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Racing Around: July will be busy month for Fonda

July 2, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

July has traditionally been the busiest month for racing in the Northeast.

Now it has gotten a little busier at Fonda Speedway.

After going one-for-June on Saturday nights, promoter Ric Lucia has added a second midweek racing event to the schedule at the Track of Champions.

The 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Dual Track Thunder Series and pro stock Best-of-Three Thunder Series that were rained out on June 20, will be run July 21 at 7 p.m.

This could set up a big payday for a driver as the added date is three days after the July 18 50-lap, $5,000 Thunder Series race already scheduled on BBL Construction night.

After Fonda's June 20 rainout, the opening Thunder Series race took the green last Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway.

The night got off to a disappointing start for Bobby Varin as a water pump gasket failed on his primary car. So, he borrowed his son Danny's modified and charged from deep in the field to pick up the victory over Pat Ward.

The modified series will continue at Fonda Aug. 4 with a 60-lap, $6,000-to-win race before returning to U-R Aug. 23 for a second 50-lap, $5,000-to-win race. The modified Thunder Series concludes Sept. 27 with the 100-lap, $9,500-to-win McDonald's 100.

The July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27 racecards also will include the Best-of-Three Series races for the pro stock and sportsman divisions.

Wimble to be honored

Former Fonda Speedway and NASCAR National Champion Bill Wimble will be honored at Utica-Rome Speedway July 22 on its "Night of Legends."

The night will feature the release of Wimble's autobiography along with a 50-lap Dart Dirt Race of Champions series race and the CRSA sprint cars.

For fans of late model racing, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will run at U-R July 29 in a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event.


One week after rolling his modified in the second turn at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Danny Tyler came back last Friday and picked up his first career victory in a modified.

Brian Pessalano also picked up his first win in the rookie sportsman division. Pessalano came close two weeks ago on topless night, but he was caught on the outside of a three-wide move coming down to the checkers.

Thank you

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to tag along with the Delaney Motorsports team as it traveled to compete in the Camping World Series East event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

I will admit it was educational and eye opening to see first-hand what a team goes through and what NASCAR does in an attempt to keep the playing field level.

I had several questions for the team as they prepared for the Heluva Good! Summer 125, and they patiently did their best to answer them.

One thing I noticed is that no matter what level of racing - go-karts, slingshots, street stock, modifieds or any division in NASCAR - the intensity during a race is fever-pitched and the crews are as competitive in the pits as the drivers are on the track.



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