Racing Around: Changes coming to Fonda

Well the silly season of racing got off to a fast start this week with the announcement that there will be new leadership at Fonda Speedway next season.

BD Motorsports Media LLC, headed by Brett Deyo, has inked a 3-year deal with the Fonda Fair board to take over the promotership of Fonda Speedway from 2019-2021.

Deyo, who also operates Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., is known for his successful Short Track Super Series.

He takes over from Pete and Matt Demitraszek who stepped up to keep the speedway operating when the previous promoter Matt DeLorenzo opted out of his 3-year deal with the Fair Board a year early.

This is the second time Deyo has presented a bid to operate the Track of Champions. In December 2015 he and Demitraszek were among three bidders to run the track, with the Fair Board opting to go with Demitraszek, who was also the promoter at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park at the time. Deyo is bringing with him Jamie and Denise Page, who were the promoters at I-88 Speedway in Afton from 2010-16. Jamie will be the operations manager, while Denise will be the concessions manager.

A couple of big changes that have already been announced is that the Track of Champions will not carry the DIRT Motorsports banner but go back to being independent as it was under the promotership of Ric Lucia. With the, the official track tire will go back to American Racers instead of Hoosiers.

One benefit of this is that American Racer puts big money into the track point funds and has contingency awards throughout the year, a plus for the race teams.

They have already announced a tentative opening weekend for practice on April 13 with racing getting under way on the 20th and running through mid-August.

The after-fair schedule will feature the return of the Fonda 200.

The new management team plans on staying with the weekly lineup of modifieds, sportsman, limited sportsman, pro stocks and street stocks. Special attractions will be added to select nights with at least one high-paying midweek event.

The weekly purse has also been increased for all divisions and grandstand admission at the speedway will be reduced to $11 for adults and $9 for seniors (ages 65 and above). Kids 11 and under will be admitted FREE. Pit admission will remain at $30 for Fonda Speedway members and $35 for non-members.

Emphasis will be put on a ‘family night out’ entertainment with complete programs run in three hours.

It was also announced that Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will also switch to American Racers next season to help local race teams that compete at both tracks.

Thank you Pete and Matt

When Fonda Speedway was left in a lurch in late 2015 they stepped up and kept the two local tracks running and have withstood criticism, and put in many long hours keeping the racing tradition going at Fonda Speedway.

It would have been easy to walk away this past weekend but instead when fans came in on Saturday, the track was in great shape when fans arrived after a long night of racing on Friday.

Thank you Pete, Matt and all of your family who operated behind the scenes.

Schedule changes

With the change in promoters, this weekend’s Run-Whatcha-Brung event scheduled at Fonda Speedway has been cancelled.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host a $5 Sunday Showdown with a regular show on tap and grandstand admission only $5. Warm-ups are slated for 3:30 p.m. and heat races taking to the track at 4 p.m.

The Ridge also announced that its awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Eion’s Hideaway Pavilion near the speedway entrance.

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