RJ CLAIMS FEATURE WIN AND SECOND CAREER CHAMPIONSHIP AT FONDA - MCAULIFFE DISQUALIFIED FROM SPORTSMAN WIN FOR REFUSING TO PULL HIS MOTOR
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The hype and pressure of “Championship night” were evident at Fonda on Saturday evening with drivers in the point battle looking to put an exclamation point on the 2016 season with a championship. Coming in to the night, Rocky Warner (sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), and Josh Coonradt (street stock) had already sewed up their track championships but the other divisions were close enough that anything could happen.

At the completion of the 50-lap, $2,527 to win Harry Peek Tribute feature event it was Ronnie Johnson who not only claimed the feature win but also his second career championship after winning it back in 2011. The win and championship came in the Jake & Nancy Spraker owned #1RJ who also were the car owners of the sportsman track championship car driven by Rocky Warner.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this Jake & Nancy Spraker owned race team,” Johnson told Paul Szmal in victory lane while celebrating the feature win and the championship. “My crew worked hard on this car all week and Jake & Nancy have rejuvenated my career and gave me everything I could ever ask for so I didn’t want to let anyone down.”

Other winners on Saturday evening at Fonda were Brian Calabrese (sportsman), David Manchester (rookie sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), and Josh Coonradt (street stock).

Celebrating championships for 2016 besides Johnson were Rocky Warner who is now a three time champion in the sportsman division with three consecutive championships coming in 2014, 2015, & 2016; David Manchester who was a first time champion in the rookie sportsman division in 2016, Kenny Gates who is now a five time champion with championships in 2004, co-champion in 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2016; and Josh Coonradt who was a first time champion in 2016.

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FONDA SPEEDWAY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HARRY PEEK THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Harry Peek was known as the perfect gentleman, but quite a racer who was known for his “Patented Peek Charge” as described in a story below written in the book FONDA! when it was published and printed in 2002. Peek’s racecars were beautifully kept as I recall as a kid growing up at the “Track of Champions” and were always among one of, if not the best looking racecars at the track.

His win total in the late model division, which is where he started his racing career, was 23, which included a track championship in 1969. In the modified division at Fonda over his career he compiled a total of 21 feature wins in eight winning seasons, his first win coming on August 15, 1970 and his last on April 27, 1985 to go along with four track championships in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976.

As always, the Fonda Speedway museum will be open at 3:00 p.m. so come early, tour the museum, and check out all of the memorabilia about the history of the “Track of Champions” and the tribute driver of the night Harry Peek.

As the management of the Fonda Speedway pays tribute to Peek this Saturday, August 20 at the “Track of Champions”, which he was one of the drivers who gave that name to the legendary Montgomery County Fairgrounds track, below is a story that was written in the book FONDA! with quotes about Harry from his wife Sue Peek.

As always thanks to all those who contributed to the book FONDA! for their information used in this press release.

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TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ALL DIVISIONS ON THE LINE AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY ON HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 20 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the 2016 track champions will be crowned in all divisions on Harry Peek Tribute Night. Highlighting the racing card which will feature all divisions in action will be a 50-lap feature event for the modifieds paying $2527 to win!

As always, the Fonda Speedway museum will be open at 3:00 p.m. so come early, tour the museum, and check out all of the memorabilia about the history of the “Track of Champions” and the tribute driver of the night Harry Peek.

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$9,500 ON THE LINE FOR MODIFIED DRIVERS AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 13th at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway the modified, A-Verdi sportsman, and pro stock drivers will all compete in three 20-lap main events with bonus money on the line for each division. If one modified driver can win all three of the “Triple 20” feature events, they will be awarded with the STR Trailer $5,000 bonus along with $1,500 to win each segment for a grand total of $9,500!

Demitraszek Enterprises would like to thank STR Trailer owner Mike Sowle for sponsoring the $5,000 bonus to win all three events and there will also be bonus money on the line for drivers in the A-Verdi sportsman and pro stock divisions as well. A-Verdi is the proud sponsor of the sportsman division at both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway and the management of both tracks would like to thank them for their support as well during the 2016-racing season.

STR Trailer is also sponsoring the STR Trailer Repair Series, a combined point series between both the Glen Ridge and Fonda A-Verdi sportsman divisions. At the end of the season banquet, STR will pay the winner of the $12,711.00 point fund a HEFTY $7,711.00! The series is for the top 15 drivers in the combined point standings for both tracks who will all receive $$ at the end of the 2016 racing season.

“This point fund was developed between the Glen Ridge and Fonda Speedways to reward the drivers who participate weekly at both tracks,” stated Mike Sowle president of his Glen, NY business STR Trailer Repair in a press release earlier this year. “STR is putting up $10,711.00 and the tracks are putting in $1,000.00 from each speedway. This point fund is in addition to the regular Glen Ridge and Fonda point funds which are derived from 50/50 ticket sales as well as any sanctioning series point funds and will be paid out to the top 15 cars in the series.”

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SHEPPARD WINS JACK JOHNSON TRIBUTE RACE AT FONDA
 

By JAMES A. ELLIS

The Leader-Herald

FONDA — For the majority of Wednesday's Jack Johnson Tribute Night main event, Matt Sheppard could catch race-leader Stewart Friesen but could not find a way past.

That all changed with 10 laps to go.

The caution flew for Bobby Varin who slowed with a flat right front tire. On the restart, Sheppard made a strong big for the lead. The modified pilot out of Waterloo swung wide entering turn one and dove to the bottom of the speedway and slid up in front of Friesen exiting turn two to take the lead.

From there Sheppard cruised to pick up the win in the 60-lap, $5,000-to-win Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco event honoring 11-time Fonda Speedway champion Jumpin' Jack Johnson.

"Once we got out front I knew we were OK but I just didn't know if we would ever get there," Sheppard said in Victory Lane. "I think I was better on the top and the bottom but catching him [Friesen} and passing him are two different things. I kept working him and working him. Finally on that restart we were able to get that crossover and get the lead."

In the companion features on the night, "Cousin" Luke Horning took the field from green-to-checkers to win the 20-lap pro stock main event, while Rob VanAernam rallied to get his first win of the season in the 15-lap street stock feature.

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