Story By: BRETT DEYO / FONDA SPEEDWAY – FONDA, NY – Since 1953, the legendary Fonda Speedway has played host to the Northeast’s most talented competitors and passionate fans.
For 2019, the ‘Track of Champions’ is poised for a return to prominence.
With a new management team under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, Fonda Speedway launches into the ’19 campaign with reduced admission, special events and larger purse structures. It’s truly a ‘win-win-win’ for supporters of the Montgomery County half-mile track.
Admission for Adults has been rolled back to $11 for weekly Saturday night events in ’19. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.
New for ’19 is the Fonda Speedway ‘Dollar Day’ scheduled for May 18 offering $1 admission into the grandstands. This event will feature all classes including the Modifieds.
All Fonda divisions will race for more money in ’19. The Modifieds will compete for $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to start weekly, a pay structure that totals $12,775.
Crate 602 Sportsman now battle for a $700 top prize minimum and $100 to take the green. But it gets better: on 10 Saturday nights during the season, Eric Orozco Racing has risen the stakes, offering $1,000 to win.
Both the Modified and Sportsman competitors will be eligible to participate in the lucrative American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco program which distributes $51,450 cash and hundreds of tire certificates annually to teams competing at American Racer tracks across the Northeast.
Pro Stocks race for $500 weekly and a boosted $75 to start.
Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers will all be paid throughout the field in the ’19 season.
For the first time ever, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco invades Fonda Speedway with the $10,000-to-win ‘Firecracker 50’ on Wednesday, July 3. This event will have promotional support from John Lakata, who organized the wildly successful ‘Jack’ event at the track in 2015.
Also of note, the famed Fonda 200 makes its comeback for the first time since 2002. This three-day festival, planned for Sept. 26-28, will be highlighted by the $20,000-to-win ‘200’ for big-block/small-block Modifieds.
Open practice is planned for April 13, with Opening Night to follow on April 20.
A new Fonda Speedway website is live at www.thefondaspeedway.com. A Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy and the speedway is on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy. The Fonda Speedway office phone is 518.915.4395.
Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.