FONDA, NY – As the John Denver song says, ‘It
feels good to be back home again.’
For the BBL
Racing team and driver Brian Gleason, ‘home’ is Fonda Speedway and in 2019,
they’ll be back in their comfort zone. Gleason will race regularly in Fonda’s
Sunoco Modified division this season for the first time in more than three
years, marking a return to the ‘Track of Champions’ by the popular BBL team.
always been home,” Gleason said honestly. “It’s always been the favorite place for me to go as a
spectator or a driver. There’s something different about pulling in there;
something about going over the bridge, all the people behind the grandstands
tailgating. Fonda’s got a different feel.”
will forego Friday night action and put his full focus on Saturdays at Fonda in
‘19 piloting a brand-new No. 3G DKM chassis with 360 cubic inch small-block
power from Dan Bedell.
hasn’t run Fonda on a regular basis since ’15, he feels ready for a return to
the half-mile oval.
“I feel more
comfortable at Fonda, more solid,” offered Gleason, an Assistant Project
Manager for BBL. “I’m confident in the setup I am bringing there. I have a
different perspective going there.”
looking forward to the upcoming season at Fonda with American Racer tires on
the cars and engine rules allowing for big- and small-block combinations.
forward to running American Racer tires,” Gleason said, reflecting on the success
achieved by his mentor and teammate Matt DeLorenzo during the Ric Lucia
promotional era at Fonda under a similar rules package. “The majority of Matt’s
success at Fonda came with a small-block and American Racers.
compounds that are being run this year are the same as what we ran back then.
Prep wise, I know what to do.”
opportunity to pilot a small-block was equally appealing.
of the time I ran there, it was with a 358,” he said. “That’s a pretty familiar
area for me.”
to put his name on the Fonda win list after several strong runs in the past.
more consistent runs there,” he said. “I have four second-place finishes just
to Stew (Friesen) alone.”
be able to draw knowledge from DeLorenzo, the 2007 Modified champion and
two-time 358-Modified titlist with 37 career Fonda victories. Like Gleason,
DeLorenzo – who promoted the speedway for a pair of seasons (‘14 & ‘15) –
has been absent on Saturday nights for the last three years.
change in ’19. While he won’t be a point chaser, look for ‘Matty D’ to compete
on a semi-regular basis at Fonda this year.
season brings a fresh perspective for Gleason, who moved into a new home in
Glenville, N.Y., this past March.
Fonda will be a nice change of pace,” he said. “Fridays are kind of hard for
all of us to get ready for – personally and with work.”
the track itself – and a history of weekly racing that dates back to 1953.
“I like the
character of the place,” he said. “No matter the surface, the weather, racing
is always close and competitive at Fonda. It’s got a ‘short-track’ feel on a
big track. Fonda creates races that are unpredictable. There’s just something
different about it.
“The place is
so historic. You know you’re making history every time you go there. You’re
part of it.”
team and supporters, there is a widespread enthusiasm about the change of
“There are a
lot of people behind us who are involved in our races that enjoy going to Fonda,”
he said. “It’s been home for a lot of people that support us.”
fire on the ’19 season at Fonda on Saturday, April 13 with a practice session.
Opening Night is slated for Saturday, April 20 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds,
Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win (thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), Pro
Stocks in a ‘Best of 8’ Series $800-to-win event, Limited Sportsman and Street
the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car
racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will
operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several
special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.
Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at
518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.