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F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES PRESENTS THE 2022 THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES OPENER AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 28 the opening event of the 2022 F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. The series will be for the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks with the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders also on the racing card.

Gates will open this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The 2022 F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series will consist of three races at the Fonda Speedway on 5/28, 7/2, & 7/16 and three events at the “Home of Heroes” Utica Rome Speedway on 6/3, 7/1, & 8/20.

A total of five events were held in the 2021 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.

Winners in the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series included Stewart Friesen who won all five Modified events in the series, three of them at Utica Rome and two at Fonda. Matt Janczuk (three wins at Utica Rome), Jason Greco (one win at Fonda), and Cody Clark (one win at Fonda) were the Crate 602 Sportsman Series winners while Nick Stone (a total of three wins, two at Fonda and one at Utica Rome), Kenny Gates (one win at Utica Rome which was also the first of his career at the track), and Beau Ballard (one win at Utica Rome) were the Pro Stock Series event winners.

Friesen was crowned as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified Champion while Chad Edwards won $1,000 as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Crate 602 Sportsman Champion with consistency bringing him the title without the benefit of a win in the series and Nick Stone was the winner of $1,000 as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Pro Stock Champion.

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.

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES PAST HISTORY

The Thunder on the Thruway Series has some history of its own with the series getting it’s start as the Go Green NMX Series in 2008 with all events being held at Fonda followed in 2009 when it was known as the Dual Track Thunder Series with events at both Fonda and Utica Rome. In 2010 the name of the series changed to the Thunder on the Thruway Series with events at both Fonda and Utica Rome and the name has stayed the same to this day. The series expanded to three tracks in 2011 with I-88 (Afton) becoming a participating track in the series along with Fonda and Utica Rome.

Past champions in the Modified Series include Brett Hearn (2008), Bobby Varin (2009), and Stewart Friesen (2010, 2011, 2021). David Towns (2009) and Bill Trexler Jr. (2010) were past champions in the Open Sportsman Series while Chad Edwards (2021) was the champion in the Crate 602 Sportsman Series last year. Rocky Warner is a two-time champion in the Pro Stock Series (2010, 2011) while Nick Stone (2021) was the champion in the class last year.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com and can be reached by phone at 315.953.4097.  Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UR_Speedway.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙎𝘼𝙏𝙐𝙍𝘿𝘼𝙔, May 28.

F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series Opener

Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modifieds – $4,000 to win (draw/redraw)

Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – $1,500 to win (draw/redraw)

Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – $1,000 to win (draw/redraw)

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman – Bonus Money from Online Performance Parts/Stone Motorsports ($100 for winner, $75 for second, $50 for third)

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $15 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $13 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $75 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-28th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

VARIN WINS BACK-TO-BACK AT FONDA ONCE IN A SPRINT CAR ONCE IN A MODIFIED

By Jim Ellis for the Fonda Speedway

Fonda, NY – Last Saturday, after a last-to-first run, Danny Varin parked his 360 ESS sprint car in Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway.

Varin kept his momentum going by leading every lap of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature to collect his first modified feature win at the Track of Champions since August 2019.

“We had to blow up ever motor we had in the shop to get here but this is old reliable from the Fonda 200 last year,” Varin said in Victory Lane. “We put it back in and, I’ll tell you, the thing ran poorly in the heat race, spitting and sputtering. Ed Munger changed the carburetor and got us dialed in. I am speechless to be here. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t think we would make it back.”

Other winners on CDL Associates Insurance Agency night at Fonda were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Harold Robitaille (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

In the added Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) features, Jimmy Fugel won the Antique division, Carl Cram won the Mystique feature, Joe Rando the Sportsman feature, John Roese the Late Model feature and John Flach the Modified division.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held their Safety Awards Night for the MVVDMS as well with the following drivers winning those awards: Jimmy Fugel and Speedy Niedeheimer (Vintage Antique), Carl Cram and Harry Baldwin (Vintage Mystique), John Roese and Will Reed (Vintage Late Model), Joe Rando and Bryon Seyfried (Vintage Sportsman), and John Flach and Jack Miller (Vintage Modified) with the Wild Card Award going to George Berberich.

Congratulations to John from Gloversville who won the 50/50 worth $2,169! Excellent job as always by Julie, Rose, and Heather selling all of those tickets!

Ryan Odasz and Varin brought the field of 22 modifieds to starter Joe Kriss’ green flag with Varin immediately putting the Magsarus No. 93 out front, while Pep Corradi, Odasz, Jack Lehner and Jessica Friesen locked in a battle for the runner-up spot.

By the fifth lap, Varin had checked out to a full straightaway advantage over Corradi as Friesen pulled into third ahead of Lehner and Dave Constantino.

With Varin a half-track ahead on lap 20, Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Varin and Ronnie Johnson had picked their way into the top 10 and hoping for a caution to bring Varin back to the pack.

The caution never came as Danny Varin locked up his 11th career modified victory at Fonda Speedway in dominating fashion. Jessica Friesen finished second with Lehner third, Stewart Friesen, who won the Camping World NASCAR Truck Series race in Texas Friday night and started 17th, fourth and Corradi fifth. Constantino, Warner, Bobby Varin, Johnson and Demetrios Drellos complete the top 10.

Jeremy Tyrrell shook off a streak of back luck to lead the opening laps of the 25 lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature before relinquishing the lead to Chip Constantino on lap five.

Constantino was unable to break away from Tyrrell as the caution flew on lap eight, when Mark Mortensen came to a stop with a flat left rear tire. Mortensen and Payton Talbot made their way onto the hot pit to make repairs and rejoined the field at the back of the pack.

Edwards, who started 12th, restarted in eighth and was second behind Constantino when a second caution flew a lap later.

Constantino chose to restart on the outside and held off Edwards on the restart.

The front-running duo distanced themselves from third place running Troy Palmer as they battled side-by-side before Edwards got the lead coming off turn four on lap 18.

Edwards picked his way through the back markers to pick up his third win of the season, while Constantino turned in his best finish of the young season with a second-place finish. Talbot recovered from his early-race pit stop to finish third, with Palmer fourth and Tanner Warner fifth. Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Mortensen, Tyrrell, and Tim Dwyer complete the second five.

“It was a great run and a great racetrack with two lanes,” Edwards said in Victory Lane on the eve of his birthday. “We were side-by-side there for most of the race once I got up to second. I just kept over driving in turn one trying to get him. I was able to calm myself down and kept hitting my marks and was able to get by him before sliding up to take his line away.”

For Edwards it was his third win of the season to go with a pair of seconds.

Nick Stone kept his season perfect, driving from his 10th starting spot to record his fifth-straight victory in the 20 lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature.

Chuck Dumblewski set the early pace over Steve Cosselman before Jason Morrison took over the point on lap eight.

Stone moved to the front a lap later and was starting to break away as the caution flew on lap 15, putting Morrison alongside on the front row and Luke Horning on his bumper for the restart.

Horning dove under Stone heading into turn one to take the lead, but Stone countered the move with a crossover move in turn two to retake the front spot. Horning had his momentum broken by contact as he stayed on the outside of Stone. Horning’s night ended a lap later after making hard contact with the second-turn wall while battling for position with Jason Morrison.

Beau Ballard took over the fight to end Stone’s win streak on the restart and briefly held the lead before the caution flew again, setting up a three-lap shootout for the victory.

Stone turned back Ballard’s challenges to record his 67th career pro stock feature win. Ballard placed second, followed by Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga and Shane Playford.

“Without a good set of tires under here it would be nothing,” Stone said in Victory Lane. “You could have the best chassis there is and the best suspension there is, but if you don’t have good tire prep and maintenance it does no good. We are on race four with these tires. I think a lot of guys are doing the same thing trying to get through the season, so we are probably going to be due for a couple at least, but we are going to run them as long as we can. Other guys are probably doing the same. So, we are all on an even playing field for sure.”

Harold Robitaille led the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman from green to checkers to record his first career feature win in the division. Ryan Sweet came home in second, followed by Tony D’Angelo, Josh Kane, and Lance Hill.

Zach McSpirit led the opening lap of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature before John Napoli took over on the second circuit.

Kerrie Hollenback moved to the front from his 11th starting spot on lap four and held off his brother Ken for his second-straight overall victory.

Kerrie went to Victory Lane for the DOHC trophy, while Ken took home the SOHC trophy.

Next Saturday, on Memorial Day Weekend the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with the big block modifieds running for $4,000-to-win in the first leg of the FX Caprara Thunder on the Thruway Series, while the Crate 602 Sportsman division will battle for $1,500 to win and the Pro Stocks will vie for the $1,000 winner’s paycheck. Gates will open at 4 p.m. next Saturday with Hot Laps at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

2022 FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS

DATE – 5/21/2022 CDL ASSOCIATES INSURANCE AGENCY NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jessica Friesen, Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Rich Christman, Brian Pessolano, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Steve Akers, Ryan Odasz, Nick Heywood, Tucker O’Connor, Adam McAuliffe (DNS)

1st win of 2022 for Varin and the 11th of his career in the division – 1st win since 8/10/2019

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Danny Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Corradi, Danny Varin, Heywood

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Chip Constantino, Payton Talbot, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Tim Dwyer, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Michael McCallion, Anthony Cardamone, Greg Havlicek, Clayton DuMond, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith, Nikki Ouellette, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer (DNS), Dan Santabarbara (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 for Edwards and 16th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Tyrrell, 5-17 Constantino, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 to each winner from Online Performance Parts/Nick Stone – Zilles, McCallion, Constantino

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 1st

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Don Collins, Luke Horning, Caden Dumblewski

5th win of 2022 and the 64th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Dumblewski, 8 Morrison, 9-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Dumblewski

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – HAROLD ROBITAILLE, Ryan Sweet, Tom D’Angelo, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Walter Cook, Michael Kalkbrenner, Gus Kamburelis, Wesley Sutliff, Timmy Wilmot, Zach Dufel, Tim Deffer, Connor Prokop, Bob Rowback, John Anderson, Mark Lighthall

1st career win in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Robitaille

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, D’Angelo

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Corey Valade, Zach McSpirit, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Lee Horning, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten, Dale VanAllen, Jack Minery, Heath Bush (DNS), Wayne Russell Jr. (DNS)

4th win of 2022 for Kerrie Hollenback and 25th of his career in the division

5th win of 2022 for Ken Hollenback and 73rd of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1 McSpirit, 2-3 Napoli, 4-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Speedy Niedeheimer, Don Briggs, John Wood, Jimmy Hyde, Rick Leveque, Mike Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – JOHN ROESE, Will Reed, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Harry Baldwin, Mike Brown, Mark Anatriello, George Berbench, George Palmer

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JOHN FLACH, Jack Miller, Darrall Hulbert, Randy Delaney, Dan Wood

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Bryan Seyfried, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, John Constantino, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Trudean, Larry Stokes

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/21/2022

DATE – 5/21/2022 CDL ASSOCIATES INSURANCE AGENCY NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jessica Friesen, Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Rich Christman, Brian Pessolano, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Steve Akers, Ryan Odasz, Nick Heywood, Tucker O’Connor, Adam McAuliffe (DNS)

1st win of 2022 for Varin and the 11th of his career in the division – 1st win since 8/10/2019

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Danny Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Corradi, Danny Varin, Heywood

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Chip Constantino, Payton Talbot, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Tim Dwyer, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Michael McCallion, Anthony Cardamone, Greg Havlichek, Clayton DuMond, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith, Nikki Ouellette, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer (DNS), Dan Santabarbara (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 for Edwards and 16th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Tyrrell, 5-17 Constantino, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 to each winner from Online Performance Parts/Nick Stone – Zilles, McCallion, Constantino

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 1st

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Don Collins, Luke Horning, Caden Dumblewski

5th win of 2022 and the 64th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Dumblewski, 8 Morrison, 9-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Dumblewski

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – HAROLD ROBITAILLE, Ryan Sweet, Tom D’Angelo, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Walter Cook, Michael Kalkbrenner, Gus Kamburelis, Wesley Sutliff, Timmy Wilmot, Zach Dufel, Tim Deffer, Connor Prokop, Bob Rowback, John Anderson, Mark Lighthall

1st career win in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Robitaille

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, D’Angelo

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Corey Valade, Zach McSpirit, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Lee Horning, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten, Dale VanAllen, Jack Minery, Heath Bush (DNS), Wayne Russell Jr. (DNS)

4th win of 2022 for Kerrie Hollenback and 25th of his career in the division

5th win of 2022 for Ken Hollenback and 73rd of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1 McSpirit, 2-3 Napoli, 4-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Speedy Niedeheimer, Don Briggs, John Wood, Jimmy Hyde, Rick Leveque, Mike Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – JOHN ROESE, Will Reed, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Harry Baldwin, Mike Brown, Mark Anatriello, George Berbench, George Palmer

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JOHN FLACH, Jack Miller, Darrall Hulbert, Randy Delaney, Dan Wood

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Bryan Seyfried, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, John Constantino, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Trudean, Larry Stokes

RACING ACTION CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY MAY 21 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This coming Saturday, May 21 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway presents a regular show in all divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Also in action will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who will be presenting their 2021 New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Awards to the following:

Jon Kuleszo NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Modified division.

Bryan Scofield NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Antique division.

Georgie and John Constantino NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

Will Reed NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Late Model division.

Mike Francisco NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

George Palmer NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Mystique division.

The awards above will be handed out at the MVVDMS drivers meeting. Saturday will also be NYSSCA Safety Awards Night for all MVVDMS divisions including the Vintage Antiques, the Vintage Sportsman, the Vintage Modifieds, the Vintage Mystiques, and the Vintage Late Model with monetary awards given out by the NYSSCA organization to the top finisher in each division who is a NYSSCA member.

Last year on May 22, 2021, the winners at Fonda were Mike Mahaney (Sunoco Modifieds), Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenback and Slappy White (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

“It is so cool to be back here in Fonda’s victory lane,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro after his win. “It has been harder for me to win a regular show here than other times that we have been here, and I have been able to win. We have been struggling here at Fonda and working hard to try to adapt to the track, but I have a great group of guys on my crew and great sponsors that are behind me, and I think we finally got it.”

It’s RACE WEEK at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway on Saturday, May 21.

Sunoco Modifieds

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 Racing Series

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

Adult Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $60 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-21st-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

HANSON WINS ONE AT FONDA ON HIS FATHER’S BIRTHDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The Hanson Paving Modified has been competing at the “Track of Champions” for a long time and is part of the track’s history. Ken Hanson competed at the track in car #20 and has one career victory to his credit coming back on 7/5/1986. Craig Hanson competes at Fonda in car #20C and on Saturday evening he added to the history of the Hanson family at Fonda with his eighth career win. What made it even more special is that it came on his father Ken’s birthday!

Ken was present at Fonda for the win and was also a part of a special photo with the family on FX Caprara Victory Lane. “I really wanted to win one for dad on his birthday,” Hanson said in victory lane. “After the wreck last week, I was ready to quit but all my guys helped me put the car back together and here we are, so I have to thank them for that.”

Known as the “Grader Operator” for his work on the track on race nights and during the week, Hanson was not happy with the track conditions when Chris Moore asked him about getting right back on the track to work on it as he does on a weekly basis. “Not happy with the track tonight,” Hanson said. “It was too rough.”

Other winners on Supply Wagon Rentals Night at Fonda were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Zach Dufel (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) also made their first appearance at Fonda since 2018 with Danny Varin taking home his third consecutive win of the season in the series after winning at the Utica Rome Speedway the night before and the Fulton Speedway prior to that.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer before Mimi Lazzaro sang the Canadian National Anthem and Stephanie May the National Anthem to start the evening’s festivities.

Congratulations to John from Little Falls who won the 50/50 worth $2,820! Great job as always by Julie, Rose, and Heather selling all of those tickets!

Craig Hanson took the lead from the outside pole at the drop of the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event. The red flag was out on lap two after Jim Introne had his front-end collapse while running down the backstretch forcing him to come to a stop at one of the fastest points on the track. Tucker O’Connor was not able to see the stopped race car and hit Introne along with Brian Pessolano and Rocky Warner who also got caught up in it. All drivers were okay but done for the evening at that point.

On the restart, Bobby Varin moved into the second position after starting seventh followed by Pep Corradi and Ronnie Johnson who was now fourth after starting ninth. Hanson pulled away to a straightaway advantage on lap seven while Corradi and Johnson were side by side for third with Johnson getting the position on lap ten. Hanson was in lap traffic two laps later with eighth place starter Demetrious Drellos using the outside groove to get to the fourth position on lap 11.

A yellow flag for Steve Akers on lap 14 slowed the field and took away the over four second lead that Hanson had built up. Drellos moved to the third position on the restart after getting by Varin with 13th place starter Jessica Friesen getting by Corradi into the top five at that point as well. Winner of the last two races at Fonda Matt DeLorenzo was also on the move after starting 12th, getting by Friesen and Varin for the fourth position with ten laps to go. That is when things started to get interesting.

Johnson was right on Hanson’s rear bumper on lap 23 and with five laps to go took the lead away from Hanson with a move on the inside of turns three and four. Shortly afterwards the caution was out for Jack Lehner who suffered a flat tire and with the lap not completed it went back to the last completed lap handing Hanson back the lead. Hanson chose the inside on the restart and maintained the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Drellos took the second position away from Johnson on the restart with DeLorenzo also moving up to the third position. DeLorenzo was the new second place car with four laps to go and pressured Hanson over the remaining laps, but Hanson was able to maintain the lead and went on to his eighth career win at Fonda in the Hanson Paving #20C Bicknell car and his first win since 7/30/2016!

“We’ve got something going on with the carburetor and the motor was skipping,” Hanson said in victory lane. “When Ronnie got by me, I thought I gave it away.”

Michael Ballestero and Harry Shaffer started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature on the front row with Ballestero taking the early lead. At the completion of lap one the yellow flag was out for Tanner Warner who stopped on track to bring out the caution then drove to the hot pit to change a broken right rear shock. Cody Clark moved into the top five on the restart after starting 10th and two laps later got by Brett Mortensen for the fourth position.

By lap ten Clark was the new second place car after getting by McCallion for the spot and two laps later Clark went to the outside of Ballestero in turn two to take the lead away. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Ballestero, McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, and 15th place starter Brian Calabrese. Chad Edwards started the event in the 12th position and moved up one position at a time into the second spot with three laps to go.

Lap traffic came into play in the closing laps of the event, but Clark was able to take the win in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Edwards, 11th place starter Payton Talbot, Ballestero, and McCallion.

“This year has been a roller coaster ride for us,” Clark said in victory lane. “We have been consistent this year but not able to get to victory lane until tonight, so we hope to be able to keep things going for the rest of the year.”

Bob Rowback led at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. feature event with Ryan Sweet in tow. The red flag was out with no laps competed for Lance Hill who hit the implement tire protecting one of the poles on the backstretch. Hill was able to continue on in the feature event, but the red was thrown for debris scattered around the racetrack.

Rowback continued to lead on the restart with seventh place starter Zach Dufel in the second position on lap four after getting by Sweet for the spot. On the outside of turn four on lap seven, Dufel took the lead away from Rowback and led the remaining laps for his first career win in the division in the Miracle Ear sponsored #1H. Last weeks winner Josh Kane finished second after starting ninth and was followed by Tom D’Angelo, Rowback, and Sweet.

Scott Towslee led at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature but when lap one was completed it was Slater Baker in the race lead with fourth place starter Jason Morrison now second. Morrison was the new race leader on a lap three restart with Nick Stone up to the fourth position after starting eighth.

Stone was the new race leader on lap six after getting by Morrison for the spot with Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, and Shane Playford running three wide for the third position on lap eight. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Stone, Playford, Gates, Morrison, and eighth place starter Beau Ballard.

After two consecutive cautions on lap 10, a single file restart saw Horning get by Playford for the second position with Horning immediately pressuring Stone for the lead. With five laps to go, Horning made a slide job pass in turn four to take the lead only to have Stone make a cross over move to maintain the lead at the completion of the lap.

Horning made the same move again in turn two on the next lap with Stone able to cross over and maintain the lead again and from that point on Stone pulled away to his fourth consecutive win and the 63rd of his career in the division at Fonda over Horning, Ballard, Playford, and Josh Coonradt.

“Slide jobs are a lot of fun,” Stene said in victory lane. “He (Horning) is not the guy that you want to see in front of you when you’ve got two thin lines on the track to work with. Once I got the lead back it took me a few laps to get away from him. If he gets a little better well, we don’t really want to see that.”

Dale VanAllen led the first four laps of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event before John Napoli took over the top spot-on lap five. Napoli led two laps before 11th place starter Kerrie Hollenback took over the lead and went on to the overall win for his 24th career victory in the division. Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner after finishing the event in the second position for the 72nd win of his career in the division.

Napoli finished in the third position but was disqualified for a ball joint infraction moving Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., and Len St. Andrews into the top five at the checkered flag.

The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Series made an appearance at Fonda for the first time since 2018 with a four wide salute to the fans before the green flag was thrown. At the start of the event, it was Steve Glover who grabbed the lead after three tries were needed to get the first lap completed.

Jason Barney was next to lead with Chuck Hebing second on lap six while Danny Varin moved up to the seventh position after having to pit to repair the top wing on his car during one of the early caution periods. Paulie Colagiovanni moved into the second position on lap 13 and two laps later was the new race leader with Varin now all the way up to the second position.

Varin took the lead on lap 18 with a pass on the inside at the line to complete the lap and led the remaining laps for his third consecutive win in the ESS Series this year and the fourth of his career in the series at Fonda in the St. Lawrence Radiology/Supply Wagon Rentals #01 car. Jordan Poirier, Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, and Barney competed the top five in the event.

“When we put this car together, we didn’t have too many sponsors but then people came on board to help us,” Varin said. “We struggled for a couple of years but tonight the car was on rails, I just needed some clean air.”

Next Saturday, May 21 the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with all regular divisions in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. next Saturday with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and Racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, Matt DeLorenzo, Demetrious Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Dylan Scribner, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Jim Introne Jr., Tucker O’Connor, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin (DNS), Ryan Odasz (DNS), Ronnie Holmes (DNS)

8th career win in the division for Hanson and the first since 7/30/2016

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Calabrese, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Michael Ballestero, Michael McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Calabrese, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Troy Palmer, Clayton DuMond, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

14th career win in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ballester, 12-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Devon Camenga, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Slater Baker, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Scott Towslee, Ivan Joslin, Don Collins

4th win in a row and the 63rd of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Baker, 3-5 Morrison, 6-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Towslee

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Josh Kane, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Ryan Sweet, Mark Lighthall, Kyle Dingman, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Timmy Wilmot, Nate Bedell, Harol Robitaille (DNS), Connor Prokop (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Rowback, 7-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Wholley, Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., Len St. Andrews, Heath Bush, Dale VanAllen, Chad Hoffman, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, TJ Marlitt, Shawn Hemstreet, John Napoli (DQ)

3rd win of 2022 and the 24th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 72nd of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 VanAllen, 5-6 Napoli, 7-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE – 25-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Cook, Joe Kata, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Tanner, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller, Mikey Kruchka, Lacey Hanson, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Kelly Hebing

3rd ESS win (in a row) of the 2022 season for Varin and the fourth of his career in the ESS series at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Glover, 3-14 Barney, 15-17 Colagiovanni, 18-25 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kata, Wright, Poirier

DASH WINNER – Franek

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/14/2022

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, Matt DeLorenzo, Demetrious Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Dylan Scribner, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Jim Introne Jr., Tucker O’Connor, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin (DNS), Ryan Odasz (DNS), Ronnie Holmes (DNS)

8th career win in the division for Hanson and the first since 7/30/2016

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Calabrese, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Michael Ballestero, Michael McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Calabrese, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Troy Palmer, Clayton DuMond, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

14th career win in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ballester, 12-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Devon Camenga, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Slater Baker, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Scott Towslee, Ivan Joslin, Don Collins

4th win in a row and the 63rd of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Baker, 3-5 Morrison, 6-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Towslee

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Josh Kane, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Ryan Sweet, Mark Lighthall, Kyle Dingman, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Timmy Wilmot, Nate Bedell, Harol Robitaille (DNS), Connor Prokop (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Rowback, 7-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Wholley, Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., Len St. Andrews, Heath Bush, Dale VanAllen, Chad Hoffman, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, TJ Marlitt, Shawn Hemstreet, John Napoli (DQ)

3rd win of 2022 and the 24th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 72nd of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 VanAllen, 5-6 Napoli, 7-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE – 25-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Cook, Joe Kata, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Tanner, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller, Mikey Kruchka, Lacey Hanson, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Kelly Hebing

3rd ESS win (in a row) of the 2022 season for Varin and the fourth of his career in the ESS Series at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Glover, 3-14 Barney, 15-17 Colagiovanni, 18-25 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kata, Wright, Poirier

DASH WINNER – Franek

A TRADITION RETURNS TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY WHEN THE EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS (ESS) MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – For the first time since September 22, 2018, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Car Series will make a return to the “Track of Champions” this Saturday, May 14. Supply Wagon Rentals will sponsor the evenings racing program with all regular divisions in action along with the ESS Sprint Cars including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

A LOOK BACK

The last ESS feature event at Fonda four years ago was led by Danny Varin at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap feature event with Larry Wight doing double duty and taking over the third spot on lap four after starting fifth. Wight took over the second position from Cory Sparks on lap eight with Bobby Varin also getting by Sparks for the third position after starting eighth.

At the halfway point Danny Varin led the event with Wight, Bobby Varin, Sparks, and Josh Pieniazek in the top five. While Danny Varin continued to lead the event, the last caution of the event slowed the field on lap 19 when something on the left front of Bobby Varin’s car broke and he spun on the front stretch.

The 2018 ESS Championship was on the line between point leader going into the night Jason Barney and challenger Steve Poirier who is a seven-time champion with the ESS. Barney started the event in the 10th position while Poirier who had some issues throughout the evening started in the 13th spot.

When Barney’s front nose wing collapsed on his car early in the event, it caused handling issues and his car was never right for the rest of the race. Poirier on the other hand was making his way methodically to the front, surviving contact on the back stretch by Coleman Gulick on lap 18 which caused Poirier to spin. Poirier did a 360-degree spin and continued on in a great save which kept him in the hunt for the 2018 title when it could have turned out a lot worse.

Poirier got by Pieniazek and Gulick for the fourth position on a lap 19 restart after a caution and with one lap to go was the new second place car after getting by Wight. Varin maintained the lead to the checkered flag, taking his third career ESS win at Fonda and second consecutive win after winning back on Memorial Day weekend at the “Track of Champions.”

With his second-place finish, Poirier was crowned the 2018 ESS Champion for the eighth time in his career, tying Mike Woodring who also has eight ESS titles to his credit.

“I was actually looking forward to the restarts tonight,” Varin said after the win. “I would just move the wing back and get going again. I am racing against a great group of guys here in the ESS, and that makes me a better driver.”

“What a night,” Poirier said at the conclusion of the race. “We battled all night, and I knew that I had to get about five spots ahead of Jason (Barney) to secure the title. “We weren’t supposed to run for the title this year, but we had a little luck along the way and now we have to decide whether to run for the title next year now that we are tied with Mike (Woodring) with eight titles.”

ESS HISTORY AT FONDA

A total of 21 ESS Sprint Car events have been held at Fonda through the years with 13 different drivers winning those events. Justin Barger leads the way with five victories followed by Fonda’s own Danny Varin with three wins. Lance Yonge and Steve Poirier both have two wins apiece while John Brutcher, Bobby Parrow, Tom Taber, Craig Lane, Doug Emery, Jessica Friesen, Jeff Cook, Chuck Hebing, and Stewart Friesen all have one win apiece.

It’s 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 at the Track of Champions! For the first time since 2018, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) return to Fonda Speedway this Saturday, May 14.

Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $18 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $16 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive In ($85, up to four passes): http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-14th-drive-in/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

𝘿𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀-𝙄𝙉 tickets for this Saturday’s Supply Wagon Rentals presents Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars – All Divisions can be purchased at the link below.

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-14th-drive-in/

1 parking spot – $85

1 parking spot includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DELORENZO GOES TWO FOR TWO WITH A LAST LAP PASS FOR THE WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Last week Matt DeLorenzo got to the track late, missed his hot lap session, and really didn’t know what he had for a race car. He ended up in victory lane. This week he knew exactly what he had for a race car as he was there for hot laps and ended up in FX Caprara victory lane for the second week in a row after a pass for the lead on the final lap of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified event.

“I knew I was gonna be here tonight,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We worked on this car this morning after finishing seventh at Albany Saratoga last night. Last week’s win was special but tonight was awesome to be able to get the win on the final lap against Godown.”

Other winners on “Dollar Night” at Fonda were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Josh Kane (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

During opening day ceremonies, family and friends of JoJo and Artie DeSarbo gathered on FX Caprara victory lane to honor and remember JoJo and Artie. “A couple of weeks ago family and friends of Jack Johnson honored him and tonight we are here to honor JoJo and Artie DeSarbo,” Artie’s daughter Missy said. “Fonda Speedway was a home away from home for both JoJo and Artie.”

“I spent my whole life with those guys,” Ronnie Johnson told the crowd. “They were family. I have a lot of great memories of being at the races with my father, my uncle Joe, JoJo, and Artie. I hope that they are all together up there racing and having a good time. JoJo and Artie were a part of all of my father and my uncle’s wins and championships.”

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer for the evening followed by Amanda Valentine who performed the National Anthem.

Congratulations to Aaron from Sydney, NY who won the 50/50 prize of $3051! As always great job by the 50/50 girls Julie, Heather, and Rose!

Great seeing Terri Mohrman back at the track after a recent surgery. She said that she will hopefully be back in her “Teal Suit” in a couple of weeks on the Safety Team.

The luck of the draw put invader Ryan Godown and Tucker O’Connor on the front row for the start of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Godown taking the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with third place starter 17-year-old Alex Yankowski, sixth place starter and defending Track Champion Rocky Warner, and seventh place starter Stewart Friesen in tow.

With Yankowski, Warner and Friesen battling together for the second position it allowed Godown, who had never seen or run at the Fonda Speedway until tonight, race away to a comfortable advantage. The first yellow flag of the event was out on lap four for Bobby Varin who slowed on the front stretch with a broken right rear shock.

Varin was unable to get back out on track before the race was restarted but caught a break when the red flag came out with no laps completed for a six-car pileup in between turns three and four. The wreck collected 15th place starter Jessica Friesen who was running seventh at the time of the wreck along with Craig Hanson who just can’t catch a break so far in 2022. All drivers were okay after the wreck.

Varin was able to get back out on the lead lap at the rear of the field for this restart with Godown back in the lead. Yankowski continued challenging Godown for the lead on the outside and on lap five he took the lead away from Godown in turns three and four. Yankowski was in lap traffic on lap 11 until JaMike Sowle came to a stop in turn four with a right rear flat. He was able to pit and return at the rear of the field.

Yankowski chose the outside groove for the restart and maintained the lead with 12th place starter Matt DeLorenzo getting by Stewart Friesen for the third position. Another car on the move was defending Track Champion Ronnie Johnson who started the event in the 19th position and was running in the top five just before the halfway point with the top five consisting of Yankowski, Godown, DeLorenzo, Stewart Friesen, and Johnson.

Godown retook the lead from Yankowski on a restart after a lap 18 caution for Jack Lehner who suffered a flat left rear tire while running in the top ten. DeLorenzo was able to get the second position on the restart with Friesen third while Yankowski fell out of the top five. While Godown was running the outside, DeLorenzo was running the inside and challenging for the lead in the turns.

When the final caution of the event came out with four laps to go it set up what announcer Chris Moore called the “Money Restart” with Godown maintaining the lead at the drop of the green flag. After seeing the nose of DeLorenzo many times in each of the turns, Godown decided to try and block DeLorenzo by going low in turn one on the final lap. Godown pushed up in turn two allowing DeLorenzo to get under him and by the time the two got to turn three DeLorenzo was the new race leader.

DeLorenzo would go on to his 39th career win at the “Track of Champions” in the BBL Companies #3D Enders big block powered Bicknell car followed by Godown, Friesen, Warner, and Johnson. “The Track of Champions showing why it is one of the best in New York State,” announcer Chris Moore said during the final laps of the event.

“To be able to do this two week in a row is special and awesome,” DeLorenzo said in victory lane. “I was just trying to keep the car as straight as I could.”

Michael Ballestero led the first two laps of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman after starting on the outside pole with Brett Mortensen in tow after starting fourth. Mortensen took the lead away from Ballestero on the outside of turn four and by lap five held a straightaway advantage. Mortensen was in lap traffic three laps later with 13th place starter Chad Edwards now in the fourth position. At the halfway point Mortensen continued to lead with Edwards now second followed by Ballestero, Troy Zilles, and 12th place starter Cody Clark.

Just after completing lap 13, Mortensen was trying to go around the outside of the lap car of Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald when Wagner-Fitgerald decided to change lanes and hit Mortensen putting him into the turn one wall. Mortensen then climbed the wall and rode on top of it for a short time before coming to rest back down on the track. Fortunately, Mortensen was not injured after the wild ride.

Edwards inherited the lead after the caution with Clark getting up to the second position on the restart. Clark was on Edwards’ rear bumper when the yellow came out with just over five laps to go. Sixteenth place starter Brian Calabrese was the new second place car on the restart after getting by Clark with one final caution out with five laps to go.

Inside five laps to go the restarts are single file with Edwards being pressured heavily by Calabrese after the green flag flew again. Calabrese used the outside in turns three and four on lap 22 to get by Edwards for the lead and went on to his seventh career win in the division in the LM Mason Contracting #21C. Edwards, Clark, Zilles, and Jason Reome completed the top five.

“Chad (Edwards) changed lanes early in the event and we lost some positions over that which upset me a little bit, but I just had to settle down and see what we could do,” Calabrese said in victory lane. “My car was good on the top and the bottom and when my car is that good, I feel that nobody is gonna beat us.”

Steve Cosselman led the first four laps of the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature before all-time division win leader Kenny Gates took over the lead after starting eighth. The yellow flag was out on lap seven for Luke Horning who spun intentionally in turn three to bring out the caution, went to the hot pit for repairs, and continued on at the rear of the field.

Nick Stone was the new fourth place car on the restart and got by Shane Playford at the halfway point with Gates leading followed by Cosselman, Stone, Playford, and ninth place starter Beau Ballard. Stone was in the second position when the yellow flag came out on lap 13 and on the restart took the lead away from Gates.

Stone led the remaining laps for his 62nd career win in the division over Gates, Playford, Ballard, and Cosselman.

“The track was great with two lanes to race on,” Stone said in victory lane. “Gonna have to earn these wins now with handicapping causing us to start in the back.”

Josh Kane led all 15-laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event for the first win of his career in the division. He was followed in the top five by Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, and Kyle Dingman.

Shawn Hemstreet led lap one of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature with Zach McSpirit leading laps two through five. Ken Hollenback took the lead away on lap six and went on to his third win of the season and the 71st of his career in the single overhead cam class while Kerrie Hollenback finished second and was declared the dual overhead cam winner for his second win of the season and the 23rd of his career in the division.

Next Saturday, May 14 Supply Wagon Rentals presents the racing action at Fonda consisting of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars along with all other regular divisions. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m., and Racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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 FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Alex Yankowski, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, George Foley, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Dave Constantino, Dylan Scribner, Tucker O’Connor, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Danny Varin (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and 39th win of his career in the division for DeLorenzo.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Godown, 5-18 Yankowski, 19-29 Godown, 30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Curtis

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Blaine Klinger, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael McCallion, Harry Shaffer, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Chip Constantino, Jason Greco, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Cory White, Carter Gibbons

7th career win in the division for Calabrese.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ballestero, 3-13 Brett Mortensen, 14-21 Edwards, 22-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Mansmith, Reome, Ballestero

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Talbot

DID NOT QUALIFY – Dylan Eldred, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kathy Bellen, Travis Billington

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Calabrese advanced from 16th to 1st.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Jason Morrison, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Don Collins, Scott Towslee, Chris Cross, Dillan Vanston (DNS)

3rd win in a row and 62nd of his career in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Steve Cosselman, 5-14 Gates, 15-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Steve Cosselman, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JOSH KANE, Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Kyle Dingman, Bob Rowback, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, Nate Bedell, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Tom D’Angelo, Harold Robitaille, Cian DiMezza, Jonathan Feagles, Mark Lighthall, AJ Greco

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Kane

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kane, Kalkbrenner

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Zach McSpirit, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Lee Horning, Todd Morey, David Peek-Britten, Daniel Joubert, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ McSpirit, Dale VanAllen

3rd win of 2022 and 71st of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

2nd win of 2022 and 23rd of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-5 McSpirit, 6-12 Ken Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/7/2022

DATE – 5/7/2022 DOLLAR NIGHT!

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Alex Yankowski, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, George Foley, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Dave Constantino, Dylan Scribner, Tucker O’Connor, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Ray Zemken, Ryan Odasz, Danny Varin (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and 39th win of his career in the division for DeLorenzo.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Godown, 5-18 Yankowski, 19-29 Godown, 30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Curtis

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Blaine Klinger, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael McCallion, Harry Shaffer, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Chip Constantino, Jason Greco, Michael Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, Cory White, Carter Gibbons

7th career win in the division for Calabrese.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ballestero, 3-13 Brett Mortensen, 14-21 Edwards, 22-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, Mansmith, Reome, Ballestero

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Talbot

DID NOT QUALIFY – Dylan Eldred, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kathy Bellen, Travis Billington

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Calabrese advanced from 16th to 1st.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Jason Morrison, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Don Collins, Scott Towslee, Chris Cross, Dillan Vanston (DNS)

3rd win in a row and 62nd of his career in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Steve Cosselman, 5-14 Gates, 15-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Steve Cosselman, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JOSH KANE, Michael Kalkbrenner, Connor Prokop, Zach Dufel, Kyle Dingman, Bob Rowback, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, Nate Bedell, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Tom D’Angelo, Harold Robitaille, Cian DiMezza, Jonathan Feagles, Mark Lighthall, AJ Greco

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Kane

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kane, Kalkbrenner

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Zach McSpirit, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Lee Horning, Todd Morey, David Peek-Britten, Daniel Joubert, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ McSpirit, Dale VanAllen

3rd win of 2022 and 71st of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

2nd win of 2022 and 23rd of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-5 McSpirit, 6-12 Ken Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS “DOLLAR NIGHT” THIS SATURDAY, MAY 7

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 7 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway the management team of BD Motorsports Media LLC presents one of the most popular events of the 2022 season with “Dollar Night” featuring $1 grandstand admission. What great entertainment value this special event provides and all of it for only $1!

All regular divisions will be in action including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

One year ago, Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening after competing the night before in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington and dominated the $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified feature event. The event was the first of the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series of six events between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways with a great crowd on hand on a cold night by the Mohawk River.

Other winners on Pig Skin Pros Night at Fonda last year on May 8 were Jason Greco (1st career win in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (1st career win in the Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series were also on hand one year ago with John Flach (Modified), Stephen Denton (Sportsman), Bryan Scofield (Antique), and Curtis Condon (Late Models) taking the wins in the feature events.

Friesen’s win was his second of the 2021 season at the “Track of Champions”, and he was followed by Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, and Ronnie Johnson.

“I felt like I let all my local fans down last evening in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington while running in the second position late in the race and getting caught up in a wreck,” Friesen told Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore in the FX Caprara Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane one year ago. “I love it here at Fonda, we have a great race team, and the track was hammer down fast tonight, the fastest it’s been in a long time.”

This year the first event of the Thunder on the Thruway Series between the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways will be Saturday, May 28 at Fonda followed by another Thunder Series event at Utica Rome on Friday, June 3.

BE SURE TO CATCH THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES EVENT THIS FRIDAY

Special just doesn’t cover the announcement which was made last Wednesday by Friesen and the Halmar Racing Team in a video on Facebook.

“So, for our Darlington Throwback we decided to do an auction with the proceeds going to AIM Autism where the highest bidder could pick our scheme for an idea and layout for a throwback truck at Darlington,” Friesen said in the video. “Shawn & Billie Beckhorn, with a $4,000 bid going to AIM Autism were the winners, which we are super appreciative and grateful for.”

“They decided on a Jack Johnson car, one of my favorites when I was a kid growing up. “It is really cool to represent Jack and kind of the Northeast Modified History in racing in the Camping World Truck Series at Darlington next week. So, a big thanks, it looks awesome, and hopefully it’s as fast as it looks.”

Part of the video was an interview from the past with Jack Johnson, asking him what it meant to be a fan favorite and to be idolized by all of his fans.

“It means a lot, it really does,” Johnson said in the interview. “I walk through the pits at Fonda or come in the parking lot, and for the fans to still be there, I think I must have done something right through all those years. It is really an honor, it really is.”

Another part of the video was Ronnie Johnson talking about the throwback paint scheme and how it came to be.

“Stew kind of blindsided me with this, he came over and started talking to me about it. Then he showed it to me, and it took me a minute to realize what was going on,” Ronnie Johnson said. “As I’m sitting here thinking about it, it is such an honor. For my dad to be a dirt track racer and to be able to be recognized by so many people in so many levels of racing, it’s truly an honor.”

“It was an Olsen car, my father’s Syracuse Super Dirt Week car from 1992 actually,” Ronnie continued. “We re-skinned it over the winter and Gary Marr came up with the paint scheme. My dad always had the neon orange colors, hand painted, and hand lettered. It is just a really cool throwback car; I think he made a good choice.”

The Darlington throwback race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be televised on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. on FS1 so be sure to tune in and be part of a historic evening honoring Fonda Speedway legend Jumpin’ Jack Johnson!

𝘿𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀-𝙄𝙉 tickets for this Saturday’s Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions can be purchased at the link below.

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-7th-drive-in…/

1 parking spot – $30

1 parking spot includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at Fonda Speedway. This Saturday, May 7, brings 𝗗𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗔𝗥 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 back to the Track of Champions. Grandstand admission is just $1 for a complete program of racing.

*Sunoco Modified

*Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

*Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

*Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

*Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Grandstand Admission: $1 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In (includes four passes): $30 – Reserve Now: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-7th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-members) – $30 (Fonda members) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children 5 and under $2

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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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