Sports Columns

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 ...

RACING AROUND: Offseason busy for area tracks

Since the final race of the 2018 season at both Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, there have been plenty of changes, news and excitement heading into the 2019 season. First, after the final checkered flag dropped on the season at Fonda Speedway, Brett Deyo was announced as the ...

Racing Around: Changes coming to Fonda

Well the silly season of racing got off to a fast start this week with the announcement that there will be new leadership at Fonda Speedway next season. BD Motorsports Media LLC, headed by Brett Deyo, has inked a 3-year deal with the Fonda Fair board to take over the promotership of Fonda ...

Racing Around: Youthful champs at The Ridge

Every few years there are a new group of “Young Guns” touted around the racetracks. But I think Glen Ridge Motorsports Park may have set a new standard for the distinction. When they crowned their track champions last Sunday, two of the champions honored are not even old enough to have ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Baseball’s Clown Prince appears in Gloversville

Orion Pictures and writer/director Ron Shelton released the blockbuster baseball movie called ‘Bull Durham’ 30 years-ago this summer. The movie is a comedy that centers around a 12-year minor league baseball player who is sent down to the Durham Bulls of the Carolina League single-A level ...

Racing Around: Fonda champs crowned

First, congratulations to all the Fonda Speedway track champions. The final week played out to be what any track would love to see, the titles being decided on the final night. Bobby Varin raced his way to his seventh modified track championship in the Alton and Carole Palmer-owned No. 76. ...

Racing Around: McAuliffe building on success

After a sixth-place finish in the sportsman feature last October at Super DIRT Week, Adam McAuliffe was anxious to get back on the track this spring. Normally focusing his racing efforts on the local tracks at Fonda, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge the Broadalbin driver expanded his horizons ...

Racing Around: Busy week ahead for race fans

Over the next 10 days, there is enough racing action going on within driving distance to satisfy (well, maybe) even the most enthusiastic of dirt racing fans, Starting off with Friday, the King of Dirt Pro Stock Series rolls into Albany-Saratoga Speedway to bolster their regular show. On ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Musillo to join Hall of Fame on Saturday

From the 1920s through the 1960s, if you played football or baseball for the Gloversville High School program, you were under the guidance of Lawrence “Duke” Miller. Miller not only put winning teams on the field for both sports, he also had a knack for producing professional baseball ...

Racing Around: Rainout leaves hole in schedule

Last night’s rain out of the Jack Johnson Tribute race and the 13th Annual Hondo Classic at Fonda Speedway throws a monkey wrench into the scheduling for possible make-up dates. With two weeks left to the regular schedule before the annual break for the annual Fonda Fair, and The Jack being ...

Racing Around: Fonda to honor 18 Saturday

Fonda Speedway will honor 18 people Saturday at its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies conducted in the Fonda Speedway Museum on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Don Hendenberg, Norm Moyer, Harvey Brundage, Todd Hoffman, Bob VanAernam and Bob Vedder headline the drivers being ...

Racing Around: Point races tight with five weeks remaining

It’s hard to believe there are only five Saturday nights of racing left in the chase for the track championships at Fonda Speedway. With a solid second-place finish last week Bobby Varin has regained control of the points race in the modified division. Varin entered the night with a ...

Racing Around: Santabarbara celebrates first Fonda victory

The Rotterdam area has been a hotbed for winners and champions at Fonda Speedway. And Saturday night another driver added his name to that list, Danny Santabarbara. The veteran driver picked up his first career feature win in the 602 Sportsman division at the Track of Champions with a ...

Racing Around: Fonda win special for Drellos

In the early years at Fonda Speedway, the Drellos family knew the fast way to Victory Lane with drivers like Kenny Shoemaker, Pete Corey Jeep Herbert, Buck Holiday and Paul Marshall behind the wheel of the famous No. 111 and 111A coupes. On June 16, Demetrious Drellos, the grandson of famed ...

Racing Around: Tribute to ‘Bill Ag’ at Fonda

Saturday night Fonda Speedway will salute a man who always seemed to be in the Winner’s Circle. The Track of Champions will host the fourth annual “Bill Ag” modified elimination race in honor of Bill Anagnostopulos a long time sponsor and supporter of the speedway and the popular ...

Racing Around: Fonda to honor Blanchard

Over the years I have gotten to know a few drivers and people involved with racing but even before I became a fan in the stands on a regular basis in the 70s, I knew who Doc Blanchard was. Mainly because he worked with my father as a mechanic at Glove Cities Chevrolet, but I looked up to him ...