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Fonda series begins Saturday

May 22, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald
Speedway promoters always are looking for innovations to help improve their programs, keep fans happy and challenge the drivers.

Ric Lucia may have struck on a winner for Fonda Speedway.

At the annual car show in March, Lucia was pumped up about the announcement of a new in-house series for the modified division — the Go Green NMX Fonda Thunder Series for Modifieds.

The series consists of a five-race series starting with a pair of 40-lap, $4,000-to-win events, a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win race and a a 60-lap, $6,000-to-win mid-week show. The series concludes with the season-ending 100-lap, $9,500-to-win race.

A sweep of the series events would amass a total of $28,500 in winnings.

The series also brings a new sponsor to the speedway, NMX Chemicals.

“I met the people from NMX Chemicals through conversation about business in general and common interests that we both have,” Lucia said in a news release. “Interest in the series has already been expressed by Brett Hearn, Pat Ward, Mitch Gibbs, and others and I am very happy to be involved with NMX Chemicals to put on this series.”

NMX Chemicals is an environmentally friendly company that makes non-petroleum based products that are biodegradable.

Separate points will be kept for the series with a base number given to the Fonda Speedway regulars at all five events.

“We don’t want our regulars to get zero points if they have a problem and can’t race in the feature. With a base number of points given, it will keep our regulars in the hunt for the point championship in the series,” Lucia said in a release.

I am curious as to how many race teams will make the Saturday night trips. Many of the top teams are in the battle for track championships at their home tracks. But, as they say, money talks.

Many drivers also will tell you their goal for the season starts off with winning races and while the championships are nice, they don’t go out and race for points, especially early in the season.

The point championship payout for the series is slated to pay $4,000 for first, $3,000 for second, and $1,500 for third, but the point fund may be added to throughout the series.

Drivers will draw for starting positions in the heat races and will be handicapped for the features with an inversion also taking place.

With last week’s program being washed out, rain checks from Saturday can be turned in and $2 can be added with that to cover the $12 general grandstand admission for this Saturday’s show.

Also on Saturday’s race card is the curfew-delayed sportsman feature from May 10, which was on line when the rains came last week.

Mini Sprint race rescheduled

The Central New York Mini Sprint event rained out last Friday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Friday is Fan Appreciation Night at Glen Ridge. Grandstand admission will be $5. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

CRSA car show

In preparation for its May 30 race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, the Capital Region Sprint Agency will host a car show and chicken barbecue Saturday in the Fonda fireman’s parking lot from noon to 5 p.m.

CVRA vs. The World

June 27 has been announced as the date for the 100-lap, $8,000-to-win CVRA vs. The World big block/small block challenge at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. General Motors has been announced as the primary sponsor for the event.

Speedway promoter Bruce Richards announced that fans also will benefit from the sponsorship of General Motors, as $3 general admission discount coupons will be available at participating dealers during the weeks leading up to the event.

Fans also will be able to register for a trip to the General Motors VIP tent, which will be set up behind the main grandstand on race night.

Motocross weekend

Royal Mountain Ski Area will kick-off its 28th season of motocross racing this weekend with two days of American Motocross Association-sanctioned racing Sunday and Monday.

Classes range from the 50cc 4- to 6-year-olds to the plus-40 superseniors and quad classes, which includes five pro classes. A new women’s class will be added this season.

Registration is slated to open at 7 a.m. both days with practice taking to the track at 8:30 a.m. and the gate dropping for the first race at 11 a.m.

James A. Ellis is a sports reporter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at


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