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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: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200RulesandProcedures.pdf
The Registration Form for Modifieds can be found here. Teams can save $50 on registration if entered by Sept. 7: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200ModifiedEntryForm.pdf
Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200Payout.pdf
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: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/
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 www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy 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