Saratoga Speedway celebrated it’s 30th anniversary last weekend with a night of racing that was capped off by an amazing firework display.
The night, which was sponsored by North Island College, started off with a race car parade, to recognize all the drivers for their commitment to racing.Then the Dwarf cars ran the first dash of the evening, with the B going to Mike Schott, and the A to Mike Meeres. Schott held the lead in the 12 lap heat for the first nine laps, but Meeres fought his way from the back to take the lead and take the win. Bob Greenaway held the lead in the 10 lap reverse heat for the first three laps until Jeremy Stevens took over the lead and never looked back from there. The 25 lap feature saw Schott take the lead early and stretch it from there. Meeres would eventually catch Schott on lap 17 and take over the lead and hold onto it, taking the win. Schott finished second and third went to Sean Sanger.
Seven I.M.C.A Modifieds took to the track on Saturday, the biggest field in years. Pat Brown set yet another track record, with a time of 15.296, beating his old record of 15.383. The B dash went to Dano Bryant and the A to Kevin Noble. Gregg Sagmoen held an early lead in the heat, but Brad Purdy soon took over and held the lead for the remainder of the heat. Noble led the reverse heat from the very first lap, to win his second race of the night. Noble carried over his winning ways into the main, leading every lap of the 20 lap feature, and winning his third race of the night. Rob Ryan finished second, and Brown finished third. Gilles Cyr once again set fast time in qualifying in the Bomber car division, setting a time of 17.733. The B dash went to Brian Baltis and the A to Charlie Ackerman. Ken Hallgarth Jr. led the heat for the first three laps, but Ackerman eventually found his way around Hallgarth on lap four to take the lead and go on to take the win. Mike Dionne took an early lead in the reverse heat and never looked back, leading eight laps in the 10 lap heat. Ackerman once again took an early lead in the 25 lap feature. Dionne managed to stay with Ackerman for the whole main event but couldn’t find a way around him. Ackerman went on to win the feature, leading all but two laps. Dionne finished second and third went to Hallgarth Jr.
Extra laps… Duane Zeinstra successfully destroyed the limo in the only car jump. Bryce Muyr flipped his car over three times, eventually landing on his roof. This weekend includes Crash to Pass Boat Race, car toss competition, Hornet Cars and Roadrunners.