Thunder on the Thruway Series begins today at Fonda Speedway
By Ron Szczerba
FONDA – Today, Fonda Speedway, Pig Skin Pros will sponsor the racing activities in all regular divisions along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who will also be in action.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
The feature events for the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will be race number one in the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series between the two BD Motorsports promoted tracks, the Fonda Speedway, and the Utica Rome Speedway.
The Sunoco Modifieds will run a 35-lap event paying $4,000-to-win and $300 to take the green flag while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500-to-win and $125 to take the green flag and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will run a 20-lap event paying $1,000-to-win and $80 to take the green flag.
The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will also be in action in their normal feature event distances.
The “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series will be a six-race series with three races at the Fonda Speedway and three races at the Utica Rome Speedway. A separate point fund with increased purses for each event will highlight the series and give the drivers a chance to win some extra money in purses and the point fund.
Other events in the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series will be held on Friday, May 14 (Utica Rome), Saturday, July 3 (Fonda), Friday, July 30 (Utica Rome), Saturday, July 24 (Fonda), and Sunday, September 5 (Utica Rome). Purses for the series events and point fund payouts are available for viewing on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page along with the rules for each division.
The “Man with the Red Chair” has also come on board to provide a bonus for the first three finishers in each of the three Algonkin Motel Pro Stock features held at the Fonda Speedway during the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series. The top three finishers in each feature will receive $250, $150, and $100 respectively for a total of $500!
The “It’s” Huge Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston has come on board to sponsor the combined pace truck for both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways and they also sponsor the “Mike Cole Memorial” victory lane at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.
A look at the current Fonda Speedway point standings shows Josh Hohenforst leading the way in the Sunoco Modified division with 127 followed in the top five by Craig Hanson (113), Rocky Warner (111), Ronnie Johnson and Brian Gleason both with 105 points.
Defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Chad Edwards leads the way in that division with 164 points followed by Cody Clark (162), Tony Farone (146), Tim Hartman Jr. and Mark Mortensen both with 140 points.
Defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Nick Stone leads the way in that division with 172 followed by Beau Ballard (156), Kenny Gates (146), Chuck Dumblewski (138), and Josh Coonradt (132). Carter Gibbons leads the way in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman points with 172 while Tyler White leads the way in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division with 154 points.
Making an appearance along with their racecars at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday before the racing program begins will be last week’s Sunoco Modified feature winner Jack Lehner and the Bill & Erik Nelson owned Bloomfield’s Florist sponsored #85 along with Brian Borst and the family owned Midtel sponsored #69.
Adult Admission will be $15 and seniors (ages 65 and up) will cost $13. Children age 11 and younger will be admitted free.
The Drive-In, which includes up to four passes, will cost $75.
Reserve Drive-In spaces at the Following Link:https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/forms/
Pit admission will be $30 for Fonda members and $35 for non-members.
Since 1953, Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.
Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at (518) 915-4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.
Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 State Route 5 in Vernon. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com. Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway.