FRIESEN TAKES $4,000 MODIFIED WIN AT FONDA WHILE HARTMAN TAKES KING OF DIRT (KOD) NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After the annual break for the Fonda Fair, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway was back in action on Saturday evening with a seven division racing program presented by Dodson Construction. A late rain shower tried to spoil the party but the track crews and all of the drivers in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman did a great job getting the track back so that the racing program could be completed.

Winners on Saturday evening at Fonda included Stewart Friesen who drove a brand new Bicknell car to victory in its maiden voyage in the Sunoco Racing Modified feature, Tim Hartman Jr. who was the winner of the KOD Northeast Nationals in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature, Kenny Gates in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature, Ed Hatch in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature, Jeff Trombley in the CRSA Sprint feature, and Ken Hollenbeck in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series was also in action on Saturday at Fonda with the winners of those events including Frank Blanchard (MVVDMS Antique), Rob Sanford (MVVDMA Modified Replica), Dan Wood (MVVDMS Sportsman Replica), and John Roese (MVVDMS) Late Model). 2019 Track Champions were crowned on Saturday in the MVVDMS with Frank Blanchard (MVVDMS Antique), John Flach (MVVDMS Modified), Dan Wood (MVVDMS Sportsman), and Malcum warner (MVVDMS Late Model) all taking the honors for the season.

Fonda Speedway Hall of fame driver CD Coville was on hand during pre-race ceremonies to present the MVVDMS Rocking Chair to its new owner after a season long raffle event. On victory lane along with CD and the MVVDMS officials and drivers was the beautiful #61 race car owned by Brian Gray which was a replica of the one CD once raced. John Wentworth was the winner of the rocking chair which was donated by Al Kugler and custom painted by the one and only “Custom” Bob Niemietz.

When interviewed by Mimi Lazzaro Coville said “I really wanted to do some hot laps tonight but I don’t think my doctor would like it very much. Maybe 20 weekend.”

Fallis and the MVVDMS organization then thanked Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo with a plaque for allowing them to race at the Fonda Speedway this season. “He did whatever I asked of him for the organization,” Fallis told the crowd. “Without Brett and the Fonda Speedway we wouldn’t have a place to race and we really appreciate what he has done for us.”

On victory lane Mimi Lazzaro also shared some memories by saying “I have some cool memories of growing up here in the infield pit area with my father Lou Lazzaro who used to pit down in turn four. This year it has been 50 years since my father won the Fonda 200 back in 1969.”

Fonda Speedway flagger Joe Kriss performed a great rendition of the National Anthem and then it was a solid six hours of great racing in all divisions after pre-race ceremonies were completed.

The 30-lap Sunoco Racing Modified feature began with Brian Gleason and invader Anthony Perrego on the front row with Perrego out to the early lead. Stewart Friesen started fifth in the event and by completion of lap one he was in the third position in his brand new Bicknell car. By lap six the top three of Gleason, Perrego, and Friesen pulled away from the rest of the field with the first caution of the event out on lap six for the fifth place car of Danny Varin who was stopped in turn four. Varin would continue on at the rear of the field.

On the restart, Perrego was the new race leader with Friesen also getting by Gleason for the second position. Just after the green flag flew again the caution was out for Ancel Collins and Bobby Varin who were involved in a wreck between turns one and two. Collins was okay but done for the night while Varin continued on at the rear of the field.

Perrego chose the outside on the restart and continued to lead while Friesen and the new third place car of 2019 Fonda Speedway Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner followed trying to figure out a way to get past the high flying Teo car of Perrego. Dave Constantino was another car that was on the move after starting 11th, getting into the top five just before the halfway point in his DKM Cyclone car.

Friesen figured out a way to challenge Perrego over the next few laps and took over the lead with a pass on the inside at the finish line to complete lap 18 just before the red flag came out for a wreck in between turns one and two involving the fourth place car of David Schilling and Josh Hohenforst.

Schilling’s car flipped over and came to rest against the wall while Hohenforst who was running the extreme outside on the track as many other drivers were had nowhere to go and made contact with Schilling. Both drivers were okay at the track and after checking on Schilling early Sunday morning New York State Stock Car Association Fonda Speedway representative Bonnie Mortensen said that Schilling was doing okay.

Friesen chose the outside for the restart and at the drop of the green flag pulled away making it a race for the second position between several cars. When the checkered flag was thrown Friesen was the winner of his fifth event of the season at Fonda and the 59th of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car. Perrego, Constantino, Warner, and 10th place starter Matt DeLorenzo completed the top five.

“I love this place,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane as his son Parker did his famous roof dance. “The 18 (Perrego) was fast and they have a lot of good stuff in that program so honestly I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pass him or not but he was starting to get free off of turn four and I was able to get by. The track was super smooth and awesome tonight so thanks to the Fonda track crew and thanks to my guys who prepared two new race cars this week for Jessica and I to race tonight.”

After a rain delay the 50-lap KOD Northeast Nationals took to the track for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with outside front row position starter and 2019 Fonda Speedway Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. the early race leader. Two consecutive cautions before a second lap was completed forced a single file restart with Hartman again leading the event at the drop of the green flag.

Hartman was out to a straightaway advantage by lap 10 with sixth place starter Brian Borst the new second place car while JaMike Sowle was right behind in the third spot. Borst and Sowle swapped the second position several times with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Hartman, Borst, Sowle, 11th place starter Brian Calabrese, and 16th place starter Bobby Hackel IV.

Hartman was in heavy lap traffic from the halfway point forward and had a close call on lap 32 when Tim Falter spun right in front of him in turn one to bring out the caution. Hartman chose the outside on the restart and again pulled away at the drop of the green flag while Borst and Sowle continued their battle for the second position.

The yellow was out one last time with three laps to go for Joe Williams who slowed coming out of turn four setting up a three lap battle for the win. Sowle took the second position on the restart and got close to Hartman on the final lap but it was Hartman who took home his sixth victory of the season at Fonda and the 10th of his career in the division in the Parillo Services #22 Troyer car.

Sowle, Borst, Calabrese, and Hackel completed the top five.

“It’s great to come back after a break for the fair and get another win,” Hartman said in victory lane. “I was worried about the rain but we made as many adjustments as we could after the rain delay and it got us another win.”

Kenny Gates started the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with Jason Morrison in tow. Sixth place starter Josh Coonradt was the new third place car on lap two with Gates out to a straightaway advantage on lap five. Fifth place starter Luke Horning got by Nick Stone for the fourth position while Coonradt took over the second position from Morrison on lap eight.

Horning also got by the slowing car of Morrison for the third position and at the halfway point Horning was second after getting by Coonradt. The battle for second continued to the checkered flag between Horning and Coonradt while Gates was in lap traffic on lap 13. Nothing would slow Gates down on this night however as he negotiated lap traffic and went on to his third victory of the season and the 83rd of his career in the division which is on top of the All Time Pro Stock Win List at Fonda.

Coonradt, Horning, Stone, and Shane Henderson completed the top five in the event.

“We’ve been working on this car, traveling and experimenting with it,” Gates said in victory lane. “Now we have a setup that I’m not real comfortable with but I just have to get in it and drive it. Thanks to my crew for their long nights working on this car and to Pete Stefanski and the Beldon’s who have helped us with the setup. The track was fast tonight and couldn’t have been any better.”

Zach Sorrentino led at the start of the Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature but when he did a 360 degree spin in turn two it was Ed Hatch who took over the race lead while Sorrentino continued on back in the fifth spot. Hatch led the remaining laps for his second career win at Fonda followed by Michael Arnold, Sorrentino, Al Relyea, and Stephen Young.

Ken Hollenbeck led every lap of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature for his seventh win of the season and the 49th of his career in the division at Fonda over Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, and Katrina Bean.

Jeff Trombley started the CRSA Sprint feature on the pole and led at the drop of the green flag to start the 20-lap event with Darryl Ruggles second. After starting sixth, Mike Kiser was the new third place car on lap five while Trombley was out to a straightaway advantage. Kiser took the second spot away from Ruggles on lap eight and was challenging Trombley for the lead on lap 12.

On the inside of turns one and two on lap 17, Kiser got by Trombley for the lead but by the time the lap was completed Trombley retook the lead at the line to complete the lap. Trombley went three wide at times around lap traffic to maintain the lead and get the win, his second career CRSA victory at the “Track of Champions”.

Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, and Dana Wagner completed the top five.

“He got close,” Trombley said of Kiser in victory lane. “He certainly gave me a run for it.”

Next up at the “Track of Champions” is the Fonda 200 weekend on Thursday September 26 through Saturday September 28 so please connect with the Fonda Speedway website and Facebook pages during the next couple weeks for details on the $53,000 to win event!

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN: STEWART FRIESEN, Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Jessica Friesen, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Pitts, Scott Huber, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Neil Stratton, JR Hurlburt, Aaron Jacobs, Darwin Greene, Kathy Bellen, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Allison Ricci, Alan Barker, Ancel Collins, Roger Henion Jr. (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Stewart Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 50-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN: TIM HARTMAN JR., JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Bobby Hackel IV, Chad Edwards, Robert Bublak, Elmo Reckner, Aaron Burton, EJ McAuliffe, Mike Fisher, Tim Falter, Joey Scarborough, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Joe Orlando, Vince Quenneville, Harry Shaffer, Matt Meade, Frank Hoard III, Dana Camenga, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill Port, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, William August, Brett Mortensen, Connor Cleveland, Ron Proctor, Adam Pierson, Tucker O’Connor

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Joey Scarborough, Connor Cleveland

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Joe Williams, Tucker O’Connor

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Billy Lussier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Spencer Rapp, Brent Warren, Dan Santabarbara, Brendan Gibbons, Michael Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Cody Clark, Shane Larman

2019 KING OF DIRT (KOD) CRATE MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – Bobby Hackel IV

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN: KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Shane Henderson, Randy Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Jim Normoyle, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Ed Kotary, John Roese, Jamie Warner, Jason Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kenny Gates, Nick Stone

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ED HATCH, Michael Arnold, Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Stephen Young, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Chris Murphy, Josh Samrov, Ryan Brown, Chris Stalker, James Dellea

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, Katrina Bean

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Mark Reardon, Larry Hoyt, Phil Mitchell, Phil Barkins (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ROB SANFORD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Stanley Wetmore, DAN WOOD (SPORTSMAN), Randy Delaney, Frank Hoard Jr., Brian Gray, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE (LATE MODEL), John Constantino, Will Reed, Malcum Warner, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Wayne Gage, Carl Cram

2019 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE MODIFIED DIRT SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS:

FRANK BLANCHARD – VINTAGE ANTIQUE

JOHN FLACH – VINTAGE MODIFIED

DAN WOOD – VINTAGE SPORTSMAN

MALCUM WARNER – VINTAGE LATE MODEL

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JEFF TROMBLEY, Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, Dana Wagner, Johnny Kolosek, John Scarborough, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, Cory Sparks, Justin Mills, Mike VanPelt, Mark Taylor, Matt Priscott, Link Pettit

CRSA HEAT RACE WINNERS: Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles

DODSON CONSTRUCTION NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/14/2019

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN: STEWART FRIESEN, Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Jessica Friesen, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Pitts, Scott Huber, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Neil Stratton, JR Hurlburt, Aaron Jacobs, Darwin Greene, Kathy Bellen, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Allison Ricci, Alan Barker, Ancel Collins, Roger Henion Jr. (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Stewart Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 50-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN: TIM HARTMAN JR., JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Bobby Hackel IV, Chad Edwards, Robert Bublak, Elmo Reckner, Aaron Burton, EJ McAuliffe, Mike Fisher, Tim Falter, Joey Scarborough, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Joe Orlando, Vince Quenneville, Harry Shaffer, Matt Meade, Frank Hoard III, Dana Camenga, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill Port, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, William August, Brett Mortensen, Connor Cleveland, Ron Proctor, Adam Pierson, Tucker O’Connor

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Joey Scarborough, Connor Cleveland

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Joe Williams, Tucker O’Connor

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Billy Lussier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Spencer Rapp, Brent Warren, Dan Santabarbara, Brendan Gibbons, Michael Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Cody Clark, Shane Larman

2019 KING OF DIRT (KOD) CRATE MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – Bobby Hackel IV

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN: KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Shane Henderson, Randy Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Jim Normoyle, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Ed Kotary, John Roese, Jamie Warner, Jason Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kenny Gates, Nick Stone

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ED HATCH, Michael Arnold, Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Stephen Young, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Chris Murphy, Josh Samrov, Ryan Brown, Chris Stalker, James Dellea

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, Katrina Bean

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Mark Reardon, Larry Hoyt, Phil Mitchell, Phil Barkins (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ROB SANFORD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Stanley Wetmore, DAN WOOD (SPORTSMAN), Randy Delaney, Frank Hoard Jr., Brian Gray, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE (LATE MODEL), John Constantino, Will Reed, Malcum Warner, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Wayne Gage, Carl Cram

2019 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE MODIFIED DIRT SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS:

FRANK BLANCHARD – VINTAGE ANTIQUE

JOHN FLACH – VINTAGE MODIFIED

DAN WOOD – VINTAGE SPORTSMAN

MALCUM WARNER – VINTAGE LATE MODEL

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JEFF TROMBLEY, Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, Dana Wagner, Johnny Kolosek, John Scarborough, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, Cory Sparks, Justin Mills, Mike VanPelt, Mark Taylor, Matt Priscott, Link Pettit

CRSA HEAT RACE WINNERS: Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY COMES BACK TO LIFE AFTER A BREAK FOR THE ANNUAL FONDA FAIR

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, September 14 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action with a racing program presented by Dodson Construction after a break for the Annual Fonda Fair.

On the racing card will be the Sunoco Racing Modifieds in a 30-lap $4,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman King of Dirt Racing Series in a 50-lap $2,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in a 20-lap $1,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the CRSA Sprints in a 20-lap feature event, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a 15 lap feature event with a draw for position, the Four Cylinder Cruisers in a 12-lap event with a draw for position, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

Pit gates will open at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with grandstand gates opening at 3:00 p.m., hot laps at 4:45 p.m., and racing at 6:00 p.m.

The “Track of Champions” is not only back to racing this Saturday, September 14 it is also “BACK” to the prominence that it has shown throughout its 68 year old history. That has come with a lot of hard work by promoter Brett Deyo and his wife Heather, Jamie and Denise Page, and a great supporting cast of staff members.

Many sponsors have also come on board with sponsorship for all divisions but there are also some that have been behind the scenes sponsors of sorts with extra money handed out in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman division and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division.

Greco’s NAPA came on board in 2019 with the NAPA Hard Charger Award in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman division, awarding the driver who gained the most positions during the weekly 25-lap feature events a $100 award.

According to Greco’s NAPA, drivers winning the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award this season at Fonda included Mark Mortensen who won the award a total of three times in 2019, Tim Hartman Jr. and Harry Shaffer who each won the award twice during the season, Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Joe Orlando, Jason Greco, and Aaron Burton who all won the award once during the season.

Eric Orozco Racing also came on board in 2019, increasing the purse in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division to $1,000 to win in a total of 10 events during the 2019 racing season. Winners of those 10 events were Tim Hartman Jr. who won three of the extra money races sponsored by Mr. Orozco, Mark Mortensen and Adam McAuliffe who both won the extra money events twice, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, and Nick Scavia who each won one of the extra money events.

American Racer Tire also came on board to sponsor a “Best of 8” Series of events paying $800 to win for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division with 2019 Track Champion Luke Horning and Nick Stone winning three of those events each along with Kenny Gates and Ivan Joslin who each won the award once during the season.

On Saturday, September 14 the best “Crate Modified” drivers in and around the Capital District will converge on the “Track of Champions”, Fonda Speedway for the 10th edition of the “Northeast Crate Nationals” to pen a brand new chapter in event history! The 50-lap feature event will pay $2,000 to win, $150 to start, and $75 for any car that does not qualify for the event! Plus Andy’s Speed Shop is presenting a $250 bonus to the winner, American Racer or Hoosier (driver’s choice) will present one free tire to the second and third place finishers in the feature event, and the winner has the honor and bragging rights of being the King of Dirt (KOD) Nationals Champion for the next 365 days!

Over 10 drivers are title eligible, but only one can be King! Vince Quenneville (187 points), Bobby Hackel IV (183 points), Adam Pierson and Billy Lussier (both with 182 points), and Joey Scarborough (175 points) are the current top five in points going in to the event with the top 12 separated by only 20 points from the point leader in the three race series!

Winners of the two KOD events held at the Devils Bowl Speedway in Vermont this season were Bobby Hackel IV and Kenny Tremont Jr. Past King of Dirt (KOD) Track Champions include Bobby Varin (358-Modified), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), and Jason Casey (Pro Stock) in 2018; Marc Johnson (358-Modified), Rocky Warner (Sportsman), and Rob Yetman (Pro Stock) in 2017; Connor Cleveland (Sportsman) and Robbie Speed (Pro Stock) in 2016; Rocky Warner (Sportsman), and Nick Stone (Pro Stock) in 2015.

So come out and see two 2019 champions being crowned, a Nationals Champion and a King of Dirt (KOD) Champion at the Fonda Speedway! Complete payout and information for the 2019 Northeast Crate Nationals event can be found on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page!

King of Dirt (KOD) Nationals Champions by Year:
2018 – Brian Calabrese
2017 – Rocky Warner
2016 – Tim Hartman Jr.
2015 – Rocky Warner
2014 – Tim Hartman Jr.
2013 – Tim Sears Jr.
2011 – Ray Zemken
2010 – Chad Edwards
2008 – Jack Swinton

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 2:00 p.m.
Grandstands Open: 3:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 4:45 p.m.
Racing: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $16.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $14.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30
Pit Entry W/O License: $35
Pit Entry ages 6-12: $10
Pit Entry ages 5 & under: $2

Parking in Speedway Lot: FREE

Concession Stands & Beer Booth Open

Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand: Brand new Fonda Speedway available for purchase.

Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum
Opens @ 3:30 pm
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check out Their Page for Special Happenings!

Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

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.

WE’RE BACK: RACING RESUMES THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 HEADLINED BY $4,000-TO-WIN MODIFIEDS

After a month off, racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 14 with Dodson Construction Night! It’s a HUGE night of racing!
 
Sunoco Modifieds – 30 laps, $4,000 to win! Draw for heat-race starting positions!
 
King Of Dirt Racing Series Crate 602 Sportsman – 50 laps, $2,000 to win! Draw for heat-race starting positions!
 
Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – 20 laps, $1,000 to win – Draw for heat-race starting positions!
 
CRSA Sprints – 20 laps
 
Trackside Body Works Street Stocks – 15 laps, Draw for position!
 
Four Cylinder Cruisers – 12 laps, Draw for position!
 
Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds
 
Gates: 2 p.m.
Hot Laps: 4:45 p.m.
Racing: 6 p.m.
 
Adult Admission: $16 – Seniors (ages 65 and up): $14 – Kids 11 and under FREE
 
Pit Admission: $35 (Non-Members); $30 (Fonda Members); $10 Kids (ages 6-12); Kids 5 and under pay $2

Schedule Announced for Historic Fonda 200 Weekend September 26-28

FONDA, NY – The historic return of the Fonda 200 is a race competitors and fans have earmarked on their calendars since the announcement last fall.

$53,000 awaits the winner of the 2019 Fonda 200 at Fonda Speedway, with a total pay structure of $125,675 for the Sunoco Modified main event alone. The three-day racing festival takes over the Track of Champions Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28.

While the Sunoco Modifieds are the headline, a full plate of racing will be offered to include the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Fonda Speedway management has released the preliminary schedule of events for the return of the Fonda 200 weekend.

 

Fonda 200 Weekend Schedule of Events: Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28, 2019

Thursday, September 26

8 a.m. – Camper Staging Begins

9 a.m. – Camper Parking Begins (coordinated by Fonda Speedway staff)

2 p.m. – Pit Gates Open

6 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting

6:30 p.m. – Open Practice (rotating by division)
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock
Sunoco Modified
Swagger Factory Apparel Sportsman
Trackside Body Works Street Stock
Four Cylinder
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprints

9 p.m. – Open Practice & Camper Parking End


Friday, September 27

9 a.m.-7 p.m. – Camper Parking

3 p.m. – Gates Open

5:15 p.m. – Mandatory Drivers Meeting & Sunoco Modified Qualifying Race Draw

5:45 p.m. – Patriot Sprint Tour Engine Heat followed by Hot Laps
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car
Sunoco Modified
Trackside Body Work Street Stocks
Four Cylinder Cruisers

6:55 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies & National Anthem

7 p.m. – Racing
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Make-Up Feature from May 25 (25 laps)
Trackside Body Works Street Stock Heats (6 laps, with more than 15 cars)
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Heats (8 laps)

TRACK PREP (IF NEEDED)

Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 1 (15 laps)

Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Heats (8 laps)

Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 2 (15 laps)

Four Cylinder Cruiser Feature (12 laps)
Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature (15 laps, $500 to win presented by Roberts Towing & Recovery)

Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Dash
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car B-Main, if needed

Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 3

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature (20 laps)

Sunoco Modified Qualifiers No. 4 & 5 (15 laps, if needed)

Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps)

10-10:30 p.m. – Tompkins Drive Band LIVE at Entertainment Building

 

Saturday, September 28

1 p.m. – Gates Open

5 p.m. – Hot Laps
Crate 602 Sportsman
Sunoco Modified

5:50 p.m. – Welcome

6 p.m. – Racing
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Heats (8 laps)

Sunoco Modified B-Mains (15 laps)

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Consolations (8 laps)

BRIEF BREAK – TRACK PREP

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature (25 laps, $1,500 to win)

FONDA 200 DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS

CANADIAN & AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS

DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES

Sunoco Modified ‘Fonda 200’ (200 laps – $53,000 to win!)

 

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.

Brett Hearn Chases Leading Fifth Fonda 200 Victory Sept. 26-28 at the Track of Champions

FONDA, NY – Some of the sport’s most iconic names have put their name in the record books since the very first Fonda 200 was contested as a NASCAR Grand National event in 1955.

Only one driver has won it four times: Brett Hearn.

‘The Corporate Jet’ hopes to add a fifth ‘200’ victory to his resume at Fonda Speedway in 2019. The Fonda 200 returns to the Track of Champions Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28 with the largest purse structure ever offered at the half-mile track located just off New York State Thruway Exit 28.

$125,675, at minimum, will be offered to Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified competitors in the 200-lap event with $53,000 reserved for the winner.

Hearn broke through as a winner of the 200 for the first time in 1995. After the ’96 event fell to weather, Hearn recorded back-to-back triumphs in ’97 and ’98.

The most recent 200 took place 17 years ago in 2002. That marked Hearn’s fourth triumph in the prestigious event.

The Madsen Motorsports No. 20 operation has filed its entry for the revival of the 200 at the end of September.

Rules and Race Procedures for the 200 have been posted at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200RulesandProcedures.pdf

The Registration Form for Modifieds can be found here. Teams can save $50 on registration if entered by Sept. 7: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200ModifiedEntryForm.pdf

Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200Payout.pdf

Thursday (Sept. 26) is reserved for camper and trailer parking in addition to open practice for those seeking lap time on the famed Track of Champions layout.

Friday (Sept. 27) will include 15-lap qualifying races for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Patriot Sprint Tour with a full program plus a make-up feature event postponed by rain on May 25, Pro Stocks competing for $1,000 to win, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will be reserved for Modified Last Chance Qualifiers (15 laps each), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and the 200 finale.

Reserved grandstand tickets are available now and can be obtained by calling the speedway office at 518.915.4395 and leaving a message for Angela Hanson. Office hours for walk-up sales are posted on the speedway Facebook page as well.

A Fonda 200 information page can be found on the speedway website: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

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 200 History of Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: ???

The Break Is Over: Racing Resumes at Fonda Speedway Saturday, September 14

FONDA, NY – On September 14, the break is over.

Following a one-month setup, teardown and the 178th annual Fonda Fair, racing resumes at Fonda Speedway on the 14th as a prelude to the Fonda 200 weekend on September 26-28. A huge program of racing is in store for the famed Track of Champions presented by Dodson Construction.

Sunoco Modifieds lead the docket racing for a boosted $4,000 to win for 30 laps, the final shakedown prior to the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200. This event will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main. The tire rule is relaxed to allow American Racer 33 or harder tires across the front; 44 or harder left-rear; 48 or harder right-rear. All other Fonda rules remain in effect.

The Vermont-based King of Dirt Series makes its first pilgrimage to Fonda of 2019 in the Northeast Crate Nationals 50-lapper paying a huge $2,000 to win, $1,000 for second, $300 for 10th and $150 just to take the green flag! This event also pays tow money: $75 per car.

American Racer or Hoosier tires will be permitted for the Northeast Crate Nationals per King of Dirt Series rules.

For the second time in 2019, the Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA 305 Sprint Cars roll into Fonda with their winged brand of excitement.

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will race 20 laps for an increased $1,000 to win. This event will be run under a draw/redraw format and both American Racer and Hoosier tires will be permitted.

Completing the program are feature events for the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Cruisers and the season finale for the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.

Gates open at 2 p.m. Hot laps will hit the track at 4:45 p.m. led by CRSA Sprint Car engine heat. Racing gets the green at 6 p.m.

Adult admission is $16. Seniors (ages 65 and above) pay $14. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10 in the pits and Children 5 and under pay $2.

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.

$125,675 Minimum Main Event Purse Set for Return of Fonda 200 September 26-28

FONDA, NY – Over the long and storied history of Fonda Speedway, this one will stand out.

The Fonda 200 returns to the Track of Champions Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28 with the largest purse structure ever offered at the half-mile track located just off New York State Thruway Exit 28.

$125,675, at minimum, will be distributed to Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified competitors in the 200-lap event.

Of course, the much-talked-about $53,000 top prize has been the buzz of the Modified community since its announcement in January. But the payout through the event’s starting field is lucrative, as well.

At the end of 200 laps, the winner will receive the aforementioned $53,000-plus. Second-place takes home $20,000, followed by $10,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $4,000 for fifth.

The remainder of the top-10 pays as follows: sixth – $3,000; seventh – $2,500; eighth – $2,250; ninth – $2,000; and 10th – $1,750.

15th-place in this event offers $1,000, with $600 reserved to take the green.

All non-qualifiers starting a B-Main will leave with at least $100.

The Fonda 200 was run most recently in 2002 with Brett Hearn taking the victory. The very first 200 was contested in 1955.

Rules and Race Procedures for the 200 have been posted at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200RulesandProcedures.pdf

The Registration Form for Modifieds can be found here. Teams can save $50 on registration if entered by Sept. 7: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200ModifiedEntryForm.pdf

Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200Payout.pdf

Thursday (Sept. 26) is reserved for camper and trailer parking in addition to open practice for those seeking lap time on the famed Track of Champions layout.

Friday (Sept. 27) will include 15-lap qualifying races for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Patriot Sprint Tour with a full program plus a make-up feature event postponed by rain on May 25, Pro Stocks competing for $1,000 to win, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will be reserved for Modified Last Chance Qualifiers (15 laps each), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and the 200 finale.

Reserved grandstand tickets are available now and can be obtained by calling the speedway office at 518.915.4395 and leaving a message for Angela Hanson. Office hours for walk-up sales are posted on the speedway Facebook page as well.

A Fonda 200 information page can be found on the speedway website: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

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 200 History of Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: ???

Rocky Warner Files Official First Modified Entry for $53,000-to-Win Fonda 200

FONDA, NY – The champ is here.

Rocky Warner, who won the 2019 Sunoco Modified championship at Fonda Speedway, made history as the first official entrant for the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 on September 26-28, 2019. The event makes a bold return to the dirt Modified schedule this fall with a purse structure totaling more than $125,000.

Gloversville, N.Y.’s Warner etched his name in the Track of Champions history books this season by earning his first title in the headline Modified division. Warner now has championships in Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Street Stock competition at the half-mile oval.

‘The Flying Squirrel’ and car owner Jake Spraker teamed for five victories during the season at Fonda with their Pro Power Racing Engines-powered No. 1J Teo-Pro car and clinched the title one week prior to Championship Night.

With registration for the 200 now open, Warner was first to throw his name on the roster with a huge $53,000 top prize looming.

Early registration forms for the Modified portion of the Fonda 200 can be found on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200ModifiedEntryForm.pdf.

Racers save $50 off their registration fee by completing the form by Sept. 7.

Rules and Race Procedures for the 200 have been posted at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200RulesandProcedures.pdf

Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200Payout.pdf

Thursday (Sept. 26) is reserved for camper and trailer parking in addition to open practice for those seeking lap time on the famed Track of Champions layout.

Friday (Sept. 27) will include 15-lap qualifying races for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Patriot Sprint Tour with a full program plus a make-up feature event postponed by rain on May 25, Pro Stocks competing for $1,000 to win, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will be reserved for Modified Last Chance Qualifiers, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and the anticipated 200 finale.

Weekend reserved grandstand tickets are available now and can be obtained by calling the speedway office at 518.915.4395 and leaving a message for Angela Hanson. Office hours for walk-up sales are posted on the speedway Facebook page as well.

A Fonda 200 information page can be found on the speedway website: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

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.

DANNY VARIN WINS THIRD OF THE SEASON AT FONDA WHILE WARNER MAKES HISTORY AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2019 regular season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is now complete after Benjamin Moore Paints “Championship Night” was held on Saturday evening. On Saturday evening, one driver continued his success at Fonda this season while another made history, along with his car owner, after winning the Sunoco Modified Track Championship.

Danny Varin was a winner in the Sunoco Modified division for the third time this season in his best season ever at Fonda. The win came in the Ed Munger owned, Magsarus sponsored “T-Rex Express” Hig-Fab built car and it was his 10th career win at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track.

The history referred to above was made by Rocky Warner who drove the Jake Spraker owned #1J Teo car to his first Sunoco Modified title at the track. It was wasn’t the first title at Fonda for Warner however as he now has a track title in all four of the divisions that he has ever competed in at Fonda, a milestone that may never be reached again.

Warner’s other championships came back in the Street Stock division as co-champion in 2005 and then champion in 2007; in the Pro Stock division back in 2011; in the Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017; and now in the Modified division in 2019.

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.

Joining Varin in the Fuccillo Automotive Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane at Fonda on Saturday were Adam McAuliffe (Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman $1,000 thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), EJ McAuliffe (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Cliff Haslun (Trackside Body Works Street Stocks), and Ken Hollenbeck (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Also on hand were the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with winners in those events being Mike Cole in the MVVDMS Antiques, John Flach in the Vintage Replica Modifieds, Dan Wood in the Vintage Replica Sportsman, and John Roese in the Vintage Replica Late Models.

Presenting trophies to all winners in victory lane on Saturday evening were Heather Graves and Olivia Greco who is Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman competitor Jason Greco’s daughter.

Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo started opening ceremonies for the evening by saying “I want to say thank you to all my staff and I appreciate everyone coming here this year to take a chance on us as we were all new. Fans came out on opening night under cold temperatures and you kept coming back and I appreciate that very much.”

“Thanks to the Fonda Fair Board as well for allowing me the opportunity to run their track,” Deyo continued to say. “They have been great to work with and have done many things that they didn’t have to do for us.”

“This has been an amazing season at Fonda,” Ed Biittig Sr. said during his invocation. “We don’t always know what people sitting next to us in the grandstands or bleachers are going through, but we are all family here at the track and we care about everyone’s losses whether they are humans or pets. We are blessed to get Brett Deyo and his staff here to run the Fonda Speedway and we thank them for this turnaround this year because Fonda Speedway is back.”

Mimi Lazzaro did her usual amazing job singing the National Anthem before the racing action started.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature was an exciting lead swapping affair among four different drivers who led laps in the event starting with Korey Wilder who led at the drop of the green flag followed by fourth place starter Cody Bleau. Bleau got by Wilder for the race lead on the inside of turn four on lap six with the yellow out one lap later.

On the restart, Wilder took the lead back with eighth place starter Dave Constantino making his way forward to the third position by lap ten when Bleau got by Wilder for the lead on the inside of turn two. Constantino was next to lead the event after a pass on Bleau on the outside of turns one and two. The caution was out again on lap 13 when Bobby Varin came to a stop on the backstretch, he would drive to the hot pit and restart at the rear of the field.

Bleau took the lead away on the restart and when he and Constantino entered turn two, contact was made resulting in Constantino crashing hard into the backstretch wall ending his evening. On the restart, 11th place starter Danny Varin was the new second place car behind Bleau with Jessica Friesen, 12th place starter Rocky Warner, and fifth place starter Michael Maresca completing the top five at the halfway point.

The final yellow of the event was out just after Joe Kriss gave the halfway signal with his flags for Vincent Visconti who crashed into the backstretch wall. On this restart, Danny Varin was the new race leader with Warner getting the second position behind Varin. Warner gave chase but despite Varin being in lap traffic during the final five laps he was able to go on to the win followed by Warner, Bleau, Friesen, and David Schilling.
Bobby Varin made his way through the field to finish sixth after restarting at the rear of the field after pitting on lap 13.

“This car has been on rails,” Varin said in victory lane. I have to thank Jerry Higbie at Hig-Fab, car owner Ed Munger, and Dan Bedell for all that they do for me.”

“We came into this year and never expected this,” Warner said during the championship ceremony on victory lane. “We first worked out a deal to run Sportsman this year, then changed again to Modifieds, and I have to thank all of the people who stood by me and supported me this year.”

Joe Williams led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature from his outside front row starting position with Brian Borst in tow. The red flag was out at the completion of lap one for Griffen Mansmith who flipped his car in turn three, ending up in the tire wall when the car settled down. He was not injured in the wreck.

Williams continued to lead on the restart with the top five on lap 10 consisting of Williams, Borst, fourth place starter Joe Orlando, seventh place starter Adam McAuliffe, and eighth place starter Andrew Buff. Williams was a straightaway ahead on lap 13 with McAuliffe getting by Borst for the second position on lap 15.

Williams was in lap traffic on lap 16 when the yellow came out for the car of Ryan McCartney who slowed on the backstretch and drove to the pit area. Williams continued to lead on the restart with McAuliffe applying heavy pressure lap after lap until getting the lead on the outside at the finish line to complete lap 21.

McAuliffe hung on for his second win of the season and the 10th of his career in the division at Fonda in the Ed McAuliffe Trucking #234 DKM Cyclone car over Williams, ninth place starter Brian Calabrese, Buff, and Borst.

“Tonight we just stuck with it and were able to get the win,” McAuliffe told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane.

“This is pretty cool considering that we didn’t really plan on running here regularly,” Hartman Jr. said of his first career championship in the division. “We finished good three races in a row early in the season, got the point lead, and then we had to keep running here. This is a good reward for all of the hard work the crew put into this car the entire season.”

Steve Wagoner led the first nine laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event with EJ McAuliffe second over that nine lap stretch. On the outside of turn three on lap 10, McAuliffe was the new race leader after getting by Wagoner on the outside of turn three.

The only yellow flag was out on lap 11 for Brett Mortensen and Michael McCallion who were involved in a hard crash in turn four. The wreck started when Mortensen spun trying to avoid contact with the rear of Wagoner’s car and McCallion driving into the rear of Mortensen’s car at full speed with no yellow being thrown early enough to avoid the crash. Mortensen’s car did a 360 degree spin after the contact by McCallion but fortunately neither were hurt in the hard crash.

McAuliffe went on to the win, his fifth of the season and the sixth of his career in the division over Rich Christman, Alan Hanson, Steve Wagoner, and John Young.

“Last week I made a wrong call and ran out of fuel,” McAuliffe said in victory lane. “This week I put a little more fuel in the car but I was really nervous because I wanted to go out and get a win tonight before I move up out of the Limited division.”

“I didn’t run a full season here in the division last year so that’s why I wanted to come back and run a full season here this year before moving up,” McAuliffe said. “This year with Brett (Deyo) coming in we decided to run for a title.”

Chuck Dumblewski was the pole position starter for the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature and took the lead at the start of the event. The yellow was out at the completion of lap one for a three car crash in turns one and two with Dumblewski continuing to lead on the restart. Dumblewski stretched out his advantage lap after lap while the top two in points, Luke Horning and Nick Stone made their way to the front.

Horning started in the ninth position while Stone started 12th but both were running in the top five by lap five. Horning and Stone were both able to get by Jason Morrison for the second and third positions on lap eight with Dumblewski out to a half straightaway advantage. Just as it appeared Dumblewski would drive to an easy win the yellow came out with two laps to go for debris on the track between turns one and two.

On the restart, Horning took the lead away from Dumblewski and went on to his sixth win of the season and the 20th of his career in the division in the Catalytic Recovery #97 tribute car to Don Warner over Dumblewski, Stone, Morrison, and seventh place starter Josh Coonradt.

“We were a second place car before that last caution,” Horning said. “But when the yellow came out I knew I had a chance at the win.”

“The staff here at Fonda have come in and really turned things around,” Horning said of his first track title at Fonda in the division. “This is what I was hoping to do, get the win tonight to seal up the title.”

Cliff Haslun led every lap in the 15-lap Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature for his first win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division over 2019 Track Champion Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., and Josh Samrov.
“This feels great and it’s been a long time coming,” Track Champion Jason Samrov said to celebrate his title in the division. “This is a brand new car for us this season and after five wins
this season, it feels great.”

Ken Hollenbeck led all laps in the 12-lap Four Cylinder Cruiser feature for his sixth win of the season and the 48th of his career in the division over Cole Lawton, Josh Kane, PJ Bleau, and John Napoli.

“I lave Fonda Speedway,” Hollenbeck said while celebrating his sixth championship in the division. “Brett Deyo and his crew did a great job here this year.”

After a break for the annual Fonda Fair, the Fonda Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, September 14 for a full racing program in all divisions along with the CRSA Sprints and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Starting time for that event will be 6:00 p.m.

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – DANNY VARIN, Rocky Warner, Cody Bleau, Jessica Friesen, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Michael Maresca, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Korey Wilder, Pep Corradi, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Cardamone, Scott McCoy, Vincent Visconti, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs

HEAT RACE WINNERS: David Schilling, Jessica Friesen

2019 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION: ROCKY WARNER

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,000 TO WIN THANKS TO ERIC OROZCO RACING – 25-LAPS – ADAM MCAULIFFE, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Andrew Buff, Brian Borst, Aaron Burton, Mark Mortensen, Jeremiah Munson, Joe Orlando, Chad Edwards, Jason Greco, Tim Hartman Jr., Thomas VanVorst, Josh DeMagistris, Brendan Gibbons, JaMike Sowle, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer, Don Bellen, Kathy Bellen, Tony Farone, Ryan McCartney, Cody Clark, Griffen Mansmith, Nick Scavia (DQ REV BOX)

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER: Aaron Burton

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Brian Borst, Joe Orlando, Joe Williams
2019 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION: TIM HARTMAN JR.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Alan Hanson, Steve Wagoner, John Young, Spencer Rapp, Bill Port, Zach Dufel, Brett Mortensen, Michael McCallion, Jack Hamm

2019 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. TRACK CHAMPION: EJ MCAULIFFE

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – LUKE HORNING, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Randy Cosselman, Beau Ballard, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Jeff McPhail, Dave Horning Sr., Justin Knight, Jamie Warner, John Roese, Jim Normoyle

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chuck Dumblewski, Randy Cosselman

2019 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK TRACK CHAMPION: LUKE HORNING
TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – CLIFF HASLUN, Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov

2019 TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK TRACK CHAMPION: JASON SAMROV

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Cole Lawton, Josh Kane, PJ Bleau, John Napoli, TJ Marlitt, Zach McSpirit

2019 FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER TRACK CHAMPION: KEN HOLLENBECK

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – MIKE COLE, Frank Blanchard, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Larry Hoyt, Phil Barkins, Mark Reardon, Tony Kamberelis

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JOHN FLACH (Vintage Replica Modified), Rob Sanford, Dan Wood (Vintage Replica Sportsman), John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Carl Cram, Brian Gray, John Roese (Vintage Replica Late Model), Dan Karl, Will Reed, George Palmer, Jay Lais, Tex Gorden

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