What a great way to open the local racing season.
Ice Jam 2009 at Fonda Speedway was just what race fans needed to shake off the winter blues.
Along with good weather, a quality field of modifieds, the introduction of a new division to the speedway, there was speed. And plenty of it.
Defending track champion Bobby Varin was fast right out of the box as he shattered the track record time of 18.459 he established on June 17, 2006 with a new time of 18.136.
The panel on the rear of the Dover Brake No. 00 is accurate. It shows the coupe made famous with Buzzie Reutimann at the wheel and Varin's Bicknell modified. Simply stated "Fast in the past Faster in the future."
After winning his heat race, Varin drew 11th on the starting grid for the 40-lap modified feature.
The team hit the setup right as Varin was able to pick his way to the front, and after moving into second, eliminating Pat Ward's half-track lead in five laps.
Ward's luck held up as the checkers fell over his hood with Varin a car length behind.
"I knew someone had to be coming," Ward said. "But I didn't know he was there until he dove under me heading into turn one after the checkers."
Experience proved to be a big factor in the inaugural feature event for the Limited 602 Sportsman division.
Jeremiah Munson picked up the feature win in the same car he won the budget sportsman feature at the 2008 McDonald's Weekend.
The first thing he did when he got out of the car was getting on a cell phone and call car owner Chris Sullivan with the news. Sullivan is deployed in the Middle East.
It is unfortunate that the 602 cars look so similar to the big block modifieds and sportsman division cars; they may not get a fair shake.
I am sure the division will provide plenty of good nights of racing, but the difference in speed and power was evident last Saturday.
A car count of 20 for the first night was certainly impressive.
The points chase for the Fonda Speedway track championships will get into full swing Saturday with all divisions ready to roll onto the speedway with an early starting time of 4 p.m. slated.
Glen Ridge ready to go
After a successful inspection and warm-up session Monday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is ready to get its 2009 race season under way with all divisions seeing action.
The gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps taking to the track at 7 p.m. and qualifying events taking the green at 7:30 p.m.
Winner to be announced
Remember Danny Ody's plain white IMCA modified at the Rotterdam Car Show?
Well, he conducted a contest for fans to design his paint scheme for the car and Saturday night, the winner will be unveiled at Fonda Speedway.
Ody said the car will be kept under a tarp so no one can get a preview of the winning design before the ceremony in Victory Lane.