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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Fireworks at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

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.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Fireworks at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

It was standing room only at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the special modidfied Race of Champions 75-lap event along with another eye-popping fireworks display by race director Bruce Richards.
Despite a career full of victories even Brett Hearn could have a first. The professional driver took over from pole sitter Jack Johnson on lap 57 to take his first-ever Race of Champions event.
In the budget sportsman feature, Clifton Park's Al Williams was a bridesmaid again, stalling on the final lap, giving Paul Dunham Jr. his second win of the year.
Ballston Spa's Pete Broderson held a low line throughout the 25-lap pro street stock feature, holding off Bernie Companion and a hard-charging Lori Cary for his first career victory at Albany-Saratoga.
Clifton Park's Jeff Monroe had a five-year old motor and even more years of experience, taking his first limited checkers since April of last year.
Brette Osgood and Phil DeFiglio proved they were as fast on their feet as they are on two wheels after the mini stock feature, winning and then running to prevent a brawl.

Modified Race of Champions
75-laps
Albany-Saratoga's all-time winningest driver, Jack Johnson led the field for 57 laps of the ROC feature and it was only a lap car that prevented him from going wire-to-wire.
Hearn brought the Four-Star No. 4 around Johnson heading into turn one for the lead and his first ROC win.

Budget Sportsman feature
20-laps
Paul Dunham Jr. took advantage of a better line into turn two and a dying battery in Al Williams' BOCES Project No. 301 to take his second feature of the year.
Williams led the race for 19 1/2 laps and jumped out on a last lap restart only to have his battery die through turn two.
Willams had earlier held off threats from Alex Bell and Fred Proctor but both drivers spun around on separate occassions in turn two.
Dunham took his No. 76 Kullman Contracting through the trouble spot with a high line without incident.

Pro Street Stock feature
25-laps
Pete Bronderson started low and never looked any higher, racing to his first-ever feature win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
He kept his Denoyer Chevrolet No. 53B hugging the barriers, holding off Bernie Companion and Lori Cary who spun out on lap 10. The track's leading lady went from the back of the pack to reel in the top two cars, nipping Companion for second at the wire.

Limited feature
20-laps
Jeff Monore was happy to not take any money from a sponsor this season, but they may be beating down the doors after he raced past DJ Brundige for the lead on lap 10.
With his daughter, Kellie, as his crew chief, he took the No. 08 took victory lane. He wasn't sure if he would race a full year, but said from victory lane "Everyone else had better watch out."

Mini Stock feature
15-laps
Osgood brought his No. 20 Gary's Auto Body to the finish line for his seventh straight 4-cylinder win and DeFiglio brought his Riverside Auto Parts No. 28 6-cylinder to checkers for the 10 consecutive time this year.
After, both raced over to the Jim Daniels pit to protect friend Travis Tromans who raced over to give him a piece of his mind. Daniels abused Tromans throughout the contest, banging his No. 61 around the oval.


Stan Hudy
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