BD Motorsports Media LLC Fonda Speedway Promotional Agreement Extended Through October 2023

FONDA, NY – The partnership continues.

On Wednesday night (Jan. 13), members of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society – led by President Richard Kennedy – voted to extend the Fonda Speedway promotional agreement with BD Motorsports Media LLC for an additional two years.

The current BD Motorsports Media management team will remain in place at the Track of Champions through, at minimum, October 31, 2023. The original three-year agreement was slated to end this October.

“The Montgomery County Agricultural Society board members have been excellent partners and we are thrilled to continue working with them at Fonda Speedway,” Brett Deyo said. “Even through a very trying 2020 season, we were able to move forward and give our competitors a place to race and fans the ability to attend a limited number of events in-person and watch every race live on Dirt Track Digest TV.”

Since acquiring the keys to the facility in the fall of 2018, the speedway has seen numerous upgrades including all new concession equipment, a new sound system, painting and other clean-up projects, a pit-area reworking/leveling, lap counter renovation and most recently a complete resurfacing of the speedway with fresh clay. The total investment into the facility in two years tops $150,000.

The 2019 season was an overwhelming success story with more than 4,000 fans attending the first ‘Dollar Night’ increasing crowds and car counts and the return of the famed ‘Fonda 200’ paying $53,000 to win among the highlights.

“We are hoping for relaxed New York State COVID restrictions this season, so we are able to regain the momentum and positive direction we built in 2019,” Deyo said. “We’ve got a great team in place at Fonda with Jamie and Denise Page, Angela Hanson, Michael Parillo, Craig Hanson and every one of our staff members who have gone above and beyond on race night and during the week.”

Despite regulations limiting fan attendance in ’20, Fonda Speedway was able to complete a partial schedule that began in mid-June. A point fund of more than $16,000 was distributed to competitors at year-end.

The ’21 season is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, April 10 with Open Practice followed by the Palmer’s Service Center Season Opener a week later, on April 17.

Weekly divisions include Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Plans have been announced for the Fonda 200 weekend Sept. 16-18 with the Fonda 200 paying $53,000 to the winner and $1,000 just to take the green flag.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2020 SEASON IN REVIEW

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Suffering through a challenging 2020 due to New York State-imposed COVID-19 regulations, the Fonda Speedway managed to hold a total of 11 racing events, some of them on Sunday and weekday evenings getting away from the traditional Saturday evening racing programs trying to get races in.

2020 was the second season of leadership at the “Track of Champions” by Brett Deyo and his BD Motorsports Media LLC management team. Opening day for the 2020 season turned into “opening days” with the first racing events of the season taking place on Saturday and Sunday June 13 & 14.

Only a few events were staged with fans in attendance, either in the grandstands or on the infield in a drive-in type setting, but because of Dirt Track Digest TV there was pay per view available for every racing event in 2020. One unique aspect of the infield drive-in was that the fans in attendance on the infield were able to celebrate with the winning drivers up close and personal near the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane.

2020 SEASON SUMMARY

SUNOCO MODIFIED DIVISION – a total of 10 racing events were held in this division with Stewart Friesen leading the way with eight feature wins while Jeff Heotzler and Anthony Perrego won the other two events. For both Heotzler and Perrego it was their first career wins in the division at the “Track of Champions”.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 1378 racing events held in the headline Sportsman-Modified Division as titled in the book FONDA! with 134 different drivers winning those events.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN DIVISION – a total of 10 racing events were also held in this division with Chad Edwards and Cody Clark leading the way with two feature wins apiece. Single event winners in 2020 were Nick Scavia, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, and Bobby Hackel IV. For Williams and Hackel IV it was their first career wins in the division at Fonda with Williams having a previous win in the “Open” Sportsman on 5/1/2004.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 214 racing events held in the division with 41 different drivers winning those events.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION – A total of six racing events were held in this division with Brett Mortensen leading the way with three feature wins while Johnny Young, Dylan Eldred, and Stephen Gray were the other winners in the division. For both Young and Gray, it was their first career wins in the division at Fonda.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 72 racing events held in the division with 30 different drivers winning those events.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK DIVISION – A total of nine racing events were held in this division with Nick Stone leading the way with seven feature wins including the prestigious Hondo Classic event. Josh Coonradt and Luke Horning were the winners of the other two events in the division.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 715 events held in the division with 95 different drivers winning those events.

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREETS STOCK DIVISION – A total of seven racing events were held in the division with Al Relyea and Jason Samrov leading the way with two feature wins apiece. Lou Gancarz, Michael Arnold, and Hunter Sanchez were the other winners in the division with the wins for Relyea, Gancarz, and Sanchez being the first of their careers in the division at Fonda.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 578 events held in the division with 107 different drivers winning those events.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER DIVISION – A total of six racing events were held in the division with seven different drivers winning those events in combined SOHC (single overhead cam) and (DOHC dual overhead cam) races. Ken Hollenback (SOHC) led the way with five feature event wins followed by John Napoli (DOHC) with two wins.

Justin Pope (DOHC), Zach McSpirit (SOHC), David Frame (DOHC), Cole Lawton (DOHC), and Josh Kane (DOHC) were all first-time winners in the division at Fonda.

The SOHC and DOHC cars ran in the same feature event with a separate winner declared for both motor combinations.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 90 events held in the division with 19 different drivers winning those events with both SOHC and DOHC winners declared in each of the events during certain racing seasons.

The MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES also competed at Fonda three times in 2020 with Jimmy Fugel, Joe Trudeau, and Chuck Scofield winning the Antique feature events; John Flach, Kyle Hoard, and Randy Delaney winning the Replica Modified feature events; Frank Hoard (two wins) and Mike Francisco winning the Replica Sportsman events; and John Roese (two wins) and Adam Warner winning the Replica Late Model events.

2020 FONDA SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS

SUNOCO MODIFIED DIVISION – MICHAEL MARESCA – first career championship in the division at Fonda and one of only five drivers to win a championship in the lead division at the “Track of Champions” defined as the Sportsman-Modified division in the book FONDA!

The four other drivers who won Modified track titles at Fonda without the benefit of a win during the season were Jim Luke in 1955, Don Hendenburg in 1956, Pete Corey in 1965, and Ray Dalmata in 1979. These were all Modified track titles according to the book FONDA!

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 26 different drivers winning a track title in a total of 69 championship seasons in the division at Fonda.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN DIVISION – CHAD EDWARDS – second career title in the division after winning it back in 2018. The title in 2020 came in the John Kollar Motorsports #10%, which was Kollar’s first career championship as a car owner!

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of eight different drivers winning a track title in a total of 12 championship seasons in the division at Fonda.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION – BRETT MORTENSEN – first career title in the division.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of six different drivers winning a track title in a total of six championship seasons in the division at Fonda.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK DIVISION – NICK STONE – second career title in the division after winning it back in 2014.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 22 different drivers winning a track title in a total of 40 championship seasons in the division at Fonda.

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK DIVISION – JASON SAMROV – second career title in the division after winning it back in 2019.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of 13 different drivers winning a track title in a total of 24 championship seasons in the division at Fonda.

FOUR CYLINDER/CRUISERS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC) and JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC). For Hollenback it was his seventh title in the division at Fonda after winning it back in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. For Napoli it was the first of his career in the division at Fonda.

At the conclusion of the 2020 racing season there have been a total of four different drivers winning a track title in a total of seven championship seasons at Fonda.

2020 MILESTONES

STEWART FRIESEN – moved into fourth place on the All-Time Sportsman-Modified Win List at Fonda with a total of 68 victories coming in 10 winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/27/2010 and his last on 8/15/2020. The top three ahead of Friesen are Jack Johnson with 149, Lou Lazzaro with 113, and Dave Lape with 99.

NICK STONE – moved into second place on the All-Time Pro Stock Win List at Fonda with 53 while Kenny Gates tops the win list with 83.

BOB JAMES – was honored by Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo on the evening of the Hondo Classic event in July. James was in attendance for the race that evening and was honored during pre-race ceremonies.

Pre-race ceremonies began that evening with the invocation by Ed Biittig Sr. who stood alongside Bob James who was in a wheelchair on victory lane.

“Ladies & gentleman watching this race tonight on DTD TV this is a very tough night for me and many others,” Biittig started his invocation saying. “This guy right here (Bob James or Bobco as he is known to so many who was next to Ed in a wheelchair) has given us 30 years of more than anyone could ask for. I want people to know that what the fans and others have done with all of their prayers has kept Bob with us.”

“Brett & Heather Deyo renaming the perch up there, it’s so very important to look at this, Bob is a special human being,” Ed continued to say. “This place is the Track of Champions and you Bob are one of those champions. We think the world of you Bob.”

“We wanted to do a little something special here along with the Hondo race,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “The perch up there on top of the grandstand has been the official tower and home to Bobco Video for many, many years. You have captured so many moments here at the Track of Champions documenting history and you are part of that history.”

“Tonight, and for the remainder of time here at the Fonda Speedway the perch up there is going to be known as the Bobco Video Tower in your honor so thank you for everything you’ve done to preserve the history of the Fonda Speedway.”

“Thank you very much,” Bob James said afterwards. “I appreciate what you’ve done for me, 30 years of racing events plus motorsports events at the Fonda Fair, I’ve taken a lot of videos and have enjoyed it all.”

James’ passing in September of this year was a huge loss to the racing community and to the Fonda Speedway.

ANTHONY PERREGO – broke the track record at Fonda with a lap of 18.12 seconds on 9/20/2020, the previous record held by Bobby Varin of 18.136 seconds set on 4/11/2009.

BRETT MORTENSEN – with his Track Championship in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division in 2020, he joined his brother MARK MORTENSEN (2011 Fonda Speedway 602 Sportsman Track Champion) as one of only two brother combinations to ever win Track Championships at the Fonda Speedway.

The other brother combination to do the same feat was KEN HOLLENBACK (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 all in SOHC) and KERRIE HOLLENBACK (2013 DOHC) who won Track Championships in the Four Cylinder/Cruiser at Fonda.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2021

After a challenging 2020 due to New York State-imposed COVID-19 regulations, Fonda Speedway will be back – stronger than ever – in 2021.

The BD Motorsports Media LLC management team returns for its third season at the historic Track of Champions half-mile oval. The first on-track activity of ’21 is planned for Saturday, April 10 with an Open Practice session.

The famed Fonda 200 weekend returns to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 16-18, 2021 offering $53,000 to the race winner of the Modified event. Keep posted for further information on this event.

Keep posted for further off-season news from the Track of Champions.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow-on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway Management Preparing for 2021 Season

FONDA, NY – After a challenging 2020 due to New York State-imposed COVID-19 regulations, Fonda Speedway will be back – stronger than ever – in 2021.

The BD Motorsports Media LLC management team returns for its third season at the historic Track of Champions half-mile oval. The first on-track activity of ’21 is planned for Saturday, April 10 with an Open Practice session.

The famed Fonda 200 weekend returns to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 16-18, 2021 offering $53,000 to the race winner of the Modified event. Keep posted for further information on this event.

American Racer, through distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels, distributed by Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., return as the official tire and fuel suppliers for the speedway.

Once again, Saturday night racing will be headlined by the Modified division competing for a minimum of $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to take the green flag.

An adjustment for ’21 sees all big- and small-block engines with a minimum weight of 2,400 lbs. moving the speedway in line with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North Region and six other Empire State tracks (Accord, Afton, Five Mile Point, Outlaw, Thunder Mountain and Woodhull). PA/NJ/DIRTcar-legal spec engines (open carburetor, no rev limiter) weigh 2,300 lbs. CT-525 engines weigh 2,300 lbs. and W-16 engines weigh 2,250 lbs. for ’21.

Other weekly divisions will include the Crate 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Limited Sportsman and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The Mohawk Vintage Dirt Modified Series will return for monthly visits during the ’21 campaign.

The Street Stock division will no longer compete on a regular basis at Fonda Speedway. However, there is the potential of selected special events on non-conflicting dates with other area speedways.

The ’20 Fonda Speedway point fund will be distributed on the week of Dec. 7. A trophy presentation is planned for the speedway in the spring.

Keep posted for further off-season news from the Track of Champions.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

PERREGO INVADES FONDA AND TAKES HOME THE $3,500 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Anthony Perrego has had a lot of success at his home track the Orange County Fair Speedway with feature wins and championships but with only occasional visits to the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has not seen the success that he would have liked. That all changed on Sunday evening when he took the Superior Remodeling #44 Bicknell car to the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane for his first career win at Fonda.

“I learned something tonight,” Perrego told victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Once I got by the lap traffic, I stayed on the bottom in turn four and I had a real good race car tonight.”

Perrego also turned a fast lap of 18.12 in heat race number one which surpassed the track record of Bobby Varin back on 4/11/2009 of 18.136. Perrego’s lap was turned with sail panels on his Sunoco Modified while Varin’s was with the traditional body style so this will be noted as such in the Fonda Speedway record book.

Over 130 cars filled the pit area at Fonda on Sunday for the final race of the 2020 season with other winners Bobby Hackel IV (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Hunter Sanchez (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC) and Josh Kane (DOHC) (Four Cylinder Cruiser) visiting victory lane on Montgomery County Open Night.

Crystal Smith of Ballston Spa was the winner of $808 in the evening’s 50/50 drawing.

Mimi Lazzaro started opening ceremonies just before the racing event went live on Dirt Track Digest TV saying “Beautiful day for racing today but unfortunately it is with heavy hearts as our videographer Bob James passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.”

Ed Biittig Sr. then gave the invocation before the racing program got started and touched on the life of a dear friend of his Bob “Bobco” James.

“This year, 2020, has been a season that nobody will ever forget,” Biittig Sr. said. “To add into all of the losses that have taken place this year we now add the name of Bob James who has done so much for racing. Bob started videoing racing events long before we had the equipment that we have today.”

“I heard someone say that he passed away at 5:00 a.m. in the morning, that was usually the time that he finished doing his videos after a night of racing to put together a finished product,” Biittig continued to say. “At any given time if you needed something, Bob would drop everything to help you out. I stopped to see Bob’s mother and gave her a photo of the “Bob James Terrace” on top of the Fonda Speedway covered grandstands and she was taken back that we thought so much of her son to do that for him.”

“But that is what racing people do, that is who we are, we are a different breed,” Biittig Sr. said in conclusion. “It is my firm belief that tonight Bob James is videoing a race with Lou Lazzaro on the front row.”

A moment of silence was observed for Bob James before Mimi Lazzaro did a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

A redraw placed Billy Decker and Bobby Varin on the front row for the $3,500 to win Sunoco Modified feature event with an early caution coming out with no laps completed for Darren Smith who was in the inside front stretch wall. Smith was not injured but was done for the evening at that point.

On the original restart, Decker took the lead with fourth place starter Anthony Perrego and third place starter Adam McAuliffe the new second and third place cars after getting by Varin for the positions. A restart for a yellow flag on lap seven proved to be beneficial for Perrego as he took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Jessica and Stewart Friesen who started 11th and 13th respectively were making moves to the front by that point in the race as well with Jessica in the fourth position and Stewart just behind in fifth. Perrego held a straightaway advantage by lap 10 and at the halfway point in the 30-lap event the top five consisted of Perrego, Decker, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and Stewart Friesen.

One lap passed the hallway point McAuliffe made his move to the second position after getting by Decker with Stewart Friesen getting by his wife Jessica for the fourth position. While Perrego was battling lap traffic over the remaining laps with a comfortable lead, Stewart Friesen’s car seemed to get better and better as he passed cars one by one in the late stages of the event.

As Perrego took the checkered flag for the victory, Stewart Friesen was passing McAuliffe for the second position which he would do on the final lap with the top five at the finish consisting of Perrego, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and 12th place starter Josh Hohenforst.

“My car was a little tight all night long, but we were one of the better turning cars tonight and that is what got us the win,” Perrego said in victory lane.

The 25-lap $1,000 to win Swagger Factory Apparel feature began with 2020 Track Champion Chad Edwards on the pole after a draw for position with Edwards taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Bobby Hackel IV started the event in the fourth position and was up to second by lap three after getting by Adam Pierson for the spot.

By lap seven Edwards was in lap traffic and that continued to lap 12 when the race really started heating up for the lead between Edwards and Hackel. Hackel took the lead in lap traffic on lap 12 before he and Edwards swapped the position once per lap for the next three circuits. Hackel was the race leader when the caution came out on lap 15 with Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Pierson, and 12th place starter Cody Clark in the top five with 13th place starter Mark Mortensen just behind in sixth.

From that point on Hackel and Edwards spent many laps side by side with Edwards regaining the lead on lap 20. One final caution slowed the field with two laps to go as Griffen Mansmith stopped on the track with a flat tire but as soon as the yellow was thrown, he drove into the pit area.

On the restart, Edwards maintained the lead until the final lap when Hackel was able to get by for his first career win at the “Track of Champions” in the division in the Killer Crate #97. Edwards, Hartman Jr., Clark, and Mortensen completed the top five in the event.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was also $1,000 to win event with Jim Normoyle leading at the drop of the green flag from his pole position start. Third place starter Devon Camenga took over the number one position on lap two with Luke Horning third on lap three after starting seventh.

On the next lap Horning was the new second place car after getting by Normoyle and on lap six on the outside of turns three and four Horning was the new race leader after getting by Camenga for the spot.

Fourth place starter Kenny Gates was the new second place car on lap seven and for the remainder of the event it was a see saw battle between Horning and Gates with Horning running the outside lane while Gates ran his traditional groove hugging the bottom of the track.

Horning and Gates were side by side for the lead with five laps to go in the event, but Horning was able to hold on to the spot at that point in lap traffic. The caution came out with one lap to go as Chuck Dumblewski drove to the infield on the front stretch setting up a one lap dash to the checkered flag.

Horning led the rest of the way in the Catalytic Recovery/West End Towing/L/M Mason sponsored #2H while under heavy pressure from Gates for his first win of the season and the 21st of his career in the division over Gates, Camenga, Bill Knapp, and 2020 track champion Nick Stone.

“At one point starter Joe Kriss was showing me that I had a big lead with his flags but then he stopped doing that and I said to myself Joe don’t do this to me,” Horning said in victory lane. “When Kenny (Gates) showed me his nose I knew that I had to stay on the bottom because I didn’t think that he would go around me on the outside.”

The 15-lap $500 to win Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature began with outside pole position starter Hunter Sanchez taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Sanchez led every lap to go on to win by a straightaway in his first career win at Fonda over Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, and Matt Mosher.

Josh Kane led the first six laps of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature until 2020 track champion Ken Hollenbeck took over the lead on lap seven with a pass in between turns three and four. Brandon Tyler challenged Hollenbeck for the victory until a side by side restart after a lap nine caution when Hollenbeck pushed Tyler all the way to the wall in turn four to protect his lead and went on to the win in the SOHC while Kane was declared the winner in the DOHC.

The 2020 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is now completed but please continue to look on Facebook, Twitter, or the Fonda Speedway website for future plans at the speedway.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25

Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/20/2020 – MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25 Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

 

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

Take Two: Montgomery County Open Fonda Speedway Finale This Sunday, Sept. 20

FONDA, NY – Take two!

The final curtain will come down on the 2020 season at Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 20, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. The event had been scheduled for the 13th but afternoon showers forced the postponement of the event by seven days.

After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place next Sunday: the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

Sunoco Modifieds will headline the ‘Montgomery County Open’ utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event.

This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts.

Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – complete the Sunday showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN TO CLOSE OUT THE 2020 SEASON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba 

Fonda, NY – The curtain will come down on the 2020 season at the Fonda Speedway on Sunday, September 13, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place on Sunday September 13, the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

The Sunoco Modifieds will headline the “Montgomery County Open” utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts. The Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks will battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga, and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

The Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – will complete the Sunday evening showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates will open at 3 p.m. with Hot laps hitting the track at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Looking back in history at the results of the first racing event held after the annual Fonda Fair here are the results of events held 5, 10, 15, & 20 years ago.

On 9/19/2015 the winners were Mark Kislowski (Modified), Kenny Gates (Pro Stocks), Josh Coonradt (Street Stock), John Stowell (first and only career win in the Limited Sportsman division at Fonda), and Mike Kiser (CRSA Sprints). The Crate 602 Sportsman feature was rain delayed to 9/26/2015.

On 9/18/2010 the winners were Ronnie Johnson (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Cassidy Wilson (Street Stock), and Jeremiah Munson (Crate 602 Sportsman).

On 9/17/2005 the winners were Jim Davis (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. & Dwight Oldorf (Street Stock), and Danny Ballard (IMCA).

Finally, on 9/16/2000 the winners were Michael Ballestero (Open Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Bob VanAernam (Street Stock), and Jim Rajczi (IMCA). The Modifieds were not a part of the racing program.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway Closes Out 2020 Season with Sept. 13 Montgomery County Open

FONDA, NY – The curtain will come down on the 2020 season at Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 13, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions.

After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place next Sunday: the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

Sunoco Modifieds will headline the ‘Montgomery County Open’ utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event.

This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts.

Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – complete the Sunday showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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