Fonda Speedway’s Annual Car Show A Success; Practice Set To Get Green Flag April 9th
Story By: RON SZCZERBA / FONDA SPEEDWAY – FONDA, NY – On Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway held their annual car show at the ViaPort Rotterdam Mall.
A total of fifty-eight race cars, Go-Karts and Slingshots were on display, giving fans plenty to look at as everyone looks forward to the 71st consecutive season of racing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.
The looks on the kid’s faces as drivers handed them a picture of their race car was special as each driver may have gained a new fan out of the exchange.
Four booths were set up at the car show, one by the Fonda Speedway offering schedules, season grandstand passes, season pit area passes, and information regarding the 2022 racing season. Also set up at the show were track photographers Jeff Karabin and Brittany Nelson of JK Signworks & Photography, Michael Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel, the Northeast Stock Car Old Timers (NESCOT), and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) who had an area set up called “Vintage Alley” representing the many eras of our racing past from the 1950’s up to the late 80’s with nine beautiful cars.
New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) memberships were also available at the MVVDMS booth or from NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who was on hand at the car show. The Utica Rome Speedway, which is managed by BD Motorsports Media just as the Fonda Speedway is, had schedules and information available at the show as well.
All the 2021 Fonda Speedway Track Champions were on display with their race cars including Sunoco Modified Co-Champions Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Warner, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Champion Chad Edwards, Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Champion Nick Stone, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Champion Carter Gibbons, Fonda Fair Single Overhead Cam Champion Ken Hollenback, and Fonda Fair Dual Overhead Cam Champion Slappy White.
The first green flag of the 2022 season will fly at the “Track of Champions” on Saturday, April 9 with an open practice session from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The rain date for the open practice, if necessary, will be on Sunday, April 10.
Opening Day for the 71st consecutive season of competition at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be on Saturday, April 16 as Carole and Alton Palmer of Palmer’s Service Center presents all regular divisions in action with points beginning for all divisions. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:00 p.m.
In the history of the Fonda Speedway there have been thirty-four different drivers who have won features on opening day in the 70-year history of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track. Who will the winner be on opening day 2022?