Brett Hearn 2. Billy Dunn 3. Gary Tompkins 4. Billy Decker 5. Dale Plank

Dash Fin: Matt Sheppard, Tremont, DeLorenzo, Hearn, Friesen, M Johnson, Varin, Britten, J Phelps DNS Wilder

H4 Fin: Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Bobby Varin, Rich Scagliotta, Mike Mahaney DNQ Phelps, Britten, Sheldon, H Stratton, Perrotte

H3 Fin: Justin Haers, Matt DeLorenzo, Matt Sheppard, Tim Currier, Josh Hohenforst DNQ Kislowski, Tremont, Pitcher, Gleason

H2 Fin: SFriesen, Billy VanInwegen, Gary Tomkins, Billy Dunn, Jimmy Cottrell DNQ Bachetti, Kolka, Sowle, Rockefeller DNF Rauscher

H1 Fin: Billy Decker, Dale Planck, Keith Flach, Dan Vauter, Mmarc Johnson DNQ Reckner, Davism Savoie, Warner, N Stratton, Morey

[Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz


July 7, 2013

The Big Show 5’s Dash for Cash Pits Local Drivers Against Series Stars


More Than One Chance to Win at Albany-Saratoga, with Dash for Cash, Heat Prizes

MALTA, N. Y. – Friday, July 5, 2013 – Super DIRTcar Series star and The Big Show 5 promoter Brett Hearn is ready to put on another spectacular show this year, adding races and prizes to the usual series show rundown.

Part of The Big Show 5, which runs Tuesday, July 9, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, is the 12-lap Big-Block Modified Morris Ford Dash for Cash. The Dash pits the top five drivers in Super DIRTcar Series point standings – Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Heaern, Stewart Friesen, and Danny Johnson – against the top five in track points at Albany-Saratoga – Kenny Tremont Jr., Matt DeLorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Marc Johnson, and Pete Britten.

Additionally part of the Dash lineup is Bobby Varin, defending event champion, and a driver voted in by fans. The 12 drivers will take part in a “Jeopardy Draw” for starting positions, with the exception of Varin, who must start last and take on the “12th Place Challenge.” A $500 awaits the winner of the Dash, with positions two through four also receiving checks


July 6, 2013

The Big Show Gets Bigger, Offering $9,711-to-Win for Super DIRTcar Series

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Joins Action-Packed Schedule

MALTA, N. Y. – Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified start Brett Hearn is no stranger to Victory Lane, after taking last year’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII VP Small Engine Fuels 200, Eastern States 200, and Mr. DIRT Track U. S. A. at Lebanon Valley Speedway. But when it comes to The Big Show in July, the win means something a little different to Hearn.

Hearn has yet to take the trophy at the show he promotes, even though he came close last year before a late-race charge by Bobby Varin. When he looks ahead to The Big Show 5 Tuesday, July 9, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, he said winning as a driver “would be nice,” but winning as a promoter was more important.

“Albany-Saratoga is a beautiful place to being with, so it with be a really fun race,” Hearn said of his annual event, which last year moved to the Malta track.

Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 4 was certainly a win on the promotional end, with packed grandstands, an exciting midway, and one of the most thrilling races of the season. This year, Hearn, with the help of some additional sponsorship, is upping the ante.


January 4, 2013

Sondra (Briggs) Grady Passes at 76

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NISKAYUNA – Sondra Briggs Grady, 76, of Primrose Lane died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at St. Peter's Hospice Inn. 

Sondra was born in Poughkeepsie and was a graduate of Watervliet High School and SUNY Albany, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and master's degree in education.

She was a high school teacher with the Niskayuna school district for 22 years, retiring in 2000.

At one time, she was in charge of public relations for Albany Saratoga Speedway and also worked at Fonda Speedway.

She was a member of AAUW, a volunteer at Proctors and a former member of Schenectady Business and Professional Women.

She will be remembered as an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and a member of Business, Marketing Educators Association.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John D. Grady; one son, John Chris Grady and his companion, Kathleen Santamaria, of Saratoga; godchildren Noah and Leah Hitchcock; a niece, Lynn Volgel; and many other lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Doris Volgel.


January 30, 2012

NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

[Photo Galleryby Nicholas Teto


January 19, 2012

‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to NASCARacceleration2012.com for more information.


June 19, 2011

Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.


June 14, 2011

Evans Inducted To NASCAR Hall

2012 class includes Yarborough, Wood, Inman, Waltrip

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

The class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.COM. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

As was the case for the first two classes of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, the results of this year’s voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85 percent of the vote, followed by Waltrip (82%), Inman (78%), Evans (50%) and Wood (44%).


January 22, 2011

Albany-Saratoga, Devil’s Bowl Join NASCAR

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Northeast tracks part of Whelen All-American Series for 2011

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that a pair of premier short tracks in the northeast have joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The paved ovals are owned and operated by the Richards family under their umbrella Champlain Valley Racing Association (CVRA). The tracks are Albany-Saratoga Speedway, a .400-mile paved oval in Malta, N.Y., that operates on Fridays, and Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a .500-mile paved oval in West Haven, Vt., that operates on Sundays. The tracks are 64 miles apart.

“We welcome the Richards family, their tracks and participants to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “Both tracks provide a solid foundation for great racing and family entertainment.”


August 25, 2010

NETS Trucks Participate at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

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The New England Truck Series (NETS) and Albany-Saratoga Speedway have announced earlier this season that the two parties have reached an agreement to bring the New England based touring series trucks to the famed New York oval.

On Friday, August 27, the stars of NETS will take to the 4/10-mile oval as part of their regular scheduled racing adding in the pro-stock division.

“This is a great opportunity for our Series,” Lorraine Pard, NETS Series Director said. We were disappointed that we were rained out in April, so it is great to be able to find a date that worked out for both parties. I know that many of our drivers are looking forwarding to competing on the asphalt at Albany-Saratoga. I know I am!”

May 22, 2010

Pennink Best of the East at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

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Malta, New York — Huntington Valley, PA, modified racer, Rowan Pennink knows about comebacks. Been there, done that. Forced to restart races from the back of the field and drive his way to the front, Pennink did it again Friday night May 21, when he overcame a cut tire on lap 2 and came back to win the 100 lap “East-West Showdown” at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, New York.

The race was co-sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by the BobValentiAutomall.com and the Race of Champions DART Asphalt Series.

Pole sitter Pete Brittain, Oakhurst, New Jersey, led the first forty-seven-laps before yielding the top spot to fellow RoC competitor Earl Paules, Palmerton, PA. Paules then set a torrid pace until lap seventy-six when Pennink made a charge to the front and claimed the top spot. Pennink went on to score his second Modified Racing Series win. The victory was the third for car owner, Gary Cassela of Saugas, MA.


May 16, 2010

East-West Showdown Resumes At Albany-Saratoga Friday

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Malta, N.Y. –The much anticipated matchup of New England’s Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com and the New York based, ROC DART Asphalt Series, resumes Friday night, May 21, when both sanctioning groups embark on the famed Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, New York.

The race, originally scheduled April 18, was rained out after two qualifying heats were completed. Forty-nine race teams were attempting to qualify for the 100 lap feature when the skies opened forcing postponement.

“Pistol Pete” Brittain, Allentown, New Jersey., won the first qualifying race while Koszela Speed Rookie Of The Year contender Norman Wrenn, Nashua, NH., passed race leader Joe Doucette, Framingham, MA., on the last lap to capture the second heat race.


May 2, 2010

Cicconi Takes ISMA Opener at Albany-Saratoga

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Malta, NY – Liquid Lou Cicconi was supposed to pilot a midget on the newly paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway earlier in April; perhaps gaining a slight edge for the May 2 ISMA opener. That race was rained out, but for Cicconi, it turned out, it didn’t matter. The Aston, PA driver started ninth on the grid for the 50-lap inaugural winged super feature, moving into second on lap 19. He seized the opportunity to take the lead from Dave Duggan after a lap 21 red flag, driving by the 51 on the backstretch. As the race shook out, Chris Perley and new teammate Mike Ordway Sr. were able to track Cicconi down but Lou held out for the win despite a late race yellow. The win put Cicconi in a tie for 9th on the ISMA All-Time win list.

Said Lou in victory lane, “This is a really neat race track. The more we ran the more the track came in and got racy. It was really a challenge after I took the lead. When I got pushed started after that red, my brake got stuck. I thought it was going to slow the car right down. I had Chris behind me and I thought it was going to be all over. Luckily there was a lap car between us on that last yellow. It was very exciting. I’m happy for the Wentworths and our sponsors – although we don’t have too many.”

The late race caution Lou mentioned came on lap 46 when the 97 of Danny Lane ended up in between one and two with a flat tire. Lane was able to return. But when the race was scored back to the last completed lap, ISMA’s 2009 Rookie of the Year Ben Seitz, was placed in between the 10 of Cicconi and the 11 of Perley where he was showed to be running at the time. He was a lap car, but provided what the 2009 ISMA champ Perley thought made the difference in the race.


April 23, 2010

Albany-Saratoga Postpones Sunday’s ACT Event

Filed under: ACT LM Tour,Albany-Saratoga — mod134 @ 11:52 am

Albany-Saratoga Speedway postpones the Sunday, April 25th Albany-Saratoga 100 due to impending rain in the forecast. It was scheduled to be the 2010 ACT Late Model Tour season opener. The event will be rescheduled at a date to be announced.

The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT becomes the 2010 ACT Late Model Tour season opener. It will also be the first event of the season for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and the Junkyard Warriors. Merchants Bank weekend kicks off with the downtown Barre car show from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday, May 1. The car show ends with the over 100 racecars parading up Quarry Hill to the track. The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 will be on Sunday, May 2 with a post time at 1pm.


April 20, 2010

ACT Teams Scramble to Get Ready for Opener

Filed under: ACT LM Tour,Albany-Saratoga — mod134 @ 5:45 am

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams are looking forward to opening the season at the newly paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY on Sunday, April 25. Many are a little bit anxious, having never seen the new track before. There was plenty of excitement when the announcement came last fall about the track going back to asphalt after over 30 years as a dirt CVRA (Champlain Valley Racing Association) track under the Richards family.

“This is not how we expected to make the first trip to the Malta track,” said Joey (Pole) Polewarczyk, Jr., the young racing star from Hudson, NH. “We would have liked to have gotten the Governor’s Cup race in at Lee USA Speedway, but Mother Nature was against us. Lee is definitely where I think I have some kind of advantage, (Pole won the race in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2009), but really, Albany-Saratoga is a place where nobody is going to have an advantage, and that is kind of cool,” concluded Pole.

The reports are that only the Burlington, VT-based SD Ireland team of Jamie Fisher, and Twin State regular Aaron Fellows from Claremont, NH have been able to get to the New York track this spring to test and tune. Most race teams like going to a new race facility, and a strong field of traveling teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts are expected to start the season at the 4/10th mile speedway. There will also be teams from Ontario, Quebec, and New York.


April 18, 2010

Albany-Saratoga MRS-ROC Race Postponed

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The MRS-ROC modified race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway was postponed due to rain after the second heat race.

Rain checks will be accepted for Sunday April 25 American-Canadian Tour late model race (even exchange), Sunday May 2 ISMA Supermodifieds (ticket stub plus $7, or the tenative makeup date for the MRS-ROC Modified race, Friday May 21.

April 17, 2010

Albany-Saratoga Speedway Saturday Racing Cancelled

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Today’s racing program at Albany-Saratoga Speedway has been cancelled. Practice for all divisions will occur depending on weather. Pit gates open at 10 AM. A rescheduled date is in the works for the ATQMRA, the 50-lap NETS race and the 100 lap, $1,000 to win Enduro race that were scheduled for today.

Sunday’s racing schedule remains unchanged. The program features the 100-lap Modified race between the Race of Champions and Modified Racing Series cars. The Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) will also be on hand.

Pit gates open at 8AM, practice starts at 11AM. Grandstands open at 11AM. Racing begins at 1PM.


April 16, 2010

Albany-Saratoga Speedway to Open the ACT Season

Filed under: ACT LM Tour,Albany-Saratoga — mod134 @ 11:42 am

The rain postponement at the Lee USA Speedway has opened the door for the first race of the 2010 American Canadian Tour (ACT) season to be held next weekend (April 25) at the Albany Saratoga Speedway located in Malta, New York. The recently paved 4/10-mile speed plant will be the ultimate ‘neutral’ track for the ACT teams. The track changed to asphalt for the 2010 season, after over 35 years as a dirt race track. This will be the first appearance ever for ACT Late Model race teams.

“This should be pretty interesting. There are only a couple of teams that have been to Albany-Saratoga testing this Spring, so just about nobody has any real edge going into the first race of the season,” said ACT Director of Competition, Dean Gallison. “With the new asphalt, the experience of these teams as far as set up goes will be more critical than ever. It should be a great show”, concluded Gallison.

Over 30 teams are expected to open the ACT season at the historic Malta facility, owned and managed by the Champlain Valley Racing Association, (CVRA), along with sister track, Devil’s Bowl in Fair Haven, VT, which is also being transformed from the ½ mile dirt to asphalt for the upcoming season.

Defending and six-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar and the RPM race team out of Georgia, VT is an early favorite, but the list of contenders to challenge Hoar is long. Seven-time Champion Jean-Paul Cyr and veteran Brent Dragon, both from Milton, VT, will bring lots of experience into the opening 100 lap event.

“This is really neat to be going to Malta (Albany Saratoga),” said Dragon. “I have heard lots about the races there in the ‘60’s from my dad (Harmon “Beaver” Dragon) and uncle, (Bobby Dragon). They say it was one of the places that everybody from New England and New York used to head for on Friday nights in the old days. It will be fun to take them back there next week.”

Others who have entered include Ford drivers Joey Polewarczyk from Hudson, NH and John Donahue from Graniteville, VT, both early picks to challenge for the 2010 title. The Ford versus Chevy rivalry has come back to the northeast with the development of a compatible Ford engine to compete with the GM power plants. Teams from all New England states and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario are expected to begin the long championship campaign next weekend at Albany-Saratoga.

The winner of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway 100 lap event will be the first to qualify for the second edition of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway ACT Invitational to be held on Saturday, September 18 during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend, a goal every driver in the field will have going into each race this season. There will be a test and tune session for ACT teams at Albany-Saratoga on Saturday afternoon, April 24th. On Sunday, April 25th, a full card of qualifying will be capped off with the 100-lap main event. Gates open on Sunday at 11:00 and post time is 1:00. Admission is only $18.00 for adults and kids are free.

Sources: ACT PRa

April 12, 2010

New England Truck Series to Open at Albany-Saratoga

Filed under: Albany-Saratoga,ARTS — mod134 @ 12:11 am

The newly-renamed New England Truck Series (NETS) will do battle for the first time under its new banner on Saturday, April 17, when Albany-Saratoga Speedway will swing their gates open to the full-sized race trucks for 50 action-packed laps. NETS will be part of this historic race weekend, which will mark the return of the Speedway to its asphalt roots after operating as a 4/10-mile dirt oval for the past many seasons.

“There could not be a better beginning for the New England Truck Series. Just as Albany-Saratoga Speedway is celebrating a new start, so too, we are celebrating a new day in the life of our touring division. It truly is a pleasure to open our season up with this prestigious event,” NETS Consultant, Josh Vanada, said.

The 50-lap main will showcase the stars of the region’s lone truck division as they look to start their season’s off in hot pursuit of the coveted Series’ title. Defending Series’ Champion Andy Lindeman will lead the charge as he looks to add Albany-Saratoga to an already impressive list of tracks where he has visited victory lane.

April 10, 2010

Modified Racing Series Ready for East versus West Showdown

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Malta, NY — Open-wheel modified racing returns to one of the Northeast’s leading racing facilities adding another chapter to it’s long history as the famed Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY., returns to asphalt racing for the first time in 35 years and plays host to the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti Automall.Com, and the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour.

It will be the first MRS race outside of New England in the series seven year history. The two touring divisions will compete in a special 100 lap feature race on Sunday April 18.

Dubbed as an East vs. West showdown, the event will highlight 2009 MRS champion Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA., and 2009 ROC champion Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA. Both competed in the recent MRS season opener at Waterford, CT., with Hirschman finishing second in that race, one position ahead of McKennedy.


April 4, 2010

New England Truck Series to Open at Albany-Saratoga

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The newly-renamed New England Truck Series (NETS) will do battle for the first time under its new banner on Saturday, April 17, when Albany-Saratoga Speedway will swing their gates open to the full-sized race trucks for 50 action-packed laps. NETS will be part of this historic race weekend, which will mark the return of the Speedway to its asphalt roots after operating as a 4/10-mile dirt oval for the past many seasons.

“There could not be a better beginning for the New England Truck Series. Just as Albany-Saratoga Speedway is celebrating a new start, so too, we are celebrating a new day in the life of our touring division. It truly is a pleasure to open our season up with this prestigious event,” NETS Consultant, Josh Vanada, said.

The 50-lap main will showcase the stars of the region’s lone truck division as they look to start their season’s off in hot pursuit of the coveted Series’ title. Defending Series’ Champion Andy Lindeman will lead the charge as he looks to add Albany-Saratoga to an already impressive list of tracks where he has visited victory lane.

January 18, 2010

NEMA Announces 15-Race Schedule

Brockton, MA – A challenging 15-race schedule will mark the Northeastern Midget Association’s 58th season. NEMA kicks off the 2010 agenda at Waterford Speedbowl’s season-opener on March 27-28.

While familiar venues highlight the schedule – four races at Waterford and three for both Monadnock and Seekonk – it includes a new challenge as well. NEMA will tentatively be returning to Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Sunday, May 9) for the first time since 1977.

Thompson and Lee USA Speedways will also host NEMA in 2010. The NEMA Lites division, heading into its third season, will be part of 10 programs including the season-opener.

“We think we have an excellent schedule considering the economic environment,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr. “We certainly know how to get around the places we’ll visit and that insures another very competitive season.”

June 19, 2009

Coastal 181 Publishers New Book on Racing Legend Bill Wimble Being Released In July

Filed under: Airborne,Albany-Saratoga,Fonda,NEAR,Nostalgia,Stafford,Utica-Rome — mod134 @ 11:01 am

Coastal 181 is proud to announce the upcoming release of the much-anticipated autobiography of Bill Wimble, one of the most respected figures in American racing.

The two-time NASCAR National Sportsman Champion spins tales of his incredible journey from a New York dairy farm near the Canadian border to the short tracks and superspeedways along the East Coast, to his honored career as an entrepreneur in New York and Florida.

I’LL NEVER BE LAST AGAIN is an American success story, full of poignant messages for all of us.


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