By THOMAS COUGHLIN Jr.
For The Recorder
Whether you are a fan of modified driver Brett Hearn or not, you have to give the man credit for his accomplishments. Last Friday at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Hearn scored feature win No. 900 of his career and then on Saturday he started his effort towards number 1,000 as he took the big block feature at the Lebanon Valley Speedway.
The question on the mind of most people is if he will stick around long enough to complete that feat. Hearn will turn 59 this year and you have to wonder how much longer he will continue the weekly grind. No matter what, congratulations to Mr. Hearn and his team.
Staying with Albany-Saratoga in mind, this coming Tuesday, Short Track Super Series promoter Brett Deyo will present “Stampede at ‘Toga.” This 50-lap event is for big block and small block modifieds , offering $5,000 to the winner, with $1,000 for 10th place, and $400 to take the green. The King Of Dirt Series is also offering $1,000 to win their 30-lap feature and $100 to start the feature. The format will be 50 laps of green flag racing, sail panels are allowed, and the use of either American Racer or Hoosier tires will also be allowed. Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Adult admission is $20, children under age 11 are $5. Rain date if needed is Wednesday, Aug. 16.
On Thursday, August 17 the Vintage Cafe in Johnstown, along with Vince’s Pizza, Spraker’s Paving, O’Connor’s Pub and other businesses present their annual Motorcycles on Main Street show from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The annual Steak and Chicken Bake for the North East Stock Car Old Timers Club will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27. The Nassau Sportsman Club located at 370 Boyce Road in Nassau will again be the location for this day of food, fun and memories. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with dinner being served at approximately 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 for steak and $35 for chicken. There will be door prizes, raffles, vintage race cars and a live band. Tickets can be ordered through Rich Carpinello at 518-477-8352, Donna Ingoldsby at 518-334-2278, Dave Crain at 518-326-9041, Al McCoy at 518-857-3583 or Mark Krosky at 518-894-0197.
This past week the Super DIRTcar Series made stops at Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday and Merrittville Speedway on Wednesday. Matt Sheppard proved again that he is always a threat no matter where he goes as he won both feature events, helping to close the gap on the SDS points race, even with a brief suspension for a physical altercation with Larry Wight a few weeks ago at Utica-Rome Speedway.
Drivers that compete locally had various finishes on these nights. Ransomville saw Albany-Saratoga points leader Peter Britten in eighth, Fonda points leader Tim Fuller 12th, Stewart Friesen 14th and Mike Maresca 23rd.
Merrittville results had Friesen in fifth, Fuller sixth, Britten 10th and Maresca did not start.
Tonight, Fonda will see the Empire Super Sprints in action with their 360 winged sprint cars and at least two bicycles will be given out to a couple lucky youngsters You can expect a number of local drivers to be in the hunt for the win as Cory Sparks, Bob Gray, Josh Flint, Josh Pieniazek and the father and son duo of Bobby and Danny Varin should be in the ESS field.
Fonda and Glen Ridge have made a much-needed change to their program as they have both started to use racer, photographer and announcer Dan Haslun for their victory lane interviews. The recent high school graduate brings a new sense of enthusiasm to the mic and with some guidance from the right people he has a promising future ahead of him.
Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park it is Miller Lawn Care Night, Military Appreciation Night, with a kids bike and backpack giveaway and round two of the Street Stock Frenzy.
A quick run down of point races shows that at Fonda, Tim Fuller leads the modified division over Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen and Josh Hohenforst. In the 602 sportsman Rocky Warner leads over Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr. and Nick Scavia. In the prostocks Kenny Gates leads Chuck Dumblewski, A.J. Walters, Ivan Joslin and Josh Coonradt.
At Glen Ridge in the Crate modifieds Chris Curtis leads Alissa Cody, Jim Intrine Jr., Harry Shaffer II and Brian Calabrese. In the limited sportsman Kathy Bellen leads Mike Jackson, Dave Richer, Bill August and Marty Kelly III. In the pro stocks Luke Horning leads Gus Hollner, Dennis Joslin, Ivan Joslin and Kyle Hoard.
In the Albany-Saratoga modifieds, Britten has a nice lead over Keith Flach, Ronnie Johnson, Marc Johnson and Hearn. Warner has more than a 50-point cushion over Chris Johnson, Connor Cleveland, Hartman and Jeremy Pitts in the sportsman ranks. In the pro stocks ‘Crazy’ Kenny Martin is leading over Kim Duell, Dumblewski, Brandon Emig and Dan Older.