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BBL Racing Coming ‘Home Again’ to Fonda Speedway; Brian Gleason Plans Full Weekly Schedule, Matt DeLorenzo Semi-Regular

FONDA, NY – As the John Denver song says, ‘It feels good to be back home again.’

For the BBL Racing team and driver Brian Gleason, ‘home’ is Fonda Speedway and in 2019, they’ll be back in their comfort zone. Gleason will race regularly in Fonda’s Sunoco Modified division this season for the first time in more than three years, marking a return to the ‘Track of Champions’ by the popular BBL team.

“Fonda has always been home,” Gleason said honestly. “It’s always been the favorite place for me to go as a spectator or a driver. There’s something different about pulling in there; something about going over the bridge, all the people behind the grandstands tailgating. Fonda’s got a different feel.”

Gleason, 24, will forego Friday night action and put his full focus on Saturdays at Fonda in ‘19 piloting a brand-new No. 3G DKM chassis with 360 cubic inch small-block power from Dan Bedell.

While Gleason hasn’t run Fonda on a regular basis since ’15, he feels ready for a return to the half-mile oval.

“I feel more comfortable at Fonda, more solid,” offered Gleason, an Assistant Project Manager for BBL. “I’m confident in the setup I am bringing there. I have a different perspective going there.”

Gleason is looking forward to the upcoming season at Fonda with American Racer tires on the cars and engine rules allowing for big- and small-block combinations.

“I’m looking forward to running American Racer tires,” Gleason said, reflecting on the success achieved by his mentor and teammate Matt DeLorenzo during the Ric Lucia promotional era at Fonda under a similar rules package. “The majority of Matt’s success at Fonda came with a small-block and American Racers.

“The compounds that are being run this year are the same as what we ran back then. Prep wise, I know what to do.”

The opportunity to pilot a small-block was equally appealing.

“The majority of the time I ran there, it was with a 358,” he said. “That’s a pretty familiar area for me.”

Gleason looks to put his name on the Fonda win list after several strong runs in the past.

“I’ve had more consistent runs there,” he said. “I have four second-place finishes just to Stew (Friesen) alone.”

Gleason will be able to draw knowledge from DeLorenzo, the 2007 Modified champion and two-time 358-Modified titlist with 37 career Fonda victories. Like Gleason, DeLorenzo – who promoted the speedway for a pair of seasons (‘14 & ‘15) – has been absent on Saturday nights for the last three years.

That will change in ’19. While he won’t be a point chaser, look for ‘Matty D’ to compete on a semi-regular basis at Fonda this year.  

The upcoming season brings a fresh perspective for Gleason, who moved into a new home in Glenville, N.Y., this past March.

“Racing at Fonda will be a nice change of pace,” he said. “Fridays are kind of hard for all of us to get ready for – personally and with work.”

Then, there’s the track itself – and a history of weekly racing that dates back to 1953.

“I like the character of the place,” he said. “No matter the surface, the weather, racing is always close and competitive at Fonda. It’s got a ‘short-track’ feel on a big track. Fonda creates races that are unpredictable. There’s just something different about it.

“The place is so historic. You know you’re making history every time you go there. You’re part of it.”

For Gleason’s team and supporters, there is a widespread enthusiasm about the change of plans.

“There are a lot of people behind us who are involved in our races that enjoy going to Fonda,” he said. “It’s been home for a lot of people that support us.”

The engines fire on the ’19 season at Fonda on Saturday, April 13 with a practice session. Opening Night is slated for Saturday, April 20 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win (thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), Pro Stocks in a ‘Best of 8’ Series $800-to-win event, Limited Sportsman and Street Stocks.

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.

Hoyenga Racing To Field Two-Car Fonda Speedway Sunoco Modified Team for Dave Constantino & Cody Bleau

FONDA, NY – There’s a buzz around legendary Fonda Speedway for 2019 as change is in the air with a new management team, new name for the Sunoco-sponsored Modified division and a more relaxed rules package in the headline class.

With that said, fans and race teams are gearing up for Opening Night at the ‘Track of Champions’ on Saturday, April 20.

Laudy Hoyenga’s Sloansville, N.Y.-based race team will field two cars in the Sunoco Modified division this season: one for Cody Bleau, who has shown promise since joining the Mod ranks a year ago, and a second to be piloted by Sportsman hotshoe Dave Constantino, returning to the Modified wars regularly for the first time since 2009.

The 37-year-old Constantino was a two-time winner at Fonda in the Crate 602 Sportsman division last season, while dominating the action at nearby Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., where he earned 10 checkered flags.

Constantino – who with partners Kyle Hoffman and Eric Mack founded the growing DKM Chassis enterprise – will look to add his name to the elusive list of Fonda Modified winners this season aboard a Hoyenga Racing No. 34.

Hoyenga came to DKM in search of a driver after Shaun Pangman opted to take a break from the sport. He found the replacement he wanted in Constantino.

Constantino’s ride, of course, will be a DKM chassis. The team plans to utilize a freshly built 360 cubic inch small-block engine, a program that is budget-friendly thanks to the ’19 rules package.

“I was able to build a new, competitive small-block very affordably,” Constantino said. “I didn’t have to spend $50,000 to move up. I think a lot of people up here are realizing that. You can only go so fast at Fonda by feature time. I think we’ll have the right combination.”

Constantino, the ’13 Fonda Sportsman champ, hopes to deliver success to Hoyenga’s team.

“I’d like to win some races for him,” he bottom-lined.

Bleau, like Constantino, boasts a successful Sportsman career including the Fonda track title in the ’12 season. The 27-year-old North Greenbush, N.Y., driver made the transition into the Modified ranks last season and earned a pair of third-place finishes and a sixth-place result in the final standings.

“Jumping from the Sportsman to a Modified is like starting all over again,” Bleau said. “It’s all about knowledge and what you can learn. The biggest thing is throttle control. You never know everything. You learn something every year.”

It was Pangman who opened the door for Bleau to advance to the Modified wars in Hoyenga’s equipment.

“A seat opened up in one of the cars and Laudy let me run the 358 car one night,” Bleau said. “Two weeks later, I drove the big-block car because Shaun (Pangman) was on vacation. I ended up leading 12 laps in my third Modified start.”

Bleau is a hands-on driver and frequently makes the drive to Hoyenga’s shop to wrench on his ride.

“I try to keep a positive, clean reputation,” he said. “I love to learn about the adjustments, setups and experiment.”

Like Constantino, Bleau will be utilizing a DKM chassis at Fonda. He will lean on his new teammate for valuable setup help.

“I’ve raced against Dave and have gotten to know him over the years,” Bleau said. “Having those (DKM) guys around will be a big help.”

Aside from weekly racing at Fonda, Bleau will race in many of the Modified specials planned for Glen Ridge in ’19 as well.  

“I’m always looking for more seat time,” he said. “I like to race as much as I can.”

The engines fire on the ’19 season at Fonda on Saturday, April 13 with a practice session. Opening Night is slated for Saturday, April 20 featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win (thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), Pro Stocks in a ‘Best of 8’ Series $800-to-win event, Limited Sportsman and Street Stocks.

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.