Must-See: Fonda Speedway Sets Schedule for Huge 2023 Season

Written by Andrew Reigel

FONDA, NY – 2023 will mark the fifth season for BD Motorsports Media LLC at Fonda Speedway. The historic ‘Track of Champions’ celebrates its 72nd year of weekly action in ’23 along the Mohawk River.

The 2023 ‘Track of Champions’ schedule features 21 events with the featured weekly divisions including the Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

There are numerous must-see events:

● The ‘Jack Johnson Memorial Montgomery County Open’ for the Modifieds opens the season on Saturday, April 22 with a $12,000 payday on the line in honor of legendary racer Jack Johnson




● A pair of visits from the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco: $10,000-to-win, $500-to-start ‘Firecracker 50’ Sunday, July 2 & the ‘Fonda 200’ Thursday-Saturday Sept. 14-16, paying $53,000 to win and $1,000 to start

● The Tezos All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars return for the first time in over ten years on Saturday, May 20 chasing a $10,000 top prize

● The ‘Dave Lape Memorial Night’ will kick off the Thunder on The Thruway six-race mini-series on Saturday, May 27.

● The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars will visit the ‘Track of Champions’ on two occasions (May 6 & Aug. 5)

Other events to highlight:

The ‘Thunder on the Thruway’ six-race mini-series between Fonda Speedway and neighboring Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., returns in the ’23 season for the Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman and Pro Stocks. The three Fonda ‘Thunder on the Thruway’ events take place on May 27, July 1, and July 15.

Fonda welcomes three different groups of Sprint Cars (ESS, CRSA and All Stars) to the Montgomery County oval on six occasions in the ’23 season: May 6 (ESS), May 20 (All Stars), June 3 (CRSA), July 29 (CRSA), Aug. 5 (ESS) and Sept. 15 (CRSA).

A “fan favorite” returns to the half-mile as the Modifieds take part in twin 20-lap events on June 17.

Speaking of fans, “Dollar Night” with $1 grandstand admission is scheduled for May 13 and Fan Appreciation Night featuring $5 grandstand admission is set for June 24.

The annual ‘Bill Ag’ Modified Elimination event is set for July 8.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series makes five visits to Fonda in ‘23: April 29, May 27, June 10, July 1 and Aug. 12.

Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night is set for Saturday, Aug. 12, before teams gear up for the most lucrative event of them all: Fonda 200 weekend Sept. 14-16.

An Open Practice session will precede the racing season on Saturday, April 15, allowing competitors a chance to shake off the cobwebs for the 2023 campaign.

Weekly grandstand admission is $13 (Adults), $11 for Seniors (ages 65-plus) and Kids 11 and under are admitted FREE. There are increases for special events.

Pit admission is $35 (Members) and $40 (Non-Members). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10 and Children five and under pay $2. Increases for special events are noted on the schedule.

All race events will again be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) with an annual subscription. Dirt Track Digest TV will handle the production.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway 2023 Schedule of Events

Weekly Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors ages 65 & Up) – Kids 11 and under FREE – Increases for special events as noted with *

Weekly Pit Admission: $35 (Fonda Members) – $40 (Non-Members) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2 – Increases for special events as noted with*

Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Weekly Divisions: Amsterdam Truck Center Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks & Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Saturday, April 15 – Open Practice (Rain Date: Wednesday, April 19)

Pit Gates Open: 2 p.m. – Practice 4-7 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: FREE – Pit Admission: $30 (Members) or $35 (Non-Members)

Saturday, April 22 – 72nd Season Opener: Jack Johnson Memorial Montgomery County Open: Modifieds with sail panels 40 laps, $12,000 to win (25 show-up points) – All divisions (points begin)*

Gates Open 2:30 p.m. – Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m. – Racing: 6:30 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $25 (Adults) – $23 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $40 (Member) or $45 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, April 29 – All divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

Gates Open: 3:30 p.m. – Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m. – Racing: 6:30 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, May 6 – Supply Wagon Rental Night: Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars – All divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $20 (Adults) – $18 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, May 13 – Dollar Night – $1 Grandstand Admission – All divisions

Grandstand Admission: $1 (Adults & Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, May 20 – Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars plus Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Limited Sportsman (feature only) and Four Cylinder (feature only) – Crate 602 Sportsman off*

Grandstand Admission: $30 (Adults) – $28 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $40 (Member) or $45 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, May 27 – Dave Lape Memorial Night – Thunder on the Thruway Series Modifieds ($4,000 minimum to win), Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) & Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win) – All divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, June 3 – CRSA Sprint Cars – all divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, June 10 – All divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, June 17 – Ferris Mowers presents Modified Twin 20s – All divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, June 24 – Bill Lake Modular Homes Fan Appreciation Night – $5 Grandstand Admission – Pre-Race Meet & Greet – All divisions

Grandstand Admission: $5 (Adults & Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, July 1 – Hall of Fame Night – Thunder on the Thruway Series Modifieds ($4,000 to win), Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) & Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win) – All divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Sunday, July 2 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Firecracker 50’ – STSS Modifieds 50 laps, $10,000 to win & STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $2,000 to win (25 show-up points both divisions)*

Grandstand Admission: $28 (Adults) – $26 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $40 (Member) or $45 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, July 8 – Dirt Track Digest Night: Bill Ag Memorial Modified Elimination Races – All divisions

Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, July 15 – One Zee Tees/AIM Autism present Autism Awareness Night – Thunder on the Thruway Series Modifieds ($4,000 to win), Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) & Pro Stocks ($1,000 to win) – All divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, July 22 – Pro Stock Hondo Classic (draw, 25 show-up points) plus all divisions

Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, July 29 – Parks Companies Night: CRSA Sprint Cars – All divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $15 (Adults) – $13 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, August 5 – Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars Earl Halaquist Memorial – All divisions*

Grandstand Admission: $20 (Adults) – $18 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Saturday, August 12 – Benjamin Moore Paints Championship Night: All divisions plus Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series

Grandstand Admission: $13 (Adults) – $11 (Seniors) – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $35 (Member) or $40 (Non-Member) – Kids (ages 6-12): $10 – Children (ages 5 and under): $2

Thursday, September 14-Saturday, September 16 – $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 Weekend

Thursday, September 14 – Amsterdam Truck Center Modified “Ultimate Underdog 33” plus Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman & Open Practice All Divisions*

Reserved Seating: $15 (all seats)
General Admission: $12 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Pit Admission: $35 (Non-Member) or $30 (Fonda Member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children (ages 5 and under)

Friday, September 15 – Short Track Super Series Amsterdam Truck Center Modified Qualifying Races plus CRSA Sprint Cars, Below Zero Ice Cream Pro Stocks, Street Stocks & Fonda Fair Four Cylinders*

Reserved Seating: $25 (all seats)
General Admission: $22 – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $45 (Non-Member) or $40 (Member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children (ages 5 and under)

Saturday, September 16 – STSS Modified B-Mains & Fonda 200 plus Swagger Factory Apparel STSS Crate 602 Sportsman*
Reserved Seating: $40 (all seats)
General Admission: $35 – Kids 11 and under FREE
Pit Admission: $50 (Non-Member) or $45 (Member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children (ages 5 and under)

Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1 – Garden Motorsports Inc. presents “Monster Truckz” – Visit www.monstertruckz.com to learn more (Season Passes not valid at this event)