Sports Columns

Tim Fuller poised to win first Fonda title

As an invader, Tim Fuller was always a threat to leave Fonda Speedway with a victory, but he never did. This season he made the Track of Champions his Saturday home driving the Graham Racing No. 19, Fuller picked up his first career modified feature win and is poised to add his first career ...

Racing Around: Benefit event big success

There were plenty of smiles to go around last Thursday at Caroga Creek Speedway. The special night benefitting Melodies Center of Albany Medical Center Children with Cancer or Blood Disorders Fundraiser that put local race drivers out of their supermodifieds, modifieds and sprint cars and into ...

Andy Fusco, left, and Al Busch talk during a previous vintage baseball game at Parkhurst Field. (Photo submitted)

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Vintage baseball game set for today

The game of baseball dates back to 1839 when Abner Doubleday is credited with having laid out the first version of the game on Eli Phinney’s cow pasture in Cooperstown. While the same premises of the game laid out in 1839 have lasted the test of time, many rule changes have taken place ...

Racing Around: Fonda hosts big night of racing

A change of chassis has proven to be beneficial for Mike Mahaney. The King Ferry driver has been piloting a Troyer chassis under the Buzz Chew Chevrolet No. 88 for most of the season, but recently made the switch to a Bicknell and it has paid dividends. Mahaney posted a third place finish ...

Racing Around: Busy week slated for area tracks

Other than the season-ending Thunder Along The Mohawk weekend, this week has to be considered one of the highlights of the 2017 racing season at Fonda Speedway. The week kicks off Saturday with the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at the Fonda Speedway Museum. This year’s inductees ...

Racing Around: Fonda HoF inductees announced

Fonda Speedway recently released it’s Class of 2017 Inductees in to the Hall of Fame at The Track of Champions. The list includes six drivers — Jerry Cook, Earl Mewhorter, Jim Luke, John Constantino, John Kollar and Keith Tesiero Sr. — three car owners — Jim Magielda, Jake Spraker and ...

Racing Around: There was a lot of noise about noise

Every once in a while issues come up concerning local race tracks that are not focused on the racing action itself. Earlier this week, Albany-Saratoga Speedway was the subject of discussion at a town board meeting after complaints were filed about the noise from the speedway. There was a ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge kicks off its new era

After being put on hold for a week by Mother Nature, the “New Era” began at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. It was great to see a big turnout both in the pits and stands Sunday for the first night of competition under promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin. I am sure they were both smiling ...

Racing Around: Hondo Classic slated for Saturday

If the rain holds off long enough it will be a big night of competition Saturday at Fonda Speedway. The modifieds will step aside as the featured division of the night at the 12th annual Hondo Classic for the Pro Stocks moves to center stage. It is a bittersweet event for many drivers and ...

Racing Around: Mid-week shows make a comeback

Midweek, traveling series races used to be a big draw for local speedways as fans packed the grandstands to watch the local heroes defend their home turf against the big-name invaders. Then the economy tanked a few years ago, quite a few loyal race fans, and teams, often had to decide if they ...

Racing Around: Shaffer savoring first win

You’ll have to excuse “Happy” Harry Shaffer if he shed a few tears Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. After 30 years of competition, the veteran sportsman driver fulfilled a promise to his father and parked his ride in Victory Lane for the first time in his career at the Track of ...

Racing Around: New team takes over at GRMP

Change was inevitable as low car counts and bad weather have hampered the racing at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for all but three races so far this season. Wednesday night it was announced that effective immediately, long-time race team owners Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin will take over the ...

Racing Around: Edwards registers victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

After the 2016 season, Chad Edwards parted ways with a potent Dodson “Team Green” ride and hooked up with long-time team owner and sponsor Tom Spencer for a fresh start for both of them. Sunday, the “Final Phase” team clicked for its first win of the season. Edwards parked the No. ...

Racing Around: Sprint cars make visit to Fonda

It’s Memorial Day weekend and for local race fans, that traditionally means sprint cars. And this year is no exception. The Patriot Sprint Tour will make a two-day trip through the area, stopping first at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday night before heading to Fonda Speedway on ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge finally runs its opener

After three straight postponements, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally got its season opener in last Friday. With approximately 55 cars in the pits spread out through six divisions, the racing was competitive and provided fans with a first-time winner in the modified division. Danny Varin ...

Racing Around: Fonda to host tribute races

Last season, Fonda Speedway started a tradition of honoring past champions with tribute nights, and it turned out to be a feature fans appreciated. Some of the legends were on hand along with their families and friends to greet fans and talk racing while looking over memorabilia in the Fonda ...

Racing Around: Area tracks looking to draw fans

I read an article last week in which NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said he is dealing with the challenge of connecting with a new, younger generation of fans. I cannot count how many times I have heard fans say “this place used to be packed. What happened?” It is not a situation ...

Racing Around: Boehler enjoying first win

Anyone who ran into Justin Boehler after he left Fonda Speedway on Saturday night would have just thought it was a regular night of racing. He was laid back, calm and just quietly enjoying a late-night dinner with his crew and friends. You would not have known that just over an hour earlier ...