Racing Around: Rain shuffles schedule at Fonda

Rain may have wiped out the local race program last weekend but it has led to some creative promoting.

For the second time this season, rain ended the race program at Fonda Speedway early. This time knocking out the Bill Ag Elimination Match Races for the Sunoco Modifieds.

The event has now been put on the June 29 race card as a companion to the 14th Annual Hondo Carpenter Classic for the Algonkin Pro Stocks. Also during the Hondo, the Friers family has offered a bonus on the 11th lap in memory of Steve Bidwell. The leader will receive $61 and the 11th-place car on lap 11 will receive $50.

The School House Pools sponsored night will also include the Sunoco modifieds, Swagger Factory 602 crate sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. limited sportsman and the Trackside Body Works street stocks.

Making the program even sweeter, promoter Brett Deyo had dropped the general admission price for the program to $5.

Deyo also announced that the wristbands from last Saturday can be used as rainchecks for any of the next four regular $11 general admission race programs.

This Saturday night the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds are on the program and will honor former Fonda Speedway competitor “The Rock City Falls Rocket” Jack Cottrell with an autograph session at the Fonda Speedway Museum starting at 3:30 p.m.

Rain also forced the postponement of racing at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park on a night when the Wingless Racers Alliance, the Jason Morrison Memorial 20-lap feature for the 602 crate modifieds and an on-track Meet and Greet were on tap. The wingless sprint cars and the Meet and Greet have been rescheduled for July 14.

The Morrison Memorial will be run this Sunday as part of the night with the sponsored by Palmer’s Service Center featuring the big block and small block modifieds.

The Morrison Memorial has received donations of more than $2,425 and will guarantee $900 to the winner.

Utica-Rome Speedway was rained out, again, last week and will now host the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event with $500 to take the green.

The 50-lap distance is a first of its kind at Utica-Rome Speedway. As a result of the extra distance, a break will be required midway through the race. The cars will stop on the frontstretch for a 10-minute break to refuel, change tires and make any changes.

Sprint cars are also on the schedule for Utica-Rome when Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions comes to town July 12. The program also will feature a $12,000-to-win modified event.

Friesen wins at Outlaw

Stewart Friesen picked up the victory over Erick Rudolph and Mat Williamson in the Short Track Super Series 50-lap Outlaw Showdown Wednesday at Outlaw Speedway.

Supercross rescheduled

A late-day downpour forced the postponement of Wednesday’s Monster Energy Drink Supercross event Wednesday at Royal Mountain Ski Area.

Royal has rescheduled the event to July 26. The regularly scheduled Supercross program will resume Wednesday night.

Royal will host a 2-day CNYMRA motocross event July 6 and 7 with the annual Hillclimb scheduled for July 14.

By Paul Wager

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