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Fonda Speedway To Open This Weekend for Two Days of Racing

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Usually “Opening Day” for the season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway consists of a single racing program with all divisions in competition, but this year it will be known as the “Opening Weekend” of racing with two days of competition scheduled with all divisions in action during the weekend stretch.

After a two month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic putting the area “On Pause”, Fonda Speedway will open its gates for the 69th consecutive year of competition with two days of racing on Saturday June 13 and Sunday, June 14. It will be the latest start to the season in Fonda Speedway history.

On Saturday, June 13 the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will be competing in a 25 lap, $1,000 to win feature event while the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will compete in a 20-lap, $800 to win event. The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds will also compete in heats and feature events and there will be practice for any division looking for additional track time.

Gates on Saturday will open at 3:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Pit admission will be $30 for a member and $35 for a non-member.

Then on Sunday, June 14 the Sunoco Modifieds will compete in a 30-lap event paying $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th, and $250 to start the event. Also on the racing card will be the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks in a 15-lap $200 to win feature event, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman will compete in a 15-lap event, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers will compete in a 15-lap event with single and dual cam winners being recognized.

Gates will open on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. with pit admission $30 for a member and $35 for a non-member.

*Grandstand gates will be closed both nights due to New York State Regulations but both Saturday and Sunday events will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv)

There will be a draw for starting positions and points will begin in all classes. Full purses can be seen on the Fonda Speedway website www.thefondaspeedway.com

In opening day events at Fonda held over the last 68 years, Jack Johnson leads the way with eight opening day victories in 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994. Following close behind with seven opening day wins is Lou Lazzaro who won events in 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1977, and 1978.

Two drivers have taken home five opening day wins as Dave Lape (1981, 1984, 1989, 1993, and 1995) and Pete Corey (1955, 1956, 1959, 1962, and 1967) both accomplished the feat. Jeff Trombley has four opening day victories in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2002 while Bobby Varin (2001, 2005, and 2010), and Stewart Friesen (2015, 2016, 2018) both have three wins. Jim Luke (1954, 1957), C.D. Coville (1979, 1980), Danny Johnson (1990, 2007), Pat Ward (1996, 2009), Stewart Friesen (2015, 2016), and Matt Sheppard (2014,2019) all have two wins apiece.

Drivers who have one victory in opening day events at Fonda are Buddy Shuman (1948), Chuck Kotwica (1953), Irv Taylor (1958), Bill Wimble (1960), Tom Kotary (1961), Ken Shoemaker (1965), Don Wayman (1968), Rene Charland (1970), Maynard Forrette (1973), Dave Pelczar (1974), Pep Pepicelli (1975), Jimmy Horton (1985), Bob McCreadie (1986), Mike Romano (1987), Dave Camara (1998), Brett Hearn (2003), Tim McCreadie (2004), Mitch Gibbs (2006), Ronnie Johnson (2011), Mike Mahaney (2012), and Justin Boehler (2017).

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.

BRINGING FONDA’S RICH HISTORY BACK TO LIFE! Race day Information Center

April 19, 2019 (Fonda, New York)

Fonda Speedway, ITS TIME!

After what has seemed like an eternity leading up to this night, the Fonda Speedway Season Opener is just hours away! Final preparations are being made this evening by the Fonda team as they prepare for the biggest season in the history of ‘Track of Champions’!

BRINGING FONDA’S RICH HISTORY BACK TO LIFE!

Race day Information Center

Divisions:
Sunoco Racing Modifieds ($4,000 To Win)
602 Sportsman ($1,000 To Win Thanks to Eric Orozco Racing)
Pro-Stock (Best of 8 Series)
Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Limited Sportsman
Trackside Body Works Street Stocks

Times:
Gates Open: 3:30 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m.
Racing: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $11.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $9.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30.00
Pit Entry W/O License: $35.00
Parking in Speedway Lot: FREE

Concession Stands & Beer Booth Open

Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand: Brand new Fonda Speedway available for purchase.

Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum
Opens @ 3:30 pm
Meet & Greet with 2018 Track Champions Bobby Varin (Modified), Chad Edwards (602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro-Stocks). (Starting @ 4:00PM)
Admission to The Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE

Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

Fonda Speedway Season Opener Saturday April 20th

The 2019 season kicks off with a bang at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday April 20th!

Under the new direction of Brett Deyo & BD Motorsports Media LLC, the ‘Track of Champions’ has put together a fantastic opening night for what will be a historic season at the famed 1/2 mile in Montgomery County, NY!

On The Racing Card:
Sunoco Modifieds ($4,000 to win)
602 Sportsman ($1,000 To Win Thanks To Eric Orozco Racing)
Pro-Stock (Best of 8 Series)
Limited Sportsman
Street Stocks

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 3:30 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m.
Racing: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $11.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $9.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30.00
Pit Entry W/O License: $35.00
Parking In Speedway Lot: FREE

Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

It’s OPEN PRACTICE Day at Fonda Speedway

Pit Admission: $25 (Non-Members) or $20 (Fonda Members)
Kids (ages 6-13): $10
Children 5 and under: $2

Grandstand Admission is FREE

Concession Stands OPEN in Pit Area & Grandstand

Elmo’s Speed & Supply will have parts and American Racer Tires available

Sunoco Race Fuels will be available

All remaining pit licenses and passes that have not been mailed will be at the Pit Gate.

Season Passes will be on sale.

The Novelty Stand will be open under the main grandstand.

FONDA SPEEDWAY OPEN PRACTICE ORDER OF EVENTS – SATURDAY, April 13, 2019

2 p.m. – Gates Open (Safety Inspection begins)

3:40 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting

3:55 p.m. – All cars to track followed by Rounds of Practice
Pro Stock
Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Trackside Body Works Street Stock
Crate 602 Sportsman
Sunoco Modified
Cruiser
Vintage Modified
Sprint Car
Misc. Division

Rotate the order through 7 p.m. One-Way Radio WILL BE ON: 454.000 – AMB Transponders WILL BE ON

Fonda Speedway Hosts Successful Staff Meetings; Open Practice April 13

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – On Saturday afternoon April 6, Fonda Speedway management held a staff meeting for employees of the track for the 2019-racing season. Heather Deyo and Denise Page held separate meetings for employees of certain areas of the speedway while Brett Deyo and Jamie Page held a meeting in the Fair Board office at the entrance of the fairgrounds for the remaining employees who were present.

“History keeps the Track of Champions what it is today,” Brett Deyo said during the meeting. “We need to get the people back in the seats here at Fonda, the ones that used to come here on Saturday nights, but now for whatever reason have decided to stay away. We are going to do this with a gotta get it done approach which will feature an efficiently run racing program on Saturday evenings.”

The season gets started at Fonda on Saturday, April 13 with an Open Practice session with gates opening at 2:00 p.m. and warm-ups from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The first actual race of the season will take place the following Saturday, April 20.

The Sunoco Modifieds will kick off the historic 2019 racing season at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, April 20 with some serious cash on the line. The opening night winner will take home a $4,000 paycheck! While the stars and cars compete for some big cash on Opening Night, the fans can enjoy this race unfold before their eyes for NO EXTRA ADMISSION COST! That’s right; Adult Grandstand Admission will remain at $11, Seniors 65-plus stay at $9.00 and Kids 11 & under are FREE!

Also on the April 20 Racing Card will be the Sunoco Modifieds ($4,000 To Win!), 602 Sportsman ($1,000 To Win Thanks To Eric Orozco Racing), Pro-Stock (Best of 8 Series), Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks.

April events will have front gates opening at 3:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. All other Saturday racing programs through the summer will have gates opening at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The order of events during the racing program on Saturdays at Fonda in 2019 will have a weekly drivers meeting in the pit area before hot laps; the National Anthem after the hot laps; heat races for Pro Stocks, 602 Sportsman, and Modifieds in that order; features for the Street Stocks, Limited Sportsman, Cruisers, and Vintage cars; consolation races if necessary; a group victory lane for the winners of the Street Stock, Limited Sportsman, Cruisers, and Vintage features; followed by the Pro Stock, Modified, and 602 Sportsman features with a separate victory lane for each of those divisions. The 50/50 winner will be drawn after the Modified feature.

“Brett and I will be going around the pit area and the grandstands meeting the drivers and the fans and thanking them for coming to the Fonda Speedway,” Jamie Page said. “We also want to give the drivers exposure to the fans and sponsors by opening up the pit area after the races.”

Some new things at Fonda for 2019 will be the Sunoco Race Fuels Start Zone, similar to what NASCAR is doing which gains some exposure for the sponsor Sunoco, and the Race Clean Save Some Green program where if the Street Stock feature stays green for the entire feature event without any cautions the drivers will be admitted into the pit area the following week for free! There will also be a Social Media Policy in place along with rules in the pit area regarding altercations in the pits, which will all be gone over during the drivers meeting on opening day.

“Social media can be the greatest or the worst thing for Fonda,” Brett Deyo said. “We want to keep a positive attitude here at Fonda and we want Fonda to be “The Saturday Night Race Track”.

With race dates changing in format at a couple of area tracks, there is now no conflict for the Fonda 200 in September.

“The 200 is our showcase and my plan is to keep everything looking clean here at Fonda,” Brett Deyo said. “Appearance is a big thing to me, racing here at Fonda is a presentation, and I plan to have all of our vehicles match and keep the overall appearance of the Fairgrounds high on my priority list.”

“We are in this because we enjoy doing it and plan on having fun at it even with all of the hard work that is involved,” Jamie Page said. “And there will be no yelling here, we will be happy to talk to anyone at any time but that’s what it will be, talk not yell.”

“My plan is to stay on track and worry about Fonda,” Brett Deyo said. “I am not going to worry about what other tracks or other organizations are doing, my focus is on the Fonda Speedway.”

The list of sponsors who have come on board with the “Track of Champions” for 2019 includes the following in no particular order: BD Motorsports Media LLC, Eric Orozco, American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Racing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco, Sunoco Race Fuels Bruce-Insinger of Insinger Performance, Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fuccillo Automotive Group, John Lakata, Autism Awareness, Corr Pak Merchandising, One Zee Tees, Greco’s Auto & Truck Parts NAPA, Trackside Body Works, BBL Construction Services, Recovery Room Sports Grill, Palmer’s Service Center, Bill Lake Homes, Montgomery County Office for the Aging, Benjamin Moore Paints, DKM Fabrication, MW Roosevelt & Sons, Roosevelt Towing & Recovery, Teo Pro Car, Montgomery County Championships, Mav-TV, Make A Wish, and School House Pools!

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.