Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...