It seems like only last month fans were scampering to the Rotterdam Square Mall for the annual Fonda Speedway car show, but here it is already, the final regular-season night of racing at the Track of Champions.
Saturday night BBL Companies will host the dramatic Night of Features and crown the 2014 track champions.
Just to review the events of the unique season-ending tradition that was introduced 17-years ago by former promoter Ric Lucia; all the classes with the exception of the 4-cylinder division, run double features on the night with no heat races. The top 15 modified and 13 pro stock and sportsman drivers in points automatically qualify for the main events, while the remainder of the divisions run a B-main to qualify.
This year the modifieds will run twin 22-lap features, while the 602 sportsman and pro stock divisions will run twin 15-lap features, while the street stocks will run twin 10-lap events and the 4-cyliders will have one 10-lap main event. The B-mains will be 10-laps apiece and lined up by points. The drivers qualified for the main events by points will be handicapped by their money-won the last three weeks with the B-main qualifiers falling in by order of finish.
The second feature will be lined up by order of finish after the winner of the first race draws an inversion number.
Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo announced a time table for the night's events.
Hot laps will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the following order: 4-cylinder, street stock, pro stock, modified, and sportsman. At 7 p.m. the National Anthem will begin the racing program with the first race on the schedule being the only 4-cylinder feature of the night. That will be followed by a 10-lap B-main for both the modified and sportsman divisions, which will finalize the lineup for the first feature event in those divisions.
The first street stock feature is next on the racing card followed in order by the first pro stock feature, then the first modified and sportsman features and the second street stock feature before a brief intermission for track prep.
Following the intermission the second pro stock feature will take to the track followed by modified and sportsman features.
At the conclusion of the racing program there will be a "Championship Celebration on Victory Lane for the champions in all divisions.
A quick look at the point's standings heading into the Night of Features shows two-time defending track champion Stewart Friesen leading six-time track champion Bobby Varin by 16 points, 744-728.
Friesen and Varin put on one of the best battles of the season for the lead in last Saturday's modified feature. The duo ran side-by-side, often swapping leads within a lap for almost 10 laps before Friesen got a break in traffic to collect his eighth win of the season.
Rocky Warner is well on his way to his first 602 sportsman track title to go with a pro stock championship and two street stock titles.
The battle for second will be hotly contested as Connor Cleveland took command of that battle with his win last week to build a 14-point lead over Ricky Quick 644-630 but still trails Warner, who has 687, by 43 heading into the night.
David Constantino trails Quick by four with 626 and leads Adam McAuliffe by seven and Cody Clark by nine.
Nick Stone holds a 28-point lead over Chuck Dumblewski, 778-750, heading into the first feature, while Kenny Gates has 744 and Pete Broderson has 734 in the pro stock division.
Dave Horning Sr. has a solid 60-point lead over John Bradt, 814-754, in the street stock division, while Neil Cosselman is in third with 738.
Ken Hollenbeck has pretty much wrapped up his second-straight 4-cylinder title with a 34-point lead over his brother Kerrie, 632-598 with one feature to go.
Fonda Speedway will break for the annual Fonda Fair and return to action Sept. 13.
Change to Glen Ridge schedule
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park promoter Mike Sowle has announced an upgrade to the Aug. 29 race program.
Adirondack Leather has come on board for the night's race program and helped boost the modified feature to a 50-lap, $3,000-to-win event.
The 602-Sportsman feature will now be 30 laps for $2,000-to-win along with $100 for a heat race victory.
Sevens are wild
for Otto Sitterly
Canajoharie's Otto Sitterly scored a fourth-place finish last Saturday to regain the points lead in the Novelis Supermodified division at Oswego Speedway.
Driving the Nicotra Racing No. 7, Sitterly is aiming for his seventh supermodified track championship at Oswego, which would tie him with racing greats Bentley Warren and Jim Shampine with seven Oswego Supermodified track championships.
With the season winding down, Sitterly holds a seven-point advantage over Dave Gruel, who finished seventh in last week's main event.
On-track policy changes
In the wake of last Saturday's on-track accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that resulted in the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., Brewerton and Fulton speedways have made a change in theirsafety procedural rules:
"It is the goal of speedway management to maintain the safest possible racing conditions for all drivers. Only safety crews and wrecker crews are permitted on the track in the event of an accident. Pit crew members are not permitted on the track. Drivers are required to stay in their car in the event of an on-track incident. If a driver, for whatever reason, exits a car on the track during a caution period, the race will automatically be placed under a red flag and all cars will come to a complete stop. A driver may exit a car if requested by a safety crew member or if safety warrants in cases such as a fire. Drivers that exit a car without permission, for whatever reason, are subject to fine and/or suspension at the discretion of track management."
The Empire Super Sprints are scheduled on the race program at Brewerton Friday night. Track management has asked that fans wear orange clothing for the night to honor Ward.