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  1. mike aylesworth

    It's BACK!!!!!!!!

    This simple format ends up having a lot of excitement every year. I look forward to it.
  2. mike aylesworth

    2020 Fonda 200!!!!!!

    I'll be at Fonda camping again. I love the 200 lappers. The owners and racers can decide what purse to race for, and if they are complaining about payouts and how expensive it is to race all season, keep on going to the same tracks and same races. I'll be at Fonda just about every week. I'm sure there will be some weather and a graduation or wedding to screw up being there every week. It's my favorite track because I grew up at the track and in the pits. Besides that, most of the time I can count on the mods being able to pass, which is not the case at all tracks. I'll hit up three or four SDS races at brewerton, malta, and weedsport. I'll also attend as many of the STSS races as I can, which is usually a few more because I like the draw format instead of the time trials, and there are more of them close enough to me to not have to use a vacation day the next day. But, unless I go to Oswego or Eastern States, I will not get the opportunity to see all the big name mods because it will not be allowed at this time. It's no conspiracy theory, it's a fact. Tracks are struggling with car counts and fan counts and even the crowds at a lot of the SDS races are getting smaller at some of the venues. But I guess the counts will grow if we keep making the fans and driver/owners choose which races to attend.
  3. mike aylesworth

    Sheppard STSS Grand Champion

    I like the fact that Deyo can come up with the sponsors to offer that kind of bonus fund. It's also nice to see a driver, owner, and team have a shot at actually winning it. Congrats to Matt Shepperd, his family, and his whole team. Also good to see some owners and teams getting out and going after the money the STSS puts up for a couple regions with a lot less races and travelling than the SDS. It's tough for the family owned, low to medium funded teams to be able to travel and follow these series and remain competitive at their weekly tracks. As a fan, I appreciate them all.
  4. Wow! And the prostocks run great at Fonda with quite a few coming right to the last couple laps. A lot of these guys run Malta on Fridays. I am always excited for their feature because they run so close and clean almost every week. I guess the configuration of the track is just better for them at Fonda. Now, next week I probably jinxed it and we will sit through chaos!
  5. I can say Danny Varin's win is very fortunate. In the first feature he was airborne and lucky as hell he didn't destroy his car, as the wreck was on the backstretch and very high speed. Rocky got a piece of it and Stewy scraped the wall as he slipped outside it. Maresca did a nice job to run his race and take advantage of a good starting spot and the early caution sending some of the fast guys to the rear. It was another great finish at the line. The second feature had a couple guys running side by side for several laps which held up the field because the track had skinnied down a little bit with the top cushion being a little too far out coming off 4. This gave Danny the chance to slip away with a very fast car. The crew did a nice job working between the two features because the car was cruising. Just another exciting night of mod racing at Fonda.
  6. mike aylesworth

    STSS at Fonda

    It's no secret that I am a Fonda supporter, having spent Saturday nights there since the 70's. Last night's mod feature is why I love Fonda so much. Even though it is a big, fast track, the mods can move through the pack if they have a good handling car. Yes, it did come down to the same two, but, who would have thought JZ would get by Rocky and pull away from the field at the beginning. Or Rudolph would pass Shepperd with ease late in the race, only to give it back up a few laps later. The roar from the crowd when Stewy crossed ahead of Shepperd is probably the loudest I have ever heard it there. I had a group of 7,with me being the only regular there, and one of my buddies summed it up best when he said, " There is no way you can expect more for your money than that!" I saw Jamie Paige looking about run ragged long before the races started, so I know he had another long day at the track.
  7. Let me say that Gasketcase described the fonda prostock race about as perfect as a person could. I know the full fender classes usually put on some of the best races, but this one was incredible.
  8. What a race! The first 6 -7 laps it was literally a 10 car race for the lead. And the finish was as good as you can get. This group of drivers is as good a group as I have seen since the camaro days of the street stocks in the 80's. And there are some others that show up a couple times a year that come right in race clean and competitive. Everyone is chasing Cousin Luke still, but they are picking away at him every week. I sure am looking froward to the Hondo Classic!
  9. mike aylesworth

    Fonda Speeedway

    I took my neighbor tonight and he said it was the best night of racing he has ever been to. Yup, the modified heats left a lot to be desired, but I understand the surface is still a work in progress with the ground water finally dropping and the weather cooperating finally. They were darn close tonight because the features were great in all classes. And no, it is not the same old Fonda. Friesen won the first feature by about half a car, and finished third in the second probably less than half a second behind Danny Varin. Friesen had a shot at the second one, But Rocky bided his time and snuck under him while he was trying to work over Varin for the lead.
  10. mike aylesworth

    Fonda tonight

    A fine night of racing with a lot of fine driving. Even the street stocks kept it clean and green for most of the feature, and they were racing hard. Pro stock had Cousin Luke and Nick Stone side by side and nose to tale lap after lap with Gates and Dumblewski both getting too high after they finally fought heir way to the front two cars. Both ending up spinning in separate incidences. Coonradt came from like 17th to get 3rd or 4th. There is no lack of talent in this division, and they race hard. I still can't believe Constantino won the mods. He had a ton of opportunities to lose it in heavy lap traffic, but he put in a veteran drive, and got a popular win. Good job by all tonight from my perspective.
  11. Like a lot of tracks, the pro stock racing at fonda is always exciting. I saw a couple of the regulars looking good at Malta the other night. Dumblewski's car is sharp looking.
  12. I would like to see Jack Lehner get a shot at the end of one of these races this year. I'm not going to pretend like i know the man, but he impressed me last year in the half dozen series races i saw him at. Qualified for all the ones i went to without using provisionals, so that tells me he was in the ballpark of the speed needed.
  13. mike aylesworth

    some upgrades

    I switched it back. I am old fashioned and like plain old black on white. No biggie as it took a grand total of 5 seconds.
  14. mike aylesworth

    What's your offseason hobby(ies)?

    I can't wait for ice fishing. I bowl a couple leagues and do a little hunting, but it is all secondary to getting on the lakes.
  15. mike aylesworth

    SuperDIRTSeries purse increase

    Purse increase is nice and it is overdue. The series on a whole is just too many races and too much time and travel for most teams in this day and age. For the most part, the local racers continue to fill the fields either by choice, or because there are show up points. The crowds continue to be good to great. It's not a perfect system, but it continues to work. Like others, for me the worst part is that the heats almost always are uneventful due to time trials. And, I will never agree with scheduling these races on a weekend race night. These tracks pay a sanction fee, and take a shafting over these races when fans know the top racers will be elsewhere.