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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Delaney to take ARCA test this week

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Delaney to take ARCA test this week

Albany-Saratoga Sportsman driver Dustin Delaney has earned a chance of a lifetime this week, getting an opportunity to move up from a dirt surface to asphalt.
The young driver was out in Thompson, Conn. driving one of the late model cars utilized for the track’s driving school anticipating a chance to drive in the June 14 Busch East race.

“We just wanted to get on the asphalt,” Delaney said. “We ran 60 laps but we got rained out. We wanted to do more but the rain came, so we hopped in the plane and came home.”


His week gets even better, traveling to the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta to test an ARCA car for Carter Motorsports.

“The guy that ran the car before got a full ride Bush ride, they asked us to come test for them,” Delaney said. “We didn’t want to go there, Kentucky, a mile-and-a-half track which you get pretty good speeds going at and never turn a wheel on asphalt.
“We figured it would be a good day to go down, turn some wheels, get a line, feel what it does,” Delaney said. “It went pretty good.”

Delaney’s racing career began seven years ago driving go karts before he moved up to sling shot racers in 2001. In 2004 he began competing in the sportsman division at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

“I grew up on it, I love the dirt,” Delaney said. “I think there is just more of a future in the asphalt, I have to go where that is.”

While the clay surface at Albany-Saratoga can become blackened and slick, it doesn’t compare to the speeds or challenges of an asphalt speedway.

“From my years in dirt, you get in the corner and you want to get on that throttle and start going again,” Delaney said. “You have to wait for the car to come around, if you get in the throttle in mid-corner it pushes right up to the wall.”

Delaney is anxious about the opportunity, but is realistic about his chances.

“I don’t want to jinx it and I don’t want to make it a bigger deal than it already is,” Delaney said. “I’m going to try to relax over it. When I get there I’m going to make the most of it and if it’s good enough, dig in. If not, we’ll come back, do some more dirt and do it again when I get a little older.”

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