Fonda Speedway gears up for 2022 racing season

After a season-long battle, modified drivers Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Warner finished the 2021 season tied for the Fonda Speedway modified track championship.

Both wheelmen have set their sights on defending, but not sharing, their track championships this season. Warner and Johnson debuted new cars, sponsors and equipment at the Rotterdam Harbor Road Mall on Friday at the annual Fonda Speedway Car Show.

The annual event kicks off the 71st consecutive season of racing at the venerable half-mile clay oval at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

“I say that every week: Some of the best races throughout the Northeast happens at Fonda Speedway on Saturday night,” said Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo. “The track itself is so unique, honestly, it’s amazing how well the race is. Fonda is called the ‘Tennis Champions’ for a reason. . . I think Night Championship 2021 will be remembered as one of the most nights’ electrical in the history of the Fonda Speedway racing, the crowd, the atmosphere, and Modified championship eliminator remarkable fact. “

In its fourth season of promoting Fonda Speedway, BD Motorsports Media LLC has put together a weekly show featuring modified, box 602 sportsman, limited sportsman, pro stock and four-cylinder.

Cars Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS), CRSA, ESS and Patriot Sprint Cars will make special appearances at the racetrack throughout the season with prestigious races extra distance will start with 40 turns and $ 12,000 for ganarJack Johnson Memorial Montgomery County on April 23 and ending with Fonda 200 to win $ 53,000 on September 17.

With the recent increase in gas and food prices, Deyo has tried to keep racing affordable for fans and race teams.

“It can be a boost for local competition. One of the few places in this country right now is Fonda Speedway without inflation, “he said. “Our grandstand admission is still $ 11 and families can take advantage of that for Local cheap night. On the equipment side race, runners seem to always find a way. local races persevere. Honestly, special events will have to be ‘special’ with strong payments through the field if they are to succeed. There are almost too many events during the week in the Northeast at this time and this year can thin some out. “

Towards the end of the 2021 season, the racing and track teams were faced with a new problem – a shortage of race tyres. The problems have not gone away.

“Conserving tires will be key this year for both American and Hoosier corridor,” Deyo said. “Just this weekend big sprint car event in Texas and a drawer event of the latest models in Louisiana were canceled due to lack of tires. We will all have to do our part: Distributors, promoters and brokers. Not only tires, is the engine parts and the lack of availability, too. problems of supply chain plaguing our sport throughout the season. “

The cars will take to the circuit for open practice for all divisions on April 10 with the season opener scheduled for April 16.

Some notable changes will be made to the Track of Champions throughout the season to improve the racing experience for fans and drivers.

“We are going to work to replace lighting throughout the season with LED luminaires and light bulbs with the support of the [Fonda] Fair Board, “Deyo said. “This will be an ongoing project until 2022. For now, I’ll take care of career direction as we search for the right candidate. That position is one of the most important on the track and should fit perfectly. “

The car show continues on Sunday during mall hours with over 50 drivers and their cars on hand. Tables have been set up with schedules, clothing and information for drivers and fans, including season passes for the grandstand and pit area.

Dirt Mohawk Valley Vintage Modified Series is represented in the “dead period” representing the many periods of our past racing the 1950s to the late 80s, along with representatives from the hand of the Association of Stock Car State of New York and Northeast Old Car Timers.


Weekly Divisions: Modified 602 Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and four cylinders

The weekly Grandstand entry: $11 (adults); $9 (seniors 65 and up); Free (children under 11 years). Increases for special events as noted.

Weekly Pit Admission: $ 30 (nembers Fonda Speedway); $ 35 (non-members). Increases for special events as noted

Weekly schedule: Open Door 4 pm; hot laps 18:00; races 19:00 (Unless otherwise indicated)

Calendar of events April: Doors open at 3 pm; 5:30 pm Hot laps; races 6 p.m.

racing calendar

Closed Saturday, April 9: open practice (Rain Date: April 10). Doors Open: Noon – Hot Laps: 3-6 p.m. Pit Admission: $25 (Fonda Speedway members) or $30 (non-members)

Saturday April 16: Palmer Service Center Opening Night – All Divisions (Points Begin)

Saturday 23 April: Andy’s Speed Shop presents Jack Johnson Memorial Montgomery County Open: $ 12,000 to win modified sail panels, 40 laps (25 points presentation Unmodified), all divisions over Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series.

Saturday, April 30: Pro Stocks $ 1,000 to win – All divisions

Saturday 7 May: Dollar Night – Entrance to the stands of $ 1 – All divisions

Saturday, May 14: Oil Empire Super Sprints Lucas (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars – All divisions

Saturday, May 21: All divisions over Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

Saturday May 28: Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified $4,000 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win, Pro Stocks $1,000 to win – All Divisions

Saturday June 4: All Divisions plus CRSA Sprint Cars

Saturday, June 11 – Bill Lake Modular Homes Presents Fan Appreciation Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – Pre-Race Meet & Greet – All Divisions Plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series – NYSSCA Night

Saturday, June 18: Dirt Track Digest TV Night – Bill Ag One-on-One Match Races – All Divisions

Saturday, June 25: A-Verdi Storage Containers Night – Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Cars – All Divisions

Saturday, July 2: Hall of Fame Night – Thunder on the Thruway Series Modifieds $4,000 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win, Pro Stocks $1,000 to win – All Divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

Sunday, July 3: Firecracker 50 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Powered by Sunoco Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win, $500 to start plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 30 laps, $2,000 to win (25 entry points, both divisions) – Huge fireworks display

Closed Saturday, July 9: Fan Appreciation Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – Drawer 602 Sportsman Racing Challenge

Saturday, July 16: One Zee Tees and AIM Autism Present Autism Awareness Night: Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified $4,000 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win, Pro Stocks $1,000 to win: Chicken BBQ pre-race and silent auction

Saturday July 23: “Fan Favorite” Modified Twin 20s $1,500 to Win Each – All Divisions – No increase in admission

Saturday July 30 – Night Business Park – All divisions more CRSA Sprint Cars

Saturday, August 6: Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars – All divisions

Saturday, August 13: Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night – All Divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series


Thursday, September 15: Modified ‘Underdog 33’ Non-Winners Race – Open Practice, All Divisions

Friday, September 16: STSS Modified Qualifying Races, CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($500 to win), and Four Cylinders

Closed Saturday, September 17: STSS Modified Fonda 200 $53,000 to win, STSS Modified B-red and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 30 laps, $2,000 to win!