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A Few Questions Answered About This Saturday Night – May 4 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Night

A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT…

Reminder, this Saturday (May 4) is Bob Hilbert Sportswear Night at Fonda Speedway. We wanted to answer a few questions.

*This Saturday night’s event will once again be a draw for position. Handicapping begins on May 11.

*Hoosier tires are again permitted as an option this week per the three-week burn-off period

*All Crate 602 Sportsman cars must conform to rules on the website. That means no double sidebars and 3-inch exhaust. There will be no grace period. Modifieds can continue to run double sidebars per Short Track Super Series rules.

*Hot laps will be called to the track shortly after 5:30 p.m. After hot laps, and before the 7 p.m. scheduled start time, the Meet & Greet will take place. This is weather permitting, of course.

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR PRESENTS MEET & GREET NIGHT AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – This Saturday, May 4 Bob Hilbert Sportswear presents Meet & Greet night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and they are bringing along plenty of goodies!

All race teams competing that night will receive a t-shirt, along with giveaway items for the 1st 100 fans to arrive at the speedway that day. Mr. Hilbert & his team will also have special giveaway items for the kids as well!

Also on Saturday, May 4, the Fonda Speedway will be hosting a benefit for the Regional Animal Shelter in Gloversville, NY. There will be raffles, a driver panel auction, and special appearances from some of the adoptable dogs from the shelter. You ca check out the benefit page at Regional Animal Shelter Benefit at Fonda Speedway May 4th!!!!

Meet & Greet Night is a great way for fans to see their favorite drivers and their racecars up close and personal and to pick up their favorite drivers photographs and have them autographed as well. Or if you prefer you can have someone take your picture alongside your favorite driver with their racecar! Meet & Greet Night is always a great time for both drivers and fans so be sure not to miss it!

On the racing card on Saturday, May 4 will be the Sunoco Racing Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman who will run for $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing, the Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks “Best of 8 Series”, and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks.

Looking back over opening night at Fonda during the past 20 years, last Saturday’s opening night Sunoco Racing Modified feature winner Matt Sheppard was the winner of the big $8,000 to win event for his second opening day win at Fonda after also winning on opening night back in 2014.

Kenny Gates, who won the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature last Saturday, was the opening night winner three times in his career at Fonda back in 2006, 2017, and 2018 while Dave Horning Sr. who won last week’s Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature has won on opening day four times back in 2001, 2002, 2015, and 2017.

4-Cylinder/Cruiser division winner last Saturday was Ken Hollenbeck who has also seen success on opening night at Fonda with opening night victories back in 2011 and 2014 as well. Last week’s Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman winner Mark Mortensen and Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature winner EJ McAuliffe were first time opening night winners last Saturday in their respective divisions.

2011 Fonda Speedway 602 Sportsman Track Champion Mark Mortensen will have his car on display at the Fonda Speedway Museum this Saturday, May 4 starting at 4:00 p.m. so be sure to stop and say hi to Mark and his crew and get a close look at the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In sponsored #1M!

Thank you to Bob Hilbert Sportswear for their generosity and for being part of our Fonda Speedway family in 2019! Bob Hilbert Sportswear can be found online @ www.bobhilbert.com. 695 Englesville Road, Boyertown PA. (610) 367-6186 or email info@bobhilbert.com.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Race Day Information for Saturday, May 4:
Gates Open: 3:30 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5:45 p.m.
Racing: 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $11.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $9.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30.00
Pit Entry W/O License: $35.00
Parking in Speedway Lot: FREE
Concession Stands & Beer Booth Open
Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand: Brand new Fonda Speedway available for purchase.
Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum
Opens @ 3:30 pm
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check out Their Page for Special Happenings!
Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

SHEPPARD IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO TAKE $8,000 WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – Matt Sheppard summed it up the best in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday after his victory in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event in the HAS sponsored #9S Bicknell car saying: “the 44 car (Stewart Friesen) got caught up in lap traffic and I was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of it”.

The victory was Sheppard’s fourth career win at the “Track of Champions”, the last win coming on 8/10/2016. It was also Sheppard’s second opening night victory at Fonda after also accomplishing that feat back in 2014.

“I started the Matt DeLorenzo era here at Fonda with an opening night win back in 2014, and now I started the Brett Deyo era here with a victory tonight,” Sheppard told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane.

The new era at Fonda was started on Saturday, with the BD Motorsports LLC promotional team of Brett and Heather Deyo, Jamie and Denise Page, Angela Hanson, and the rest of their staff putting on a great racing program despite the cold temperatures. The quickly run, six division racing program was completed in just short of four hours. The 50/50 was won by Dale Gray of Johnstown who took a victory of his own, taking home the $901 prize.

On “Allegiance Night” at Fonda, the new era welcomed back an “Allegiance” of fans as the covered grandstand was filled just like the good old days of the “Track of Champions”. Fonda, NY Deputy Mayor Tim Healey was on hand for the racing program and stood on victory lane along with Brett Deyo and Jamie Page before the National Anthem saying: “Back in 1968 I watched a blue #43 car here at Fonda racing through turns one and two and that was Richard Petty”. Healey was also a former member of the fire/safety crew at the “Track of Champions.”

Melissa “Mimi” Lazzaro was back singing the National Anthem and doing victory lane interviews. The Biittig’s, Ed and Betty, who are racing historians who have a vast knowledge of the history of the Fonda Speedway were back in the tower watching the action as well, just a great night and a great atmosphere to be a part of for anyone who was there.

Other winners on “Allegiance Night” at Fonda were Mark Mortensen who won the 25-lap, Swagger Factory Apparel, $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing Crate 602 Sportsman feature; EJ McAuliffe who won the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for the Aging Limited Sportsman feature; defending champion Kenny Gates who won the 20-lap, Algonkin Motel, Pro Stock feature; Dave Horning Sr. who won the 12-lap, Trackside Body Works, Street Stock feature; and Ken Hollenbeck who was the winner of the 12-lap, 4-Cylinder/Cruiser feature event.

The top three finishers in each of the qualifying heat race events redrew for starting positions for their feature event starting positions with Matt DeLorenzo and Danny Johnson starting the 30-lap Sunoco Modified event on the front row with DeLorenzo taking the early lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

On lap two the first of a total of eight caution flags during the event was out for Mike Maresca who came to a stop on the backstretch after spinning his car around coming out of turn two while running sixth. The rest of the field was all still at speed but all were able to get by Maresca’s stopped car except for Josh Hohenforst who made contact with Maresca. Both cars were done at that point in the event.

On the restart, Bobby Varin used the outside starting position to take the lead away from DeLorenzo only to have the caution come out again before any laps were completed handing the lead back to DeLorenzo on the next restart. DeLorenzo took advantage of that and was able to maintain the lead while Dave Constantino got by Varin for the second spot.

While all of that was going on, Matt Sheppard made his way up to the fourth position after starting 11th, getting by Danny Johnson for the spot with eighth place starter Stewart Friesen just behind Johnson in the sixth spot. Friesen got by both Johnson and Sheppard for the fourth position on lap seven, and after another caution two laps later Friesen was in the second positon after getting by both Varin and Constantino with Sheppard now just behind in third.

Friesen was looking for the quick way around the track to close in on the leading car of DeLorenzo, trying the inside line around the track before moving to the outside groove to get around DeLorenzo for the lead in turn four on lap 14. Sheppard also got by DeLorenzo for the second position on lap 17 with Friesen in lap traffic four laps later on lap 21 allowing Sheppard to close in.

Sheppard made the low line work for him and when Friesen tried to go around the outside of the lap car of Elmo Reckner, Reckner got loose with both he and Friesen going high in turn three allowing Sheppard to get by both of them for the race lead. Friesen then showed his displeasure with the lap car of Reckner by getting into the rear of Reckner’s car going into turn four to bring out one final caution, setting up a three lap dash to the finish.

Friesen had his car wound up on the outside of the speedway trying to get around Sheppard, but Sheppard stayed in the low groove which had gotten him to this point in the event and took home the victory over Friesen, DeLorenzo, Varin, and Constantino.

“This car was garbage in the heat race but we threw some stuff at it for the feature and it was rolling pretty good on the bottom,” Sheppard said. “My car was good enough to stay with him (Friesen) so I just kept him in my sights and when he got caught up in lap traffic I was able to get by.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature started with Mark Mortensen and Tyler Thompson on the front row after the luck of the draw put them there with Mortensen taking the lead at the start. By lap three Mortensen held a half straightaway advantage over Thompson with Andrew Buff, Nick Scavia, and Tim Hartman Jr. completing the top five.

Mortensen held a straightaway advantage and was in lap traffic by lap eight, at one point stretching out his advantage to almost six seconds over Thompson. Scavia, seventh place starter Tony Farone, and Hartman Jr. The race stayed clean and green up until lap 22 when Aaron Burton ended up in the backstretch wall after contact by another car. Burton was okay but done for the evening at that point.

Mortensen pulled away from Scavia on the restart only to have the caution come out again before any laps were completed. Mortensen pulled away on this restart as well while Farone made quick work of Scavia and got by him in turn two for the second position. Mortensen was able to maintain his lead to the checkered flag for the $1,000 victory in the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In sponsored #1M DKM Cyclone chassis over Farone, Scavia, Hartman Jr., and Buff.

The win for Mortensen, the 2011 Fonda Speedway 602 Sportsman Track Champion, was the 22nd of his career in the division at Fonda which is second on the all-time win list.

“A good draw definitely helped out tonight and I don’t usually draw very well,” Mortensen said in victory lane. “It put me out front and you are always better off there because you can race wherever you want to on the track.”

EJ McAuliffe started the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for the Aging Limited Sportsman feature in the 10th position and somehow got to the lead by the time lap one was completed, after passing early leader Dylan Eldred. McAuliffe was ahead by a half track at times and went on to his third career win in the division over Rich Christman, Tucker O’Connor, Eldred, and Brendan Gibbons.

“My car was definitely hooked up,” McAuliffe said in victory lane. “On the restarts I just tried to stay calm and not get too excited.”

The Algonkin Motel, $1,000 to win Pro Stock feature started with defending track champion Kenny Gates leading from his number one starting position at the drop of the green flag. Luke Horning started the event in the seventh position and on lap four moved up to the second spot with Chuck Dumblewski in third. Gates was out to a half straightaway lead when the one and only caution came out on lap five for a multi car wreck in turn four.

On the restart, Gates maintained the lead while Horning who restarted on the outside fell all the way back to the seventh position. Sixth place starter Nick Stone was now challenging Dumblewski for the second position, running side by side for the spot allowing Gates to pull away. Gates went on to his 81st career win in the division over Stone, Dumblewski, Justin Knight, and Horning.

In victory lane, Gates welcomed Mimi Lazzaro back to Fonda and said “when I started racing I just wanted to win once when asked about his now all time win list leading 81 career victories”. “These American racer tires were bad fast tonight and we had an advantage because we ran them here before years ago. This chassis is now four years old and took me to a championship the last three years.”

Cliff Haslun led the first two laps of the 12-lap Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature until he got out of shape in turn four and collected Chase Aussicker in the process. Aussicker’s tires dug into the track while he was sideways, causing the car to flip over. Aussicker was not injured but both he and Haslun were done for the evening. Dave Horning Sr. took over the lead and led the remaining laps for his 59th career win in the division which is on top of the all-time win list.

Jason Samrov and Michael Arnold were the only other cars to finish the event finishing second and third.

“This feels awesome,” Horning Sr. said in victory lane. “To get a win in the first race of the year takes the pressure off.”

Ken Hollenbeck led all 12 laps in the 4-Cylinder/Cruiser feature for his all-time win list leading 43rd career win and was followed by Josh Samrov, PJ Bleau, Wayne Russell, and Riley Pedrick. Samrov was disqualified for not reporting to tech moving John Napoli into the top five.

“I am really excited about racing at Fonda this year,” Hollenbeck said in victory lane.

Next Saturday, May 4 Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present Meet & Greet Night with all divisions in action except the 4-Cylinder/Cruisers. There will also be a benefit held for the Regional Animal Shelter. Racing will start at 7:00 p.m.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY ALLEGIANCE NIGHT RACE SUMMARY – APRIL 27, 2019

Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Varin, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Danny Johnson, Ryan Watt, Danny Varin, Willy Decker, Cody Bleau, Craig Hanson, Elmo Reckner, Darwin Greene, Billy Pauch, Alan Barker, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Jessica Friesen, David Schilling, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Danny Tyler, Mike Maresca, Ryan Odasz, Josh Hohenforst, Pep Corradi, Jeff Rockefeller, Vinny Sanganetti, Korey Wilder (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps, $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing): MARK MORTENSEN, Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Tim Hartman Jr., Andrew Buff, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Dwyer, Tyler Thompson, Griffen Mansmith, Ajay Potrzevowski, Harry Shaffer, Mike Jackson, Josh DeMagistris, Aaron Burton, Ray Zemken, Kathy Bellen, Joe Orlando, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeremy Tuttle, Rob Lanfear

Greco’s NAPA Auto & Truck Parts Hard Charger Award – Tim Dwyer – 13 spots gained 28th to 15th

Heat Race Winners: Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Mark Mortensen

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Tucker O’Connor, Dylan Eldred, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Steve Wagoner, Kyle Hoard, John Young, Brett Mortensen, Jason Baker, Alan Hanson, Spencer Rapp, Greg Perron

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KENNY GATES, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Justin Knight, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Cassidy Wilson, Ivan Joslin, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Bill Knapp, David Emigh, Devon Camanga, Jim Normoyle, Buck Gasner, Andy Graves, Alicia Hughes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Ralph Isabella (DNS), John Roese (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Justin Knight

Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature Finish (15 laps): DAVE HORNING SR., Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Chase Aussicker, Brittany Celebucki (DNS)

Cruiser Feature Finish (12 laps): KEN HOLLENBECK, PJ Bleau, Wayne Russell, Riley Pedrick, John Napoli, Cole Lawton, Josh Samrov (DQ)

FONDA SPEEDWAY ALLEGIANCE NIGHT RACE SUMMARY – APRIL 27, 2019

Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Varin, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Danny Johnson, Ryan Watt, Danny Varin, Willy Decker, Cody Bleau, Craig Hanson, Elmo Reckner, Darwin Greene, Billy Pauch, Alan Barker, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Jessica Friesen, David Schilling, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Danny Tyler, Mike Maresca, Ryan Odasz, Josh Hohenforst, Pep Corradi, Jeff Rockefeller, Vinny Sanganetti, Korey Wilder (DNS)

Did Not Qualify: All Qualified

Heat Race Winners: Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps, $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing): MARK MORTENSEN, Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Tim Hartman Jr., Andrew Buff, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Dwyer, Tyler Thompson, Griffen Mansmith, Ajay Potrzevowski, Harry Shaffer, Mike Jackson, Josh DeMagistris, Aaron Burton, Ray Zemken, Kathy Bellen, Joe Orlando, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jeremy Tuttle, Rob Lanfear

Did Not Qualify: All Qualified

Heat Race Winners: Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Mark Mortensen

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Tucker O’Connor, Dylan Eldred, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Steve Wagoner, Kyle Hoard, John Young, Brett Mortensen, Jason Baker, Alan Hanson, Spencer Rapp, Greg Perron

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KENNY GATES, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Justin Knight, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Cassidy Wilson, Ivan Joslin, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Bill Knapp, David Emigh, Devon Camanga, Jim Normoyle, Buck Gasner, Andy Graves, Alicia Hughes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Ralph Isabella (DNS), John Roese (DNS)

Did Not Qualify: All Qualified

Heat Race Winners: Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Justin Knight

Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature Finish (15 laps): DAVE HORNING SR., Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Chase Aussicker, Brittany Celebucki (DNS)

Cruiser Feature Finish (12 laps): KEN HOLLENBECK, PJ Bleau, Wayne Russell, Riley Pedrick, John Napoli, Cole Lawton, Josh Samrov (DQ)

FONDA SPEEDWAY ALLEGIANCE NIGHT/SEASON OPENER TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – According to the dictionary, the definition of the word Allegiance is “loyalty or commitment of an individual to a group or cause”.

On Saturday April 27, 2019, the “Track of Champions” welcomes you to join us for “Fonda Speedway Allegiance Night” & Season Opener! Let’s fill the famed Fonda grandstands with all that old & new Fonda Speedway racing apparel! Let’s show the racing world that Fonda Speedway is back! Our Fonda Speedway store will be open on Saturday and throughout the 2019-racing season so you can pick up some brand new Fonda Swag!

After a rainout last Saturday April 13, Saturday, April 27 will now serve as Opening Night for the 2019 racing season at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track and on this night the Sunoco Racing Modifieds will be competing for a top prize of $8,000! To sweeten the pot for our loyal Fonda Speedway Sunoco Racing Modifieds on this night, the Modified feature will be a 30 lap main event! No extra laps with big money on the line!

Joining the Modifieds on April 27 will be the Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win – (thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), the Montgomery County Office for the Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win), the Trackside Auto Body Works Street Stocks and the Four Cylinder Cruisers!

Gates will open on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. with Hot Laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

The Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum will be open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with a Meet & Greet starting at 4:00 p.m. with 2018 Track Champions Bobby Varin (Modified), Chad Edwards (602 Sportsman), and Kenny Gates (Pro-Stocks). Admission to The Hall of Fame & Museum is FREE!

“His car belongs here at Fonda.” – Carole Palmer

Last season, the final car prepared for Fonda Speedway legend Jumpin’ Jack Johnson made its way back to the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum for the first time since 2014. We are pleased to announce that it will be back for 2019.

Thanks to longtime Fonda Speedway supporters – Alton and Carole Palmer – the famous #12A will once again call the Montgomery County Fairgrounds home. So be sure to stop by and see us starting this Saturday at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum, where the past comes back to life!

ALLEGIANCE ALERT: Stewart Friesen declares his allegiance this Saturday night and will be competing in the Fonda Speedway Allegiance Night/2019 Season Opener in search of the $8,000-to-win Sunoco Racing Modified checkered flag! “Mr. Freeze” has three opening night wins at the Fonda Speedway in 2015, 2016, and 2018!

Friesen is currently tied for fifth on the All Time Fonda Speedway Modified win list with Kenny Shoemaker, both having 54 wins to their credit. Friesen accomplished his win total in just eight seasons at Fonda, his first career win coming on 7/27/10 and his last win coming last year on 8/4/18. He also has one 358-Modified win at Fonda, which is part of a separate All Time win list, that victory coming last year on 9/21. Friesen was also crowned the Modified Track Champion at Fonda for four consecutive seasons in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015!

INVADER ALERT: With $8,000 on the line for Saturday night’s Sunoco Racing Modified feature event at Fonda, Billy Pauch Racing has set plans to attend the Fonda Allegiance Night / Season Opener. Likening Fonda’s unique layout to his beloved Flemington Speedway, “The Kid” is ready for a rare New York State start this weekend! Pauch has two victories to his credit at Fonda, both coming back in 1985 on 8/20 and 9/28!

ROAD TRIP: Milford, Delaware’s Jordan Watson Motorsports is on the heels of a championship-winning season at his home track of Delaware International Speedway. This weekend, Watson plans a road trip from his First State residence to compete in the $8,000-to-win Sunoco Racing Modified event during the Fonda Speedway Allegiance Night/Season Opener!

Race Day Information for Saturday, April 27:
Gates Open: 3:30 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m.
Racing: 6:30 p.m.
Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $11.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $9.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30.00
Pit Entry W/O License: $35.00
Parking in Speedway Lot: FREE
Concession Stands & Beer Booth Open
Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand: Brand new Fonda Speedway available for purchase.
Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum
Opens @ 3:30 pm
Meet & Greet with 2018 Track Champions Bobby Varin (Modified), Chad Edwards (602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro-Stocks). (Starting @ 4:00PM)
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

$8,000 to Win, $11 to Get In? It’s Happening at Fonda Speedway This Saturday, April 27

FONDA, NY – $8,000 to win. $11 to get in?

Yes, it’s true. This Saturday (April 27), Fonda Speedway hosts its ‘Fonda Allegiance Night’ in an unprecedented program at the ‘Track of Champions’ facility. After rain nixed last weekend’s scheduled Season Opener, ‘Fonda Allegiance Night’ will also kick-start the 2019 season at the track.

The Sunoco big-block/small-block Modifieds race 30 laps for a mammoth $8,000 to win! Second-place will offer $4,000. As the Season Opener, a draw/redraw format will be in place for this program.

Also on the card: Crate 602 Sportsman competing for $1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing, Pro Stocks in a $1,000-to-win main, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks and Cruisers.

All this with NO ADMISSION INCREASE for fans!

Adult admission for Saturday is $11. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Military/Veterans with ID pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

In the pit area, Fonda members pay $30. Non-members pay $35. Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10. Children 5 and under pay $2.

Fans are encouraged to wear Fonda Speedway apparel – new and vintage – to show their support for the ‘Track of Champions’ as their home track. The all-new Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand will be open with a full line of apparel on sale.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hot laps hit the track at 5:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

All divisions will be able to run American Racer or Hoosier tires as this event falls into the three-week burn-off period instituted by track management.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY TO OPEN FOR ITS 68TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, April 20 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will open its gates for the 68th consecutive season of competition on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track. Under the new management team of BD Motorsports Media LLC for the 2019 season, Brett Deyo and his staff look to “Bring Fonda’s Rich History Back to Life” as it states on the new Fonda Speedway website www.thefondaspeedway.com

“For a lifelong fan of Modified racing, taking the helm at Fonda Speedway is an honor and responsibility,” Deyo said in a press release after announcing that he had taken over the speedway. “Fonda is an iconic facility rich in history and supported by passionate fans and competitors. I’m hoping to make the most of this opportunity from the Fair Board and continue the ‘Track of Champions’ auto racing legacy.”

Since the announcement last September that Brett Deyo was taking over the “Track of Champions” in 2019, there have been numerous announcements made during the winter months that have fans, drivers, car owners, and anyone involved in the sport excited about the 2019 season at the Fonda Speedway.

With the new management team under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, Fonda Speedway launches into the 2019 campaign with reduced admission, special events, and larger purse structures. It’s truly a “win-win-win” for fans of the Montgomery County half-mile track.

The Sunoco Modifieds will kick off the historic 2019 racing season at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, April 20 with some serious cash on the line. The opening night winner will take home a $4,000 paycheck! While the stars and cars compete for some big cash on Opening Night, the fans can enjoy this race unfold before their eyes for NO EXTRA ADMISSION COST! That’s right; Adult Grandstand Admission will remain at $11, Seniors 65-plus stay at $9.00 and Kids 11 & under are FREE!

Also on the April 20 Racing Card will be the 602 Sportsman ($1,000 To Win Thanks To Eric Orozco Racing), Pro-Stock (Best of 8 Series), Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks.

Gates will open on Saturday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

The inaugural opening day event at Fonda was held back in 1948 when Buddy Shuman was the winner. Fast forward to 2018 when Stewart Friesen was the winner of the opening day event, leading all 50-laps to take the first of a total of eight wins at Fonda in 2018.

In opening day events at Fonda held over the last 67 years, Jack Johnson leads the way with eight opening day victories in 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994. Following close behind with seven opening day wins is Lou Lazzaro who won events in 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1977, and 1978.

Two drivers have taken home five opening day wins as Dave Lape (1981, 1984, 1989, 1993, and 1995) and Pete Corey (1955, 1956, 1959, 1962, and 1967) both accomplished the feat. Jeff Trombley has four opening day victories in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2002 while Bobby Varin (2001, 2005, and 2010), and Stewart Friesen (2015, 2016, 2018) both have three wins. Jim Luke (1954, 1957), C.D. Coville (1979, 1980), Danny Johnson (1990, 2007), Pat Ward (1996, 2009), and Stewart Friesen (2015, 2016) all have two wins apiece.

Drivers who have one victory in opening day events at Fonda are Buddy Shuman (1948), Chuck Kotwica (1953), Irv Taylor (1958), Bill Wimble (1960), Tom Kotary (1961), Ken Shoemaker (1965), Don Wayman (1968), Rene Charland (1970), Maynard Forrette (1973), Dave Pelczar (1974), Pep Pepicelli (1975), Jimmy Horton (1985), Bob McCreadie (1986), Mike Romano (1987), Dave Camara (1998), Brett Hearn (2003), Tim McCreadie (2004), Mitch Gibbs (2006), Ronnie Johnson (2011), Mike Mahaney (2012), Matt Sheppard (2014), and Justin Boehler (2017).

Fonda Speedway management would like to thank the following sponsors who have come on board to sponsor the “Track of Champions” for the 2019-racing season. They are, in no particular order, BD Motorsports Media LLC, Eric Orozco, American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Racing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco, Sunoco Race Fuels Bruce-Insinger of Insinger Performance, Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fuccillo Automotive Group, John Lakata, Autism Awareness, Corr Pak Merchandising, One Zee Tees, Greco’s Auto & Truck Parts NAPA, Trackside Body Works, BBL Construction Services, Recovery Room Sports Grill, Palmer’s Service Center, Bill Lake Homes, Montgomery County Office for the Aging, Benjamin Moore Paints, DKM Fabrication, MW Roosevelt & Sons, Roosevelt Towing & Recovery, Teo Pro Car, Montgomery County Championships, Mav-TV, Make A Wish, School House Pools, and A-Verdi Storage Containers!

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway 2019 Season Opener to Offer Sunoco Modified Winner $4,000

As Mother Nature shines down upon us with warmer temperatures and drier weather, we are super eager to get the racing season started at the ‘Track of Champions’! Many projects have already begun, and new life is being pumped into the famed half-mile speedway …

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THIS JUST IN… Sunoco Modifieds will now kick off the historic 2019 racing season at the Fonda Speedway with some serious cash on the line. The opening night winner will now take home a $4,000 paycheck!

While the stars and cars compete for some big cash on Opening Night, the fans can enjoy this race unfold before their eyes for NO EXTRA ADMISSION COST! That’s right, Adult Grandstand Admission will remain at $11, Seniors 65-plus stay at $9.00 and Kids 11 & under are FREE!

On The Racing Card:
Sunoco Modifieds ($4,000 To Win!)
602 Sportsman ($1,000 To Win Thanks To Eric Orozco Racing)
Pro-Stock (Best of 8 Series)
Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman
Trackside Body Works Street Stocks

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 3:30 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m.
Racing: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $11.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $9.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30.00
Pit Entry W/O License: $35.00
Parking In Speedway Lot: FREE

Fonda Speedway To Start 2019 Season April 13 at Open Practice

Written by Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – After a successful Capital District Racecar Show last weekend where many of the Fonda Speedway competitors showed off their cars for the 2019 season, the focus now turns to Saturday, April 13 when an open practice is planned at the “Track of Champions” followed by opening night of the 2019 season the following Saturday, April 20.

In case you have missed some of the announcements that have been made throughout the winter months by new Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC here is a brief rundown of what has been announced since Mr. Deyo took over the reins at the “Track of Champions” last November.

Since 1953, the legendary Fonda Speedway has played host to the Northeast’s most talented competitors and passionate fans. For 2019, the “Track of Champions” is poised for a return to prominence. With a new management team under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, Fonda Speedway launches into the 2019 campaign with reduced admission, special events, and larger purse structures. It’s truly a “win-win-win” for supporters of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half-mile track.

Admission for Adults has been rolled back to $11 for weekly Saturday night events in 2019!

Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9 while Kids 11 and under are FREE. New for 2019 is the Fonda Speedway “Dollar Day” scheduled for May 18 offering $1 admission into the grandstands. This event will feature all classes including the Modifieds.

All Fonda divisions will race for more money in 2019!

The Modifieds will compete for $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to start weekly, a pay structure that totals $12,775. Crate 602 Sportsman now battle for a $700 top prize minimum and $100 to take the green. But it gets better, on 10 Saturday nights during the season, Eric Orozco Racing has risen the stakes, offering $1,000 to win on April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 3 and August 10.

Pro Stocks will race for $500 weekly and a boosted $75 to start!

While Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Four Cylinder Cruisers will all be paid throughout the field in the 2019 season.

Both the Modified and Sportsman competitors will be eligible to participate in the lucrative American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco!

Which distributes $51,450 in cash and hundreds of tire certificates annually to teams competing at American Racer tracks across the Northeast.

Fonda Speedway Goes National!

On Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 the Fonda Speedway will once again be in the limelight of the racing world as national television channel MAV-TV records the “Firecracker 50” $10,000-to-win Modified race from the “Track of Champions” in Fonda, N.Y. for broadcast! The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Racing & Fonda Speedway officials are amped up for this mid-week event to put Fonda Speedway back on the map on a national level. This event will have promotional support from John Lakata, who organized the wildly successful “Jack” event at the track in 2015.

$125,675.000!

That is the magic number to be paid out at the September 28, 2019 “Return of the Fonda 200”! This historic modified race will pay $53,000 to the winner, $20,000 to 2nd and $10,000 for the 3rd place! Also announced before the event was held, the winner of the Northeast dirt season opening event at the Georgetown Speedway on March 16 will be a guaranteed starter for the Fonda 200. Stewart Friesen was the winner of the event giving him the guaranteed starting spot for the big paying “Fonda 200” event!

Dollar Day Coming To the “Track of Champions”!

In keeping up with the changes at the Fonda Speedway in 2019, we wanted to do something to send along our appreciation to the loyal fans of Fonda. What better way to do it than having a “Fonda Speedway Dollar Day”! On Saturday, May 18, 2019, when the grandstand gates open up, ticket sellers will be proud to say “One Dollar Please”, and your admittance into the famous Fonda 1/2 mile will be granted. All weekly divisions will be in racing action that evening, which does include the Modifieds!

Seeing Double @ the “Track of Champions”!

For many seasons at the Fonda Speedway, Modified Twin 20’s were always a night you would not want to miss. In 2019, there will be two nights of double features for the modified division paying $1500 to win each race. June 8th will be the first of the Modified Twin 20’s, with July 13 being the second round of Modified Twin 20’s! With shorter laps in each feature event, it makes the drivers’ urgency to get to the front even more important and makes for some exciting racing!

Cowboy Paul Szmal named Fonda Speedway Announcer for 2019!

A familiar voice is returning to the “Track of Champions” this upcoming season. Cowboy Paul Szmal will return to the head announcer’s chair to call what we believe will be some iconic Fonda Speedway history making moments in 2019. Paul was the announcer a few seasons ago at Fonda and has been the voice for many racetracks throughout his career. His knowledge of racing and history of the sport will make him a perfect fit into our team. Paul will be assisted by Jay Severson in the tower for the racing season, a knowledgeable duo to take the Fonda Speedway to victory lane in 2019 and beyond.

Welcome to Sunoco Racing as the title sponsor of the Modified division at Fonda Speedway in 2019!

Thank you Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance for the outstanding support. Also, welcome to the “Track of Champions” the Montgomery County Office for Aging as they have signed on as the Fonda Speedway Limited Sportsman Divisional Sponsor!

The Street Stock division just got better as well as Trackside Body Works in Fonda, New York has jumped on board for the 2019 racing season!

To be the headline sponsor of the Street Stock division! Street Stocks will now race for a minimum of $200 to win each event thanks to Trackside Body Works!

Pro Stock “Best of 8” Series Announced for the 2019 Fonda Season!

Fonda Speedway management has been working hard on an incentive program for the popular Pro Stock division in 2019. Enter the “Best of 8” Series. On eight Saturday nights, the Pro Stock division will race for an increased $800 to win. The dates are as follows: April 20, May 4, May 11, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 20, and August 3.

Montgomery County Championships for 602 Sportsman & Pro-Stocks!

The Fonda Speedway & the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park have joined forces to offer the first ever “Montgomery County Championships” between the two tracks starting in 2019. Separated by a mere three miles, the 602 Sportsman and Pro-Stocks will go to battle to find out who is the best in the county. Each division will use their eight best finishes at the Fonda Speedway, and their eight best finishes at The Ridge with a combined point system kept. There will also be two special challenge races, one at The Ridge on July 6, and Fonda Speedway’s challenge race slated for September 14.

16th Annual Earl Halaquist Memorial!

If you grew up going to Fonda Speedway, you knew that on every Memorial Day weekend you could bank on seeing sprint cars at the “Track of Champions”. In 2019, that tradition will continue on as the Patriot Sprint Tour invades the speedway with the running of the 16th annual Earl Halaquist Memorial. Earl Halaquist was a six-time United Racing Club (URC) point champion, and “The Earl of Sidney” sits in the record books with 53 feature wins. Danny Varin is a two-time defending race champion and will look to three-peat at his hometown track in 2019.

Weekly Hard Charger Award!

602 Crate Sportsman weekly racing just got a little better for the upcoming 2019 racing season at the Fonda Speedway. Frank & Jason Greco from Greco’s Napa Auto Parts in Palatine Bridge New York have come on board to sponsor a weekly Hard Charger Award for the season. The driver who advances the most positions in the weekly 602 Crate Sportsman will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to their store in Palatine Bridge. A special sticker is being produced & must be on your racecar in order to be eligible for the award. In case of a tie, the certificate will be split. The offer is only valid at Greco’s Napa Auto Parts in Palatine Bridge, NY. We will announce when & where to grab your stickers!

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Meet & Greet Night!

On Saturday night, May 4, 2019 Bob Hilbert Sportswear presents Meet & Greet night at Fonda Speedway, and they are bringing along plenty of goodies! All race teams competing that night will receive a t-shirt, along with giveaway items for the 1st 100 fans to arrive at the speedway that day. Mr. Hilbert & his team will also have special giveaway items for the kids as well!

It’s huge!

Fonda Speedway and Fuccillo Automotive Group have joined forces in a multi-faceted partnership for the upcoming 2019 season at the legendary Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility. Victory Lane at the hallowed “Track of Champions” is a destination racers aspire to reach. This season, the checkerboard square will bring even more meaning. Fuccillo Automotive Group has signed on to present Victory Lane for the entire season in memory of their longtime employee and avid race fan Mike Cole of Canajoharie, who worked at the Fuccillo Nelliston location. Mr. Cole passed away unexpectedly and the Fuccillo family wanted to honor him at the speedway.

Fuccillo Automotive Group has taken a title sponsorship role of the Wednesday, July 3 “Firecracker 50” at Fonda, featuring the first-ever appearance by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series STSS Fueled By Sunoco Racing big-block/small-block Modifieds. This 50-lap event offers $10,000 to win plus lap money and is sure to attract top drivers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The Fuccillo Automotive Group “Firecracker 50” also includes the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman series for $1,500 to win and will be recorded for national broadcast on MAV-TV Motorsports Network, available to more than 35 million households across the country. And there’s more! Fuccillo Automotive Group will provide Fonda Speedway with an official pace truck for the entire 2019 season.

Sponsors for the 2019 Racing Season at Fonda!

The list of sponsors who have come on board with the “Track of Champions” for 2019 includes the following in no particular order: BD Motorsports Media LLC, Eric Orozco, American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Racing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco, Sunoco Race Fuels Bruce-Insinger of Insinger Performance, Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fuccillo Automotive Group, John Lakata, Autism Awareness, Corr Pak Merchandising, One Zee Tees, Greco’s Auto & Truck Parts NAPA, Trackside Body Works, BBL Construction Services, Recovery Room Sports Grill, Palmer’s Service Center, Bill Lake Homes, Montgomery County Office for the Aging, Benjamin Moore Paints, DKM Fabrication, MW Roosevelt & Sons, Roosevelt Towing & Recovery, Teo Pro Car, Montgomery County Championships, Mav-TV, Make A Wish, and School House Pools!

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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.

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