Area Stock Car Racing: Davis to drive at Fonda Speedway

Thomas Coughlin Jr.'s latest column

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I know that everyone is getting antsy and are looking for ways to relieve their boredom, while waiting for the 2020 racing season to begin. 

One piece of news this week is that Ricky Davis of Arlington, Vermont, will join the weekly field of modifieds on Saturday’s at Fonda Speedway. Davis will pilot a small-block modified with help from Dave Prime Jr. and MAC Tools. Davis has used the No. 43 on his previous rides, but this one will carry a No. 59.

Davis also plans on following the Short Track Super Series, which is promoted by Brett Deyo, who happens to promote Fonda. There are a few other teams developing for the new year, and as they announce their plans, I will be sure to pass that along.

Racing may be here soon. The Land Of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua is making plans to hold a practice day, with two separate sessions on Saturday, May 2. Teams will need to be pre-approved for admission, which will be by R.S.V.P. only. To reserve a spot by email, the address is [email protected]

Each car will be allowed five crew members, including driver, and no fans will be admitted. There will be no concessions. Practice sessions will be limited to 50 cars each. This is based on expectations that the CDC guidelines have been meet by the western New York/Finger Lakes region and that Phase 1 of allowances for outdoor sports venues will be in place. 

The Penn Can Speedway, located near Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, which is south of Binghamton, is offering five practice sessions next weekend. Again, you must R.S.V.P. and be pre-approved by the speedway to be able to enter the grounds. Penn Can’s email is [email protected] 

Dodge City Speedway in Howes Cave is now looking at opening on Friday, June 5, with a non-point show.

Lake George is hoping to conduct Americade 2020 with new dates. July 21-25 have been chosen. Again, this all depends on the CDC guidelines being meet.

Americade not only brings revenue and tax dollars into the Lake George region, a good portion of eastern New York benefits from this nearly 40-year-old event. 

Only time will tell, and of course there are rumblings of other tracks throughout the country that are looking at ways to swing open their gates for 2020.

Remember, stay healthy, stay safe.

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