Opening weekend of the 2019 Saratoga Speedway racing season was packed with action last Saturday. Photo by Fernando Pereira

2019 racing season gets underway at Saratoga Speedway

Figure 8, Mad Max, Crash-to-Pass and more took to the track Saturday before opening night fireworks

Saratoga Speedway opened its 2019 season of racing action Saturday night with a bang.

Lots of bangs in fact. There were bangs on the track and in the air with the post race fireworks of the year.

A class of racing has returned with the expectation of more banging but the returning Figure 8 class surprisingly had no collisions in their events, but that most likely will change as the car numbers increase in that class. Austin Klee in the #86 won the Figure 8 main event Saturday.

The Crash-to-Pass class delivered lots of great racing entertainment to the large crowd enjoying the fine warm spring evening weather. Sheldon Hopp in his #73 took top honors in the Crash-to-Pass main event.

Then came the Mad Max Extreme racing class, which has accepted more cars to their fold and they also put on a great paint-trading set of races to delight the fans. Danielle Dunn in her #79 captured the checkered flag in her division’s main event.

The two Hornet divisions put on great race shows Saturday, as well, with some new drivers in the B class and many experienced drivers in the A class. The B division winner of the C main was Evan Vansolkema in his #78, and the the B main winner was #30 Stephanie Addison who passed her race-leading dad late in the event to cross the finish line ahead of him by 1.017 seconds. The A division checkered flag flew for #98 Nigel Neufeld 2.386 seconds ahead of Boston Larson in his #87.

Coming next weekend on May 11 will be the Time Attack and Street Outlaw drag racing followed by the featured monster trucks on May 18 and 19th.

Full upcoming racing schedules, as well as the other events that happen out at the track, can be found online at

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