Sports Columns

Racing Around: Wilder second at Utica-Rome

While on vacation this week, I had the opportunity to venture over to Utica-Rome Speedway to be a fan and watch the 100-lap New Yorker for small-block modifieds. When Matt Sheppard drew the outside pole, fans were ready to write him the winner’s check but Fort Plain’s Jeremy Wilder drew ...

Racing Around: Fonda set to host KoD series

After losing its season-opener at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park to wet weather, the King of Dirt Sportsman Series will take to the track Saturday at Fonda Speedway. In its second season, the seven-race series, under the direction of Rob (Hazer) Hayes, takes place at six different tracks and has ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge working on its surface

Opening night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park did not go according to plan for promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin. The track came up dusty and rough in spots and the track lights shorted out just before the start of the 602 crate modified feature. “Every track seemed to have ...

Racing Around: Opening weekend not without challenges

Opening weekend has come and gone for the local speedways and there was plenty of excitement and frustration. Just like for the race teams, the unpredictable spring weather left the track management teams with unanticipated problems. If there was an opening night without a glitch somewhere in ...

Racing Around: Season set to begin this weekend

Is it possible that the local racing season may finally hit the track this weekend? Race fans got an appetizer last weekend when approximately 140 cars showed up at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for a practice and inspection session. Now this week “The Great Race Place” will get down to ...

Racing Around: Schedules are loaded for local speedways

Although the weather forecast for the weekend looks like a washout for the practice sessions at Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park the 2018 schedules for the local tracks looks to be action packed. Just looking over the schedules you can see the Demitraszek Management team of Pete ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Gloversville Armory

At 87 Washington St. in Gloversville sets a medieval looking brick building that does not fit in with the typical houses in that part of the city (or any part of the city). It is a castle-like structure that was built as a New York State Armory to house the Company G, 2nd Infantry Regiment ...

Racing Around: Saying goodbye to a fan and friend

You don’t have to race cars and win feature events to be a champion at the track. That is what Max Phillips was. With his family by his side, Max passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 after a long bout with cancer. Max was a friend, confidant, advisor and a race fan through and ...

Racing Around: Copious racing this weekend

With the season winding down, the Mohawk Valley will be alive with racing this weekend. Fonda Speedway is hosting its season-ending two-day Prelude to the Party Weekend. Then on Sunday the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will wrap up its regular schedule program with its Fall Fling. Racing at ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Generations mirror each other at Parkhurst Field

In 1907, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first appearance in the Fulton County area when they played an exhibition game at A., J. & G Park/Parkhurst Field on July 24, 1907. The game was against the A., J. & G’s of the New York State League, and was the result of a long-time ...

Racing Around: Fuller wins track title at Fonda

Tim Fuller and the St. Lawrence Radiology race team had plenty of reasons to celebrate last week. Fuller went to Cornwall Speedway in Ontario, Canada and came away with the victory in the $10,000-to-win O’Canada 150, sponsored by St. Lawrence Radiology, for small-block modifieds. Saturday ...

Tim Fuller poised to win first Fonda title

As an invader, Tim Fuller was always a threat to leave Fonda Speedway with a victory, but he never did. This season he made the Track of Champions his Saturday home driving the Graham Racing No. 19, Fuller picked up his first career modified feature win and is poised to add his first career ...

Racing Around: Benefit event big success

There were plenty of smiles to go around last Thursday at Caroga Creek Speedway. The special night benefitting Melodies Center of Albany Medical Center Children with Cancer or Blood Disorders Fundraiser that put local race drivers out of their supermodifieds, modifieds and sprint cars and into ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Vintage baseball game set for today

The game of baseball dates back to 1839 when Abner Doubleday is credited with having laid out the first version of the game on Eli Phinney’s cow pasture in Cooperstown. While the same premises of the game laid out in 1839 have lasted the test of time, many rule changes have taken place ...

Racing Around: Fonda hosts big night of racing

A change of chassis has proven to be beneficial for Mike Mahaney. The King Ferry driver has been piloting a Troyer chassis under the Buzz Chew Chevrolet No. 88 for most of the season, but recently made the switch to a Bicknell and it has paid dividends. Mahaney posted a third place finish ...

Racing Around: Busy week slated for area tracks

Other than the season-ending Thunder Along The Mohawk weekend, this week has to be considered one of the highlights of the 2017 racing season at Fonda Speedway. The week kicks off Saturday with the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at the Fonda Speedway Museum. This year’s inductees ...

Racing Around: Fonda HoF inductees announced

Fonda Speedway recently released it’s Class of 2017 Inductees in to the Hall of Fame at The Track of Champions. The list includes six drivers — Jerry Cook, Earl Mewhorter, Jim Luke, John Constantino, John Kollar and Keith Tesiero Sr. — three car owners — Jim Magielda, Jake Spraker and ...

Racing Around: There was a lot of noise about noise

Every once in a while issues come up concerning local race tracks that are not focused on the racing action itself. Earlier this week, Albany-Saratoga Speedway was the subject of discussion at a town board meeting after complaints were filed about the noise from the speedway. There was a ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge kicks off its new era

After being put on hold for a week by Mother Nature, the “New Era” began at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. It was great to see a big turnout both in the pits and stands Sunday for the first night of competition under promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin. I am sure they were both smiling ...