Sports Columns

Racing Around: Lape to be honored at Fonda

Saturday will be kind of a bittersweet night for me as well as a number of long-time race fans at Fonda Speedway.The Track of Champions will honor one of the drivers who helped the track live up to its nickname - Dave Lape.At the beginning of the season Lape announced that after 50 years, this ...

Racing Around: Racing at the Ridge

The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park may have crowned their champions last Friday but there is still plenty of action being packed into the little track on the hill.Making the switch from Friday night to Saturday, Glen Ridge will be hosting the "Sowle 60," a 60-lap, $4,007.11-to-win main event for ...

Racing Around: End of an era at Fonda

Fonda Speedway has been a regular fixture in the Mohawk Valley for 61 years, and for 52 years, in one capacity or another, Bruce Dostal has been a part of that Saturday night tradition.Dostal started going as a fan when the track opened, then as a driver in the '60s and '70s before becoming a ...

Racing Around: Making good on a prediction

Heading into the 2013 racing season at Fonda Speedway, David Constantino made a bold prediction - "I am going to win the track championship."Every week, DKM (Damn Kids Motorsports) came to the track loaded for bear with Dave driving the No. 7, his brother Chip in the No. 63, and they even ...

Racing Around: Fonda set to crown 2013 track champions

When the management of Fonda Speedway introduced its fans to the concept of a Night of Features it was met with reactions like: "Are you nuts?" "It will never work." And of course, "You can't do that here! This is Fonda!"Seventeen years later, the Night of Features, sponsored by BBL ...

Racing Around: Rough stretch for sprint car racing

This has not been the best week for race fans with the death of ageless veteran sprint car driver Kramer Williamson and, of course, Tony Stewart's accident in a sprint car Monday in Iowa in which he suffered a broken leg.Coupled with Jason Leffler's death, also in a sprint car, the dangers of ...

Racing Around: Season winding down

Where has the racing season at Fonda Speedway gone?Turning the page on the calendar this morning, reality set in, it's August and the homestretch for the track championships at the Track of Champions.With three weeks and four point races left for most of the divisions, Stewart Friesen is well ...

Special win for Martin

It was difficult for "Krazy" Kenny Martin to keep his emotions in check last Thursday after winning the eighth annual Hondo Classic at Fonda Speedway.After pulling into Victory Lane with his 49th pro stock win, Martin went to the back of his No. 93, removed the trunk lid and held it up, showing ...

Racing Around: Special win for Martin

It was difficult for "Krazy" Kenny Martin to keep his emotions in check last Thursday after winning the eighth annual Hondo Classic at Fonda Speedway.After pulling into Victory Lane with his 49th pro stock win, Martin went to the back of his No. 93, removed the trunk lid and held it up showing ...

Racing Around: Bellinger prevails at Malta

After winning back-to-back track championships in the sportsman division at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Johnstown's Bodie Bellinger has bounced around between racing late models and modifieds at different tracks before landing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday nights this season.Although ...

Racing Around: Big Show a success for Hearn

Over the years of watching Brett Hearn wheel a modified, I have always been impressed by his attention to detail and presentation of his team and cars at the track.He has carried that same approach over to being a race promoter."It's just like getting ready for a really big race and trying to ...

Racing Around: Change of luck leads to victory

After a streak of bad racing luck, Brian Pessolano thought about taking a break from racing.Instead, he decided to give it one more shot and he is glad he did.After ending up off his wheels in a multi-car wreck in turn one two weeks ago, Pessolano was hooked up Saturday night and grabbed his ...

Racing Around: Lape’s farewell tour will continue

Saturday night, fans watched in horror as Dave Lape's red No. 22 modified hit the first-turn wall at Fonda Speedway, launched into the air, turned over and came to rest on the Fonda Speedway racing surface.The safety crews removed the roof of the car to help Lape get out of the car, which he ...

Racing Around: Rain alters area racing schedule

Mother Nature again found a way to throw a monkey wrench into the works of the local racing community.Rain forced the postponement of Tuesday's Dirty Jersey 60 at New Egypt Speedway, moving the Super DIRTcar Series event to Wednesday opposite Fonda Speedway's midweek race featuring the ...

Racing Around: Friesen set to race late model

Three years ago, the Lucas Oil Late Models made a successful debut at Fonda Speedway with Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist on the roster.The touring series was on the schedule at the Track of Champions in 2012 but rain and a full schedule forced the show to be cancelled. The track management ...

Racing Around: DeLorenzo denied win by detour

When I first started covering sporting events, a veteran reporter gave me a bit of advice - always look for the "wow" factor - something good or bad that happens that makes you stop and say "Wow, did you see that?"Saturday night's "wow" factor definitely has to go to Matt DeLorenzo.While ...

Racing Around: Pro stock class offers close racing

It is hard to argue that on a weekly basis, some of the closest and best racing belongs to the pro stock division.Truly, I cannot remember the last time I watched a pro stock feature where the winner just went out and blew the field away by a half track. Consistently the feature comes down to a ...

Racing Around: Johnson rebounds with win

On May 10, Ronnie Johnson did something he had not done before in his racing career - flipped a race car.The modified driver out of Duanesburg barrel-rolled his car at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on that night, totalling the car."I don't know [what happened]," Johnson said. "I got together with ...

Racing Around: Mahaney at home at Fonda

Mike Mahaney made people stand up and take notice last year when he burst to the front of the pack winning the season opening Ice Jam and the season-ending 112-lap, $12,000-to-win Tribute to Champions race honoring Jumpin' Jack Johnson.So far this season, the 23-year-old modified pilot out of ...

Racing Around: Friesen rolling at Fonda

It looks like the defending track champions are setting the tone for the season at the local tracks.Stewart Friesen has opened the points chase at Fonda Speedway the same way he did in 2012, with back-to-back feature wins.Brett Hearn is 3-for-3 at Lebanon Valley and picked up the season opener ...