Sports Columns

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 ...

Billington finally wins at Fonda

When Floyd Billington started his racing career at Fonda Speedway in 1979, he almost immediately found his way to Victory Lane.Well, kind of."I first raced at Fonda when I was 16 years old," Billington said. "It is ironic that I ended up in Victory Lane backwards at the drop of the green on my ...

Point races tightening at area tracks

One little quirk in winning a track championship is you don't need to win the most races, but you need consistent top-five finishes.No, I am not crowning track champions yet, but a look at the modified and sportsman division points standings at Fonda Speedway with six races to go supports the ...

Busy slate for holiday weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is a race-chaser's paradise and budget buster.Sprint car fans can follow the Empire Super Sprint circuit for five straight nights on five different tracks.The trip started Wednesday night at Brewerton with Mother Nature getting the win. It continues tonight at Rolling ...

Promoters’ learning process continues

There was great anticipation for the 2014 racing season with new promoters at Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.Both tracks looked at the season as a new beginning, a chance to start fresh and build toward the future.Well, it is just a little past the midway point of the season, ...

Glen Ridge set to move to Fridays

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park promoter Mike Sowle has done many things to draw drivers to the quarter-mile dirt track.He has offered incentives such as free tires for three wins, a barrel of race fuel for five wins, changed the starting time from 6 to 7 p.m., increased the purse in the sportsman ...

Hohenforst captures first win

Last season was rough for Josh Hohenforst, to the point where the Gloversville modified pilot was ready to call it a career.However, after a trip to Syracuse for Super DIRT Week and talking with friends and sponsors, he opted to go at it for one more year."We have been competitive, but we're ...

Variety keeping Varin busy

Danny Varin has proven himself behind the wheel of a big-block modified and a 305 sprinter on the CRSA circuit.Now the second-generation driver has expanded his horizons with a ride in the Dave Crankshaw-owned 360 sprinter on the ESS circuit."I am having fun racing," Varin said. "We have Dan ...

Racing Around: Area tracks ready for holiday weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is always an exciting time at the local speedways, with bonus events added to the weekly race programs.The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday before traveling to Fonda Speedway on Saturday and Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday.Fonda ...

Racing Around: Special weekend planned

It looks like it will be a special weekend for kids and moms at the local race tracks.Friday is kid's night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway with kids 11 and younger admitted free with a paid adult admission. There will be free balloons and giveaways during the evening's race program, which will ...

Racing Around: Weather hampers area tracks

All you can do about the weather is complain about it.Showers last weekend cost Fonda Speedway a night of racing. Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was not at 100 percent even though its got its opener in.The wet grounds, though, did little to dampen the spirits of the fans and drivers in attendance ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge ready for its opener

Mike Sowle has been around the sport of auto racing for a long time.But he admits that thinking about the season-opener this Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has got him a bit nervous."I am nervous, but excited," the first-year promoter said. "I have to give promoters a lot of credit. I ...

Racing Around: Area tracks kicking off new season

The local racing season got off to a strong start last weekend, with Fonda Speedway and Lebanon Valley dropping their opening night green flags Saturday and Albany-Saratoga opening its gates Sunday for a practice session.Donnie Corellis picked up the feature win over J.R. Hefner and Brett Hearn ...

Racing Around: Fonda ready to kick off new season

Granted, since 1999 it has been a common sight seeing Matt DeLorenzo turning laps around Fonda Speedway.That hasn't changed.Wednesday, the new promoter at the Track of Champions was still turning laps around the historic speedway.Only he was going clockwise. (But still in the high groove).In a ...

Racing Around: Anticipation is high for new season

With new promoters at both Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, to say the anticipation for the upcoming racing season is high would be an understatement.Matt DeLorenzo has taken over the promotership at Fonda Speedway, while Mike Sowle is now at the helm at The Ridge.One of the ...

Racing Around: Dunn cashes in at SDW

Two expressions come to mind when I look back at the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds - the fastest car does not always win the race and Syracuse it is what it is.First congratulations to Billy Dunn on his Syracuse 200 victory. He was not the fastest car but ...

Racing Around: Warner ready for Syracuse

Winning on the mile track at the New York State Fairgrounds takes talent, patience and a whole lot of racing luck. One victory there can be a defining moment in a racer's career.For the last three years, that has been a winning combination for Rocky Warner."The Flying Squirrel" has had a run at ...

Racing Around: Fonda to host two days of racing

Fonda Speedway will wrap up its 2013 on-track racing season this weekend with two days of racing action.Saturday, the Track of Champions will host a five-class race card sponsored by Morris Ford featuring a 50-lap open modified feature plus a 602 sportsman feaure, a street stock challenge ...

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 ...