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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Albany-Saratoga quick results

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.

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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