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Written By The Mountain Eagle on 5/27/24 | 5/27/24

By Tom Coughlin

Race fans have a large selection of racing to choose from on this Memorial Day weekend. Friday night Dodge City Speedway in Howes Cave will offer double points in their weekly Go-Kart classes, plus the DXMP Reaper Clone Series will be there.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta will have a 358 modified Shootout and all weekly divisions, with the pro-stock and crate 602 sportsman competing for $1,000 in their respective divisions.

Utica-Rome Speedway will host the F.X. Caprara Car Companies -Thunder on the Thruway Series for the modifieds, pro stock and crate 602 sportsman divisions, with all of their other weekly divisions racing tonight.

Saturday-Dodge City Speedway will host the Extreme Budget for 200 laps & the Winged Champ Racing Series.

 Fonda Speedway has a full program of weekly divisions, plus the heldover sportsman race from April 27 and it is Bike Night for the Kids Club.

 Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt. has a 358 modified special and all weekly divisions,

Sunday Devil's Bowl will have their annual 602 Northeast Crate Nationals 100 laps for the Sportsman modifieds plus 358 modifieds and their weekly divisions  Monday will be used as a rain date if necessary.

  Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has a Meet & Greet after hot laps. Giving fans the opportunity to get autographs and maybe pictures and Hero cards, Free grandstand admission for Veterans and Active Military.

 Weedsport Speedway will host the Super DIRTcar Series for their Heroes Remembered 100 night, with DIRTcar sportsman and CRSA 305 winged sprint cars. 

 Brookfield Speedway will host the Short Track Super Series-North Region Round number 2 for the Crate 602 sportsman, with pro stocks/street stocks, limited sportsman, four cylinders & slingshots.

 Monday will see the Super DIRTcar Series visit Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, for Thunder on the Mountain. The DIRTcar sportsman and 600cc modifieds are also on the schedule.

 In other news this week another legendary driver has left us, as Hall of Fame dirt modified chauffeur “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie of Watertown,N.Y. passed away at age 74. As I remember Bob's early racing included some asphalt and racing in small block modifieds in the early 70's at tracks such as Evans Mills and Watertown. Going into the 80's Bob would expand his racing career and become one of the top competitors in the big block modifieds on the DIRTcar circuit.  McCreadie was

creative and built many of his early cars, which always seemed to be rather unique. McCreadie was also referred to as the Master of Going Faster and had over 500 wins in his illustrious career including a Super DIRT Week championship in 1986 on the mile at the Syracuse Fairgrounds. His son Tim is a modified champion in his own right and is a past champion on the late model circuits, where he still competes today. His son Jordan currently competes in the DIRTcar 358 modified division and has been a regular at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

 Also passing away this week at the age of 90, was legendary NASCAR modified driver Carl Steven Berghman alias Bugsy Stevens who was a 3 time NASCAR national modified champion in the late 1960's.

 Results from last week show Thursday night at Outlaw Speedway the High Limit Racing Series 410 winged sprint cars made their first Empire State appearance Brad Sweet won the 30-lap feature at the 4/10 mile oval. Filling out the podium were Tyler Courtney and Zeb Wise. Chad Miller of Amsterdam was there with his number 88c, unfortunately he failed to qualify for the A-main. In the 35-lap modified feature Ajay Potrzebowski took the win over Matt Sheppard and Jim LaRock.

 Utica-Rome Speedway hosted their first ever Kubota-High Limit Racing Series 410 winged sprint car race. 36 cars attempted to qualify for the 30-lap A-main feature Rico Abreu claimed the $12,000 check, with Justin Peck and James McFadden completing the podium. Chad Miller of Amsterdam qualified by virtue of winning the B-main and finished 23rd. In the A-main.

Not qualifying were drivers such as Danny Varin of Fonda, Chase Moran of Fultonville, and former NASCAR Cup driver Kasey Kahne. The 3 Bastards Brewing modified division held a 30-lap feature. Pat Ward scored his first U-R victory since October 2022, over Alex Yankowski and  Matt Sheppard.

 Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway it was the Ginja Ninja-Jack Lehner scoring the win in the NAPA DIRTcar big block modified division 35-lap feature followed by Demetrios Drellos, and Brett Hearn. Lehner started 17th. And became the fifth different modified division winner of 2024.

 Cody Bleau earned the checkers in the Ideal Excavating DIRTcar crate 602 sportsman division 25-lap feature ahead of Tim Hartman Jr. and Mike Benson.

In the Saratoga Masonry DIRTcar pro stock Series feature Brandon Emigh took the checkers ahead of Jason Casey and Kim Duell.

 Josh Coonradt claimed the Haun Welding Supply 20-lap limited sportsman division feature over Tanner Coon and Dakota Green.

 The street stock division feature was won by Jimmy Duncan over Chris Stalker and Jeff Meltz,

 In the Greg's Towing four cylinder division feature Elmer Montville won the dual cam division and  Kyle Lanfear the single cam division.

 Saturday night the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina for the Wright Brand 250. Rain stopped the race on lap 81 postponing it until Sunday. Stewart Friesen would end up with a tenth place finish.

 Saturday at U-R in the 3 Bastards Brewing modified division 30-lap feature Rocky Warner scored a tough win for his first since 2021 over Jack Lehner and Ronnie Johnson. 

 In the Taylor’s Trailers crate 602 sportsman 25-lap feature  Tyler Peet earned the victory ahead of Matt Janczuk and Tanner Warner

 The Next Generation GraphiX pro stock division  20-lap  feature  saw A.J. Walters earn his third in a row beating Cousin Luke Horning and Ivan Joslin 

In the Fastline Performance limited sportsman division 15-lap feature Corky Warner claimed the win over Jeff Bobilin and Eric Jensen 

The Fonda Fair 4 cylinders 12-lap feature wins went to Dan Valade in the dual cam division and Wayne Russell Jr. in the single cam division.

All-Star slingshot division winner was A.J. Albreada in the  20-lap feature and Junior division victor was Addison Roger 15-lap feature.

Sunday night 

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park had a beautiful sunny Sunday evening 

 In the Callanan Industries DIRTcar 358 modified division Kevin Stevens won the 35-lap feature ahead of Lance Willix and Brett Graham.

Ted's Body Shop/Next Generation GraphiX DIRTcar Sportsman East Region Series 40-lap feature for the crate

 602 sportsman was won by Cody Ochs followed by Dylan Nichols and  Dale Robinson.

The Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar pro stock 20-lap feature saw Ivan Joslin cross the finish line ahead of Slater Baker and Chuck McSpirit.

  The Limited sportsman division feature was taken by Josh Coonradt over Adam Fusco and Tanner Coon.

The Street stock division feature was earned by Jason Samrov ahead of Matt Mosher and Jason Barrett.

 The Leatherstocking Credit Union DIRTcar mini stock division victories went to Slappy White in the dual cam division and Stephen Walters in the single cam division.

 Northeast Paving & Sealcoat All-Star slingshot winner was 15 Justin House and  in the Junior division 12-lap feature.Lucas Cole

Glen Ridge has changed the RUSH late model division to a once a month show 



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