Racing Around: Fonda set to host benefit

Race fans and drivers have a long history of stepping up to help out people and organizations.

Saturday night, in conjunction with a meet and greet sponsored by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fonda Speedway will host a benefit for the Regional Animal Shelter.

“We were looking for a chance to help them out,” Mike Jackson, driver of the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman No. 21H, said. “Last year was my first year of funding the car basically on my own and this year I decided I wanted to try to help out more so we put them on the rear quarter panels.”

Jackson and his wife, Alexandra, have been involved with the shelter for a number of years as volunteers and have been a foster home for dogs.

The fundraising project started out with a raffle for a new set of Bert Air Jacks as a grand prize and several gift certificates as runner-up prizes.

“The whole idea of the raffle came from Scott Friers and Jen Spraker,” Jackson said. “It started off as selling tickets for $5 for the gift cards and other prizes. I acquired a set of air jacks so we decided to sweeten the pot. There are 520 tickets available at $25 apiece.”

The interest grew and now the shelter will share the night at Fonda with giveaways and an auction.

“We have had body panels donated from several drivers including Stewart Friesen and Kenny Tremont and tons of other items that will be auctioned off,” Jackson said. “All the proceeds from the raffle and auction will go directly to the shelter.”

As they were at the car show, representatives of the shelter will be on hand with a few pets that are looking for forever homes.

The first 100 fans Saturday will receive a special gift courtesy of Bob Hilbert Sportswear plus special giveaway items for the kids.

All regular divisions, except the 4-cylinder division, will be in action with warmup set for 5:45 p.m., followed by the meet and greet and racing hitting the track at 7 p.m.

Hearty race fans

It may have been cold last Saturday but a good turnout of fans filled the covered grandstand for opening night at Fonda Speedway.

The car count was good with 106 cars in the pits and 29 of the 30 modifieds on hand taking the green for the 30-lap, $8,000-to-win main event.

Track management kept the program moving on schedule but hit a snag when the modified feature was caution marred early, taking close to 45 minutes to get to lap 10 and 66 minutes to complete the 30-lap feature.

Opening night

Weather permitting, Glen ridge Motorsports Park is scheduled to host its first race of the season Sunday with a full regular race card on tap.

The Red Chair 602 Crate Modifieds will headline the race program, along with the limited sportsman, Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Pro Stocks, street stocks, Electric City Taxi Mini Stocks, All-Star Slingshots and Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Jr. Slingshot division.

There has been a time change from last season as the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to hit the track at 4:30 p.m. and the green flag dropping on the program at 5 p.m.

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