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RACING RESUMES AT FONDA ON SATURDAY JULY 4 AFTER A RAINOUT ON WEDNESDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After a rainout of the “Firecracker 50” on Wednesday evening, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, July 4 with a program called “The Red, White, & Blue Special” sponsored by the Recovery Sports Grill.

On Saturday evening the Sunoco Modifieds will compete in a $4,000 to win feature event while the Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in a $1,776 to win event. All other divisions except for the Four Cylinder Cruisers will also be in action on Saturday evening along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

Adult admission for Saturday is $11. Seniors pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 (Fonda Members) or $35 (Non-Members). Gates will open on Saturday, July 4 at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The rain date for the $10,000 to win Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco North Region Modified “Firecracker 50” event is set for this coming Sunday, July 5 with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. The STSS North Region Sportsman will also be in action on Sunday in a $2,000 to win feature event.

Admission for the Sunday event is $20. Seniors pay $18. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 (Fonda Members) or $35 (Non-Members).

At all Fonda Speedway events, masks are required for entry. Social distancing and CDC guidelines must be followed.

FONDA SPEEDWAY HISTORY FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 4

Five years ago, on 7/4/2015 the winners of events at the Fonda Speedway were Stewart Friesen (Modified), Dave Constantino (Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr, (Street Stock), and Nick Scavia (Limited Sportsman).

Ten years ago, on 7/3/2010 the winners of events at the Fonda Speedway were Elmo Reckner (Modified), David Towns (Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Chuck McSpirit (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), and John Scarborough (Crate 602 Sportsman). The win for Reckner was the first of two in his career in the Modified division at Fonda with the second one coming on 7/9/2011.

Fifteen years ago, on 7/2/2005 the winners of the events at Fonda were Dave Camara (Modified), Robert Perry (Sportsman), Butchie Irwin (Pro Stock), Cassidy Wilson (Street Stock), and Danny Ballard (IMCA). The win for Perry was the first of two in the division with the second one coming on 8/4/2007. The win for Wilson was the first of 28 in the division with his last one coming on 9/24/2011. Wilson also has one career win in the Pro Stock division on 6/2/2018.

Twenty years ago, on 7/1/2000 the winners of the events at Fonda were Ronnie Holmes (Modified), Tony Farone (Sportsman), Chris Morris (Pro Stock), Paul Chichester (Street Stock “A”), Dave Horning Jr. (Street Stock “B”), and George Catanzano (IMCA). The win for Holmes was the first of three in the division with his final one coming on 7/28/2001. The win for Farone was the first of two in the division with the other one coming on 8/19/2001. Farone also has five wins in the division he currently competes in, the Crate 602 Sportsman.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Evening Showers Postpone Fonda Speedway ‘Firecracker 50’ to Sunday, July 5

FONDA, NY – A late afternoon steady rain moved over Fonda Speedway on Wednesday, prompting the postponement of the Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Firecracker 50’ to Sunday (July 5).

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco annual visit to the ‘Track of Champions’ drew a huge field of race cars. Forty-five STSS Modifieds and 34 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman had signed in for competition. With rain still falling shortly after 7 p.m. and the track surface saturated, the decision was made to postpone the event.

“The forecast looked to be positive for late afternoon and evening, but a large pop-up cell from the north soaked us at the last minute,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “We felt our best option was to postpone the event to Sunday with a more positive forecast.”

All wristbands from Wednesday will be honored on Sunday.

The STSS Modifieds had not completed their draw for position yet. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman draw will stand. New entries will be accepted for both.

Admission for the Sunday event is $20. Seniors pay $18. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 (Fonda Members) or $35 (Non-Members).

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

The event will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV.

With the ‘Firecracker 50’ postponed to Sunday, two days of racing are planned for the Track of Champions this weekend. Saturday’s (July 4) event, presented by Recovery Sports Grill, includes Sunoco Modifieds ($4,000 to win), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,776 to win), Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds.

On Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Adult admission for Saturday is $11. Seniors pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 (Fonda Members) or $35 (Non-Members).

At all Fonda Speedway events, masks are required for entry. Social distancing and CDC guidelines must be followed.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

SECOND ANNUAL $10,000 TO WIN FIRECRACKER 50 AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 – AND YES FANS ARE ALLOWED IN THE GRANDSTANDS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Guess who’s back, back again? Grandstands and infield are open this Wednesday night at Fonda Speedway for the second annual “Firecracker 50” with masks and social distancing required. The event will pay $10,000 to win for the Sunoco Modifieds and $2,000 to win for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco has led the Northeast dirt Modified community back to racing through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Competing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, the STSS is back to the Empire State on Wednesday, July 1 when Fuccillo Automotive Group presents the “Firecracker 50” at Fonda Speedway.

The hallowed “Track of Champions” plays host to the Halmar International North Region for both the Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman in high-paying events. The STSS Modifieds race 50 laps for $10,000 to win and $4,000 for second, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag. A very robust $2,000 goes to the Crate 602 Sportsman victor for their 25-lap main.

The event serves as Race No. 2 for the STSS Modified North Region after kicking off the title fight, albeit delayed, on June 16 at Pa.’s Big Diamond Speedway. The Crate 602 Sportsman will open their North Region point battle at Fonda.

Last year, the “Firecracker” at Fonda lived up to its name with a wild finish that brought the crowd to its feet. Stewart Friesen, after pitting for a flat tire, pulled off the last-lap, last-turn power move on Matt Sheppard to pick up the $10,000-plus top prize.

After his “Anthracite Assault” victory at Big Diamond, Billy Pauch Jr. sits atop the North Region point standings at Fonda over legendary Jimmy Horton.

The complete “Firecracker 50” information sheet has been posted on the STSS website with times, rules and general information: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Firecracker50InfoSheet.pdf

The event will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv) in addition to in-person attendance.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GIVEAWAY

The first 36 Montgomery County residents to email contest@thefondaspeedway.com will receive a free passcode to the DTD TV coverage on Pay Per View for the Firecracker 50 at the Fonda Speedway, on Wednesday July 1, 2020, compliments of Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith and Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator Jeff Kaczor.

We have officially reached Phase 4 of the reopening process and with the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway being a centrally located venue that brings visitors from all over the Northeast, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith and Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator Jeff Kaczor felt this would be a great opportunity to try and bring some life back into Montgomery County.

They have been working hard over the few weeks with local promoter Brett Deyo to come up with a way for people to still enjoy this local racing event while also following best safety practices pertaining to Covid-19.

FONDA SPEEDWAY 50-LAP EVENT HISTORY

In the history of 50 lap events or longer at Fonda, there have been a total of 68 different winning drivers in a total of 280 modified (both big and small block) feature events from 1953-2019.

They include Lou Lazzaro who leads the way with 32 victories followed by Jack Johnson with 29; Brett Hearn with 21, Dave Lape with 20; Mike Romano with 11; C.D. Coville and Stewart Friesen with 10; Ken Shoemaker and Alan Johnson with nine, Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, Doug Hoffman, and Bobby Varin with eight; Steve Danish, and Bill Wimble with six; Pete Corey and Rene Charland with five; Harry Peek, Bob McCreadie, and Pat Ward with four; Jeep Herbert and Matt DeLorenzo with three; Ed Ortiz, Jerry Cook, Will Cagle, Gary Balough,, Charlie Rudolph, Billy Pauch, Kevin Collins, Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, and Mike Mahaney all with two wins apiece.

Drivers with one feature win in 50-lap events include George Gallup, Jim Luke, Don Hendenberg, Irv Taylor, Cliff Kotary, Tom Kotary, Buck Holliday, Ernie Gahan, Ron Narducci, Jerry Pennock, Lee Millington, Maynard Forrette, Buzzie Reutimann, Ralph Holmes, Dave Pelczar, Dave Buanno, Jim Winks, Wayne Reutimann, Pep Pepicelli, Tom Wilson, Tim Dwyer, Kenny Brightbill, AJ Romano, Jeff Trombley, Steve Paine, Kenny Tremont Jr., Mitch Gibbs, Tony Pepicelli, Bob Savoie, Larry Wight, Craig Hanson, Ronnie Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Boehler, and Tim Fuller.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

FIRST CAREER WIN AT FONDA NETS JEFF HEOTZLER $4,000 IN THE FIRECRACKER SHOWDOWN

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The “Jeffer” as he is called by many, Jeff Heotzler won his first career Sunoco Modified feature at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening in the $4,000 to win Firecracker Showdown. The race was named as such as it was a shakedown run for the Firecracker 50 to be held on Wednesday, July 1.

Saturday evenings racing events were sponsored by long time track sponsors School House Pools Inc. of Amsterdam, NY.

Heotzler won the event in the iconic Palmer’s Service Center #76 Teo Pro car owned by Carole and Alton Palmer. Heotzler was named as the driver of the car earlier this year and the combined experience of both Heotzler and car owner and former driver Alton Palmer make it a very potent race team for sure.

In the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane, Mimi Lazzaro was honored to interview Heotzler, who her father Lou Lazzaro used to race with during his career while Mimi grew up around them all in the pit area.

“Thanks to Alton and Carole for choosing me to drive this racecar,” Heotzler said in victory lane. “We really couldn’t get a handle on this Teo Pro car, but we were finally able to do so this week. Hopefully, we can keep it up front.”

Heotzler dedicated the race to Jared Petruska who passed away earlier this year. Petruska and his family owned the Atlas Paving #66 who Heotzler drove for at times during his career. “This one is for Jared Petruska,” Heotzler said.

Early day rain made some hard work for the track crew to get the track ready for the racing events on Saturday evening, but they did a tremendous job which led to some really quick lap times during the evening.

In heat three, Danny Varin came close to breaking the track record of his father Bobby who set the record back on April 11, 2009 with a lap of 18.136. Danny’s turned a lap of 18.199 secs in heat race number three on Saturday evening.

Ed Biittig Sr. won the 50/50 on Saturday evening worth $751.

Fonda Speedway head starter Joe Kriss opened the racing program with a fantastic rendition of the National Anthem.

DTD TV did a fantastic job videoing the racing events on Saturday at Fonda as there were no fans allowed in the grandstands for the racing events.

It was the first night of handicapping of the 2020 racing season and after winning heat race number one Jeff Heotzler was handicapped to start on the outside pole and he took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. After starting in the sixth position, Danny Varin gained two spots up to fourth just before the first of only two caution flags slowed the event.

On the restart, Craig Hanson was the new second place car with Varin just behind in third with ninth place starter Josh Hohenforst and 10th place starter and defending track champion Rocky Warner completing the top five. At the halfway point in the event the top five remained the same with the leader in lap traffic by lap 16.

Varin got by Hanson on lap 17 for the second position and one lap later Varin started putting pressure on the leader. Hohenforst and Varin swapped the second position a couple of times with the final caution of the event out with five laps to go for Hanson whose great run came to an end with a flat right rear tire. Hanson would pit for a new tire and rejoin the rear of the field.

Warner took the third position away from Hohenforst with three laps to go with 14th place starter Matt DeLorenzo following him through for the fourth position. Warner got by Varin for the second position with two laps to go in the event but Heotzler kept the car straight and true to the checkered flag for his first career win at Fonda.

Warner, Varin, DeLorenzo, and Hohenforst completed the top five along with a great run by Scott Huber to finish sixth.

“This is another one for the bucket list,” Heotzler said. “I haven’t got many years left but it’s always great to come to Fonda. Thanks to Carole and Alton for giving me this opportunity.”

Six caution flags slowed the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature event with Kevin Chaffee leading at the drop of the green flag from his pole position start. Outside pole starter Ricky Quick took the lead away on lap two and held it until lap six when the first caution flag flew.

Chaffee got the lead on the restart while defending track champion Tim Hartman Jr. took away the second position after starting the event in the fifth spot. Chad Edwards started the event in the 25th position in the John Kollar Motorsports #10% and by lap 10 he was already up to the third position.

Tucker O’Connor had a great run come to an end on lap 11 as he came to a stop in turn three while running fifth, bringing out the caution and on the restart Edwards went from third to first as he took the lead in the event. Chaffee pressured the leader at times and kept it close, but Edwards got the win, the eighth of his career in the division, followed in the top five by Chaffee, 10th place starter JaMike Sowle, Hartman Jr., and eighth place starter Cody Clark.

“It’s been a great start to the season for us,” Edwards said in victory lane. “I tore the left front off of the car in our heat race and got it fixed but while lining up to go out for the feature I noticed the tow was off as it just didn’t look right so I went back to our pit area and the crew adjusted it.”

“We switched to a new Bicknell car for this season and thanks to John Kollar for sending me the money all winter long from his Florida home in order to make this all happen.”

The Montgomery County Office for Aging feature was one of if not the most exciting of the evening with Johnny Young leading at the start from his fifth position start with Stephen Gray in tow. Two-time winner in 2020 Brett Mortensen started the event in the 11th position and by lap two he was already up to the third position.

Mortensen took the second position away from Gray on lap six and from that point on Mortensen was the fastest car on the track as he caught up to the leader by lap 10 of the 15-lap event. Young and Mortensen were side by side for the lead many times throughout the remainder of the event with Young able to hang on to the lead each time.

On the final lap going into turn four to the checkered flag, Mortensen got alongside of Young with the two making contact coming out of the turn forcing Mortensen into the front stretch wall which broke the steering on the #1B. The two cars remained hooked together, side by side  to the checkered flag but with no steering Mortensen hit the infield wall in turn one after the cars separated and Young pulled ahead, destroying the front end on Mortensen’s car and sheering off the left front tire.

Young got his first career win in the division in the event while Mortensen ended up second followed by Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, and Gray.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature began with Jason Morrison in the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by third place starter Jim Normoyle. On lap eight, 12th place starter Nick Stone was in the top five after getting by Ivan Joslin and one lap later Normoyle took the lead away from Morrison on the outside of turn four.

On a restart after a lap 10 caution, Stone took the second spot away and on lap 13 Stone was the race leader after making a pass on the leader on the inside of turn three. One final caution slowed the event with two laps to go allowing Normoyle to close in for a final chance at the win.

Stone pulled away on the restart to his second win of the season and the 48th of his career in the division over Normoyle, 16th place starter Josh Coonradt, 10th place starter Kenny Gates, and 11th place starter and defending track champion Luke Horning.

Lou Gancarz led all 15 laps in the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature for his first career win at Fonda over Dave Horning Sr., defending track champion Jason Samrov, Mark Burch, and Josh Samrov. Al Relyea finished the event in the second position but was disqualified in post-race inspection.

Ken Hollenback led all 15 laps in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature event for his 52nd career win in the division in the SOHC followed by Dale VanAllen, John Napoli (DOHC winner), Zach McSpirit, and Shawn Hemstreet.

Fonda Speedway will be back in action this Wednesday, July 1 with the Firecracker 50 for the Sunoco Modifieds along with the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman who will also be in action with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.

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 – JEFF HEOTZLER (1st career win in the division at Fonda), Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Adam McAuliffe, Michael Maresca, David Schilling, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Andy Bachetti, Danny Creeden, Darren Smith, Pep Corradi, Devin Willis, Allison Ricci, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Dave Constantino, Roger Henion Jr.

Lap leaders – 1-30 Heotzler

Heat race winners – Heotzler, Huber, Varin

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS (8th career win in the division), Kevin Chaffee, JaMike Sowle, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Joe Williams, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Charlie Tibbitts, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Matt Meade, Rich Ricci III, Tim Dwyer, EJ McAuliffe, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, David Dickey, Brendan Gibbons, Thomas VanVorst, Nick Scavia, Griffen Mansmith, Tucker O’Connor, David Manchester, Tony Farone, Dan Santabarbara, Michael McCallion (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1 Chaffee, 2-6 Quick, 7-11 Chaffee, 12-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Chaffee, Tibbitts, Hartman Jr.

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – 25 positions – Edwards

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – JOHNNY YOUNG – (1st career win in the division), Brett Mortensen, Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Jeff Lutes, Bill Port

Lap leaders – 1-15 Young

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE – (48th career win in the division), Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, David Emigh, Bill Knapp, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Tanner Warner, Jamie Warner, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Devon Camenga, Andy Graves, Justin Knight

Lap leaders – 1-8 Morrison, 9-12 Normoyle, 13-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Stone, Normoyle

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – Lou Gancarz (1st career win in the division), Dave Horning Sr., Jason Samrov, Mark Burch, Josh Samrov, Michael Arnold, Al Relyea (DQ)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Gancarz

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC, 52nd career win in the division), Dale VanAllen, John Napoli (DOHC, 1st career win in the division), Zach McSpirit, Shawn Hemstreet, Brandon Tyler, Pat McSpirit, Wayne Russell, Ray Young, David Peek-Britten, Mike Landoux, Bubba Cook (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/27/2020

DATE – 6/27/2020 School House Pools Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – JEFF Heotzler (1st career win in the division at Fonda), Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Adam McAuliffe, Michael Maresca, David Schilling, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Andy Bachetti, Danny Creeden, Darren Smith, Pep Corradi, Devin Willis, Allison Ricci, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Dave Constantino, Roger Henion Jr.

Lap leaders – 1-30 Heotzler

Heat race winners – Heotzler, Huber, Varin

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS (8th career win in the division), Kevin Chaffee, JaMike Sowle, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Joe Williams, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Charlie Tibbitts, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Matt Meade, Rich Ricci III, Tim Dwyer, EJ McAuliffe, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, David Dickey, Brendan Gibbons, Thomas VanVorst, Nick Scavia, Griffen Mansmith, Tucker O’Connor, David Manchester, Tony Farone, Dan Santabarbara, Michael McCallion (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1 Chaffee, 2-6 Quick, 7-11 Chaffee, 12-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Chaffee, Tibbitts, Hartman Jr.

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – 25 positions – Edwards

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – JOHNNY YOUNG – (1st career win in the division), Brett Mortensen, Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Tyler Rapp, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Jeff Lutes, Bill Port

Lap leaders – 1-15 Young

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE – (48th career win in the division), Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, David Emigh, Bill Knapp, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Tanner Warner, Jamie Warner, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Devon Camenga, Andy Graves, Justin Knight

Lap leaders – 1-8 Morrison, 9-12 Normoyle, 13-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Stone, Normoyle

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – Lou Gancarz (1st career win in the division), Dave Horning Sr., Jason Samrov, Mark Burch, Josh Samrov, Michael Arnold, Al Relyea (DQ)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Gancarz

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC, 52nd career win in the division), John Napoli (DOHC, 1st career win in the division)

WE ARE RACING TONIGHT: Saturday, June 27 for School House Pools Night

WE ARE RACING TONIGHT!  School House Pools Night – $4,000-to-win Sunoco Modifieds plus Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pit Gate ONLY open tonight.  Turn-four open grandstands and infield will be available for those with pit passes. Fonda Members: $30 – Non-Members: $35

Dirt Track Digest TV will stream tonight’s program LIVE for $15.99.  Here is the link: https://dirttrackdigest.tv/videos/8521

We understand things are continuing to change in New York State and we are monitoring the situation and in communication with our legal counsel. Please stay tuned for updates regarding Wednesday’s event!

SCHOOL HOUSE POOLS INC. TO SPONSOR A $4,000 TO WIN SUNOCO MODIFIED FIRECRACKER SHAKEDOWN EVENT THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 27 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, June 27 the racing action continues at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway with a special $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified Firecracker Shakedown plus all other divisions in action on School House Pools Inc. Night.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The original 2020 Fonda Speedway schedule also had the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars on the schedule for June 27 but that has since been postponed and below is what was posted on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page earlier this week.

“Unfortunately with the Afton Motorsports Park not opening until the weekend of July 3rd, a mutual decision was made between weekend promoter Brett Deyo, and the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, to postpone this weekend’s events at the Fonda Speedway,” according to an announcement made earlier this week. “It was agreed that we did not want to risk our drivers and teams having to make an extremely long haul for just one event in New York.”

“Together with promoter Brett Deyo, we will work together to look for suitable dates to reschedule the weekend in the 2020 season. If a suitable two-day weekend for the Afton Motorsports Park, Fonda Speedway weekend is not found in 2020, the weekend will stay on the series schedule for the 2021 season.”

The schedule only gets busier as there are now three events scheduled at Fonda in just eight days starting with the June 27 event described above. Then on Wednesday, July 1 the “Track of Champions” will host the Fuccillo Automotive Group Firecracker 50, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, 25-laps for $2,000 to win.

The final event of the eight-day stretch will be on Saturday, July 4 when the Recovery Sports Grill presents the Red, White & Blue Special. It will be Dollar Dog Night with a $4,000 to win Sunoco Modifieds feature, a $1,776 to win Algonkin Pro Stock event plus a regular show in all other divisions along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

FONDA SPEEDWAY HISTORY FOR THE WEEK OF 6/27

On both 6/27/2015 and 6/26/2010 the races at Fonda were rained out.

15 years ago on 6/25/2005 the winners at Fonda were Ryan Odasz (Modified), Mark Mortensen (Open Sportsman), Hondo Carpenter (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. Street Stocks, and Danny Ballard (IMCA)

20 years ago on 6/24/2000 the winners at Fonda were Bobby Albert (Modified), John McAuliffe (Open Sportsman), Rob Noviczski (Pro Stock), Dave Hewitt in the rain delayed street stock feature from 6/22 while John Babcock and Jerry Pepper won the other two events, Steve Bidwell (IMCA) and Mike Pfau (Enduro).

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 QUICK RESULTS 6/20/2020

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – STEWART FRIESEN (62nd career win in the division), Michael Maresca, Mat Williamson, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Brian Gleason, David Shilling, Brian Pessolano, Danny Creeden, Roger Henion Jr., Allison Ricci, Bodie Bellinger, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Ricky Davis III, Danny Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Scott Huber, Devin Willis, Jim Introne Jr., Troy Palmer, Jeff Hoetzler, Kathy Bellen (DNS).

Lap leaders – 1-4 Danny Varin, 5 Michael Maresca, 6-30 Stewart Friesen.

Heat race winners – Danny Varin, Michael Maresca, Jessica Friesen.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE WILLIAMS (1st career win in the Crate 602 Sportsman division), Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, JaMike Sowle, Nick Scavia, Cody Clark, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tucker O’Connor, Thomas VanVorst, Tim Dwyer, Anthony Cardamone, EJ McAuliffe, Charlie Tibbitts, Dan Santabarbara, Kevin Chaffee, Tim Hartman Jr., Ricky Quick, Rich Ricci III, Michael McCallion, Don Bellen, Aaron Cross, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, David Manchester, Joel Knudsen Jr. (DNS).

Lap leaders – 1-25 Joe Williams.

Heat race winners – Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – BRETT MORTENSEN (4th career win in the division), Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Bill Port, Jeff Lutes, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kadon Hohensheldt (DNS).

Lap Leaders – 1 Pete Nowicki Jr., 2-13 Carter Gibbons, 14-15 Brett Mortensen.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – JOSH COONRADT (5th career win in the division), Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Randy Cosselman, Andy Graves, David Emigh, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Jim Normoyle, Steve Cosselman, Jamie Warner, Justin Knight, Ivan Joslin, Tanner Warner, Don Collins.

Lap leaders – 1-3 Justin Knight, 4-11 Luke Horning, 12-20 Josh Coonradt.

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Jim Normoyle.

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – AL RELYEA (2nd career win in the division), Jason Samrov, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, John Bradt, Mark Burch, Jason Barrett.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Michael Arnold, Al Relyea.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC, 51st career win in the division), David Frame (DOHC, 1st career win in the division), John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, Bubba Cook, Mike Landux, Riley Pedrick, Justin Sargalis, Pat McSpirit.

Lap leaders – 1-15 Ken Hollenbeck.

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS KELLY’S MEAT MARKET NIGHT THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 20

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Racing resumes at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday, June 20 with a full racing card in all divisions sponsored by Kelly’s Meat Market of Little Falls, NY with the racing action scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Divisions set to compete on Saturday include 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.

So, come and enjoy an evening of racing along the Mohawk River along with a delicious dinner from Denise’s Concession menu!

*MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED!

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Front Gate admission:

Adults: $11

Seniors (ages 65 and up): $9

Kids 11 and under FREE

Infield Drive-In:

$60 – Includes 4 Passes – Call 518-915-4395 or e-mail fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com

to reserve a spot.

Full Pit Access:

Member: $30

Non-Member: $35

This event will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

THIS WEEK’S FONDA SPEEDWAY HISTORY

Five years ago, the winners at Fonda on 6/20/2015 were Mark Kislowski (Modified), Dave Constantino (Crate 602 Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. (Street Stock), and Ken Hollenback (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Ten years ago, on 6/19/2010 the winners were Jim Davis (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Roy Fifield (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), Kevin Buff (IMCA), and John McAuliffe (Crate 602 Sportsman).

Fifteen years ago, on 6/18/2005 the event was rained out.

Twenty years ago on 6/17/2000 the winners were Mike Romano (Modified), Jim Davis (Open Sportsman), Steve Welch (Pro Stock), Dave Bayes (Street Stock “A” feature), and Jim Olsen (Street Stock “B” feature), and George Catanzano (IMCA).

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 Information for This Saturday, June 20

Fonda Speedway racing this Saturday (June 20). Enjoy dinner from Denise’s delicious concession menu and a show of auto racing along the Mohawk River at the Track of Champions.

Masks and social distancing required!

Gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps 6 p.m. Racing at 7 p.m.

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

Front Gate:
Adults: $11
Seniors (ages 65 and up): $9
Kids 11 and under FREE

Infield Drive-In:
$60 – Includes 4 Passes – Call 518.915.4395 or e-mail fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Full Pit Access:
Member: $30
Non-Member: $35

This event will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv)

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