DRIVER MEET & GREET AND CRSA SPRINTS ON TAP THIS SATURDAY AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THE TRACK OF CHAMPIONS!
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – After an exciting opening event to the 2018 racing season last week the “Track of Champions,” Fonda Speedway now moves into its second week of racing action with a special racing program consisting of the CRSA Sprint cars along with all other regular divisions including the modifieds, sportsman, pro stock and street stocks. There will also be a Meet & Greet giving the fans a chance to see their favorite drivers up close and personal.
The Meet & Greet will be held on the front straightaway prior to the heat races scheduled to go off between 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. pending the meet and greet. Grandstand adult admission is $14.00 with seniors 65 and older and military $12.00. Pit Admission with a license is $30.00 and $35 without a license. Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. while grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. The grandstand gates will also be open until 3:00 p.m. for blankets to be laid down in the grandstands.
Last Saturday evening on opening night, Stewart Friesen captured his 48th career victory at the historic fairgrounds track in his DKM Cyclone chassis #44, tying him for seventh on the all-time win list with Mike Romano. Friesen’s first win ever win at Fonda came back on 7/27/2010. Nick Scavia was the sportsman feature winner on opening night after winning for the second time in his career at Fonda while Kenny Gates continued his success in the pro stock division with his 73rd career win. Cliff Haslun proved that his second place finish in points last season was no fluke and captured his fourth career Fonda Speedway win.
A bit of history was also made when 12 year old Derrick McGrew Jr., who was racing in his first ever actual stock car race, led every lap of the limited sportsman feature for his first career win at the “Track of Champions”. With experience in both Go-Karts and Slingshots the youngster looked good in his debut and joins his father Derrick McGrew as a feature winner at Fonda as Derrick McGrew Sr. has one victory in both the “open” sportsman and “crate” sportsman divisions at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.
The CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will be making their 17th appearance at Fonda in their history with a total of 10 different winning drivers winning the previous events. Danny Varin leads the way with four victories while Josh Pieniazek, Cory Sparks, and Kyle Smith all have two victories at Fonda. Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, Mike Kiser, and Brett Jaycox all have one career win at Fonda.
The Meet & Greet is a great time for fans to go down on the front straightaway to meet their favorite drivers and their crews, see the race cars up close, and get an autograph or a picture or both! A definite special moment for young fans who get to meet the drivers they admire, their heroes perhaps, that compete at Fonda on a weekly basis.
For more information on about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.newfondaspeedway.com and also like them on Facebook!