Racing Around: Busy week slated for area tracks

Other than the season-ending Thunder Along The Mohawk weekend, this week has to be considered one of the highlights of the 2017 racing season at Fonda Speedway.

The week kicks off Saturday with the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at the Fonda Speedway Museum.

This year’s inductees include drivers Jerry Cook, Earl Mewhorter, Jim Luke, John Constantino, John Kollar and Keith Tesiero Sr.; car owners Jim Magielda, Jake Spraker and R.C. Putman; track personnel Clancy Miller; and track contributor Warren Roosevelt Sr.

The 2017 Fonda Museum “Bill Fake Pioneer Award” will be presented to Frank Trinkaus while the second annual “Bruce Dostal Dedication to Fonda Speedway Museum Award” will go to Frank Blanchard and Corey White.

The Late Model Reunion is also on tap Saturday along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series joining the regular race program.

Then the action moves along to Wednesday night with the Third Annual Jack Johnson Tribute Night featuring a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event for the modifieds. The race honors Jumpin’ Jack Johnson who tops the modified win list at the Track of Champions with 149 big block modified victories and 11 track championships. Johnson’s career was cut short after he was diagnosed with ALS.

That is not the only big race on the night as the 30-lap, $675-plus to win Hondo Classic for pro stocks that was postponed from July 1 also is on the race card along with a 30 green flag lap GRIT Series sportsman feature event paying $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag.

General admission for the grandstand on Wednesday will be $20. Children 10-and-younger will cost $5 and if you wear orange in honor of Jack’s famous orange No. 12A, there is a $2 discount off the grandstand admission. Pit admission with a license will be $30 and $35 without a license.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. while grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. Warm-ups are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with the first heat race taking to the track at 7:15 p.m.

Racing then returns next Saturday with kiddie rides added to the race program.

Drivers step up to help

If you want to see some of top area drivers return to their racing roots or take a shot at something new, next Thursday an all-star lineup will jump into cage karts for a special fundraiser benefitting Melody Center for Children at Albany Medical Center hosted by Caroga Creek Speedway in Ephratah.

The lineup is one that any track promoter would be proud to have on any given night including Andy Bachetti, Justin Boehler, Pep Corradi, Matt DeLorenzo, Chad Edwards, Keith Flach, Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Marc Johnson, Mike Perrotte, Otto Sitterly, Jeff Trombley, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Rocky Warner and Jeremy Wilder.

Add to that a list of drivers tabbed the “Dirty Dozen” who are expected to be on hand including C.D. Coville, Mike Dwyer, Jack Farquhar, Kenny Hanson, Jim Johnson Jr., Bill Kollar, Dave Lape, Ted Luft, Alton Palmer, Andy Romano, Bob Sitterly, and Bob Weaver.

Gates to the speedway will open at 3 p.m. for any early arrivals with general admission tickets for adults 13-and-older $20. Students ages 5-to-12 will cost $10. and all children 4-and-younger admitted free.

There will be a drivers meeting at 5:30 pm followed by introduction of drivers and guests at 5:45 pm. Then at 6 p.m. the track will open up for a practice session for all three divisions – Junior 2 Turquoise, Stock Heavy and Wing Champ — followed by qualifying and for the three features slated to get underway around 8:30 p.m.

Pit notes

Due to a previous commitment for the facility, there will be no racing this Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway is “Stan da Man Event” in honor of Stan DeVore with the feature event for the modifieds, sportsman, limited sports and pro stocks going 32-laps and lap sponsorships for most of the divisions will be sold for $32 a lap with the leader on that lap receiving the money.

By Paul Wager

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