JOHNSON WINS OVER $5,600 IN SIXTH ANNUAL BIG AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at Fonda a great night of racing concluded with Ronnie Johnson in the spotlight after winning the special match race event honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos known as the Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Race.

For Johnson it was his third win of the event after winning it back in both 2016 and 2017. Bobby Varin (2014), Tim Fuller (2018) and Stewart Friesen (2019) were the other winners of the event in past years with no race being run in 2015 and last year in 2020.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and a total of $5,678.12 for just ten laps of racing!

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Johnson said after the event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

This event was started by Mike Mallett, George, and GT Smith of Dirt Track Digest many years ago and is still very popular today with all the money being donated to the event along with a lot of extra money towards qualifying events by the many sponsors who support the event. Scott Friers is the organizer of the event and does a great job putting it all together and keeping track of all the different sponsors and money involved.

2021 Bill Ag Fonda Speedway Modified Elimination Race Saturday June 19th

Round 1- $615 *Ronnie Johnson

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

 

Round 2- $1,462.12 *Ronnie Johnson

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 3- $700 *Ronnie Johnson

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 4- $801H *Ronnie Johnson

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

$200 In Memory of Steve Bidwell/Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

 

Final Round- $1,600 *Ronnie Johnson

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

 

$500 Bonus If a Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Rounds- Tadd Parks *Ronnie Johnson

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler *Craig Hanson

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson *Josh Hohenforst

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin) *Mike Mahaney

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Melissa Mimi Lazzaro *Jack Lehner

$100 Final Driver Eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds/Laurie Fallis *Rocky Warner

$100 First Choice (first driver picked by a competitor)- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway *Josh Hohenforst

$150 Last Man Standing (last driver picked for the final round)- Zach Dufel *Rocky Warner

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel Sr. *Ronnie Johnson 18.677

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin *Bobby Varin

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Hats (Elimination Race Competitors & Bill Ag Family Members) Donated by Driven Design & Embroidery/Eric and Sherry Gifford

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Designs/Jeff Karabin

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *Ancel Collins

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *JaMike Sowle

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Chris and Erin Abele *Adam McAuliffe

$100 Leader Lap 1 Modified Feature- Auspelmyer Excavating and Paving *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 7 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 16 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Adam McAuliffe

$99.99 9th Place on Lap 9 In Memory of BOBCO- Krash Menders *Brian Pessolano

$50 8th Place on Lap 8- Bodie Bellinger *Steve Akers

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Alex Yankowski

$111 11th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Steve Bidwell- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Dave Constantino

$112 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard *Pep Corradi

$50 13th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *Ancel Collins

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Jim Introne

$50 20th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *JaMike Sowle

$100 Last Car on The Lead Lap- Josh Phillips *Brian Pessolano

$100 First Car One Lap Down- Josh Phillips *Dave Constantino

$50 1st Driver on The Hook- Bodie Bellinger *George Foley

 

$200 Hard Charger Modified Feature- *Alex Yankowski +11 18th to seventh.

$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser

$100 Eric and Misty Houser

 

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing Team *Adam McAuliffe

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos *Rich Christman

Thanks for supporting the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!!!

BIG NIGHT FOR BOTH WARNER AND JOHNSON AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at Fonda a great night of racing concluded with Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson in the spotlight after winning the Sunoco Modified feature and the special match race event honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos known as the Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Race, respectively.

Warner took the lead on lap 22 of the $2,400 to win, 30-lap main event for the Sunoco Modifieds and went on to his second win of the 2021 season and the eighth of his career in the division at Fonda.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and $5,600 for just ten laps of racing!

“I guess we lost the battle but won the war,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane regarding him winning the feature but Ronnie (Johnson) winning the Bill Ag event. It was a good night for our end of the pit area (towards the Cow Palace where both Warner & Johnson pit next to each other).

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Johnson said after the event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

This event was started by Mike Mallett, George, and GT Smith of Dirt Track Digest many years ago and is still very popular today with all the money being donated to the event along with a lot of extra money towards qualifying events by the many sponsors who support the event. Scott Friers is the organizer of the event and does a great job putting it all together and keeping track of all the different sponsors and money involved.

Other winners on Dirt Track Digest Night at the “Track of Champions” included Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jim Normoyle (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Carter Gibbons (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Mike Mallett was behind the mic on Saturday evening with a special guest appearance by Josh Phillips who was an announcer together with Mallett many years ago at Fonda. As a popular photo that is going around on Facebook says, “it was a reunion/homecoming in the tower tonight with Mimi Lazzaro, Mike Mallet, and Josh Phillips on hand to call the action.” It was also referred to as “getting the band back together” which was also a very appropriate statement as those three shared many Saturday nights in the tower at the Fonda Speedway back in the day.

Mallett started off the evening with a prayer followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Mimi Lazzaro who as always did a great job singing it during pre-race ceremonies.

Congratulations to the winner of the $2,363 in the 50/50 and as always special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

The Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle the early race leader at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting position with front row starting mate Steve Akers in tow. Adam McAuliffe and Ronnie Johnson both got by Akers for the second and third positions.

Rocky Warner and Jack Lehner completed the top five early on with Sowle in lap traffic by the time lap seven showed on the lap counter. McAuliffe got alongside of Sowle in turn four coming down to complete lap nine and took the lead in the event with Johnson and Warner also getting by Sowle for the second and third positions.

The top three were together in lap traffic racing for the lead with Warner going in between a lap car and Johnson for the second position on lap 14. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of McAuliffe, Warner, Johnson, Lehner, and seventh place starter Josh Hohenforst.

Just past the halfway point six lap cars were racing for position right in front of the leader with McAuliffe able to clear at least two of them while Warner and Johnson weren’t as fortunate to get by as quickly allowing McAuliffe to open up a slight advantage on the second and third place cars.

Warner got into the lap car of Robert Bublak forcing Bublak to spin in turn three and bringing out the caution on lap 21. Also involved was Stewart Friesen who got into the tire wall and restarted behind the lead lap cars in the 12th position. On the restart McAuliffe’s great run came to an end as something broke on his car forcing him into the pit area and bringing out the caution one more time.

Warner took over the race lead with two consecutive cautions coming out on lap 22 forcing a single file restart. Eleventh place starter Mike Mahaney moved from sixth to fourth on the restart and with three laps to go also got by Lehner for the third position. Warner led the remaining laps in the Jake Spraker owned #1J Bicknell car with the top five at the finish consisting of Johnson, Friesen, Lehner, and Mahaney.

Congratulations to Steve Akers for his career best finish of eighth in the feature event as well.

“I was leaning on the right rear pretty hard,” Warner said after the win. “I thought that we were a sitting duck tonight with the small block especially after the rain came through and changed the track. I got a little over aggressive with a lap car tonight but all I could see was a possible win going away.”

The 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with William August as the early leader with third place starter Jason Reome in tow. The red flag was out on lap eight for a multi car crash in turn four, no drivers were injured but there were many banged up racecars.

On the restart, Reome was the new race leader with 12th place starter and last weeks winner Cody Clark making his way through the field into the top five. Eleventh place starter Mark Mortensen was also making his way through the field, getting by three cars on the restart into the third position.

Clark used the outside groove in turn four to take over the race lead on lap nine and five laps later was a straightaway ahead of Mortensen who had just taken the second spot away from Tanner Warner. Griffen Mansmith brought out the final caution flag in the event with five laps to go giving drivers one final chance to defeat Clark.

Clark pulled away on the single file restart while Mortensen and Warner were waging a great battle for the second position. Clark went on to his second win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division in back-to-back fashion over Warner who took the second position away from Mortensen on the final lap. Mortensen, Aaron Burton, and 20th place starter Chad Edwards completed the top five in the event.

“We are definitely starting to get this DKM car figured out,” Clark said in victory lane. “We were good in our heat race starting seventh and finishing third so that gave me a lot of confidence for the feature.”

As is the case on a weekly basis the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was one of the best of the evening with Gary Silkey the early race leader at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Jim Normoyle started second but dropped back early and had to regroup which he did quickly by taking the second position from Chuck McSpirit on lap two.

On the outside of the front stretch coming down to complete lap three, Normoyle took the lead away from Silkey just before the yellow flag came out for the first time in the event. Fifth place starter Jason Morrison was the second-place car on the restart, but Silkey took that spot back when the green flag dropped. Tenth place starter Kenny Gates was the new fifth place car on lap six with Chuck Dumblewski in between Gates and Morrison in the fourth position.

At the halfway point Normoyle maintained the lead, using the extreme outside groove in turns one and two on every circuit followed by Silkey, Gates, Morrison, and Dumblewski. Twelfth place starter Nick Stone began to show his hand at the halfway point as well, sitting in the sixth position when the caution came out on lap 11 for Steve and Randy Cosselman who wrecked in turn four. Both drivers were okay after the wreck.

Gates got by Silkey for the second position on the restart with Normoyle still showing the way with one more caution out with three laps to go. On the single file restart Normoyle, Gates, and Stone were three wide for the lead with Normoyle somehow maintaining the top spot coming out of turn four with one lap to go.

Normoyle went on to the win, his first win since August 12, 2017 over Stone, Gates, eighth place starter Ivan Joslin, and Dumblewski. For Normoyle it was his eighth career win in the division at Fonda.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here in victory lane at Fonda,” Normoyle told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after his win. “Gotta watch the #8N (Nick Stone) he is a little sneaky and real fast. I almost got crossed up and backed it into the wall in turns one and two running the outside like I was, but I got it straightened out and nobody was around me, so I kept it right up there.”

Carter Gibbons took the lead in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature with only two laps to go in the 15-lap event and went on to his second win of the season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda over John Young, Jonathan Feagles, sixth place starter Taylor LaPlante, and eighth place starter Clayton DuMond.

Slappy White (DOHC) was the overall race winner in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division followed by Kerrie Hollenback. Third place finisher Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner with John Napoli and Zack McSpirit completing the top five. For White it was his sixth win of the 2021 season and the sixth of his career in the division at Fonda while for Hollenback it was his seventh win of the 2021 season and the 62nd of his career in the division.

Next Saturday June 26 at the Fonda Speedway A-Verdi Storage Containers will sponsor a racing program consisting of all regular divisions along with the A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint cars. The Algonkin Pro Stock feature will be race number four in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win! Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

Second win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tim Hartman Jr., Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Greco, Bill August, Griffen Mansmith, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Addison Bowman, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt

Second win of 2021 and the 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Tucker O’Connor 16 positions from 22nd to sixth

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

First win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

Second win of 2021 and second career win in the division for Gibbons

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Lee Horning, John Mason, Jean Foster, TJ Marlitt, Dake Van Allen

Seventh win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

Sixth win of 2021 and sixth career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just ten laps.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/19/2021

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tim Hartman Jr., Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Greco, Bill August, Griffen Mansmith, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Reome, Payton Talbot, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Addison Bowman, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt

2nd win of 2021 and 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

1st win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win in the division for Gibbons

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Lee Horning, John Mason, Jean Foster, TJ Marlitt, Dale Van Allen

7th win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

6th win of 2021 and 6th career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just 10-laps.

DIRT TRACK DIGEST PRESENTS THE BILL AG MEMORIAL ONE-ON-ONE MODIFIED MATCH RACES THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 19 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a special night honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos will take place as the current top five in Sunoco Modified points will compete in the Bill Ag One-On-One Match Races with a lot of money on the line from various sponsors going to the drivers competing in the event.

This event is held in honor of the late Bill Anagnostopulos who was the owner of the Winners Circle, which is a restaurant in Fonda, NY that is located just around the corner from the Fonda Speedway. Bill was a great friend to racing and sponsored many drivers at the speedway through the years. On a typical Saturday evening, he would get away from the restaurant to attend the races at Fonda where he had many friends in both the pit area and the grandstands.

“It’s an honor for us at DTD to be involved with the annual “Bill Ag Elimination Race” at the Fonda Speedway each year,” a representative for the event recently said.

Typically, the one-on-one elimination race features the top five in Modified points plus a random driver selected from points positions 6-10.

Since there is a tie in the Sunoco Modified points top five, there will be no “Random Draw” for this year’s elimination event, so the drivers who will be competing in the Bill Ag One-On-One Match Races are Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, and last week’s winner Mike Mahaney. Johnson and Mahaney are currently tied for the fifth position in the point standings following the June 12 racing program.

Should one of these drivers sweep all five rounds of this event, he will be walking away with in excess of $4,000 for just ten laps of racing! Dirt Track Digest and all the organizers of this event wish to say a special thank you to ALL the sponsors who have donated to the event now, and over the years as it has certainly become a “must see” event.

This will be the 6TH Bill Ag Memorial One-On-One Match Race run at Fonda with past winners including Bobby Varin in 2014, no event in 2015, Ronnie Johnson in 2016 & 2017, Tim Fuller in 2018, and Stewart Friesen in 2019 with no event held in 2020.

Some quotes from the previous winners of the event:

“This is a very special event honoring Bill from the Winners Circle,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Victory Lane after his win in 2019. “This is a cool mid-summer special race that has become a big event so thanks to all the sponsors and the organizers for their efforts.”

“When Josh (Hohenforst) got lane choice for the last race I thought that I was in trouble,” Fuller said after his win in 2018. “I was real concerned because he is fast here at Fonda on a heavy track. This event is a little different, it has a lot of pizzazz, and racing needs more of that.”

All regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, June 19 including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

The infield Drive-In area will be open on Saturday, June 19 for the “Dirt Track Digest Night – Bill Ag Memorial One-On-One Match Races” along with all regular divisions and you can reserve your spot on the infield by going to the Drive-In reservation request: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeeT6Vnd40XrI…/viewform

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received, $60/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS). Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 17th at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Sponsors for the 2021 Bill Ag Fonda Speedway Modified Elimination Race Saturday June 19th

Round 1- $515

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

Round 2- $1,362.12

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

Round 3- $600

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

Round 4- $701H

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

$200 In Memory of Steve Bidwell/Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

Final Round- $1,500

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin)

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Melissa Mimi Lazzaro

$100 Final Driver Eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds/Laurie Fallis

$100 First Choice (first driver picked by a competitor)- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$150 Last Man Standing (last driver picked for the final round)- Zach Dufel.

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel Sr.

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Hats (Elimination Race Competitors & Bill Ag Family Members) Donated by Driven Design & Embroidery/Eric and Sherry Gifford

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Designs/Jeff Karabin

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Chris and Erin Abele

$100 Leader Lap 1 Modified Feature- Auspelmyer Excavating and Paving

$100 Leader Lap 7 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Leader Lap 16 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$99.99 9th Place on Lap 9 In Memory of BOBCO- Krash Menders

$50 8th Place on Lap 8- Bodie Bellinger

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$111 11th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Steve Bidwell- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$112 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard

$50 13th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 20th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson

$100 Last Car on The Lead Lap- Josh Phillips

$100 First Car One Lap Down- Josh Phillips

$50 1st Driver on The Hook- Bodie Bellinger

$200 Hard Charger Modified Feature-$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser, $100 Eric and Misty Houser

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing Team

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos

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.

MAHANEY WINS SECOND OF THE SEASON AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Two weeks ago during the Twin 22 lap events at Fonda, Mike Mahaney was involved in a wreck that demolished his Adirondack Auto #35. On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway he used the repaired race car to win his second feature of the season and the fifth of his career at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.

“A couple of weeks ago this car was demolished here at Fonda,” Mahaney said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial victory lane. “Thanks to my crew and everyone who helped get it back together”.

Other winners on Universal Warehouse/SLA Transport Night at Fonda were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Taylor LaPlante (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Wayne Russel Jr. (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) were also on hand at Fonda with Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antiques), Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Modifieds), Curtis Condon (MVVDMS Late Model), Stephen Denton (MVVDMS SPORTSMAN), and Mike Brown (MVVDMS Mystique) winning the feature events.

Saturday was also New York State Stock Car Association Night at Fonda with a first prize of $75 going to the first member of the organization to cross the finish line in each of the feature events and $50 to the second member of the organization to cross the finish line in each of the feature events.

Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen presented the awards to the drivers along with NYSSCA Vice President Jann McGaffin, and Utica Rome Speedway NYSSCA representative John Keegan and Afton Speedway NYSSCA representative Jay Johnson.

Winning the NYSSCA awards in their respective divisions were Mike Mahaney and Craig Hanson (Sunoco Modifieds), Cody Clark and Addison Bowman (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning and Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Taylor LaPlante and Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman) and Slappy White and Wayne Russell Jr. (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

Special Thanks to LM Mason Contraction for the $300 bonus to the winner of the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature along with the $100 bonus to the second and third place finishers. LM Mason Contracting is a sponsor on many of the race cars at the Fonda Speedway and we appreciate the support of both your sponsored drivers and the Fonda Speedway as well.

Special thanks also goes out to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

Congratulations to Mike from Broadalbin, NY who was the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2099!

Chris Moore did the invocation followed by a beautiful singing of the National Anthem by Stephanie May.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle and George Foley on the front row with Sowle taking the early lead. Mike Mahaney started the event on the outside of the second row in the fourth position but quickly moved into the second position at the completion of lap one after getting by Foley.

Ronnie Johnson and Adam McAuliffe also got by Foley for position while Mahaney closed in on Sowle for the lead. On lap five something broke on the right rear suspension of Sowle’s racecar dropping the right rear of the car and bringing out the caution flag with Mahaney taking over the lead.

The yellow was out again on the restart for McAuliffe who broke going down the backstretch with a single file restart ensuing because of two consecutive yellow flags with no laps completed.

As Mahaney continued to lead at the drop of the green flag, eighth place starter Craig Hanson was making his way to the front, going from fifth to third on the restart. Foley was one of the cars that Hanson passed but on the next lap Foley found the outside groove to his liking getting by both Hanson and Johnson for the second spot. At the halfway point in the event Mahaney was the race leader followed by Foley, Johnson, Hanson, and 11th place starter Rocky Warner.

Hanson got by Johnson on lap 19 for the third position and three laps later used a slide job pass in turn two to get by Foley for the second position. With five laps to go Hanson was closing in on Mahaney for the lead but couldn’t find a way by, trying both the inside and the outside grooves to get the job done.

At the drop of the checkered flag Mahaney went on to his second win of the season in the Adirondack Auto, George Huttig owned #35 followed by Hanson, Warner, Johnson, and Foley.

“This is way better winning two races instead of one in the same season,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “The top was the fast way around the track tonight, I had some practice last week on the outside on the slick track getting closer to the wall and tonight I had more practice doing it, but I’ve still got some room to go out further.”

“My car was good on the top but that was where the 35 (Mahaney) was running,” Hanson said in victory lane as he received the NYSSCA award for finishing second as a member of the organization. “I tried something different going to the inside but maybe I should have stayed on the outside on Mike’s rear bumper in the closing laps.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature was a lead swapping affair between four drivers with six lead changes deciding the feature winner. It all began with Brett Mortensen the early race leader from his pole position start while Brendan Gibbons started on the outside pole and kept Mortensen in his sights. On lap two, Gibbons took over the lead with a pass on the inside of turn three, but Mortensen never let Gibbons get away and took the lead back on lap four.

Addison Bowman started the event in the seventh position but quickly moved to the front, taking the second position away from Gibbons on a lap five restart. Bowman got past Mortensen for the lead on lap seven with 10th place starter Cody Clark also getting by Mortensen for the second position.

Clark made a three wide move to get by both a lap car and Bowman for the lead on lap 18 but it only lasted for one lap as Bowman took the lead back on lap 19. A lap car came into play again on lap 21 when the leader Bowman was blocked by a lap car allowing Clark to get by for the lead and the win, his first win of the 2021 season and the 10th of his career at Fonda in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM.

Bowman finished second followed by 12th place starter Chad Edwards, sixth place starter Tim Dwyer, and 15th place starter Mark Mortensen with Gibbons and Brett Mortensen sixth and seventh, respectively.

“The last few weeks I finished second but just couldn’t get the job done,” Clark said in victory lane. “Tonight, I was able to get the win, and this is definitely a confidence booster for me.”

Event number three in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win for the Algonkin Pro Stocks was another lead changing event with three lead changes among four different drivers starting with Shane Playford who led from his pole position start at the drop of the green flag.

Playford held the top spot until lap four when Jim Normoyle took over the race lead while outside pole position starter Kyle Hoard was close behind Playford in third. Hoard made a move from third to first on lap six to take over the lead in the event while 10th place starter Luke Horning and 12th place starter Nick Stone made their way to the front.

Horning took the lead away from Hoard on lap eight with a move on the inside of turn two with Stone also getting by Hoard four laps later for the second spot. The race stayed green the rest of the way and Horning was never seriously challenged as he went on to his second win of the season and the 23rd of his career in the division in the West End Towing & Repair #2H.

Stone, Hoard, seventh place starter Ivan Joslin, and eighth place starter Josh Coonradt completed the top five.

“I wanted to run the top, but I was trying to give it enough time to come in before going up there,” Horning said in victory lane. “Once I got up there, I just kept it to the floor after that.”

Jonathan Feagles led the first two laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature while third place starter Taylor LaPlante was in the second position by lap two. One lap later LaPlante took the lead away from Feagles and led the remaining laps for his second win of the 2021 season and the second of his career at Fonda in the gCrete 3D Printers & Printing #33.

Seventh place starter Clayton DuMond, eighth place starter Stephen Gray, sixth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell, and fourth place starter Kyle Dingman completed the top five.

Slappy White led the final 10 laps in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature to take the overall win in the DOHC category. Ken Hollenback was the SOHC winner but was disqualified in post-race inspection handing the SOHC win to Wayne Russell Jr. For White it was his fifth win of the 2021 season and fifth of his career at Fonda while for Russell Jr. it was his second win of the 2021 season and the third of his career at Fonda.

Next week at Fonda will be Dirt Track Digest (DTD) Night with all divisions in action along with the Bill Ag Memorial One on One Match Races for the top five in Sunoco Modified points. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

6/12/2021 UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $2,400 to win – MIKE MAHANEY, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Ancel Collins, Kailee Dimorier, Jessica Friesen, Derrick McGrew Jr., JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 5th career win at Fonda for Mahaney

Lap leaders – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Warner, Mahaney, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,300 to win thanks to a $300 bonus from LM Mason Contracting – CODY CLARK, Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Chad Edwards ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Tim Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Ricky Quick, Michael McCallion, Brian Borst, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Tanner Warner, Mike Ketchum, Jason Greco, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Griffen Mansmith, Chip Constantino, Tim Hartman Jr., Bill August, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara

1st win of 2021 and 10th career win at Fonda for Clark.

Lap leaders – 1 Brett Mortensen, 2-3 Gibbons, 4-6 Brett Mortensen, 7-17 Bowman, 18 Clark, 19-20 Bowman, 21-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Hartman Jr., Brett Mortensen, Bowman, McCallion

Consi winner – Borst

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Ray Zemken

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Farone 13 positions from 27th to 14th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series event #3 – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kyle Hoard, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Andy Graves, Devon Camenga, AJ Walters, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Jason Morrison, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Dan Krajewski, Cliff Haslun, Mike Kalkbrenner, Jim Normoyle, Terry Graves, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 23rd career win at Fonda for Horning

Lap leaders – 1-3 Playford, 4-5 Normoyle, 6-7 Kyle Hoard, 8-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Playford, Horning, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – TAYLOR LAPLANTE, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bill Port, Lance Hill, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, Shawn Gibbons DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win at Fonda for LaPlante

Lap leaders – 1-2 Feagles, 3-15 LaPlante

Heat race winners – LaPlante, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-Laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC winner), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC winner), David Peek-Britten, Shawny Hazel, Jim Daniels DNS, Ken Hollenback DQ

2nd win of 2021 and 3rd career win for Russell Jr. at Fonda

5th win of 2021 and 5th career win for White at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 White

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Stew Pidasso, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardm, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Tex Gordon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kuleszo, Jack Miller, Darral Hulbert, Gus Kamburelis, Stanley Wetmore

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Mark Anatriello, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – STEPHEN DENTON, Bryon Seyfried, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – MIKE BROWN, Karl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Phil Clauson

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 6/12/2021

UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – $2,400 to win – MIKE MAHANEY, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Brian Calabrese, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Ancel Collins, Kailee Dimorier, Jessica Friesen, Derrick McGrew Jr., JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Nick Scavia, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 5th career win at Fonda for Mahaney

Lap leaders – 1-4 Sowle, 5-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Warner, Mahaney, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,300 to win thanks to a $300 bonus from LM Mason Contracting – CODY CLARK, Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Chad Edwards ($100 bonus from LM Mason Contractors), Tim Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Ricky Quick, Michael McCallion, Brian Borst, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Tanner Warner, Mike Ketchum, Jason Greco, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Griffen Mansmith, Chip Constantino, Tim Hartman Jr., Bill August, Brian Calabrese, Dan Santabarbara

1st win of 2021 and 10th career win at Fonda for Clark.

Lap leaders – 1 Brett Mortensen, 2-3 Gibbons, 4-6 Brett Mortensen, 7-17 Bowman, 18 Clark, 19-20 Bowman, 21-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Hartman Jr., Brett Mortensen, Bowman, McCallion

Consi winner – Borst

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Ray Zemken

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – $1,000 to win American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series event #3 – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kyle Hoard, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Andy Graves, Devon Camenga, AJ Walters, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Jason Morrison, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Dan Krajewski, Cliff Haslun, Mike Kalkbrenner, Jim Normoyle, Terry Graves, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 23rd career win at Fonda for Horning

Lap leaders – 1-3 Playford, 4-5 Normoyle, 6-7 Kyle Hoard, 8-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Playford, Horning, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – TAYLOR LAPLANTE, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bill Port, Lance Hill, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, Shawn Gibbons DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win at Fonda for LaPlante

Lap leaders – 1-2 Feagles, 3-15 LaPlante

Heat race winners – LaPlante, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-Laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC winner), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC winner), David Peek-Britten, Shawny Hazel, Jim Daniels DNS, Ken Hollenback DQ

2nd win of 2021 and 3rd career win for Russell Jr. at Fonda

5th win of 2021 and 5th career win for White at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 White

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Stew Pidasso, Ed Dockskalik, Mark Reardm, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Tex Gordon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jon Kuleszo, Jack Miller, Darral Hulbert, Gus Kamburelis, Stanley Wetmore

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Mark Anatriello, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – STEPHEN DENTON, Bryon Seyfried, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MYSTIQUE FEATURE – MIKE BROWN, Karl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Phil Clauson

UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSE/SLA TRANSPORT PRESENTS RACING AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 12 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, another competitive week of racing will be presented by Universal Warehouse/SLA Transport. All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

The $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock event will be race #3 of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series events with the first two races in the series being won by Nick Stone and Luke Horning.

LM Mason Contractors of Gloversville, N.Y., is boosting the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman payout for the Saturday, June 12 event at Fonda Speedway. The winner will receive a $300 bonus while the second and third place finishers will each receive a $100 bonus.

The drive-in section on the infield will also be open on Saturday June 12. Reservations for the drive-in section on the infield will be accepted in the order they are received. Follow the link https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScerD7698B789…/viewform in order to reserve your spot. $60/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS). Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 10th at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Gates will open on Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. followed by hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will also present monetary awards totaling $700 in cash to drivers who are members of the organization. In each of the feature events, except the four cylinders, the top finishing NYSSCA member across the finish line will receive $75, and the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50. For the four-cylinder drivers, the top dual cam NYSSCA member, and the top single cam NYSSCA member will each receive $75. There will also be a drawing for a $50 wild card for all NYSSCA members not already receiving cash.

To be eligible for the NYSSCA awards you need to be a member of the NYSSCA organization but if you are not you may sign up with Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen at the 1B & 1M trailers in the pit area where she will be until hot laps begin. Anyone is eligible to become a NYSSCA member for $25, which helps support the organization’s efforts. In addition to our “NYSSCA Night” at all our member tracks, we also offer a benefit fund to injured members. Any member who is out of work due to an injury sustained at a sanctioned racing event receives $125/week for up to 26 weeks once proper documentation has been received by the organization.

The competition has been hot and heavy at Fonda so far in 2021 with four different winners in nine events in the Sunoco Modified division led by Stewart Friesen with six wins; Rocky Warner, Jack Lehner, and Mike Mahaney all with one win apiece. For Lehner it was his first career win at the “Track of Champions”.

There have been eight events held in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with six different winning drivers led by defending track champion Chad Edwards with three victories followed by Brian Borst, Jason Greco, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, and Mark Mortensen who all have one win apiece. For Greco, Reome, and O’Connor it was their first career wins at Fonda.

There have also been six different winners in a total of eight events in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division led by defending track champion Nick Stone with three wins. Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, and Kenny Gates all with one victory apiece. The wins for both Ballard and Camenga were the first of their career at Fonda.

In the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Jeremy Tyrrell and Clayton DuMond both have two victories apiece while Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, and Taylor LaPlante all have one win apiece for a total of six different winning drivers in eight events. For Tyrrell, Gibbons, Dingman, LaPlante, and DuMond it was their first career victories at Fonda.

The Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC division has run eight events with three different drivers winning those races led by defending track champion Ken Hollenback with six feature wins while Wayne Russell Jr. and Shawn Hemstreet both have one victory apiece.

In the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder DOHC division there have been three different drivers winning a total of eight events led by Slappy White with four wins followed by Tyler White with three victories, and Kerrie Hollenback with one win. For both Slappy and Tyler White it was their first career wins at Fonda.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series appeared at Fonda four times so far in the 2021 season with wins going to Frank Blanchard and Bryan Scofield (MVVDMS Antique), Jon Kuleszo and Sthen Denton (MVVDMS Sportsman), Darral Hulbert and John Flach (MVVDMS Modified), and Curtis Condon winning both MVVDMS Late Model events.

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.

12th TO FIRST FOR BOTH FRIESEN AND MORTENSEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – 12th must have been the place to be at the start of the Sunoco Modified and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening as both Stewart Friesen and Mark Mortensen took the feature wins in their respective divisions after starting from the twelfth position.

For Friesen it was his sixth win of the 2021 season at Fonda and the 74th of his career in the Sunoco Modified division as he currently sits fourth on the All-Time Win List in some very good company as the top three on the list are Jack Johnson with 149, Lou Lazzaro with 113, and Dave Lape with 99.

For Mortensen it was his first win of the 2021 season and the 24th of his career in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division where he currently sits second on the All-Time Win List behind some good company as well with Rocky Warner top on the list with 25 victories.

Other winners at Fonda on Bill Lake Modular Homes Night at Fonda were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and Josh Flint (CRSA Sprints).

Congratulations to Lynn from Schenectady who was the winner of $2,373 in the 50/50 and special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

Madeline Downing performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem to start the racing program after the invocation given by Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore. Downing is a 2021 graduate of Northville Central School, graduating as Valedictorian.

Joe Kriss dropped the green flag on the front row of Brian Pessolano and George Foley with Foley the early race leader with fourth place starter Bobby Varin in second. Friesen started the event in the 12th position but by lap two he was already up to fifth. Using the outside groove or the “Stew Lane” as announcer Chris Moore referred to, Friesen moved up to the second position on lap three with a great move to get by Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, and Varin.

One lap later on the outside of the backstretch, Friesen got by Foley for the lead, which he would never relinquish, at times holding a half track lead over his nearest competitor. Johnson took over the second position from Foley at the halfway point as Friesen continued to set a blistering pace in the lead with Warner, and Adam McAuliffe completing the top five.

The big lead that Friesen had built up was taken away on lap 19 when Pep Corradi slowed in turn two to bring out the caution with McAuliffe also forced to the pits while running fifth. Warner was the new second place car on the restart, with 11th place starter Mike Mahaney racing into the top five at that point.

One more yellow slowed the field with five laps to go when McAuliffe who restarted the race at the rear of the field on lap 19 spun in turn two while running 10th. Ninth place starter Craig Hanson made his way up to the fourth position by that point and while Friesen pulled away to yet another win the race between Hanson and Mahaney for fourth was the best race on the track.

At the checkered flag Friesen was the winner in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car followed in the top five by Warner, Johnson, Mahaney, and Hanson.

“I saw them putting water on the top of the track during intermission and we worked on setting the car up in order to get hooked up to the track,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole Victory Lane. “I was living on the top and I am really fortunate to have Fonda Speedway in my back yard, I love racing here.”

Jason Greco and Brett Mortensen started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature on the front row with Greco taking the early lead. While Brett Mortensen was running a great race in the second position, his brother Mark Mortensen was using the same line around the speedway to get to the front after starting 12th, sitting in the sixth position by lap seven.

Greco was in lap traffic by lap 11 with Mark Mortensen continuing his march to the front, sitting in the third position by lap 16. One lap later the only yellow of the event was out for the lap car of Griffen Mansmith and Brett Mortensen who was collected when Mansmith tried to get off the track into the pit area and turned right in front of the field. Mark Mortensen was almost collected by the wreck as well but narrowly escaped by getting around the outside of both cars. Mansmith and Brett Mortensen were both done for the night at that point.

On the restart, Greco led through turn two until Mark Mortensen got a run on the outside to take over the lead by the time, they got to turn three on lap 18. Ninth place starter Cody Clark made a great move on the restart to get by Tony Farone and Chip Constantino into the third position and with three laps to go also got by Greco for the second position.

Mark Mortensen went on to the victory in the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In of Scotia, Mohawk Honda sponsored #1M DKM car followed by Clark, Greco, Farone, and 15th place starter Chad Edwards.

“It’s been a crazy season,” Mortensen said in victory lane. “I’ve probably got the best car I’ve ever had, and I can’t screw that up so I’m pressuring myself to do better. Now I got the monkey off my back.”

Andy Graves led the first two laps in the Algonkin Pro Stock feature with eighth place starter and defending track champion Nick Stone up to second at the completion of lap two. Stone was utilizing the outside groove just as Friesen and Mortensen were and quickly moved in on Graves for the lead which he took over on lap three.

Another car on the move was 12th place starter Luke Horning who was second on lap four with Jason Morrison now third after also getting by Graves. On lap nine Horning was forced to the pit area with a flat tire possibly caused by a scrape to the wall in turn one as Horning was running way outside like Stone was. Horning replaced the flat tire and restarted in the 19th spot.

Another driver on the move was 10th place starter Josh Coonradt who was the new second place car on lap 10 after getting by Morrison. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Stone, Coonradt, Morrison, last weeks winner Kenny Gates who started 11th, and Graves.

As Stone pulled away to a big lead the driver to watch was Horning who quickly made his way back to the front after restarting in 19th on lap nine, as he was in the top five on lap 13. With three laps to go Horning got by Coonradt for the second position with the checkered flag flying over Stone who took his third win of the season and the 56th of his career in the division over Horning, Coonradt, Gates, and Morrison.

“There was a nice groove on the outside, but nobody was going up there to use it,” Stone said in victory lane. “So, I went up there and stayed there for the entire race. This car is owned by Todd Hoffman and his crew maintains it, I go to his shop to scale it on Saturday mornings and the car is always flawless and ready to race when I get there. My crew maintains my car and running two cars with double crews takes a lot of pressure off me.”

A childhood dream was realized in the CRSA Sprint car feature when Josh Flint took the victory for his first career win in any division at the Fonda Speedway. Flint started on the pole after winning his qualifying heat race, but it was by no means an easy win for Flint as he had to hold off a hard charging Jeff Trombley for the win.

Flint took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Chase Moran in second. Trombley and Mike Kiser made there way to the front after starting together in row four with Trombley in the third position by lap four while Kiser broke into the top five. Trombley and Kiser both got by Moran for the second and third positions on lap 11 with Flint now in lap traffic.

One caution flag slowed the field on lap 12 and on the restart, Kiser got by Trombley for the second position, but by the time the lap was completed Trombley had taken the spot back from Kiser. Trombley put constant pressure on Flint over the remaining laps, but Flint drove a great race to take the win followed in the top five by Trombley, Kiser, Moran, and JR Hurlburt.

“I earned that one,” Flint told good friend Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Jeff (Trombley) was right there, and he is someone I respect and was happy to race with for this win. “I grew up here at Fonda, my grandfather used to bring me here as a kid to watch my father (Russ Flint) race. I was once asked if I were able to get a series championship or a win at Fonda which would I prefer. I definitely chose to win at Fonda.”

A little history about Josh’s father Russ Flint, he was the 320-Modified Track Champion at Fonda back in 1987 with one career win in that division. Russ was in victory lane with Josh on Saturday evening to celebrate his win saying, “there is nothing better than a win at Fonda, this is such a family sport.” Russ builds the motors that his son Josh uses in his Sprint car making it all even more special!

On a side not Russ Flint also found out on Saturday evening that he will be inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame this year during ceremonies which will be held at the Fonda Speedway Museum later this year. Josh Flint has said that he was going to retire at the end of the 2021 season so will this win at Fonda change his mind? We will all have to wait to find out.

Jonathan Feagles led the first four laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until seventh place starter Clayton DuMond took over the lead on lap five. DuMond went on to a back-to-back win after winning last week in the DKM #314 car followed in the top five by eighth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell, fifth place starter Carter Gibbons, sixth place starter Taylor LaPlante, and Kyle Dingman.

Kerrie Hollenback led the final 10 laps in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, taking the overall win in the event as a DOHC. John Napoli finished second overall with the first SOHC car finishing third with Kerrie’s brother Ken Hollenback getting the win as a SOHC. Slappy White and Tyler White completed the top five.

Next week June 12 at the Fonda Speedway, School House Pools Night presents all regular divisions in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds. The Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series Event No. 3 paying $1,000 to win.

It will also be New York State Stock Car Association Night (NYSSCA) Night next Saturday with monetary awards handed out by the organization for the top two finishers in each division who are NYSSCA members. Starting time will be 7:00 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.

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, George Foley, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Fuller, Pep Corradi, Jim Introne Jr., EJ McAuliffe

6th win of 2021 for Friesen and the 74th of his career at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-3 Foley, 4-30 Friesen

Heat race winners – Warner, Hanson, Johnson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Tucker O’Connor, Addison Bowman, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Jeremiah Munson, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Troy Zilles, Mike Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Ricky Quick, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Aaron Burton, Brett Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Robert Bublak

1st win of 2021 for Mortensen and the 24th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-17 Greco, 18-25 Mark Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Brian Calabrese gained 18 positions from 28th to 10th.

Heat race winners – Bowman, Greco, Brett Mortensen, Farone

Consi race winners – Borst, Zilles

Did not qualify – Nick Scavia, Greg Havlichek, Dylan Eldred, Joe Orlando, Willaim August, Kathy Bellen, Dana Camenga

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Cliff Haslun, Devon Camenga, Don Collins DNS

3rd win of 2021 for Stone and the 56th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Graves, 3-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Graves, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Bill Port, Janathan Feagles, Bob Rowback, Todd Morey

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win for DuMond in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Feagles, 5-15 DuMond

Heat race winners – Gibbons, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, KEN HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Shawny Hazel, Brandon Tyler, Riley Pedrick

1st win of 2021 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 18th of his career in the division at Fonda.

6th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-laps – JOSH FLINT, Jeff Trombley, Mike Kiser, Chase Moran, JR Hurlburt, Steve Glover, Dalton Herrick, Kyle Pierce, Dana Wagner, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Jerry Sehn Jr., Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Jacob Lynch, Matt Prescott, Jordan Hutton, Link Pettit

1st career win in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-20 Flint

Heat race winners – Hurlburt, Flint

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/5/2021

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, George Foley, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Fuller, Pep Corradi, Jim Introne Jr., EJ McAuliffe

6th win of 2021 for Friesen and the 74th of his career at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-3 Foley, 4-30 Friesen

Heat race winners – Warner, Hanson, Johnson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Tucker O’Connor, Addison Bowman, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Jeremiah Munson, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Troy Zilles, Mike Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Ricky Quick, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Aaron Burton, Brett Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Robert Bublak

1st win of 2021 for Mortensen and the 24th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-17 Greco, 18-25 Mark Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Brian Calabrese 18 positions from 28th to 10th

Heat race winners – Bowman, Greco, Brett Mortensen, Farone

Consi race winners – Borst, Zilles

Did not qualify – Nick Scavia, Greg Havlichek, Dylan Eldred, Joe Orlando, Willaim August, Kathy Bellen, Dana Camenga

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Cliff Haslun, Devon Camenga, Don Collins DNS

3rd win of 2021 for Stone and the 56th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Graves, 3-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Graves, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Bill Port, Janathan Feagles, Bob Rowback, Todd Morey

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win for DuMond in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Feagles, 5-15 DuMond

Heat race winners – Gibbons, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, KEN HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Shawny Hazel, Brandon Tyler, Riley Pedrick

1st win of 2021 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 18th of his career in the division at Fonda.

6th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-laps – JOSH FLINT, Jeff Trombley, Mike Kiser, Chase Moran, JR Hurlburt, Steve Glover, Dalton Herrick, Kyle Pierce, Dana Wagner, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Jerry Sehn Jr., Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Jacob Lynch, Matt Prescott, Jordan Hutton, Link Pettit

1st career win in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-20 Flint

Heat race winners – Hurlburt, Flint

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW IN ALL DIVISIONS PLUS THE CRSA SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 5, a longtime supporter of local racing Bill Lake Modular Homes will present a regular show in all divisions along with the CRSA Sprint Cars at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

Regular divisions at the half mile Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility include 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 Four Cylinders.

The CRSA Sprint Cars have made 20 appearances at Fonda from 2009 to 2019 with 11 different drivers winning those events led by Danny Varin with four; Josh Pieniazek with three; Cory Sparks, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, and Jeff Trombley all with two; Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, and Brett Jaycox all with one victory apiece.

Last Saturday at Fonda both Tucker O’Connor (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman) and Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman) crossed the finish line first to take the checkered flag in their respective divisions for their first career wins at the “Track of Champions.” Congratulations to both of those drivers.

Leading the way in victories in their respective divisions after seven racing events so for in 2021 include Stewart Friesen in the Sunoco Modified division with five wins, Chad Edwards in the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with three wins, Jeremy Tyrrell in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman with two wins, Nick Stone in the Algonkin Pro Stock division with two wins, Ken Hollenback with five victories in the SOHC class and Slappy White with four victories in the DOHC class in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

So come and see some great racing action as the Fonda Speedway begins the month of June with a special racing program including the always exciting CRSA Sprint cars!

The drive-in section on the infield will be open at Fonda on June 5th for Bill Lake Modular Homes Night. For reservations please go to: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdV8MiddWPuOK…/viewform

  • Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.
  • $65/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).
  • Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday June 5 with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and Racing at 7 p.m. Adult Admission is $13, Seniors (ages 65 and up) are $11, Kids 11 and under are FREE! Pit Admission is $35 (Non-Members) or $30 (Fonda Members).

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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