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Fonda Speedway Set for Return to Prominence in 2019 with New Promotions, Reduced Admission & Increased Pay Structures

FONDA, NY – Since 1953, the legendary Fonda Speedway has played host to the Northeast’s most talented competitors and passionate fans.

For 2019, the ‘Track of Champions’ is poised for a return to prominence.

With a new management team under the BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion, Fonda Speedway launches into the ’19 campaign with reduced admission, special events and larger purse structures. It’s truly a ‘win-win-win’ for supporters of the Montgomery County half-mile track.

Admission for Adults has been rolled back to $11 for weekly Saturday night events in ’19. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $9. Kids 11 and under are FREE.

New for ’19 is the Fonda Speedway ‘Dollar Day’ scheduled for May 18 offering $1 admission into the grandstands. This event will feature all classes including the Modifieds.

All Fonda divisions will race for more money in ’19. The Modifieds will compete for $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to start weekly, a pay structure that totals $12,775.

Crate 602 Sportsman now battle for a $700 top prize minimum and $100 to take the green. But it gets better: on 10 Saturday nights during the season, Eric Orozco Racing has risen the stakes, offering $1,000 to win.

Both the Modified and Sportsman competitors will be eligible to participate in the lucrative American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco program which distributes $51,450 cash and hundreds of tire certificates annually to teams competing at American Racer tracks across the Northeast.

Pro Stocks race for $500 weekly and a boosted $75 to start.

Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers will all be paid throughout the field in the ’19 season.

For the first time ever, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco invades Fonda Speedway with the $10,000-to-win ‘Firecracker 50’ on Wednesday, July 3.  This event will have promotional support from John Lakata, who organized the wildly successful ‘Jack’ event at the track in 2015.

Also of note, the famed Fonda 200 makes its comeback for the first time since 2002. This three-day festival, planned for Sept. 26-28, will be highlighted by the $20,000-to-win ‘200’ for big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Open practice is planned for April 13, with Opening Night to follow on April 20.

A new Fonda Speedway website is live at www.thefondaspeedway.com. A Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy and the speedway is on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy. The Fonda Speedway office phone is 518.915.4395.

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/thefondaspdwyor follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

BD Motorsports Media LLC Signs Three-Year Agreement For Operation Of Fonda Speedway

FONDA, NY – Fonda Speedway is in new hands for 2019 and beyond.

BD Motorsports Media LLC announced today a three-year lease agreement with the Fonda Fair Board to operate the ‘Track of Champions’ half-mile oval from 2019-2021. BD Motorsports Media LLC operator Brett Deyo now assumes the role of promoter at the fairgrounds facility.

“For a lifelong fan of Modified racing, taking the helm at Fonda Speedway is an honor and responsibility,” Deyo said. “Fonda is an iconic facility rich in history and supported by passionate fans and competitors. I’m hoping to make the most of this opportunity from the Fair Board and continue the ‘Track of Champions’ auto racing legacy.”

Weekly auto racing is planned for Fonda Speedway next season on Saturday nights. A tentative open practice date is set for Saturday, April 13. Opening Night takes place one week later: Saturday, April 20. Racing continues through mid-August before breaking for the 178th annual Fonda Fair.

The season will conclude in September with the return of the Fonda 200 for Modifieds paying a massive $20,000 to win plus a full weekend of racing. The 200-lap year-end classic at Fonda has not been contested since 2002.

The divisional lineup will include Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks. Special attractions will be added to select nights with at least one high-paying midweek event on the schedule.

Jamie and Denise Page, who successfully operated I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., from 2010-2016, will return to the auto racing promotion as part of the speedway’s management team. Jamie Page assumes the Operations Manager role, with Denise Page serving as Concession Manager.

Speedway staff positions will be filled and announced in the coming weeks.

Via an agreement with Lias Tire Company of Indiana, Pa., American Racer will serve as the official tire of Fonda Speedway for the next three seasons. Sunoco Race Fuels will be sold at the speedway.

The arrangement allows Fonda Speedway Modified and Sportsman competitors to participate in the benefits of the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco home-track program.

Drivers will be eligible for pre-season tire giveaways, 12 ‘in-season’ giveaways for both divisions, post-season cash awards and tire certificates. This season, the American Racer Cup will distribute $51,000-plus in cash plus hundreds of tire certificates. A breakdown of the American Racer Cup program can be found at www.theamericanracercup.com.

Modifieds at Fonda will compete weekly for $2,400 to win. An increased ‘through-the-field’ payout will see $500 for 10th each Saturday night and $250 to take the green flag.

The 2018 Modified champion will receive a minimum of $5,000.

Modifieds will be classified into two main weight categories: 2,400 lbs. for engines 363 cubic inches and less (max. tolerance: 370 cubic inches) and 2,500 lbs. for engines larger than 363 cubic inches (max. cubic inch 477). No small-block engines larger than 450 cubic inches permitted. Steel-block only with the exception of ‘spec’ combinations to be detailed at a later date.

Sportsman will compete for $700 to win each Saturday night and $100 to take the green flag.

The 2018 Sportsman champion will race for a $1,500 minimum point title.

Both Modifieds and Sportsman will be limited on American Racer compound choices to the following: 48 (right-front); 48 (left-rear); 50 (right-rear) and any American Racer tire (left-front).

The Pro Stock division sees an increased $500 to win and $75 to take the green weekly with a $1,000 championship awaiting at year-end.

Special incentives for Limited Sportsman and Street Stocks will be in place throughout the season.

Neighboring Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., has joined Fonda Speedway in signing an agreement with American Racer tires allowing local race teams to compete on back-to-back nights each weekend on the same tires. The compounds at Glen Ridge will mirror those utilized at Fonda.

Teams will be permitted an early-season three-week ‘grace period’ to liquidate existing tire inventory.

Grandstand admission at the speedway will be reduced to $11 for Adults and $9 for Seniors (ages 65 and above). Kids 11 and under will be admitted FREE.

Pit admission will remain at $30 for Fonda Speedway members and $35 for non-members.

Emphasis will be put on a ‘family night out’ entertainment with complete programs run in three hours. Efficiency of programs, youth involvement and interaction with competitors will be at the forefront of the promotional team’s goals.

Deyo promoted his first event – the Short Track SuperNationals – in October 2006 at age 23. He is currently the manager of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco and operates Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., while serving as administrator of The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco.

Fonda Speedway is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at 21 South Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068 (conveniently off New York State Thruway Exit 28). Look for updated social media information and an all-new speedway website to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS DATE AT FONDA SPEEDWAY CHANGES TO WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD

-Fonda Legend Jack Johnson Night joins Race of Champions Modified Schedule-

Fonda, New York (February 12, 2016) – The Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway Race of Champions dirt Modified Series event originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th has been moved to Wednesday, August 3rd and it will be run as the 2nd Annual Jack Johnson Night at the “Track of Champions” on Wednesday, August 3rd. The 50-lap feature will pay $5,000 to the winner, which Stewart Friesen captured last year. This also signifies the Race of Champions return to the speedway, which hosted the first ever Race of Champions dirt Modified Series race in 2005.

“This a great step for our program,” stated Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions. “We recognize the importance of scheduling the right events and placing them on the proper date on the calendar. Pete Demitraszek is working extremely hard to give fans a great season at Fonda, but we all know this will be circled on every race fans calendar. Jack Johnson is the definition of a an all-time great dirt modified racer and we are truly honored to be a part of his night at one of the most historic dirt tracks in North America.”

The Race of Champions dirt Modified Series held its very first race at Fonda Speedway on April 9, 2005 and Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., stood in victory lane at the end of that race.

“We have worked on the right date for the Race of Champions event and this was it,” offered Fonda Speedway promoter, Pete Demitraszek. “The Race of Champions will add the right mix to a great night for us here at Fonda. Jack Johnson played a vital role in the history of Fonda Speedway and to this day as based on last year’s tremendous turnout he still has a great following and we look forward to seeing those fans here on Wednesday, August the 3rd.”

The King of Dirt Pro Stock Series will fill out the card on Jack Johnson night at Fonda with the Race of Champions dirt Modified Series “Jumpin’ Jack 50”.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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