MALTA, N.Y. — Early season winner Stewart Friesen returned to victory lane at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night, capping an impressive run from 15th with a decisive win over the speedway’s all-time leading winner, Brett Hearn.
Friesen, who normally runs three different modifieds to maintain his busy schedule, jumped into a fourth after his normal Friday night track, the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, switched to Sundays so as not to compete with Albany-Saratoga for cars and fans. Ironically, his new ride belongs to Glen Ridge co-promoter Jake Spraker.
Polesitter Neil Stratton led early on, then gave way to his father Hector on lap 13. But Friesen was on the move and on lap 19 split Matt DePew and the younger Stratton to shoot to second, then used a lap-19 restart to shoot down Hector Stratton. He ran out to a huge lead that Hearn, who got to second with nine to go, could never cut into.
Mark Kislowski was third ahead of Hector Stratton, DePew, Donnie Ronca, Marc Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Bodie Bellinger and Jeff Trombley.
Floyd Billington edged Bobby Hackel III in the hard-fought sportsman finale.