Racing Around: Glen Ridge postpones its opener
In 2011, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was blessed with good weather conditions as they were one of the few local tracks able to get race programs in while others were plagued by postponements.
Now it is The Ridge that has been hit by the rainout bug.
Persistent wet weather forced promoters Pete and Matt Demitraszek to move their opening day from April 5 to this Friday night.
However, the weather has not improved much and the first year promoters have again been forced to postpone opening night for another week.
Soft grounds and track conditions have prevented the track crew from getting the necessary work down to prepare for racing action.
The Ridge will try again April 26 with a regular show plus an added show featuring vintage modifieds.
If the rain holds off long enough Friday night, Albany-Saratoga Speedway is prepared to open its season with a full regular race card plus 4-cylinders.
Fonda Speedway will try to get back on track Saturday after inclement weather forced the postponement of the opening night of the points championship battle. The start time for the program is slated for 7 p.m.
Caroga Creek Raceway also was scheduled for a test and tune session last Saturday, but it was pushed back to this Saturday instead of the originally scheduled regular race program.
Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. with practice starting at 5:30 p.m.
Dodge City Speedway in Howes Cave also is scheduled to hold a practice session this Saturday with its season opener scheduled for April 27.
Not all the racing was rained out last week.
Lebanon Valley Speedway kicked off its 61st season with 2012 modified track champion Brett Hearn picking up the $3,000-to-win main event victory.
Speaking of Hearn, the veteran modified driver will host his annual driving school Tuesday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Hearn will provide drivers with one-on-one, on-track instruction through the use of Raceivers and his race team will be on-site to assist with chassis set-up and other questions.
The focus will be on sportsman and modifieds.
However all classes are invited.
The cost is $200 for drivers with a minimal pit fee for each crew member.
Fonda Speedway lost a member of its family and a true friend of racing earlier this week.
Ed Keyser passed away Monday.
Ed and his wife June are often the first people you see when entering the gate off the parking lot as they greet fans, especially the kids at the Fonda Futures Kids Club.
Ed and June not only supported the local race scene, but were dedicated supporters of high school sports, especially following the teams from Schoharie.
It was not often that I would not see them, especially during postseason play in the stands cheering for the Indians.
Keyser was a major supporter of his daughter Carole and her husband Alton’s race team as well as Ronnie Johnson, Darren Keyser and all the drivers carrying the Palmer’s Service sponsorship.