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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Spinning Wheels - A/S Aug. 10

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

Spinning Wheels - A/S Aug. 10

All Smiles on night night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway brought a slew of smiles into victory lane at The Great Race Place.

Young gun Alex Bell found his way into victory lane for the first time in the budget sportsman division and Mechanicville’s D.J. Brundige was almost speechless after his first-ever limited division victory.

Clifton Park’s Chris Busta found his way back to victory lane, closing the gap in the points race and after a four-week absence, Brett Hearn returned as part of stellar week of racing and not a lot has changed in the mini stock division late in the Albany-Saratoga season.

Danny Johnson returned to the great race place, getting ready for a big payday on Sunday, attempting to chase down Kenny Tremont Jr. at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont. Tremont has five straight wins and a $2,000 bounty on him to the racer who can beat him at the Green Mountain racetrack.

On Friday, Tremont was outraced by Hearn who earned his fifth victory in August and fifth at the Malta track. He started in 13th position Friday night and surgically moved his way though the pack in just 11 laps.

"The last two races we were off a little bit and I think we got it pretty good tonight," Hearn said. "I was surprised by Marc Johnson, he really stepped it up. I thought that if he got to the front, he may be tough to beat."

Hearn was followed across the finish line by Tremont, Marc Johnson, Jeff Trombley and Danny Johnson.

Clifton Park young gun Chris Busta missed an opportunity to gain ground on Dustin Delaney (Mayfield) in the sportsman division during last week’s double features. On Friday, Busta started in 11th place and raced to the front of his grouping and followed the smoke to the front.

"We got together and Scott (Duell from Ballston Spa) told me that his car was fast but something was wrong, he’s smoking," Busta said. "As soon as I caught up to that second pack I saw that smoke, knew it was Scott. I had a heads up to what was in front of me."

Once Busta broke through the lead pack, he was off the races, putting distance between himself and the field for his four win of the year. He led Rob Langevin, Andy Boniewski, Scott Duell and Chris Johnson across the finish line. The win pulled him within 36 points of points leader Delaney.

"We’re gaining and over the next few weeks, we’re locked and loaded," Busta said. "We worked every day, every night on this and if that’s what it takes, we do it. We want a points title."

In the rookie open wheel division, the budget sportsman class, Alex Bell from Cambridge held off older rookie Paul Dunham Jr., (Indian Lake) for his first win in the new division.

"I knew Paul Dunham was com¬ing up behind me and I was a little nervous," Bell said. "I really wanted to win and I thought he was going to get me, but I held him off."

Bell followed the inside barrier around the Albany-Saratoga dirt oval, taking advantage of the low traction line.

"Everyone was going up the race track," Bell said. "I was able to keep it down on the bottom, everyone else was sliding up the track."

Bell was followed across the finish line by Dunham, Angela Hoard, Mike Visconti and John Russo.

The pro street stock division saw its front runners get a little too aggressive for CVRA Race Director Bruce Richards, sending Cale Kneer (Troy) to the pits. After further review under the caution flag, Kneer was able to return to his position behind Jimmy Eaton (Ravena) for the final two laps.

"I learned to drive certain people a certain way and I gave him break after break after break," Eaton said. "I just put it in there a little bit tighter than he wanted to, I can only give so much."

He was prepared for Kneer’s return and followed his race plan.

"I knew he wouldn’t race on the top, so I just stayed to the bottom," Eaton said. "I figured that was the place to be. On a restart you want to get to the bottom to protect that bottom to begin with, get your momentum and go back to the top."

The win was Eaton’s first this year and he is already prepared to move up, if the price is right for his current ride.

"We want to go up to the budget sportsman division," Eaton said. "We can use this motor and we have a World Head Motor so we can run in that class. If we don’t get what we want for this car, we’ll be back in this car."

Mechanicville’s D.J. Brundige overcame some early season heartache to earn his first win at Albany-Saratoga in the limited division.

"I gave it my all," Brundige said. "I actually bounced off the wall coming off of four and I though the car was going to be done, but it held up."

It was a long year for Brundige prior to Friday.

"In the beginning of the year, everything was breaking and we finally got it together," Brundige said. "Hopefully we’ll keep it that way."

In the mini stock division, Brette Osgood returned to victory lane for the 11th time this year as the four-cylinder winner and Phil DeFiglio may run the table at Albany-Saratoga with his 14th consecutive checkered flag finish in the six-cylinder class.

"I wonder sometimes if I can go a whole season without a loss," DeFiglio said. "It’s still fun, I have a blast driving it. This car is so much fun to drive."
DeFiglio has already purchased a pro street stock racer and will be moving up next year.

Aug. 10 results

Modified feature
Brett Hearn, Ken Tremont Jr., Marc Johnson, Jeff Trombley, Danny Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Jack Johnson, Mike Ronca, A.J. Romano, Tim Hartman, Ronnie Johnson, Tony Kawalchuk, Todd Stone, Matt Sheppard, Mike Perrotte, Don Ronca, Keith Flach, John Proctor, Jimmy Cottrell, Jimmy Davis, Rich Davis III, Frank Hoard Sr., Don Ackner, Ron Proctor.

Sportsman feature

Chris Busta, Rob Langevin, Andy Boniewski, Scott Duell, Chris Johnson, Mike Tholin, Dick Bisson, Dustin Delaney, Whitey Slavin, Pep Corradi, Ken Anatriello, Tyler Curtis, Mike Ketchum, David Peek, Kory Sandstedt, Dave Baranowski, Matt Depew, Josh Hohenforst, Dave DePaulo, Rich Ronca, Jack Gentile, Brian Holbritter, Mark Kislowski, Adam Tranka, Joe Santoro.

Budget Sportsman feature
Alex Bell, Paul Dunham Sr., Angela Hoard, Mike Visconti, John Russo, Jared McMahon, Fred Proctor, John Turco, Mike Burto, Ralph Denison, Bryan Davis, Chuck Allen, Todd Clark, Brandon Jacobsen.

Pro Street Stock feature

Jimmy Eaton, Cale Kneer, Lori Cary, Vince Santoro, Kim Duell, Darryl Carl, Pete Broderson, Kevin Van Chance, Gregg McGill, Jim Monroe Sr., Jesse Edwards Jr., Josh Joseph, Dan Madigan, Tom Stack, Matt Anatriello, Bernie Companion, Jake Losaw, Chuck Towslee, Randy Miller, Jeff Eashburn, Bill Smith IV.

Limited feature

D.J. Brundige, Paul Mulrain, Brian Ashline, Brandon Emigh, Dan Older, John Filarecki, Ken Conroy, Jim Monroe Jr., Nick Lussier, Dan Patronis, Amanda Clemens, Steve Burch, Rick Howe, Rich Burke, Tony Condon, Rich Holmes, Mark Dwyer, Curtis Condon, Mike Minick, Anthony Marro, Mike Ostrander, Lucas MacIsaac, Andy Durie, Tommy Primeau Jr.

Mini Stock feature

Phil DeFiglio (6), Brette Osgood (4), Jason Dickson, Mike Cranston (4), Shane Marks (4), Erin Older (4), Dan Older Jr. (4), Jason Rheome (4), Ray Galusha (6), Charlie Stoddard (4), Travis Tromans (4), Michelle Catone (4), Car No. 069, Chris McCarthy, Andy Hickok (4), Dan Lorenc (6), John Baldwin (4), Jamie McCarthy, Ted Fitzgerald (4), No. 91.

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