By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On July 27, 2010 Stewart Friesen won the first modified feature of his career at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and he followed that up with another victory in the last event of the 2010 racing season. Since that time Friesen has compiled a total of 27 wins in just four seasons at Fonda with the 27th coming on Saturday evening on John Grady Vintage Photo Night at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track in the Park’s Companies #1F Teo car.

Winners in other divisions at Fonda on Saturday evening were Tony Farone (sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr., (street stock), and Frank Blanchard (vintage). Over 40 former late model drivers were on hand for the racing event at Fonda on Saturday many getting interviewed by Jim King during the intermission. At the completion of the pro stock feature event they all posed on victory lane for a photograph with pro stock feature winner Pete Broderson.

Saturday evening at Fonda was a special night for photographer John Grady and his family and friends who were all in the VIP tower that evening. Grady has taken stock car photos for over 50 years after starting in the late 50’s at the Menands Speedway. During his photography career he was the track photographer at the Utica Rome Speedway from 1960 through 1965, the Albany Saratoga Speedway from 1965 through 1978, the Fonda Speedway from 1979 through 1981, and the Lebanon Valley Speedway from 1982 through 1995.

John along with his son Chris and his wife Sondra ran the novelty booths at Fonda and Albany Saratoga for many years. With the help of Bruce Kosis and Bob Novack John has over 50,000 images catalogued in his collection! His photos have been published in various racing publications over the years and are currently on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. John is a member of the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame (NYSSCA) and his memory of yesterday provides a living link to the old days of stock car racing.

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By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway a full moon shined over the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and after a wild night of racing it was fan favorite Ronnie Johnson who drove to his first victory of the season and the 25th of his career at the track in the modified division in the Palmer’s Service Center #2RJ Teo car.

The victory for Johnson came with a wild cheer from the crowd as he exited the car in victory lane and the win tied him for the 14th spot on the Fonda Speedway all time win list with Jeep Herbert and Brett Hearn all with 25 victories.

“That is some good company to be in right there,” Johnson told Toby LaGrange in victory lane. “There is some great family history between the Johnson and the Herbert families too so this is a special night for me all around.”

Other winners at Fonda on Saturday were Floyd Billington (sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), Jason Samrov (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder).

The modified feature was marred by a scary wreck involving Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo who flipped his car on the backstretch going into turn three. According to Matt’s father who I saw before leaving the speedway on Saturday evening Matt has an injured shoulder and was in Ellis Hospital having a CT scan done on Saturday evening.

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By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY - On Morris Auto Group Night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening a late race caution with five laps to go changed the complexion of the modified feature event which went from a possible first time winner to a many time winner and defending track champion.

Pep Corradi was running the race of his career and was on his way to the possible first career modified win at Fonda until the caution came out with only six laps to go. On the restart Stewart Friesen made the best of the situation, got by Corradi for the lead, and went on to his sixth win of the season and the 26th of his career in the division at Fonda in the two race old Park’s Companies sponsored #1F Teo car.

Other winners at Fonda on Saturday evening included Chip Constantino (first career win in the sportsman division), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), John Bradt (street stock), and Kerrie Hollenback (4-cylinder).

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