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Sports Columns

Racing Around: Point races are tight at Fonda

With three weeks of racing left, there is a battle royal at the top of the modified points standings at Fonda Speedway. Heading into Saturday night’s racing action, there is a mere 10-point spread from first to fifth. Rocky Warner led the points going into the Lou Lazzaro tribute race ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Baseball, Saints and Sister Leopoldina Burns

As a child I often heard stories told by my maternal Grandmother, Margaret Jacqueline (Burns) Way, about herfamous Uncle George Burns and famous Aunt Sister Leopoldina Burns. The famous uncle she spoke of was George Joseph Burns, who was born in Utica in 1889 and enjoyed a 15 year career in the ...

RACING AROUND: Fonda set to host meet and greet

If Mother Nature cooperates Saturday, a popular event will return to the track at Fonda Speedway — The Meet and Greet. Many of the drivers will bring their cars onto the front stretch following 5:45 p.m. hot laps session and the gate in front of the grandstand will be open so fans can talk ...

RACING AROUND: Shortage of tires causing problems

Just when things in racing seemed to be getting closer to normal, a new situation has come to the forefront — a tire shortage. At the start of the driver’s meeting for the “Firecracker 50” Short Track Super Series Sunday, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo addressed the ...

RACING AROUND: Point chase at Fonda heating up

It’s a little hard to believe that the school year is just about over and that the Fonda Speedway schedule is at the midway-point. Stewart Friesen has won the majority of the modified features so far this season, visiting Victory Lane six out of the seven times he has been at the speedway ...

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 ...