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Saratoga Springs, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway officially concluded the 2016 racing season Saturday night just a few miles up the road from the fast, four tenths of a mile oval. The annual awards banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, which is located in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs.
The evening started with a message from track promoter Lyle DeVore. First DeVore gave thanks for the great evening.
“None of this you see here would be possible without the incredible hard work of Marcy,” DeVore said. “She does an incredible job each year and each year she outdoes herself. I want to say thank you to Mia, Courtney, Denise and Jessica as well.”
DeVore continued about the 2016 season. “The 2016 season was pretty great. We had some of the best racing we have had and we had some incredible finishes. Some would say that is hard to duplicate but I think the 2017 season will be awesome.”
DeVore then looked ahead to the upcoming 2017 season. “We are really looking forward to this year. One guy, Mike Sowle has decided to join us for the upcoming season. We are going to have ten $1,000 to win Sportsman events. We are doing what we can to make 2017 a monumental year.”
Other special events mentioned were the Summer Showdown Triple 50 event on July 14th (Triple 50’s for the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions), Stan Da Man Night on July 28th (in honor of Lyle’s father Stan, all divisions will run 32 laps with the DIRTcar Modifieds racing for $3,200 to win), the Northeast Crate Nationals and $2,500 to win Pro Stock Showdown (courtesy of Mike Sowle) on September 8th and the $1,000 to win Classic Muscle Parts Street Stock Nationals to round out the season on September 15th.
The 2017 season will also see Brett Hearn’s Big Show return on June 27th (Super DIRTcar Series for Big Block Modifieds) and the inaugural appearance by Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series (The Stampede at Togo) on August 11th.
Awards were handed out in each of the weekly divisions as well as the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder divisions.
Marc Johnson was crowned the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Track Champion. Johnson claimed his first track title behind the wheel of the Johnson Family Troyer car. His four feature wins propelled the Guilderland driver to the title.
“”It was a hell of a season,” Johnson said. “This is the best season that I have ever had; this is very special for me. My father was the glue that held our team together. It happened exactly as he would have wanted it to happen. I want to thank all of my friends and family who have gotten me here. We are going to be back next year better than ever.”
Brett Hearn finished second in points with Stewart Friesen third, Kenny Tremont, Jr. fourth and Ronnie Johnson fifth. The remainder of the top ten included Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, L.J. Lombardo, Elmo Reckner and Don Ronca. Lombardo also earned the Rookie of the Year Award.
In the Sportsman division Jeremy Pitts claimed his third division title. Pitts visited victory lane five times during the season.
“I want to thank Lyle (DeVore) and everyone from the track,” Pitts said. “I want to thank all of my crew.”
Finishing in positions two through ten in the final points was Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, Jr., Chris Johnson, Chad Edwards, Cody Bleau, Robert Bublak, Scott Duell, Andrew Buff and Jason Gray.
The DIRTcar Pro Stock track championship went to Robbie Speed. Speed visited victory lane five times with six second place finishes and two thirds. He finished in the top five 14 times.
“To say that the 2016 season was just shy of a dream season would be an understatement,” Speed said. “The competition is the best that I have ever run against.”
The remainder of the top ten point finishers included Walt Brownell, Brandon Emigh, Kim Duell, Dan Older Sr., Dean Charbonneau, Nick Stone, Dave DePaulo, Norm Loubier and Gus Hollner.
Josh Coonradt dominated the Street Stock division at the Great Race Place. He was crowned 2016 track champion with eight feature wins and 13 top five finishes. He finished inside the top ten in all 18 races.
“We have never been able to put it together like this year,” Coonradt said. “I want to thank everybody who helped, either a lot or a little, it went a long way.”
Coonradt, who is moving into the DIRTcar Pro Stock ranks in 2017, was followed in the standings by Jason Meltz, Jeff Meltz Sr., Paul Braymer, Damon Anderson, Scott Lawrence, David Shippee, Chase Aussicker, Hunter Sanchez and Mark Burch.
The Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder division track champions were also honored. They were Steve Ryan (Dual Cam) and Mike Parodi (Single Cam). Parodi will be moving to the Limited Sportsman division in 2017.
While no point standings are kept in the Limited Sportsman division, Driver of the Year awards were presented to those drivers graduating from the division. A driver graduates when they win three feature events. The award winners were Jack Lehner, Zach Daurio and Nick Fretto.
Each season the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Spirit Award is handed out. This year it was awarded to Dick Hicks of HICO Fabrication.
“I am really honored by this award,” Hicks said. “This is a great racing community, we all work hard and do our best to go to the front.”
The Memorable Moment Awards were awarded to Ray Hoard (DIRTcar Modified), Tim Hartman, Jr. (Sportsman), Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stock) and Josh Coonradt (Street Stock).
It was also announced that the Street Stock division will continue to compete in heat races in 2017. The driver who wins the most heat races at season’s end will earn $300 courtesy of Damon Anderson. The remaining drivers will have their names entered into a draw with two winning $100 each, also courtesy of Damon Anderson.
For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com. Updates on the 2017 racing season will be posted when available.
Feature Winning Driver Looking For Success In Malta, NY
January 26, 2017 (Malta, NY) – On Friday nights Albany-Saratoga Speedway is a hot spot for dirt modified racing action. There’s hall-of-fame drivers, white nights, young guns, and some would even argue the greatest of all time twisting metal for a moment of glory. Any given Friday fans can even see one or two NASCAR caliber drivers turning laps in Malta, NY and that’s exactly why Jeff Rockefeller wants to compete at the great race place.
“Our team has wanted to race there regularly for a while now. Every Friday night is like a mini Super Dirt Series race and I want to get better as a driver. It presents a huge challenge with the caliber of drivers in that field, but we’ll be ready,” said Jeff Rockefeller.
Last season the Scotia, NY pilot partnered with Fairways of Halfmoon for his racing ventures and with their return to the DR & Sons Landscaping and Snow Removal team it made the decision to call Albany-Saratoga Speedway his Friday night home that much easier.
“We began our marketing partnership last season with Fairways of Halfmoon and were committed to racing elsewhere and they were ok with that, but this year they were appreciative that we were moving to Malta since it’s in their back yard. It made the decision for my father and I simple,” continued Rockefeller.
Rockefeller has run Albany-Saratoga Speedway in the past only a handful of times and even scored a top 10 finish. Perhaps his best race came one night starting 8th and racing his way to 2nd before getting caught up in an accident that ended his evening. It didn’t stop the former Super Dirt Week Futures winner at the Moody Mile from challenging himself with set goals.
“To be honest with you I’d love to get handful of top 10 finishes and maybe even a few top fives. If we could end the season in the top 10 in points, that’d be like winning a championship for us racing against those guys,” Rockefeller said with a chuckle.
Jeff Rockefeller will hit the clay running with a brand new 2017 Bicknell Racing Chassis powered by a Dan Bedell Big Block power plant. It’s the same motor he used to time trial in the top six at Super Dirt Week back in 2013 at the famed Moody Mile, but it was the memory of his first Big Block race that brought out an excitement in his voice.
“After running Sportsman from 2011 to 2013 we moved into the Small Block Modifieds, but my first Big Block race was Brett Hearn’s Big Show at Albany-Saratoga in 2013. Man I was so nervous. I had no idea what I was doing with all that power, but I had a blast. I proved to myself I wasn’t afraid of the speed,” he continued.
Jeff Rockefeller is a fun loving kind of guy; a gentle giant if you will. He does what he can to pay forward the kindness given to him by his peers and mentors. What he looks forward to most racing Albany-Saratoga in 2017 is perhaps rubbing nerf bars with a long time friend.
“I look forward to racing with my friend Elmo Reckner. He’s the kind of guy I can ask anything and he’ll give me a straight answer. He’s been that way since day one in my racing career,” said Rockefeller.
He concluded by saying with a laugh, “He’s a very good friend and he’s helped me personally and helped us as a team. That doesn’t mean if it comes down to winning a race I won’t lean on him in a friendly way. We’ll rub nerf bars and laugh afterwards.”
When the season begins in 2017 fans of Albany-Saratoga can count on seeing another friendly face on the grounds in Jeff Rockefeller. He’s ready for the challenge of racing against arguably the toughest weekly field assembled in the Northeast; the great race place indeed.
More info about Albany-Saratoga Speedway can be found online at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/Albany-Saratoga Speedway, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
Story By: BRETT DEYO / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES
Published: December 12, 2016
MALTA, NY – One of New York State’s premier dirt tracks – Albany-Saratoga Speedway – will join the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.
Albany-Saratoga owner Howard Commander and promoter Lyle DeVore have reached an agreement with STSS organizer Brett Deyo to bring the series to the Malta, N.Y., oval for the first time in 2017.
The inaugural STSS visit takes place on Tuesday, August 15, a 52-lap event offering a minimum of $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag. Those numbers, of course, could grow with marketing partners and bonuses attained.
“We are always looking to offer something unique and different for our fans,” DeVore said. “I’ve been watching the Short Track Super Series since it started and like the diversity of the fields. We’re hoping to bring in some Pennsylvania and New Jersey teams from the south to race with our locals.
“The plan is to make this something special, something different than we have ever offered before.”
Deyo stressed his enthusiasm for the new event at the ‘Great Race Place’ four-tenths-mile venue.
“There is no question, Albany-Saratoga is a leader in the industry right now,” he said. “It’s ‘the place’ to be on Friday nights. The crowds, the field, surface and facility are second-to-none. This is a huge positive for our series, racers and sponsors.
“I’d expect one of our most talented fields of the season on hand for this show.”
Unique for the Capital Region, STSS standard sail panels will be utilized on the Modifieds in addition to American Racer tires. Provisions will be made to aid local teams looking to compete in the event.
Sportsman, under local rules, will serve as the support division.
A rain date will be announced if needed.
The Albany-Saratoga program will be part of the series’ North Region, which is slated to begin and end at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Joining the traditional April ‘Hard Clay Open’ is a recently announced finale during Eastern States Weekend in October.
A complete STSS ‘17 schedule will be released at the series Awards Banquet this Friday (December 16) in Bethlehem, Pa.
Marketing partners looking to join this first-time event are welcome to contact the STSS office by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Short Track Super Series completed its third season, with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., topping the North Region point battle and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., winning the South Region championship. The STSS can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com, on Facebook under Short Track Super Series and @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.
Albany-Saratoga Speedway is located at 2671 U.S. Route 9 Malta, N.Y., 12020. The track info line is 518.587.0220 and the speedway website is www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.
Andy’s Speed Shop has generously added to the purses for this Friday’s FALL FINALE… the Modifieds (big OR small block) will be racing for $2,000 to win. Plus, Andy’s Speed has added $250 each to the Sportsman and Pro Stock … Continue reading
When news broke of Small Block Modifieds joining the Northeast Crate Nationals program on September 9th in Malta, NY many teams started inquiring about rules. That answer was on the way, but what they didn’t expect was the Clothier Trucking 40-Lap Suicide Prevention and Stop Bullying event would get a boost from long time Modified supporter Kevin Groff of Groff’s Plumbing, Heating, and Remodeling.
On September 9th there will be Small Block Modifieds joining the Northeast Crate Nationals, CRSA 305 Sprints, and Meltz Lumber Street Stock Nationals. Clothier Trucking is presenting the $2,400 to win season ending special, however thanks to Kevin Groff and track promoter Lyle DeVore the ‘Small Block Nationals’ will now be paying $3,000 to win.
Groff’s Plumbing, Heating, and Remodeling put an extra $500 on top of the $2,400 from Clothier trucking to boost it to $2,900, but Albany-Saratoga promoter Lyle DeVore topped it off to make the winner’s share of the 40-Lap event a cool $3,000.
Kevin Groff is no stranger to dirt track racing, as he’s an avid supporter of Marc Johnson’s 3J each week and helps maintain the Troyer Race Cars. His Wynantskill, NY located business has been servicing Rensselaer county residents for over 26 years.
Groff has also seen action behind the wheel in years past, including teaming up with Billy Decker and Brett Hearn. He’s owned race cars for drivers that include Don Ackner, KC Goewey, and Jeff Trombley. Groff also spent four years teaching his son Kale the ins and outs of dirt track racing. Perhaps his most heart-warming decision was made after a conversation with the ‘white knight’ himself, Marc Johnson.
“Marc and I talked about it and if he wins we will take the $500 we gave to the event and give it back to the Suicide prevention and Stop Bullying organization (American Foundation For Suicide Prevention – Capital Region division),” said Kevin Groff, owner of Groff’s Heating, Plumbing, and Remodeling.
Rules have been a popular request from drivers intending on making the trip to Albany-Saratoga for the 40-Lap Clothier Trucking ‘Small Block Nationals’ presented by Groff’s Heating, Plumbing, & Remodeling, and Dean’s Electrical Services to raise awareness for Suicide Prevention and to Stop Bullying. Those rules are now available and listed below:
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED RULES FOR SEPTEMBER 9th
1) Spec everything/Schoenfeld headers – 2350 lbs.
2) Spec head/ported intake/Try-Y exhaust – 2400 lbs.
3) Ported Steel or Spec Heads – 2450 lbs.
4) Hunts LS3 Small Block Engine – 2450 lbs.
5) Any carburetor goes.
6) DIRTcar legal Hoosier Racing Tires only.
7) Rev. boxes are not mandatory.
8) DIRTcar 2016 rules apply for everything else.
Mark down the date September 9th and visit Albany-Saratoga for an action packed racing card during the Nationals race program; 100-Lap King Of Dirt Northeast Crate Nationals, 40-Lap Suicide Awareness & Prevention Small Block Modifieds, 25-Lap CRSA Sprints, and 30-Lap Meltz Lumber Street Stock Nationals.
Prices are $14 general admission, kids 11 and under $2, $20 for the pits with a license, and $25 for the pits without a license. Gates open at 4 PM, warm ups 5:30 PM, Sportsman time trials 6:15 PM, racing at 7 PM.
For more information visit www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com or visit the great race place on Facebook.
We are happy to announce that on Friday August 26th, the Sportsman will race for $1,000 to win, courtesy of Ron Mensing. In addition, the Street Stock winner will receive $200 compliments of Classic Muscle Parts. Don’t forget to support … Continue reading
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS ADDED TO NATIONALS CARD Tom Clothier Jr. Trucking Raising Suicide Prevention Awareness August 08, 2016 (Malta, NY) – As if the annual Northeast Crate Nationals event card at Albany-Saratoga wasn’t already a must see event on every … Continue reading
Due to the impending weather, and with respect to the drivers, sponsors and fans having to travel major distances we have decided to postpone Big Show 8. The rescheduled date is now set for Wednesday, July 6th with the schedule remaining the same. Pit gate opens at 3 pm. Grandstands open at 4 pm along with Will Call Window. For reserved seating or further information please go to bigshow8.com
Malta, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway opened the gates for the first time in 2016 with the running of the annual practice and inspection day. A large crowd and packed pit area greeted everyone on what was a beautiful mid-April … Continue reading