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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Races and rules heating up at Albany-Saratoga

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Races and rules heating up at Albany-Saratoga

Expect a late nite due to rule changes

Things are heating up down the stretch for the racers at Albany-Saratoga Speedway as only four weeks remain in the championship points races. Combine the stress of every place counting on the final lap along with new minimum weight requirements issued by CVRA Race Director Bruce Richards, it could be a long night in the pits for several divisions.

All eyes will be on the Pro Street Stock division during both the heat races and the feature as the top three drivers are separated by 17 points. Kim Duell (Porters Corners) is the division leader but Albany-Saratoga’s Queen of Speed, Lori Cary (Londonberry, Vt.) is just two points behind in second. She moved past Bernie Companion (Ballston Spa) last Friday with a third-place finish, Companion finished 16th.

Kenny Tremont Jr. (West Sand Lake) leads the modified division by 40 points, but nothing is guaranteed as Brett Hearn (Sussex, NJ) looms in second place 40 points back. Matt Sheppard (Albany) is in third 80 points back followed by Matt DeLorenzo (Cropseyville) in fourth, 86 points back.

It’s a battle among the young guns in the sportsman division as Dustin Delaney (Mayfield) leads Clifton Park’s Chris Busta by 36 points. A first place win last week by Busta moved him back into second place and pulled him 14 points closer to Delaney. Josh Hohenforst (Gloversville) dropped to third place but there are rumblings from the rest of the field.

“Rollin” Mike Tholin (Ballston Spa) jumped up two places to fourth and Rob Langevin made the most of his second-place finish, jumping up four spots and 12 points to fifth place. One mishap in the heats or the feature could drag a front-runner down the standings and propel an also-ran into a championship spot.

The CVRA issued a new weight directive for the modified and sportsman divisions regarding weight and engines effective tonight. The press release also included a “no new parts” notice on these race vehicles heading into the final weeks of the season. A violation could mean suspension from the track. Expect the two divisions to not be official until well after the checkered flags fly due to post-race inspections.

On a bright note, the enduro division will see one of its biggest and longest events ever held at Albany-Saratoga Speedway tonight. Colortyme Rent to Own and Froggy Country 107.1 are hosting the “Biggest Froggin’ Summer Enduro” tonight with a 107.1 lap enduro race.

The enduro division is open to any 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder car that will run. All headlights and tail lights are removed along with any exterior trim, those are the only requirements to compete. Cars will be inspected prior to the race and is open to amateur racers only. The payoff, a whopping $1,007.10 so stay late and enjoy the amateurs and their racing machines after the main features are complete.

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