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Fonda Speedway Schedules Saturday, June 6 Open Practice Session

FONDA, NY – The ‘Track of Champions’ roars back to life in the month of June.

Fonda Speedway will host an Open Practice session on Saturday, June 6 to kick-start the 2020 racing season. The test-and-tune session will be conducted with the grandstand closed per New York State regulations regarding COVID-19.

All race teams and divisions are welcome. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. Cars will hit the track at 6 p.m. with four hours of track time scheduled for the all-new clay surface on the half-mile track.

Pit admission is $20 for Fonda Speedway members and $25 for non-members.

Competitors are required to wear masks for entry into the facility while demonstrating social distancing.

A limited food and beverage menu will be available at the pit concession stand.

Further announcements regarding an updated 2020 schedule will be posted as decisions are made.

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 2020 Season Opener Will Have to Wait Until May

FONDA, NY – The 2020 season at Fonda Speedway will have to wait until May.

Following a virtual Fonda Fair Board meeting, held via Conference Call on Wednesday evening, it was announced no activities would take place on the fairgrounds during the month of April – including auto racing – to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As a result, the 2020 Season Opener at the Track of Champions will be postponed until Saturday, May 2.

The season had been slated to kick-start on April 11 with Open Practice, followed by back-to-back racing events on April 18 and 25.

As stated previously by the BD Motorsports Media LLC management team, this is an unprecedented and constantly changing situation. Make-up dates will be scheduled as needed with the full support of the Fonda Fair Board.

“We need to let this whole situation play out,” speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “Once we get the ‘green light’ to go racing, we will make schedule adjustments to ensure our season pass holders, marketing partners, fans and competitors are able to enjoy the ‘Track of Champions’ as frequently as possible.

“No one is more anxious to go racing then us (the Fonda promotional group). We made a $65,000-plus investment in the new surface. We can’t wait to put race cars on it and see the results.”

Keep posted to the speedway website and social media channels for further information.

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 Race Car Show at ViaPort Rotterdam Canceled

FONDA, NY – The 2020 Fonda Speedway Race Car Show to be held at the ViaPort Rotterdam March 27-29 has been canceled due to the current regulations in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fonda Speedway management team was set to host its first-ever ‘Fonda Race Car Show’ at the mall and the response had been overwhelming. At the time of the cancelation, some 91 vehicles had filed an entry to be part of the pre-season event.

“Unfortunately, with the regulations in place as we all combat COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel the event,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “We’d like to thank all our registrants and the management of the ViaPort Rotterdam for all their support. We look forward to another opportunity to present a show in 2021.”

Fonda Speedway management will continue to monitor national and local regulations, providing updates as needed. The season is scheduled to open on April 11 with the first practice session on the all-new clay surface.

“We will announce any schedule adjustments as we get closer to the season,” Deyo added. “We have full support of the Fonda Fair Board for make-up events, if-needed. Our main concern now is keeping our racing community healthy.”

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 Race Car Show March 27-29 Canceled By COVID-19

After discussion with the ViaPort Rotterdam, Fonda Speedway management has announced the cancelation of the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show March 27-29 in accordance with guidelines instituted by Governor Cuomo. We wish the Fonda racing family only the best as we all combat COVID-19. We hope if we all do our part to fight this pandemic, we can return to what we love sooner rather than later. Keep posted to our social media and website for further updates.

“One Free Friday” Makes for Unprecedented Championship Weekend at Fonda Speedway Aug. 14-15

FONDA, NY – It’s only appropriate the ‘Track of Champions’ should host a larger-than-life Championship Weekend.

Now, it’s got one.

The BD Motorsports Media LLC Fonda Speedway management team has announced a huge two-day weekend in August to bring down the curtain on the ‘regular season’ at the half-mile track.

An unprecedented “FREE Friday” will take place on FRIDAY, Aug. 14 at the speedway. This event offers TOTALLY FREE grandstand admission, with the Sunoco Modifieds racing for $4,000 to win, Swagger Factory Apparel in a $2,000-to-win program and the traveling CRSA Sprint Cars on the docket.

Once again, this event is TOTALLY FREE to attend for fans.

While this will not be a track points event, drivers will accrue points toward the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels overall, regional and track battles. Modifieds and Sportsman will draw for their starting positions for this event.

“We are thrilled to offer fans a totally free Friday event,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “We are very appreciative of the fan support we have received at Fonda. This season we have a Dollar Night (May 9), two $5 nights (June 6 and Aug. 1) and now a completely FREE Friday night.”

The “FREE Friday” will be the first of two racing events at Fonda that weekend.

On Saturday (Aug. 15), season champions will be decided in all of Fonda’s divisions: the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Cruisers and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds.

Benjamin Moore Paints is the Saturday program presenting sponsor.

The Saturday event offers the typical $11 Grandstand Admission for Adults, meaning fans could see two complete shows for just 11 bucks on Championship Weekend!

Of course, overnight camping will be available on the fairgrounds for these two days of racing.

The entire ’20 schedule has been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/2020-schedule-of-events/

Season passes for both the grandstand and pit areas and pit licenses are on sale. Access the forms at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

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

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

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.

Affordable $11 Weekly Admission Returns plus ‘Dollar Night’ and Two ‘$5 Nights’ at Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – An affordable night of entertainment.

That remains the focus for management of Fonda Speedway as the 2020 race season approaches on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track.

The BD Motorsports Media-led management team has announced the return of $11 Adult grandstand admission for standard weekly events during the ’20 campaign at the Track of Champions. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

“We were very pleased with the resurgence of fans last year at the speedway,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “We saw some impressive numbers all year long and that was evident through our 50/50 winning shares. This season we want to continue our growth by giving families a night out at a reasonable price.”

Parks Companies has teamed up to present a HUGE $11 program on April 25 at Fonda. Sunoco Modifieds will race for an $8,000 top prize and fans will see no increase in admission!

After a massive fan turnout last season, the ‘Dollar Night’ is back on the Fonda schedule for May 9. This event features $1, yes $1, grandstand admission for a complete program including the Sunoco Modifieds. In ’19, more than 4,000 race fans turned out for the ‘Dollar Night’ promotion.

New for the ’20 season are two events offering $5 grandstand admission.

The first $5 Night is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear on June 6. The event will include the popular Hondo Classic for the Pro Stock division, a pre-race Fan Meet and Greet and NYSCCA Safety Awards. Fans will see a complete night of stock car racing for just $5.

A second $5 program takes place on Aug. 1 with a Sunoco Modified-headlined show that includes all weekly classes and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Select special events on the schedule do offer admission increases. The entire ’20 schedule has been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/2020-schedule-of-events/

Season passes for both the grandstand and pit areas and pit licenses are on sale. Access the forms at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

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

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

Pro Stock Priority: $800 Weekly Winner’s Share, Special Events, Tire Giveaways Planned for 2020

FONDA, NY – The full-fender Pro Stock division at Fonda Speedway pleases the crowd at the half-mile track week-after-week.

In 2020, the division’s drivers will be rewarded even more for their efforts. Through the assistance of a weekly Fonda fan who would like to remain anonymous, the Pro Stocks compete for an increased $800 to win every week at the Track of Champions. This move means Fonda Speedway is now the highest-paying Pro Stock venue across the Northeastern United States and Canada.

“We hosted the ‘Best of 8’ Series last year and paid extra money on those nights,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “With the help of one of our loyal fans, we will bump the winner’s share up to $800 every single night. We offered some funds on behalf of the speedway to join our sponsor making sure it could happen every Saturday.”

The total pay structure on a weekly basis for 2020 has climbed to $800 for the winner, $400 for second, $100 for 10th and $75 to take the green for a sum of $3,375.

The complete payout can be found on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020ProStockPayStructure.pdf

In addition to the bump in pay, a number special events have been added to the calendar for the Pro Stock racers.

$1,000-to-win events have been scheduled for May 2, July 11 and Sept. 18.

On July 4, the Pro Stock contingent will battle for a huge $1,776 top prize in the ‘Red, White and Blue’ special to celebrate our nation’s independence.

The traditional Hondo Classic race – featuring a plethora of bonuses and special awards – takes place on June 6. Twin 15-lap features are planned on Aug. 8.

American Racer, through distributor Lias Tire, returns with their giveaway program for the ’20 season. Twelve free tire certificates will be handed out to Fonda Pro Stock competitors through random drawings.

‘Cousin Luke’ Horning is the defending Pro Stock champion at Fonda. He received $1,500 for his efforts at the December Awards Banquet.

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

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

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

Mirabito Forms Partnership with Fonda Speedway for 2020

FONDA, NY – A pair of industry leaders have joined forces for the 2020 season.

Mirabito, the leading energy products supplier for families and businesses throughout upstate New York, Pennsylvania, western Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut, has entered into a marketing partnership with Fonda Speedway, the historic half-mile oval on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds hosting weekly auto racing since 1953.

The Mirabito brand will be prevalent at the ‘Track of Champions’ this race season through a full-year partnership.

Mirabito’s presence will include a 10- by 30-foot billboard along the ‘Mighty Mohawk’ on the resurfaced clay oval’s backstretch.

Race fans and competitors will benefit from $1,000 worth of complimentary Mirabito gift cards distributed via giveaways at the speedway throughout the season.

“We are very pleased to have the Mirabito brand associated with Fonda Speedway,” Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC. “Mirabito is a company with a strong history which goes hand-in-hand with the Saturday tradition of auto racing at Fonda.”

Speedway general manager Jamie Page echoed that statement.

“We’re proud to be associated with Mirabito,” he said. “The name is well-known in the area and brings added credibility to our program.”

Since 1927, Mirabito has been family owned and operated. Mirabito Energy Products offers heating oil, propane, natural gas, coal, gasoline, diesel fuels and kerosene. They also offer a complete line of home heating equipment, installation and service.

In addition to being an energy provider, Mirabito owns and operates 109 convenience stores throughout Central New York, making Mirabito a convenient stop for customers and one of the largest convenience store chains in Central New York.

To learn more, visit www.mirabito.com.

The unofficial kickoff to the Fonda Speedway 2020 season takes place at the Via Port Rotterdam March 27-29 with the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show during mall hours.

The resurfaced Fonda oval will see its first on-track action on Saturday, April 11 with an open practice session. Gates open at 2 p.m. with rounds of practice beginning at 4 p.m.

The official Season Opener is planned for Saturday, April 18 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks kick-starting their points season.

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

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

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