$105,725 DISTRIBUTED AT THE VERNON DOWNS CASINO HOTEL HONORING COMPETITORS FROM THE FONDA AND UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAYS

By: Ron Szczerba

VERNON, NY – The 2021 racing seasons at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and the “Home of Heroes” Utica-Rome Speedway were celebrated on Friday evening November 19 at the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel in Vernon, NY. Brett and Heather Deyo of BD Motorsports Media, who promote both racetracks, paid out a total of $105,725 to competitors in all different divisions from both weekly speedways.

There were 350 people in attendance to honor the top ten finishers in weekly division points at both Fonda and Utica-Rome along with the top ten drivers in the Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race series between both tracks. Stewart Friesen (Modified) and Matt Janczuk (Sportsman) were also honored for their championships in the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels. Short Track Super Series announcer Jeff Ahlum emceed the event with a delicious buffet included for all the guests.

The invocation was given by Pastor Gregory Nitz of the Finish Line Chaplaincy who stressed the importance of family and biblical principles.

“It is great to see this turnout tonight,” Brett Deyo said to the crowd. “Everybody is going to be pretty close friends tonight because we jammed everyone in here, but it is awesome to have this many people interested in what we are doing and wanting to be here to celebrate it. It shows that our program is alive and well.”

The event started with the champions in the D & S Landscaping Jr. Slingshots and the Senior Services Insurance All Star Slingshots being recognized following the 2021 season where they were in competition at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Corky Warner (Jr. Slingshots) and Brett Putnam (All Star Slingshots) received $250 and $500 respectively for their titles.

Next up were the Cool Stuff Antiques Four Cylinder Champions at Utica-Rome and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Champions from the Fonda Speedway in both the single and dual overhead cam classes. Wayne Russell (SOHC) and Justin Pope (DOHC) were crowned champions at Utica-Rome while Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) were the champions at the Fonda Speedway.

Dinner was up next followed by what Jeff Ahlum stated as the “State of the Union” address by BD Motorsports Brett Deyo who said in his own words:

“2019 was a fantastic year at the Fonda Speedway but in 2020 we did whatever we could to keep going. What kind of struck me this year that things were back to normal was the night that we honored Jack Johnson. The crowds were back, the cars were back with almost two hundred cars in the pits that night, and instead of the sheriff coming in to tell me to knock it off he was back helping us park cars because we had so many people coming through the gates. That was a monumental night and it got us back to normal.”

“This year we were able to put Fonda Speedway on Flo Racing and all season there were no less than 8,000 viewers watching. Most nights there were up to 11,000 watching and some nights up to 26,000! It was a huge step in getting exposure for our style of racing for not only the track sponsors but also all the sponsors on your racecars. We showcased the Pro Stock division and how good it is at Port Royal and were able to put the Pro Stocks on the map there with a huge exposure.”

“It was a good season overall at Fonda with good crowds and car counts which were up in both the Sportsman and Four Cylinder divisions. We were able to put together the $53,000 to win “Fonda 200” again am I am proud to announce that we’ll be doing that again in 2022 on September 15-17. We have seventy-three new lights to go up at Utica-Rome and the Fonda Fair Board has also approved new lighting at Fonda as well.”

“Utica Rome was the feel-good story of the year for us, I got to know Gene Cole back when I was writing for the Area Auto Racing News, and we hit it off. Gene started hinting around that Utica-Rome may be available last August, but it took till January of 2021 for me to get the call asking me if I wanted the track. One of the lines that I use as an excuse when I do this crazy stuff is “God hates a coward.”

“I told them we would give it a shot, met with them and decided to change race nights, rules, tires, fuel, and purses. We decided to roll the dice and boy did it turn out great. The first few weeks we had to prove ourselves and show that we were for real on Friday nights. I hate to thank anybody individually because I may forget someone, but Jamie Friesen turned the track around so no more slipping and sliding at Utica-Rome. It is awesome to have a cushion and I think that is one of the reasons we came back so strong.”

“We held some big money races again at Utica Rome and the crowds and car counts went up as the season went on making it a very satisfying deal to have Utica-Rome turn around like it did. In 2022 the All Star 410-Sprints will be back at Utica-Rome for the first time in several years on August 20. The New Yorker on September 4 will feature a $80,000 purse with $25,000 going to the winner.”

“This banquet is the end of a long season for us with a total of eighty events being run. Thanks to Jamie and Denise Page, they do it all, they are so good at rallying people to help them because they are such kind people. We could not do it without them. Another guy that does not get much credit is Craig Hanson who runs the grader at Fonda on Saturday nights while trying to race and keep all his sponsors on his racecar and everyone around him happy. We proved at the Fonda 200 this year that we have a good surface.”

“When I was writing out checks at five o’clock this morning tonight’s point fund totaling $105,725 for two weekly racetracks really hit me. I need to thank American Racer, Lias Tire, and Sunoco Race Fuels but I think the real heroes in all of this are the 50/50 ticket sellers. They did an outstanding job week after week with a $10,000 prize at the Fonda 200. It was amazing week after week seeing what they were able to do to make this all possible. I am very proud of what we were able to pay out tonight, what we were able to do as a group, and I think that we’ve got a brighter future ahead.”

Continuing on with the track championship awards, David Hackett Jr. (Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman at Utica-Rome) and Carter Gibbons (Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. at Fonda) were crowned the champions in the Limited Sportsman division in point funds totaling $1,525 at both tracks.

The Next Generation Graphix Pro Stock division at Utica-Rome had a point fund total of $4,900 with $1,000 of it going to Beau Ballard for his championship. When asked about how it felt to win the championship Ballard responded “Pretty damn good. We caught some lucky breaks but did what we had to do, kept our nose to the grindstone and got it done. “We’ll be back next year to go on defense.”

Nick Stone was the recipient of $1,500 out of a total point fund of $5,775 for his third title at Fonda and second in a row in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division. “We had a great season,” Stone said to the crowd. “I couldn’t do it without Todd Hoffman and his crew along with all of the guys on my #27 crew. It is a 100% team effort between both teams who do all the work and take all of the stress off of me so that I can concentrate on driving the race car.”

The drivers in the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman division at Utica-Rome shared a total of $7,350 in their point fund with $1,500 of it going to their 2021 champion Matt Janczuk. “Overall, it was a great year for our team,” Janczuk said. “Thanks to my wife and family, we raced a lot this year, and thanks to Brett Deyo for opening up Utica-Rome again. Utica Rome is in my back yard, and it is where I learned how to race. It was a huge swing for us switching to Teo this year and also from bars to coils but we are already looking forward to 2022.”

Chad Edwards collected $2,000 out of a total point fund of $7,850 for his third title in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division at Fonda and his second title in a row. “It was a great year,” Edwards said. “I have to thank car owner John Kollar who has been in this sport for over 50 years at Fonda and all of my crew. I also have to thank my mom and dad who took out a $10,000 loan in order for me to start my racing career years ago. I remember being young when I started racing but now, I’m in my mid thirties with a lot of young talent coming up.”

The point funds in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series totaled $11,150 in the Modifieds, $3,025 in the Crate 602 Sportsman, and $2,675 in the Pro Stocks. Stewart Friesen won $4,000 for his title in the Modifieds while Chad Edwards and Nick Stone won $1,000 apiece for their titles in the Crate 602 Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions, respectively.

Stewart Friesen collected $13,250 for his Modified title in the American Racer Cup while Matt Janczuk collected $1,500 for his Crate 602 Sportsman American Racer Cup title.

Matt Sheppard was crowned the Sunoco Modified Track Champion at Utica-Rome for 2021 collecting $6,000 for his efforts in a total point fund of $20,525. For Sheppard it was the fifth title of his career at Utica Rome.

“Utica-Rome has been in my blood for over 20 years,” Sheppard said to the crowd. “Thanks to Brett (Deyo) for opening the track back up this year. I race for a living and sometimes the business side of it takes all the fun out of it and makes it more of a job. I used to race at the Outlaw Speedway on Friday’s which is a couple of hours from home but now I’m racing closer to home at Utica-Rome on Fridays where I have decided to race for fun again.”

For the first time in its 70-year history, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway had a tie for the Sunoco Modified point championship between Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Warner. The two drivers each earned $10,000 for their point titles in a total point fund at the track of $34,975! For Johnson it was his third championship at Fonda while for Warner it was the second of his career at Fonda.

“When the season started, I didn’t know that we were going to be racing at Fonda,” Johnson said. “The honor that everybody gave my dad, it was a little emotional, my race team and everybody else wanted us to race at Fonda. Right down to a couple of days before opening night it was a 180-degree swing and we decided to race at Fonda. I’m glad that we did, and it feels good to be back home.”

“We weren’t prepared to run at Fonda, we had all big block motors, and it took us up until the end of the season to get a small block,” Johnson continued to say. “I need to thank my entire race team including Chris Persons, Frank Witz, and Gary Mickle who built us a new race shop after my dad got sick and we had to move out of the old shop. Also special thanks to Carl Lamalfa who is here with us tonight. He was my father’s best friend and he used to bring my dad lunch every day.”

“Hats off to my guys who kept me going all season,” Warner said. “It was a great season and great to see Jake (car owner Jake Spraker) go out on top. RJ is the peoples champion but I’m thankful that we have a good following of our own fan wise.”

Both drivers were quick to give credit to Stewart Friesen who finished just five points behind them in the final point standings.

“It is fun racing with Stew,” Johnson said. He reminds me of my father, and he certainly knows his way around Fonda. He is a class act and pushes us to an all-new level.

“Stewart is making us all better at Fonda,” Warner said.

 Be sure to keep an eye on the track websites www.uticaromespeedway.com and www.newfondaspeedway.com for schedules and announcements regarding the 2022 racing season.

GRECO’S NAPA AUTO & TRUCK PARTS HARD CHARGER AWARD WINNERS FOR THE 2021 SEASON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The Hard Charger Award is one that may often be overlooked if it is offered at all at your local speedways. It is a special award to receive however, because it shows not only the talent of the race car driver to come through the field in the feature event after a poor qualifying effort, but also the talent and knowledge of the driver, car owner, and pit crew who adjust the race car before feature time to make it competitive.

For the last three years at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Frank & Jason Greco of Greco’s NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, which is located at 6014 NY Rt. 5 in Palantine Bridge NY, have presented the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award to the driver who advances the most positions in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division feature event on a weekly basis.

“I know it’s not much, but every little bit counts especially for the smaller Sportsman teams who really seem to appreciate it,” Jason Greco recently said.

The award, which consists of $100 gift certificate to their store, is contingent on the Greco’s NAPA sticker being displayed on the race car with the recipients of the award in 2021 including the following drivers:

Kurtis Hohensheldt won the award three times this year after advancing nine positions on 4/24 (26th to 17th), eighteen positions on 5/29 (25th to seventh), and fifteen positions on 7/31 (30th to 15th).

Tony Farone, Tim Hartman Jr., and Brian Calabrese were all two-time winners of the award this year. Farone advanced eleven positions on 4/17 (16th to fifth), and thirteen positions on 6/12 (27th to 14th) while Hartman Jr. advanced eleven positions on 5/1 (22nd to 11th) and eighteen positions on 5/29 (22nd to fourth) to tie with Hohensheldt for the award on 5/29. Calabrese advanced eighteen positions on 6/5 (28th to 10th) and twenty-two positions on 7/4 (30th to eighth).

Single time winners of the award in 2021 were presented to the following drivers:

Brian Borst who advanced ten positions on 5/8 (20th to 10th).

Chad Edwards who advanced eight positions on 5/15 (16th to eighth).

Addison Bowman who advanced twenty-one positions on 5/22 (27th to sixth).

Tucker O’Connor who advanced sixteen positions on 6/19 (22nd to sixth).

Michael Ballestero who advanced eleven positions on 6/26 (25th to 14th).

Troy Zilles who advanced fifteen positions on 7/10 (26th to 11th).

Michael McCallion who advanced eight positions on 7/24 (23rd to 15th).

Tanner Warner who advanced thirteen positions on 8/14 (18th to fifth).

Jeremiah Munson who advanced twenty-three positions on 9/18 (29th to sixth).

Without the benefit of sponsorship, racing events at your local speedways would not be possible so Fonda Speedway management would like to thank the following Marketing Partners for the 2021 season who are listed on the track website including American Racer, Lias Tire Racing Division, American Racer Cup, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series, BD Brett Deyo Motorsports Media, Southside Beverage, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Recovery Sports Grill, and BBL Companies.

WEEKLY DIVISION SPONSORS

For 2021 the weekly division sponsors included Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance for the Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel for the Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. for the Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel for the Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair for the Four Cylinder/Cruiser division.

Fonda Speedway management would like to thank all the weekly division sponsors mentioned above for their support of the speedway.

Keep track of all announcements throughout the off season along with summaries of the 2021 racing season on the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway website www.thefondaspeedway.com

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.

$53,000 TO STEWART FRIESEN IN THE 29TH EDITION OF THE FONDA 200

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The opening ceremonies at any event can be special, the one at the 29th edition of the Fonda 200 on Saturday was one of the best that I think that I have ever seen. Drivers were introduced according to their starting positions and walked to their cars in front of the fans in the grandstand.

Fonda Speedway and Short Track Super Series starter Joe Kriss sang the Canadian National Anthem while Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem. What made this moment so special was that Mimi invited the crowd to sing along with her and it was spectacular to hear the huge crowd on hand sing it along with her.

A replica of one of Jack Johnson’s orange and white coupes built by Larry Lauler, Brian Rounds, and Slugger Charlew paced the field four wide before the green flag was thrown to begin the Fonda 200 featuring the biggest payoff in Northeast Dirt Modified racing as announced by Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore.

Congratulations to Dawn from Albany, NY who was the winner of the 50/50 worth $10,553! Great job by all the 50/50 girls and thanks for all of your hard work this 2021 season.

When Joe Kriss’ green flag was thrown to start the Sunoco Modified “Fonda 200” event, pole position starter Jeff Rockefeller took the early lead as the drivers all settled in for a long 200 laps. Outside pole position starter Danny Varin took the lead away from Rockefeller on the outside of turn two with sixth place starter Stewart Friesen up to the second position by lap 12 after getting by Rockefeller.

Varin stretched his lead to a full straightaway by lap 15 with four lap cars in between himself and Friesen at that time. The first caution of the event was out on lap 22 for Alex Yankowski with a unique format in place under yellow flag conditions. Drivers were allowed to go to the hot pit under caution without going laps down even though the first three laps under yellow counted in the event.

Varin chose the inside on the restart and maintained his lead over Friesen, going between the lap cars of Darwin Greene and Steve Akers on lap 34 to keep pace over Friesen. Varin and Friesen were side by side for the lead on lap 39 with two more lap cars racing side by side in front of them. Varin shut the door on Friesen and maintained the lead at that point.

On a lap 46 restart, fourth place starter Rocky Warner took the second position away from Friesen as they swapped the position twice before Friesen gained control of it again on lap 48. Ninth place starter Mike Mahaney challenged Warner for the third position on lap 59 and took it away from Warner at that point.

Friesen took the lead away from Varin on the inside of turns three and four on lap 66 only to have Varin get back by for the lead on the backstretch of the next lap. The race took a turn for the worse on lap 67 for Friesen who cut down a right front tire to bring out the caution. Friesen would pit to change the tire and discovered that he also had a broken right rear shock which his crew changed, and he went back out on the track in the 24th position.

Ronnie Johnson started the event in the 14th position and moved past Warner for the second spot on lap 72 just before another caution slowed the field two laps later. At that point there were twenty cars still on the lead lap with the top five consisting of Varin, Johnson, Warner, 11th place starter Tyler Dippel, and 22nd place starter Matt DeLorenzo.

Varin maintained the lead through the restart with Dippel getting by Warner for the third position on lap 81. On lap 87 in lap traffic, Johnson took the lead away from Varin after going by both Varin and a lap car with Warner also getting by Varin for the second position four laps from the halfway point.

At the lap 100 break which was ten minutes in length, drivers were allowed two options, one was to go to the hot pit for any adjustments to your car with the other being going to the infield for fuel and air pressure adjustments only. DeLorenzo, Friesen, David Schilling, Mahaney, Brian Gleason, and Josh Hohenforst were the only drivers to choose the infield option while others went to the hot pit for adjustments to their cars including Johnson who was the race leader at the time.

DeLorenzo was the leader when the green flag dropped to start the second half of the event while Johnson was the first of the cars out of the hot pit in the seventh position. Lap 101 saw Friesen get by DeLorenzo for the lead with Mahaney getting by Schilling and DeLorenzo for the second position on lap 109 with Friesen now out to a straightaway advantage.

Warner came out of the pit at the halfway point in the ninth position and got by two cars on a lap 115 restart to get back into the second spot. Warner got right up to Friesen’s rear bumper in lap traffic on lap 129 with Varin now in the third position after coming out of the pit at the halfway point in the eighth spot.

Through two more cautions Friesen pulled away on each restart to a straightaway lead each time including lap 155 with lap traffic coming into play three laps later. As Friesen was leading by a comfortable margin focus turned to 33rd place starter Adam McAuliffe who was sweeping around the outside of the track to gain positions every lap.

McAuliffe was in the fifth position when the yellow came out on lap 186 for Johnson who slowed in turn one. On the restart Craig Hanson was the driver on the move as he was the new fifth place car after starting 17th with one final caution coming out with ten laps to go. Friesen led the remaining laps for his 11th victory of the season at Fonda and the 79th of his career at the Track of Champions.”

Warner, Mahaney, Varin, and Dippel completed the top five, ironically the top three were the same three drivers who finished the 2019 “Fonda 200” event in the top three!

“Pretty wild out there today, I could get to the 93 (Varin) but then he would get away from me,” Friesen told Chris Moore in victory lane. “Had the tire go down and a broken shock and thanks to my crew for getting things changed for me to get back out there. The best race in New York State was here at Fonda today.”

“I saw the 97 (Warner) along side of me at one point and knew that I had to get going,” Friesen continued. “On the restarts I just tried to get a good launch and get back to the top. Congratulations to Jake Spraker who was a great car owner that I got to drive for at one point in my career.”

“I gave it all that I had tonight,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane following his second-place finish. “Marc Johnson came here tonight to help us out, so I have to thank him and the rest of my crew. A special thank you to Jake Spraker who I drove for the last seven years. He gave me the opportunity to move up to the modifieds and that’s a chance that not a lot of people often get.”

“We had a great car and have a great team that I am very proud of,” Mahaney said after his third-place finish. “I knew that I had to conserve my tires after the final stop, I didn’t have much left that’s for sure.”

McAuliffe was the Hard Charger of the race going from 33rd to finish seventh saying afterwards “My guys gave me a good car tonight; I didn’t need that last yellow but thanks to Laudy Hoyenga for standing by me as it has been a tough year.”

It took two tries to get the 25-lap $2,000 to win Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature underway with Michael Sabia getting to the lead early from his third place starting position with Corey Cormier in tow. Fifth place starter Tucker O’Connor and seventh place starter Chad Edwards were the new second and third place cars on lap seven and began pressuring the leader at that point.

The yellow flag was out on lap 10 for Brett Mortensen who started the event in the 19th position and was moving into the top ten when he got to the inside of Tim Dwyer in between turns three and four. Dwyer made contact with Mortensen resulting in a broken spindle on the right front of the #1B ending his night.

Edwards got by O’Connor for the second position on the restart and started pressuring Sabia for the lead as the two ran side by side for many laps. Edwards took the lead away from Sabia on the inside of turns one and two on lap 18 and led the remaining laps for his fourth victory of the season and the 13th of his career in the division.

Twenty fourth place starter Payton Talbot finished second followed by 20th place starter Will Shields, O’Connor, and Sabia.

“The track was real racy tonight, the car had a lot of speed,” Edwards said following his win. “I have to thank my car owner John Kollar for going above and beyond to give us what we need to race and be successful.”

That concludes the 2021 racing season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Please keep up to date on off season news by going to the track website www.thefondaspeedway.com

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.

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE – 200-LAPS – $53,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Danny Varin, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Adam McAuliffe, Matt DeLorenzo, Darren Smith, Bobby Hackel IV, David Schilling, Ronnie Johnson, JaMike Sowle, Brett Haas, JR Hurlburt, Pep Corradi, Chris Curtis, Brian Gleason, Addison Bowman, Roger Henion Jr., Steve Akers, Rich Christman, Jessica Friesen, Darwin Greene, Jeff Rockefeller, Josh Hohenforst, Alan Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, George Foley, Andy Bachetti, Matt Sobiech, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Ray Zemken, Tanner Warner, Tanner Warner, Will Shields, Tim Dwyer, Aaron Jacobs, Billy VanPelt DNS

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Rockefeller, 4-65 Varin, 66 Stewart Friesen, 67-86 Varin, 87-100 Johnson, 101-200 Stewart Friesen

“B” MAIN RACE WINNERS – Darren Smith, JaMike Sowle

DID NOT QUALIFY – Bill August, Jason Reome, Tanner Forbes, Corey Lowitt, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ancel Collins, Corey Cormier, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes, Rich Eggers

STSS SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN – CHAD EDWARDS, Payton Talbot, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Sabia, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Borst, Tanner Warner, Jeffrey Gallup, Corey Cormier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeremy Tyrell, Chip Constantino, Kevin Crave, David Manchester, Scott McCoy, Brian Calabrese, Brendan Gibbons, Tyler Peet, Dale Welty, Hunter Lapp, Cody Clark, Tim Dwyer, Troy Zilles, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Mark Mortensen DNS

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 Sabia, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Borst, Cormier, Clark, Manchester, Palmer

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Shields, Hohensheldt

DID NOT QUALIFY – Carter Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Taylor LaPlante, Aaron Jacobs, James McIntosh, Willy Decker Jr., Jeremy Slosek, Maverick Eldridge, Nikki Ouellette, Ricky Quick, Rich Eggers, Walt Hammond Jr., Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, David Hackett Jr., Billy Eggers, Karl Barnes, Kyle Dingman, Stephen Gray, Peter Carlotto, Lance Hill, Zach Dufel, Travis Green, Clayton DuMond, John Santolin, Ron Proctor, Walter J Hammond, Butch Wilcox, Griffen Mansmith, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/18/2021

DAY 3 OF THE 2021 FONDA 200 WEEKEND PRESENTED BY SOUTHSIDE BEVERAGE

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE – 200-LAPS – $53,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Danny Varin, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Adam McAuliffe, Matt DeLorenzo, Darren Smith, Bobby Hackel IV, David Schilling, Ronnie Johnson, JaMike Sowle, Brett Haas, JR Hurlburt, Pep Corradi, Chris Curtis, Brian Gleason, Addison Bowman, Roger Henion Jr., Steve Akers, Rich Christman, Jessica Friesen, Darwin Greene, Jeff Rockefeller, Josh Hohenforst, Alan Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, George Foley, Andy Bachetti, Matt Sobiech, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Ray Zemken, Tanner Warner, Tanner Warner, Will Shields, Tim Dwyer, Aaron Jacobs, Billy VanPelt DNS

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Rockefeller, 4-65 Varin, 66 Stewart Friesen, 67-86 Varin, 87-100 Johnson, 101-200 Stewart Friesen

“B” MAIN RACE WINNERS – Darren Smith, JaMike Sowle

DID NOT QUALIFY – Bill August, Jason Reome, Tanner Forbes, Corey Lowitt, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ancel Collins, Corey Cormier, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes, Rich Eggers

STSS SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN – CHAD EDWARDS, Payton Talbot, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Sabia, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Borst, Tanner Warner, Jeffrey Gallup, Corey Cormier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeremy Tyrell, Chip Constantino, Kevin Crave, David Manchester, Scott McCoy, Brian Calabrese, Brendan Gibbons, Tyler Peet, Dale Welty, Hunter Lapp, Cody Clark, Tim Dwyer, Troy Zilles, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Mark Mortensen DNS

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 Sabia, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Borst, Cormier, Clark, Manchester, Palmer

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Shields, Hohensheldt

DID NOT QUALIFY – Carter Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Taylor LaPlante, Aaron Jacobs, James McIntosh, Willy Decker Jr., Jeremy Slosek, Maverick Eldridge, Nikki Ouellette, Ricky Quick, Rich Eggers, Walt Hammond Jr., Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, David Hackett Jr., Billy Eggers, Karl Barnes, Kyle Dingman, Stephen Gray, Peter Carlotto, Lance Hill, Zach Dufel, Travis Green, Clayton DuMond, John Santolin, Ron Proctor, Walter J Hammond, Butch Wilcox, Griffen Mansmith, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff

KENNY GATES AND JORDAN HUTTON TAKE WINS AT FONDA AS THE PRO STOCKS AND CRSA SPRINTS TAKE CENTER STAGE ALONG WITH FONDA 200 QUALIFYING

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Day two of the Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage saw 50 Sunoco Modifieds attempting to qualify for the $53,000 to win Fonda 200 coming up on Saturday. Seven cars qualified through each of the four 15-lap heat race events with the top three finishers redrawing on Saturday for starting positions in the prestigious event.

Heat one saw Matt Sheppard take the win and a $500 bonus from Upstate Auto in Germantown, NY. Rocky Warner was the winner of heat race number two along with a $500 bonus from Dave Prime Mac Tools while Tyler Dippel won heat race number three and a $500 bonus from DKM Fabrications/Cyclone Chassis in Hagaman, NY. Danny Varin won the final heat race with a $500 paid out to him for his achievement by Flo Racing.

Complete finishes from the Sunoco Modified heat races can be seen at the bottom of this press release.

The 50/50 was up to $1,037 on Thursday evening but was never claimed and was the second prize on Friday evening when the 50/50 was up to $4,243 at nights end. At the time this release is being written neither prize has been claimed. Great job by the 50/50 girls as they have done all season long!

Racing events in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the CRSA Sprint Cars, the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the Street Stocks were also held on Friday night with Kenny Gates, Jordan Hutton, Ken Hollenback, PJ Bleau, and Matt Mosher winning features in their respective divisions. For Hutton and Mosher, it was their first career wins at Fonda and for Hutton it was also his first CRSA Sprint Car victory.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore started off opening ceremonies with a prayer followed by Fonda Speedway starter Joe Kriss singing the National Anthem while Ronnie Johnson circled the track with the American Flag attached proudly to the back of his race car along with the pace truck which had the American flag proudly waving from the back of it as well.

By the luck of a redraw Kenny Gates and Nick Stone started the 25-lap $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the front row with Gates the early race leader. At the completion of lap one the caution flag was out with Gates maintaining the lead on the restart. By lap six Gates was a half straightaway ahead of Stone and was running lap times 0.25 secs faster than Stone to maintain the distance between the two.

Twelfth place starter Josh Coonradt was in the fourth position by lap 18 with Gates in heavy lap traffic two laps later on lap 20. Gates gave himself some breathing room on lap 21 when he went in between two lap cars in turn three with Stone now lurking close behind. Stone saw an opening on the inside of Gates in turn four at that point and went to fill the opening only to spin out all on his own to bring out the caution with Beau Ballard also involved after spinning his car to avoid Stone while running third.

Gates led the remaining laps for his second victory of the 2021 season and the 85th of his career in the division at Fonda.

“This is the shot in the arm that we needed,” Gates told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Victory Lane in Memory of Mike Cole. “The car was on rails tonight and I could go anywhere that I wanted to with it. The track was prepared well, and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to all of my sponsors and thanks to my long-time sponsor George Smith of School House Pools for all of his support through the years it has definitely been a great ride.”

The 20-lap CRSA Sprint car feature began with Ron Greek and Jordan Hutton on the front row with Hutton taking the early lead. The red flag was out before any laps were completed for a three-car wreck in between turns one and two involving Josh Flint, Dana Wagner, and Trevor Years. Flint’s car ended up on its side in the wreck but fortunately nobody was injured.

Hutton maintained his lead on the restart with sixth place starter Jeff Trombley the new third place car on lap two. One lap later Trombley was the new second place car after getting by Greek for the position. At that point Hutton was a straightaway ahead but lap traffic brought Trombley up to him by lap seven with ninth place starter Dalton Herrick now in the third position making it a three-car battle for the lead.

The yellow flag was thrown on lap seven opening the track for the top three to battle it out to the checkered flag with a single file restart to follow. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Hutton, Trombley, Herrick, Greek, and fifth place starter Jeremiah Munson. Hutton closed in on single lap cars throughout the remainder of the event but got by all of them safely on the way to his first career CRSA Sprint Car win and his first career victory at Fonda.

Trombley, Herrick, Greek and Munson completed the top five. For Trombley it was his third second place finish in a row at Fonda according to CRSA stats.

“I’m so excited right now,” Hutton said in victory lane. “I ran the car wide open all race long and I don’t think I’ve ever had such a good car. Turn four was the most challenging here at Fonda I almost went too high and out of the groove there many times tonight.”

“We had a good view of the winner again tonight didn’t we,” Trombley jokingly told Mimi Lazzaro after his second-place finish. “We were all pretty even tonight but unless he (Hutton) got into it with a lap car or something we weren’t going to get by him. I had a lot of fun tonight though.”

“We got lucky tonight,” Herrick said of his third-place finish. “I was able to stay out of trouble in the beginning and the track was really fast.”

The $500 to win 20-lap Street Stock feature was a wild one for sure starting out with John Devine in the lead from his pole position start. Joey Wilson was the second-place car by lap three after starting in the fifth position while Jason Samrov was third after starting sixth. Adam Tranka started the event in the 12th position took the third spot away from Samrov on lap six while Wilson applied the pressure to the leader.

Devine and Wilson were side by side for the lead coming down the front stretch on lap eight and they continued that way going into turn one resulting in Wilson getting sideways, but he was able to save it and continued on in the second position. Lap nine saw Tranka take the lead away from Devine but coming in to turn four to complete the lap Devine spun Tranka in turn four bringing out the caution and was put to the rear for his actions.

Jason Samrov was the new race leader on the restart with Matt Mosher the new second place car on lap 10 after starting 13th but when Jason Samrov slowed on lap 14 with mechanical issues Mosher was the new race leader. Another yellow flag flew on the last lap, but Mosher maintained the lead on the way to his first career win at Fonda followed by Wayne Gaige, Zach Sorrentino, Josh Samrov, and Slater Baker.

“This is awesome,” Mosher said in victory lane about his first career win. “I broke a brake hub in practice and started last, but I was able to make my way to the front.”

Shawn Hemstreet led the first two laps of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature after starting on the pole with Randy Voris next to lead on lap three after going from fifth to first on a restart. PJ Bleau started the event in the 15th position but took the lead away from Voris on lap five and went on to his first win of the season at Fonda and the fourth of his career in the division.

Ken Hollenback finished second and was declared the winner in the SOHC class with Jeff Degroat, Kerrie Hollenback, and Slappy White completing the top five. For Hollenback it was his 13th win of the season and the 68th of his career in the division.

Saturday will be the final day of the Fonda 200 weekend highlighted by the $53,000 to win Sunoco Modified event along with a 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature paying $2,000 to the winner. Starting time on Saturday for hot laps is 5:00 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.

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #1 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO UPSTATE AUTO IN GERMANTOWN, NY – MATT SHEPPARD, Mike Mahaney, Chris Curtis, Steve Akers, George Foley, Tanner Warner, Rich Christman, Darwin Greene, Matt Sobiech, Bill August, Jason Reome, Tanner Forbes, Cory Lowitt

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #2 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO DAVE PRIME MAC TOOLS – ROCKY WARNER, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Rockefeller, JR Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Addison Bowman, Brian Pessolano, Tim Dwyer, Ray Zemken, Dan Santabarbara, Aaron Jacobs, Billy VanPelt, Will Shields DNS

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #3 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO DKM FABRICATION/CYCLONE CHASSIS IN HAGAMAN, NY – TYLER DIPPEL, Alex Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Hackel IV, Darren Smith, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ancel Collins

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #4 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO FLO RACING – DANNY VARIN, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Anthony Perrego, Brett Haas, Alan Johnson, Roger Henion Jr., Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Bill Knapp, Beau Ballard, Frank Twing, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Zach Sorrentino, Dave Horning Sr., John Holmes, Mike Kalkbrenner, Mike Baker, Nick Stone, Shane Playford, Buck Gasner, Andy Graves, Ken Griffen, Don Collins, AJ Walters DNS, Frank Hoard Jr. DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 85th of his career in the division at Fonda for Gates

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Gates

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Horning, Ballard, Gates

STREET STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – MATT MOSHER, Wayne Gaige, Zach Sorrentino, Josh Samrov, Slater Baker, Brandon Tyler, Matt Wells, Craig Coons, Ray Piere Jr., John Devine, Jason Samrov, Adam Tranka, Joey Wilson, Dave Shippee

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Mosher

LAP LEADERS – 1-9 Devine, 10-13 Jason Samrov, 14-20 Mosher

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – PJ BLEAU (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Jeff Degroat, Kerrie Hollenback, Slappy White, Cole Lawton, Zach McSpirit, Jamie Warner, Ian Poultney, TJ Marlitt, Frank Twing, Randy Voris, Dale Van Allen, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Josh Gordan, David Peek-Britten, Cliff Haslun

13th win of 2021 and the 68th of his career in the division at Fonda for Hollenback

1st win of 2021 and the 4th of his career in the division at Fonda for Bleau

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Hemstreet, 3-4 Voris, 5-15 Bleau

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JORDAN HUTTON, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Ron Greek, Jeremiah Munson, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., John Cunningham, Ray Preston, Dan Craun, Tim Lotz, Aaron Shelton, James Layton, Link Pettit, Steve Glover, Josh Flint, Trevor Years, Dana Wagner, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser

1st career CRSA win and the 1st career win in the division at Fonda for Hutton

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Hutton

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Trombley, Wagner, Hutton

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 9/17/2021

DAY 2 OF THE 2021 FONDA 200 WEEKEND PRESENTED BY SOUTHSIDE BEVERAGE

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #1 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO UPSTATE AUTO IN GERMANTOWN, NY – MATT SHEPPARD, Mike Mahaney, Chris Curtis, Steve Akers, George Foley, Tanner Warner, Rich Christman

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #2 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO DAVE PRIME MAC TOOLS – ROCKY WARNER, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Rockefeller, JR Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Addison Bowman, Brian Pessolano

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #3 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO DKM FABRICATION/CYCLONE CHASSIS IN HAGAMAN, NY – TYLER DIPPEL, Alex Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Hackel IV

STSS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE #4 FOR THE FONDA 200 – 15-LAPS – SEVEN QUALIFY – TOP THREE REDRAW – $500 BONUS TO THE WINNER THANKS TO FLO RACING – DANNY VARIN, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Anthony Perrego, Brett Haas, Alan Johnson, Roger Henion Jr.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Bill Knapp, Beau Ballard, Frank Twing, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Zach Sorrentino, Dave Horning Sr., John Holmes, Mike Kalkbrenner, Mike Baker, Nick Stone, Shane Playford, Buck Gasner, Andy Graves, Ken Griffen, Don Collins, AJ Walters DNS, Frank Hoard Jr. DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 85th of his career in the division at Fonda for Gates

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Gates

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Horning, Ballard, Gates

STREET STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – MATT MOSHER, Wayne Gaige, Zach Sorrentino, Josh Samrov, Slater Baker, Brandon Tyler, Matt Wells, Craig Coons, Ray Piere Jr., John Devine, Jason Samrov, Adam Tranka, Joey Wilson, Dave Shippee

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Mosher

LAP LEADERS – 1-9 Devine, 10-13 Jason Samrov, 14-20 Mosher

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – PJ BLEAU (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Jeff Degroat, Kerrie Hollenback, Slappy White, Cole Lawton, Zach McSpirit, Jamie Warner, Ian Poultney, TJ Marlitt, Frank Twing, Randy Voris, Dale Van Allen, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Josh Gordan, David Peek-Britten, Cliff Haslun

13th win of 2021 and the 68th of his career in the division at Fonda for Hollenback

1st win of 2021 and the 4th of his career in the division at Fonda for Bleau

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Hemstreet, 3-4 Voris, 5-15 Bleau

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JORDAN HUTTON, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Ron Greek, Jeremiah Munson, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., John Cunningham, Ray Preston, Dan Craun, Tim Lotz, Aaron Shelton, James Layton, Link Pettit, Steve Glover, Josh Flint, Trevor Years, Dana Wagner, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser

1st career CRSA win and the 1st career win in the division at Fonda for Hutton

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Hutton

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Trombley, Wagner, Hutton

“UNDERDOG 33” EVENT AT FONDA WON BY BRETT HAAS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Day one of the 2021 Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage saw one race run along with three sets of warm-ups for all divisions. When the checkered flag fell it was Pittsfield Massachusetts driver Brett Haas winning not only his first career victory at the Fonda Speedway but also his first win of the entire 2021 racing season in the Mac Tools #55.

A regular competitor at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, Haas finished third in the season long point standings without the benefit of a race win. The “Underdog 33” at Fonda was held with that in mind as it was for competitors from any racetrack who didn’t have a victory during the 2021 racing season.

“I’ve had some awful luck here,” Haas said in victory lane. “But tonight, I had a good draw, and I knew that I had a good car, so I was finally able to get the monkey off my back here at Fonda.”

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said a prayer to begin opening ceremonies followed by the National Anthem which was performed by Mimi Lazzaro who sang the Anthem up in the announcer’s tower which was a moving experience being there while she sang such a powerful song.

Tucker O’Connor and Haas started the 33-lap feature event on the front row with Haas leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Before any laps were completed, the yellow flag was out for Tucker O’Connor who came to a stop in turn two while running second. O’Connor was able to restart at the rear of the field.

Three more restarts were needed to get the race going again, one of them after Josh Hohenforst jumped the start while the other two involved crashes with drivers Cody Clark and Mark Pullen. When the race finally did get going again after a single file restart, Haas led the way with fourth place starter Josh Hohenforst in second.

Twelfth place starter Craig Hanson moved into the third position on lap three while 21st place starter Tyler Dippel was tenth on lap 10. Hohenforst was on the leader’s rear bumper by lap 14 in lap traffic but when the caution came out two laps later for Dippel who had a flat right rear tire it opened up the track for the leaders. At that point, the top five consisted of Haas, Hohenforst, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, and JaMike Sowle.

Hohenforst jumped the next restart and was warned that if it happened again, he would be penalized. When the caution was thrown for the restart infraction by Hohenforst, it bunched up the field on the front stretch resulting in five cars getting together including Dippel who drove away with more damage to his race car. He was able to continue on again and if there was an award given for the amount of cars passed Dippel would have certainly won that award.

Haas built up a straightaway lead on lap 25 only to have the red flag come out for O’Connor who flipped in between turns three and four into the tire wall. O’Connor was not injured in the wreck. On the restart, Hohenforst jumped the start again resulting in getting set back one row into the fourth position on the next restart.

A yellow flag with one lap to go for George Foley who came to a stop in turn four gave everyone one last shot for the win, but Haas got a good restart and went on to the victory over Vigneri III, Pessolano, Sowle, and Pep Corradi.

Fonda 200 weekend 2021 presented by Southside Beverage will continue on day two on Friday with the Algonkin Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the CRSA Sprint cars in action along with heat race qualifiers for the Fonda 200. Starting time on Friday will be 6:00 p.m. for hot laps.

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

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

SUNOCO MODIFIED “ULTIMATE UNDERDOG” FEATURE – 33-LAPS – BRETT HAAS, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Pep Corradi, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Addison Bowman, Tyler Dippel, Tanner Warner, Brian Gleason, Jeff Rockefeller, Steve Akers, Will Shields, George Foley, Tim Dwyer, Dylan Scribner, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Mark Mortensen, Ray Zemken, Ronnie Holmes, Chris Curtis, Mark Pullen, Cody Clark

1st career win at Fonda for Haas

LAP LEADERS – 1-33 Haas

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Curtis, Sowle, Haas, Hohenforst

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Dippel, Clark

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brett Mortensen, Tanner Forbes, Bob Schmidt, David Schilling, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Varin, Ted Star, Ancel Collins, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory Lowitt, Darwin Greene, Matt Sobiech, Bill August, Dave Constantino

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/16/2021

9/16/2021 DAY 1 OF THE 2021 FONDA 200 WEEKEND PRESENTED BY SOUTHSIDE BEVERAGE

SUNOCO MODIFIED “ULTIMATE UNDERDOG” FEATURE – 33-LAPS – BRETT HAAS, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Pep Corradi, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Addison Bowman, Tyler Dippel, Tanner Warner, Brian Gleason, Jeff Rockefeller, Steve Akers, Will Shields, George Foley, Tim Dwyer, Dylan Scribner, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Mark Mortensen, Ray Zemken, Ronnie Holmes, Chris Curtis, Mark Pullen, Cody Clark

1st career win at Fonda for Haas

LAP LEADERS – 1-33 Haas

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Curtis, Sowle, Haas, Hohenforst

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Dippel, Clark

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brett Mortensen, Tanner Forbes, Bob Schmidt, David Schilling, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Varin, Ted Star, Ancel Collins, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory Lowitt, Darwin Greene, Matt Sobiech, Bill August, Dave Constantino

$151,340 UP FOR GRABS FOR THE SUNOCO MODIFIEDS AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS” DURING FONDA 200 WEEKEND

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – For the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, it’s an historic race week.

The largest pay structure ever offered for a series event will be distributed during the Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage Sept. 16-18 at Fonda Speedway.

The STSS Fonda 200, part of the STSS Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region, offers a base pay structure of $138,250 minimum for the “200” starting field ($53,000 to win, $1,000 to start), with $2,500 allocated for B-Main competitors and another $10,590 for the “Underdog 33” on Thursday night open to all drivers not having won a Modified feature at any venue in 2021.

The grand total – just for the Modifieds – during the ‘200’ weekend is $151,340 prior to any bonuses, special awards, or contingencies.

The Saturday (Sept. 18) Fonda 200 itself pays $53,000 to the winner, $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third and a boosted $1,000 to take the green flag for the ’21 edition.

$2,500 will be distributed among non-qualifiers unable to transfer from Saturday’s B-Mains.

The Thursday night (Sept. 16) ‘Underdog 33’ rewards the winner with $2,000. Just taking the green in this event pays $200 cash.

Also in action on the 2021 season ending event at Fonda will be the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman (25-lap feature $2,000 to win), the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (25-lap feature $1,000 to win), Street Stocks (20-lap feature $500 to win), the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the CRSA Sprint cars.

Three days of racing are set for the 2021 edition of the Fonda 200.

The action kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the Sunoco Modified “Underdog 33” paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps. The “Underdog” is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. All other divisions will take part in open practice on Thursday.

On Friday, Sept. 17, STSS Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the Friday program are CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

After the completion of racing on Friday, the band Chasing Neon will perform in the Entertainment Building on the fairgrounds.

Saturday (Sept. 18) serves as the highlight of the weekend with the running of the Fonda 200. Leading up to the 200 will be STSS Modified B-Mains and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

A complete Fonda 200 information center has been established on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no 200-lap event was held at Fonda last year with the last one being held back in 2019. Stewart Friesen started on the pole for that event, leading the first 74 laps of the race. At the lap 100 break, Friesen pitted, restarted the event in the sixth position, and by lap 107 he was the leader after getting by Matt DeLorenzo on the inside of turn two.

On a lap 178 restart, Matt Sheppard took the lead away from Friesen coming out of turn two but by the time the lap was completed Friesen was back in the lead. Friesen was having issues with lap traffic late in the event allowing Sheppard to close in for one final challenge on the final lap, but Friesen held on for the win which at that time was the 60th of his career at the “Track of Champions.”

Going in to the 2021 Fonda 200, Friesen now has a total of 78 career wins at Fonda.

“I knew at some point in the race that I would be back in the field and have to get back to the front,” Friesen said following the event in 2019. “I struggled to get by the lap cars on the outside and that allowed Matt (Sheppard) to close in on me. I made the mistake of giving him the bottom on that one restart and that was the last time that I did that.”

Twenty years ago, the event was known as the “McDonald’s 200” with Doug Hoffman winning the event back in 2001. Hoffman took the win using a borrowed engine that he dropped into his Saturday night race car, taking the lead away from Steve Paine on lap 84 and controlling the rest of the race for his third career Fonda 200 win after winning it back-to-back in 1990 and 1991.

“We borrowed a motor from Chuck Hebing, got a couple of new tires from long time sponsor Leon Conklin, and got all of my buddies from my Saturday night crew together for this race at Fonda today,” Hoffman said after the win in 2001. “When something like this happens, you know there is a God.”

Through the history of the “Track of Champions,” the Fonda 200 weekend has been known by several different names including Thunder Along the Mohawk weekend, River Rage weekend, and the McDonald’s weekend back when Brian Hanaburgh brought sponsorship from his McDonald’s franchises to the Fonda Speedway. This year will be no different however as the prestige that comes from winning the Fonda 200 at the Fonda Speedway and all the money that goes with it remains one of the events that everyone wants to win.

There have been 18 different winning drivers in the 28 total Fonda 200 events held with Brett Hearn leading the way with a total of four wins of the prestigious event. Following behind Hearn are Doug Hoffman with three wins; Richard Petty, Charlie Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Jack Johnson, and Bob McCreadie all with two wins; Junior Johnson, Steve Danish, Bill Wimble, David Pearson, Lou Lazzaro, Harry Peek, Kenny Brightbill, Mike Romano, Steve Paine, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Stewart Friesen all with one win apiece.

For Petty, Junior Johnson, and Pearson the wins were in NASCAR Grand National events while for Brightbill, Paine, and Tremont Jr. it was the one and only win of their career at Fonda.

The Sunoco Modified “Underdog 33” event, paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps, is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. Winners at Fonda this season with the number of wins in parenthesis will not be eligible to compete in the event including Stewart Friesen (10); Rocky Warner and Mike Mahaney (both with two); Jack Lehner, Jessica Friesen, and Ronnie Johnson (all with one win apiece).

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.

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 @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Fonda 200 History of 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

Historic: Largest STSS Modified Cash Payout Ever – $151,340 – Up for Grabs at Fonda 200

FONDA, NY – For the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, it’s an historic race week.

The largest pay structure ever offered for a series event will be distributed during the Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage Sept. 16-18 at Fonda Speedway.

The STSS Fonda 200, part of the STSS Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region, offers a base pay structure of $138,250 minimum for the ‘200’ starting field ($53,000 to win, $1,000 to start), with $2,500 allocated for B-Main competitors and another $10,590 for the ‘Underdog 33’ on Thursday night open to all drivers not having won a Modified feature at any venue in 2021.

The grand total – just for the Modifieds – during the ‘200’ weekend is $151,340 prior to any bonuses, special awards or contingencies.

The Saturday (Sept. 18) Fonda 200 itself pays $53,000 to the winner, $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third and a boosted $1,000 to take the green flag for the ’21 edition.

$2,500 will be distributed among non-qualifiers unable to transfer from Saturday’s B-Mains.

The Thursday night (Sept. 16) ‘Underdog 33’ rewards the winner with $2,000. Just taking the green in this event pays $200 cash.

Since the first Fonda 200 was contested in 1955 with legendary moonshiner turned NASCAR hero Junior Johnson taking the victory, 18 different drivers have registered a victory in the 200 along the banks of the Mohawk River.

On Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 16-18, history will be made again at the fairgrounds facility.

Three days of racing are set for the ’21 edition of the Fonda 200.

The action kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the Sunoco Modified ‘Underdog 33’ paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps. The ‘Underdog’ is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. All other divisions will take part in open practice on Thursday.

On Friday, Sept. 17, STSS Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the Friday program are CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

After the completion of racing on Friday, the band Chasing Neon will perform in the Entertainment Building on the fairgrounds.

Saturday (Sept. 18) serves as the highlight of the weekend with the running of the Fonda 200. Leading up to the 200 will be STSS Modified B-Mains and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

A complete Fonda 200 information center has been established on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

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.

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 @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


Fonda 200 History of 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

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