ALBANY - SARATOGA SPEEDWAY
"Malta", to Most of Us


Here's a long - overdue start on a track that really affected Vermont racing.


Ladabouche Collection
An advertising postcard mailed to my uncle, around 1965 or so. Not sure of exact
year.

     The image of the Albany - Saratoga Speedway, when it started out, was not even close to the way the track is looked at today. On the wings of recent television successes on ABC's Wide World of Sports with demo derbies, the asphalt racing interests from the Greater New York City area came up to the Capital District area and built a state - of - the - art race track, square in the middle of traditional New York dirt coupe country. I was not very old when this was done, so some of these facts may need adjusting, but it appeared that the same bunch that worked with Larry Mendelson around Long Island, seemed to be hooked up with these guys. The promoter was listed in Cavalcade of Auto Racing as Joe Lesik.


John Grady Photo Courtesy of John Gallant
Charland gets a comeback win at Albany - Saratoga with promoter Joe Leski getting in on the publicity.
 


Cavalcade of Racing Photo
Charland was a big factor
at Albany - Saratoga, as evidenced by the sign below and the fact a facsimilie of his car sat on the track sign.
Charland was also on the first A-S All Star League team in 1967.


John Grady Photo


     The new track would remind me of Ken Squier's Catamount Stadium design, with modern facilities and attention to getting away from that bucolic, outhouse-style facility that had, for so long, been the norm for small-time stock car tracks out in the country. Located in the town of Malta, right on Interstate 87 [the Northway], A-S attracted the leading pavement teams of the day. At first, it didn't appear that many of the dyed - in - the - wool dirt guys from places like Fonda or the Valley would be interested in running there.
      Eventually, locals like Lou Lazarro and others would change their setups on a Friday night and join the fray against out-of-staters like George Pendergast and Don MacTavish. Eventually, as evidenced by the fields that Catamount would get, the dirt and pavement modified teams all became one big group. My particular favorite at Malta was the Semi Late Model division, that featured mostly early 1950's late model - bodied cars. But, it did leave a loophole that allowed a group attached to Rene Charland to field two 1937 Chevrolet sedans which raised hell in the division, driven by Al Fini [Red Carr] and George Rettew.

 


Riverside Park History Site Photo - Probably by John Grady
George Rettew, with one of the Charland cars.


 Courtesy of Dave Dykes
Another aspect of Rene Charland woven into the fabric of Albany - Saratoga's history is the infamous "French Barbeque" fire.


      The track began to have a strong connection to Fairmont and then to Devil's Bowl, as teams like Donnie Antolick, from Stillwater, NY would bring their semi late models up to Vermont to race, when they could. Eventually, as we all know, the original promoters cleared out and C.J. Richards took over the track, making the unprecedented move of placing good Devils Bowl clay on top of the paved surface. It's been that way ever since, and seemed to be prospering now under second generation Richard family members - in particular, Bruce. Later, a decision was made to pave the track and it never recovered from that. The track was either sold or leased to Howie Commander, covered with clay, and has been one of, if not the most successful track in the region.

EARLIER SPORTSMAN AND MODIFIED TEAMS IN ORIGINAL PAVEMENT ERA


Cavalcade Photo by John Grady
Dennis Zimmerman,
Glastonbury, CT

Photo by John Grady
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
Wright and Zautner's 24

 

 


Cavalcade Courtesy of Mike Kamm
Bruce Doestal,
Johnstown, NY

Photo by John Grady
Paul Hamel,
Quebec
George Pendergast often
drove this at Malta, too.
Roland Ballinger's car.
 

Courtesy of Mike Pa
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
He still drives.
 

Photographer Unknown
Bill Slater,
Connecticut

 

Cavalcade Photo
Jerry Cook,
Lockport, NY
A-S starter
Johnny Telleni
 

Photo Courtesy of MikeWatts
Don MacTavish,
Dover, MA

Photo by John Grady
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH

Courtesy of John Grady
Pete Corey,
Cresdent, NY
Shaking down the newly -
built Mustang at Malta.
 

Ladabouche Collection
Pete Hamilton,
Dedham, MA
The Worcester Sand
& Gravel 69
 

Russ Bergh Photo
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY

Photo by John Grady
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY


Jean-Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU

Photo by John Grady
 


Courtesy of Mike Pa
Rene Charland,
Agawam,  MA
The Malta - based
Roland Ballinger 302.
 

Source Unknown
 Eddie Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
The Judkins 2X

BobMackey Photo
 Bob Bruno,
Morrisonville, NY
The Vic Wolfe 66
 

Ladabouche Collection
 Nelson Moore,
Fort Edward, NY
The Dooger Jones
25VT
 

Cavalcade of Racing
Rene Charland
Agawam, MA
The Czepiel 888

Courtesy of Mike Pa
Buddy Krebs,
Hartford, CT
At Riverside, but he
likely used the car at Malta.
 

John Grady Photo
 George Pendergast,

 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

 Billy Harmon,
Niantic, CT

 

Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of John Rock

 Elton Hill,
Norwalk, CT
 

Courtesy of Bill Fifield

 Lou Lazzaro,
Utica, NY

 


Courtesy of Mike Pa
Bernie Miller,
Canestota, NY
See the large photo just below.
 

John Grady Photo
Robbie Kotary,
Rome, NY
Bill Fowler's 27Jr.
 

John Grady Photo
Richie Evans,
Rome, NY
Brief stint in the
Wright/Zautner 24.

 

John Grady Photo
Dave Kotary,
Rome, NY
 

John Grady Photo
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH
 
 
Courtesy of James Osterhoudt
Phil "PJ" Spiak,
Troy, NY
.

John Grady Photo
Pete Hamilton,
Dedham, MA

Ladabouche Collection
Nelson Moore,
Fort Edward, NY
The Dooger Jones 25Vt
 

Courtesy of Norm Vadnais
Bill Wimble,
Bridgeport, NY

Courtesy of Otto Graham
Denis Giroux,
Quebec City, QU
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Bob Finger,

Known to have run a few times. He was on one All Star League team.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Bob Melnick,
Massachusetts
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Will Cagle,
Tampa, FL
The Rossell - built pavement
gold sedan, at an ASL show
.

Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Rene Charland
A rarely used, later mod.


 

Courtesy of John Gallant
Charland
The potent Betz 59
 
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Dave Gaul,
Altamont, NY

Courtesy of John Gallant
Bill Henry,
Oneida, NY

Courtesy of Rick Rojinski

 
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Ed Pieniazek,
Schenectady, NY
The Corey backup car.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA
Prominent in both the
paved and asphalt eras.

Mike Anop Photo
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY

After Nascar loosened up,
 he raced all over.
 

Courtesy of John Gallant
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA
Spent a lot time at Malta with this Russ Betz 50 CT.

Courtesy of John Gallant
Bill Greco,
Massachusetts
Coould be at one of the All Star
League shows.
 
Courtesy of L. Harrington
Lou Lazzaro,
Utica, NY
It is said that he had this really
different looking car at Malta.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
With the M2 sometimes run at Malta by Hop Harrington.
 
Courtesy of Peter Fitzner
Louie and Blackie in
the infield at Malta.
He was also prominent in
both the paved and asphalt eras.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Karl Hauessel,
Latham, NY
A rare visit by the Leb.
Valley regular.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Ken Platt,
Taberg, NY
Dick and Larry Roerig's
brand new Falcon.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH
Seen in this unfamiliar
 modified car at Malta.
 
Courtesy of Peter Fitzner
Carl "Bugs" Stevens,
Rehobeth, MA
This is when he drove
for Sonny Koszella.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Dick Clark,
Munnsville, NY
Hugh Hedger's 16x.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
By this Valiant, Doc had
switched over to pavement.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Doc Blanchard,
Gloversville, NY
A graphic variation.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Frank Mathalia,
Oneida, NY
The Utica-Rome regular
gave U-R's sister track a try.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Frank Curtis,
Lynbrook, LI, NY
The Riverhead regular
gave Albany - Saratoga track a try.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Charlie Jarzombeck,
Baiting Hollow, NY
The Islip regular ran
all over the mod pavement
world.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Fred DeSarro,
Hope Valley, RI
Often the driver of Koszella
and Boehler cars, Freddie
showed up with this rough - looking
coupe.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Sonny Seamon,
Vernon Ctr, NY
The Mayor of Vernon
visited Malta often.

Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Steve Luse,
Round Lake, NY
The Midget was in a Modified
by the end of the paved era.
  
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Buzzie Reutimann,
Zephyrhills, FL
Usually appeared at ASL shows. 
 
Mike Anop Photo
Andy Romano,
Johnstown, NY
Cabana's Falcon
in background.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Bob Brunell,
Peru, NY
A young Brunell next to
the legendary Judkins 2X,
with Bob J leaning in
talking to Steady Ed. The
M17 was a Rosner built car.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Charland again
The Agawam - built
Czepiel 888's were deadly
on both dirt and pavement.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Jerry Cook,
Rome, NY
Always on the road, Jerry
Cook arrives with some of his
toys. The backup looks like
it hasn't been hnome in a while,

Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Richie Evans,
Rome, NY
Cook's bitter rival from
Rome shows he can field
the same array of cars. Both
would be running for the
NASCAR title at this point.
 
Courtesy of Marty Karabin
Richie Evans,
Rome, NY
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Cook, on front stretch
with 2 of his mounts.

Courtesy of Marty Karabin
 
Courtesy of Marty Karabin
Geoff Bodine,
Chemung, NY
He would come in for a
special show or two.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Gene Mangino,
Schenectady, NY
Another good body man
who happened to also
be a good driver.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Bill Wimble,
Lisbon, NY
Arriving at Malta with the McCredy
car before he defected  to
the Valley.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranson

Bob Santos Sr,
Millis, MA
 
Courtesy of Rick Roginski
Al Clark
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Bernie Miller,
Canastota, NY
 
Courtesy of Rick Roginski
Steve "SJ" Evonsion,
E. Hartland, CT
 
Courtesy of Rick Roginski
Don Wayman,
Cobleskill, NY
Wally Albro's 9NH
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Geoff Bodine,
Chemung, NY
The high - powered
Armstrong Team

Courtesy of Rick Roginski
Nick Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY
1977 Version of his 7's

John Grady Photo
Don Miller

Courtesy of John Gallant
Andre Manny,
Laval des Rapides, QU
Gaston Ethier's 27A

Courtesy of John Gallant
Ray Miller
East Granby, CT

Courtesy of John Gallant
Frank Mathalia,
Oneida, NY
Later injected coupe
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY
Bill Fowler's 27Jr Sedan
 
Courtesy of Rick Parry
Jerry Pennock,
Warrensburgh, NY
Bill Fowler's 27Jr Sedan
  
Courtesy of Brad Charland
Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA
Even the Champ tried the
car and the only one who got a win with it.
  
Bob Mackey Photo
Courtesy of Mike Watts, Sr.

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
If the Shoe drove it at Airborne
in 1970, he likely also ran it
at Malta.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Joe Thomas,
Plattsburgh, NY
A later Vic Wolfe modified
[after Bob Bruno retired]

Courtesy of John Gallant
Gary Winters,
Southold, LI, NY
Earlier modified

Courtesy of John Gallant
Gary Winters,
Southold, LI, NY
Later modified

Courtesy of John Gallant
Brian Ross,
Ballston Spa, NY
His modified circa early 70's

Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Johnny Kollar,
Johnstown, NY
Earlier modified

Mike Anop Photo
Chuck Kress,
Schenectady, NY
The Outlaw
 
Courtesy of James Osterhoudt
Frank Manafort,
Plainville, CT
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Maynard Forrette,
Amsterdam, NY
Roerig Bros. modified
 
Mike Anop Photo
Bob Gabarino's Mystic Missile,
Mystic, CT
The famed mod may have visited
Malta for a few shows.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Bob Ziegler,
Boonville, NY
Rare visit by a
regular out west further
 
Courtesy of Howard Benway
George Peters,
Huntington LI, NY
Only ASL Shows
 
Mike Anop Photo
Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
 
Steve Pellerin Photo
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH
The 1967 NASCAR National
Modified champ may have used
this car at Malta.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Guy Chartand,
Montreal, QU
An early Ed Cloce entry That he absolutely ran at Malta at least a few times.
 
John Grady Photo
Bernie Miller,
Canastota, NY
 
Ladabouche Photo
Marcel Godard,
Montreal, QU
 
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth

Petet Corey,
Crescent, NY
If the Pete  drove this Schmidt's version of the Mustang dat Airborne
in 1970, he likely also ran it
at Malta.
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Marcel Corriveau,
Quebec City, QU
The legendary 35 The Canadian entry
driven by so many Quebec stars.
 
 
Courtesy of Rick Parry
Bruce Dostal,
Johnstown, NY
A win at Malta before
wrecking it at Fonda
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
Joe Kelly [David Houpt],
Quakertown, NJ
Either an early race or
an ASL show
 
 
Courtesy of Marty Himes
via John Schiener

Harry Hebenstreit may or may not have
run at Malta but I am certain he was on
track mangement at some point.
 
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth

Norm Moyer,
Onieda, NY
A former semi late model driver
at Malta, he may have tried his
modified there, as well.
 
Courtesy of Lou Lazzarro, Jr
.

Lou Lazzaro,
Utica, NY
Photo with Blackie
siad to be taken in the
infield at Malta.
 
Courtesy of Edw. B. Brown III

Hop Harrington,
Pawtucket, RI
He would have run it ran it
at Malta and Catamount in the
1960's.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Courtesy of Mike Anop

Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, QU

Rolling the Ed Cloce Hemi Cuda
past the Charge pits at Malta.
Boutwell and Luse cars visible.
 
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Ron Narducci,
E. Haddam, CT
His most familiar car. He would
have run it at Malta at least for
the ASL shows.
 
Photo Porvided by Ron Wetzler
Don MacTavish poses with
Wright and Zautner.
 
Courtesy of Edw. B. Brown III
Frankie Schneider,
Maplewood, NJ
He would have run his cars at
the ASL shows.
 
Fred Smith Photo
Courtesy of Chas Hertica

Fred Harbach,
Huntington Station LI, NY
He would have run in the
ASL shows mostly.
 
Courtesy of Glen Tavares
Mario "Fats" Caruso,
Tewksbury, MA
He would have run in the very
earliest Malta days, if at all.
 
Courtesy of Lou Lazzaro
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY
He ran great - looking cars.
 
Courtesy of Chas Hertica
Tommie Corellis,
MechanicVille, NY
He would have run his cars at the ASL shows. It was likely this Bill Young car.
 
Courtesy of Edw. B. Brown III
Carl "Bugs" Stevens,
Rehobeth, MA
Here, with the Koszella
15 modified.
 
Courtesy of Glen Tavares
Budd Olsen,
Thorofare, NJ
He would have run in the ASL
shows.
 
Courtesy of Chas Hertica
Butch Jelley,
No. Pownal, VT
He would have run his cars at the ASL shows. It was likely this Martin Riiska car.
 
Courtesy of Ron Wetzler
EdFlemke, Sr.,
New Britain, CT
He would have run Judkins cars
in many Malta shows.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes
via Bruce Cohen

Denny Zimmerman,
Glastonberry, CT
Shown here in Booker T.
Jones' car, he ran early
years at Malta.
 
Courtesy of Lou Lazzaro
Richie Evans, Jerry Cook,
Larry Mendelsohn, and Lou
Lazzaro.

Malta banquet, 1970.
 
Courtesy of Glen Tavares
Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
He would have run this car at some of the ASL shows. It was likelyhe ran regular shows, too.
 
John Bisci Photo
Courtesy of Richard Chicchetti

Bob Brunell,
Peru, NY
His earliest modified.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Gene Bergin,
Enfield, CT
Both Gene and the Bebe Zalinsky M6 team ran early years at Malta.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Allen Clark

Guy Chartrand,
Montreal, QU
The original Ed Cloce
Hemi Cuda on the Malta
frontstretch.

John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Daniel Turner

Lee Osborne,

The Turner 81 sedan
at a Malta ASL show.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Keith Shoemaker

Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
The famed Judkins coupe
 on the Malta frontstretch.

John Grady Photo
Courtesy of New Britain

Phil Spiak,
Troy, NY
Before going off to race
in NASCAR's Grand
Touring Division.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Edw. B. Brown II
I

Bill Wimble
Bridgeport, NY

The later pavement 33 on the Malta
frontstretch.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Leo Cleary,
Hanover, MA
The veteran with a newer car on the Malta frontstretch.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Brian Ross,
Ballston Spa, NY
One of his earlier mods
for the former Malta
Charger driver.
 
Courtesy of Todd Wainwright
Bobby Sprague,
MA
This car appeared at Malta with
other drivers, as well.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Don MacTavish,
Dover, MA
The same 86 team
as Sprague - different
car.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Phil Spiak,
Troy, NY
A pose at Malta.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Mike Parenteau

Ed Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
The Cent Sign on the Malta
frontstretch.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Mike Parenteau

Ed Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
Another Cent Sign on the Malta
frontstretch.
 
From Andy Broight

Jean - Paul Cabana - maybe
 at Maltawith a Studebaker body.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Ed Flemke, Sr,
New Britain, CT
The modified du jour on the Malta
frontstretch.
 
Courtesy of Vintage Mod Site

Elton Hill,
Bristol, CT
Often ran both Malta
and U - Rome.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Ken Parrotte

Jerry Cook,
Rome, NY
A member of the Malta
ASL team.
 
Courtesy of Real Racing USA
Nick Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY
Nick's slick little coupe from 1970.
 
John Grady Photo
George Pendergast,
New London, CT
The first Roland Ballinger 302.
George often led the points here
with 302's, in the early years.
 
Likely John Grady Photo
Courtesy of HAMB Message Board

Lennie Bosley,
Malta, NY
A fixture on the Malta
scene, he is the L is L&R.
Roland Ballinger used to be the R.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Dave Dykes

Maynard Forrette,
So. Hadley, MA
The near- to - Malta
Roerig team.
 
Courtesy of Brian Ross

Charland and Wimble

Champion next to champion.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Mike Parenteau

Ken Canestrari,
Cohoes, NY
The1969 car.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Jim Wilmore

Rene Charland,
Agawam, MA
With Roland Ballinger's 302,
a local car.
 
John Grady Photo
Courtesy of Otto Graham

Pete Corey,
Crescent, NY
A coupe he also used on the
Fonda dirt.

Bob Makey Photo
Courtesy of Phil Butler

The Jerry Rose 93
An important modifeid
team from the Malta area.


 
       


Photo Source Unknown
Phil Spiak leads a full field down to the green prior to his going South to run the Grand Touring Division.
Also identifiable are - 41, Bernie Miller; and 97, Andy Romano.

 
Courtesy of Andy Hickock
A 1970 modified field: Bruce Dostal, Cook, Pieniazek, and Giroux are identifiable.


Source Unknown
An aerial view of the track before the encroachment of developments on the east side.


John Grady Photo via Lew Boyd
Pete Corey shakes down a brand new Mustang at Malta. According to Boyd, he would destroy the car
at Fonda. But I know he had a Mustang like this for at least two seasons. Musta rebuilt.


 THE ALL STAR STOCK CAR RACING LEAGUE  


      Given its direct link with ASL founders like Larry Mendelsohn, the track began as a charter member of the All Star League and remained a team member in good standing - missing only the final. 1973 season. Rene Charland was with the team from its inception until 1972. Ron Narducci and Andy Romano were also often on the team.  Ironically for Charland [a strong compeitor in League races], the team won its only League title in 1972 before bowing out.

1967
3rd Place Finish

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland
 
ASL Portrait Photo
Pete Corey
 
ASL Portrait Photo
Ed Flemke, Sr.


Click here to see Charland as teamn captain.

1968
2nd Place Finish

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland
 
ASL Portrait Photo
Andy Romano
 
Otto Graham Photo
Jerry Cook

1969
3rd Place Finish

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland
 
ASL Portrait Photo
Andy Romano
 
Otto Graham Photo
Jerry Cook

1970
8th Place Finish

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland
 
ASL Portrait Photo
Andy Romano
 
Otto Graham Photo
Ron Narducci

1971
8th Place Finish

 
John Grady Photo
Rene Charland
Now only two members per team.   
Otto Graham Photo
Ron Narducci

1972
1st Place Finish

 
Otto Graham Photo
Jerry Cook
Now only two members per team.   
Otto Graham Photo
Ron Narducci

8MM FILM STILL SHOTS OF EARLIER SPORTSMAN AND MODIFIED TEAMS


From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Doc Blanchard lines up
at Malta in the late 1960's.

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Don MacTavish with
the black CIrcle J.

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH [rt]

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Ken Shoemaker,
Westmere, NY
Cliff Wright's
famed 24NY

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Mack Miller,
Ellenburg Depot, NY
A classic low - budget
team from Airborne.
 

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Ray Hendricks
The Tant/Mitchell
11 VA

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Steve Bosley, manning
the L&R Speed Shop
truck at Malta.

From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Steve Bosley, in the
 Malta pits.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Jean - Paul Cabana,
Beloeil, QU
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Ernie Gahan outside of
Ed Flemke, Sr. in the %
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
The Jean - Paul Cabana Falcon
Looking for the green at Malta.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Unknown car 14 at Malta,
behind Phil Spiak on the
pole.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
Andy Romano.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
An 8MM shot of the
track's first sign.
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM DVD
The Jean - Paul Cabana Falcon
Looking for the green at Malta.
About a half second later than one at left.


Courtesy of Chris Hussey
Two of the giants in the earlier Albany - Saratoga era: Bob Judkins [2x owner at left] and
Cliff Wright [with partner Bob Zautner owned the 24].

SEMI LATE MODEL TEAMS


Ladabouche Collection
Classic Semi Late Model action at Malta. Jerry Pennock, Warrensburg, NY spins the 59 as Kenny Platt,
Rome, NY and Donny Antolick, Stillwater, NY find room to avoid him.


Photo by John Grady
Foster Wendell,
Greenfield Ctr, NY

John Grady Photo
Norm Moyer,
Oneida, NY

 

 


Courtesy of Conde/Parry Site
Ralph Holmes,
Oneida, NY

Photo by John Grady
Red Carr,
Massachusetts
Real name, Al Fini
 
Photo by John Grady
Ed Brockett,
Troy, NY
Car ended up as Bill Russell's
Fonda car.

Photo by John Grady
Ken Platt,
Rome, NY
Roehrig's 99

 

Photo by John Grady
George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA

Courtesy of Steve Judd
Don Antolick,
Stillwater, NY

 

Photo by John Grady
Harry Coonradt,
Malta, NY

Courtesy of Steve Judd
Don Antolick,
Stillwater, NY


Photo by John Grady
Wayne Perkins,
Greenwich,NY

Photo by John Grady
Dick Smith,
Crescent, NY

Photo by John Grady
Tommie Corellis,
Mechanicsville, NY

Photo by John Grady
via Edw. B. Brown III

Red Carr,
W. Springfield, MA
Real name, Al Fini. 2nd car.

Courtesy of The Bullfather
Frank Mathalia,
Oneida, NY
May have tried this U-R
semi late model at Malta
before going to coupes.

Courtesy of Randy Hotaling
Andy Hotaling,
Ballston Spa, NY

Courtesy of Randy Hotaling
Andy Hotaling,
Ballston Spa, NY
Same guy, nice color shot.

Photo from HAMB SIte

George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA
An earlier car.

Photo from Cavalcade of Auto Racing
George Rettew,
Chicopee, MA
An later car before
moving to Holiday
Magic team.

Courtesy of Chris Soussis
Don Soussis,
Watervliet
, NY

Courtesy of Chris Soussis
Don Soussis,
Watervliet
, NY
Newer Car.

Photo by John Grady
Via Sam Barlow

Tommie Corellis,
Mechanicsville, NY

Photo by John Grady
Via Coonradt Family

Harry Coonradt,
Malta, NY

 
Courtesy of A. Ainsworth
Norm Moyer,
Oneida, NY
 
Courtesy of Randy Hotaling
Andy Hotaling,
Ballston Spa, NY
     
Courtesy of Chris Soussis
Keith Tesaro,
Amsterdam
, NY
   

 

 


Source Unknown
Bill Richards and Harvey Tattersall, Jr. join semi late model winner, George Rettew
and starter Johnny Telleni in victory lane in the track's earlier years.

 

CHARGER TEAMS


Photo Source Unknown
Larry Curtis,
Argyle, NY

Courtesy of Scott Dowmont
Larry Curtis,
Argyle, NY
Later car.
 

Photo by John Grady
Dave Depew,
Argyle, NY
 

Courtesy of Ed Fabian
Chargers in action

 
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
The Midget
Steve Luse,
Round Lake, NY
 

Photo by John Grady
Bill Brooking,
Greenfield Ctr., NY

 

Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Don Ballantine,
Hubbardton, VT
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Bill Brooking,
Greenfield Ctr., NY
 
Courtesy of Joe Mullvaney, Jr
Randy Hotaling,
Ballston Spa, NY

 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Johnny Neet,
Cohoes, NY
1st Emerick Sponsorship -
before the Giroux 50 mod.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Jack Halloran,
Clifton Park
, NY
 
Courtesy of John Gallant
 
Photos Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Joe Predel,
Bennington, VT
 
Photos Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Joe Predel,
Bennington, VT

Photo by John Grady
Ken Boutwell,
Bomoseen, VT
 
Photos Courtesy of Mike Cranston
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
The Midget
Steve Luse,
Round Lake, NY
 
   
Courtesy of Jayson Van Patten
Jayson [?] Van Patten
   

VISITS FROM THE BIG LEAGUES


HAMB Photo
Albany - Saratoga hosted NASCAR Grand National races in both 1970 and 1971 - both called
The Albany - Saratoga 250. Richard Petty won both. Bobby Isaac led a lot of laps at both races.


Photo by John Grady
Courtesy of Brian Ross

Pete Hamilton's 1970 ride.
With Junie Donleavey's
91 Ford.

 
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
J.D. McDuffie
 
Photo by John Grady
Pete Hamilton, with Les Duell
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Pete Hamilton's 1971 ride.
 
Courtesy of Mike Cranston
Richard Petty's rig
outside of Dunster's
in Malta.
Caption says this is Steve Bosley.
Dunno, could be Pembertons too.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Petty, in the Malta pits.
 
Courtesy of Rick Parry
Petty with Malta trophies.
     


Gary Williams Photo
Charland is synonympous with Albany - Saratoga for many reasons, including the infamous French Barbeque fire.


Courtesy of Historic Aerials.com

The Malta site [extreme lower right] before track construction - in 1964.


Courtesy of Historic Aerials.com
The Malta site [extreme lower right] by 2009. The encroachment of development is glaringly obvious.

 

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