Sports Columns

Racing Around: Point races tight with five weeks remaining

It’s hard to believe there are only five Saturday nights of racing left in the chase for the track championships at Fonda Speedway. With a solid second-place finish last week Bobby Varin has regained control of the points race in the modified division. Varin entered the night with a ...

Racing Around: Santabarbara celebrates first Fonda victory

The Rotterdam area has been a hotbed for winners and champions at Fonda Speedway. And Saturday night another driver added his name to that list, Danny Santabarbara. The veteran driver picked up his first career feature win in the 602 Sportsman division at the Track of Champions with a ...

Racing Around: Fonda win special for Drellos

In the early years at Fonda Speedway, the Drellos family knew the fast way to Victory Lane with drivers like Kenny Shoemaker, Pete Corey Jeep Herbert, Buck Holiday and Paul Marshall behind the wheel of the famous No. 111 and 111A coupes. On June 16, Demetrious Drellos, the grandson of famed ...

Racing Around: Tribute to ‘Bill Ag’ at Fonda

Saturday night Fonda Speedway will salute a man who always seemed to be in the Winner’s Circle. The Track of Champions will host the fourth annual “Bill Ag” modified elimination race in honor of Bill Anagnostopulos a long time sponsor and supporter of the speedway and the popular ...

Racing Around: Fonda to honor Blanchard

Over the years I have gotten to know a few drivers and people involved with racing but even before I became a fan in the stands on a regular basis in the 70s, I knew who Doc Blanchard was. Mainly because he worked with my father as a mechanic at Glove Cities Chevrolet, but I looked up to him ...

Racing Around: Cosselman celebrates first win in pro stock

After nine years of racing in the street stock division, Randy Cosselman was looking for a bigger challenge. “We had won a couple races in the street stocks and had a bunch of seconds, but it seemed we were pouring as much into the street stock as we would have been in the pro stock,” ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: The Death & Rebirth of an Economy at the Ballpark

At the turn of the 20th century, the leather and glove industries of Fulton County dominated the Upstate New York economy. At its peak, several hundred glove shops and ancillary businesses tied to this industry dotted Fulton County, providing jobs to anyone willing to work and stabilized the ...

Vintage racecars return to Fonda

If you enjoyed days of watching the coupes racing around Fonda Speedway or even the Gremlins and Vegas, Saturday will be a treat for you. The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will be on hand Saturday at the Track of Champions for their first race of the season. Some of the cars ...

Racing Around: Weekend filled with exciting finishes

If the final laps of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and the 602 sportsman features at Fonda Speedway didn’t get your heart pumping, then you better have it checked. Bobby and Danny Varin both ran down Chuck “The Cobra” Hebing in the final laps of the sprint car main with Bobby first ...

Racing Around: Fonda set to host sprint cars

Memorial Day Weekend means sprint cars. Fonda Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway will play host to the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while Albany-Saratoga Speedway will welcome the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour on Friday night. Fonda ...

Racing Around: Wilder second at Utica-Rome

While on vacation this week, I had the opportunity to venture over to Utica-Rome Speedway to be a fan and watch the 100-lap New Yorker for small-block modifieds. When Matt Sheppard drew the outside pole, fans were ready to write him the winner’s check but Fort Plain’s Jeremy Wilder drew ...

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 ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge working on its surface

Opening night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park did not go according to plan for promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin. The track came up dusty and rough in spots and the track lights shorted out just before the start of the 602 crate modified feature. “Every track seemed to have ...

Racing Around: Opening weekend not without challenges

Opening weekend has come and gone for the local speedways and there was plenty of excitement and frustration. Just like for the race teams, the unpredictable spring weather left the track management teams with unanticipated problems. If there was an opening night without a glitch somewhere in ...

Racing Around: Season set to begin this weekend

Is it possible that the local racing season may finally hit the track this weekend? Race fans got an appetizer last weekend when approximately 140 cars showed up at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for a practice and inspection session. Now this week “The Great Race Place” will get down to ...

Racing Around: Schedules are loaded for local speedways

Although the weather forecast for the weekend looks like a washout for the practice sessions at Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park the 2018 schedules for the local tracks looks to be action packed. Just looking over the schedules you can see the Demitraszek Management team of Pete ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Gloversville Armory

At 87 Washington St. in Gloversville sets a medieval looking brick building that does not fit in with the typical houses in that part of the city (or any part of the city). It is a castle-like structure that was built as a New York State Armory to house the Company G, 2nd Infantry Regiment ...

Racing Around: Saying goodbye to a fan and friend

You don’t have to race cars and win feature events to be a champion at the track. That is what Max Phillips was. With his family by his side, Max passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 after a long bout with cancer. Max was a friend, confidant, advisor and a race fan through and ...