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Racing Around: Rain wins once again at Fonda

October 1, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

After a good day of racing on the opening day of McDonald's Weekend at Fonda Speedway, rain moved in to claim its eighth victory of the season Sunday.

Sunday's rain out was the fourth time the season-ending race at The Track of Champions has fallen to the weather in the last seven years and second time since switching from the original 200-lap October event to the 100 laps in September format.

I talked with promoter Ric Lucia on Sunday morning shortly after he made the decision to pull the plug on the race.

"We had teams calling early and some already said they would not be here because of the impending weather," Lucia said. "When gas was $1.50 a gallon they might have taken a chance, but with fuel at the level it is now, they are not going to take the chance."

Lucia looked back at the season and the rainouts saying, "I think we worked harder on the track this season than we did the year the track was flooded. We would be prepping the track only to have all the work washed out. It was frustrating."

Sunday's cancellation also left the two-track Thunder Series race championships undecided.

The modifieds, pro stocks and sportsman division were slated to crown their champions Sunday. Now plans are being made to complete the series races early next season.

Schedule change

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park had plans to run one more event at the quarter-mile facility, but with the recent weather conditions, promoters Mike Romano and Jake Spraker have opted to close down instead.

"We looked at everything and it would be hard to top the racing we had last week, so we decided to end the season on a positive note," Romano said.

The next event scheduled will be the annual awards banquet.

The event will take place 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Townhouse (formerly The Rainbow Restaurant) in downtown Johnstown. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 2 and tickets will cost $30. Contact Nancy Spraker at 844-7346 to make reservations.

The management also said to be eligible for any point-fund money and/or awards, drivers must be present at the banquet.

Good season

Mayfield's Dustin Delaney wrapped up his second season on the Camping World Series East season with a 12th-place finish Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Delaney finished the season eighth in series points with a top finish of eighth on the Lime Rock road course and a best qualifying spot of fifth at Adirondack International Speedway.

Delaney also had a ninth-place finish at Tri-County Motor Speedway in North Carolina and a 10th-place finish at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

The Delaney Infrastructure/ team also ventured out on the ARCA circuit for a race and came home with a 19th-place finish after starting 36th at Kentucky Speedway.

Yearbooks available

Yes, we still have 2009 Fonda Speedway Yearbooks available.

The 76-page book is available at or by contacting The Leader-Herald office at 8 E. Fulton St. office.

Christmas is just around the corner and for $4, it is a great idea for the race fan on your list.



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