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The car count for the rescheduled DIRTcar 358 modified’s return to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park since 2019 may not have been as good as anticipated, but the racing was.

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

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

Coming up on a lapped car, the former junior slingshot 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 on the inside to cleanly get through and take the checkers by .061 seconds.

“We won here in 2011 or 2012, but it has been quite a while since I have been here,” Willix said in victory lane. “The kid [Pinkerous] ran a good race. He just left the bottom open enough that I was able to squeeze in there.”

It was the third career victory for Willix at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Meehan, an Albany-Saratoga Speedway regular, 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 putting this race on tonight,” Glen Ridge co-promoter Ray Sefrin said.

Willix wasn’t the only one pulling off a last-lap, last-turn pass for the victory Sunday.

Butchie Irwin used the outside groove off turn four to pass Mike Hill for the limited sportsman victory, while Andrew Buff picked up the win in the 30-lap DIRTcar sportsman feature over Garret Poland and Luke Horning beat out Jay Fitzgerald in the 30-lap DIRTcar pro stock main event.

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


Two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Todd Bodine greeted fans and took a turn getting wet in the Dunk Tank during the 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, me and my wife jumped at the chance to come,” Bodine said.

The Autism Awareness event raised more than $30,000 through the chicken barbecue, silent auction and dunk tank.

Bodine, who is also an on-air racing analyst for Fox NASCAR on the FS1 NCWTS prerace show, made a trip to the announcer’s tower during the night’s race program and told fans, “I didn’t grow up on dirt, I grew up on asphalt. Going to a couple of dirt races with Jess and Stewart, I didn’t realize how much fun I was missing. It is very different and a lot of fun. I never raced on dirt with anything, but would love to race a modified.”

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

“It is quite a milestone, and only 27 other guys have done it, so when we saw we were that close to getting it done, we had to try to get six races in,” Bodine said. “Fortunately, Stewart was nice enough to want me to do that with them. When this all came out, he was actually the first person to ask if this was for real.”


Weather permitting, the Second Annual Richie Evans Remembered 61 will be run Thursday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway, where Evans competed and won track championships during its days at an asphalt speedway.

The Short Track Super Series event will be a 61-lap, $6,100-to-win event with $610 to take the green. Stewart Friesen is the defending champion.

Evans won 33 features at Utica-Rome to go with four track championships and eight straight NASCAR national modified championships between 1978 and 1985.

Evans was killed in a crash during practice for a NASCAR modified event at Martinsville Speedway in October of 1985 at the age of 44.


The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will feature the inaugural $500-to-win Hillman Memorial for the mini stock division, along with its full regular Sunday night race card.

Fonda Speedway will host twin 20s for the modifieds Saturday night as part of its full regular race card.

The Empire Super Sprints will make their way to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night with heat races scheduled only for the ESS sprints, modified and sportsman divisions.

Albany-Saratoga is scheduled to host the annual Stan Da’ Man Night with $3,200 to win for the modifieds and bonus money added for all divisions.

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