MALTA, N.Y. — You don’t hear the term “cleaned house” much anymore, but Mike Perrotte did just that at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night.
Perrotte won his heat handily, then led all but the first lap of the 35-lap modified feature to claim his first Albany-Saratoga victory in five years.
Front- row companion Chris Johnson led the first time around the three-eighths-mile dirt oval but it was all Perrotte after that, as the Airborne Park Speedway promoter sailed around Johnson in turn one and repeatedly blew out to a big lead only to have cautions bring him back to the field. The most notable melee came on a lap six restart and left the speedway’s leading winner, Brett Hearn, backwards by the pit gate with substantial damage.
Hearn returned but later went over turn one and finished deep in the field. In the meantime, Kenny Tremont Jr. also went over the end on lap 11, after climbing through much of the field from 24th, and had to do it all over again. The race went green from that restart, with Perrotte lapping well into the pack before the checkered flag waved.
“I thought that one lapped car was going to be trouble,” tipped the winner. “But I gave him a shot and he decided to stay in one place for a while and we got around him. We had the motor sharpened up this week and it really paid off.
“I spend a lot of time at the racetrack and it’s hard to keep up with the work on the car too. This makes it all worthwhile for my guys.”
Chris Johnson held on for second, his best finish ever, with Donnie Corellis, Eric Nelson, Marc Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Jeff Trombley and Tremont trailing.
Walt Brownell won the companion pro stock feature.
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