Sports Columns

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 ...

Car counts lacking at Glen Ridge

After a month of waiting, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally dropped the green flag on its season.Track conditions were good. The racing was close and exciting top to bottom, but frankly, the car counts were about the only disappointing thing on the night.A total of 38 cars were in the pits - ...

Ready for racing at the Ridge

After going 0-for-April to start the season, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is ready to get its racing season underway Friday night."We originally talked about opening the first week of May but gambled with the rest of the tracks and moved it to the first week in April," Glen Ridge promoter Pete ...

Warner gets off to strong start

Rocky Warner got his season off to a flying start. The Flying Squirrel hit the opening-week trifecta, claiming sportsman victories at Albany-Saratoga, Fonda and Utica-Rome speedways, respectively, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.However, this weekend he will have a shot at a different ...

Munson makes move to sprint cars

Sometimes change is good. At least that is what veteran sportsman driver Jeremiah Munson is hoping.After posting seven open sportsman wins, 12 602 sportsman feature wins and claiming the 2009 602 sportsman track championship at Fonda Speedway, Munson is jumping ship to compete with the CRSA ...

Weather puts brakes on openers

This was supposed to be the opening weekend for the local racing season.Instead, thanks to Mother Nature, the season-opening weekend has been pushed to April 17 and 18.Fonda Speedway has cancelled its traditional season-opening 40-lap $4,000-to-win Ice Breaker and now with the prediction of ...

Fusco fondly remembered as friend of racing

The racing community lost a true icon and friend Thursday.Whether you knew him as a journalist, lawyer or judge, once you met Andy Fusco, you knew him as a friend.Fusco died Thursday at his residence in Auburn at the age of 62.The former Johnstown resident always had the racing bug. While ...

One more time at The Ridge

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is set to give local race fans one more night of racing before the cars are put away for the winter.Saturday, The Ridge will open its gates for the Adirondac Leather 602 Nationals presented by Longhorn Trucking.The race program features a 60-lap, $3,000-to-win, ...

Palmer attending UNOH

After graduating from high school, Troy Palmer enrolled in the University of Northwestern Ohio in the school's applied technology program.Now Palmer said he is living the dream.Palmer, who competed in the 602 sportsman and modified divisions at Fonda Speedway, has taken his racing to the other ...

Friesen wins third straight Fonda title

The weather has wreaked havoc on the local racing scene all season, so why not on the final night of points battle at Fonda Speedway?With the first of two scheduled 22-lap A-mains for the modifieds on the track, as the sprinkles that sporadically passed over the Track of Champions became steady ...

Fonda set to crown champions

It seems like only last month fans were scampering to the Rotterdam Square Mall for the annual Fonda Speedway car show, but here it is already, the final regular-season night of racing at the Track of Champions.Saturday night BBL Companies will host the dramatic Night of Features and crown the ...

DeLorenzo continues to work hard

One thing that can be said about Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo is that if he sees a problem, he tries to fix it.And one of the biggest problems he has faced in his first year as a promoter has been the race track itself at the Montgomery County fairgrounds.Two weeks ago, frustration ...

Ody to be honored at Fonda

For many years, Danny Ody was a familiar sight as a driver and a fan in the pit areas around the area.Ody posted more than 100 victories in his career racing sprints, modifieds, IMCA and vintage cars.His 100th career win came in a vintage modified, so it is only fitting that they are on the ...

Honoring a friend of racing

The local racing family lost a good friend last year with the death of Bill Anagnostopulos.The owner of the Winner's Circle restaurant stepped up with sponsorships on cars and sponsoring dashes for cash when the sprint cars ran at Fonda Speedway - among the many things he did behind the scenes ...