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 the kids, plus the Atlantic Coast Old timer Auto Racing Club and the “Bill Ag” modified elimination race is also on tap.

The five, two-lap elimination races will feature the top five in points – Bobby Varin, Danny Johnson. Ronnie Johnson, Jeremy Wilder and Josh Hohenforst and a sixth driver to be added by a random draw. Varin is the defending champion of the event that honors the late Bill Anagnostopulos, who owned the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and was a long time fan, supporter and sponsor for many drivers and events at Fonda Speedway.

Before the rains hit Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, it was shaping up to be an interesting evening of competition. Andy Bachetti was on hand to compete for the top prize in the 50-lap Adirondac Leather-sponsored modified feature.

In an effort to get the program in under threatening skies, the track switched to a features-only format. Unfortunately, a light rain passed over the track in the cruiser qualifiers and steadily increased until the vintage modifieds got on the track, which could not get a grip on the racing surface, forcing the cancellation.

The event was rescheduled for this Friday, when Glen Ridge will return to action with the 50-lap modified feature on Adirondac Leather Night. It will be part of a full evening of on track activity as the weekly divisions of 602 sportsman, pro stocks, and cruisers also will be in competition, along with the POWRi midgets. Spectator races, the Atlantic Coast Old Timers, kiddie rides and banner night are also part of the evening program.

Also on hand last Friday to try his hand at the quarter-mile was Charlie Tibbitts. Tibbitts made a name for himself on the local go-kart tracks and has making a name for himself in the 602 sportsman division at Utica-Rome Speedway. He has run eight events there and is 18th in points.

Added duty for Friesen

When Stewart Friesen heads to Eldora Speedway for Tuesday’s Super DIRT Series big block event next week, he will be sticking around for Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck race.

Wednesday, Friesen was shaking down his ride for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby. The race is set to be broadcast on FS1 at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

J.R. Heffner also will be doing double duty at Eldora in his Camping World truck and big block modified.