Professional stocks and sports divisions set to take center stage this weekend – The Daily Gazette

While the modded versions were headlining last weekend, this week it’s time for pro stocks and sports divisions to get in the spotlight.

The 17th edition of the Hondo Classic for the pro stock division will headline the race card, with 29 laps, well with all the lap money and contingencies added to the purse, who knows.

Two new special events will be added to the schedule this year, the BOBCO Dash for Pro Stocks and the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Black Flag Race.

The Hondo Classic has become one of the high-profile races of the season for professional action, often pulling cars from its usual Saturday night homes and bringing drivers out of retirement for a night.

The race honors the memory of popular professional racer Hondo Carpenter, who rode the purple and white number 9 at Fonda Speedway and was killed in an ATV crash on July 4, 2005.

The BOBCO Dash pays tribute to longtime racing videographer and automotive sponsor Bob James, who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.

The top two in each heat will face off in the scoreboard, with the winner taking home $509 and dropping by position to $409, $369, $329, $289 and $269 for sixth place. The top three will go on to victory lane, with the winner receiving a big check, the winner’s banner and a trophy on which the winner’s name will be engraved with the year of the event.

With many sponsors involved, the family of Bob James would like to thank the racing community for their support of the special memorial indent in his memory.

Riders in the 602 crate sportsman division are eligible to compete in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Black Flag Race.

By winning last Saturday’s Limited Sporting event, Connor Prokop secured the last starting spot in the 16-car field. The rest of the field will be made up of the top eight in points, plus the next seven fastest in fast laps.

The race consists of four heats of four laps with four drivers eliminated after each heat.

The first round will be handicapped by points, with Prokop starting last. After the first three laps, the remaining cars will stop at the flag stand and the leader will draw a reverse number for the next lap. If a driver pulls out a yellow, they are automatically marked with a black flag.

Again, how much you win depends on your luck with a scholarship of $2,300 plus contingencies. As a bonus, all riders with perfect attendance will be entered into a raffle for a Swagger Factory Apparel rider suit valued at $999.

As if the special racing program wasn’t enough, fans will also get a break at the Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sampson Motorcar with $5 general grandstand admission.


After being doused last week at Lebanon Valley Speedway, the 44-lap, $10,000 Bryan Goewey Memorial to be won for modified big blocks will take place on Saturday night, along with the $1,000 to be won George Marcus Memorial presented by Gillespie Automotive and the Marcus family.

For fans of mayhem and mayhem, the annual Destruction Watch will take place Tuesday night in the Valley starting at 6:30 p.m.


The Hackel family racing team has parted ways with its main sponsor in Lebanon Valley, Sharpe Motorsports, and will race at Fonda Speedway each week Bobby Hackel IV driving the #97 Killer Crate.


The excitement of winning or landing a podium can lead to great quotes.

After winning the mini-stock 4-cylinder single overhead cam division, amid many shouts of “I WON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY!”, Todd Morey remembered to thank his sponsors and associates, including Randy LaJoie, who produces the LaJoie of Racing seats that many racers use.

“Randy LaJoie builds the best chair in the house; my seat is worth more than the car,” the former Fonda Speedway track announcer said.

Morey returned to Fonda Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, returning to another competition he has had success in in the past, monster truck racing. Morey was driving the After Shock.

After placing third behind Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard in Sunday’s Firecracker 50, Mat Williamson said, “It’s like Stew’s personal bank account here at Fonda, so it’s hard to keep up with him, and Matt Sheppard is good wherever he goes, so to be here on the podium with them, I’m happy about that.

After placing fifth in the Modified Firecracker 50, Rocky Warner rode a catch-ride in the Brian Calabrese 21C 602 Crate Sportsman to victory in the Firecracker 30.

“I told Brian it was a losing situation for me because if I win I’m a bully, and if I lose they’ll come after me about it,” Warner said. “But we are here and we brought the check home.”


Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host a DIRTcar pro stock series event on Sunday night, as well as a Tobias Super Nationals Series slingshot, along with all of its regular weekly splits.

Utica-Rome will feature Twin 20s for modified Friday night versions, paying $1,500 each to win. The Tobias Slingshots will join the other regular weekly splits.

Fastline Performance customers in the crate 602 sportsman division have won every feature this season at Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedway.

There is an online bonus with a $200 Fastline certificate for any non-Fastline customer who wins a Fastline car in Utica-Rome or Fonda.

The bonus will increase by $50 per week, with a maximum of $500 in Fastline Cash.

If the bonus reaches its maximum without a winner, the certificates will be distributed among the Fastline winners.

Rocky Warner and sponsor Tad Parks honored AJ Romano for his induction into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame by wearing Romano’s number 16 and paint scheme last Saturday night.

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