FONDA & UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY “TEAL SUITS SAFETY TEAM” TRAINS AT DKM FABRICATIONS

By: Ron Szczerba

Hagaman, NY – On Saturday morning January 27, the Teal Suits Safety Team went through training at the DKM Fabrications facility in Hagaman, NY. It was the fifth time that Terri Mohrman and her team have trained at the DKM facility. “Special thanks to Eric Mack and Dave Constantino at DKM for allowing us to come into their shop in order for us to go through our annual training session,” Mohrman said.

2024 will be the 41st year that Mohrman has served on the Safety Team at local speedways, and she appreciates every member of her team for the help that they provide. “We work together as a team and succeed or fail as a team,” she said. “It is very important that we all understand the environment that we are working in, to recognize the type of incident we are involved in, and to never turn your back on a race car or approach the car from the front or the rear. We are there to take care of our drivers, but our safety is important as well.”

OTHER TRAINING MOHRMAN GOES THROUGH TO BETTER HER SAFETY TEAM

Mohrman recently went through a five hour training course with the Med Star Dirt Track Rescue Team from South Dakota. That organization works with the World of Outlaw and High Limit Sprint Car organizations. “They showed four different fires during the training, the last one was John Scarborough’s fire at Fonda from many years ago,” Mohrman said. “Jay Masur was the instructor and told me that we were already doing everything that they were doing which was great to hear.”

Just last week she also went through SFI safety training with John Evans of ESI Safety Services. There were eight skill stations including emergency life saving measures, fire suppression, cutting helmets and chassis, and extraction to name a few. This wasn’t the first time that Terri has trained with the ESI Safety Team and Mr. Evans, and this year she was asked to become an even bigger part of their training.

“I was asked by Mr. Evans to become part of the training staff as well as work on the track safety team with the EFI organization,” she said. “That was very humbling and much appreciated. It is great to know that my Teal Suit Safety Team is up to date with the latest training techniques. I truly love what I do, bring on year #41! Let’s go racing!”

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Communicating with team members by radio is a key in getting to the scene safely in the event of an accident. Watching for other cars is key along with each team member knowing their roles and staying in them. For a quick assessment of the driver, you first ask them their name, then their age, and finally what position they started the race in.

“The driver needs to hear one voice,” Mohrman said. “When you’re hurt you’re afraid. Raising up their visor so the driver can get some air and allowing us to look into their eyes is an important first step to evaluate them initially.”

In the event of a rollover where the car lands on its roof, a driver normally just wants to get his car turned back over as soon as possible. “In the SFI training that I have taken they told me that it was confirmed with doctors from Indianapolis that rolling the car back over will not make the injury any worse if there is one,” Mohrman said.

When a racecar lands upside down after a wreck, it is important to have the driver brace themselves for when their belts are released. “If we are unable to turn the car over we instruct the driver to tuck their chin in, move their left shoulder underneath themselves, move to the right and out of the passenger side window opening,” Mohrman said.

Stabilizing the head is very important to prevent further injury to the head and neck. When the helmet is taken off it is important to lift the helmet straight up and off the head. “There is something new out called the Helmet Extractor Device,” Mohrman said. “It consists of a plastic bladder on top of the helmet with a bulb that you squeeze to help the helmet come off straight up. They are currently being used by Motocross drivers with Late Model and Sprint car drivers starting to use them as well.”

The HANS Device has been out for years, and it protects the drivers necks from injury. “Without the HANS device, it is possible that the nerves in the back of the head and neck could be injured by movement of the head either forward or backward depending on where the race car is hit,” Mohrman said.

Improvements in driver safety have also now become deterrents to the EMS crews and safety teams in a way. “The part of the seats that are around the neck make it hard for us to stabilize the drivers head in an accident,” Mohrman said. “But they are bolted on and can be taken off easy enough in the event of a driver having to be extracted from the race car through the roof.”

Other deterrents to the safety team include the HANS device along with the six different types of anchors to attach the HANS device to the helmet according to Mohrman. “I had everyone at the DKM training look at all six different anchors and learn how to unhook each and every one.”

“In the event of a fire, all firefighters at the scene should have a bottle in hand in case they need to fight a fire,” Mohrman said. “It is important to take the fire away from the driver and direct it towards the front or rear of the race car. If possible a drivers medical condition should also be known because certain types of fire suppression can cause respiratory problems.”

INTROCUCING THE RESCUE BOA

After seeing a video on the “Resue Boa,” Mohrman had an idea a couple of years ago to make her own version of the product which is used in England for rapid extractions. “I had an idea on how to make one and it consisted of a king size bed sheet and a nine-foot strap cut in half,” she said. “It was introduced to this area a couple of years ago, and it can be used in order to extract a driver without a lot of extra movement.”

First step before the “Rescue Boa” is used is to put a neck brace on the driver. The “Rescue Boa” is marked in the center with red tape and first goes around the neck brace, then twists and goes under the persons arms. Both sides of the strap, which ends up behind the neck, can be lifted while two other people lift underneath the persons legs. It works really well as during the safety training at DKM they used it on this writer to show everyone how it works.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF RACE CARS

Not only do Terri and her Teal Suit Safety Team need to know safety procedures to protect the drivers, but they also need to know as much as possible about the different types of cars that they may be summoned to work on from Modifieds and Sportsman, to the full bodied Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders, Sprint Cars, and Slingshots.

“The Modifieds and Sportsman use zeuss buttons while the pro stocks use rivets on their bodies,” Mohrman said. “There are also the Sprint Cars and Slingshots which offer another challenge in the event of a fire as they both burn Methanol which burns clear and is hard to detect because of it while other types of cars run either racing fuel or pump gas that you can get at a local gas station.”

“Batteries project another different type of safety issue and should be shut off in the event of an accident just as the fuel shutoff should be. If the battery shutoff isn’t deactivated or a battery cable isn’t disconnected, there will be current coming up through the car in certain areas which poses another possible danger to everyone.”

Mohrman also feels as though it is important to let the fans know what was going on during the accident while the promoters need to understand the time taken by the Safety Team in the event of an accident.

“The racetrack employees and the fans need to practice self-control,” she said. “The emotions of the moment come out when an accident happens, and I can understand that. When we had to cut a part of the cage on Rocky Warner’s car last year at Fonda, we covered him up with a sheet to protect him from hot metal pieces falling on him and burning him which alarmed a lot of people.”

Mohrman asks that all drivers in very division at a racetrack get more involved in safety as well and realize what safety teams and measures are available to them at the racetrack.

DRIVER THOUGHTS ON THE TEAL SUITS SAFETY TEAM

Last year at the Fonda Speedway in Fonda, NY there were three serious wrecks involving three different drivers resulting in those three drivers receiving serious injuries. Below are the thoughts of those three drivers about their injuries, their recoveries, and how the “Teal Suits Safety Team” helped them after their accidents.

Rocky Warner was involved in a serious wreck on the frontstretch at Fonda where the front of another racecar came in through the passenger side window opening of his racecar. Warner’s helmet was damaged, and he suffered from two brain bleeds resulting in a few days stay in the hospital.

“Bonnie (Reuss) and Nick (Squires) were the two voices of the safety team that I heard the most after my wreck,” Warner said. “I really feel fortunate to have the Teal Suits Safety Team at our tracks. There aren’t many people that try to keep up with things like safety training. They handle things without panic, they are always there for us drivers, and I am super thankful for that.”

“I’ve been in a lot of accidents during my racing career,” Warner added. “I always felt invincible like things weren’t supposed to happen to me. But the Safety Team is always on top of it and there really isn’t anyway to say thank you or to show your appreciation like you would like to after they help you out.”

Warner is doing well and looks forward to the 2024 racing season.

Craig Hanson suffered a compression fracture in his back in turn one during one of the early season events at Fonda, putting him out of racing for the rest of the 2023 season and out of work at his family business for a long stretch of time.

“They are the best at what they do,” Hanson said about the Teal Suit Safety Team. “As a driver you hope that you never need their assistance, but we are very fortunate to have them at Fonda. Some tracks don’t even have a safety team, especially ones that train like Terri (Mohrman) and her team do, so you just have to hope that whoever is there knows what they are doing.”

Hanson is still in a little bit of pain, and there is no time frame when or if the pain will ever go away. He has a brand new Bicknell to race in 2024 so he is going to try to race and if he can do it he will continue and if not he will have to make a tough decision. “I’m gonna give it a try,” Hanson said. “I don’t want my last ride to be in an ambulance.”

Kurtis Hohensheldt was involved in a wreck at Fonda and suffered three broken ribs, a broken wrist and forearm that required eight screws and a rod, a hole in his shin bone that required 13 stitches, and a severe concussion.

“I’m doing much better now but my arm is still sore and weak and could take up to a full year to fully heal,” Hohensheldt said. “I do plan on racing in 2024 but probably not until June or July because I want to give my arm the full year to heal.”

Regarding the Teal Suits Safety Team Hohensheldt added “they are top notch; they somehow got a 250 pound guy out of a destroyed racecar. I could have never got out of the car on my own and they were just very professional, supportive, and I couldn’t ask for better people to handle the terrible situation that I found myself in. I am very grateful for all of the safety team members.”

To Florida and Fonda: Dylan Madsen Sets Sights on Active 2024 Season

Written by Chris Moore

SPENCERTOWN, NY – To Florida and Fonda.

Spencertown, N.Y.’s Dylan Madsen is headed to All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla., for his third consecutive ‘Sunshine Swing’ presented by Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

He also has a new Saturday home track this season: N.Y.’s historic Fonda Speedway.

Madsen has arguably had as much success as anyone in the Sunshine State since he first traveled to Florida in 2023, claiming the ‘Sunshine Swing’ championship and then getting a win at All-Tech in ’23, his first career STSS win.

“I didn’t know what to expect the first year honestly,” Madsen explained. “We stopped at Lake View (Speedway in South Carolina) on the way down and we were terrible in ’22.

“It was my first year running with the regular Sportsman too, so I didn’t see it coming for us to run that well.”

With success, however, comes new expectations for the STSS regular.

“I was talking to my guys the other day, we really want to win the ‘Shirley Shootout’ race on Friday night down there,” he proclaimed of the boosted Friday night race in Florida in memory of Shirley Zacharias.

“After that hopefully we can win the championship; I really want to beat Brian (Calabrese, defending champion) and Joe (Toth).”

While the goals are lofty for Madsen, the driver of his family-owned No. 89 has taken a liking to All-Tech Raceway ever since he first hit the track.

“I can’t pinpoint exactly why it works so well for us,” he stated. “It caters really well to guys who can work their right foot, I think.

“I also like the southern dirt a lot more than what we’ve got up here in New York,” he added with a laugh.

The fifth annual ‘Sunshine Swing’ presented by Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches takes place Tues.-Sat., Feb. 6-10.

In 2023, Madsen chased both the North and South Regions for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman and has much of the same plans for ’24.

Madsen finished runner-up in both regions last season and will look to do one better on the Belmont’s Garage South Region and Madsen Overhead Doors North Region in the new year.

Along with the STSS chase, Madsen will also call Fonda Speedway home in ’24.

Madsen’s been to Fonda only a handful of times in his career but has taken a shine to the uniquely shaped half-mile.

“We’ve either been really good or really bad when we’ve been to Fonda,” he explained. “It’s a really fast place and if you’re not on your game you’ll struggle.”

Despite the mixed bag of results, Madsen is looking forward to the challenge of the Track of Champions on Saturday nights.

“I love racing Fonda, I’ve enjoyed it every time we’ve been there,” he proclaimed. “Racing against the Fonda field is going to be interesting, too, and it should make us a lot better.

“The NASCAR deal will be cool too, going to Nashville would be really sweet if we can pull that off,” Madsen said with a laugh.

Fonda Speedway, featuring an entirely new clay surface for ’24, opens its season on April 20 with the $12,000-to-win Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Memorial event, one week after an Open Practice on April 13.

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 operates 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 or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy or Instagram: @fondaspeedway.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook, @ShortTrack_SS on Twitter or @ShortTrackSS on Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, FloRacing, American Racer, Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, BDR Speed, NJ Quality Drywall, River Valley Builders, Ollie’s, Penske Racing Shocks, Saint Lawrence Radiology, Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches, Bicknell Racing Products, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Madsen Overhead Doors, Belmont’s Garage, Wegner Automotive, DIG Race Products, ATL, Dirt Draft, Swagger Factory Apparel, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Algonkin Motel LLC, Beyea Custom Headers, Design for Vision, Sunglass Central, Dirt Track Digest TV, DKM Fabrication, EIBACH, Fastline Performance, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Headers & Exhaust Systems, JK Signworks, JLR Technologies, Dave Prime Jr. MAC Tools, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Superior Remodeling, TV 12 Racing Products, VAHLCO Wheels & Wilwood Disc Brakes.

 

The Tradition Continues: Advance Tickets, Reserved Infield Parking on Sale for Fonda 200 Weekend

FONDA, NY – The tradition continues.

The Fonda 200 – first contested on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in 1955 with the late American hero Junior Johnson in Victory Lane – is set for its 2024 edition Thursday-Friday Sept. 12-14, headlined by the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco roaring 100 miles around the Track of Champions.

Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., is the defending ‘Fonda 200’ victor, his third in the 31st running of the prestigious event.

Advance tickets and infield reserved parking spots are on sale now for the ‘200’ through the MyRacePass app at the following link: https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/1549/tickets

Campers from the ’23 Fonda 200 will receive a renewal e-mail from the speedway. Remaining camping spots open to the public after March 1.

“We’re proud to continue the legacy of the Fonda 200 in 2024,” offered Brett Deyo, Fonda Speedway promoter and organizer of the STSS. “The 200 produces so many twists, turns and storylines every year it has become a fan-favorite event.”

Season pass holders will retain their seats for the ‘200’ so long as the season pass is purchased prior to the weekend ticket.

A complete ‘weekend of speed’ is planned for the ‘200’ kicking off Thursday (Sept. 12) with the Amsterdam Truck Center Modified ‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ for drivers not having won a Modified feature during the ’24 campaign plus Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman and open practice for all other divisions.

Friday night (Sept. 13) brings Qualifying Races for the STSS Modifieds, heat races for the Swagger Factory Apparel STSS Crate 602 Sportsman of the Madsen Overhead Doors North Region, Online Performance/Stone Motorsports Street Stocks and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

On Saturday (Sept. 14), the STSS Modifieds take part B-Mains and the 200-lap main event while the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman compete in a 40-lap, $2,500-to-win main event preceded by B-Mains.

A Sunday rain/weather date is reserved if needed.

The Fonda 200 weekend offers valuable points toward both the River Valley Builders North Region and Ollie’s Overall Championship for the Modifieds and Madsen Overhead Doors North Region for the Crate 602 Sportsman.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy or Instagram: @fondaspeedway.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook, @ShortTrack_SS on Twitter or @ShortTrackSS on Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, FloRacing, American Racer, Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, BDR Speed, NJ Quality Drywall, River Valley Builders, Ollie’s, Penske Racing Shocks, Saint Lawrence Radiology, Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches, Bicknell Racing Products, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Madsen Overhead Doors, Belmont’s Garage, Wegner Automotive, DIG Race Products, ATL, Dirt Draft, Swagger Factory Apparel, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Algonkin Motel LLC, Beyea Custom Headers, Design for Vision, Sunglass Central, Dirt Track Digest TV, DKM Fabrication, EIBACH, Fastline Performance, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Headers & Exhaust Systems, JK Signworks, JLR Technologies, Dave Prime Jr. MAC Tools, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Superior Remodeling, TV 12 Racing Products, VAHLCO Wheels & Wilwood Disc Brakes.

Fonda 200 Event Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)

1963: Steve Danish

1964: Bill Wimble

1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)

1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)

1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)

1969: Lou Lazzaro

1970: Harry Peek

1983: Charlie Rudolph

1984: Jimmy Horton

1985: Charlie Rudolph

1986: Jack Johnson

1987: Kenny Brightbill

1988: Jack Johnson

1989: Mike Romano

1990: Doug Hoffman

1991: Doug Hoffman

1992: Bob McCreadie

1993: Bob McCreadie

1994: Jimmy Horton

1995: Brett Hearn

1997: Brett Hearn

1998: Brett Hearn

1999: Steve Paine

2000: Kenny Tremont

2001: Doug Hoffman

2002: Brett Hearn

2019: Stewart Friesen

2021: Stewart Friesen

2022: Matt Sheppard

2023: Stewart Friesen

Sunoco Race Fuels, BD Motorsports Media Announce Five-Year Partnership Extension

MILLSBORO, DE – Looking toward the future.

Sunoco Race Fuels and BD Motorsports Media LLC announced on Monday an extended, five-year partnership encompassing the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, American Racer Cup, Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y., Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., and Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y.

Sunoco will serve as the official fuel for all BD Motorsports Media LLC entities through 2028.

“We’re proud to extend our partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels for five more years,” BD Motorsports Media LLC proprietor Brett Deyo said. “The Sunoco Race Fuels brand is nationally recognized as an industry leader.”

BD Motorsports Media LLC and Sunoco Race Fuels joined forces first for the ’18 season, meaning the relationship will stretch – at the very least – the length of a decade.

Sunoco Race Fuels will be available for purchase at all events as the official fuel of the series with 98/100, 110, 112 and 114 options.

Entering its 11th season, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman programs visit 19 facilities in six states and six Canadian provinces in ’24, kicking off Feb. 6-10 at All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla., with the ‘Sunshine Swing’ presented by Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches Feb. 6-10.

The American Racer Cup continues its tradition of “winning with weekly racers” by rewarding Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman drivers competing at American Racer facilities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the Canadian province of Quebec.

Fonda Speedway, featuring an entirely new clay surface for ’24, opens its season on April 20 with the $12,000-to-win Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Memorial event, one week after an Open Practice on April 13.

Utica-Rome Speedway remembers late promoter Alex Friesen with its Season Opener on April 19 offering $6,800 to the winner.  A pair of Open Practice sessions (April 12 & 16) precede the lid-lifter.

Georgetown Speedway kicks off the Northeast Modified season on Saturday, March 9 with the Short Track Super Series Jake Marine Memorial paying $8,500 to the winner. Two practice sessions are planned on March 2 and March 8.

For decades, Sunoco Race Fuels have been associated with racing excellence. Since the 1960s when Sunoco and Roger Penske’s race team forged a long and successful alliance, the company has grown into an industry powerhouse.

Today, Sunoco has expanded the reach of its racing fuels line around the world to include all types of professional motor sports and other activities where premium race fuels make a difference.

With its unsurpassed innovations and years of experience, it’s easy to understand why more and more engine builders, racers, tracks and sanctioning bodies choose Sunoco over all other racing gasoline combined.

To learn more about Sunoco Race Fuels or to locate a dealer, visit www.sunocoracefuels.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrack_SS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, American Racer, Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, FloRacing, BDR Speed, NJ Quality Drywall, Ollie’s, Saint Lawrence Radiology, Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches, Penske Racing Shocks, Bicknell Racing Products, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Madsen Overhead Doors, Belmont’s Garage, Wegner Automotive, DIG Race Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Dirt Draft, Beyea Custom Headers, Swagger Factory Apparel, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Algonkin Motel, JK Signworks, DKM, Dirt Track Digest, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Superior Remodeling, Wilwood, EIBACH, VAHLCO Wheels, Prime MAC Tools, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Fastline Performance, TV 12 Race Products & JLR Technologies.

FONDA SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES THE 2024 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE 73RD SEASON OF COMPETITION

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

On Saturday, December 16 the schedule (with some events marked as subject to change) for the 2024 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway was announced. 2024 will mark the 73rd season of competition at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track and features memorial events, special events, and a new event featuring a type of race car that has never competed at Fonda in the past.

2024 will start off with the annual “Night of Champions” awards banquet on Saturday, February 24 with the annual car show taking place on Friday-Sunday March 22-24 at the ViaPort Rotterdam. An open practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 with a rain date of Sunday, April 14 followed by the 73rd Season Opener on Saturday, April 20. 2024 will mark the sixth year of promotion at Fonda by Brett & Heather Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC. and their staff.

MEMORIAL EVENTS

There are five memorial events on the 2024 schedule honoring four drivers who put the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on the map and one gentleman who supported the track and many of its drivers in many different ways.

The first memorial event of the 2024 season will be held on “Opening Night” Saturday, April 20 with the “Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Memorial” event. Previous tribute/memorial events held at Fonda in honor of Johnson were won by Mike Mahaney (2012, 2017), Stewart Friesen (2015, 2022), Tim Fuller (2018, 2023), Matt Sheppard (2016), and Rocky Warner (2021).

On Saturday, May 4 the “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” event will be held with previous winners including Matt DeLorenzo (2006, 2010), Stewart Friesen (2014, 2021), Seth Gano (2000), Willy Decker (2007@Utica Rome), and Ronnie Johnson (2016).

Twin 22-Lap Memorial events for Dave Lape are scheduled on Saturday, June 8 with previous winners of tribute/memorial events for Lape won by Stewart Friesen in 2021 (Twin 22’s), and (2023).

The 19th Annual Hondo Classic named for Hondo Carpenter will be held on Saturday, July 20 with previous winners including Nick Stone (2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2020), Kenny Gates (2009, 2015, 2018, 2023), Pete Broderson (2012, 2014), Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr. (2013), Josh Coonradt (2019), Luke Horning (2021), Jim Burton (2006), and Beau Ballard (2022).

The Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Race will be held on Saturday, June 22 with previous winners including Ronnie Johnson (2016, 2017, 2021, 2023), Tim Fuller (2018), Stewart Friesen (2019), Demetrios Drellos (2022), and Bobby Varin (2014).

SPECIAL EVENTS

The endless list of special events in 2024 at Fonda includes Dollar Night ($1 Grandstand Admission) on Saturday, May 11; CRSA Sprint cars on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, July 27; the Thunder on the Thruway Series on Saturday, May 4, Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, July 13; NYSSCA Night on Saturday, June 8; Fan Appreciation Night ($5 Grandstand Admission along with a pre-race Meet & Greet) on Saturday, June 22; the “Firecracker 50” for Modifieds on Wednesday, July 3 with previous winners including Stewart Friesen (2018, 2019, 2022 while two other events were rained out); Hall of Fame Night on Saturday, July 6; Empire Super Sprints (ESS) on Saturday, July 20; Autism Awareness Night on Saturday, July 27; and Championship Night on Saturday, August 10.

The prestigious “Fonda 200” Weekend will complete the 2024 schedule on Thursday-Saturday September 12-14 with a complete schedule of events and information coming out soon!

HIGH LIMIT 410 SPRINTS TO COMPETE IN THE RIVER RAGE ON SATURDAY, MAY 18

Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson – in conjunction with FloRacing – will bring the newly revamped “High Limit Racing” 410 Sprint Car Series to the Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. on Saturday, May 18 with a date the night before on Friday, May 17 at Fonda’s sister track the Utica Rome Speedway. Both events will feature the nation’s premier Sprint Car division – the 410s – in conjunction with the Modifieds, in a quick-hitting two-division, double-headline program.

The All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) 410 Sprint Cars visited the Utica-Rome Speedway each of the last two seasons in events won by Danny Varin and Justin Peck. The ASCoC was scheduled for a visit to the Fonda Speedway last May, but that event was cancelled by rain. Following the announcement in late October that the High Limit Series has bought out the ASCoC from Tony Stewart, Fonda and Utica-Rome promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC secured dates for the highly sought-after national 410 Sprint Car division.

The visit by the High Limit 410 Sprints marks the ninth time in Fonda Speedway history that 410 Sprint Cars have competed at the “Track of Champions”, with each of the previous four events falling under ASCoC sanctioning.

Shane Stewart (7/28/2002 World of Outlaw Gumout Series), Daryn Pitman (7/29/2003 410-Sprint Open), Craig Keel (7/14/2005 410-Sprint Open), and Danny Lasoski (7/18/2006 National Sprint Tour 410-Sprints) won the first four 410-Sprint events ever held at Fonda while the last four events, all sanctioned by the All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), were won by Daryn Pittman (2010), Tim Shaffer (2011 & 2012), and Danny Dietrich (2013).

Both the Utica-Rome and Fonda events will pay a minimum of $12,000 to win and $1,200 to take the green flag. For more information on the High Limit Racing Series, you can go to their website www.highlimitracing.com

SOMETHING NEW

At the end of October, on both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedway Facebook pages, a post appeared stating “𝗜𝗧’𝗦 𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗟𝗬, 𝗕𝗨𝗧 𝗪𝗘’𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗟𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗬 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗟𝗘𝗦” for both the Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedways. First up, something new. The wingless Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars will be making their debut at both the Home of Heroes and Track of Champions on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 respectively!

According to information from their website usaceastcoastsprintcars.myracepass.com in 1955, the United States Auto Club sanctioning body was born. Since then, the club has grown to sanction a National 410 Series, West Coast 360 Series, Champ Cars, Quarter Midgets, Full Size Midgets, Pavement Sprint Cars, and more.

The wingless USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is run by husband and wife, Curt and Jenn Michael, and it debuted back in 2018 with an inaugural 10 race season. In 2023, the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capital Custom Trailers ran a 22 event schedule, stretching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia beginning in April and ending in October.

USAC-EC works in conjunction with winged 360 series, the United Racing Club, to give 360 car owners, teams, and drivers the best schedules possible.

FOR VINTAGE FANS

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) will make four visits to the “Track of Champions” in 2024 with races on 4/27, 6/8, 7/6, and 8/10, all Saturday nights. They will celebrate their Championship Night on 8/10 in conjunction with Fonda’s own Championship Night when Track Champions in all divisions will be decided. For more information on the MVVDMS please go to and like their Facebook page.

The complete Fonda Speedway schedule can be found and printed at the following link: www.thefondaspeedway.com/2024-schedule-of-events/

Stay informed on upcoming plans for the 2024 racing season at the “Track of Champions” as they become available by going to the Fonda Speedway website or social media outlets.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway 2024 Season Passes On Sale; ‘Five-for-Four’ Pit Pass Special Underway

FONDA, NY – The countdown to the 2024 season at Fonda Speedway is underway.

Season passes for both the grandstand and pit area are on sale, including a limited-time-only ‘five-for-four’ pit pass special. Purchase four ’24 season pit passes, get the fifth for free courtesy of BD Motorsports Media LLC, promoter of the Track of Champions

The ’24 season gets underway on Saturday, April 13 (weather date: April 14) with an Open Practice session.

Saturday, April 20 features the ‘Jack Johnson Memorial’ Season Opener in memory of the speedway’s all-time leading winner, paying the Modified winner a $12,000 top prize.

Season Passes will be valid for all ’24 auto racing events, including the High Limit Racing 410 Sprint Car ‘River Rage’ on May 18 and the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 weekend Sept. 12-14.

Grandstand Season Passes are available for $300 (Adults) and $280 (Seniors).  Pit pass pricing is $650.

Season passes can be purchased online or via paper forms.

Grandstand Season Pass Purchase link (Adult): https://shopstss.com/store-1/2024-fonda-season-pass-grandstands

Grandstand Season Pass Purchase link (Senior): https://shopstss.com/store-1/fonda-season-tickets-senior

Grandstand Season Pass paper form: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2024FondaSpeedwayGrandstandPassApplication.pdf

Pit Area Season Pass Purchase link: https://shopstss.com/store-1/fonda-season-pit-pass

‘Five-for-Four’ Pit Area Season Pass Purchase link: https://shopstss.com/store-1/fonda-season-pit-pass-pj3xe

Pit Area Season Pass paper form: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2024FondaSpeedwayPitPassApplication.pdf

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

High Limit Weekend: Utica-Rome (May 17) & Fonda (May 18) Host High Limit 410 Sprint Cars

Written by Chris Moore

VERNON, NY – A ‘High Limit’ Weekend.

Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson – in conjunction with FloRacing – will bring the newly revamped ‘High Limit Racing’ 410 Sprint Car Series to both Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., and Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y., Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, respectively.

Both events will feature the nation’s premier Sprint Car division – the 410s – in conjunction with the big-block/small-block Modifieds, a quick-hitting two-division, double-headline program.

The All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) 410 Sprint Cars visited Utica-Rome Speedway each of the last two seasons (won by Danny Varin of Fonda, N.Y., and Justin Peck of Monrovia, Ind.). The ASCoC was scheduled for a Fonda visit last May, but that event was nixed by rain.

Following the announcement earlier in the month that the High Limit Series has bought out the ASCoC, Fonda and Utica-Rome promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC secured dates for the highly sought-after national 410 Sprint Car division.

Both the Utica-Rome and Fonda events will pay a minimum of $12,000 to the winner and $1,200 to take the green flag.

A three-night swing through the Empire State will begin at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., Thursday, May 16.

Fonda Speedway is set to host Open Practice on Saturday, April 13 with the start of racing on Saturday, April 20.

Utica-Rome Speedway will get underway on Friday, April 12 with practice and racing on Friday, April 19.

Complete 2024 schedules for both speedways are in the works and will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com and the speedway can be reached by phone at 315.953.4097.  Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UR_Speedway.

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2024 – A LOOK AHEAD – THE WINGLESS USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CARS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Earlier this week on both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedway Facebook pages, a post appeared stating “𝗜𝗧’𝗦 𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗟𝗬, 𝗕𝗨𝗧 𝗪𝗘’𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗟𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗬 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗟𝗘𝗦” for both the Fonda Speedway and the Utica-Rome Speedway. First up, something new. The wingless USAC East Coast Sprint Cars make their debut at both the Home of Heroes and Track of Champions on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.

According to information from their website usaceastcoastsprintcars.myracepass.com in 1955, the United States Auto Club sanctioning body was born. Since then, the club has grown to sanction a National 410 Series, West Coast 360 Series, Champ Cars, Quarter Midgets, Full Size Midgets, Pavement Sprint Cars, and more.

The wingless USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is run by husband and wife, Curt and Jenn Michael, and it debuted back in 2018 with an inaugural 10 race season. In 2023, the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capital Custom Trailers ran a 22 event schedule, stretching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia beginning in April and ending in October.

USAC-EC works in conjunction with winged 360 series, the United Racing Club, to give 360 car owners, teams, and drivers the best schedules possible.

The 2023 racing season for the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars didn’t start out too well as the opening event of the season at the Bridgeport Speedway on April 1 was rained out. The 22 event schedule suffered a total of seven rained out or postponed events while the series was able to get in a total of 15 events, ending at the Bridgeport Speedway on October 28.

The 15 events run were won by nine different drivers at a total of 11 different racetracks stretching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. Leading the way with three wins apiece were Kenny Miller III and Alex Bright while Steven Drevicki and Briggs Danner both had two feature wins apiece. Single event wins went to Joey Amantea, Tim Buckwalter, Carmen Perigo Jr., Preston Lattomas, and Mike Thompson.

By virtue of his runner up finish at the Bridgeport Speedway on October 28 and Steven Drevicki’s sixth place finish, Briggs Danner was crowned the 2023 Driver Champion while Hogue Racing was crowned the 2023 Owners Champion!

Stay informed on upcoming plans for the 2024 racing season at the “Track of Champions” as they become available by going to the Fonda Speedway website or social media outlets.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY 2023 – A LOOK BACK – THE 2023 SEASON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After the 2022 racing season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway had no rained out events, the 2023 season was much different with a total of six rain outs. One thing the rain outs didn’t affect was the competition, with the 2023 Track Champions decided unfortunately by one of the six rain outs, with only a few points deciding who got the titles in their respective divisions.

At the end of the regular season the Fonda Speedway Track Champions for 2023 were Demetrios Drellos (1st career title in the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds), Payton Talbot (2nd career title in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Ivan Joslin (1st career title in the Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (1st career title in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (10th title in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC class), and Kerrie Hollenback (3rd title in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder DOHC class).

A total of 14 events were held in the Amsterdam Truck Center Modified division with 11 different drivers winning those events. Stewart Friesen led the way with three feature victories including the Dave Lape Memorial event and the Fonda 200. Rocky Warner was a two time winner with single event wins going to Tim Fuller who won the Jack Johnson Memorial event, Ronnie Johnson, Max McLaughlin, Demetrios Drellos, Cody Clark, Matt Sheppard who won the Firecracker 50, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Hackel IV, and Danny Varin.

For McLaughlin, Clark, and Hackel it was their first career wins in the Modified division at Fonda. The All-Time Win List at Fonda now consists of 1432 racing events with 143 different drivers winning those events.

Thirteen total events were held in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with seven different drivers winning those events led by 2023 Track Champion Payton Talbot with seven feature wins. Talbot was the only driver with more than one victory with single event wins going to Mark Mortensen, Zach Dufel, Dan Santabarbara, Butchie Irwin, Clayton DuMond, and Brett Mortensen.

The wins for Dufel and Irwin were the first of their careers in the division with the All Time Win List now showing 51 different winning drivers in a total of 264 events.

2023 was the first season that the Fonda Speedway was NASCAR Sanctioned with a special accomplishment achieved by Payton Talbot as he was also crowned the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Division II Champion!

Kenny Gates led the way with six wins in the Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stock division in a total of 12 events that were run. Track Champion Ivan Joslin and Beau Ballard were both two time winners in the division while Luke Horning and Shane Playford won single events making up the list of five different winning drivers in the division.

Playford was the only first time winner in the Pro Stock division which now shows a total of 99 different drivers winning a total of 761 feature events at Fonda.

Kyle Dingman was crowned the Track Champion in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division without the benefit of a feature win. A total of 12 events were run in the division with a total of nine different feature winners led by Jonathan Feagles with three feature victories. AJ Greco was a two time winner with single event winds going to Connor Prokop, Zack Welch, Lance Hill, Mike Hill, Tyler Bobar, Tim Wilmot, and Michael Arnold.

Welch, Greco, Feagles, Mike Hill, Bobar, Wilmot, and Arnold were all first time winners in the division which now has a total of 49 different winning drivers in 117 events.

Twelve events were held in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC division with Ken Hollenback (10 wins) and Wayne Russell Jr. (two wins) the only two drivers to go to victory lane. In the DOHC class Kerrie Hollenback led the way with seven wins while Brandon Ely (two wins), Corey Valade (two wins), and Jay Ingersol (one win) took the wins in the other events.

Valade and Ingersoll were first time winners in the division with the All Time Win List now featuring a total of 27 different drivers winning the 136 total events.

Qualifying positions are getting more and more critical with the importance of getting qualified into a handicap position week after week making a big difference in a drivers success. The Modified division featured 27 different drivers winning heat and consolation events while the 602 Crate Sportsman division had 24 different winners, the Pro Stock division had 10 different winners, and the Limited Sportsman division had 20 different winners.

Leading the way with a total of five qualifying event wins in the Modified division was JaMike Sowle while Chad Edwards led the way with seven qualifying event wins in the Crate 602 Sportsman division. Luke Horning led the way in the Pro Stock division with four qualifying event wins while five different drivers tied for the most qualifying event wins in the Limited Sportsman division with three including Chris Kugler, Bob Rhinehardt, Kyle Dingman, Kirsten Swartz, and AJ Greco.

Stay informed on upcoming plans for the 2024 racing season at the “Track of Champions” as they become available by going to the Fonda Speedway website or social media outlets.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

Five More Years: Historic, Unanimous Vote Keeps BD Motorsports Media at Fonda Through 2028

FONDA, NY – Five more years.

Last Wednesday (Sept. 20), members of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society voted to extend their agreement with Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC to promote Fonda Speedway for five more years.

The announcement secures Deyo as the Track of Champions promoter through, at minimum, 2028.

It was an historic moment for the Montgomery County Agricultural Society as the longest extension or lease ever granted to a Fonda promoter. The decision was unanimously approved by members of the board.

Deyo recently completed his fifth season as Fonda promoter, having taken the reins of the historic venue in 2019.

“It’s an honor to hold the keys to Fonda Speedway for five more years,” Deyo said. “Fonda holds a special place in the national short-track racing landscape. People from across the country know Fonda Speedway.”

Since the ’19 season, facility upgrades have been widespread at Fonda in conjunction with the Montgomery County Agricultural Society.

Most notably, new poles and LED lights were installed to significantly brighten the half-mile oval. All VIP booths were remodeled and modernized. New fencing has been put in place both alongside Route 30A and across the infield. All-new concession equipment was purchased and installed. The Agricultural Society conference rooms and offices were remodeled. Additional signage was put in place along the backstretch and a digital sign put into use in front of the speedway. The track has been resurfaced twice with additional clay coming this fall.

“We’ve been very fortunate to build a strong working relationship with the Fairboard,” Deyo said. “The benefits of that relationship are evident with our facility improvements.”

The return of the Fonda 200 – now offering the most lucrative winner’s share in Modified racing at $53,000 – has been an annual schedule highlight during the BD Motorsports Media LLC era.

Other popular events include Dollar Night with $1 grandstand admission, the $12,000-to-win Jack Johnson Memorial, Firecracker 50 paying $10,000 to win, Autism Awareness Night and the Thunder on the Thruway Series in conjunction with neighboring Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y.

The husband-and-wife team of Jamie and Denise Page will return in their roles as general manager and concession manager for the ’24 season and beyond.

Additional news and information for the ’24 season will be released in the near future.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

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