By: Ron Szczerba

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

For the last two 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 NAPA Hard Charger Award to the driver who advances the most positions in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division. They will again be handing out the award in 2021, which consists of $100 gift certificate to their store.

The winner of the award is contingent on the Greco’s NAPA sticker being displayed on the race car with the recipients of the award in 2020 including the following drivers:

Tony Farone advanced 21 positions from 29th to 8th to win the award on 6/13/2020.

Kevin Chaffee advanced 10 positions from 28th to 18th to win the award on 6/20/2020.

2020 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion Chad Edwards won the award twice in 2020, advancing 24 positions from 25th to 1st on 6/27/2020 and advancing eight positions from 12th to fourth on 8/15/2020 tying him for the award on that night with Brian Calabrese who also advanced eight positions on 8/15/2020.

Tim Dwyer advanced 18 positions from 28th to 10th to win the award on 7/4/2020.

Charlie Tibbitts advanced six positions from 21st to 15th to win the award on 7/5/2020.

Joe Williams advanced nine positions from 14th to fifth to win the award on 7/15/2020.

Cody Clark advanced 14 positions from 24th to 10th to win the award on 8/1/2020.

Griffen Mansmith advanced 13 positions from 23rd to 10th to win the award on 8/5/2020.

Brian Borst advanced 15 positions from 24th to ninth to win the award on 9/20/2020.

Without the benefit of sponsorship, racing events at your local speedways would not be possible so with that 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, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Recovery Sports Grill, and BBL Companies.


For 2021 the weekly division sponsors will include Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance for the Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel for the Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging for the Limited Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel for the Pro Stocks. The Four Cylinder/Cruiser division is still available for sponsorship as of the writing of this release.

The Fonda Speedway Race Car Show will be held on Friday March 26 through Sunday March 28 at the Via Port in Rotterdam, NY with move in day on Thursday March 25.

As of the date of this release there are only 38 days left until opening day of the 70th consecutive season of racing at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Palmer’s Service Center will sponsor the 2021 season opener at Fonda on April 17 with all divisions in action!

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 To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.