Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...