Fonda set to return to action

Racing returns to “normal” at the local speedways this weekend.

After switching to Saturdays for three weeks, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park returns to its traditional Friday night slot, and after the annual break for the Fonda Fair, Fonda Speedway roars back to action Saturday.

The only thing normal about the racing, however, is the night’s the racing will take place.

Glen Ridge will see the 40-lap, $1,000-to-win 602 crate sportsman that was rained out last Saturday rescheduled to Friday along with CRSA sprint cars, modifieds and cruisers.

The starting time has been changed from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this week. General admission will be $12 for adults and pit admission is set at $30.

This is the last weekend of racing at The Ridge as they take a break until re-opening for their season finale, The Grand Daddy 602 World Nationals presented by Adirondac Leather and Don’s Towing on Oct. 16 and 17.

Fonda Speedway will be back in action Saturday with the limited sportsman division and CRSA sprint cars added to the regular race card sponsored by Palmer’s Service Center in memory of Ed and Michael Keyser.

The modified are scheduled for a 40-lap, $4,000- to-win event for the modified division.

Hall of Fame driver and car owners Alton and Carole Palmer, Morris Ford, and Amerigas of Cobleskill will give away 40 bags filled with school supplies to the first 40 Fonda Speedway Kids Club members to check in at the races.

General admission for Saturday’s program is $14 for adults, $2 for children.

Saturday’s racing will serve as a prelude to the two-day, season-ending Mohawk Valley Weekend at the Track of Champions on Sept. 25 and 26.

The Sept. 25 show will feature the Empire Super Sprints along with an “Ultimate Underdog” modified race along with the final race of the “King of Dirt” series for the 602 sportsman division, a 30-lap, $1,500-to-win event presented by Dean’s Electrical Services and Cleveland Brothers Landscaping. The 4-cylinder division has been added to the program along with the street stocks.

Admission for just the Friday night program will be $15 for adults and $2 for children. Racing is set to start at 7 p.m.

The Sept. 26 race card will feature the 100-lap Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series main event along with the 10th annual Hondo Classic for DIRTcar pro stocks. The big change this year is that the season-finale has been cut back from three days to two, leaving Sunday as a rain date for either of the scheduled events. Plus, the racing will be run under the lights instead of daytime racing. The Sept. 26 program is set to begin at 6 p.m. with the hopefully-not-needed rain date for either of the events is Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission for Saturday’s events will be $24 for adults and $2 for children with pit admission set at $30 with a license or $35 without a license. A two-day general admission pass is available for the entire weekend for $35 along with a three-day pit pass with a license for $50 or $60 without a license.

Yearbooks available

The annual Fonda Speedway Yearbook published by The Leader-Herald will be available starting this weekend at the speedway.

On a side note, the Most Popular Driver awards voted on by the fans will be awarded Saturday during intermission. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite drivers in the modified, sportsman, pro stock and street stock divisions.