By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 16 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. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Before the racing action begins there will be a “Tailgate for the Cause” event as AIM Autism and One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. there will be events including a $15 chicken dinner, raffles of various items, music, a bounce house for the kids, a dunk tank, and more with all proceeds benefitting the Crossroads Center for Children.

The Crossroads Center for Children holds a special place in Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s hearts as their son Parker attended the center after he was diagnosed with Autism. This will be the third benefit for the organization held at the Fonda Speedway and organized by the Friesen’s, the first two were a huge success as this one promises to be as well.

So far in 2022 there have been four events held in the series, two races at each track, with Stewart Friesen and Matt DeLorenzo winning Modified evets at the Fonda Speedway while Matt Sheppard and Friesen won the two Modified events at Utica Rome. Cody Clark won both Crate 602 Sportsman events held at Fonda while Payton Talbot and Matt Janczuk won the two events at Utica Rome. Nick Stone has won all four of the events in the Pro Stock division, two at each track.

The current point standings in the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series show Alex Yankowski leading the Modified division points by 17 points over Ronnie Johnson, Talbot leading the Crate 602 Sportsman division points by 12 points over Clark and Chad Edwards who are currently tied for the second position, and Stone leading the Pro Stock division points by 32 points over Beau Ballard.

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

It’s RACE WEEK at Fonda Speedway. AIM Autism and One Zee Tees present Autism Awareness Night at the Track of Champions THIS SATURDAY, JULY 16.

Tailgate for a Cause 1-4 p.m. in the Entertainment Building – $15 BBQ Chicken Dinner – Raffles – Music – Bounce House – Dunk Tank & More – All to benefit the Crossroads Center for Children

F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series

Sunoco Modifieds 30 laps, $4,000 to win!

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $1,500 to win!

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – 20 laps, $1,000 to win!


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: $15 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $13 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $75 (up to four passes). Link:…/

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