Category Archives: News

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

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

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

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

Hackel

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

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

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

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

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

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

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

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

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

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

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

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

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

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

 

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

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

FONDA, NY – Take two!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By: Ron Szczerba 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fonda Speedway Closes Out 2020 Season with Sept. 13 Montgomery County Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 8/15/2020 CHAMPIONSIP NIGHT

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, DeLorenzo, Maresca

2020 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – MICHAEL MARESCA

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, O’Connor, Mortensen

2020 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Robitaille, Mortensen

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

BONUS ON BEHALF OF THE AYERS MEMORIAL ANIMAL SHELTER

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Graves, 8-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

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

2020 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK CHAMPION – NICK STONE

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) TRACK CHAMPIONS

Vintage Modified – John Flach

Vintage Sportsman – Stephen Denton

Vintage Antique – Jimmy Fugel

Vintage Late Model – John Roese

WHO WILL REALIZE A DREAM IN WINNING A TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY?

Written by Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 15 a special racing program will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Championship Night will crown champions in all racing divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers both single and dual cam.

The history of the Fonda Speedway makes it a special place to win a Track Championship and it is a prestigious award honoring drivers and crews who have worked hard all season long to achieve this goal. This year has been a different year at Fonda with the COVID-19 pandemic shortening the racing season and changing the face of racing at the “Track of Champions” to only a nine-race season to crown the champions.

All the above divisions will be in action at Fonda on Saturday along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) who will also crown Track Champions in their organization. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Grandstands and the Infield Drive-In for this event will be closed per New York State regulations but the event will be streamed LIVE exclusively on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

A rather unique idea put forth by Fonda Speedway Victory Lane Announcer Mimi Lazzaro called “Mimi’s Bounty” will be up for grabs for any driver who can beat Stewart Friesen in the Sunoco Modified feature event on Saturday evening, providing Friesen is still in the race at the checkered flag on the lead lap.

The bounty as of the writing of this press release is up to $1,400 but if you would like to get involved there is still time just get ahold of Mimi on Facebook! If Friesen wins the event on Saturday evening at Fonda however, half the money will go to Friesen and the other half will go to the Crossroads Center for Children which is an Autism Awareness establishment in Schenectady, NY where Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s son Parker has attended.

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

Also just announced by Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo is a Pro Stock Dash for Cash sponsored by Tom Hall and Mike Sowle who sit in the first turn tower every Saturday at Fonda. The purse for the Pro Stock Dash will be $800 with two cars from each of the heat races redrawing for a starting position in the six-lap event.

Payouts for the Pro Stock Dash will be as follows:

With two heat races (four cars) – $400, $200, $100, & $100

With three heat races (six cars) – $300, $200, $100, $100, $50, & $50

Looking at the point in all divisions going into Saturday evening here is the top five in each division and if they have a Track Championship in that division or any others at Fonda in the past it will be noted in parenthesis.

Sunoco Modifieds:

Michael Maresca 296 points, Stewart Friesen 290 points (Modified Track Championships at Fonda in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), Rocky Warner 290 points (Modified Track Championship in 2019; Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; Pro Stock Championship in 2011: and Street Stock Championships in 2005 as Co-Champion and 2007), Matt DeLorenzo 280 points (Modified Track Championship in 2007, 358-Modified Championships in 2004 and 2006), David Schilling 246 points, and Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe 235 points.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman:

Chad Edwards 326 points (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championship in 2018), Joe Williams 302 points, JaMike Sowle 282 points, Brian Calabrese 270 points, and Brian Borst 264 points (358-Modified Track Championship in 2003).

Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman:

Brett Mortensen 270 points, Dylan Eldred 268 points, John Young 260 points (Street Stock Track Championships in 2017 and 2018), Kyle Dingman 220 points, and Harold Robitaille 210 points.

Algonkin Pro Stocks:

Nick Stone 321 points (Pro Stock Track Championship in 2014), Josh Coonradt 281 points (Street Stock Track Championship in 2016), Kenny Gates 271 points (Pro Stock Track Championships in 2004, Co-Champion in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, and 2018), Luke Horning 262 (Pro Stock Track Championship in 2019), and Beau Ballard 231 points.

Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks:

Jason Samrov 270 points (Street Stock Track Championship in 2019), Dave Horning Sr. 264 points (Street Stock Track Championships in 2006, 2014, and 2015), Al Relyea 248 points, Lou Gancarz 244 points, and Michael Arnold 240 points.

Four Cylinder Cruisers:

Single Cam – Ken Hollenback 228 points (Four Cylinder Track Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019) Zach McSpirit 210 points, Wayne Russell 190 points, Shawn Hemstreet 166 points, and Mike Lanoux 156 points.

Dual Cam Top 2 only – John Napoli 192 points, and David Peek-Britten 158 points.

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

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

1 2 3 16