It was a beautiful night of racing at Saratoga Speedway on Saturday.
#68 Bruce Moran had his winning streak snapped in the Motorcycle division at six. The Bomber cars had an amazing 35-lap feature that came down to the last lap. The Dwarf cars and I.M.C.A Modifieds filled out the rest of the night.
#57 Ryan Middleton set fast time of 22.342 seconds in qualifying in the Motorcycle division. Moran was racing at a very high level during the dash and the first heat, dominating the other five bikes to win his fifth and sixth races in a row.
In the Inverted heat, Moran was still dominating the field going into lap five but lost control in the hairpin, damaging his bike and putting him out of contention. Middleton took over from there and won the race. He also led all 15 laps of the main to take his first ever main event win at Saratoga Speedway. #62 Dean Thompson was second with third going to #9 Jim Deas.
The I.M.C.A Modifieds were a bit down in cars due to other commitments. #00 Bart Smith once again set fast time (15.349) in qualifying. #98 Pat Brown had a very good night, winning the dash and the heat. Smith held off Brown to win the inverted heat.
In the 25-lap feature, Brown found a hole to take the lead early and never looked back, holding off Smith who gave him some pressure late put couldn’t pull the trigger. #53 Kevin Noble finished third.
#34 Ike Armitage held off two hard chargers to win the Dwarf cars exciting 25-lap main event. #8 Mike Schott won the four-lap dash, with the first heat going to #11 Mike Meeres. Armitage dominated from there, winning the inverted heat and the main.
Armitage and Meeres battled for all 25 laps of the feature, but Armitage put on a great show of racing skills to hold off Meeres for the win. Meeres and Armitage are neck and neck in the points standings, so more of this great racing should continue throughout the year.
The Bomber cars had one of the best main events of the season. #72 Stewart Lee, #24 Charlie Ackerman and #29 Gilles Cyr were all single file through the first 25 laps until they ran into five cars of lap traffic. Ackerman had the lead, but on lap 33, Lee found a hole through the lap cars to briefly take the lead.
Ackerman would not give up though and found his own hole and re-took the lead from Lee on the last lap to take the win in one of the closest races in many years. Lee took second with Cyr third.
Lee, Ackerman and Cyr are battling for the points lead in the Bomber division, so make sure you mark your calenders to watch these three go at it all year.
EXTRA LAPS This weekend features the Car Tossing Competition, where the record is 64 feet, six inches set in 2010 … there will also be an engine removal competition and the Crash to Pass cars, Hornet cars and Roadrunners will also be on the track …
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