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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Halloween Havoc at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Oct. 20

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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Halloween Havoc at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Oct. 20


Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is on the lookout for ghosts and goblins, but nothing may be scarier than your mom driving the family mini van at top speeds around the dirt oval at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway once again welcomes anyone with a driver’s license, legal or illegal, onto the track Saturday to take part in four monstrous enduro races along with cheering on racers from the Capital Region Sprint Association as part of the pre-Halloween racing celebration.

The annual end-of-season open racing card will include 100-lap races for both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder vehicles competing for $1,000 to the winner. The big boys, the 8-cylinder class will have the track all to themselves in a 50-lap $300 to win contest.

The ladies serve up the action in the 20-lap, “street legal” mini van race where the women-only drivers take their hand at 20 consecutive left hand turns with $200 going to the winner.

Northstar Chevrolet has stepped up for the Saturday event, putting up $500 in the sprint special, “Dash for Cash” two-lap shootout race for the top cars in the Capital Region Sprint Association heat races.

The sprint racing card is expected to include at least two heat races along with the dash before the main sprint feature event.

Albany-Saratoga’s own “Crash” Mender is teaming up with another business to help increase the purse for the sprint heat races.

Race director Bruce Richards is expected to add even more dollars to the event, based on the sprint car turnout.

For those traditional Albany-Saratoga racing fans, this is the last opportunity to see their favorite limited and mini stock division drivers competing in their own professional contests before the year closes out.

The action isn’t contained to the race track as Albany-Saratoga will host a swap meet for racing related merchandise on the green behind the grandstands.

The gates open for practice at 11 a.m. with grandstand admission open at noon. Cars will be taking to the dirt oval at 1 p.m. with the green flag waving at 2 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $2 for kids under the stick with toddlers always being free.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, Oct. 21.

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