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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Albany-Saratoga Point Movers

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, August 10, 2007

Albany-Saratoga Point Movers

DOUBLE FEATURE RACES MEAN POINT MOVES UP AND DOWNThe double feature races Friday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway led to some moves, in the positive and negative directions for several drivers in the sportsman, pro street stock and limited divisions.

Modified driver Matt Sheppard made the right decision Friday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, utilizing the track’s substitute driver rule to not only stay in the points race, but make a move while competing at a DIRT Modified event.
Sheppard turned the keys over to former CVRA regular Dave Camara who raced to a second place finish, earning 48 valuable driver points. Sheppard remains in third place, but instead of being 46 points behind second place driver Brett Hearn he is now only 20 behind.

Hearn also used the substitute driver provision, but Bobby Varin didn’t have the same type of night for his primary driver. Varin lasted only 34 laps, finishing in 22nd position, earning Hearn 22 points to remain in second place, but his No. 4 Four-Star Transmission racer may need work after engine trouble sidelined Varin in the feature.Don Ronca made the biggest move of the week, moving up three spots to 12th place after his sixth place finish in the CVRA.com 100-lap feature.

The sportsman double feature courtesy of the July 27 rainouts allowed Mike Ketchum to jump from his 13th spot in the points race into seventh place with a third and first place finish. Matt DePew moved up from sixth to fourth place while the top three leaders remained the same with Dustin Delaney, Josh Hohenforst and Chris Busta in the lead. Delaney can thank Tim Hartman for retaining his lead, utilizing the substitute driver provision to run in two races and add 71 points to his points total with a 21st and second place finish in the double features.

Ken Conroy moved up two spots this weekend, from 10th to 8th in the limited division, courtesy of a second place finish in Friday’s second feature. He was able to leapfrog over John Morris who fell to 10th spot after finishing 13th in the rain out feature, but didn’t put his car on the track in the second.

Cale Kneer had the toughest night Friday, finishing in 14th and then 22nd, respectively, in the pro street stock double features. The bad luck dropped him three places, out of the top 10 into 11th place in the points race. Jimmy Eaton moved up two spots to sixth with a sixth and second place finish. Lori Cary moved into the third spot, moving ahead of Jeff Washburn who occupied the position through last week.

In the mini-stock division, does anything really change. In the six-sylinders, Phil DeFiglio could run the table, capturing 13 straight and holding a 62-point edge and already surviving one impound inspection. Brette Osgood has more competition in the four-cylinder class, but friend and competitor Travis Tromans is still 64 points behind with five weeks left.

ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY
Points through Aug. 3

MODIFIED DIVISION

1. Kenny Tremont Jr. 663
2. Brett Hearn 621
3. Matt Sheppard 601
4. Matt DeLorenzo 585
5. Ronnie Johnson 546
6. Jack Johnson 531
7. Marc Johnson 523
8. Vince Quenneville 500
9. Jeff Trombley 496
10. A.J. Romano 481
11. Todd Stone 456
12. Don Ronca 450
13. Mike Ronca 449
15. Keith Flach 447
15. Jim Davis 413
16. Tony Kawalchuk 405
17. Tim Hartman 390
18. Frank Hoard 380
19. Jim Cottrell 362
20. Don Reckner 359

SPORTSMAN DIVISION
1. Dustin Delaney 564
2. Josh Hohenforst 522
3. Chris Busta 514
4. Matt Depew 497
5. Rich Ronca 495
6. Mike Tholin 494
7. Mike Ketchum 490
8. Kory Sandstedt 483
9. Rob Langevin 482
10. Neal Erickson 475
11. Richard Bisson 475
12. Mark Kislowski 474
13 14. Jack Gentile 464
14. Joe Santoro 445
15. Stan Lemiesz 437
16. Ken Anatriello 420
17. Chris Johnson 404
18. Dave Peek 382
19. Keith Slavin 367
20. Dave DePaulo 363

BUDGET SPORTSMAN DIVISION
1. Paul Dunham Sr. 329
2. Mike Visconti 314
3. Bryan Davis 301
4. Angela Hoard 294
5. Fred Proctor 283
6. Ralph Denison 267
7. Jared McMahon 236
8. Kale Groff 228
9. Brandon Jacobsen 194
10. Chuck Allen 193

PRO STREET STOCK DIVISION
1. Kim Duell 628
2. Bernie Companion 625
3. Lori Cary 622
4. Jeff Washburn 609
5. Jim Monroe Jr. 569
6. Jimmy Eaton 568
7. Vince Santoro 567
8. Cale Kneer 561
9. Darryl Carl 505
10. Kevin VanChance 496
11. Chuck Towslee 489
12. Greg McGill 478
13. William Smith IV 471
14. Dan Madigan 465
15. Josh Joseph 395

LIMITED DIVISION
1. Jim Monroe III 722
2. John Filarecki 649
3. Mike Ostrander 603
4. D.J. Brundige 581
5. Dan Petronis II 580
6. Curtis Condon 561
7. John Morris 546
8. Kenneth Conroy 542
9. Jeff Monroe 533
10. Richard Burke 532
11. Brandon Emigh 505
12. Mike Minick 503
13. Bill Burlingame 438
14. Anthony Marro 429
15. Brian Ashline 411

MINI STOCK DIVISION
4-cylinder
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1. Brette Osgood 722
2. Travis Tromans 658
3. Jason Dickson 627
4. Shane Marks 614
5. Mike Cranston 593
6. Dan Older Jr. 515
7. John Baldwin 462
8. Ted Fitzgerald 435
9. Andy Hickok 414
10. Charles Stoddard 413

6-cylinder
1. Phil DeFiglio 750
2. Ray Galusha 688
3. Dan Lorenc 552
4. Tim Anagnos 456
5. Rennie Noradiki 258

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