I had a slight reality check the other day while walking through a local store.
On the shelves were colorful leaves, pumpkins and other symbols that fall is just around the corner. That means the high school fall sports season will be kicking off soon and the kids will be back in school. It is a good time.
Then, like a slap to the back of the head, it hit me, Saturday night is the Night of Features at Fonda Speedway. The end of the regular season at the Track of Champions. Wow, weren't we just at the car show at the Rotterdam Square Mall?
Now we will be watching to see if Bobby Varin can hold off Pat Ward through a pair of 20-lap features to pick up his fourth modified track championship.
Heading into Saturday night, Varin holds a 29-point edge over Ward and a 34-point advantage over Ronnie Johnson in third. It would be a tough task for Matt DeLorenzo to repeat as track champion as he trails Varin by 58 points heading into the final points races.
David Towns pretty much controls his own destiny in the sportsman division. Towns, the defending sportsman division champion, holds a 48-point lead over Mark Kislowski, who has had one of his best overall seasons of competition this year. John McAuliffe rides in third, 84 points behind Towns.
McAuliffe did double duty last week driving Elmo Reckner's back-up car to a top-10 finish in the sportsman feature and a top-five in the modified main. McAuliffe was in Reckner's car after a hard wreck during the mid-week race Aug. 5 bent the rear clip of his No. 23.
While suffering a mild concussion in the accident, McAuliffe joked that what really hurt was that the Teo chassis had only five laps on it and probably a four lap warrantee.
Kenny Gates and Jeremy Cramer appeared poised to repeat as track champions in the pro stock and IMCA divisions respectively.
Gates will be looking to not share the title this season as he comes in with a 34-point lead over Nick Stone and 50-point edge over Roy Fifield.
Cramer is 22 points up, 419-397, on Aaron Jacobs in the IMCA standings. The battle is for second. Jacobs leads Jimmy Cramer by two points and Kevin Buff by five.
The street stock title is again coming down to the final night of competition with Chuck McSpirit gunning for his first track championship. McSpirit leads Cassidy Wilson by 16 points and Neil Cosselman by 26 heading into Saturday's racing action.
It looks like the weather for this weekend will be clear by race time. If the weather forecasters are incorrect and Fonda is rained out for the sixth time this year, the Night of Features will take place after the break for the Fonda Fair.
Saturday night is also Banner Night at Fonda. The event is sponsored by the Fonda Futures Kid's Club.
King of the Budgets
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host the two-track series for the budget sportsman division at the end of the month. The series starts at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Aug. 29 and resumes Aug. 30 at Glen Ridge.
Sprint cars will invade The Ridge this week as the CNY Mini Sprints take to the fast 1/3-mile track.
2008 Fonda Yearbook
I am happy to say that production is under way on the 2008 Fonda Speedway Yearbook.
This is the third edition of The Leader-Herald published book.
The publication will be available at the speedway on the three September race dates.