posted June 12, 2001 06:17 PM
ESS return to Albany-Saratoga
MALTA - Mike Woodring, the 2000 Empire Super Sprints point champion, can
usually walk into a race track and be a heavy favorite to walk out with a
victory. But Albany-Saratoga Speedway has always been a thorn in his side.
Woodring will be trying to end his run of bad luck at the historic Malta
oval on Friday, June 16 when the Empire Super Sprints make their first
appearance of the 2001 season at the speedway.
The sprint cars will highlight a big night of racing which will also include
the potent Champlain Valley Racing Association 358 modifieds, sportsman and
hobby stocks. Because of the addition of the ESS winged rockets to the card
on June 16, both the pro-street stock and cruiser divisions will take the
night off from racing. The first green flag will drop at 7 p.m.
There's no question that Woodring knows how to get a handle on
Albany-Saratoga's tricky surface, but for whatever reason, he just can't
seem to get to victory lane. On the nights he gets a good starting position,
he usually runs into bad luck; on the nights when he's flying from the rear,
he runs out of laps.
Last season, he was a challenger in both of the ESS stops at
Albany-Saratoga, but couldn't get a victory, as Lance Yonge and Dan
Kaszubinski had the hot setups at Malta.
Parity has been the norm in the first two months of the 2001 ESS season. In
the first four races, there were four different winners, including Woodring,
who picked up his first win of the year at Little Valley Speedway.
Fans who can't attend the June 16 show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway should
note that the ESS cars will be back at Malta on Aug. 3.
The battle for the modified point championship at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
is shaping up to be a good one. Heading into the June 8 racing card, Gene
Munger, driving the Mike Richards-owned modified, had a slim lead over Dave
Camara. Ironically, it was Camara who helped Munger retain the lead. On the
last Friday night in May, Munger blew the motor in the Richardsdale Farms
modified during his heat race, but then borrowed Camara's backup car to use
in the feature. It should be noted that Munger is a longtime crew member for
the Camara Slate team
One of the drivers to keep an eye on is Andy Bachetti. Bachetti has made
Albany-Saratoga Speedway his Friday night home, and already has one win
under his belt. A string of consistent finishes in the early portion of the
season has established him as a threat to win the title, as well.