Sports Columns

Racing Around: Fonda wraps up point races

Is there a changing of the guard going on at Fonda Speedway? First, Brett Deyo takes over as the promoter at the Track of Champions, bringing fresh ideas trying to bring the fans, and drivers, back to Fonda Speedway. Looking back at the season there were plenty of nights that the crowds were ...

Racing Around: Warner set to make history

When Joe Kriss’ green flag drops for the start of the 30-lap modified main event Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, history will be made. With a 70-point lead over defending track champion Bobby Varin heading into the final night of points for the season at Fonda Speedway, Rocky Warner has ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge set to add to hall of fame

August 18 is going to be a big night at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Not only is the rescheduled Vengeance on the schedule, but it is also the night of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at The Ridge. The Class of 2019 includes car owner and sponsor Bill Nelson, driver Butchie Irwin, ...

Racing Around: Bennett, Myrusky to be honored

It doesn’t seem that long ago that while walking home from Estee Middle School I always seemed to make a slight detour off Main Street. The trip took me behind a laundromat between Second and Third Avenues to a garage behind it to peer in through the garage door windows just to check on the ...

Racing Around: Thrilling finish at Fonda

If the finish of the Short Track Super Series Firecracker 50 at Fonda Speedway on July 3rd didn’t get your heart pumping, you better get it checked out. The drama started when the top two — Stewart and Jessica Friesen — went to the pits on lap 31. Stewart had a right-rear flat, while ...

Racing Around: Point races continue to heat up at area tracks

I know it is hard to believe school is out, the thoroughbreds take to the track at Saratoga Race Course in two weeks and there is only six more Saturday nights of racing remaining before Fonda Speedway crowns its 2019 track champions. After announcing at the car show at ViaPort Mall in March ...

Racing Around: Rain shuffles schedule at Fonda

Rain may have wiped out the local race program last weekend but it has led to some creative promoting. For the second time this season, rain ended the race program at Fonda Speedway early. This time knocking out the Bill Ag Elimination Match Races for the Sunoco Modifieds. The event has now ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Pozefsky part of college baseball history

The game of baseball is one that is rich in history and its milestones are revered and commemorated. On June 19, 1846, the first officially recorded baseball game in U.S. history took place in Hoboken, N.J., between the “New York Nine” and Alexander Cartwright’s “Knickerbockers” of ...

RACING AROUND: The Ridge finally hosts season opener

The rain broke long enough that, after four-straight postponements, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally got its first racing event of the season in the books. Rocky Warner, who has been a supporter of racing at The Ridge since the street stocks were the feature class, got the season off to a ...

Racing Around: McGrew Jr. moving up this season

During Wednesday’s open practice session at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Derrick McGrew Jr. slipped into a junior slingshot for a test drive. Although he had plenty of success in the division as a competitor, he is not stepping back. Instead he was helping out Adrianna DeRocher by taking ...

Year of the (Baseball) Glove — Ken-Wel Sporting Goods

Part 2 of a three-part series pertaining to the major baseball glove manufacturing companies that once operated in Fulton County. At the turn of the 20th century, baseball had truly become ‘America’s Pastime’ and interest in the game was growing throughout North America at an ...

Racing Around: Constantino claims dream win at Fonda

Saturday night there were no crazy hats or masks in Victory Lane, just one happy David Constantino grinning widely while rising above the roof of the Cyclone-chassis No. 34 modified holding a black DKM flag. “I want to thank Laudy for putting me in this car,” Constantino said in Victory ...

Racing Around: Fonda set to host benefit

Race fans and drivers have a long history of stepping up to help out people and organizations. Saturday night, in conjunction with a meet and greet sponsored by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fonda Speedway will host a benefit for the Regional Animal Shelter. “We were looking for a chance to ...

Racing Around: Friesen to sport new paint scheme

When Stewart Friesen takes to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway next Friday, he will be carrying the support of many new sponsors. The HFR No. 52 Chevy Silverado piloted by Friesen, the current series point leader, will carry a special paint scheme featuring puzzle pieces in ...

Racing Around: Fonda set to open for new season

With more than 80 cars in the pits, the sound of racing filled the air in the Mohawk Valley for the first time this season as Fonda Speedway hosted a test and tune session last Saturday. As the Track of Champions prepares for its 68th consecutive opening night this Saturday, the drivers ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge getting set for season

It looks like a big season ahead for the “Little Track on the Hill.” Under the promotership of Ray Sefrin and Butch Hazzard, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has put together an impressive schedule they hope will draw race fans and drivers to the quarter-mile dirt track. “We tried to find ...

Racing Around: Deyo busy getting set for season

With an open practice session just over a week away and opening night set for April 20, there has been a flurry of activity lately at Fonda Speedway. New speedway promoter Brett Deyo and his staff have been at the Track of Champions cleaning, fixing and preparing the Track of Champions for ...

Fultonville’s Webb part of historic baseball series in Cuba

In 1918 a boy named Frederick Webb was born into a farming family in Randall, New York, just a few miles South of Fultonville. One of four children, he was a typical active and hard-working farm boy until he developed rheumatic fever at the age of 12. The illness caused him to be bed-ridden ...