RACING AROUND: Fonda set to host meet and greet

If Mother Nature cooperates Saturday, a popular event will return to the track at Fonda Speedway — The Meet and Greet.

Many of the drivers will bring their cars onto the front stretch following 5:45 p.m. hot laps session and the gate in front of the grandstand will be open so fans can talk with the drivers, get autographs and, in past events, get souvenirs and/or candy from the drivers.

Of course, use your judgement, there will be a lot of people in a small area. Even with many COVID-19 restrictions lifted, play it safe.

Don’t crowd and if it will make you feel more confident, wear a mask.

General admission for Fan Appreciation Night will be $5 and Bug Country will be broadcasting live from the fairgrounds from 3 to 5 p.m.

It will also be fan appreciation night at Utica-Rome Speedway on Friday with $5 general admission.

Tailgate for a cause

On July 31 there will be a special pre-race event on Autism Awareness Night at Fonda Speedway that has been dubbed Tailgate for a Cause.

A chicken barbecue will take place at the fairground’s entertainment building (next to the Fonda Speedway Museum) from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be a bounce house, ice cream, raffles and music at the event to benefit Crossroads Center for Children.

Tickets are available at the OneZee Tees merchandise trailer behind the grandstand on Saturday nights or by contacting [email protected]

Hondo Classic

The annual Hondo Classic for the pro stock division continues to be a premier event on the racing calendar at Fonda Speedway.

Last Saturday’s event was no exception.

The pits were filled with 29 pro stocks to battle for the prestigious victory, with “Cousin Luke” Horning coming away with his first win in the event.

Congratulations and thank you to event organizers Kelley and Kaitlyn Keefe for their hard work to honor our friend, Hondo Carpenter who died in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005.

Tobias Slingshot Series

The Slingshot by Tobias Empire Series returns to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park this Sunday along with a full regular race card on tap.

Racing is slated to get underway with hot laps scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Stone doubles up

Nick Stone pulled off an unusual feat Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Stone won his second-straight pro stock feature at the track and also picked up the victory in the limited sportsman main event.

Stone was behind the wheel of a Jake Spraker-owned sportsman for the Short Track Super Series event at Fonda Speedway on July 4 and continued to pilot the 1J to victory last week.

Bloomsburg debut

The STSS made its debut at the Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in Bloomsburg, Pa., with Jeff Strunk picking up the victory in a rain-shortened event that was halted on lap 29 on Wednesday.

Anthony Perrego was second, followed by Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard and Ryan Krachun. Stewart Friesen finished 13th after starting 21st in the 27-car field.

By Paul Wager