By ED & BETTY BIITTIG
Some nights it’s hard to find drivers to talk with that aren’t busy working on their cars so on Friday at Albany Saratoga we took advantage of our position while watching the qualifying from the pit area, to speak with Tim Laduc the driver who has plenty of laps on the 1/4 mile Malta oval and currently calls Devil’s Bowl in Vermont his home track. Tim is a second generation driver who now has 30 years wheeling race cars around local tracks. Tim is eager to start his season because for the first time in his career he has a brand new TEO from front to back and top to bottom and he can’t wait to get it on the track to try it out. He likes Devil’s Bowl and enjoys the competition at the track. Tim has two wins at Albany Saratoga and 52 at Devil’s Bowl.
We also got to talk briefly with Limited Sportsman Rookie, Montgomery Tremont as he and his father, Kenny were fixing the car at the end of the nights racing. For his first time on the Malta oval, Montgomery ran good in the feature and was able to avoid a couple incidents to get up to eighth before he found one he couldn’t avoid that caused some damage to his No. 115. We told him we were old enough to remember when his father started and it wasn’t all good for him in the early days either. He smiled but you could tell he still felt bad about not finishing the main event. Hey, your time will come Montgomery.
Saturday was Fonda’s Tribute to Mothers Night and a full night of racing produced a second career win for Rocky Warner of Gloversville, NY and a chance to celebrate in victory lane with his mother after which he celebrated with car owner, Jake Spraker and his crew. Two other happy feature winners at Fonda on Saturday were Ivan Joslin and Kenny Hollenbeck. Joslin drives the Autism Awareness No. 49 Pro Stock and Kenny the Cruiser No. 12. The win was Hollenbeck’s 44th career win at Fonda.
We arrived late to Fonda but were still able to talk with Bill Knapp who is still making adjustments to the new chassis he got last fall. Bill says they are making strides and that this week warmups was twice as good as last. Bill will be a regular at Fonda this season, the first time since 2014-15 when he also ran as a regular, then with an open Ford motor and now it’s a crate. Fonda is a special place for Bill because his Uncle Earl Mewhorter was a Late Model competitor at the track in the 1970’s and Bill says Earl always loved Fonda and wanted to see me run there. He did see him run but missed his 2011 win. Mewhorter died in 2014.
It was Mother’s Day weekend and the driver of the No. 730 Pro Stock, Alicia Hughes had some special messages on her car. Messages of Happy Mother’s Day and several others telling her how much her two children, Arianna, six and Enzo, five, love her and appreciate her. They couldn’t be with her at the track so wanted to send their love and support. What a great idea kids and you can be very proud of your Mom and her racing. Alicia comes from a racing family her father and uncles were all racers so Alicia comes by her love of the sport naturally.
Utica-Rome has rescheduled the rained out event from this past Sunday for this Wednesday, May 15. They ended up raining out Wednesday as well. Hopefully they run into some good luck for a change. They’ve certainly had their share of bad luck this season.
Albany-Saratoga was finally able to get a show in this past Friday and former track champion Peter Britten walked off with the win in the Modified division Anthony Perrego finished second. To try and catch up on races missed due to a rainy start to the season, Lyle rescheduled for Tuesday, May 14 and now we know that didn’t happen so the fourth try will be Wednesday, June 5. The “Come and Get It” paying $5400 to win for Modifieds for 54-laps to commemorate their 54th season of racing. According to Promoter, Lyle Devore the event will pick up where it left off on April 23. Modified heat winners were Anthony Perrego, Billy Decker, Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard.
This Saturday, May 18, is Dollar Night and grandstand admission at Fonda is just $1.00 to see a full night of racing. This would be a great chance to go to the races for the first time or to come back and take a look at what Fonda has to offer this season.
We close this effort with great sadness with the passing May 13 of Seymour Hayes. Seymour was co-promoter with Ralph Compani at Fonda from 1988-1996 an era that saw the first Thunder Along the Mohawk event in 1992 and the first ever televised event from the track 1996 when the DIRT Series event was telecast.
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