Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...