Sports Columns

Racing Around: Youthful champs at The Ridge

Every few years there are a new group of “Young Guns” touted around the racetracks. But I think Glen Ridge Motorsports Park may have set a new standard for the distinction. When they crowned their track champions last Sunday, two of the champions honored are not even old enough to have ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Baseball’s Clown Prince appears in Gloversville

Orion Pictures and writer/director Ron Shelton released the blockbuster baseball movie called ‘Bull Durham’ 30 years-ago this summer. The movie is a comedy that centers around a 12-year minor league baseball player who is sent down to the Durham Bulls of the Carolina League single-A level ...

Racing Around: Fonda champs crowned

First, congratulations to all the Fonda Speedway track champions. The final week played out to be what any track would love to see, the titles being decided on the final night. Bobby Varin raced his way to his seventh modified track championship in the Alton and Carole Palmer-owned No. 76. ...

Racing Around: McAuliffe building on success

After a sixth-place finish in the sportsman feature last October at Super DIRT Week, Adam McAuliffe was anxious to get back on the track this spring. Normally focusing his racing efforts on the local tracks at Fonda, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge the Broadalbin driver expanded his horizons ...

Racing Around: Busy week ahead for race fans

Over the next 10 days, there is enough racing action going on within driving distance to satisfy (well, maybe) even the most enthusiastic of dirt racing fans, Starting off with Friday, the King of Dirt Pro Stock Series rolls into Albany-Saratoga Speedway to bolster their regular show. On ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Musillo to join Hall of Fame on Saturday

From the 1920s through the 1960s, if you played football or baseball for the Gloversville High School program, you were under the guidance of Lawrence “Duke” Miller. Miller not only put winning teams on the field for both sports, he also had a knack for producing professional baseball ...

Racing Around: Rainout leaves hole in schedule

Last night’s rain out of the Jack Johnson Tribute race and the 13th Annual Hondo Classic at Fonda Speedway throws a monkey wrench into the scheduling for possible make-up dates. With two weeks left to the regular schedule before the annual break for the annual Fonda Fair, and The Jack being ...

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 ...

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 ...