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Malta, NY (April 19, 2018) – Albany-Saratoga Speedway’s opening night has fallen victim to the cold, snow and rain that has plagued the area in recent days. The opening night of racing will now be Tuesday, April 24 with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. and the pit area opening at 3 p.m.
“I hate having to make this call but with a forecast of daytime temperatures in the low 40’s and nighttime in the low 30’s it is the right thing to do for our fans and our teams,” stated promoter Lyle DeVore. He continued, “The Tuesday forecast is a vast improvement over Friday and I promise everyone we will be ready to go when the gates open and will move the program along quickly.”
The Modified feature for opening night, sponsored by Bart Contracting and Schaghticoke Wine & Spirits, will pay $7,500 for 44 laps and several of the top names in dirt racing had announced their plans to invade “The Great Race Place” including Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Stewart Friesen, Max McLaughlin and Jimmy Phelps.
With the move to Tuesday it has been confirmed the invaders will be joined by Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard. Several other top names have been in contact with management indicating they also hope to attend because they no longer have a conflicting event.
Due to the change in date the speedway has made the decision to run a reduced program and it will consist of only the Modified, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. All other classes will return to the speedway on Friday, April 27.
The question remains — can they best regular weekly runners such as 2017 champion Peter Britten, six-time track champion Brett Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Jeremy Wilder, Demetrious Drellos and Stewart Friesen? All were feature winners in 2017 and are eager to be the first to win in 2018.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
GATES OPEN: Grandstand @ 5 p.m., Pit @ 3 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults $11, Children 11 & under $2
CLASSES RUNNING: Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks
Malta, New York (April 14, 2018) – Last year when promoter Lyle DeVore and his track management team at Albany-Saratoga Speedway began their planning for the 2018 season they discussed the possible need to expand the track pit area again. … Continue reading
Malta, NY (April 14, 2018) – The 2018 season will begin on Friday, April 20, for “The
Great Race Place” and while there are many who are anxious none are more so than promoter
Lyle DeVore. It is also a highly anticipated day for Albany-Saratoga Speedway fans.
The opening night 44-lap main event, paying $7,500 to win, is being sponsored by
long-time supporters Bart Contracting (Copake, NY) and Schaghticoke Wine & Spirits
(Schaghticoke, NY) and has drawn great interest by fans and teams. Opening night heats for
the Modified class only will be determined by a draw for position and feature race show up
points will be awarded.
Track promoter Lyle DeVore stated “This is the largest payout on opening night that we
have ever had and I really appreciate our two race sponsors for making this happen. I’ve had a
lot of calls about the show and I’m telling everyone it’s a great opportunity to come and race
with the best of the best.”
There are several teams who are expected to be in attendance who typically attempt to
win at the four-tenths mile oval only at special events. Among them are top DIRTcar runners
Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Tim Fuller, Max McLaughlin and Jimmy Phelps.
No stranger to the track and what it takes to win at the Malta oval, Decker, Friesen and
Phelps have garnered wins in the past. Phelps was the winner of the 2015 Super DIRTcar
Series event and Decker has nine career track wins from when he competed weekly at the
speedway. Friesen now competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and can no
longer compete weekly at Albany-Saratoga. His appearance on the 13th is sure to up the ante
on the level of competition as he has earned 12 career speedway wins including the 2017
DeVore continued, “There isn’t another Friday night track running in our area and this
would be a good chance to get some notes ready for the DIRTcar Series race Big Show 10
(June 26) and our The Tribute race (June 12) honoring CD Coville and Jack Johnson. Each
of these visiting drivers have great fan bases in the Capital District area and I’m sure their fans
will be excited to see them compete in a regular weekly show. I know I am.”
Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. with the pit gate opening at 4 p.m. on Friday, April
20. Admission is $11 for adults, $2 for children 11 years old and under. Pit admission is $20
for DIRTcar NE or Albany-Saratoga Speedway or Lebanon Valley Speedway members and
$25 for non-members. You must be 13 years of age to enter the pit area; ages 13 through 17
require a minor’s release be completed for 2018 and on file with the speedway.
For the 2018 schedule and up-to-date Albany-Saratoga Speedway information be sure to visit:
Online at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Albany-SaratogaSpeedway
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About Albany-Saratoga Speedway: Conveniently located at 2671 U.S. Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 the 4/10 mile dirt track is approximately one mile North of Exit 12 off I-87. Racing takes place every Friday night at 7 p.m. from mid-April to mid-September and features DIRTcar Modifieds (Big Block / Small Block combined), DIRTcar Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. “The Great Race Place” grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m.; pit gate opens at 4 p.m. The facility provides the ultimate fan-friendly location for motorsports entertainment including free parking and camping.
Malta, New York (April 6, 2018) — It may be Spring according to the calendar but with rain, snow, and night time freezing temperatures throughout the past week and predicted for the weekend, promoter Lyle DeVore has been forced to cancel the “Open Inspection Day” at Albany-Saratoga that was on the schedule for Sunday, April 8.
“We are very disappointed to make this call,” said DeVore. “With the bad weather throughout the week and the forecast for cold temperatures on Sunday, we feel it is the best decision to cancel our open inspection,” DeVore stated. “Instead, we will work toward the 13th and hope that Mother Nature cooperates.
The “Swap Meet” originally scheduled for April 8 has also been canceled,” DeVore continued. Albany-Saratoga will now hold a combined open inspection and on-track practice session on Friday, April 13.
The pit gate will open at 10 a.m. for inspection for all classes for those who want to get an early start on the 2018 season. The remainder of the schedule for the day will remain as originally posted. There is a $20 pit admission fee.
The grandstands will be free of charge for fans who want to get an early look at who will be running weekly at “The Great Race Place.” Concessions will be open in the pits and grandstand areas.
Opening night for the 2018 season is scheduled for Friday, April 20 and is on the calendar for many of the top names in dirt racing as the 44-lap opening night Modified feature will pay $7,500 to the winner. The opening night event is sponsored by Bart Contracting (Copake, NY) and Schaghticoke Wines & Spirits (Schaghticoke, NY).
The speedway plans to use Tuesday, April 17, as a rain date should the April 13 practice be cancelled due to weather. Anyone with questions should call the speedway office at 518-587-0220.
Malta, New York (March 25, 2018) – Although snow may still be seen in some areas of
the Capital District, at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle DeVore is anxious to
swing open the gates on the 2018 season.
“We’ve cleared the snow from the track and have most of our ‘to do’ list done. We’re
using the remaining couple of weeks to get everything in place for our April 8 open inspection
and hoping our teams will take advantage of being able to have their cars looked at by John
(Cummings) and his team.”
Several drivers have been in contact with DeVore and voiced their commitment to run
Albany-Saratoga weekly including Matt Pupello (Modified), Jack Lehner (Modified), Jeff
Rockefeller (Modified), Willie Decker (Modified), Jay Corbin (Pro Stock), and Jackie Brown
To that list one can add drivers Rich Scagliotta (Modified), Hector Stratton (Modified),
and Jason Harrington (Modified) who raced full seasons previously and plan to return after brief
absences from weekly competition.
“It’s looking like we are definitely going to have to consider expanding the pit area,”
said DeVore, who then added “…all of these guys are great competitors and any one of them
could win given the right circumstances. Competition will be really tough and the fans should
enjoy watching them battle it out on the track.”
Also returning to the speedway are season-long sponsors such as Pallette Stone Corp.,
A-Verdi Containers, Cleveland Brothers Landscaping, Ferris, Bove Fuels, Lazzaro’s Autobody,
Mangino GMC, Saratoga Masonry Supply, County Waste and Recycling and Trustco Your
Also returning in 2018 are Marketing Partners such as Bart Contracting, BBL, Inc.,
Madsen Overhead Doors, Rifenburg Construction, Tremont Rentals, and It Works! to name a
Upstate GMC will once again be the title sponsor for the Modified class with Hahn
Welding Supply sponsoring the Limited Sportsman class and Greg’s Towing back as title
sponsor for the 4-Cylinder class.
“We have a lot of great companies who support us throughout the season and as race
event sponsors and we appreciate their belief in the product we deliver each Friday night.
Without them none of this would be possible,” stated DeVore.
Gates to the speedway will initially open on April 8 for an Open Inspection and a Spring
Swap Meet. The Swap Meet is open to all to attend and provides a great opportunity for teams
to sell and buy needed equipment and tools. There is a $25 vendor fee that is payable at the
gate. The pit concession area will be open this day.
On Friday, April 13, an open practice day for all divisions will give teams an opportunity
to test and tune to be ready for the April 20 opening race night. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. for
inspection with practice from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a $20 pit admission fee, grandstand
spectating is free and a concession area will be open in both the grandstand and pit area.
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