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Racing Around: Fonda sets revamped schedule

Earlier this month it looked like Fonda Speedway was on the right track to get some normalcy with Drive-In parking on the infield and socially distanced availability for fans for the Firecracker 50 race program.

Then the state updated its COVID-19 mandates to specifically say you can race, but no spectators.

Promoter Brett Deyo announced after the One Wild Wednesday show that was run without fans in the stands or infield, that the track would take the remainder of July off as he reworked the schedule.

Wednesday, the updated schedule was released with three race dates:

∫ Saturday, August 1: Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks & Four Cylinder Cruisers — No Spectators — Live on Dirt Track Digest TV.

∫ Wednesday, August 5: Dirt Track Digest “7 Come 11” Special — Sunoco Modifieds 30 laps, $3,000 to win ($3,711 to win if you ‘Cash in Your Chips’ and pre-register) plus Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman & Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (25 show-up points all classes) — No Spectators — Live on Dirt Track Digest TV.

∫ Saturday, August 15: Championship Night Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Limited Sportsman, Four Cylinder Cruisers & Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds — No Spectators — Live on Dirt Track Digest TV.

∫ Saturday, August 29: Rain Date for Championship Night.

So that sets up a mad dash for the track championships with two full point races and one that awards 25 show up points.

After the July 5 show, defending modified track champion Rocky Warner is still looking for his first win of the season but leads Mike Maresca by 10 points (228-219) and Matt DeLorenzo (215) by 14 with Stewart Friesen fourth with 205 and Josh Hohenforst fifth with 203.

Chad Edwards has turned a strong start in the 602 Crate Sportsman division this season into a 253-227 advantage of Joe Williams, while JaMike Sowle is third with 221 with Cody Clark and Brian Calabrese fourth and fifth with 195 and 189 points.

Luke Horning and Josh Coonradt are tied for second in the Pro Stock standings with 212 points apiece, while Nick Stone leads the class with 236 and Kenny Gates is fourth with 190.

Six points separate Dylan Eldred (218), Brett Mortensen (214) and John Young (212) for the top spot in the Limited Sportsman standings.

Dave Horning Sr. leads Jason Samrov 216-210 in the Street Stock standings with Al Relyea third with 196 and Lou Gancarz and Mike Arnold tied for fourth with 194.

Ken Hollenbeck leads Zach McSpirit 168-160 in the single-cam cruiser division standings, while John Napoli leads David Peek-Britten 146-118 in the dual-cam class.

On a sad note, Fonda Speedway Hall of Famer Dick Bennett passed away earlier this week at his home in Florida.

Bennett fielded cars at the Track of Champions in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Many of the Fonda Speedway legends, including Jack Johnson and Lou Lazzaro, piloted the iconic red and white No. 71 over the years.

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