By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 10 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar and Yellow Transportation present a racing card headlined by the 16th Annual “Hondo Classic” for the Algonkin Pro Stocks paying a minimum of $1,000 to win! Racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

The winner of the 16th Annual Hondo Classic will receive $1,199.99 cash!  That includes $800 from the Fonda Speedway purse, $250 from Lightning Pit Lights, Inc. (plus a set of lights), $99.99 from Stone Motorsports, and $50.00 from a friend in memory of Bob James. The winner will also receive a trophy donated by Ed Lamberton, the commemorative Victory Lane sign, the big check designed and donated by Joe Achzet and of course, Magic Hat #9 beer. The winning pit crew will receive $99.99 in Memory of Larry Carpenter, Sr who was on our crew since the very beginning. That bonus is from Friends of Larry Carpenter, Sr.

To keep up with additional bonuses and prizes for the Hondo Classic event you can go to the Friends of Hondo Memorial Society Facebook page.

The Hondo Classic is named for Hondo Carpenter, a popular competitor in the Pro Stock division at the Fonda Speedway who lost his life in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005. Each year dozens of supporters of this event contribute to the bonus money that is awarded along with the track purse. According to the competitors, the money is always welcome but the big draw to the event is the bragging rights.

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013) and Josh Coonradt (2019) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

Also, on the racing card will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

A huge fireworks display in conjunction with the Village of Fonda will light up the sky.

The infield drive-in area will also be open for the July 10th racing program at Fonda and you can reserve your spot by going to:

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

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.