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Racing Around: Wilders pay visit to Fonda

May 21, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

While walking through the pit area before Saturday's rain-shortened race program at Fonda Speedway, it was nice to see the 22J of Jeremy Wilder and the 21K of Kory Wilder among the sparse car count.

Kory has been competing at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and is second in points behind Jeremiah Munson, while Jeremy has been trying his hand on the small block DIRT circuit.

"We have only had two races and they both got rained out, so we really haven't done much with that," Jeremy said.

He also has put in strong showings in the past couple of weeks in the modified features at Glen Ridge and Utica-Rome speedways.

"We didn't do too hot in The Vic [Victoria 200], but that is alright," he said. "That was a tough track for anybody to race on. Any race up there is tough to get into to."

In two weeks of competition at Glen Ridge, Jeremy has brought home fifth- and sixthplace finishes.

However, Saturday was his first race at Fonda this season.

In his qualifying event, Wilder stayed with the front-runners in a race won by Jack Johnson on a very fast track.

Part of the reason for Jeremy's limited early-season race schedule has been his continuing education.

"I just finished my first year at Herkimer County Community College working toward a degree in business administration," he said. "My mom thought I could have done a little bit better, but I passed everything. So that works for me."

With the long racing season in front of him, Jeremy said the No. 22J team could be venturing to other racing venues.

"We are going to be all over the place," he said. "We are going to be here a few weeks and we have to run Glen Ridge at least four more times to get our DIRT bonus points. I think we are going to make a couple of trips to the Valley. Other than that, probably racing when we get the time."

Double features

With the qualifying events in the books, a steady rain forced the Fonda Speedway management to cancel the remainder of last Saturday's race card. The May 30 program now will feature double features for the modifieds, sportsman and pro stock divisions. With only nine cars on hand Saturday, the 602 limited sportsman division did not run a heat race.

The reason for the two-week delay in running the features is that this week's program includes the Empire Super Sprints.

Because all heat race qualifying events were completed, rain checks will not be honored from last Saturday's racing program.

Car show

The Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda will host a car show Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

The show will feature the sprinters driven by Jessica Zemken, Anthony Cain, Jami Russell, Mike Bush and the modifieds of Howard Gage, and Harry Shaffer.

Benefit for soldiers

DIRTcar sportsman driver Angela Hanson is leading a fundraiser this weekend for the "Soldiers Angels Network."

She will be assisting Mary Kay representatives the weekend at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park to collect money to put together care packages to send to troops stationed overseas.

There also will be a drop box at the booth and at Hanson's hauler for old ink cartridges and cell phones.

 
 

 

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