By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 15 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 fourth benefit for the organization held at the Fonda Speedway and organized by the Friesen’s, the first three were a huge success as this one promises to be as well.

So far in 2023 there have been four events held in the F. X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, two at Utica Rome and two at Fonda. Stewart Friesen has one win at each track in the Modified division with Matt Sheppard (Utica Rome) and Max McLaughlin (Fonda) winning the other two events.

Payton Talbot has won three of the four Thunder on the Thruway Series events in the Crate 602 Sportsman division with two wins at Fonda and one at Utica Rome while Matt Janczuk has one win in the division at Utica Rome. Beau Ballard has two wins in the Thunder on the Thruway Series events in the Pro Stock division, one each at Utica Rome and Fonda while Nick Stone and AJ Walters have victories in the other two events.

It’s RACE WEEK at Fonda Speedway! One Zee Tees & AIM Autism present Autism Awareness Night at the Track of Champions Saturday, July 15.

Tailgate for a Cause 1-4 p.m. in the Entertainment Building: Chicken BBQ, Raffles, Music, Bounce Houses, Dunk Tank & More to benefit Crossroads Center for Children

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

Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds – $4,000 to win

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – $1,500 to win

Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks – $1,000 to win


Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors ages 65 and up) – Kids 11 and under FREE

Pit Admission: $40 (Member) or $35 (NASCAR or Fonda Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

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!

All races at Fonda Speedway – will be broadcast live on FloRacing ( as part of the $150 annual subscription.

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 and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.