The weather has wreaked havoc on the local racing scene all season, so why not on the final night of points battle at Fonda Speedway?
With the first of two scheduled 22-lap A-mains for the modifieds on the track, as the sprinkles that sporadically passed over the Track of Champions became steady and the threat of harder rains heading toward the speedway, promoter Matt DeLorenzo (who was on the track in his modified) called it a night, bringing kind of an anti-climactic end to the regular season.
So, congratulations to Stewart Friesen on his third-straight modified track championship; Rocky Warner on his first 602 Sportsman crown; Nick Stone on his first career Fonda Speedway track championship in the Pro Stock division; Dave Horning Sr. for his second Street Stock title and Ken Hollenbeck on his third 4-cylinder championship.
Although the first pro stock feature and the 4-cylinder main event along with the modified and sportsman B-main were in the book, the question remained what to do about the remaining features.
Here is the solution the track management came up with:
On Sept. 19 - the opening night of the three-day, season-ending weekend of racing at Fonda - the sportsman and modified features will be run as a feature-only event along with the previously scheduled ESS Sprint cars, 4-cyliders and street stocks.
No rainchecks from last Saturday will be honored, but the original general admission price for race fans for the show of $14, has been reduced to $12 for the night.
On Fonda's Facebook page was this mesage for fans, "As much as we would like to, we have no control over the weather. Due to the rain-out on Aug. 16, we are adding a sportsman and a modified feature-only event to the racing program on the night of Friday Sept. 19, along with the already scheduled ESS Sprints, 4 Cylinders and Street Stocks. The original general admission price of $14 will also be discounted to $12 on this night."
The Modified race will be 30 laps and the Sportsman race will be 20 laps, with the regular Saturday night purse of $2,200-to-win for the modifieds and $500-to-win for the sportsman on the table. Line-ups will be determined based on the feature line-up for the scheduled opening race from the Night of Features.
Each modified and sportsman team that was in the original feature line-up Aug. 16 will receive three free passes per car into the pits for their crew members.
Wednesday's Night of Legends at Utica-Rome Speedway was canceled and with the anticipation of more rain in the forecast, so was tonight's scheduled rain date.
Now the events will be added to an already packed Labor Day Weekend race card.
On Aug. 31, the track champions will be determined in the NASCAR modifieds, sportsman, pro stocks and pure stocks, along with the Empire Super Sprints and fireworks. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with racing hitting the track at 5:30 p.m.
The New Yorker 200 will now feature the Race of Champions Modifieds Series running 100 laps for a $10,000 payday on Labor Day. Also in action will be the Dig Safely GRIT 602 Sportsman Series in a $1,000-to-win event, along with the Night of Legends and Outlaw Circuit portion of the rained-out program. Gates open at 3 p.m., with racing starting at 6 p.m.
Varin looking for repeat
With four weeks remaining in the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park racing season, Bobby Varin has built a 741-point lead over second-place Craig Hanson.
So far this season, Varin, the defending track champion, has recorded a top-five finish in all 15 of the modified features run.
Rocky Warner is on top of the 602 sportsman points battle, with Mark Mortensen 663 points back in second.
Nick Stone has a 72-point lead over Jim Normoyle in the pro stock division, while Pete Vila leads Keith Tesiero Sr. by 365 in the 4-cylinder class.