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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Subs are coming to 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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Subs are coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Albany-Saratoga Speedway will see some familiar cars with new faces behind the wheel for the July 6 racing card at The Great Race Place.

Professional driver and modified points leader Brett Hearn has already announced that he will utilize a replacement driver for the date so that he can race in the Super DIRT Series Race that night at Ransomville Speedway in Western New York.

Hearn has asked Bobby Varin to take over the reigns of the Four-Star Transmission No. 4 for the night and had him racing last week at Albany-Saratoga in his back-up car, sporting the No. 4 V on the side. Varin finished in seventh place at the 4/10-of-a-mile dirt oval, behind Hearn.

According to the CVRA rule book under Handicap and Scoring rules Section 5: A driver may use a substitute driver a maximum of two times per season and still receive points for the event. The driver must make the request to the race director a minimum of three days before the event (unless precluded by family emergency). The substitute driver must be approved by the race director.

Pro Street Stock driver Lori Cary utilized the rule last year after being involved in a serious accident that prevented her from racing. She stayed out of the car for two weeks, returned still in pain after the two race maximum, to finish out the season and captured the points title.

Latham driver Matt Sheppard, who captured last week’s modified feature race, is facing the same scenario. The young driver is currently atop the Super DIRT Series point standings with 265 points with Tim Fuller right behind him at 261. Hearn is in eighth-place in the standings at 211.

At Albany-Saratoga Sheppard is in sixth place with 373 points, trailing point-leader Hearn by 59 points. A bye week by Sheppard could mathematically eliminate him from the points race, to date, he has not yet announced a substitute driver.

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