By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – 2022 was a season that all racetrack promoters dream of with no races being cancelled for any reason at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Unfortunately, 2023 hasn’t been the same with six cancellations including Championship Night this past Saturday, which was cancelled early afternoon due to predicted heavy rainfall and severe storms. With the cancellation, the 2023 championship points were deemed official, and the champions will be recognized during Fonda 200 Weekend Sept. 14-16.

Track Champions crowned for the 2023 season included first time champions Demetrios Drellos (Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds), Ivan Joslin (Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks), and Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc.) with Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman) Ken (SOHC) & Kerrie (DOHC) Hollenback (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders) winning titles in the other regular divisions.

Drellos had one win in 2023 in a career total of three at Fonda, the first career win coming in the Bill & Erik Nelson #85 back on 6/16/2018 and the other two coming in the Drellos Family owned #111, one win back on 8/13/2022 and one this season on 7/8/2023.

Talbot had a six win season in 2023 in a career total of ten in the division at Fonda, his first win coming on 8/14/2021 and his last on 7/17/2023. This was Talbot’s second consecutive championship in the Crate 602 Sportsman division at Fonda.

Joslin has made a career of racing at Fonda in three different divisions, starting out in the Street Stock division with one career win coming on 8/13/2005. He has a career total of 14 wins in the Pro Stock division, the first win coming on 5/23/2009 and his last this year on 6/3/2023 with one career win in the Crate 602 Sportsman division on 7/25/2015 when he moved up for a couple of years before returning to the Pro Stocks.

Dingman has six career wins in the Limited Sportsman division, the first of his career coming on 5/8/2021 and his last on 9/15/2022. He was a model of consistency in 2023, winning his first career Track Championship in the division without the benefit of a feature win.

Ken Hollenback was a nine time winner in 2023 with a career total of 94 topping the current all time win list in the Four Cylinder division. His brother Kerrie was a seven time winner in 2023 and is currently second on the all time win list with 41 total victories. Along with his championship in 2023 Ken now has a total of ten Track Championships in the SOHC Four Cylinder class at Fonda while Kerrie has a total of three in the DOHC Four Cylinder class.

The Fonda Speedway is now closed for the Annual Fonda Fair but will be back in action on September 14-16 for the prestigious “Fonda 200” weekend!

Fonda Speedway Weekly Report

Miss any action from last week’s racing? The Fonda Speedway weekly report can take care of that. A 90 second summary of the previous Saturday racing action will air throughout the week across seven local radio stations including:

WCSS 1490 & 106.9 in Amsterdam/Schenectady

WIZR 930 & 102.9 in Johnstown/Fonda/Gloversville

WKAJ 1120 & 97.9 in St. Johnsville/Canajoharie

WYVS 96.5 in Speculator and the North Country

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 (www.floracing.tv) 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 www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.