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Racing Around: Fonda set to honor Shoemaker with dash

August 2, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

Fans at Fonda Speedway will receive an added bonus this week thanks to Michael Sheridan and the family of racing legend Kenny Shoemaker.

The Track of Champions will host the inaugural Ken Shoemaker Dash for Cash, a 10-lap, $500-to-win event for the top 10 in the modified points.

"Michael [Sheridan] was one of the kids in the neighborhood that my father took under his wing," Ken Shoemaker's son Keith said in a press release. "This Dash for Cash will be an annual event and the winner will receive a unique trophy in the shape of a "Shoe."

Sheridan donated the initial $500, which will increase, as 50/50 tickets also will be sold to raise the total payout for the event.

Shoemaker is fourth on the modified feature win list with 54 career wins and a pair of track championship. The first in 1958 and the second in 1965.

The top 10 in modified points heading into Saturday's show are Stewart Friesen, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jimmy Davis, Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, A.J. Romano, Elmo Reckner and Mark Kislowski.

Revised Ridge schedule

With its season quickly winding down, racing at The Ridge will have some changes.

This Sunday a full regular race card of modifieds, sportsman, rookie sportsman, cruisers, and street stocks plus kiddie rides is on tap.

The Ridge will take off Aug. 12 to prepare for the Aug. 14 Race of Champions touring event for modifieds.

Racing will return on Aug. 19 for the final Sunday program as The Ridge switches to Saturday for its final two shows on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, while Fonda Speedway is on its annual break from racing action for the annual Fonda Fair.

The Aug. 25 show is a regular race program and the Sept. 1 race card includes the CRSA 305 sprint cars and is the final night for points.

Meet the drivers

There are a pair of "Meet and Greet" car shows on the schedule.

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fulton County Airport on Route 67 in Johnstown, in conjunction with the Adirondack Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles, Grandma Millie's Bakery will host a car show with drivers from Fonda Speedway, while the Young Eagles are offering free airplane rides for kids over 8 years old.

There are craft and farmers market vendors also slated to be on the grounds while Grandma Millie's will be offering a Texas barbecue.

People are asked to bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating and optimal viewing.

On Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Northeast Parent and Child Society will host its second annual car show at its facility at 338 N. Comrie Ave. in Johnstown (next to Udderly Delicious).

Cars from The Ridge and Fonda Speedway are scheduled to be on hand along with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department hosting a free safe-child registration.

Hornaday at SAM

As part of its summer-long "Moonshine to Millionaires NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology," exhibit, the second of four NASCAR personalities "Meet and Greet" events will take place Wednesday.

Four-time Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will be on hand to share stories and talk with fans at the event that is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15. and are available at the door or online at

Pre-sale tickets also are on sale for Kyle Busch who is scheduled to appear at the museum on Sept. 20 and Richard Childress who will greet fans on Oct. 18. Tickets for both the Busch and Childress appearances are $15.

The Hornaday event will also mark the debut of the museum's M&M-sponsored raffle for two packages of four Sprint Cup tickets, $250 in travel money and a "meet and greet" at the speedway of the winner's choice with Kyle Busch. These tickets are available in the same manner as the event tickets.

The first winning raffle ticket will be drawn in the fall at the annual "Lost Speedways" event on November 24, with the second winner to be drawn in the spring as the 2013 Sprint Cup season takes the spotlight.



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