Dirt Track Digest TV Coming Home to Broadcast Weekly Action from the Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz only finds her way back home after repeating the phrase, ‘there’s no place like home.’

The Fonda Speedway was the home track to all three of the current owners of Dirt Track Digest.  Current owner George Smith continues to call Fonda home on Saturday night’s while co-owners GT Smith and Mike Mallett continue to look forward each chance they get to visit the Track of Champions.

In 2020, Dirt Track Digest TV is making its way home.

While in negotiations to broadcast the Short Track Super Series with BD Motorsports Media owner Brett Deyo, a deal was also reached to bring Fonda Speedway action to the weekly pay-per-view line-up.

“I grew up at Fonda Speedway,” commented DTD co-owner GT Smith.  “I live in Florida now, but Fonda Speedway will always be my home.  I spent all of my Saturday nights as a kid at Fonda until my early 20’s.  I couldn’t be happier to make a deal with Brett Deyo to bring Fonda Speedway to more people.”

In 2019, Dirt Track Digest TV broadcast a handful of races from the Track of Champions including the season opener, the Firecracker 50 as well as the season ending Fonda 200 weekend.  Dirt Track Digest partner FLX Media Group also produced the Firecracker event for broadcast across the country on MAV-TV. As a result of the success of those events, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo showed interest in adding more events to the 2020 schedule.  DTD TV was happy to oblige.

“Fonda Speedway has some of the best racing around,” said Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo.  “We have great crowds every week, but we aren’t satisfied with that. We want people from all over the country to be able to watch the phenomenal racing when they can’t be here with us.”

The first broadcast of 2020 at the Fonda Speedway is slated for April 18 with the season opener before April 25 the Modified division races for $8,000 to win on April 25.  Fonda 200 weekend is again slated for September with racing on the 18th and 19th of the month with the $53,000 200-lap finale taking center stage on the 19th.

Full 2020 Fonda Speedway broadcast schedule:

April 18 – Season Opener: complete program

April 25 – Fonda Loyalty Night – $8,000-to-win Sunoco Modifieds – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 2 – Complete Program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – $1,000-to-win Pro Stock

May 9 – Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Flowers & Giveaways for Moms in Attendance!

May 16 – Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night: Sunoco Modifieds: 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus other bonuses – $4 off admission with Lou Lazzaro tee-shirt

May 23 M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery Dave Lape Tribute Night: Sunoco Modified Twin 22s – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 30 Yurkewecz Auto Crushers NightComplete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (rain date for Dollar Night) – Regional Animal Shelter Benefit

June 6 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear $5 Night$5 Grandstand Admission & NYSCCA Safety Night Pro Stock Hondo Classic – Complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Meet & Greet Night

June 13 – A-Verdi Storage Containers Hall of Fame Night – A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars Earl Halaquist Memorial – complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

June 20 Kelly’s Meat Market Night – Bill Ag Tribute Modified Elimination Races – Giveaways for Dads in Attendance!

June 27 – School House Pools Night – Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars (first time ever) – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

Wednesday, July 1 – Fuccillo Automotive Group Firecracker 50: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $2,000 to win

July 4 – Red, White & Blue Special: Fireworks Extravaganza – Dollar Dog Night – Complete program, $1,776-to-win Pro Stocks plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

July 11 – Sampson Motorcar/Yellow Transportation Night – complete program, $1,000-to-win Pro Stocks plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

July 18 – One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night – Sunoco Modified Twin 20s plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

July 25 – Complete program plus CRSA Sprint Cars

August 1 – $5 Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – all divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

August 8 – Complete program – Pro Stock Twin 15s

August 15 – Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

FONDA 200 WEEKEND: THURSDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17-19

Thursday, September 17 – Camper/Trailer Parking & Open Practice

Friday, September 18 – Sunoco Modified Qualifying Races, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock $1,000 to win, Street Stocks $500 to win, Four Cylinder Cruisers

Saturday, September 19 – $53,000-to-win Sunoco Modified Fonda 200 plus Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win

 

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Short Track Super Series, Fonda & Georgetown Speedways Selected As EMPA ‘Promotional Effort of the Year’

MILLSBORO, DE – BD Motorsports Media LLC has been selected by the membership of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) to receive the ‘Promotional Effort of the Year’ recognition.

Founded in 1969, EMPA is an organization of professional writers, broadcasters, announcers, videographers and photographers working in the motorsports industry, along with associate and corporate members.

The ceremony and awards dinner, presented by NASCAR, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, Pa., as part of the 47th annual EMPA convention.

The distinction – voted upon by members of EMPA – recognizes the BD Motorsports Media-run Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the EMPA membership,” Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC said. “This is a credit to our whole team. There are so many people who work hard throughout the race season on our behalf to keep a touring series and two tracks, located six hours apart, operating successfully.”

The Short Track Super Series broke new ground in 2019 with the most lucrative dirt Modified championship payout in the nation. By winning the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels ‘Grand Championship’ encompassing the STSS North and South regions and the American Racer Cup, Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., will receive $58,500 cash.

The STSS Modified circuit completed events in four states – New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania – while maintaining an average car count of 41.7 per event. 291 competitors took part in at least one Modified event. The Crate 602 Sportsman series saw 232 entrants received over the 11 total races.

The first season for BD Motorsports Media promotion at the historic Fonda Speedway saw an upswing in competitor participation and fans in the grandstand. Among the season highlights were the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 in September, the nationally televised on MAV-TV ‘Firecracker 50’ in July and a massive ‘Dollar Night’ in May featuring $1 grandstand admission.

A specials-only format at Georgetown Speedway included a number of high-profile events including the two-day Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend with a pay structure of nearly $90,000, the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and the ‘Blast at the Beach’ filmed for national television by the cameras of MAV-TV.

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.

Georgetown Speedway is online at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

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/thefondaspeedway or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2019 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has been called by some the “resurgence” of the historical Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track, with large crowds and increased car counts witnessed during the first season under Brett Deyo and the BD Motorsports Media LLC management team.

The top performers from the 2019 season at Fonda were honored on Saturday, December 7 at the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet hosted at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y. where a total of over $50,000 was paid out in point fund money to all six divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The total of over $50,000 was a combination of the Fonda Speedway 50/50 point fund money and bonus money from American Racer for those who made the top 15 in overall points in the American Racer Cup standings with 2019 Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner getting $10,125 for his first career modified championship at Fonda.

“But the biggest thing that stuck out to me was that we paid out $494,770 this year before tonight’s banquet,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo told the crowd at the awards banquet.

SUNOCO MODIFIED SUMMARY

A total of 18 events were held in the Sunoco Modified division in 2019 with seven different drivers winning those events. Stewart Friesen led the way with six feature wins moving him up to the fifth spot on the all-time win list with 60. The six victories included big wins in the $10,000 to win “Firecracker 50” in July, which was televised on MAV TV along with the $53,000 win in the “Fonda 200” in the last race of the season.

Because of Friesen’s commitment to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series he didn’t compete at Fonda on a weekly basis but was still able to finish fourth in the final point standings winning $2,000 from the Fonda point fund and $4,750 from the American Racer Cup points for a total of $6,750.

Next in line with total wins was Sunoco Modified point champion Rocky Warner with five victories in 2019 on his way to the title. With his point championship in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda, Warner made a little history of his own as he now has point titles in all four of the different divisions that he has competed in at the “Track of Champions” including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017; the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division in 2011; and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks as co-champion in 2005 and champion in 2007.

Warner’s car owner Jake Spraker has also seen a lot of success in the past at Fonda with this year’s title by Warner being the 10th of Spraker’s career at the “Track of Champions”. Looking back Spraker won a title in the Pro Stock division with Steve Welch in 1999; Crate 602 Sportsman titles with Warner in 2015, 2016, & 2017; a Modified title with Mike Romano in 1989 along with a Fonda 200 win that year; three Modified titles with Bobby Varin in 2005, 2006, & 2008; and one Modified title with Ronnie Johnson in 2016.

Danny Varin was next in line with three wins at Fonda in 2019, finishing a career best third in the final point standings while Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Bobby Varin, and Michael Maresca all had one feature win at Fonda in 2019.

The win by Constantino was the first of his career in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division saw first time track champion Tim Hartman Jr. leading the way with seven feature wins in a total of 16 events. Six other drivers besides Hartman Jr. won features in the division including 2011 Track Champion Mark Mortensen, Adam McAuliffe, and Brian Calabrese who all had two feature wins apiece while Cody Clark, Chad Edwards, and Nick Scavia all had one win apiece.

There were no first time winners in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2019.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN SUMMARY

EJ McAuliffe led the way in wins in the Montgomery County Office of Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division with five followed by Rich Christman with four, Brett Mortensen with two, Steve Wagoner and Michael McCallion who both had one win apiece. A total of 13 races were run in the division with five different drivers winning those events.

Mortensen, Christman, and Wagoner were first time winners in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division in 2019.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK SUMMARY

Luke Horning led the way in victories in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division on the way to his first title in the class with six feature wins. Four other drivers won races in the division including Nick Stone with four wins, three of them coming in the final four events of the regular season, Kenny Gates with three wins, Ivan Joslin and Josh Coonradt with one win apiece in a total of 15 events. Coonradt’s win came in one of the most prestigious events of the season, the Hondo Classic which in an annual event that is held in Memory of the late Hondo Carpenter.

There were no first time winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class in 2019.

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK SUMMARY

First time Trackside Body Works Street Stock division champion Jason Samrov led the way with five wins in 2019 in the division which saw seven different feature winners in a total of 15 events. Next in line behind Samrov was Dave Horning Sr. who had a total of four wins coming in the first four events of the season. Stephen Young had a total of two feature wins in the division while Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Ed Hatch, and Zach Sorrentino were all one time winners.

There were no first time winners in the Trackside Body Works division this season.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER SUMMARY

A total of 10 feature events were run in the Four Cylinder Cruiser division with Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck winning eight of those events. Cole Lawton won the other two events, the first one being the first of his career at Fonda. It was Hollenbeck’s sixth championship at Fonda in the division with titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2019.

A LOOK AHEAD TO 2020 AT FONDA

Competitors will be treated to a resurfaced half-mile track as more than 3,000 yards of fresh, rock-free clay was spread shortly after the completion of the 2019 season.

The Fonda Speedway Car Show will start the 2020 season on Friday through Sunday March 27-29 at the Viaport Mall. The first on-track activity is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with an Open Practice session followed by opening night a week later on Saturday, April 18.

Some highlights to the 2020 schedule are as follows:

Dollar Night – Saturday, May 9

Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night – Saturday, May 16

Dave Lape Tribute Night – Saturday, May 23

Firecracker 50 – Wednesday, July 1

The Fonda 200 – Thursday-Saturday, September 17-19

The complete 2020 schedule for the “Track of Champions” is posted on the official Fonda Speedway website www.thefondaspeedway.com under the schedule tab.

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.

Resurfaced Fonda Speedway Prepares for 2020, Schedule Released

FONDA, NY – After a ‘comeback season’ in 2019, legendary Fonda Speedway is poised for 2020.

During Saturday night’s Awards Banquet at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y., the tentative ‘20 schedule for the Track of Champions was released with returning favorites and new highlights.

Competitors will be treated to a resurfaced half-mile oval. More than 3,000 yards of fresh, rock-free clay was spread shortly after the completion of the season.

The first on-track activity is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with an Open Practice session.

Opening Night will follow a week later on Saturday, April 18.

Two highlight events from last season return including the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Firecracker 50’ presented by Fuccillo Automotive Group on Wednesday, July 1 ($10,000-to-win STSS Modified and $2,000-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman) and the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 weekend Thursday-Saturday September 17-19.

Fonda ‘Loyalty Night’ is set for the second straight season on April 25 with Modifieds racing for a massive $8,000 to win.

The ‘Dollar Night’ is back on the schedule on May 9 featuring $1 grandstand admission. More than 4,000 race fans took advantage of that promotion a year ago.

Additionally, two $5 grandstand admission nights have been planned for the ’20 season: the first on June 6 and the second August 1.

Two legends of Fonda Speedway will be recognized in May: Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night May 16 featuring $4,444-to-win Sunoco Modifieds and a week later with the Dave Lape Tribute Twin 22s on May 23.

The Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Race is back on June 20 for Sunoco Modifieds.

For the first time in Fonda Speedway history, the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars invade on June 27, partnered with a Friday night stop at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.

The A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Cars invade on June 13 as a compliment to the annual Fonda Hall of Fame Night.

CRSA Sprint Cars have two appearances planned: July 25 and Friday, September 18 as part of the 200 weekend.

After raising $15,700 last year for the Crossroads Center in Schenectady, N.Y., the One Zee Tees Autism Awareness Night returns to the schedule on July 18 with Sunoco Modified Twin 20s on the track.

Pro Stock competitors will compete for a larger $800 weekly winner’s share in ’20 and have a number of special events including the Hondo Classic June 6, a $1,776-to-win ‘Red, White and Blue Special’ on July 4 and Twin 15s on August 8.

The nostalgic Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds return on May 30, June 13, July 4, July 18 and August 15.

Weekly divisions include Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Four Cylinder Cruisers again return on selected nights.

Championship points will run from April 18 through August 15.

Season passes for both the grandstands and pit area in addition to pit licenses are available now. Forms can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

The ’20 schedule remains in the working stages. Additions and/or changes are possible. Marketing opportunities remain available by contacting the speedway office.

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.

 

Fonda Speedway 2020 Schedule of Events

All events are Saturdays unless noted otherwise

April 11 – Open Practice (all divisions)

April 18 – Season Opener: complete program

April 25 – Fonda Loyalty Night – $8,000-to-win Sunoco Modifieds – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 2 – Complete Program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – $1,000-to-win Pro Stock

May 9 – Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Flowers & Giveaways for Moms in Attendance!

May 16 – Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night: Sunoco Modifieds: 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus other bonuses – $4 off admission with Lou Lazzaro tee-shirt

May 23 M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery Dave Lape Tribute Night: Sunoco Modified Twin 22s – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

May 30 Complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (rain date for Dollar Night) – Regional Animal Shelter Benefit

June 6 – $5 Night$5 Grandstand Admission & NYSCCA Safety Night Pro Stock Hondo Classic – Complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers – Meet & Greet Night

June 13 – A-Verdi Storage Containers Hall of Fame Night – A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars – complete program plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

June 20 Kelly’s Meat Market Night – Bill Ag Tribute Modified Elimination Races – Giveaways for Dads in Attendance!

June 27 – School House Pools Night – Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars (first time ever) – complete program plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

Wednesday, July 1 – Fuccillo Automotive Group Firecracker 50: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $2,000 to win

July 4 – Red, White & Blue Special: Fireworks Extravaganza – Dollar Dog Night – Complete program, $1,776-to-win Pro Stocks plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

July 11 – Sampson Motorcar/Yellow Transportation Night – complete program, $1,000-to-win Pro Stocks plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

July 18 – One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night – Sunoco Modified Twin 20s plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

July 25 – Complete program plus CRSA Sprint Cars

August 1 – $5 Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – all divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers

August 8 – Complete program – Pro Stock Twin 15s

August 15 – Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night – All divisions plus Four Cylinder Cruisers and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds

 

FONDA 200 WEEKEND: THURSDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17-19

Thursday, September 17 – Camper/Trailer Parking & Open Practice

Friday, September 18 – Sunoco Modified Qualifying Races, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock $1,000 to win, Street Stocks $500 to win, Four Cylinder Cruisers

Saturday, September 19 – $53,000-to-win Sunoco Modified Fonda 200 plus Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win

FONDA SPEEDWAY PUTS A PERIOD ON THE 2019 SEASON WITH THE AWARDS BANQUET – WARNER POCKETS $10,125 AS MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION

By: Ron Szczerba

Albany, NY – Top performers from the “Track of Champions” were honored on Saturday, December 7 at the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet hosted at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y. This was the first year-end celebration under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion of the hallowed half-mile track.

A total of over $50,000 was paid out in point fund money to all six divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The total of over $50,000 was a combination of the Fonda Speedway 50/50 money and bonus money from American Racer for those who made the top 15 in points overall in the American Racer Cup points.

Before the delicious buffet style meal was presented, Melissa “Mimi” Lazzaro said a prayer which was written by Kevin Westcott of the Finish Line Chaplaincy who was unable to attend the banquet.

Fonda Speedway announcer Paul Szmal was the emcee for the evening’s banquet and began by saying Happy Birthday to his announcing partner Jay Severson and Craig Hanson who both celebrated birthdays recently.

“Fonda Speedway experienced a rebirth in 2019, I am glad that I could be a part of it along with all of you here tonight as we all share a passion for this business and for this race track,” Szmal said after dinner was completed and the awards portion of the program began.

Szmal called Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo to the podium to address the banquet crowd of 300 people.

“I wasn’t really sure what we were going to have tonight because it’s been a couple of years since there was a Fonda banquet but looking out here at the crowd tonight it’s pretty impressive so first off tonight I want everyone to give yourselves a round of applause for an awesome season,” Deyo said.

“Two years ago I would have never thought that I would be in this position, it just didn’t seem like a possibility,” Deyo continued to say. “We were six hours away, we had a race track (Georgetown) and a series (the Short Track Super Series) and I didn’t think that we would get another one. But the wheels started turning last year and the first thing that I had to do was sell it to my wife Heather. So I told her what do you think about spending the whole summer on the water. What she didn’t know was that it was going to be a camper on the Mohawk River.”

“I was able to get her there and the next order of business was getting a staff together. We had many series events at the I-88 Speedway and it was awesome. It was well manicured, the food was good, and we had such good experiences there. The first thing that I did was to call Jamie and Denise Page (who used to run the I-88 Speedway) to see if they would un-retire and come to Fonda. We were able to talk them into it and they are such a big part of the Fonda Speedway that we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

“The next person already worked for us and our Short Track Super Series and that was Angela Hanson. She always told me that I needed to do races closer to home. So what I did was to make Fonda her home and put her in the office all week. She does a great job and has been there for us all year long.”

“One of the things I heard a lot of this year going to different race tracks was how impressive the staff was at Fonda I got compliments wherever I went and I really owe this to all of you. At our first staff meeting we talked about having the “Disney World Experience” where everyone that you encounter is a pleasant face and I think that we accomplished that this year. Our staff stepped up, we were new at it, it’s a big facility, and we were able to pull it off.”

“The next part of this puzzle was the Fair Board and for years I read how tough these people were. As it turns out they weren’t so bad at all. We have them here tonight including Mark Wilmot Vice President, Mary Ellen Wilmot Secretary, and Martin Kelly Treasurer. The Fair Board were our partners this year, I think that we turned them in to race fans and I’m glad that we can continue this relationship.”

“Last year was a pretty incredible season for Fonda, the racing was awesome, every night the racing was great. The Dollar Night was a huge hit, it brought a lot of new faces and returning faces to the track. MAV-TV came in, we hit National Television along with the return of the Fonda 200. But the biggest thing that stuck out to me was that we paid out $494, 770 before tonight’s banquet. Thanks to all of our sponsors and everybody for that because that is a huge number for a weekly race track.”

“Going forward we are still working, we resurfaced the whole race track with new clay, a lot of credit to Craig Hanson for that, he has been putting a lot of hours in as we try to make racing more affordable for the drivers. I don’t think that the racing can get much better but the tire wear can and that was our goal.”

Next up to the stage was Jamie Page who said thank you to everyone at the Fonda Speedway for making he and his wife Denise a part of their family. “Fonda Speedway consists of a family group that puts their heart and soul into everything that they do,” Page said. “We appreciate that and that is the kind of people that we are too.”

“I also want to touch on the 50/50 ticket sellers,” Page went on to say. “Some kick ass girls and guys there. Everyone in this room has them to thank as much as the rest of us do for the money being paid out tonight. A very impressive number collected by them for a weekly race track.”

The 50/50 Ticket sellers attending the banquet included Ivan Joslin, Jaynie Corbitt, Mimi Lazzaro, Dylanne Hodge, Heather Marr, and Julie Compani.

“I also want to thank all of our staff at the track along with Mike Parillo,” Page said. “Everybody has a love/hate relationship with that man. I’ve been told that Mike is the weak spot at Fonda and I disagree 100% with that, he is a very resourceful man, he has a lot of contacts, and what he steps up and does to fill the void is very impressive.”

“The Fonda Fair Board are our partners as Brett (Deyo) said. The Fonda Fairgrounds is a huge facility and I’m impressed with what they do with it. It’s really nice to have a partner in our sport and I thank them very much.”

“Special thanks to my wife Denise, her and Brett already had this deal made before I even knew about it. She has a passion for racing just as we all do, it’s not really about the race cars it is all about the people that do it. We were told many times how difficult the Fonda fans and racers were but quite honestly we really didn’t see that. They embraced what Brett had brought to the table along with the staff who embraced us as well.”

“When we promoted I-88, we knew most of the people, it’s a small community and we knew most of the people in it. When we came to Fonda we were a little behind the eight ball when we got started but my wife Denise picked up the ball and handled the concession side of it and from day one I don’t think anyone complained how they were handled, how they were served, or the food they were served.”

“I’ll end with three words that sum up the work we do at the track and what it takes to do it, sacrifice, commitment, and pride. Brett (Deyo) puts his heart and soul into everything, he is very dedicated to what he does, and it is very educational for Denise and I to work under him here at Fonda.”

After the top five in points were announced and presented their awards (see complete chart of points below), Brett Deyo came back to the podium to thank and acknowledge sponsors at the track with plaques for each one of them including:
Sampson Motor Car – Jerry Sampson
Fuccillo Automotive Group who sponsored the Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane in 2019 at Fonda – Shawn Sponable
Trackside Body Works – Greg Duesler
Montgomery County Office for Aging – Jason Walrath & David Jordan
Algonkin Motel – Jamie & Denise Page
Swagger Factory Apparel – Mike Jackson
Sunoco Race Fuels – Greg Smith

The top five in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock division points were acknowledged next (see complete chart of points below), followed by Brett Deyo handing out two more special awards.

“Over the winter we had a plan for track prep, but on the first day about three hours in we lost our plan,” Deyo said. “He headed out the gate but on the way out he told me that I guess you know everything and he was right about one thing. We scrambled to put a track prep team together quickly on opening day and through the season.”

“The first guy to step up for us was supposed to just loan me a water truck for a couple of weeks and he got himself in for a lot more than that. He was there for us every day whether it be to fix a toilet or putting seven freezers on a trailer and coming up the thruway hoping that we didn’t see a cop, to watering the track and doing everything else. I wish I could say that he brought a great attitude with him but sometimes he didn’t but he did a hell of a job for us and that is Mike Parillo.”

“The other part of the track prep crew came mid-season and you probably saw him out there in his driver’s suit on the grader a few times. Craig Hanson did so much for us, putting his own racing on the back burner a lot of times. Craig stepped up and got on the grader and he hid this from me, he didn’t tell me that he knew all of this grading work or I would have had him working for me a lot sooner. But he really did a great job and hopefully we can keep him doing it again next year. Special thanks to Craig’s pit crew who got his race car ready for the feature while he was out on the grader.”

“The next special award is for someone who has done a lot for me not just at Fonda but everywhere. This year he had perfect attendance with us. He attended every Short Track Super Series event that we had, he attended every Georgetown Speedway race that we had, and he drove over three hours one way to be the pit steward at the Fonda Speedway. I look at this guy as the backbone of our whole program, Dave Pace.”

The Montgomery County Office for Aging top five in points were honored next (see complete chart of points below), followed by more special awards from Brett Deyo.

“Probably the most memorable night that I had at the Fonda Speedway all year was our Autism Awareness Night, we had an unbelievable turnout including a chicken barbeque and raised $15,700 that night for the Crossroads Center. The person behind it selling sponsorship for the race and cooking the chicken gets the Spirit of the Sport Award and that is Jessica Friesen.”

“There were nights when drivers had issues during their heat races with their race cars and Alton Palmer stepped up to loan them his back-up car. One such night was Dollar Night when Michael Maresca had issues with his race car during his heat race and Alton stepped up to loan him their backup car to race so that Maresca’s sponsor St. Lawrence Radiology who was in the sponsors tower that night, could see their car compete.”

“He has spent his entire life at Fonda and always helped everyone out, he is a car owner, a former driver, and a sponsor. The winner of the Good Guy Award is Alton Palmer.”

The Algonkin Motel Pro Stock top 10 in points were announced next (see complete chart of points below) followed by the Rookie of the Year Awards in all divisions with Deyo presenting the awards to:
Dave Constantino & David Schilling – Sunoco Modifieds
Andrew Buff – Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
Rich Christman – Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Bill Knapp – Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Josh Samrov – Trackside Body Works Street Stocks
Cole Lawton – Four Cylinder Cruisers

Deyo also presented the award that nobody wants to win but needs to be recognized, an award for a driver battling through misfortune at the speedway. “This driver kept a positive attitude and remained committed to racing at Fonda Speedway at all costs, Deyo said. “It stuck out to me because he never said a word, he kept coming through the gate every week to race, Steve Akers.”

The top 10 in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division were next up to accept their awards (see complete chart of points below) followed by the Best Appearing Car Awards in each division with the winners of those awards being:
Brian Gleason – Sunoco Modified
Adam McAuliffe – Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
EJ McAuliffe – Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Kenny Gates – Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Cliff Haslun – Trackside Body Works Street Stocks
Cole Lawton – Four Cylinder Cruisers

The top ten in the Sunoco Modifieds were announced next (see complete chart of points below), with Rocky Warner taking top honors in the division. With his Sunoco Modified crown in 2019, Warner now has championships in four different divisions at Fonda including the Street Stocks, Pro Stocks, Crate 602 Sportsman, and Modifieds.

“I’m probably as surprised as the rest of the people in this building, Rocky Warner said when Paul Szmal asked him about the 2019 season. “After last year we were gonna go back to Crate 602 Sportsman racing but I talked Jake into staying into the Modifieds thanks to Jimmy over here and this is where we ended up. Thanks to all of my crew, family, Jake gave me a shot and I thank him for that.”

“It was a great year for us, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Champion Tim Hartman Jr. said. “It was certainly unexpected but I’m glad that it happened. Thanks to Mike Parillo as without him I wouldn’t be able to race as much or be as competitive as I am along with my family and crew.”

“I need to thank the guys at our table, they work on our cars all summer long with no complaints despite racing three nights a week, all of my sponsors, and my girlfriend Nancy for allowing me to do anything that I want,” Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning told the banquet crowd.

“The car was great all year, thanks to Dave at DKM, my crew, my brother, my nephew, for an amazing year,” Montgomery County Office for Aging Track Champion EJ McAuliffe said.

“Thank to my wife and my crew for all their help this year it was a great season,” Trackside Body Works Track Champion Jason Samrov said.

“Thanks to everyone that helps me and to Fonda Speedway, that’s the best I’ve saw that place in years,” Four Cylinder Cruiser Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck said.”

All of the track champions received a jacket, trophy, and a bottle of champagne to celebrate their track titles.

Szmal closed the banquet by announcing the dates for the Fonda Speedway Car Show which will be held at the ViaPort Rotterdam Mall on March 27-29, 2020. There is an open practice session scheduled for Saturday, April 11 with opening night scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

Located off New York State Thruway Exit 28 in Fonda, New York, the hallowed ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway is a half-mile clay oval hosting weekly stock car racing from April through September. Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks will compete weekly, with bi-weekly appearances by the Four Cylinders and special events.

The speedway, which opened in 1953, is among the most historic in the nation.

BD Motorsports Media LLC has leased the facility beginning in 2019. The speedway experienced a resurgence with large crowds and increased car counts during the new promotional team’s first season.

2019 Points Paying Breakdown for the Top 10 & Top 5 in Points for all Divisions
2019 Sunoco Modified Top 10 in Points

Driver/Points/Fonda Point Fund/American Racer Cup Bonus Money/Total Money Won
Rocky Warner 821 $8,000 $2,125 $10,125
Bobby Varin 741 $4,000 $4,000
Danny Varin 694 $3,000 $3,000
Stewart Friesen 677 $2,000 $4,750 $6,750
Dave Constantino 660 $1,500 $1,500
David Schilling 653 $1,250 $1,250
Craig Hanson 643 $1,125 $1,125
Brian Gleason 612 $1,100 $1,100
Josh Hohenforst 609 $1,050 $1,050
Michael Maresca 609 $1,050 $1,050
Totals $24,075 $6,875 $30,950

2019 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Top 10 in Points
Driver/Points/Fonda Point Fund/American Racer Cup Bonus Money/Total Money Won
Tim Hartman Jr. 677 $2,000 $1,000 $3,000
Adam McAuliffe 653 $1,000 $100 $1,100
Chad Edwards 633 $750 $750
Brian Calabrese 616 $700 $150 $850
Mark Mortensen 599 $650 $650
Cody Clark 560 $600 $600
JaMike Sowle 544 $575 $575
Tony Farone 526 $550 $550
Andrew Buff 516 $525 $525
Brian Borst 516 $525 $525
Totals $7,875 $1,250 $9,125

2019 Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Luke Horning 697 $1,500
Nick Stone 659 $700
Josh Coonradt 629 $600
Kenny Gates 619 $500
Chuck Dumblewski 583 $475
Justin Knight 545 $450
Jason Morrison 536 $425
Ivan Joslin 535 $400
Bill Knapp 454 $375
Randy Cosselman 426 $350
Totals $5,775

2019 Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
EJ McAuliffe 724 $500 $500
Rich Christman 704 $300 $300
Brett Mortensen 612 $275 $275
John Young 555 $250 $250
Steve Wagoner 504 $200 $200
Alan Hanson 504 $200 $200
Totals $1,725 $1,725

2019 Trackside Body Works Street Stock Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Jason Samrov 720 $500 $500
Michael Arnold 672 $300 $300
Cliff Haslun 646 $275 $275
Dave Horning Sr. 594 $250 $250
Stephen Young 556 $200 $200
Totals $1,525 $1,525

Four Cylinder/Cruiser Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Money Won
Ken Hollenbeck 464 $400 $400
Cole Lawton 440 $200 $200
John Napoli 392 $150 $150
TJ Marlitt 293 $125 $125
Wayne Russell 265 $100 $100
Totals $975 $975

Grand Totals $41,950 $8,125 $50,075

Stats for the Top 10 & Top 5 in Points in all Divisions for the 2019 Season
2019 Sunoco Modified Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Rocky Warner 821 5 13 18 6 Career Wins in the Division
Bobby Varin 741 1 8 16 65 Career Wins in the Division
Danny Varin 694 3 6 12 10 Career Wins in the Division
Stewart Friesen 677 6 14 14 60 Career Wins in the Division
Dave Constantino 660 1 6 12 1 Career Win in the Division
David Schilling 653 0 5 12 0 Career Wins in the Division
Craig Hanson 643 0 3 10 7 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Gleason 612 0 2 10 0 Career Wins in the Division
Josh Hohenforst 609 0 4 9 3 Career Wins in the Division
Michael Maresca 609 1 3 10 2 Career Wins in the Division

2019 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Tim Hartman Jr. 677 7 11 13 11 Career Wins in the Division
Adam McAuliffe 653 2 6 13 10 Career Wins in the Division
Chad Edwards 633 1 8 15 7 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Calabrese 616 2 9 12 3 Career Wins in the Division
Mark Mortensen 599 2 7 11 23 Career Wins in the Division
Cody Clark 560 1 4 9 7 Career Wins in the Division
JaMike Sowle 544 0 4 8 0 Career Wins in the Division
Tony Farone 526 0 5 6 5 Career Wins in the Division
Andrew Buff 516 0 5 8 0 Career Wins in the Division
Brian Borst 516 0 6 9 1 Career Win in the Division

2019 Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Top 10 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Luke Horning 697 6 14 14 20 Career Wins in the Division
Nick Stone 659 4 11 12 46 Career Wins in the Division
Josh Coonradt 629 1 11 15 4 Career Wins in the Division
Kenny Gates 619 3 11 14 83 Career Wins in the Division
Chuck Dumblewski 583 0 9 13 12 Career Wins in the Division
Justin Knight 545 0 6 10 0 Career Wins in the Division
Jason Morrison 536 0 4 12 0 Career Wins in the Division
Ivan Joslin 535 1 3 9 10 Career Wins in the Division
Bill Knapp 454 0 1 9 1 Career Win in the Division
Randy Cosselman 425 0 0 5 1 Career Win in the Division

2019 Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
EJ McAuliffe 724 5 13 13 6 Career Wins in the Division
Rich Christman 704 4 12 13 4 Career Wins in the Division
Brett Mortensen 612 2 7 11 2 Career Wins in the Division
John Young 555 0 5 11 0 Career Wins in the Division
Steve Wagoner 504 1 5 11 1 Career Win in the Division
Alan Hanson 504 0 5 9 0 Career Wins in the Division

2019 Trackside Body Works Street Stock Division Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Jason Samrov 720 5 11 13 13 Career Wins in the Division
Michael Arnold 672 1 13 15 3 Career Wins in the Division
Cliff Haslun 646 1 11 14 5 Career Wins in the Division
Dave Horning Sr. 594 4 9 12 62 Career Wins in the Division
Stephen Young 556 2 7 12 3 Career Wins in the Division

Four Cylinder Cruiser Top 5 in Points
Driver Points Wins Top 5 Top 10 Notes
Ken Hollenbeck 464 8 10 10 50 Career Wins in the Division
Cole Lawton 440 2 7 8 2 Career Wins in the Division
John Napoli 392 0 7 9 0 Career Wins in the Division
TJ Marlitt 293 0 2 6 0 Career Wins in the Division
Wayne Russell 265 0 5 6 1 Career Win in the Division

Fonda 200 $53,000 to Win, $1,000 to Start September 17-19, 2020

FONDA, NY – In 2019 at Fonda Speedway, a tradition was restored.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Fonda 200 returned to the Track of Champions last September as a three-day racing festival highlighted by the $53,000-to-win, 200-lap big-block/small-block Modified crown jewel.

For 2020, the Fonda 200 weekend is back and is even more lucrative.

Fonda Speedway’s BD Motorsports Media LLC management team has announced the ’20 edition of the 200 weekend will take place on Thursday-Saturday September 17-19.

Once again, the Sunoco Modifieds will race 200 laps for $53,000-plus to win. But it gets better: the 200 will offer $1,000 just to take the green flag for each of its 40 starters pushing the total pay structure to well over $130,000 prior to special awards and bonuses.

“We were thrilled with the energy, buzz and excitement the 200 brought to Fonda Speedway last season,” Fonda promoter Brett Deyo said. “Our entire team stepped up to the plate and put together a weekend fans are still talking about.

“This season, we are going even bigger by increasing the start money to $1,000. With the boosted payout and a complete resurfacing of the track with new clay, this event should be even more attractive and attainable to Modified competitors around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.”

The weekend schedule of events will be similar to the ’19 edition.

Thursday night (Sept. 17) will be reserved for trailer and camper parking with open practice for teams on the half-mile track.

On Friday (Sept. 18), Sunoco Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the docket: CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 19) is reserved for Crate 602 Sportsman, Sunoco Modified Last Chance events and the 200.

Complete pricing and times – in addition to reserved tickets and camping – will be released in the near future.

Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., put his name on the Fonda 200 win list with his conquest in last September’s event. Friesen crossed the Sunoco checkered flags ahead of track champion Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker and Brett Hearn.

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.

Fonda 200 History of Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: Stewart Friesen
2020: ?

Time to Celebrate: Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, December 7

FONDA, NY – After a season of resurgence at Fonda Speedway, it’s time to celebrate.

Top performers from the ‘Track of Champions’ will be honored on Saturday, December 7 at the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet hosted at Treviso by Mallozzi’s in Albany, N.Y. This will mark the first year-end celebration under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion of the hallowed half-mile track.

The top-10 drivers in the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions will be recognized, in addition to the top-five finishers in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks and Four Cylinders.

Other special awards will be distributed during the evening as well.

Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., drove the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J to the Sunoco Modified divisional championship for the first time in his career. Warner was trailed by Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Stewart Friesen, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, Josh Hohenforst and Michael Maresca.

Niskayuna, N.Y., native Tim Hartman Jr. called Fonda Speedway home for 2019 very successfully, taking the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman title. Adam McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Tony Farone, Andrew Buff and Brian Borst.

‘Cousin Luke’ Horning of Gloversville, N.Y., put together a breakout season in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division and took the championship with Nick Stone, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp and Randy Cosselman in tow.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman high point man was E.J. McAuliffe of Broadalbin, N.Y., defeating Rich Christman, Brett Mortensen, John Young and a tie between Steve Wagoner and Alan Hanson.

Jason Samrov was the Trackside Body Works Street Stock champion over Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Dave Horning Sr. and Stephen Young.

Ken Hollenbeck continued his longstanding dominance of the Fonda Four Cylinder Cruiser ranks, taking top honors with Cole Lawton, John Napoli, T.J. Marlitt and Wayne Russell completing the front five.

Doors open for the Fonda Speedway Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour.  Tickets include a buffet dinner featuring sliced sirloin and chicken parmesan, sides, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are on sale for $39 each and should be reserved prior to November 15.

The ticket order form follows: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019AwardsBanquetOrderForm.pdf

Treviso by Mallozzi’s is located at 257 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12205.

The Tru by Hilton Albany Crossgates Mall is the host hotel for the event. A shuttle will run from the Banquet Hall to the hotel for attendees. The Tru by Hilton is located at 1651 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203. Call 518.704.4010 and mention Fonda Speedway for the $119 special rate.

The special rate block will be closed on November 9.

A direct reservation link follows: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/ru/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

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.

FRIESEN WINS $53,000 AFTER WIN IN THE 28TH EDITION OF THE “FONDA 200”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Not even a two hour rain delay could ruin the excitement and prestige of the “Fonda 200” which was run on Saturday at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway for the first time since 2002. When the final checkered flag flew at the end of 200 laps, Stewart Friesen was the winner of the big prize for his sixth win of the 2019 season and the 60th of his career at Fonda.

“These people over here are like a family to me,” Friesen said as he pointed to his crew. “This was a very special win that we are going to do celebrate for sure.”

A 25-lap feature was also held for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman with 2019 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. taking home the $1,500 win for his seventh win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division.

Ed Biittig Sr. opened up the racing program by saying “first of all Ladies and Gentleman, Bob James is a personal friend of mine and I want to thank everyone for their help raising money for Bob with a “Helmet Drive” by the drivers in the pit area who went through the grandstand to collect money for him.”

“I also want to thank all of the safety people that are always here to help in any situation at the race track. I worry about safety more than anything. I also want to thank the military for making this a free country for all of us to enjoy what we love to do. Fonda Speedway is living proof that a comeback can be made by the racers and the fans because of the efforts of Brett and Heather Deyo and their staff.”

Farmers Insurance sponsored the giveaways during the intermission as they did all season long with goodies being thrown to the crowd from the starters stand.

Pre-Race ceremonies started the 28th version of the “Fonda 200” with Stephanie May performing the Canadian National Anthem while Fonda Speedway’s own Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem which was signed to the crowd by Lori Scanlon.

Jeremy Jarosz of Lake George, NY took home the $6,071 50/50 prize on Saturday night! Congratulations and thank you to all of the fans who bought tickets from our 50/50 ladies and gentlemen all season!

Drivers were then introduced while their racecars were lined up on the front straightaway. A group photo was taken of all the drivers in the starting lineup in front of the 2019 victory lane sign for the “Fonda 200”. The field was paced by the Fuccillo Automotive Group Pace Truck and the Sampson Motor Car Pace Car along with the #112 “Batmobile” that was driven to the win at Super Dirt Week in 1980 by Gary Balough. Balough was on hand at the track all weekend long at the museum, greeting fans with the car also on display.

After a four wide salute to the fans by the 40 car starting field, Joe Kriss threw the green flag to start the event with pole starter Stewart Friesen the early race leader. An early yellow was out at the completion of lap one for Alex Yankowski who was in the wall in turn two with yellow flag laps counting up to a maximum of three laps in the event. Friesen chose the outside for the restart with Rocky Warner, Andy Bachetti, and Brett Hearn all getting by Josh Hohenforst who fell quickly through the field.

Lap 10 saw lap traffic come into play as Bachetti and Hearn got by Warner for position only to have Warner get back by them on the next lap. Another yellow flag was out on lap 14 and on this restart Friesen chose the bottom with Warner now the second place car chasing the leader. Contact was made between Warner and Bachetti on the restart as they both tried to get down low into turn one but both continued on without any damage.

A close call for Friesen on lap 37 as he and the lap car of Alex Tonkin came together on the front stretch but both continued on without any issues. Friesen and all of the other drivers were trying to keep their cars as straight as possible without sliding sideways too much to try and preserve their tire wear as everyone knew it would be an issue during the event.

Just after the 50-lap mark in the event, cars starting pitting as strategy came into play in the long distance race. When lap 74 was completed rain started to fall as the red flag came out and the cars were directed to the hot pit area. The top five at that point consisted of Friesen, Warner, David Schilling, Brett Hearn, and Jessica Friesen.

After almost a two hour rain delay the cars were back out on the track but 20 of them went back to the hot pit as part of their strategy for the event. Friesen who was the leader at that point was one of the cars that pitted handing the lead over to Warner with Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Scott Huber, and Matt DeLorenzo the new top five.

Matt DeLorenzo set the quickest lap of the race and was the new third place car on the restart of the race with Sheppard, DeLorenzo, and Decker three wide for the second position on lap 87. Sheppard held his position at that point but on lap 94, Sheppard got alongside of Warner for the lead. At the completion of the lap, Sheppard was the new race leader and he led the lead over the remaining laps to the halfway point with the top five at lap 100 consisting of Sheppard, Warner, DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, and Brian Gleason.

At lap 100 drivers were given the choice of going to the hot pit to change tires or setups and restart at the end of the lead lap cars or go to the infield to pit for tear offs, adjust air pressures, and refuel with no loss of position. Sheppard went to the hot pit to make adjustments to his car as did Warner relinquishing the lead to DeLorenzo at that point in the event.

Friesen pitted on the infield and restarted in the sixth position when the green flag flew again but one lap later he was up two positions to fourth. On lap 102, Friesen made a three wide move in turn four to go down the middle of both Mike Mahaney and Danny Varin for the second position. Friesen closed in quickly on DeLorenzo and on lap 107 made a move on the inside of turn two to take over the race lead.

By lap 111 Friesen pulled away to a straightaway advantage with Sheppard already up to the fifth position on lap 124 after restarting 20th after the break at halfway. Danny Varin was the new second place car on lap 131 after getting by DeLorenzo with Friesen now a half track ahead of his closest competitor in heavy lap traffic.

The yellow was out on lap 135 for Varin who pulled behind the wall and was done for the evening at that point after a great run. With 50-laps remaining in the event, Friesen held a straightaway advantage over the new second place car of Sheppard, DeLorenzo, Warner, and Mahaney. Five laps later Sheppard was closing in on the leader who was having a little bit of a hard time negotiating lap traffic while Warner moved ahead of DeLorenzo for the third position.

Friesen chose the outside on a lap 178 restart, with Sheppard getting by for the lead as the two exited turn two. By the time the two crossed the finish line to complete the lap however, Friesen had gotten back by Sheppard to get his lead back. It was the final time through the end of the event that Friesen would choose the outside on the restart as from that point on, he restarted on the inside of the front row.

The yellow was out again on the restart for a three car wreck involving DeLorenzo who spun in turn three collecting the cars of Roger Henion Jr. and Ancel Collins in the process. Friesen restarted on the inside to protect his position and pulled away on the restart with Brett Hearn who had the freshest tires of all of the top ten cars moving up four spots to the sixth position.

Friesen pulled away with a little over 10 laps to go but when he encountered lap traffic on lap 193 that changed everything as he was having issues getting by the lap car allowing Sheppard to close in. On the final lap Sheppard was close enough in turn four coming down for the checkered flag to mount a challenge but slid up high in the turn allowing Friesen to take the win.

Sheppard finished second but was disqualified in post-race inspection for a weight infraction moving Warner up to the second finishing position. Mahaney, Decker, and Hearn completed the top five.

“I knew at some point in the race that I would be back in the field and have to get back to the front,” Friesen said. “I struggled to get by the lap cars on the outside and that allowed Matt (Sheppard) to close in on me. I made the mistake of giving him the bottom on that one restart and that was the last time that I did that.”

“Definitely a nice payday,” Warner said after finding out he finished second after the Sheppard disqualification. “My tires were shot at the halfway break and we got caught with our pants down. The track rubbered up again after the rain and I was able to get back to the front. Stewart was running the middle and I don’t know what he had but I couldn’t run that line.”

“What an awesome event,” Mahaney said after his third place finish. “I’m ecstatic with this third place finish. It was definitely a strategy race and the break worked in our favor. I got a flat early but we were able to keep track position.”

Brian Borst led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature after starting on the front row with 2019 track champion Tim Hartman Jr. in tow. Hartman took over the lead on lap three on the outside of turn two and was already in lap traffic by the time the lap counter was on lap nine.

Cody Clark started the event in the seventh position but by lap 11 he had gotten by both Joe Williams and a lap car up to the fourth spot. Borst closed in on Hartman in lap traffic on lap 12 while Clark moved past Mark Mortensen for the third position. Ninth place starter Chad Edwards also got by Mortensen for the fourth position with Borst pressuring the leader with only five laps to go.

The yellow was out with only two laps remaining in the event and on the restart Hartman continued to lead while Edwards got by Borst for the second position. Hartman went on to the win, his seventh of the season and the 11th of his career in the division over Edwards, Williams, Mortensen, and Borst.

“It definitely helped that we started on the front row,” Hartman said after the race. “We made the right adjustments after the track was watered but I definitely didn’t want to see that last caution even though it worked out in my favor.”

That concluded the 2019 racing season at the “Track of Champions” but please stay up to date during the off season on our website www.thefondaspeedway.com and also on our Facebook page.

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-74 Friesen, 75-93 Warner, 94-100 Sheppard, 101-106 DeLorenzo, 107-200 Friesen

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/28/2019 – DAY TWO OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

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