Area Stock Car Racing: Fonda Speedway won’t race rest of month

Had been racing without fans

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Fonda Speedway announced Thursday that it has postponed all racing for the rest of this month.

According to a press release, Fonda Speedway management will be making adjustments to the remainder of the 2020 schedule per regulations put in place by New York state, not allowing spectators of any kind in both the Grandstand and Drive-In areas. There will be no racing Saturday or next Saturday.

An updated schedule through August will be posted in the coming days. If regulations turn more favorable, the speedway has been granted permission by the Fonda Fair board to race later into August and September due to the cancellation of the annual Fonda Fair.

All 2020 Season passes will be honored at full face value for the 2021 season.

Dodge City also posted the following: You must be pre-registered to currently attend events at Dodge City Speedway. It is also dealing with restrictions, set in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions about Dodge City, contact Paul Montenaro through the track’s Facebook page.


Unfortunately last weekend, inclement weather added another negative to the racing scene for 2020.

Both Dodge City Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway were forced to cancel their Friday night programs due to Tropical Storm Fay moving up the coast.
Saturday saw Fonda Speedway also cancel early. Fortunately, it made a decision quickly that afternoon to race on Wednesday.

Rain also played havoc with racing in other states, as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race was also cut short at Kentucky Speedway. Stewart Friesen of Sprakers had to settle for a 15th-place finish. Friesen’s Halmar International Racing team had just made some adjustments to the No. 52 Toyota Tundra and was hoping to move forward when the event was called complete.

Friesen would have missed tonight’s event at Fonda as he is scheduled again to compete in the truck series. This time, he will be in Texas.

The weather cleared up enough on Sunday to allow Glen Ridge Motorsports Park to get in a complete show. Making the night even more exciting was the opportunity for drivers to earn double points. Bill August scored his first win in the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman 30-lap feature. Completing the top five were Joe Orlando, Cody Ochs, Scott McCoy and Andrew Buff.

The Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar pro stock division also had a new winner. Fultonville’s Ivan Joslin has been struggling in 2020. For Joslin, it has been a season of no luck or bad luck.

He finally was able to shake free of that as he claimed his first win at Glen Ridge in 2020. Rounding out the top five were Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt and Andy Graves.

In the 20-lap limited sportsman feature Pete Lorenzo III scored his first win of the season over Troy Zilles, Garrett Poland, Jamers Venditti and Shane Larman.

Matt Mosher scored the 15-lap street stock feature victory over Jason Barrett, Damon Anderson, James Dellea and Ken Allen.

In the mini-stock feature, Ray Young won the single-cam division, and Josh Kane took the dual-cam division.

The Northeast Paving & Seal Coating Slingshot features were won by Nick Auspelmyer in the senior division and Frank Twing Jr. in the junior division.

Also racing on Sunday was Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont, where the crate modified division had everyone on the edge of their seat as Adam Pierson made a late race pass on Kenny Tremont Jr. to claim the 30-lap feature. Tanner Siemons, John St. Germain and Bobby Hackel completed the top five.

Fonda’s One Wild Wednesday presented just that. A couple of high-paying mid-week races drew a number of outsiders.

The main attraction was the 15th annual Hondo Classic for the Algonkin Motel pro stocks. A 29-lap feature dedicated to the late Hondo Carpenter. Nick Stone claimed his fifth. Hondo, which also was his 50th pro stock win at the Track of Champions. Following Stone to the finish were Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, and Coonradt.

Heat race winners were Stone, Horning, Gates and Randy Cosselman. Jason Morrison won the consolation race.

The win for Stone also tied him for third place with Kenny Martin Jr. on the all time win list.

Friesen remains unbeaten in the Sunoco modified division this year as he was victorious in the 30-lap feature. Fonda non-regulars Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight filled the podium spots, with Josh Hohenforst and Dave Constantino completing the top five.

Heat race winner’s were Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen and Hohenforst.

The win for Stewart Friesen tied him for fourth place with Bobby Varin at 65 modified victories.

Brian Calabrese scored the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel 602 sportsman feature. Rounding out the top five were Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle and Joe Williams.

Heat race winner’s were Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards and Scavia.

The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich is running a limited schedule this month as a trial. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Its latest exhibit is titled a Tribute to Tractors. Please call at 607-334-2886 with any questions.

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