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FONDA, NY – Some of the sport’s most iconic names have put their name in the record books since the very first Fonda 200 was contested as a NASCAR Grand National event in 1955.

Only one driver has won it four times: Brett Hearn.

‘The Corporate Jet’ hopes to add a fifth ‘200’ victory to his resume at Fonda Speedway in 2019. The Fonda 200 returns to the Track of Champions Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28 with the largest purse structure ever offered at the half-mile track located just off New York State Thruway Exit 28.

$125,675, at minimum, will be offered to Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified competitors in the 200-lap event with $53,000 reserved for the winner.

Hearn broke through as a winner of the 200 for the first time in 1995. After the ’96 event fell to weather, Hearn recorded back-to-back triumphs in ’97 and ’98.

The most recent 200 took place 17 years ago in 2002. That marked Hearn’s fourth triumph in the prestigious event.

The Madsen Motorsports No. 20 operation has filed its entry for the revival of the 200 at the end of September.

Rules and Race Procedures for the 200 have been posted at the following link:

The Registration Form for Modifieds can be found here. Teams can save $50 on registration if entered by Sept. 7:

Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link:

Thursday (Sept. 26) is reserved for camper and trailer parking in addition to open practice for those seeking lap time on the famed Track of Champions layout.

Friday (Sept. 27) will include 15-lap qualifying races for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Patriot Sprint Tour with a full program plus a make-up feature event postponed by rain on May 25, Pro Stocks competing for $1,000 to win, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will be reserved for Modified Last Chance Qualifiers (15 laps each), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and the 200 finale.

Reserved grandstand tickets are available now and can be obtained by calling the speedway office at 518.915.4395 and leaving a message for Angela Hanson. Office hours for walk-up sales are posted on the speedway Facebook page as well.

A Fonda 200 information page can be found on the speedway website:

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda 200 History of Winners1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: ???

Thirty Cars Pre-Entered for $12,000 to Win NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (August 29, 2019) – Thirty cars have pre-entered for Saturday night’s 150-lap, $12,000 to win Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls back into Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway. 

Classic Weekend 2019 marks the fourth consecutive appearance by the Modified Tour, which returned to Oswego in 2016 after an absence spanning over two decades. The NWMT had held prior events at the Steel Palace in 1988 and 1989. 

Two of the three former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 champions will be in the field for Saturday’s event including Doug Coby along with last year’s race winner and area favorite; Matt Hirschman. 

Supermodified racing will be well represented as three current or former drivers; Rob Summers, Ron Silk, and of course Bobby Santos, who will pull double duty driving both the Sapienza Racing No. 36 and the Jeff West No. 1, have all pre-entered as well. 

Leading the NASCAR Modified contingent into the Port City are Coby, Justin Bonsignore, and Silk who sit one, two and three in a very tight points race with Bonsignore and Silk nodded up for second. These three drivers combine for ten of the eleven tour wins this season. 

Sitting four through ten in the points race are Craig Lutz, Eric Goodale, Patrick Emerling, Matt Swanson, Chris Pasteryak, Jimmy Blewett, and Woody Pitkat, who is the only other winner on the tour in 2019. 

Pitkat, who was originally scheduled to pilot the Jarod Zeitmann owned No. 82, has since parted ways with the team. Woody will now drive the Eddie Harvey owned No. 1 car, but will not be in attendance at Oswego. Meanwhile, Chase Dowling will fill the seat for Zeitmann. 

A handful of drivers on the roster should be very familiar to fans that follow Tour Modified racing in New York State. Brothers Timmy and Tommy Catalano are entered, and their mother Amy will also be in action piloting the Allie Brainard No. 184. 

In addition to the Catalano family, Tyler Rypkema and Calvin Carroll, two youngsters on the RoC Tour, have entered the event with their family owned machines sponsored by Nelorp and Power with Prestige. 

Saturday’s schedule will see hot laps begin at 1pm, the first NWMT practice at 1:35, ISMA time trials at 3:30, ISMA heat races at 4:15, NWMT qualifying at 5:00, the driver autograph session at 5:45, pre-race ceremonies at 6:00, and the first feature event at 7:00. 

Tickets for ‘Super Saturday’ of Classic Weekend, featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Jack Murphy Memorial Bud Light ISMA Supernationals 60 for Winged Supermodifieds, remain available by calling the track box office at (315)-342-0646. 

You can find a full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s entry list below. 

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Entry List – 4th annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s – Saturday, August 30:

01 – Melissa Fifield 

2 – Doug Coby 

3 – Matt Swanson 

5 – Kyle Ebersole 

06 – Samuel Ramueau 

07 – Patrick Emerling 

16 – Timmy Solomito 

18 – Ken Heagy 

21 – Chuck Hossfeld 

25 – Calvin Carroll 

32 – Tyler Rypkema 

33 – Wade Cole 

34 –  JB Fortin Jr. 

36 – Bobby Santos III 

38 – Kyle Ellwood 

45 – Timmy Catlano 

46 – Craig Lutz 

47 – Joey Mucciaciaro 

51 – Justin Bonsignore 

54 – Tommy Catalano 

58 – Eric Goodale 

60 – Matt Hirschman 

64 – Rob Summers 

75 – Chris Pasteryak 

77 – Gary Putnam 

78 – Walter Cutcliffe Jr. 

82 – Chase Dowling 

85 – Ron Silk 

184 – Amy Catalano 

214 – Blake Barney 

THe NASCAR WMT Returns to Riverhead Raceway for the BUZZ Chew Chevy Cadillac 200 July 6TH 2019

The last trip for the NASCAR WMT to Riverhead Raceway resulted in a long day and night dodging the rain drops and ended with one of the 8 wins for Justin Bonsignore on his way to the 2018 championship.

Finishing right behind Justin last September was fellow Long Islander Timmy Solomito who really wants to taste victory again and home cooking for the Islip NY driver might be what the doctor ordered.

This Saturday night the roar of the Modifieds return to Eastern Long Island with a strong field of 31 cars ready to go 200 laps around the shortest track they will visit all year.

Long time Sponsor Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac is back to support Riverhead Raceway and NASCAR’s oldest division. They have been a constant at the historic rt 58 oval for decades. Their name will also be on the #88 of rookie Mike Rutkoski making his first Riverhead NASCAR WMT start of his career.

The solid field will be led by Long Island based drivers who have won every event NASCAR WMT race going back to the June 2014 Hoosier Tire 200 won by Eric Goodale, since then Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito have won all the races with Justin holding a 5-3 edge over Timmy.

This year could be a different story, multi time champion Doug Coby is having a banner year and has been as strong as he has ever been in the Mayhew Tool #2. Craig Lutz looks strong every race and coming home to Long Island might get him his first win.

Local favorites Tom Rogers Jr could show all the invaders that its his track and after finishing second in the Islip 300 he would love to move up one spot and take the big money. John Fortin has had his best season in many years with his new LFR chassis and has been fast since opening night. While the 05 is listed as driver TBD, if its John Beatty he will be a stout competitor after taking the pole for the Islip 300 over the toughest field in history.

31 drivers will start the evening competing for the Mathew tools pole award and try to start from the front row at one of the toughest tracks to pass on the circuit. Blewett, Goodale, Silk, Pitkat, Swanson, Brunnhoelzl III, Emerling and a host of others will tighten the belts and try and take home the big cash from Long Island.

Take the Long Island Expressway, take a ferry, but come early and enjoy the day near the Long Island Hampton’s. Summer is here an the NASCAR WMT is back at the RT 58 Riverhead Raceway. 1/4 mile oval.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE Saturday July 6th : Garage Opens: 12:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:15-4:30 p.m., Qualifying: 6 p.m., Riverhead Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac 200: 8 p.m.

Entry List As of July 1st 2019

  Nbr Driver                   Owner CAR Crew Chief
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Jesse Prince   Crowells Towing
2 1   George Brunnhoelzl III   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavys
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano
4 3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   SYP Industries
5 05   TBA   Mark Mina Chevrolet   TBA   MSM Elite
6 06   Sam Rameau   Randy Rameau Chevrolet   Daniel Stebbins
7 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Sahlens
8 8   Roger Turbush   Pat Kennedy Toyota   TBA   Kennedy LI Realty
9 09   Tom Rogers,, Jr.   Sean Corsetti Chevrolet   Sean Corsetti   SGS Stoneworks
10 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
11 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   RB Enterprise
12 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood Restaurant
13 21   Jimmy Blewett   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   TBA   TBD
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Ford   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil / 1812 Auto
17 34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz   Golden Jalapeños Cafe
18 36   Frank Vigliarolo, Jr.   Judy Thilberg Dodge   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Racing
19 38   Kyle Ellwood   Linda Rodenbaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / 1812 Paint & Body
20 45   Timmy Catalano   Dave Catalano Chevrolet   Zach Reissner   Catalano Motorsports
21 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
22 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
23 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   Dave Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
24 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
25 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Russell Montgomery   Dell Electric / Lumiere Electric
26 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Cam McDermott   Dawleys Collision
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Avenue Materials
29 84   John Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   TBA   Johns Fuel Oil Inc / Triangle Pub
30 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuarts Automotive
31 88   Mike Rutkoski   Buzz Chew Chevrolet   Aaron Clifford   Buzz Chew Motorsports