FONDA, NY – As the adage goes, sometimes you have to dance with the one who brought you.
Nearly eight-years after retiring from 50-seasons of modified competition at the famed Fonda Speedway [in Fonda, NY] in September, 2013, seven-time track champion Dave Lape is set to be remembered by the promotional team spearheaded by Brett Deyo with twin 22-lap feature events at the historical fairgrounds oval on Saturday, May 29th.
Not to be left out by any means, the Fonda Speedway Museum will also be honoring not only the driving career of the Canajoharie, NY native, but his many other accomplishments as well including his efforts as the acting curator of the museum, which he has been at the head of since 2016.
“What Brett [Deyo] has done since taking over the promoting duties at Fonda since 2019 is impressive,” said Fonda Speedway Museum president Matt Noles. “He’s embraced the history of the speedway and has made it a point to honor those that truly made Fonda the ‘Track of Champions.’ We decided that there was never going to be a better time to honor one of our own as well.”
Known primarily for his driving duties behind the wheel of the famed No. 22, Lape also immersed himself in many other aspects of the motorsports industry. From his wildly successful Champ Car fabrication and speed shop to his promotional duties under the LAPCO flag with his late business partner and friend Andy Fusco, the man known as ‘Mr. Consistency’ has more than left his mark on the realm of northeast dirt modified racing.
“We never had the chance to honor Jack [Johnson] in person while he was still here,” concluded Noles. “With his passing earlier this year, we never will. It’s become incredibly important to all of us at the museum that we take the time to celebrate our legends while they’re still with us. Hopefully this is the first of many events that we’ll be able to put together over the coming years.”
There will be appearances by many of Lape’s treasured colleagues with which he developed meaningful friendships with over the course of this storied career. Also on hand will be former crew members, car owners, Champ Car drivers, fans and family to help recount the tales and memories garnered from 1964 until his retirement in 2013.
Diamond Entertainment DJ Service will also be on hand to provide an atmosphere of celebration adding to what will already be a memorable afternoon at the Fonda Speedway Museum.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Dave Lape at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 29th at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum; where the past comes back to life!
The Fonda Speedway Museum is located next to the 4H building by the railroad tracks on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds property. Our mission is to keep the history of the ‘Track of Champions’ alive and well for future generations. For more information, please visit our page on Facebook at FondaHoFandMuseum.