Racing Around: Copious racing this weekend
With the season winding down, the Mohawk Valley will be alive with racing this weekend.
Fonda Speedway is hosting its season-ending two-day Prelude to the Party Weekend. Then on Sunday the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will wrap up its regular schedule program with its Fall Fling.
Racing at Fonda kicks off Friday night with the King of Dirt 358-modified and 602 Sportsman series events taking center stage, along with an open pro stock main event plus the CRSA sprint cars and street stocks.
The small-blocks will run a 35-lap feature, while the sportsmen will go 30-laps and the street stocks are scheduled for a 15-lap feature. It is NYSSCA Night for the CRSA sprinters as the top two NYSSCA members across the line in the 20-lap main event will receive bonuses.
If fans would like to stick around after the races, there will be entertainment in the Kane Entertainment Building with the Moonshine Junkies on stage. Admission is free to fans with a grandstand or pit wristband.
Then it is back to the track on Saturday for the 100-lap Super DIRTCar main event for the big block modifieds and a 50-lap DIRTCar Pro Stock feature along with 15-lap feature for the street stocks.
Sprint car fans will also enjoy the evening as the 360 sprint cars from the United Racing Club (URC), Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) and Empire Super Sprints (ESS) join together to compete in the 25-lap Kramer Williamson Memorial.
Adult general admission for Friday’s race program is $18, while kids 6 to 12 admission is $5 and $35 to get in the pits.
On Saturday, general admission will be $28, with kids 6 to 12 $8 and kids younger than five are admitted free both days.
Saturday’s pit fee will be $38 with a license and $43 without.
The grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. both days with the pit gates opening at 4 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Heat races are scheduled to start both days between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Friday after the cars have time trialed.
Fans will be allowed to enter the grandstands early to put down blankets to reserve seats until 3 p.m. both days before the gates are closed and reopened for admission at 4 p.m.
The small-block modifieds will take to the quarter-mile at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park on Sunday, along with the 602 crate modifieds, pro stocks, limited sportsman, slingshots, and 4-cylinders. The small blocks will run the Rumble at The Ridge, a 35-lap main event for $1,000-to-win, while the pro stocks will go 50 laps for $500-to-win.
The crate modifieds are slated to battle in a 25 lap main event, while the limited sportsman will go 20 laps and the cruisers and sling shots will go 15. An Enduro is also scheduled on the program.
General admission for the program is $8 with kids 11 and younger $2. Pit admission will be $25. Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m. with warm ups set for 4:30 p.m. and the first heat races set for $5 p.m.
Stewart Friesen is scheduled to race the Halmar No. 52 in the Craftsman Truck Series event in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday afternoon. He has announced he will be at Fonda Speedway Saturday for the 100-lapper and also will be in the 1Z sprint car.
Shaun Pangman, J.R. Heffner and Demetrios Drellos, who raced at Fonda last Saturday, have announced they will make the trip to The Ridge for the 358-modified race on Sunday.