2019 Fonda 200 Offers $53,000 to Win September 28 at Legendary Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – $53,000!

It’s a number that shocked the dirt Modified world on Saturday night. During the annual Night of Champions Awards Banquet for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo announced the 2019 Fonda 200 will offer $53,000 to win for the Sunoco big-block/small-block Modifieds!

“We’ve been working behind the scenes since we announced the return of the Fonda 200 to get this done,” Deyo said. “With some backing in place, it was the time to make this announcement. The Fonda 200 is ready to reclaim its place in the Modified landscape as a premier event, maybe the premier event.”

The three-day racing festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-28, with a rain date of Sunday (Sept. 29) reserved if needed.

In December, Fonda management released a preliminary base payout total of $78,675. With the change of winner’s shares, this number will grow even larger with some adjustments through the field. A restructured total purse will be released later in the off-season.

There will be a fully-paid B-Main, as well, allowing Non-Qualifiers to leave with money.

Lap money and other bonus awards add to the lucrative nature of this event.

The first 200 in Fonda history took place on June 18, 1955 with moonshiner-turned-racer Junior Johnson taking the victory under the NASCAR Grand National banner. A total of four 200s at Fonda were NASCAR-sanctioned: David Pearson was victorious on July 14, 1966 with Richard Petty scoring back-to-back wins on July 13, 1967 and July 11, 1968.

The 200 was run in 1955; 1963-1964; 1966-1970; 1983-1995; and 1997-2002.

Camper and trailer parking gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 26. Open practice with incentives will take place on Thursday, as well.

Friday (Sept. 27) will consist of Sunoco Modified time trials and qualifying races, an invasion by the 360 Sprint Cars of the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST), Pro Stocks racing for $1,000 to win, Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event sponsored by Roberts Towing & Recovery and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will feature the Sunoco Modified B-Main and 200 and a Crate 602 Sportsman special offering $1,500 to win.

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 Winners1955: 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: ???

Pro Stock ‘Best of 8’ Series Announced for 2019 Fonda Season

Fonda Speedway management has been working hard on an incentive program for the popular Pro Stock division in 2019. Enter the ‘Best of 8’ Series. On eight Saturday nights, the Pro Stock division will race for an increased $800 to win. The dates are as follows: April 20, May 4, May 11, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 20 and August 3.

During these eight events, drawings will take place prior to the start of racing for FREE American Racer tires. At the April 20, May 4, May 11 and June 8 events, TWO tire certificates will be distributed each night to help teams build inventory early in the season. At the June 22, July 13, July 20 and August 3 events, ONE tire certificate will be handed out.

The ‘Best of 8’ Series is in addition to the previously scheduled 14th annual Hondo Classic on June 29 and $1,000-to-win events on April 27, September 14 and September 27. 

Fonda Speedway is now the most lucrative track for Pro Stocks in the Northeast!

Sunoco Takes Naming Rights of Fonda Speedway Modified Division for 2019 Season

FONDA, NY – When it comes to national recognition on the street or the track, Sunoco is known coast-to-coast.

In 2019, the Sunoco Race Fuels brand and legendary Fonda Speedway will go hand-in-hand.

BD Motorsports Media LLC of Fonda Speedway and Sunoco Race Fuels, in conjunction with regional distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., have announced naming rights for the ’19 Modified division at the ‘Track of Champions’ half-mile oval.

For the ’19 season and beyond, the headline division will be known as the Sunoco Modifieds.

“Sunoco has been a tremendous asset to our program through their support of the Short Track Super Series, the American Racer Cup and Georgetown Speedway,” Fonda promoter Brett Deyo said.  “Expanding the partnership to Fonda will bring in additional marketing support to elevate the Fonda brand.”

Sunoco Race Fuels will also sponsor the new Start/Restart zone that will be constructed in the turn three and four infield area.

“We are thrilled to be involved at Fonda Speedway,” Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance said. “The buzz for the upcoming season has been incredible on the internet and at the trade show (Northeast Racing Products show in Syracuse, N.Y.). We’re proud to be a part of it.”

Sunoco Race Fuels will be on sale at Fonda Speedway weekly starting with the scheduled open practice on April 13 and Opening Night on April 20.

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 Set for Return to Prominence in 2019 with New Promotions, Reduced Admission & Increased Pay Structures

FONDA, NY – Since 1953, the legendary Fonda Speedway has played host to the Northeast’s most talented competitors and passionate fans.

For 2019, the ‘Track of Champions’ is poised for a return to prominence.

With a new management team under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, Fonda Speedway launches into the ’19 campaign with reduced admission, special events and larger purse structures. It’s truly a ‘win-win-win’ for fans of the Montgomery County half-mile track.

Admission for Adults has been rolled back to $11 for weekly Saturday night events in ’19. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

New for ’19 is the Fonda Speedway ‘Dollar Day’ scheduled for May 18 featuring $1 admission into the grandstands. This event will feature all classes including the Modifieds.

All Fonda divisions will race for more money in ’19. The Modifieds will compete for $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to start weekly, a pay structure that totals $12,775.

Crate 602 Sportsman now battle for a $700 top prize minimum and $100 to take the green. But it gets better: on 10 Saturday nights during the season, Eric Orozco Racing has risen the stakes, offering $1,000 to win.

Both the Modified and Sportsman competitors will be eligible to participate in the lucrative American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco program which distributes $51,450 cash and hundreds of tire certificates annually to teams competing at American Racer tracks across the Northeast.

Pro Stocks race for $500 weekly and a boosted $75 to start.

Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers will all be paid throughout the field in the ’19 season.

For the first time ever, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco invades Fonda Speedway with the $10,000-to-win ‘Firecracker 50’ on Wednesday, July 3.  This event will have promotional support from John Lakata, who organized the wildly successful ‘Jack’ event at the track in 2015.

Also of note, the famed Fonda 200 makes its comeback for the first time since 2002. This three-day festival, planned for Sept. 26-28, will be highlighted by the $20,000-to-win ‘200’ for big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Open practice is planned for April 13, with Opening Night to follow on April 20.

A new Fonda Speedway website is live at www.thefondaspeedway.com. A Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy and the speedway is on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy. The Fonda Speedway office phone is 518.915.4395.

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.

BD Motorsports Media LLC Signs Three-Year Agreement For Operation Of Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Fonda Speedway is in new hands for 2019 and beyond.

BD Motorsports Media LLC announced today a three-year lease agreement with the Fonda Fair Board to operate the ‘Track of Champions’ half-mile oval from 2019-2021. BD Motorsports Media LLC operator Brett Deyo now assumes the role of promoter at the fairgrounds facility.

“For a lifelong fan of Modified racing, taking the helm at Fonda Speedway is an honor and responsibility,” Deyo said. “Fonda is an iconic facility rich in history and supported by passionate fans and competitors. I’m hoping to make the most of this opportunity from the Fair Board and continue the ‘Track of Champions’ auto racing legacy.”

Weekly auto racing is planned for Fonda Speedway next season on Saturday nights. A tentative open practice date is set for Saturday, April 13. Opening Night takes place one week later: Saturday, April 20. Racing continues through mid-August before breaking for the 178th annual Fonda Fair.

The season will conclude in September with the return of the Fonda 200 for Modifieds paying a massive $20,000 to win plus a full weekend of racing. The 200-lap year-end classic at Fonda has not been contested since 2002.

The divisional lineup will include Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Special attractions will be added to select nights with at least one high-paying midweek event on the schedule.

Jamie and Denise Page, who successfully operated I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., from 2010-2016, will return to the auto racing promotion as part of the speedway’s management team. Jamie Page assumes the Operations Manager role, with Denise Page serving as Concession Manager.

Speedway staff positions will be filled and announced in the coming weeks.

Via an agreement with Lias Tire Company of Indiana, Pa., American Racer will serve as the official tire of Fonda Speedway for the next three seasons. Sunoco Race Fuels will be sold at the speedway.

The arrangement allows Fonda Speedway Modified and Sportsman competitors to participate in the benefits of the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco home-track program.

Drivers will be eligible for pre-season tire giveaways, 12 ‘in-season’ giveaways for both divisions, post-season cash awards and tire certificates. This season, the American Racer Cup will distribute $51,000-plus in cash plus hundreds of tire certificates. A breakdown of the American Racer Cup program can be found at www.theamericanracercup.com.

Modifieds at Fonda will compete weekly for $2,400 to win. An increased ‘through-the-field’ payout will see $500 for 10th each Saturday night and $250 to take the green flag.

The 2019 Modified champion will receive a minimum of $5,000.

Modifieds will be classified into two main weight categories: 2,400 lbs. for engines 363 cubic inches and less (max. tolerance: 370 cubic inches) and 2,500 lbs. for engines larger than 363 cubic inches (max. cubic inch 477). No small-block engines larger than 450 cubic inches permitted. Steel-block only with the exception of ‘spec’ combinations to be detailed at a later date.

Sportsman will compete for $700 to win each Saturday night and $100 to take the green flag.

The 2018 Sportsman champion will race for a $1,500 minimum point title.

Both Modifieds and Sportsman will be limited on American Racer compound choices to the following: 48 (right-front); 48 (left-rear); 50 (right-rear) and any American Racer tire (left-front).

The Pro Stock division sees an increased $500 to win and $75 to take the green weekly with a $1,000 championship awaiting at year-end.

Special incentives for Limited Sportsman and Street Stocks will be in place throughout the season.

Neighboring Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., has joined Fonda Speedway in signing an agreement with American Racer tires allowing local race teams to compete on back-to-back nights each weekend on the same tires. The compounds at Glen Ridge will mirror those utilized at Fonda.

Teams will be permitted an early-season three-week ‘grace period’ to liquidate existing tire inventory.

Grandstand admission at the speedway will be reduced to $11 for Adults and $9 for Seniors (ages 65 and above). Kids 11 and under will be admitted FREE.

Pit admission will remain at $30 for Fonda Speedway members and $35 for non-members.

Emphasis will be put on a ‘family night out’ entertainment with complete programs run in three hours. Efficiency of programs, youth involvement and interaction with competitors will be at the forefront of the promotional team’s goals.

Deyo promoted his first event – the Short Track SuperNationals – in October 2006 at age 23. He is currently the manager of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco and operates Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., while serving as administrator of The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco.

Fonda Speedway is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at 21 South Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068 (conveniently off New York State Thruway Exit 28). Look for updated social media information and an all-new speedway website to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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