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RACING AROUND: Sprint cars won’t appear at Fonda Saturday

Looks like it will continue to be an improvise on the run season.

The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars were scheduled to make their first appearance at Fonda Speedway Saturday night after competing at Afton Speedway on Friday.

That has now changed.

The wingless sprints will not be competing at either track this weekend.

“Unfortunately with the Afton Motorsports Park not opening until the weekend of July 3rd, a mutual decision was made between weekend promoter Brett Deyo, and the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, to postpone this weekend’s events at the Fonda Speedway,” according to an announcement made earlier this week. “It was agreed that we did not want to risk our drivers and teams having to make an extremely long haul for just one event in New York.”

So now Fonda Speedway is scheduled to host, weather permitting, a special $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified Firecracker Shakedown on School House Pools Inc. Night instead.

The event kicks off a three-race week at Fonda Speedway, that includes the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Firecracker 50 for the Sunoco modifieds plus a 25-lap, $2,000-to-win event for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman division on Wednesday.

Last year’s inaugural Firecracker 50 provided some of the best racing action of the season with Stewart Friesen making a last-lap, last turn move to get the win over Matt Sheppard in the nationally televised event.

Next Saturday Denise’s Concessions will celebrate the Fourth of July with Dollar Dog Night sponsored by the Recovery Sports Grill. There will also be a $4,000-to-win modified feature to go with the Algonkin Pro Stocks competing for $1,776-to-win. The regular show will have an added bonus with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) competing.

Special bonus

at The Ridge

Bob Oliver and Competition Carburetion announced its “2020 Send It!” program.

Starting this Sunday, Competition Carburetion will award $50 cash to the racer who turns the fastest lap in the main event for the Red Chair 602 Sportsman and the Yurkewecz Auto Crusher Pro Stock divisions at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

All the winners during the season will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season for a grand prize of $500.

Hondo Classic

Fonda Speedway will host the 15th Annual Hondo Classic in memory of Hondo Carpenter on July 11.

The 29-lap event has become a highlight of the season for the pro stock division and has drawn competitors from many other tracks and even some drivers out of retirement for the night.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event is asked to contact Kelley Keefe at hondoclassic@gmail.com.

Busy weekend

Stewart Friesen’s race schedule for this weekend, weather permitting, will be a busy one.

Friesen is scheduled to run three races at three different tracks in a span of 24 hours.

Friday night he is scheduled to run with the small block modifieds at Albany-Saratoga Speedway before heading to Long Pond, Pennsylvania, to run the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series event at Pocono International Speedway. After the race he will make the trek north to Orange County Speedway in Middletown to compete with the big blocks that night.

Pit notes

Saturday night at Fonda the some of the pit crews came through for their drivers.

During qualifying Craig Hanson’s modified suffered heavy damage in a multi-car accident on the front stretch. His crew made a fast trip to Tribes Hill to get the backup car, made changes in the set up in time to get him ready for the feature. He finished 15th.

Engine trouble continued to plague defending 602 Crate Sportsman champion Tim Hartman, Jr. early in the night. His team made a fast trip to their garage, got the car that was run on Friday, made the necessary changes to compete at Fonda and finished 19th.

Steve Akers was collected up in a wreck in his modified heat but did not have a backup car to turn to.

His crew worked on the No. 27A, straightened the body panels, made repairs to the front end, and got him ready to run the feature and a 19th-place finish.

“That was all team work just to get the car ready to race,” Akers said.

If you see longtime Glen Ridge Motorsports Park fan Cindy Yurkewecz, wish her the best as she continues to recover from cancer treatment therapy.

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