Sports Columns

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 ...

Racing Around: Showdown shaping up at Fonda

The battle for the modified track championship at Fonda Speedway is really shaping up. With four Saturdays of racing left in the regular season for the division, only 22 points separate the top four drivers.Bobby Varin leads the pack with 570 with Ronnie Johnson just four points back. Jeremy ...

Oswego to host Super Dirt Week

A decision was finally made earlier this week as to where the NAPA Auto Part Super DIRT Week will be run this year.After more than four decades on the mile at the New York State Fairgrounds, DIRTCar was forced to find a new location for its premiere event due to changes at the fairgrounds that ...

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 ...

Racing Around: Hondo Classic slated for Saturday at Fonda Speedway

In a season of tribute races to some of the greats who made Fonda Speedway the Track of Champions, one tribute race is marking its 11th anniversary.Saturday night, the pro stock division will pay tribute to one of its most popular drivers with the 11th running of the 29-lap Hondo Classic a ...

Racing Around: SDS slate about to get busy

If you are a race-chaser, and have the time to do it, the month of July is show time for the Super DIRTCar Series, with 11 events scheduled for the big block modifieds.While there have been a few races already, the series gets into full swing this week with four races on tap starting with ...

Racing Around: Unveiling slated for Saturday at Fonda Speedway Museum

A piece of Fonda Speedway racing history returns to the track this weekend.The Don "Burger" Knapfel-owned No. 44B driven by Dave Lape to the 1977 Mr. DIRT championship has been restored and will be unveiled Saturday afternoon at the Fonda Speedway Museum on Dave Lape tribute night."It is the ...

Racing Around: Wilder focused on solid finishes

If you asked Jeremy Wilder 10 years ago how to win a track championship, he probably would have told you to win every race.Now a veteran, but still a young lion, Wilder has refocused his thoughts on that this season."It is tough to win races, so in order to win a championship, you have to ...

Racing Around: Point races beginning to take shape

When Pete Demitraszek took over the promotership at both Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway during the offseason, one of his ideas was to create a combined points series for drivers who run both local dirt tracks.Mike Sowle stepped forward to help create the STR Super Series, while ...

Racing Around: Pep Corradi claims win at Fonda Speedway

In comparison to the early part of the season, the track may have been a little off at Fonda Speedway Saturday, but Pep Corradi was right on.The veteran modified pilot got out front, hit his marks, stayed in control and recorded his first career modified feature win last Saturday at Fonda ...

Hanson expanding his horizons

Over the past couple of race seasons, Craig Hanson has been expanding his horizons.The 31-year-old modified pilot who has his home tracks based at Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, has ventured out to enjoy competition at other facilities."I am just trying to get out and expand my ...

Glen Ridge hoping to run opener

With Mother Nature up 5-0 against Glen Ridge Motorsports Park so far this year, it is time to start Pete Demitraszek to start using a Peyton Manning commercial phrase (you know the tune), "Epic comeback starts right here."Unless Mother Nature can find the kid with the wicked top-spin, it looks ...

McAuliffe returns to the track

The racing season has gotten off to a great start for veteran sportsman driver John McAuliffe.After having his season cut short last year due to injuries from a wreck against the backstretch wall at Fonda Speedway, "The Blade" has put together a season-opening streak consisting of a win, a ...

Spraker doubles up at Fonda

The office walls at Jake Spraker's Used Cars and Glove Cities Taxi are lined with trophies and photos commemorating the almost 200 feature wins by drivers that have driven his race cars.Saturday night, Ronnie Johnson parked the Jake Spraker-owned modified in Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway for ...

Russell Holmes — Gloversville’s Fenway Park connection

"He was the Bullpen Catcher in the summer of '15, when long ago the Red Sox won it all! You won't find him in the record books, he never took a swing, but he knew all there was to know about Babe Ruth's curve ball," are the first two lines from a song called "Free Once More" off the CD "Smokey ...

Fonda legend Wimble dies at age 84

This past Mohawk Valley weekend at Fonda Speedway I had the opportunity to chat with Bill Wimble as he sat at a picnic table under the covered grandstand at Fonda Speedway signing autographs and talking racing.It was an easy conversation as his personality and bright smile allowed me to feel ...

Furman enjoying new class

When a door began to close for pro stock driver Nate Furman, an unexpected window of opportunity opened.After being involved in a wreck last year in his pro stock at Fonda Speedway Furman had difficulty getting his car back in race shape and it looked like his year was over."We just didn't ...

Dodson ready for new season

For the past eight years, the Dodson Construction sportsman team has been at or near the top of the standings at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway.In the beginning, team owner Rich Dodson got involved with Brian and Greg Pessolano at The Ridge and provided sponsorship for other ...

Dostal a true icon of racing

There is a tradition where the pit area is left empty following the death of a driver.It would be appropriate to honor local racing icon Bruce Dostal in the same manner, leaving a spot open for his parts truck when the racing season gets underway.Dostal, who was a integral part of the local ...