THE 17TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS THE RACING PROGRAM AT FONDA ON SATURDAY, JULY 9 AS SAMPSON MOTORCAR PRESENTS “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 9 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar presents “Fan Appreciation Night” with a $5 grandstand admission price! All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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

Thanks to a partnership with the Village of Fonda, there will also be a Massive Fireworks Display between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.!

The Fonda Speedway Kids Club will have Potluck prizes on Saturday, July 9 including gift certificates, t-shirts, race car panels, and more!

There will be three special events on Saturday that will either be a part of the racing program or will be held in addition to the regular racing program. The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature will be the 17th edition of the Hondo Classic in memory of the late Hondo Carpenter featuring a total purse of $3,669.97 in bonuses and lap sponsorships (amount as of the time of the writing of this press release) on top of the regular track purse!

In addition to that the 1st Annual Bobco Memorial Dash for Cash in memory of the late, long time Fonda Speedway videographer Bob James who passed away on September 20, 2020, will be held. Organized by Bob’s longtime friend Mark Krosky, the top two finishers in each of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat races will be eligible to participate in the five-lap dash event.

Bob’s mother and sisters will be there for the presentations in victory lane for the event which at the time of the writing of this press release will pay $509 for first place followed by $409 for second, $369 for third, $329 for fourth, $289 for fifth, and $269 for sixth based on a six-car field.

Bob James was a long-time car owner for Hondo Carpenter so what better night to have a Dash for Cash in his honor than during Hondo Classic Night!

Also on the racing card will be the 1st Annual Swagger Factory Apparel Black Flag Challenge, which only drivers with perfect attendance during the 2022 season will be eligible to participate in.

There are 16 drivers with perfect attendance that will be eligible for the event including Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Clayton DuMond, Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Jeremy Tyrrell, Harry Shaffer, and the winner of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature from 7/3 (Connor Prokop) who will fill the 17-car field for the event.

The total payout for the event at the time of this release was $2,350 along with $800 in bonus money, $750 in gift certificates, and a $999 Swagger Factory Apparel Custom Drivers Suit for a current total of $4,899 as of the time that this press release was written.

A complete list of contributors to all three special events listed above will be available at the speedway on Saturday to be read by the announcer or you can keep track of it all on Facebook.

The Hondo Classic is named for Hondo Carpenter, a popular competitor in the Pro Stock division at the Fonda Speedway who lost his life in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005. Each year dozens of supporters of this event contribute to the bonus money that is awarded along with the track purse. According to the competitors, the money is always welcome but the big draw to the event is the bragging rights.

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013), Josh Coonradt (2019), and Luke Horning (2021) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

At the Northeast Motorsports Expo back in 2017, Bobco Video owner Bob James was given an award for his 25 years of videoing racing events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

The award was given to Bob by Fonda Speedway promoter Pete Demitraszek and the plaque on the front of the award trophy said: “In recognition and appreciation for your twenty-five years of dedication and diligence videotaping the racing action at Fonda Speedway, March 18, 2017.”

James started going to the races with his parents when his mother was pregnant with him, and when he was old enough to remember who the drivers were, his favorites were Harry Peek and Jack Johnson. However, it was one other driver who gave him his first kiddie ride that he will never forget, that was Lou Lazzaro.

James started videoing racing events at Fonda back in 1986 when he got his first video camera. At that time, he would either go on the infield or in turn four to do his videotaping. At the midpoint of the 1992 season at Fonda, the videographer at Fonda left, and James was asked to take over at that time.

James started owning a race car when he and his cousin Hondo Carpenter got into the sport back in 1996 as partners. Their first car was purchased in 1996 which Hondo raced in the street stock division at Albany Saratoga for one year in 1997. Chris Fain built them their next street stock which Hondo ran at Fonda and Albany Saratoga for two or three years before moving up to pro stocks and running only at Fonda.

Hondo’s statistics at Fonda included five wins in the street stock division to go along with four wins in the pro stock class. But perhaps what had even more meaning for Hondo was his popularity with the kid’s and the fans, always ready to take a photo with anyone or autograph anything that a fan desired.

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

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

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

It’s RACE WEEK at Fonda Speedway! Sampson Motorcar presents $5 Fan Appreciation Night THIS SATURDAY, JULY 10.

$5 Grandstand Admission!

HUGE Fireworks Display

Pro Stock Hondo Classic – draw/redraw – 25 show-up points

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Black Flag Race

Bobco Memorial Pro Stock Dash

Plus, a complete show of:

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $40 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-9th-sampson…/

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

 

Monsters on the Mohawk Set for Wednesday Night!

The Monster Truck Racing League returns tonight for their second and final night at #thetrackofchampions!
All Tuesday attendees: return on Wednesday with wristband on for free admission. Thank you for braving the elements!
Advance sale ticket holders: check in at Gate 2.

Tickets are available at the gate.
$25 – Adults
$15 – Kids (ages 3-12)
Children 2 and under FREE
 
Event Parking: $5
Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.
Pit Party: 6-7 p.m.
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY NIGHT MONSTERS ON THE MOHAWK IS A GO!

Tonight’s Monsters on the Mohawk is a GO!
The event is rain or shine and we have the benefit of a covered grandstand. In the event that you have a Tuesday ticket and do not want to brave the elements, we will honor Tuesday tickets on Wednesday night.
Advance sale ticket holders: check in at Gate 2.
Tickets are available at the gate.
$25 – Adults
$15 – Kids (ages 3-12)
Children 2 and under FREE
Gates Open: 5:30 p.m. – Pit Party: 6-7 p.m.
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
See you tonight!

FRIESEN WINS $10,000 FOR HIS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE “FIRECRACKER 50” WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – In racing and other sports there is something known as a homefield advantage. Sunday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Stewart Friesen took advantage of being home winning $10,000 for his fourth consecutive victory in the “Firecracker 50” event.

The special event held at Fonda on Sunday to celebrate the Fourth of July Independence holiday was part of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco, was the fourth edition of the “Firecracker 50” event and also round six of the River Valley Builders Modified North Region for the STSS series.

“It is so great to be back here at Fonda,” Friesen told STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. Thanks to Halmar, all our guys, it’s been a tough season. The playing field, the competition is really high right now so whenever we get a big win it’s awesome. To be here at home on the Fourth of July weekend and to get another one here at Fonda it feels real good.”

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman division was also in action in a 30-lap $2,000 to win event which was won by Rocky Warner in a pickup ride in the Brian Calabrese owned #21C. “Brian asked me numerous times to drive this car, but I just don’t have much interest in running crates especially after running modifieds and being successful. I had a lot of fun there but for his sponsors I wanted to help him out and we got the job done.”

Opening ceremonies feature a prayer by Pastor Greg Nitz followed by the Canadian National Anthem which was sung by Stephanie May and our own National Anthem which was performed by Mini Lazzaro as Matt DeLorenzo drove around the track with the American Flag attached to the back of his race car. The National Anthem was also signed by Lori Scanlon to the crowd on hand both in the grandstands and on Flo Racing.

Another fantastic job was done by the 50/50 ladies with a total of $4,209 going to Caitlyn from Chatham, NY. great job as always ladies!

A draw for starting positions placed Mat Williamson and Danny Creeden on the front row for the 50-lap event with Willaimson taking the early lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag who was celebrating his birthday on Sunday. Fifth and seventh place starters Demetrious Drellos and Stewart Friesen were getting to the front early taking the third and fifth positions respectively by the time the first caution of the event flew on lap four.

Drellos and Friesen took the second and third positions away on the restart and by lap seven Friesen got by Drellos for the second position with Williamson out to a half straightaway advantage. After a slide job in turn two to block Friesen and protect his lead, Williamson and Friesen were side by side for the lead coming to the line to complete lap 13 with Friesen now the leader after beating Willaimson to the line by a nose.

“We had a good draw for the heat race which helped us get to a redraw spot, started seventh and had a little bit of work to do,” Friesen said. “Luckily we were able to make some moves and get to the front before I kind of locked down on the bottom.”

By lap 19 Friesen was out to a straightaway advantage with the focus now turning to Matt Sheppard who started the event in the 10th position but was in the top five on lap 19 after getting by both Creeden and Rocky Warner for the spot. Sheppard took over the third position from Drellos two laps later while Friesen was now out to a half-track advantage.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Friesen, Willaimson, Sheppard, Drellos, and Creeden with the caution out at that point for Keith Flach who slowed in turn four right in front of the leader in an anxious moment for Friesen. It took two tries to get the race restarted after Kyle Coffey spun on the backstretch on the first restart, but Friesen maintained his lead after choosing the inside for the restart as tire wear started coming into play.

Drellos slipped up high in turn one on the restart, falling back to the tenth position while Sheppard moved past Williamson for the second position. Friesen and Sheppard pulled away to make it their own race from that point on with Sheppard actually turning ¼ sec. faster lap times than Friesen at the lap 31 point in the event.

Sheppard closed in on Friesen who was having trouble getting by lap cars as the outside went away and he couldn’t find away around as they were running low on the track. Yellow flags affected the reminder of the event with three cautions from that point on never letting any of the drivers get back into a rhythm.

Sheppard had one final shot at the leader but slipped up high in turn two on the final lap allowing Friesen to get away for the win. For Friesen it was his third win of the season, the 82nd of his career at Fonda, and the 14th win in events 50 laps or longer at the “Track of Champions”. Sheppard ended up second with Williamson, Creeden, and Warner completing the top five.

“The cautions were definitely timely for us, it let us keep some clean air and keep Sheppard at bay,” Friesen said in F.X. Caprara victory lane. I was just trying to pace myself and not use up my tires or go as hard as I needed to. I figured he (Sheppard) could cook it and be right there, but the bottom was just so dominant, so it worked out and I was thankful for the cautions that we got. We’re gonna celebrate this one, it feels real good.”

“We had a real good car tonight, but we really didn’t catch any breaks with the redraw,” Sheppard told Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. “When we got up there it took me about five laps to get going after a caution, it seemed like every time I started running Stewy down a little bit we would get another yellow and get stretched back out but in all it was another real solid run for our team. A shoutout to Scotty Allen who lost a good friend this week, so we are thinking about you.”

“Not a bad run after the week that we had,” Williamson said after his third-place finish. “We’re getting there, getting better every time we come here so hopefully it’s a good adjustment for the $53,000 Fonda 200 at the end of the season. This is like Stew’s personal bank account here at Fonda so it’s tough to keep up with him and Matt (Sheppard) is good anywhere he goes so to be up here on the podium with them I’m happy about it.”

After two tries to start the event, Brett Mortensen led at the start of the 30-lap $2,000 to win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman feature which was round four in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region with Greg Havlichek in tow. On a restart on lap two, Troy Zilles who started third and Payton Talbot and Rocky Warner who started seventh were the new second and third place cars by lap ten with Mortensen in lap traffic two laps later.

Warner got by Zilles for the second position on lap 15 and before the lap was completed, he also got by Mortensen for the lead. Tire issues came into play in this feature just as it did in the modified feature as Zilles and Havlichek both got by Mortensen for the second and third positions when Mortensen’s pace started to slow as his right front tire started to go flat.

With five laps to go Mortensen slowed on the front stretch with a flat tire and one by one after that, drivers started to have tire issues putting them out of the hunt for the win. Chad Edwards brought out an unnecessary caution with two laps to go when he came to a stop in turn three to bring the caution out then drove into the pit area done for the evening.

Warner hung on to the lead for the remaining two laps on the way to his 26th career win in the division over Zilles, Talbot, sixth place starter Tanner Warner, and ninth place starter Mark Mortensen who took over the fifth position on the final lap.

“I told Brian (Car owner Brian Calabrese) that I had to focus on my modified but then told me that he would take care of everything and all I would have to do is to drive the car,” Warner said of his pickup ride in the #21C. “I also told Brian that it’s a lose, lose situation for me because if I win, I’m a bully and if I lose, they will pick on me about it but we’re here and we took home the check.”

“Finishing second to Rocky is like a win for me,” Zilles told Mimi Lazzaro after the race. “He helps me out a lot and I appreciate it.”

“We got hung out on the top for quite awhile there, we didn’t get back down I think until around lap six,” Talbot said after his third-place finish. “But the car was real good, we got by a few people so I’m glad that we could come out of here with a third-place finish. Consistency definitely helps, it helps win championships, and that is my goal this year.”

Racing action continues at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, July 9 with Sampson Motorcar Fan Appreciation Night featuring $5 grandstand admission with all regular divisions in action. The Crate 602 Sportsman will also be competing in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Black Fag Challenge while the Pro Stocks will be competing in the Hondo Classic event. Gates will open on Saturday evening July 9 at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068. Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

STSS MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-laps – $10,000 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Shepard, Mat Williamson, Danny Creeden, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Nick Heywood, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Bobby Hackel IV, Rich Christman, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Roger Henion Jr., JR Hurlburt, Daniel Morgiewicz, Randy Green, Michael Trautschold, Neil Stratton, Demetrious Drellos, Kyle Coffey, Billy Decker, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Brian Gleason, Andy Bachetti, Alex Yankowski, Matt DeLorenzo, Frank Cozze

3rd win of 2022 and the 82nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Williamson, 13-50 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Creeden, Varin, Friesen, Fuller

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Cozze, Henion

DID NOT QUALIFY – Randy Shantel, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Ronnie Johnson, Darwin Greene, Robert Bublak, Dave Constantino, Justin Wright, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Jessica Friesen, Tucker O’Connor, Brock Pinkerous

STSS CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30-laps – $2,000 to win – ROCKY WARNER, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Justin Comes, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tyler Peet, Jeremy Slosek, Clayton DuMond, Blaine Klinger, Carter Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Travis Green, Steve Davis, Kreg Crooker, Mike Nagel Jr., Joe Toth, Ben Feldman, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Jared LaBagh, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlichek, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Matt Perry, Chip Constantino, Thomas Sherby (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 26th of his career in the division for Warner

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Brett Mortensen, 15-30 Rocky Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Peet, Brett Mortensen, Clark, Mark Mortensen, Zilles

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Gray, Perry

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jimmy Avery, Michael Ballestero, Dale Welty, Nick Stone, Kevin Crave, Tom Princiotta, Greg Crooker, Griffen Mansmith, Harry Shaffer, Dylan Madsen, Jason Reome, Doug Kline

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Palmer 17 positions from 31st to 14th

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

STSS MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-laps – $10,000 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Shepard, Mat Williamson, Danny Creeden, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Nick Heywood, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Bobby Hackel IV, Rich Christman, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Roger Henion Jr., JR Hurlburt, Daniel Morgiewicz, Randy Green, Michael Trautschold, Neil Stratton, Demetrious Drellos, Kyle Coffey, Billy Decker, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Brian Gleason, Andy Bachetti, Alex Yankowski, Matt DeLorenzo, Frank Cozze

3rd win of 2022 and the 82nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Williamson, 13-50 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Creeden, Varin, Friesen, Fuller

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Cozze, Henion

DID NOT QUALIFY – Randy Shantel, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Ronnie Johnson, Darwin Greene, Robert Bublak, Dave Constantino, Justin Wright, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Jessica Friesen, Tucker O’Connor, Brock Pinkerous

STSS CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30-laps – $2,000 to win – ROCKY WARNER, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Justin Comes, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tyler Peet, Jeremy Slosek, Clayton DuMond, Blaine Klinger, Carter Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Travis Green, Steve Davis, Kreg Crooker, Mike Nagel Jr., Joe Toth, Ben Feldman, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Jared LaBagh, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlichek, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Matt Perry, Chip Constantino, Thomas Sherby (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 26th of his career in the division for Warner

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Brett Mortensen, 15-30 Rocky Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Peet, Brett Mortensen, Clark, Mark Mortensen, Zilles

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Gray, Perry

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jimmy Avery, Michael Ballestero, Dale Welty, Nick Stone, Kevin Crave, Tom Princiotta, Greg Crooker, Griffen Mansmith, Harry Shaffer, Dylan Madsen, Jason Reome, Doug Kline

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Palmer 17 positions from 31st to 14th

DELORENZO WINS $4,000 THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES EVENT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Last week Matt DeLorenzo and his crew chief, his brother Mike DeLorenzo, learned what a little change can do to your racecar. This week they used that lesson to dial the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell car back to early season form when he won three feature events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

“Mike did a lot of studying over the winter to try to figure out the springs and shocks,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We learned that you can make a little bit of an adjustment and throw yourself off like we did last week when we tried to tighten the car up and it was way too tight, and I couldn’t drive it. But it was definitely on tonight.”

Other winners at Fonda on Ferris Mowers Night featuring the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Connor Prokop (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Todd Morey (SOHC Fonda Four Cylinder), and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder).

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) was also in action at Fonda on Saturday evening with Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antiques), Harry Baldwin (MVVDMS Mystiques), Will Reed (MVVDMS Late Models), Joe Rando (MVVDMS Sportsman), and Jack Miller (MVVDMS Modifieds) the winners of their feature events.

Earlier in the day at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum the 2022 class was inducted which included drivers AJ Romano, Tim Clemons, and Steve Welch along with car owner Jeff McWalker. The 6th Annual Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award was also given to Alton & Carole Palmer and the Eagles Club 3846 of Canajoharie, NY.

The Eagles Club made a $500 donation to the Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club which was accepted by Ashley Abeling the Kid’s Club organizer. It was also announced at the ceremony that Alton & Carole Palmer have permanently donated the last car that Jack Johnson ever drove, the iconic #12A, to the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum.

Special thanks for some bonuses that were paid out on Saturday evening at Fonda including in no particular order RCK Motorsports who paid out $50 to each of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat race winners, the Man with the Red Chair who paid out $100 to feature finishing positions 2-11 in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature, and Upstate Auto who donated $50 to both the single overhead and dual overhead cam feature winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim King was on hand with Chris Moore to handle the announcing duties on Saturday while Dan Haslun was on the mic for the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer during opening ceremonies while Joe Kriss performed the National Anthem. Ther winner of the 50/50 was Harry from Canajoharie who took home $3,096 thanks to the hard work of the 50/50 girls Rose, Julie, and Heather!

A draw for starting positions in the 30-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modified feature event put heat race winner Mike Mahaney and Pep Corradi on the front row for the start of the feature with Mahaney taking the early lead. Seventh place starter Matt DeLorenzo was already up to the fourth position on lap three while Mahaney was out to a straightaway advantage over Corradi two laps later on lap five.

DeLorenzo took the second position away from Corradi on lap seven with Mahaney now in lap traffic allowing DeLorenzo to close in quickly on the leader. DeLorenzo took over the lead two laps later with a quick move on the inside of both a lap car and Mahaney and stretched out his lead to almost a half-track with ten laps to go despite heavy lap traffic throughout the rest of the event.

“My car was really good off of turn two, getting a lot of bite on the outside, DeLorenzo said afterwards. “The lap cars were brutal, I didn’t know how close he (Mahaney) was after I got by him and then I was lapping some pretty good cars, so I was praying for no cautions.”

The top five at the halfway point in the event consisted of DeLorenzo, Mahaney, Corradi, Ronnie Johnson, and David Schilling. Ronnie Johnson was the new third place car on lap 16 after getting by Corradi for the position with 15th place starter Rocky Warner, who was in a #16 tribute car to 2022 Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame inductee AJ Romano, taking the fourth position away from Schilling on lap 24.

With DeLorenzo out to a comfortable advantage over Mahaney and Johnson, the focus turned to Warner, Schilling, and Alex Yankowski who were battling side by side in lap traffic for the fourth position. When Joe Kriss waved the checkered flag at the end of thirty laps DeLorenzo crossed the finish line first for his fourth victory of the season and the 41st time of his career at Fonda followed by Mahaney, Johnson, Warner, and Yankowski.

“Hats off to my brother Mike who has these cars dialed in with Brian (Gleason) winning last week for his first career win,” DeLorenzo said. “We ran at Albany Saratoga last night and here at Fonda tonight with the same car, we worked on it all day today to get it ready for tonight and I am really looking forward to the “Firecracker 50” tomorrow.”

A draw for starting positions determined the starting lineup for the 25-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Jason Reome leading at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot followed by fourth place starter Cody Clark in second.

Third place starter Payton Talbot and 12th place starter Chad Edwards both moved past Cory White for the third and fourth positions by lap eight with Reome now in lap traffic. The top three of Reome, Clark, and Talbot were racing hard for the lead on lap ten just before the caution was out for Clayton DuMond who was facing the wrong way on the backstretch.

Clark took over the lead on the restart coming out of turn two with Edwards and Talbot also getting by Reome for the second and third positions. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Edwards, Talbot, Chip Constantino, and Reome with Clark now out to a straightaway lead.

After starting back in the 15th position, Mark Mortensen moved in to the top five with five laps to go with Clark going three wide at times to stay ahead of Edwards and Talbot who without the benefit of anymore cautions were never able to close in to challenge for the lead. Clark went on to his third win of the season and the 16th of his career in Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Edwards, Talbot, Constantino, and Mark Mortensen.

“The track was definitely tricky tonight,” Clark said after the win. “Early on the car was real good, we threw some different stuff at it just trying to develop and get even better but all in all the car was good. I just couldn’t get through lap traffic the way that I wanted to, I couldn’t roll the corner like I wanted to that’s what made it tough.”

Ivan Joslin started the 20-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Luke Horning started the event in the fifth position and got by AJ Walters for the third position on lap two and one lap later Horning was the new second place car after getting by Gary Silkey,

Sixth place starter Chuck Dumblewski got around the outside of both Jason Morrison and Horning for the second position on lap seven with the caution coming out shortly afterwards for Randy Cosselman who spun in turn four. On the restart, Dumblewski took away the lead from Joslin who dropped out of the event on lap 11 while in the top five.

Kenny Gates brought out the final caution of the event on lap 13 when he came to a stop in turn three while Dumblewski continued to lead on the restart. Tenth place starter Nick Stone was in the second position for this restart with Dumblewski choosing the outside for the restart. When the green flag flew Dumblewski was about as high as you could go on the track while Stone was looking for any way that he could to get by for the lead.

That’s exactly what happened with two laps to go when Stone got by Dumblewski on the inside of turn four and went on to his ninth win of the season and the 68th of his career over Dumblewski, eighth place starter Beau Ballard, Horning, and Morrison.

“A second-place finish would have been great there, that was an awesome race,” Stone said in victory lane. “The slicker the track gets it is an equalizer so nobody really has much over anybody and it is up to whoever can be the smoothest or find a little bit of bite to get off the corners. I think after showing the nose to Chuck that he wasn’t hitting his marks like he was before the caution because there was no catching him before that.”

Michael Kalkbrenner started the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature on the outside of the front row and was the race leader at the drop of the green flag. Fifth place starter Connor Prokop moved through the field to the second position with only a few laps remaining and on lap 12 took over the lead on the inside of turn two.

Prokop went on to his second win of the season and the second of his career at Fonda in the Eagle Towing & Recovery sponsored #12P over seventh place starter Zach Dufel, Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, and Walter Cook.

“After wrecking last week this is special,” Prokop said in victory lane. After extensive tech after the win Prokop said, “I wasn’t real worried because I knew that our car is legal.”

Kerrie Hollenback went on to his seventh win of the season and the 29th time in his career at Fonda in the DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division while Todd Morey took the win in the SOHC class for his first career win in the division at Fonda. Morey’s excitement showed just how much it meant for him to be in victory lane at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

“I was six months old in diapers with my dad when he brought me here,” a very excited Morey said in victory lane. “I’ve been here my whole life, went and did the Monster Truck stuff and got some wins, then came back here and announced with Jim King at sixteen years old. I am so happy right now, I WON AT FONDA SPEEDWAY Morey shouted!

The Independence Holiday weekend action continues at the Fonda Speedway today Sunday, July 3 when the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco heads to the “Track of Champions” for the fourth edition of the “Firecracker 50.”

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will take the stage on Sunday for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders Modified North Region. Fonda Speedway plays host to its fifth STSS event in the last four years, with the sixth event coming this September for the “Fonda 200.”

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen remains undefeated in STSS competition at the Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the “Firecracker 50,” plus the 2021 “Fonda 200,” which fell under STSS sanctioning.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the holiday weekend special for Round No. 4 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region paying $2,000 to win.

Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068. Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 FERRIS MOWERS PRESENTS THE F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – $4,000 to win – MATT DELORENZO, Mike Mahaney, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Alex Yankowski, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Ryan Odasz, Jessica Friesen, Demetrious Drellos, Dave Constantino, Jack Lehner, Tucker O’Connor, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Darwin Greene, Kyle Coffey, Neil Stratton, Roger Henion Jr., Rich Christman, Nick Heywood, Randy Green, Ray Zemken, Justin Wright, JR Hurlburt, Frank Cozze, Jim Introne Jr., Aaron Jacobs

4th win of 2022 and the 41st of his career in the division at Fonda for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Mahaney, 9-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Schilling, Mahaney, Sowle

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – $1,500 to win – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Stephen Gray, Tanner Warner, Joe Toth, Kevin Chaffee, Brendan Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Cory White, Brett Mortensen, Jason Greco, Thomas Sherby, Carter Gibbons, Greg Havlichek, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jeremy Slosek, Griffen Mansmith, Peter Lorenzo, Jim Avery, Steve Davis, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Clayton DuMond, Kevin Ward

3rd win of 2022 and the 16th of his career in the division at Fonda for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Reome, 11-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – DuMond, Clark, Reome

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Palmer 13 positions 27th to 14th

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,000 to win – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Billy Hillman, Ken Griffen, Don Collins, Ivan Joslin, Dan Krajewski, John Holmes (DNS)

9th win of 2022 and the 68th of his career in the division at Fonda for Stone

$100 bonus for finishing positions 2-11 from the Man with the Red Chair

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Joslin, 8-18 Chuck Dumblewski, 19-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus to each heat race winner from RCK Motorsports – Stone, Ballard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, Walter Cook, Kyle Dingman, Mark Lighthall, Ryan Sweet, Matt Perry, Harold Robitaille, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, AJ Greco, Frank Twing Jr., Wesley Sutliff, Nate Bedell, Gus Kamburelis (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Prokop

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Kalkbrenner, 12-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Cook, Dufel

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Justin Ramsey, Corey Valade, TODD MOREY (SOHC), TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Christopher Jennings Sr., Josh Ramsey, Wayne Russell Jr, Ken Hollenback, Dale VanAllen, Kyle Lanfear, Lee Horning, Olivia Swinton, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Morey (SOHC)

7th win of 2022 and the 29th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

$50 to each winner in the division (Morey SOHC & Kerrie Hollenback DOHC) from Upstate Auto

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Peek-Britten, 4 Ken Hollenback, 5-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Don Briggs, Speedy Niedeheimer, Bryan Scofield, Jimmy Hyde, Mike Wheeler, John Wood, Dustin Shepard, Mark Reardon, Charlie Scofield, Harley Sheppard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – HARRY BALDWIN, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Rich Leveque, George Berbench, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – WILL REED, John Roese, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Merv Blackwell, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Paul Billings, Malach Mathews, Larry Stokes (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JACK MILLER, Randy Delaney, Jackie Brown Sr.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/2/2022

DATE – SATURDAY, JULY 2 FERRIS MOWERS PRESENTS THE F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – $4,000 to win – MATT DELORENZO, Mike Mahaney, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Alex Yankowski, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Ryan Odasz, Jessica Friesen, Demetrious Drellos, Dave Constantino, Jack Lehner, Tucker O’Connor, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Darwin Greene, Kyle Coffey, Neil Stratton, Roger Henion Jr., Rich Christman, Nick Heywood, Randy Green, Ray Zemken, Justin Wright, JR Hurlburt, Frank Cozze, Jim Introne Jr., Aaron Jacobs

4th win of 2022 and the 41st of his career in the division at Fonda for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Mahaney, 9-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Schilling, Mahaney, Sowle

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – $1,500 to win – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Stephen Gray, Tanner Warner, Joe Toth, Kevin Chaffee, Brendan Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Cory White, Brett Mortensen, Jason Greco, Thomas Sherby, Carter Gibbons, Greg Havlichek, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jeremy Slosek, Griffen Mansmith, Peter Lorenzo, Jim Avery, Steve Davis, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Clayton DuMond, Kevin Ward

3rd win of 2022 and the 16th of his career in the division at Fonda for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Reome, 11-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – DuMond, Clark, Reome

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Palmer 13 positions 27th to 14th

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,000 to win – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Billy Hillman, Ken Griffen, Don Collins, Ivan Joslin, Dan Krajewski, John Holmes (DNS)

9th win of 2022 and the 68th of his career in the division at Fonda for Stone

$100 bonus for finishing positions 2-11 from the Man with the Red Chair

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Joslin, 8-18 Chuck Dumblewski, 19-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus to each heat race winner from RCK Motorsports – Stone, Ballard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, Walter Cook, Kyle Dingman, Mark Lighthall, Ryan Sweet, Matt Perry, Harold Robitaille, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, AJ Greco, Frank Twing Jr., Wesley Sutliff, Nate Bedell, Gus Kamburelis (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Prokop

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Kalkbrenner, 12-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Cook, Dufel

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Justin Ramsey, Corey Valade, TODD MOREY (SOHC), TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Christopher Jennings Sr., Josh Ramsey, Wayne Russell Jr, Ken Hollenback, Dale VanAllen, Kyle Lanfear, Lee Horning, Olivia Swinton, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Morey (SOHC)

7th win of 2022 and the 29th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

$50 to each winner in the division (Morey SOHC & Kerrie Hollenback DOHC) from Upstate Auto

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Peek-Britten, 4 Ken Hollenback, 5-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Don Briggs, Speedy Niedeheimer, Bryan Scofield, Jimmy Hyde, Mike Wheeler, John Wood, Dustin Shepard, Mark Reardon, Charlie Scofield, Harley Sheppard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – HARRY BALDWIN, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Rich Leveque, George Berbench, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – WILL REED, John Roese, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Merv Blackwell, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Paul Billings, Malach Mathews, Larry Stokes (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JACK MILLER, Randy Delaney, Jackie Brown Sr.

Monsters are Coming: Fonda Speedway Hosts ‘Monsters on the Mohawk’ July 5 & 6

FONDA, NY – The Monsters are coming.

Next week – on Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6 – Fonda Speedway hosts the first-ever ‘Monsters on the Mohawk’ with a complete show each night.

The Monster Truck Racing League (MTRL) descends on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds with six earth-ratting Pro Monster Trucks plus the high-flying excitement of Freestyle Motocross.

MTRL Monsters set to embark on Fonda include Backdraft (Red & Black), Muddy Girl, Instigator, Awesome Kong and more!  The “Top Dog” Pro Mini Monster will be on hand as well!

Prior to the start of each night’s event, fans can meet the drivers, take photos, and check out the Monster Trucks up-close at from 6-7 p.m. via the ‘Pit Party’ on the track.

Monster Truck rides will be available for just $10.

Joining the MTRL Monsters will be freestyle motocross with jumps and high-flying in-air thrills.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. nightly with the Pit Party from 6-7 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m.

Save money by purchasing tickets in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monsters-on-the-mohawk-tickets-321656141177

Pre-Sale tickets are $20 (Adults), $10 for Kids (ages 3-12) and Children 2 and under are FREE.

At the gate, admission is $25 (Adults), $15 for Kids (ages 3-12) and Children 2 and under are FREE.

Event parking is $5. The event takes place rain or shine.

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 CELEBRATES THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY WITH A DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND OF RACING THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway celebrates the Independence Day holiday weekend with two races totaling $14,000 to win over the two-day stretch for the Sunoco Modified division and a total of $3,500 to win for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division.

On Saturday, July 2 the Fonda Speedway hosts the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race mini-series between the Fonda and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedways. The Sunoco Modifieds will race 30-laps and a $4,000 payday on Saturday while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap $1,500 to win feature event, and the Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in a 20-lap $1,000 to win feature event.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will also be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) on Saturday. The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will be making their fourth appearance of the 2022 season at Fonda this Saturday. However, this will be a special appearance because it will be held on the same day as the 2022 Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies which will be held at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum at 3:00 p.m.

So not only will the MVVDMS drivers bring the past into the future with some fun and exciting racing for the fans, but the fans will also be treated to a meet and greet by the MVVDMS dedicated drivers so the fans can get an up and close look at the cars representing the many eras of our racing past at well.

The MVVDMS Car Show at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum will begin at 2:00 p.m. before the 2022 induction ceremonies at 3:00 p.m. The MVVDMS will have three entertaining and thrilling features that will showcase five different classes including the Antique, Mystique, Late Model, Sportsman, and Modified divisions later on during the racing program.

The events held on Saturday at Fonda will be the third event of the season in the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions. The two prior events held this season one at Fonda and the other at the “Home of Heroes” Utica Rome Speedway were won by Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard (Modified), Cody Clark and Payton Talbot (Sportsman), and Nick Stone (winning both Pro Stock feature events).

Current point standings going in to the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series race at Fonda this Saturday show Ronnie Johnson leading the Modified points, Talbot leading the Sportsman points, and Stone leading the Pro Stock points.

Then on Sunday, July 3 the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco heads to the “Track of Champions” for the fourth edition of the “Firecracker 50.” The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will take the stage on Sunday for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders Modified North Region. Fonda Speedway plays host to its fifth STSS event in the last four years, with the sixth event coming this September for the “Fonda 200.”

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen remains undefeated in STSS competition at the Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the “Firecracker 50,” plus the 2021 “Fonda 200,” which fell under STSS sanctioning.

So far in 2022 four events have been held in the STSS River Valley Builders North Region for Modifieds with Matt Sheppard (Orange County, Outlaw, and Devils Bowl Speedways), and Mat Williamson (Accord Speedway) the event winners. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the River Valley Builders North Region Modified points going into the Fonda Speedway this Sunday, holding a 40-point advantage over Canadian Mat Williamson.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the holiday weekend special for Round No. 4 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region paying$2,000 to win. So far in 2022 three events have been held in the STSS Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region for the Crate 602 Sportsman with Brian Krummel (Accord Speedway), Kreg Crooker (Outlaw Speedway), and Travis Green (Bloomsburg Fair Raceway) winning those events. Cream Ridge, N.J.’s Steve Davis maintains a 39-point advantage ahead of Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green while Fonda Speedway’s own Payton Talbot is currently fifth in the Sportsman point standings.

A huge fireworks display will take place as well during the Sunday racing program.

The entire weekend of racing, along with every STSS and Fonda Speedway race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).

Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068. Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.

Saturday, July 2 – Ferris Mowers presents the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series

Sunoco Modifieds – Thunder on the Thruway Series 30 laps, $4,000 to win (draw redraw)

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – Thunder on the Thruway Series 25 laps, $1,500 to win

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – Thunder on the Thruway Series 20 laps, $1,000 to win

Plus:

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

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

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

Drive-In: $70 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-2nd-drive-in…/

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

Sunday, July 3 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco ‘Firecracker 50’

STSS Modifieds – 50 laps, $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman – 30 laps, $2,000 to win, $125 to start

*Both divisions – 25 show-up points

HUGE Fireworks Display

Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6:30 p.m. – Racing: 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $25 (Adults) – $23 (Seniors ages 65 & up) – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $125 (up to four passes). Link: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-3rd-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $40 (non-member) – $35 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

Camping reservations are now being taken online with and without hook-ups.

Pricing:

Weekend Pass – Dry (no hook-ups): $85

Weekend Pass – Water/Sewer/Electric: $150

Single-Day – Dry (no hook-ups): $50 each day

Single-Day – Water/Sewer/Electric: $85 each day

Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/advanced-weekend…/

FONDA SPEEDWAY MUSEUM TO INDUCT THE 2022 CLASS INTO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME THIS SATURDAY, JULY, 2

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday July 2 at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum, the class of 2022 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the “Track of Champions”. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Fonda Speedway Museum which is located at the back of the Fairgrounds along the railroad tracks.

2022 inductees will include drivers AJ Romano, Tim Clemons, and Steve Welch along with car owner Jeff McWalker. The 6th Annual Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award will be given to Alton & Carole Palmer and the Eagles Club 3846 of Canajoharie, NY.

AJ ROMANO

AJ Romano raced motorcycles as a teenager, but after being bummed out by constant crashes and injuries in motocross, thought he should retreat to four-wheel racing. So, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Joe, his father Andy, and older brother Mike and began racing stock cars. Being “slighter” than either Andy or Mike according to the book Fonda, AJ required a pillow for seat padding to see over the hood of what back then was an L & R machine.

AJ took a little longer to learn his trade in stock car racing, but he was also very respectful of what he didn’t know. “Learning is so important in this sport. I can’t believe some of these newcomers today, they are arrogant,” he said in the Fonda book. “Back in 1991 when I drove for Tom Spencer, he called me Out of Control AJ.”

AJ won his first Modified feature at Fulton Speedway in 1986 when he was running the 320-Modified class, and first sat in victory lane at Fonda in the opening event of 1986 in the same division. He’s also won races at Alb­any-Saratoga, New Venture and Canandaigua speedways, and there were numerous nights at Fonda when the Romano brothers finished 1-2, including the 1999 Mohawk Valley 200, with A.J. following Mike across the finish line.

The biggest victory of AJ Romano’s career came on July 27, 1995, when he won the 75-lap $10,000.00 to win “Rumble,” an open-competition 358 version of “Thunder” at the Fonda Speedway. “It was my all-time best night,” he said that night after the win. “There were no holds barred and we won $10,000 over the likes of Brightbill, and Pauch. We didn’t get home early that night.”

After a 34-year career, A.J. Romano sat behind the wheel of his race car for the final time at Fonda Speedway’s 2015 “Mohawk Valley Weekend”. All total Romano has two career 320-Modified wins at Fonda along with one career 358-Modified win to go along with 34 Big Block Modified wins in 16 winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/4/1987 and his last win coming back on 7/14/2012.

TIM CLEMONS (Special thanks to Scott Belknap for the information on Tim Clemons)

When Tim Clemons was about ten years old, his older brother Harry started taking him to the races at Fonda. “And I just got hooked,” Tim said in an interview for Redline Magazine back in 2000. Back then one of Clemons’ racing heroes was Harry Peek who he looked up to and admired a lot. “One thing led to another, and I always said when I was a little kid that I wanted to drive a race car.”

At one point Tim’s brother Harry started sponsoring Jack Johnson so Tim would go down to Jack’s garage, hang around, and learn whatever he could. From there the sponsorship went over to Larry Dalmata’s car and Tim started working on Larry’s car pretty much full time. “When I was working on Larry’s car I would get out of school and go right to the garage,” Clemons said. “I was doing pretty much all of the maintenance on the car.”

Tim’s first time in a race car was at the Lebanon Valley Speedway in the “Race of Kings” event. “Larry’s brother Ray was getting married the day of the race, so Larry told me to take the car to the Valley and try it. Clemons ended up crashing the car but thought that he did very well. “I was keeping pace and passing cars,” Tim said. “I got out of the car, which had no front end left on it, with a smile from ear to ear. It was then I said to myself I have to have one of these.” So, Clemons fixed the wrecked car and the following year had one of his own.

After having his own car for quite a while, Clemons sold his entire operation to Tom Spencer in 1985. He had stints in different cars owned by car owners Dick Vokatis, Mike Parillo, Spencer, Mercoglan/Lombardi Racing, Harry Shaffer Sr., Mike Ketchum/Tom Spencer, Dave & Bobby Bez, and Jake Spraker.

Clemons has been back and forth between the Sportsman and Modified division a couple of times during his career. What it all boiled down to was that he loves racing and if it meant that he had to run a Sportsman car in order to race then he would. “I wanted to race so what was I to do,” he said. “I can’t afford to do it on my own, so I always took the deal that was offered to me.”

Clemons has one career win in each of the following divisions at Fonda, the 320-Modified, 358-Modified, and Big Block Modified divisions, the Big Block Modified win coming on 5/31/1997. He was also the DIRT Sportsman Track Champion at Fonda back in 1990, 1991, & 1992. He had a total of 39 victories in the DIRT Sportsman division and won the Mr. DIRT Sportsman Series title back in 2003.

As for a career highlight for Clemons he chose all of his Track Championships. “I can’t single one of them out because they don’t come that easy,” he said. “To win one of them is doing something but to win four of them is definitely doing something.”

Steve Welch

Steve Welch from Wells NY competed in the Pro Stock (formerly known as Street Stock) division at The Fonda Speedway from 1991 through 2005. He collected 15 feature event wins at Fonda, the first win coming on 6/6/1998 and his last on 5/1/2004. Welch was crowned the 1999 Fonda track champion and finished runner up in points in both 1998 and 2003.

Welch raced for seven years before getting his first career win, primarily running at Fonda through those years and winning a couple of Dash for Cash events there before getting his first career checkered flag. He started his career in car #37 before he and his crew built a car which they numbered 218. When he started his racing career in the Street Stocks, he admitted that he had no clue, none at all.

“It took me a few years but after a while I started getting competitive,” Welch said in an interview I did with him back in 1998 after his first career win. “We got a lot of help from other people especially Phlan Hart who resided in the same area as I did.”

Welch’s first career win at Fonda came in a car owned by Tony Johnson who had Steve drive his car while Johnson concentrated on his successful business A. Johnson Plumbing & Heating along with his son’s Go-Kart racing career at the time. But the bulk of Welch’s wins and his track title came while driving for Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame car owner Jake Spraker.

His 1999 Pro Stock Track Championship (the first year the division was known as the Pro Stocks) was actually the second of eleven that Spraker would eventually win as a car owner at Fonda, and the only one that came in a full fendered division.

JEFF MCWALKER (Special thanks to Joe Achzet for the information on Jeff McWalker)

Dream. Set a goal. Make it happen even if the world is against you.

When you want to get one of the best drivers of his era behind the wheel of “your race car,” you find a way. You make the connections, you do the work, and you answer the door when opportunity knocks. This sums up Jeff McWalker and his time in racing.

In an era where life was different, racing was different. The quiet Ford Mechanic stood out for the wrong reasons. Jeff was African American at a time when society was divided but changing. While Wendell Scott felt the inequality in the sport and public, Jeff was undeterred in his dream.

Jeff always dreamt to put “The Shoe,” Fonda Speedway Hall of Famer Kenny Shoemaker behind the wheel of “his” car. Working as crew member on Andy Romano’s #97 he started to put the pieces together. Teaming up with a pair other future hall of famers, Tony and Lee Achzet and family, the car started to come together, Shoemaker became available, but the team was left without a heartbeat.

Enter John C. Miller’s, the garage Jeff worked at. When a customer’s Big Block powered Mercury Cougar had issues, the Ford Motor Company replaced the engine, and the original engine was left to live a life of scrap metal. Miller donated the engine to McWalker’s dream.

After disassembling the engine, Hall of Fame Mechanic Tony Achzet was able to sniff out the problem, a missing oil plug. Bolting the 427 cubic inch power plant in the Lee Achzet fabricated #81a coupe the team took to the track in May of 1970. The now quintet of Fonda Speedway Hall of Famers found their way to victory lane one month later for their only victory on June 6, 1970.

The significance of this victory? It was the last time a Ford powered modified would grace victory lane until the 90’s, 25 years later with Jack Johnson and Caprara owned FX1 Modified.

DEDICATION TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY MUSEUM AWARD IN MEMORY OF BRUCE DOSTAL

One other award that will be handed out at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies this Saturday will be the 6TH Annual Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award, given in memory of Bruce Dostal who was the museum curator at the time of his passing, a position he was very dedicated to and very proud of. This year the award will go to Alton & Carole Palmer and the Eagles Club #3846 in Canajoharie, NY.

“We appreciate that you both believe in the importance of keeping the history of our sport well documented as well as its items preserved,” the Fonda Speedway Museum said regarding Alton & Carole Palmer. “To have Jack Johnson’s last driven race car on display in our museum is an amazing accomplishment which we are so very appreciative of.” Another interesting fact about Carole Palmer is the fact that she started the “Fonda Futures Kid’s Club back in 1998 along with her parents Ed & June Keyser.

“We appreciate that you have reached out to assist with the growth of the Fonda Speedway Museum,” the museum staff said about the Eagles Club #3846 in Canajoharie, NY. “As support for the museum has grown, we have been able to afford to gather the resources we need to do a good job at the museum. Thanks to your donation we were able to purchase our great new audio system. The Eagles are an amazing group of people who are known for involvement in a wide variety of community events.”

For more information about the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum you can go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FondaHoFandMuseum

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
1988
Rene Charland
Steve Danish
Jeep Herbert
Ken Shoemaker
Irv Taylor
 
1989
Pete Corey
Ernie Gahan
Ron Narducci, Sr.
Ed Pieniazek
Don Wayman
 
1990
Buck Holiday
Red Knoblauch
Cliff Kotary
Lou Lazzaro
Bill Wimble
 
1991
Doc Blanchard
Lee Millington
Ron Quackenbush
Paul Roberts
Ray Sitterly
 
1992
Dave Buanno
Jerry “Jereome” Emiden
Paul Marshall
Peppy Pepicelli
Andy Romano
 
1993
Dick Clark
Bruce Dostal
Jack Farquhar
George Proctor
 
1994
Ray Dalmata
Maynard Forrette
Charles Kotwica
Harry Peek
Jerry Pennock, Sr.
Jerry Townley
 
1995
Mel Austin
Clem DaBiere
Earl Maille
Nick Ronca
Tom Wilson, Jr.
 
1996
Jay Blesser
Bob Deming
Ed Fuez
Gibby Fountain
George Welch
 
1997
Lee Achzet
Tony Achzet
Jerry Barnowski
C.D. Coville
Paul Dwyer
 
2002
Fred Burrows
Shirley Muldowney
 
2010
Ken Hanson
 
2011
Joe Johnson
Lou Klim
Mike Romano
 
2012
Joe Ballomo
Artie Desarbo
JoJo Desarbo
Jack Johnson
 
2013
Hertha & Marty Beberwyk
 
2015
Ed & Betty Biittig
Andy Fusco
Jim King
Alton & Carole Palmer
Dave Lape
 
2016
Buddy Shuman
Dick Schoonover
Jim Gage Sr.
Jim Gage Jr.
Ron Compani
Ralph Compani
Seymour Hayes
Ric & Laura Lucia
Max Phillips
Dave Cruickshank
Gigi Conover
Otto Graham
Lew Boyd
Bill Fake
 
2017
Jerry Cook
Earl Mewhorter
Jim Luke
John Constantino
John Kollar
Keith Tesiero Sr.
Jim Magielda
Jake Spraker
RC Putman
Clancy Miller
Warren Roosevelt Sr.
Frank Trinkaus
Frank Blanchard
Corey White
 
2018
Don Hendenberg
Norm Moyer
Harvey Brundage
Todd Hoffman
Bob VanAernam
Bob Vedder
Bob & Karolann Grimm
Bob Siemski
Tom Spencer
Peter “Junior” Bianco
Russ Bergh
Terri Mohrman
Bob Whitbeck
Brian Hanaburgh
Ed & Betty Biittig
Ray Rogers
Peter Schwab
Jessica Lape
 
2019
Dave Camara
Danny Ody
Randy Glenski
Jack Cottrell
Dick Bennett
Bernie Myrusky
Doreen Marcucio
John Grady
Chet Hames
Laurie Fallis
Peter Lazzaro
Bobco Video
 
2020 NO INDUCTEES
 
2021
Phlan Hart
Russ Flint
David Towns
Bill King
Chris Fain
5th Annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award – Adam Fusco
 
2022 INDUCTEES
AJ Romano
Tim Clemons
Steve Welch
Jeff McWalker
5th Annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award – Alton & Carole Palmer and the Eagles Club #3846 Canajoharie, NY

 

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