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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: A car racing cure for a hangover

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, January 03, 2008

A car racing cure for a hangover

Forget the Polar Bear Plunge in Lake George on New Year’s Day, celebrate in the comfort of your own vehicle, racing around Albany-Saratoga Speedway for 50 laps on a snow covered track.

That’s what the annual Hangover 100 provides racers, co-pilots and those spectators willing to brave the cold Saturday, Jan. 5 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The cold weather racing gets underway at 1 p.m. with two big 50-lap endure class races.
The first race is open to any rear wheel drive vehicle and the second is open to any 4- and 6-cylinder front wheel drive racer. No turbos are allowed in any division.

Race Director Bruce Richards has lifted the driver policy and this is the only endure race that is open to any driver in any class in any division. Professionals are welcome to try their hand on the extra slick surface Saturday afternoon.

The fastest drivers, or usually, those lucky enough to finish the race after 50 laps will be awarded with $500 to the winner, $200 for second and $100 for third.

The action is expected to be wide open as any tire will be allowed as long as they aren’t studded.

The drivers also have a chance of staying warm as the interior of the car may stay in tact and the windows may also remain in place. The exterior head and tail lights have to be removed along with all the plastic trim that can fall off.

Drivers can also have company if the passenger seat is a “racing style seat” and the car has bar doors for passenger protection.

The entry fee for the drivers is $40 per vehicle and participants can enter both races with two cars. Pit fees remain $20 for everyone and grandstand admission is $10. All kids under the stick are always free at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

The weather is expected to spectator friendly with partly cloudy skies and a high of 35 degrees with a low of only 30. The gates open at 11 a.m. with racing getting underway at 1 p.m.

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