Racing Around: Fuller wins track title at Fonda
Tim Fuller and the St. Lawrence Radiology race team had plenty of reasons to celebrate last week.
Fuller went to Cornwall Speedway in Ontario, Canada and came away with the victory in the $10,000-to-win O’Canada 150, sponsored by St. Lawrence Radiology, for small-block modifieds.
Saturday night, a night also with sponsorship by St. Lawrence Radiology, he locked up his first Fonda Speedway modified track championship, while teammate Mike Maresca got his first modified feature win and Devin Willis picked up his first career victory in the limited sportsman main event.
Fuller said that winning the championship at Fonda was special to him.
“I am very proud to do it at that place Jumpin’ Jack [Johnson] raced,” Fuller said. “He always was a hero of mine. Being able to do this in our first time trying it. We were consistent and were never out of the top five. That is what it takes is consistency and it shows what this team is capable of doing. We will just move on to the series races at the end of the year.”
Fuller was locked in a season-long battle for the modified point championship with Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson and Bobby Varin. However, even though he recorded one win, four seconds, three thirds, four fourths and three fifths, he said he was not racing for points.
“You just have to go run your race. I don’t get rattled anymore. It is just the way it is,” Fuller said. “You just go do your deal. I didn’t think about it all year. You just do the best you can do and let it fall where it may.”
With the regular season over at Fonda, Fuller and the St. Lawrence Radiology team will hit the road for the end of the season major events.
But Fuller said he and the team are looking forward to getting back to Fonda.
“We only ran here one or twice a year and it [getting a win] just never happened over 20 years of trying. It does feel good to win here,” he said. “We know what car we are going to come back here for the 100-lapper with and my confidence level here at Fonda is better than it has ever been.”
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to watch Nick Scavia play golf and bowl for Broadalbin-Perth High School, as well as roll his sportsman his first time in the car at Fonda Speedway.
I can now add to that list watching him collect his first feature win at Fonda Speedway last Saturday.
Rocky Warner and Chuck Dumblewski made the trip to Utica-Rome Speedway and came away with the King of Dirt sportsman and pro stock victories respectively. Matt Sheppard swept the big block and small-block features on the program.
Racing at The Ridge
While Fonda Speedway will be dark during the annual Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will be in action on Sundays.
This week features a regular race program on Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Next week the vintage modifieds join the program on Nostalgia Night and the Ridge will wrap up its point battles on Sept. 10.
There will be a Run Whatcha’ Brung night with an Enduro on Sept. 17 before closing out the season with the Great Crate Race on Sept. 24 with a 50-lap crate modified main, 25-lap limited sportsman event, 25-lap pro stack feature plus the 4-cylinder, POWRi Midget and street stocks on the race card.
Super DIRT Week XLVI
The annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 46 will take to Oswego Speedway against this year from Oct. 1-8.
After last years less than desirable track conditions, (visualize the famous photo of Danny Varin’s No. 93 modified with all four wheels off the ground here), the DIRTcar Racing officials will again convert the 5/8th mile asphalt race surface by hauling in 9,600 cubic yards of clay. The difference is they will start work on Labor Day Weekend, two weeks earlier than last year.
After the “Parade of Horsepower” through town and practice on Oct. 4, time trials for the big blocks and small blocks will take place on Oct. 5.
Racing takes to the speedway on Oct. 6 with Friday Night Lights for the 358-modifieds with twin 25-lappers along with triple 30s for the big blocks and 15-lap qualifiers for the sportsman.
The Oct. 7 action will feature the Salute the Troops 150 for the 358-modifieds with the 75-lap sportsman feature and the Oswego 200 for the big block modifieds.
Change of schedule
It is that time of year when racing slows down and high school sports get into full swing, so for the month of September through Super DIRT Week 46, I will be publishing Racing Around every two weeks.