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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: April 2008

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, April 25, 2008

Albany-Saratoga quick results April 25

Modified feature
Ronnie Johnson took the lead away from Mike Perrotte with three laps to go in the 35-lap feature, racing to his first win of the year for JRP Motorsports.
Tony Kawallchuk led for the first 15 laps before Perrotte took over for the next 17 circles.
Johnson replaced a motor after last week's power plant failed, courtesy of sponsor Tim Martin and the investment paid off.

Sportsman feature
Josh Hohenforst took advantage of starting on the pole at Albany-Saratoga going wire to wire for his first win since June 8, 2007 in a 25-lap sportsman race.
He almost took the checkers last week, leading 30 laps before suffering front end damage.

Budget Sportsman feature
Frank Hoard III was the first open-wheel back-to-back winner Friday night and it could prove coistly.
He started sixth and quickly moved up to the lead on a slick racing surface.
If, or more likely when, Hoard wins his third budget event this year, he'll be forced to move up to the sportsman division immediately.
"We don't have the motor, but we have the car for it," a smiling Hoard said. "I'm not going to sandbag it, I'm going for the wins."

Pro street stock feature
Walt Brownell returned to Albany-Saratoga after five years racing at Albany-Saratoga's sister track, Devil's Bowl in Fair Haven, Vt. and was all smiles after his first career win at "The Great Race Place."
He was able to nip race leader Cale Kneer coming out of turn one on lap 20.

Limited feature
Ballston Spa's Dan Older held off both Jimmy Monroe III and last week's feature winner Dan Petronis to capture the 20-lap limited feature.
He battled Monroe all along the inside line, close to the barrier for his first win of the year. Monroe, last year's track champion, would fall victim to a right front tire, taking him out of the race.

Mini-stock feature
West Charlton's Raymond Galusha repeated as a mini-stock feature winner, claiming his second straight trophy.
Mechanicville's Mike Cranston led the mini stocks across the finish line in the four-cylinder racer.
Earlier I posted Michelle Catone as the winner, but Cranston was the hand-scored winner. A tip to keep your transponder charged and working

Several leaders spent the remainder of the night near the pit tower, undergoing post-race inspections of the limited and budget sportsman racers, but all were compliant.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Albany-Saratoga quick results

For years Matt Delorenzo couldn't get a break at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. On Friday night he got two of them, capturing the 50-lap modified feature on opening night.
Delorenzo's last win was Aug. 18, 2008 and he has had 10 second-place finishes since, all to Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont, Jr.
Hearn moved up from his 13th starting position into second place by lap 13, battling Delorenzo for the runner-up position behind Mike Ronca. Two laps later, Hearn would slow on the backstretch, a victim of a failed motor.
Tremont would take advantage of Hearn's departure, taking over the lead on lap 20. The defending track champion appeared to have clear sailing, putting room between himself and the rest of the field until his No. 115 slowed on the backstretch, another victim of a failed power plant with two laps to go.
Delorenzo inherited the lead and held off Ronca for his second feature win in two years at "The Great Race Place."
"Hollywood" Joe Santoro opened the 2008 sportsman season with a 50-lap feature win.
Josh Hohenforst led the first 27 laps, holding off David Manny and Santoro until his No. 00 found its line on the far outside of the 3/8ths of a mile dirt oval.
Santoro had to hold off Rob Langevin on four consecutive single file restarts before claiming his third career sportsman checkered flag.
When 2007 pro street stock champion Lori Cary (now Langevin) slowed on lap 10 of the 25-lap pro stock feature, Jeff Washburn and Kim Duell had an opportunity to slug it out for the remaining 15 laps.
Washburn stayed with his high line and Duell stayed low with Washburn taking over the lead by a nose on the front stretch on lap 17. He would stay with his line and his place, taking the first pro stock feature of 2008.
Frank Hoard III was ahead when it counted in the budget sportsman 25-lap feature. While racing side by side against Scott Duell late in the race, a caution came out on lap 24. Hoard was placed in the front of the pack based on the last completed lap verified by the electronic scoring.
Hoard held off Duell in the one-lap shootout for the budget feature win. Seth Howe earned "Rookie of the Race" honors adding points towards his rookie of the year run.
It was a Saratoga County trifecta finish in the 20-lap limited feature that closed out opening night.
Ballston Spa's Mike Ostrander led the first 14 laps until Mechanicville's Dan Petronis II took over. Ballston Spa's Dan Older joined the fray and the trio raced side-by-side and bumper to bumper during the final three laps with Petronis taking the checkers.
West Charlton's Raymond Galusha was guaranteed an opening night win. It was easy as the lone racer in the 6-cylinder mini stock feature.
Jason Dickson took the honor of the first driver to enter victory lane, claiming the 4-cylinder feature to open racing this year.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Kids Try-Too Triathlon at SSYMCA May 4

The third Annual Kids Tri Too Triathlon will be held 10 a.m. May 4 at the Southern Saratoga YMCA.

The triathlon consists of three legs — a swim, a bike and a run. There are two age groups 8-and under and 9-13 year olds. All kids are encouraged to come try this fun event. The 8-and under age group will swim 25 yards in the pool, bike 1/2 mile and run 1/4 mile while the 9-13 year olds will swim 50 yards in the pool, bike 1 mile and run 1/2 mile.

Flotation devices are allowed for the swim (fins are not) and training wheels can be used for the bike leg. The bike and run legs will be held on the Arongen campus. Each finisher gets a medal.

Mandatory meetings will be held for the kids and parents on Saturday when race t-shirts and numbers are picked up. Parents will learn everything they need to know about the course and race. This is a great athletic experience for kids and adults.
Capital District YMCA members pay $20 per athlete, non-members are $30.

Entry forms are available at the Southern Saratoga YMCA. You can email kphislop@yahoo.com for more information.

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Bus trip to see Beckham July 19

Players Soccer in Clifton Park is sponsoring a bus trip as part of “A Night with the NY Red Bulls vs LA Galaxy”, Saturday, July 19.
Ticket and bus transportation from Clifton Park to Meadowlands is $60 per person. Fans can watch Angel, Reyna and Altidore take on David Beckham, Donovan and Ruiz. Tickets are selling fast.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit players soccer website

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