Glen Ridge, Fonda host meeting

Wasting little time after securing a five-year deal to promote Fonda Speedway and continued promotership of Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Pete Demistraszek gathered drivers, owners and crews together for an informational meeting Wednesday night at The Winner’s Circle in Fonda.

Demitraszek announced that the tracks will be DIRTcar sanctioned this season, which will allow a continuity for teams entering cars at both of the local dirt tracks.

It was announced that the pro stock division will rejoin the weekly lineup at The Ridge and that some safety measures in the rules for the 4-cylinder division are being implemented.

The street stock division will race only at Fonda.

At Fonda Speedway, it was announced that there will be no infield pits this year and all cars will pit in the area off turns three and four.

A tentative opening day for racing at the Track of Champions is set for April 9, while opening day at Glen Ridge is planned for April 15.

The April 9 show at Fonda is scheduled to feature a 40-lap non-sanctioned main event for the modifieds.

Demitraszek said he hopes to be able to get test-and-tune practice session in at both tracks before the start of the season – weather permitting, of course.

The start time for the heats to roll out onto the track at both speedways for their weekly shows is set for 7:30 p.m.

Last season Fonda’s program started at 6:45 p.m.

The track officials will be the same at both tracks.

Joe Achzet will serve as race director at both tracks along with Steve Burega returning as pit steward and the team of Joe Wilson, Ed Brasmeister and Mark Sullivan will serve at tech inspectors.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim King will be joined by Paul Szmal in the announcer’s booth on Friday and Saturday nights this year and Bob Lansing has been named the official track photographer.

It was also announced that former Fonda Speedway promoter Ric Lucia will join the team at the Track of Champions to help prepare the racing surface and facility operations early in the season.

Teams will be able greet fans at the Northeast Auto Racing Expo featuring cars from both tracks at ViaPort Rotterdam (formerly The Rotterdam Square Mall) on March 18, 19 and 20. DIRT licenses, Fonda and Glen Ridge licenses and season passes will be available during the show as well as race schedules for both tracks.

More announcements will be made in the upcoming weeks in regards to special events to be run during the season.

Pit Notes

After parting ways with team owners Alton and Carole Palmer, 2011 Fonda Speedway track champion Ronnie Johnson has landed a ride with car owner Jake Spraker for the 2016 race season at Fonda Speedway.

The car reportedly will carry the number 1RJ.

Defending track champion Stewart Friesen will not return to Fonda Speedway on a weekly basis this season. He will be making the tow to Orange County Speedway in Middletown on Saturday nights to pilot the Halmar Racing No. 44.