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.
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)
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)|
|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|
|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|