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Racing Around: Fonda to host sprints tonight

July 19, 2012
By The Leader-Herald ( , The Leader Herald

Tonight starts a very ambitious two weeks of racing at Fonda Speedway.

The University of Northwestern Ohio All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint cars (formerly known as the O'Reilly All-Star Circuit of Champions) compete for the third straight year tonight at the Track of Champions. They will be joined by the big block modifieds battling it out in a 30-lap $4,000-to-win feature.

In case you haven't heard, defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will make his racing debut at Fonda Speedway behind the wheel of one of his Office Depot/Mobil 1 sponsored sprint cars.

Stewart finished fourth behind Tim Shaffer, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman on Wednesday at Brewerton Speedway.

Racing action will begin at 7 p.m. with pit gates opening at 4 p.m. and the front gates opening at 5 p.m.

Admission for the event, which also will include a 40-lap feature event paying $4,000 for the modifieds, will be $30 for general admission; children age 6-11 will be $3; and children under the age of 5 are free.

The track will be back in action Saturday night with the addition of the Northeast Midstate Vintage car club on hand plus a special rookie sportsman event to the regular Saturday night race card. It is also Leader-Herald Night at the speedway.

On July 26, the Lucas Late Models roll out on to the track along with a 30-lap $3,000-to-win main event for the modifieds.

Then the track settles in for its stretch run with three regular race programs before crowning its champions on BBL Construction Night of Features on Aug. 18.

Racing will resume after the break for the annual Fonda Fair on Sept. 15 and wrap up the 2012 racing season with a two-day event on Sept. 22 and 23.

Just an observation

I was looking at the starting lineup for last Saturday's modified feature at Fonda Speedway and realized that almost half the drivers - 12 out of 25 - in the race had visited Victory Lane at the Track of Champions in a modified. There were 267 modified feature wins among the 25 drivers in the field with more than half of them (138 wins) sitting in the front three spots on the starting grid with Dave Lape (99 wins), A.J. Romano (34 wins) and Alton Palmer (5 wins), leaving 129 for the other 22 drivers.

The Ridge returns to action

After a rain out last Sunday, The Ridge returns to racing action this Sunday with a full regular race program on tap.

The revised Ridge race schedule shows a regular race program plus the third leg of the Harry's Auto Street Stock Series and kiddie rides set for July 29 and a regular race program on Aug. 5. There will not be racing on Aug. 12 as the track prepares for its midweek Race of Champions modified tour event on Aug. 14.

There are three regular race programs after that on Aug. 19 and 26 with the points battles ending on Sept. 2 and the season winding down Sept. 9 with the 602 Nationals featured on the program.

More sprint cars

Lebanon Valley Speedway will host the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series Sunday night along with an Eastern States Weekend qualifier for 358 modifieds.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m. General admission will be $25. for adults and $5 for children.



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