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HEDGER: The Long Look


Although the Northeast racing community had been on notice about the impending loss of the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile since March, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement that demolition of the grandstand and speedway to allow a major fairgrounds renovation would commence after this year’s Super DIRT Week was still hard to swallow.

Tremont Grabs 7th Albany-Saratoga Prize

Kenny Tremont Jr. takes the checkered flag Friday night at New York's Albany-Saratoga Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

With one week remaining in the season, point leader Kenny Tremont Jr. put a stranglehold on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway DIRTcar modified championship with his seventh win of the season Friday night

Hearn Runs Dry, Friesen Banks $17,500

Stewart Friesen (44) has won more than 30 races this year in modifieds and sprint cars. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

The old adage “It’s never over till it’s over” was proven again Tuesday night at the Lebanon Valley Speedway’s Mr. Dirt Track USA Super DIRTcar Series event

Brett Hearn Gets Back On Track


Brett Hearn got back to victory lane at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night after prevailing in a torrid battle with point leader Kenny Tremont Jr. and Peter Britten as the trio battled forward from the sixth and seventh rows.

Jimmy Phelps Steals Big Show Thunder

Jimmy Phelps (98h) won Wednesday's The Big Show 7 at New York's Albany-Saratoga Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

The Albany-Saratoga Speedway may have the reputation for being the playground of Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont Jr., but nobody would know it by the way Jimmy Phelps went around the three-eighths-mile oval Wednesday night

Tremont Rules Albany-Saratoga


Albany-Saratoga Speedway point leader Kenny Tremont notched his sixth DIRTcar modified win of the season Friday night

Brett Hearn Turns His Luck Around


All-time Albany-Saratoga Speedway win leader Brett Hearn got back to victory lane Friday night after a few weeks of technical issues and not quite getting to the front, but it wasn’t easy.

Friesen Keeps Rolling Along At Fonda


Hot off a spectacular World of Outlaws win at Ohsweken Speedway Stewart Friesen kept his spectacular season going with a $5,000 victory in Wednesday night’s 50-lap “Jack Johnson Tribute” race at the Fonda Speedway

Schatz Romps To No. 21 At Lebanon Valley

Donny Schatz (15) passes Mark Smith Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway. (John Dadalt photo)

Donny Schatz notched his 21st World of Outlaws victory of the season Sunday night with a flag-to-flag cruise around the high-banked, half-mile Lebanon Valley Speedway

HEDGER: The Long Look


Racers are, by nature, extremely competitive. No matter what division they compete in or whether they tour or concentrate on a hometown speedway, they want the fastest and neatest car, the newest trick component, the most impressive pit equipment and, most obviously, the biggest, shiniest tow rig.


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