Willix holds off Pinkerous to win at Glen Ridge – The Daily Gazette


The car count for the rescheduled return of the modified DIRTcar 358 to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park since 2019 may not have been as good as expected, but the racing has been.

Rookie Brock “Bam Bam” Pinkerous and veteran Lance Willix returned to The Ridge on Sunday and showed they still know how to get around the fast quarter mile.

Willix bided his time in the 30-lap finale, letting the track come to him before passing James Meehan with three laps to go and closing in quickly on race leader Pinkerous.

Arriving on a run-in car, the former junior sling track champion and 14-time overall winner at The Ridge looked to time his exit from turn four to use the car as a pick. However, he found enough room inside to pass cleanly and take the ladies by 0.061 seconds.

“We won here in 2011 or 2012, but it’s been a while since I’ve been here,” Willix said from victory lane. “The child [Pinkerous] had a good run. He just left the bottom open enough for me to squeeze through.

It was Willix’s third career win at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Meehan, a regular at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, placed third, followed by Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Montgomery Tremont and Brian Calabrese.

“I want to thank [Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter] Lyle DeVore for all his help in organizing this race tonight,” said Glen Ridge co-promoter Ray Sefrin.

Willix wasn’t the only one to pull off a last lap, last corner pass for the win on Sunday.

Butchie Irwin used the outside groove of turn four to pass Mike Hill for the limited Sportsman victory, while Andrew Buff took victory in the 30-lap DIRTcar Sportsman feature over Garret Poland and Luke Horning beat Jay Fitzgerald in the the 30-lap DIRTcar. main event of the professional stock.

Dominick Denue took home the victory in the street stock feature, while Billy Hillman and Bruce Liddle took home the dual cam and single cam stock trophies respectively. The all-star slingshot feature went to Adam Fusco, while Connor Crane picked up the win in the junior slingshot feature.


Two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Todd Bodine greeted fans and took turns getting wet in the Dunk Tank during AIM Autism to benefit the Crossroads Center for Children Tailgate for a Cause last Saturday at Fonda Speedway .

“Stewart Friesen is a teammate this year, and when they said what was going on and what they were doing here, my wife and I jumped at the chance to come,” Bodine said.

Autism awareness event raised over $30,000 through barbecue chicken, silent auction and dunk tank.

Bodine, who is also an on-air race analyst for Fox NASCAR on the FS1 NCWTS pre-race show, went to the announcer’s tower during the night’s race program and said to fans: “I didn’t grow up on dirt, I grew up on asphalt. Going to a few dirt races with Jess and Stewart, I hadn’t realized how much fun I was missing. It’s very different and very fun. I have never raced on dirt with anything, but would love to race with a modification.

“The Onion” will make his 800th NASCAR career start Saturday in the Camping World Truck Series races at Pocono Raceway in the No. 62 Halmar-Friesen Racing truck that was also driven by Jessica Friesen on the dirt this season.

“It’s a big step, and only 27 other guys have done it, so when we saw we were close to doing it, we had to try and get six runs,” Bodine said. “Luckily Stewart was kind enough to want me to do this with them. When it all came out he was actually the first person to ask if it was real.

Richie Evans remembers 61

Weather permitting, the second annual Richie Evans Remembered 61 will take place Thursday night at Utica-Rome Speedway, where Evans competed and won track championships during his days on an asphalt circuit.

The Short Track Super Series event will be a 61 round event, $6,100 up for grabs with $610 to take the green. Stewart Friesen is the defending champion.

Evans won 33 features in Utica-Rome to go along with four track championships and eight consecutive NASCAR Modified National Championships between 1978 and 1985.

Evans was killed in an accident while practicing for a NASCAR modified event at Martinsville Speedway in October 1985 at the age of 44.


Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will feature the first $500 Hillman Memorial up for grabs for the mini stock division, along with its regular Sunday night race card.

Fonda Speedway will host 20 twins for modifications on Saturday night as part of its full regular race card.

The Empire Super Sprints heads to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday night with heat races scheduled only for the ESS sprints, modified and sport divisions.

Albany-Saratoga is set to host the annual Stan Da’ Man Night with $3,200 up for grabs for edits and added bonus money for all divisions.

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