BILL AG MEMORIAL MATCH RACE/HONDO CLASSIC NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/29/19

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Stewart Friesen, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Brian Gleason, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Michael Maresca, Scott Huber, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Bobby Varin, Danny Creeden, Korey Wilder, Brian Pessolano, Brandon Walters, Don Bellen, Dylan Scribner, Aaron Jacobs, Leo Fotopoulos Jr.

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Craig Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing) – 25-LAPS – MARK MORTENSEN, Adam McAuliffe, Tony Farone, Brian Calabrese, Joe Orlando, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, Joe Williams, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., JaMike Sowle, Aaron Burton, Jeremy Tuttle, Harry Shaffer, Tim Dwyer, Travis Green, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Josh DeMagistris, Kathy Bellen, Griffen Mansmith, Andrew Buff, Mike Jackson (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chad Edwards, Josh DeMagistris, Adam McAuliffe

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – RICH CHRISTMAN, EJ McAuliffe, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Michael McCallion, Bill Port, Dana Camenga, Steve Wagoner

14TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCKS FEATURE FINISH – 29-LAPS – JOSH COONRADT, Luke Horning, Justin Knight, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Jason Morrison, Kim Duell, Danny Ballard, AJ Walters, Shane Henderson, Jeff McPhail, Bill Knapp, Jim Normoyle, Frankie Twing, Andy Graves, Buck Gasner, John Roese, Ivan Joslin, Nick Stone, Cassidy Wilson, Adam Warner, Randy Cosselman

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – STEPHEN YOUNG, Zach Sorrentino, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Jason Samrov, Robert Wilmont, Josh Samrov, Justin Taylor

BILL AG MATCH RACE RESULTS – 2-LAP DASHES Money won in Parenthesis

Dave Constantino ($525) defeated David Schilling

Josh Hohenforst ($812.12) defeated Dave Constantino

Bobby Varin ($400) defeated Josh Hohenforst

Bobby Varin ($475) defeated Danny Varin

Stewart Friesen ($575) defeated Bobby Varin

Stewart Friesen ($1,200) defeated Rocky Warner

TWO SPECIAL EVENTS FOR A $5.00 ADMISSION PLUS RACING IN ALL DIVISIONS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 29 AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Continuing on the tradition of special events that has become a common occurrence in 2019 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway under the direction of the BD Motorsports Media management team of Brett Deyo and his staff, this Saturday, June 29 will be no different as not one but two special events are on the schedule along with racing in all divisions for an unbelievable admission price of only $5!

The 5th Annual Bill Ag Match Race event for the Sunoco Modifieds in Memory of the late Bill Anagnostopulos will take place at Fonda this Saturday along with the 15th Annual Hondo Classic for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in Memory of the late Hondo Carpenter.

Both events, unique in their own way, will be held along with a full schedule of racing for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks.

The entire racing program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be presented by School House Pools in Amsterdam, NY.

Bill Ag was a great friend to racing and to many of the drivers in the pit area at the Fonda Speedway. Proof of that is the racing memorabilia that he has on display in the Winners Circle Restaurant, just around the corner from the speedway. Bill also did a lot for my wife Bonnie and I, we actually had our wedding reception at his establishment 10 years ago.

The Hondo Classic is named for Hondo Carpenter, a popular competitor in the division who lost his life in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005. Each year dozens of supporters of this event contribute to the bonus money that is awarded along with the track purse. According to the competitors, the money is always welcome but the big draw to the event is the bragging rights.

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a four-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, & 2017 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson is a two-time winner in 2012 & 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), and Kenny Martin, Jr (2013) each have one win along with Burton.

Each year, the organizers Kelley & Kaitlyn Keefe are asked when the last “Hondo Classic” will be and they respond with “as long as there is interest from the racers and support from the sponsors, we will keep it going”. We still miss Hondo every day. He loved the pro stock division and so do we. I guess that means no end is in sight.”

My personal connection to Hondo was when I was without a job many years ago and he took me on as an employee at the glass company that he worked for at the time. He helped me out at the time I needed it most as he has done with many other people as well, both personally and in racing. It is surely something that I will never forget as we honor his memory again this Saturday.

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.

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:00 p.m.
Racing: 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $5.00
Seniors: (65 & above) $5.00
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
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check Out Their Page For Special Happenings!

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

5TH ANNUAL BILL AG MATCH RACE INFORMATION
Some News Regarding The Rescheduled Bill Ag Memorial Dash At Fonda, Scheduled For June 29th!

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race to Add Another Round

The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race was only able to get the Win And You’re In portion of the event completed before speedway officials cancelled the remainder of the show due to persistent rain.

Josh Hohenforst outdueled David Schilling to earn $200 and a spot in the Bill Ag Elimination Race. David Schilling took home $100 and will now be in the draw for drivers 6-10 in modified points to round out the field. It was decided that since the Elimination Race was started the top 10 in points as of Saturday June 15th would be locked in and eligible for the rescheduled event.

With the rescheduled date, it is anticipated that Stewart Friesen will now be in attendance June 29th. Since Josh Hohenforst raced his way into the event, race organizers have decided to add another round to the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race allowing 7 competitors to take part in the unique event. Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo has added $250 to the additional round and race organizers hope to increase the amount prior to the event.

UPDATE 6/26
Saturday June 29th The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race

Win and You’re In *Josh Hohenforst
Winner-$200 and In The Elimination Event
$100 Zach Dufel
$100 DirtTrackDigest

Loser-$100 DirtTrackDigest * David Schilling

Round 1- $525
$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski
$100 Parks Companies/Tadd Parks
$75 Jay DeTraglia
$50 In Memory of Wayne Hazzard
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Round 2- $737.12
$512.12 In Memory of “Featherfoot” Don Rose
Camp Can Opener
Pat Rose/Bill Rose/James Yesse/Brad Scanlon/Chris J Brown/Chris Kocjan
$100 Parks Companies/Tadd Parks
$75 Jay DeTraglia
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Round 3- $400
$250 Fonda Speedway
$100 Winner’s Circle Restaurant Staff
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Round 4- $475
$250 Harry and Shelly Shaffer
$100 Parks Companies/Tadd Parks
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
$75 Jay DeTraglia

Round 5- $525
$250 Swagger Factory Apparel/Michael Jackson
$100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
$100 Parks Companies/Tadd Parks
$75 Jay DeTraglia

Final Round- $1,200
$1,000 DirtTrackDigest
Mike Mallett/Gt Smith/George Smith
$100 Jay DeTraglia
$100 Parks Companies/Tadd Parks

$100 1st driver eliminated- Sheila Dornburg
$100 2nd driver eliminated- One Zee Tees
$100 3rd driver eliminated- Winner’s Circle Restaurant Staff
$100 4th driver eliminated- Mimi Lazzaro
$100 5th driver eliminated- Gary & Cindy Eckerson
$100 Final driver eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series/Laurie Fallis

Final Driver Chosen by Draw- $100 donated by Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin

Last Man Left (Last Driver Chosen for Final Round) $100 In Memory of Vern Wagoner- donated by Pat Rose

Fastest Elimination Race Lap- $100 donated by Larry Wrobel Sr.

1st Heat Race Winner- $100 One Zee Tees
2nd Heat Race Winner- $100 In Memory of Bill Ag
3rd Heat Race Winner- $100 In Memory of Bill Ag

7th Place Modified Feature- $100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
16th Place Modified Feature- $100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Modified Feature Hard Charger- $100
In Memory of Bill Ag

14TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC INFORMATION

Oversized Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Design/Jeff Karabin

BONUS Sponsor Amount Value
Winner Irwin & Sons Farm $125.00 $125.00
Winner Melissa Lazzaro $100.00 $100.00
Winner Bobco Racing Video DVD $20.00
Winner Karma Motorsports Magic Hat #9 Beer $15.00
2nd Place Bulldog Concrete $99.00 $99.00
2nd Place Super Suds Glenville $30.00 $30.00
2nd Place Karma Motorsports Magic Hat #9 Beer $15.00
3rd Place Edwards Food Service In Memory of Charlie Fox $100.00 $100.00
2nd Place Karma Motorsports Magic Hat #9 Beer $15.00
4th Place Larry Carpenter, Jr. $50.00 $50.00
4th Place Jay’s Landscaping, Tree and Lawn Care $25.00 $25.00
5th Place Jay’s Landscaping, Tree and Lawn Care $25.00 $25.00
6th Place Morrison Truck & Auto Repair $25.00 $25.00
7th Place Morrison Truck & Auto Repair $25.00 $25.00
8th Place Morrison Truck & Auto Repair $25.00 $25.00
9th Place Morrison Truck & Auto Repair $25.00 $25.00
9th Place Stone Motorsports $50.00 $50.00
10th Place Joslin Racing $25.00 $25.00
11th Place Joslin Racing $25.00 $25.00
12th Place Joslin Racing $25.00 $25.00
13th Place Haslun Racing $50.00 $50.00
14th Place Joslin Racing $25.00 $25.00 15th Place Ballard/VanWert Racing $51.00 $51.00
16th Place Rocky Warner In Memory of Don “The Silver Fox” Warner $40.00 $40.00
17th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
18th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
19th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
20th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
21st Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
22nd Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
23rd Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
24th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
25th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
26th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
27th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
28th Place Bobco Racing Video $9.00 $9.00
Heat Race 1 Winner J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00 $75.00
Heat Race 1 Winner Stone Motorsports $25 Gift Cert. $25.00
Heat Race 1 2nd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00 $50.00
Heat Race 1 3rd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00 $25.00
Heat Race 2 Winner J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00 $75.00
Heat Race 2 Winner Stone Motorsports $25 Gift Cert. $25.00
Heat Race 2 2nd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00 $50.00
Heat Race 2 3rd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00 $25.00
Heat Race 3 Winner J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00 $75.00
Heat Race 3 Winner Stone Motorsports $25 Gift Cert. $25.00
Heat Race 3 2nd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00 $50.00
Heat Race 3 3rd Place J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00 $25.00
Lap 1 Leader Mortensen Racing 1B Brett Mortensen & 1M Mark Mortensen $20.00 $20.00
Lap 2 Leader Dave Horning, Jr. & Sr. In Memory of Kim Horning $20.00 $20.00
Lap 2 Leader Fonda Safety Team $25.00 $25.00
Lap 2 Leader Stone Motorsports $25.00 $25.00
Lap 3 Leader Gates Racing Team $25.00 $25.00
Lap 3 Leader Dave Horning, Jr. & Sr. In Memory of Corey Dutcher $20.00 $20.00
Lap 4 Leader Bulldog Concrete $50.00 $50.00
Lap 5 Leader Gates Racing Team $25.00 $25.00
Lap 6 Leader Trinova, Inc. $40.00 $40.00
Lap 7 Leader Richard Parry $25.00 $25.00
Lap 7 Leader Stone Motorsports $25.00 $25.00

Lap 8 Leader Leeann Achzet In Memory of Fonda HOF Lee Achzet $81.00 $81.00
Lap 8 2nd Place Leeann Achzet $35.00 $35.00
Lap 9 Leader J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00 $50.00
Lap 9 Leader Stone Motorsports $25.00 $25.00
Lap 10 Leader NAPA Heavy Duty of Amsterdam $77.00 $77.00
Lap 11 Leader Friers Family In Memory of Steve Bidwell $61.00 $61.00
Lap 11 11th Place Friers Family In Memory of Steve Bidwell $50.00 $50.00
Lap 12 Leader Bulldog Concrete $50.00 $50.00
Lap 13 Leader Haslun Racing $50.00 $50.00
Lap 14 Leader Richard Parry $25.00 $25.00
Lap 15 Leader Stone Motorsports $25.00 $25.00
Lap 16 Leader Matt & Chrissy Galusha In Memory of Poppa Ray Galusha $23.00 $23.00
Lap 17 Leader Dave Horning, Jr. & Sr. In Memory of Chris Polenski & Hondo $20.00 $20.00
Lap 17 Leader Super Suds Glenville $20.00 $20.00
Lap 18 Leader Trish & Jay Ingersoll In Memory of Max Phillips $25.00 $25.00
Lap 19 Leader Tom Czaban $25.00 $25.00
Lap 20 Leader Dave Horning Jr. & Sr. In Memory of Tim Sullivan & Mark Horning $20.00 $20.00
Lap 21 Leader Smith’s Plowing & Hauling $30.00 $30.00
Lap 22 Leader Casey Racing $25.00 $25.00
Lap 23 Leader Fox 23 Fast Track Alumni $23.00 $23.00
Lap 24 Leader Casey Racing $25.00 $25.00
Lap 25 Leader Kelley Keefe In memory of Brian Goss, Jr. $20.00 $20.00
Lap 26 Leader Aaron Burton $26.00 $26.00
Lap 27 Leader Frank’s Heavy Duty $77.00 $77.00
Lap 28 Leader Mortensen Racing 1B Brett Mortensen & 1M Mark Mortensen $25.00 $25.00
Lap 29 Leader Dumblewski Racing $77.00 $77.00
Hondo’s Lunch
Last Place Finisher Joe Achzet $25.00 $25.00
Hard Luck Stone Motorsports $50.00 $50.00
Fastest Time Ed Lamberton’s Wheel People Show $99.00 $99.00
1st NYSSCA Member NYSSCA In Memory of Jim Langenback $54.00 $54.00
2nd NYSSCA Member NYSSCA $50.00 $50.00
3rd NYSSCA Member NYSSCA $50.00 $50.00
Each Driver Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour $5.00 $150.00
Total Prize Values $3,386.00
Thanks to Scott Govertson of GFAB Graphix for donating the screen charges and $250 towards our shirts, for the drivers and to Ed Lamberton for donating $100 as well.
Thanks to The Buckley Family for supplying our goodie bags for each driver.
Thanks to Joe Achzet for designing our Commemorative Victory Lane sign.
Thanks to Kelly’s Pharmacy in Greenville and Coxsackie for donating our trophies for the top three finishers.

WARNER SCORES AN EMOTIONAL WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Race car drivers wear their emotions on their sleeves. It could be their first career victory or any victory at a historical place like Fonda, their first track championship, or a special win dedicated to a friend. That was the case Saturday evening at Fonda after Rocky Warner scored his third win of the season and the fourth of his career at Fonda in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event.

Just as Mimi Lazzaro was completing her interview with Warner in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane, Rocky had one more thing to say to complete his interview, “This one is for Jason Morrison.” Morrison was a longtime friend of Warner’s, from back in their high school days together right up to the present time, who passed away recently. Definitely an emotional moment for Warner and for everyone at the track on Saturday evening who witnessed it.

Other winners on Graduation Night/Jack Cottrell Classic Night at Fonda included Tim Hartman Jr. (Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco racing), EJ McAuliffe (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Best of 8 Series presented by American Racer), Jason Samrov (Trackside Body Works Street Stocks), and Josh Samrov (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Also in competition were the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who honored Jack Cottrell on Saturday evening at Fonda with the running of the Jack Cottrell Classic event. The winners in the different Vintage categories were John Flach (Vintage Modified), Bryon Seyfried (Vintage Sportsman), Frank Blanchard (Vintage Antique), and John Roese (Vintage Late Model).

Cottrell was honored on victory lane by the MVVDMS coordinator Laurie Fallis along with Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo.

“I retired in 2004,” Cottrell told the big crowd on hand at the “Track of Champions”. “It was hard not to keep racing but eventually your body gives out on you and you can’t compete to the level that you used to. I raced with a lot of good guys, Lou (Lazzaro), Dave (Lape), Jack (Johnson), the Dalmata’s, I raced for 34 years and drove cars of that quality (speaking of the Vintage cars safety aspect) and I’m still here as the cars fortunately are not like that anymore.”

Matt Noles was next to honor Cottrell on victory lane announcing that Cottrell was an inductee into the 2019 Class for the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame.

Linda Brill-McDonald gave the invocation for opening race ceremonies before Stephanie May did a great rendition of the National Anthem. High School graduates were awarded $5 gift cards to the concession stands as the Fonda Speedway management honored them as well on Saturday evening.

Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo filled in as a guest announcer in the absence of Paul Szmal and he along with Jay Severson did a great job keeping the crowd entertained. The 50/50 was worth $2,947 to a lucky person on Saturday evening.

Scott Huber led from the outside pole starting position in the Sunoco Modified 30-lap main event with front row starting mate Pep Corradi second. Defending track champion Bobby Varin was on the move early from his ninth place starting position, getting by Jessica Friesen for a spot in the top five on lap three.

Huber was out to a half straightaway advantage on lap seven when all of a sudden he had issues getting into the turns at speed as each time his car almost slowed to a stop. Corradi took over the lead from Huber on lap nine with Huber forced to retire from the event four laps later. Rocky Warner started the event in the 11th position and by lap 14 was in the fourth spot after getting by Steve Akers for the position.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Corradi, Darwin Greene, Varin, Warner, and Akers. Corradi was out to a straightaway advantage on lap 16 with Warner picking off cars one by one, getting by both Varin and Greene for the second spot by lap 19. The yellow flag took away the big lead that Corradi had built up when Korey Wilder slowed in turn two with 10 laps to go.

Warner made the best of the restart as he took the lead away and immediately stretched out his advantage leaving the race for the second position as one to watch between four drivers, Corradi, Varin, Friesen, and 10th place starter Matt DeLorenzo. Warner went on for his third win of the 2019 season in the Jake Spraker Used cars #1J Teo car over Corradi who drove a great race to hold on to the second position, Varin, Friesen, and DeLorenzo.

“It was a lot of fun out there but I decided that I had to try something different during the race as it was starting out to be a follow the leader type race,” Warner said in victory lane. “So I stepped to the outside in turns one and two but when the bottom started taking rubber I moved back down there and went on to the win.”

The $1,000 to win (thanks to Eric Orozco racing) Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature started with Dan Santabarbara as the early race leader with eighth place starter Tim Hartman Jr. somehow getting up to the fourth position by the time the field reached turn one. Hartman made quick work of both Nick Scavia and JaMike Sowle and was sitting in the second position by the time lap four was scored.

Coming out of turn four to complete lap eight, Hartman went around the outside of Santabarbara for the lead and pulled away from that point on leaving all the other drivers racing for the second position. Two consecutive yellow flags on lap eight saw many drivers going to the hot pit area for repairs but most were able to continue on at the rear of the field on the single file restart.

Lap traffic slowed the leader on lap 18, but it didn’t matter as he had a straightaway lead already built up. Santabarbara, Adam McAuliffe, and Nick Scavia battled throughout the closing laps for the second position as Hartman went on to his third win of the season and the seventh of his career in the division over Santabarbara, Scavia, McAuliffe, and Brian Borst.

“It seems as though whenever Rocky wins the Modified feature I am able to win our feature so I wish him continued success,” Hartman said in victory lane after exiting the Parillo Services #22 car. “We made changes just before the feature, when the cars were going out on to the track we were still on the jack.”

Brendan Gibbons started the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature from the third position but at the completion of lap one he was the race leader. First to challenge Gibbons for the lead was ninth place starter Rich Christman who raced side by side with Gibbons on lap for the lead on lap five with Gibbons able to hold on to the spot.

EJ McAuliffe started the event in the fifth position and on lap six got by Christman for the second spot. On the same lap, McAuliffe was able to also get by Gibbons for the lead and from there he went on to his fourth win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division over Christman, Gibbons, John Young, and 11th place starter Tucker O’Connor.

By far the most exciting race of the evening was the $800 to win, Algonkin Motel (Best of 8 Series event sponsored by American Racer Tires) Pro Stock feature event. Two different drivers led lap one, Buck Gasner at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag but John Roese as lap one was completed as they raced three wide with Cassidy Wilson for the lead coming out of turn four.

Cassidy Wilson got by Roese for the lead on lap two with Nick Stone also getting by Roese for the second spot. Stone was the new race leader on lap five after getting by Wilson for the spot with 12th place starter Luke Horning also getting by Wilson for the second spot. On the inside of turn four on lap seven, Horning took the race lead away from Stone as Josh Coonradt was now the new second place car on lap 10 after starting seventh.

Horning and Coonradt were side by side for the lead on lap 14 with Horning able to hang on to the position. Kenny Gates started the 20-lap event in the ninth position and was the new second place car with two laps to go after getting by Coonradt. Gates caught the leading car of Horning on the final lap with an epic battle resulting as the two raced to the checkered flag.

Gates was able to sneak by Horning for the lead in turn three on the final lap but Horning found some grip coming out of turn four as the two drivers drag raced side by side to the checkered flag. Horning was able to nose out Gates for his fifth win of the 2019 season and the 19th of his career in the division over Gates, Coonradt, Stone, and eighth place starter Chuck Dumblewski.

“I really didn’t mean to make things that exciting,” Horning said. “I thought that the top was the place to be but Gates proved that wrong. He got into turn three so hard and was able to get by me but I got back ahold of the outside in turn four and we drag raced to the win.”

Cliff Haslun led the 15-lap Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature at the start with Stephen Young second after starting sixth. On lap four, Jason Samrov took the second position away from Young with the yellow out on lap four for Young who suffered a right front flat tire. Young pitted for a new tire and restarted at the rear of the field.

On the restart Haslun got sideways in turn four allowing Samrov to get the lead away with Michael Arnold now in second. One more yellow flag slowed the field but Samrov was able to go on to his second consecutive win over Arnold, Young, Haslun, and Justin Taylor.

Fifth place starter Cole Lawton jumped up to the lead position at the start of the 12-lap Four Cylinder Cruiser feature and led up to lap seven when Josh Samrov took the lead away on the inside of turns three and four. Samrov went on to the win but was disqualified in post-race inspection giving the win to Lawton with John Napoli, Wayne Russell, TJ Marlitt, and Ken Hollenbeck completing the top five.

Next Saturday, June 29 School House Pools presents a very special racing program featuring a $5 admission price. On the racing card will be the 14th Annual Hondo Classic event for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks along with the rain delayed Bill Ag Memorial Match races for the Sunoco Modifieds. All other divisions will also be in action except for the Four Cylinder Cruisers. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Jessica Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, David Schilling, Steve Akers, Craig Hanson, Cody Bleau, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Danny Varin, Brian Gleason, Dave Constantino, Vinny Sanganetti, Brian Pessolano, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Don Bellen, Korey Wilder, Dylan Scribner, JR Hurlburt, Elmo Reckner, Mike Kolka, Scott Huber, Aaron Jacobs

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Bleau, Scott Huber, Michael Maresca

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing) – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Dan Santabarbara, Nick Scavia, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tony Farone, Jeremiah Munson, Joe Orlando, Brian Calabrese, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tuttle, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Kathy Bellen, Mike Jackson, Griffen Mansmith, Mark Mortensen, Jason Armstrong, Aaron Burton, Andrew Buff, Josh DeMagistris, Travis Greene, Kurtis Hohensheldt

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Brendan Gibbons, John Young, Tucker O’Connor, Brett Mortensen, Steve Wagoner, Alan Hanson, Michael McCallion, Bill Port, Dylan Eldred

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (BEST OF 8 SERIES PRESENTED BY AMERICAN RACER) – 20-LAPS – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Cassidy Wilson, Beau Ballard, Jeff McPhail, Jason Morrison, John Roese, Randy Cosselman, Justin Knight, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, Buck Gasner, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Alicia Hughes

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JASON SAMROV, Michael Arnold, Stephen Young, Cliff Haslun, Justin Taylor

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – COLE LAWTON, John Napoli, Wayne Russell, TJ Marlitt, Ken Hollenback, Riley Pedrick, Jim Daniels, Josh Samrov (DQ)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Tony Kamberelis, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardon, Alan McDonald, Tim Warner, Larry Hoyt (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JOHN FLACH, BRYON SEYFRIED, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Rob Sanford, John Constantino, Stanley Wetmore, Carl Cram, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE, Malcum Warner, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Doug Atkins, Ed Lawrence, John Atkins, Tex Gorden, Scott Gathier, Phil Barkins, Mike Hotaling

GRADUATION/JACK COTTRELL NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/22/2019

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Jessica Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, David Schilling, Steve Akers, Craig Hanson, Cody Bleau, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Danny Varin, Brian Gleason, Dave Constantino, Vinny Sanganetti, Brian Pessolano, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Don Bellen, Korey Wilder, Dylan Scribner, JR Hurlburt, Elmo Reckner, Mike Kolka, Scott Huber, Aaron Jacobs

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Bleau, Scott Huber, Michael Maresca

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing) – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Dan Santabarbara, Nick Scavia, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tony Farone, Jeremiah Munson, Joe Orlando, Brian Calabrese, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tuttle, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Kathy Bellen, Mike Jackson, Griffen Mansmith, Mark Mortensen, Jason Armstrong, Aaron Burton, Andrew Buff, Josh DeMagistris, Travis Greene, Kurtis Hohensheldt

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Brendan Gibbons, John Young, Tucker O’Connor, Brett Mortensen, Steve Wagoner, Alan Hanson, Michael McCallion, Bill Port, Dylan Eldred

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (BEST OF 8 SERIES PRESENTED BY AMERICAN RACER) – 20-LAPS – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Cassidy Wilson, Beau Ballard, Jeff McPhail, Jason Morrison, John Roese, Randy Cosselman, Justin Knight, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, Buck Gasner, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Alicia Hughes

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JASON SAMROV, Michael Arnold, Stephen Young, Cliff Haslun, Justin Taylor

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – COLE LAWTON, John Napoli, Wayne Russell, TJ Marlitt, Ken Hollenback, Riley Pedrick, Jim Daniels, Josh Samrov (DQ)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Tony Kamberelis, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardon, Alan McDonald, Tim Warner, Larry Hoyt (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JOHN FLACH, BRYON SEYFRIED, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Rob Sanford, John Constantino, Stanley Wetmore, Carl Cram, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE, Malcum Warner, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Doug Atkins, Ed Lawrence, John Atkins, Tex Gorden, Scott Gathier, Phil Barkins, Mike Hotaling

 

FONDA 200 ADVANCE TICKETS – PHONE ORDER HOURS

We know you are all anxious to get your seats for the $53,000 To Win Fonda 200 September 26-28! With that said, we are offering the opportunity to purchase three-day reserved seats by phone ($62 per seat) at 518.915.4395 during the following hours ONLY. You can also stop by the speedway Gate 2 to purchase tickets in-person during the same hours ONLY.

Friday, June 21: 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please review the following seating charts to pick your seats!

Red Section

White Section

Blue Section

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS “GRADUATION NIGHT” ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22 – MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES TO HONOR THE “ROCK CITY FALLS ROCKET” JACK COTTRELL

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Another special racing program will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway this Saturday, June 22 when track management honors the Class of 2019 on “Graduation Night” in recognition of the 2019 High School Graduates.

On the racing card, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (a Best of 8 Series event presented by American Racer Tire), the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, the Four Cylinder Cruisers, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

This will also be a special night for the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series and for one former competitor at the Fonda Speedway, the “Rock City Falls Rocket” Jack Cottrell as the MVVDMS honors Cottrell with the “Jack Cottrell Classic”.

Cottrell will be on hand to sign autographs at the Fonda Speedway Museum at 3:30 p.m. and will be signing a truly unique poster of different times during his racing career, which was created by Jack’s wife Debbie Cottrell.

There will be a special presentation made to Cottrell on Checkerboard Square before the nights racing activities begin and he will be pacing the MVVDMS field to the green flag for the start of their feature events. He will also be presenting trophies to all the Vintage Series winners after their feature events are completed.

Cottrell himself visited the “Checkerboard Square” at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a total of 14 times, 11 times in a Late Model type car and three times in a Modified with his first career win in the Modified coming on 9/26/1981 and his final win in the division coming on 4/17/1999. He also has two Track Championships at the Fonda Speedway during his racing career, one in the Late Model division in 1979 and one in the 358-Modified division in 1999.

For more information about the racing career of the “Rock City Falls Rocket” Jack Cottrell, you can go to the Race Pro Weekly website www.raceproweekly.com and read the great story written by Laurie Fallis. The story is also available on the Race Pro Weekly Facebook page.

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:00 p.m.
Racing 7:00 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
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check out Their Page for Special Happenings!

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 RAINED OUT FOR SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019

Fonda Speedway management tried numerous times to run the track in and get the racing program going only to have the rain come in again and again. Shortly after 8:00 p.m. the rain came in one more time just after the first Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat race was won by Cassidy Wilson forcing the cancellation.

Grandstand wristbands can be used for one of the next four $11 shows. Pit wristbands may be used for one of the next four events.

FONDA 200 WEEKEND RESERVED CAMPING NOW AVAILABLE!

FONDA 200 WEEKEND RESERVED CAMPING NOW AVAILABLE!
 
Reserved camping is now available for the Fonda 200 weekend Thursday-Saturday September 26, 2019. Please see attached form and map for camping options!  We are the in very late stages of finalizing our Advance Ticket platform with Etix and tickets will be available soon (and posted both here and on our website).
 
 

FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 15

This Saturday, June 15 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the first 100 dad’s through the gates will receive a general admission ticket to the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team.

The Amsterdam Mohawks are a collegiate summer baseball team that competes in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. They play their home games at the Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, NY and they have won the League Championship eight times since 2003!

On Tuesday July 30, the Amsterdam Mohawks will be having their NASCAR Night at Shuttleworth Park. Drivers from the Fonda Speedway will have their cars on display and will be signing autographs prior to the game. So please come out and support both the Amsterdam Mohawks and the Fonda Speedway!

BILL AG MEMORIAL MATCH RACES HIGHLIGHT A FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND RACING PROGRAM AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, June 15 at the Fonda Speedway, The Bill Ag Elimination Match Race event for the Sunoco Modifieds will be held at the “Track of Champions”. This event is held in honor of the late Bill Anagnostopulos who was the owner of the Winners Circle, which is a restaurant in Fonda, NY that is located just around the corner from the speedway, where many drivers and fans frequent after the races on Saturday evenings.

Bill was a great friend to racing and sponsored many drivers at the speedway through the years. On a typical Saturday evening, he would get away from the restaurant to attend the races at Fonda where he had many friends in both the pit area and the grandstands.

On the racing card at Fonda on Saturday, June 15 will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks.

In honor of Father’s Day, there will also be Father’s Day giveaways with the racing action set to start at 7:00 p.m.

The Bill Ag Memorial Match race event for the Sunoco Modifieds has a unique format to it every year and was the idea of Dirt Track Digest’s own Mike Mallett, George Smith, GT Smith, and Scott Friers. Different sponsors come on board to support the event, which offers a great payout to the participating drivers.

Last year, Bobby Varin and Tim Fuller were the first two drivers to compete against each other in the event with Fuller taking the victory. One by one after that Fuller disposed of the remaining four other drivers and collected a total of $2424.24 for a total of only 10-laps! Fuller had lane choice for every race except for the last one against Hohenforst but was still able to get out front at the drop of the green flag for the big money event.

Bill Anagnastopulos Jr. presented the winning check to Fuller who had this to say to Mike Mallett in victory lane: “When Josh (Hohenforst) got lane choice for the last race I thought that I was in trouble, I was real concerned because he is fast here at Fonda on a heavy track. This event is a little different, it has a lot of pizzazz, and racing needs more of that.”

The Fifth Annual Bill Ag Memorial Match Race event has a list of eligible drivers, kind of. The top five in the Sunoco Modified point standings are automatically in the Elimination Race with one driver chosen from positions six through 10 in points. There’s just one issue, third place driver in points Stewart Friesen will be unable to compete due to competing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race at the Iowa Speedway on Saturday.

With Friesen unable to compete, it’s been decided to take the sixth place driver in points to fill the first five drivers. One problem, two drivers are tied for sixth place in points, Josh Hohenforst and David Schilling both with 306 points. In true Elimination Race fashion, Hohenforst and Schilling will have a two lap race with the winner going to the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race and the loser going to the draw for the sixth through tenth spot in points to round out the Elimination Race.

The two-lap dash will be done right after Sunoco Modified hot laps, so the elimination draw can be set. Both drivers will receive a $100.00 for the two-lap dash. The loser of the dash could find themselves out of the event but Bill Ag would have loved this. Locked in drivers for the event include Rocky Warner, Bobby Varin, Stewart Friesen who will miss the event due to the Gander Outdoor Truck race in Iowa, Danny Varin, and Dave Constantino.

Drivers eligible via the draw include Josh Hohenforst/David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, and Michael Maresca.

SPONSORS & PRIZES AVAILABLE FOR THE BILL AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACE EVENT:

Win and You’re In
Winner-$200 and In the Elimination Event
$100 Zach Dufel
$100 Dirt Track Digest

Loser-$100 Dirt Track Digest

Round 1- $425
$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski
$75 Jay DeTraglia
$50 In Memory of Wayne Hazzard
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Round 2- $637.12
$512.12 In Memory of “Featherfoot” Don Rose
Camp Can Opener
Pat Rose/Bill Rose/James Yesse/Brad Scanlon/Chris J Brown/Chris Kocjan
$75 Jay DeTraglia
$50 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Round 3- $425
$250 Harry and Shelly Shaffer
$100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
$75 Jay DeTraglia

Round 4- $425
$250 Swagger Factory Apparel/Michael Jackson
$100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
$75 Jay DeTraglia

Final Round- $1,100
$1,000 Dirt Track Digest
Mike Mallett/Gt Smith/George Smith
$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 1st driver eliminated- Sheila Dornburg
$100 2nd driver eliminated- One Zee Tees
$100 3rd driver eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson
$100 4th driver eliminated- Mimi Lazzaro
$100 Final driver eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series/Laurie Fallis

Final Driver Chosen by Draw- $100 donated by Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin

Last Man Left (Last Driver Chosen for Final Round) $100 In Memory of Vern Wagoner- donated by Pat Rose

Fastest Elimination Race Lap- $100 donated by Larry Wrobel Sr.

1st Heat Race Winner- $100 One Zee Tees
2nd Heat Race Winner- $100 In Memory of Bill Ag
3rd Heat Race Winner- $100 In Memory of Bill Ag

7th Place Modified Feature- $100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos
16th Place Modified Feature- $100 Chrissy Anagnostopulos

Modified Feature Hard Charger- $100
In Memory of Bill Ag

Oversized Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Design/Jeff Karabin

RACE DAY INFORMATION:
Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:00 p.m.
Racing 7:00 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
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check Out Their Page For Special Happenings!

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

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.

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