This & That: Car Show Season – DTD Exclusive 


A two-day storm and two feet of snow in some places in our area will certainly slow the opening of any tracks in this area. 

Even with all the snow we turn our attention to the ever popular Fonda Car Show at the ViaPort in Rotterdam, March 23-26.  

The car show is a great time for race teams to show off their cars and paint schemes for the 2023 racing season and is great exposure for all of the sponsors on the cars.

Those interested in displaying a car at the show, contact Jamie Page at (607) 760-0671 or by email Move in time is Thursday, March 23 after 7:00 p.m. while move out time is Sunday, March 26 after 5:00 p.m.

If you plan on displaying a car at the car show you need to print and fill out the form at the link on the web page and turn in the form when you arrive at the show.

Also if you haven’t applied for your NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series license yet and wish to do so you can apply at the following link

Every off-season, BD Motorsports Media LLC at Fonda Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway offer a “Five-for-Four” special for Pit Area Season Passes. Purchase four pit area season passes, receive one free of charge for the 2023 campaign.

This promotion will continue through the Fonda Speedway car show only.  These passes can also be purchased online on the Fonda Speedway webpage.   

All NASCAR licenses, pit area, and grandstand passes will be available at the Fonda Speedway car show, Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26

All divisions at the Fonda Speedway for the 2023 season are eligible to attend the car show with division sponsors for the 2023 season. 

Also attending the Fonda Speedway car show will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with their “Vintage Alley”.

One racer that will be at the Fonda Speedway car show will be Kirsten Swartz of St. Johnsville who will be displaying her new ride for 2023.  Kristen will be moving up to Limited Sportsman this season and plans to race at Utica-Rome and Glen Ridge every week. “Mitch Poole offered me a ride, said Kirsten, and I finished fifth at Glen Ridge last season.”  This season she will be behind the wheel of the Poole owned, Limited Sportsman Teo chassis, No. 24.  She will also continue to compete in her Slingshot racer at special events at Brookfield and Albany-Saratoga.  

Sponsors on Kirsten’s new ride are New Day Motors, Todd Hoffman Racing, G&S Security Solutions, PLS Asphalt Solutions, and Adirondack Packaging Supply.  

Kirsten began her racing career in go-karts at the age of seven.  Since then she has raced and won in karts and Slingshots at tracks all along the East coast and has many wins to show for her efforts.  

In 2022 Kirsten put her No. 24 Slingshot in victory lane at the final race at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY when the track closed its gates for the final time after 72 years of racing at the quarter mile track in the Southern Tier of NYS.  Kirsten also won at Afton Motorsports Park in 2022 and had three wins at Glen Ridge in her Slingshot for the 2022 season. 

Facebook is one way to get news and this week a post by Rise Motorsports and shared by Derrick McGrew, Jr., predicted a bright future for the 15-year-old racer after his ARCA licensing test at Hickory Motor Speedway on Monday.  According to the post his knowledge, feedback and reaction to the 31 Chevrolet SS was that of a veteran.  Rise Motorsports is now actively looking for marketing partners for Derrick, Jr. 

News from BD Motorsports this week announced the race this weekend, March 18, at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania under new Selinsgrove promoter Stephanie Baker and the return of the STSS to the half-mile oval.  Sunday is the rain date.

The series did not compete at Selinsgrove in 2022.  The last time the series raced at the track was March 20, 2021, with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., taking the Modified victory and Grant Hilfiger of Canadensis, Pa., topping the Crate 602 Sportsman.

If you’re planning on going please check the STSS website or Facebook page because the weather really doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with the early season racing events.  

Until next time please send all news and/or comments to