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 Ric and Laura Lucia. They will be joined by journalist and former driver Lew Boyd, Otto Graham, Dick Schoonover, Buddy Shuman, along with Max Phillips, Dave Cruickshank, Bill Fake and Gigi Conover.
There also will be the inaugural presentation of the Bruce Dostal Dedication to Fonda Speedway Museum Award to Jeff Kollar, John and Paul Lakata, Bobby Varin, Randy and Travis Colegrove and Jimmy Aquilace.
The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the Fonda Speedway Museum at the speedway.
As part of the celebration, a vintage race car show will be held at the museum featuring cars from the local clubs that sponsor events at the local tracks.
The events are all a prelude to the race program that will pay tribute to the 1968 sportsman and 1971 modified track champion and winner of nine feature events, “The Cyclone” Maynard Forrette.
Three times the action
The racing action will be fast and furious at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Friday night with the inaugural Sowle Summer Mania event on tap.
The features-only event will have triple 20-lap main events for the modifieds, A-Verdi 602 sportsman and pro stock divisions with full points being awarded for all each race.
The modifieds will be running for $1,250-to-win in each of their 20-lap features, plus if a driver sweeps the features there, a $5,000 bonus available from event sponsor Mike Sowle, jacking the total up to an $8,750 pay day.
The A-Verdi 602 sportsman will be running for $500-to-win in each feature with a $2,500 bonus up for grabs for winning all three features.
In the pro stock division the winner of each 20-lap feature will receive $300 with a shot at a $1,000 bonus for sweeping the night’s events.
Glen Ridge promoter Pete Demitraszek said the line up for the first race will be determined by draw as outsiders are expected for a shot at the prize money. Then the second and third features will be handicapped.
The triple-20 action moves to Fonda Speedway on Aug. 13 for the Sowle Summer Showdown with full points offered for all three classes.
The modifieds running for $1,500-to-win in each 20-lap feature with a $5,000 bonus offered for a sweep to bring the possibility of winning $9,500 on the night. The 602 sportsmen will run for $500-to-win with an offered bonus of $2,500 for a sweep and a $4,000 pay day. The pro stocks at Fonda will run for $400-to-win and a $1,000 bonus from Sowle for a possibility of a $2,200 pay day.
After winning last Friday’s sportsman feature at Glen Ridge, Greg Pessolano was disqualified for a carburetor infraction.
Tim Clemons came north from North Carolina for a vacation and ended up driving one of the Tom Spencer-owned No. 16 sportsmen cars. Clemons drove the car to a 22nd place finish at Albany-Saratoga Friday and was mid-pack when the rains came forcing the postponement of the sportsman feature at Fonda with 19 laps to go.