CONSTANTINO SCORES A CONVINCING WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – As Mimi Lazzaro said in victory lane after a very convincing win by Dave Constantino in his Laudy Hoyenga owned #34 DKM Chassis, you never know how Constantino will react in victory lane after a win because “the character this guy has is awesome”. His character and enthusiasm were evident in victory lane again on Saturday evening with a very happy car owner celebrating the big win along with the entire DKM crew.

“It feels like about ten years,” Constantino said in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane about the time since his last win at Fonda which was on 5/4/2019. “I needed this real bad. I’m getting too fat to do roof dances, but I have to thank Laudy (car owner Laudy Hoyenga) for hanging with us, we tried some stuff and really struggled here last year but we have our shit together now.”

Other winners on Dirt Track Digest DTD TV/Bill Ag Memorial Night Saturday evening at Fonda were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), Kerrie Hollenbeck (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), and Demetrious Drellos (Bill Ag Memorial Modified Elimination Races).

Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer to start the opening ceremonies and Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem to start the nights racing program. Mike from Broadalbin was the winner of the $2,538 50/50 after all the hard work was done by the 50/50 girls Julie Compani, Heather Marr, Rose McLoughlin, and Miss STSS Emilee Mills who was also on hand on Saturday evening!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Dave Constantino leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with Chris Curtis in tow. By lap eight, Constantino held a straightaway advantage and was in lap traffic with sixth place starter Rocky Warner getting by Curtis for the second spot one lap later.

Just as Warner would close in on Constantino in lap traffic, Constantino would stretch out his lead all over again after he cleared the lap cars, in a back-and-forth kind of battle. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Constantino, Warner, Curtis, ninth place starter Demetrious Drellos, and tenth place starter Ronnie Johnson.

Brian Gleason brought out an unnecessary caution with eight laps to go in the event when he came to a stop in turn three. Once the caution was thrown, he drove to the hot pit area and then rejoined the field. Constantino chose the outside for the restart and cleared Warner coming out of turn two and again stretched out his advantage.

“I didn’t know if the car was gonna stick on the restart with Rocky,” Constantino said. “I never lifted, and it went.”

As Constantino stretched out his lead in the closing laps on his way to the victory, the race was for the third position between Curtis and Drellos who swapped the spot numerous times over the final laps. Constantino went on to the win in the DKM Fabrication #34 followed in the top five by Warner, Drellos, Curtis, and Johnson.

“I need to thank Chris Curtis for the shock change tonight,” Constantino added. “Thanks also to Laudy (car owner Laudy Hoyenga) and my crew, I couldn’t do this without them. Also, thanks to Swagger Factory Apparel for designing my new race suit. Sometimes you ask for something crazy and it doesn’t work out, but they did a great job on this suit.”

Clayton DuMond led from his outside pole starting position at the start of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature. Shortly after lap one was completed, the red flag was out for a multi car wreck in turn two involving Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Joe Williams, Cody Clark, and Chip Constantino, three of those drivers who were in the top five in points at the beginning of the night.

The wreck started when Tim Dwyer came down and made contact with Tyrrell who then came in contact with Mortensen. Mortensen came in contact with one of the tires along the inside of turn two with his front end jumping up in the air after the contact. Tyrrell was next to have his car jump up in the air after he made contact with the inside concrete wall with Mortensen actually going under the Tyrrell car at that point because Tyrrell was so high in the air.

Williams, Clark, and Constantino had nowhere to go and tried their best to avoid the wreck but still suffered damage to all of their cars. Fortunately, all drivers were okay after the wreck.

DuMond held the lead on the restart and was out to a straightaway lead on lap nine with 12th place starter Chad Edwards up to the fifth position on lap ten and three laps later he was the new second place car after getting by Griffen Mansmith. With under ten laps to go, Edwards closed in on DuMond, getting by DuMond for the lead on lap 18 in turn four.

One final caution came out with five laps to go for Mansmith who slowed on the front stretch while running fifth and for Stephen Gray who was in the back stretch wall. Edwards held the lead on the single file restart with 22nd place starter Payton Talbot in the third position with one lap to go. Edwards went on to his fourth win of the season and the 17th of his career in the division in the John Kollar owned #10% followed by DuMond, Talbot, Troy Zilles, and Troy Palmer.

“Last week we finished seventh, our worst finish of the season but still not too bad,” Edwards told Mimi Lazzaro in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “I hit the yuke tire in turn four last week, got a flat tire, and just kind of rode it out. It has been a tough week, I really wanted to win tonight after the unexpected loss of our good friend Kenny Tyler, so we were able to get it done for him and his family.”

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel feature began with Chuck Dumblewski the early leader from his outside pole position start with Jason Morrison second. Dumblewski and Morrison remained side by side at times for the first two laps with fifth place starter Luke Horning making it a three-car race for the lead on lap four with Morrison on the inside, Horning in the middle, and Dumblewski on the outside.

Horning was the new race leader on lap four after the move down the middle of both Morrison and Dumblewski in turn four with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Horning, sixth place starter Kenny Gates, Morrison, Dumblewski, and 11th place starter Nick Stone. In the closing laps Horning was running the outside while Gates was in his familiar spot down low. With three laps to go, Stone was up to the top two making it a three-car race for the lead and the win.

The final caution came out on the final lap for AJ Walters and John Holmes who were stopped after a spin in turn four. On the restart, Horning stayed on the outside while Stone was in the middle and Gates down low coming out of turn four to the checkered flag. Horning was the winner by 0.172 seconds at the line for his first victory of the season and the 26th of his career in the division over Stone, Gates, Morrison, and seventh place starter Beau Ballard.

“When I heard him say 8N in second, I wasn’t sure if that was the way it was gonna end, I might wreck this thing again,” Horning said. “I knew that I was gonna leave early on the restart, even before Joe (starter Joe Kriss) scolded me but I took a chance hoping that Nick (Stone) would leave with me and maybe they would let it go.”

“To have Nick run me clean on that last restart was more than I expected so thanks to him for that,” Horning continued to say. “I don’t agree with everything that Nick is doing but he has done a lot for the Pro Stock class, but I think that it is heading in the wrong direction and don’t agree on the path that we are going in. To break his streak means a lot to me and my crew, we tore this thing up many times this year, but here we are in victory lane again.”

Mark Lighthall led the first four laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event before tenth place starter Kyle Dingman took over the lead on a lap five restart. Dingman went on to his third win of the 2022 season and the fifth of his career over Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis Timmy Wilmot, and Josh Kane.

Ken Hollenbeck started the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event in the eighth position, but it didn’t matter as he was the leader at the completion of lap one and led the remaining laps for his ninth win of the 2022 season and the 77th of his career in the division over Kerrie Hollenbeck, John Napoli, Todd Morey, and Len St. Andrews.

Demetrious Drellos won the seventh annual Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Dash Race over Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, and Matt DeLorenzo. The match races were two lap events for the top five in points as of 6/11/2022 and because of a tie for the fifth position in points there was no wildcard pick.

Round one was won by Varin over DeLorenzo, round two was won by Johnson over Varin, round three was won by Hanson over Johnson, round four was won by Hanson over Warner, and the final round was won by Drellos over Hanson.

“It feels great to be back here in victory lane at Fonda,” Drellos said in victory lane. “Hopefully, we can get another one later on in the regular feature, but it was cool to win $1,000 it was a fun race.”

After being pushed to victory lane for the ceremonies for the Bill Ag event, Drellos said “I gotta figure out what’s wrong with the car, I think I broke the driveshaft, but I rather it happened now than during the regular feature.”

Next Saturday June 25, A-Verdi Storage Containers Night will feature the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360- Sprint Cars along with all other regular divisions in action at the “Track of Champions”.

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.

DATE – DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT – BILL AG MEMORIAL

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Rocky Warner, Demetrious Drellos, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Bailey Boyd, Jason Greco, Nick Heywood (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Constantino

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Varin, Lehner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Clayton DuMond, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brett Mortensen, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Carter Gibbons, Tony Farone, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Anthony Cardamone, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Stephen Gray, Cody Clark, Brendan Gibbons, Tommy D’Angelo, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Joe Williams, Cory White (DNS)

4th win of 2022 and the 17th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 DuMond, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Zilles, Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot 19 positions 22nd to 3rd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Chucky Dumblewski, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, AJ Walters, Gary Silkey, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, John Holmes, Dillon Vanston, Chris Daughtry, Slater baker (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Chuck Dumblewski, 4-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Chuck Dumblewski, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Mark Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Josh Kane, Connor Prokop, Harold Robitaille, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Frank Twing Jr., Cian DiMezza, Brady Cordova, Matt Perry, Zach Dufel, Nate Bedell, Ryan Sweet (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Lighthall, 5-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Lighthall, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBECK (DOHC), John Napoli, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell, Heath Bush, TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten

9th win of 2022 and the 77th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

6th win of 2022 and the 27th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

BILL AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES OVERALL RESULTS – DEMETRIOUS DRELLOS, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #1 – Varin defeats DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #2 – Johnson defeats Varin

MATCH RACE #3 – Hanson defeats Johnson

MATCH RACE #4 – Hanson defeats Warner

MATCH RACE #5 – Drellos defeats Hanson

BILL AG MEMORIAL AWARDS & BONUSES

 

Round 1
Driver #1 – Draw – in Pits – Lane Choice Bobby Varin WINNER
Pick – Draw in Pits Matt DeLorenzo
Round 2
Round 1 Winner Bobby Varin
Pick – Lane Choice Ronnie Johnson WINNER
Round 3
Round 2 Winner Ronnie Johnson
Pick – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Round 4
Round 3 Winner – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Pick Rocky Warner
Round 5
Round 4 Winner Craig Hanson
Pick – Lane Choice Demetrios Drellos WINNER
Fastest Elimination Lap – Overall Demetrios Drellos 18.498
Final Driver 6-10 Tie for 5th
Hot Lap Hero Rocky Warner 18.158
Heats
Heat 1 Winner Nick Heywood
Heat 2 Winner Jack Lehner
Fast Time Heat 1 Nick Heywood 18.284
Fast Time Heat 2 Rocky Warner 18.636
Feature
Lap 1 Leader Dave Constantino
Lap 2 Leader Dave Constantino
3rd on Lap 3 Rocky Warner
8th on Lap 8 Matt DeLorenzo
Lap 11 Leader Dave Constantino
11th on Lap 11 Brian Gleason
Halfway Leader Dave Constantino
6th on Lap 28 Matt DeLorenzo
6th Finish Matt DeLorenzo
7th Finish Craig Hanson
8th Finish Jack Lehner
9th Finish Bobby Varin
10th Finish JaMike Sowle
11th Finish Ryan Odasz
12th Finish Tucker O’Connor
13th Finish Brian Pessolano
14th Finish Rich Christman
15th Finish Jim Intone, Jr.
16th Finish Brian Gleason
Last Car on Lead Lap Tucker O’Connor
1st 1 Lap Down Brian Pessolano
Feature Hard Charger Craig Hanson +8…  15th to 7th
Hard Luck Nick Heywood
Bill Ag Award Brian Pessolano

 

 

 

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/18/2022

DATE – 6/18/2022 DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT – BILL AG MEMORIAL

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Rocky Warner, Demetrious Drellos, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Bailey Boyd, Jason Greco, Nick Heywood (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Constantino

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Varin, Lehner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Clayton DuMond, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brett Mortensen, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Carter Gibbons, Tony Farone, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Anthony Cardamone, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Stephen Gray, Cody Clark, Brendan Gibbons, Tommy D’Angelo, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Joe Williams, Cory White (DNS)

4th win of 2022 and the 17th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 DuMond, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Zilles, Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot 19 positions 22nd to 3rd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Chucky Dumblewski, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, AJ Walters, Gary Silkey, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, John Holmes, Dillon Vanston, Chris Daughtry, Slater baker (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Chuck Dumblewski, 4-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Chuck Dumblewski, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Mark Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Josh Kane, Connor Prokop, Harold Robitaille, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Frank Twing Jr., Cian DiMezza, Brady Cordova, Matt Perry, Zach Dufel, Nate Bedell, Ryan Sweet (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Lighthall, 5-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Lighthall, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell, Heath Bush, TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten

9th win of 2022 and the 77th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

6th win of 2022 and the 27th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

BILL AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES OVERALL RESULTS – DEMETRIOUS DRELLOS, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #1 – Varin defeats DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #2 – Johnson defeats Varin

MATCH RACE #3 – Hanson defeats Johnson

MATCH RACE #4 – Hanson defeats Warner

MATCH RACE #5 – Drellos defeats Hanson

BILL AG MEMORIAL AWARDS & BONUSES

Round 1
Driver #1 – Draw – in Pits – Lane Choice Bobby Varin WINNER
Pick – Draw in Pits Matt Delorenzo
Round 2
Round 1 Winner Bobby Varin
Pick – Lane Choice Ronnie Johnson WINNER
Round 3
Round 2 Winner Ronnie Johnson
Pick – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Round 4
Round 3 Winner – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Pick Rocky Warner
Round 5
Round 4 Winner Craig Hanson
Pick – Lane Choice Demetrios Drellos WINNER
Fastest Elimination Lap – Overall Demetrios Drellos 18.498
Final Driver 6-10 Tie for 5th
Hot Lap Hero Rocky Warner 18.158
Heats
Heat 1 Winner Nick Heywood
Heat 2 Winner Jack Lehner
Fast Time Heat 1 Nick Heywood 18.284
Fast Time Heat 2 Rocky Warner 18.636
Feature
Lap 1 Leader Dave Constantino
Lap 2 Leader Dave Constantino
3rd on Lap 3 Rocky Warner
8th on Lap 8 Matt Delorenzo
Lap 11 Leader Dave Constantino
11th on Lap 11 Brian Gleason
Halfway Leader Dave Constantino
6th on Lap 28 Matt Delorenzo
6th Finish Matt Delorenzo
7th Finish Craig Hanson
8th Finish Jack Lehner
9th Finish Bobby Varin
10th Finish JaMike Sowle
11th Finish Ryan Odasz
12th Finish Tucker O’Connor
13th Finish Brian Pessolano
14th Finish Rich Christman
15th Finish Jim Intone, Jr.
16th Finish Brian Gleason
Last Car on Lead Lap Tucker O’Connor
1st 1 Lap Down Brian Pessolano
Feature Hard Charger Craig Hanson +8…  15th to 7th
Hard Luck Nick Heywood
Bill Ag Award Brian Pessolano

7TH ANNUAL “BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE” THIS SATURDAY JUNE 18 AT FONDA ON DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 18 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a special night honoring the late Bill Anagnostopoulos will take place as the current top five in Sunoco Modified points will compete in the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination 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.

All other regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, June 18 along with the Sunoco Modifieds including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fait Four Cylinders. Gates will open to the speedway at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Typically, the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” feature the top five in Modified points plus a random driver selected from points positions six through ten. 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 Modified Elimination Races” are point leader Matt DeLorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, and Rocky Warner.

Hanson and Warner are currently tied for the fifth position in the point standings following the June 11 racing program at Fonda and will be the final two drivers participating in the “Bill Ag” event. Thanks to Tom Coughlin there will be a random draw for $100 to one driver in positions six through ten in points, but they will not be eligible for participation in the “Bill Ag” event.

This will be the 7th Annual “Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Races” event run at Fonda with past winners including Bobby Varin in 2014, no event in 2015, Ronnie Johnson in 2016 & 2017, Tim Fuller in 2018, Stewart Friesen in 2019, no event in 2020, and Ronnie Johnson again last year in 2021.

Some quotes from the previous winners of the event:

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Ronnie Johnson said after the 2021 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 is a very special event honoring Bill from the Winners Circle,” Stewart Friesen said in 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,” Tim 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.”

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 the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 18 with Dirt Track Digest TV Night.

Bill Ag Sunoco Modified Elimination Match Races – More than $3,000 on the line!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $60 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-18th-drive-in…/

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

2022 BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE SPONSORS

💰💰$3,001 If A Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!

💵💵 $4,001 Total Payout for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!

🪙🪙$2,250 Total Money for Hot Laps, Heat Races, and Feature Bonuses for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Night!!!!

😳😳 $6,251 😳😳

TOTAL MONEY TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE NIGHT

💥💥2022 Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race💥💥

Saturday June 18th at Fonda Speedway

Round 1- $400

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 2- $400

$250 Melissa Rava

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 3- $550

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$50 George Walker

Round 4- $651

$301 Mike and Alex Jackson

$100 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$100 Jim and Jenny Brewster

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 In Memory of Wayne Hazzard

Round 5- $1K

DirtTrackDigest.tv

(GT Smith, George Smith, Mike Mallet)

$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- Mimi Lazzaro

$100 5th Driver Eliminated-   Mohawk Valley

Vintage Dirt Modifieds

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

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel

$100 First Choice (1st driver picked by a competitor)- CLC Concrete and Excavation/Chad Edwards

$200 Last Man Standing (Last Driver Picked for The Final Round)- Zach Dufel

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Signworks/Jeff Karabin

🏁🏁Modified Hot Lap, Heat and Feature Bonuses🏁🏁

$100 Hot Lap Hero (Fastest Modified in Hot Laps)- Driven Design & Embroidery

$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- Al Abele

$100 Leader Lap 1- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Leader Lap 2- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 3rd Place on Lap 3- 33 Race Products LLC

$50 8th Place on Lap 8-Bodie Bellinger

$100 6th Place Modified Feature

In Memory of Ed Keyser and In Honor of All the Dad’s for Supporting Your Local Dirt Track- Carole and Alton Palmer

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

$100 8th Place Modified Feature- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 9th Place Modified Feature- The Furnare Family

$100 10th Place Modified Feature- Romano Family

$100 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard

$100 13th Place Modified Feature- Driven Design & Embroidery

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

$100 Last Driver on Lead Lap- Friends and Family of Hot Rod Hodge/Dylanne Golas

$100 1st Driver One Lap Down- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Modified Feature Hard Charger- B&B Dumpster Rentals

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos

HANSON WINS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2022 ON HIS SPONSORS NIGHT – MORTENSEN TIES FOR FIRST ON CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN ALL-TIME WIN LIST WITH VICTORY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening Fonda Speedway had everything a race fan could ever want, great car counts, a great crowd, a meet & greet for fans to visit with their favorite drivers, and great racing! Bill Lake Modular Homes presented Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission with Craig Hanson getting the Sunoco Modified victory in his Bill Lake Modular Homes sponsored #20C.

“This win is awesome,” Hanson said after the victory. “We’ve struggled because we had a good car and a decent motor but now, we’ve got the same car with the same motor as everyone else is running and it shows.”

Mark Mortensen raced to the win in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature for his first win of the season in the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In sponsored #1M DKM car. The win was a special one for Mortensen who is now tied for first on the all-time win list in the division in what was the race of the night with a great side by side battle to the checkered flag between Mortensen and Dan Santabarbara.

“It’s been a struggle,” Mortensen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane regarding the 2022 season. “I brought the car back up to DKM last week and we had a good setup but then I made a mistake and hit the yuke tire last Saturday. Came back and kind of found something for the feature after hitting the yuke tire and repaired the car and then carried that setup along to this week. I told the guys at DKM if I won, I owed them a pizza, I parked it tonight, so I guess I owe them a pizza.”

Other winners on Bill Lake Modular Homes Night were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC), and John Napoli (Fonda Fair Four Cylinder DOHC).

Also in competition were the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with the winners including Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Modified), Dan Colvin (MVVDMS Sportsman), Curtis Condon (MVVDMS Late Model), Carl Cram (MVVDMS Mystique), and Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antique).

On a very busy race night the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held their annual Safety Awards Night with $75 going to the first NYSSCA member across the finish line and $50 to the second NYSSCA member across the finish line in all feature events except for the MVVDMS who held their NYSSCA Safety Awards Night earlier this year.

NYSSCA Safety Night winners included Craig Hanson $75 and JaMike Sowle $50 (Sunoco Modified), Mark Mortensen $75 and Payton Talbot $50 (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone $75 and Kenny Gates $50 (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Kyle Dingman $75 and Ryan Sweet $50 (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback $75 and Len St. Andrews $50 (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), John Napoli $75 and Kerrie Hollenback $50 (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder).

Prior to Opening Ceremonies on Saturday on victory lane, the NYSSCA organization handed out four different awards to five different drivers. Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson received the 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award as the first ever Modified division co-champions in the 70-year history of the Fonda Speedway where there has been twenty-six different championship winning drivers.

Also winning a 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award was Jessica Friesen who was the first woman to ever win a Modified feature in the history of the “Track of Champions” after her win on July 10 of last year. Friesen has competed in the Sportsman division at Fonda during her career along with Sprint cars where she has one victory in a 360-Sprint car at Fonda back on 4/29/2006 before moving up to the Modified division. Friesen was not in attendance at Fonda on Saturday and will get her award later this season.

NYSSCA also handed out two 2021 Dedication to Racing Awards to Craig Hanson and Cliff Haslun. Hanson not only runs the family business Hanson Paving but also runs the grader and does track prep at Fonda during the week and on race nights, races his self-owned Hanson Paving sponsored #20C Modified, and assists as a Short Track Super Series Official when time allows. Hanson has a career total of eight Modified wins at Fonda during his career in eight winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/30/2005 and his last one this year on 5/14/2022.

Whether it was in his self-owned #13 Street Stock or the Dennis Joslin owned Pro Stock car back in 2021, Cliff Haslun has always been a driver who does what he can with what he has. Making a lot of parts for the race car himself and getting to the track in any way possible, Haslun has always been there to compete and do the best he can with what he has making him a great candidate for the NYSSCA Dedication to Racing Award. Halsun has a total of five Street Stock victories at Fonda during his career.

Following the NYSSCA award presentations Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Stephanie May. Another huge 50/50 prize was won by Josh from Clifton Park of $2,765! Great job as always by our 50/50 ladies!

The 30-lap Sunoco got the green flag from Joe Kriss with JaMike Sowle taking the early lead from his outside pole position start. Dave Constantino brought out two consecutive cautions on laps two and three with fourth place starter Chris Curtis the new leader after the second restart with Rocky Warner now in the third spot.

Sowle took over the lead on lap five on the outside of turns one and two, with the yellow flag out shortly afterwards. Sowle chose the inside for the restart and maintained the lead at the drop of the green flag with Bobby Varin in the fourth position on lap seven and Warner in the second position after getting by Curtis for the spot on the same lap.

Hanson started the event in the eighth position and took over the third position from Varin on lap 11 with Sowle running the outside and Warner the inside trying to reel him in. Hanson got past Warner for the second position on lap 14 with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Sowle, Hanson, Warner, Curtis, and Ronnie Johnson who started the event in the 22nd position in a back-up car.

Hanson closed in on the race leader with ten laps to go and made his move for the lead in turn four on lap 22, ducking under Sowle and coming away with the lead coming out of the turn. Hanson led the remaining laps for his second victory of the season and the ninth of his career in the Hanson Paving/Bill Lake Modular Homes #20C followed in the top five by Sowle, Warner, Curtis, and Johnson.

“The last win I knew that I was leading, this one I didn’t,” Hanson told Mimi Lazzaro in F.X. Caprara in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane. “I got up on top and I was just passing cars, so I just kept hammering it and we did good. I got into it early with Dave (Constantino) when he checked up on me and I fell back so after that I was just trying to find a rhythm.”

“Bobby (Varin) showed me the top and then I was good, I got up on top and just worked my way through,” Hanson continued. “I tilled up the track this week, everybody was complaining the track was too slippery but unfortunately when you do that you get rough conditions but we’re trying to make everybody happy.”

The race of the night was definitely the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman featuring side by side racing for the lead and three wide action through the pack throughout the event. It all began with outside pole position starter Dan Santabarbara the early race leader at the drop of the initial green flag with Brendan Gibbons in tow.

Tanner Warner and Mark Mortensen started the event in the fifth and seventh positions respectively and early on were coming to the front together, moving up to the third and fourth positions by the time the lap counter clicked on lap two with tenth place starter Cody Clark now third. Clark got by Mortensen on lap six before Mortensen made a three wide move coming out of turn four around the outside of both Warner and Clark for the third position.

Mortensen got by Gibbons for the second spot on lap 12 with Santabarbara now out to a straightaway advantage. Just before the halfway point Santabarbara was blocked by the lap car of Cory White allowing Mortensen to close in with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Santabarbara, Mortensen, Clark, Gibbons, and 12th place starter Payton Talbot.

Going into turn two on lap 18, Mortensen went down the middle of two lap cars to keep pace with the leader and one lap later on lap 19 he made his move for the lead on the outside of turn four. The race was far from over however as Santabarbara was working well on the inside and remained side by side with Mortensen over the remaining laps.

Things really got interesting over the final three laps as Mortensen and Santabarbara were side by side for the lead while Clark and Talbot were side by side for the third position. Mortensen made his second three wide move of the race around the outside of the lap car of Griffen Mansmith and Santabarbara to maintain the lead with three laps to go while Talbot got by Santabarbara for the second position with one lap remaining.

On the final lap coming out of turn four to the checkered flag, Talbot had one last shot at the leader, but Mortensen ducked under the lap car of Troy Zilles, fought off the outside challenge by Talbot, and went on to his first win of the season and the 25th of his career in the division tying him for the top spot on the all-time win list in the division with Rocky Warner. Talbot, Clark, Santabarbara, and Warner completed the top five.

“Dan (Santabarbara) was running away at first and I was on the bottom and didn’t really know what else was out there,” Mortensen continued. “I ended up moving out a little bit and tried that and started making my way forward. Lap traffic held him up and I knew if I could get in front, I could use the lap car as a pick and that’s kind of what we did. It’s always hard when you’re leading, you’re just a sitting duck out there. I noticed a couple of spots where I wasn’t gaining on him, so I switched those spots up, moved down a little bit, and ran him in.”

Robert Parry of Hightower Farms Speedway, a go-kart track located on the Parry family farm in Broadalbin, was on hand in victory lane with Mortensen saying: “I won the go-kart race at Robert’s Hightower Farms Speedway last Sunday so now I’m a back-to-back winner, I’m going up there every week from now on.”

The first two laps of the Algonkin Pro Stock feature featured caution flags for spins by Chris Cross and Josh Coonradt. Both were able to continue on at the rear of the field. Chuck Dumblewski was the early leader in the event after starting on the pole with Jason Morrison second. The next yellow was on lap six for Luke Horning who was in the wall in turn one. Horning was not injured but was done for the night at that point.

Also involved in the caution after he spun in between turns one and two after accidental contact in the rear by Ivan Joslin as the cars were bunched up together while trying to avoid the wreck by Horning was Nick Stone who also restarted at the rear of the field. On the inside of the backstretch on lap nine, Kenny Gates was the new race leader with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Gates, Dumblewski, Morrison, Beau Ballard, and Ivan Joslin.

Ballard was the new second place car on lap 12 after getting by Dumblewski with Gates now out to a straightaway advantage. Stone got by Joslin for a spot in the top five with five laps to go with the caution out on lap 16 for AJ Walters who was in the wall in between turns one and two. On the single file restart, Stone went around the outside of Dumblewski, Morrison, and Ballard into the second position and began pressuring Gates for the lead.

On lap 19, Stone took the lead at the line as he and Gates were side by side. By the time the two cars reached the back stretch Stone had cleared Gates and went on to his eighth win in a row for 2022 followed in the top five by Gates, Ballard, Morrison, and Dumblewski.

“Of course, you want a caution,” Stone said in regard to the final caution of the event coming out on lap 16. “I started playing a points game and I knew that I had to get up as close to the front as I could. It was a little dusty out there and hard for people to see, guys are kind of rolling around and things like that are gonna happen.”

“When I went to the back, I said let’s just let it pan out and try to pick off as many cars as we could,” Stone continued. “That’s what we did, and it worked out with that caution. I want to thank Todd for putting this car under me, Jamie (Spraker) who helps me out at my shop and in the parts truck here, and Scott who takes care of our tires. The car is ready by Tuesday, and I can concentrate on work the rest of the week, so I’ve got it made right now.”

Mark Lighthall led the first two laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event until fourth place starter Kyle Dingman took over the lead on lap three with a pass on the outside of turn two. Dingman led the remaining laps for his second win of the season and the fourth of his career over Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, and last week’s winner Connor Prokop.

The Hollenback brothers led every lap in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, Kerrie leading the first two and Ken the remaining ten for his eighth win of the 2022 season in the SOHC. Ninth place starter John Napoli was declared the DOHC winner for his third win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division. Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Ely, and Elmer Montville completed the top five.

Next week on June 18 will be Dirt Track Digest TV Night featuring the Bill Ag One on One Match races for the Sunoco Modifieds. The top five in Sunoco Modified points as of 6/11 are eligible for the event along with one other driver from positions six through ten in points will be chosen. All divisions will also be in action with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.

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.

DATE – 6/11/2022 BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT – NEW YORK STATE STOCK CAR ASSOCIATION (NYSSCA) SAFETY AWARDS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, JaMike Sowle, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill August, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Nick Heywood, Alissa Cody, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers

2nd win of 2022 and the 9th of his career in the division for Hanson

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Sowle, 3-4 Curtis, 5-21 Sowle, 22-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Hanson, $50 Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Dan Santabarbara, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Chad Edwards, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Jeremy Slosek, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Troy Zilles, Griffen Mansmith, Greg Havlichek, Cory White, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Tom D’Angelo, John Diamond (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 25th of his career in the division for Mortensen who is now tied with Rocky Warner for first place on the all-time win list

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Santabarbara, 19-25 Mark Mortensen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot gained 10 positions from 12th to 2nd

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Mark Mortensen, $50 Talbot

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Chucky Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Jeff McPhail, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, Chris Cross, AJ Walters, Luke Horning, Kyle Weller (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 67th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9-18 Gates, Stone 19-20

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Stone, $50 Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Connor Prokop, Mark Lighthall, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff, Jerry Cohn, John Santolin, Harold Robitaille, Walter Cook, Timmy Wilmot, Gus Kamburelis

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Lighthall, 3-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Dingman, $50 Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Ely, Elmer Montville, John Mason, Justin Ramsey, Chris Duffney Jr., Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Kyle Lanfear, Josh Ramsey, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, John Shepard, Annabella Ball (DNS), Heath Bush (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 76th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Kerrie Hollenback, 3-12 Ken Hollenback

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – SOHC $75 Ken Hollenback, SOHC $50 St. Andrews, DOHC $75 Napoli, $50 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jack Miller, John Flach, Jackie Brown Sr., Phil Beaver

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – DAN COLVIN, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Constantino, Larry Stokes, Bryan Seyfried, John Trudean, Joe Rando (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, Will Reed, Joen Roese, Ed Docskalik

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Dan Karl, Harry Baldwin, George Palmer, Mark Anatriello, Mike Brown, George Berbench (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Bryan Scofield, Mike Wheeler, Speedy Niedeheimer, Rick Leveque, Don Briggs, John Mason, Mark Reardon, Harley Sheppard, Chuck Scofield (DNS), Jimmy Hyde (DNS)

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/11/2022

DATE – 6/11/2022 BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT – NEW YORK STATE STOCK CAR ASSOCIATION (NYSSCA) SAFETY AWARDS NIGHT 

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, JaMike Sowle, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, Demetrios Drellos, Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill August, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Nick Heywood, Alissa Cody, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers

2nd win of 2022 and the 9th of his career in the division for Hanson

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Sowle, 3-4 Curtis, 5-21 Sowle, 22-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Hanson, $50 Sowle

 

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Dan Santabarbara, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Chad Edwards, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Jeremy Slosek, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Troy Zilles, Griffen Mansmith, Greg Havlicek, Cory White, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Tom D’Angelo, John Diamond (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 25th of his career in the division for Mortensen who is now tied with Rocky Warner for first place on the all-time win list

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Santabarbara, 19-25 Mark Mortensen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot gained 10 positions from 12th to 2nd

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Mark Mortensen, $50 Talbot



ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Chucky Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Jeff McPhail, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, Chris Cross, AJ Walters, Luke Horning, Kyle Weller (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 67th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9-18 Gates, Stone 19-20

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Stone, $50 Gates

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Connor Prokop, Mark Lighthall, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff, Jerry Cohn, John Santolin, Harold Robitaille, Walter Cook, Timmy Wilmot, Gus Kamburelis 

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Lighthall, 3-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Dingman, $50 Sweet

 

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenbeck, Brandon Ely, Elmer Montville, John Mason, Justin Ramsey, Chris Duffney Jr., Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Kyle Lanfear, Josh Ramsey, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, John Shepard, Annabella Ball (DNS), Heath Bush (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 76th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenbeck

 3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Kerrie Hollenbeck, 3-12 Ken Hollenbeck

 

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – SOHC $75 Ken Hollenbeck, SOHC $50 St. Andrews, DOHC $75 Napoli, $50 Kerrie Hollenbeck

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jack Miller, John Flach, Jackie Brown Sr., Phil Beaver

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – DAN COLVIN, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Constantino, Larry Stokes, Bryan Seyfried, John Trudean, Joe Rando (DNS)

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, Will Reed, Joen Roese, Ed Docskalik

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Dan Karl, Harry Baldwin, George Palmer, Mark Anatriello, Mike Brown, George Berbench (DNS)

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Bryan Scofield, Mike Wheeler, Speedy Niedeheimer, Rick Leveque, Don Briggs, John Mason, Mark Reardon, Harley Sheppard, Chuck Scofield (DNS), Jimmy Hyde (DNS)

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES PRESENTS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA WITH $5 GRANDSTAND ADMISSION

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Another Saturday evening of excitement awaits local fans this Saturday, June 11 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway featuring $5 grandstand admission! On the racing card will be a Meet & Greet on the front straightaway just after hot laps for cars in all regular divisions along with cars from the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing 7:00 p.m.

The Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders are the regular divisions that will be in action this Saturday in the eighth racing program of the 2022 racing season.

So far in 2022 in seven total events in all divisions, the Sunoco Modified division has seen four different winners in the seven events held led by Matt DeLorenzo with three wins. Stewart Friesen is next with two victories while Craig Hanson and Danny Varin each have one victory apiece. Four different drivers have been in victory lane so far in 2022 in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division led by Chad Edwards with three wins; Cody Clark with two wins; Brian Calabrese and Payton Talbot with one win apiece.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division has six different winners so far in 2022 led by Zach Dufel with two victories followed by Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, Josh Kane, Harold Robitaille, and Connor Prokop all with one event win. Nick Stone and Ken Hollenback are both undefeated in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock and Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC divisions respectively with seven wins apiece. Other winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder class include Kerrie Hollenback with five wins in the DOHC class with John Napoli winning the other two events in the DOHC class.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) is looking for another action-packed night according to MVVDMS promoter Laurie Fallis. The cars from the MVVDMS will be a part of Meet and Greet on the front stretch which will take place after hot laps. Three exciting MVVDMS features will be representing the many eras of racing with five different drivers in the five different divisions (Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Model, Antique, and Mystique) celebrating on F.X. Caprara in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane after their wins.

In two appearances so far in 2022 winners in the five different classes of the MVVDMS include Jimmy Fugel with two wins in the Antique class, John Marks and Carl Cram (Mystiques), Curtis Condon and John Roese (Late Model), Brian Gray and Joe Rando (Sportsman), and Randy Delaney and John Flach (Modifieds).

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will hold their annual Safety Night at Fonda this Saturday, June 11. On that evening the first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members this Saturday, June 11. The cost of a NYSSCA membership is $25 per year.

Prior to Opening Ceremonies on Saturday on victory lane, the NYSSCA organization will also hand out four different awards to five different drivers. Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson will receive the 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award as the first ever Modified division co-champions in the 70-year history of the Fonda Speedway where there has been twenty-six different championship winning drivers.

Along with his co-championship in 2021, Johnson has two other Modified Track Championships at Fonda back in 2011 and 2016. Warner has one other Modified title back in 2019 to go along with four consecutive Track Championships in the Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Warner also has one Pro Stock Track Championship in 2011 and two more titles in the Street Stock division back in 2005 as a co-champion and his own title in 2007.

Also winning a NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award will be Jessica Friesen who was the first woman to ever win a Modified feature in the history of the “Track of Champions” after her win on July 10 of last year. Friesen has competed in the Sportsman division at Fonda during her career along with Sprint cars where she has one victory in a 360-Sprint car at Fonda back on 4/29/2006 before moving up to the Modified division.

NYSSCA will also hand out two Dedication to Racing Awards to Craig Hanson and Cliff Haslun. Hanson not only runs the family business Hanson Paving but also runs the grader and does track prep at Fonda during the week and on race nights, races his self-owned Hanson Paving sponsored #20C Modified, and assists as a Short Track Super Series Official when time allows. Hanson has a career total of eight Modified wins at Fonda during his career in eight winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/30/2005 and his last one this year on 5/14/2022.

Whether it was in his self-owned #13 Street Stock or the Dennis Joslin owned Pro Stock car back in 2021, Cliff Haslun has always been a driver who does what he can with what he has. Making a lot of parts for the race car himself and getting to the track in any way possible, Haslun has always been there to compete and do the best he can with what he has making him a great candidate for the NYSSCA Dedication to Racing Award. Halsun has a total of five Street Stock victories at Fonda during his career.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 11 with Bill Lake Modular Homes Fan Appreciation Night featuring $𝟱 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻.

Pre-Race Meet & Greet/Autograph Session

NYSSCA-New York State Stock Car Association Safety Night – Awards & Bonuses

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Dirt Modified Racing Series

Gates: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Adult Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $40 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-11th-drive-in…/

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

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.

$10 Weekend: $5 Grandstand Admission at Utica-Rome & Fonda This Weekend

VERNON, NY & FONDA, NY – $10 for a weekend of racing action!

This weekend – Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11 – racing continues at Utica-Rome Speedway (Vernon, N.Y.) and Fonda Speedway (Fonda, N.Y.) with just $5 grandstand admission each night. Kids 11 and under remain FREE.

For $5, Friday (June 10) fans will see a full program of racing action headlined by the Sunoco Modifieds for 30 trips around the Utica-Rome Speedway.

Joining the Sunoco Modifieds on Friday at half-mile speedway will be the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman, Next Generation Graphix Pro Stocks, Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair 4-Cylinders.

Also in action, the Senior Services Insurance All-Star Slingshots and D&S Landscaping Junior Slingshots will be in action on the inner oval.

On Saturday (June 11), Bill Lake Modular Homes presents $5 Fan Appreciation Night and a pre-race Meet & Greet for the fans at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

All weekly divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair 4-Cylinders.

Along with the regular divisions at the speedway will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series.

For those unable to attend in-person, both events will be streamed live on FloSports (www.floracing.tv).

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

Fonda Speedway, at 21 Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068, is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy or Instagram: @fondaspeedway.

DELORENZO RIDES THE WAVE TO HIS 40TH CAREER WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After winning at the Albany Saratoga Speedway on Friday evening, Matt DeLorenzo, his brother Mike, and his teammate Brian Gleason worked all day on Saturday to get the car ready to race at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Proof that hard work pays off was when DeLorenzo ended up in victory lane for the third time in 2022 and the 40th time in his career at Fonda.

“My brother Mike works endless on this car,” DeLorenzo said in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “It’s just him my teammate Brian (Gleason) and myself working on two cars. We worked on it all day today, we’ve been doing it every week all season long. I’m beat, I’m tired, but this was a lot of fun. Thanks to all of the fans, it was great to put on a show for them, and hopefully we can keep on riding this wave.”

Other winners on Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night at Fonda were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Connor Prokop (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC) and John Napoli (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer during opening ceremonies followed by Fonda Speedway starter Joe Kriss singing the National Anthem.

Congratulations to Chris from Fonda who was the winner of the 50/50 worth $2,658! Great job by the 50/50 ladies who continue to build the point fund for all of the drivers!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle and Rocky Warner on the front row with Warner taking the early lead followed by third place starter Dave Constantino. DeLorenzo started the event in the ninth position and by the completion of lap one he was running in the top five.

Fifth place starter Ronnie Johnson and DeLorenzo both got by Constantino for the second and third positions on lap seven with Johnson on Warner’s rear bumper for the lead on lap nine. Warner was in lap traffic on lap eleven with Johnson taking the race lead on the inside of the backstretch just as a lap car crossed the track to go to the pit area in a very close call for the leaders.

With less than ten laps remaining, Johnson held a straightaway advantage with DeLorenzo now the second-place car after getting by Warner for the position on lap 19. Eighth place starter Jessica Friesen moved into the top five just before Steve Akers slowed on the front stretch to bring out the final caution of the event with three laps to go.

Johnson chose the bottom for the double file restart and held the lead through turn one until DeLorenzo got a great run on the outside of turn two to take the lead. DeLorenzo led the remaining laps for his third win of the 2022 season and the 40th of his career in the division in the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell followed in the top five by Johnson, Constantino, Friesen, and Warner.

“I’m really speechless right now,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane as a banner stating Matty D 40 career win was being held up. “In the heat race I wasn’t very good and almost flipped this car over. I know that Ronnie has a good small block, so I just sailed it into turn one on the restart.”

“I didn’t know whether he was gonna slide me or not, so I just didn’t let off,” DeLorenzo continued saying about the pass for the lead. “I was catching him (Johnson) a little bit and then I would mess up, I was a little pushy going into turn four and then he would pull away. I don’t know if I would have caught him without that caution. It was a heck of a race with Ronnie, he is a class act.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel feature took two tries to get going with Harry Shaffer taking the early lead from his pole position start. Outside pole position starter Brendan Gibbons took the lead from Shaffer on a lap three restart just before Cody Clark brought out another yellow flag after spinning in turn four. Clark continued on at the rear of the field.

Tenth place starter Brian Calabrese made a great move to go from fourth to second on lap five after getting by both Griffen Mansmith and Shaffer. The next yellow was out on lap five for Troy Zilles who was in the backstretch wall after contact by Jason Reome. Zilles was done for the night at that point with Calabrese taking the lead away from Gibbons on the restart.

Ninth place starter Payton Talbot was the new second place car on lap ten after getting by Gibbons for the position with eleventh place starter Chad Edwards also getting by Gibbons for the third position. As Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore put it Talbot and Edwards were together like “peanut butter and jelly” coming from the back of the pack together to get to the front and they would remain together in a great race with Calabrese to the checkered flag.

Talbot and Edwards swapped the second position many times over the closing laps allowing Calabrese to pull away slightly with Clark back in the top five on lap 18 after spinning and going to the rear of the field on lap three. Talbot got a great run on the outside of both Calabrese and a lap car in turn two to take the lead with three laps to go with one final caution coming out on the final lap for Anthony Cardamone who came to a stop on the backstretch with a broken front end.

Talbot fought off one final challenge from Edwards and Calabrese who was pushing Edwards on the final restart and took home his first win of the 2022 season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda in the Ted’s Body Shop #14T followed in the top five by Edwards, Calabrese, Clark, and Chip Constantino. Mark Mortensen finished sixth after starting 26th after repairs were made to the front end of the 1M after contact with the inside wall in turn four during his heat race.

Talbot was the winner of the Crate 602 Sportsman feature at Utica Rome on Friday evening doubling up on the weekend after the win at Fonda just as DeLorenzo did in the Modified division.

“I was kind of struggling on the bottom,” 18-year-old Talbot said in victory lane. “I saw Chad (Edwards) go around me and I thought the bottom was gonna be way better tonight. I really didn’t expect the top to be there at all tonight, but I went out there and it stuck so I was really glad that it was there as it really saved us tonight.”

Chuck Dumblewski led the first eight laps in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature until he slowed on the front stretch with sparks coming from underneath the race car. That brought out the caution with seventh place starter Beau Ballard taking over the lead for one lap until twelfth place starter Nick Stone took over the lead at the halfway point with a pass on the inside of turns three and four with Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, and ninth place starter Ivan Joslin completing the top five.

Three more caution flags flew over the remaining ten laps, but Stone held on for his seventh consecutive win of the season and the 66th of his career in the division in the Todd Hoffman owned self-built Manimal chassis over Ballard, Horning, Gates, and Joslin who remained in the top five since the halfway point in the event until the checkered flag waved. Stone was also the winner of the Pro Stock feature at Utica Rome on Friday evening, so he joined DeLorenzo and Talbot on “doubling up” for the weekend.

“This is what we love doing, it’s what we come here to do,” Stone said in victory lane. “We hope these wins go on forever, we had years that we could barely get to victory lane once during the whole season. We all have our years; we enjoy it while it is going on because we know that it could go in the other direction very easily. Concentrating on one track is definitely making us more successful this year.”

Connor Prokop led all fifteen laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature and was followed in the top five by Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, and Kyle Dingman. It was the first career win for the young man who started go-kart racing at age seven.

“I started racing go-karts at age seven and ran here a couple of times in this division last year,” Prokop said. “This is my first full year of racing and I want to thank my dad who is celebrating his birthday today.”

Ken Hollenbeck led all twelve laps in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event for his seventh consecutive win of the season and the 75th of his career in the division. John Napoli was declared the dual overhead cam winner for his second win of the season and the fourth of his career in the division.

The CRSA Sprints were also a part of the racing program at Fonda on Saturday evening with two consecutive red flags out on laps one and two for a three-car wreck in turn two that saw Cory Sparks come close to going into the waters of the Mohawk River and the other for Ethan Gray who flipped over in turn two. All drivers were okay after the incidents.

Once things settled down and racing continued, Darryl Ruggles was the early leader for two laps until Jordan Hutton took over the lead on lap three. Jeff Trombley started the event in the fifth position and moved into the second position on lap four, chasing the leader until moving in on the rear bumper of Hutton on lap twelve of the twenty lap event.

Trombley made a move on the inside of the backstretch with seven laps remaining to take the lead and he survived one final restart to take the win over Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, and twenty-first place starter Jeremiah Munson who made his way up to the fifth spot at the finish in his self-owned #51 car. For Trombley it was his second career CRSA Sprint car win at Fonda to go along with thirty-five career Modified wins and two Modified Track Championships in 2001 and 2002.

“Experience here at the track definitely helped,” Trombley told CRSA announcer Brady Houser in victory lane. “He (Hutton) was fast and got out front but on that one restart I knew he was gonna cover the bottom and I got a run on him for the lead. The car was awesome, the track was good. I had a lot of fun, and it was good to see all the fans here. I love this place and anytime you can get a win here it’s a plus.”

Next Saturday, June 11 Bill Lake Modular Homes will present Fan Appreciation Night featuring $5 grandstand admission. There will be a pre-race meet and greet on the front straightaway allowing the fans to see the race cars up close and personal. All divisions will be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) and it will also be New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Night.

The NYSSCA organization will be handing out monetary awards on their annual “Safety Night”. The first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members with the cost of a NYSSCA membership being $25 per year.

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.

DATE – 6/4/2022 Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Demetrios Drellos, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Nick Heywood, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Brian Calabrese, Steve Akers, Ray Zemken, Rich Christman

3rd win of 2022 and the 40th of his career in the division for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Warner, 11-22 Johnson, 23-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Tony Farone, Jeremy Slosek, Brett Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Anthony Cardamone, Dylan Eldred, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Tanner Warner, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Zilles, Carter Gibbons

1st win of 2022 and 2nd of his career in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Shaffer, 3-5 Brendan Gibbons, 6-21 Calabrese, 22-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Mark Mortensen 20 positions 26th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Slater Baker, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Jim Normoyle, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Chucky Dumblewski, Dillon Vanston

7th win in a row and the 66th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9 Ballard, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Ryan Sweet, Wesley Sutliff, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Harold Robitaille, Gus Kamburelis, Bob Rowback, EJ Gallup, Tom D’Angelo (DNS), Mark Lighthall (DNS), Craig Wholley (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenbeck, Steve Burbank, Wayne Russell Jr., Zach McSpirit, Heath Bush, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Annabelle Ball, Dale VanAllen, Len St. Andrews

7th win of 2022 and the 75th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenbeck

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenbeck

CRSA SPRINT CARS – 20-laps – JEFF TROMBLEY, Jordan Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, Jeremiah Munson, Timmy Lotz, Dana Wagner, John Cunningham, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., Ronnie Greek, Trevor Years, Aaron Shelton, Chad Miller, Alex Adamsky, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser, Calvin Wheelock, Link Pettit, Darryl Ruggles, Mike VanPelt, Ethan Gray, Cory Sparks, James Layton (DNS), Tyler Emmons (DNS)

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ruggles, 3-12 Hutton, 13-20 Trombley

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/4/2022

DATE – 6/4/2022 Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Demetrious Drellos, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Nick Heywood, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Brian Calabrese, Steve Akers, Ray Zemken, Rich Christman

3rd win of 2022 and the 40th of his career in the division for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Warner, 11-22 Johnson, 23-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Tony Farone, Jeremy Slosek, Brett Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Anthony Cardamone, Dylan Eldred, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Tanner Warner, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Zilles, Carter Gibbons

1st win of 2022 and 2nd of his career in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Shaffer, 3-5 Brendan Gibbons, 6-21 Calabrese, 22-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Mark Mortensen 20 positions 26th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Slater Baker, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Jim Normoyle, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Chucky Dumblewski, Dillon Vanston

7th win in a row and the 66th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9 Ballard, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Ryan Sweet, Wesley Sutliff, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Harold Robitaille, Gus Kamburelis, Bob Rowback, EJ Gallup, Tom D’Angelo (DNS), Mark Lighthall (DNS), Craig Wholley (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, Steve Burbank, Wayne Russell Jr., Zach McSpirit, Heath Bush, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Annabelle Ball, Dale VanAllen, Len St. Andrews

7th win of 2022 and the 75th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT CARS – 20-laps – JEFF TROMBLEY, Jordan Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, Jeremiah Munson, Timmy Lotz, Dana Wagner, John Cunningham, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., Ronnie Greek, Trevor Years, Aaron Shelton, Chad Miller, Alex Adamsky, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser, Calvin Wheelock, Link Pettit, Darryl Ruggles, Mike VanPelt, Ethan Gray, Cory Sparks, James Layton (DNS), Tyler Emmons (DNS)

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ruggles, 3-12 Hutton, 13-20 Trombley

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW IN ALL DIVISIONS ALONG WITH THE CRSA SPRINT CARS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, June 4 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway presents another exciting racing program in all regular divisions along with the first appearance of the CRSA Sprint Cars in 2022. Gates open to the speedway at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Regular divisions competing with the CRSA Sprints this Saturday at Fonda 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.

Last year in 2021 the CRSA Sprints made three appearances at Fonda with Josh Flint, Mike Kiser, and Jordan Hutton winning those events. For both Flint and Hutton, it was their first career wins in the division at Fonda. After all events were completed last season Jeff Trombley was crowned the 2021 CRSA Sprint Car Champion and to add a little history to that Trombley also has two Track Championships at Fonda in the Modified division back in 2001 and 2002.

After one cancelled event and two rain outs to begin the 2022 racing season, the CRSA Sprints were able to open the season at the Weedsport Speedway last Sunday, May 29 with Billy VanInwegen the winner followed in the top five by Darryl Ruggles, Bobby Parrow, Trombley, and Alysha Bay. The event at Fonda on Saturday will be the second event of the 2022 season for the CRSA Sprints with $1,000 going to the feature event winner.

The CRSA Sprint Car organization started racing at the Fonda Speedway back in 2009 and through their last event of the 2021 season at Fonda last September they have run a total of 24 events at Fonda with 13 different drivers winning those events.

Danny Varin and Mike Kiser lead the way with four CRSA Sprint car wins at Fonda followed by Josh Pieniazek and Cory Sparks who both have three career wins at Fonda. Kyle Smith is a two-time CRSA Sprint winner at Fonda with single event wins going to Trombley, Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, and Jordan Hutton.

A reminder to all of the Fonda Speedway drivers that the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will hold their annual Safety Night at Fonda on Saturday, June 11. On that evening the first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members both this Saturday, June 4 and next Saturday, June 11. The cost of a NYSSCA membership is $25 per year.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions. Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 4.

CRSA Sprints – First appearance of 2022!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Drive-In: $75 (up to four passes): Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-4th-drive-in…/

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

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.

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