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Mike Hauser, left, is pictured with Michael Dante, right, and his wife, Mary Jane. (Photo submitted)

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Vitti goes from Glovers Park to Hollywood

How do you connect bandleader Tommy Dorsey, Elvis Presley, Paul Newman, Star Trek, Bonanza, Days of our Lives, Jimmie Foxx and Franco Harris to Gloversville Baseball? It is done through a former Gloversville Glover baseball player named Ralph Vitti. In 1949, 17-year-old Ralph Vitti from ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Saxy Marshall…Gloversville’s Mr. Football

On the Darling Field grounds in Gloversville sits an unassuming baseball field. The field dates back to the early days of Darling Field (1923) and played host to youth, high school, collegiate, and semi-pro teams. It also featured exhibition games with Negro League and top traveling teams from ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Jack McKeon returns to his Gloversville roots

On July 17, baseball legend Jack McKeon was in Troy to scout the Florida Marlins Class A level Batavia Muckdogs as they took on the Houston Astros A level Tri-City Valley Cats at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. McKeon is the only manager to win 1,000 games in the minor leagues (1398) and 1,000 games ...

Racing Around: State fair missing modifieds

I have to admit there was a sense of disappointment when I attended the New York State Fair this week.Yes, it did have a new look without the grandstand overlooking the famed mile race track with a midway and paved parking now filling the void.But I have moved past that, the grandstand and ...

Johnson’s second title satisfying

With Bobby Varin starting five spots in front of him and Jeremy Wilder one row back with the Fonda Speedway track championship on the line, Ronnie Johnson made a quick decision.On the opening lap, Johnson saw an opening and quickly moved from eighth to second and about a quarter mile later was ...

Three-way showdown for Fonda track title

When I spoke to Jeremy Wilder earlier this season, he told me he was looking to be consistent in his finishes this season at Fonda Speedway.He has done just that.Wilder has put together a string of 11-straight top five finishes after placing ninth on the opening night at Fonda and sits atop the ...

Racing Around: Fonda Speedway plays host to Jack Johnson Tribute

Everyone knew it would be extremely difficult to come close to last year's inaugural Jack Johnson Tribute Night at Fonda Speedway.Wednesday's Jumpin' Jack Johnson Tribute may not have been as spectacular, but it was still a great night.Pete Demitraszek and his track crew faced an uphill battle ...

Fonda HoF inductions Saturday

It will be a special night at Fonda Speedway Saturday as the track's annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place honoring a large class of 15 new inductees.Headlining the class of 2016 are speedway promoters Jim Gage, Sr., Jim Gage Jr., Ron Compani, Ralph Compani, Seymour Hayes and ...

Racing Around: Showdown shaping up at Fonda

The battle for the modified track championship at Fonda Speedway is really shaping up. With four Saturdays of racing left in the regular season for the division, only 22 points separate the top four drivers.Bobby Varin leads the pack with 570 with Ronnie Johnson just four points back. Jeremy ...

Oswego to host Super Dirt Week

A decision was finally made earlier this week as to where the NAPA Auto Part Super DIRT Week will be run this year.After more than four decades on the mile at the New York State Fairgrounds, DIRTCar was forced to find a new location for its premiere event due to changes at the fairgrounds that ...

Racing Around: Rain-outs produce full race programs

Last weekend's rainouts have left a full card of events on the table for this Friday and Saturday.This week at Fonda Speedway the rained-out Hondo Classic for the pro stock division has been added to the Romano Racing Night, a tribute to Andy, Mike and A.J. Romano.It is also banner night for ...

Racing Around: Hondo Classic slated for Saturday at Fonda Speedway

In a season of tribute races to some of the greats who made Fonda Speedway the Track of Champions, one tribute race is marking its 11th anniversary.Saturday night, the pro stock division will pay tribute to one of its most popular drivers with the 11th running of the 29-lap Hondo Classic a ...

Racing Around: SDS slate about to get busy

If you are a race-chaser, and have the time to do it, the month of July is show time for the Super DIRTCar Series, with 11 events scheduled for the big block modifieds.While there have been a few races already, the series gets into full swing this week with four races on tap starting with ...

Racing Around: Unveiling slated for Saturday at Fonda Speedway Museum

A piece of Fonda Speedway racing history returns to the track this weekend.The Don "Burger" Knapfel-owned No. 44B driven by Dave Lape to the 1977 Mr. DIRT championship has been restored and will be unveiled Saturday afternoon at the Fonda Speedway Museum on Dave Lape tribute night."It is the ...

Racing Around: Wilder focused on solid finishes

If you asked Jeremy Wilder 10 years ago how to win a track championship, he probably would have told you to win every race.Now a veteran, but still a young lion, Wilder has refocused his thoughts on that this season."It is tough to win races, so in order to win a championship, you have to ...

Racing Around: Point races beginning to take shape

When Pete Demitraszek took over the promotership at both Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway during the offseason, one of his ideas was to create a combined points series for drivers who run both local dirt tracks.Mike Sowle stepped forward to help create the STR Super Series, while ...

Racing Around: Pep Corradi claims win at Fonda Speedway

In comparison to the early part of the season, the track may have been a little off at Fonda Speedway Saturday, but Pep Corradi was right on.The veteran modified pilot got out front, hit his marks, stayed in control and recorded his first career modified feature win last Saturday at Fonda ...

Hanson expanding his horizons

Over the past couple of race seasons, Craig Hanson has been expanding his horizons.The 31-year-old modified pilot who has his home tracks based at Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, has ventured out to enjoy competition at other facilities."I am just trying to get out and expand my ...

Glen Ridge hoping to run opener

With Mother Nature up 5-0 against Glen Ridge Motorsports Park so far this year, it is time to start Pete Demitraszek to start using a Peyton Manning commercial phrase (you know the tune), "Epic comeback starts right here."Unless Mother Nature can find the kid with the wicked top-spin, it looks ...