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BENJAMIN MOORE PRESENTS CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – It all comes down to this! On Saturday, August 14 a special racing program sponsored by Benjamin Moore will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway called “Championship Night”. After last week’s rainout it will also be “Fan Appreciation Night” as well featuring $5 grandstand admission along with a driver Meet & Greet on the front stretch after hot laps.

Wristbands from last week will be honored for grandstand admission and the pit wristbands from last Saturday will also be honored for admission to the pit area! Where else could you get an exciting racing program in all regular divisions featuring the $2,700 to win Harry Peek Tribute Sunoco Modified feature along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series, a driver meet & greet, championship night when champions in all racing divisions are crowned, plus a 50/50 raffle that is starting out at $1,300 before any racing action begins?

Track Champions will be crowned in all regular divisions this Saturday including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, both single and dual cam.

The history of the Fonda Speedway makes it a special place to win a Track Championship and it is a prestigious award honoring car owners, sponsors, drivers, and crew members who have worked hard all season long to achieve this goal.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) who will also be in action at Fonda this Saturday and they will also crown Track Champions in their organization. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The Benjamin Moore sponsored #1M of 2011 Fonda Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion Mark Mortensen will be on display at gate two from 4:00 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. so people can see the race car up close and meet the driver from Scotia, NY who will be handing out autographed pictures as well!

In addition to the prestige of winning a Track Championship, the Sunoco Modifieds will compete in a 30-lap feature event as a tribute to “The Gentleman” Harry Peek paying $2,700 to the winner and $270 to each qualifying heat race event winner. One previous Harry Peek Tribute event was held at Fonda back in 1999 with Dave Camara the winner of that event.

The Harry Peek tribute event was to be run last Saturday but after rain cancelled last week’s racing program it has been moved to this week with all lap monies and various sponsorships for the special event to be paid out this Saturday, August 14. See a complete list of lap sponsors and other sponsors of the event at the bottom of this press release.

Peek won a total of 23 Late Model features at Fonda in a little over three years and was crowned the Fonda Speedway Late Model Track Champion in 1969. In mid-1970 he moved up to the Modified division at Fonda where he won twenty-one times during his career in eight winning seasons. The first win came in just his second week of racing on 8/15/1970 and it was the prestigious Fonda 200 while his last win came on 4/27/1985.

The Fonda Speedway Kids Club will also be holding their annual “Backpack Giveaway” this Saturday at Fonda so if you would like to donate a backpack filled with school supplies, please see Ashley at the Kids Club which is located at gate two underneath the east end of the covered grandstands. Also don’t forget to sign your kid’s up for the “Backpack Giveaway” for a chance at winning one of those backpacks!

Looking at the point standings in all divisions going into Saturday evening at Fonda, here are the top five in each division and if they have a Track Championship in that division or any other divisions at Fonda in the past it will be noted in parenthesis.

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS

Rocky Warner 678 points (Modified Track Championship in 2019; Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; Pro Stock Championship in 2011; and Street Stock Championships in 2005 as Co-Champion and 2007), Ronnie Johnson 674 points (Modified Track Championships in 2011 & 2016), Josh Hohenforst 668 points, Stewart Friesen 665 points (Modified Track Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), and Jack Lehner 646 points.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN

Chad Edwards 719 points (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion in 2018 & 2020), Cody Clark 684 points, Tim Hartman Jr. 649 points (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion in 2019), Mark Mortensen 607 points (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion in 2011), and Tucker O’Connor 561 points.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCKS

Nick Stone 747 points (Pro Stock Track Champion in 2014 & 2020), Kenny Gates 673 points (Pro Stock Track Champion in 2004, Co-Champion in 2007, Champion in 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, and 2018), Chuck Dumblewski 641 points, Josh Coonradt 586 points (Street Stock Track Champion in 2016), and Luke Horning 567 points (Pro Stock Track Champion in 2019).

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN

Carter Gibbons 732 points, Clayton DuMond 714 points, Jeremy Tyrrell 698 points, Taylor LaPlante 686 points, and Kyle Dingman 680 points.

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDERS

Ken Hollenback (SOHC) 778 points (Four Cylinder Track Championships in 2012 (SOHC), 2013 (SOHC), 2014 (Overall), 2015 (Overall), 2017 (Overall), 2019 (Overall), and 2020 (SOHC); Slappy White (DOHC) 776 points, Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) 722 points (Four Cylinder Track Champion in 2013 (DOHC), John Napoli (DOHC) 680 points (Four Cylinder Track Champion in 2020 (DOHC), and Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC) 580 points.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at Fonda Speedway! The Track of Champions returns to action this Saturday, August 14 with Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night!

$5 Grandstand Admission – Pre-Race Meet & Greet

Harry Peek Tribute Sunoco Modifieds – $2,700 to win, $270 to win heat races plus lap money

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

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

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

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

Drive In https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/august-14th-drive…/

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.

HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT 8/14/21 FONDA SPEEDWAY (LAP SPONSORS)
LAP SPONSOR AMOUNT (POS) “Patented Peek Charge”      (Driver who improves most positions)
1 In Memory of Danny Ody (R. LaGrange) $50.00 (9)
2 Jeff Holt $50.00 (2) Sponsor Amount
3 Jeff Holt $50.00 (3) Gary Marr $100.00
4 In Memory of Lou Lazzaro from the Peek Family $100.00 (4) Renee Tomasek $100.00
5 pf construction $50.00 (5) Richard Voris $70.00
6 Billy, Lori, Mike, and Elizabeth Peek $27.27 (1) Total $270.00
7 Electric City Taxi / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (7)
8 BeaverRacing $36.00 (3) “1st Car on Wrecker”
9 In Memory of Cliff Wright and John Somers (R. LaGrange) $50.00 (9) Sponsor Amount
10 Jeff Fonda $50.00 (10) Nubbz Racing $50.00
11 Scott Belknap $44.00 (11) Total $50.00
12 In Memory of Jack Johnson from the Peek Family $100.00 (12)
13 Darren Bellen $50.00 (13) “Pole Sitter”
14 Electric City Taxi / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (10) Sponsor Amount
15 Jeff Fonda $50.00 (15) Mortensen Motorsports 1M & 1B (1)               $27.00
16 The Dave Lape Family $27.22 (10)
17 AskewRacing27 John & Paul Askew $50.00 (1) Total $27.00
18 The Voris Family $50.00 (12)
19 Christina Langille, Renee Nelson, & Sabrina Kenfield $75.00 (4) “The Monk”                               (Driver who finishes 4th)
20 G & C Tree Service / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (3)
21 In Memory of Joe Corradi from David Peek $27.27 (21) Sponsor Amount
22 In Honor of our friend Dave Lape from the Peek Family $100.00 (22) Mimi’s Mom $100.00
23 The Voris Family $50.00 (4) Total $100.00
24 Billy, Lori, Mike, and Elizabeth Peek $27.27 (1)
25 Classic Muscle Parts $50.00 (5)
26 Rogers Motorsports 26R $50.00 (1) Total $447.00
27 Russell Motorsports $100.00 Last Car Running
PAID Total $1,395.03 GRAND TOTAL $1,842.03

FAN APPRECIATION/HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 7 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway you the race fan will be honored with a $5 admission charge to the racing events on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track.

The racing card will be highlighted by the 27-lap Harry Peek Tribute Night event for the Sunoco Modifieds. All other regular divisions will be in action including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Starting time for qualifying heat races will be 7:00 p.m. with a pre-race meet & greet on the front stretch after hot lap sessions for all divisions are completed. So, bring any items that you may want autographed by your favorite driver and get them signed on Saturday night as the drivers and the Fonda Speedway management honor you the race fans!

According to the book FONDA! Harry Peek was one of the new wave of drivers who started to flood the pit area at Fonda around the turn of the decade in 1970. Peek resided in Rotterdam, NY and was bitten by the racing bug at an early age.

After a year in the support division at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, Peek came to Fonda with a Late Model in 1968. He quickly won a total of 23 Late Model features in a little over three years and was crowned the Fonda Speedway Late Model Track Champion in 1969.

In mid-1970 he moved up to the Modified division at Fonda where he won twenty-one times during his career in eight winning seasons. The first win came in just his second week of racing on 8/15/1970 and it was the prestigious Fonda 200 while his last win came on 4/27/1985.

Peek’s race cars were always meticulously conceived and crafted and were numbered #27 after he called George Welch’s widow Bertha and asked her permission to use the car number on his race car. He was one of the first to draw up his race car designs on blueprint prior to construction, and there were those who said that he approached his driving the same way.

“He liked to race as high on the track as he could,” Sue Peek said in the book Fonda! “It came to be known as the “Patented Peek Charge.” He liked starting in the back because he said it gave him a feel for the track. But he was so careful coming through the pack, he always drove two cars ahead of him. He was very fast but very, very cautious. No matter how bad things got, Harry just smiled.”

“Harry was also a founder and early president of the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA), Sue went on to say. “In 1977 he had a bad flip in the first turn at Fonda and got battery acid in his eyes. That proved to be the turning point in his career, he would go on to work at UPS for 20 years and remain active in racing into the 1980’s, driving for himself and pulling off an occasional win at Albany Saratoga and Devils Bowl Vt. His heart problems would not let him be and the gentle Fonda Speedway legend passed away in 1998 of a cardiac arrest.”

So come out this Saturday, August 7 to the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway as the racetrack honors you the fans along with one of the speedway’s legends Harry Peek.

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.

Fan Appreciation Night/Harry Peek Tribute Night

$5 Grandstand Admission

Pre-Race Meet & Greet on the Front stretch

Harry Peek Tribute GoSunoco Modifieds – $2,700 to win, $270 to win heats plus lap money

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Drive In https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/…/Aug-07-2021_at…

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

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

HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT 8/7/21 FONDA SPEEDWAY (LAP SPONSORS)
LAP SPONSOR AMOUNT (POS) “Patented Peek Charge”      (Driver who improves most positions)
1 In Memory of Danny Ody (R. LaGrange) $50.00 (9)
2 Jeff Holt $50.00 (2) Sponsor Amount
3 Jeff Holt $50.00 (3) Gary Marr $100.00
4 In Memory of Lou Lazzaro from the Peek Family $100.00 (4) Renee Tomasek $100.00
5 pf construction $50.00 (5) Richard Voris $70.00
6 Billy, Lori, Mike, and Elizabeth Peek $27.27 (1) Total $270.00
7 Electric City Taxi / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (7)
8 BeaverRacing $36.00 (3) “1st Car on Wrecker”
9 In Memory of Cliff Wright and John Somers (R. LaGrange) $50.00 (9) Sponsor Amount
10 Jeff Fonda $50.00 (10) Nubbz Racing $50.00
11 Scott Belknap $44.00 (11) Total $50.00
12 In Memory of Jack Johnson from the Peek Family $100.00 (12)
13 Darren Bellen $50.00 (13) “Pole Sitter”
14 Electric City Taxi / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (10) Sponsor Amount
15 Jeff Fonda $50.00 (15) Mortensen Motorsports 1M & 1B (1)               $27.00
16 The Dave Lape Family $27.22 (10)
17 AskewRacing27 John & Paul Askew $50.00 (1) Total $27.00
18 The Voris Family $50.00 (12)
19 Christina Langille, Renee Nelson, & Sabrina Kenfield $75.00 (4) “The Monk”                               (Driver who finishes 4th)
20 G & C Tree Service / Nubbz Racing $27.00 (3)
21 In Memory of Joe Corradi from David Peek $27.27 (21) Sponsor Amount
22 In Honor of our friend Dave Lape from the Peek Family $100.00 (22) Mimi’s Mom $100.00
23 The Voris Family $50.00 (4) Total $100.00
24 Billy, Lori, Mike, and Elizabeth Peek $27.27 (1)
25 Classic Muscle Parts $50.00 (5)
26 Rogers Motorsports 26R $50.00 (1) Total $447.00
27 Russell Motorsports $100.00 Last Car Running
PAID Total $1,395.03 GRAND TOTAL $1,842.03

RONNIE JOHNSON WINS 31ST OF HIS CAREER AT FONDA AND FIRST SINCE 8/20/2016 – $21,405 RAISED FOR THE CROSSROADS CENTER FOR CHILDREN FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Earlier this season Ronnie Johnson competed at the Fonda Speedway on a memorial night honoring his legendary father Jumpin’ Jack Johnson. After that race he decided to “come home” to Fonda and compete on a regular basis at a track where he grew up in the pit area where his father called home as well.

Johnson had a few great runs so far in 2021 but on Saturday it was a brand-new Bicknell car along with a freshened small block motor that proved to be the right combination to get him back to the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane at the “Track of Champions”.

“I feel that I have the best team in dirt track racing,” Johnson told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “There are guys on my team that were with my father on his team before I was even born. There were a lot of late nights spent getting this new car ready this week, we got our small block motor back, dropped it in, and here we are. I have all those guys that have been with me and my father for so long to thank for this win. It feels good to be back home again.”

Other winners on Parks Companies LLC Autism Awareness Night were Tanner Warner (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel/American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series for Pro Stocks), Stephen Gray (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders and Mike Kiser (CRSA Sprints).

Thanks to a chicken barbeque, over 100 raffle prizes in the silent auction, the dunk tank, the ice cream truck, the 50/50 raffle, and donations from a number of people and companies the biggest winner of the evening was the Crossroads Center for Children in Schenectady, NY as there was a total of $21,405 donated to the center for Autism Awareness thanks to a huge event put on by Stewart and Jessica Friesen whose son Parker attended the Crossroads Center in the past.

Great sportsmanship by drivers in all divisions along with Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo who all sat in a “dunk tank” to entertain the big crowd that supported the event.

Congratulations to Michael Boyce from Bainbridge who was the winner of the 50/50 worth $4,356! Mr. Boyce donated $356 of it back to the Crossroads Center for Children and special thanks to all the 50/50 girls for all their hard work and to Brett Deyo for donating the tracks half of the 50/50 earnings to the Crossroads Center for Children!

A beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was performed by the lead singer of Flame the Band Michelle King in opening ceremonies while Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the invocation. Following that starter Joe Kriss threw the green flag in front of a great crowd who witnessed a well-run six division racing program with great racing in all divisions.

Dave Constantino led at the start of the Sunoco Modified feature after starting on the outside of the front row with fourth place starter Mike Mahaney in tow. An early caution was out on lap two for Craig Hanson and Pep Corradi who slowed on the backstretch with flat tires, both were able to go to the hot pit to get the tires changed and rejoin the rear of the field for the restart.

Constantino choose the outside for the restart, but it was Mahaney who got a good run on the inside and took over the lead coming out of turn two. Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Warner were both on the move early after starting ninth and eleventh respectively, getting into the top five by the time lap four had clicked on the lap counter.

Warner was in a brand-new Bicknell car owned by Jake Spraker with a throwback #97 paint scheme from back in the day when Mike Romano used to drive for Spraker. There is a beautiful photo on Facebook of the car from back in the day in front of the enclosed hauler which was painted and lettered to match the race car.

Johnson moved past Constantino for the second position on lap five and five laps later closed in on the leader. Warner got by Constantino for the third position on lap 10 with Mahaney now in lap traffic and Johnson closing in on him. On the inside of turn two on lap 13, Johnson took the lead away from Mahaney and pulled away from the field.

The caution was out on the next lap for point leader Jack Lehner who came to a stop in turn two with Johnson choosing the bottom line for the restart. On the restart, Johnson continued to lead with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Johnson, Mahaney, 14th place starter Stewart Friesen, Warner, and 17th place starter David Schilling.

Johnson was in lap traffic just before the yellow came out again on lap 21 for Brian Calabrese and Adam McAuliffe who both suffered flat tires. Johnson again chose the inside for the restart and held the lead at the drop of the green flag with Warner getting by Mahaney for the second position while Friesen fell back to fourth after contact with Schilling.

One more yellow flag slowed the field on lap 22 with Friesen showing his displeasure to Schilling under caution. On the restart Johnson held the lead and pulled away to a straightaway lead on the way to his first win of the season and the 31st of his career at Fonda in the Mickle’s Automotive #2RJ.

Warner, Friesen, Mahaney, and Josh Hohenforst completed the top five.

“Prior to that last caution the starter was showing me that I had a good lead,” Johnson said. “But I knew that Rocky was right there and that was a long eight laps to the checkered flag. It’s been a long time since we’ve been here, and I really appreciate all of the fans for their support.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature was one of if not the best feature of the night beginning with Jason Greco the early leader. Mark Mortensen started the event in the seventh position but made some great moves to become the third-place car at the completion of lap one. The yellow was out on lap four for Brett Mortensen who pitted with a flat tire and rejoined the rear of the field with fifth place starter Tanner Warner the new race leader on the restart.

On lap seven, Mark Mortensen made his way by Greco and used the outside groove to close in on the leader by lap 10. On the outside of turns three and four, Mortensen swept around the outside of Warner for the lead with lap traffic coming in to play three laps later. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Mortensen, Warner, eighth place starter Tucker O’Connor, 11th place starter Chad Edwards, and 13th place starter Brian Calabrese.

Two more yellow flags slowed the field on laps 18 and 20 and on the final single file restart of the event Mortensen held the number one spot but moved down to the inside to try to protect his lead. That proved to be the wrong move as Warner used the same outside groove in turns three and four to take the lead away from Mortensen with two laps to go, the same place that Mortensen took the lead away from him.

Mortensen ducked under Warner in the turns during the last couple of laps, but Warner used his momentum on the outside to hold on to the number one position on his way to his first career win. Mortensen, Edwards, 17th place starter Tim Hartman Jr., and Calabrese completed the top five.

“This is awesome,” Warner said in victory lane standing next to the O’Connor Towing #3. “We’ve had a fast hot rod for a few weeks now and I’m just trying to do the best that I can. I learned a lot from my father (Rocky Warner) and never thought that I would be competing against some of the best in this division.”

The photo of Tanner, Corky, and Rocky Warner standing on the roof of the car in victory lane celebrating the win said it all about a true racing family that the Warner’s are which was started a long time ago by Rocky’s father and Tanner and Corky’s grandfather Don Warner.

The Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was another good one with Steve Cosselman leading at the start followed by Ivan Joslin. After starting the event in the eighth position Luke Horning moved quickly up to the fourth position on lap two and went in between Bill Knapp and Joslin for the second position two laps later. Joslin got up high on the backstretch as a result and spun his car sideways with Josh Coonradt and Scott Towslee piling in afterwards. All were okay but were done for the night.

On the restart, Knapp turned down into Kenny Gates in turn three then went out into the tire wall collecting three other cars in the process including Nick Stone who was the only car that was able to restart at the rear of the field. Cosselman held the lead until lap seven when Horning took it away with a move on the inside of turn two. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Horning, Cosselman, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, and Kyle Hoard.

Horning held a straightaway advantage on lap 11 with Stone back up to the third position after getting by Dumblewski and Morrison. With six laps to go Stone took the second position away from Cosselman with the caution coming out on lap 14 to close up the field. Horning chose the inside on the restart with Stone outside of him as the two ran side by side for a couple of laps before Horning was able to clear Stone with two laps to go.

Horning went on to his fourth win of the season and the 25th of his career in the division over Stone, Dumblewski, Cosselman, and Hoard.

With the win Horning moved into a tie for fifth place on the all time win list in the division with 2021 Hall of Fame inductee Phlan Hart.

“I thought that we got a good restart and were running the bottom real well,” the driver of the West End Towing, Catalytic Recovery, LM Mason Contracting sponsored #2H said. “Nick (Stone) showed me the nose and I knew that I had to get to the outside because he runs real well out there. I was able to do that and got the win.”

Lance Hill led the first two laps of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until Stephen Gray took over the lead on lap three and led the remaining laps for his second win of the 2021 season and the third of his career in the division over fifth place starter Carter Gibbons, seventh place starter Clayton DuMond, sixth place starter Kyle Dingman, and eighth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell.

Kerrie Hollenback grabbed the lead from his fifth place starting position on lap one of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature and led every lap for the overall win in the DOHC class. His brother Ken Hollenback finished third but was awarded the SOHC victory with the top five at the checkered flag consisting of Kerrie Hollenback, Slappy White, Ken Hollenback, John Napoli, and Shwan Hemstreet.

For Kerrie it was his third win of the 2021 season and the 20th of his career in the division while for Ken it was his 11th win of the 2021 season and the all time win list leading 66th of his career in the division.

The 20-lap CRSA Sprint feature started with pole position starter Darryl Ruggles leading the first four laps until third place starter Mike Kiser took over the lead on a lap five restart. Jeff Trombley started the event in the ninth position and moved his way up to the second position on lap seven but couldn’t close in on Kiser who took his fourth career win in the division at Fonda over Trombley, Ruggles, Chase Moran, and Josh Flint who won at Fonda in the CRSA event at Fonda earlier this season.

“It was a tough night,” Kiser said in victory lane. “I got here late and missed warm-ups and the track was different than usual. I went to the top on the restart and flat footed it to the end, but I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for Jeff and Serena Trombley and Warren Alexson, so I thank them for all their help. As a kid I used to come here to Fonda and watch Glen Fitzcharles race his URC Sprint car, I love Fonda Speedway.”

“I’m happy with second,” Trombley said. “Mike (Kiser) worked hard this week and deserved the win; it was a good race, and we had a lot of fun.”

“I’m happy with a third-place finish,” Ruggles said. “Especially when the top two were as fast as they were tonight.”

Next Saturday, August 7 will be Fan Appreciation Night along with Harry Peek Memorial Night featuring a $2,700 to win Sunoco Modified feature and $270 to win Sunoco Modified heat race events. Starting time will be 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.

PARKS COMPANIES LLC AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – RONNIE JOHNSON, Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Ryan Odasz, Jack Lehner, Anthony Cardamone, Ray Zemken, Aaron Jacobs

First win of 2021, 31st of his career in the division, and first win since 8/20/2016 for Johnson at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Constantino, 3-12 Mahaney, 13-30 Johnson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hohenforst, Sowle, Mahaney

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – TANNER WARNER, Mark Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Calabrese, Payton Talbot, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tony Farone, Jason Greco, Chip Constantino, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Josh Allen, Greg Havlichek, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Dylan Eldred, Kathy Bellen, Addison Bowman, Brett Mortensen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Bob Fachini, Brian Borst, Tim Dwyer, Cody Clark, Troy Palmer DNS

First career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Greco, 3-10 Warner, 11-22 Mark Mortensen, 23-25 Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Brett Mortensen, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Kurtis Hohensheldt 15 positions from 30th to 15th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Kyle Hoard, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, AJ Walters, Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Cliff Haslun, Dan Krajewski, Gary Silkey, Frank Hoard Jr., Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Don Collins DNS

Fourth win of 2021 and the 25th of his career in the division for Horning at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Cosselman, 7-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – STEPHEN GRAY, Carter Gibbons, Clayton DuMond, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, Jeremy Slosek, Josh Kane, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Walter Cook, Ryan Sweet, Connor Prokop, Bob Rowback, Yule Cook, Justin Howe, Jonathan Feagles DNS

Second win of 2021 and the third of his career in the division for Gray at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Hill, 3-15 Gray

HEAT RACE WINNERS – LaPlante, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Bodie Bellinger, TJ Marlitt, Ariana Schultz, Wayne Russell Jr., Lee Horning

Third win of 2021 and the 20th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback at Fonda

Eleventh win of 2021 and the 66th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-laps – MIKE KISER, Jeff Trombley, Darryl Ruggles, Chase Moran, Josh Flint, Jordan Hutton, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Jerry Sehn Jr., Kyle Pierce, Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Matt Priscott, John Cunningham, Dana Wagner, Hank Katz, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Cory Sparks DNS, Travis Billington DNS

Fourth career win in the division for Kiser at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Ruggles, 5-20 Kiser

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Greek, Trombley

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/31/2021

PARKS COMPANIES LLC AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – RONNIE JOHNSON, Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Ryan Odasz, Jack Lehner, Anthony Cardamone, Ray Zemken, Aaron Jacobs

First win of 2021, 31st of his career in the division, and first win since 8/20/2016 for Johnson at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Constantino, 3-12 Mahaney, 13-30 Johnson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hohenforst, Sowle, Mahaney

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – TANNER WARNER, Mark Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Calabrese, Payton Talbot, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tony Farone, Jason Greco, Chip Constantino, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Josh Allen, Greg Havlichek, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Dylan Eldred, Kathy Bellen, Addison Bowman, Brett Mortensen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Bob Fachini, Brian Borst, Tim Dwyer, Cody Clark, Troy Palmer DNS

First career win in the division for Warner at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Greco, 3-10 Warner, 11-22 Mark Mortensen, 23-25 Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Brett Mortensen, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Kurtis Hohensheldt 15 positions from 30th to 15th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Kyle Hoard, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, AJ Walters, Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Cliff Haslun, Dan Krajewski, Gary Silkey, Frank Hoard Jr., Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Don Collins DNS

Fourth win of 2021 and the 25th of his career in the division for Horning at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Cosselman, 7-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – STEPHEN GRAY, Carter Gibbons, Clayton DuMond, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, Jeremy Slosek, Josh Kane, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Walter Cook, Ryan Sweet, Connor Prokop, Bob Rowback, Yule Cook, Justin Howe, Jonathan Feagles DNS

Second win of 2021 and the third of his career in the division for Gray at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Hill, 3-15 Gray

HEAT RACE WINNERS – LaPlante, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Bodie Bellinger, TJ Marlitt, Ariana Schultz, Wayne Russell Jr., Lee Horning

Third win of 2021 and the 20th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback at Fonda.

Eleventh win of 2021 and the 66th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-laps – MIKE KISER, Jeff Trombley, Darryl Ruggles, Chase Moran, Josh Flint, Jordan Hutton, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Jerry Sehn Jr., Kyle Pierce, Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Matt Priscott, John Cunningham, Dana Wagner, Hank Katz, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Cory Sparks DNS, Travis Billington DNS

Fourth career win in the division for Kiser at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Ruggles, 5-20 Kiser

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Greek, Trombley

PARKS COMPANIES LLC PRESENTS AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The special racing programs and events at the Fonda Speedway continue week after week, year after year. Last Saturday was Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night honoring the legendary driver who entertained us for many years at the “Track of Champions” during his illustrious career. This Saturday, July 31 another special event will be held at the speedway as Parks Companies LLC will present a racing program in all regular divisions along with the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars. Starting time on Saturday will be 7:00 p.m.

Besides the racing on Saturday the special event will actually take place before the racing action begins in the Fonda Speedway Entertainment building behind turn four from 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. as there will be plenty of activities during Autism Awareness Night including a chicken barbeque, raffles, music, a bounce house, ice cream, and more.

The highlight of the festivities will quite possibly be the “Dunk Tank” as drivers from all divisions will be participating along with Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo!

Here is the schedule for the dunk tank!

Come out & dunk your favorite or least favorite driver!

Brett Deyo 2:00-2:15

Cliff Haslun 2:15-2:30

Stephen Gray 2:30-2:45

Cody Clark 2:45-3:00

Tim Hartman Jr. 3:00-3:15

Chad Edwards 3:15-3:30

Jack Lehner 3:30-3:45

Tanner Warner & Rocky Warner 3:45-4:15

Mike Mahaney 4:15-4:30

Adam McAuliffe 4:30-4:45

Stewart Friesen 4:45-??

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Crossroads Center for Children, which 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 second benefit for the organization held at the Fonda Speedway and organized by the Friesen’s, the first one two years ago was a huge success as this one promises to be as well.

The racing action will get the green flag with the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders all in action along with the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars.

The $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature this Saturday will be event number five in the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series. The previous four events of the series held so far at Fonda in 2021 have been won by two drivers, Nick Stone and Luke Horning who both have two wins apiece in the series. The fifth event in the series was to be held back on 7/17/2021 but that evenings racing program was rained out.

The CRSA Sprint Cars have made twenty-one appearances at Fonda from 2009 to 2021 with twelve different drivers winning those events led by Danny Varin with four; Josh Pieniazek with three; Cory Sparks, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, and Jeff Trombley all with two; Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, Brett Jaycox, and Josh Flint all with one victory apiece. In the first appearance of the CRSA Series at Fonda this year, Flint was the winner for the first time in his career at Fonda which was a very special win for him and his family.

It’s RACE WEEK at Fonda Speedway! Parks Companies LLC presents Autism Awareness Night this Saturday, July 31 at the Track of Champions.

Autism Awareness Pre-Race Chicken Barbecue (2-4 p.m. – $10 Tickets Available through One Zee Tees) – Raffles, Music, Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Ice Cream & More in the Entertainment Center

CRSA Sprints

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

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

Infield Drive-In (includes up to four passes): $65

Pit Admission: $35 (Non-Members) – $30 (Fonda Members)

July 31st Drive-In Reservation Request

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-31st-drive-in…/

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.

#44 & #4 VISIT VICTORY LANE AT FONDA ON LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – How fitting was it on Saturday evening that the #44 of Stewart Friesen and the #4 of Cody Clark were in victory lane after wins at the Fonda Speedway in the Sunoco Modified and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman respectively on a night honoring the legendary Lou Lazzaro who drove the iconic #4 during his racing career.

Pacing the field before the 44-lap Lou Lazzaro Memorial feature event was a replica #4 Schwinning car owned by Lazzaro’s son Peter Lazzaro who built the car along with Eric Gall. A sea of maroon could be seen in the grandstands as fans wore their new Lou Lazzaro Memorial t-shirts or other shirts from their personal Lou Lazzaro collection.

Other winners on Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night besides Friesen and Clark were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

A special Dash for Cash was also held called the “Dash 4 Jumpin’ Jack” with Bobby Varin taking the win and $644 in cash!

The Sunoco Modified, Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock features were all part of the “Thunder on the Thruway Series” between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways awarding points not only in the series but regular 2021 Fonda season points as well in all three divisions.

Junior Miss Fonda Fair, Hailie Downing took part in all of the victory lane ceremonies on Saturday night at Fonda.

Special thanks to all the people who sponsored laps and bonuses for the Lou Lazzaro Memorial event along with Stone Motorsports & Online Performance, Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel, and the Red Chair who sponsored additional bonuses to the other divisions. A complete list of bonuses is available at the end of this press release.

Congratulations to Wayne from Little Falls, NY who won $2,928 in the 50/50 raffle!

Mimi Lazzaro started opening ceremonies on victory lane and sung the National Anthem on an emotional night honoring her father. Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the invocation before the first green flag of the night fell to start the festivities.

Special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and head starter Joe Kriss.

The 44-lap Lou Lazzaro Memorial feature event began with a red flag before any laps were completed for point leader Rocky Warner who ended up in the wall in turns one and two after another car made contact with him at the start of the event. Warner was not injured but was done for the evening at that point.

The luck of the draw placed Stewart Friesen on the outside row and he was the race leader at the drop of the green flag to start the event on the restart with Pep Corradi in tow. Mike Mahaney started the event in the fourth position and on lap three got by Corradi for the second spot.

Mahaney cut into Friesen’s lead by a half second on lap six but when he got up too high going into turn one, he made contact with the wall bringing out the caution and ending his night. Twelfth place starter Matt Sheppard was the new second place car on this restart with Josh Hohenforst next in line after getting by both Jessica Friesen and Craig Hanson.

At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Stewart Friesen, Sheppard, Hohenforst, Hanson, and Jessica Friesen. The leader was in lap traffic on lap 28 just before the final caution of the event came out closing up the field one last time. On this restart all eyes were on 16th place starter Ronnie Johnson who worked his way up into the top five at this point.

Johnson continued to gain positions to the front, taking the fourth position away from Jessica Friesen on lap 36 and three laps later the third position away from Hohenforst. The leader was in lap traffic over the last four laps of the event, but he safely made his way by each one on the way to his ninth victory of the 2021 season at Fonda and the 77th of his career at the “Track of Champions”.

Sheppard, Johnson, Hohenforst, and Jessica Friesen completed the top five in the event.

On victory lane after the event Stewart Friesen was presented with the Coastal 181 Cup by Lew Boyd as Friesen celebrated the win with his crew and Lou Lazzaro’s family members.

Also, on victory lane Friesen choose a number with the driver finishing in that spot winning $670 in what was called the “Truffle Shuffle”. Position number three was chosen with Johnson taking the additional money. Special thanks to Rob Hazer for sponsoring the “Truffle Shuffle” and for the other drivers participating by donating money towards it.

“We are gonna celebrate this one too,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after she started that Friesen had won the Lou Lazzaro Memorial event back in 2014. “This is a special win; it is an honor to win this and to honor Lou Lazzaro and family. Great job by the track crew, they got the water off the track after this week’s rain and gave us something to work with.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman started out just as the Sunoco Modified feature did with a red flag. Griffen Mansmith flipped his car in between turns one and two but fortunately he was not injured in the wreck. On the original restart the yellow flag was out again before a single file restart finally got the event going on the third try.

Pole position starter Cody Clark took the lead at the drop of the green flag and by lap six held a straightaway advantage. Lap traffic came into play on lap eight, but Clark had a comfortable advantage over the second-place car of Tanner Warner allowing him to have the time to get by the back markers.

Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, and Tim Hartman Jr. all took turns getting by Warner for position before the checkered flag fell but it was Clark who went on to his fourth win of the season and the 13th of his career in the division over Calabrese, Bowman, Hartman Jr., and Chad Edwards.

“My buddy drew the pole position start for me tonight but normally the pole isn’t the best place to start,” Clark said after his victory. “Tonight, I tried the outside in turns one and two to get by the lap cars and it worked so I just stayed up there for the rest of the feature.”

Chuck Dumblewski took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock event with a red flag slowing the field at the start of the event after Shane Playford got into the wall in turn one. Playford wasn’t injured in the wreck and Dumblewski held the lead again on the restart.

Fifth place starter Kenny Gates was the new second place car on lap four with Nick Stone just behind him in the third position. Stone took the second position away from Gates on lap five and started pressuring Dumblewski for the lead three laps later when Dumblewski was blocked by a couple of lap cars who were racing side by side for position.

Dumblewski was running the perfect groove on the track to keep Stone behind him but that all changed with a caution flag on lap 12. On the restart Stone was the new race leader with seventh place starter Luke Horning the new challenger in the second spot. The color yellow dominated the final laps in the event resulting in a single file restart on lap 16.

The final caution flew with two laps to go but Stone went on to his fifth win of the season and the 58th of his career in the division over Dumblewski, Gates, Horning, and 10th place starter Frank Hoard Jr.

“I was just trying to stay out of the holes in turns one and two,” Stone said in victory lane. “I was throwing it high into turns one and two but stayed low in turns three and four. The track was different tonight, but I like different tracks.”

Jeremy Tyrrell led all fifteen laps of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for his third win of the season over Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, and Kyle Dingman.

Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) was the overall winner of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature followed by Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback (SOHC winner), and Shawn Hemstreet. For Kerrie Hollenback it was his second win of the season and the 19th of his career in the division.

For Ken Hollenback it was his 10th win of the season and the 65th of his career in the division.

Next Saturday, July 31 Parks Companies will present all regular divisions plus the CRSA Sprint Cars. The Pro Stock feature will be American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series Event No. 6 paying $1,000 to win!

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.

7/24/2021 LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 44-laps, $4,444 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Pessolano, Alex Yankowski, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs

Ninth win of 2021 and 77th career win in the division for Friesen.

LAP LEADERS – 1-44 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner ($250 bonus from Hometown Pub & Grub), McAuliffe ($250 bonus from Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK – 4-laps – $1,244 total purse thanks to Dana Palombo & Family, Gibbons Racing Brothers #B24 & #427, Jim Passino Trucking, Gary Yurgans, and Matt & Rose Traudt – Bobby Varin ($644), Adam McAuliffe ($300), Rocky Warner ($200), and Josh Hohenforst ($100).

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps, $1,700 to win including a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel and a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online performance), Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Steve Kotary, Greg Havlichek, Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Rocco Leone, Kathy Bellen, Chip Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Brett Mortensen, Dana Camenga

Fourth win of 2021 and the 13th career win in the division for Clark.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Mark Mortensen, Borst, Calabrese

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Michael McCallion moved eight positions from 23rd to 15th.

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,450 to win – including a $250 bonus from Red Chair, a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance, and a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski ($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Kenny Gates (($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Luke Horning ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Frank Hoard Jr. ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Kyle Hoard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Beau Ballard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), AJ Walters ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Bill Knapp, Devon Camenga, Chuck McSpirit, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Steve Cosselman, Tim Wood, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Scott Towslee, Dean Charbonneau, Cliff Haslun, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman DNS

Fifth win of 2021 and the 58th career win in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Dumblewski, Knapp, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL ($50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, John Anderson, Josh Kane, Bob Rowback, Jonathan Feagles, Yule Cook, Ryan Sweet, Seth Martin, Lance Hill DNS

Third win of 2021 and the third career win in the division for Tyrrell.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Tyrrell

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gibbons, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback (SOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Shawn Hemstreet, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Bodie Bellinger, Len St. Andrews, David Peek-Britten, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt DNS, Lee Horning DNS

Tenth win of 2021 and the 65th career win in the division for Ken Hollenback.

Second win of 2021 and the 19th career win in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-7 Napoli, 8-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL AWARDS & SPONSORS

 

LAP SPONSOR AMOUNT POSITION
1 Operation at Ease $50.00 4
2 Ron Talbot $20.00 1
3 Francis Ivancic $20.00 3
4 Junior Bianco & The Dogs $44.00 last
5 Jann – lap 21 for 1st win on 5/21/51 $44.00 20
6 Phil Beaver $36.00 4
7 Action Track USA – Tobias Racing $50.00 7
8 Jeremy McGaffin $50.00 6
9 Elmo’s Pit Stop $50.00 9
10 The Lape Family $22.00 4
11 Fonda Speedway Facebook Memories Page $44.00 11
12 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
12 Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Facebook Page $44.00 12
13 “The Hitman” Joseph Hoffman $20.00 8
14 Alan Johnson $44.00 14
15 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 15
16 Leo & Terri Mohrman $50.00 12
17 David Herrick $44.00 4
18 Mortensen Motorsports 1M/1B $20.00 18
19 Mike Petrucci $40.00 6
20 The Lape Family $22.00 4
21 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
22 Ray Evans $113.00 22
23 FOX23 Fast Track $50.00 2
24 Rick’s Pitstop $20.00 9
25 Rena Lazzaro-Scharf $20.00 4
26 Aaron Burton Racing #26A $26.00 4
27 J Fish $100.00 10
28 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
29 Custom by Bob $40.00 4
30 Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour $44.00 16
31 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 20
32 Rick & Carla Rudolph $44.00 4
33 Larry Wrobel Sr. $44.00 2
34 Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00 7
35 Joe Achzet – Gates Racing Family $81.00 3
36 Lloyd Perrino $20.00 4
37 Chad Edwards $44.00 5
38 Billie Jo Haskell – in memory of her father who was a big “Barefoot Bob” fan $20.00 9
39 Pete Broderson & “Ruby” $40.00 2
40 Jungle Jim & Rebecca Mosher from Lake Luzerne $40.00 4
41 Flint Motorsports $100.00 4
42 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
43 Brendan Gibbons $20.00 12
44 Mimi’s Mom $50.00 4

 

HEATS
Hometown Pub & Grub $250.00
Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell $250.00
Sanders Motorsports in Memory of Ed Pieniazek $250.00
#PBR #TY for the kids $250.00
AWARDS
Fastest Lap In Memory of Jack Johnson $100.00
Halfway Leader Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Halfway 4th Place Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Hard Charger Parks’ Companies Inc $500.00
Hard Luck Parks’ Companies Inc $250.00
First Car DNF Gasketcase $20.00
First DKM Car over the line Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00
Last Car on the Lead Lap Out of the Fast Lane – Brady Houser $104.00
First Car a lap down Nick Lazzaro & Family $100.00
Truffle Shuffel presented by Hazer’s World Rob Hazer & Modified Drivers $670.00
Mike Bohling P17 on Lap 17 $100.00
6H Hurlburt Race Team P6 on Lap 6 $50.00
Jumpin’ Jack Johnson FB Page P12 on lap 12 $44.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P4 $250.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P12 $250.00
Fonda 50/50 Girls Consi Winner $50.00
LEW BOYD COASTAL 181 Cup Trophy

 

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK
Dana Palombo & Family $444.00
Gibbons Racing Brothers B24 & 427 $400.00
Jim Passino Trucking $200.00
Gary Yurgans $100.00
Matt & Rose Traudt $100.00

 

LAP POS Driver Fast Lap in Feature
1 4 20C – Craig Hanson 35 – Mike Mahaney – 20.142- Lap 4
2 1 44 – Stewart Friesen
3 3 35 – Mike Mahaney 4th Place Finisher
4 last 16 – Aaron Jacobs 6H – Josh Hohenforst
4 1 44 – Stewart Friesen
5 20 9X – Jim Introne, Jr. Hard Charger
6 6 234 – Adam McAuliffe 1D – Tyler Dippel – 14 spots – 21st to 7th
6 4 20C – Craig Hanson
7 7 1Z – Jessica Friesen Last Car on Lead Lap
8 6 234 – Adam McAuliffe 20C – Craig Hanson
9 9 18V – Bobby Varin
10 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen 1st DKM Across Line
11 11 85 – Jack Lehner 234 – Adam McAuliffe
12 1 44 – Stewart Friesen
12 12 24P – Brian Pessolano 1st Did Not Finish
13 8 18V – Bobby Varin 16 – Aaron Jacobs
14 14 33R – Rich Christman
15 15 76 – JaMike Sowle 1st Car Lap Down
16 12 24P – Brian Pessolano 33R – Rich Christman
17 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen
17 17 9X – Jim Introne, Jr. 1/2 way Leader
18 18 27A – Steve Akers 44 – Stewart Friesen
19 6 2RJ – Ronnie Johnson
20 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen 1/2 way 4th Place
21 1 44 – Stewart Friesen 1Z – Jessica Friesen
22 22 16 -Aaron Jacobs
23 2 9S – Matt Sheppard Heat Winners:
24 9 21P – Pep Corradi 1st:  1J – Rocky Warner
25 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen 2nd:  234 – Adam McAuliffe
26 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen
27 10 18V – Bobby Varin
28 1 44 – Stewart Friesen Dash Finish:
29 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen 1st:  18V – Bobby Varin (started 2nd)
30 16 9X – Jim Introne, Jr. 2nd:  234 – Adam McAuliffe (started 1st)
31 20 34 – Dave Constantino 3rd:  1J – Rocky Warner (started 3rd)
32 4 1Z – Jessica Friesen 4th:  6H – Josh Hohenforst (started 4th)
33 2 9S – Matt Sheppard
34 7 1D – Tyler Dippel
35 3 6H – Josh Hohenforst Truffle Shuffle
36 4 2RJ – Ronnie Johnson 2RJ – Ronnie Johnson – Finished 3rd
37 5 1Z – Jessica Friesen
38 9 21P – Pep Corradi Hard Luck – Awarded by Mimi-Aaron Jacobs
39 2 9S – Matt Sheppard
40 4 6H – Josh Hohenforst
41 4 6H – Josh Hohenforst
42 1 44 – Stewart Friesen
43 12 33R – Rich Christman
44 4 6H – Josh Hohenforst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/24/2021 LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 44-laps, $4,444 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Pessolano, Alex Yankowski, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs

Ninth win of 2021 and 77th career win in the division for Friesen.

LAP LEADERS – 1-44 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner ($250 bonus from Hometown Pub & Grub), McAuliffe ($250 bonus from Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell.

COMPLETE LIST OF BONUSES AND LAP SPONSORS TO FOLLOW IN TOMORROW’S PRESS RELEASE.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK – 4-laps – $1,244 total purse thanks to Dana Palombo & Family, Gibbons Racing Brothers #B24 & #427, Jim Passino Trucking, Gary Yurgans, and Matt & Rose Traudt – Bobby Varin ($644), Adam McAuliffe ($300), Rocky Warner ($200), and Josh Hohenforst ($100).

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps, $1,700 to win including a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel and a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online performance), Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Steve Kotary, Greg Havlichek, Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Rocco Leone, Kathy Bellen, Chip Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Brett Mortensen, Dana Camenga

Fourth win of 2021 and the 13th career win in the division for Clark.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Mark Mortensen, Borst, Calabrese

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Michael McCallion moved eight positions from 23rd to 15th.

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,450 to win – including a $250 bonus from Red Chair, a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance, and a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski ($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Kenny Gates (($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Luke Horning ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Frank Hoard Jr. ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Kyle Hoard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Beau Ballard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), AJ Walters ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Bill Knapp, Devon Camenga, Chuck McSpirit, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Steve Cosselman, Tim Wood, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Scott Towslee, Dean Charbonneau, Cliff Haslun, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman DNS

Fifth win of 2021 and the 58th career win in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Dumblewski, Knapp, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL ($50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, John Anderson, Josh Kane, Bob Rowback, Jonathan Feagles, Yule Cook, Ryan Sweet, Seth Martin, Lance Hill DNS

Third win of 2021 and the third career win in the division for Tyrrell.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Tyrrell

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gibbons, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback (SOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Shawn Hemstreet, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Bodie Bellinger, Len St. Andrews, David Peek-Britten, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt DNS, Lee Horning DNS

Tenth win of 2021 and the 65th career win in the division for Ken Hollenback.

Second win of 2021 and the 19th career win in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-7 Napoli, 8-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT COMING TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY, JULY 24

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, July 24 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” will be held honoring the “Incomparable” Lou Lazzaro as Jim King used to call him. Lazzaro was a fan favorite; a four-time track champion at Fonda in 1964, 1969, 1977, 1978; and a winner of 113 feature events during his career at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile facility placing him second on the Modified Division All-Time Win List.

There has been a total of six “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” events held since Lazzaro’s passing, the first one on 5/6/2000 at the Fonda Speedway where Seth Gano scored the first win of his career at the “Track of Champions.” Matt DeLorenzo is a two-time winner of the event at Fonda on 4/29/2006 and 5/15/2010, while Willy Decker (7/25/2007 at Utica Rome), Stewart Friesen (5/31/2014 at Fonda), and Ronnie Johnson (5/21/2016 at Fonda) all have one victory apiece in the prestigious event.

Lou Lazzaro Memorial T-Shirts from Bob Hilbert Sportswear will also be on sale this Saturday at Fonda with an original design by Dan Pilat on the shirt.

The “Thunder on the Thruway Series” events will highlight the racing program including a 44-lap, $4,444-to-win “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” Sunoco Modified feature plus lap money and heat-race money (see the complete list of sponsors and awards elsewhere in this release), the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win event, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock $1,000 to win event.

Also on the racing card will be the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders with the green flag to start the festivities waving at 7:00 p.m.

One “Thunder on the Thruway” Series event has been held so far in 2021 at both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways with Stewart Friesen taking wins at both tracks in the Modified division, Jason Greco (Fonda) and Matt Janczuk (Utica Rome) winning the two Crate 602 Sportsman events, and Nick Stone winning the Pro Stock features at both tracks.

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will be decorated for Christmas for their Christmas in July event this Saturday, July 24. Deb Ward will be making checkered flag stockings that will be filled with goodies by Jann McGaffin. The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club is located under the covered grandstands at gate two so be sure to have all your children sign up with Ashley Abeling for all the giveaways.

EXCERPTS ON LOU LAZZARO FROM THE AMSTERDAM RECORDER ON 5/11/2000 BY RON SZCZERBA

Lou Lazzaro raced his last event at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, April 29, 2000. He qualified in the consolation and was credited with a 25th place finish after pulling off the track on lap seventeen of the thirty-lap feature. Lazzaro passed away two days later on Monday, May 1, 2000, at the Albany Medical Center succumbing to a stroke.

According to family and friends, Fonda is where Lou wanted to be when he closed his eyes for the final time. This was a perfect final episode to his racing career. He towed his car to the track, qualified, raced the feature, drove his car to the pits, exited the car, took off his helmet and said good-bye to the sport he loved.

In the late sixties Lou Lazzaro was winning so much that the fans in the grandstands constantly booed him. What a difference about thirty years makes.

Since then, racecars have gone from coupes to Gremlin’s and Vega’s, to the current body styles of today. The fans in the grandstands have also changed as they went wild and gave Lazzaro a standing ovation when he won what would be his final feature at Fonda on May 15, 1999.

That was win number 113 which is second on the all time win list at the Track of Champions. And the cheers were deafening every week when Jim King would announce when the “Incomparable Lou Lazzaro” would come out onto the speedway.

EXCERPTS FROM THE JUNE 1999 EDITION OF REDLINE MOTORSPORTS MAGAZINE BY RON SZCZERBA

LOU LAZZARO “THE LEGEND”

The first time Lou ever raced was at a track up near Richfield Springs, NY. His nickname “The Monk” came as a mistake.  “Somebody started calling me “The Monk” and I never corrected him on it, so it has stuck with me ever since,” Lazzaro said.

His car number four came about because there was originally a four-partnership deal in the car. “Before I had even gone racing there was a number four out of the garage that I had started hanging around and when he gave up racing, I took over the number,” he said.

On May 15, 1999, Lazzaro won the modified feature at the Fonda and for him it was a special win, although as he said they are all special and he felt really good about it. “The fans at Fonda are a great bunch of fans and I like winning for them, for my crew, and for myself.”

Winning felt really good to Lazzaro and he didn’t think that it had been that long (June 30, 1994) since he last won a feature at Fonda. “The time went by awful fast,” he said.

Everyone will have different ways of remembering Lou Lazzaro, and the memories will no doubt last forever. And racing at Fonda Speedway has never been the same.

Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night at the Track of Champions featuring the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series Notes!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modifieds – 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – 25 laps, $1,500 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – 20 laps, $1,000 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Plus:

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates Open: 4 p.m.

Drivers’ Meeting: 5:40 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

Drive-In: $70 (includes up to four passes) – Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-24th-drive…/

Stream Live: FloRacing (www.floracing.tv)

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

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.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL AWARDS & SPONSORS

 

LAP SPONSOR AMOUNT POSITION
1 Operation at Ease $50.00 4
2 Ron Talbot $20.00 1
3 Francis Ivancic $20.00 3
4 Junior Bianco & The Dogs $44.00 last
5 Jann – lap 21 for 1st win on 5/21/51 $44.00 20
6 Phil Beaver $36.00 4
7 Action Track USA – Tobias Racing $50.00 7
8 Jeremy McGaffin $50.00 6
9 Elmo’s Pit Stop $50.00 9
10 The Lape Family $22.00 4
11 Fonda Speedway Facebook Memories Page $44.00 11
12 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
12 Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Facebook Page $44.00 12
13 “The Hitman” Joseph Hoffman $20.00 8
14 Alan Johnson $44.00 14
15 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 15
16 Leo & Terri Mohrman $50.00 12
17 David Herrick $44.00 4
18 Mortensen Motorsports 1M/1B $20.00 18
19 Mike Petrucci $40.00 6
20 The Lape Family $22.00 4
21 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
22 Ray Evans $113.00 22
23 FOX23 Fast Track $50.00 2
24 Rick’s Pitstop $20.00 9
25 Rena Lazzaro-Scharf $20.00 4
26 Aaron Burton Racing #26A $26.00 4
27 J Fish $100.00 10
28 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
29 Custom by Bob $40.00 4
30 Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour $44.00 16
31 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 20
32 Rick & Carla Rudolph $44.00 4
33 Larry Wrobel Sr. $44.00 2
34 Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00 7
35 Joe Achzet – Gates Racing Family $81.00 3
36 Lloyd Perrino $20.00 4
37 Chad Edwards $44.00 5
38 Billie Jo Haskell – in memory of her father who was a big “Barefoot Bob” fan $20.00 9
39 Pete Broderson & “Ruby” $40.00 2
40 Jungle Jim & Rebecca Mosher from Lake Luzerne $40.00 4
41 Flint Motorsports $100.00 4
42 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
43 Brendan Gibbons $20.00 12
44 Mimi’s Mom $50.00 4

 

HEATS
Hometown Pub & Grub $250.00
Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell $250.00
Sanders Motorsports in Memory of Ed Pieniazek $250.00
#PBR #TY for the kids $250.00
AWARDS
Fastest Lap In Memory of Jack Johnson $100.00
Halfway Leader Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Halfway 4th Place Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Hard Charger Parks’ Companies Inc $500.00
Hard Luck Parks’ Companies Inc $250.00
First Car DNF Gasketcase $20.00
First DKM Car over the line Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00
Last Car on the Lead Lap Out of the Fast Lane – Brady Houser $104.00
First Car a lap down Nick Lazzaro & Family $100.00
Truffle Shuffel presented by Hazer’s World $250.00
Mike Bohling P17 on Lap 17 $100.00
6H Hurlburt Race Team P6 on Lap 6 $50.00
Jumpin’ Jack Johnson FB Page P12 on lap 12 $44.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P4 $250.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P12 $250.00
Fonda 50/50 Girls Consi Winner $50.00
LEW BOYD COASTAL 181 Cup Trophy

 

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK
Dana Palombo & Family $444.00
Gibbons Racing Brothers B24 & 427 $400.00
Jim Passino Trucking $200.00
Gary Yurgans $100.00
Matt & Rose Traudt $100.00

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR & J & J PRISTINE DETAILING PRESENTS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT WITH $5 GRANDSTAND ADMISSION & A MEET & GREET THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 17 Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing will present Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission and a pre-race Meet & Greet for the fans at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature will be event #5 in the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Racing will get the green flag to start the special “Fan Appreciation Night” racing program at 7:00 p.m. as the “Track of Champions” celebrates you, the loyal fans of the Fonda Speedway.

The previous four events of the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series held so far at Fonda in 2021 have been won by two drivers, Nick Stone and Luke Horning who have two wins apiece in the series.

There have been several first-time winners in all divisions at the “Track of Champions” in 2021 including last weeks winner in the Sunoco Modified division Jessica Friesen. Jack Lehner is the other first-time winner in the Sonoco Modified division this season.

There are three drivers in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division who are first time winners this season including Jason Greco, Jason Reome, and Tucker O’Connor while Beau Ballard and Devon Camenga were first time winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class.

Luke Horning has a career total of twenty-four wins in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class but his win in the Hondo Classic last Saturday was the first of his career in that prestigious event!

Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Kyle Dingman, Taylor LaPlante, and Clayton DuMond are all first-time winners this season in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division while Tyler White and Slappy White both are first time winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing event information for Saturday, July 17

$5.00 Grandstand Admission – Fan Appreciation Night

Bug Country Live Remote – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet on Track After Hot Laps

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock

Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.

Hot Laps: 5:45 p.m. (Meet & Greet to follow)

Racing: 7 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $30 (includes up to four passes) – Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/bob-hilbert…/

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

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.

JESSICA FRIESEN CAPTURES FIRST CAREER MODIFIED WIN AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS” FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway a race to the win in the Sunoco Modified feature became a family affair between Jessica and Stewart Friesen with Jessica beating her husband to the finish line for her first career win in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda. She now becomes the 136th different winner in a total of 1392 feature events held at the “Track of Champions”.

Earlier this year Jessica captured her first win in a Modified at the Utica Rome Speedway and now has two first career wins in the division at two different speedways in 2021. Jessica does have two wins at Fonda in a 360 Sprint Car, one with the ESS Series and one “Open” 360 Sprint feature event.

Other winners on Sampson Motor Car/Yellow Transportation Night at Fonda were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Hondo Classic), Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

Congratulations to Zachary from Gloversville who was the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2705 to the winner! Great job 50/50 girls!

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem to start the evenings program and also gave the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Jessica Friesen and JaMike Sowle on the front row. Jessica Friesen took the lead at the start with third place starter Bobby Varin the new second place car after getting by Sowle on the second lap.

David Schilling, Adam McAuliffe, and 12th place starter Stewart Friesen all got by Sowle for positions in the top five by the time lap seven was completed while Jessica Friesen pulled away to a straightaway lead. The first yellow of the event came out on lap nine for Josh Hohenforst who suffered a flat tire and slowed in turn two.

Jessica Friesen chose the inside for the restart with Stewart Friesen moving into the third position behind Varin who was working the outside to try to take the lead away from Jessica. Just before the halfway point in the event, Stewart Friesen took the second position away from Varin who slowed on the front stretch to bring out the caution on lap 13 with something broke in the right rear of his car.

On the restart, Jessica started on the inside but quickly moved to the outside forcing her husband to run the inside groove, a lane he normally doesn’t run at Fonda. Stewart took the lead briefly coming out of turn two but by the time the lap was completed Jessica was still the leader of the event.

At the halfway point, Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, 11th place starter Rocky Warner, McAuliffe, and Schilling completed the top five with the Friesen’s side by side at times on track over the final ten laps racing for the lead. The last few laps Warner was able to close in on the top two and challenged for the second position but when the checkered flag fell it was Jessica taking the win in the One Zee Tees #1Z Bicknell car over Stewart Friesen, Warner, Schilling, and McAuliffe.

“I knew the 44 (Stewart) would be coming,” Fonda’s Fastest Mom told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I saw him next to me on the restart and I know he loves running the top so I had to get up there as soon as I could. We had a rough night in the truck race last night and to come home to Fonda and get a win is awesome. I don’t know what to say.”

Ricky Quick and Brett Mortensen led the 20-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature to the green flag with Quick taking the early lead. Mortensen used the outside on lap three to take the lead away from Quick just before the first of many cautions came out to slow the event, this caution was for Don Bellen who spun between turns three and four.

Mortensen continued to lead on the restart with two consecutive cautions slowing the event on lap six. Cody Clark started the event in the 12th position and was the new fourth place car on the restart behind Mortensen, Quick, and Brian Borst. On lap 10, Clark got by Quick for the second position and quickly closed in on Mortensen, taking the lead away with a pass on the inside of turns one and two on lap 12.

Brian Calabrese started the event in the 14th position and with the benefits of all the cautions and a fast race car moved into the second position on a lap 13 restart after getting by Mortensen. One lap later, Calabrese took the lead away from Clark on a restart and pulled away from the field.

Tim Dwyer and Tim Hartman Jr. started the event in row number eight and moved into the top five late in the event, but Calabrese went on to his second win of the season and the sixth of his career in the division in the LM Mason Contracting #21C. Clark, Borst, Hartman, and Dwyer completed the top five in the event.

The 16th Annual Hondo Classic started with a four-wide salute on track by the starting field while “Thunderstruck” played over the sound system. Hondo was a very popular driver on track and a friend to many both on and off the track resulting in this race being held in his memory for all these years.

The luck of the draw put Josh Coonradt and Beau Ballard on the front row at the start with Coonradt taking the early lead with third place starter Kenny Gates getting by Ballard for the second position. Nick Stone started the event in the eighth position and was up to the third position on lap six after getting by Ballard for the position.

Luke Horning started the event in the 12th position but moved quickly to the front, sitting in the fourth position on lap eight. Horning continued his run to the front on lap 12, getting by both a lap car and Coonradt on the outside of turns one and two for the lead. The yellow was out one lap later with Horning choosing the outside for the restart.

Horning maintained the lead on the restart and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Horning, Coonradt, Gates and Stone. Gates was using a line on the speedway that he isn’t normally accustomed to, the outside line, which was where Stone wanted to race but couldn’t as Gates held him at bay for many laps.

With the leaders in lap traffic on lap 22, Stone finally got by Gates for the third position with one final caution coming out on lap 27 for a two-car spin in turn two. Horning held the lead on the restart and went on to his first victory in the Hondo Classic event over Stone who took the second position away from Coonradt on the final lap, Coonradt, Gates, and Ivan Joslin.

In post-race inspection Coonradt was disqualified for being light at the scales resulting in a third-place finish for Gates followed by Joslin and Ballard in the top five.

After doing donuts on the front stretch, Horning drove the West End Towing & Recovery #2H to the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole Victory Lane saying, “What a great turnout, there is no other race like this. Lap traffic got me the lead and I thought that it was gonna cost me the race at one point. Great job by everyone putting this event together.”

“I was running third and fourth for a while and seeing the #35 (Gates) running the top surprised me,” Stone said after his second-place finish.

“We worked on this car in order to be able to run the top,” Gates said after his third-place finish. “We have a way to go with it but we’re getting there. This coil car works good up there.”

John Anderson led lap one in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until fifth place starter Clayton DuMond took over the lead on the inside of turn two on lap two. DuMond went on to his third win of the season and the third of his career in the division at Fonda over Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, and Kyle Dingman.

John Napoli led the first two laps of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature until Ken Hollenback took control of the event on lap three and went on to the overall win in the SOHC class. Slappy White finished second and was declared the DOHC winner with Billy Hillman, Napoli, and John Shepard completing the top five.

Next Saturday, July 17 Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing will present Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission and a pre-race Meet n’ Greet for the fans. All regular divisions will be in action with the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature being event #5 in the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win! Racing is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

7/10/2021 SAMPSON MOTORCAR/YELLOW TRANSPORTATION NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – JESSICA FRIESEN, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Adam McAuliffe, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers, Josh Hohenforst, Ancel Collins, Dylan Scribner, Rich Christman, Bobby Varin, Jim Introne Jr.

First career win in the division at Fonda for Jessica Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Jessica Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sowle, Jessica Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Mike Ketchum, Brett Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, Don Bellen, Ricky Quick, Mark Mortensen, Dan Santabarbara, Greg Havlichek, Ray Zemken, Jason Greco, Addison Bowman, Aaron Burton

Second win of 2021 for Calabrese and the sixth win of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Quick, 3-11 Brett Mortensen, 12-13 Clark, 14-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Quick, Santabarbara

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Zilles gained fifteen positions from 26th to 11th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – THE 16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC – 29-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, AJ Walters, Tyler Bushey, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Jim Normoyle, Chuck Dumblewski, Jay Corbin, Scott Townslee, Andy Graves, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Buck Gasner, Cliff Haslun, Mike Baker, Mike Kalkbrenner, Steve Gates Dean Charbonneau, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Jimmy Eaton DNS, Jason Morrison DNS, Josh Coonradt DQ from third for being light at the scales.

Third win of 2021 for Horning, 24th of his career in the division at Fonda, and first win of the Hondo Classic.

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Coonradt, 12-29 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Justin Howe, John Anderson, Ryan Sweet, John Young, Jeremy Tyrrell

Third win of 2021 for DuMond and the third of his career in the division at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Anderson, 2-15 DuMond

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gray, LaPlante

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Billy Hillman, John Napoli, John Shepard, AJ VanHoesen, Jean Foster, David Peek-Britten, Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Tyler, Dale VanAllen, TJ Marlitt

Ninth win of 2021 for Hollenback and the 64th of his career in the division at Fonda

Eighth win of 2021 for White and the eighth of his career in the division at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Napoli, 3-12 Ken Hollenback

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