Ody to be honored at Fonda

For many years, Danny Ody was a familiar sight as a driver and a fan in the pit areas around the area.

Ody posted more than 100 victories in his career racing sprints, modifieds, IMCA and vintage cars.

His 100th career win came in a vintage modified, so it is only fitting that they are on the race card for the Danny Ody Memorial race Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

His crew members have been busy picking up lap sponsors for all the divisions in competition Saturday night at the Track of Champions.

Ody, who died earlier this year, was one of those people who you are drawn to, and always seemed to make the time to talk racing.

It is no doubt he enjoyed being behind the wheel of a race car, any race car, but his passion was for keeping the rich racing history alive.

His vast collection of photos of tracks that are long gone and drivers who pioneered the sport were always a big draw at car shows.

He also spent countless hours going through movies taken by fans, producing CDs and making them available for future generations to keep the memories of the early days of dirt track racing alive.

Ody also tried to keep the young fans involved in racing. Often he would show up at the Fonda Car show in March with a plain car and hold a contest for fans to design the paint scheme for his car. He even found a way to get sponsors with a you can sponsor this car for $1 promotion.

I can remember a comment he made to me one time during his career in the IMCAs that he would like to win the Most Popular Driver award, that it would rate up there in his achievements.

He may not have received a plaque saying it, but without a doubt, in my mind at least, he was always one of the fan favorites on and off the track.

Bike drawing

Tadd Parks, sponsor of Stewart Friesen’s No. 1, has donated a pair of 20-inch bikes to be given away Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.

The kids admission ticket will double as the raffle ticket for the bikes.

Big Show 6

When race-leader Justin Haers developed engine trouble, Danny Johnson was in the right spot to inherit the lead and claim the $10,000 victory in the continuation of the rain-delayed Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6 Wednesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Billy Decker came home second, with Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten and Friesen rounding out the top five. Jimmy Phelps, Hearn, Billy Vanlwegen, Marc Johnson and Ronnie Johnson made up the second five.

Marc Johnson picked up the win in the companion modified feature.

Jimmy Phelps was second, followed by Sheppard, Decker and Jeremy Wilder.

Racing at The Ridge

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host Adirondack Leather Night with all weekly divisions plus the POWRi Midgets and vintage modifieds.

Also, there was a Brett Deyo sighting at Glen Ridge. Could there be a Deyo-promoted racing event in the future at Glen Ridge?