FONDA SPEEDWAY CELEBRATES THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY WITH A DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND OF RACING THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – This Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway celebrates the Independence Day holiday weekend with two races totaling $14,000 to win over the two-day stretch for the Sunoco Modified division and a total of $3,500 to win for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division.
On Saturday, July 2 the Fonda Speedway hosts the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race mini-series between the Fonda and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedways. The Sunoco Modifieds will race 30-laps and a $4,000 payday on Saturday while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap $1,500 to win feature event, and the Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in a 20-lap $1,000 to win feature event.
The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will also be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) on Saturday. The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will be making their fourth appearance of the 2022 season at Fonda this Saturday. However, this will be a special appearance because it will be held on the same day as the 2022 Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies which will be held at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum at 3:00 p.m.
So not only will the MVVDMS drivers bring the past into the future with some fun and exciting racing for the fans, but the fans will also be treated to a meet and greet by the MVVDMS dedicated drivers so the fans can get an up and close look at the cars representing the many eras of our racing past at well.
The MVVDMS Car Show at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum will begin at 2:00 p.m. before the 2022 induction ceremonies at 3:00 p.m. The MVVDMS will have three entertaining and thrilling features that will showcase five different classes including the Antique, Mystique, Late Model, Sportsman, and Modified divisions later on during the racing program.
The events held on Saturday at Fonda will be the third event of the season in the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions. The two prior events held this season one at Fonda and the other at the “Home of Heroes” Utica Rome Speedway were won by Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard (Modified), Cody Clark and Payton Talbot (Sportsman), and Nick Stone (winning both Pro Stock feature events).
Current point standings going in to the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series race at Fonda this Saturday show Ronnie Johnson leading the Modified points, Talbot leading the Sportsman points, and Stone leading the Pro Stock points.
Then on Sunday, July 3 the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco heads to the “Track of Champions” for the fourth edition of the “Firecracker 50.” The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will take the stage on Sunday for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders Modified North Region. Fonda Speedway plays host to its fifth STSS event in the last four years, with the sixth event coming this September for the “Fonda 200.”
Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen remains undefeated in STSS competition at the Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the “Firecracker 50,” plus the 2021 “Fonda 200,” which fell under STSS sanctioning.
So far in 2022 four events have been held in the STSS River Valley Builders North Region for Modifieds with Matt Sheppard (Orange County, Outlaw, and Devils Bowl Speedways), and Mat Williamson (Accord Speedway) the event winners. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the River Valley Builders North Region Modified points going into the Fonda Speedway this Sunday, holding a 40-point advantage over Canadian Mat Williamson.
The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the holiday weekend special for Round No. 4 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region paying$2,000 to win. So far in 2022 three events have been held in the STSS Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region for the Crate 602 Sportsman with Brian Krummel (Accord Speedway), Kreg Crooker (Outlaw Speedway), and Travis Green (Bloomsburg Fair Raceway) winning those events. Cream Ridge, N.J.’s Steve Davis maintains a 39-point advantage ahead of Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green while Fonda Speedway’s own Payton Talbot is currently fifth in the Sportsman point standings.
A huge fireworks display will take place as well during the Sunday racing program.
The entire weekend of racing, along with every STSS and Fonda Speedway race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).
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 email@example.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, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.
Saturday, July 2 – Ferris Mowers presents the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series
Sunoco Modifieds – Thunder on the Thruway Series 30 laps, $4,000 to win (draw redraw)
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – Thunder on the Thruway Series 25 laps, $1,500 to win
Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – Thunder on the Thruway Series 20 laps, $1,000 to win
Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Fonda Fair Four Cylinders
Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series
Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.
Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 Seniors (ages 65 and over) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Drive-In: $70 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-2nd-drive-in…/
Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under
Sunday, July 3 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco ‘Firecracker 50’
STSS Modifieds – 50 laps, $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start
STSS Crate 602 Sportsman – 30 laps, $2,000 to win, $125 to start
*Both divisions – 25 show-up points
HUGE Fireworks Display
Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6:30 p.m. – Racing: 7:15 p.m.
Grandstand Admission: $25 (Adults) – $23 (Seniors ages 65 & up) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Drive-In: $125 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-3rd-drive-in…/
Pit Admission: $40 (non-member) – $35 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under
Camping reservations are now being taken online with and without hook-ups.
Weekend Pass – Dry (no hook-ups): $85
Weekend Pass – Water/Sewer/Electric: $150
Single-Day – Dry (no hook-ups): $50 each day
Single-Day – Water/Sewer/Electric: $85 each day