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Racing Around: Ready for a month full of action

July 16, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader—Herald

Normally, heading into the final month of the racing season at Fonda Speedway, conversations usually center around the point chases.

This year, though, it seems like the conversations center around whether there will be another points race.

Of course there will think positive.

Rain may have dampened the spirits of many race fans, but the ones who have been around since Jack Johnson had dark hair and long sideburns, or longer, know it is just racing in the Northeast.

I can't help but think that promoter Ric Lucia is feeling a little like Joe Btfsplk (yes, that is how you spell it) from Li'l Abner when he was preparing the track for racing the past couple of Saturday nights.

Hours of prep time were wiped out by late afternoon storms.

For those who don't remember Joe, he is the guy from the comic strip who walks around with the rain cloud hovering about a foot above his head, not a crew member on Jeff Holts car.

The same goes for the drivers and even the guys in the parts trucks. An old driver told me that you can't make money if the stuff is just sitting in the garage.

It wasn't in the too distant past, 2006 I believe, that a July 2 flood put the entire Montgomery County fairgrounds under water. The track ran twice that month - one regular Saturday show and the NST Tour that brought Steve Kinser and Danny Lososki to the track.

However, even though July was pretty much a washout, the August racing that followed turned out to be some of the tightest and most competitive of the season.

Anyway, back to the present.

There will be plenty of racing action (hopefully) in the next week at Fonda with back-to-back 50-lap, $5,000-to-win modified features. The first is Saturday on BBL Construction night and the second is the rescheduled June 20 race that was rained out. Both are part of the two-track Thunder Series. The first race was run at Utica-Rome Speedway, with Bobby Varin taking home the win and the early series points lead.

Saturday's race program will also include a Heritage flyover that includes a 1940 B25 Mitchell, plus fireworks.

Tuesday, the modifieds will be joined by a pro Stock Best of 3 Thunder Series event. Plus, the drivers will gather by their cars on the frontstretch for an autograph session. The show is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m.



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