Affordable $11 Weekly Admission Returns plus ‘Dollar Night’ and Two ‘$5 Nights’ at Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – An affordable night of entertainment.

That remains the focus for management of Fonda Speedway as the 2020 race season approaches on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track.

The BD Motorsports Media-led management team has announced the return of $11 Adult grandstand admission for standard weekly events during the ’20 campaign at the Track of Champions. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

“We were very pleased with the resurgence of fans last year at the speedway,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “We saw some impressive numbers all year long and that was evident through our 50/50 winning shares. This season we want to continue our growth by giving families a night out at a reasonable price.”

Parks Companies has teamed up to present a HUGE $11 program on April 25 at Fonda. Sunoco Modifieds will race for an $8,000 top prize and fans will see no increase in admission!

After a massive fan turnout last season, the ‘Dollar Night’ is back on the Fonda schedule for May 9. This event features $1, yes $1, grandstand admission for a complete program including the Sunoco Modifieds. In ’19, more than 4,000 race fans turned out for the ‘Dollar Night’ promotion.

New for the ’20 season are two events offering $5 grandstand admission.

The first $5 Night is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear on June 6. The event will include the popular Hondo Classic for the Pro Stock division, a pre-race Fan Meet and Greet and NYSCCA Safety Awards. Fans will see a complete night of stock car racing for just $5.

A second $5 program takes place on Aug. 1 with a Sunoco Modified-headlined show that includes all weekly classes and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Select special events on the schedule do offer admission increases. The entire ’20 schedule has been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/2020-schedule-of-events/

Season passes for both the grandstand and pit areas and pit licenses are on sale. Access the forms at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Pro Stock Priority: $800 Weekly Winner’s Share, Special Events, Tire Giveaways Planned for 2020

FONDA, NY – The full-fender Pro Stock division at Fonda Speedway pleases the crowd at the half-mile track week-after-week.

In 2020, the division’s drivers will be rewarded even more for their efforts. Through the assistance of a weekly Fonda fan who would like to remain anonymous, the Pro Stocks compete for an increased $800 to win every week at the Track of Champions. This move means Fonda Speedway is now the highest-paying Pro Stock venue across the Northeastern United States and Canada.

“We hosted the ‘Best of 8’ Series last year and paid extra money on those nights,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “With the help of one of our loyal fans, we will bump the winner’s share up to $800 every single night. We offered some funds on behalf of the speedway to join our sponsor making sure it could happen every Saturday.”

The total pay structure on a weekly basis for 2020 has climbed to $800 for the winner, $400 for second, $100 for 10th and $75 to take the green for a sum of $3,375.

The complete payout can be found on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020ProStockPayStructure.pdf

In addition to the bump in pay, a number special events have been added to the calendar for the Pro Stock racers.

$1,000-to-win events have been scheduled for May 2, July 11 and Sept. 18.

On July 4, the Pro Stock contingent will battle for a huge $1,776 top prize in the ‘Red, White and Blue’ special to celebrate our nation’s independence.

The traditional Hondo Classic race – featuring a plethora of bonuses and special awards – takes place on June 6. Twin 15-lap features are planned on Aug. 8.

American Racer, through distributor Lias Tire, returns with their giveaway program for the ’20 season. Twelve free tire certificates will be handed out to Fonda Pro Stock competitors through random drawings.

‘Cousin Luke’ Horning is the defending Pro Stock champion at Fonda. He received $1,500 for his efforts at the December Awards Banquet.

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Mirabito Forms Partnership with Fonda Speedway for 2020

FONDA, NY – A pair of industry leaders have joined forces for the 2020 season.

Mirabito, the leading energy products supplier for families and businesses throughout upstate New York, Pennsylvania, western Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut, has entered into a marketing partnership with Fonda Speedway, the historic half-mile oval on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds hosting weekly auto racing since 1953.

The Mirabito brand will be prevalent at the ‘Track of Champions’ this race season through a full-year partnership.

Mirabito’s presence will include a 10- by 30-foot billboard along the ‘Mighty Mohawk’ on the resurfaced clay oval’s backstretch.

Race fans and competitors will benefit from $1,000 worth of complimentary Mirabito gift cards distributed via giveaways at the speedway throughout the season.

“We are very pleased to have the Mirabito brand associated with Fonda Speedway,” Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC. “Mirabito is a company with a strong history which goes hand-in-hand with the Saturday tradition of auto racing at Fonda.”

Speedway general manager Jamie Page echoed that statement.

“We’re proud to be associated with Mirabito,” he said. “The name is well-known in the area and brings added credibility to our program.”

Since 1927, Mirabito has been family owned and operated. Mirabito Energy Products offers heating oil, propane, natural gas, coal, gasoline, diesel fuels and kerosene. They also offer a complete line of home heating equipment, installation and service.

In addition to being an energy provider, Mirabito owns and operates 109 convenience stores throughout Central New York, making Mirabito a convenient stop for customers and one of the largest convenience store chains in Central New York.

To learn more, visit www.mirabito.com.

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fuccillo Automotive Group Continues “Huge” Partnership with Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Fuccillo Automotive Group will continue its “huge” partnership with Fonda Speedway during the 2020 season.

For the second consecutive year, Fuccillo Automotive Group joins forces with the Fonda Speedway management team for a multi-faceted marketing agreement at the legendary Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.

Victory Lane at the hallowed ‘Track of Champions’ is a destination racers aspire to reach. Again this season, checkerboard square will carry even more meaning.

Fuccillo Automotive Group has signed on to present Victory Lane for the ‘20 season in memory of their longtime employee and avid race fan Mike Cole of Canajoharie, who worked at the Fuccillo Nelliston location. Mr. Cole passed away prior to the ’19 season.

The Wednesday, July 1 ‘Firecracker 50’ at the Track of Champions will again carry primary sponsorship from Fuccillo Automotive Group. The event offers $10,000 to win for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds plus lap money and other bonuses. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman are also on the docket receiving a $2,000 top prize.

The ‘Firecracker’ went down as the race of the entire season for many fans last summer, as Stewart Friesen rebounded from a flat tire to pass Matt Sheppard on the final turn of the final circuit of the 50-lap affair. Sparks flew as the pair raced toward starter Joe Kriss’ Sunoco checkered flags.

Tim Hartman Jr. utilized his win in the accompanying Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap main as a springboard to the STSS North Region championship.

The Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Firecracker 50’ will be recorded for national broadcast on MAV-TV Motorsports Network, available to more than 35 million households across the country. Last year’s broadcast drew nationwide exposure for the speedway.

There’s more! Fuccillo Automotive Group will provide Fonda Speedway with an official pace truck for the ’20 season.

Fuccillo Automotive Group boasts 28 locations in New York State and Florida with brands including Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep, KIA, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Nissan, RAM, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen. To learn more, visit www.fuccillo.com.

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway Race Car Show Set for Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29

FONDA, NY – Annually, the pre-season car show at Via Port Rotterdam serves as a kickoff to race season at Fonda Speedway.

This year, the BD Motorsports Media LLC management team of the Track of Champions will present the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show Friday-Sunday March 27-29.

Fonda Speedway staff will be on hand to distribute 2020 race schedules and will have season passes, memberships and brand-new speedway apparel from Bob Hilbert Sportswear on sale.

Race cars of all varieties are welcome to attend the show. Registration is now open. Space is limited. To register, contact Angela Hanson by e-mail at fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com. Be sure to include name, car number, division or type of racecar and phone number. Put Car Show in the subject line.

Move-in for the show takes place on Thursday night, March 26 after mall hours. Move-out takes place on Sunday, March 27.

Fonda Speedway regulars attending the show will receive a complimentary pit pass for a Saturday night show at the speedway. There will also be drawings for three American Racer Tires and a 54-gallon drum of Sunoco Race Fuels.

Via Port Rotterdam is located at 93 W Campbell Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306 and can be found on the web at www.viaportrotterdam.com.

Complete show guidelines will be released in the coming days.

Fonda Speedway will also be represented with a display at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday-Sunday March 14-15.

On-track action on the newly resurfaced half-mile oval gets underway on Saturday, April 11 with an Open Practice session. One week later – on April 18 – the first official green flag flies with the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks in competition.

The complete 2020 Fonda Speedway schedule is online at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/2020-schedule-of-events.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Dirt Track Digest TV Coming Home to Broadcast Weekly Action from the Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz only finds her way back home after repeating the phrase, ‘there’s no place like home.’

The Fonda Speedway was the home track to all three of the current owners of Dirt Track Digest.  Current owner George Smith continues to call Fonda home on Saturday night’s while co-owners GT Smith and Mike Mallett continue to look forward each chance they get to visit the Track of Champions.

In 2020, Dirt Track Digest TV is making its way home.

While in negotiations to broadcast the Short Track Super Series with BD Motorsports Media owner Brett Deyo, a deal was also reached to bring Fonda Speedway action to the weekly pay-per-view line-up.

“I grew up at Fonda Speedway,” commented DTD co-owner GT Smith.  “I live in Florida now, but Fonda Speedway will always be my home.  I spent all of my Saturday nights as a kid at Fonda until my early 20’s.  I couldn’t be happier to make a deal with Brett Deyo to bring Fonda Speedway to more people.”

In 2019, Dirt Track Digest TV broadcast a handful of races from the Track of Champions including the season opener, the Firecracker 50 as well as the season ending Fonda 200 weekend.  Dirt Track Digest partner FLX Media Group also produced the Firecracker event for broadcast across the country on MAV-TV. As a result of the success of those events, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo showed interest in adding more events to the 2020 schedule.  DTD TV was happy to oblige.

“Fonda Speedway has some of the best racing around,” said Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo.  “We have great crowds every week, but we aren’t satisfied with that. We want people from all over the country to be able to watch the phenomenal racing when they can’t be here with us.”

The first broadcast of 2020 at the Fonda Speedway is slated for April 18 with the season opener before April 25 the Modified division races for $8,000 to win on April 25.  Fonda 200 weekend is again slated for September with racing on the 18th and 19th of the month with the $53,000 200-lap finale taking center stage on the 19th.

Full 2020 Fonda Speedway broadcast schedule:

April 18 – Season Opener: complete program

April 25 – Fonda Loyalty Night – $8,000-to-win Sunoco Modifieds – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 2 – Complete Program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – $1,000-to-win Pro Stock

May 9 – Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Flowers & Giveaways for Moms in Attendance!

May 16 – Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night: Sunoco Modifieds: 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus other bonuses – $4 off admission with Lou Lazzaro tee-shirt

May 23 M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery Dave Lape Tribute Night: Sunoco Modified Twin 22s – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 30 Yurkewecz Auto Crushers NightComplete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (rain date for Dollar Night) – Regional Animal Shelter Benefit

June 6 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear $5 Night$5 Grandstand Admission & NYSCCA Safety Night Pro Stock Hondo Classic – Complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Meet & Greet Night

June 13 – A-Verdi Storage Containers Hall of Fame Night – A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars Earl Halaquist Memorial – complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

June 20 Kelly’s Meat Market Night – Bill Ag Tribute Modified Elimination Races – Giveaways for Dads in Attendance!

June 27 – School House Pools Night – Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars (first time ever) – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

Wednesday, July 1 – Fuccillo Automotive Group Firecracker 50: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $2,000 to win

July 4 – Red, White & Blue Special: Fireworks Extravaganza – Dollar Dog Night – Complete program, $1,776-to-win Pro Stocks plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

July 11 – Sampson Motorcar/Yellow Transportation Night – complete program, $1,000-to-win Pro Stocks plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

July 18 – One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night – Sunoco Modified Twin 20s plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

July 25 – Complete program plus CRSA Sprint Cars

August 1 – $5 Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – all divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

August 8 – Complete program – Pro Stock Twin 15s

August 15 – Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

FONDA 200 WEEKEND: THURSDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17-19

Thursday, September 17 – Camper/Trailer Parking & Open Practice

Friday, September 18 – Sunoco Modified Qualifying Races, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock $1,000 to win, Street Stocks $500 to win, Four Cylinder Cruisers

Saturday, September 19 – $53,000-to-win Sunoco Modified Fonda 200 plus Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win

 

To learn more about Dirt Track Digest, visit www.dirttrackdigest.com or www.dirttrackdigest.TV. Questions can be sent to Mike Mallett at mikemallett@dirttrackdigest.com. DTD can also be found on Facebook under ‘Dirt Track Digest’ and on Twitter @DirtTrackDigest.

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Short Track Super Series, Fonda & Georgetown Speedways Selected As EMPA ‘Promotional Effort of the Year’

MILLSBORO, DE – BD Motorsports Media LLC has been selected by the membership of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) to receive the ‘Promotional Effort of the Year’ recognition.

Founded in 1969, EMPA is an organization of professional writers, broadcasters, announcers, videographers and photographers working in the motorsports industry, along with associate and corporate members.

The ceremony and awards dinner, presented by NASCAR, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, Pa., as part of the 47th annual EMPA convention.

The distinction – voted upon by members of EMPA – recognizes the BD Motorsports Media-run Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the EMPA membership,” Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC said. “This is a credit to our whole team. There are so many people who work hard throughout the race season on our behalf to keep a touring series and two tracks, located six hours apart, operating successfully.”

The Short Track Super Series broke new ground in 2019 with the most lucrative dirt Modified championship payout in the nation. By winning the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels ‘Grand Championship’ encompassing the STSS North and South regions and the American Racer Cup, Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., will receive $58,500 cash.

The STSS Modified circuit completed events in four states – New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania – while maintaining an average car count of 41.7 per event. 291 competitors took part in at least one Modified event. The Crate 602 Sportsman series saw 232 entrants received over the 11 total races.

The first season for BD Motorsports Media promotion at the historic Fonda Speedway saw an upswing in competitor participation and fans in the grandstand. Among the season highlights were the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 in September, the nationally televised on MAV-TV ‘Firecracker 50’ in July and a massive ‘Dollar Night’ in May featuring $1 grandstand admission.

A specials-only format at Georgetown Speedway included a number of high-profile events including the two-day Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend with a pay structure of nearly $90,000, the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and the ‘Blast at the Beach’ filmed for national television by the cameras of MAV-TV.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com,  check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

Georgetown Speedway is online at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedway or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2019 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has been called by some the “resurgence” of the historical Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track, with large crowds and increased car counts witnessed during the first season under Brett Deyo and the BD Motorsports Media LLC management team.

The top performers from the 2019 season at Fonda were honored on Saturday, December 7 at the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet hosted at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y. where a total of over $50,000 was paid out in point fund money to all six divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The total of over $50,000 was a combination of the Fonda Speedway 50/50 point fund money and bonus money from American Racer for those who made the top 15 in overall points in the American Racer Cup standings with 2019 Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner getting $10,125 for his first career modified championship at Fonda.

“But the biggest thing that stuck out to me was that we paid out $494,770 this year before tonight’s banquet,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo told the crowd at the awards banquet.

SUNOCO MODIFIED SUMMARY

A total of 18 events were held in the Sunoco Modified division in 2019 with seven different drivers winning those events. Stewart Friesen led the way with six feature wins moving him up to the fifth spot on the all-time win list with 60. The six victories included big wins in the $10,000 to win “Firecracker 50” in July, which was televised on MAV TV along with the $53,000 win in the “Fonda 200” in the last race of the season.

Because of Friesen’s commitment to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series he didn’t compete at Fonda on a weekly basis but was still able to finish fourth in the final point standings winning $2,000 from the Fonda point fund and $4,750 from the American Racer Cup points for a total of $6,750.

Next in line with total wins was Sunoco Modified point champion Rocky Warner with five victories in 2019 on his way to the title. With his point championship in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda, Warner made a little history of his own as he now has point titles in all four of the different divisions that he has competed in at the “Track of Champions” including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017; the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division in 2011; and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks as co-champion in 2005 and champion in 2007.

Warner’s car owner Jake Spraker has also seen a lot of success in the past at Fonda with this year’s title by Warner being the 10th of Spraker’s career at the “Track of Champions”. Looking back Spraker won a title in the Pro Stock division with Steve Welch in 1999; Crate 602 Sportsman titles with Warner in 2015, 2016, & 2017; a Modified title with Mike Romano in 1989 along with a Fonda 200 win that year; three Modified titles with Bobby Varin in 2005, 2006, & 2008; and one Modified title with Ronnie Johnson in 2016.

Danny Varin was next in line with three wins at Fonda in 2019, finishing a career best third in the final point standings while Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Bobby Varin, and Michael Maresca all had one feature win at Fonda in 2019.

The win by Constantino was the first of his career in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division saw first time track champion Tim Hartman Jr. leading the way with seven feature wins in a total of 16 events. Six other drivers besides Hartman Jr. won features in the division including 2011 Track Champion Mark Mortensen, Adam McAuliffe, and Brian Calabrese who all had two feature wins apiece while Cody Clark, Chad Edwards, and Nick Scavia all had one win apiece.

There were no first time winners in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2019.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

EJ McAuliffe led the way in wins in the Montgomery County Office of Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division with five followed by Rich Christman with four, Brett Mortensen with two, Steve Wagoner and Michael McCallion who both had one win apiece. A total of 13 races were run in the division with five different drivers winning those events.

Mortensen, Christman, and Wagoner were first time winners in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division in 2019.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK SUMMARY

Luke Horning led the way in victories in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division on the way to his first title in the class with six feature wins. Four other drivers won races in the division including Nick Stone with four wins, three of them coming in the final four events of the regular season, Kenny Gates with three wins, Ivan Joslin and Josh Coonradt with one win apiece in a total of 15 events. Coonradt’s win came in one of the most prestigious events of the season, the Hondo Classic which in an annual event that is held in Memory of the late Hondo Carpenter.

There were no first time winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class in 2019.

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK SUMMARY

First time Trackside Body Works Street Stock division champion Jason Samrov led the way with five wins in 2019 in the division which saw seven different feature winners in a total of 15 events. Next in line behind Samrov was Dave Horning Sr. who had a total of four wins coming in the first four events of the season. Stephen Young had a total of two feature wins in the division while Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Ed Hatch, and Zach Sorrentino were all one time winners.

There were no first time winners in the Trackside Body Works division this season.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER SUMMARY

A total of 10 feature events were run in the Four Cylinder Cruiser division with Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck winning eight of those events. Cole Lawton won the other two events, the first one being the first of his career at Fonda. It was Hollenbeck’s sixth championship at Fonda in the division with titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2019.

A LOOK AHEAD TO 2020 AT FONDA

Competitors will be treated to a resurfaced half-mile track as more than 3,000 yards of fresh, rock-free clay was spread shortly after the completion of the 2019 season.

The Fonda Speedway Car Show will start the 2020 season on Friday through Sunday March 27-29 at the Viaport Mall. The first on-track activity is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with an Open Practice session followed by opening night a week later on Saturday, April 18.

Some highlights to the 2020 schedule are as follows:

Dollar Night – Saturday, May 9

Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night – Saturday, May 16

Dave Lape Tribute Night – Saturday, May 23

Firecracker 50 – Wednesday, July 1

The Fonda 200 – Thursday-Saturday, September 17-19

The complete 2020 schedule for the “Track of Champions” is posted on the official Fonda Speedway website www.thefondaspeedway.com under the schedule tab.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Resurfaced Fonda Speedway Prepares for 2020, Schedule Released

FONDA, NY – After a ‘comeback season’ in 2019, legendary Fonda Speedway is poised for 2020.

During Saturday night’s Awards Banquet at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y., the tentative ‘20 schedule for the Track of Champions was released with returning favorites and new highlights.

Competitors will be treated to a resurfaced half-mile oval. More than 3,000 yards of fresh, rock-free clay was spread shortly after the completion of the season.

The first on-track activity is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with an Open Practice session.

Opening Night will follow a week later on Saturday, April 18.

Two highlight events from last season return including the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Firecracker 50’ presented by Fuccillo Automotive Group on Wednesday, July 1 ($10,000-to-win STSS Modified and $2,000-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman) and the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 weekend Thursday-Saturday September 17-19.

Fonda ‘Loyalty Night’ is set for the second straight season on April 25 with Modifieds racing for a massive $8,000 to win.

The ‘Dollar Night’ is back on the schedule on May 9 featuring $1 grandstand admission. More than 4,000 race fans took advantage of that promotion a year ago.

Additionally, two $5 grandstand admission nights have been planned for the ’20 season: the first on June 6 and the second August 1.

Two legends of Fonda Speedway will be recognized in May: Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night May 16 featuring $4,444-to-win Sunoco Modifieds and a week later with the Dave Lape Tribute Twin 22s on May 23.

The Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Race is back on June 20 for Sunoco Modifieds.

For the first time in Fonda Speedway history, the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars invade on June 27, partnered with a Friday night stop at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.

The A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Cars invade on June 13 as a compliment to the annual Fonda Hall of Fame Night.

CRSA Sprint Cars have two appearances planned: July 25 and Friday, September 18 as part of the 200 weekend.

After raising $15,700 last year for the Crossroads Center in Schenectady, N.Y., the One Zee Tees Autism Awareness Night returns to the schedule on July 18 with Sunoco Modified Twin 20s on the track.

Pro Stock competitors will compete for a larger $800 weekly winner’s share in ’20 and have a number of special events including the Hondo Classic June 6, a $1,776-to-win ‘Red, White and Blue Special’ on July 4 and Twin 15s on August 8.

The nostalgic Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds return on May 30, June 13, July 4, July 18 and August 15.

Weekly divisions include Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Four Cylinder Cruisers again return on selected nights.

Championship points will run from April 18 through August 15.

Season passes for both the grandstands and pit area in addition to pit licenses are available now. Forms can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

The ’20 schedule remains in the working stages. Additions and/or changes are possible. Marketing opportunities remain available by contacting the speedway office.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

Fonda Speedway 2020 Schedule of Events

All events are Saturdays unless noted otherwise

April 11 – Open Practice (all divisions)

April 18 – Season Opener: complete program

April 25 – Fonda Loyalty Night – $8,000-to-win Sunoco Modifieds – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 2 – Complete Program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – $1,000-to-win Pro Stock

May 9 – Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Flowers & Giveaways for Moms in Attendance!

May 16 – Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night: Sunoco Modifieds: 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus other bonuses – $4 off admission with Lou Lazzaro tee-shirt

May 23 M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery Dave Lape Tribute Night: Sunoco Modified Twin 22s – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 30 Complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (rain date for Dollar Night) – Regional Animal Shelter Benefit

June 6 – $5 Night$5 Grandstand Admission & NYSCCA Safety Night Pro Stock Hondo Classic – Complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Meet & Greet Night

June 13 – A-Verdi Storage Containers Hall of Fame Night – A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars – complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

June 20 Kelly’s Meat Market Night – Bill Ag Tribute Modified Elimination Races – Giveaways for Dads in Attendance!

June 27 – School House Pools Night – Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars (first time ever) – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

Wednesday, July 1 – Fuccillo Automotive Group Firecracker 50: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $2,000 to win

July 4 – Red, White & Blue Special: Fireworks Extravaganza – Dollar Dog Night – Complete program, $1,776-to-win Pro Stocks plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

July 11 – Sampson Motorcar/Yellow Transportation Night – complete program, $1,000-to-win Pro Stocks plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

July 18 – One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night – Sunoco Modified Twin 20s plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

July 25 – Complete program plus CRSA Sprint Cars

August 1 – $5 Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – all divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

August 8 – Complete program – Pro Stock Twin 15s

August 15 – Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

 

FONDA 200 WEEKEND: THURSDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17-19

Thursday, September 17 – Camper/Trailer Parking & Open Practice

Friday, September 18 – Sunoco Modified Qualifying Races, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock $1,000 to win, Street Stocks $500 to win, Four Cylinder Cruisers

Saturday, September 19 – $53,000-to-win Sunoco Modified Fonda 200 plus Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win

FONDA SPEEDWAY PUTS A PERIOD ON THE 2019 SEASON WITH THE AWARDS BANQUET – WARNER POCKETS $10,125 AS MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION

By: Ron Szczerba

Albany, NY – Top performers from the “Track of Champions” were honored on Saturday, December 7 at the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet hosted at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y. This was the first year-end celebration under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion of the hallowed half-mile track.

A total of over $50,000 was paid out in point fund money to all six divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The total of over $50,000 was a combination of the Fonda Speedway 50/50 money and bonus money from American Racer for those who made the top 15 in points overall in the American Racer Cup points.

Before the delicious buffet style meal was presented, Melissa “Mimi” Lazzaro said a prayer which was written by Kevin Westcott of the Finish Line Chaplaincy who was unable to attend the banquet.

Fonda Speedway announcer Paul Szmal was the emcee for the evening’s banquet and began by saying Happy Birthday to his announcing partner Jay Severson and Craig Hanson who both celebrated birthdays recently.

“Fonda Speedway experienced a rebirth in 2019, I am glad that I could be a part of it along with all of you here tonight as we all share a passion for this business and for this race track,” Szmal said after dinner was completed and the awards portion of the program began.

Szmal called Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo to the podium to address the banquet crowd of 300 people.

“I wasn’t really sure what we were going to have tonight because it’s been a couple of years since there was a Fonda banquet but looking out here at the crowd tonight it’s pretty impressive so first off tonight I want everyone to give yourselves a round of applause for an awesome season,” Deyo said.

“Two years ago I would have never thought that I would be in this position, it just didn’t seem like a possibility,” Deyo continued to say. “We were six hours away, we had a race track (Georgetown) and a series (the Short Track Super Series) and I didn’t think that we would get another one. But the wheels started turning last year and the first thing that I had to do was sell it to my wife Heather. So I told her what do you think about spending the whole summer on the water. What she didn’t know was that it was going to be a camper on the Mohawk River.”

“I was able to get her there and the next order of business was getting a staff together. We had many series events at the I-88 Speedway and it was awesome. It was well manicured, the food was good, and we had such good experiences there. The first thing that I did was to call Jamie and Denise Page (who used to run the I-88 Speedway) to see if they would un-retire and come to Fonda. We were able to talk them into it and they are such a big part of the Fonda Speedway that we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

“The next person already worked for us and our Short Track Super Series and that was Angela Hanson. She always told me that I needed to do races closer to home. So what I did was to make Fonda her home and put her in the office all week. She does a great job and has been there for us all year long.”

“One of the things I heard a lot of this year going to different race tracks was how impressive the staff was at Fonda I got compliments wherever I went and I really owe this to all of you. At our first staff meeting we talked about having the “Disney World Experience” where everyone that you encounter is a pleasant face and I think that we accomplished that this year. Our staff stepped up, we were new at it, it’s a big facility, and we were able to pull it off.”

“The next part of this puzzle was the Fair Board and for years I read how tough these people were. As it turns out they weren’t so bad at all. We have them here tonight including Mark Wilmot Vice President, Mary Ellen Wilmot Secretary, and Martin Kelly Treasurer. The Fair Board were our partners this year, I think that we turned them in to race fans and I’m glad that we can continue this relationship.”

“Last year was a pretty incredible season for Fonda, the racing was awesome, every night the racing was great. The Dollar Night was a huge hit, it brought a lot of new faces and returning faces to the track. MAV-TV came in, we hit National Television along with the return of the Fonda 200. But the biggest thing that stuck out to me was that we paid out $494, 770 before tonight’s banquet. Thanks to all of our sponsors and everybody for that because that is a huge number for a weekly race track.”

“Going forward we are still working, we resurfaced the whole race track with new clay, a lot of credit to Craig Hanson for that, he has been putting a lot of hours in as we try to make racing more affordable for the drivers. I don’t think that the racing can get much better but the tire wear can and that was our goal.”

Next up to the stage was Jamie Page who said thank you to everyone at the Fonda Speedway for making he and his wife Denise a part of their family. “Fonda Speedway consists of a family group that puts their heart and soul into everything that they do,” Page said. “We appreciate that and that is the kind of people that we are too.”

“I also want to touch on the 50/50 ticket sellers,” Page went on to say. “Some kick ass girls and guys there. Everyone in this room has them to thank as much as the rest of us do for the money being paid out tonight. A very impressive number collected by them for a weekly race track.”

The 50/50 Ticket sellers attending the banquet included Ivan Joslin, Jaynie Corbitt, Mimi Lazzaro, Dylanne Hodge, Heather Marr, and Julie Compani.

“I also want to thank all of our staff at the track along with Mike Parillo,” Page said. “Everybody has a love/hate relationship with that man. I’ve been told that Mike is the weak spot at Fonda and I disagree 100% with that, he is a very resourceful man, he has a lot of contacts, and what he steps up and does to fill the void is very impressive.”

“The Fonda Fair Board are our partners as Brett (Deyo) said. The Fonda Fairgrounds is a huge facility and I’m impressed with what they do with it. It’s really nice to have a partner in our sport and I thank them very much.”

“Special thanks to my wife Denise, her and Brett already had this deal made before I even knew about it. She has a passion for racing just as we all do, it’s not really about the race cars it is all about the people that do it. We were told many times how difficult the Fonda fans and racers were but quite honestly we really didn’t see that. They embraced what Brett had brought to the table along with the staff who embraced us as well.”

“When we promoted I-88, we knew most of the people, it’s a small community and we knew most of the people in it. When we came to Fonda we were a little behind the eight ball when we got started but my wife Denise picked up the ball and handled the concession side of it and from day one I don’t think anyone complained how they were handled, how they were served, or the food they were served.”

“I’ll end with three words that sum up the work we do at the track and what it takes to do it, sacrifice, commitment, and pride. Brett (Deyo) puts his heart and soul into everything, he is very dedicated to what he does, and it is very educational for Denise and I to work under him here at Fonda.”

After the top five in points were announced and presented their awards (see complete chart of points below), Brett Deyo came back to the podium to thank and acknowledge sponsors at the track with plaques for each one of them including:
Sampson Motor Car – Jerry Sampson
Fuccillo Automotive Group who sponsored the Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane in 2019 at Fonda – Shawn Sponable
Trackside Body Works – Greg Duesler
Montgomery County Office for Aging – Jason Walrath & David Jordan
Algonkin Motel – Jamie & Denise Page
Swagger Factory Apparel – Mike Jackson
Sunoco Race Fuels – Greg Smith

The top five in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock division points were acknowledged next (see complete chart of points below), followed by Brett Deyo handing out two more special awards.

“Over the winter we had a plan for track prep, but on the first day about three hours in we lost our plan,” Deyo said. “He headed out the gate but on the way out he told me that I guess you know everything and he was right about one thing. We scrambled to put a track prep team together quickly on opening day and through the season.”

“The first guy to step up for us was supposed to just loan me a water truck for a couple of weeks and he got himself in for a lot more than that. He was there for us every day whether it be to fix a toilet or putting seven freezers on a trailer and coming up the thruway hoping that we didn’t see a cop, to watering the track and doing everything else. I wish I could say that he brought a great attitude with him but sometimes he didn’t but he did a hell of a job for us and that is Mike Parillo.”

“The other part of the track prep crew came mid-season and you probably saw him out there in his driver’s suit on the grader a few times. Craig Hanson did so much for us, putting his own racing on the back burner a lot of times. Craig stepped up and got on the grader and he hid this from me, he didn’t tell me that he knew all of this grading work or I would have had him working for me a lot sooner. But he really did a great job and hopefully we can keep him doing it again next year. Special thanks to Craig’s pit crew who got his race car ready for the feature while he was out on the grader.”

“The next special award is for someone who has done a lot for me not just at Fonda but everywhere. This year he had perfect attendance with us. He attended every Short Track Super Series event that we had, he attended every Georgetown Speedway race that we had, and he drove over three hours one way to be the pit steward at the Fonda Speedway. I look at this guy as the backbone of our whole program, Dave Pace.”

The Montgomery County Office for Aging top five in points were honored next (see complete chart of points below), followed by more special awards from Brett Deyo.

“Probably the most memorable night that I had at the Fonda Speedway all year was our Autism Awareness Night, we had an unbelievable turnout including a chicken barbeque and raised $15,700 that night for the Crossroads Center. The person behind it selling sponsorship for the race and cooking the chicken gets the Spirit of the Sport Award and that is Jessica Friesen.”

“There were nights when drivers had issues during their heat races with their race cars and Alton Palmer stepped up to loan them his back-up car. One such night was Dollar Night when Michael Maresca had issues with his race car during his heat race and Alton stepped up to loan him their backup car to race so that Maresca’s sponsor St. Lawrence Radiology who was in the sponsors tower that night, could see their car compete.”

“He has spent his entire life at Fonda and always helped everyone out, he is a car owner, a former driver, and a sponsor. The winner of the Good Guy Award is Alton Palmer.”

The Algonkin Motel Pro Stock top 10 in points were announced next (see complete chart of points below) followed by the Rookie of the Year Awards in all divisions with Deyo presenting the awards to:
Dave Constantino & David Schilling – Sunoco Modifieds
Andrew Buff – Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
Rich Christman – Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Bill Knapp – Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Josh Samrov – Trackside Body Works Street Stocks
Cole Lawton – Four Cylinder Cruisers

Deyo also presented the award that nobody wants to win but needs to be recognized, an award for a driver battling through misfortune at the speedway. “This driver kept a positive attitude and remained committed to racing at Fonda Speedway at all costs, Deyo said. “It stuck out to me because he never said a word, he kept coming through the gate every week to race, Steve Akers.”

The top 10 in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division were next up to accept their awards (see complete chart of points below) followed by the Best Appearing Car Awards in each division with the winners of those awards being:
Brian Gleason – Sunoco Modified
Adam McAuliffe – Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
EJ McAuliffe – Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Kenny Gates – Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Cliff Haslun – Trackside Body Works Street Stocks
Cole Lawton – Four Cylinder Cruisers

The top ten in the Sunoco Modifieds were announced next (see complete chart of points below), with Rocky Warner taking top honors in the division. With his Sunoco Modified crown in 2019, Warner now has championships in four different divisions at Fonda including the Street Stocks, Pro Stocks, Crate 602 Sportsman, and Modifieds.

“I’m probably as surprised as the rest of the people in this building, Rocky Warner said when Paul Szmal asked him about the 2019 season. “After last year we were gonna go back to Crate 602 Sportsman racing but I talked Jake into staying into the Modifieds thanks to Jimmy over here and this is where we ended up. Thanks to all of my crew, family, Jake gave me a shot and I thank him for that.”

“It was a great year for us, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Champion Tim Hartman Jr. said. “It was certainly unexpected but I’m glad that it happened. Thanks to Mike Parillo as without him I wouldn’t be able to race as much or be as competitive as I am along with my family and crew.”

“I need to thank the guys at our table, they work on our cars all summer long with no complaints despite racing three nights a week, all of my sponsors, and my girlfriend Nancy for allowing me to do anything that I want,” Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning told the banquet crowd.

“The car was great all year, thanks to Dave at DKM, my crew, my brother, my nephew, for an amazing year,” Montgomery County Office for Aging Track Champion EJ McAuliffe said.

“Thank to my wife and my crew for all their help this year it was a great season,” Trackside Body Works Track Champion Jason Samrov said.

“Thanks to everyone that helps me and to Fonda Speedway, that’s the best I’ve saw that place in years,” Four Cylinder Cruiser Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck said.”

All of the track champions received a jacket, trophy, and a bottle of champagne to celebrate their track titles.

Szmal closed the banquet by announcing the dates for the Fonda Speedway Car Show which will be held at the ViaPort Rotterdam Mall on March 27-29, 2020. There is an open practice session scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with opening night scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

Located off New York State Thruway Exit 28 in Fonda, New York, the hallowed ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway is a half-mile clay oval hosting weekly stock car racing from April through September. Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks will compete weekly, with bi-weekly appearances by the Four Cylinders and special events.

The speedway, which opened in 1953, is among the most historic in the nation.

BD Motorsports Media LLC has leased the facility beginning in 2019. The speedway experienced a resurgence with large crowds and increased car counts during the new promotional team’s first season.

2019 Points Paying Breakdown for the Top 10 & Top 5 in Points for all Divisions
2019 Sunoco Modified Top 10 in Points

Driver/Points/Fonda Point Fund/American Racer Cup Bonus Money/Total Money Won
Rocky Warner 821 $8,000 $2,125 $10,125
Bobby Varin 741 $4,000 $4,000
Danny Varin 694 $3,000 $3,000
Stewart Friesen 677 $2,000 $4,750 $6,750
Dave Constantino 660 $1,500 $1,500
David Schilling 653 $1,250 $1,250
Craig Hanson 643 $1,125 $1,125
Brian Gleason 612 $1,100 $1,100
Josh Hohenforst 609 $1,050 $1,050
Michael Maresca 609 $1,050 $1,050
Totals $24,075 $6,875 $30,950

2019 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Top 10 in Points
Driver/Points/Fonda Point Fund/American Racer Cup Bonus Money/Total Money Won
Tim Hartman Jr. 677 $2,000 $1,000 $3,000
Adam McAuliffe 653 $1,000 $100 $1,100
Chad Edwards 633 $750 $750
Brian Calabrese 616 $700 $150 $850
Mark Mortensen 599 $650 $650
Cody Clark 560 $600 $600
JaMike Sowle 544 $575 $575
Tony Farone 526 $550 $550
Andrew Buff 516 $525 $525
Brian Borst 516 $525 $525
Totals $7,875 $1,250 $9,125

2019 Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Luke Horning 697 $1,500
Nick Stone 659 $700
Josh Coonradt 629 $600
Kenny Gates 619 $500
Chuck Dumblewski 583 $475
Justin Knight 545 $450
Jason Morrison 536 $425
Ivan Joslin 535 $400
Bill Knapp 454 $375
Randy Cosselman 426 $350
Totals $5,775

2019 Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
EJ McAuliffe 724 $500 $500
Rich Christman 704 $300 $300
Brett Mortensen 612 $275 $275
John Young 555 $250 $250
Steve Wagoner 504 $200 $200
Alan Hanson 504 $200 $200
Totals $1,725 $1,725

2019 Trackside Body Works Street Stock Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Jason Samrov 720 $500 $500
Michael Arnold 672 $300 $300
Cliff Haslun 646 $275 $275
Dave Horning Sr. 594 $250 $250
Stephen Young 556 $200 $200
Totals $1,525 $1,525

Four Cylinder/Cruiser Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Ken Hollenbeck 464 $400 $400
Cole Lawton 440 $200 $200
John Napoli 392 $150 $150
TJ Marlitt 293 $125 $125
Wayne Russell 265 $100 $100
Totals $975 $975

Grand Totals $41,950 $8,125 $50,075

Stats for the Top 10 & Top 5 in Points in all Divisions for the 2019 Season
2019 Sunoco Modified Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Rocky Warner 821 5 13 18 6 Career Wins in the Division
Bobby Varin 741 1 8 16 65 Career Wins in the Division
Danny Varin 694 3 6 12 10 Career Wins in the Division
Stewart Friesen 677 6 14 14 60 Career Wins in the Division
Dave Constantino 660 1 6 12 1 Career Win in the Division
David Schilling 653 0 5 12 0 Career Wins in the Division
Craig Hanson 643 0 3 10 7 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Gleason 612 0 2 10 0 Career Wins in the Division
Josh Hohenforst 609 0 4 9 3 Career Wins in the Division
Michael Maresca 609 1 3 10 2 Career Wins in the Division

2019 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Tim Hartman Jr. 677 7 11 13 11 Career Wins in the Division
Adam McAuliffe 653 2 6 13 10 Career Wins in the Division
Chad Edwards 633 1 8 15 7 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Calabrese 616 2 9 12 3 Career Wins in the Division
Mark Mortensen 599 2 7 11 23 Career Wins in the Division
Cody Clark 560 1 4 9 7 Career Wins in the Division
JaMike Sowle 544 0 4 8 0 Career Wins in the Division
Tony Farone 526 0 5 6 5 Career Wins in the Division
Andrew Buff 516 0 5 8 0 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Borst 516 0 6 9 1 Career Win in the Division

2019 Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Luke Horning 697 6 14 14 20 Career Wins in the Division
Nick Stone 659 4 11 12 46 Career Wins in the Division
Josh Coonradt 629 1 11 15 4 Career Wins in the Division
Kenny Gates 619 3 11 14 83 Career Wins in the Division
Chuck Dumblewski 583 0 9 13 12 Career Wins in the Division
Justin Knight 545 0 6 10 0 Career Wins in the Division
Jason Morrison 536 0 4 12 0 Career Wins in the Division
Ivan Joslin 535 1 3 9 10 Career Wins in the Division
Bill Knapp 454 0 1 9 1 Career Win in the Division
Randy Cosselman 425 0 0 5 1 Career Win in the Division

2019 Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
EJ McAuliffe 724 5 13 13 6 Career Wins in the Division
Rich Christman 704 4 12 13 4 Career Wins in the Division
Brett Mortensen 612 2 7 11 2 Career Wins in the Division
John Young 555 0 5 11 0 Career Wins in the Division
Steve Wagoner 504 1 5 11 1 Career Win in the Division
Alan Hanson 504 0 5 9 0 Career Wins in the Division

2019 Trackside Body Works Street Stock Division Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Jason Samrov 720 5 11 13 13 Career Wins in the Division
Michael Arnold 672 1 13 15 3 Career Wins in the Division
Cliff Haslun 646 1 11 14 5 Career Wins in the Division
Dave Horning Sr. 594 4 9 12 62 Career Wins in the Division
Stephen Young 556 2 7 12 3 Career Wins in the Division

Four Cylinder Cruiser Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Ken Hollenbeck 464 8 10 10 50 Career Wins in the Division
Cole Lawton 440 2 7 8 2 Career Wins in the Division
John Napoli 392 0 7 9 0 Career Wins in the Division
TJ Marlitt 293 0 2 6 0 Career Wins in the Division
Wayne Russell 265 0 5 6 1 Career Win in the Division

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