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$14,000 Weekend: Big Sunoco Modified Cash on the Line Saturday & Sunday at Fonda Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – $14,000 weekend.

Fonda Speedway celebrates the Independence Day weekend with two races totaling $14,000 to win over the two-day stretch.

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.’

STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds take the stage on Sunday, July 3 for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders 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 Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the ‘Firecracker 50,’ plus the 2021 ‘Fonda 200,’ which fell under STSS sanctioning.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the River Valley Builders North Region into Fonda Speedway, 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 North Region paying $2,000 to win.

Cream Ridge, N.J.’s Steve Davis maintains a 39-point advantage ahead of Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green.

A huge fireworks display will take place as well.

The prior day – Saturday, July 2 – Fonda Speedway hosts the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race mini-series between Fonda and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedway.

The Modifieds race for 30-laps and a $4,000 payday, totaling the Modified winner earnings for the weekend to $14,000 with bonuses and contingency awards to be added in as well.

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 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, 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.

 

$10 Weekend: $5 Grandstand Admission at Utica-Rome & Fonda This Weekend

VERNON, NY & FONDA, NY – $10 for a weekend of racing action!

This weekend – Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11 – racing continues at Utica-Rome Speedway (Vernon, N.Y.) and Fonda Speedway (Fonda, N.Y.) with just $5 grandstand admission each night. Kids 11 and under remain FREE.

For $5, Friday (June 10) fans will see a full program of racing action headlined by the Sunoco Modifieds for 30 trips around the Utica-Rome Speedway.

Joining the Sunoco Modifieds on Friday at half-mile speedway will be the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman, Next Generation Graphix Pro Stocks, Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair 4-Cylinders.

Also in action, the Senior Services Insurance All-Star Slingshots and D&S Landscaping Junior Slingshots will be in action on the inner oval.

On Saturday (June 11), Bill Lake Modular Homes presents $5 Fan Appreciation Night and a pre-race Meet & Greet for the fans at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

All weekly divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair 4-Cylinders.

Along with the regular divisions at the speedway will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series.

For those unable to attend in-person, both events will be streamed live on FloSports (www.floracing.tv).

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com. Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway on Twitter or @utica_rome_speedway on Instagram.

Fonda Speedway, at 21 Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068, 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: @thefondaspdwy or Instagram: @fondaspeedway.

Fonda Speedway $12,000-to-win Montgomery County Open Postponed to Sunday, April 24

FONDA, NY – An unexpected change in forecast with showers moving in from the north has prompted a postponement of Fonda Speedway’s Montgomery County Open remembering Jack Johnson.

The event will now run on Sunday, April 24.

A system expected to move north of the speedway took a southward turn, with precipitation expected throughout the evening hours. Speedway management has opted to take advantage of a beautiful Sunday forecast to finally get the 2022 season underway at the Track of Champions after a trying spring.

The program will include the following:

  • Sunoco Modifieds with sail panels – 40 laps, $12,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th, $500 to start
  • Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
  • Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
  • Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified portion of Saturday’s event has been postponed to next Saturday, April 30.

For the Sunday event, all gates open at 1 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $20 (Adults), $18 (Seniors ages 65 and up) and Kids 11 and under are FREE.

Pit admission is $35 (Fonda members) or $40 (non-members). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10. Children (ages 5 and under) pay $2.

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/thefondaspeedway or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

POSTPONED: Montgomery County Open at Fonda Set for Sunday, April 24

Due to showers moving into the area this evening, the Montgomery County Open remembering Jack Johnson has been POSTPONED to Sunday, April 24.

Racing will take place on SUNDAY for all divisions BUT the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series. The Vintage Cars have been rescheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Gates will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Hot laps will hit the track at 4:30 p.m. Racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Sunday program will include:

Sunoco Modifieds with sail panels – $12,000 to win
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman
Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks
Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

WEDNESDAY PRACTICE CANCELED, RACING IS ON FOR SATURDAY (APRIL 20) MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

Fonda Speedway management has opted to cancel tonight’s (April 20) Open Practice session. RACING IS ON FOR THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 23.

Waiting until Saturday will allow for the best track conditions possible, with drying time over the next few days.

Pit gates will open one hour earlier, at 2 p.m. on Saturday to allow for inspections and pick-up of passes and licenses.

See you Saturday at the Montgomery County Open remembering Jack Johnson!

Advance Tickets On Sale Now for “Monsters on the Mohawk” at Fonda Speedway July 5 & 6

FONDA, NY – The “Monsters” are coming to Fonda, New York.

The Monster Truck Racing League (MTRL) presents “Monsters on the Mohawk” at Fonda Speedway with two complete shows scheduled for Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6. This event is a co-promotion involving the Montgomery County Agricultural Society and BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Advance tickets are on sale now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monsters-on-the-mohawk-tickets-321656141177

Six full-size Pro Monster Trucks will thrill attendees, taking over the frontstretch at the famed Track of Champions.

Prior to each show, a free-to-ticketholders Pit Party is held from 6-7 p.m. Attendees can take pictures with the trucks and meet their drivers.

The family fun event includes Monster Truck rides (just $10), giveaways, and affordable concessions.

Gates open at 5 p.m. nightly. The Pit Party takes place from 6-7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. showtime.

Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for Adults, $10 for Kids (ages 3-12). Children 2 and under are free.

Tickets sold at the gate nightly cost $25 for Adults, $15 for Kids (ages 3-12) and Children 2 and under are free.

On-site parking is $5 nightly.

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/thefondaspeedway or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy or Instagram: @fondaspeedway.

Fonda Speedway April 16 Opener Rained Out, Practice Set for Wednesday Night

FONDA, NY – Due to a 100-percent chance of rain all day, today’s (April 16) Palmer’s Service Center 71st Season Opener at Fonda Speedway has been canceled.

Please note the following:

This Wednesday, April 20, the Track of Champions will host an open practice from 6-9 p.m. All cars are welcome.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m.

Grandstand admission is free for practice. Pit admission is $25 (Fonda members) or $30 (non-members). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10. Children 5 and under pay $2.

Limited concessions will be open for practice. Sunoco Race Fuels will be on sale.

Attention then turns to Saturday, April 23 with the Montgomery County Open honoring Jumpin’ Jack Johnson. Sunoco Modifieds with sail panels race 40 laps competing for $12,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start. This event will offer 25 show-up points for all competitors and utilize a draw/redraw format.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will all take part in point-season openers.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will make its first 2022 visit.

For April 23, Adult admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Kids 11 and under are free.

Pit admission is $35 (Fonda members) or $40 (non-members). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10. Children 5 and under pay $2.

Gates open at 3 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 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/thefondaspeedway or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

Wet Conditions Cancel April 13 Open Practice at Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Continued wet weather and extremely saturated grounds have prompted the cancelation of Wednesday night’s (April 13) Open Practice at Fonda Speedway.

The decision was made to scrap the once-rescheduled test and tune on Tuesday after evaluating the soaked clay at the legendary half-mile oval.

“We want to make sure we get the season off on the right foot,” Fonda promoter Brett Deyo said. “The track crew worked to get equipment on the surface, and it remains very, very wet. It is in everyone’s best interest to pull the plug and wait for some drying time.”

Weather permitting, attention now turns to Palmer’s Service Center Opening Night on Saturday, April 16 featuring the first points-paying event for the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Pits will be open starting at 1 p.m. for technical inspection. The pits will be cleared at 2:30 p.m. for pit pass sales. Gates officially unlock at 3 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $11. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

Pit admission is $35 (non-members) or $30 (Fonda Speedway members). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10 and Children 5 and under pay $2.

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 Practice Postponed, No On-Track Activities This Weekend; April 13 Date Set

FONDA, NY – Due to extremely wet grounds and an unfavorable weather forecast, Fonda Speedway management has elected to postpone the scheduled Open Practice for this Saturday. The Sunday rain date will not be utilized to allow for much-needed drying time and track preparation.

Should weather and conditions allow, the speedway will host a practice session on Wednesday, April 13 with gates opening at 5 p.m. and on-track action 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Admission will be $25 for Members and $30 for Non-Members in the pit area. Kids 6-12 pay $10 and Children ages 5 and under pay $2.

Grandstand admission will be free.

Keep posted to the Fonda Speedway website and social media for updates. The 71st Season Opener remains on schedule for Saturday, April 16 with Palmer’s Service Center presenting a full program.

TEAL SUITS SAFETY TEAM TRAINS AT DKM FABRICATION

By: Ron Szczerba

 

Hagaman, NY – On Saturday morning March 5 the Teal Suits Safety Team serving the Fonda, Utica Rome, and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park went through training at the DKM Fabrications facility in Hagaman, NY. It was the third time that Terri Mohrman and her team have trained at the DKM facility. “Kudos to DKM for allowing us to come into their shop in order for us to go through our training session,” Mohrman said. “Cars in the shop are in different stages of completion so it makes it easier to show the different parts of the car to our Safety Team.”

 

2022 will be the 39th year that Mohrman has served on the Safety Team at local speedways, and she appreciates every member of her team for the help that they provide. “Because I have been around for so long, I am recognized more so than many of the other people on our team,” Mohrman said. “But I want to assure them that they are all a very important part of the team and I appreciate all of their efforts.”

 

Ninety percent of the people on the Safety Team have been trained and handpicked by Terri so she feels as though that is a big advantage to her. “I am fortunate that I have the cream of the crop working with me,” she said. “I know who I have and who I am working with and that is important. We’re not here trying to change the world; we are here to do the best job that we can to protect our drivers.”

 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE TEAL SUITS

 

One year at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park during an Enduro event, there was an accident where a car didn’t go at the start of the race and was rear ended by another car. It changed the way that Terri and one of her team that was with her that evening Bonnie Reuss looked at keeping themselves safe.

 

“The car took a hard hit, and it was the only time that I have ever cut a race car,” Mohrman said. “Bonnie was in the car with the patient, and I was working with the patient from the outside of the car when we both looked at each other at the time and said that we smelled gas. There we were in nylon t-shirts and jeans and at that point I said that we could never let that happen again.”

 

Terri and Bonnie went up and down pit road and asked the drivers and teams if they would be interested in donating in order for them and their Safety Team to get the proper suits, similar to what the drivers wear, in order to protect them properly. “Twenty-nine people came back with donations in order for us to get five suits,” Mohrman said. “All of the people that donated have their names or business logos embroidered on the suits to thank them for their contribution.”

 

Working with Michael Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel the suits were ordered with a little different color from the rest. “Everybody wears red, yellow, or orange so we decided on teal green,” Mohrman said. “The name came to us from Michael Jackson after his accident when he thanked the Teal Suits and it kind of stuck with us ever since.”

 

One of the contributors to the purchase of the “Teal Suits” was made by the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) who also have a program called the “NYSSCA Members Benefit Fund” to help people at the racetrack, whether it be a driver, crew member, or fan, who gets injured at a sanctioned racing event. For NYSSCA members the organization pays out $125 a week for up to 26 weeks with medical documentation.

 

INTROCUCING THE RESCUE BOA

 

After seeing a video on the “Resue Boa”, Mohrman had an idea to make her own version of the product which is used in England for rapid extractions. “I had an idea on how to make one and it consisted of a king size bed sheet and a nine-foot strap cut in half,” she said. “This is the first time it is introduced to this area, and it will be used in order to extract a driver without a lot of extra movement.”

 

First step before the “Rescue Boa” is used is to put a neck brace on the driver. The “Rescue Boa” is marked in the center with red tape and first goes around the neck brace, then twists and goes under the persons arms. Both sides of the strap, which ends up behind the neck, can be lifted while two other people lift underneath the persons legs.

 

ESI EQUIPMENT TRAINING

 

While vacationing in Florida last month, Mohrman was able to attend a Safety Training Class given by ESI Equipment Inc. who trains different organizations to understand today’s challenges in fire, EMS, Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other entities according to their website www.esiequipment.com

 

“While down in Florida I was a guest at the ESI Safety Training class given by John Evans,” she said. “When I found out the class was going to be held, I tried to sign up for it but was told the class was full. Mr. Evans didn’t want to turn me down however because of my enthusiasm on the topic so he allowed me to attend as his guest.”

 

KEYS TO THE SAFETY TEAMS SUCCESS

 

Access to the racetrack is key to the Safety Team and communication between the race director, the pace car driver, and the Safety Team is important so that they can respond to an accident. “Two aspects that people don’t realize are a big part of safety at the track are the race director and the pace car driver,” Mohrman said. “The race director can direct the Safety Team to the location of the accident while the pace car driver can let the Safety Team know when it is safe to cross the track if they need to.”

 

Drivers also play a big part in this as well. “When the race director calls yellow, yellow, yellow, in turn two for example, the drivers need to know that there is gonna be activity going out on the track to the scene of the wreck,” she said. “A lot of times the drivers don’t do their part, same when the red flag comes out. When the red flag comes out don’t worry about catching up to the field, STOP wherever you are on the track!”

 

MEET THE SAFETY TEAM

 

Attending the Safety Team training session on Saturday were in no particular order Al Moxham, Andrew Peo, Jeremy Horstmyer, Bonnie Reuss, Dwayne Gallt, Jill Dunham, and Nick Squires. Also helping out this season will be Matt Traudt and John Brisbane who were not able to attend the training session.

 

2022 will be Andrew Peo’s first full year after being involved a little bit last year. His family has been involved in racing for a while and this is something that he has always wanted to do. He will be primarily at Utica Rome and when needed at Fonda in Fire Safety.

 

Al Moxham works for state fire and also volunteers at West Winfield. He will be working every Friday at Utica Rome and will be doing multiple shows at Fonda as well in Fire Safety. Moxham actually grew up in Fonda and always went to the Fonda Speedway on Saturday nights. Last year Terri called him needing help at the track one night. After that one-night Terri then asked Al if he wanted to finish out the season and he agreed to do that. 2022 will be Al’s second full year at Fonda and after Nick Squires offered him the Utica Rome position midway through last year he will be back there as well.

 

Nick Squires started at Fonda when Matt DeLorenzo was the promoter as a corner flagger. After getting as far as he wanted to with that, Squires decided to try something else. He became an EMT at college and now he is in the fire department as well, so he worked his way around the racetrack more or less. Overall, he has been working at the track for eight years and the safety side of it for the last two years. He will be at both Fonda and Utica Rome this year.

 

2022 will be Jeremy Horstmyer’s fifth full year at Fonda and he will also work part time at Utica Rome. Jeremy never watched a race before, but once Terri did his EMT class she liked what she saw and brought him into the Safety Team, and he is now hooked!

 

Dwayne Gallt has been a paramedic for 30 years and got his start as track safety at Fonda when Ric Lucia took over the track, starting out on the ambulance. He was then asked by Terri to come and work with her on the infield, and he has been there ever since. He will work on the Safety Team at Fonda full time and fill in as needed at Utica Rome.

 

Bonnie Reuss met her husband Mike at Fonda and has been involved in the safety side of racing for nine years give or take. Before that she helped on various race cars, working on Tony Pepicelli’s racecar for 15 years gaining her a lot of knowledge on the racecar itself which comes in handy to everyone on the Safety Team. She will be at Fonda, Utica Rome, and Glen Ridge every week.

 

Jill Dunham has been involved for a few years now and has known Terri for almost 30 years after Terri tested her for Jill’s original EMT. 2022 will be Jill’s fourth year at Fonda and she worked at Utica Rome for the first-time last year.

 

SOME TAKEAWAYS FROM THE TRAINING SESSION

 

  1. Track Safety should know where the shutoffs are in the racecar for the ignition and fuel.
  2. When a driver flips over the first thing he wants is to be flipped back upright. The driver should also stay strapped in tight until the car is flipped back upright.
  3. Know how to remove the steering wheel.
  4. There are two types of fire suppression systems, the Cold Fire System, and the Purple K system. Both systems take oxygen away from the fire in order to stop the flames, the Cold Fire system is entirely “green” and will not harm any components on the racecar or the driver. The Purple K system affects drivers that have asthma as it could possibly trigger an asthma attack when it is used.
  5. When removing the fresh air hose from the helmet be sure to hold the helmet while doing it to keep the head stable.
  6. If an airway or access is needed to the drivers mouth the chin part of the helmet will need to be cut out using a special type of blade.
  7. Control of the accident scene is important. One person should be taking control of the scene and should try to keep others at the scene quiet so that too many people are not talking at the same time.
  8. First thing to be done at the scene is to flip up the visor on the driver’s helmet, look at their eyes, and be sure that they are breathing properly.
  9. If the halo or any part of the car needs to be cut protect the Safety Team members and the drivers the best you can from sparks and noise.
  10. Have the proper tools to remove the zeuss buttons and take the seat apart as necessary. A quarter will also work to remove the zeuss buttons if necessary.
  11. In the event of a fire, sweep the flames away from the driver towards the front of the car to allow access to the driver by the Safety Team. Also give the driver a voice as to which way is best in order for them to get out of the car.
  12. Keep people away from the scene who are not in the proper protective clothing.
  13. If a backboard needs to be used have six people on hand to lift and stabilize it.
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