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Tuesday August 15, 2017 Results

Malta, NY — Excitement was in the air as well as a packed house for the first ever Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, and when it was over Matt Sheppard stampeded the field in “The Stampede at ‘Toga.” Sheppard won $5,000 for his efforts as well as the $500 halfway bonus.

Sheppard drew the pole in the redraw held for the top twelve qualifiers from the heat races. Driving the number 92 car he drives each Friday night at Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, NY) rather than his familiar number 9s, Sheppard was strong throughout the 50-lap event and was able to hold off all challengers.

Second place finisher Billy Decker, who made the field via the consolation event, stormed through the field from his 16th place starting spot into the top five by lap 15 and began to pressure Sheppard for the lead. Decker’s runner-up finish allowed him to take over the point lead in the Short Track Super Series from Andy Bachetti. Decker now leads the North Series by 20 points.

Third place finisher Matt DeLorenzo had a couple of shots at getting by Sheppard on a handful of restarts but each time “Super Matt” was strong to the challenge and would pull away from the field after a couple laps. DeLorenzo used the top side of the speedway, riding the cushion for much of the event, on the beautifully prepared Malta oval.

Brett Hearn, the all-time winningest driver at Albany-Saratoga, finished in fourth. Ryan Godown rounded out the top five. Kenny Tremont, who at one point was up to second from his 13th starting spot, faded late with brake issues and finished in sixth. Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti (the Short Track Super Series points leader going into the night) and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top ten.

Rocky Warner captured the “King of the Dirt” Sportsman 30-lap feature. Warner fired from the sixth position and although outside pole-sitter Chad Edwards was out to the early lead with Joey Scarborough in tow, Warner wasted little time in making his presence known. He moved the Jake Spraker owned 1j into third on lap seven and began to work on gaining the race lead.

On a lap 21 restart, Edwards bobbled coming off of turn two going high, leaving the bottom open for Warner to rocket into the race lead. Edwards slipped back to third but was able to retake second from Tim Hartman before the checkered flag fell. Warner would go on to earn his seventh career King of the Dirt Sportsman win, adding to his points lead in the series.

Edwards would settle for second with Hartman third. Connor Cleveland charged from eleventh to fourth and JaMike Sowle completed the top five.

Friday night August 18 “The Great Race Place” swings back into action with “Autograph Night”. The Featherfoot Warrior Pro Stock Series will be on the card along with double features for the 4-Cylinder division as they make up a feature from June 23. All other divisions will be in action.

Racing will start at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 11. Pit admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.

Malta Mudbits- 49 Modifieds were on hand to attempt to qualify for the Short Track Super Series event. 39 Sportsman attempted to make the “King of the Dirt “Feature. The entire event was over by 10 p.m. Two wild flips took place in the Sportsman feature. On lap six Jack Speshock tumbled in turns 3 and 4. Although his night was done, Speshock was unhurt. On lap 14 Nick Lussier got turned around in the backstretch and Scott Duell flipped along with Richie Simmons. Both drivers were unhurt.

The sail panels used on the Modifieds were an unknown to many of the Albany-Saratoga regulars. However, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont, in particular, adapted well to the sail panels.

DeLorenzo put on a show on the high side of “The Great Race Place.” Hearn drove the wheels off his number 20 Madsen Overhead Doors Teo in the heat race from ninth place to second place, not only qualifying for the feature but also getting into the redraw. Tremont started eighth in his heat and charged to third getting him into the feature and then also charged from the thirteenth to second at one point during the feature before settling for sixth.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP
Halmar North Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps):
MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Kenny Tremont,
Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego,
Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Don Ronca, Alan Barker, Ryan Jordan, Peter Britten, J.R.
Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Jerry Higbie, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Rick Laubach, Ronnie Johnson,
Demetrios Drellos, Brett Tonkin, Craig Hanson.

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Mike Mahaney,
Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, Jeff Sheely, Cass Bennett, Brian
Gleason, Bobby Hackel, Jimmy Becker, Dan Humes, Matt Pupello, C.G. Morey, Bobby Varin,
Ricky Davis III, Matt Depew, Erik Nelson, Cody Bleau.

AUGUST 15, 2017 1-800-GOT-JUNK? King of Dirt Racing DIRTcar East Sportsman Series Presented by Andy’s Speed Shop, Dodson Construction, & Dean’s Electrical Feature Finish (30 Laps) – 1) Rocky Warner, 2) Tim Hartman Jr., 3) Chad Edwards, 4) Connor Cleveland, 5) JaMike Sowle, 6) Joey Scarborough, 7) Jeremy Pitts, 8) Robert Bublak Jr., 9) Jack Lehner, 10) David Schilling, 11) Andrew Buff, 12) Michael Sabia, 13) Chris Johnson, 14) Brian Pessolano, 15) Darryl Nutting, 16) Kevin Chaffee, 17) Jeff Watson, 18) Nick Heywood, 19) Jim Morgan, 20) Josh Neil, 21) Mike Coffey Jr., 22) Justin Barber, 23) Rob Maxon, 24) Jason Gray, 25) Nick Lussier, 26) Scott Duell, 27) Richie Simmons, 28) Jon Miller, 29) Jack Speshock, 30) Pat Jones

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August Highlights Preview

Malta, New York (August 4, 2017) – Only a month and half of racing remain at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway but “The Great Race Place” is not going to let the month of August
go quietly.

The closest point battle is in the 4-Cylinder Dual Cam division where Steve Ryan and
P.J. Bleau are tied atop the standings with 374 points each. Ben Grant sits just four points
back. All other divisions find the point leader having a 20 point or more lead over second place.
However, with just over a month left in the season any one of the point leaders could have a
bad week or two and suddenly things tighten up.

The highlight of the month will be on Tuesday, August 15, as Brett Deyo’s “Short
Track Super Series” fueled by VP makes its debut at the famed Malta oval with the running of
the “Stampede at the Toga.” The race will be 50 laps for the Modifieds with a purse of over
$25,000 spread throughout the field.

The unique program sponsored by Recovery Sports Grill will see the Modifieds with the
option to use sail panels and track regulars also able to use Hoosier tires. Also on the card for
the “Stampede at the Toga” will be the King of the Dirt Sportsman Series racing for a 30-lap
$1,000 to win feature.

The August 18 card will be “Autograph Night” featuring “The Featherfoot Pro Stock
Series” and a makeup event for the 4-Cylinder division.

The month will close out on Friday, August 25, with “Back to School Kids Raffle Night.”
The Mohawk Vintage Modifieds will be on hand. Also on the card will be the Sowle Trailer
Repair Sportsman Series paying $1,000 to win and a makeup feature for the Sportsman
division. Only one Sowle Trailer Repair Sportsman Series race remains and that will run the
following week on September 1.

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DMA USAC Sprints Coming This Friday

Malta, New York (August 1, 2017) – For the first time since Father’s Day weekend and the second time this year, the DMA USAC Midgets from the Bear Ridge Speedway will make their way into “The Great Race Place” to … Continue reading

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Stan Da Man Night July 28!

Malta, New York (July 24, 2017)- When the racing program gets underway at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday, July 28 there will most certainly be someone watching over from above.

Stan DeVore, the father of track promoter Lyle DeVore and his sister, head of concessions Glenda DeVore, will be smiling down upon “The Great Race Place.”

Stan, who passed away just after the conclusion of the 2016 race season was a big part of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Stan was known by many as “The Roaming Reporter” and loved
watching all kinds of racing. In honor of his favorite number 32 all divisions will race 32 lap features on Friday night.

The Modified division will pay $3,200 to win and as an added bonus $320 is being put up to go to each Modified heat race winner, courtesy of Grady Vintage Racing photos. George
DeVore, Stan’s brother, has also put up an additional $320 on top of the winner’s share in each of the
remaining divisions.

Sponsorship is almost sold out for each lap of all features at $32 a lap. Further contingencies added to the Friday night program include Sowle Trailer Repair giving $32 for the hard charger in each of the five weekly divisions. Bart Contracting is giving $100 for the halfway leader in each of the five divisions. Bove Fuels is putting up $32 for the winners of each Sportsman and Pro Stock heat race.

On the card on Friday night all divisions will be in action including the 4-Cylinder division. A previously announced makeup feature for the Limited Sportsman will take place at a later date.

Racing will start at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 11. Pit admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.

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Friday July 28 “Stan da Man Event”

A big night of racing is this coming Friday July 28th, “Stan Da Man 32 Night”, in honor of Stan DeVore the feature events will be 32 laps in distance for Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks (pending car count).

The modifieds will race for $3,200 to win! The modified heats will each pay $320 to win courtesy of Grady’s vintage racing photos.

George DeVore (Stan’s brother) is putting $320 on top of the winners share of the purse for the Sportsman, Pro Stock, Limited Sportsman, Street Stock and 4 cylinder features!! In addition lap sponsorship has been sold for almost all divisions at $32 a lap which will go to the respective lap leaders in their feature event.

A huge night honoring someone who was a big part of the success of Albany-Saratoga!! See you there!

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Huge Night of Racing on Tap at Albany-Saratoga July 14

As “The Great Race Place” moves into the mid stages of July a huge night of racing will take place on Friday night, July 14. The “Summer Showdown” will feature 50-lap races for the Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions.

Sowle Trailer Repair will put extra money on the line with $4,000 going to the Modified feature winner, $3,000 for the Sportsman feature winner and $2,000 for the Pro Stock feature winner. The Limited Sportsman and Street Stocks will fill out the evening.

A makeup 35-lap Modified feature from the June 23 rain out originally scheduled for July 14 will be rescheduled until July 21.

All divisions, excluding the 4-Cylinders, will be in action on Friday night. With recent rain outs jumbling the schedule, the makeup feature dates for the Limited Sportsman, Sportsman, Modified and Pro Stocks are yet to be determined.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. Front gates will open at 5 p.m. Admission for this Friday’s triple 50’s is $15 for adults and $2 for children 11 and under.

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Make Up Dates from 6/23/17

Dates for make up races from the June 23rd rain out will be as follows: Limited 6/30/17 Sportsman 7/7/17 Modified 7/21/17 Prostocks 8/4/17 4 Cylinder 8/18/17

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Wednesday June 14: Make-Up Madness!

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Revised Racing Schedule for Friday June 2

Malta, New York (May 26, 2017) – All-day rain forced the postponement of the racing action at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. As a result, the Patriot Sprints will return on Friday, July 7.

With the rainout, it means Friday June 2 will be a big night at the historic Malta oval. The King of Dirt (KOD) Pro Stock Series will headline the program along with the Sowle Trailer Repair (STR) Sportsman Series. All other divisions will be in action along with the 4-Cylinder Division.

It will also be New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) night at the speedway. “NYSSCA is a group of racers dedicated to making our sport better,” said track promoter Lyle DeVore, “… and we look forward to their participation on Friday night.”

Originally created as “sounding boards” for area racers to voice opinions and to effect change at local speedways, the organization also presents contingency awards for drivers in all divisions on NYSSCA night. Membership in NYSSCA is open to everyone — fans, officials, crew members, and drivers. Enrollment forms will be available on Friday night if interested.

Pit gates will open on Friday at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gate will open at 5 p.m. Racing begins at 7 p.m. General admission is just $10 for adults and $2 for kids 11 and under.

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Law Enforcement Night

Malta, New York — When the Albany-Saratoga Speedway swings open its gates on Friday, May 19, it will be “Law Enforcement Night” at the famed Malta oval. All law enforcement officials will be admitted into the speedway, with proper identification, … Continue reading

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