Malta, NY – One week ago Peter Britten recorded a very popular win at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway by defeating current point’s leader Brett Hearn in what many have described as an unbelievable race. This week, the man known as Batman returned to victory lane in the Upstate GMC DIRTcar Modified feature event and like last week, beat the Jersey Jet in the process.
The checkered flag was the third of Britten’s career at Lyle DeVore’s racey four tenths of a mile oval and moves him a little closer to Hearn in the race for the 2014 track championship. The win also gave the Troyer pilot a guaranteed starting spot for this October’s Eastern States 200 at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown.
Matt Depew and New England’s Brian Whittemore led the field to the green with Depew grabbing the initial lead. The race would slow for the first time on lap one when Jimmy Cottrell, Whittemore and Rich Ronca tangled. On the restart rookie Brett Wright would take over the lead however his time out front was short lived as he would break on lap three.
Wright’s misfortune would give the lead back to Depew who held the top spot for the next six laps. On lap nine third generation driver Ronnie Johnson powered the Palmer’s Service Center number 2RJ to the lead. Brian Gleason came to a stop on lap ten, forcing the caution flag to wave.
Johnson held the lead on the restart however the caution flag would fly once again on lap 11, this time for Neal Stratton who came to a stop in turn three. Johnson continued to lead on the restart with Depew, Britten, Don Ronca and Mark Kislowski following. Hearn had moved up to the sixth position.
Britten meanwhile was charging. After starting from the 13th position Britten took over the lead from Johnson on lap 15. Later that lap Stratton, Chris Busta and Mike Perrotte tangled to bring out the caution flag. Britten led on the restart before the race returned to caution pace on lap 17 due to Justin Barber coming to a stop in turn two.
On the restart Britten continued to lead with Johnson, Hearn, Kenny Tremont, Jr. and Depew following. Marc Johnson, who started 19th, had his number 3J up to the sixth position. By lap 25 Marc Johnson had moved up to the third position. Two more caution flags would slow the field and set up the final restart on lap 30.
Britten remained the leader on the restart with Hearn and Marc Johnson following. In the end Britten pulled the Jerry Darrah owned machine into victory lane for the second straight week. Hearn finished second with Marc Johnson third, Ronnie Johnson fourth and Depew fifth. Heat races for the 29 car field were won by Depew, Rich Ronca and Matt Delorenzo.
Jake Scarborough won the 25 lap Sportsman division feature event. Scarborough, who is affectionately known as one half of the Brandon Bandito’s would sit in victory lane for the first time at the Great Race Place. Scarborough brought home the win over defending track champion and current point leader Jeremey Pitts, Jon Miller, Scott Duell and Hunter Bates. Heat races for the 29 car field were won by Colin Bokus, Chad Miller and Jon Miller.
A couple of week’s back Amsterdam’s Chuck Dumblewski nearly pulled off his first ever DIRTcar Pro Stock feature event win at Albany-Saratoga. This week though he was able to enter his name in the history books as a division feature winner. Dumblewski won the night’s 25 lap feature event over Dave DePaulo, Rob Yetman, Ed Thompson and Kenny Martin. Heat races for the 17 car field were claimed by Bill Smith and Brandon Emigh.
Ken Conroy won the 15 lap Limited Sportsman feature event. The win was the rookie driver’s first career open wheel win. He has multiple Street Stock division feature wins. Last week’s feature winner Ricky Davis finished second with Shannon Donnelly third, Andrew Buff fourth and Matt Atwood fifth. Heat races for the 20 car field were won by Conroy and Zach Daurio.
Bill Duprey picked up the win in the 15 lap Don Don’s Delights Street Stock feature event. Josh Coonradt came home second with Frank Monroe third, Jason Meltz fourth and Randy Miller fifth. A total of 17 drivers entered the event.
Steve Ryan won the 15 lap Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder feature event. Kasper Jordan finished second with Ken Stager third, Dave LaBarge fourth and Dan Older, Jr. fifth. A total of 12 drivers entered the event.
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway returns to action Friday night with the 3rd Annual Hungry Mike Ronca Memorial event for the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division. All other weekly divisions will be in action. The DIRTcar Pro Stock division will compete in a $600 to win event. Race time is scheduled for 7pm.
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Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Eastern States Qualifier Results (35 Laps) – 1) Peter Britten, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Marc Johnson, 4) Ronnie Johnson, 5) Matt Depew, 6) Ken Tremont Jr, 7) Elmo Reckner, 8) Don Ronca, 9) Keith Flach, 10) Jeff Strunk, 11) Rich Scagliotta, 12) John Lutes Jr., 13) Mark Kislowski, 14) Brian Whittemore, 15) Dylan Scribner, 16) Jeremy Wilder, 17) Jimmy Cottrell, 18) Mike Perrotte 19) Brian Gleason, 20) Matt Delorenzo, 21) Cass Bennett, 22) Justin Barber, 23) Mike Minick, 24) Chris Busta, 25) Neil Stratton, 26) Jim Nagle, 27) Rich Ronca, 28) Brett Wright, 29) C.G. Morey
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Jake Scarborough, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Jon Miller, 4) Scott Duell, 5) Hunter Bates, 6) Colin Bokus, 7) Timothy Davis, 8) Joey Scarborough, 9) Joe Orlando, 10) Jack Gentile, 11) Jack Swinton, 12) Nick Anatriello, 13) Chad Miller, 14) Dave Baranowski Jr, 15) Elliott Lussier, 16) Mike Burdo, 17) John Proctor, 18) Jack Speshock, 19) Alex Bell, 20) Nick Lussier, 21) Robert Bublak, 22) Pete Jeske, 23) Tim Hartman Jr, 24) Connor Cleveland, 25) Chris Johnson, 26) Olden Dwyer, 27) Derrick McGrew, 28) Cody Bleau, 29) Mike Ostrander
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) – 1) Ken Conroy, 2) Ricky Davis, 3) Shannon Donnelly, 4) Andrew Buff, 5) Matt Atwood, 6) Ben Brownell, 7) Zach Daurio, 8) Bruce Schwab, 9) Diana Huyck, 10) Jack Bublak, 11) Randall Soucie, 12) Emily Quinn, 13) David Emigh, 14) Bob Schmidt, 15) Anthony Alger, 16) Brandon Pitcher, 17) Jesse Edwards, 18) Ron Casey, 19) Christopher Ronca, 20) Alissa Cody
DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) – 1) Chuck Dumblewski, 2) Dave Depaulo, 3) Rob Yetman, 4) Ed Thompson, 5) Ken Martin, 6) Robbie Speed, 7) Kim Duell, 8) Dan Older, 9) Bill Smith, 10) Byron Wescott, 11) Danny Wood, 12) Jeff Washburn, 13) Brandon Emigh, 14) Dean Charbonneau, 15) Randy Brownell, 16) Norm Loubier, DNS) Rowdy Burch
Don Don’s Delights Street Stock Results (20 Laps) – 1) Bill Duprey, 2) Josh Coonradt, 3) Frank Monroe, 4) Jason Meltz, 5) Randy Miller, 6) Matt Mosher, 7) Damon Anderson, 8) Chase Aussicker, 9) Scott Lawrence, 10) Jody Thew, 11) Fred Harris, 12) Paul Braymer, 13) Luke MacIsaac, 14) Darrell Older, 15) Jason Barrett, 16) Dave Stickles, DNS) David Shippee
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cylinder Combined Results (15 Laps) – 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Kasper Jordan, 3) Ken Stager, 4) Dave LaBarge, 5) Dan Older, 6) Elmer Montville, 7) Robert Garney, 8) Brett Horlacher, 9) Rich Tinkham, 10) Don Curley, 11) Tim Meltz, DNS) Pete Vila
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cyliner Single Cam Results – 1) Kasper Jordan, 2) Dave LaBarge, 3) Dan Older, 4) Elmer Montville, 5) Robert Garney, 6) Brett Horlacher, 7) Rich Tinkham, 8) Don Curley, 9) Tim Meltz
Greg’s Towing & Repair 4 Cylinder Dual Cam Results – 1) Steve Ryan, 2) Ken Stager, 3) Pete Vila