Racing is on until 2018 at
New Lease Takes Racing to 2018 at Albany
Malta, NY – October 4, 2013 — You could feel the
excitement through the phone line — Albany Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle
DeVore was belting out that his boss, Howard Commander, and Albany Saratoga
Speedway landowner Bruce Richards had signed a five-year lease....
Commander and DeVore, who re-opened the speedway
at the beginning of the 2012 race season, will now be hosting racing events [in
leau of the property being sold] at the Malta oval until 2018.
want to squash all of the rumors out there,” said the 42 year old DeVore.
“Nobody has bought the property, it is not going to be a Shop Rite. Bruce has
been great to work with, he’s been a great landlord and I’m thrilled that we are
able to continue this adventure.”
DeVore, who grew up watching races and
working at the Richards family-owned oval, was put in charge when Commander put
the clay back down on the speedway and opened the doors and it’s been a dream
job for DeVore.
“It’s pretty cool for me, when you grew up here — and now
to be able to run races here — it’s a pretty remarkable thing for me. I think we
are doing a good job but we could do better and we are working on that,” said
DeVore. “Next season we will run the same divisions and we’re looking to improve
on our end as far as running the races out, we’re committed to providing good
According to DeVore ‘Brett Hearn’s Big Show’ will return
again next season and there is a possibility of the addition of another mid-week
event. DeVore has been working on the speedway widening the back straightaway,
refiguring the corners and laying down a new surface on the entire
“It’s all good,” smiled DeVore.
going to go to the races at Sunny South tomorrow night but it looks like Karen
will win out. Vince