Fireworks light up sky over Saratoga Speedway

It was dark, gloomy and overcast Saturday night at Saratoga Speedway, but only a few rain drops hit the track and the evening-ending fireworks show brightened up the Sept. 19 sky.

Over 60 cars filled the pits, with heat race wins going to #72 Travis Stevenson, #87 Boston Larson, #G6 Dan Kemp, #00 Saje Kurpiela, #77 Craig Gagne, #9 Keith Hunt, #99 Glenn White and #01 Jeff May.

Twenty-five laps were awarded to the I.M.C.A Modifieds who hadn’t seen the track in nearly eight weeks. The top six cars battled bumper to bumper all the way, but Stevenson was unstoppable on this night, moving into first on lap 12 then pulling away from the pack to  take the win. Second was to #89 Gregg Sagmoen and third May.

The four-car, 15-lap Bomber main saw a great battle between Larson and #11 Justin Beaulieu; Beaulieu held Larson to the outside for the entire race to eke out a tight win over Larson (his second straight main event win).

Fifteen laps were also awarded to the Roadrunners for their main event which saw points leader #88 Ryan Guest work his way around the outside of the entire pack to move  into the lead en route to his 11th main event win of the season (and his first since becoming a father only three weeks ago.

Twenty-one cars entered into the 25-lap Hornet B main. Points leader #53 Rowland Westra took the night off, opening the door for #20 Keegan McCosh, who came out of nowhere to grab an early lead and take home his first ever main event win, one day before his 15th birthday.

Twenty laps were given to the Hornet A main event. #98 Nigel Neufeld who sat only 31 points back for the points lead to start the night, jumped into an early lead after starting on the front row and held off a hard-charging pack to take his first main event win of the year.

#40 Cam Edward had a great run in the Crash to Pass main event, taking home his third main event of the year and closing the gap between him and points leader Hopp who blew his motor on the night.

EXTRA LAPS What’s better than a big turkey dinner mixed with a huge fireworks show? On  Thanksgiving weekend Saratoga will be treating fans to an amazing firework show and holding their first pumpkin race in many years … cars will have a full-sized pumpkin on their hoods and try to outlast the other competitors, with the last pumpkin remaining winning … the championships for the Hornet cars, Roadrunners, Bomber cars, Crash to Pass cars and I.M.C.A Modifieds will also be awarded, finishing off our 2015 season…

 

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