By ED & BETTY BIITTIG
Safety in racing has always been of upmost importance to us so we were very glad to hear from Terri Mohrman, EMT and leader of the safety crews at both Fonda and Glen Ridge Speedways. Terri was calling because she was very excited about the new safety suits the teams would be wearing when the season opens this year and about the advanced training in extrication and fire rescue the crews would be taking on March 31st with Speedway Safety Solutions.
Always looking to improve on the safety they provide Terri and her crews began last fall to canvass the race teams in the pits at both tracks for sponsorship to buy safety suits for the crews. This brought Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Racing Apparel a division of Sign Action Race and Sign Productions in Amsterdam into picture and with the help of his design artists and the safety crews input they came up with, according to Terri, something that is classy and professional. Look for the new safety suits to be on display at the Fonda Speedway car show coming up March 16-18 at the Rotterdam Via Port on Campbell Road in Rotterdam, NY.
Along with the new safety suits that the safety crews will be wearing this season, the advance training they will receive will give them knowledge and hands on instruction to use when they are called into action at Glen Ridge and Fonda.
Terri and her crew received generous response from the race teams, and promoters from both tracks and the New York State Stock Car Association and were able to come up with the funds to purchase the suits and to supplement the cost of the advanced training.
The safety crews at both Glen Ridge and Fonda are some of the best in the business and Terri’s dedication to racing safety is obvious by her 35 years of consecutive service to Fonda Speedway as an EMT. We salute both crews for their efforts to improve their service to the racing community.
This weekend the local race season kicks off with a car show at the Wilton Mall, located at 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs. Beginning this Friday, March 9th and running through Sunday March 11th this show brings back a popular show that was held for several years seven years ago. This year the show is run by Glen Ridge promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin and will encompass Capital District race teams from all local tracks. Cars will begin to roll into the Mall on Thursday March 8th at 9 pm after the Mall closes for business. If you are a team participating there are a few rules you must follow. Bring 2×2 carpet squares for under tires, no tire prep spray allowed in the Mall, if you wish to shine or prep your tires, do it outside. Disconnect your battery and if you car has a motor bring appropriate catch pan in the event of any leaks. Be prepared to move your car out of the Mall on Sunday evening after the Mall closes for business. Questions please call Mike Parillo at 518-728-1837. Also one more bit of news, the Glen Ridge 2018 schedule is out and posted on the website. One big mid-week show to look forward to at Glen Ridge is Wednesday, July 18th. Classic Muscle Car show, King of Dirt Small Block Modified tour event and Albany Saratoga/GRMP Challenge Street Stock race (30-laps).
We can always depend on Modified driver, Jim Becker for an update on his race team and this season is no exception. Although Jim is not quite sure when opening day will be for them at local tracks he did have some exciting news to share. All of their 2017 marketing sponsors are back for the 2018 season and the team has two additional sponsors for 2018; Todd Cable Construction and Passport For Good. These two will join those already involved with the team; MIDTEL, Four Star Realty Group, INOC Datacenters, iPayment Tristate, Big Kidz Jeanz, and Adirondack Funds. We wish Jim and his J&J Race team the best for the upcoming season.
If you are one who looks forward to getting together with other fans this may be an event for you; Mark Mortensen Motorsports Dinner-Dance Fundraiser, Saturday, March 24th from 5pm-10pm at the Winner’s Circle, 3293 NY Route 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Tickets are $20 for age 13 and above, $8 for kids, 6-12, under 5 Free. A buffet style dinner, cash bar. For tickets contact, Bonnie Mortensen 518-221-5429; Mark Mortensen 518-229-4270 or Alisha Mortensen 518-542-8424.
In closing we send condolences to Alton Palmer and family on the passing their brother, Harold this past week.
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