Racing Around: Point races beginning to take shape

When Pete Demitraszek took over the promotership at both Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway during the offseason, one of his ideas was to create a combined points series for drivers who run both local dirt tracks.

Mike Sowle stepped forward to help create the STR Super Series, while Palmer Service Center and Morris Ford spearheaded the Dare Ya points fund. Both of the funds are above and beyond the track championship funds.

The battles for the bonus money are starting to take shape after three weeks of racing at The Ridge and six at Fonda Speedway.

Hot off his first victory of the season at Fonda Speedway, Bobby Varin has vaulted to the top of the Dare Ya points with a combined point total of 448, while Jeremy Wilder, who posted his initial win of the season Friday at Glen Ridge, is close behind in second with 446. Josh Hohenforst leads the points battle at Glen Ridge and is third in the combined battle with 422.

Ronnie Johnson leads the modified points at Fonda Speedway but does not run at The Ridge on Fridays.

In the Sportsman STR Super Series, Rocky Warner leads the points at Fonda and the combined track series with 438, while JaMike Sowle, who is on top of sportsman points at The Ridge, is tied with Dave Constantino for second in the combined points with 407.

Fonda Speedway to honor Corey

You can’t talk about the history at Fonda Speedway without mentioning Pete Corey at least a dozen times.

This Saturday the “Track of Champions” will pay tribute to the three-time track champion who finished his career with 50 feature wins.

Corey drove for several car owners including Bob Whitbeck and Bob Mott.

The Mott/Corey combination in the famous yellow No. 3 proved to be a potent combination that led to the recording of the country song the “Ballad of Number 3” by local singer Gordy Watson.

Google it and listen, but it still doesn’t match his larger-than-life personality.

Of course, there will be a pre-race display in the Fonda Speedway Museum honoring Corey and it is reported that Pete Corey Jr. will be driving from North Carolina and bringing his vintage yellow No. 3 coupe with him.

Sitterly on top at Oswego

Canajoharie’s Otto Sitterly has not posted a win yet this season in the Novelis supermodified division at Oswego but he has been consistent enough to take over the points lead.

The seven-time track champion has had three-straight top five finishes, but for the first time since 2007 has not won one of the opening three shows.

Ephratah’s Kreig Heroth is doing double-duty at the speedway this season.

Heroth is in the cockpit of the No. 14 supermodified and is 15th in points with 151, while leading the rookie points chase.

Heroth also pilots a Pathfinder Bank small block supermodified and is third in the points battle, just four points out of the top spot in the No. 04.

Thursday Night Thunder

With rainouts on six straight Sunday nights, Utica-Rome Speedway is making a switch.

Utica-Rome will host Thursday Night Thunder today, featuring a full slate of modified, 602 and open sportsman and pro stocks.

Gates are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.


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