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Written By The Mountain Eagle on 4/17/24 | 4/17/24

By Tom Coughlin

Weekends like this past one are why rainouts are factored into schedules.

 Friday night was a washout throughout the Northeast with most race tracks canceling their programs.

 While down in the Lone Star State, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers qualified third for Friday night’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at the Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth,Texas. In the 250, Stewart’s Toyota Tundra carried the Chili’s menu logo on his number 52. the race would cover 250 miles in 167 laps. Stewart was up to second on lap 13 abd finished stage one in fifth. In stage two he would finish fourteenth and in stage three Friesen was at one point up to the fourth position.

 Again with 20 laps to go Friesen would be collected in someone else’s mishap and receive minor damage to his truck. He would end up thirteenth in the final results.

 Saturday was raining on and off throughout the entire day and showed that the right decision was made to cancel Fonda Speedway's practice. Which was rescheduled for Wednesday, only to be canceled again.

 Alex Yankowski was at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania on Saturday night, where he finished fourth in the 30-lap modified feature.

 Utica-Rome Speedway held their practice on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Fonda canceled theirs for Wednesday and the forecast leading into this weekend was questionable.

 Opening night hopefully will happen tonight at Utica-Rome Speedway, with the Honoring Alex In memory of late promoter Alex Friesen. The main event for the 3 Bastards Brewing modified division will be 30-laps in length with a $6,800 winner's payoff.  All weekly divisions will be competing including the Taylor’s Trailers crate 602 sportsman, Next Generation GraphiX pro-stocks, Fastline Performance limited sportsman, and the Fonda Fair 4 cylinders. Gates open at 5:00 pm., hot laps at 6:45 pm., and racing at 7:30 pm.

Grandstands are $22 for adults, seniors 65 and over are $20, and kids 11 & under are free. Pit admission is $45 for non-members, $40 for members, $10 for kids 6-12, and $2 for kids 5 and under. In the case of a rainout Sunday, April 21 will be used as a rain date, with pit gates opening at 1:00 pm., grandstand 2:00 pm., hot laps 3:30 pm., and racing 4:30 pm.

 Tonight at Albany-Saratoga Speedway is the 59th. season opener for the Route 9, Malta oval. The modified feature will pay $5,900 to win. All weekly divisions will compete. Pit gates open at 4:00 pm. grandstands at 5:00 pm., racing starts at 7:00 pm. General admission for the grandstand is $15, children 11 and under are $2. Pit admission is $35 for non-members and $30 for members. All weekly divisions are scheduled modifieds, crate 602 sportsman, pro-stocks, limited sportsman, and street stocks.

 Fonda Speedway will open Saturday, April 20 with the Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Memorial, a 40-lap feature paying $12,000 to win  for the Amsterdam Truck Center Inc. modified division. All weekly divisions are scheduled which are the Swagger Factory Apparel crate 602 sportsman, Leatherstocking Credit Union pro-stocks, Montgomery County Office for the Aging limited sportsman, and the Fonda Fair 4 cylinders. Gates will open at 2:00 pm., hot laps at 5:00 pm., racing at 6:00 pm.

Grandstand general admission is $25, seniors $22, kids 11 and under free. Pit admission is $45 for non-members, $40 for members, $10 for kids 6-12, $2 for 5 and under, Infield admission is $120, which includes four tickets.

 Some positive news from the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown has Brett Hearn and Doug Dulgarian teaming up and promoting approximately three Sunday afternoon shows called "The Big Series" in 2024. Beginning with Sunday, June 9th., Sunday, August 4th., and Sunday, September 8th. A few test and tune sessions are tentatively planned for Saturday, June 1st., Thursday, June 6th., Saturday, August 3rd., and Saturday, September,7th.  Details are being worked out to have the top three in points from this series, start 7th., 8th., and 9th. in the October running of the 64th. running of the Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway.

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