Autism Awareness Night This Saturday At Fonda Speedway; Thunder On The Thruway Series Event

Story By: RON SZCZERBA / FONDA SPEEDWAY – FONDA, NY – On Saturday, July 16 the Fonda Speedway hosts the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race mini-series between the Fonda and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedways.

The Sunoco Modifieds will race 30-laps and a $4,000 payday on Saturday while the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman will compete in a 25-lap $1,500 to win feature event, and the Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in a 20-lap $1,000 to win feature event.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders will also be in action. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Before the racing action begins there will be a “Tailgate for the Cause” event as AIM Autism and One Zee Tees presents Autism Awareness Night. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. there will be events including a $15 chicken dinner, raffles of various items, music, a bounce house for the kids, a dunk tank, and more with all proceeds benefitting the Crossroads Center for Children.

The Crossroads Center for Children holds a special place in Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s hearts as their son Parker attended the center after he was diagnosed with Autism. This will be the third benefit for the organization held at the Fonda Speedway and organized by the Friesen’s, the first two were a huge success as this one promises to be as well.

So far in 2022 there have been four events held in the series, two races at each track, with Stewart Friesen and Matt DeLorenzo winning Modified evets at the Fonda Speedway while Matt Sheppard and Friesen won the two Modified events at Utica Rome. Cody Clark won both Crate 602 Sportsman events held at Fonda while Payton Talbot and Matt Janczuk won the two events at Utica Rome. Nick Stone has won all four of the events in the Pro Stock division, two at each track.

The current point standings in the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series show Alex Yankowski leading the Modified division points by 17 points over Ronnie Johnson, Talbot leading the Crate 602 Sportsman division points by 12 points over Clark and Chad Edwards who are currently tied for the second position, and Stone leading the Pro Stock division points by 32 points over Beau Ballard.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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