Story By: RON SZCZERBA / FONDA SPEEDWAY – FONDA, NY – Earlier this week on both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedway Facebook pages, a post appeared stating “IT’S EARLY, BUT WE’RE ALREADY WORKING ON THE 2024 SCHEDULES” for both the Fonda Speedway and the Utica-Rome Speedway.
First up, something new.
The wingless USAC East Coast Sprint Cars make their debut at both the Home of Heroes and Track of Champions on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.
According to information from their website, in 1955, the United States Auto Club sanctioning body was born. Since then, the club has grown to sanction a National 410 Series, West Coast 360 Series, Champ Cars, Quarter Midgets, Full Size Midgets, Pavement Sprint Cars, and more.
The wingless USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is run by husband and wife, Curt and Jenn Michael, and it debuted back in 2018 with an inaugural 10 race season. In 2023, the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capital Custom Trailers ran a 22 event schedule, stretching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia beginning in April and ending in October.
USAC-EC works in conjunction with winged 360 series, the United Racing Club, to give 360 car owners, teams, and drivers the best schedules possible.
The 2023 racing season for the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars didn’t start out too well as the opening event of the season at the Bridgeport Speedway on April 1 was rained out. The 22 event schedule suffered a total of seven rained out or postponed events while the series was able to get in a total of 15 events, ending at the Bridgeport Speedway on October 28.
The 15 events run were won by nine different drivers at a total of 11 different racetracks stretching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. Leading the way with three wins apiece were Kenny Miller III and Alex Bright while Steven Drevicki and Briggs Danner both had two feature wins apiece. Single event wins went to Joey Amantea, Tim Buckwalter, Carmen Perigo Jr., Preston Lattomas, and Mike Thompson.
By virtue of his runner up finish at the Bridgeport Speedway on October 28 and Steven Drevicki’s sixth place finish, Briggs Danner was crowned the 2023 Driver Champion while Hogue Racing was crowned the 2023 Owners Champion!