Story By: TOM BOGGIE / ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY – MALTA, NY – Albany-Saratoga Speedway will be adding two new divisional title sponsors to its family of corporate partners for the 2022 season.
The family-owned Northeast Paving and Sealcoat (NPS) has signed on to become the title sponsor of the sportsman division while Eastwood Detailing will take on that same distinction in the pro stock division.
Because of the ongoing support from all of Albany-Saratoga’s dedicated sponsors, all regular-season sportsman and pro stock features will pay a minimum of $1,000 to win in 2022, according to Lyle DeVore, the promoter of the historic Malta track.
Plans are also in the works for a four-race John Ray and Sons/Dean’s Electrical Service sportsman series, with each of those features paying $1,500 to win.
“We’ve got a lot of other things we’re working on, but now that NPS and Eastwood Detailing have stepped up and made a major commitment to our program, we can really get the ball rolling,” said DeVore.
“We’re very fortunate to have so many dedicated corporate sponsors at Albany-Saratoga,” added DeVore. “Look at last year. We were giving out bonuses or having dashes in one division or another almost every Friday night. We’ve been able to give our drivers a little something extra through the loyalty of our sponsors.”
Both the NPS and Eastwood names are well-known at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. NPS, based in Ellenville, N.Y., is owned by Paul Pinkerous, whose 12-year old son Brock competed in the sportsman division last year after a number of very successful seasons in Slingshots.
When health issues drastically changed his life a number of years ago, Eastwood never gave up, and built Eastwood Detailing from the ground up. The Eastwood Detailing sponsorship is now seen on the side of many of the top pro stocks in the Capital Region.
Eastwood jumped into the sponsorship pool with both feet last season, putting up a $250 bonus for a handful of Eastwood Dash for Cash events for pro stocks, as well as sponsoring a $1,000-to-win pro stock race.
Eastwood has also been active in raising money for cancer research, after losing two friends to breast cancer.
NPS also grabbed a spot on the sponsorship bandwagon last year, becoming the first of three corporate partners to kick in $1,000 to the winner’s share of the purse for last September’s Super DIRT Series race. That type of generosity allowed Mike Mahaney to walk off with $13,000 for his first career SDS win.
The 2022 season is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 1. The complete schedule is still being finalized, according to DeVore.