Three years ago, the Lucas Oil Late Models made a successful debut at Fonda Speedway with Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist on the roster.
The touring series was on the schedule at the Track of Champions in 2012 but rain and a full schedule forced the show to be cancelled. The track management again tried to schedule the popular series this year, but logistics made it difficult.
Instead, the World of Outlaws Late Models will make their first trip to Fonda Speedway on Wednesday with some drivers local fans already know.
Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker and Tim Fuller may have an edge over the competition as they have plenty of experience racing and winning at Fonda in the modifieds. I also would not be surprised to see Vic Coffey return to the speedway for the event.
McCreadie, who has a pair of big block wins to his credit at Fonda, has a pair of WoO wins this year, with the last one coming just two races ago at Delaware International Speedway. McCreadie and Fuller have run all 18 points races so far. Fuller is currently fifth in the points battle, while T-Mac is sixth.
Stewart Friesen fans will get a bonus as 2012 Fonda Speedway modified track champion has lined up a ride in a second late model out of the Chub Frank stable.
World of Outlaws officials confirmed the top 11 in points - Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, Fuller, McCreadie, Eric Wells, Chub Frank, Bub McCool, Morgan Bagley and Clint Smith - are scheduled to race Wednesday. Clanton and Lanigan, the defending series champion, lead the group with four wins apiece, while Richards has three.
On a side note, the event also will have special meaning for World of Outlaws LMS Director Tim Christman. His father, Ray Christman, was the flagger at Fonda Speedway in the early 1970s.
The sad news spread quickly around Fonda Speedway on Saturday that Bill Anagnostopulos, owner of the Winner's Circle Restaurant, had died earlier that night.
Bill was a friend and a major supporter of racing in the area. He often put up bonus money for dashes in the sprint car events at Fonda Speedway, put sponsorship on cars and catered the VIP booth at Fonda. He also was the man behind the bar cracking jokes and carrying on conversations at his restaurant as the drivers unwound after a night of racing.
There are plenty of stories and memories to go around of Bill, but no words can ever express the loss felt by so many.
Condolences to the Anagnostopulos family and rest in peace Bill.