Demitraszeks taking over at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE – Snow may cover the racing surface at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, but plans are already at full throttle for the 2013 season.
With the team of Mike Romano and Jake Spraker opting to not return as promoters at The Ridge, Peter and Matt Demitraszek have taken over the reins of the quarter-mile dirt track.
Pete and Matt have been involved in racing starting in the budget sportsman division at Glen Ridge and on various sprint car divisions in the Northeast. When Matt left for a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Pete kept the sprint car team intact with Bobby Varin behind the wheel. He also became involved in the track preparation at Glen Ridge.
“Matt has completed his tour of duty now and has returned home,” Pete said. “I sold everything from the sprinter and am taking the money from that and investing it in the track. Matt may want to go back racing again but we are both concentrating on the track.”
The Demitraszeks are moving the race program back to Friday night after a midyear switch by Romano and Spraker to Sunday in an effort to attract more cars.
The regular Friday night race card will include modifieds, sportsmen, rookie sportsmen, street stocks and cruisers.
“We will be running the RaceSaver 305 sprint cars every other week,” Pete said. “We are also looking at running an enduro once a month.”
According to an announcement on the track’s web site (www.thenewglenridgemotorsportspark.com) modifieds will be allowed to run sail panels this season.
“The rule book is all done and the website is up now,” Pete said. “I am going to go over it [the rule book] one more time before I send it to be put up on the website. The enduro rules are also in there. I’m also trying to schedule a meeting in early February to get together with teams.”
Demitraszek has met with Fonda Speedway promoter Ric Lucia.
“I had a good meeting with Ric Lucia and we are going to try to do some stuff together,” he said. “One of the things we are going to try to do is promote racing in the area instead of tearing it down.”
A big change this year at Glen Ridge concerns the tires that will be allowed.
“I made Fonda tires legal at Glen Ridge,” Pete said. “We are not going to have much of a point fund this year, but I think in the long run we will save the racers some money. I have also talked to Gene Cole and his tires are also going to be legal at the track. Basically, any American Racer tire, as long as it’s not the late model tires.”
Demitraszek said that another crossover from Fonda Speedway will be the use of a new modified engine.
“I am excited to see the new motor Hunt’s has available for Fonda,” Pete said. “It’s 377 all aluminum motor that he has made legal to run with the big blocks at Fonda. I told Lucia it could run here also. The thing makes 680 horsepower for about $14,000.”
Glen Ridge is also looking at the possibility of adopting Fonda’s rules for the street stock division to allow more drivers to compete weekly at both tracks.
There will be some personnel changes at Glen Ridge, however several officials will be returning for the upcoming season.
“Bernie and Josh Heald are coming back to do the scoring,” Pete said. “The safety crew is coming back as well as the concession stand people. We are going to see some new people. Chris Miller will be the flagger and Josh Phillips will handle the announcing. The race director and pit steward have not been confirmed yet. I will remain involved in the track prep also.”
The track was resurfaced at the end of the 2011 season; however the mild winter caused rough early-season conditions before the track surface settled down.
“We are not going to touch much,” Pete said. “We put a little more clay down on the backstretch a couple of months ago and it is already settled down and is ready.”
A new scoring loop has been installed that will allow fans to keep track of their favorite driver’s position in the field.
“We have a new scoring loop that will show up on your iPhone,” Pete said.
The Demitraszek’s continue to develop the 2013 schedule.
“Our tentative opening date is April 5,” Pete said. “We are trying to keep admission at $10 for general admission. I have been talking with Andy Harpell a couple of times. I would like to reschedule the RoC series race. That was probably the biggest night of the season last year. We are working on sponsors right now and are in the process of redoing our pricing for the tower.”