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FONDA DRIVERS TAKE HOME SOME HARDWARE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE STOCK CAR ASSOCIATION (NYSSCA) AWARDS BANQUET

By: Ron Szczerba

Albany, NY – On Saturday, February 22 the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held their 51st annual awards banquet at the Polish Community Center in Albany, NY. 340 guests filled the banquet hall for a great meal and to witness the many awards given out by the organization to the racing community for their achievements during the 2019 racing season.

The banquet was emceed by NYSSCA Board Member Dan Martin who is also the announcer at both the Lebanon Valley and Albany Saratoga Speedway’s and Shane Andrews who is the voice of the Super DIRTcar Series events along with many other events at local tracks in the Central New York area.

NYSSCA President Dan Wood started out the evening by saying “this is our 51st annual awards banquet, it is the start of a new decade, and for many, new beginnings in 2020. That includes the NYSSCA organization as this will be the final awards banquet, we aren’t going anywhere however as the Hall of Fame and award ceremonies will continue to he held each year along with NYSSCA Nights (formerly known as NYSSCA Safety Nights) at all of our member tracks.”

“We will also be present at the local car shows in March so that people can sign up for their 2020 NYSSCA memberships,” Wood continued to say. “I’d like to thank the Bedell Family, Cheryl Catman, Frank McKay, Mark Brown for all of the photographs he provides to the organization, our emcees for the evening Dan Martin and Shane Andrews, all of our track reps and board members, all member tracks of the organization, the media, car owners, drivers, officials, emergency crews, track promoters, and everyone at the banquet tonight because without all of you NYSSCA would have no purpose.”

Pastor Ed Harkins blessed the food that was prepared, and a delicious buffet style meal was then served.

Fonda Speedway had a presence at the banquet as many drivers were awarded for their accomplishments during the 2019 racing season at the “Track of Champions”. Below are the recipients of those awards along with some statistics for each award winner and quotes from the recipients of those awards who were present at the awards banquet.

Fonda Speedway Modified Driver of the Year: Rocky Warner

Driving for legendary car owner Jake Spraker in 2019, Warner had five wins at Fonda on his way to the Modified Track Championship which was his first in the Modified division. It wasn’t his first ever track championship at Fonda however as he now has championships in all four of the divisions that he has competed in at Fonda throughout his career including Street Stock titles in 2005 as co-champion, and 2007; a Pro Stock championship in 2011; and Crate 602 Sportsman titles in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017.

Along with that Warner has a career total of 68 wins at Fonda in those four different divisions. 25 of those came in the Street Stock division with the first one coming on 7/6/2002 and the last on 9/22/2007 which places him seventh on the all-time win list in that division; 12 wins in the Pro Stock division with the first one coming on 4/18/2009 and the last one on 8/20/2011 placing him 13th on the all time win list in that division; 25 victories in the Crate 602 Sportsman division with the first one coming on 8/20/2011 and the last one on 8/16/2016 placing him first on that all time win list; and six wins in the Modified division his first one coming on 8/18/2018 and his last one on 7/27/2019.

Fonda Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman Driver of the Year: Tim Hartman Jr.

Driving for car owner Mike Parillo in 2019, Hartman Jr. had a career season of seven wins in the division at Fonda, taking home his first ever track championship in the class. Hartman has a total of 11 career wins in the division, his first one coming on 8/10/2013 and his last on 9/28/2019.

Fonda Speedway Limited Sportsman Driver of the Year: EJ McAuliffe

Driving the family owned racing team #234X, McAuliffe won five times in 2019 on his way to his first ever track title at Fonda. He has six career wins in the Limited Sportsman division which ties him for second on the all-time win list in the class, the first one coming on 5/27/2017 and the last on 8/10/2019.

Fonda Speedway Pro Stock Driver of the Year Luke Horning:

Horning won six races on his way to his first ever track championship at Fonda in the Pro Stock division. He currently sits eighth on the all-time win list in the Pro Stock division at Fonda with a total of 20, his first win coming on 6/16/2012 and his last on 8/10/2019. He also has six wins in the Street Stock division at the “Track of Champions” his first one coming on 7/12/2003 and his last on 5/10/2008.

Fonda Speedway Street Stock Driver of the Year Jason Samrov:

Samrov won five feature events on his way to his first ever title in the division at Fonda. He has a total of 13 career wins in the Street Stock division at Fonda, his first one coming on 5/31/2014 and his last one coming on 8/3/2019 placing him 10th on the all-time win list in the division.

Fonda Speedway Modified Co-Outstanding Performance Award Winners: Stewart Friesen and Bobby Varin

Friesen ran a part time schedule at Fonda in 2019 due to his commitments with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series where he was a two-time winner in 2019. Even though he ran a part time schedule at Fonda he was still able to win six times in 2019, two of the events being the biggest ones of the season at the “Track of Champions” the Firecracker 50 in July and the Fonda 200 in September and finished the season with a fourth place finish in the final point standings.

Friesen currently sits fifth on the all-time win list at Fonda with a total of 60 wins in nine winning seasons of racing there, his first win coming on 7/27/2010 and his last one on 9/28/2019. He also has one win in the 358-Modified division at Fonda on 9/21/2018 along with a win with the Patriot 360 Sprints on 5/28/2016 and an Empire Super Sprints (ESS) win back on 9/25/2015. He also has Modified championships at Fonda in four consecutive years on 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Varin currently sits fourth on the all time Modified win list at Fonda with 65 wins in 22 winning seasons, his first win coming on 7/16/1994 and his last on 6/1/2019. Two of the wins were Super DIRTcar Series events back on 8/16/1995 and 9/23/2017. He also has a 358-Modified win back on 8/15/2018 to go along with seven track championships in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2018. Varin ended the 2019 season with one feature win and a second-place finish in the final point standings.

Fonda Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman Outstanding Performance Award: Adam McAuliffe

McAuliffe had two wins on his way to a second-place finish in the final point standings for 2019. He currently sits sixth on the all-time win list in the division with a total of 10 wins, the first one coming on 5/29/2010 and his last on 8/10/2019.

Fonda Speedway Pro Stock Outstanding Performance Award: Nick Stone

Stone won four times in the Pro Stock division during the 2019 season and finished second in the season long point standings. He has 46 career wins in the division, which is fourth on the all-time win list, the first one coming on 6/8/2002 and his last one on 9/27/2019. Four of those wins were in the prestigious “Hondo Classic” back in 2007, 2008, 2016, and 2017. He was also the Fonda Speedway Pro Stock Track Champion back in 2014.

Fonda Speedway Street Stock Co-Outstanding Performance Award Winners: Michael Arnold and Dave Horning Sr.

Arnold finished second in the final point standings in the division for 2019 with one feature win. He now has a total of three wins in the division, the first one coming on 8/18/2018 and his last one on 5/25/2019.

Horning Sr. won the first four street stock features in the 2019 season and ended up fourth in the final point standings. With those four wins, Horning Sr. now has a total of 62 career wins in the division at Fonda, his first one coming on 4/14/2001 and his last on 5/18/2019 which is on top of the all-time win list. All combined Horning Sr. and his son Dave Horning Jr. have a total of 113 victories in the Street Stock division at Fonda.

Fonda Speedway Modified Co-Rookies of the Year: Dave Constantino and David Schilling

Constantino had one Modified win in 2019 on 5/4/2019 and finished fifth in the final point standings in the division. He was the Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion in 2013 and has a total of 17 wins in that division placing him third on the all-time win list in the division with the first win coming on 7/23/2011 and the last on 9/21/2018. He also has one “Open” Sportsman win on 6/23/2007.

Schilling competed for the first time in a Modified at Fonda in 2019 and finished sixth in the final point standings with five top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes in the division.

Fonda Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman Rookie of the year: Andrew Buff

Competing in his first full season in the division at Fonda, Buff finished ninth in the final point standings with five top five finishes and eight top 10 finishes.

Fonda Speedway Pro Stock Newcomer of the Year: Bill Knapp

Knapp finished ninth in points with one top five finish and nine top 10 finishes in 2019. He does have one career Pro Stock win at Fonda during his career that coming on 9/17/2011

Fonda Speedway Street Stock Rookie of the Year: Josh Samrov

In his first year in the division at Fonda, Samrov had two top five finishes and six top 10 finishes on his way to a seventh-place finish in the final point standings.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Many special awards were also handed out to people who were associated with the Fonda Speedway in the past or still are in some form. They include the following:

Lifetime Contribution to Racing in Memory of Kenny Shoemaker: Mike Romano

Romano was the Modified Track Champion at Fonda back in 1989, 1990, and 1997; the 358-Modified Track Champion in 2000; and the 320-Modified Champion in 1985 and 1986. He has a total of 48 Modified wins at Fonda in 16 winning seasons, the first one coming one 6/7/1980 and the last on 7/24/2004, one of them being the Fonda 200 in 1989. He also has a total of five 358-Modified wins at Fonda placing him second on the all-time win list in that division. He is first on the 320-Modified all time win list with 21 victories.

“This award means a lot to me,” Romano said at the banquet. “When I was a little kid Kenny was over at my house a lot and he helped me out a lot too. I am very fortunate to have made a lot of good friends in racing.”

Lifetime Achievement: Jack Miller

Miller had six Late Model wins at Fonda along with a Limited Sportsman championship back in 1973.

Dedication to Racing in Memory of Harry Peek: Laurie Fallis

Fallis is the promoter of the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series that races at Fonda a few times a year. She has done a great job promoting the club and growing it in popularity and she is also a columnist for the Race Pro Weekly website.

NYSSCA Award of Excellence: Stewart Friesen and Josh Coonradt

Friesen was a two-time winner in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and had 16 Modified wins at nine different tracks in 2019.

Coonradt finished third in the final Pro Stock point standings at Fonda in 2019 with one win, that being the prestigious “Hondo Classic”. He has a total of four career wins at Fonda in the Pro Stock division, the first one on 6/16/2018 and the last on 6/29/2019. He also has a total of 17 Street Stock wins at Fonda, the first one coming on 8/15/2015 and the last on 9/24/2016.

Media Award: Ed Lamberton

Lamberton can be seen at Fonda every week and his radio show which began on WCSS in Amsterdam, then went to WVTL in Amsterdam, now can be heard on the Dirt Track Racing Network at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings. Lamberton has a 40-year association with NYSSCA and was the winner of the Media Award back in 1998.

Dedication to Racing Pro Stock Excellence Jim Langenback Award: Jay and Jason Casey

Both the father and son raced at Fonda for a couple of years with Jay getting one Pro Stock feature win back on 7/2/2016.

Humanitarian Award in Honor of Chaplain Dave Miller: Ed Biittig Sr.

Ed along with his wife Betty are Fonda Speedway regulars every Saturday evening and promote racing not only at Fonda but also along the entire Northeast at various tracks that they go to on a weekly basis. Ed & Betty are not only fans of the sport but also contributed to the Gater Racing News paper back in the day and now write a column for Dirt Track Digest (DTD) along with a paper in their local hometown area called the Mountain Eagle. They were also formerly media coordinators for the Fonda Speedway. Ed is now in his 46th year of Recovery and attends the Anti-DWI Court System down in Volusia County in Florida when they go down there for the winter months.

President’s Award: Luke Horning

Horning had an outstanding 2019 racing season, winning the Pro Stock Track Championship at Fonda for the first time in his career. He had a total of 18 wins in 2019 at six different tracks. “This is a surprise to win this, I didn’t know about it until I got to the banquet and started going through the book,” Horning said.

Overall Outstanding Performance Driver of the Year: Kyle Inman and Tim Hartman Jr.

Hartman Jr raced at Fonda in 2019 to his first career Crate 602 Sportsman points title. He was also crowned the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Crate 602 North Region Sportsman Champion. All total Hartman Jr. had a total of 17 wins at five different tracks in 2019.

There were four new inductees to the NYSSCA Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame ceremony earlier in the day at the Saratoga Automobile Museum who were introduced to the banquet crowd as well. They were Charlie Langenstein, Mike McLaughlin, John McArdell, and Jeff Hoetzler.

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

SUNOCO MODIFIED SUMMARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

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

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

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

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

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

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK SUMMARY

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

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

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK SUMMARY

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

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

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER SUMMARY

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

A LOOK AHEAD TO 2020 AT FONDA

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

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

Some highlights to the 2020 schedule are as follows:

Dollar Night – Saturday, May 9

Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night – Saturday, May 16

Dave Lape Tribute Night – Saturday, May 23

Firecracker 50 – Wednesday, July 1

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIESEN WINS $53,000 AFTER WIN IN THE 28TH EDITION OF THE “FONDA 200”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Not even a two hour rain delay could ruin the excitement and prestige of the “Fonda 200” which was run on Saturday at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway for the first time since 2002. When the final checkered flag flew at the end of 200 laps, Stewart Friesen was the winner of the big prize for his sixth win of the 2019 season and the 60th of his career at Fonda.

“These people over here are like a family to me,” Friesen said as he pointed to his crew. “This was a very special win that we are going to do celebrate for sure.”

A 25-lap feature was also held for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman with 2019 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. taking home the $1,500 win for his seventh win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division.

Ed Biittig Sr. opened up the racing program by saying “first of all Ladies and Gentleman, Bob James is a personal friend of mine and I want to thank everyone for their help raising money for Bob with a “Helmet Drive” by the drivers in the pit area who went through the grandstand to collect money for him.”

“I also want to thank all of the safety people that are always here to help in any situation at the race track. I worry about safety more than anything. I also want to thank the military for making this a free country for all of us to enjoy what we love to do. Fonda Speedway is living proof that a comeback can be made by the racers and the fans because of the efforts of Brett and Heather Deyo and their staff.”

Farmers Insurance sponsored the giveaways during the intermission as they did all season long with goodies being thrown to the crowd from the starters stand.

Pre-Race ceremonies started the 28th version of the “Fonda 200” with Stephanie May performing the Canadian National Anthem while Fonda Speedway’s own Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem which was signed to the crowd by Lori Scanlon.

Jeremy Jarosz of Lake George, NY took home the $6,071 50/50 prize on Saturday night! Congratulations and thank you to all of the fans who bought tickets from our 50/50 ladies and gentlemen all season!

Drivers were then introduced while their racecars were lined up on the front straightaway. A group photo was taken of all the drivers in the starting lineup in front of the 2019 victory lane sign for the “Fonda 200”. The field was paced by the Fuccillo Automotive Group Pace Truck and the Sampson Motor Car Pace Car along with the #112 “Batmobile” that was driven to the win at Super Dirt Week in 1980 by Gary Balough. Balough was on hand at the track all weekend long at the museum, greeting fans with the car also on display.

After a four wide salute to the fans by the 40 car starting field, Joe Kriss threw the green flag to start the event with pole starter Stewart Friesen the early race leader. An early yellow was out at the completion of lap one for Alex Yankowski who was in the wall in turn two with yellow flag laps counting up to a maximum of three laps in the event. Friesen chose the outside for the restart with Rocky Warner, Andy Bachetti, and Brett Hearn all getting by Josh Hohenforst who fell quickly through the field.

Lap 10 saw lap traffic come into play as Bachetti and Hearn got by Warner for position only to have Warner get back by them on the next lap. Another yellow flag was out on lap 14 and on this restart Friesen chose the bottom with Warner now the second place car chasing the leader. Contact was made between Warner and Bachetti on the restart as they both tried to get down low into turn one but both continued on without any damage.

A close call for Friesen on lap 37 as he and the lap car of Alex Tonkin came together on the front stretch but both continued on without any issues. Friesen and all of the other drivers were trying to keep their cars as straight as possible without sliding sideways too much to try and preserve their tire wear as everyone knew it would be an issue during the event.

Just after the 50-lap mark in the event, cars starting pitting as strategy came into play in the long distance race. When lap 74 was completed rain started to fall as the red flag came out and the cars were directed to the hot pit area. The top five at that point consisted of Friesen, Warner, David Schilling, Brett Hearn, and Jessica Friesen.

After almost a two hour rain delay the cars were back out on the track but 20 of them went back to the hot pit as part of their strategy for the event. Friesen who was the leader at that point was one of the cars that pitted handing the lead over to Warner with Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Scott Huber, and Matt DeLorenzo the new top five.

Matt DeLorenzo set the quickest lap of the race and was the new third place car on the restart of the race with Sheppard, DeLorenzo, and Decker three wide for the second position on lap 87. Sheppard held his position at that point but on lap 94, Sheppard got alongside of Warner for the lead. At the completion of the lap, Sheppard was the new race leader and he led the lead over the remaining laps to the halfway point with the top five at lap 100 consisting of Sheppard, Warner, DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, and Brian Gleason.

At lap 100 drivers were given the choice of going to the hot pit to change tires or setups and restart at the end of the lead lap cars or go to the infield to pit for tear offs, adjust air pressures, and refuel with no loss of position. Sheppard went to the hot pit to make adjustments to his car as did Warner relinquishing the lead to DeLorenzo at that point in the event.

Friesen pitted on the infield and restarted in the sixth position when the green flag flew again but one lap later he was up two positions to fourth. On lap 102, Friesen made a three wide move in turn four to go down the middle of both Mike Mahaney and Danny Varin for the second position. Friesen closed in quickly on DeLorenzo and on lap 107 made a move on the inside of turn two to take over the race lead.

By lap 111 Friesen pulled away to a straightaway advantage with Sheppard already up to the fifth position on lap 124 after restarting 20th after the break at halfway. Danny Varin was the new second place car on lap 131 after getting by DeLorenzo with Friesen now a half track ahead of his closest competitor in heavy lap traffic.

The yellow was out on lap 135 for Varin who pulled behind the wall and was done for the evening at that point after a great run. With 50-laps remaining in the event, Friesen held a straightaway advantage over the new second place car of Sheppard, DeLorenzo, Warner, and Mahaney. Five laps later Sheppard was closing in on the leader who was having a little bit of a hard time negotiating lap traffic while Warner moved ahead of DeLorenzo for the third position.

Friesen chose the outside on a lap 178 restart, with Sheppard getting by for the lead as the two exited turn two. By the time the two crossed the finish line to complete the lap however, Friesen had gotten back by Sheppard to get his lead back. It was the final time through the end of the event that Friesen would choose the outside on the restart as from that point on, he restarted on the inside of the front row.

The yellow was out again on the restart for a three car wreck involving DeLorenzo who spun in turn three collecting the cars of Roger Henion Jr. and Ancel Collins in the process. Friesen restarted on the inside to protect his position and pulled away on the restart with Brett Hearn who had the freshest tires of all of the top ten cars moving up four spots to the sixth position.

Friesen pulled away with a little over 10 laps to go but when he encountered lap traffic on lap 193 that changed everything as he was having issues getting by the lap car allowing Sheppard to close in. On the final lap Sheppard was close enough in turn four coming down for the checkered flag to mount a challenge but slid up high in the turn allowing Friesen to take the win.

Sheppard finished second but was disqualified in post-race inspection for a weight infraction moving Warner up to the second finishing position. Mahaney, Decker, and Hearn completed the top five.

“I knew at some point in the race that I would be back in the field and have to get back to the front,” Friesen said. “I struggled to get by the lap cars on the outside and that allowed Matt (Sheppard) to close in on me. I made the mistake of giving him the bottom on that one restart and that was the last time that I did that.”

“Definitely a nice payday,” Warner said after finding out he finished second after the Sheppard disqualification. “My tires were shot at the halfway break and we got caught with our pants down. The track rubbered up again after the rain and I was able to get back to the front. Stewart was running the middle and I don’t know what he had but I couldn’t run that line.”

“What an awesome event,” Mahaney said after his third place finish. “I’m ecstatic with this third place finish. It was definitely a strategy race and the break worked in our favor. I got a flat early but we were able to keep track position.”

Brian Borst led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature after starting on the front row with 2019 track champion Tim Hartman Jr. in tow. Hartman took over the lead on lap three on the outside of turn two and was already in lap traffic by the time the lap counter was on lap nine.

Cody Clark started the event in the seventh position but by lap 11 he had gotten by both Joe Williams and a lap car up to the fourth spot. Borst closed in on Hartman in lap traffic on lap 12 while Clark moved past Mark Mortensen for the third position. Ninth place starter Chad Edwards also got by Mortensen for the fourth position with Borst pressuring the leader with only five laps to go.

The yellow was out with only two laps remaining in the event and on the restart Hartman continued to lead while Edwards got by Borst for the second position. Hartman went on to the win, his seventh of the season and the 11th of his career in the division over Edwards, Williams, Mortensen, and Borst.

“It definitely helped that we started on the front row,” Hartman said after the race. “We made the right adjustments after the track was watered but I definitely didn’t want to see that last caution even though it worked out in my favor.”

That concluded the 2019 racing season at the “Track of Champions” but please stay up to date during the off season on our website www.thefondaspeedway.com and also on our Facebook page.

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-74 Friesen, 75-93 Warner, 94-100 Sheppard, 101-106 DeLorenzo, 107-200 Friesen

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/28/2019 – DAY TWO OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

UPDATE ON DAVIE FRANEK AFTER HIS CRASH ON FRIDAY EVENING

As put on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page by Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo:

Best news of the day: Davie Franek is home after his wild crash last night. Davie has been a go-to guy for me over the last couple years with Sprint Car questions and is a true racer. He spent most of Thursday in a packer car at Fonda helping us get the track run in for practice. Heal up and we will get you that bottle of champagne we had in the tower for your championship celebration!

POIRIER, PIENIAZEK, STONE, & SORRENTINO TAKE WINS ON DAY ONE OF FONDA 200 WEEKEND

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On a beautiful fall evening for racing, 119 cars signed in for competition in a five division racing program consisting of the Patriot Sprint cars, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers. The Sunoco Racing Modifieds were also on hand for qualifying heat races for the prestigious $53,000 to win “Fonda 200”.

When the final checkered flag flew on the evening Jordan Poirier (Earl Halaquist Memorial), Josh Pieniazek (Patriot Sprint A-Main), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), and Zach Sorrentino (Trackside Body Works Street Stocks) were the winners of the evening’s events.

The all-important heat race events were also held for the Sunoco Modifieds with Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, and 2019 Track Champion Rocky Warner taking those victories. With those wins, those three drivers will start in the top three positions respectively in the $53,000 to win “Fonda 200 on Saturday! The top 10 drivers in each of the 15-lap Sunoco Modified heat races were locked into the “Fonda 200” with those results at the bottom of this release.

Opening ceremonies began with Ed Biittig Sr. who said to the crowd “Ladies and Gentleman this season at Fonda has been a very special one and has meant a lot to me. This past week on Wednesday I went to Pangburn Road in Duanesburg to visit Fonda Speedway legend Jack Johnson as a huge ovation came from the crowd. I told Jack what the Deyo’s were doing at Fonda and a smile came on his face.”

“Jack is still Jack and to look at his face you could see the wins he had at Fonda,” Biittig continued on to say. “Then I went into the museum tonight and looked at the cars and all of the wins that those drivers had here at Fonda and how special that was. Thank you to Brett & Heather Deyo and their staff for bringing the 200 back and enjoy your evening”.

The lead guitarist for Tomkins Drive, Cal LaClair, performed a guitar version of the National Anthem before the racing began. Tomkins Drive was also live in the Entertainment Building following the completion of the racing activities.

Congratulations Jack Horton of Gloversville who went home $3,134 happier on Friday evening after winning the 50/50!

The first feature of the evening was the rain delayed Earl Halaquist Memorial event with Danny Varin leading from his pole position start after qualifying was completed back in May for the event. By lap eight Varin held a straightaway advantage over Josh Pieniazek who started fourth. Varin was in lap traffic at the halfway point in the event with the top five at that point consisting of Varin, Pieniazek, Jordan Poirier, Jeff Trombley, and Joe Trenka.

On lap 16, Poirier took the second position away from Pieniazek but the race took a turn for the worse at that point when Varin drove to the pit area relinquishing the lead to Poirier. Poirier stretched his advantage to a full straightaway by lap 22 and was in heavy lap traffic until the end of the event but took his first ever Patriot Sprint win and his first ever win in the Earl Halaquist event over Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Trombley, and Trenca.

“I didn’t even know that Danny (Varin) pulled in,” Poirier said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane. “I was trying to get through lap traffic and then I didn’t see him. I didn’t expect the cushion to be like that but the car was really good.”

Next up was the $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature with fourth place starter Jason Morrison leading lap one. Fifth place starter Nick Stone was in the second position in Bill Knapp’s #21 car and on lap two he got around the outside of Morrison for the lead in turns three and four.

Also on the move was 2019 track champion Luke Horning who started the event in the 11th position and by lap six he was going three wide to get around Jeff McPhail and Devon Camenga for the third position. Horning continued his march to the front on lap eight when he took the second position away from Morrison while Stone enjoyed a straightaway advantage over the field.

At the halfway point in the event Stone was the leader followed by Horning, Morrison, 14th place starter Kenny Gates, and Chuck Dumblewski. The only position that changed for the remainder of the event was the third and fourth positions which Gates and Dumblewski took away from Morrison in the final five laps of the event.

Stone went on to his fourth win of the 2019 season and the 46th of his career in the division over Horning, Gates, Dumblewski, and Morrison. The win was Stone’s fourth out of the last six races during the 2019 season!

“Fifth was definitely a good starting spot for me,” Stone said in victory lane. “The starter was showing me that I had a good lead so I just stayed cautious with the lap cars. Bill Knapp wanted me to run this car to try to figure some stuff out and the car is good.”

Roberts Towing & Recovery sponsored the $500 to win Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature with Ed Hatch leading the first two laps after starting on the pole position for the event. An early caution fell on lap three and on the restart Stephen Young took over the race lead but just as quickly as he took over the lead his car broke and he was forced to the pit area handing the lead back over to Hatch.

Zach Sorrentino started the event in the fifth position and on a lap four restart took over the race lead from Hatch. Michael Arnold put on a show coming to the front after having to pit on lap nine and restarting at the rear of the field. Arnold made it all the way back up to the third position behind Sorrentino and Hatch while John Devine and Mark Burch completed the top five at the checkered flag.

For Sorrentino it was his first win of the season and the third of his career in the division.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” Sorrentino told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We’ve won the last race of the season the last two years and it sucks to have to wait all season to get a win.”

2019 Four Cylinder Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck proved that it doesn’t matter where you start in the feature if you have a good car. Hollenbeck started the 12-lap Four Cylinder Cruiser feature in the ninth position while John Napoli started on the outside pole and led the first four laps of the event.

On a lap five restart, 12th place starter Riley Pedrick took over the race lead with Hollenbeck now up to the second position after making his way through the field. Hollenbeck took over the race lead on lap seven on the outside of turns three and four and went on to his eighth win of the season and the 50th of his career in the division over Brandon Ely, Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, and Napoli.

The final event of the evening was the 30-lap A-Main for the Patriot Sprint cars with Josh Pieniazek leading at the start. By lap seven Pieniazek was already in lap traffic with the red flag out for Matt Tanner who flipped his car in turn two while running fourth. Tanner was not injured in the wreck and on the restart Pieniazek continued to lead the event.

At the halfway point Pieniazek led and was followed by Mike Kiser, Jordan Thomas, Jonathan Preston, and Jordan Poirier. The red flag was out again on lap 16 for Davie Franek who went through the wooden fence and out on to the sidewalk along the road that runs along turns one and two of the speedway. Franek was also okay after the wreck with no injuries reported.

Pieniazek was never seriously challenged during the event despite a caution with only four laps remaining in the event as he went on to the win over Thomas, Poirier, Joe Trenka, and Paulie Colagiovanni.

“Fonda is my home track,” Pieniazek said in victory lane. “I was just trying to maintain my position to the finish. I wasn’t about to try going down low on the track, I wasn’t about to change what I was doing.”

The “Fonda 200” weekend concludes today with the running of the B-Mains for the Sunoco Modifieds, a complete racing program for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the 28th running of the “Fonda 200”, the first 200 lap event at Fonda since the last one was held 17 years ago which was won by Brett Hearn!

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.

THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT MAKE-UP FEATURE FINISH FROM MAY 25 – 30-LAPS – JORDAN POIRIER, Josh Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Trombley, Joe Trenka, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Dalton Herrick, Pete Richardson, Roger Levesque, Danny Varin, Josh Flint, Bobby Varin, Dylan Swiernik (DNS), Kevin Carlson (DNS), Jared Zimbardi (DNS), Dustin Purdy (DNS)

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Brandon Ely, Riley Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Jeff Degroat, Duane Baker, Shawn Hemstreet, Hunter Miller, Ray Young, Bob Ely, Wayne Russell, Katrina Bean, Cheri Pieniazek, TJ Marlitt, Cordell Younger, Ashley Celebucki, Cole Lawton

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH $500 TO WIN PRESENTED BY ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY – 15-LAPS – ZACH SORRENTINO, Ed Hatch, Michael Arnold, John Devine, Mark Burch, Matt Moshier, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, Pete Vila, Jason Barrett, Dave Horning Sr., Keri Vandenburg, Curtis Condon, Stephen Young

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Zach Sorrentino, John Devine

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Jeff McPhail, Justin Knight, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Shane Henderson, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Dave Horning Sr., Buck Gasner, Steve Cosselman, Joe Achzet, Jamie Warner, Bob Fachini (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jeff McPhail, Nick Stone, Randy Cosselman

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – JOSH PIENIAZEK, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Poirier, Joe Trenka, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Thomas Radivoy, Roger Levesque, Jonathan Preston, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Floyd Billington, Matt tanner, Pete Richardson, Link Pettit, Kyle Smith (DNS), Josh Flint (DNS), Cory Sparks (DNS), Bobby Varin (DNS), Danny Varin (DNS)

PATRIOT SPRINT HEAT RACE WINNERS: Paulie Colagiovanni, Joe Trenka, Jordan Thomas

PATRIOT SPRINT DASH WINNER: Jordan Poirier

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #1 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – STEWART FRIESEN (starts on the pole for the Fonda 200), Brett Hearn, David Schilling, Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Danny Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #2 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – JOSH HOHENFORST (starts on the outside pole for the Fonda 200), Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Elmo Reckner, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #3 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – ROCKY WARNER (starts third in the Fonda 200), Bobby Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Tim Fuller, Anthony Perrego, Roger Henion Jr., Darwin Greene, Scott Huber, Tim Clemons, Steve Akers

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/27/2019 – DAY ONE OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/27/2019 – DAY ONE OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT MAKE-UP FEATURE FINISH FROM MAY 25 – 30-LAPS – JORDAN POIRIER, Josh Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Trombley, Joe Trenka, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Dalton Herrick, Pete Richardson, Roger Levesque, Danny Varin, Josh Flint, Bobby Varin, Dylan Swiernik (DNS), Kevin Carlson (DNS), Jared Zimbardi (DNS), Dustin Purdy (DNS)

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Brandon Ely, Riley Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Jeff Degroat, Duane Baker, Shawn Hemstreet, Hunter Miller, Ray Young, Bob Ely, Wayne Russell, Katrina Bean, Cheri Pieniazek, TJ Marlitt, Cordell Younger, Ashley Celebucki, Cole Lawton

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH $500 TO WIN PRESENTED BY ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY – 15-LAPS – ZACH SORRENTINO, Ed Hatch, Michael Arnold, John Devine, Mark Burch, Matt Moshier, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, Pete Vila, Jason Barrett, Dave Horning Sr., Keri Vandenburg, Curtis Condon, Stephen Young

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Zach Sorrentino, John Devine

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Jeff McPhail, Justin Knight, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Shane Henderson, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Dave Horning Sr., Buck Gasner, Steve Cosselman, Joe Achzet, Jamie Warner, Bob Fachini (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jeff McPhail, Nick Stone, Randy Cosselman

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – JOSH PIENIAZEK, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Poirier, Joe Trenka, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Thomas Radivoy, Roger Levesque, Jonathan Preston, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Floyd Billington, Matt tanner, Pete Richardson, Link Pettit, Kyle Smith (DNS), Josh Flint (DNS), Cory Sparks (DNS), Bobby Varin (DNS), Danny Varin (DNS)

PATRIOT SPRINT HEAT RACE WINNERS: Paulie Colagiovanni, Joe Trenka, Jordan Thomas

PATRIOT SPRINT DASH WINNER: Jordan Poirier

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #1 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – STEWART FRIESEN (starts on the pole for the Fonda 200), Brett Hearn, David Schilling, Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Danny Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #2 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – JOSH HOHENFORST (starts on the outside pole for the Fonda 200), Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Elmo Reckner, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #3 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – ROCKY WARNER (starts third in the Fonda 200), Bobby Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Tim Fuller, Anthony Perrego, Roger Henion Jr., Darwin Greene, Scott Huber, Tim Clemons, Steve Akers

THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE 2019 SEASON AT FONDA STARTS ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Just after Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media took over the reins of the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway about one year ago, he announced that the “Fonda 200” would make a return to Fonda after a 17 year absence. It was one of if not the most talked about subjects all year and now the time is here for the biggest event of the 2019 season at the “Track of Champions”.

A complete schedule of events for the Fonda 200 weekend follows at the end of this release along with a list of past winners of the prestigious event.

After a 17-year absence, an auto race built on tradition returns this weekend at the legendary “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. A new chapter will be written in the legacy that is the “Fonda 200” Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28.

The historic return of the “Fonda 200” is a race competitors and fans have earmarked on their calendars since the announcement last fall.

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.

This weekend, $53,000 awaits the winner of the 200-lap Sunoco Modified event that headlines the three-day racing festival. This is the single richest event in the history of Fonda Speedway with an A-Main purse structure of $125,675 minimum.

The list of past winners includes pioneers, legends and Hall of Fame drivers who have been able to conquer the “Track of Champions” for 200 laps.

Brett Hearn has enjoyed more success than any other driver in the 200 with four victories including the most recent edition in 2002. It is quite possible that Hearn will be the only past winner in the field this weekend.

Many new names would like nothing more than to put their name on the win list for the 200.

Below are the names of drivers who have officially entered the event as of the time this press release was written. In parenthesis are some statistics of the drivers who have had past success at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway with wins and championships.

Brett Hearn – (Fonda 200 winner in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002; 26 Modified wins; 7 358-Modified wins)

Danny Varin – (10 Modified wins, 1 Open Sportsman win, 4 CRSA Sprint wins, 3 ESS Sprint wins)

Jessica Friesen – (1 360 Sprint win, 1 ESS Sprint win)

Bobby Varin – (Modified Track Champion 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018; 65 Modified wins; 1 358-Modified win)

Rocky Warner – (Modified Track Champion 2019; Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Pro Stock Track Champion 2011; Street Stock Co-Champion in 2005, Champion in 2007; 6 Modified wins; 25 Crate 602 Sportsman wins; 12 Pro Stock wins; 25 Street Stock wins)

Matt DeLorenzo – (Modified Track Champion 2007; 358-Modified Track Champion 2004, 2006; 37 Modified wins; 2 358-Modified wins; 1 Open Sportsman win)

Demetrios Drellos – (1 Modified win)

Matt Sheppard – (4 Modified wins)

Stewart Friesen – (Modified Track Champion 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; 59 Modified wins; 1 358-Modified win; 1 360 Sprint win; 1 Patriot Sprint win; 1 ESS Sprint win)

Mike Mahaney – (3 Modified wins)

Billy Decker – (3 Modified wins)
Tim Fuller – (Modified Track Champion 2017, 3 Modified wins)

Dave Constantino – (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion 2013, 1 Modified win, 10 Open Sportsman wins, 17 Crate 602 Sportsman wins)

Danny Johnson – (11 Modified wins)

Brian Pessolano – (4 Crate 602 Sportsman wins)

Craig Hanson – (7 Modified wins)

Pep Corradi – (1 Modified win)

Josh Hohenforst – (3 Modified wins, 1 Open Sportsman win)

Steve Akers – (2 Open Sportsman wins)

Other entrants include Roger Henion Jr, Allison Ricci, Mike Gular, Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Alex Yankowski, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Aaron Jacobs, Alex Tonkin, Matt Hitchcock, Dylan Scribner, Michael McClinton, Korey Wilder, David Schilling, and Brett Tonkin.

Special Awards and other activities for the weekend event:

The winning trophy for the “Fonda 200” was created by Tonkin Fabrications LLC

Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present the winner of the Fonda 200 a one of a kind custom jacket and will also sponsor a “Hard Luck Award” consisting of a team wear t-shirt package worth $300!

The Rockin’ Country band Tomkins Drive will be performing at the Entertainment Building on Friday evening at the completion of the racing activities.

The Orange County Fair Speedway will present a “Hard Charger Award” of $500 to the driver gaining the most positions in the “Fonda 200”.

A brand new Teo Pro Car will be given away on Saturday in a drawing with drivers from the Fonda Speedway with perfect attendance during the 2019 season all eligible to win the prize.

There will be a “Helmet Drive” on Saturday with the proceeds to benefit Bobco Racing Video’s own Bob James (Bobco) who has had some health issues recently.

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.

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: ???

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

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