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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Budget racers to go the distance this year

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, July 13, 2007

Budget racers to go the distance this year

The budget sportsman division was introduced this season by Champlain Valley Race Director Bruce Richards for small-budget racing teams with drivers looking to gain more seat time.

The race director took a chance, said a prayer and it’s paid off as the division has provided some of the most entertaining open wheel racing action this season at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Richards is thanking his racing teams by adding two long-distance races for the division in two different states.

Devil's Bowl Speedway will host the Vermont State Budget Sportsman Championships Aug. 19, with Albany-Saratoga Speedway hosting the New York State Budget Sportsman Championships Sept. 14.

Both races will be 50 laps in length, and both will pay $500 to win. The races will also be open to budget sportsman competitors from other tracks, and home track rules, including home track tire rules, will apply. Track licenses from other tracks will also be honored at the pit gate.

CVRA added the budget sportsman division this season, and has been running an alternating schedule – one week at Albany-Saratoga, the next at Devil's Bowl – giving the drivers in the division the opportunity to compete at two distinctly different tracks.

“The budget sportsman division has far exceeded my expectations,” Richards said in a press release. “We've been getting a consistent number of cars at both tracks, and we've gotten a good mix of young drivers who are just starting out and veterans who wanted an affordable way to get back into racing. We decided to run the two big races at the end of the year as a way to show our gratitude to the drivers who made the investment and have helped us get this division off the ground.”

At both races, the racers will draw for heat race positions and the top 12 finishers will redraw for the 50-lap feature.

“Everyone who runs a heat race will be qualified for the feature. We won't be sending anyone home empty handed,” Richards said. “But this race is only for drivers who are currently competing in a true budget sportsman division.”

The Vermont State Budget Sportsman Championships will be run as part of the annual Judith L. Richards Memorial on Aug. 19 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Drivers seeking additional information about the budget sportsman championship races should call Albany-Saratoga Speedway at (518) 587-0220.

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