posted August 05, 2001 05:20 PM
MALTA - The Champlain Valley Racing Association 358 modified drivers have
laid down their annual challenge. They're challenging big block drivers to
a 100-lap showdown, with the winner taking home $3,000.
Albany-Saratoga Speedway will be holding its third annual Coors Light Big
Block/Small Block Challenge on Friday, Aug. 24, and the Albany-Saratoga
Speedway regulars are going into the race with a ton of confidence. In the
first two years of the Challenge, the small blocks prevailed. Ken Tremont
Jr. sat in victory lane following the 1999 race, and last season, Jack
Johnson made his debut in the Witz Roofing small block, and easily won the
Home track rules, including tire rules, will apply for the 100-lapper. DIRT
big block drivers will be allowed to run their Hoosiers instead of having to
buy the CVRA Goodyear track tires, which are used at Albany-Saratoga
Speedway. All CVRA drivers MUST adhere to CVRA rules, with no exceptions.
The top 15 drivers in the Albany-Saratoga points standings will be
guaranteed starters for the Coors Light 100, and Albany-Saratoga promoter
Bruce Richards also announced that any 2000 track champion, regardless of
affiliation or sanctioning body, will also be a guaranteed starter for the
The total purse for the Coors Light 100 will be over $10,000, with $100 to
take the green flag.
All drivers entering the 100 will draw for heat race positions, and there
will be a redraw before the feature. Any valid 2001 membership will be valid
for entry into the pits.
For the second year in a row, there is no dominant driver in the premier
division at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, creating some of the best racing the
fans at the historic Malta facility has ever seen. Going into the first
weekend in August, 13 different drivers had been to victory lane in the 358
modified division. The only two-time winner was Brett Hearn, who won
back-to-back features on June 15-22. Last year, there were 12 different
winners in the modified division at the Malta track.
The Aug. 24 show will mark the first appearance of big blocks at
Albany-Saratoga Speedway since last season's United Speedways of North
America New York 200, which was won by Billy Decker.
In addition to the Coors Light Challenge, all other CVRA divisions will be
in action on Aug. 24. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the first green flag
falling at 7 p.m.