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Fonda ready to return

September 11, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Did anyone else get a little chuckle when they went to the Fonda Fair this year, seeing blacktop on Fonda Speedway?

It just didn't seem to fit, even in a just small strip to make it easier for people to get from the infield to the midway.

Well, the blacktop is gone and it is back to dirt track racing this weekend.

The Track of Champions will host a regular night of racing with open competition for all divisions and home track rules applying. The budget sportsman division will also be added to the night.

With school back in session and Reality Check sponsoring student night at the speedway, all students with an ID will be admitted for half price.

The night also gives teams to shake off some rust and get the track minus asphalt back in shape for next week's River Rage weekend.

There has been a change in the plans for the weekend.

As most fans know, the 50-lap, $5,000-to-win NMX Go Green Thunder Series event that was twice rained out, will be run on Saturday's race card instead of the 50-lap 358 modified open. Also on the card is a 30-lap pro stock open event, an IMCA tour race, street stock open, budget sportsmen and 4-cylinders.

Sunday will feature the 100-lap, $9,500-to-win Thunder Series race plus a 30-lap sportsman open. Hopefully, with a possibility of winning $14,500 plus bonuses, with draw many of the top touring teams to the speedway.

Champion crowned

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park wrapped up its modified points battle last Friday.

With a rain out of last week's race program, Jeff Brownell was crowned the modified track champion in his first year of regular competition at The Ridge.

Of course, there are some who believe the track title should not be awarded with the final night a rain out. But the date was announced as the end of points for modifieds, so it was not a surprise.

Remember back a couple of years ago when Fonda Speedway had its Night of Features rained out, fans and drivers were upset because the track management opted to run the Night of Features after returning from the fair break. It turned out to be a great night of racing, and the points leaders did not change.

Now it is posted on the schedule that if the Night of Features rains out, the program will be run on the first week back from the fair.

So everybody knows when the end of the points chase is.

The Glen Ridge budget sportsman, street stock and cruiser division champions will be crowned Sept. 19.

Friday, The Ridge will host a $350-to-win budget sportsman race, along with the Midstate Vintage Car Club, the fourth leg of the Harry's Auto street stock series and the cruiser division. The pro stocks also are on the racing card.


Congratulations go out the driver Mike Ketchum and car owner John Kollar on winning a share of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway sportsman division track championship.

Ketchum, who finished second to Dustin Delaney in last year's points chase, finished in a dead heat with Rob Langevin for the 2008 title.



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