FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 4/17/2021

Palmer’s Service Center Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $3612 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Josh Hohenforst, Michael Maresca, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Brian Gleason, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Jessica Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Bobby Hackel IV, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Patrick Dupree, Shane Jablonka, Rich Christman, George Foley, Matt DeLorenzo, Adam McAuliffe, Cory Lowitt, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Dave Constantino DNS

Lap Leaders – 1-30 Friesen

Heat Race Winners – Friesen, Varin, Gleason

In heat race #1 Stewart Friesen broke the track record with a lap of 17.74 old record was set by Bobby Varin 18.136

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Mark Mortensen, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Tony Farone, Tim Dwyer, EJ McAuliffe, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Payton Talbot, Aaron Burton, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Ricky Quick, Anthony Cardamone, Brian Borst, Brendan Gibbons, Chip Constantino, Joe Orlando, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, Finch Fenton, Mike Ketchum

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Dwyer, 8-16 McAuliffe, 17-25 Edwards

Heat Race Winners – Dwyer, Fenton, Calabrese, Santabarbara

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – BEAU BALLARD, Nick Stone, Andy Graves, Jason Morrison, Steve Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Jim Normoyle, Luke Horning, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, AJ Walters, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Terry Graves, Cliff Haslun DNS, Dan Krajewski DNS

Lap Leaders – 1-4 Dumblewski, 5-8 Morrison, 9-20 Ballard

Heat Race Winners – Dumblewski, Gates, Ballard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – JEREMY TYRRELL, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, Jonathan Feagles, Clayton DuMond, Kyle Dingman, Jerry Cohn, Jeff Lutes, Ryan Sweet, John Young

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Tyrrell

Heat Race Winners – LaPlante, Gray

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), TYLER WHITE (DOHC), Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, Billy Hillman, Dale VanAllen, PJ Bleau, Jeff Tubbs, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Brandon Tyler, Wayne Russell Jr., Lee Horning, AJ VanHoesen, Dan Haslun, David Peek Britten, Jamie Warner DNS, Zach McSpirit DNS

FONDA SPEEDWAY SET TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND FOR THE 70TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF RACING – RONNIE JOHNSON TO ADDRESS THE CROWD IN PRE-RACE CEREMONIES

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – There is nothing like the excitement of a new racing season, for drivers, crews, and fans and the opening event of the 2021 racing season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway this Saturday, April 17 will be no different.

Adding to that excitement and making it a must-see event for any race fan will be Ronnie Johnson who has confirmed that he will be in attendance on Saturday evening at Fonda to address the crowd and share some memories of his legendary father Jumpin’ Jack Johnson who passed away recently. It stands to be one of the most memorable and emotional moments in the history of the “Track of Champions”.

Pre-Race ceremonies will be live on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page for fans who are unable to attend. The racing program will also be televised live on Flo Racing, the official Live Stream Partner of the Fonda Speedway. Don’t miss a lap of our 2021 action at Fonda with a subscription to Flo Racing by going to their website www.floracing.com

All new Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Memorial products will also be on sale at the Ronnie Johnson souvenir trailer.

Alton & Carole Palmer of Palmer’s Service Center will sponsor opening day 2021 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. On a normal basis opening day at Fonda consists of a single racing program with all divisions in competition.

Last year a two-day opening weekend was held with separate divisions running each day. It was the latest start to a racing season ever in the history at the Fonda Speedway and was all due to the COVID-19 pandemic putting the area “On Pause”.

This year in 2021, opening day will be back to normal with all regular divisions running the same evening including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Cruisers.

Last years opening weekend winners at Fonda were Stewart Friesen (Sunoco Modifieds), Nick Scavia (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Al Relyea (first career win in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock Division), Justin Pope (DOHC) and Zach McSpirit (SOHC) who were both first time winners in the Four Cylinder Cruiser division.

In opening day events at Fonda held over the last 69 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 (1997, 1999, 2000, and 2002) along with Stewart Friesen (2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020) while Bobby Varin (2001, 2005, and 2010) has three wins. Jim Luke (1954, 1957), C.D. Coville (1979, 1980), Danny Johnson (1990, 2007), Pat Ward (1996, 2009), and Matt Sheppard (2014,2019) 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), Justin Boehler (2017).

Fonda Speedway Palmer’s Service Center Opening Night – Fan Policy

Fans will be welcomed to Fonda Speedway this Saturday, April 17 for Palmer’s Service Center Opening Night!

Grandstand Admission: $11

Seniors (ages 65 and up): $9

Kids 11 and under are FREE.

Grandstand Policies

  • All attendees must have a temperature check upon entering the facility.
  • Masks are required to enter the facility and while visiting restrooms and concession areas.
  • Montgomery County has asked for the name and contact number for fans attending each

Saturday night. That information will be collected at the grandstand gates.

  • Every-other-row of the Covered Grandstand will be available for seating.
  • The open-air, turn-four bleachers will be available for seating.
  • To aid with social distancing, the Infield Drive-In will be open (see policies below).

Drive-In Policies

  • There are 45 available Infield Drive-In spots.
  • Spots are $60 each and include up to four passes (attendees must arrive together).
  • Reserve a spot by e-mailing fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com. E-mails will be answered in the order they are received. Please provide make and model of vehicle.
  • Credit card pre-payment is preferred to expedite the arrival process.
  • Drive-In attendees may enter between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
  • When arriving at the speedway, Drive-In vehicles will stay to the right and form one line.
  • All vehicles will exit the infield on the backstretch out of the turn-two gate.
  • Please cooperate with all parking attendants and security.
  • Must wear masks while using the restroom and/or the concession areas.

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.

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

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

Fonda Speedway Palmer’s Service Center Opening Night – Fan Policy for April 17

Fans will be welcomed to Fonda Speedway this Saturday, April 17 for Palmer’s Service Center Opening Night!

Grandstand Admission: $11
Seniors (ages 65 and up): $9
Kids 11 and under are FREE

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

Grandstand Policies

  • All attendees must have a temperature check upon entering the facility.
  • Masks are required to enter the facility and while visiting restrooms and concession areas.
  • Montgomery County has asked for the name and contact number for fans attending each Saturday night. That information will be collected at the grandstand gates.
  • Every-other-row of the Covered Grandstand will be available for seating.
  • The open-air, turn-four bleachers will be available for seating.
  • To aid with social distancing, the Infield Drive-In will be open (see policies below).

Drive-In Policies

  • There are 45 available Infield Drive-In spots.
  • Spots are $60 each and include up to four passes (attendees must arrive together).
  • Reserve a spot by e-mailing fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com. E-mails will be answered in the order they are received. Please provide make and model of vehicle.
  • Credit card pre-payment is preferred to expedite the arrival process.
  • Drive-In attendees may enter between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
  • When arriving to the speedway, Drive-In vehicles will stay to the right and form one line.
  • All vehicles will exit the infield on the backstretch out of the turn-two gate.
  • Please cooperate with all parking attendants and security.
  • Must wear masks while using the restroom and/or the concession areas.

VARIN, MORTENSEN, & GATES SET QUICK TIMES IN FONDA SPEEDWAY PRACTICE

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway held an open practice session for cars in all divisions on Saturday afternoon on a beautiful spring day.

At the conclusion of all sessions, the overall fast times in the top three divisions at the speedway were set by Bobby Varin in the Sunoco Modified division with a lap time of 18.998, Mark Mortensen in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with a lap time of 19.804, and Kenny Gates in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division with a lap time of 21.944.

Those three drivers were awarded with a $100 bonus for Hazer’s Quick Time by Rob Hazer.

The top five overall times behind Varin in the Sunoco Modified division with their lap time in parenthesis included Craig Hanson (19.132), Brian Pessolano (19.191), Josh Hohenforst (19.192), and Adam McAuliffe (19.290).

The top five overall times behind Mortensen in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division were Brian Calabrese (19.872), Brian Borst (19.945), defending Track Champion Chad Edwards (19.978), and Cody Clark (19.982).

The top five overall times behind Gates in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division were Steve Cosselman (22.420), Chuck Dumblewski (22.550), Shane Playford (22.615), and Gary Silkey (22.650).

Stephen Gray set fast time in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman with a lap time of 20.858 while defending Dual Overhead Cam Cruiser Champion John Napoli (25.512), and Danny Varin (17.343 in a Sprint Car) set fast times in their respective divisions.

Next Saturday, April 17 the “Track of Champions” will present opening day for the 70th consecutive season of racing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility presented by Alton & Carole Palmer of Palmer’s Service Center.

In competition on April 17 will be all divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Cruisers. Starting time for the racing events in April have gates opening at 3:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Fonda Speedway Set For Open Practice Saturday, April 10

Fonda Speedway is set to host its first on-track activity of 2021 this Saturday, April 10 for an Open Practice. All divisions are welcome to participate.

Gates Open: 1 p.m.
Track Time: 3-6 p.m.
Safety Inspection for all Fonda Speedway classes begins at 1 p.m. on the Hot Pit Road
Pit Admission: $25 (Members) or $30 (Non-Members)
Grandstand Gates will be open. Admission is free. Main concession stand and pit concession stand will be open.
Season Pit Passes, Pit Licenses & Media Credentials will be available to pick up at the Pit Gate
Season Grandstand Passes will be available for Pick-Up at Gate 2

A-Verdi Storage Containers Partners with Fonda & Utica-Rome Speedways for June 25-26 Weekend

Written by Chris Moore

SAVANNAH, NY – A-Verdi Storage Containers has signed on to present a weekend of New York State racing on Friday, June 25 at Utica-Rome Speedway and Saturday, June 26 at Fonda Speedway.

Both nights at the BD Motorsports Media LLC promoted facilities will feature Sprint Cars as part of the A-Verdi Storage Containers weekend.

On Friday, June 25, at Utica-Rome Speedway the night will feature all weekly divisions plus the CRSA Sprint Cars, making their first of two appearances at the Home of Heroes in 2021.

The following night (June 26) at neighboring Fonda Speedway, the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Cars will join the weekly divisions at Fonda for their lone visit to the Track of Champions in 2021.

With a combination of local products and people, A-Verdi Storage Containers can provide customers with temporary storage or office space tailored special for them. Their full-service leasing options will include installation and removal from your site while giving you a professional storage or office space for any environment.

With facilities throughout New York State, they can deliver a dry, secure, ground level storage container to your job site, business, or home. Their products serve as temporary storage space, field/site offices or added warehouse space.

All A-Verdi storage solutions are secure and can be used for commercial, residential, industrial or any business storage space need.

Their company owned trucks operated by trained delivery specialist are taken to your location anywhere in New York, including Upstate New York, Western New York, Central New York, Northern New York, or Southern Tier New York.

For more information on their products, services, and contact information, visit A-Verdi on the web at https://averdi.com/. A-Verdi Storage Containers is based in Savannah, N.Y.

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.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com. Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway

 

A Champion Added: Mike Mahaney Calls Fonda Speedway Saturday Home in 2021

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – The Track of Champions will be adding another Modified point title winner to the list of weekly entrants at the historic facility. Mike Mahaney plans to make the two-and-a-half-hour tow from his Elizabethtown, N.Y., base to Fonda Speedway every Saturday in 2021.

“Fonda is a lot of fun to race; it’s a very racy track that is challenging as well,” Mahaney said. “It’s also one of the closer tracks to our shop, so we felt like choosing Fonda weekly would be a great option for us.”

Mahaney’s ‘21 has gotten off to a red-hot start especially on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco tour.

Mahaney finished second (Small-Block) and third (STSS Modified) in the season-opening weekend at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway. He followed that up with a ninth-place result and another runner-up in Central Pennsylvania at Selinsgrove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway. The Empire State driver will head to Delaware International Speedway April 27 as the STSS South Region point leader.

Mahaney believes running Fonda weekly will only make him stronger on the STSS tour.

“We need to run on American Racers weekly to keep up on the STSS,” he said. “Running one of (Fonda promoter Brett) Deyo’s tracks a week will really help our chances to keep running well on the series.”

Mahaney is a three-time feature winner at the Fonda Speedway, all of which came in high-paying races. The most notable of those wins came in the 112-lap, $12,000-to-win Jack Johnson Tribute in 2017. Mahaney’s lone year as a Fonda regular ended with a fifth-place finish in the season points chase.

“Our goals are high. It’s been a few years since we’ve really ran well at Fonda, but we’ve been good everywhere recently, so I have hopes for what we can do,” said a confident Mahaney as he spoke of his 2021 expectations.

The 2019 Fonda 200 was a bright spot for Mahaney in his recent runs at the famed half-mile: he came home with a $20,000 runner-up finish. “Our program is better now than it was then when we had that strong finish. The 200-lapper is going to be a lot different than weekly racing but being there every week certainly won’t hurt us when the 200 comes around.”

Mahaney will enter the 2021 season with an extremely high confidence level and momentum with the George Huttig team as the season kicks off on April 17 at the Track of Champions.

Open Practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Gates will open at 1 p.m., with hot laps from 3-6 p.m. All divisions are welcome to practice. Pit admission is $25 for Fonda Speedway members and $30 for non-members. There is a rain/weather date of Sunday, April 11 for the Open Practice.

Fonda Speedway’s 2021 Season Opener, presented by Palmer’s Service Center, takes place on Saturday, April 17. Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and Four Cylinder Cruisers will be in action as championship battles get underway.

Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. for the April 17 event with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Pit admission is $30 for Fonda members and $35 for non-members.

Grandstand admission is $11 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (ages 65 and above) and Kids 11 and under are FREE.

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

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

Fonda Speedway Hosts Successful Race Car Show at ViaPort Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, NY – Returning after a one-year absence, the unofficial ‘kick-off’ to the Fonda Speedway season took place last weekend at the ViaPort Rotterdam.

The annual Fonda Speedway Race Car Show hosted approximately 35 race cars from Friday through Sunday as the countdown continues to the 2021 season at the Track of Champions.

The management teams of the ViaPort Rotterdam and Fonda Speedway worked in tandem for a scaled-down version of the pre-season event with a 35-car maximum to allow for social distancing.

The car count represented a variety of divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Four Cylinder Cruisers and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series.

Members of the Fonda Speedway management team attended throughout the weekend, distributing schedules, selling memberships, season passes and Track of Champions apparel.

Attention now turns to on-track action on the famed Fonda Speedway half-mile layout.

Open Practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Gates will open at 1 p.m., with hot laps from 3-6 p.m. All divisions are welcome to practice. Pit admission is $25 for Fonda Speedway members and $30 for non-members. There is a rain/weather date of Sunday, April 11 for the Open Practice.

Fonda Speedway’s 2021 Season Opener, presented by Palmer’s Service Center, takes place on Saturday, April 17. Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and Four Cylinder Cruisers will be in action as championship battles get underway.

Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. for the April 17 event with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Pit admission is $30 for Fonda members and $35 for non-members.

Grandstand admission is $11 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (ages 65 and above) and Kids 11 and under are FREE.

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW IS LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, managed by BD Motorsports Media LLC, will present their 2021 Car Show at the Via Port Rotterdam Mall. Move in will be on Thursday, March 25 after mall hours and move out will be on Sunday evening when the mall closes. According to the Via Port website, regular mall hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The car show is a great way for your race team to show off their equipment for the 2021 season whether it be a totally new race car, a new paint scheme, or new sponsors who have come on board to support your racing endeavors. And you just never know when a local businessman or a person just walking by will notice your race car and you may gain a new sponsor out of it.

With the COVID 19 pandemic still affecting the country, the Via Port Rotterdam Mall released their restrictions for the 2021 Fonda Speedway Race Car Show to speedway management in early March. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 version of the car show is extremely limited by New York State. However, speedway management feels that going on with the show, albeit smaller than usual, is for the betterment of the track and the sport. Please understand that speedway management would love to have every race car possible in the mall, but the following guidelines must be followed.

With that said it was decided that the following criteria would be accepted:

Seven cars each from the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stock and Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman would be allowed in the show along with the 2020 Street Stock Division Champion, three cars from the Four Cylinder Cruiser division, and three cars from the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.

Cars will be accepted based on their position in the final 2020-point standings. Track management feels that this is the most straight-up method to include competitors in the show. If you would like to reach out to the speedway to see if there is any room left in the show for your racecar you can contact Angela Hanson at fondaspeedwayangela@gmail.com.

The Fonda Speedway will also have a table set up at the show where you can purchase your pit and grandstand passes for the 2021 racing season along with some Fonda Speedway apparel! Brett Deyo and his team at BD Motorsports Media LLC would like to thank you in advance for your support of the car show and the Fonda Speedway and for understanding the guidelines for the car show that must be followed.

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.

GRECO’S NAPA AUTO & TRUCK PARTS RETURNS TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY IN 2021 AS THE SPONSOR OF THE HARD CHARGER AWARD

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The Hard Charger Award is one that often maybe overlooked if it is offered at all at your local speedways. If you really think about it, it is a special award to receive because it shows not only the talent of the race car driver to come through the field after a poor qualifying effort, but also the talent and knowledge of the car owner and pit crew who adjust the race car before feature time to make it competitive.

For the last two years at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Frank & Jason Greco of Greco’s NAPA Auto & Truck Parts which is located at 6014 NY Rt. 5 in Palantine Bridge, NY have presented the NAPA Hard Charger Award to the driver who advances the most positions in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division. They will again be handing out the award in 2021, which consists of $100 gift certificate to their store.

The winner of the award is contingent on the Greco’s NAPA sticker being displayed on the race car with the recipients of the award in 2020 including the following drivers:

Tony Farone advanced 21 positions from 29th to 8th to win the award on 6/13/2020.

Kevin Chaffee advanced 10 positions from 28th to 18th to win the award on 6/20/2020.

2020 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion Chad Edwards won the award twice in 2020, advancing 24 positions from 25th to 1st on 6/27/2020 and advancing eight positions from 12th to fourth on 8/15/2020 tying him for the award on that night with Brian Calabrese who also advanced eight positions on 8/15/2020.

Tim Dwyer advanced 18 positions from 28th to 10th to win the award on 7/4/2020.

Charlie Tibbitts advanced six positions from 21st to 15th to win the award on 7/5/2020.

Joe Williams advanced nine positions from 14th to fifth to win the award on 7/15/2020.

Cody Clark advanced 14 positions from 24th to 10th to win the award on 8/1/2020.

Griffen Mansmith advanced 13 positions from 23rd to 10th to win the award on 8/5/2020.

Brian Borst advanced 15 positions from 24th to ninth to win the award on 9/20/2020.

Without the benefit of sponsorship, racing events at your local speedways would not be possible so with that Fonda Speedway management would like to thank the following Marketing Partners for the 2021 season who are listed on the track website including American Racer, Lias Tire Racing Division, American Racer Cup, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series, BD Brett Deyo Motorsports Media, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Recovery Sports Grill, and BBL Companies.

WEEKLY DIVISION SPONSORS

For 2021 the weekly division sponsors will include Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance for the Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel for the Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging for the Limited Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel for the Pro Stocks. The Four Cylinder/Cruiser division is still available for sponsorship as of the writing of this release.

The Fonda Speedway Race Car Show will be held on Friday March 26 through Sunday March 28 at the Via Port in Rotterdam, NY with move in day on Thursday March 25.

As of the date of this release there are only 38 days left until opening day of the 70th consecutive season of racing at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Palmer’s Service Center will sponsor the 2021 season opener at Fonda on April 17 with all divisions in action!

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

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

 

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