Late models set to return to Fonda

FONDA – On Thursday, the World of Outlaw Late Model Series will return to Fonda Speedway for the second time.

The series last visited the Fonda Speedway on June 19, 2013, with Watertown’s Tim McCreadie taking home the victory.

In addition to his World of Outlaw Late Model victory at Fonda back in 2013, McCreadie also has two wins in the modified division at Fonda on July 17, 2003, and April 10, 2004.

McCreadie received a positive redraw and started on the pole for the 50-lap main event back in 2013 and wasted little time getting to the front as he led green-to-checkers to cash in on a $10,650 payday.

“I think in the race it [experience] mattered a lot,” McCreadie said in Victory Lane after his victory back in 2013. “In qualifying or a heat race it doesn’t really matter. Just knowing that if I stayed low down the straightaways I could get a good launch. On most modified tracks if you stay low you are going to get some traction. I know to stay low here on my entry, roll up in the middle and try to diamond off. That probably helped me a little bit.”

McCreadie time-trialed ninth fastest of the 23 late models with a lap of 19.725, well off the fast lap of 18.784 set by Rick Eckert back in the 2013 appearance. The 39-year-old driver battled to a runner-up finish in his heat race to earn a spot among the six drivers to redraw on Victory Lane in front of a packed grandstand.

Cole Nelson from the town of Florida was selected by McCreadie to draw for the starting spot and he leaped into the air as he handed him the pole position to start the feature back in 2013. McCreadie did the rest.

At the finish, McCreadie held a .994-second advantage over Dan Stone for his third series win of the 2013 season. Billy Decker, who also has two modified feature wins at Fonda, placed third while Eric Wells and Rick Eckert completed the top five in the 2013 event.

Point standings coming into this year’s World of Outlaws Late Model event show Shane Clanton leading the way with 2,262 points followed by Josh Richards with 2,178, Darrell Lanigan with 2,152, Chub Frank with 2,112 and Tim McCreadie with 2,028.

The 2015 DIRTcar Pro Stock Series also will return to Fonda on Thursday for the first time in 12 years as a part of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.

Back in 2003 the winner of the pro stock series event at Fonda was four-time Fonda Speedway Pro Stock Track Champion Kenny Gates who won the track championship at Fonda back in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Defending DIRTcar Pro Stock Series champion Jocelyn Roy of Ste-Helene, Quebec, Autodrome Granby’s Dave Bissonette and top Lebanon Valley Speedway drivers Robbie Speed and Rob Yetman, who is a former series champion and the winner of the 2014 NAPA Super DIRT Week Pro Stock event at Syracuse, are also expected to compete at Fonda on Thursday.

The invaders will go up against the likes of Fonda Speedway standouts Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone, Pete Broderson, and Luke Horning who have all visited victory lane at Fonda so far in 2015.

Thursday’s DIRTcar Pro Stock Series event pays $1,000-to-win and show-up points will be awarded to all Fonda regulars who participate.

Both the World of Outlaw Late Model Series and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will be running 40-lap feature events.

There will be infield tailgating for this event with the entrance for the infield tailgating off of turn two by the bridge which will open at 3 p.m. and close at 4 p.m. which gives a one-hour window to get vehicles into the infield. Those tailgating will be given a wristband and will have pit access

Pit gates for the event will open at 4 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 5 p.m.

Infield tailgating will cost $40 ($10 for children 12 and younger) plus $5 per vehicle. General admission will cost $30 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. Pit passes will cost $40 and $10 for children 12 and younger

For more information about the Fonda Speedway, log on tot he track’s website, www.fondaspeedway.com.

For more information on either the World of Outlaw Late Model Series or the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, long on to www.woolms.com or www.dirtcarump.com.

Late models set to return to Fonda

The World of Outlaws Late Models Series is ready to start its Great Northern Tour and Fonda Speedway is the kickoff point.

The series was slated to run last year at Fonda but had to cancel because Fonda was the Northern-most facility on their schedule and not many teams wanted to travel that far for one event.

This year, World of Outlaws Late Model Series director Tim Christman put together a four-track tour that starts at the track Christman grew up at, Fonda Speedway, next Thursday before heading north to Brighton Speedway in Canada on June 20 and Cornwall Motor Speedway on June 21.

After a short break, the teams head to Weedsport Speedway for a June 23 event before heading to Pennsylvania and Lernerville Speedway as part of its Firecracker 100 Weekend June 25-27.

“They contacted me; they want to come to Fonda,” Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo said earlier this season. “Tim Christman, who is the sanctioning guy, is a Fonda guy and from this area. They wanted to come back and I was willing to do it as long as they had another track in New York that was not close.”

The WoO Late Models debuted at the track in 2013 with Tim “T-Mac” McCreadie picking up the win.

Before that the Lucas Oil Late Model Series came in with Jimmy Owens finding Victory Lane.

McCreadie is currently fifth in points on the series and is expected to be on hand.

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Touring Series also is on the race card with both classes running 40-lap main events.

The Pro Stock Series kicked off last week at Autodrome Granby, with Fonda being the second stop on the tour before it heads back to Canada at RPM Speedway in DeRichelier, Quebec before stopping at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on July 24.

DeLorenzo is going to give infield tailgating another shot for this event.

The infield tailgating opens at 3 p.m., an hour before the pit gates are scheduled to open.

The front gates open for fans at 5 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7 p.m.

The infield tailgating participants will have one hour to make their entrance from the gate off turn 2 by the bridge. The gate will be closed at 4 p.m.

Infield tailgaters will be given a wristband and will have pit access.

Infield tailgating will cost $40 ($10 for kids 12 and younger) plus $5 per vehicle. General admission will cost $30 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and younger.

Pit passes will be $40 and $10 for kids 12 and younger.

Driver change

After a long association, the team of Brian Pessolano and Rich Dodson Racing are parting ways.

In an official statement posted on Chad Edwards’ Facebook page at the request of Dodson Racing, it was announced that John Scarborough will take over in the Dodson-owned sportsman on Friday nights at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Edwards will continue to drive the No. 14P, while Scarborough will drive the No. 64P.

It is expected that Pessolano will continue to race Saturdays at Fonda with the No. 24P which he owns.