MALTA, N.Y. — Kenny Tremont Jr. claimed his second win of the season Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, edging archrival Brett Hearn by half a car length in the 37-lap Mike Ronca Memorial for DIRT modifieds.
The odd distance was set in remembrance of Ronca’s longtime number, seven, with Keith Flach earning a bonus for leading lap seven and some $700 added to the winner’s share of the purse as well.
Rich Scagliotta hit the stripe third ahead of a fast-closing Ronnie Johnson, up from 16th, with Australian Peter Britten fifth ahead of rookie Brian Gleason, Stewart Friesen and Marc Johnson.
Scagliotta led early on but gave way to Flach on lap three just as the fifth-starting Tremont moved to third. Tremont then dogged Flach until a lap-14 restart that saw him draw alongside on the green, then throw a “slide job” in turn three to take command. In the meantime, Hearn was on the march from 15th and on lap 27 he dropped Scagliotta to third and set off after Tremont.
A lap-29 yellow put Hearn on the leader’s tail and a couple of times he got down under Tremont, whose mount was developing a horrible push in the turns, but he never got all the way by. Tremont had led at the regular 35 lap distance but it appeared that another lap might have been his undoing.
“I would have liked the car to turn better,” offered Tremont in a classic understatement. “Then I saw Brett’s nose but that was it. He told me he didn’t realize it was 37 laps tonight. He said it should have been 38 but I countered with 35!”
Cody Bleau caught race-long leader Joey Scarborough on the last lap to win the sportsman feature.