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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Albany-Saratoga Speedway opening early

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Albany-Saratoga Speedway opening early

Get your motor running, the Great Race Place is opening two weeks early with a special opening show April 4.

With the weather cooperating in the Northeast and the Albany-Saratoga Speedway 3/8th-of-a-mile oval in great condition after the winter months Champlain Valley Racing Association promoter Bruce Richards has decided to race two weeks earlier than planned.

“It's game on,” Richards said. “I know the grounds are in good shape because I've had the Ballston Spa youth baseball and lacrosse leagues working out there, and once we do a quick cleanup, we'll be ready to roll.”

Richards had announced that modifieds, both big and small block along with the budget sportsman divisions will take to the track at 1 p.m. April 4 to heat up the track before their official Friday night opener, April 17.

The opening day car will include at 50-lap big block/small block challenge with $5,000 going to the winner includes an overall purse topping $24,000 with $1,000 for 10th place and $300 for all feature starters.

“That's our stimulus package,” Richards said.

The 50-lap feature will be run under CVRA vs. The World rules allowing any modified track tire, without sail panels and any 358 small blocks or 467 big blocks to compete within any modified body.

Adult admission will be $18 and pit admission will be $25 with any valid 2009 membership, $35 for any non-members.

The early season opener will also include a 25-lap feature for budget sportsman (both GM crates and CVRA budgets), and a practice session for all other cars, regardless of class or track affiliation.

The practice session, which will be run following the completion of all racing, is also open to the CVRA’s newest features, the Capital Region Sprint Association and the Empire Lightning Springs who will headline Albany-Saratoga’s recently announced Saturday night racing cards this summer.

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. and time trials are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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