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RACING AROUND: Wide variety of options for area fans

There is a variety of different forms of racing for fans to watch this weekend.

Friday night, the RUSH Late Models are on the race card along with a regular race program (minus the 4-cylinders) Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway will host a regular night of racing with the Sportsman divisions getting bonus payouts in their features.

Saturday, Fonda Speedway will host the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars for their first of three appearances at The Track of Champions this year.

Sunday night the first Wheels of Fury Enduro will take to the track at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park along with the third leg of the FantaSStic 4 Street Stock Series.

Brookfield Speedway was scheduled to open its doors for the first race of the season tonight but has postponed the event until next Thursday.

Akers will return

After barrel-rolling through the first turn at the start of the first of twin 22-lap modified features Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, Steve Akers said he is doing OK and will be back racing soon.

“The left front broke, sending me into the wall and for a ride,” he said. “The car is fixable. We have high hopes to be back this Saturday but that will be determined by when the car gets back from Hico Fabrication. If not this Saturday, it will be the following week for sure.”

Bill Ag Memorial

The Bill Ag Memorial modified elimination showdown returns to Fonda Speedway on June 19.

The event features the top five drivers in the modified points race plus a driver from the sixth to tenth spots that will be determined by a blind draw.

As of now, the top five are Josh Hohenforst, Jack Lehner, Craig Hanson, Stewart Friesen and Rocky Warner. Six through 10 are David Schilling, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney and Jessica Friesen.

There is plenty of money on the line in the Elimination event.

The modified heat race winners will pick up $100 and there are lap and place finish money in the feature.

Pit notes

Tanner Warner borrowed his father’s back up car compete Saturday night while his regular ride was being repaired after a hard hit in the backstretch wall last week.

There were a few heads turning around as the car sat on pit road as it carried a familiar paint scheme and number 16 in honor of A.J. Romano.

Troy Palmer had a busy weekend of racing. Saturday morning, Palmer competed in the season-opening CNYMRA event at Royal Mountain. He placed second in quad amateur before heading to Fonda Speedway and placing 12th in the Crate 602 Sportsman feature. He returned to Royal Sunday and won his class.

What a difference a week makes.

Two weeks ago, Kenny Gates seemed to be involved in almost every caution in the Pro Stock feature.

After that night he shook it off just saying it was just one of those nights.

Last Saturday he turned it around, picking up his first feature win of the season and first since the 2019 season and 84th of his career.

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