When Floyd Billington started his racing career at Fonda Speedway in 1979, he almost immediately found his way to Victory Lane.
Well, kind of.
"I first raced at Fonda when I was 16 years old," Billington said. "It is ironic that I ended up in Victory Lane backwards at the drop of the green on my first heat race ever, and it took me 34 years and 10 months to get back there."
Throughout his career, Billington has hit paydirt at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Devil's Bowl and Albany-Saratoga Speedways. However, victory at Fonda Speedway eluded him until last Saturday night, when he led the 602 sportsman feature from green-to-checkers for his first career win at the Track of Champions.
"We raced sportsman at Fonda maybe eight times, the rest were in a modified," he said. "Saturday's win was special because I have never won at Fonda."
Over his career, which started when he was a 14-year-old on the motocross circuit, Billington has tried his hand at all types of racing.
"Motorcycles, four wheelers, three wheelers, cars; if it has wheels, I will race it," he said. "I pretty much just have a desire to race."
The majority of the time, sponsorship has been sparse on the quarterpanels of his cars.
"Often it is just me as the sponsor," he said.
Saturday night, everything fell into place for the Glens Falls driver, as he led every lap of his qualifier and made the most of his front-row starting spot to wire the field in the 20-lap main event.
"I never looked behind me once," he said. "I just tried to put down the fastest laps that I could and that seemed to work out pretty good. I liked the bite in the track Saturday. It was definitely fast. I want to thank Matt DeLorenzo for that fast track Saturday night. I have raced there under three different promoters and that track was the nicest it has been in 35 years. Hopefully they keep up the good work."
Billington and his father, Floyd Sr., are already familiar sights at the local tracks, a trend that looks to be continuing into the future as Travis Billington is splitting his time between being a goaltender for his hockey team and racing a 4-cylinder at Glen Ridge on Friday nights.
DeLorenzo back at the track
It was a rough weekend for Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo.
Friday night he was involved in a wreck while in competition at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Saturday night, he opted to put the 3D through its paces at Fonda Speedway.
Early in the modified feature, the caution flew and as he backed off the gas, contact with another car turned his car to the right, triggering a series of flips along the backstretch.
"That is the worst way to have a car spin because everything is geared to go left," he said. "The car dug in and all I saw was sky, dirt, sky, dirt. The I hit the billboards and took some of them down before flipping some more. Then I saw fire and I scrambled out of there."
DeLorenzo was transported to the hospital for a check up and was released.
"I am sore, but OK," he said. "The Malta car isn't too bad, but the Fonda car is done. And now I have to fix the billboards."
Late Model division honored
Drivers who pioneered racing in the Late Model division at the local tracks in the 1970s and '80s will be honored Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
A special meet-and-greet session for the support class will be conducted at the Fonda Speedway Museum from 1 to 4 p.m.
More than 40 drivers from the era are expected to be on hand to talk to fans about the history of the division.
It is also the Night of Stars for Old Timers, with senior citizens age 62 and older receiving $2 off the price of general admission.
Glen Ridge adds to show
Friday's racecard at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has been expanded to include the CRSA RaceSaver sprint cars at no additional cost to the fans.
The Bush Wackers Band will entertain fans now on a weekly basis in the backyard prior to the evening's race program.
There also will be a bicycle raffle for children and a 32-inch flat screen television raffled off as part of the 50/50 raffle.
After last Saturday's race at Fonda Speedway, local racing forums lit up saying that Bobby Varin and Jake Spraker were parting ways in the potent No. 1J modified.
Wednesday, Spraker put the rumor to rest, simply saying, "Bobby will be in the car Saturday night at Fonda."
Varin, a six-time modified track champion, is on top of the modified points battle at Fonda, 14 points ahead of two-time defending champion Stewart Friesen with five weeks left.