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Fonda set for season finale

September 18, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Local stock car racing fans will get their fill, maybe, this weekend.

Fonda Speedway will host River Rage Weekend featuring the final leg of the NMX Go Green Fonda Thunder Series, the $9,500-to-win McDonald's 100.

Of course, you can make it a three-day racing weekend, kicking off with the final point night of racing at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

The modified track title already has been decided with Jeff Brownell claiming the Glen Ridge track championship, but the budget sportsman and street stock titles are still up for grabs. Kerry Hollenbeck has locked up the cruiser division championship.

Jeremiah Munson, who won Fonda Speedway's budget sportsman feature last Saturday, leads the division points battle at Glen Ridge with Korey Wilder 23 points back in second and Angela Hoard in striking distance 47 points back in third.

Fonda Speedway street stock champion Chuck McSpirit will be looking to pick up his second track title of the year Friday night. He leads Dave Bayes in the Glen Ridge points battle by 28. Bayes leads the Harry's Auto Street Stock Series by 18 points over Dave Pope and 20 over McSpirit. The final leg of the four-race series will also be run Friday.

Saturday, River Rage Weekend gets under way at Fonda Speedway with a full card.

The modifieds will compete for $5,000 first-place money in the 50-lap big block/small block challenge sponsored by BBL Companies.

Also on tap will be a 30-lap pro stock open, an IMCA Tour event, a street stock open, budget sportsman and, in a fourth attempt this season, fireworks.

Sunday, a 30-lap sportsman open event will warm up the crowd for the annual McDonald's 100.

This year, the race is the final leg of the Go Green NMX Fonda Thunder Series.

Matt DeLorenzo leads the series with 182 points with Dave Camara two points behind. Last year's McDonald's 100 victor Brett Hearn, is tied with Pat Ward in third with 178 points. Last week's New Yorker 200 winner and Fonda Speedway modified track champion Bobby Varin is eight points back with 174.

It will be interesting to see if the drivers go for the 10 points offered for a heat race victory or opt to finish a little farther back in the field for a starting spot closer to the front of the feature. In the earlier Thunder Series events, the third-place finishers in the heat races started up front.

Pit gates will open at 11 a.m. both days with the front gates opening at noon and racing starting at 2 p.m.

Fall schedule announced

The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has announced a revised fall schedule.

The Ridge will run Sunday programs Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 featuring modifieds, budget sportsmen, street stocks and cruisers.

Glen Ridge will wrap up its racing season Oct. 25 with a program featuring all its regular classes plus an enduro and CNY Mini Sprints. Just in case, a rain date of Oct. 26 has been set.



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