posted June 15, 2001 11:48 PM
Hall of Famers at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
MALTA - Five men who helped shape the future of the Champlain Valley Racing
Association and Albany-Saratoga Speedway will be honored on the annual New
York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame night at Albany-Saratoga on
Friday, June 22.
CVRA founder and President C.J. Richards, former columnist John Osterhoudt
and drivers Steve Luse, Charlie Laduc and Vince Quenneville Sr. will be
honored at the first of four special NYSSCA Hall of Fame Nights at tracks
throughout the Northeast.
In addition, Rene Charland, James Cottrell, Nick Ronca, Butch Jelley and Ken
Tremont Sr. will be honored as the first five Lifetime Members of the CVRA.
They will receive specially designed jackets to commemorate the occasion.
All members of the NYSSCA have been invited to attend the festivities at
Albany-Saratoga Speedway, which will include a pre-race barbecue and an
autograph session with fans.
The highlight of the night will be in the induction of CVRA founder
C.J.Richards into the Hal of Fame. Richards began promoting races in
Vermont in the 1960s and took over the operation of Albany-Saratoga speedway
in 1977. Recognized as one of the true innovators of the sport, Richards'
highly successful Super Shootout Series was one of the highlights of the
Northeast racing calendar in the 1980s, and he was one of the first
promoters to recognize the importance of small block racing, doing away with
big block modifieds in 1985.
The past and future Hall of Famers will be greeted with a great night of
racing, as all the CVRA divisions will be in action. The 358 modified
divisions brings together some of the best Saturday night racers in the
northeast, as the Friday night roster includes Dave Camara, Ken Tremont Jr.,
Jack Johnson, Andy Bachetti and Brett Hearn.
The first green flag on Hall of Fame night will drop at 7 p.m. Additional
information about the 2001 schedule at Albany-Saratoga Speedway can be
obtained by calling the track office at (518) 587-0220 or visiting their
website at www.cvra.com