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WARNER BRINGS CAR OWNER TADD PARKS THEIR FIRST WIN TOGETHER AND CELEBRATES A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY IN THE PROCESS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Supply Wagon Rentals presented a six-division racing program at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening, and it was like a story book ending for Rocky Warner who captured the win in the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds. It was his ninth career win at the track, this one coming in the Tadd Parks owned #1, and also coming on car owner Tadd Parks son Layne’s birthday who was the first one in victory lane to congratulate Rocky.

“I’m a little emotional,” Warner said in FX Caprara Car Companies Victory Lane. “Ya know, driving for Tadd Parks, he had Stewy (Stewart Friesen) in his car and they won everything under the sun. There is a lot of pressure, and I finally got it done. Special thanks goes out to Tadd Parks, that goes without saying but also to Jason Simmons who gave us this motor to use. Happy Birthday to Layne, what better way to spend it than here in victory lane.”

Other winners on Supply Wagon Rentals Night at Fonda were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks), Zack Welch (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), Brandon Ely (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), and Shawn Donath (ESS Sprints).

Pastor Greg Nitz started opening ceremonies with a prayer followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Shelby Wadsworth. The 50/50 girls worked hard all evening to get a huge $3010 50/50 together which was won by Clayton from Fonda.

The 30-lap Amsterdam Truck Center Modified feature began with Danny Varin and Alex Yankowski on the front row with Varin taking the early lead. Varin stretched out his lead early in the event, but Yankowski reeled him in by lap seven and briefly took the lead in turn one until the lap car of Kurtis Hohensheldt blocked his lane allowing Varin to retake the position. Yankowski was held up by Hohensheldt allowing Varin to get the lead back going down the backstretch and stretching out his advantage going into turn three.

Defending Track Champion Matt DeLorenzo started the event in the seventh position and by lap 12 he was the new third place car after getting by Dave Constantino for the spot. DeLorenzo and Constantino swapped positions a couple of times and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Varin, Yankowski, Constantino, DeLorenzo, and ninth place starter Rocky Warner. Yankowsi moved back in on the leading car of Varin by lap 18 while DeLorenzo and Warner both got by Constantino for the third and fourth positions.

Yankowski made his move to get by Varin for the lead on lap 19 on the inside of the backstretch and maintained the lead until a melee ensued in between turns one and two involving many cars who just kept piling into each other due to what was thought to be moisture from either another car or that was thrown up on to the groove from the inside of turn one after heavy rains all week long. The red flag was thrown with the top two cars of Yankowski and Varin both involved forcing Varin to retire from the event with heavy damage to his car while Yankowski restarted as the last car on the lead lap.

“I’ll tell you what I always watch way ahead,” Warner said. “My dad taught me that a long time ago. I looked down there into turn one and see guys piling in and I hit that water a few times and it cost me.”

Warner was able to get through the wreck and took over the lead on the restart with DeLorenzo now second and trying everything he could to get around Warner for the victory. That never happened as Warner went on to his ninth career Modified win at Fonda in the Parks Companies #1. DeLorenzo, Gleason, 15th place starter Demetrious Drellos, and 12th place starter Bobby Hackel completed the top five.

“Matty showed me his nose on the outside with one to go and I said oh no you gotta be kidding me,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “No way, no way, I kept saying to myself. So, then I tried to use the whole racetrack, RJ (Ronnie Johnson) taught me that a long time ago. I had to do what I had to do.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with Brett Mortensen and Chad Edwards on the front row with Edwards taking the early lead. Defending Track Champion Peyton Talbot started the event in the seventh position and by lap three he was the new third place car. Talbot got by Brett Mortensen for the second position one lap later and on a lap five restart took the lead away from Edwards.

On the restart, sixth place starter Mark Mortensen moved up to the third position with Talbot out to a straightaway advantage by lap ten. Lap 12 saw Mark Mortensen get by Edwards for the second position with Talbot now into lap traffic. At the halfway point, Talbot, Mark Mortensen, Edwards, ninth place starter Clayton DuMond, and 11th place starter Chip Constantino completed the top five. On a lap 13 restart, there was an eight-car pileup on the front stretch with Kadon Hohensheldt ending up on his roof. All drivers were okay after the incident.

On every restart, Mark Mortensen tried everything he could to get by the leader, both inside and outside, until being forced out of the event with a flat right rear tire after a bead lock broke on the wheel. Through two more restarts, Talbot held the lead and went on to his second win of 2023 and the sixth of his career in the division in the Ted’s Body Shop #14T followed by Edwards, DuMond, 12th place starter Butchie Irwin, and 19th place starter Troy Zilles.

“This car was pretty good,” Talbot told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I was hoping that the car wasn’t gonna break going into turn one, it was a little choppy there on the bottom of turn one. I saw Mark (Mortensen) under me a couple of times and then I saw his on the outside of me, so I just kept trying to switch lanes and keep him behind me.”

Pole position starter Josh Coonradt led the first six laps of the 20-lap Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stock feature until AJ Walters got around him for the lead on the inside of turns three and four. Fourth place starter Andy Graves moved into the second position after he also got by Coonradt with ninth place starter Kenny Gates now the third-place car.

Gates took the second position away from Graves at the halfway point and two laps later on the inside of turns three and four got by Walters for the lead. Gates drove away from that point on to his 87th career win in the division in the Happy Returns/Palmer’s Service sponsored #35 with Graves, opening nights winner Ivan Joslin, Walters, and 15th place starter Shane Playford completing the top five.

“I love this coil car,” Gates said in victory lane. “I just wanted it to be even for everybody but last year you could see how hard we were driving and how much better they (coil cars) were so it’s like get one or get out, so we got one.”

The 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature saw a 13-year-old win in his first ever visit to the “Track of Champions” and he chose a great night to do it as the win was worth $500 after a $400 bonus from Cobleskill Collision. Zack Welch started on the pole after winning his heat race and redrawing for the starting position and led every lap to get the win. Timmy Wilmot, opening day winner Connor Prokop, Bobby Rhinehardt, and Kyle Dingman completed the top five.

“The car felt great,” first time winner Welch said. “It was my first time here and I was a little iffy, but the car felt great. I can’t thank Mike Walton, Peyton Talbot, Tyler, and my dad for setting up this car and making it so fast.”

The Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature was an entertaining event just as it was on opening day with the same players again part of the drama. Brandon Eley led at the start from his outside front row position start with Kerrie Hollenback second. Hollenback intentionally got into Ely going into turn one on lap eight, with the two ending up in the dirt pile in turn two. Ely had enough and got out of his car to show his displeasure to Hollenback but then got back in his car and restarted the event at the rear of the field.

Ken Hollenback assumed the lead at that point and led the remaining laps for his first win of the season and the 86th of his career in the division at Fonda. Ely got all the way back up to the second position and was declared the DOHC winner. John Napoli, Jon Mason, and Justin Ramsey completed the top five.

“How do you like that,” Ely said in victory lane with cheers coming from the crowd. “Rough racing from typical rough racers. I do what I can to come here and put on a good show, we almost got them two weeks ago, but we got them this time.”

“Everyone thinks I’m cheating motor wise,” Ken Hollenback said after the overall win. “Bring your money and tear me down I don’t really care. I’m not cheating like some cars are.”

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) are celebrating their 40-year anniversary in 2023 and they made their first visit of the season to Fonda with Fonda favorite Danny Varin leading at the start of the 25-lap event. Varin led through four caution flags until lap 22 when fifth place starter Shawn Donath got by him on the outside of turns three and four.

Donath went on to his first career ESS win at Fonda followed in the top five by Varin, Matt Tanner, Jordan Poirier, and Davie Franek.

“He’s so damn good here,” Donath said of Varin. “I’m surprised we beat him he just seems invincible here. I’m super stoked, the car was bad ass, and I was lucky to wheel the thing.”

“We just got lucky where we started,” Varin said. “We just weren’t that good all night. I’ve got some homework to do because it just didn’t feel right all night, didn’t feel good enough to hold anybody off. He (Donath) earned it, he drove right around us so hats off to him.”

Next Saturday, Holmes & Kugler Towing presents $1 Night with a $1 grandstand admission. All divisions will be in action with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.

DATE – 5/6/2023 SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

AMSTERDAM TRUCK CENTER MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Hackel IV, Cody Clark, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Chris Curtis, Tucker O’Connor, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, JaMike Sowle, Shawn McPhee, Ron Holmes, Danny Varin, Dave Constantino, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Dave Camara, Josh Masterson, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dylan Scribner, Pep Corradi, Dale Gray, Brian Pessolano

1st win of 2023 and the 9th of his career in the division at Fonda for Warner.

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Danny Varin, 19-25 Yankowski, 26-30 Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gleason, Yankowski, DeLorenzo

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Clayton DuMond, Butchie Irwin, Troy Zilles, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Brett Mortensen, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Blaine Klinger, Mark Mortensen, Don Bellen, Tanner Warner, Matt Perry, Dan Santabarbara, Bubba McPhee, Kadon Hohensheldt, Josh Kane, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Burton, Jason Reome

2nd win of 2023 and the 6th of his career in the division at Fonda for Talbot.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Edwards, 5-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, McGrew Jr., Kane

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Zilles

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brent Cross, Dylan Eldred, Zach Dufel, Clyde Peek, Gerard LeClair, Bob Rowback, Kathy Bellen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Zilles 19th to 5th

BELOW ZERO ICE CREAM PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – KENNY GATES, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Caden Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, Kyle Weiler, Joe Wilason, Michael Achzet, Luke Horning, Randy Cosselman, Jim Normoyle, Slater Baker, Chucky Dumblewski, Jim Duncan DNS

1st win of 2023 and the 87th of his career in the division for Gates.

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Coonradt, 7-11 Walters, 12-20 Gates

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Morrison, Horning

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN THANKS TO A $400 BONUS FROM COBLESKILL COLLISION – ZACH WELCH, Timmy Wilmot, Connor Prokop, Bobby Rhinehardt, Kyle Dingman, Johnny DuMond, AJ Greco, Lance Hill, Mike Hill, Gus Kamberelis, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lucas Duncan, John Anderson, Jonathan Feagles, Steve Wagoner, Dylan Huston, Tyler Bobar, Chris Kugler, Jeff Bobilin, Cian DiMezza DNS, Jim Malia DNS, Dale Van Allen DNS

1st career win in his 1st ever visit to Fonda for Welch.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Welch

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $100 BONUS FROM ONLINE PERFORMANCE/STONE MOTORSPORTS TO EACH HEAT RACE WINNER – Welch, Kugler

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), BRANDON ELY (DOHC), John Napoli, Jon Mason, Justin Ramsey, David Peek-Britten, Tim Warner, John Ray, Len St. Andrews, Dustin Cameron, Kerrie Hollenback, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Jack Minery, Zach McSpirit

1st win of 2023 and the 86th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

1st win of 2023 and the 2nd of his career in the division for Ely.

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Ely, 9-12 Ken Hollenback

CAPTAIN CARL’S LUXURY CRUISES/DONE BETTER POOLS NON-QUALIFIERS RACE FOR SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN CARS – 15-LAPS – Brent Cross

EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT (ESS) 25-LAPS – SHAWN DONATH, Danny Varin, Matt Tanner, Jordan Poirier, Davie Franek, Josh Pieniazek, Dylan Swiernik, Joe Trenca, Kyle Smith, Jordan Thomas, Chase Moran, Robbi Stillwaggon, Dalton Rombaugh, Kelly Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Jonathan Preston, Brett Wright, Jason Barney, Jake Dykstra, Chris Jones, Jeff Cook, Jesse Pruchnik, Zack Burd, Cory Sparks

1st career ESS win at Fonda for Donath.

LAP LEADERS – 1-21 Varin, 22-25 Donath

ESS DASH – Smith

ESS B-MAIN – Wright

QUICK RESULTS 5/6/2023 SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

AMSTERDAM TRUCK CENTER MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Hackel IV, Cody Clark, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Chris Curtis, Tucker O’Connor, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, JaMike Sowle, Shawn McPhee, Ron Holmes, Danny Varin, Dave Constantino, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Dave Camara, Josh Masterson, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dylan Scribner, Pep Corradi, Dale Gray, Brian Pessolano

1st win of 2023 and the 9th of his career in the division at Fonda for Warner.

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Danny Varin, 19-25 Yankowski, 26-30 Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gleason, Yankowski, DeLorenzo

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Clayton DuMond, Butchie Irwin, Troy Zilles, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Brett Mortensen, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Blaine Klinger, Mark Mortensen, Don Bellen, Tanner Warner, Matt Perry, Dan Santabarbara, Bubba McPhee, Kadon Hohensheldt, Josh Kane, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Burton, Jason Reome

2nd win of 2023 and the 6th of his career in the division at Fonda for Talbot.

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Edwards, 5-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, McGrew Jr., Kane

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Zilles

DID NOT QUALIFY – Brent Cross, Dylan Eldred, Zach Dufel, Clyde Peek, Gerard LeClair, Bob Rowback, Kathy Bellen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Zilles 19th to 5th

BELOW ZERO ICE CREAM PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – KENNY GATES, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Josh Coonradt, Caden Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, Kyle Weiler, Joe Wilason, Michael Achzet, Luke Horning, Randy Cosselman, Jim Normoyle, Slater Baker, Chucky Dumblewski, Jim Duncan DNS

1st win of 2023 and the 87th of his career in the division for Gates.

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Coonradt, 7-11 Walters, 12-20 Gates

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Morrison, Horning

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN THANKS TO A $400 BONUS FROM COBLESKILL COLLISION – ZACH WELCH, Timmy Wilmot, Connor Prokop, Bobby Rhinehardt, Kyle Dingman, Johnny DuMond, AJ Greco, Lance Hill, Mike Hill, Gus Kamberelis, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lucas Duncan, John Anderson, Jonathan Feagles, Steve Wagoner, Dylan Huston, Tyler Bobar, Chris Kugler, Jeff Bobilin, Cian DiMezza DNS, Jim Malia DNS, Dale Van Allen DNS

1st career win in his 1st ever visit to Fonda for Welch.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Welch

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $100 BONUS FROM ONLINE PERFORMANCE/STONE MOTORSPORTS TO EACH HEAT RACE WINNER – Welch, Kugler

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), BRANDON ELY (DOHC), John Napoli, Jon Mason, Justin Ramsey, David Peek-Britten, Tim Warner, John Ray, Len St. Andrews, Dustin Cameron, Kerrie Hollenback, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Jack Minery, Zach McSpirit

1st win of 2023 and the 86th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback.

1st win of 2023 and the 2nd of his career in the division for Ely.

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Ely, 9-12 Ken Hollenback

CAPTAIN CARL’S LUXURY CRUISES/DONE BETTER POOLS NON-QUALIFIERS RACE FOR SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN CARS – 15-LAPS – Brent Cross

EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT (ESS) 25-LAPS – SHAWN DONATH, Danny Varin, Matt Tanner, Jordan Poirier, Davie Franek, Josh Pieniazek, Dylan Swiernik, Joe Trenca, Kyle Smith, Jordan Thomas, Chase Moran, Robbi Stillwaggon, Dalton Rombaugh, Kelly Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Jonathan Preston, Brett Wright, Jason Barney, Jake Dykstra, Chris Jones, Jeff Cook, Jesse Pruchnik, Zack Burd, Cory Sparks

1st career ESS win at Fonda for Donath.

LAP LEADERS – 1-21 Varin, 22-25 Donath

ESS DASH – Smith

ESS B-MAIN – Wright

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS PRESENTS THE LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS (ESS) AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY MAY 6

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 6, the first visit of the 2023 racing season at the Fonda Speedway by the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will take place with a $2,000 reward awaiting the feature winner. Supply Wagon Rentals will be the sponsor of the evenings racing program which also features all regular divisions in action including the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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

Online Performance Parts/Stone Motorsports will present each Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Limited Sportsman heat winner with $100 each this Saturday at Fonda Speedway. Stop by the trailer at the track, like Online Performance Parts on Facebook or visit www.stonemotorsports.com.

According to their website the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) is a 360-winged sprint car traveling club that races on dirt oval tracks throughout New York and Canada. The sprint cars use a 360 cubic inch (5.9L) engine that produces approximately 700 horsepower, weigh 1500 pounds, and achieve speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour, on dirt short tracks. This year in 2023, the ESS are celebrating their 40th year of competition and is a respected club on and off the track.

Local favorite Danny Varin was the winner of both of the ESS events held at Fonda last year and with those two wins he moved to the top of the ESS All-Time Win List at the “Track of Champions” with a total of six wins in a total of 25 feature events run over the years.

Justin Barger is second on the All-Time Win List at Fonda with five victories while Lance Yonge and Steve Poirier both have two wins sitting next on the list. Drivers who have single ESS event wins at Fonda include John Brutcher, Bobby Parrow, Tom Taber, Craig Lane, Doug Emery, Jessica Zemken-Friesen, Jeff Cook, Chuck Hebing, Stewart Friesen, and Davie Franek.

Supply Wagon Rentals is a family owned and operated small business, here to serve the community. Opened in 2008 by Jackie and Bob Varin, it was always a dream of theirs to have a family business. The business is now operated on a daily basis by Bobby and Danny Varin (son and grandson) of Bob and Jackie. Supply Wagon Rentals provides tent rentals along with event rentals, portable toilets, heavy equipment rentals, tool rentals, and snowplowing. They are located at 212 Stoner Trail Road in Johnstown, NY and their website is www.supplywagonrentals.net

ONE FINAL PUSH

Fonda Speedway is in the running for a $50,000 “Advance My Track” grant courtesy of Advance Auto Parts and NASCAR Roots. The finalists for the 50 grand are determined via online voting concluding on Friday, May 5.

All are encouraged to vote for the Track of Champions by visiting www.advancemytrack.com.

Three votes per individual are permitted daily.

Should Fonda Speedway earn the $50,000 top prize, structural improvements are planned for the speedway’s iconic covered grandstands in addition to an expanded Kids Club area.

“We know the power of the Fonda Speedway racing community,” speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “We need your help for one final push to May 5. Please vote daily and encourage all your friends to visit www.advancemytrack.com to vote, as well.”

In 2022, Pa.’s Jennerstown Speedway was the “Advance My Track” $50,000 recipient.

Grandstand admission this Saturday, May 6 is $20 (Adults), $18 (Seniors ages 65 and above) and Kids 11 and under FREE.

Pit Admission is $40 (ages 13 and up), $35 (NASCAR or Fonda Members), $10 Kids (ages 6-12) and $2 for Children 5 and under.

Infield Parking is available at $100 per spot (includes four passes) and can be reserved online at the following link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/supply-wagon-rental-night-lucas-oil-empire-super-sprints-ess-36/

Saturday’s event – and all races at Fonda Speedway – will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the $150 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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

WEEK TWO OF THE 2023 SEASON COMING UP AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY WITH A SPECIAL EVENT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, April 29 week two of the 2023 season takes place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway with all regular divisions in action including the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the Captain Carl’s Luxury Cruises/Done Better Pools Non-Qualifiers race for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman if there are more than 30 cars in attendance!

Also, a special event will take place in the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) as they present the second annual “Don Gras Memorial” racing program. Mr. Gras was a fan of local stock car racing and could be seen at Fonda on a weekly basis along with other tracks as well.

HISTORY LESSON

Last year on 4/30/2022 Matt DeLorenzo started his championship season with his first of five wins in the 2022 season. Other winners one year ago were Chad Edwards (Sportsman), Lance Hill (first career Limited Sportsman victory), Nick Stone (Pro Stocks), Ken and Kerrie Hollenback (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

Last year on 4/30/2023 the winners of the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) feature events at Fonda were Jimmy Fugel (Antiques), John Marks (Mystiques), Curtis Condon (Late Model), Brian Gray (Sportsman), and Randy Delaney (Modified).

MORE HISTORY

While we are looking at history, here is the history from the week of 4/29/2022 including the winners of the events from 25 years ago, in five-year increments.

Five years ago, on 4/28/2018 the racing program was rained out.

Ten years ago, on 4/27/2013 the winners were Stewart Friesen (Modified), Cody Bleau (Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Reuben Kennedy Jr. (Street Stock), and Danny Varin (CRSA Sprints).

Fifteen years ago, on 4/26/2008 the Modified, Sportsman, and Pro Stock features were rained out while Chuck McSpirit (Street Stock), and Beau Ballard (IMCA), were the winners of the two feature events before the rain came in. For Ballard it was the first win of his career in the division at Fonda in a total of three, all wins coming in the same season, with the last one coming on 6/14/2008.

Twenty years ago, on 4/26/2003 the acing program was rained out.

Twenty-five years ago, on 4/25/1998 the winners were Dave Camara (Modified), Frank Twing (Street Stock), Rob VanAernam (Hobby Stock), and Jeff Carr (IMCA). For Twing it was the first win of his career in the division at Fonda in a total of two, both coming in the same season with the last one coming on 10/17/1999.

LETS GO FONDA SPEEDWAY KIDS

How Cool is this! In conjunction with Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo, Fonda Speedway Kids Club coordinator Ashley Abeling, MVVDMS Promoter Laurie Fallis, and longtime racing veteran Frank Blanchard, three lucky kids from the ages of 7 to 13 will have a chance to win a ride and put a smile on their face from ear to ear.

Winners will win a trip around the famed 1/2 mile in a 1936 Hudson Body two-seater and pace the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds feature events. Adults, get those kids signed up this Saturday at the Kids Club and maybe get a chance for them to ride around the “Track of Champions.” Sign up table is located just at the gate two entrance under the covered grandstand.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

TIM FULLER WINS $12,000 IN THE JACK JOHNSON MEMORIAL EVENT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Fonda Speedway celebrated “Opening Night” for the 72nd year of competition at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds track on Saturday evening with a special Jack Johnson Memorial event. When the checkered flag dropped it was Tim Fuller in victory lane at the completion of the 40-lap “Montgomery County Open”. It was the first event of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series that the Fonda Speedway is now sanctioned by and the first Modified event to be sponsored by the Amsterdam Truck Center.

“He kind of took me under his wing,” Tim Fuller said in victory lane after winning $12,000 in the Jack Johnson Memorial event on Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. “He taught me a few things, I’ll never forget him, some things that can’t even be announced. He was a class act, there will never be another Jumin’ Jack Johnson and to be able to win on this night and see that orange car again in victory lane, it’s very special.”

Other winners on Saturday evening were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Ivan Joslin (Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks), Connor Prokop (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Wayne Russell (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

During Opening Ceremonies, Mimi Lazzaro honored Terri Mohrman for her 40 years of service as EMT at the Fonda Speedway.

“You may not know who they are, you may have seen them around, but tonight I want to introduce you to Terri Mohrman who has spent the last 40 years here at the Fonda Speedway as the head of the EMT’s now known as the “Teal Suits”, Lazzaro said. “Terri is a guardian angel here at the Fonda Speedway and the only one that my father Lou Lazzaro would let touch him and get medical attention from. You have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly here at the Fonda Speedway and I have such love and kind words for what you have done here for the love of the sport.”

“I am glad that I am still able to do it,” Mohrman said.

After the American and Canadian National Anthem’s were performed by Mimi Lazzaro and Joe Kriss respectively it was time for some green flag racing with the racing program being pushed along quickly due to weather coming in later in the evening.

At the start of the 40-lap Jack Johnson Memorial event, David Schilling was the early race leader at the completion of lap one from his third place starting position after a redraw for starting positions. Outside pole position starter Tim Fuller took the lead away from Schilling on the outside of turn four on lap two with Fuller in lap traffic on lap eight. When Rocky Warner backed into the wall in turn three on lap nine it brought out the caution and closed up the field.

Fuller chose the inside lane for the restart and maintained the lead with Johnson taking the second position away from Schilling and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard now in the top five. On lap 13, 18th place starter Stewart Friesen stopped in turn two to bring out the caution as he suffered a flat left front tire while running in the top ten. Friesen went to the hot pit for a new tire and some adjustments and rejoined the field for the restart in the 24th position.

Sheppard took the second position away from Johnson on the restart and at the halfway point in the event Fuller was the leader with Sheppard, Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, and seventh place starter Brian Gleason in the top five. Fuller was in lap traffic on lap 23 with a half straightaway lead at that point in the event. The yellow was out again on lap 27 with Fuller again choosing the inside for the restart.

“When I saw Sheppard on the inside of me for the restart, I thought I was screwed,” Fuller said. “You’ve got the baddest guy on the planet for a modified lining up beside you. I was debating whether to restart on the outside, but the inside was the best here because there was a little bit of crumbs out there on the outside. There was always enough there on the bottom to get enough traction, the shortest way around, but it was uncomfortable when I saw him line up beside me.”

On the restart Fuller again maintained the lead with Sheppard in tow followed by Johnson, 11th place starter Andy Bachetti, and 19th place starter Mike Mahaney now in the top five. Fuller pulled away on the restart as Bachetti and Mahaney raced side by side over the final three laps. Sheppard was closing in quickly in the final two laps, but Fuller was able to hang on for the victory, the fourth of his career at Fonda and his first at the track since 9/22/2018 with the top five at the checkered flag consisting of Sheppard, Johnson, Bachetti, and Mahaney.

“Thanks to St. Lawrence Radiology, Mike and Barb Maresca for giving me a good piece under me, Fuller said in FX Caprara Victory Lane. “To win this thing is special. We had some times, he was a bad ass no doubt about it, he was a legend and those legends only come around once in a lifetime. I did this back in back in 2017 on Hoosier tires when I won the track championship. I love it here, I really do, and I’ll definitely be back.”

Defending Track Champion Payton Talbot started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature on the outside pole and took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Tanner Warner started the event in the fourth position and dropped back a few positions early on but as the event went on, he got those positions back, going from fourth to second on lap nine after getting by Clayton DuMond and Stephen Gray for the position with Talbot now out to a straightaway advantage.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Talbot, Warner, DuMond, Gray, and 12 place starter Chip Constantino. With just under ten laps to go the rain started to fall, forcing the cars to the pit area for a short time. The quick rain shower stopped soon after wards and the cars were brought back to the track in order to run it in. When the race was restarted Talbot pulled away again to a comfortable lead with the focus now on the rest of the top five with some great racing going on.

When the checkered flag fell it was Talbot going on for the win in the Ted’s Body Shop #14T, the fifth win of his career in the division, followed by Warner and Constantino, with Brett Mortensen and Chad Edwards making moves during the final lap to finish fourth and fifth respectively, Edwards coming all the way from the 19th position.

“The car was awesome, the best car I’ve had here in a long time,” Talbot told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I didn’t know what it was gonna be like to come back after the rain delay, didn’t know if there was gonna be more moisture in the track and whether or not to go back to the bottom or take the top but the car was definitely hooked up.”

New division sponsor Below Zero Ice Cream was welcomed into the Fonda Speedway with their first feature event as Ivan Joslin took the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the pole after a redraw for starting positions. By lap three, Josh Coonradt, Beau Ballard, and Luke Horning were next in line behind Joslin with Kenny Gates joining the top five by the halfway point. Gates moved into the fourth position on lap 13 after getting by Horning while Coonradt was trying everything he could to get by Joslin for the lead.

Joslin never gave up on the outside groove and drove 20 perfect laps to propel him to the win in the One Zee Tees #49 as Coonradt just couldn’t get enough grip to go low and get by Joslin. At the checkered flag the top five consisted of Joslin who won for the 13th time in his career in the division, Coonradt, Gates, Ballard and Horning.

“I saw that the outside was the place to be because there was brown up there,” Joslin said in victory lane “I knew that I had to get up there and make them pass me on the bottom. I could hear Josh (Coonradt) the whole time, I knew that if he passed me, he was gonna have to slide it, but he wasn’t close enough to do it. I was a little tight in my heat race but made a little adjustment and it all worked out.”

With a $400 bonus from Holmes & Kugler Towing on the line it made the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature a $500 to win event with pole position starter Lance Hill the early race leader. Connor Prokop started the event in the 18th starting position and moved up to the second position just after the halfway point. Just as Prokop was about to take the lead away from Hill with only one lap remaining the yellow came out forcing the second restart of the event.

On the restart, Prokop swung around the outside of Hill in turns one and two to take the lead on the final lap for his fourth career win in the division in the Ted’s Body Shop #12P. Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, and Bobby Rhinehardt completed the top five.

“When the caution came out, I got real mad because I thought that I had it then,” Prokop said in victory lane “On the restart I just kept doing the same thing and it worked out.”

The 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder event was an entertaining one with Brandon Ely starting on the pole, leading the first 11 laps, and surviving contact from Ken Hollenback on lap eight which broke something in the left rear of Ely’s car with Ken Hollenback forced out of the event after the contact with Ely.

Ely hung on with a left rear tire that was nearly falling off until the final lap when Kerrie Hollenback made contact with him going into turns three and four forcing him sideways enough that Kerrie was able to go in between Ely and John Napoli for the overall win in his DOHC racecar. Wayne Russell Jr. finished the event in the sixth position but was declared the SOHC winner.

For Kerrie Hollenback it was the 35th career win in the division while for Russel Jr. it was the fourth of his career in the division at Fonda.

A new event for 2023 was a B-Main for non-qualifiers in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman if there are over 30 cars in attendance. The event will be sponsored by Captain Carl’s Luxury Cruises and Done Better Pools and was won by Matt Perry.

Next Saturday April 29 the Fonda Speedway returns to action with a regular show in all divisions along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series. Gates will open on the 29th at 3:30 with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:30.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

AMSTERDAM TRUCK CENTER MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN JACK JOHNSON MEMORIAL MODIFIED FEATURE $12,000 TO WIN – 40-LAPS – TIM FULLER, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Stewart Friesen, Brian Gleason, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Bobby Varin, Michael Maresa, Demetrious Drellos, Danny Varin, Jessica Friesen, JaMike Sowle, Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Dylan Scribner, Dave Camara, Brian Pessolano, Rocky Warner, Marc Johnson, Dave Constantino

4th career win in the division for Fuller at Fonda, his last win coming on 9/22/2018.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Schilling, 2-40 Fuller

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Danny Varin, Hohenforst, Drellos

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Maresca

DID NOT QUALIFY – Kurtis Hohensheldt, Shawn McPhee, Dale Gray, Jason Reome, Craig Hanson, Ron Holmes, Bobby Hackel IV, Josh Masterson, Ryan Walther

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Tanner Warner, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Clayton DuMond, Michael McCallion, Stephen Gray, Donovan Lussier, Brendan Gibbons, Cedric Gauvreau, Dan Santabarbara, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Burton, Butchie Irwin, Joe Toth, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Greco, Josh Kane, Harry Shaffer, Blaine Klinger, Jim Nagle, Kadon Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Troy Zilles

5th career win in the division for Talbot at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, Kane, Irwin

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Edwards

DID NOT QUALIFY – Matt Perry, Bubba McPhee, Jean-Francois Tessier, Bob Rowback, Zach Dufel, Clyde Peek, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards 19th to 5th

BELOW ZERO ICE CREAM PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – IVAN JOSLIN, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Andy Graves, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Chad Jeseo, AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Kyle Weller, Gary Silkey, Slater Baker, Steve LaRochelle, Michael Achzet

13th career win in the division for Joslin at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Joslin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Graves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – $500 TO WIN THANKS TO A $400 BONUS FROM HOLMES & KUGLER TOWING – 15-LAPS – CONNOR PROKOP, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Bobby Rhinehardt, Phil Arnold, Johnny DuMond, Michael Kalkbrenner, Tim Deffer, Steve Wagoner, Ryan Sweet, Chris Kugler, Gus Kamburelis, John Anderson, Lucas Duncan, Jonathan Feagles, Dylan Huston, Maddy Broedel, AJ Greco, Jeff Boblin, Bella Pickard, Cian DiMezza, Kirsten Swartz

4th career win in the division at Fonda for Prokop

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Hill, 15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hill, Rhinehardt, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – $100 BONUS TO BOTH THE SOHC & DOHC WINNERS THANKS TO UPSTATE AUTO – 12-LAPS – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Brandon Ely, David Frame, Corey Valade, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC), John Ray, Jamie warner, Ken Hollenback, Dan Valade, Blaze Post, TJ Marlitt, Todd Morey

35th career win in the division at Fonda for Kerrie Hollenback

4th career win in the division at Fonda for Russell Jr.

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ely, 12 Kerrie Hollenback

CAPTAIN CARL’S LUXURY CRUISES/DONE BETTER POOLS NON-QUALIFIERS RACE FOR SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN CARS – 15-LAPS – RAIN SHORTENED TO 2 LAPS – MATT PERRY

QUICK RESULTS 4/22/2023

AMSTERDAM TRUCK CENTER MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN JACK JOHNSON MEMORIAL MODIFIED FEATURE $12,000 TO WIN – 40-LAPS – TIM FULLER, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Stewart Friesen, Brian Gleason, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Bobby Varin, Michael Maresa, Demetrious Drellos, Danny Varin, Jessica Friesen, JaMike Sowle, Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Tucker O’Connor, Dylan Scribner, Dave Camara, Brian Pessolano, Rocky Warner, Marc Johnson, Dave Constantino

4th career win in the division for Fuller at Fonda his last win coming on 9/22/2018.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Schilling, 2-40 Fuller

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Danny Varin, Hohenforst, Drellos

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Maresca

DID NOT QUALIFY – Kurtis Hohensheldt, Shawn McPhee, Dale Gray, Jason Reome, Craig Hanson, Ron Holmes, Bobby Hackel IV, Josh Masterson, Ryan Walther

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – PAYTON TALBOT, Tanner Warner, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Clayton DuMond, Michael McCallion, Stephen Gray, Donovan Lussier, Brendan Gibbons, Cedric Gauvreau, Dan Santabarbara, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Burton, Butchie Irwin, Joe Toth, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Greco, Josh Kane, Harry Shaffer, Blaine Klinger, Jim Nagle, Kadon Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Troy Zilles

5th career win in the division for Talbot at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, Kane, Irwin

CONSOLATION RACE WINNER – Edwards

DID NOT QUALIFY – Matt Perry, Bubba McPhee, Jean-Francois Tessier, Bob Rowback, Zach Dufel, Clyde Peek, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards 19th to 5th

BELOW ZERO ICE CREAM PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – IVAN JOSLIN, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Andy Graves, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Chad Jeseo, AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Kyle Weller, Gary Silkey, Slater Baker, Steve LaRochelle, Michael Achzet

13th career win in the division for Joslin at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Joslin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Graves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – $500 TO WIN THANKS TO A $400 BONUS FROM HOLMES & KUGLER TOWING – 15-LAPS – CONNOR PROKOP, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Bobby Rhinehardt, Phil Arnold, Johnny DuMond, Michael Kalkbrenner, Tim Deffer, Steve Wagoner, Ryan Sweet, Chris Kugler, Gus Kamburelis, John Anderson, Lucas Duncan, Jonathan Feagles, Dylan Huston, Maddy Broedel, AJ Greco, Jeff Boblin, Bella Pickard, Cian DiMezza, Kirsten Swartz

4th career win in the division at Fonda for Prokop

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Hill, 15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hill, Rhinehardt, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – $100 BONUS TO BOTH THE SOHC & DOHC WINNERS THANKS TO UPSTATE AUTO – 12-LAPS – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Brandon Ely, David Frame, Corey Valade, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC), John Ray, Jamie warner, Ken Hollenback, Dan Valade, Blaze Post, TJ Marlitt, Todd Morey

35th career win in the division at Fonda for Kerrie Hollenback

4th career win in the division at Fonda for Russell Jr.

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ely, 12 Kerrie Hollenback

CAPTAIN CARL’S LUXURY CRUISES/DONE BETTER POOLS NON-QUALIFIERS RACE FOR SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN CARS – 15-LAPS – RAIN SHORTENED TO 2 LAPS – MATT PERRY

THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN IN MEMORY OF JACK JOHNSON TO OPEN THE 2023 SEASON AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 22

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After a highly successful open practice session last Saturday with 105 race cars filling the pit area, the attention now turns to the Montgomery County Open in memory of Jumpin’ Jack Johnson this Saturday, April 22 for the 72nd annual season opener at the “Track of Champions.” The event honors Duanesburg, N.Y.’s iconic Jack Johnson, Fonda Speedway’s all-time leading Modified victor who passed away in April 2021.

$12,000 – in recognition of Johnson’s trademark No. 12A – awaits the Amsterdam Truck Center Modified winner after 40 laps of racing, with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $400 just to take the green flag. More than $30,000 in purse money has been posted for the event: 1) $12,000; 2) $5,000; 3) $2,500; 4) $1,750; 5) $1,500; 6) $1,250; 7) $1,200; 8) $1,150; 9) $1,100; 10) $1,000; 11) $700; 12) $600; 13) $500; 14-24) $400.

The Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds will utilize sail panels for this event and 25 show-up points will be offered to all competitors. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series points will also be awarded. Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will all compete in points-paying events.

There have been five previous Jack Johnson Tribute events and one Memorial event held at Fonda over the years and here is a look back at the results:

2012

Fonda Speedway closed out their 60th season of competition on Sunday evening September 23, as a racing program honoring Jumpin’ Jack Johnson saw 12’s being the number of the day with a $12,000 purse for the 112-lap Modified main event. When all was said and done, Mike Mahaney was the winner of the big paying event.

“$12,000 this is awesome,” Mahaney said after exiting the Woodside Farms sponsored #21 Troyer car in victory lane. “And to honor Jack (Johnson), WOW! RJ (Ronnie Johnson) is a class act; he came over and wished me good luck before the race. I was just trying to be smooth and not give up the bottom line and when Ronnie got into me a couple of times, he was just trying to tell me that I have to go faster. What a way to cap off the season, I can’t imagine a better season than this one, I can’t believe it.”

Ronnie Johnson, Brett Hearn, AJ Romano, and Billy Decker completed the top five in the event.

2015

On July 29, a sea of orange embellished Fonda Speedway on Jack Johnson Tribute night with defending track champion Stewart Friesen presenting his own tribute. Friesen changed the paint scheme on the Tadd Parks-owned No. 1 to a design carried by Johnson at the 2008 Super DIRT Week. Then he put the Johnson-tribute car in Victory Lane at the end of the 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Empire State Champion 50 — a tribute to Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

“Tadd Parks and Eric Mack thought it would be cool on this big orange night to support Jack Johnson and ALS to do a Jack Johnson paint scheme,” Friesen said in Victory Lane. “They worked together with Dutchess Overhead Doors and Pilat to get it lettered up with Jack’s 2008 Syracuse paint scheme. We are going to take it off after this event. One side is going to go in the [Fonda Speedway] museum over here and Tadd wants to keep the roof. The track definitely came to us, we were a little bit tight the first couple of laps, so I ran the pan hard up a little bit to free it up then about lap eight or nine this thing was on rails.”

Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Keith Flach, and Tim Fuller completed the top five in the event.

2016

Matt Sheppard took the lead with ten laps remaining in the 60-lap, $5,000-to-win, event honoring 11-time Fonda Speedway champion Jumpin’ Jack Johnson on August 10. “Once we got out front, I knew we were okay, but I just didn’t know if we would ever get there,” Sheppard said in Victory Lane. “I think I was better on the top and the bottom but catching him [Friesen} and passing him are two different things. I kept working him and working him. Finally on that restart we were able to get that crossover and get the lead.”

Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton, Ronnie Johnson, and Vic Coffey completed the top five in the event.

2017

The “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway held the Third Annual Jack Johnson Tribute event on Wednesday evening August 2, a 50-lap feature event paying $5,000 to win. When the checkered flag flew it was Mike Mahaney taking the big win in the Buzz Chew #88 Bicknell car after taking the lead on lap 22.

“The track had a lot of grip in it tonight and I was just trying to stay close to the 9S (Matt Sheppard) who was leading early so that if he made a mistake I could capitalize on it,” Mahaney said in victory lane. “Then I was able to make it around Matt and a lap car for the lead.”

Tim Fuller, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, and Bobby Varin completed the top five in the event.

2021

The luck of the draw placed Rocky Warner on the pole position for the start of the 40-lap, $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday night April 24 in the Jake Spraker owned #1J Teo Pro Car, leading all 40-laps on his way to the victory in a tribute race dedicated to Fonda’s all-time winningest driver Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

“I actually hate starting on the pole I’d rather start fifth or sixth, but I just stayed on the bottom and after trying to decide whether to run a softer tire we ran the same tire that we run here weekly and it worked,” Warner said. “Last week the car just wouldn’t run, Jake came in the shop and said what’s wrong, so we sent the carburetor out and thanks to Pro Power and Willy’s for their help getting it straightened out.”

Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, and Anthony Perrego completed the top five in the event.

2022

By the luck of the draw Stewart Friesen and Matt DeLorenzo started the Jack Johnson Memorial event on the front row with Friesen taking the early lead. DeLorenzo was the race leader on lap two after getting by Friesen with an impressive move on the outside in turns three and four. On a lap eight restart, Friesen took over the lead in the event and survived two more restarts for the $12,000 victory. Matt Sheppard, Michael Maresca, Jessica Friesen, and DeLorenzo completed the top five.

“That was real nerve wracking there,” Friesen said in victory lane about the race and all of the restarts. “After being at Orange County last night, being able to come here to Fonda today and win in honor of a legend, this is special. Big thanks to Halmar and my crew, this is a very special win in the Jack Johnson Memorial event as he was a legend here at Fonda.”

Gates open on Saturday afternoon April 22 at 2:30 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $25 (Adults), $23 (Seniors ages 65 and over) and Kids 11 and under are FREE. Infield drive-in admission is $120 and includes four passes. A registration link will be placed on the speedway website and social media prior to the event. Drive-in vehicles must enter from 2:30-5 p.m.

Pit admission is $45 (Non-Member), $40 (NASCAR or Fonda Member), $10 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $2 for Children ages 5 and under.

Saturday’s event – and all races at Fonda Speedway in 2023 – will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the $150 annual subscription.

A complete information sheet about the event has been posted on the speedway website at: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/InfoSheetApril22.pdf

More information about the 72nd season opener at the “Track of Champions” can be found on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page.

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 or follow the speedway on Twitter and Instagram: @thefondaspdwy.

THE FONDA SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW IS ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After a successful banquet at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY honoring the 2022 Fonda Speedway Track Champions, the focus turns to the 2023 season which begins with the Fonda Speedway Car Show at the Viaport Rotterdam on Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26.

The car show is a great time to show off your cars and paint schemes for the 2023 racing season and is great exposure for all of the sponsors on your race car as well.

If you are interested in displaying your car at the show, please contact Jamie Page at (607) 760-0671 or by email jpage15@stny.rr.com Move in time is Thursday, March 23 after 7:00 p.m. while move out time is Sunday, March 26 after 5:00 p.m.

Everyone that plans on attending the Fonda Speedway Car Show at the Viaport Rotterdam needs to print and fill out the form at the link https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/…/2023-Fonda-Speedway… Please turn in the form when you arrive at the show.

Attention Fonda Speedway Teams: Have you applied for your NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series license yet?

Who needs to apply? Amsterdam Truck Center Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stock drivers ONLY are required to have a NASCAR license. Licenses can be purchased at the following link https://license.nascar.com/

Modified Drivers – NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series – Full Season – Feature Division Driver License.

Crate 602 Sportsman and Pro Stock Drivers – NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series – Full Season – Charger Division Driver License.

Crew and Owner NASCAR Licenses are optional. All NASCAR license holders will receive $5 off at the pit gate.

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Fonda Fair Four Cylinders and touring divisions will not be required to possess a NASCAR license.

Five for Four Pit Area Season Pass Special is Winding Down

Every off-season, BD Motorsports Media LLC at Fonda Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway offer a “Five-for-Four” special for Pit Area Season Passes. Purchase four pit area season passes, receive one free of charge for the 2023 campaign.

This promotion will continue through the Fonda Speedway Race Car Show at the Viaport Rotterdam March 24-26, only.

These passes can be purchased online (complete four names) at the following link https://shopstss.com/…/2023-fonda-speedway-season-pit-pass then send an e-mail to fondaspdwy@gmail.com with the fifth name.

All NASCAR licenses, pit area, and grandstand passes will be available at the Fonda Speedway car show, Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26 at Viaport Rotterdam.

All divisions at the Fonda Speedway for the 2023 season will be eligible to attend the car show with division sponsors for the 2023 season including the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Also attending the Fonda Speedway car show will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with their “Vintage Alley”. The thirteen drivers who will be showing off their cars at the Fonda Speedway car show as they represent the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) are:

Mike Francisco #78M from Fort Hunter, NY

John Wood #76 from Delanson, NY

Chris Cross #07 from Delanson, NY

Wayde Seaburg #44 from Glenville, NY

Pete Nowicki Jr. #33X from Norwich, NY

Cory Briggs #8 from Cobleskill, NY

John Roese #28 from Middleburgh, NY

Cliff Haslun #58 from Esperance, NY

Phil Beaver #36 from Canajoharie, NY

Ed Docskalik #03 from Richmondville, NY

Dan Karl #722 from Lower Rotterdam Junction, NY

Doug Mathewson #33M from Broadalbin, NY

Joe Rando #22 from Johnstown, NY

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-UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS TO BE HONORED AT THE ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET THIS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Friday February 24, BD Motorsports Media LLC will celebrate the 2022 racing season as they honor the 2022 Fonda Speedway-Utica Rome Speedway Track Champions at the annual awards banquet. The Fonda Speedway-Utica Rome Speedway “Night of Champions” festivities will be held for the first time ever at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The Champions of the six race 2022 Thunder on the Thruway Series between the two tracks will also be honored at the banquet on Friday evening. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at the following link: https://shopstss.com/store-1/fonda-speedway-utica-rome-speedway-thunder-on-the-thruway-series-awards-banquet-1 Due to limited space, divisional and Thunder on the Thruway Series champions will be permitted a total of four (4) guests. All others will be limited to the driver plus a guest.

Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremonies to follow.

2022 FONDA SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS

MATT DELORENZO will be crowned as the 2022 Sunoco Modified Track Champion at the banquet after a five-win season led him to the crown. DeLorenzo was also crowned as the Big Block Modified Track Champion at Fonda back in 2007 along with two Track Championships in the 358-Modified division back in 2004 and 2006.

PAYTON TALBOT will be crowned as the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman champion for the first time in his career at Fonda after a three-win season with two sixth place finishes being his worst finishes of the entire season!

NICK STONE will be crowned as the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion for the fourth time in his career in the division at Fonda after a ten-win season in 2022. His other championship years were back in 2014, 2020, and 2021.

ZACH DUFEL will be crowned as a first time Track Champion in the Montgomery County Office of the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division after a five-win season in 2022.

Two brothers will be crowned as the 2022 Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champions at Fonda with KEN HOLLENBACK winning the SOHC Championship while KERRIE HOLLENBACK was the DOHC Champion. Ken was a 16-time race winner in 2022 with previous Track Championships in the division coming back in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Kerrie was a 13-time race winner in 2022 with a previous championship in the division coming back in 2013 in the DOHC class.

2022 UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS

MATT SHEPPARD won 11 times in 2022 at Utica Rome and will be crowned the 2022 Sunoco Modified Track Champion after previous championships at the track back in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2021 in the Big Block Modified class along with a 358-Modified Track Championship back in 2002.

MATT JANCZUK was also an 11-time feature winner in 2022 at Utica Rome in the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman division and will be crowned champion after previous championships in the division back in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. He was also crowned the Utica Rome Track Champion in the Open Sportsman division back in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

BEAU BALLARD will be crowned as the Next Generation Graphix Pro Stock Track Champion for the second time in his career after winning the title back in 2021. Ballard was a five-time winner at Utica Rome in 2022.

SETH MARTIN will be crowned as a first-time champion in the Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman division after a six-win season in 2022.

MATT BUKOVAN (DOHC) & HUNTER TARBANIA (SOHC) are the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder Track Champions for 2022 at Utica Rome as both drivers celebrate their first career titles. Bukovan was a three-time feature winner during the 2022 season at Utica Rome while Tarbania was a four-time winner.

BRETT PUTNAM will be crowned the 2022 Senior Services Inc. All-Star Slingshot Champion after a four-win season. He was also the champion in the division back in 2021.

BLAKE BANEK is a first time Track Champion in the D&S Landscaping Junior Slingshot division after a three-win season in 2022.

2022 F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES CHAMPIONS

ALEX YANKOWSKI will be crowned as a first time Thunder Series Champion in the Modified division with consistent finishes without a series victory.

PAYTON TALBOT will be crowned as a first time Thunder Series Campion in the Crate 602 Sportsman division after one win in the six-race series.

NICK STONE will be crowned as a two-time Thunder Series Champion in the Pro Stock division after four series wins in 2022.

The following evening Saturday, February 25 the Turning Stone Resort Casino will host the 2022 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco “Night of Champions”.

Fonda Speedway is located at 21 Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068 and is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476 and is on the web at www.uticaromespeedway.com

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com

WHAT DOES THE NASCAR SANCTIONING IN 2023 MEAN FOR THE DRIVERS AT THE BD MOTORSPORTS PROMOTED TRACKS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Recently announced by BD Motorsports Media LLC, a trio of historic dirt tracks in the Northeast will join the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) for the upcoming 2023 season. Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway and New York’s Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways, which are operated by promoter Brett Deyo, are the latest facilities to become NASCAR sanctioned.

Benefits are insurance for NASCAR license holders and additional point money.

“I’ve been looking at the option (to sanction with NASCAR) for the past couple of years,” said Deyo in a recent release. “For Fonda and Utica-Rome, we have the same core racers that run both nights, Friday night at Utica-Rome and Saturday night at Fonda. It gives them an opportunity to run for a state championship, the regional championship, and the national championship.”

“From the Georgetown perspective, there is more growth here,” Deyo continued. “We have a more ambitious schedule than we’ve run (recently). We’ve been a part-time track since 2016. We’re still not weekly at Georgetown, but we are racing more than we have in the past.”

Georgetown Speedway, located in Georgetown, Delaware, was constructed in 1949 by businessman Melvin L. Joseph. The track will host races on Thursday and Friday nights this year in addition to special events.

Utica-Rome Speedway, located in Vernon, New York, was built in 1961 by Joe Lesik as a quarter-mile asphalt oval before being transformed into a dirt track in 1979. Known as the “Home of Heroes”, Utica-Rome will host weekly racing on Fridays throughout the upcoming season.

Fonda Speedway, located in Fonda, New York, opened in 1953 and continues to operate today as a half-mile dirt oval. Dubbed “The Track of Champions”, Fonda played host to four NASCAR Cup Series races in the 1950s and 1960s. Those events, known as the Fonda 200, were won by Junior Johnson in 1955, David Pearson in 1966, and Richard Petty in 1967 & 1968.

For the 2023 season at the Fonda Speedway, the Amsterdam Truck Center Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stock divisions will be sanctioned by NASCAR as part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS).

The Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds at Fonda will be listed as Division I and competitors will be eligible for National, Regional, State/Provincial and Track Championships, Rookie of the Year Honors, and ranking nationally in the Top-100 drivers. 𝗠𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 only will be required to obtain a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Feature Division license.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman at Fonda will be listed as Division II and will be eligible for National, Regional, and Track championships and ranking nationally in the Top-100 drivers. 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝟔𝟎𝟐 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬 only will be required to obtain a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Charger Division license.

Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks at Fonda will be listed as Division III and will be eligible for National, Regional, and Track championships and ranking nationally in the Top-100 drivers. 𝙋𝙧𝙤 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙠 𝘿𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨 only will be required to obtain a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Charger Division license.

All other divisions competing at Fonda will not be required to purchase a NASCAR license.

Licenses are available now at the following link: https://license.nascar.com/

A single NASCAR license can be utilized for both the Fonda Speedway and the Utica-Rome Speedway.

NASCAR Owner and Crew Member licenses are available online for those wishing to purchase a license.

NASCAR license holders will receive additional insurance benefits and $5 off pit admission at every Fonda Speedway event.

Fonda Speedway licenses remain available and offer $5 off pit admission at every Fonda Speedway event.

NASCAR license holders will not be required to hold a Fonda Speedway license to receive point fund money.

ABOUT THE SERIES

For more than 40 years, racing at short tracks throughout the country have provided the foundation for NASCAR. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) is NASCAR’s National Championship program for short-track racing. Each year, nearly 10,000 people compete at NASCAR-sanctioned short-tracks throughout the U.S. and Canada. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series crowns champions at a track, state, and provincial, regional, and national level.

The NAAPWS includes nearly 50 different and unique tracks that provide the stage for local hometown drivers to gain popularity among the community. These tracks spread across 25 states and 4 provinces, with drivers able to gain competition points at any of the NASCAR-sanctioned tracks within them. The inclusion of both asphalt and dirt tracks allows for a variety of cars to be raced weekly.

SERIES BREAKDOWN

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series program is comprised of multiple divisions of competing classes, enabling competitors to move up the ladder as they progress for the opportunity to compete for the title.

DIVISION I (Modifieds) – As the feature division of the series, drivers compete for National, Regional, State/Provincial, and Track Championships, Rookie of the Year honors, and ranking nationally in the Top 100 drivers.

DIVISION II (Crate 602 Sportsman) and DIVISION III (Pro Stocks) – Drivers in these divisions compete for National, Regional, and Track Championships, and ranking nationally in the Top 100 drivers.

POINT FUNDS

DIVISION I CHAMPION: $25,000

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: $35,000 Payout

LOCAL TRACK CHAMPIONS: $15,000 Payout/Track (across all divisions)

CHAMPIONSHIP LEVELS

NATIONAL (DIVISION I ONLY) Champion determined by a driver’s best 18 finishes; Champion awarded National Championship Trophy

REGIONAL Champion determined by a driver’s best 14 finishes; Champions awarded trophy with payout to top-10 in each region (West, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast)

STATE/PROVINCIAL Champions determined by a driver’s best 14 finishes within State/Province; For Division I competitors only; Champions awarded champion driver’s suit and trophy

TRACK Champions determined by track’s point system; Champions in DIVISION I are awarded commemorative helmet and includes $15,000 track payout

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

NATIONAL Determined by a driver’s best 18 finishes from any NASCAR-sanctioned track in North America, receiving a $2,000 reward. All first time Division I license holders are automatically eligible for the national rookie award.

REGIONAL Determined by a driver’s best 14 finishes, there is a top-10 payout for each of the four regions, totaling $4,500.

STATE Determined by a driver’s best 14 finishes within the state, province, region or nation. Recipients receive a trophy.

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series sanctions weekly short tracks across the United States and Canada. Layne Riggs is the defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Division I National Champion.

For Deyo, giving competitors at his three tracks the chance to earn more money and the chance to race for state, regional and national championships made joining the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series a much easier decision.

“It opens up a whole other earning potential for our racers and that really got me excited because we’re always trying to give them the most opportunities to make money as we can,” said Deyo. “I felt like the NASCAR program gives them that opportunity without having to do anything different than they were already doing.

“It’s a great opportunity. We pride ourselves on paying well at our tracks. Anytime you can give them an opportunity to race for more money, it’s a good thing. Not to mention the exposure that comes with it, the honor of being a NASCAR champion. Especially during the 75th season of NASCAR, there is just a lot of hype that goes along with it.”

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