Sports Columns

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 ...

Warner awarded sportsman victory

I guess Yogi Berra said it best, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Following his victory over Rocky Warner in the sportsman feature at Super DIRT Week XLIV, James Michael Friesen celebrated in front of a capacity crowd at the New York State Fairgrounds.Then came the post-race tech where the ...

New location announced for SDW

A week before the "Finale at the Fairgrounds," Super DIRT Week XLIV, it was announced that the tradition will continue, only a few miles from the New York State Fairgrounds.In a press conference Wednesday at the fairgrounds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will invest $5 million in ...

Fonda to host final weekend of racing

Just a few notes heading into the final weekend of racing at Fonda Speedway.The 602 sportsman feature that was postponed by rain last Saturday night will now be run as part of the Saturday night program for the two-day Mohawk Valley Weekend.Unfortunately, before the rains hit, a nine-car wreck ...

Fonda set to return to action

Racing returns to "normal" at the local speedways this weekend.After switching to Saturdays for three weeks, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park returns to its traditional Friday night slot, and after the annual break for the Fonda Fair, Fonda Speedway roars back to action Saturday.The only thing ...

Finale at the Fairgrounds scheduled for October

It appears that when the tradition of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds ends DIRTcar intends to start a new tradition at another track.With its official announcement that the Oct. 7-11 event at the New York State Fairgrounds will be called the "Finale at the Fairgrounds" there ...

Champions ready to be crowned

It seems like the season just started, but here it is already, championship weekend.Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway will wrap up their point battles this weekend and crown the 2015 track champions.Two championships have already been decided at Fonda.Stewart Friesen registered his ...

Glen Ridge point races heating up

With the point battles at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park heating up with just two weeks left, promoter Pete Demitraszek has scheduled a big night of racing at The Ridge.Friday is billed as a Night of Features, similar to the season-sending event formerly run at Fonda Speedway.The schedule for the ...

Scarborough banned from Glen Ridge

An unfortunate incident last Friday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has left a black mark on the racing community.After a multi-car accident on the opening lap of the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature last Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, John Scarborough exited his car, pounded on ...

A sea of orange at Fonda

The quote of the night Wednesday had to come from Brett Hearn.After an autograph session under the covered grandstand at Fonda Speedway alongside legendary Bill Wimble, Hearn headed back to the pit area. As he left the grandstand he lifted his sunglasses, looked around and said, "Wow. Look at ...

Horning records landmark victory

It was appropriate on the night the street stock division ran its 500th feature since the class was introduced as the hobby stock division in 1997 that veteran driver Dave Horning Sr. drove to his 52nd career victory to become the division's winningest driver.The top spot on the win list was ...

Fonda to induct seven into hall

Dave Lape found his way to Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway in a modified 99 times in his storied racing career. Now, he will make the journey one more time.Lape leads the seven-member Class of 2015 to be inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame Saturday night.Joining Lape will be announcer ...

Changes will end Syracuse tradition

Despite pleading from the dirt track racing community, it was made official this week that the grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds will be coming down this fall to make room for an amphitheater, signaling the end of Super DIRT Week on the famed mile of hard clay.DIRTcar has booked the ...

Infield pitting returns to Fonda

I guess things have come full circle (or oval if you prefer) at Fonda Speedway.Promoter Matt DeLorenzo announced that starting this Saturday, teams will have the option of pitting on the infield. It is not mandatory, but it is an option that many of the teams are seriously taking into ...

Broderson’s pro stock win stands

It seems like the track tech inspectors have been busy so far this year.Crate engines have been pulled and checked for tampering; tire compounds sampled and sent to the lab to be checked for illegal substances and cars even stripped down to the chassis to look for modifications.All came back ...

McCreadie looks for Fonda win

When the World of Outlaw Late Models visited Fonda Speedway in 2013, Tim McCreadie and Billy Decker had an advantage over the rest of the field.Having won a pair of features in a modified at the Track of Champions, T-Mac and Decker, who also has two modified wins, knew what to expect when the ...

Late models set to return to Fonda

The World of Outlaws Late Models Series is ready to start its Great Northern Tour and Fonda Speedway is the kickoff point.The series was slated to run last year at Fonda but had to cancel because Fonda was the Northern-most facility on their schedule and not many teams wanted to travel that far ...

Happy Harry is enjoying recent success

Harry Shaffer has been racing at Fonda Speedway and other local tracks for 25 years, but the last few races have made Harry very happy."I am definitely happy right now," Shaffer said. "Things are going good."Part of the turnaround to the season came a couple weeks ago when Shaffer and his crew ...

Warner, Sefrin part ways

The race team of owner Ray Sefrin and driver Rocky "The Flying Squirrel" Warner has been one of the most potent combinations over the years no matter what division it competed in.But now it is time for a change."I am no longer the driver of the Number 79," Warner said. "Ray still owns the cars, ...

Fans enjoy opportunity to meet drivers

Keeping the fans in touch with the drivers is a key element in the growth of the sport of auto racing and the on-track meet-and-greets are a big part of that.Watching the kids interact with the drivers last week at Fonda Speedway's meet-and-greet was reminiscent of the nights when, after the ...