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Time to Celebrate: Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, December 7

FONDA, NY – After a season of resurgence at Fonda Speedway, it’s time to celebrate.

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

The top-10 drivers in the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions will be recognized, in addition to the top-five finishers in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks and Four Cylinders.

Other special awards will be distributed during the evening as well.

Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., drove the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J to the Sunoco Modified divisional championship for the first time in his career. Warner was trailed by Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Stewart Friesen, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, Josh Hohenforst and Michael Maresca.

Niskayuna, N.Y., native Tim Hartman Jr. called Fonda Speedway home for 2019 very successfully, taking the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman title. Adam McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Tony Farone, Andrew Buff and Brian Borst.

‘Cousin Luke’ Horning of Gloversville, N.Y., put together a breakout season in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division and took the championship with Nick Stone, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp and Randy Cosselman in tow.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman high point man was E.J. McAuliffe of Broadalbin, N.Y., defeating Rich Christman, Brett Mortensen, John Young and a tie between Steve Wagoner and Alan Hanson.

Jason Samrov was the Trackside Body Works Street Stock champion over Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Dave Horning Sr. and Stephen Young.

Ken Hollenbeck continued his longstanding dominance of the Fonda Four Cylinder Cruiser ranks, taking top honors with Cole Lawton, John Napoli, T.J. Marlitt and Wayne Russell completing the front five.

Doors open for the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour.  Tickets include a buffet dinner featuring sliced sirloin and chicken parmesan, sides, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are on sale for $39 each and should be reserved prior to November 15.

The ticket order form follows: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019AwardsBanquetOrderForm.pdf

Treviso by Mallozzi’s is located at 257 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12205.

The Tru by Hilton Albany Crossgates Mall is the host hotel for the event. A shuttle will run from the Banquet Hall to the hotel for attendees. The Tru by Hilton is located at 1651 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203. Call 518.704.4010 and mention Fonda Speedway for the $119 special rate.

The special rate block will be closed on November 9.

A direct reservation link follows: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/ru/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

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.

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: ???

$53,000-to-Win Fonda 200 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Q: What is the weekend Schedule of Events?
A: The complete Fonda 200 Schedule of Events can be found at the following link:
http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Fonda200WeekendScheduleofEvents.pdf

Q: Are tickets still available?
A: Yes, tickets are still available. There are some remaining Reserved seats in the covered grandstand available plus general admission seating (the aluminum grandstands outside turns three and four).

Q: Can I still get a Reserved Seat?
A: Yes, you can call the office at 518.915.4395.

Q: Where can I get a Reserved Seat on race weekend?
A: All Reserved Seats will be sold at Gate 2, just past the Covered Grandstand.

Q: What are the weekend costs for the Grandstands?
A:  Weekend Grandstand Passes –
Adult Reserved: $62
Adult Unreserved: $55
Kids 11 and under FREE

Q: What are the daily costs for the Grandstands?
A: Thursday –
FREE

Friday –
Adult Reserved: $25
Adult Unreserved: $22
Kids 11 and under FREE

Saturday –
Adult Reserved: $40
Adult Unreserved: $35
Kids 11 and under FREE

Q: When will General Admission Passes Go on sale?
A: General Admission passes will be on sale starting on Friday at 1 p.m.

Q: What is the Blanket Policy for General Admission seating?
A: All blankets have been removed going into the weekend. Blankets may be left from Friday starting at 3 p.m. to Saturday.

Q: Are there camping spots left?
A: There are a very limited number of “dry camping” (no hook-ups) spots left on-site. Call the speedway office at 518.915.4395 to reserve yours!

Q: What are the weekend costs for the Pit Area?
A: Weekend Pit Passes –
Three-Day Pass (with Fonda Speedway license): $95
Three-Day Pass (no license): $110
Two-Day Pass (with Fonda Speedway license): $75
Two-Day Pass (no license): $85

Q: What are the daily costs for the pit area?
A: Thursday –
$25 (no license)
$20 (with Fonda Speedway license)

Friday –
$40 (no license)
$35 (with Fonda Speedway license)

Saturday –
$50 (no license)
$45 (with Fonda Speedway license)

Q: What are Kids Prices for the Pit Area?
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Kids ages 6-12 pay $10 and Children 5 and under are $2

Q: What is the cooler policy?
A: A six-pack-size cooler is permitted. No glass bottles or outside alcohol.

Q: Is there alcohol available?
A: Yes, there is a Beer Booth beneath the Covered Grandstand.

Q: Can I watch from the infield?
A: Yes, you can. All those in the infield must have a pit wristband and obey all signage for restricted areas.

Q: Is there an ATM available?
A:
Yes, there is an ATM located inside the turn-one Gate.

Q: What is the Re-Entry Policy?
A: Re-entry is permitted with the proper tickets/wristbands.

Q: Is there overflow parking?
A: Yes, there is overflow parking, free of charge, on the backside of the property. Please follow directions of Security. A tram will be running to drop those parking out back at the Pit Gate or Grandstand Gate. There is also a second overflow across the street on Village Property. There will be a daily charge for this parking.

Q: What is the policy for Personal Vehicles in the pit area?
A: Personal vehicles will not be permitted to enter the pit area in the traditional gate once the pits are open. Personal vehicles will be re-routed by security to the field adjacent to Camping Sections F & G.  There is a $10 weekend charge for this parking or $5 per day.

Q: Will the concession stands serve breakfast?
A: The main concession stand, located at Gate 2, will be open for breakfast from 9-11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Q: Are golf carts and ATVs permitted?
A: Yes, there is a $25 Weekend Permit available for Golf Carts & ATVS.

Q: Is there a cost for the Tompkins Drive concert in the Entertainment Building on Friday night?
A: No, the concert is FREE of charge for those with wristbands and/or ticket stubs.

Any additional specific questions can be directed to the Fonda Speedway office at 518.915.4395.

The Fonda 200 Tradition Returns This Weekend, Sept. 26-28, at the Track of Champions

FONDA, NY – In the words of Gustav Mahler, “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”

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

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.

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.

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 with the Madsen Motorsports No. 20.

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

Stewart Friesen, while not on the road with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, has been the dominant driver at Fonda Speedway over the last decade and is a leading contender for the 200 victory. His wife, Jessica, will complete a two-car Friesen family effort for the 200.

Matt Sheppard has been the leading dirt Modified winner of late regardless of track or sanction. Sheppard won the $8,000 Fonda Speedway Season Opener and finished a close second in the July Short Track Super Series event.

Tim Fuller, a former Fonda champion and the winner of the 2018 season finale at the track, jumps into the Adirondack Motorsports No. 24 for the event with backing from St. Lawrence Radiology.

The combination of Billy Decker and Jeremy Smith racing, who won the Short Track Super Series North Region title in 2018, are loaded for a 200-lap assault on Fonda. Decker has won many crown-jewel races in the Northeast and has his eye on this classic.

Last weekend’s big winners – Mike Gular in the Grandview (Pa.) Speedway Freedom 76 and Demetrios Drellos at Albany-Saratoga (N.Y.) Speedway – will both be in the field with momentum on their side. Gular will be aboard the Terry Fasnacht No. 2A and Drellos reuniting with the Nelson Motorsports operation.

Andy Bachetti enjoyed his strongest Fonda outing to date in the July Short Track Super Series stop and will return to challenge in the Fonda 200.

Anthony Perrego, the Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway small-block Modified champion, utilized the Sept. 14 event as a shakedown for the 200 with Ray Graham’s No. 18. He finished second to Friesen and has high hopes for a $53,000 performance.

Mike Mahaney has enjoyed outstanding winning performances at Fonda, including a $12,000 payday in 2012. Mahaney will be in the house this weekend driving the George Huttig No. 35.

Orange County Fair Speedway regulars Allison Ricci and Roger Henion Jr. competed in part-time schedules at Fonda to get up to speed during the 2019 season. Both will be back looking for 200 glory.

The BBL team of Brian Gleason and Matt DeLorenzo will be out in full force for the weekend. Gleason ran as a regular at Fonda this season, while DeLorenzo made only select appearances.

Teenager Alex Yankowski has been making a name for himself on the rugged Pennsylvania 358-Modified circuit and hopes to

The Fonda Saturday night competitors typically defend their home turf well in higher-paying events.

Rocky Warner is on the heels of a career defining Fonda season aboard Jake Spraker’s No. 1J, taking the track championship. Warner already won the Vermont 200 at Devil’s Bowl (Vt.) Speedway and is geared up for the post-season classic.

The father-and-son combination of Bobby Varin in the Palmer’s Service Center No. 76 and Danny Varin driving the Ed Monger No. 93 both reached Victory Lane at Fonda this season and will be ready to challenge for the $53,000.

Dave Constantino emerged into a Sunoco Modified contender with the Laudy Hoyenga No. 34, winning his first Fonda feature this season. The second-generation driver is ready to tackle the 200.

Josh Hohenforst is a guaranteed 200 starter via his victory at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park earlier this month. He joins fellow Fonda regulars David Schilling (rebuilt after a hard crash in the most recent event), Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Aaron Jacobs, Brian Pessolano, Kory Wilder, Steve Akers and more making a run at the 200.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fonda 200 History of Winners

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

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