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Historic: Largest STSS Modified Cash Payout Ever – $151,340 – Up for Grabs at Fonda 200

FONDA, NY – For the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, it’s an historic race week.

The largest pay structure ever offered for a series event will be distributed during the Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage Sept. 16-18 at Fonda Speedway.

The STSS Fonda 200, part of the STSS Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region, offers a base pay structure of $138,250 minimum for the ‘200’ starting field ($53,000 to win, $1,000 to start), with $2,500 allocated for B-Main competitors and another $10,590 for the ‘Underdog 33’ on Thursday night open to all drivers not having won a Modified feature at any venue in 2021.

The grand total – just for the Modifieds – during the ‘200’ weekend is $151,340 prior to any bonuses, special awards or contingencies.

The Saturday (Sept. 18) Fonda 200 itself pays $53,000 to the winner, $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third and a boosted $1,000 to take the green flag for the ’21 edition.

$2,500 will be distributed among non-qualifiers unable to transfer from Saturday’s B-Mains.

The Thursday night (Sept. 16) ‘Underdog 33’ rewards the winner with $2,000. Just taking the green in this event pays $200 cash.

Since the first Fonda 200 was contested in 1955 with legendary moonshiner turned NASCAR hero Junior Johnson taking the victory, 18 different drivers have registered a victory in the 200 along the banks of the Mohawk River.

On Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 16-18, history will be made again at the fairgrounds facility.

Three days of racing are set for the ’21 edition of the Fonda 200.

The action kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the Sunoco Modified ‘Underdog 33’ paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps. The ‘Underdog’ is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. All other divisions will take part in open practice on Thursday.

On Friday, Sept. 17, STSS Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the Friday program are CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

After the completion of racing on Friday, the band Chasing Neon will perform in the Entertainment Building on the fairgrounds.

Saturday (Sept. 18) serves as the highlight of the weekend with the running of the Fonda 200. Leading up to the 200 will be STSS Modified B-Mains and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

A complete Fonda 200 information center has been established on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the 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 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 bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


Fonda 200 History of Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: Stewart Friesen

Steeped with Tradition: Many of the Sport’s Greatest Drivers Have Won the Fonda 200

FONDA, NY – Tradition. A massive payout. And one of the Northeast’s most challenging dirt tracks.

It all comes together Thursday-Sat. Sept. 16-18 at Fonda Speedway with the running of the Fonda 200 presented by Southside Beverage. $53,000 awaits the winner of the 200-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified event, with $1,000 reserved to take the green flag.

More than $140,000 in prize money will be distributed for the STSS Modified event alone during the three-day racing festival.

Many of the sport’s most prolific names have triumphed in the Fonda 200.

The first ‘200’ was contested in 1955 with Junior Johnson taking the victory as part of the NASCAR Grand National Series. Three other Fonda 200 events ran as NASCAR events with David Pearson winning in 1966 and ‘the King’ himself Richard Petty taking back-to-back wins in 1967 and 1968.

Steve Danish (’63), Bill Wimble (’64), Lou Lazzaro (’69) and Harry Peek (’70) each took early ‘200’ wins before the event took a 13-year hiatus.

In ’83, Charlie Rudolph picked up his first of two ‘200’ wins with the second coming in ’85. Jimmy Horton won the event twice, once in ’84 and again a decade later in ’94. The iconic Jumpin’ Jack Johnson earned wins in ’86 and ’88, book-ending a Kenny Brightbill triumph in ’87.

Mike Romano earned the 1989 score, one year before Doug Hoffman registered his first of three ‘200’ wins. Hoffman took the checkered in ’90, ’91 and ’01.

Bob McCreadie won back-to-back ‘200s’ in ’92 and ’93. Brett Hearn was a four-time ‘200’ winner, taking the ’95, ’97, ’98 and ’02 events.

Steve Paine took the ’99 edition. Kenny Tremont took his sole ‘200’ win in 2001.

After a 17-year hiatus, BD Motorsports Media LLC brought the 200 back to Fonda in 2019 paying $53,000 to the winner. Stewart Friesen added his name to the list of event winners.

After COVID-19 forced the event’s cancelation in 2020, the Fonda 200 is back in ’21.

Eighteen drivers have registered ‘200’ victories since the race’s inception.  Will the ’21 edition produce winner No. 19?

The action kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the Sunoco Modified ‘Underdog 33’ paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps. The ‘Underdog’ is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. All other divisions will take part in open practice on Thursday.

On Friday, Sept. 17, STSS Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the Friday program are CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

After the completion of racing on Friday, the band Chasing Neon will perform in the Entertainment Building on the fairgrounds.

Saturday (Sept. 18) serves as the highlight of the weekend with the running of the Fonda 200. Leading up to the 200 will be STSS Modified B-Mains and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

A complete Fonda 200 information center has been established on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the 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 www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.


Fonda 200 History of Winners

1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: Stewart Friesen

53,000 Reasons: Fonda 200 Offers $53,000 Winner’s Share During Sept. 16-18 Weekend

FONDA, NY – 53,000 reasons.

The season’s largest pay structure for a dirt Modified event will be paid at Fonda Speedway Thursday-Saturday Sept. 16-18 when Southside Beverage presents the Fonda 200 weekend at the Track of Champions.

The 200-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified event rewards the victor with $53,000. $1,000 is reserved just to take the green flag in the event. The total purse tops $140,000 for the 200.

Three days of racing are planned for the famed Track of Champions to bring down the curtain on the 2021 season.

The action kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the Sunoco Modified ‘Underdog 33’ paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps. The ‘Underdog’ is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. All other divisions will take part in open practice on Thursday.

On Friday, Sept. 17, STSS Modifieds will take part in 15-lap qualifying events. Also on the Friday program are CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

After the completion of racing on Friday, the band Chasing Neon will perform in the Entertainment Building on the fairgrounds.

Saturday (Sept. 18) serves as the highlight of the weekend with the running of the Fonda 200. Leading up to the 200 will be STSS Modified B-Mains and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

A complete Fonda 200 information center has been established on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the 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 www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

Fonda 200 Schedule of Events: September 16-18, 2021

Thursday, September 16 – Sunoco Modified “Ultimate Underdog 33” plus Open Practice All Divisions

8 a.m. – Camper Staging Begins

9 a.m. – Camper Parking Begins (coordinated by Fonda Speedway staff)

4 p.m. – Gates Open

6:15 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting

7 p.m. – Hot Laps for ‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ & Open Practice Begins
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Practice
‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ Modified Hot Laps – Participating Modifieds Only
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Practice
Sunoco Modified Practice
Street Stock Practice
Four Cylinder Practice
CRSA Sprint Car Practice

National Anthem – Opening Ceremonies

‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ Sunoco Modified Heat Races (8 laps)

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Practice
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Practice
Sunoco Modified Practice
Street Stock Practice
Four Cylinder Practice
CRSA Sprint Car Practice

‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ Sunoco Modified B-Mains (8 laps)

TRACK PREP/BRIEF BREAK

‘Ultimate Underdog 33’ Sunoco Modified Feature (33 laps)

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Practice
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Practice
Sunoco Modified Practice
Street Stock Practice
Four Cylinder Practice
CRSA Sprint Car Practice

Friday, September 17 – Short Track Super Series Modified Qualifying Races plus CRSA Sprint Cars, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Street Stocks & Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

10 a.m. – Camper Parking Begins (coordinated by Fonda Speedway staff)

4 p.m. – Gates Open

5:30 p.m. – Mandatory Drivers’ Meeting & Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified Qualifying Race Draw

6 p.m. – CRSA Sprint Car Engine Heat followed by Hot Laps
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Hot Laps
CRSA Sprint Car Hot Laps
STSS Modified Hot Laps
Street Stock Hot Laps
Four Cylinder Hot Laps

7 p.m. – Racing
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Heats (8 laps)
CRSA Sprint Car Heats (8 laps)
Street Stock Heats (6 laps)

Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Feature (15 laps)

Consolations (Pro Stock, CRSA, Street Stock in that order)

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature (25 laps)

BRIEF BREAK – TRACK PREP IF NECESSARY

STSS Modified Qualifying Race No. 1 (15 laps)
STSS Modified Qualifying Race No. 2 (15 laps)
STSS Modified Qualifying Race No. 3 (15 laps)
STSS Modified Qualifying Race No. 4 (15 laps)

CRSA Sprint Car Feature (20 laps)
Street Stock Feature (20 laps)

10:30 p.m. – Chasing Neon LIVE in Entertainment Building

 

Saturday, September 18 – STSS Modified B-Mains & Fonda 200 plus Swagger Factory Apparel STSS Crate 602 Sportsman

2 p.m. – Gates Open

4 p.m. – Mandatory STSS Drivers’ Meeting

5 p.m. – Hot Laps
STSS Crate 602 Sportsman
STSS Modified

6 p.m. – Racing

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Heats (8 laps)

Sunoco Modified B-Mains (15 laps)

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Consolations (8 laps)

BRIEF BREAK/TRACK PREP

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Feature (25 laps)

TRACK PREP FOR FONDA 200

FONDA 200 DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS

CANADIAN & AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS

DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES

STSS Modified Fonda 200 (200 laps, $53,000 to win!)

Fonda 200 Pre-Sale Tickets, Camping, Pit Passes & ATV/Golf Cart Permits Available Now

FONDA, NY – At $53,000 to win, the Fonda 200 offers the most lucrative top prize in dirt Modified racing.

The three-day racing festival takes place Sept. 16-18, 2021 at the famed Fonda Speedway, headlined by the 200-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified event rewarding the winner with $53,000 and $1,000 reserved just to take the green flag at the Track of Champions.

This season, the event is a points-paying STSS Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region event for the first time.

The three-day event kicks off Thursday, Sept. 16 with open practice for all divisions plus the ‘Underdog 33’ Modified special paying $2,000 to the winner. This event is open only to drivers not having won a Modified feature at any facility in 2021.

Friday night’s (Sept. 17) program consists of Sunoco Modified qualifying, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win) and Four Cylinders.

Saturday (Sept. 18) is the culmination of the weekend with the Sunoco Modified B-Mains and 200 plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman in a Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region $1,500-to-win event.

Sunday (Sept. 19) is reserved as a rain date.

As of Monday (Aug. 2), pre-sale reserved tickets, camping, pit passes and ATV/golf cart passes are available online via the following link: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

The Fonda 200 returns in ’21 after a one-year absence due to COVID-19 restrictions last September.

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.

 

Fonda Speedway Saturday, July 17 Racing Canceled Due to Rain

With heavy rain predicted to move into the area this afternoon and tonight, racing at Fonda Speedway has been canceled for tonight. Fan Appreciation Night has been rescheduled for August 7.

Racing resumes next Saturday, July 24 with Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night featuring the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series for the Sunoco Modifieds (44 laps, $4,444 to win plus special awards and bonuses), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,500 to win), Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (20 laps, $1,000 to win) plus Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

STSS Race Day at Fonda: Firecracker 50 Storylines, Stars & Sleepers

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – For the first time in 32 days, it’s Race Day!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco reignites tonight with the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston ‘Firecracker 50’ at Fonda Speedway.

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will go for 50-laps for a minimum of $10,000 to the winner.

This years ‘Firecracker 50’ will be the third running of the event since its inception in 2019 and is Round No. 4 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed North Region.

THE STORYLINES

It has been over a month since the STSS last ran at Pa.’s Penn Can Speedway on June 1. Drivers and teams are rounding into form and finding their stride as the calendar turns to July, which could change the outlook of the North Region standings in the next month of racing.

Currently, Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego and King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney are separated by just one point atop the North Region standings, with the Penn Can winner, Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard, just 14 points behind.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen has claimed each of the first two editions of the ‘Firecracker 50.’ Can anyone stop the Fonda Speedway kingpin?

THE STARS

Not only has he won the first two running’s of the ‘Firecracker 50,’ Stewart Friesen has only lost twice since the beginning of 2020 at Fonda Speedway, including winning seven of his eight races this season. Friesen currently sits at 75 career Fonda wins, fourth on the Speedway’s all-time list.

Johnstown, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner is the only driver to win a Fonda Speedway race in 2021 that Stewart Friesen attended. Warner is also coming off a runner-up this past Saturday (to Friesen) at Fonda. Warner also won the $12,000 payday at the Montgomery County Open back in April at Fonda.

Anthony Perrego, like Rocky Warner, is the only other driver to beat Stewart Friesen at Fonda since the beginning of 2021. Perrego was triumphant in the season finale at Fonda last season. Perrego’s consistency has been impeccable on the 2021 STSS Tour and has rewarded him with two wins already this season.

THE SLEEPERS

Duanesburg, N.Y.’s Ronnie Johnson has never been an STSS regular, and just returned as a regular at Fonda Speedway this season. However, ‘RJ’ has been fast and consistent throughout the 2021 campaign at the ‘Track of Champions.’ A crowd favorite, Johnson will be in the hunt to thrill the picturesque grandstands at Fonda.

Unadilla, N.Y.’s Billy Decker last won at Fonda Speedway in 2015. The 2018 STSS North Region champion always shows consistency, and currently sits ninth in STSS North Region points.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner is having a breakout season in the Modified division. That breakout season includes a win this season at Fonda, and currently sitting second in the point standings at the ‘Track of Champions.’

ALSO IN ACTION

The Crate 602 Sportsman will run Round No. 2 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region. The 25-lap race will pay a hefty $2,000 to the winner.

A huge fireworks display will complete the program.

GATES AND PRICES

For the July 4 event, all gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing following at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24 and $22 for Seniors (ages 65 and over). Kids 11 and under get in FREE.

Pit Admission is $35 for Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Speedway Members

HOW TO WATCH

The ‘Firecracker 50’ will be streamed 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.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


STSS ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ HISTORY: PAST EVENT WINNERS

July 3, 2019 – STEWART FRIESEN – Matt Sheppard – Erick Rudolph – Anthony Perrego – Rocky Warner

July 5, 2020 – STEWART FRIESEN – Larry Wight – Mike Maresca – Adam McAuliffe – Jessica Friesen

Fonda Speedway Saturday Program Postponed; Sunday, July 4 Racing Remains On

FONDA, NY – Persistent rain showers and a saturated surface have forced the postponement of the Saturday, July 3 Recovery Sports Grill-sponsored event at Fonda Speedway.

The Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston ‘Firecracker 50’ featuring the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco on Sunday, July 4 will go on as scheduled featuring a $10,000-to-win Modified event and $2,000-to-win program for the Crate 602 Sportsman.

A huge fireworks display will wrap up the program.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids 11 and under are admitted free.

Pit admission is $35 (Non-Members) and $30 (Fonda Speedway members).

The ‘Thunder on the Thruway’ event will be postponed to a later date.

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.

RACING IS ON FOR TONIGHT – SATURDAY, MAY 29 DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE

Racing is ON for tonight’s (May 29) Dave Lape Tribute presented by M.W. Roosevelt! Sunoco Modified Twin 22s ($1,500 to win each) plus the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Morning rain has pushed out of the area and a clear evening is expected.

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

Adult Admission: $13
Seniors (ages 65 and over): $11
Kids 11 and under FREE

Pit Admission: $35 (Non-Members) or $30 (Members)

FRIESEN WINS $4,000 IN THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES EVENT #1 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening and dominated the $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified feature event. The event was the first of the Thunder on the Thruway Series of six events between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways with a great crowd on hand on a cold night by the Mohawk River.

 Other winners on Pig Skin Pros Night at Fonda were Jason Greco (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series were also on hand with John Flach (Modified), Stephen Denton (Sportsman), Bryan Scofield (Antique), and Curtis Condon (Late Models) taking the wins in the feature events.

After some great work by the track crew to get the track in shape after a rainy day and week, racing was on for Saturday with the invocation given by Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore followed by the singing of the National Anthem by victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro. 

Special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission and congratulations to the 50/50 winner, which was worth $1,413!

Drivers drew for starting positions in the 35-lap Sunoco Modified feature event with Bobby Varin and David Schilling on the front row. Varin was the leader at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with third place starter Stewart Friesen close behind in second. By lap six Varin was already in lap traffic with Friesen still chasing behind as Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, and Ronnie Johnson were moving up after starting fourth, seventh, and 13th respectively.

Friesen went by both Varin and a lap car in turn one on lap 10 to take a lead that he would never relinquish for the remainder of the event. With the race now for second the trio of Mahaney, Hanson, and Johnson continued their march to the front as they all got by Alan Johnson for positions in the top five behind Varin. 

With ten laps to go Friesen was a straightaway ahead of Varin while Hanson made his way by Mahaney for the third position. The one and only caution of the event was out on lap 28 for a smoking Rocky Warner who drove into the pit area in turn three out of harm’s way. Friesen stretched out his lead on the restart as Mahaney took the third position away from Hanson, but all eyes now were on invader Matt Sheppard who was making his way to the front after starting 19th.

Friesen went on to his 70th career win at Fonda and his second of the 2021 season at the “Track of Champions” followed by Varin, Mahaney, Hanson, Johnson, and Sheppard with a great run to finish sixth.

“I felt like I let all my local fans down last evening in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington while running in the second position late in the race and getting caught up in a wreck,” Friesen told Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane. “I love it here at Fonda, we have a great race team, and the track was hammer down fast tonight, the fastest it’s been in a long time.”

After a draw for starting positions, Chip Constantino and Jason Greco were the front row starters in the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Constantino taking the race lead early on. As Constantino stretched out his advantage just before the halfway point, the race for second was a four-car battle between Jason Greco, Tucker O’Connor, Tim Hartman Jr., and Cody Clark as Greco tried to hold the position and battle for the win.

Mark Mortensen started the event in the 16th position and was in the top 10 late in the event when he was forced into the pit area when the transmission blew on the #1M. With less than five laps to go on lap 21 the yellow flag came out for Brett Mortensen who slowed on the front stretch with a flat right rear tire and came to a stop on the backstretch not able to make it to the pit area.

On the restart, Greco took the lead away from Constantino with Hartman gaining two positions to second as Greco went on to his first career win in the division in the Greco’s Auto & Truck Center NAPA sponsored #12J. Hartman, Constantino, Clark, and O’Connor completed the top five.

“This is amazing I can’t believe it,” Greco told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “It is a dream come true for sure. Chip (Constantino) drove a flawless race and I definitely needed that caution to have a chance at the win.”

By the luck of the draw Steve Cosselman and Nick Stone were the front row starters in the Algonkin Pro Stock feature with Stone taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Chuck Dumblewski and Kenny Gates both got by Cosselman for the second and third positions while Stone continued to stretch out his advantage in the caution free event.

At the halfway point, the top five consisted of Stone, Gates, Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, and Ivan Joslin. Back in the pack after starting fourth but losing positions early, Devon Camenga put on a show to get back into the top five as he, Joslin, and 16th place starter Josh Coonradt were the drivers to watch late in the event as they gained positions to the front.

Stone crossed under the checkered flag for his 55th career win in the division and his second in a row followed in the top five by Gates, Joslin, Camenga, and Coonradt.

“Two in a row, that’s what we come here to do,” Stone said in victory lane. “The track was definitely fast, and I want to thank my car owner Todd Hoffman and my own crew that help me with my own car on Friday nights for making this a great race team.”

Kyle Dingman led every lap in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for his first career win in the division followed in the top five by Jonathan Feagles, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, and Carter Gibbons.

Ken Hollenbeck was the overall winner in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division claiming the single overhead cam victory while second place overall finisher Slappy White claimed the dual overhead cam victory. Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenback, and Jeff Tubbs completed the top five in the 12-lap event.

Next Saturday, May 15 St. Lawrence Radiology presents “Dollar Night” with $1.00 grandstand admission. All regular divisions will be in action with a starting time of 7:00 p.m.

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.

PIG SKIN PROS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES RACE #1 – $4,000 to win – 35-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Matt DeLorenzo, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Brian Gleason, Steve Akers, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Dylan Scribner, Tim Fuller, Derrick McGrew Jr., Rocky Warner, George Foley, Keith Flach, Ancel Collins, Michael Maresca, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Aaron Jacobs 

Lap leaders – 1-9 Varin, 10-35 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Warner, Schilling, Corradi

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES RACE #1 – $1,500 to win – 25-laps – JASON GRECO, Tim Hartman Jr., Chip Constantino, Cody Clark, Tucker O’Connor, Payton Talbot, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Addison Bowman, Brian Borst, Mike Ketchum, Nick Scavia, Tanner Warner, Troy Palmer, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tim Dwyer, Ricky Quick, Bill August, Griffen Mansmith, Rocco Leone, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Aaron Jacobs

Lap leaders – 1-21 Constantino, 22-25 Greco

Heat race winners – Scavia, Dwyer, Greco, Clark

Consolation race winner – Brett Mortensen

Did not qualify – Shane Larman, Dave Richer, David Manchester, Michael McCallion, Kevin Crave, Kathy Bellen, Don Bellen, Jason Reome

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Brian Borst 10 spots from 20th to 10th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES RACE #1 – $1,000 to win – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Andy Graves, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Bill Knapp, Steve Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Mike Kalkbrenner, Zach Sorrentino, Cliff Haslun, Luke Horning, Scott Townslee

Lap leaders – 1-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Stone, Steve Cosselman

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FR AGING LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Jonathan Feagles, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Carter Gibbons, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bill Port, John Anderson

Lap leaders – 1-15 Dingman

Heat race winner – Dingman

FONDA FAIR 4-CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenback, Jeff Tubbs, Todd Morey, Wayne Russell Jr., John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Harris St. Andrews, Tyler White, Dale VanAllen, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, Billy Hillman, Jamie Warner, AJ VanHoesen

Lap leaders – 1-2 Tyler, 3-12 Ken Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – JOHN FLACH, Randy Delaney, Jon Kuleszo, Darral Hulbert, Phil Beaver, Jack Miller, Mark Hahn, Merv Blackwell, Stanley Wetmore, Gus Kamburelis

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, Adam Warner, John Roese, Will Reed, Brent Tardy DNS

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – STEPHEN DENTON, Brian Gray, Tim Natalino, Mike Francisco, John Constantino, Dan Wood, John Marks, George Palmer, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, Mike Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – BRYAN SCOFIELD, Jimmy Fugel, Chuck Scofield, Stew Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Don Briggs, Joe Trudeau, Frank Blanchard

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