RACING ACTION CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY MAY 21 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This coming Saturday, May 21 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway presents a regular show in all divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Also in action will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who will be presenting their 2021 New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Awards to the following:

Jon Kuleszo NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Modified division.

Bryan Scofield NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Antique division.

Georgie and John Constantino NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

Will Reed NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Late Model division.

Mike Francisco NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

George Palmer NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Mystique division.

The awards above will be handed out at the MVVDMS drivers meeting. Saturday will also be NYSSCA Safety Awards Night for all MVVDMS divisions including the Vintage Antiques, the Vintage Sportsman, the Vintage Modifieds, the Vintage Mystiques, and the Vintage Late Model with monetary awards given out by the NYSSCA organization to the top finisher in each division who is a NYSSCA member.

Last year on May 22, 2021, the winners at Fonda were Mike Mahaney (Sunoco Modifieds), Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenback and Slappy White (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

“It is so cool to be back here in Fonda’s victory lane,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro after his win. “It has been harder for me to win a regular show here than other times that we have been here, and I have been able to win. We have been struggling here at Fonda and working hard to try to adapt to the track, but I have a great group of guys on my crew and great sponsors that are behind me, and I think we finally got it.”

It’s RACE WEEK at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway on Saturday, May 21.

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

Gates: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Adult Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $60 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-21st-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

HANSON WINS ONE AT FONDA ON HIS FATHER’S BIRTHDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The Hanson Paving Modified has been competing at the “Track of Champions” for a long time and is part of the track’s history. Ken Hanson competed at the track in car #20 and has one career victory to his credit coming back on 7/5/1986. Craig Hanson competes at Fonda in car #20C and on Saturday evening he added to the history of the Hanson family at Fonda with his eighth career win. What made it even more special is that it came on his father Ken’s birthday!

Ken was present at Fonda for the win and was also a part of a special photo with the family on FX Caprara Victory Lane. “I really wanted to win one for dad on his birthday,” Hanson said in victory lane. “After the wreck last week, I was ready to quit but all my guys helped me put the car back together and here we are, so I have to thank them for that.”

Known as the “Grader Operator” for his work on the track on race nights and during the week, Hanson was not happy with the track conditions when Chris Moore asked him about getting right back on the track to work on it as he does on a weekly basis. “Not happy with the track tonight,” Hanson said. “It was too rough.”

Other winners on Supply Wagon Rentals Night at Fonda were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Zach Dufel (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) also made their first appearance at Fonda since 2018 with Danny Varin taking home his third consecutive win of the season in the series after winning at the Utica Rome Speedway the night before and the Fulton Speedway prior to that.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer before Mimi Lazzaro sang the Canadian National Anthem and Stephanie May the National Anthem to start the evening’s festivities.

Congratulations to John from Little Falls who won the 50/50 worth $2,820! Great job as always by Julie, Rose, and Heather selling all of those tickets!

Craig Hanson took the lead from the outside pole at the drop of the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event. The red flag was out on lap two after Jim Introne had his front-end collapse while running down the backstretch forcing him to come to a stop at one of the fastest points on the track. Tucker O’Connor was not able to see the stopped race car and hit Introne along with Brian Pessolano and Rocky Warner who also got caught up in it. All drivers were okay but done for the evening at that point.

On the restart, Bobby Varin moved into the second position after starting seventh followed by Pep Corradi and Ronnie Johnson who was now fourth after starting ninth. Hanson pulled away to a straightaway advantage on lap seven while Corradi and Johnson were side by side for third with Johnson getting the position on lap ten. Hanson was in lap traffic two laps later with eighth place starter Demetrious Drellos using the outside groove to get to the fourth position on lap 11.

A yellow flag for Steve Akers on lap 14 slowed the field and took away the over four second lead that Hanson had built up. Drellos moved to the third position on the restart after getting by Varin with 13th place starter Jessica Friesen getting by Corradi into the top five at that point as well. Winner of the last two races at Fonda Matt DeLorenzo was also on the move after starting 12th, getting by Friesen and Varin for the fourth position with ten laps to go. That is when things started to get interesting.

Johnson was right on Hanson’s rear bumper on lap 23 and with five laps to go took the lead away from Hanson with a move on the inside of turns three and four. Shortly afterwards the caution was out for Jack Lehner who suffered a flat tire and with the lap not completed it went back to the last completed lap handing Hanson back the lead. Hanson chose the inside on the restart and maintained the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Drellos took the second position away from Johnson on the restart with DeLorenzo also moving up to the third position. DeLorenzo was the new second place car with four laps to go and pressured Hanson over the remaining laps, but Hanson was able to maintain the lead and went on to his eighth career win at Fonda in the Hanson Paving #20C Bicknell car and his first win since 7/30/2016!

“We’ve got something going on with the carburetor and the motor was skipping,” Hanson said in victory lane. “When Ronnie got by me, I thought I gave it away.”

Michael Ballestero and Harry Shaffer started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature on the front row with Ballestero taking the early lead. At the completion of lap one the yellow flag was out for Tanner Warner who stopped on track to bring out the caution then drove to the hot pit to change a broken right rear shock. Cody Clark moved into the top five on the restart after starting 10th and two laps later got by Brett Mortensen for the fourth position.

By lap ten Clark was the new second place car after getting by McCallion for the spot and two laps later Clark went to the outside of Ballestero in turn two to take the lead away. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Ballestero, McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, and 15th place starter Brian Calabrese. Chad Edwards started the event in the 12th position and moved up one position at a time into the second spot with three laps to go.

Lap traffic came into play in the closing laps of the event, but Clark was able to take the win in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Edwards, 11th place starter Payton Talbot, Ballestero, and McCallion.

“This year has been a roller coaster ride for us,” Clark said in victory lane. “We have been consistent this year but not able to get to victory lane until tonight, so we hope to be able to keep things going for the rest of the year.”

Bob Rowback led at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. feature event with Ryan Sweet in tow. The red flag was out with no laps competed for Lance Hill who hit the implement tire protecting one of the poles on the backstretch. Hill was able to continue on in the feature event, but the red was thrown for debris scattered around the racetrack.

Rowback continued to lead on the restart with seventh place starter Zach Dufel in the second position on lap four after getting by Sweet for the spot. On the outside of turn four on lap seven, Dufel took the lead away from Rowback and led the remaining laps for his first career win in the division in the Miracle Ear sponsored #1H. Last weeks winner Josh Kane finished second after starting ninth and was followed by Tom D’Angelo, Rowback, and Sweet.

Scott Towslee led at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature but when lap one was completed it was Slater Baker in the race lead with fourth place starter Jason Morrison now second. Morrison was the new race leader on a lap three restart with Nick Stone up to the fourth position after starting eighth.

Stone was the new race leader on lap six after getting by Morrison for the spot with Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, and Shane Playford running three wide for the third position on lap eight. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Stone, Playford, Gates, Morrison, and eighth place starter Beau Ballard.

After two consecutive cautions on lap 10, a single file restart saw Horning get by Playford for the second position with Horning immediately pressuring Stone for the lead. With five laps to go, Horning made a slide job pass in turn four to take the lead only to have Stone make a cross over move to maintain the lead at the completion of the lap.

Horning made the same move again in turn two on the next lap with Stone able to cross over and maintain the lead again and from that point on Stone pulled away to his fourth consecutive win and the 63rd of his career in the division at Fonda over Horning, Ballard, Playford, and Josh Coonradt.

“Slide jobs are a lot of fun,” Stene said in victory lane. “He (Horning) is not the guy that you want to see in front of you when you’ve got two thin lines on the track to work with. Once I got the lead back it took me a few laps to get away from him. If he gets a little better well, we don’t really want to see that.”

Dale VanAllen led the first four laps of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event before John Napoli took over the top spot-on lap five. Napoli led two laps before 11th place starter Kerrie Hollenback took over the lead and went on to the overall win for his 24th career victory in the division. Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner after finishing the event in the second position for the 72nd win of his career in the division.

Napoli finished in the third position but was disqualified for a ball joint infraction moving Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., and Len St. Andrews into the top five at the checkered flag.

The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Series made an appearance at Fonda for the first time since 2018 with a four wide salute to the fans before the green flag was thrown. At the start of the event, it was Steve Glover who grabbed the lead after three tries were needed to get the first lap completed.

Jason Barney was next to lead with Chuck Hebing second on lap six while Danny Varin moved up to the seventh position after having to pit to repair the top wing on his car during one of the early caution periods. Paulie Colagiovanni moved into the second position on lap 13 and two laps later was the new race leader with Varin now all the way up to the second position.

Varin took the lead on lap 18 with a pass on the inside at the line to complete the lap and led the remaining laps for his third consecutive win in the ESS Series this year and the fourth of his career in the series at Fonda in the St. Lawrence Radiology/Supply Wagon Rentals #01 car. Jordan Poirier, Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, and Barney competed the top five in the event.

“When we put this car together, we didn’t have too many sponsors but then people came on board to help us,” Varin said. “We struggled for a couple of years but tonight the car was on rails, I just needed some clean air.”

Next Saturday, May 21 the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with all regular divisions in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. next Saturday with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and Racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, Matt DeLorenzo, Demetrious Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Dylan Scribner, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Jim Introne Jr., Tucker O’Connor, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin (DNS), Ryan Odasz (DNS), Ronnie Holmes (DNS)

8th career win in the division for Hanson and the first since 7/30/2016

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Calabrese, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Michael Ballestero, Michael McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Calabrese, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Troy Palmer, Clayton DuMond, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

14th career win in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ballester, 12-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Devon Camenga, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Slater Baker, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Scott Towslee, Ivan Joslin, Don Collins

4th win in a row and the 63rd of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Baker, 3-5 Morrison, 6-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Towslee

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Josh Kane, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Ryan Sweet, Mark Lighthall, Kyle Dingman, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Timmy Wilmot, Nate Bedell, Harol Robitaille (DNS), Connor Prokop (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Rowback, 7-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Wholley, Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., Len St. Andrews, Heath Bush, Dale VanAllen, Chad Hoffman, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, TJ Marlitt, Shawn Hemstreet, John Napoli (DQ)

3rd win of 2022 and the 24th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 72nd of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 VanAllen, 5-6 Napoli, 7-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE – 25-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Cook, Joe Kata, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Tanner, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller, Mikey Kruchka, Lacey Hanson, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Kelly Hebing

3rd ESS win (in a row) of the 2022 season for Varin and the fourth of his career in the ESS series at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Glover, 3-14 Barney, 15-17 Colagiovanni, 18-25 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kata, Wright, Poirier

DASH WINNER – Franek

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/14/2022

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, Matt DeLorenzo, Demetrious Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Dylan Scribner, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Jim Introne Jr., Tucker O’Connor, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin (DNS), Ryan Odasz (DNS), Ronnie Holmes (DNS)

8th career win in the division for Hanson and the first since 7/30/2016

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Calabrese, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Michael Ballestero, Michael McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Calabrese, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Troy Palmer, Clayton DuMond, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

14th career win in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ballester, 12-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Devon Camenga, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Slater Baker, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Scott Towslee, Ivan Joslin, Don Collins

4th win in a row and the 63rd of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Baker, 3-5 Morrison, 6-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Towslee

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Josh Kane, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Ryan Sweet, Mark Lighthall, Kyle Dingman, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Timmy Wilmot, Nate Bedell, Harol Robitaille (DNS), Connor Prokop (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Rowback, 7-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Wholley, Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., Len St. Andrews, Heath Bush, Dale VanAllen, Chad Hoffman, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, TJ Marlitt, Shawn Hemstreet, John Napoli (DQ)

3rd win of 2022 and the 24th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 72nd of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 VanAllen, 5-6 Napoli, 7-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE – 25-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Cook, Joe Kata, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Tanner, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller, Mikey Kruchka, Lacey Hanson, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Kelly Hebing

3rd ESS win (in a row) of the 2022 season for Varin and the fourth of his career in the ESS Series at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Glover, 3-14 Barney, 15-17 Colagiovanni, 18-25 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kata, Wright, Poirier

DASH WINNER – Franek

A TRADITION RETURNS TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY WHEN THE EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS (ESS) MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – For the first time since September 22, 2018, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Car Series will make a return to the “Track of Champions” this Saturday, May 14. Supply Wagon Rentals will sponsor the evenings racing program with all regular divisions in action along with the ESS Sprint Cars including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

A LOOK BACK

The last ESS feature event at Fonda four years ago was led by Danny Varin at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap feature event with Larry Wight doing double duty and taking over the third spot on lap four after starting fifth. Wight took over the second position from Cory Sparks on lap eight with Bobby Varin also getting by Sparks for the third position after starting eighth.

At the halfway point Danny Varin led the event with Wight, Bobby Varin, Sparks, and Josh Pieniazek in the top five. While Danny Varin continued to lead the event, the last caution of the event slowed the field on lap 19 when something on the left front of Bobby Varin’s car broke and he spun on the front stretch.

The 2018 ESS Championship was on the line between point leader going into the night Jason Barney and challenger Steve Poirier who is a seven-time champion with the ESS. Barney started the event in the 10th position while Poirier who had some issues throughout the evening started in the 13th spot.

When Barney’s front nose wing collapsed on his car early in the event, it caused handling issues and his car was never right for the rest of the race. Poirier on the other hand was making his way methodically to the front, surviving contact on the back stretch by Coleman Gulick on lap 18 which caused Poirier to spin. Poirier did a 360-degree spin and continued on in a great save which kept him in the hunt for the 2018 title when it could have turned out a lot worse.

Poirier got by Pieniazek and Gulick for the fourth position on a lap 19 restart after a caution and with one lap to go was the new second place car after getting by Wight. Varin maintained the lead to the checkered flag, taking his third career ESS win at Fonda and second consecutive win after winning back on Memorial Day weekend at the “Track of Champions.”

With his second-place finish, Poirier was crowned the 2018 ESS Champion for the eighth time in his career, tying Mike Woodring who also has eight ESS titles to his credit.

“I was actually looking forward to the restarts tonight,” Varin said after the win. “I would just move the wing back and get going again. I am racing against a great group of guys here in the ESS, and that makes me a better driver.”

“What a night,” Poirier said at the conclusion of the race. “We battled all night, and I knew that I had to get about five spots ahead of Jason (Barney) to secure the title. “We weren’t supposed to run for the title this year, but we had a little luck along the way and now we have to decide whether to run for the title next year now that we are tied with Mike (Woodring) with eight titles.”

ESS HISTORY AT FONDA

A total of 21 ESS Sprint Car events have been held at Fonda through the years with 13 different drivers winning those events. Justin Barger leads the way with five victories followed by Fonda’s own Danny Varin with three wins. Lance Yonge and Steve Poirier both have two wins apiece while John Brutcher, Bobby Parrow, Tom Taber, Craig Lane, Doug Emery, Jessica Friesen, Jeff Cook, Chuck Hebing, and Stewart Friesen all have one win apiece.

It’s 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 at the Track of Champions! For the first time since 2018, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) return to Fonda Speedway this Saturday, May 14.

Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Adult Admission: $18 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $16 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive In ($85, up to four passes): http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-14th-drive-in/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

𝘿𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀-𝙄𝙉 tickets for this Saturday’s Supply Wagon Rentals presents Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars – All Divisions can be purchased at the link below.

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-14th-drive-in/

1 parking spot – $85

1 parking spot includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DELORENZO GOES TWO FOR TWO WITH A LAST LAP PASS FOR THE WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Last week Matt DeLorenzo got to the track late, missed his hot lap session, and really didn’t know what he had for a race car. He ended up in victory lane. This week he knew exactly what he had for a race car as he was there for hot laps and ended up in FX Caprara victory lane for the second week in a row after a pass for the lead on the final lap of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified event.

“I knew I was gonna be here tonight,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We worked on this car this morning after finishing seventh at Albany Saratoga last night. Last week’s win was special but tonight was awesome to be able to get the win on the final lap against Godown.”

Other winners on “Dollar Night” at Fonda were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Josh Kane (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

During opening day ceremonies, family and friends of JoJo and Artie DeSarbo gathered on FX Caprara victory lane to honor and remember JoJo and Artie. “A couple of weeks ago family and friends of Jack Johnson honored him and tonight we are here to honor JoJo and Artie DeSarbo,” Artie’s daughter Missy said. “Fonda Speedway was a home away from home for both JoJo and Artie.”

“I spent my whole life with those guys,” Ronnie Johnson told the crowd. “They were family. I have a lot of great memories of being at the races with my father, my uncle Joe, JoJo, and Artie. I hope that they are all together up there racing and having a good time. JoJo and Artie were a part of all of my father and my uncle’s wins and championships.”

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer for the evening followed by Amanda Valentine who performed the National Anthem.

Congratulations to Aaron from Sydney, NY who won the 50/50 prize of $3051! As always great job by the 50/50 girls Julie, Heather, and Rose!

Great seeing Terri Mohrman back at the track after a recent surgery. She said that she will hopefully be back in her “Teal Suit” in a couple of weeks on the Safety Team.

The luck of the draw put invader Ryan Godown and Tucker O’Connor on the front row for the start of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Godown taking the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with third place starter 17-year-old Alex Yankowski, sixth place starter and defending Track Champion Rocky Warner, and seventh place starter Stewart Friesen in tow.

With Yankowski, Warner and Friesen battling together for the second position it allowed Godown, who had never seen or run at the Fonda Speedway until tonight, race away to a comfortable advantage. The first yellow flag of the event was out on lap four for Bobby Varin who slowed on the front stretch with a broken right rear shock.

Varin was unable to get back out on track before the race was restarted but caught a break when the red flag came out with no laps completed for a six-car pileup in between turns three and four. The wreck collected 15th place starter Jessica Friesen who was running seventh at the time of the wreck along with Craig Hanson who just can’t catch a break so far in 2022. All drivers were okay after the wreck.

Varin was able to get back out on the lead lap at the rear of the field for this restart with Godown back in the lead. Yankowski continued challenging Godown for the lead on the outside and on lap five he took the lead away from Godown in turns three and four. Yankowski was in lap traffic on lap 11 until JaMike Sowle came to a stop in turn four with a right rear flat. He was able to pit and return at the rear of the field.

Yankowski chose the outside groove for the restart and maintained the lead with 12th place starter Matt DeLorenzo getting by Stewart Friesen for the third position. Another car on the move was defending Track Champion Ronnie Johnson who started the event in the 19th position and was running in the top five just before the halfway point with the top five consisting of Yankowski, Godown, DeLorenzo, Stewart Friesen, and Johnson.

Godown retook the lead from Yankowski on a restart after a lap 18 caution for Jack Lehner who suffered a flat left rear tire while running in the top ten. DeLorenzo was able to get the second position on the restart with Friesen third while Yankowski fell out of the top five. While Godown was running the outside, DeLorenzo was running the inside and challenging for the lead in the turns.

When the final caution of the event came out with four laps to go it set up what announcer Chris Moore called the “Money Restart” with Godown maintaining the lead at the drop of the green flag. After seeing the nose of DeLorenzo many times in each of the turns, Godown decided to try and block DeLorenzo by going low in turn one on the final lap. Godown pushed up in turn two allowing DeLorenzo to get under him and by the time the two got to turn three DeLorenzo was the new race leader.

DeLorenzo would go on to his 39th career win at the “Track of Champions” in the BBL Companies #3D Enders big block powered Bicknell car followed by Godown, Friesen, Warner, and Johnson. “The Track of Champions showing why it is one of the best in New York State,” announcer Chris Moore said during the final laps of the event.

“To be able to do this two week in a row is special and awesome,” DeLorenzo said in victory lane. “I was just trying to keep the car as straight as I could.”

Michael Ballestero led the first two laps of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman after starting on the outside pole with Brett Mortensen in tow after starting fourth. Mortensen took the lead away from Ballestero on the outside of turn four and by lap five held a straightaway advantage. Mortensen was in lap traffic three laps later with 13th place starter Chad Edwards now in the fourth position. At the halfway point Mortensen continued to lead with Edwards now second followed by Ballestero, Troy Zilles, and 12th place starter Cody Clark.

Just after completing lap 13, Mortensen was trying to go around the outside of the lap car of Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald when Wagner-Fitgerald decided to change lanes and hit Mortensen putting him into the turn one wall. Mortensen then climbed the wall and rode on top of it for a short time before coming to rest back down on the track. Fortunately, Mortensen was not injured after the wild ride.

Edwards inherited the lead after the caution with Clark getting up to the second position on the restart. Clark was on Edwards’ rear bumper when the yellow came out with just over five laps to go. Sixteenth place starter Brian Calabrese was the new second place car on the restart after getting by Clark with one final caution out with five laps to go.

Inside five laps to go the restarts are single file with Edwards being pressured heavily by Calabrese after the green flag flew again. Calabrese used the outside in turns three and four on lap 22 to get by Edwards for the lead and went on to his seventh career win in the division in the LM Mason Contracting #21C. Edwards, Clark, Zilles, and Jason Reome completed the top five.

“Chad (Edwards) changed lanes early in the event and we lost some positions over that which upset me a little bit, but I just had to settle down and see what we could do,” Calabrese said in victory lane. “My car was good on the top and the bottom and when my car is that good, I feel that nobody is gonna beat us.”

Steve Cosselman led the first four laps of the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature before all-time division win leader Kenny Gates took over the lead after starting eighth. The yellow flag was out on lap seven for Luke Horning who spun intentionally in turn three to bring out the caution, went to the hot pit for repairs, and continued on at the rear of the field.

Nick Stone was the new fourth place car on the restart and got by Shane Playford at the halfway point with Gates leading followed by Cosselman, Stone, Playford, and ninth place starter Beau Ballard. Stone was in the second position when the yellow flag came out on lap 13 and on the restart took the lead away from Gates.

Stone led the remaining laps for his 62nd career win in the division over Gates, Playford, Ballard, and Cosselman.

“The track was great with two lanes to race on,” Stone said in victory lane. “Gonna have to earn these wins now with handicapping causing us to start in the back.”

Josh Kane led all 15-laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event for the first win of his career in the division. He was followed in the top five by Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, and Kyle Dingman.

Shawn Hemstreet led lap one of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature with Zach McSpirit leading laps two through five. Ken Hollenback took the lead away on lap six and went on to his third win of the season and the 71st of his career in the single overhead cam class while Kerrie Hollenback finished second and was declared the dual overhead cam winner for his second win of the season and the 23rd of his career in the division.

Next Saturday, May 14 Supply Wagon Rentals presents the racing action at Fonda consisting of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars along with all other regular divisions. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m., and Racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Alex Yankowski, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, George Foley, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Dave Constantino, Dylan Scribner, Tucker O’Connor, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Danny Varin (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and 39th win of his career in the division for DeLorenzo.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Godown, 5-18 Yankowski, 19-29 Godown, 30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Curtis

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Blaine Klinger, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael McCallion, Harry Shaffer, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Chip Constantino, Jason Greco, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Cory White, Carter Gibbons

7th career win in the division for Calabrese.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ballestero, 3-13 Brett Mortensen, 14-21 Edwards, 22-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Mansmith, Reome, Ballestero

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Talbot

DID NOT QUALIFY – Dylan Eldred, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kathy Bellen, Travis Billington

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Calabrese advanced from 16th to 1st.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Jason Morrison, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Don Collins, Scott Towslee, Chris Cross, Dillan Vanston (DNS)

3rd win in a row and 62nd of his career in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Steve Cosselman, 5-14 Gates, 15-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Steve Cosselman, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JOSH KANE, Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Kyle Dingman, Bob Rowback, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, Nate Bedell, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Tom D’Angelo, Harold Robitaille, Cian DiMezza, Jonathan Feagles, Mark Lighthall, AJ Greco

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Kane

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kane, Kalkbrenner

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Zach McSpirit, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Lee Horning, Todd Morey, David Peek-Britten, Daniel Joubert, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ McSpirit, Dale VanAllen

3rd win of 2022 and 71st of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

2nd win of 2022 and 23rd of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-5 McSpirit, 6-12 Ken Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/7/2022

DATE – 5/7/2022 DOLLAR NIGHT!

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Alex Yankowski, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, George Foley, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Dave Constantino, Dylan Scribner, Tucker O’Connor, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Danny Varin (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and 39th win of his career in the division for DeLorenzo.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Godown, 5-18 Yankowski, 19-29 Godown, 30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Curtis

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Blaine Klinger, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael McCallion, Harry Shaffer, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Chip Constantino, Jason Greco, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Cory White, Carter Gibbons

7th career win in the division for Calabrese.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ballestero, 3-13 Brett Mortensen, 14-21 Edwards, 22-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Mansmith, Reome, Ballestero

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Talbot

DID NOT QUALIFY – Dylan Eldred, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kathy Bellen, Travis Billington

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Calabrese advanced from 16th to 1st.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Jason Morrison, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Don Collins, Scott Towslee, Chris Cross, Dillan Vanston (DNS)

3rd win in a row and 62nd of his career in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Steve Cosselman, 5-14 Gates, 15-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Steve Cosselman, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JOSH KANE, Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Kyle Dingman, Bob Rowback, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, Nate Bedell, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Tom D’Angelo, Harold Robitaille, Cian DiMezza, Jonathan Feagles, Mark Lighthall, AJ Greco

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Kane

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kane, Kalkbrenner

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Zach McSpirit, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Lee Horning, Todd Morey, David Peek-Britten, Daniel Joubert, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ McSpirit, Dale VanAllen

3rd win of 2022 and 71st of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

2nd win of 2022 and 23rd of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-5 McSpirit, 6-12 Ken Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS “DOLLAR NIGHT” THIS SATURDAY, MAY 7

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 7 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway the management team of BD Motorsports Media LLC presents one of the most popular events of the 2022 season with “Dollar Night” featuring $1 grandstand admission. What great entertainment value this special event provides and all of it for only $1!

All regular divisions will be in action including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

One year ago, Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening after competing the night before in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington and dominated the $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified feature event. The event was the first of the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series of six events between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways with a great crowd on hand on a cold night by the Mohawk River.

Other winners on Pig Skin Pros Night at Fonda last year on May 8 were Jason Greco (1st career win in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (1st career win in the Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series were also on hand one year ago with John Flach (Modified), Stephen Denton (Sportsman), Bryan Scofield (Antique), and Curtis Condon (Late Models) taking the wins in the feature events.

Friesen’s win was his second of the 2021 season at the “Track of Champions”, and he was followed by Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, and Ronnie Johnson.

“I felt like I let all my local fans down last evening in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington while running in the second position late in the race and getting caught up in a wreck,” Friesen told Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore in the FX Caprara Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane one year ago. “I love it here at Fonda, we have a great race team, and the track was hammer down fast tonight, the fastest it’s been in a long time.”

This year the first event of the Thunder on the Thruway Series between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways will be Saturday, May 28 at Fonda followed by another Thunder Series event at Utica Rome on Friday, June 3.

BE SURE TO CATCH THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES EVENT THIS FRIDAY

Special just doesn’t cover the announcement which was made last Wednesday by Friesen and the Halmar Racing Team in a video on Facebook.

“So, for our Darlington Throwback we decided to do an auction with the proceeds going to AIM Autism where the highest bidder could pick our scheme for an idea and layout for a throwback truck at Darlington,” Friesen said in the video. “Shawn & Billie Beckhorn, with a $4,000 bid going to AIM Autism were the winners, which we are super appreciative and grateful for.”

“They decided on a Jack Johnson car, one of my favorites when I was a kid growing up. “It is really cool to represent Jack and kind of the Northeast Modified History in racing in the Camping World Truck Series at Darlington next week. So, a big thanks, it looks awesome, and hopefully it’s as fast as it looks.”

Part of the video was an interview from the past with Jack Johnson, asking him what it meant to be a fan favorite and to be idolized by all of his fans.

“It means a lot, it really does,” Johnson said in the interview. “I walk through the pits at Fonda or come in the parking lot, and for the fans to still be there, I think I must have done something right through all those years. It is really an honor, it really is.”

Another part of the video was Ronnie Johnson talking about the throwback paint scheme and how it came to be.

“Stew kind of blindsided me with this, he came over and started talking to me about it. Then he showed it to me, and it took me a minute to realize what was going on,” Ronnie Johnson said. “As I’m sitting here thinking about it, it is such an honor. For my dad to be a dirt track racer and to be able to be recognized by so many people in so many levels of racing, it’s truly an honor.”

“It was an Olsen car, my father’s Syracuse Super Dirt Week car from 1992 actually,” Ronnie continued. “We re-skinned it over the winter and Gary Marr came up with the paint scheme. My dad always had the neon orange colors, hand painted, and hand lettered. It is just a really cool throwback car; I think he made a good choice.”

The Darlington throwback race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be televised on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. on FS1 so be sure to tune in and be part of a historic evening honoring Fonda Speedway legend Jumpin’ Jack Johnson!

𝘿𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀-𝙄𝙉 tickets for this Saturday’s Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions can be purchased at the link below.

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-7th-drive-in…/

1 parking spot – $30

1 parking spot includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at Fonda Speedway. This Saturday, May 7, brings 𝗗𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗔𝗥 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 back to the Track of Champions. Grandstand admission is just $1 for a complete program of racing.

*Sunoco Modified

*Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

*Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

*Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

*Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $1 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In (includes four passes): $30 – Reserve Now: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-7th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-members) – $30 (Fonda members) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children 5 and under $2

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DELORENZO ENDS NINE YEAR DROUGHT WITH DOMINATING WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – On Saturday afternoon, Matt DeLorenzo attended a softball game that his daughter competed in and afterwards got to the Fonda Speedway to compete in the evenings racing program. When he got to the track everything was ready for him and that was key in being able to score the win in the Sunoco Modified division.

After the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature was completed, DeLorenzo stood in FX Caprara victory lane at Fonda for his 38th career win at the “Track of Champions”. The victory was his first win at Fonda since 9/14/2013 and it also tied him for 10th on the All-Time Win List in the division with CD Coville!

“I have to thank my brother Mike and my teammate Brian (Gleason), DeLorenzo said as he stood in victory lane with the checkered flag. “I got to the track late after attending my daughter’s softball game and they prepared me a great racecar. Brett Deyo is doing a great job here at Fonda and believe me I know how difficult of a job promoting is. To get the win here tonight was awesome.”

Other winners in a jam-packed racing program included Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Lance Hill (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinders), and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

Also in competition was the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series with a special Don Gras Memorial racing program. Winners in the separate divisions in the series were Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antiques), John Marks (MVVDMS Mystiques), Curtis Condon (MVVDMS Late Model), Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Modified), and Brian Gray (MVVDMS Sportsman).

The Don Gras Memorial racing program for the MVVDMS began with a car show by the Vintage competitors at the Fonda Speedway Museum followed by the competition on the racetrack. Don was a true race fan who went to the races on a weekly basis at not only Fonda but other local tracks as well. You could always see Mr. Gras at the track along with his two racing buddies Bob Austin and Don Peterson and if there was a definition of a race fan in the dictionary it would include those three names.

During opening ceremonies, Ed Biittig read a story written by Terri Mohrman about Mr. Gras saying, “Don Gras was a true and trusted friend, I had the opportunity to care for him once he came home and gave him the “Teal Suit TLC Treatment”. “I can’t thank the Gras family enough for allowing me to care for him and making him comfortable at home.”

Current Miss Fonda Fair Alexys Conti performed the National Anthem to begin a great night of racing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Hayleigh from Sprakers was the winner of the 50/50 prize worth $2,536. Great job Fonda Speedway 50/50 ladies!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Jessica Friesen and JaMike Sowle on the front row with Friesen leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag followed by third place starter Rocky Warner in his new ride at Fonda for 2022 owned by Tadd Parks. Pep Corradi brought out the first yellow of the event on lap three when he came to a stop in the infield on the front stretch. On the restart, Warner took the lead away from Friesen with fourth place starter Matt DeLorenzo now second.

Seventh place starter Dave Constantino had a great run-on Saturday evening, getting by Jack Lehner for a spot in the top five on lap six. Back up-front Warner was running the extreme outside on the track while DeLorenzo was running about as low as you could go on the bottom of the track. The two ran side by side in the turns through lap 12 but each lap Warner used momentum on the outside to maintain his lead.

That all changed on lap 13 when DeLorenzo ducked under Warner for the lead in turns three and four. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of DeLorenzo, Warner, Jessica Friesen, Constantino, and 12th place starter Stewart Friesen who was racing a tribute #68 racecar in honor of his late Uncle Alex Friesen who as announcer Chris Moore put it was “a revolutionary promoter who was ahead of his time.”

Just past the halfway point in the event, DeLorenzo moved to the outside with the car working anywhere he put it on the racetrack. With ten laps to go DeLorenzo was out to a straightaway advantage over Warner with Stewart Friesen advancing positions in the closing laps. One by one Stewart Friesen was able to get by Constantino, Jessica Friesen, and with two laps to go got by Warner for the second position.

DeLorenzo was out to a straightaway lead at that point and went on to the win in the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell car over Stewart Friesen, Warner, Ronnie Johnson who came up from his 14th starting position, and Jessica Friesen.

“You’re making me sound old,” DeLorenzo said to Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane as they discussed the win being his first win since 2013. “My brother said that I can’t run a big block, but I guess I showed him tonight. That’s the only motor that we have right now so were gonna have to make it work. Tonight, I was just trying to keep the car as straight as I could.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with pole position starter Cody Clark in the lead with the red flag out before any laps were completed for a wreck in turn four involving Payton Talbot, Dylan Eldred, and Justn Severance who actually went over the concrete wall and came to rest between the concrete wall and catch fence. All drivers were okay after the wreck.

On the restart, Clark continued to lead followed by outside front row position starter Greg Havlichek with positions being shuffled behind the top two. Fourth place starter Mark Mortensen was trying to get to the outside of Havlichek in turn one early in the event with contact made by Havlichek, forcing Mortensen back to the sixth position. Brian Calabrese took advantage of the contact and moved into the third position at that point.

The yellow was out at the halfway point for Tim Dwyer and again on the restart forcing the next restart to be single file by Fonda Speedway rules with Clark still leading followed by Calabrese, fifth place starter Chad Edwards, Mortensen who got back up to the fourth position, and Havlichek.

Edwards got by Calabrese for the second position with ten laps to go with 23rd place starter Tanner Warner up to the sixth position and Talbot who was involved in the lap one accident back up to seventh after restarting at the rear of the field. Clark ran into lap traffic with ten laps to go allowing Edwards to close in during the final laps with Warner in the top five on lap 22 after getting by Clayton DuMond.

On the final lap going into turn four, Clark pushed up the track allowing Edwards to get by for the win, his second of the season and the 15th of his career in the division at Fonda in the John Kollat Motorsports #10%. Clark, Calabrese, Mortensen, and Warner completed the top five. Warner was declared the winner of the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award after advancing eighteen positions from 23rd to 5th.

“It is tough to start on the pole,” Edwards said in victory lane. “I just kept trying to reel him in and I felt like I was catching him, then when he got out of the brown while in lap traffic, I was able to get by him for the win.”

Lance Hill started on the pole for the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Hill led every lap in the event for his first career win in the division at Fonda followed by Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Jonathan Feagles, and last week’s winner Kyle Dingman.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature began with All-Time Win leader in the division Kenny Gates on the pole and taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Last weeks winner Nick Stone started the event from the fourth position and was the second-place car behind Gates with fifth place starter Luke Horning third.

Stone was the new race leader on lap four after getting by Gates on the outside of turn four with Horning also getting by Gates for the second position. At the halfway point, Stone was the race leader followed by Horning, Gates, Beau Ballard, and Shane Playford. Despite a yellow flag with three laps to go, that was the top five at the checkered flag with Stone getting the 61st win of his career in the division at Fonda.

“It was a different track tonight,” Stone said in victory lane. “I was just trying to keep my momentum up and not spin my tires.”

John Napoli led the first two laps in the 10-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature with Kerrie Hollenback taking the lead away on lap three after starting seventh. Kerrie’s brother Ken started the event in the 12th position, took the lead on lap seven, and went on to his 70th career win in the division in his single overhead cam race car. Kerrie Hollenback finished second and was declared the dual overhead cam winner with Napoli, Lee Horning, Dale VanAllen.

Next Saturday, May 7 will be $1 Night at Fonda with $1 grandstand admission and racing in all regular divisions. Starting next Saturday gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – MATT DELORENZO – Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Demetrious Drellos, Danny Varin, Jack Lehner, David Schilling, JaMike Sowle, Adam McAuliffe, Bobby Varin, George Foley, Chris Curtis, Rich Christman, Brian Pessolano, Tucker O’Connor, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Craig Hanson, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi

38th career win at Fonda for DeLorenzo and his first win since 9/14/2013

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Jessica Zemken, 4-12 Warner, 13-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hanson, Constantino, McAuliffe, Warner

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – David Schilling

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jim Introne, Brian Gleason, Don Bellen, Bill August, Aaron Jacobs

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS, Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Payton Talbot, Clayton DuMond, Tony Farone, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Greg Havlichek, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeff Gallup, Dylan Eldred, Troy Palmer, Brett Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Tim Dwyer, Kevin Crave, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Justin Severance, Michael McCallion (DNS), Michael Ballestero (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 for Edwards and the 15th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-24 Clark, 25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – DuMond, Reome, Severance, Greco

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Zilles

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Kathy Bellen, Anthony Cardamone, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Warner advanced 18 positions from 23rd to 5th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Scott Towslee, Jason Morrison, Andy Graves, Tyler Bushey, Randy Cosselman, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Slater Baker, Don Collins, Ivan Joslin, Jim Normoyle, Chuck Dumblewski

2nd win of 2022 for Stone and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Gates, 4-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dumblewski, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – LANCE HILL, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Jonathan Feagles, Kyle Dingman, Craig Wholly, Nate Bedell, Bob Rowback, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, AJ Greco, Frank Twing Jr., Ryan Sweet, Tommy D’Angelo, John Anderson, Michael Kalkbrenner (DNS), Brady Cordova (DNS), Josh Kane (DNS), Harold Robitaille (DNS)

1st career win for Hill in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Hill

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, Dufel

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 10-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Lee Horning, Dale VanAllen, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, TJ Marlitt, Zach McSpirit, Len St. Andrews, Annabella Ball, Christopher Jennings Sr., Gina Voris

2nd win of 2022 for Ken Hollenback and the 70th of his career in the division at Fonda

1st win of 2022 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 22nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Napoli, 3-6 Kerrie Hollenback, 7-10 Ken Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUES – JIMMY FUGEL

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUES – JOHN MARKS

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL – CURTIS CONDON

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED – RANDY DELANEY

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN – BRIAN GRAY

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 4/30/2022

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – MATT DELORENZO – Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Demetrious Drellos, Danny Varin, Jack Lehner, David Schilling, JaMike Sowle, Adam McAuliffe, Bobby Varin, George Foley, Chris Curtis, Rich Christman, Brian Pessolano, Tucker O’Connor, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Craig Hanson, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi

38th career win at Fonda for DeLorenzo and his first win since 9/14/2013

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Jessica Zemken, 4-12 Warner, 13-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hanson, Constantino, McAuliffe, Warner

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – David Schilling

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jim Introne, Brian Gleason, Don Bellen, Bill August, Aaron Jacobs

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS, Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Payton Talbot, Clayton DuMond, Tony Farone, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Greg Havlichek, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeff Gallup, Dylan Eldred, Troy Palmer, Brett Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Tim Dwyer, Kevin Crave, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Justin Severance, Michael McCallion (DNS), Michael Ballestero (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 for Edwards and the 15th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-24 Clark, 25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – DuMond, Reome, Severance, Greco

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Zilles

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Kathy Bellen, Anthony Cardamone, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Warner advanced 18 positions from 23rd to 5th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Scott Towslee, Jason Morrison, Andy Graves, Tyler Bushey, Randy Cosselman, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Slater Baker, Don Collins, Ivan Joslin, Jim Normoyle, Chuck Dumblewski

2nd win of 2022 for Stone and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Gates, 4-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dumblewski, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – LANCE HILL, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Jonathan Feagles, Kyle Dingman, Craig Wholly, Nate Bedell, Bob Rowback, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, AJ Greco, Frank Twing Jr., Ryan Sweet, Tommy D’Angelo, John Anderson, Michael Kalkbrenner (DNS), Brady Cordova (DNS), Josh Kane (DNS), Harold Robitaille (DNS)

1st career win for Hill in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Hill

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, Dufel

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 10-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Lee Horning, Dale VanAllen, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, TJ Marlitt, Zach McSpirit, Len St. Andrews, Annabella Ball, Christopher Jennings Sr., Gina Voris

2nd win of 2022 for Ken Hollenback and the 70th of his career in the division at Fonda

1st win of 2022 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 22nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Napoli, 3-6 Kerrie Hollenback, 7-10 Ken Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUES – JIMMY FUGEL

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUES – JOHN MARKS

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL – CURTIS CONDON

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED – RANDY DELANEY

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN – BRIAN GRAY

FONDA SPEEDWAY CLOSES OUT THE MONTH OF APRIL WITH A REGULAR RACING PROGRAM IN ALL DIVISIONS ALONG WITH THE MVVDMS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After a successful racing program last Sunday to open up the 2022 season with a total of 129 race cars in the pit area, attention now turns to a regular racing program in all regular divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders this Saturday, April 30.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will also be in action at Fonda on Saturday with a special Don Gras Memorial event honoring a beloved race fan and a true gentleman. MVVDMS cars will be on display at the Fonda Speedway Museum starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon!

One year ago this week, a driver won the first Sunoco Modified feature of his career at Fonda in a race car that has played a big part in Fonda Speedway history. First career wins are special moments in a driver’s racing career. But to win in a car that has ties to the history of a racetrack makes it even more special to not only the driver but the race team as well.

That is what took place on Saturday evening May 1, 2021, at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway when Jack Lehner took the iconic family-owned Nelson Motorsports #85 to the FX Caprara Victory Lane after leading all 30-laps of the Sunoco Modified feature event.

“To get a win for me is special,” Lehner said in victory lane. “But to get a win for them (car owners Bill & Erik Nelson) makes it even better. I got my start here at Fonda, so it holds a special place in my heart. I can’t think of a better place to get a win. Erik & Bill put everything into this so I’m happy to get a win for them. There is nothing like getting a win to build your confidence because thinking that you can win and knowing that you can win are two totally different situations.”

Lehner became the 135th different driver in the history of the Fonda Speedway to win in the Modified division in 1381 total racing events (1381 total racing events at the time of last year’s victory).

The Nelson Motorsport’s/Bloomfield’s Florist sponsored #85 has been a part of Fonda Speedway history for many years with both Bill and Erik behind the wheel of the car at Fonda, Erik with a win in the Open Sportsman division back on 7/30/2005. Demetrious Drellos also drove the Nelson Motorsports #85 to victory lane at Fonda for his first career win back on 6/16/2018.

Other winners one year ago this week include Brian Borst (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Stephen Gray (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Tyler White (DOHC) and Shawn Hemstreet (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Cruisers.

A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT/UNVEILING

In victory lane last Sunday evening on Opening Night 2022 at Fonda, the winner of the $12,000 to win Andy’s Speed Shop sponsored Montgomery County Open Stewart Friesen said that a special announcement would be coming out of the Halmar Race Shop this week. Special just doesn’t cover the announcement which was made on Wednesday of this week by Friesen and the Halmar Racing Team in a video on Facebook.

“So, for our Darlington Throwback we decided to do an auction with the proceeds going to AIM Autism where the highest bidder could pick our scheme for an idea and layout for a throwback truck at Darlington,” Friesen said in the video. “Shawn & Billie Beckhorn, with a $4,000 bid going to AIM Autism were the winners, which we are super appreciative and grateful for.”

“They decided on a Jack Johnson car, one of my favorites when I was a kid growing up. “It is really cool to represent Jack and kind of the Northeast Modified History in racing in the Camping World Truck Series at Darlington next week. So, a big thanks, it looks awesome, and hopefully it’s as fast as it looks.”

Part of the video was an interview from the past with Jack Johnson, asking him what it meant to be a fan favorite and to be idolized by all of his fans.

“It means a lot, it really does,” Johnson said in the interview. “I walk through the pits at Fonda or come in the parking lot, and for the fans to still be there, I think I must have done something right through all those years. It is really an honor, it really is.”

Another part of the video was Ronnie Johnson talking about the throwback paint scheme and how it came to be.

“Stew kind of blindsided me with this, he came over and started talking to me about it. Then he showed it to me, and it took me a minute to realize what was going on,” Ronnie Johnson said. “As I’m sitting here thinking about it, it is such an honor. For my dad to be a dirt track racer and to be able to be recognized by so many people in so many levels of racing, it’s truly an honor.”

“It was an Olsen car, my fathers Syracuse Super Dirt Week car from 1992 actually,” Ronnie continued. “We re-skinned it over the winter and Gary Marr came up with the paint scheme. My dad always had the neon orange colors, hand painted, and hand lettered. It is just a really cool throwback car; I think he made a good choice.”

The Darlington throwback race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be televised on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. on FS1 so be sure to tune in and be part of a historic evening honoring Fonda Speedway legend Jumpin’ Jack Johnson!

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at Fonda Speedway. The action resumes at the Track of Champions this Saturday, April 30.

*GoSunoco Modified – Points Begin

*Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

*Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – $1,000 to win

*Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Limited Sportsman

*Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

*Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds Racing Series

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

Grandstand Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and up): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In (includes four passes): $60 – Reserve Now: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/…/Apr-30-2022_at…

Pit Admission: $35 (non-members) – $30 (Fonda members) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children 5 and under $2

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free but this Saturday, April 30 the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will have their nostalgic race cars on display at the museum starting at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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