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Dodson Going Big Block Racing at Albany Saratoga

Multi-Time Modified Champion Willy Decker Behind The Wheel

January 9, 2018 (Canajoharie, NY) – There isn’t a single race fan that doesn’t know about Albany-Saratoga Speedway nestled in Malta New York. It’s home to some of the toughest Capital District dirt racers, Super DIRTcar Series All-Stars, and Hall Of Fame drivers. In 2018 Willy Decker will bring his brand new Dodson Construction Big Block Modified team to the great race place.

Rich Dodson is well known in the Capital District for his avid support of dirt track racing and his winning race team that began back in 2007. As a car owner, he’s earned wins, awards, and championships. With both his drivers from last season moving on to pursue their own programs, team green turned to former Utica Rome Modified track champion Willy Decker to fill the seat.

Decker had been helping RDR with setups which resulted in feature wins and improved finishes. He’s no stranger to victory lane himself and drove one of Dodson’s 602 Crate powered cars to end last season. Now Dodson and Decker will team up, move up, and chase the dream at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Big Block Modified competition.


RDR turned to fellow car owner Jake Spraker, who has his own newly formed Modified team with Sportsman superstar Rocky Warner at the wheel, and inquired about a power plant. A short time later Dodson’s team green obtained a Kevlar power plant to put between the frame rails of the brand new 2018 Bicknell Racing Chassis.

“It’s something we’ve thought about doing for a long time, so when the opportunity presented itself we asked Willy if he’d like to drive a Big Block for us and he was happy to come aboard,” said Rich Dodson.

Dodson and his fiancée Donna Marie are excited to have a chance to upgrade their program, move up, and insert a proven winner to the drivers seat for team green.

“We’re really excited to have Willy at the wheel. Right now we’re focused on getting everything ready to run at Albany Saratoga and put forth a good running piece we can compete with at the next level,” said Dodson.

Willy Decker echoed those sentiments, as well explained how he fell in love with the great race place after his very first visit to the Malta, NY facility.

“Ever since I went to Albany-Saratoga to help those guys (RDR) I fell in love with the place,” said Decker. “The amount of people that were there to watch the drivers was crazy and I thought it was a special show,” he continued.

Decker didn’t waste time in sharing his enthusiasm for working with a championship car owner on a schedule that includes Albany-Saratoga as home and select big shows through the summer.

“Those guys (Rich and Donna) are great people. I truly enjoy being around them. Rich is willing to get the equipment we need to run good at Malta and I’m looking forward to racing there. I think we’ll do well,” Decker concluded.

What does the Jedi master of dirt track promotion in the Capital District think of his newest edition to the Big Block ranks at the great race place? With the field already stacked weekly, let’s just say Lyle DeVore is excited to see Willy Decker raise the competitive bar for drivers chasing an Albany Saratoga Speedway Modified track championship.

Willy Decker has modified track championships at Utica Rome, Brewerton, and Can-Am Speedways. He possesses the knowledge to propel the Dodson Construction team green number 1X forward in arguably one of the toughest fields assembled on a weekly basis, but that’s nothing new for the next wheelman at RDR Racing.

For more information on RDR and team green racing follow their social media page at

Sources: Rob Hazer/Dodson Racing PR

“Stampede” Coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, August 15; Short Track Super Series Debuts at Malta Oval with $25,000-Plus Payout

MALTA, NY – A “stampede” is coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday, August 15.

This stampede comes in the form of big- and small-block Modified horsepower.

In the inaugural visit by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP to Albany-Saratoga, Modifieds will battle 50 laps around the ‘Great Race Place’ for a posted purse of more than $25,000 – $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

This unique program, presented by Recovery Sports Grill, brings the STSS Modifieds to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the first time ever utilizing sail panels.
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Bradford USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Results

Christensen Wins DMA Midget at Bear Ridge

Bradford, VT……..Dean Christensen of Granby, CT captured Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 DMA Midget feature at Bear Ridge Speedway He took the lead from Jeff Horn on the white flag lap and led to the checkered flag to beat Horn, Seth Carlson, Manny Dias and Derek O’Hearn.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 29, 2017 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Dave Moniz (#9m Moniz), 3. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 4. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 5. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 6. Andy Barrows 64 Barrows), 7. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell), 4. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 5. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 6. Derek O’Hearn (#5 Matczak). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Dean Christensen, 2. Jeff Horn, 3. Seth Carlson, 4. Manny Dias, 5. Derek O’Hearn, 6. Will Hull, 7. Adam Whitney, 8. Dave Moniz, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Andy Barrows, 11. Joe Krawiec, 12. Jake Higginson, 13. Jon Heydenreich. NT
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Short Track Super Series To Visit Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, August 15; Recovery Sports Grill To Sponsor ‘Stampede at ‘toga’

MALTA, NY – The ‘518’ region of New York is home to some of the state’s most successful dirt Modified venues – namely, Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

On Tuesday, August 15, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP makes its first-ever visit to the ‘Great Race Place’ for the highly anticipated ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ 50-lap main event.

Albany-Saratoga’s racy four-tenths-mile layout will play host to Round No. 6 of the STSS Halmar International North Region paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag for big-block/small-block Modifieds.

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Malta USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Results

Champagne Wire-to-Wire at Albany-Saratoga

Malta, NY……..Jeff Champagne of Westfield, Mass. led all 25 laps to win Friday night’s USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Seth Carlson finished second ahead of new series point leader Adam Whitney, Derek O’Hearn and Joe Krawiec.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2017 –  Malta, New York – Albany-Saratoga Speedway – “Hoosier Daddy” Father’s Day Special

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$10,000-to-Win On The Line at Big Show 9

Brett Hearn Brings New Elements to 2017 Edition
CONCORD, N.C. – June 16, 2017 – On the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule, Brett Hearn’s Big Show 9 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway appears the same as every other race. But make no mistake; the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Tuesday, June 27 is one of the biggest on the schedule this season and a race that drivers make sure they can attend.
 “It’s kind of a fun diversion for me personally to put that show together and make some big things happen,” Hearn said. “Like every year, we have some pretty cool plans to make the show feel different than it does on a Friday night. I’ve tried to create an event that somebody marks on their calendar back in January or February and says “that’s a race I have to be at.”
The ninth edition of Hearn’s Big Show will feature an autograph session from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with Super DIRTcar Series and Albany-Saratoga drivers as well as Ms. Motorsports 2017 Taylor Albert and 1991 Midi Miller.

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Bear Ridge USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Results

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2017 –  Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway – “Mekkelsen RV Night”
      FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 4. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell). NT
      SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 6. Derek O’Hearn (#5 Matczak). NT
      FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Whitney, 2. Jeff Horn, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Seth Carlson, 6. Derek O’Hearn, 7. Andy Barrows, 8. Jeff Champagne, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Jake Higginson, 11. Alex Rose, 12. Mark Cole. NT

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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 14, 2017 – On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.

Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions – North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.

Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver’s home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

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2017 Short Track Super Series Schedule Announced

2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Schedule
South Region

Saturday, March 11 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial (Rain Date: March 12)

Sunday, April 23 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. (Five-Eighths-Mile) – South Jersey Shootout (Rain Date: April 30) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Thursday, May 25 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50 (Rain Date: TBA) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

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Albany-Saratoga Speedway Rains Out

We have rained out for tonight, Friday August 12th.

USAC Dirt Midget Association Ready to Invade Albany-Saratoga Speedway with Stewart Friesen Piloting Matczak Owned Midget

Ellington, CT: After a successful race in 2015, the USAC Dirt Midget Association will be making another appearance for 2016 at the famed dirt track Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The race will take place on Friday, June 10th and is race one of two this season for the series at the speedway.

Joining the series regulars such as Champion Adam Pierson and racing legend Ray Miller, will be well known modified and sprint car racer Stewart Friesen who will be driving the number five USAC dirt midget owned and prepared by famed car owner Skip Matczak.

Friesen is no stranger to racing in the New York area and has several wins at tracks throughout that region.

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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USAC DMA Series Ready to Roll into Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Race Two of Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel

Ellington, CT: It has been a year in the making but this Friday night the USAC Dirt Midget Association will take to the famed dirt track at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. This is race two of the Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel.

The series regulars such as 2014 Champion Adam Pierson, last weekend’s winner of race one Josh Sunn along with drivers such as Ray Miller in his famous black 1W, Jeff Horn in the red 1R along with twenty teams will be ready to see who can win race two of the triple crown run.

Also joining the series for this race and towing all the way from Indy, is USAC standout John Heydenreich who has over five hundred wins to his credit. Bret Hearn, who is coming off of several big wins, will be strapping into one of the USAC dirt midgets for this race to see what he can accomplish against the series regulars.

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USAC DMA Midgets Announce 2015 Schedule

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.

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Photos: Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6

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.

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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.

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Sondra (Briggs) Grady Passes at 76

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.

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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.

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‘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 for more information.

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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.

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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%).

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Albany-Saratoga, Devil’s Bowl Join NASCAR

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.”

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NETS Trucks Participate at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

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!”
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Pennink Best of the East at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

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 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.

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East-West Showdown Resumes At Albany-Saratoga Friday

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.

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