Fonda hopes to open its 71st season on Saturday – The Daily Gazette

A very wet racing surface may have forced the cancellation of a couple of practice sessions at Fonda Speedway, but it has done nothing to dampen prospects for next season at the Track of Champions.

On Saturday, weather permitting, Fonda Speedway will open for its 71st season of competition, with all weekly classes opening the battle for points for the track championships.

“We want to make sure we start the season off on the right foot,” Fonda promoter Brett Deyo said in a news release Tuesday. “The track crew worked to get the team to the surface and it’s still very, very wet. The best thing for everyone is to disconnect and wait for a drying time”.

Things will get rolling earlier than normal at Palmer Service Center Opening Night.

The pit doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for technical inspection. Pits will clear at 2:30 pm for teams to purchase their overnight passes. Pits will reopen at 3 p.m. Cars will take to the tracks at 5:30 p.m. for fast laps before the first heat race of the season takes to the green at 6:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for the husband-and-wife race team of Stewart and Jessica Friesen on Saturday, you’ll have to turn on the television.

The Friesens will use their talents to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dirt road race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Friday’s truck practices will air on FS1 at 3:05 and 5:35 p.m. at 7pm

The 150 lap truck show is scheduled to air on FS1 at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

MALTA OPENER

Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle DeVore had hoped the season would start on April 1, but had to cancel due to weather. Then last Friday’s practice session was postponed to Sunday, a nice move that allowed the cars to hit the track for the first time this year.

On Friday, Great Race Place will open its doors for its 57th season of racing with a modified 57-lap, $6,500 to win feature. Bart Contracting, one of the night’s sponsors, has offered bonuses of $200 for a heat race win, $300 for the most places earned in the show and an additional $500 if the winner of the show starts in 15th place or further back.

The sports and professional divisions are also on the racing list, battling it out for the $1,000 main events to win.

Just in case, a rain date has been scheduled for Sunday.

OPENING DAYS

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park decided not to battle the early-season rains that have plagued the track in the past. Instead, The Ridge has scheduled its season opener for May 1.

Fans will benefit from opening Sunday night as The Main with the Red Chair will treat fans to $1 hot dogs, and Jay Fitzgerald Racing and Classic Muscle Parts will provide free popcorn for all.

It should be noted that the Glen Ridge Facebook page has been hacked, so a new one has been created. Fans are now asked to visit www.facebook.com/theglenridgemp to stay up to date with the latest news and scores.

Utica-Rome Speedway will hold an open practice for all divisions next Saturday before its

April 29 season opening.

Headlining the show will be the inaugural 30-lap, $6,800 to win “Honoring Alex” for Mods. The race is a tribute to the late Alex Friesen, who promoted several racing facilities and passed away in December 1996.

The Monster Truck Racing League’s “Monster Truck Madness” will visit Utica-Rome on

September 10-11.

RACING RETURNS TO ROYAL

The snow is barely off the slopes and Jake Tennis and his team are already working to prepare Royal Mountain for their successful motocross and supercross seasons.

Royal will host its first race of the season on Memorial Day weekend, welcoming the Central New York Riders Motocross Association for a two-day event.

The popular weekly Wednesday night supercross season kicks off on June 1.

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