Story By: TOM BOGGIE / ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY – MALTA, NY – What’s better than three days of racing at historic Albany-Saratoga Speedway?
How about free camping?
Albany-Saratoga promoter Lyle DeVore has announced that there will be free camping on the speedway grounds for “The Malta Massive Weekend, which will be held from Sept. 19-21.
Reserved seating in the top two rows of the grandstand is now on sale and will be available for both the Friday and Saturday portions of the three-day show. Reserved seating will be $20 on Sept. 20, and $35 on Sept. 21. Reserved seats can be purchased at the speedway on race nights or by calling the speedway office at (518) 587-0220.
“The Malta Massive Weekend” will begin on Thursday, Sept. 19 with the 54-lap “Come ‘N Get It” season-opening program, which was rained out five times. Sponsored by Bart Contracting and Schaghticoke Wine & Spirits, “Come ‘N Get It” will pay $5,400 to win.
Although the modified heats for the 54-lapper have already been completed, with Anthony Perrego scheduled to start on the pole, DeVore said that there will be at least one consolation race for the modifieds, and he has also added one last chance qualifier, which is open to any car, big block or small block, that wants a chance to get into “Come ‘N Get It.”
In addition, the Thursday card will include all the regular divisions that were scheduled to compete on April 23. The sportsman will be racing for a top prize of $1,000, compliments of John Ray & Sons. Pit wristbands and general admission tickets from the rained out program on April 23 will be accepted.
Night two of “The Malta Massive Weekend” will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 and will be highlighted by a small block modified feature which will pay $4,000 to win. The primary sponsor for that race is Tom Clothier Trucking and will be part of the Suicide Prevention Awareness campaign. Bart Contracting has also come on board for the Friday night show, which will include modified time trials, with a $500 bonus going to the quickest driver around the historic four-tenths mile circuit. A Dean’s Electrical sportsman series race, street stocks and four-cylinders will also be on the program.
Night three of “The Malta Massive Weekend” will be showcased by a 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series race that will pay $10,000 to win. The modifieds will be joined by a DIRT Pro Stock Series race and limited sportsman on the Saturday, Sept. 21 program.
Sunday, Sept 22 has been set aside for a rain date if any of the three original nights have to be postponed because of weather.