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“Brett’s Bigger Show” Challenge Issued For Recovery Sports Grill ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ August 14

MALTA, NY – The challenge is on!

Earlier this season at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Brett Hearn’s ‘Big Show’ drew a strong field of 55 Modifieds to the ‘Great Race Place’ to compete in the 100-lap event under the Super DIRTcar Series banner.

Now, on Tuesday, August 14, the Brett Deyo-promoted Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco makes its stop at Albany-Saratoga when Recovery Sports Grill presents the ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ 50-lap spectacular.

So the question is, which event will bring more Modifieds into the Albany-Saratoga pit area – and the “Brett’s Bigger Show” Challenge was born.

The scheduled payout for the STSS ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ event is $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag – a total pay structure of $25,170 from first to last.

With the sponsorship help of American Racer Tires, the stakes have risen for racers if the car count exceeds the 55 mark.

Should 56 or more STSS Modifieds sign into the pit area, an additional $5,000 will be added to the purse, with $7,500 going to the winner and $500 to take the green, bringing the total pay structure to $30,170!

A reminder this event is open to ALL Modifieds – big- or small-block, American Racer or Hoosier tires. If you’ve got a Modified with a steel-block, you are welcome at this event.

Heats will be lined up by a draw for starting positions to take place at the pre-race drivers’ meeting, with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main.

Complete STSS Modified race information is posted at the following link:

Sportsman will follow Albany-Saratoga weekly rules and will be under a draw/redraw format for their 20-lap main event.

On August 14, pit gates will be unlocked at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting and draw for heat positions begins at 5:40 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $24 for Adults. Kids 11 and under pay $5. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

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

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule

Halmar International North Region

Tuesday, May 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Wednesday, June 20  Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6 – WINNER: JERRY HIGBIE

Monday, July 16  Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Thursday, July 26 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50 – WINNER: JEREMY SMITH

Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54

Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga

Sunday, September 23 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11

Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale

Albany Saratoga Season Opener Postponed to Tues April 24

Malta, NY (April 19, 2018) – Albany-Saratoga Speedway’s opening night has fallen victim to the cold, snow and rain that has plagued the area in recent days. The opening night of racing will now be Tuesday, April 24 with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. and the pit area opening at 3 p.m.

“I hate having to make this call but with a forecast of daytime temperatures in the low 40’s and nighttime in the low 30’s it is the right thing to do for our fans and our teams,” stated promoter Lyle DeVore. He continued, “The Tuesday forecast is a vast improvement over Friday and I promise everyone we will be ready to go when the gates open and will move the program along quickly.”

The Modified feature for opening night, sponsored by Bart Contracting and Schaghticoke Wine & Spirits, will pay $7,500 for 44 laps and several of the top names in dirt racing had announced their plans to invade “The Great Race Place” including Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Stewart Friesen, Max McLaughlin and Jimmy Phelps.

With the move to Tuesday it has been confirmed the invaders will be joined by Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard. Several other top names have been in contact with management indicating they also hope to attend because they no longer have a conflicting event.

Due to the change in date the speedway has made the decision to run a reduced program and it will consist of only the Modified, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. All other classes will return to the speedway on Friday, April 27.

The question remains — can they beat the best regular weekly runners such as 2017 champion Peter Britten, six-time track champion Brett Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Jeremy Wilder, Demetrious Drellos and Stewart Friesen? All were feature winners in 2017 and are eager to be the first to win in 2018.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
GATES OPEN: Grandstand @ 5 p.m., Pit @ 3 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults $11, Children 11 & under $2
CLASSES RUNNING: Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks

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About Albany-Saratoga Speedway: Conveniently located at 2671 U.S. Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 the 4/10 mile dirt track is approximately one mile North of Exit 12 off I-87. Racing takes place every Friday night at 7 p.m. from mid-April to mid-September and features DIRTcar Modifieds (Big Block / Small Block combined), DIRTcar Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. “The Great Race Place” grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m.; pit gate opens at 4 p.m. The facility provides the ultimate fan-friendly location for motorsports entertainment including free parking and camping.


ALBANY, NY February 5, 2018 . . . Marc Johnson, the 2016 Modified champion at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, has entered the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels (Three Quarter) TQ Midget competition this coming weekend, February 9-10, 2018 at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Johnson will be driving the highly regarded Sharpe-Shifter Motorsports No. 21 TQ Midget owned by Ken Sebring. The effort will be supported by BOSS Mechanical.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to race in front of a hometown crowd,” Johnson said. “I’ve never run a TQ Midget and never run indoors but I do have Quarter Midget experience and have run a Modified at Albany-Saratoga a few times when they went back to asphalt for a year. That should count for something. I know the car is a good, fast piece.”

Car owner Ken Sebring is enthused to obtain the services of proven winner Johnson so late in the game.

“From everything I know about Marc and from talking to him when he came my shop, I think we can be very competitive. Bobby Holmes, my regular driver who raced the car in Allentown, won’t be able to make the Albany race because of work commitments. There were a lot of different guys who had called about the ride in my car but to me, Marc is the best. He’s a proven competitor and he really wanted to do this race since its right in his backyard,” Sebring said.

Johnson said that his hometown of Guilderland is no more than fifteen minutes from the Times Union Center.

“It’s a home game for me,” Johnson said. “That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do it. To be honest, I don’t have any expectations, want to qualify for sure and then have a good race.”

Another Capital District area entrant is Albany-Saratoga Modified 2018 feature winner Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y.  Drellos has entered the competition in the Slingshot division, which is where he first excelled before moving into Dirt Modified racing two years ago.

On the TQ side, Donnie Preece, owner of the No. 6 TQ Midget driven by his nephew Ryan in Allentown and Atlantic City, will have past NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Ron Silk behind the wheel.  

The driver who will be chased the most in the TQ Midget ranks is the one with the most at stake, Indoor Auto Racing Series point’s leader Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y.

Bonsignore, who finished third in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points last year, has his sights set on the championship. If he succeeds, he’ll earn the TC Cup. emblematic of excellence in Indoor TQ racing and presented in memory of the late Ted Christopher, an eight time Indoor Auto Racing Series A-Main winner.

Erick Rudolph, a dirt Modified super star from Ransomville. N.Y. and the 2016 Indoor Series champion, remains in close contention.

Bonsignore and Rudolph will be joined by fellow Empire Staters Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, Jonathan Reid of Lockport, Ronnie Flaim of Allegany, DJ Forbes, Jr., of Syracuse, Shawn and Andrew Nye of Lancaster, Timmy and Tommy Catalano of Ontario, crowd favorite Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, Ryan Bartlett of Watertown and Tyler Thompson of Fulton.

The wild card for the TQ Midget drivers and their teams is the fact that the Times Union Center is a first-time venue: no one knows exactly how the track will develop and to what extent it will change over time.

While unusual, Indoor Auto Racing is not unprecedented in the state of New York.

Throughout decade of the 90s up to and including 2002, the Niagara Falls Convention Center hosted Indoor TQ Midget events several times each winter. The development of casino gambling ended the Niagara Falls racing.

Now, through the efforts of Len Sammons’ Indoor Auto Racing Series, Empire State auto racing in the winter has been resurrected.

The TQ Midgets will be supported by the Slingshot both nights and the Champ Karts were recently added as a Saturday night bonus.  Both of the undercard divisions have full fields of 30 teams registered.

Top New York State Slingshot entrants include Dan Morgiewicz  of Goshen, Damon Paul and Matt Hitchcock both of Stony Point, Nick DelCampo of Blauvelt, Brandon McGill of Plattskill, and Don  Boonstra of Hurley.

The Champ Kart class, are led into battle by Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J., who has won both Indoor Auto Racing Series run to date.  Karters from New York State who have 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series experience include area drivers Ryan Kendall of Troy, Ryah Swartz of St. Johnsville, Jordan Modiano of Schenectady, and Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake.

Central and western New York entrants include Tyler Brown of Fulton, Taylor Caprara of Watertown, Gene Gregoric of Tonawanda, and James Shutts of Syracuse.   Long Islanders running Karts are Vinny Delaney, Eric Zeh. Anthony Colandro, Brian Chin, and Richie Davidowitz,

The Friday, February 9 schedule of events calls for time trials and qualifying races for both TQ Midgets and Slingshots. Doors open at 6:30 PM Friday with racing beginning at 7:30.

On Saturday, February 10 doors open at 6 PM with racing beginning at 7 PM.  All three divisions the TQs, Slingshots and Champ Karts will compete on Saturday night.

Choice tickets for both days are available at the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or at