PIG SKIN PROS PRESENTS RACE NUMBER ONE IN THE “IT’S HUGE” FUCCILLO AUTOPLEX OF NELLISTON THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES THIS SATURDAY MAY 8 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday evening May 8 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Pig Skin Pros will sponsor the racing activities in all regular divisions along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who will also be in action. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The feature events for the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will be race number one in the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series between the two BD Motorsports promoted tracks, the Fonda Speedway, and the Utica Rome Speedway.

The Sunoco Modifieds will run a 35-lap event paying $4,000 to win and $300 to take the green flag while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500 to win and $125 to take the green flag and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will run a 20-lap event paying $1,000 to win and $80 to take the green flag.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will also be in action in their normal feature event distances.

The “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series will be a six-race series with three races at the Fonda Speedway and three races at the Utica Rome Speedway. A separate point fund with increased purses for each event will highlight the series and give the drivers a chance to win some extra money in purses and the point fund.

Other events in the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series will be held on Friday, May 14 (Utica Rome), Saturday, July 3 (Fonda), Friday, July 30 (Utica Rome), Saturday, July 24 (Fonda), and Sunday, September 5 (Utica Rome). Purses for the series events and point fund payouts are available for viewing on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page along with the rules for each division.

The “Man with the Red Chair” has also come on board to provide a bonus for the first three finishers in each of the three Algonkin Motel Pro Stock features held at the Fonda Speedway during the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series. The top three finishers in each feature will receive $250, $150, and $100 respectively for a total of $500!

The “It’s” Huge Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston has come on board to sponsor the combined pace truck for both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways and they also sponsor the “Mike Cole Memorial” victory lane at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

A look at the current Fonda Speedway point standings shows Josh Hohenforst leading the way in the Sunoco Modified division with 127 followed in the top five by Craig Hanson (113), Rocky Warner (111), Ronnie Johnson and Brian Gleason both with 105 points. Defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Chad Edwards leads the way in that division with 164 points followed by Cody Clark (162), Tony Farone (146), Tim Hartman Jr. and Mark Mortensen both with 140 points.

Defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Nick Stone leads the way in that division with 172 followed by Beau Ballard (156), Kenny Gates (146), Chuck Dumblewski (138), and Josh Coonradt (132). Carter Gibbons leads the way in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman points with 172 while Tyler White leads the way in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division with 154 points.

Making an appearance along with their racecars at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday before the racing program begins will be last week’s Sunoco Modified feature winner Jack Lehner and the Bill & Erik Nelson owned Bloomfield’s Florist sponsored #85 along with Brian Borst and the family owned Midtel sponsored #69.

THIS WEEK AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

Saturday, May 8

Pig Skin Pros presents…

The “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston

Thunder on the Thruway Series Event No. 1

Modifieds 35 laps – $4,000 to win, $300 to start.

Crate 602 Sportsman – 25 laps, $1,500 to win, $125 to start.

Pro Stock – 20 laps, $1,000 to win, $80 to start.

Plus:

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

Adult Admission: $15

Seniors (ages 65 and up): $13

Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In (includes up to four passes): $75.

Reserve Drive-In Spaces at the Following Link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/

Pit Admission:

$30 (Fonda Members)

$35 (Non-Members)

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.

The Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com. Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway.

FIRST CAREER WIN AT FONDA FOR LEHNER IN THE ICONIC NELSON MOTORSPORTS #85

By: Ron Szczerba

 Fonda, NY – 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 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway when Jack Lehner took the iconic family-owned Nelson Motorsports #85 to the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane.

“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.”

Lehner became the 135th different driver in the history of the Fonda Speedway to win in the Modified division in 1381 racing events! 

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 on Southern Adirondack Night presented by O’Connor Motorsports were 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.

Former Miss Fonda Fair in 2006 and winner of the Fonda Fair Karaoke contest in 2016 & 2018 Amanda Valentine sang the National Anthem and Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore gave the invocation before the first green flag of the evening fell from starter Joe Kriss. Fans also took part in giveaways by Todd Cipperly of Farmers Insurance at intermission as Race Director Denny Tilison and Ed Biittig Sr. threw out items to the fans,

The Sunoco Modifieds started their 30-lap main event with Andel Collins and Jack Lehner on the front row decided by the luck of the draw. Lehner took the top spot at the drop of the green flag followed by third place starter Jessica Friesen with last week’s winner Rocky Warner up to the third position just before the first yellow of the event came out on lap three.

Lehner continued to lead on the restart with Matt DeLorenzo and defending track champion Michael Maresca just behind Warner after starting sixth and eighth, respectively. DeLorenzo and Maresca both got by Warner on lap seven with Lehner out to a straightaway advantage by lap 11 and two laps later he was in heavy lap traffic.

Friesen closed in on Lehner on lap 19 as Lehner was having problems getting by the lap cars of Jeff Rockefeller and Derrick McGrew Jr. who were racing side by side for position. When Lehner finally cleared the lap cars he again moved out to a comfortable lead. DeLorenzo moved into the second position on lap 24 after getting by Friesen with Maresca also getting by Friesen for the third spot.

Maresca’s great run came to an end with four laps to go when he came in contact with the inside wall in turn two and pulled into the infield on the backstretch out of the event. Seventh place starter Craig Hanson and 10th place starter Tim Fuller were in the top five and on the move with only two laps remaining, but it was Lehner who went on to his first career victory at Fonda.

DeLorenzo, Hanson, Friesen, and Fuller completed the top five in the event.

“I got my start here at Fonda, so it holds a special place in my heart,” Lehner said. “I can’t think of a better place to get a win. Erik & Bill put everything into this so I’m happy to get as 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.”

The first week of handicapping in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman saw two former Rookie/Limited Sportsman campaigners Dylan Eldred and 2020 Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Track Champion Brett Mortensen on the front row with Mortensen taking the early lead.

By lap seven Mortensen was out to a straightaway advantage and five laps later he was in lap traffic. At the halfway point, the top five consisted of Mortensen, Eldred, fifth place starter Brian Borst, Anthony Cardamone, and forth place starter Tucker O’Connor. Eldred closed in on Mortensen in lap traffic just past the halfway point with 11th place starter Cody Clark up to the fourth position on lap 18.

Borst was the new second place car with five laps to go and was able to get by Mortensen for the lead in lap traffic on lap 21. Clark also got by Mortensen for the second position but Borst was just too strong as he took his Midtel sponsored family owned #69 to victory lane for his second career win in the division after the event went caution free. Borst also has a total of 15 wins in the former “Open” Sportsman division at the “Track of Champions”.

Clark, Mortensen, Eldred, and ninth place starter Tony Farone completed the top five.

“We cooked a motor last week and this is our old motor in the car tonight,” Borst told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We hit the setup dead on tonight and when I saw the leader in lap traffic, I knew that I had to get up there and get him. I missed racing for 15 years, I couldn’t even come here to watch, but my family was able to talk me into it again.”      

The 20-lap Algonkin Pro Stock feature was worth $1,000 to the winner as it was race number one in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series and despite many cautions slowing the event nothing could take away from the side-by-side race to the win.

Bill Knapp led from the outside pole at the start of the event with third place starter Luke Horning in tow. Horning took the lead away from Knapp on a lap four restart with seventh place starter Ivan Joslin on the move early, sitting in the third position on lap seven after getting by Steve Cosselman for the position.

Joslin’s great run came to an end on lap eight as he spun in turn two after contact in the rear by Jason Morrison who was put to the rear for his actions. On the restart, 12th place starter Nick Stone moved into the second position with Cosselman now the new third place car. While Horning was working the outside of the speedway, Stone was working the inside as the two raced side by side for the lead.

Stone took the lead away from Horning on the inside of the backstretch on lap 17 with the final caution of the event coming out on lap 18 with only two laps to go. Once the race was restarted Stone and Horning were side by side over the remaining laps, Horning leading lap 19 while Stone stayed low on the speedway to take the lead back on the final lap for his 54th win in the division which is second on the all-time win list.

Horning, sixth place starter Josh Coonradt, 11th place starter Kenny Gates, and 13th place starter Beau Ballard completed the top five in the event.

“Thanks to Todd Hoffman who owns this car for this opportunity,” Stone said in victory lane. “I like to get a win early in the season, but we’ve had a lot of second place finishes so far wherever we ran. Winning gives you more confidence and that was one heck of the race. We raced hard (with Horning) but we’ve been racing together for a long time.”

John Young led the first eight laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman feature before third place starter Stephen Gray took over the lead at the line to complete lap nine. Gray went on to his second career win in the division followed by last week’s winner Carter Gibbons, Young, Kyle Dingman, and opening night winner Jeremy Tyrrell.

Brandon Tyler was the first driver to lead a lap in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Cruiser feature with seventh place starter Billy Hillman leading the second lap. 10th place starter Tyler White took the lead away on lap three and never looked back as he took the overall win, his second win of the season in the DOHC class. Shawn Hemstreet finished fifth overall but was declared the SOHC winner.

Next Saturday, May 8 will be the first race in the Thunder on the Thruway Series between Fonda Speedway and Utica Rome Speedway both promoted by BD Motorsports Media. The Sunoco Modifieds will race for a $4,000 to win prize while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will race for $1,500 to win and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks $1,000 to win. There will be a separate point fund paid out at the end of the six-race series of three races at each track.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fait Cruisers will also be in action on May 8 along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series. Racing will begin at 7:00 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.

O’Connor Motorsports Southern Adirondack Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – JACK LEHNER, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Tim Fuller, Josh Hohenforst, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, David Schilling, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, Brian Pessolano, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, George Foley, Dylan Scribner, Michael Maresca, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-30 Lehner

Heat Race Winners – Hanson, Collins, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – BRIAN BORST, Cody Clark, Brett Mortensen, Dylan Eldred, Tony Farone, Tucker O’Connor, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Anthony Cardamone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Troy Palmer, Nick Scavia, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Tanner Warner, David Manchester, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Dan Santabarbara

Lap Leaders – 1-20 Brett Mortensen, 21-25 Borst

Heat Race Winners – Mark Mortensen, Clark, Burton, Eldred

Consi Race Winners – Gibbons, Hartman Jr.

Did Not Qualify – Chip Constantino, Jason Reome, Fire Swamp, William August, Jason Greco, Don Bellen, Griffen Mansmith, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Shane Larman, Brad Elger, Dana Camenga, EJ McAuliffe 

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Hartman Jr. 11 spots, 22nd to 11th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 to win – 1st race in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series – 20-Laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Frank Hoard Jr., Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Gary Silkey, Mike Kalkbrenner, Terry Graves, Andy Graves, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Ivan Joslin, AJ Walters, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Chris Cross 

Lap Leaders – 1-3 Knapp, 4-16 Horning, 17-18 Stone, 19 Horning, 20 Stone 

Heat Race Winners – Morrison, Stone, Silkey 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – STEPHEN GRAY, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, Clayton DuMond, Taylor LaPlante, Ryan Sweet, Jonathan Feagles, Bill Port 

Lap Leaders – 1-8 Young, 9-15 Gray

Heat Race Winner – Young

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – TYLER WHITE (DOHC), Billy Hillman, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, SHAWN HEMSTREET (SOHC), Brandon Tyler, Wayne Russell Jr., Ken Hollenback, Zach McSpirit, Dale VanAllen, AJ VanHoesen, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Slappy White

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 5/1/2021

O’Connor Motorsports Southern Adirondack Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – JACK LEHNER, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Tim Fuller, Josh Hohenforst, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, David Schilling, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, Brian Pessolano, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, George Foley, Dylan Scribner, Michael Maresca, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-30 Lehner

Heat Race Winners – Hanson, Collins, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – BRIAN BORST, Cody Clark, Brett Mortensen, Dylan Eldred, Tony Farone, Tucker O’Connor, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Anthony Cardamone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Troy Palmer, Nick Scavia, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Tanner Warner, David Manchester, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Dan Santabarbara

Lap Leaders – 1-20 Brett Mortensen, 21-25 Borst

Heat Race Winners – Mark Mortensen, Clark, Burton, Eldred

Consi Race Winners – Gibbons, Hartman Jr.

Did Not Qualify – Chip Constantino, Jason Reome, Fire Swamp, William August, Jason Greco, Don Bellen, Griffen Mansmith, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Shane Larman, Brad Elger, Dana Camenga, EJ McAuliffe

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Hartman Jr. 11 spots, 22nd to 11th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 to win – 1st race in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series – 20-Laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Frank Hoard Jr., Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Gary Silkey, Mike Kalkbrenner, Terry Graves, Andy Graves, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Ivan Joslin, AJ Walters, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Chris Cross

Lap Leaders – 1-3 Knapp, 4-16 Horning, 17-18 Stone, 19 Horning, 20 Stone

Heat Race Winners – Morrison, Stone, Silkey

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – STEPHEN GRAY, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, Clayton DuMond, Taylor LaPlante, Ryan Sweet, Jonathan Feagles, Bill Port

Lap Leaders – 1-8 Young, 9-15 Gray

Heat Race Winner – Young

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – TYLER WHITE (DOHC), Billy Hillman, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, SHAWN HEMSTREET (SOHC), Brandon Tyler, Wayne Russell Jr., Ken Hollenback, Zach McSpirit, Dale VanAllen, AJ VanHoesen, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Slappy White

O’CONNOR MOTORSPORTS PRESENTS SOUTHERN ADIRONDACK NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY MAY 1

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action this Saturday, May 1 with a regular racing program in all divisions highlighted by race number one of six in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks featuring a $1,000 to win event for the full-bodied cars.

All other regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, May 1 including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Cruisers. For the first event in a new month of May the gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The heat race events have been highly competitive for the first two weeks of the 2021 season as the only repeat winner of a qualifying race has been Kenny Gates in the Algonkin Pro Stock division winning his heat race in both weeks of competition.

Other qualifying race winners at Fonda so far in 2021 include Stewart Friesen, Bobby Varin, Brian Gleason, Cale Ross, defending track champion Michael Maresca, Rocky Warner, Danny Tyler, Tim Fuller (consolation), and Alan Johnson (consolation) in the Sunoco Modified division; Tim Dwyer, Finch Fenton, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Brian Borst, Mike Ketchum (consolation), Addison Bowman (consolation), Jason Greco (consolation), and Tanner Warner (consolation) in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman.

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat race events were won by Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, defending track champion Nick Stone, and Kenny Gates for a second time in two weeks. The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman heat race events were won by Taylor LaPlante, Stephen Gray, Johnny Young, and Clayton DuMond.

FAN POLICY FOR SATURDAY, MAY 1

Southern Adirondack Night presented by O’Connor Motorsports

$5.00 Off Grandstand Admission for Hamilton County Residents with ID

Dollar Dog Night – $1.00 Hot Dogs

Gates Open: 4:00 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6:00 p.m. – Racing 7:00 p.m.

Weekly Grandstand Pricing: – Adults: $11.00 – Seniors (ages 65 and above): $9.00 – Kids 11 and under: FREE

Weekly Pit Admission Pricing: Fonda Member: $30.00 – Non-Member: $35.00

FONDA SPEEDWAY DRIVE-IN POLICY FOR SATURDAY, MAY 1

RESERVE ONLINE ONLY

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdzEkzSGmGtwy…/viewform

  • 45 Available Infield Drive-In Spots – Reservations will be answered in the order they are received.
  • $60.00/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (attendees must arrive together).
  • Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, April 29th at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.
  • Minors must have a 2021 release form on file or completed at the gate.
  • Drive-In attendees may enter between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • When arriving to the speedway, Drive-In vehicles will stay to the right and form one line in the parking area.
  • All vehicles will exit the infield on the backstretch out of the turn-two gate.
  • Please cooperate with all parking attendants and security.

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.

ROCKY WARNER GIVES CAR OWNER JAKE SPRAKER $12,000 REASONS TO SMILE AFTER MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – The luck of the draw placed Rocky Warner on the pole position for the start of the 40-lap, $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday night in the Jake Spraker owned #1J Teo Pro Car.

At the conclusion of the 40-lap event, Warner celebrated the win in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane and when victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro said to him nice to see you here in victory lane, his response was “I almost forgot where victory lane was,” he said. “We went winless in 2020 what a way to start 2021.”

It was Warner’s first win at Fonda since 7/27/2019, the same year that he won the Modified Track Championship at Fonda.

The win also guarantees Warner a starting spot in the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 to be held on Saturday, September 18.

Other winners on Andy’s Speed Shop Night at Fonda included Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Devon Camenga (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Carter Gibbons (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Slappy White (Fonda Fair Cruiser DOHC), Wayne Russell Jr. (Fonda Fair Cruiser SOHC), Darral Hulbert (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Modified), Curtis Condon (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Late Model), Jon Kuleszo (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Sportsman), and Frank Blanchard (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Antique).

Brandon Strouse was the winner of the 50/50 prize of $3675!

Before the first green flag started the racing program announcer Chris Moore gave the invocation and prayer while starter Joe Kriss performed the National Anthem. With 140 cars in the pit area, it was a busy and exciting night of racing on a beautiful spring evening.

Warner led from his pole position start at the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap Montgomery County Open Sunoco Modified main event with Jackie Brown Jr. in tow. Craig Hanson started the event in the seventh position, but he didn’t stay there long as he was already up to the fourth position on lap two with the yellow flag slowing the field at that point.

Another caution was out on the restart resulting in the next one being single file with Ronnie Johnson getting by both Bobby Varin and Hanson for the third position after Johnson started in the eighth position. Warner held a straightaway advantage by lap six with 11th place starter and defending track champion Michael Maresca making his way through the field up to the fifth position.

A restart on lap eight saw Warner continue to lead with Johnson now the new second place car while Hanson and Maresca were next in line. Maresca slowed coming out of turn four on lap 14 and drove to the infield ending his night while running fourth. Warner was in lap traffic at the halfway point in the event with the top five consisting of Warner, Johnson, Hanson, 12th place starter Matt DeLorenzo, and Varin.

With Warner having issues getting by the lap car of Shane Jablonka it allowed Johnson to close in just past the halfway point with the final yellow of the event coming out on lap 23 for Jablonka who came to a stop on the backstretch.

Warner pulled away again on the restart and led the remaining laps for his seventh career win in the division over Johnson, Hanson, DeLorenzo, and 14th place starter Anthony Perrego who was the winner of the Montgomery County Open at Fonda last fall.

“I actually hate starting on the pole I’d rather start fifth or sixth, but I just stayed on the bottom and after trying to decide whether to run a softer tire we ran the same tire that we run here weekly and it worked,” Warner said. “Last week the car just wouldn’t run, Jake came in the shop and said what’s wrong, so we sent the carburetor out and thanks to Pro Power and Willy’s for their help getting it straightened out.”

Last week’s winner and defending track champion Chad Edwards started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature on the outside pole and immediately took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Payton Talbot in tow. Cody Clark was on the move early taking the third position away from Tim Hartman Jr. on lap six and one lap later the second spot away from Talbot.

Two yellow flags slowed the field on consecutive laps just past the halfway point in the event with a single file restart ensuing on lap 15 with Edwards still in control. He would lead the remaining laps for his 11th career win in the division in the John Kollar owned #10% followed by Clark, Hartman, Tony Farone, and Talbot.

“Last week was my first ever opening night win here at Fonda and tonight was my first ever back-to-back win,” Edwards said in victory lane. “The track was completely different from last week, but I started on the outside pole and got in front of the #14 at the start and tried to stay on the bottom.”

Devon Camenga started the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the pole and led at the start over third place starter Steve Cosselman. On a restart after the first yellow flag in the event on lap four, Camenga continued to lead with Jim Normoyle and Jason Morrison the new second and third place cars while seventh place starter and defending track champion Nick Stone went three wide on the backstretch to get into the top five.

Another caution on lap six slowed the field and on this restart Morrison and Stone were now second and third, with Stone getting past Morrison for the second position just before another caution flag flew to slow the field. At the halfway point, the top five consisted of Camenga, Stone, Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, and Normoyle with one final caution flag out on lap 11.

Camenga continued to lead on the restart with Stone pressuring him for a couple of laps before Camenga started to pull away. Eighth place starter Kenny Gates was the new third place car on the restart, but it was Camenga who pulled away and took the checkered flag to become the 97th different winner on the All-Time win list with his first career win.

Stone, Gates, Dumblewski, and ninth place starter and last week’s winner Beau Ballard completing the top five.

“It’s been a little over nine years to get my first career win anywhere,” Camenga said in victory lane. “People don’t realize how hard it is but tonight they were going to have to move me off the bottom if they were going to get by me. I’m at a loss of words right now.”

Carter Gibbons led every lap in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event for his first career win at Fonda. Last weeks winner Jeremy Tyrrell was second followed by Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, and Mike Formont. “I can’t believe it,” Gibbons said in victory lane. “I’ve been trying a long time for this and have a lot of second place finishes to show for it until tonight.”

The two winners in the Fonda Fair Cruiser division were disqualified with Slappy White (DOHC) and Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC) being declared the winners. For White it was his first career win at Fonda while for Russell it was his second career victory.

Next Saturday, May 1 will be O’Connor Motorsports/Southern Adirondack Night at Fonda with Dollar Dogs and all divisions in action. It will be the first of six events in the Pro Stock American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series with $1,000 to win. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 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.

DATE – 4/24/2021 Andy’s Speed Shop Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open – 40-Laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, Anthony Perrego, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Jackie Brown, Jr., Billy Pauch Jr., David Schilling, Alan Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Hoetzler, Dave Constantino, JaMike Sowle, Dave Marcuccilli, Rich Christman, Shane Jablonka, Chris Curtis, Michael Maresca, Alan Barker, Brian Pessolano, Danny Tyler, Cale Ross, Brian Gleason, Brandon Hightower

Lap Leaders – 1-40 Warner

Heat Race Winners – Ross, Maresca, Warner, Tyler all won $112 from Finish Line Landscaping

Consolation Race Winners – Fuller, Alan Johnson

Did Not Qualify – Steve Akers, Bobby Hackel IV, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, Bailey Boyd, Danny Hieber, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Dylan Scribner, George Foley, Brett Hass

MAC Tools Hard Charger Award $500 certificate – Tim Fuller 15 spots 21st to 6th

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Brian Calabrese, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Ricky Quick, Tanner Warner, Chip Constantino, Aaron Burton, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Thompson, Addison Bowman, Jason Greco, Troy Zilles, Bill August, Brett Mortensen, Brian Borst, Fire Swamp, Tucker O’Connor, EJ McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-25 Edwards

Heat Race Winners – Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Clark, Borst

Consolation Race Winners – Greco, Warner

Did Not Qualify – Dylan Eldred, Dave Ricer, Kathy Bellen, Anthony Cardamone, Rick Wegner Jr., Michael McCallion, Shane Larman, Joe Orlando, Ray Zemken, Griffen Mansmith, Jason Reome

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – $100 certificate Kurtis Hohensheldt

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – DEVON CAMENGA, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Jim Normoyle, AJ Walters, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Dan Krajewski (DNS)

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Camenga, 12 Stone, 13-20 Camenga

Heat Race Winners – Stone, Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CARTER GIBBONS, Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Mike Formont, Johnny Young, Kyle Dingman, Jerry Cohn, Ryan Sweet, Stephen Gray, Jonathan Feagles

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Gibbons

Heat Race Winners – Young, DuMond

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), WAYNE RUSSELL JR. (SOHC), Justin Pope, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Billy Hillman, Zach McSpirit, Shawn Hemstreet, Andrew VanHoesen, Lee Horning, Ken Hollenback, Tyler White, Dale VanAllen, Brandon Tyler, David Peek-Britten, Jamie Warner, Tony Frezzo (DQ), PJ Bleau (DQ)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – FRANK BLANCHARD, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Stew Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Taylor Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES VINTAGE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JON KULESZO, Dan Wood, Stephen Denton, Bryon Seyfried, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Mike Brown, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Jimmy Fugel, Mike Wheeler, Carl Cram

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – DARRAL HULBERT, Merv Blackwell, Stanley Wetmore, Randy Delaney, Jack Miller, Joe Firstium, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Kirk Lawson, Will Reed, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner (DNS)

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 4/24/2021 ANDY’S SPEED SHOP NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open – 40-Laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, Anthony Perrego, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Jackie Brown, Jr., Billy Pauch Jr., David Schilling, Alan Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Hoetzler, Dave Constantino, JaMike Sowle, Dave Marcuccilli, Rich Christman, Shane Jablonka, Chris Curtis, Michael Maresca, Alan Barker, Brian Pessolano, Danny Tyler, Cale Ross, Brian Gleason, Brandon Hightower

Lap Leaders – 1-40 Warner

Heat Race Winners – Ross, Maresca, Warner, Tyler all won $112 from Finish Line Landscaping

Consolation Race Winners – Fuller, Alan Johnson

Did Not Qualify – Steve Akers, Bobby Hackel IV, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, Bailey Boyd, Danny Hieber, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Dylan Scribner, George Foley, Brett Hass

MAC Tools Hard Charger Award $500 certificate – Tim Fuller 15 spots 21st to 6th

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Brian Calabrese, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Ricky Quick, Tanner Warner, Chip Constantino, Aaron Burton, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Thompson, Addison Bowman, Jason Greco, Troy Zilles, Bill August, Brett Mortensen, Brian Borst, Fire Swamp, Tucker O’Connor, EJ McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-25 Edwards

Heat Race Winners – Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Clark, Borst

Consolation Race Winners – Greco, Warner

Did Not Qualify – Dylan Eldred, Dave Ricer, Kathy Bellen, Anthony Cardamone, Rick Wegner Jr., Michael McCallion, Shane Larman, Joe Orlando, Ray Zemken, Griffen Mansmith, Jason Reome

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – $100 certificate Kurtis Hohensheldt

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – DEVON CAMENGA, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Jim Normoyle, AJ Walters, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Dan Krajewski (DNS)

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Camenga, 12 Stone, 13-20 Camenga

Heat Race Winners – Stone, Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CARTER GIBBONS, Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Mike Formont, Johnny Young, Kyle Dingman, Jerry Cohn, Ryan Sweet, Stephen Gray, Jonathan Feagles

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Gibbons

Heat Race Winners – Young, DuMond

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), WAYNE RUSSELL JR. (SOHC), Justin Pope, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Billy Hillman, Zach McSpirit, Shawn Hemstreet, Andrew VanHoesen, Lee Horning, Ken Hollenback, Tyler White, Dale VanAllen, Brandon Tyler, David Peek-Britten, Jamie Warner, Tony Frezzo (DQ), PJ Bleau (DQ)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – FRANK BLANCHARD, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Stew Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Taylor Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES VINTAGE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JON KULESZO, Dan Wood, Stephen Denton, Bryon Seyfried, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Mike Brown, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Jimmy Fugel, Mike Wheeler, Carl Cram

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – DARRL HULBERT, Merv Blackwell, Stanley Wetmore, Randy Delaney, Jack Miller, Joe Firstiun, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Kirk Lawson, Will Reed, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner (DNS)

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY & ANDY’S SPEED SHOP UP THE ANTE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 24 WITH THE $12,000 TO WIN MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On the Fonda Speedway Facebook page the week leading up to the opening event of the 2021 season on April 17 it was announced that “we’ve upped the ante”! What that meant was that the management of the “Track of Champions” along with Mike Romano of Andy’s Speed Shop would be presenting the 40-lap Montgomery County Open on Saturday, April 24.

Opening day 2021 at Fonda was a highly successful event on April 17 with the 2020 Track Champions in each division receiving their championship trophies on victory lane. Those drivers included Michael Maresca (Sunoco Modified), Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Jason Samrov (Street Stocks), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and John Napoli (DOHC) Four Cylinder Cruiser champions.

The Andy’s Speed Shop 40-lap Montgomery County Open on Saturday, April 24 will pay $12,000 to win for the Sunoco Modifieds, another total dedicated to Fonda’s all-time winningest driver Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

The Modified feature will also pay $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start on this historic Saturday night at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half-mile. A total purse of $38,930 will be up for grabs on Saturday night and twenty-five show-up points will be awarded to each Sunoco Modified driver who is present.

Finish Line Landscaping has also signed on to present all Modified heat-race winners with $112.

The winner of the event will also be guaranteed a starting spot in the “Fonda 200” to be held in September 2021. An information sheet regarding the April 24 Montgomery County Open event along with all the rules can be found on the Fonda Speedway website or Facebook page or by clicking on the link at the bottom of this press release.

Also, in action on Saturday, April 24 will be the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder/Cruisers, which will all be regular points-paying events. The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds will also be making their first appearance of 2021 at the Track of Champions.

As of Wednesday, of this week two different drivers who are not Fonda Speedway regulars have contacted track management that they will be at Fonda for the $12,000 to win event including 2017 Modified Track Champion Tim Fuller and Billy Pauch Jr. With that amount of money on the line the list of drivers competing will continue to grow leading up to this Saturday’s racing events.

Two Jumpin’ Jack Johnson tribute events were held at Fonda in the past, one race paying $12,000 to win for a 112-lap event. That race was held back in September of 2012 and the winner of that event was Mike Mahaney who has three career victories at the “Track of Champions”. Mahaney was also the winner of the $5,000 to win “Jack 50” race in August of 2017 along with an “Ice Jam” opening day win at Fonda back in 2012 which paid $4,000 to win.

“$12,000 this is awesome,” Mahaney said after the big win back in September of 2012 which came in the Woodside Farms sponsored #21 Troyer car. “And to honor Jack (Johnson), wow! RJ (Ronnie Johnson) is a class act; he came over and wished me good luck before the race. I was just trying to be smooth and not give up the bottom line and when Ronnie got into me a couple of times, he was just trying to tell me that I have to go faster. What a way to cap off the season, I can’t imagine a better season than this one, I can’t believe it.”

A full information sheet for the April 24th event at Fonda, including Modified rules, is available on the web at April24MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf (thefondaspeedway.com).

For the April 24 event, all gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Infield drive-in admission is $100 (four passes included).

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Members and $40 for Non-Members.

Complete Montgomery County Open Modified Pay Structure: 1) $12,000; 2) $6,000; 3) $4,000; 4) $2,500; 5) $1,500; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $550; 14) $525; 15) $515; 16) $510; 17) $505; 18-24) $500. Total: $38,930

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.

$38,930 Purse Structure Set for Montgomery County Open Saturday at Fonda Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – The ‘Track of Champions’ kicked the 2021 season off with a bang this past Saturday night.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen dominated the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature and captured the $3,612 payday. A $1,212 bonus was added to the regular $2,400 winner’s share for the Modifieds in honor of the late Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

Next up, the stakes get significantly larger at Fonda Speedway. The Andy’s Speed Shop 40-lap Montgomery County Open will pay an astounding $12,000 to win for the Sunoco Modifieds, another total dedicated to Fonda’s all-time winningest driver.

The Modified feature will also pay $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start on this historic Saturday night at the Montgomery County half-mile. A total purse of $38,930 will be up for grabs on Saturday night. Twenty-five show-up points will be awarded to each present Modified driver.

Finish Line Landscaping has also signed on to present all Modified heat-race winners with $112.

Also in action will be the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, which will all be regular points-paying events.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds will also be making their first appearance of 2021 at the Track of Champions.

A full information sheet, including Modified rules, is available on the web at April24MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf (thefondaspeedway.com).

For the April 24 event, all gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Infield drive-in admission is $100 (four passes included).

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Members and $40 for Non-Members.

Complete Montgomery County Open Modified Pay Structure: 1) $12,000; 2) $6,000; 3) $4,000; 4) $2,500; 5) $1,500; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $550; 14) $525; 15) $515; 16) $510; 17) $505; 18-24) $500. Total: $38,930

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.

JACK JOHNSON IN THEIR OWN WORDS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, a place that the late Jumpin’ Jack Johnson called home for many years during his racing career, his son Ronnie Johnson, daughter Natalie Bachetti, brother Jeff Johnson, and personal friend and crew member Joe Bellomo stood on victory lane telling stories and sharing thoughts on their time spent with Jack and what Jack meant to them.

Joe Bellomo was inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame along with Jack Johnson, Artie DeSarbo, and JoJo DeSarbo.

It was a heartfelt and special moment in the history of the Fonda Speedway and won’t ever be forgotten by those in attendance at the track or those listening to it on the live broadcast of the event. The following is a recap of the ceremony on victory lane as said in their own words.

Brett Deyo was first to speak on behalf of the Fonda Speedway saying, “The Johnson family has done so much for the Fonda Speedway and given so much that today we want to give them something back so to Ronnie and Natalie here is something for you and your family.” Deyo then handed them a plaque saying Godspeed 12A with photos of Jack and two of his former racecars on it.

“Thank you very much,” Ronnie Johnson said. “It is such an honor to be here, this is gonna be tough, but I really appreciate it.”

“You have supported me since I took over Fonda,” Deyo told Ronnie. “We love having you here tonight.”

Next to take the mic was Melissa Lazzaro known to most of us as “Mimi”. She didn’t need any of Jack’s stats to talk about, she spoke and asked questions from the heart making it all very special. At one point during the ceremony there were three family representatives of Fonda Speedway history on victory lane Ronnie, Mimi, and Jessica Lape-Schwab who was representing the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum.

“We are going to keep this positive, no crying in victory lane,” Mimi said.

“When I started coming to the races as a little kid, I would see all of these people around my dad and I didn’t like it,” Ronnie Johnson said. “Maybe I was a little jealous, I didn’t understand it because I was so young. As I became old enough to understand it, I would sit in the grandstands just like everything else and I said wow my dad is pretty cool.”

“It was a whole learning curve of figuring out who my father was. It was really a privilege to be his son, come to the races, and see all his orange t-shirts, along with all the fights between the Jack Johnson and CD Coville fans back in the day. I grew up in a great era, when I walked down the hallways in school and saw the kids walking down the halls with a Jack Johnson t-shirt on, I would put my head down because I was shy.”

“On the flip side of that he is a hero to many including myself, but I also got to know the back of his hand. What I mean by that is his discipline and there were times that I didn’t like it when he gave me the belt, or the back of his hand and I said what do these people like about this guy?”

“He had a way with people that was second to none. He always knew how to make everyone smile and he had a touch for everybody including myself because if I did get the belt five minutes later, I still loved him. It was really cool and an honor to be his son and grow up here at Fonda.”

“It’s pretty funny, I sent George Smith a couple of drawings that my father did. Back in the 50’s my father was doing drawings of race cars which he signed drawings by Jack Johnson. It just goes to show that he started out as a little kid coming to this racetrack and looking up to people like Lou Lazzaro and different drivers back in the day. So, it shows that you can start out in the grandstands and still become a race car driver.”

“First of all, I never got the belt like my brother did,” Natalie Bachetti said. “He was just dad to me. I knew that he was something special, but he was still just dad.”

“My father was a jokester and he liked to play tricks on JoJo DeSarbo who was a crew member for my father from 1971 on,” Ronnie Johnson said. “My father was racing at Weedsport, NY one Sunday and JoJo went into the trailer to wash his hands and my father closed the door behind him. Before my father knew it, he was talking to the fans and then all of a sudden he got in the truck and started driving home down the Thruway.”

“My father would never stop on the way home but that night he did and out in the parking lot of the rest area somebody came up to him and said is that your truck and trailer? My father said yes, why and they said you’re an evil man, there is a man in that trailer. JoJo was locked in the trailer and after my father let him out JoJo wouldn’t talk to him for what seemed like a month.”

“I’ve been here at Fonda for a long time,” Jeff Johnson was next to say. “When my brother beat Pete Corey in a heat race, I knew we had a race car driver in my brother Jack. It took quite awhile after that to get another win but that is what I remember that started his whole career. Myself, Jack, and my other brother Joe all raced and it was a legacy that we carried on quite well. Jack made a lot of heroes, he was my hero since day one, and he was obviously quite a champion.”

“I’ve been coming to the Fonda Speedway all of my life and I see the museum back here and for all of these years I’ve been hoarding all this stuff,” Ronnie Johnson said. “I’m probably the biggest Jack Johnson fan walking and I have things that I’d like to donate to the Fonda Speedway Museum tonight. It’s something that I’ve been struggling with but here are a few things that I have.”

“I’ll start off with the 1979 Syracuse Championship trophy, it’s hard to part with it but it’s yours for the museum where it belongs. I was in turn two standing on the infield for that race when I was five or six years old, and I have some memories of that race. I remember with three laps to go the caution came out and he was leading, he came by and gave us a thumbs up out the window.”

“I’d also like to donate the embroidered 1975 Track Championship jacket back from when Coca-Cola used to sponsor my father. Joe Bellomo was with my father as a crew member since 1972. After my father retired Joe never left, never worked on another racecar, never even looked at another racecar. He believed in orange just like the rest of us. On behalf of Joe, I’d like to donate his BR DeWitt pit uniform from the 1984 Syracuse event.”

“I was very tired when Jack retired but Ronnie sucked me back in,” Joe Bellomo said. “We get along good, and I’ve known him since he was born. We did a lot of racing together; Ronnie won a lot of races here at Fonda and he always asked me why I never came to victory lane for a photo. I told him when he won a track championship I would come out for a photo and in 2011 and 2016 he did just that.”

Randy and Travis Colegrove were on hand at the ceremony to accept all the donations from Ronnie for the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum.

“Thank you to all the fans for being so dedicated to Jack, I know that he is looking down on us tonight appreciating everything,” Jeff Johnson said in conclusion.

Natalie Bachetti concluded the night saying, “Thank you all for coming.”

“I’m happy to be here and thankful to all of the fans for their support after the loss of my father,” Ronnie Johnson said in conclusion. “I appreciate all of their responses, text messages, phone calls, and Facebook posts along with everything that people have sent to my house. It is overwhelming and it will take awhile for all of this to sink in.”

“My dad, he was a little shy, kind of reserved, but I know that he loved all the fans and he lived for it. He wasn’t who he was if he didn’t love it. But he did love it and he loved everybody.”

FRIESEN DOMINATES 70TH SEASON OPENER AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY FOR $3612 VICTORY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Special, emotional, and memorable would be three ways to describe the ceremony held before the racing action began on Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway to honor the late Jumpin’ Jack Johnson who was an icon at the “Track of Champions” throughout his career.

Jack’s son Ronnie, daughter Natalie, brother Jeff, and family friend Joe Bellomo all stood on victory lane to honor Johnson along with four of his former race cars that were also on display during the ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the grandstand or bleacher area as one by one each of them told stories about Jack. More on the ceremony to come in a separate release.

Dominant was the one and only word to describe the Sunoco Modified feature as Stewart Friesen started on the pole by the luck of the draw and led every lap of the 30-lap event which saw $1212 added to the original winners share of $2400 by Fonda Speedway management in honor of Jumpin’ Jack Johnson for a total of $3612 to the winner.

Friesen started the evening by winning his heat race and setting a new track record of 17.74 seconds during the event. The old record was held by Anthony Perrego with a lap of 18.12 back on 9/20/2020.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore did a great job in his first night announcing at Fonda and did the invocation before Mimi Lazzaro performed her beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Then it was time to start the 70th consecutive season of competition at Fonda with excited fans in the stands eager to see some racing action.

Carole and Alton Palmer spent their 45th wedding anniversary doing what they love by sponsoring the nights racing activities on Palmer’s Service Center Night.

Friesen took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag at the start of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Michael Maresca taking the second position away from Josh Hohenforst. Friesen was already in lap traffic by lap four with Maresca trying to keep pace with the leader. Coming down the front stretch one lap later a lap car made contact with Maresca but fortunately it was nothing major and both were able to continue on in the event.

Hohenforst took the second position away from Maresca on lap 12 after Maresca was blocked by a lap car and at the halfway point Friesen, Hohenforst, Maresca, Rocky Warner, and Demetrious Drellos held spots in the top five. Lap 16 saw Friesen leading by close to a half track but when a car slowed on the backstretch the yellow came out and took away his huge lead.

On the restart coming out of turn two, Hohenforst slid up in front of Friesen to take a brief lead but by the time the lap was completed Friesen took the lead back and quickly pulled away to a big lead. At the drop of the checkered flag Friesen was the winner by 8.3 seconds over Hohenforst, Maresca, Drellos, and Bobby Varin.

The win for Friesen was the 69th of his career at Fonda and the fifth of his career on opening night.

“Special thanks to Jess (Stewart’s wife Jessica) who drew number one for me tonight and for all the Jumpin’ Jack Johnson fans who came out tonight,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Victory Lane in Memory of Mike Cole. “It is great to see fans in the grandstands again, it is gonna be a great summer.”

“We had a great hot rod tonight,” Friesen said and when asked by Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane how it was in the day in the life of Stewart Friesen to fly into a race at Fonda after running an entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Friesen added “it is pretty damn cool, when I was a kid, I dreamed of doing this.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with Tim Dwyer leading from his pole position start with EJ McAuliffe in the runner-up spot. A yellow flag flew on lap four for two cars who suffered flat left rear tires, Brian Calabrese, and Troy Palmer. Both cars were able to restart at the rear of the field.

On the restart, Dwyer held the lead while seventh place starter Mark Mortensen went from sixth to fourth only to have the yellow come out again before any laps were completed. A single file restart was next with the top three of Dwyer, McAuliffe, and Edwards pulling away in a separate race for the lead while Mortensen made his way into the fourth position on lap seven.

On the outside of the backstretch on lap eight, McAuliffe was the new race leader while Edwards also got by Dwyer for the second position. At the halfway point in the event McAuliffe, Edwards, Mortensen, Dwyer, and 11th place starter Tim Hartman Jr. filled the top five positions with another caution out one lap later.

Edwards took the lead on the restart and pulled away from Mortensen for the win with Mortensen, Hartman, 14th place starter Cody Clark, and 16th place starter Tony Farone completing the top five. In victory lane Edwards described his race night which wasn’t an easy one for him and his crew as his car had to be towed to victory lane because it was stuck in high gear and wouldn’t move after going over the scales.

“We broke a driveshaft in our heat race, and it mangled the linkage to the transmission,” Edwards said. “We kept working on it right up until feature time and got it back together, so I have to thank my crew for all of their hard work tonight. The track was in awesome shape tonight and I never lifted after that last caution.”

In victory lane Edwards dedicated the win to Deb Rullison, a family friend who passed away recently.

Chuck Dumblewski led from the pole position start in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature event with Devon Camenga second. An early yellow flag on lap two slowed the field and on the restart Dumblewski continued to lead with fifth place starter Jason Morrison the new second place car.

On the outside of the backstretch on lap five, Morrison took the lead away from Dumblewski with 12th place starter Beau Ballard taking two spots from fourth to second on lap seven in turn one. Ballard’s car was working well on the inside of the speedway and on lap nine in turns one and two he took the lead away from Morrison. With five laps to go Ballard held a straightaway advantage over seventh place starter Andy Graves who was now the second-place car with positions in the top five changing many times over the final few laps.

When the checkered flag flew it was Ballard who won for the first time in the Pro Stock division at Fonda followed by 17th place starter Nick Stone, Graves, Morrison, and 10th place starter Steve Cosselman.

Beau Ballard and his father Danny are a big part of Fonda Speedway history as Beau has three wins in the IMCA division, the last one coming on 6/14/2008 while his father Danny has 27 wins in the IMCA division along with three IMCA championships in 2002, 2004, and 2006 to go along with 17 wins in the Pro Stock division and a championship in that division in 1994.

“It’s been 13 years since I’ve been here,” Beau Ballard told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane regarding his last IMCA win. “We trashed a brand-new car in warm-ups last week here at Fonda and to come back and put our car together from last year and win from 12th, somebody pinch me.”

Jeremy Tyrrell led every lap in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. feature event for his first career win in the division at Fonda and was followed in the top five by Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, and Jonathan Feagles.

Defending Fonda Fair Cruiser Track Champion Ken Hollenback (SOHC) was the overall winner of the 12-lap feature event while Tyler White finished second overall after starting 12th and was declared the DOHC winner. Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, and Billy Hillman completed the top five in the event.

Next Saturday, April 24 the 40-lap $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open will highlight the racing program sponsored by Andy’s Speed Shop. All other regular divisions will also be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Events for April see gates opening at 3:30 with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:30.

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.

DATE – 4/17/2021 – Palmer’s Service Center Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $3612 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Josh Hohenforst, Michael Maresca, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Brian Gleason, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Jessica Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Bobby Hackel IV, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Patrick Dupree, Shane Jablonka, Rich Christman, George Foley, Matt DeLorenzo, Adam McAuliffe, Cory Lowitt, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Dave Constantino (DNS)

Lap Leaders – 1-30 Friesen

Heat Race Winners – Friesen, Varin, Gleason

In heat race one Stewart Friesen broke the track record with a lap of 17.74 the old record was set by Anthony Perrego on 9/20/2020 with a lap of 18.12 (corrected from the quick results sent out last evening).

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Mark Mortensen, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Tony Farone, Tim Dwyer, EJ McAuliffe, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Payton Talbot, Aaron Burton, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Ricky Quick, Anthony Cardamone, Brian Borst, Brendan Gibbons, Chip Constantino, Joe Orlando, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, Finch Fenton, Mike Ketchum

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Dwyer, 8-16 McAuliffe, 17-25 Edwards

Heat Race Winners – Dwyer, Fenton, Calabrese, Santabarbara

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award contingent on Greco’s NAPA sticker is on the race car – Tony Farone 11 spots from 16th to fifth.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – BEAU BALLARD, Nick Stone, Andy Graves, Jason Morrison, Steve Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Luke Horning, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, AJ Walters, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Terry Graves, Cliff Haslun DNS, Dan Krajewski DNS

Lap Leaders – 1-4 Dumblewski, 5-8 Morrison, 9-20 Ballard

Heat Race Winners – Dumblewski, Gates, Ballard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – JEREMY TYRRELL, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, Jonathan Feagles, Clayton DuMond, Kyle Dingman, Jerry Cohn, Jeff Lutes, Ryan Sweet, John Young

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Tyrrell

Heat Race Winners – LaPlante, Gray

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), TYLER WHITE (DOHC), Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, Billy Hillman, Dale VanAllen, PJ Bleau, Jeff Tubbs, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Brandon Tyler, Wayne Russell Jr., Lee Horning, AJ VanHoesen, Dan Haslun, David Peek Britten, Jamie Warner DNS, Zach McSpirit DNS

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