For years, the Victoria 200 was the showcase event of the season at Fulton Speedway.
The name is still the same, but the location has changed.
The $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-take-the-green event will take to the track Sunday, only now it will be run at Utica-Rome Speedway.
The switch has not detracted from the drawing power of the event as many of the top modified teams in the Northeast have pre-registered, including Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Horton, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker. McCreadie, the 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model champion, will behind the wheel of Vic Coffey’s Sweetners Plus back-up car.
Many Fonda Speedway drivers are among the early registrants ready to take a shot at the top prize, including Bobby and Danny Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Jack Johnson, A.J. Romano, Craig Hanson, Jeremy Wilder and Jimmy Davis. The race card also includes a $1,200-to-win feature for Pro Stocks.
Gates will open Sunday at 11 a.m. with racing getting under way at 2 p.m. Grandstand admission will be $25 for adults and $10 for children 14 and younger. Pit admission will cost $40.
Friday night, Albany-Saratoga Speedway was scheduled to host “The Big One” a 100-lap main event for modifieds. Speedway promoter Bruce Richards announced the race has been canceled due to track resurfacing.
Now Friday night will be Scout/Youth Sports Night where kids wearing their scout uniform or sports jersey will be admitted to the grandstands free.
Rain may have canceled racing and the running of the annual Bob VanAernam Memorial street stock race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, but it did little to dampen the spirit of the event.
Originally the 30-lap feature was to pay $300 to the winner with Andy’s Service Center putting up a $100 bonus if the car count for the event was 20 cars or more. Now, with added money from Tony Mango from Snap-On Tools and Andy’s Service, the purse has been expanded so the winner could take home $550, runner-up $220 and $130 for third.
Rain checks from last week’s event will be honored for Friday night’s racing program.
Full card at Fonda
With Saturday night’s rainout, Fonda Speedway has carried its April 26 racing program that was cut short by weather, over to this week. The rained out modified, pro stock and sportsman features from that night will be run first on Saturday’s program. Then the qualifiers for the regular Saturday night show will take to the track. The first appearance of the season for the budget sportsman division also will take place Saturday along with kiddie rides.
Special from WTEN
Families can get a break on admission to Fonda Speedway through a special offer from television station WTEN.
The station is offering a special deal on family four packs for a regular event at “The Track of Champions” through its Web site www.wten.com. Families can purchase the $26 two adult, two children package for $13.
The deal is located under the promotions/contests tab at the left of the screen. Click on the subheading “half off the Capital Region” and then scroll down to the Fonda Speedway featured offer and follow the instructions to purchase.
As of this morning, there were 79 packages remaining with an expiration date of Aug. 1.