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SEVENTH WIN OF THE SEASON FOR FRIESEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Starting 12th on the grid for the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature, Stewart Friesen did what he normally does, work his way to the front of the field. It didn’t come easily on a challenging track, but he wasn’t comfortable just staying in one lane and moved around as needed to get to the front.

“I just tried to move around a bit on a slick and technical track, but with the unique situation with tires I tried to keep the tires under me,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after the win.

For Friesen it was his seventh win of the 2021 season at Fonda and the 75th of his career at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway in the Halmar International sponsored #44 Bicknell car.

Other winners on A-Verdi Storage Container Night were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback and Slappy White (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders), and Paulie Colagiovanni (Earl Halaquist Memorial Patriot 360 Sprint Cars).

Congratulations to the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2,709 to the winner and great job by the Fonda 50/50 ladies on a very hot, humid night.

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.

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club held their annual bike giveaway with a great job done by Ashley Abeling organizing the event along with the weekly Kid’s Club activities. Winners of the bikes were Cole Kawp, Killian Slater, Caudeau Kawp, Keagan P. Bodi Brewster, Jameson Carlton, Jackson Northrup, Harold Fox, Seth Dawson, Nick Seifert, Bennet Brewster, Chase Askew, Cheyene Adair, Jacob Knapik, Emma Varin, Avery Brownell, and Allie Corbett. The smiles on the kid’s faces who won the bikes says it all about the giveaway!

With a great crowd on hand, Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore did the invocation and prayer followed by a great rendition of the National Anthem by Fonda Speedway head starter Joe Kriss.

Adam McAuliffe and Pep Corradi started the Sunoco Modified feature on the front row with McAuliffe the early race leader. Bobby Varin started the event in the fourth position and moved to the second spot on lap three after getting by Corradi with Jack Lehner and last weeks winner Rocky Warner completing the top five.

After starting 11th on the grid Warner was moving to the front quickly, getting by Varin for the second position on lap seven. On lap nine, McAuliffe held a straightaway lead with Stewart Friesen now in the top five in the fifth position. At the halfway point, McAuliffe, Warner, Friesen, Varin, and Lehner were the top five cars in the event.

Friesen made his way in between both a lap car and McAuliffe for the lead in turn two on lap 23 with Warner also getting by McAuliffe for the second position with three laps to go. At that point Friesen pulled away to a big lead and yet another feature win followed in the top five by Warner, McAuliffe, Lehner, and Varin.

“I snuck by Adam (McAuliffe) and a lap car to get the lead but tonight I really wanted to come to Fonda and get the job done,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial victory lane after both he and his son Parker celebrated the win on the roof of the race car. “We have a big week ahead of us with Fourth of July coming up and this week has been a big one for us as well with Parker graduating Pre-K earlier this week.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with a caution before any laps were completed after outside front row starter Kurtis Hohensheldt spun in turn one just after the green flag had dropped. Hohensheldt restarted at the rear of the field on the original restart.

Dan Santabarbara led on the second try at the start with Griffen Mansmith second early on. Fourth place starter Brian Borst moved past Mansmith for the second position on lap four and on the outside of turn four on lap nine Borst was the new race leader. Borst and his crew were coming off a very busy week as they had to put a new car together after totaling a car last week and their hard work was paying off.

One lap after taking the lead, Borst turned his car around in turn one on the very slippery surface, bringing out the caution and placing Santabarbara back on the point. Santabarbara wouldn’t lead another lap however as fifth place starter Brian Calabrese took the lead on the restart.

Point leader Cody Clark had a very rough night with issues in hot laps forcing him to miss the heat race and the consolation and take a provisional spot to get into the feature event. On lap 11 his miserable night came to an end after being involved in a five-car wreck in turn one, nobody was injured in the wreck, but Clark and others were done for the night at that point.

Aaron Burton started the feature in the eighth position and was the second-place car on the restart before sixth place starter Tim Hartman Jr. took the position away when the green flag flew again. One more caution slowed the field on lap 14 allowing 12th place starter Chad Edwards and 15th place starter Tim Dwyer to move into the top five in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Calabrese kept Hartman Jr. behind him over the remaining laps to get his first win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division in the LM Mason Contractors #21C followed by Hartman Jr., Burton, Edwards, and Dwyer.

“We’ve been struggling this year and I honestly didn’t think I was gonna get to victory lane this year,” an emotional Calabrese said in victory lane. “We have had a lot of bad luck so far this year, some of it self-inflicted, but we have been working so hard and I knew that I had to put my helmet on and get to work. I am excited about the rest of the season; we have a good piece here.”

The Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was one of if not the best feature of the night with Frank Hoard Jr. leading at the drop of the green flag after starting the 20-lap event on the pole. Sixth and eighth place starters Josh Coonradt and Kenny Gates were the new fourth and fifth place cars respectively on lap four with Coonradt up to second four laps later after getting by Bill Knapp.

Coonradt was the new race leader on lap eight after getting by Hoard on the outside of turn four with 10th place starter Nick Stone now the second-place car after he also got by Hoard. Stone led the event for two laps just after the halfway point with ninth place starter Luke Horning now pressuring Stone for the top spot.

Horning used the inside groove out of turn four to lead lap 15 but when he and Stone and Coonradt went three wide for the lead three laps later, Stone took the lead away. Stone and Horning remained side by side over the final five laps, but Stone held on for the win followed in the top five by Horning, Coonradt, Gates, and Shane Playford.

Kyle Dingman led all 15-laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for his second win of the 2021 season and the second of his career over Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, and Carter Gibbons.

Ken Hollenback (SOHC) led only one lap of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, but it was the most important one as he won by a nose after a four-wide race to the checkered flag to the overall race win. Slappy White was declared the winner in the dual cam class with John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, and Jeff Tubbs completing the top five.

Danny Varin led the first two laps of the 30-lap Earl Halaquist Memorial Sprint Car event until Paulie Colagiovanni took over the lead and led the remaining laps for the $3,000 to win event. Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, and Chad Miller completed the top five. For the complete race story on the event please go to www.patriotsprinttour.com

Next week at the Fonda Speedway a special two-day weekend of events will take place at the “Track of Champions”. On Saturday, July 3 the Recovery Sports Grill will sponsor Hall of Fame Night featuring the Thunder on the Thruway Series “Red, White & Blue” $4,000-to-win Sunoco Modified feature, $1,500 to win Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature, a $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature along with all other regular divisions plus the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.

Then on Sunday, July 4 the Fuccillo Automotive Group will present the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco Modified “Firecracker 50” $10,000 to win plus the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman $2,000 to win event (show-up points for both divisions) along with a FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA*

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Pep Corradi, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, EJ McAuliffe, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Corey Lowitt, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes

7th win of 2021 and the 75th career win in the division for Friesen

Lap leaders – 1-22 Adam McAuliffe, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

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

1st win of 2021 and the 5th career win in the division for Calabrese.

Lap leaders – 1-8 Santabarbara, 9-10 Borst, 11-25 Calabrese

Heat race winners – Farone, Hartman Jr., Santabarbara, Hohensheldt

Consolation race winner – Munson

Did not qualify – Brett Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Troy Palmer, William August, Michael McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER – Michael Ballestero moved 11 spots from 25th to 14th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Frank Hoard Jr., AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Ivan Joslin, Terry Graves, Chris Cross, Kyle Hoard, Cliff Haslun, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman DNS, Andy Graves DNS

4th win of 2021 and the 57th career win for Stone in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Hoard Jr., 8-12 Coonradt, 13-14 Stone, 15-17 Horning, 18-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Carter Gibbons, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bob Rowback, Larry McGillis, John Anderson DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win in the division for Dingman

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Jeff Tubbs, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Riley Pedrick, Jean Foster, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Brandon Tyler, Dale Van Allen

8th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 63rd of his career in the division.

7th win of 2021 and the 7th career win for White in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Napoli, 8 White, 9-11 Napoli, 12 Ken Hollenback

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE – THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL – 30-laps – PAULIE COLAGIOVANNI, Danny Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, Chad Miller, Joe Trenka, Jeff Trombley, Josh Pieniazek, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Jeremiah Munson, Jeff Cook, Jake Karklin, Dave Axton, Steve Glover, Floyd Billington, Jesse Pruchink, Travis Billington, Brett Wright, Dalton Herrick, Will Hull, Mike Kiser

Lap leaders – 1-2 Varin, 3-30 Colagiovanni

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

QUICK RESULTS FOR JUNE 26, 2021

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Pep Corradi, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, EJ McAuliffe, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Corey Lowitt, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes

7th win of 2021 and the 75th career win in the division for Friesen

Lap leaders – 1-22 Adam McAuliffe, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

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

1st win of 2021 and the 5th career win in the division for Calabrese.

Lap leaders – 1-8 Santabarbara, 9-10 Borst, 11-25 Calabrese

Heat race winners – Farone, Hartman Jr., Santabarbara, Hohensheldt

Consolation race winner – Munson

Did not qualify – Brett Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Troy Palmer, William August, Michael McCallion

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Frank Hoard Jr., AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Ivan Joslin, Terry Graves, Chris Cross, Kyle Hoard, Cliff Haslun, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman DNS, Andy Graves DNS

4th win of 2021 and the 57th career win for Stone in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Hoard Jr., 8-12 Coonradt, 13-14 Stone, 15-17 Horning, 18-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Carter Gibbons, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bob Rowback, Larry McGillis, John Anderson DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win in the division for Dingman

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Jeff Tubbs, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Riley Pedrick, Jean Foster, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Brandon Tyler, Dale Van Allen

8th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 63rd of his career in the division.

7th win of 2021 and the 7th career win for White in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Napoli, 8 White, 9-11 Napoli, 12 Ken Hollenback

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE – THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL – 30-laps – PAULIE COLAGIOVANNI, Danny Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, Chad Miller, Joe Trenka, Jeff Trombley, Josh Pieniazek, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Jeremiah Munson, Jeff Cook, Jake Karklin, Dave Axton, Steve Glover, Floyd Billington, Jesse Pruchink, Travis Billington, Brett Wright, Dalton Herrick, Will Hull, Mike Kiser

Lap leaders – 1-2 Varin, 3-30 Colagiovanni

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS PRESENTS THE PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – A-Verdi Storage Containers will present the racing action at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway this Saturday, June 26 featuring the first appearance of the season for the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars in a $3,000 to win and $300 to start main event.

Also on the racing card will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in event number four of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series Event paying $1,000 to win, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Adult Admission is $15 with Seniors (ages 65 and over) $13 and Kids 11 and under FREE!

The infield drive-in will be open ($70 for up to four passes) and you can register for a spot by going to https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/drive-in-request…/

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

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will also be holding their annual bicycle giveaway so if any race teams or anyone else is interested in providing a bicycle for the giveaway you can contact Ashley Abeling on Facebook or just bring a bicycle with you to the track on Saturday. The Kid’s Club is located underneath the grandstands at gate two (down towards turn four) at the east end of the covered grandstands.

Please also visit the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum which opens at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday evening!

With permission from Mike Emhof of the Patriot Sprint tour, here is Earl Halaquist as Remembered by Michael Monnat.

By the first time I saw Earl Halaquist race a sprint car for the United Racing Club (URC) in 1960 at the Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York, he was already half-way through his career. Yet, at that point, he hadn’t even begun to receive national notoriety. That all changed with the dawn of the Sixties and his prodigious and overwhelmingly spectacular use of George Nesler’s sprint car racing equipment.

Halaquist had been around the sprint car game since arriving home after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, making his debut in 1946 in Little Valley, N.Y. From that point forward through the Fifties, he raced with sanctions like the Eastern States Racing Association (ESRA), the Big Car Racing Association (BCRA), and URC.

Back to that July night at Five Mile Point, Halaquist didn’t win the feature, but he was impressive getting a second place finish behind Hal Rettberg. That was only the beginning as the decade that changed the country belonged to the Earl Halaquist/George Nesler duo.

Six URC titles (1962, ’64, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’69) impressed the hell out of me and, during that time; I caught every local show and went to a few regional shows, as well. Halaquist won on dirt and asphalt. He won on the big tracks and the bullrings. In short, he won on everything and everywhere; he won 14 features in 1967 alone. Along the way, he garnered 52 URC main events; most coming at a time when ‘having a roof over your head’ meant living at home.

The quiet, unassuming family man from Sidney, N.Y., had a full-time job with Bendix, in addition to running up and down the East Coast chasing feature wins and point titles. He retired after spending 1970 driving midget cars with the American Race Drivers Club (ARDC). I didn’t meet Earl Halaquist in person until 1992 when he was inducted in the We-Go Racing Fan Club Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame and, in 2000; he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF).

In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the URC Hall of Fame. His many skills spoke for themselves and everything about him read ‘class act.’ Earl Satch Halaquist, who was born on September 7, 1925, in Rock Rift, N.Y., died on January 12, 2001, at the age of seventy-five. Great driver, great man. Nothing else needs to be said!

Thomas Schmeh is once again putting together a lap sponsorship program for this coming Saturday’s Earl Halaquist Memorial at the Fonda Speedway! If you are interested in sponsoring a lap, please contact him or a PST official. Laps are $20 each.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL EVENT

8/14/2004       Dundee, NY     Blake Breen                             ESS/PSG

8/15/2005       Dundee, NY     George Suprick                        ESS/PSG

8/12/2006       Dundee, NY     Chuck Hebing                          ASCS/PSG

7/22/2007       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

8/5/2008         Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/23/2009       Fonda, NY        Doug Emery                            ESS

5/29/2010       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/28/2011       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/26/2012       Fonda, NY        Jessica Zemken-Friesen          ESS

9/21/2013       Fonda, NY        Jeff Cook                                 ESS

8/26/2014       Afton, NY         Chuck Hebing                          ESS

8/25/2015       Afton, NY         Matt Tanner                            ESS

8/23/2016       Afton, NY         Steve Piorier                            ESS

8/12/2017       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

5/26/2018       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

9/27/2019       Fonda, NY        Jordan Poirier                         PATRIOT

FONDA SPEEDWAY PATRIOT 360-SPRINT CAR ALL-TIME WIN LIST

5/28/2016       Stewart Friesen

9/24/2016       Davie Franek

5/27/2017       Jared Zimbardi

9/27/2019       Jordan Poirier

9/26/2019       Josh Pieniazek

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.

JOHNSON WINS OVER $5,600 IN SIXTH ANNUAL BIG AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at Fonda a great night of racing concluded with Ronnie Johnson in the spotlight after winning the special match race event honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos known as the Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Race.

For Johnson it was his third win of the event after winning it back in both 2016 and 2017. Bobby Varin (2014), Tim Fuller (2018) and Stewart Friesen (2019) were the other winners of the event in past years with no race being run in 2015 and last year in 2020.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and a total of $5,678.12 for just ten laps of racing!

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Johnson said after the event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

This event was started by Mike Mallett, George, and GT Smith of Dirt Track Digest many years ago and is still very popular today with all the money being donated to the event along with a lot of extra money towards qualifying events by the many sponsors who support the event. Scott Friers is the organizer of the event and does a great job putting it all together and keeping track of all the different sponsors and money involved.

2021 Bill Ag Fonda Speedway Modified Elimination Race Saturday June 19th

Round 1- $615 *Ronnie Johnson

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

 

Round 2- $1,462.12 *Ronnie Johnson

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 3- $700 *Ronnie Johnson

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 4- $801H *Ronnie Johnson

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

$200 In Memory of Steve Bidwell/Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

 

Final Round- $1,600 *Ronnie Johnson

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

 

$500 Bonus If a Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Rounds- Tadd Parks *Ronnie Johnson

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler *Craig Hanson

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson *Josh Hohenforst

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin) *Mike Mahaney

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Melissa Mimi Lazzaro *Jack Lehner

$100 Final Driver Eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds/Laurie Fallis *Rocky Warner

$100 First Choice (first driver picked by a competitor)- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway *Josh Hohenforst

$150 Last Man Standing (last driver picked for the final round)- Zach Dufel *Rocky Warner

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel Sr. *Ronnie Johnson 18.677

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin *Bobby Varin

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Hats (Elimination Race Competitors & Bill Ag Family Members) Donated by Driven Design & Embroidery/Eric and Sherry Gifford

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Designs/Jeff Karabin

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *Ancel Collins

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *JaMike Sowle

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Chris and Erin Abele *Adam McAuliffe

$100 Leader Lap 1 Modified Feature- Auspelmyer Excavating and Paving *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 7 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 16 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Adam McAuliffe

$99.99 9th Place on Lap 9 In Memory of BOBCO- Krash Menders *Brian Pessolano

$50 8th Place on Lap 8- Bodie Bellinger *Steve Akers

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Alex Yankowski

$111 11th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Steve Bidwell- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Dave Constantino

$112 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard *Pep Corradi

$50 13th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *Ancel Collins

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Jim Introne

$50 20th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *JaMike Sowle

$100 Last Car on The Lead Lap- Josh Phillips *Brian Pessolano

$100 First Car One Lap Down- Josh Phillips *Dave Constantino

$50 1st Driver on The Hook- Bodie Bellinger *George Foley

 

$200 Hard Charger Modified Feature- *Alex Yankowski +11 18th to seventh.

$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser

$100 Eric and Misty Houser

 

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing Team *Adam McAuliffe

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos *Rich Christman

Thanks for supporting the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!!!

BIG NIGHT FOR BOTH WARNER AND JOHNSON AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at Fonda a great night of racing concluded with Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson in the spotlight after winning the Sunoco Modified feature and the special match race event honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos known as the Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Race, respectively.

Warner took the lead on lap 22 of the $2,400 to win, 30-lap main event for the Sunoco Modifieds and went on to his second win of the 2021 season and the eighth of his career in the division at Fonda.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and $5,600 for just ten laps of racing!

“I guess we lost the battle but won the war,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane regarding him winning the feature but Ronnie (Johnson) winning the Bill Ag event. It was a good night for our end of the pit area (towards the Cow Palace where both Warner & Johnson pit next to each other).

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Johnson said after the event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

This event was started by Mike Mallett, George, and GT Smith of Dirt Track Digest many years ago and is still very popular today with all the money being donated to the event along with a lot of extra money towards qualifying events by the many sponsors who support the event. Scott Friers is the organizer of the event and does a great job putting it all together and keeping track of all the different sponsors and money involved.

Other winners on Dirt Track Digest Night at the “Track of Champions” included Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jim Normoyle (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Carter Gibbons (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Mike Mallett was behind the mic on Saturday evening with a special guest appearance by Josh Phillips who was an announcer together with Mallett many years ago at Fonda. As a popular photo that is going around on Facebook says, “it was a reunion/homecoming in the tower tonight with Mimi Lazzaro, Mike Mallet, and Josh Phillips on hand to call the action.” It was also referred to as “getting the band back together” which was also a very appropriate statement as those three shared many Saturday nights in the tower at the Fonda Speedway back in the day.

Mallett started off the evening with a prayer followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Mimi Lazzaro who as always did a great job singing it during pre-race ceremonies.

Congratulations to the winner of the $2,363 in the 50/50 and as always 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.

The Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle the early race leader at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting position with front row starting mate Steve Akers in tow. Adam McAuliffe and Ronnie Johnson both got by Akers for the second and third positions.

Rocky Warner and Jack Lehner completed the top five early on with Sowle in lap traffic by the time lap seven showed on the lap counter. McAuliffe got alongside of Sowle in turn four coming down to complete lap nine and took the lead in the event with Johnson and Warner also getting by Sowle for the second and third positions.

The top three were together in lap traffic racing for the lead with Warner going in between a lap car and Johnson for the second position on lap 14. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of McAuliffe, Warner, Johnson, Lehner, and seventh place starter Josh Hohenforst.

Just past the halfway point six lap cars were racing for position right in front of the leader with McAuliffe able to clear at least two of them while Warner and Johnson weren’t as fortunate to get by as quickly allowing McAuliffe to open up a slight advantage on the second and third place cars.

Warner got into the lap car of Robert Bublak forcing Bublak to spin in turn three and bringing out the caution on lap 21. Also involved was Stewart Friesen who got into the tire wall and restarted behind the lead lap cars in the 12th position. On the restart McAuliffe’s great run came to an end as something broke on his car forcing him into the pit area and bringing out the caution one more time.

Warner took over the race lead with two consecutive cautions coming out on lap 22 forcing a single file restart. Eleventh place starter Mike Mahaney moved from sixth to fourth on the restart and with three laps to go also got by Lehner for the third position. Warner led the remaining laps in the Jake Spraker owned #1J Bicknell car with the top five at the finish consisting of Johnson, Friesen, Lehner, and Mahaney.

Congratulations to Steve Akers for his career best finish of eighth in the feature event as well.

“I was leaning on the right rear pretty hard,” Warner said after the win. “I thought that we were a sitting duck tonight with the small block especially after the rain came through and changed the track. I got a little over aggressive with a lap car tonight but all I could see was a possible win going away.”

The 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with William August as the early leader with third place starter Jason Reome in tow. The red flag was out on lap eight for a multi car crash in turn four, no drivers were injured but there were many banged up racecars.

On the restart, Reome was the new race leader with 12th place starter and last weeks winner Cody Clark making his way through the field into the top five. Eleventh place starter Mark Mortensen was also making his way through the field, getting by three cars on the restart into the third position.

Clark used the outside groove in turn four to take over the race lead on lap nine and five laps later was a straightaway ahead of Mortensen who had just taken the second spot away from Tanner Warner. Griffen Mansmith brought out the final caution flag in the event with five laps to go giving drivers one final chance to defeat Clark.

Clark pulled away on the single file restart while Mortensen and Warner were waging a great battle for the second position. Clark went on to his second win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division in back-to-back fashion over Warner who took the second position away from Mortensen on the final lap. Mortensen, Aaron Burton, and 20th place starter Chad Edwards completed the top five in the event.

“We are definitely starting to get this DKM car figured out,” Clark said in victory lane. “We were good in our heat race starting seventh and finishing third so that gave me a lot of confidence for the feature.”

As is the case on a weekly basis the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was one of the best of the evening with Gary Silkey the early race leader at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Jim Normoyle started second but dropped back early and had to regroup which he did quickly by taking the second position from Chuck McSpirit on lap two.

On the outside of the front stretch coming down to complete lap three, Normoyle took the lead away from Silkey just before the yellow flag came out for the first time in the event. Fifth place starter Jason Morrison was the second-place car on the restart, but Silkey took that spot back when the green flag dropped. Tenth place starter Kenny Gates was the new fifth place car on lap six with Chuck Dumblewski in between Gates and Morrison in the fourth position.

At the halfway point Normoyle maintained the lead, using the extreme outside groove in turns one and two on every circuit followed by Silkey, Gates, Morrison, and Dumblewski. Twelfth place starter Nick Stone began to show his hand at the halfway point as well, sitting in the sixth position when the caution came out on lap 11 for Steve and Randy Cosselman who wrecked in turn four. Both drivers were okay after the wreck.

Gates got by Silkey for the second position on the restart with Normoyle still showing the way with one more caution out with three laps to go. On the single file restart Normoyle, Gates, and Stone were three wide for the lead with Normoyle somehow maintaining the top spot coming out of turn four with one lap to go.

Normoyle went on to the win, his first win since August 12, 2017 over Stone, Gates, eighth place starter Ivan Joslin, and Dumblewski. For Normoyle it was his eighth career win in the division at Fonda.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here in victory lane at Fonda,” Normoyle told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after his win. “Gotta watch the #8N (Nick Stone) he is a little sneaky and real fast. I almost got crossed up and backed it into the wall in turns one and two running the outside like I was, but I got it straightened out and nobody was around me, so I kept it right up there.”

Carter Gibbons took the lead in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature with only two laps to go in the 15-lap event and went on to his second win of the season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda over John Young, Jonathan Feagles, sixth place starter Taylor LaPlante, and eighth place starter Clayton DuMond.

Slappy White (DOHC) was the overall race winner in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division followed by Kerrie Hollenback. Third place finisher Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner with John Napoli and Zack McSpirit completing the top five. For White it was his sixth win of the 2021 season and the sixth of his career in the division at Fonda while for Hollenback it was his seventh win of the 2021 season and the 62nd of his career in the division.

Next Saturday June 26 at the Fonda Speedway A-Verdi Storage Containers will sponsor a racing program consisting of all regular divisions along with the A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint cars. The Algonkin Pro Stock feature will be race number four in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win! Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

Second win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tim Hartman Jr., Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Greco, Bill August, Griffen Mansmith, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Addison Bowman, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt

Second win of 2021 and the 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Tucker O’Connor 16 positions from 22nd to sixth

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

First win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

Second win of 2021 and second career win in the division for Gibbons

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Lee Horning, John Mason, Jean Foster, TJ Marlitt, Dake Van Allen

Seventh win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

Sixth win of 2021 and sixth career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just ten laps.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/19/2021

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tim Hartman Jr., Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Greco, Bill August, Griffen Mansmith, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Addison Bowman, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt

2nd win of 2021 and 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

1st win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win in the division for Gibbons

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Lee Horning, John Mason, Jean Foster, TJ Marlitt, Dale Van Allen

7th win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

6th win of 2021 and 6th career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just 10-laps.

DIRT TRACK DIGEST PRESENTS THE BILL AG MEMORIAL ONE-ON-ONE MODIFIED MATCH RACES THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 19 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a special night honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos will take place as the current top five in Sunoco Modified points will compete in the Bill Ag One-On-One Match Races with a lot of money on the line from various sponsors going to the drivers competing in the event.

This event is held in honor of the late Bill Anagnostopulos who was the owner of the Winners Circle, which is a restaurant in Fonda, NY that is located just around the corner from the Fonda Speedway. Bill was a great friend to racing and sponsored many drivers at the speedway through the years. On a typical Saturday evening, he would get away from the restaurant to attend the races at Fonda where he had many friends in both the pit area and the grandstands.

“It’s an honor for us at DTD to be involved with the annual “Bill Ag Elimination Race” at the Fonda Speedway each year,” a representative for the event recently said.

Typically, the one-on-one elimination race features the top five in Modified points plus a random driver selected from points positions 6-10.

Since there is a tie in the Sunoco Modified points top five, there will be no “Random Draw” for this year’s elimination event, so the drivers who will be competing in the Bill Ag One-On-One Match Races are Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, and last week’s winner Mike Mahaney. Johnson and Mahaney are currently tied for the fifth position in the point standings following the June 12 racing program.

Should one of these drivers sweep all five rounds of this event, he will be walking away with in excess of $4,000 for just ten laps of racing! Dirt Track Digest and all the organizers of this event wish to say a special thank you to ALL the sponsors who have donated to the event now, and over the years as it has certainly become a “must see” event.

This will be the 6TH Bill Ag Memorial One-On-One Match Race run at Fonda with past winners including Bobby Varin in 2014, no event in 2015, Ronnie Johnson in 2016 & 2017, Tim Fuller in 2018, and Stewart Friesen in 2019 with no event held in 2020.

Some quotes from the previous winners of the event:

“This is a very special event honoring Bill from the Winners Circle,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Victory Lane after his win in 2019. “This is a cool mid-summer special race that has become a big event so thanks to all the sponsors and the organizers for their efforts.”

“When Josh (Hohenforst) got lane choice for the last race I thought that I was in trouble,” Fuller said after his win in 2018. “I was real concerned because he is fast here at Fonda on a heavy track. This event is a little different, it has a lot of pizzazz, and racing needs more of that.”

All regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, June 19 including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

The infield Drive-In area will be open on Saturday, June 19 for the “Dirt Track Digest Night – Bill Ag Memorial One-On-One Match Races” along with all regular divisions and you can reserve your spot on the infield by going to the Drive-In reservation request: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeeT6Vnd40XrI…/viewform

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received, $60/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS). Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 17th at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Sponsors for the 2021 Bill Ag Fonda Speedway Modified Elimination Race Saturday June 19th

Round 1- $515

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

Round 2- $1,362.12

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

Round 3- $600

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

Round 4- $701H

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

$200 In Memory of Steve Bidwell/Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

Final Round- $1,500

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin)

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Melissa Mimi Lazzaro

$100 Final Driver Eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds/Laurie Fallis

$100 First Choice (first driver picked by a competitor)- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$150 Last Man Standing (last driver picked for the final round)- Zach Dufel.

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel Sr.

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Hats (Elimination Race Competitors & Bill Ag Family Members) Donated by Driven Design & Embroidery/Eric and Sherry Gifford

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Designs/Jeff Karabin

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Chris and Erin Abele

$100 Leader Lap 1 Modified Feature- Auspelmyer Excavating and Paving

$100 Leader Lap 7 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Leader Lap 16 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$99.99 9th Place on Lap 9 In Memory of BOBCO- Krash Menders

$50 8th Place on Lap 8- Bodie Bellinger

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$111 11th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Steve Bidwell- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$112 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard

$50 13th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 20th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson

$100 Last Car on The Lead Lap- Josh Phillips

$100 First Car One Lap Down- Josh Phillips

$50 1st Driver on The Hook- Bodie Bellinger

$200 Hard Charger Modified Feature-$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser, $100 Eric and Misty Houser

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing Team

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos

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.

MAHANEY WINS SECOND OF THE SEASON AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Two weeks ago during the Twin 22 lap events at Fonda, Mike Mahaney was involved in a wreck that demolished his Adirondack Auto #35. On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway he used the repaired race car to win his second feature of the season and the fifth of his career at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.

“A couple of weeks ago this car was demolished here at Fonda,” Mahaney said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial victory lane. “Thanks to my crew and everyone who helped get it back together”.

Other winners on Universal Warehouse/SLA Transport Night at Fonda were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Taylor LaPlante (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Wayne Russel Jr. (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) were also on hand at Fonda with Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antiques), Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Modifieds), Curtis Condon (MVVDMS Late Model), Stephen Denton (MVVDMS SPORTSMAN), and Mike Brown (MVVDMS Mystique) winning the feature events.

Saturday was also New York State Stock Car Association Night at Fonda with a first prize of $75 going to the first member of the organization to cross the finish line in each of the feature events and $50 to the second member of the organization to cross the finish line in each of the feature events.

Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen presented the awards to the drivers along with NYSSCA Vice President Jann McGaffin, and Utica Rome Speedway NYSSCA representative John Keegan and Afton Speedway NYSSCA representative Jay Johnson.

Winning the NYSSCA awards in their respective divisions were Mike Mahaney and Craig Hanson (Sunoco Modifieds), Cody Clark and Addison Bowman (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning and Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Taylor LaPlante and Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman) and Slappy White and Wayne Russell Jr. (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

Special Thanks to LM Mason Contraction for the $300 bonus to the winner of the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature along with the $100 bonus to the second and third place finishers. LM Mason Contracting is a sponsor on many of the race cars at the Fonda Speedway and we appreciate the support of both your sponsored drivers and the Fonda Speedway as well.

Special thanks also goes out 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 Mike from Broadalbin, NY who was the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2099!

Chris Moore did the invocation followed by a beautiful singing of the National Anthem by Stephanie May.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle and George Foley on the front row with Sowle taking the early lead. Mike Mahaney started the event on the outside of the second row in the fourth position but quickly moved into the second position at the completion of lap one after getting by Foley.

Ronnie Johnson and Adam McAuliffe also got by Foley for position while Mahaney closed in on Sowle for the lead. On lap five something broke on the right rear suspension of Sowle’s racecar dropping the right rear of the car and bringing out the caution flag with Mahaney taking over the lead.

The yellow was out again on the restart for McAuliffe who broke going down the backstretch with a single file restart ensuing because of two consecutive yellow flags with no laps completed.

As Mahaney continued to lead at the drop of the green flag, eighth place starter Craig Hanson was making his way to the front, going from fifth to third on the restart. Foley was one of the cars that Hanson passed but on the next lap Foley found the outside groove to his liking getting by both Hanson and Johnson for the second spot. At the halfway point in the event Mahaney was the race leader followed by Foley, Johnson, Hanson, and 11th place starter Rocky Warner.

Hanson got by Johnson on lap 19 for the third position and three laps later used a slide job pass in turn two to get by Foley for the second position. With five laps to go Hanson was closing in on Mahaney for the lead but couldn’t find a way by, trying both the inside and the outside grooves to get the job done.

At the drop of the checkered flag Mahaney went on to his second win of the season in the Adirondack Auto, George Huttig owned #35 followed by Hanson, Warner, Johnson, and Foley.

“This is way better winning two races instead of one in the same season,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “The top was the fast way around the track tonight, I had some practice last week on the outside on the slick track getting closer to the wall and tonight I had more practice doing it, but I’ve still got some room to go out further.”

“My car was good on the top but that was where the 35 (Mahaney) was running,” Hanson said in victory lane as he received the NYSSCA award for finishing second as a member of the organization. “I tried something different going to the inside but maybe I should have stayed on the outside on Mike’s rear bumper in the closing laps.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature was a lead swapping affair between four drivers with six lead changes deciding the feature winner. It all began with Brett Mortensen the early race leader from his pole position start while Brendan Gibbons started on the outside pole and kept Mortensen in his sights. On lap two, Gibbons took over the lead with a pass on the inside of turn three, but Mortensen never let Gibbons get away and took the lead back on lap four.

Addison Bowman started the event in the seventh position but quickly moved to the front, taking the second position away from Gibbons on a lap five restart. Bowman got past Mortensen for the lead on lap seven with 10th place starter Cody Clark also getting by Mortensen for the second position.

Clark made a three wide move to get by both a lap car and Bowman for the lead on lap 18 but it only lasted for one lap as Bowman took the lead back on lap 19. A lap car came into play again on lap 21 when the leader Bowman was blocked by a lap car allowing Clark to get by for the lead and the win, his first win of the 2021 season and the 10th of his career at Fonda in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM.

Bowman finished second followed by 12th place starter Chad Edwards, sixth place starter Tim Dwyer, and 15th place starter Mark Mortensen with Gibbons and Brett Mortensen sixth and seventh, respectively.

“The last few weeks I finished second but just couldn’t get the job done,” Clark said in victory lane. “Tonight, I was able to get the win, and this is definitely a confidence booster for me.”

Event number three in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win for the Algonkin Pro Stocks was another lead changing event with three lead changes among four different drivers starting with Shane Playford who led from his pole position start at the drop of the green flag.

Playford held the top spot until lap four when Jim Normoyle took over the race lead while outside pole position starter Kyle Hoard was close behind Playford in third. Hoard made a move from third to first on lap six to take over the lead in the event while 10th place starter Luke Horning and 12th place starter Nick Stone made their way to the front.

Horning took the lead away from Hoard on lap eight with a move on the inside of turn two with Stone also getting by Hoard four laps later for the second spot. The race stayed green the rest of the way and Horning was never seriously challenged as he went on to his second win of the season and the 23rd of his career in the division in the West End Towing & Repair #2H.

Stone, Hoard, seventh place starter Ivan Joslin, and eighth place starter Josh Coonradt completed the top five.

“I wanted to run the top, but I was trying to give it enough time to come in before going up there,” Horning said in victory lane. “Once I got up there, I just kept it to the floor after that.”

Jonathan Feagles led the first two laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature while third place starter Taylor LaPlante was in the second position by lap two. One lap later LaPlante took the lead away from Feagles and led the remaining laps for his second win of the 2021 season and the second of his career at Fonda in the gCrete 3D Printers & Printing #33.

Seventh place starter Clayton DuMond, eighth place starter Stephen Gray, sixth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell, and fourth place starter Kyle Dingman completed the top five.

Slappy White led the final 10 laps in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature to take the overall win in the DOHC category. Ken Hollenback was the SOHC winner but was disqualified in post-race inspection handing the SOHC win to Wayne Russell Jr. For White it was his fifth win of the 2021 season and fifth of his career at Fonda while for Russell Jr. it was his second win of the 2021 season and the third of his career at Fonda.

Next week at Fonda will be Dirt Track Digest (DTD) Night with all divisions in action along with the Bill Ag Memorial One on One Match Races for the top five in Sunoco Modified points. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

6/12/2021 UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $2,400 to win – MIKE MAHANEY, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Ancel Collins, Kailee Dimorier, Jessica Friesen, Derrick McGrew Jr., JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 5th career win at Fonda for Mahaney

Lap leaders – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Warner, Mahaney, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,300 to win thanks to a $300 bonus from LM Mason Contracting – CODY CLARK, Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Chad Edwards ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Tim Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Ricky Quick, Michael McCallion, Brian Borst, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Tanner Warner, Mike Ketchum, Jason Greco, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Griffen Mansmith, Chip Constantino, Tim Hartman Jr., Bill August, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara

1st win of 2021 and 10th career win at Fonda for Clark.

Lap leaders – 1 Brett Mortensen, 2-3 Gibbons, 4-6 Brett Mortensen, 7-17 Bowman, 18 Clark, 19-20 Bowman, 21-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Hartman Jr., Brett Mortensen, Bowman, McCallion

Consi winner – Borst

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Ray Zemken

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Farone 13 positions from 27th to 14th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series event #3 – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kyle Hoard, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Andy Graves, Devon Camenga, AJ Walters, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Jason Morrison, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Dan Krajewski, Cliff Haslun, Mike Kalkbrenner, Jim Normoyle, Terry Graves, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 23rd career win at Fonda for Horning

Lap leaders – 1-3 Playford, 4-5 Normoyle, 6-7 Kyle Hoard, 8-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Playford, Horning, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – TAYLOR LAPLANTE, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bill Port, Lance Hill, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, Shawn Gibbons DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win at Fonda for LaPlante

Lap leaders – 1-2 Feagles, 3-15 LaPlante

Heat race winners – LaPlante, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-Laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC winner), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC winner), David Peek-Britten, Shawny Hazel, Jim Daniels DNS, Ken Hollenback DQ

2nd win of 2021 and 3rd career win for Russell Jr. at Fonda

5th win of 2021 and 5th career win for White at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 White

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Stew Pidasso, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardm, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Tex Gordon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kuleszo, Jack Miller, Darral Hulbert, Gus Kamburelis, Stanley Wetmore

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Mark Anatriello, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – STEPHEN DENTON, Bryon Seyfried, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – MIKE BROWN, Karl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Phil Clauson

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 6/12/2021

UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $2,400 to win – MIKE MAHANEY, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Ancel Collins, Kailee Dimorier, Jessica Friesen, Derrick McGrew Jr., JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 5th career win at Fonda for Mahaney

Lap leaders – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Warner, Mahaney, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,300 to win thanks to a $300 bonus from LM Mason Contracting – CODY CLARK, Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Chad Edwards ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Tim Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Ricky Quick, Michael McCallion, Brian Borst, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Tanner Warner, Mike Ketchum, Jason Greco, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Griffen Mansmith, Chip Constantino, Tim Hartman Jr., Bill August, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara

1st win of 2021 and 10th career win at Fonda for Clark.

Lap leaders – 1 Brett Mortensen, 2-3 Gibbons, 4-6 Brett Mortensen, 7-17 Bowman, 18 Clark, 19-20 Bowman, 21-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Hartman Jr., Brett Mortensen, Bowman, McCallion

Consi winner – Borst

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Ray Zemken

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series event #3 – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kyle Hoard, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Andy Graves, Devon Camenga, AJ Walters, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Jason Morrison, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Dan Krajewski, Cliff Haslun, Mike Kalkbrenner, Jim Normoyle, Terry Graves, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 23rd career win at Fonda for Horning

Lap leaders – 1-3 Playford, 4-5 Normoyle, 6-7 Kyle Hoard, 8-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Playford, Horning, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – TAYLOR LAPLANTE, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bill Port, Lance Hill, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, Shawn Gibbons DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win at Fonda for LaPlante

Lap leaders – 1-2 Feagles, 3-15 LaPlante

Heat race winners – LaPlante, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-Laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC winner), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC winner), David Peek-Britten, Shawny Hazel, Jim Daniels DNS, Ken Hollenback DQ

2nd win of 2021 and 3rd career win for Russell Jr. at Fonda

5th win of 2021 and 5th career win for White at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 White

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Stew Pidasso, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardm, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Tex Gordon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kuleszo, Jack Miller, Darral Hulbert, Gus Kamburelis, Stanley Wetmore

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Mark Anatriello, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – STEPHEN DENTON, Bryon Seyfried, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – MIKE BROWN, Karl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Phil Clauson

UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT PRESENTS RACING AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 12 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, another competitive week of racing will be presented by Universal Warehouse/SLA Transport. All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

The $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock event will be race #3 of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series events with the first two races in the series being won by Nick Stone and Luke Horning.

LM Mason Contractors of Gloversville, N.Y., is boosting the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman payout for the Saturday, June 12 event at Fonda Speedway. The winner will receive a $300 bonus while the second and third place finishers will each receive a $100 bonus.

The drive-in section on the infield will also be open on Saturday June 12. Reservations for the drive-in section on the infield will be accepted in the order they are received. Follow the link https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScerD7698B789…/viewform in order to reserve your spot. $60/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS). Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 10th at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Gates will open on Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. followed by hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will also present monetary awards totaling $700 in cash to drivers who are members of the organization. In each of the feature events, except the four cylinders, the top finishing NYSSCA member across the finish line will receive $75, and the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50. For the four-cylinder drivers, the top dual cam NYSSCA member, and the top single cam NYSSCA member will each receive $75. There will also be a drawing for a $50 wild card for all NYSSCA members not already receiving cash.

To be eligible for the NYSSCA awards you need to be a member of the NYSSCA organization but if you are not you may sign up with Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen at the 1B & 1M trailers in the pit area where she will be until hot laps begin. Anyone is eligible to become a NYSSCA member for $25, which helps support the organization’s efforts. In addition to our “NYSSCA Night” at all our member tracks, we also offer a benefit fund to injured members. Any member who is out of work due to an injury sustained at a sanctioned racing event receives $125/week for up to 26 weeks once proper documentation has been received by the organization.

The competition has been hot and heavy at Fonda so far in 2021 with four different winners in nine events in the Sunoco Modified division led by Stewart Friesen with six wins; Rocky Warner, Jack Lehner, and Mike Mahaney all with one win apiece. For Lehner it was his first career win at the “Track of Champions”.

There have been eight events held in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with six different winning drivers led by defending track champion Chad Edwards with three victories followed by Brian Borst, Jason Greco, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, and Mark Mortensen who all have one win apiece. For Greco, Reome, and O’Connor it was their first career wins at Fonda.

There have also been six different winners in a total of eight events in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division led by defending track champion Nick Stone with three wins. Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, and Kenny Gates all with one victory apiece. The wins for both Ballard and Camenga were the first of their career at Fonda.

In the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Jeremy Tyrrell and Clayton DuMond both have two victories apiece while Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, and Taylor LaPlante all have one win apiece for a total of six different winning drivers in eight events. For Tyrrell, Gibbons, Dingman, LaPlante, and DuMond it was their first career victories at Fonda.

The Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC division has run eight events with three different drivers winning those races led by defending track champion Ken Hollenback with six feature wins while Wayne Russell Jr. and Shawn Hemstreet both have one victory apiece.

In the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder DOHC division there have been three different drivers winning a total of eight events led by Slappy White with four wins followed by Tyler White with three victories, and Kerrie Hollenback with one win. For both Slappy and Tyler White it was their first career wins at Fonda.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series appeared at Fonda four times so far in the 2021 season with wins going to Frank Blanchard and Bryan Scofield (MVVDMS Antique), Jon Kuleszo and Sthen Denton (MVVDMS Sportsman), Darral Hulbert and John Flach (MVVDMS Modified), and Curtis Condon winning both MVVDMS Late Model events.

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.

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