Racing Around: Fonda set to host KoD series

After losing its season-opener at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park to wet weather, the King of Dirt Sportsman Series will take to the track Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

In its second season, the seven-race series, under the direction of Rob (Hazer) Hayes, takes place at six different tracks and has become quite a lucrative for the sportsman drivers who follow the series.

Fonda Speedway promoter Pete Demitraszek has found a way to say thank you to the drivers in the support class who have supported the speedway in the opening two races of the season.

Demitraszek is putting up the $20 per driver entry fee for the drivers who have supported The Track of Champions so far this season.

“I wanted to give something back to the 602 guys who are there every week,” Demitraszek said.

“We will have a list of regulars that attended both races this season at the track of champs at the KOD registration trailer when drivers check in and if you’re a Fonda driver on the list, no worries your $20 entry fee is on Peter D,” Hayes said.

Demitraszek also announced there will be an honorary starter on the flag stand this week as the track celebrates Mother’s Day.

“I am going to pick one mother in attendance from the pit area to be our honorary starter,” Demitraszek said.

Racing is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

Utica-Rome to host Super DIRTcar series

After pushing its starting date back a couple of times already, Utica-Rome Speedway is set to host its 57th season opener Sunday. The first race of the season will now be the $4,000-to-win, 100-lap New Yorker for the 358-modifieds.

Joining the race card will be the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted’s Body Shop DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman.

The pits are scheduled to open at 3 p.m. and the grandstands at 3:30 p.m. with racing taking to the track at 6 p.m.

General admission will be $22 for adults and $18 seniors/students/military and fans under 16 are admitted free.

Although the track’s race program rained out last week, they hosted a practice session and a few local drivers took the opportunity to shake down their rides.

Rocky Warner made the trip with the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J and turned in the fastest lap of the afternoon with a 19.220.

Bobby Varin, who has won the New Yorker before, was on hand with the Alton and Carole Palmer owned No. 76.

“We really have to thank everyone that came out on Sunday to shake down their cars,” stated speedway promoter Bill Shea. “We wanted to get some laps on the track and with their help we were able to do that. The track did just what we expected. We had a couple of spots that need our attention, but we are confident that we are going to have a great track for next weekend’s opener.”

Friesen wins Hard Clay Open

Stewart Friesen made the trip to the Orange County Speedway and pulled off the victory in the Short Track Super Series 50-lap Hard Clay Open.

Rick Laubach followed Friesen under the checkers, while Jerry Higbie was third, Brett Hearn fourth and Billy Decker fifth.

Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard and Jeff Heotzler rounded out the top 10.

Fonda Speedway regular Craig Hanson made trip and came home in 19th, while Danny Johnson posted a 26th-place finish.

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