Busy slate for holiday weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is a race-chaser’s paradise and budget buster.

Sprint car fans can follow the Empire Super Sprint circuit for five straight nights on five different tracks.

The trip started Wednesday night at Brewerton with Mother Nature getting the win. It continues tonight at Rolling Wheels along with a Super DIRT Series big block event. Then onto Can-Am Friday, Fulton on Saturday and Utica-Rome on Sunday.

Locally, fans can start at Glen Ridge on Friday night for a regular show with bonuses before heading to Fonda Saturday night for a kid-friendly night before going to Utica-Rome on Sunday.

After resting up on Monday, head to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday for Brett Hearn’s 100-lap, $10,000-to-win Big Show 6.

In addition to the DIRTcar modifieds, the sportsman division will compete in a pair of 20-lap races, each with its own purse.

Glen Ridge

After a disappointing car counts on its return to Friday night racing two weeks ago, Glen Ridge had almost double the amount of modifieds and sportsman division cars last Friday.

Promoter Mike Sowle is looking to that to increase again this week.

Glen Ridge will offer fans fireworks both on and off the track this week, which has been deemed Fireman’s Night with all firefighters with proper credentials being admitted free to Friday night’s show at The Ridge

And what would fireman’s night be without a firetruck on hand for fans to see as well as a firefighter-themed late model and a Life Net EMS medical helicopter.

Plus, a band will be entertaining fans from 4 to 7 p.m. along with bounce houses available for the kids.

On the track the modifieds will be running for $3,711-to-win and the sportsman division will have a $1,000-to-win main event.

Fonda Speedway

Although there are no fireworks planned for the skies over Fonda Speedway Saturday, but there is expected to be plenty of fireworks on the track.

With his victory last week, his fifth in 10 races at the Track of Champions, Stewart Friesen moved past Jeremy Wilder for second place in the modified point standings. They are both chasing Bobby Varin who holds a 24 point lead over Friesen heading into Saturday’s race.

There is a new points leader in the 602 sportsman division. Adam McAuliffe pulled ahead of Rocky Warner by a single point, 398-397, for the lead, while three drivers, Mark Mortensen, Rick Quick and Cody Clark, are deadlocked in third with 382 points apiece.

Nick Stone holds on to his advantage over Pete Broderson in the pro stock standings, while Kenny Gates and last week’s winner Chuck Dumblewski are tied for third with 416 points apiece.

In the street stock division, Dave Horning Sr. extended his points lead over Neil Cosselman to 14 points with his third-straight win Saturday night.

Saturday is Hawaiian Night at Fonda Speedway with anyone wearing a Hawaiian short getting $2 off general admission. The evening race program is sponsored by Morris Ford and will have kid-friendly give aways throughout the night.

On the air tonight

Race fans will have an opportunity to watch the asphalt supermodifieds in their natural habitat tonight as MAVTV Speed Sport will broadcast the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 that was run May 24 at Oswego Speedway.

The one-hour broadcast starts at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Cable channel 402.

The broadcast will be hosted by veteran announcer Ralph Sheheen and former NASCAR champion and Budweiser International Classic starter Johnny Benson.

I expect multi-time Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track champion Otto Sitterly of Canajoharie to get plenty of air time during the broadcast.

The 58th annual Budweiser International Classic, which will take place on Aug. 31, will also be broadcast as a part of SPEED SPORT’s schedule on MAVTV on Sept. 25.