By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 18 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a special night honoring the late Bill Anagnostopoulos will take place as the current top five in Sunoco Modified points will compete in the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” with a lot of money on the line from various sponsors going to the drivers competing in the event.

This event is held in honor of the late Bill Anagnostopulos who was the owner of the Winners Circle, which is a restaurant in Fonda, NY that is located just around the corner from the Fonda Speedway. Bill was a great friend to racing and sponsored many drivers at the speedway through the years. On a typical Saturday evening, he would get away from the restaurant to attend the races at Fonda where he had many friends in both the pit area and the grandstands.

All other regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, June 18 along with the Sunoco Modifieds including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fait Four Cylinders. Gates will open to the speedway at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Typically, the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” feature the top five in Modified points plus a random driver selected from points positions six through ten. Since there is a tie in the Sunoco Modified points top five, there will be no random draw for this year’s elimination event, so the drivers who will be competing in the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” are point leader Matt DeLorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, and Rocky Warner.

Hanson and Warner are currently tied for the fifth position in the point standings following the June 11 racing program at Fonda and will be the final two drivers participating in the “Bill Ag” event. Thanks to Tom Coughlin there will be a random draw for $100 to one driver in positions six through ten in points, but they will not be eligible for participation in the “Bill Ag” event.

This will be the 7th Annual “Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Races” event run at Fonda with past winners including Bobby Varin in 2014, no event in 2015, Ronnie Johnson in 2016 & 2017, Tim Fuller in 2018, Stewart Friesen in 2019, no event in 2020, and Ronnie Johnson again last year in 2021.

Some quotes from the previous winners of the event:

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Ronnie Johnson said after the 2021 event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

“This is a very special event honoring Bill from the Winners Circle,” Stewart Friesen said in victory lane after his win in 2019. “This is a cool mid-summer special race that has become a big event so thanks to all the sponsors and the organizers for their efforts.”

“When Josh (Hohenforst) got lane choice for the last race I thought that I was in trouble,” Tim Fuller said after his win in 2018. “I was real concerned because he is fast here at Fonda on a heavy track. This event is a little different, it has a lot of pizzazz, and racing needs more of that.”

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

It’s 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 18 with Dirt Track Digest TV Night.

Bill Ag Sunoco Modified Elimination Match Races – More than $3,000 on the line!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $60 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-18th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under


💰💰$3,001 If A Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!

💵💵 $4,001 Total Payout for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!

🪙🪙$2,250 Total Money for Hot Laps, Heat Races, and Feature Bonuses for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Night!!!!

😳😳 $6,251 😳😳


💥💥2022 Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race💥💥

Saturday June 18th at Fonda Speedway

Round 1- $400

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 2- $400

$250 Melissa Rava

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 3- $550

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$50 George Walker

Round 4- $651

$301 Mike and Alex Jackson

$100 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$100 Jim and Jenny Brewster

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 In Memory of Wayne Hazzard

Round 5- $1K


(GT Smith, George Smith, Mike Mallet)

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin)

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Mimi Lazzaro

$100 5th Driver Eliminated-   Mohawk Valley

Vintage Dirt Modifieds

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel

$100 First Choice (1st driver picked by a competitor)- CLC Concrete and Excavation/Chad Edwards

$200 Last Man Standing (Last Driver Picked for The Final Round)- Zach Dufel

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Signworks/Jeff Karabin

🏁🏁Modified Hot Lap, Heat and Feature Bonuses🏁🏁

$100 Hot Lap Hero (Fastest Modified in Hot Laps)- Driven Design & Embroidery

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Al Abele

$100 Leader Lap 1- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Leader Lap 2- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 3rd Place on Lap 3- 33 Race Products LLC

$50 8th Place on Lap 8-Bodie Bellinger

$100 6th Place Modified Feature

In Memory of Ed Keyser and In Honor of All the Dad’s for Supporting Your Local Dirt Track- Carole and Alton Palmer

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$100 8th Place Modified Feature- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 9th Place Modified Feature- The Furnare Family

$100 10th Place Modified Feature- Romano Family

$100 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard

$100 13th Place Modified Feature- Driven Design & Embroidery

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$100 Last Driver on Lead Lap- Friends and Family of Hot Rod Hodge/Dylanne Golas

$100 1st Driver One Lap Down- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Modified Feature Hard Charger- B&B Dumpster Rentals

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos