Fonda Speedway Management Preparing for 2021 Season

FONDA, NY – After a challenging 2020 due to New York State-imposed COVID-19 regulations, Fonda Speedway will be back – stronger than ever – in 2021.

The BD Motorsports Media LLC management team returns for its third season at the historic Track of Champions half-mile oval. The first on-track activity of ’21 is planned for Saturday, April 10 with an Open Practice session.

The famed Fonda 200 weekend returns to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 16-18, 2021 offering $53,000 to the race winner of the Modified event. Keep posted for further information on this event.

American Racer, through distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels, distributed by Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., return as the official tire and fuel suppliers for the speedway.

Once again, Saturday night racing will be headlined by the Modified division competing for a minimum of $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to take the green flag.

An adjustment for ’21 sees all big- and small-block engines with a minimum weight of 2,400 lbs. moving the speedway in line with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North Region and six other Empire State tracks (Accord, Afton, Five Mile Point, Outlaw, Thunder Mountain and Woodhull). PA/NJ/DIRTcar-legal spec engines (open carburetor, no rev limiter) weigh 2,300 lbs. CT-525 engines weigh 2,300 lbs. and W-16 engines weigh 2,250 lbs. for ’21.

Other weekly divisions will include the Crate 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Limited Sportsman and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The Mohawk Vintage Dirt Modified Series will return for monthly visits during the ’21 campaign.

The Street Stock division will no longer compete on a regular basis at Fonda Speedway. However, there is the potential of selected special events on non-conflicting dates with other area speedways.

The ’20 Fonda Speedway point fund will be distributed on the week of Dec. 7. A trophy presentation is planned for the speedway in the spring.

Keep posted for further off-season news from the Track of Champions.

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.

 

PERREGO INVADES FONDA AND TAKES HOME THE $3,500 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Anthony Perrego has had a lot of success at his home track the Orange County Fair Speedway with feature wins and championships but with only occasional visits to the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has not seen the success that he would have liked. That all changed on Sunday evening when he took the Superior Remodeling #44 Bicknell car to the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane for his first career win at Fonda.

“I learned something tonight,” Perrego told victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Once I got by the lap traffic, I stayed on the bottom in turn four and I had a real good race car tonight.”

Perrego also turned a fast lap of 18.12 in heat race number one which surpassed the track record of Bobby Varin back on 4/11/2009 of 18.136. Perrego’s lap was turned with sail panels on his Sunoco Modified while Varin’s was with the traditional body style so this will be noted as such in the Fonda Speedway record book.

Over 130 cars filled the pit area at Fonda on Sunday for the final race of the 2020 season with other winners Bobby Hackel IV (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Hunter Sanchez (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC) and Josh Kane (DOHC) (Four Cylinder Cruiser) visiting victory lane on Montgomery County Open Night.

Crystal Smith of Ballston Spa was the winner of $808 in the evening’s 50/50 drawing.

Mimi Lazzaro started opening ceremonies just before the racing event went live on Dirt Track Digest TV saying “Beautiful day for racing today but unfortunately it is with heavy hearts as our videographer Bob James passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.”

Ed Biittig Sr. then gave the invocation before the racing program got started and touched on the life of a dear friend of his Bob “Bobco” James.

“This year, 2020, has been a season that nobody will ever forget,” Biittig Sr. said. “To add into all of the losses that have taken place this year we now add the name of Bob James who has done so much for racing. Bob started videoing racing events long before we had the equipment that we have today.”

“I heard someone say that he passed away at 5:00 a.m. in the morning, that was usually the time that he finished doing his videos after a night of racing to put together a finished product,” Biittig continued to say. “At any given time if you needed something, Bob would drop everything to help you out. I stopped to see Bob’s mother and gave her a photo of the “Bob James Terrace” on top of the Fonda Speedway covered grandstands and she was taken back that we thought so much of her son to do that for him.”

“But that is what racing people do, that is who we are, we are a different breed,” Biittig Sr. said in conclusion. “It is my firm belief that tonight Bob James is videoing a race with Lou Lazzaro on the front row.”

A moment of silence was observed for Bob James before Mimi Lazzaro did a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

A redraw placed Billy Decker and Bobby Varin on the front row for the $3,500 to win Sunoco Modified feature event with an early caution coming out with no laps completed for Darren Smith who was in the inside front stretch wall. Smith was not injured but was done for the evening at that point.

On the original restart, Decker took the lead with fourth place starter Anthony Perrego and third place starter Adam McAuliffe the new second and third place cars after getting by Varin for the positions. A restart for a yellow flag on lap seven proved to be beneficial for Perrego as he took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Jessica and Stewart Friesen who started 11th and 13th respectively were making moves to the front by that point in the race as well with Jessica in the fourth position and Stewart just behind in fifth. Perrego held a straightaway advantage by lap 10 and at the halfway point in the 30-lap event the top five consisted of Perrego, Decker, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and Stewart Friesen.

One lap passed the hallway point McAuliffe made his move to the second position after getting by Decker with Stewart Friesen getting by his wife Jessica for the fourth position. While Perrego was battling lap traffic over the remaining laps with a comfortable lead, Stewart Friesen’s car seemed to get better and better as he passed cars one by one in the late stages of the event.

As Perrego took the checkered flag for the victory, Stewart Friesen was passing McAuliffe for the second position which he would do on the final lap with the top five at the finish consisting of Perrego, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and 12th place starter Josh Hohenforst.

“My car was a little tight all night long, but we were one of the better turning cars tonight and that is what got us the win,” Perrego said in victory lane.

The 25-lap $1,000 to win Swagger Factory Apparel feature began with 2020 Track Champion Chad Edwards on the pole after a draw for position with Edwards taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Bobby Hackel IV started the event in the fourth position and was up to second by lap three after getting by Adam Pierson for the spot.

By lap seven Edwards was in lap traffic and that continued to lap 12 when the race really started heating up for the lead between Edwards and Hackel. Hackel took the lead in lap traffic on lap 12 before he and Edwards swapped the position once per lap for the next three circuits. Hackel was the race leader when the caution came out on lap 15 with Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Pierson, and 12th place starter Cody Clark in the top five with 13th place starter Mark Mortensen just behind in sixth.

From that point on Hackel and Edwards spent many laps side by side with Edwards regaining the lead on lap 20. One final caution slowed the field with two laps to go as Griffen Mansmith stopped on the track with a flat tire but as soon as the yellow was thrown, he drove into the pit area.

On the restart, Edwards maintained the lead until the final lap when Hackel was able to get by for his first career win at the “Track of Champions” in the division in the Killer Crate #97. Edwards, Hartman Jr., Clark, and Mortensen completed the top five in the event.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was also $1,000 to win event with Jim Normoyle leading at the drop of the green flag from his pole position start. Third place starter Devon Camenga took over the number one position on lap two with Luke Horning third on lap three after starting seventh.

On the next lap Horning was the new second place car after getting by Normoyle and on lap six on the outside of turns three and four Horning was the new race leader after getting by Camenga for the spot.

Fourth place starter Kenny Gates was the new second place car on lap seven and for the remainder of the event it was a see saw battle between Horning and Gates with Horning running the outside lane while Gates ran his traditional groove hugging the bottom of the track.

Horning and Gates were side by side for the lead with five laps to go in the event, but Horning was able to hold on to the spot at that point in lap traffic. The caution came out with one lap to go as Chuck Dumblewski drove to the infield on the front stretch setting up a one lap dash to the checkered flag.

Horning led the rest of the way in the Catalytic Recovery/West End Towing/L/M Mason sponsored #2H while under heavy pressure from Gates for his first win of the season and the 21st of his career in the division over Gates, Camenga, Bill Knapp, and 2020 track champion Nick Stone.

“At one point starter Joe Kriss was showing me that I had a big lead with his flags but then he stopped doing that and I said to myself Joe don’t do this to me,” Horning said in victory lane. “When Kenny (Gates) showed me his nose I knew that I had to stay on the bottom because I didn’t think that he would go around me on the outside.”

The 15-lap $500 to win Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature began with outside pole position starter Hunter Sanchez taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Sanchez led every lap to go on to win by a straightaway in his first career win at Fonda over Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, and Matt Mosher.

Josh Kane led the first six laps of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature until 2020 track champion Ken Hollenbeck took over the lead on lap seven with a pass in between turns three and four. Brandon Tyler challenged Hollenbeck for the victory until a side by side restart after a lap nine caution when Hollenbeck pushed Tyler all the way to the wall in turn four to protect his lead and went on to the win in the SOHC while Kane was declared the winner in the DOHC.

The 2020 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is now completed but please continue to look on Facebook, Twitter, or the Fonda Speedway website for future plans at the speedway.

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25

Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/20/2020 – MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25 Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

 

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

Take Two: Montgomery County Open Fonda Speedway Finale This Sunday, Sept. 20

FONDA, NY – Take two!

The final curtain will come down on the 2020 season at Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 20, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. The event had been scheduled for the 13th but afternoon showers forced the postponement of the event by seven days.

After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place next Sunday: the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

Sunoco Modifieds will headline the ‘Montgomery County Open’ utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event.

This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts.

Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – complete the Sunday showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

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.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN TO CLOSE OUT THE 2020 SEASON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba 

Fonda, NY – The curtain will come down on the 2020 season at the Fonda Speedway on Sunday, September 13, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place on Sunday September 13, the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

The Sunoco Modifieds will headline the “Montgomery County Open” utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts. The Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks will battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga, and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

The Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – will complete the Sunday evening showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates will open at 3 p.m. with Hot laps hitting the track at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Looking back in history at the results of the first racing event held after the annual Fonda Fair here are the results of events held 5, 10, 15, & 20 years ago.

On 9/19/2015 the winners were Mark Kislowski (Modified), Kenny Gates (Pro Stocks), Josh Coonradt (Street Stock), John Stowell (first and only career win in the Limited Sportsman division at Fonda), and Mike Kiser (CRSA Sprints). The Crate 602 Sportsman feature was rain delayed to 9/26/2015.

On 9/18/2010 the winners were Ronnie Johnson (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Cassidy Wilson (Street Stock), and Jeremiah Munson (Crate 602 Sportsman).

On 9/17/2005 the winners were Jim Davis (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. & Dwight Oldorf (Street Stock), and Danny Ballard (IMCA).

Finally, on 9/16/2000 the winners were Michael Ballestero (Open Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Bob VanAernam (Street Stock), and Jim Rajczi (IMCA). The Modifieds were not a part of the racing program.

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 Closes Out 2020 Season with Sept. 13 Montgomery County Open

FONDA, NY – The curtain will come down on the 2020 season at Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 13, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions.

After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place next Sunday: the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

Sunoco Modifieds will headline the ‘Montgomery County Open’ utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event.

This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts.

Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – complete the Sunday showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

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.

One Final Event for 2020 Announced: Sunday, September 13 Montgomery County Open

The Track of Champions will host one final event for 2020!  The Montgomery County Open takes place Sunday, September 13.

Sunoco Modifieds with sail panels – $3,500 to win!
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – $1,000 to win!
Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks
Four Cylinder Cruisers

Race time: 6 p.m. – LIVE ON www.dirttrackdigest.tv

FRIESEN WINS EIGHTH OF THE SEASON AT FONDA WHILE MARESCA WINS MODIFIED TITLE

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening was Championship Night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and it was one to remember as Stewart Friesen and Michael Maresca put on a crowd pleasing dual for the fans watching on Dirt Track Digest TV, swapping the lead numerous times with only a few laps to go in the Sunoco Modified feature event.

When Joe Kriss’ checkered flag waved at the end of 30 laps it was Friesen who won for the eight time this season in nine events an incredible achievement. Another incredible achievement was made by Michael Maresca who joined four other drivers as a Modified Track Champion at Fonda without a feature win during the season.

The drivers who have won a Modified title at Fonda in the past without a win during the season include Jim Luke in 1955, Don Hendenburg in 1956, Pete Corey in 1965, Ray Dalmatta in 1979, and now Michael Maresca in 2020. Special thanks to Ed Biittig Sr. for those statistics.

Other winners on Championship Night at Fonda on Saturday were Tony Farone (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Michael Arnold (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and John Napoli (DOHC) (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Also on hand in competition was the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series with Chuck Scofield (MVVDMS Antiques), Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Replica Modified), Adam Warner (MVVDMS Replica Late Models), and Frank Hoard (MVVDMS Replica Sportsman) winning the feature events.

Other 2020 Track Champions crowned at Fonda on Saturday besides Maresca were Chad

Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 division), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division), Jason Samrov (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock division), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Four Cylinder division) and John Napoli (DOHC Four Cylinder division).

2020 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Champions were also crowned with John Flach (Modified), Stephen Denton (Vintage Sportsman), Jimmy Fugel (Vintage Antique), and John Roese (Vintage Late Model).

For Edwards it was his second title in the division after winning it back in 2018 and the first championship for car owner John Kollar at Fonda. It was also the second title for Stone (2014, 2020), and Samrov (2019, 2020), while it was the first ever for Maresca, Mortensen, and Napoli. For Hollenback it was his seventh championship in the Four Cylinder SOHC class (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020).

2020 Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Track Champion Brett Mortensen and his brother Mark (Crate 602 Champion in 2011) now join Ken Hollenback and his brother Kerrie Hollenback (2013 DOHC Four Cylinder Champion) as the only brothers to have ever won a championship in the history of the Fonda Speedway.

It was a great night for “Doc” Maresca and the guests of St. Lawrence Radiology to be at the track to witness their driver Michael win the Modified Championship in the Bill Schoon’s owned #24-7. Congratulations to them and all the other 2020 champions. Also, on hand were Mike Sowle and Tom Hall who put up $800 for an Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Dash won by Nick Stone. Thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway!

The Ayers Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers, NY also put up a bonus of $100 to the winner of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event which was won by Brett Mortensen along with a $50 to the second and third place finishers in the event won by Dylan Eldred and Carter Gibbons. Thanks to them as well for their support of the Fonda Speedway!

During opening ceremonies on Saturday at Fonda, Mimi Lazzaro mentioned how the entire Fonda Speedway staff was thinking of Fonda Speedway promoter Bret Deyo’s wife Heather who is recovering at home after a recent surgery. Get well soon Heather!

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem and then the Dirt Track Digest cameras were ready to do a fantastic job streaming the event live as the grandstands and infield were closed to fans due to New York State regulations.

The 50/50 was won by Keith Dwyer from Johnstown, NY and was worth $913! Great job by 50/50 ticket sellers Julie Compani and Heather Marr!

Steve Akers and Dave Constantino started the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature on the front row with Constantino leading at the drop of the green flag with David Schilling in tow. The first yellow flag of the event came out on lap six and on the restart, Constantino continued to lead with Josh Hohenforst and Michael Maresca the new second and third place cars after both were able to get by Schilling for position.

After another restart on lap 10, Maresca was the new second place car after getting by Hohenforst with 12th place starter Stewart Friesen now in the top five. Maresca started pressuring the leader on lap 14 while Friesen was one of only a few drivers using the inside lane to gain positions to the front. By lap 18 Friesen used the inside groove to get by both Matt DeLorenzo and Hohenforst for the third spot.

Maresca went under Constantino in turns one and two on lap 20 and used a slide job to get the lead in the event going in to turn two with Friesen also getting by Constantino for the second position. From that point on Maresca and Friesen put on a great race to the checkered flag, swapping the lead three times until the checkered flag flew.

On the inside of the backstretch on lap 22, Friesen got by Maresca for the lead before Maresca returned the favor and got the lead back one lap later. Just as it looked as though Maresca was going to go on to the win, Friesen made another pass on the inside of Maresca on the inside of turn four with two laps to go and went on to his eighth win of the season and the 68th of his career at Fonda in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car.

Maresca, Hohenforst, Constantino, and Jessica Friesen completed the top five in the event.

There was a $1,500 bounty called “Mimi’s Bounty” that was up for grabs for anyone who could defeat Friesen while he was still running on the track at the completion of the event. With the win Friesen received half of that amount with the other half set to go to the Crossroads Center for Children which is an Autism Awareness establishment in Schenectady, NY where Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s son Parker has attended. Friesen however chose to give the entire $1,500 amount to the Crossroads Center when he received it in victory lane from Mimi Lazzaro.

People and businesses that took part in “Mimi’s Bounty” include Mimi Lazzaro herself, Gary Yurgans, Amanda’s Scentastical Scents, James Carroll, Rick Eignor, David Herrick, Jeff Carter, Derrick McGrew Jr. Racing, Chris Moore, “Momma Squirrel” Deb Ward, Joseph Laska, Dirt Track Digest, Gillespie Automotive, Fonda’s own 50/50 Girls, Mike Bohling, TKS Painting Services, Mimi’s Mom Sheila, the Grossetti Family, JoJo & George Bills, JZ Loves Gasketcase, and Ed & Betty Biittig.

“The car was a little bit tight and the line changed quite a bit,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane. “But when it came down to the nitty, gritty the Halmar Team got it done for the win but just fell short of the title. Michael Maresca will be a great champion for the Fonda Speedway, I have a lot of respect for him and his family and what they have done for the sport. Also, thanks to everyone who gave money to the bounty that Mimi put together.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman took two tries to get started but when it did David Manchester took the lead after starting on the outside pole position. Michael McCallion was the other front row starter and took the lead away from Manchester on lap two as the lap was completed.

Fourth place starter Tony Farone also got by Manchester at that point while Tim Dwyer got by Manchester for the third positions on lap six. Manchester’s great run came to an end on lap seven when he spun in turn one bringing out the caution for the first of only two times in the event.

On the restart, Farone was the new race leader while sixth place starter Mark Mortensen was the new second place car followed by Dwyer in third. Farone was running the middle to low groove on the track while Mortensen was running the extreme outside groove against the wall in between turns one and two for the remainder of the event with the final yellow coming out with five laps to go.

Mortensen stayed with Farone on the restart but as the laps went on Farone maintained a comfortable lead to get his first win of the 2020 season and the sixth of his career in the division in the Hometown Pub & Grub sponsored #18 Bicknell car over Mortensen, Dwyer, 12th place starter Chad Edwards, and eighth place starter Brian Borst.

“We were jumping around this season between Albany Saratoga, Fonda, and Glen Ridge but Fonda is home and it always will be home,” Farone told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I’m glad to be here tonight and hopefully we can race again here this season but if not, I am already looking forward to 2021.”

Harold Robitaille led the first five laps from his outside pole position start with sixth place starter Brett Mortensen moving up to the second position by lap three after getting by Clayton DuMond for the spot. The first of four yellow flags came out on lap six with Mortensen getting the lead once the race was restarted on the inside of turns one and two with ninth place starter Dylan Eldred the new second place car.

At the halfway point, Mortensen held a straightaway advantage over Eldred but that closed up with another caution on lap 13. Mortensen and Eldred maintained the top two positions on the restart with 10th place starter Johnny Young the new third place car with one final caution coming out on lap 17.

Mortensen held the lead on the single file restart and went on to his third win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division in the 518 Realty sponsored Teo car over Eldred, Young, 13th place starter Troy Zilles, and Carter Gibbons.

In post-race tech both Young and Zilles were disqualified moving Gibbons up to third, Jeff Lutes up to fourth, and Kyle Dingman up to fifth.

“That was a tough race but we were able to come out on top,” Mortensen said in victory lane after celebrating on the roof of his car with a bottle of champagne that his brother Mark gave him as he exited the racecar. “I got the lead on the restart and knew I had to hold off Dylan (Eldred) for the win and we were able to do that.”

Andy Graves started the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside pole and led at the drop of the green flag. Jim Normoyle started the event in the eighth position and by lap six was the new second place car after getting by Jason Morrison for the spot. Nick Stone started 12th and was in the top five by lap seven but one lap later he was going in between both Normoyle and Graves for the lead in turn two.

Stone maintained a straightaway lead with five laps to go with seventh place Luke Horning on the move in the closing laps, getting into the second position on the final lap while Stone went on to his seventh win in eight events in 2020 in the self-built, Hometown Pub & Grub sponsored #27.

Horning, Graves, Normoyle, and 10th place starter Ivan Joslin completed the top five in the event.

“The car is good, especially when there are two grooves to work with,” Stone said in victory lane. “When I can work the entire race track the car is unbelievable, it’s hard not to get to the front.”

Michael Arnold started in spot number one for the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature and led every lap to get his first win of the season and the fourth of his career in the division over Al Relyea, Zach Sorrentino, Lou Gancarz, and Jason Samrov.

Wayne Russell, and Cole Lawton, took turns leading the first four laps of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature before 11th place starter Ken Hollenback took over the point on lap five on the inside of turns three and four. Hollenback led the remaining laps for the overall win in the SOHC class while John Napoli finished second overall and declared as the DOHC winner. Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, and Russell completed the top five.

Please go to the Fonda Speedway website, Facebook, or Twitter pages for further announcements on the remainder of the 2020 racing 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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Danny Johnson, Jack Lehner, Brian Calabrese, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Rich Christman, Ed Harris, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Aaron Jacobs, Craig Hanson (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-19 Constantino, 20-21 Maresca, 22 Stewart Friesen, 23-27 Maresca, 28-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, DeLorenzo, Maresca

2020 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – MICHAEL MARESCA

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – TONY FARONE, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Cody Clark, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Kevin Chaffee, Ricky Quick, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Thomas VanVorst, Griffen Mansmith, Joel Knudsen Jr., Dana Camenga, Michael McCallion, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone

LAP LEADERS – 1 Manchester, 2-7 McCallion, 8-25 Farone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, O’Connor, Mortensen

2020 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – BRETT MORTENSEN, Dylan Eldred, Carter Gibbons, Jeff Lutes, Kyle Dingman, Yule Cook, Harold Robitaille, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Clayton DuMond, Spencer Rapp, Johnny Young (DQ), Troy Zilles (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Robitaille, Mortensen

2020 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION – BRETT MORTENSEN

BONUS ON BEHALF OF THE AYERS MEMORIAL ANIMAL SHELTER

$100 to the winner Mortensen, $50 to the second and third place finishers – Eldred, Gibbons

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Kenny Gates, Rich Crane, Beau Ballard, Randy Cosselman, Devon Camenga, David Emigh, Steve Cosselman, Shane Playford, Frank Twing, Gary Silkey, Don Collins, Justin Knight, Dan Krajewski, Jason Morrison, Tanner Warner

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Graves, 8-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

PRO STOCK DASH PRESENTED BY MIKE SOWLE & TOM HALL – NICK STONE ($300), Kenny Gates ($200), Luke Horning ($100), Jason Morrison ($100), Andy Graves ($50), Beau Ballard ($50)

2020 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK CHAMPION – NICK STONE

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – MICHAEL ARNOLD, Al Relyea, Zach Sorrentino, Lou Gancarz, Jason Samrov, Josh Samrov, Richard Walters

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Arnold

2020 ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK TRACK CHAMPION – JASON SAMROV

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russell, Kerrie Hollenback, Cole Lawton, Todd Morey, Zach McSpirit, Jeffery Tubbs, Shawn Hemstreet (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Russell, 3-4 Lawton, 5-15 Ken Hollenback

2020 FONDA SPEEDWAY FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER TRACK CHAMPIONS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – CHUCK SCOFIELD, Mike Wheeler, Brian Scofield, Ed Dockskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Phil Mitchell, Jimmy Fugel, Stew Padasso, Joe Trudeau, Mike Gray, Harley Sheppard, Larry Hoyt, Frank Blanchard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA MODIFIED/LATE MODEL FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY MODIFIED), John Flach, Kyle Hoard, Darrall Hulbert, Jon Kuleszo, Phil Beaver, Stanley Wetmore, Adam Warner (LATE MODEL), John Roese, Jon Trudeau, Curtis Condon, Will Reed, Garrett Liese, Pete Corey

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA SPORTSMAN FEATURE – FRANK HOARD, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Carl Cram, Mike Brown, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Dave Charczuk, Tony Kamborelis

2020 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS – JOHN FLACH (Vintage Modified), STEPHEN DENTON (Vintage Sportsman), JIMMY FUGEL (Vintage Antique), and JOHN ROESE (Vintage Late Model)

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