Racing Around: Fonda to honor 18 Saturday

Fonda Speedway will honor 18 people Saturday at its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies conducted in the Fonda Speedway Museum on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Don Hendenberg, Norm Moyer, Harvey Brundage, Todd Hoffman, Bob VanAernam and Bob Vedder headline the drivers being enshrined, along with car owners Bob and Karolann Grimm, Bob Siemski and Tom Spencer and Peter “Junior” Bianco will be recognized for his contributions to the “Track of Champions.”

Former track photographer Russ Bergh and track safety crew leader Terri Mohrman will be honored in the track personal division, while Bob Whitbeck will honored with the Bill Fake “Track Pioneer” award.

Brian Hanaburgh, Ray Rogers, Peter Schwab, jessica Lape and Ed & Betty Biittig will be presented the Third Annual “Bruce Dostal”: Dedication to Fonda Speedway Museum Awards.

I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know many of the inductees over the years and can’t say enough about their dedication and accomplishments over the years.

Mohrman has been a mainstay at the speedway for 35 years and, along with her crew members, has earned the respect of the drivers and crews. There are countless stories of drivers who have come to her and her staff to say thank you for being there after they have been involved in a serious wreck. It is not unusual for a driver to get a call the next day just to check up on their condition.

Tom Spencer has been involved in racing for many years and has had his sponsorship on many champions, just look at the large piece of leather on display in the museum. He is still involved backing Chad Edwards in the 602 Sportsman division and is a driving force behind the “Grand Daddy” for the sportsman division.

Vedder always greeted me with a smile whether it was at Fonda Speedway or Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. He loved racing and did so for more than 50 years before retiring at the end of last season.

At the age of 71 Vedder picked up his second modified feature win at The Ridge to go with five pro stock wins and five open sportsman division victories.

With 51 pro stock feature wins to his credit, Hoffman came out of retirement a couple years ago to try to add to the total. Although still competitive as a driver he has since turned his attention to car owner and crew chief for the potent rides of Justin Knight and Ivan Joslin.

Schedule additions

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has added a special event to its upcoming Sunday night schedule.

The Ridge will welcome the modifieds back to the track on Aug. 19 with a 66-lap, $2,500-to-win ($250 to take the green) event in which the cars have the option of running with sail panels. The special event will be part of a full card of regular class features that night.

There will also be lap sponsorship available for the fans and businesses to get involved and build contingencies for the modifieds.

This week The Ridge will host the second leg of the Albany-Saratoga/Glen Ridge $125-to-win Street Stock Challenge Series sponsored by Classic Muscle Parts.

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