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FONDA SPEEDWAY LEASE IS EXTENDED

FONDA SPEEDWAY LEASE IS EXTENDED

By Thomas Coughlin Jr.


The Montgomery County Agricultural Society made a big decision this week as they have agreed to extend Fonda Speedway’s promotional lease with Brett Deyo of B.D. Motorsports Media LLC. through Oct. 31, 2023. The original agreement between the two businesses of promoting the historic Track of Champions was to end at the conclusion of this October.

Deyo said in his announcement that the Agricultural Society has been excellent partners during his time as promoter. Since taking over in 2019, Deyo has put over $150,000 of upgrades into the speedway facility. Deyo and his team are looking forward to the COVID-19 restrictions relaxing going into the 2021 season.

The 2021 racing season is scheduled to kick off on April 10, with an open practice. On April 17, the point chase for season championships will begin on Palmer’s Service Center night and continue throughout the summer months. Weekly divisions of competition will include modifieds, 602-crate sportsman, limited sportsman, pro-stocks and 4-cylinder cruisers.

The season will conclude on the weekend of Sept. 16 with the Fonda 200, which will offer a winner’s share of $53,000 with $1,000 to start.

There will be a new driver in the Magsarus Ignitions No. 93 for 2021. Queensbury resident Demetrios Drellos will be the new pilot of the Ed Monger-owned ride. Their schedule currently calls for Friday nights at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Drellos will still campaign his family’s No. 111 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont, on Saturdays, where he is the defending champion of the sportsman modified division.

A number of firsts will happen along with this new team as Monger purchased his first Bicknell chassis from Andy’s Speed of Johnstown after utilizing numerous other chassis manufacturers throughout his tenure of racing.

Drellos and his wife are looking forward to the arrival of their first child next month.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity, and am looking forward to having a lot of fun and good on-track success,” Drellos said.

Drellos will also be following as much of the Super DIRTcar Series as his schedule allows. The No. 93 was most recently driven by and had much success with Danny Varin of Fonda.

Unfortunately, the Adirondack Motor Enthusiasts Club has cancelled it’s events for this weekend. It hasn’t been able to compete yet this year due to the lack of suitable ice conditions on any of the lake locations that are available. Hopefully, safe ice thickness will form so that the AMEC can get out on the hard water.

The annual Chili Bowl Nationals midget race will finish Saturday. The indoor race held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, draws racers from many different countries and from every form of racing. Former modified pilot Tim McCreadie of Watertown has been out there this week in his attempt to become a two-time winner of the famous Driller Trophy. McCreadie won the Chili Bowl in 2006.

McCreadie will also be racing late models in Florida this week. Another area driver will also be competing in Florida in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series events at the All-Tech Raceway, as former Fonda modified track champion Stewart Friesen will debut the Halmar-Friesen Racing, Halmar International/One Zee Tees No. 44. Friesen will also be competing in the modifieds with the STSS and is currently working to prepare the No. 52 Halmar-Friesen Racing Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events that will start on Feb. 12 at Daytona International Speedway.

FONDA SPEEDWAY LEASE IS EXTENDED

The upcoming Northeast modified racing season will begin in two weeks at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Deyo and the Short Track Super Series will start with an open practice on Jan. 26. Modified and sportsman feature racing will follow over the next four nights starting Jan. 27, starting with a $4,000-to-win 30-lap feature for the modifieds, and a 25-lap sportsman $1,450-to-win feature. The feature distance and purse will increase each night, leading up to the finale on Jan. 30 with a 50-lap feature for the modifieds paying $8,000 to the winner, and the 30-lap sportsman feature paying $2,000 to the winner.

Thomas Coughlin Jr. | Jan 15, 2021 | Local Sports, Sports, The Recorder

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