Mike Mahaney survived a furious challenge from Stewart Friesen late in the race to win Saturday night’s 100-lap Super DIRT Series race at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
It was the King Ferry rider’s very first Super DIRT Series victory and he received a check for $ 13,000 for his hard-earned victory on the four-tenth-mile Maltese track. Mahaney started on the outside pole and stayed in the top three for the entire race. Tim Sears Jr. and Anthony Perrego also led in the first half of the final. Perrego fell after 60 laps but Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard were in charge.
Friesen struggled qualifying and had to run the consolation race to enter the 100-lap main event. Friesen started 21st in the 28-car starting field. Sheppard set a new AS track record of 15.397 seconds in qualifying, but redrawn the starting ninth place for the function.
By lap 75, Friesen had roared through the field and pressured Mahaney for the lead. Sheppard took third and it was a three-car chase in the final laps.
Friesen and Mahaney traded slip jobs for the lead in the final three laps, but Mahaney regained first place and took the win. Sheppard had to settle for third, with Ronnie Johnson, Peter Britten, Mat Williamson, Demetrious Drellos, Larry Wight, Billy Decker and Chris Hile filling in the rest of the top 10.
Many of those same modified ones will head north on Sunday to West Haven, Vermont for the modified Slate Hill 100 special at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The winner of the feature film gets a nice check for $ 10,000.
JUSTIN BONSIGNORE WINS AMENDED TITLE
Justin Bonsignore needed to finish 11th or better to claim the 2021 Whelen Modified Tour championship title in Saturday’s 150-lap fall final at Stafford Springs, Connecticut Speedway.
But the Holtsville, Long Island rider took the lead just past the middle of the race and clinched an $ 11,000 victory that clinched his third Whelen title in the past four years.
Doug Coby was second, followed by Patrick Emerling, Kyle Bonsignore and Craig Lutz.
ANDY JANKOWIAK WINS THE SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONS RACE VICTORY
Four preliminary characteristics for the Race of Champions program at the Lake Erie, Pennsylvania circuit were contested on Saturday with second-generation driver Andy Jankowiak winning the main event featured for modified athletes. Other winners: Jerick Johnson (late model main event), Evan Rygielski (super stocks), Andrew Lewis (602 sportsman) and Nick Robinson (4 cylinders).
The 71st Champions Race ends Sunday afternoon at Lake Erie with a 250-lap test for the modified that pays $ 13,700 to win.
OUTLAW SPEEDWAY POSTPONES THE SATURDAY PROGRAM
The generator issues that shortened Friday night’s map at Dundee’s Outlaw Speedway could not be addressed in time for Saturday’s Fall National Championships schedule. The event has been postponed to October 23.
DAVID GRAVEL WINS THE OUT-LA-LA FUNCTIONING
David Gravel passed points leader Brad Sweet on lap 25 and won the 35-lap World of Outlaws main event on Saturday night at the Lernerville, PA circuit. Ten-time WoO champion Donnie Schatz was third, followed by James McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild.
FOUR NATIONALS OF THE CROWN IN ELDORA
The Eldora (Ohio) Speedway hosted four classes of open wheels in their traditional Four Crown Nationals on Saturday night. Rico Abreu won the All-Star Sprint, Tyler Courtney the USAC Sprint Final, Chris Windom the USAC Midget Main Event and Logan Seavey the USAC Silver Crown Race.