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“UNDERDOG 33” EVENT AT FONDA WON BY BRETT HAAS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Day one of the 2021 Fonda 200 weekend presented by Southside Beverage saw one race run along with three sets of warm-ups for all divisions. When the checkered flag fell it was Pittsfield Massachusetts driver Brett Haas winning not only his first career victory at the Fonda Speedway but also his first win of the entire 2021 racing season in the Mac Tools #55.

A regular competitor at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, Haas finished third in the season long point standings without the benefit of a race win. The “Underdog 33” at Fonda was held with that in mind as it was for competitors from any racetrack who didn’t have a victory during the 2021 racing season.

“I’ve had some awful luck here,” Haas said in victory lane. “But tonight, I had a good draw, and I knew that I had a good car, so I was finally able to get the monkey off my back here at Fonda.”

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said a prayer to begin opening ceremonies followed by the National Anthem which was performed by Mimi Lazzaro who sang the Anthem up in the announcer’s tower which was a moving experience being there while she sang such a powerful song.

Tucker O’Connor and Haas started the 33-lap feature event on the front row with Haas leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Before any laps were completed, the yellow flag was out for Tucker O’Connor who came to a stop in turn two while running second. O’Connor was able to restart at the rear of the field.

Three more restarts were needed to get the race going again, one of them after Josh Hohenforst jumped the start while the other two involved crashes with drivers Cody Clark and Mark Pullen. When the race finally did get going again after a single file restart, Haas led the way with fourth place starter Josh Hohenforst in second.

Twelfth place starter Craig Hanson moved into the third position on lap three while 21st place starter Tyler Dippel was tenth on lap 10. Hohenforst was on the leader’s rear bumper by lap 14 in lap traffic but when the caution came out two laps later for Dippel who had a flat right rear tire it opened up the track for the leaders. At that point, the top five consisted of Haas, Hohenforst, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, and JaMike Sowle.

Hohenforst jumped the next restart and was warned that if it happened again, he would be penalized. When the caution was thrown for the restart infraction by Hohenforst, it bunched up the field on the front stretch resulting in five cars getting together including Dippel who drove away with more damage to his race car. He was able to continue on again and if there was an award given for the amount of cars passed Dippel would have certainly won that award.

Haas built up a straightaway lead on lap 25 only to have the red flag come out for O’Connor who flipped in between turns three and four into the tire wall. O’Connor was not injured in the wreck. On the restart, Hohenforst jumped the start again resulting in getting set back one row into the fourth position on the next restart.

A yellow flag with one lap to go for George Foley who came to a stop in turn four gave everyone one last shot for the win, but Haas got a good restart and went on to the victory over Vigneri III, Pessolano, Sowle, and Pep Corradi.

Fonda 200 weekend 2021 presented by Southside Beverage will continue on day two on Friday with the Algonkin Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the CRSA Sprint cars in action along with heat race qualifiers for the Fonda 200. Starting time on Friday will be 6:00 p.m. for hot laps.

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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED “ULTIMATE UNDERDOG” FEATURE – 33-LAPS – BRETT HAAS, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Pep Corradi, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Addison Bowman, Tyler Dippel, Tanner Warner, Brian Gleason, Jeff Rockefeller, Steve Akers, Will Shields, George Foley, Tim Dwyer, Dylan Scribner, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Mark Mortensen, Ray Zemken, Ronnie Holmes, Chris Curtis, Mark Pullen, Cody Clark

1st career win at Fonda for Haas

LAP LEADERS – 1-33 Haas

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Curtis, Sowle, Haas, Hohenforst

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Dippel, Clark

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brett Mortensen, Tanner Forbes, Bob Schmidt, David Schilling, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Varin, Ted Star, Ancel Collins, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory Lowitt, Darwin Greene, Matt Sobiech, Bill August, Dave Constantino

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/16/2021

9/16/2021 DAY 1 OF THE 2021 FONDA 200 WEEKEND PRESENTED BY SOUTHSIDE BEVERAGE

SUNOCO MODIFIED “ULTIMATE UNDERDOG” FEATURE – 33-LAPS – BRETT HAAS, Phil Vigneri III, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Pep Corradi, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Addison Bowman, Tyler Dippel, Tanner Warner, Brian Gleason, Jeff Rockefeller, Steve Akers, Will Shields, George Foley, Tim Dwyer, Dylan Scribner, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Mark Mortensen, Ray Zemken, Ronnie Holmes, Chris Curtis, Mark Pullen, Cody Clark

1st career win at Fonda for Haas

LAP LEADERS – 1-33 Haas

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Curtis, Sowle, Haas, Hohenforst

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Dippel, Clark

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brett Mortensen, Tanner Forbes, Bob Schmidt, David Schilling, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Varin, Ted Star, Ancel Collins, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory Lowitt, Darwin Greene, Matt Sobiech, Bill August, Dave Constantino

$151,340 UP FOR GRABS FOR THE SUNOCO MODIFIEDS AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS” DURING FONDA 200 WEEKEND

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also in action on the 2021 season ending event at Fonda will be the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman (25-lap feature $2,000 to win), the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (25-lap feature $1,000 to win), Street Stocks (20-lap feature $500 to win), the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the CRSA Sprint cars.

Three days of racing are set for the 2021 edition of the Fonda 200.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no 200-lap event was held at Fonda last year with the last one being held back in 2019. Stewart Friesen started on the pole for that event, leading the first 74 laps of the race. At the lap 100 break, Friesen pitted, restarted the event in the sixth position, and by lap 107 he was the leader after getting by Matt DeLorenzo on the inside of turn two.

On a lap 178 restart, Matt Sheppard took the lead away from Friesen coming out of turn two but by the time the lap was completed Friesen was back in the lead. Friesen was having issues with lap traffic late in the event allowing Sheppard to close in for one final challenge on the final lap, but Friesen held on for the win which at that time was the 60th of his career at the “Track of Champions.”

Going in to the 2021 Fonda 200, Friesen now has a total of 78 career wins at Fonda.

“I knew at some point in the race that I would be back in the field and have to get back to the front,” Friesen said following the event in 2019. “I struggled to get by the lap cars on the outside and that allowed Matt (Sheppard) to close in on me. I made the mistake of giving him the bottom on that one restart and that was the last time that I did that.”

Twenty years ago, the event was known as the “McDonald’s 200” with Doug Hoffman winning the event back in 2001. Hoffman took the win using a borrowed engine that he dropped into his Saturday night race car, taking the lead away from Steve Paine on lap 84 and controlling the rest of the race for his third career Fonda 200 win after winning it back-to-back in 1990 and 1991.

“We borrowed a motor from Chuck Hebing, got a couple of new tires from long time sponsor Leon Conklin, and got all of my buddies from my Saturday night crew together for this race at Fonda today,” Hoffman said after the win in 2001. “When something like this happens, you know there is a God.”

Through the history of the “Track of Champions,” the Fonda 200 weekend has been known by several different names including Thunder Along the Mohawk weekend, River Rage weekend, and the McDonald’s weekend back when Brian Hanaburgh brought sponsorship from his McDonald’s franchises to the Fonda Speedway. This year will be no different however as the prestige that comes from winning the Fonda 200 at the Fonda Speedway and all the money that goes with it remains one of the events that everyone wants to win.

There have been 18 different winning drivers in the 28 total Fonda 200 events held with Brett Hearn leading the way with a total of four wins of the prestigious event. Following behind Hearn are Doug Hoffman with three wins; Richard Petty, Charlie Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Jack Johnson, and Bob McCreadie all with two wins; Junior Johnson, Steve Danish, Bill Wimble, David Pearson, Lou Lazzaro, Harry Peek, Kenny Brightbill, Mike Romano, Steve Paine, Kenny Tremont Jr., and Stewart Friesen all with one win apiece.

For Petty, Junior Johnson, and Pearson the wins were in NASCAR Grand National events while for Brightbill, Paine, and Tremont Jr. it was the one and only win of their career at Fonda.

The Sunoco Modified “Underdog 33” event, paying $2,000 to the winner for 33 laps, is open to any Modified driver without a feature win at any venue in 2021. Winners at Fonda this season with the number of wins in parenthesis will not be eligible to compete in the event including Stewart Friesen (10); Rocky Warner and Mike Mahaney (both with two); Jack Lehner, Jessica Friesen, and Ronnie Johnson (all with one win apiece).

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Fonda 200 History of Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com.  To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


Fonda 200 History of Winners

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

FRIESEN, EDWARDS, & STONE TAKE THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES TITLES

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – With the excitement building for the 29th running of the “Fonda 200” coming up next week on Thursday through Saturday September 16-18, it’s time to finish up some regular season business regarding the Thunder on the Thruway Series and some other notes from the 2021 regular season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

In previous “Fonda 200” events held since the first event back in 1955, there have been 18 different winners of the event, the last one being Stewart Friesen in 2019. No event was held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but will the 2021 running of the event see the 19th different winner taking home the $53,000 paycheck?

For a complete list of events to be held on the “Fonda 200” weekend presented by Southside Beverage in Amsterdam, NY you can go to the Fonda Speedway website @ www.thefondaspeedway.com and click on the “Fonda 200” link at the top of the homepage.

Last Monday the final race in the Thunder on the Thruway Series between the Fonda & Utica Rome Speedways was held at Utica Rome with a huge crowd on hand to see Stewart Friesen win the $12,000 New Yorker event along with the point championship in the Thunder on the Thruway Modified Series which was worth $4,000.

A total of five events were held in the Thunder on the Thruway Series in the Modified, Crate 602 Sportsman, and Pro Stock divisions, three of them at Utica Rome and just two at Fonda after a rainout on Saturday, July 3.

Friesen won all five Modified events to seal the deal as the Modified Series Champion while Chad Edwards won $1,500 as the Crate 602 Sportsman Series Champion and Nick Stone was the winner of $1,000 as the Pro Stock Series Champion. Edwards was consistent enough to win the championship without the benefit of a win while Stone was the winner of three of the five Pro Stock Series events.

Following Friesen in the top five in Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified points were Matt Sheppard, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, and Josh Hohenforst while Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Payton Talbot, and Mark Mortensen followed behind Edwards in the top five in Crate 602 Sportsman points. Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, and Ivan Joslin trailed Stone in the Pro Stock Series points.

FIRST TIME WINNERS

The 2021 regular season at Fonda saw a total of 16 first time feature winners in the five regular weekly divisions including Jack Lehner and Jessica Friesen in the Sunoco Modifieds; Jason Greco, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, Tanner Warner, and Payton Talbot in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division; Beau Ballard and Devon Camenga in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division; Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Kyle Dingman, Taylor LaPlante, and Clayton DuMond in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division; Tyler White, and Slappy White in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

HEAT & CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS

Looking back on the 2021 regular season at Fonda, Rocky Warner led the way in heat race wins with a total of six in the Sunoco Modified division while Tim Hartman Jr. led the way with a total of eight heat or consolation event wins (five heat race wins and three consolation events wins) in the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division.

Nick Stone led the way in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division regarding heat race wins with a total of six while Taylor LaPlante was the leader in heat race victories in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman division also with six.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com.  To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.


Fonda 200 History of Winners

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

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

FONDA, NY – 53,000 reasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com.  To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

 

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

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

8 a.m. – Camper Staging Begins

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

4 p.m. – Gates Open

6:15 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting

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

National Anthem – Opening Ceremonies

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

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

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

TRACK PREP/BRIEF BREAK

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

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

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

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

4 p.m. – Gates Open

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

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

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

Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Feature (15 laps)

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

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature (25 laps)

BRIEF BREAK – TRACK PREP IF NECESSARY

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

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

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

 

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

2 p.m. – Gates Open

4 p.m. – Mandatory STSS Drivers’ Meeting

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

6 p.m. – Racing

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Heats (8 laps)

Sunoco Modified B-Mains (15 laps)

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Consolations (8 laps)

BRIEF BREAK/TRACK PREP

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Feature (25 laps)

TRACK PREP FOR FONDA 200

FONDA 200 DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS

CANADIAN & AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS

DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES

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

FRIESEN WINS AGAIN AT FONDA – WARNER AND JOHNSON FIRST EVER CO-CHAMPIONS IN THE MODIFIED DIVISION

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The drama of Championship Night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway means a lot of pressure for those who are in the running for a point championship at a historic track where it means so much to be a champion. Every position means so much and one point could be the difference between a championship and a second-place finish in the championship standings.

With four drivers within a 13-point spread at Fonda on Saturday in the Sunoco Modified division, pressure was at its max with Stewart Friesen taking yet another win in dominating fashion. But on this night Friesen wasn’t the show, it was the battle in the top five for positions that meant the difference in the championship point standings.

Rocky Warner started the evening four points ahead of Ronnie Johnson in the Sunoco Modified Championship standings, and during the last half of the 30-lap feature event they battled back and forth among each other along with Craig Hanson who was running a great race of his own. When the checkered flag fell Warner and Johnson were Sunoco Modified co-champions for the first time in the tracks 70-year history in the division!

Other winners besides Stewart Friesen on Benjamin Moore Championship/Fan Appreciation Night/Harry Peek Tribute Night were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel 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.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series was also in action with Randy Delaney (Modified), Curtis Condon (Late Model), Bron Seyfried (Sportsman), George Palmer (Mystique), and Bryon Scofield (Antique) winning the feature events.

Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Series Champions that were crowned on Saturday were Frank Blanchard (Antique), Randy Delaney (Modified), co-champions Carl Cram and Dan Karl (Mystique), Stephen Denton (Sportsman), and Curtis Condon (Late Model).

Northeast Country Music Association Nominee Jenna Sue performed the National Anthem during pre-race ceremonies and the Fonda Speedway Kids Club gave away forty-five backpacks to kids as they get ready for school to start in just a few short weeks. The 50/50 was won by Ben from Fultonville, NY and was worth $6,134! Fantastic job by all of the 50/50 girls!

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 into the grandstand and bleacher areas. Mr. Cipperly and his company have sponsored giveaways to the fans the entire 2021 season!

A total of 142 race cars filled the pit area and a capacity crowd enjoyed every minute of the exciting racing action on Championship Night/Fan Appreciation/Harry Peek Tribute Night!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified/Harry Peek Tribute feature began with Ancel Collins and JaMike Sowle on the front row with Sowle taking the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Collins’ night ended early on lap two when something broke on his car and he limped to the pit area. Fourth and fifth place starters Bobby Varin and Craig Hanson were the new second and third place cars after Collins’ misfortune with Stewart Friesen already in fourth after starting 11th.

Sowle held a straightaway advantage on lap three with the caution coming out at that point closing up the field. Sowle chose the outside for the restart and held the lead at the drop of the green with Friesen the new second place car. Friesen took over the lead on the inside of turns one and two and from that point on pulled away to his 10th win of the season and the 78th of his career in the division despite one more caution flag and lap traffic.

At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Friesen, fifth place starter Hanson, Sowle, eighth place starter Warner, and 10th place starter Johnson. Just after the halfway flags were shown, the yellow flag was out for Varin who got into the wall and suffered a flat right rear tire after contact with Warner coming out of turn four. Varin was able to pit for a new tire and restart on the lead lap in front of the lap cars.

The race for the championship came into play over the last half of the race with Warner, Johnson, and Hanson swapping positions lap after lap until the checkered flag. Johnson got by Warner for the third position on lap 17 but still needed to get by the second-place car of Hanson for a shot at the title which at that time would have been a title of his own but the excitement was far from over.

Johnson was able to get by Hanson for the second position on lap 23 in turns one and two with Warner now under pressure to get by Hanson for a shot at a tie for the championship with Johnson. Warner was able to do just that with two laps to go and that was the way the race would finish with Friesen taking the win followed by Johnson, Warner, Hanson, and ninth place starter Jessica Friesen.

“This is the best car that we have had here at Fonda all year,” Friesen said in victory lane. “When Ronnie won a couple of weeks ago, we knew we had to make some changes to the car, and we did that so now we are in good shape for the Fonda 200. Thanks to Halmar, my entire race team, and the Fonda Speedway fans for a great season here at Fonda.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with Michael McCallion the early leader after starting in the number one position with Jason Reome in tow. When McCallion spun coming out of turn two after making contact with the inside wall in the turn, fifth place starter Tony Farone took over the lead on the restart with eighth place starter Payton Talbot the new second place car on lap five. On the next lap, Talbot was the new race leader after getting by Farone on the outside at the finish line as lap six was completed.

Tenth place starter Tim Hartman Jr. was in the third position at that point and took the second position away from Farone on lap eight. Hartman was challenging the leader on lap 10 when the caution came out for Brian Borst who stopped in turn four with a collapsed front end. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Talbot, Hartman, 11th place starter Cody Clark, 12th place starter Brian Calabrese, and 18th place starter Tanner Warner.

The yellow flag was out on lap 16 for Addison Bowman who was stopped in the middle of the front stretch after contact with either another car or the wall or both with Kurtis Hohensheldt making contact with the stopped car making the damage even worse on the Bowman car. Fortunately, Bowman walked away after the wreck but favoring his knee after an accident earlier this season.

The yellow flag slowed the field again on the restart when Mark Mortensen suffered a flat right front tire after contact by Aaron Burton in turn three. Mortensen was in the ninth position at the time after starting 28th but was able to pit for a new tire and restart at the rear of the field. Despite lap traffic during the closing laps, Talbot was able to keep Hartman behind him and went on to his first career win in the division at Fonda over Hartman, Clark, Calabrese, and Warner.

“I just tried to get to the top and hang on,” Talbot told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial victory lane. “This is my first year here and we have been learning week after week.”

Chad Edwards was declared the 2021 Fonda Speedway Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion.

Ivan Joslin took the early lead in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature and held that position up until lap five when Jason Morrison took over the lead after a side by side with Joslin for a couple of laps. On lap seven 11th place starter Luke Horning was the new third place car on lap seven with 12th place starter Nick Stone in the fourth spot.

At the halfway point Morrison continued to lead followed by Stone, Joslin, Horning, and 10th place starter Kenny Gates completing the top five. The yellow flag was out on lap 11 for Cliff Haslun who was in the wall in between turns one and two after blowing the right front tire with Joslin sliding in and making contact with Haslun as he had nowhere to go. Both drivers were okay after the wreck.

Nick Stone was the new race leader on the restart with Horning following behind in second, but the focus of the race was now on Beau Ballard who started the event in the 20th position but was running in the top five with five laps to go. Ballard gained one more position on lap 18 after getting by Gates but Stone went on to his sixth win of the 2021 season and the 59th of his career in the division over Horning, Morrison, Ballard, and Gates.

“I had to maneuver on the track a little bit tonight, but car owner Todd Hoffman, his crew, and my crew gave me a great car all season allowing me to do it.”

Nick Stone was declared the 2021 Fonda Speedway Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion.

Lance Hill led lap one of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until Kyle Dingman took over the point on lap two after starting third. Stephen Gray moved up from his eighth starting position to take over the lead on lap seven and from that point on led the remaining laps for his third win of 2021 and the fourth of his career in the division at Fonda.

Eleventh place starter Jeremy Slosek used the outside line to challenge Gray for the win over the final two laps but had to settle for a close second place finish (only 0.138 sec. behind Gray at the checkered flag) with Dingman, seventh place starter Clayton DuMond, and fifth place starter Carter Gibbons completing the top five.

Carter Gibbons was declared the 2021 Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Track Champion.

John Napoli led the first two laps of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature with Kerrie Hollenback taking over the lead on lap three. Hollenback led the remaining laps for his fourth win of the season in the DOHC class with his brother Ken Hollenback finishing third and being declared the SOHC winner. Slappy White finished second with Billy Hillman and Shawn Hemstreet completing the top five around the Hollenback brothers.

Ken Hollenback was declared the 2021 Fonda Speedway Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champion in the SOHC class while Slappy White was declared the 2021 Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champion in the DOHC class.

The “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will now take their annual break for the Fonda Fair with the next race on the schedule being the $53,000 to win Fonda 200 weekend on September 16-18.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Here is what the 2021 Fonda Speedway Track Champions had to say during their 2021 championship celebrations:

ROCKY WARNER – Co-Sunoco Modified Track Champion – “My stomach was in knots all week long,” Warner said. “I wasn’t that good tonight, and I really don’t know why. RJ (Ronnie Johnson) is the peoples champion, and it is great to share this championship with him. Now I may have to go back down to the Pro Stock division to try and get my second championship in that division. Jake (Spraker) is retiring this year and it has been a great seven years with him.”

RONNIE JOHNSON – Co-Sunoco Modified Track Champion – “We got this new car a few weeks ago,” Johnson said. “We ran with a big block all season long until we got this small block, and I don’t know but running the big block may have really helped us. Nothing will ever duplicate my first title here at Fonda in 2011 but I’m glad that we decided to make Fonda home this year because Fonda is home to us. I am happy to have raced for Jake (Spraker) years ago and to be a part of history here at Fonda in the first ever tie for a Modified Championship with Rocky who races for Jake now. Many of the members of my fathers 12A crew are still with me today and many of them were part of my father’s crew before I was even born. I really feel that I have the best team in dirt track modified racing right now.”

CHAD EDWARDS – 2021 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion – “This is two in a row for us,” Edwards said. “It’s great, we started out the season with three wins and stayed consistent the rest of the season and that is what it takes. I’m really happy to give John (car owner John Kollar) his second track championship.”

JOHN KOLLAR – “This is the 54th year that the 10% has been here at the Fonda Speedway,” Kollar said. “We have a new car for next year so we will be back for my 55th year to try to do it again.”

NICK STONE – Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion – “Two in a row, this is great, I love Fonda Speedway,” Stone said. “I have been racing here since 1998, have a lot of laps here, and because of that I have figured out a lot of different track conditions. This is one of if not my favorite track, I have a great team behind me and I need to thank them for all of this.”

CARTER GIBBONS – 2021 Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Track Champion – “We never set the world on fire this year, but we stayed consistent,” Gibbons said. “I raced motocross in 2013 and looking forward to next year moving up to the regular sportsman division and trying to keep up with my brother.”

KEN HOLLENBACK – 2021 SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champion – “It has been a pretty good year after totaling my car the second week of the season,” Hollenback said.

SLAPPY WHITE – 2021 DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champion – “This has been an amazing year,” White said. “It has been great racing with all of these guys.”

BENJAMIN MOORE CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT/FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE – $2,700 TO WIN – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, JaMike Sowle, Tyler Dippel, Josh Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Dave Constantino, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Brian Pessolano, Derrick McGrew Jr., Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Rich Christman, Ronnie Holmes, Tim Dwyer, Jim Introne Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Alissa Cody, Ted Starr, Anthony Cardamone, Ancel Collins, Ray Zemken

10th win of 2021 and 78th of his career in the division for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $270 BONUS TO EACH WINNER – Mahaney, Hanson, Friesen

2021 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPIONS – ROCKY WARNER & RONNIE JOHNSON a tie for the first time in Fonda Speedway history in the Modified division

Third career track championship in the division for Johnson (2011, 2016, 2021)

Second career championship in the division for Warner (2019, 2021)

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Jason Reome, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Tim Dwyer, Michael McCallion, David Manchester, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Dylan Eldred, Bill Port, Nikki Ouellette, Isabella VanOrden, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Addison Bowman, Brian Borst, Kathy Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

First career win in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 McCallion, 3-5 Farone, 6-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Talbot, Burton

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Tanner Warner 13 spots from 18th to 5th

2021 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS third career track championship in the division (2018, 2020, 2021)

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Frank Hoard Jr., Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, AJ Walters, Ivan Joslin, Chuck McSpirit, Randy Cosselman, John Holmes, Dennis Joslin, Dan Krajewski, Don Collins, Steve Cosselman, Mike Baker, Mike Kalkbrenner, Cliff Haslun, Chris Daughtry

Sixth win of 2021 and the 59th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Joslin, 5-9 Morrison, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Normoyle, Morrison, Gates

2021 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK TRACK CHAMPION – NICK STONE third career track championship in the division (2014, 2020, 2021)

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

Third win of 2021 and the fourth of his career in the division for Gray

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hill, 2-6 Dingman, 7-15 Gray

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hill, LaPlante

2021 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. TRACK CHAMPION – CARTER GIBBONS

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Billy Hillman, Shawn Hemstreet, Rob Lanfear, Cole Lawton, Zack McSpirit, Chris Duffney Jr., John Mason, Jean Foster, Josh Gordon, TJ Marlitt, David Peek Britten, Daniel Joubert, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Riley Pedrick, Car #83D, Ariana Schultz

12th win of 2021 and the 67th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

Fourth win of 2021 and the 21st win of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

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

2021 FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER TRACK CHAMPION (SOHC) – KEN HOLLENBACK eighth career track championship in the division for Hollenback (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)

2021 FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER TRACK CHAMPION (DOHC) – SLAPPY WHITE first career track championship in the division

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kulezco, Darral Hulbert, Phil Beaver, Stanley Wetmore, Fred Workman, Mark Anatriello, Frankie Brown, John Flach, Jack Miller

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

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – Bryon Seyfried, Stephen Denton, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Jon Trudeau

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – GEORGE PALMER, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, George Berberick, Mike Brown

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – BRYON SCOFIELD, Speedy Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Jeff Mitchell, Scott Gauthier, Harley Shepard, Mark Reardon, Mike Wheeler, Chuck Scofield, Jimmy Fugel, Phil Mitchell, Tex Gordon, Charlie Scofield, Don Briggs, Frank Blanchard

HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT LAP SONSORS AND BONUSES PAID OUT FOR THE MODIFIED FEATURE

Lap Leaders                                                     Heat Winners

Lap/Place        Driver                                      1st       35 – Mike Mahaney

1 – 9th             Rocky Warner                         2nd      20C – Craig Hanson

2 – 2nd             Ancel Collins                           3rd      44 – Stewart Friesen

3 – 3rd            Craig Hanson

4 – 4th            Bobby Varin

5 – 5th             Ronnie Johnson                      Hard Charger (w/ # of Positions)

6 – Leader        Stewart Friesen                      Stewart Friesen +10 – 11th to 1st

7 – 7th             Rocky Warner

8 – 3rd            Craig Hanson

9 – 9th             Josh Hohenforst                     1st Car on Wrecker

10 – 10th         Tyler Dippel                            No one got the hook.

11 – 11th         Adam McAuliffe

12 – 12th         Adam McAuliffe

13 – 13th         Pep Corradi                             Pole Sitter

14 – 10th         Tyler Dippel                            Ancel Collins

15 – 15th         Steve Akers

16 – 10th         Tyler Dippel

17 – Leader      Stewart Friesen                      4th Place Finisher

18 – 12th         Bobby Varin                            Craig Hanson

19 – 4th           Rocky Warner

20 – 3rd           Ronnie Johnson

21 – 21st          Rich Christman

22 – 22nd        Tim Dwyer

23 – 4th           Rocky Warner

24 – Leader      Stewart Friesen

25 – 5th           Mike Mahaney

26 – Leader      Stewart Friesen

27th – Last Running Car          Aaron Jacobs

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 8/14/2021 BENJAMIN MOORE NIGHT/FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT/HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE – $2,700 TO WIN – 27-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, JaMike Sowle, Tyler Dippel, Josh Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Dave Constantino, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Brian Pessolano, Derrick McGrew Jr., Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Rich Christman, Ronnie Holmes, Tim Dwyer, Jim Introne Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Alissa Cody, Ted Starr, Anthony Cardamone, Ancel Collins, Ray Zemken

10th win of 2021 and 78th of his career in the division for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $270 BONUS TO EACH WINNER – Mahaney, Hanson, Friesen

2021 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPIONS – ROCKY WARNER & RONNIE JOHNSON a tie for the first time in Fonda Speedway history in the Modified division

Third career track championship in the division for Johnson (2011, 2016, 2021)

Second career championship in the division for Warner (2019, 2021)

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Jason Reome, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Tim Dwyer, Michael McCallion, David Manchester, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Dylan Eldred, Bill Port, Nikki Ouellette, Isabella VanOrden, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Addison Bowman, Brian Borst, Kathy Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

First career win in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 McCallion, 3-5 Farone, 6-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Talbot, Burton

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Tanner Warner 13 spots from 18th to 5th

2021 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS third career track championship in the division (2018, 2020, 2021)

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Frank Hoard Jr., Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, AJ Walters, Ivan Joslin, Chuck McSpirit, Randy Cosselman, John Holmes, Dennis Joslin, Dan Krajewski, Don Collins, Steve Cosselman, Mike Baker, Mike Kalkbrenner, Cliff Haslun, Chris Daughtry

Sixth win of 2021 and the 59th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Joslin, 5-9 Morrison, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Normoyle, Morrison, Gates

2021 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK TRACK CHAMPION – NICK STONE third career track championship in the division (2014, 2020, 2021)

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

Third win of 2021 and the fourth of his career in the division for Gray

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hill, 2-6 Dingman, 7-15 Gray

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hill, LaPlante

2021 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. TRACK CHAMPION – CARTER GIBBONS

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Billy Hillman, Shawn Hemstreet, Rob Lanfear, Car #73, Zack McSpirit, Chris Duffney Jr., John Mason, Jean Foster, Josh Gordon, TJ Marlitt, David Peek Britten, Daniel Joubert, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Riley Pedrick, Cole Lawton, Ariana Schultz

12th win of 2021 and the 67th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

Fourth win of 2021 and the 21st win of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

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

2021 FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER TRACK CHAMPION (SOHC) – KEN HOLLENBACK eighth career track championship in the division for Hollenback (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)

2021 FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER TRACK CHAMPION (DOHC) – SLAPPY WHITE first career track championship in the division

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kulezco, Darral Hulbert, Phil Beaver, Stanley Wetmore, Fred Workman, Mark Anatriello, Frankie Brown, John Flach, Jack Miller

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

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – Bryon Seyfried, Stephen Denton, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Jon Trudeau

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – GEORGE PALMER, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, George Berberick, Mike Brown

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – BRYON SCOFIELD, Speedy Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Jeff Mitchell, Scott Gauthier, Harley Shepard, Mark Reardon, Mike Wheeler, Chuck Scofield, Jimmy Fugel, Phil Mitchell, Tex Gordon, Charlie Scofield, Don Briggs, Frank Blanchard

HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT LAP SONSORS AND BONUSES PAID OUT FOR THE MODIFIED FEATURE

Lap Leaders                                Heat Winners
Lap/Place Driver                          1st 35 – Mike Mahaney
1 – 9th 97 – Rocky Warner            2nd 20C – Craig Hanson
2 – 2nd 22 – Ancel Collins             3rd 44 – Stewart Friesen
3 – 3rd 20C – Craig Hanson
4 – 4th 18V – Bobby Varin
5 – 5th 2RJ – Ronnie Johnson        Hard Charger (w/ # of Positions)
6 – Leader 44 – Stewart Friesen    44 – Stewart Friesen +10… 11th to 1st
7 – 7th 97 – Rocky Warner
8 – 3rd 20C – Craig Hanson
9 – 9th 6H -Josh Hohenforst         1st Car on Wrecker
10 – 10th 1 – Tyler Dippel             No one got the hook.
11 – 11th 234 – Adam McAuliffe
12 – 12th 234 – Adam McAuliffe
13 – 13th 21P – Pep Corradi          Pole Sitter
14 – 10th 1 – Tyler Dippel 22 –      Ancel Collins
15 – 15th 27A – Steve Akers
16 – 10th 1 – Tyler Dippel
17 – Leader 44 – Stewart Friesen  4th Place Finisher
18 – 12th 18V – Bobby Varin         20C – Craig Hanson
19 – 4th 97 – Rocky Warner
20 – 3rd 2RJ – Ronnie Johnson
21 – 21st 33R – Rich Christman
22 – 22nd 76D – Tim Dwyer
23 – 4th 97 – Rocky Warner
24 – Leader 44 – Stewart Friesen
25 – 5th 35 – Mike Mahaney
26 – Leader 44 – Stewart Friesen
27th – Last Running Car 16 – Aaron Jacobs

 

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
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