Heywood Adopts Fonda Speedway as Home Track – DTD Exclusive

By DON SIMPSON

Plattsburgh, N.Y., native Nick Heywood will call Fonda Speedway home in 2022 as he campaigns Wes Moody’s No. 24 car on the historic track. Heywood, who is no stranger to racing, was asked to come on board with Wes Moody Racing after the two camps agreed this past winter.

Wes Moody said, “We had been looking for a driver since the deal between Chris Raabe and our team fell through because of the COVID restrictions at the border. We went out to look at Nick who has always impressed me as a driver. But after the success of last season, as Nick captured another track championship this time at Mohawk Speedway, we began talks and worked out a deal to have Nick drive our car at Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways for this season.”

For Nick, this is a dream opportunity, to join such a legendary team and it is a big move forward for the veteran racer.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join Wes’ team and it’s an honor to be chosen by him to be a part of his team,” said Heywood.  “It will be a big relief for me to not worry about the expenses of day-to-day racing, allowing me to concentrate on my driving and learn from some of the best in the business. I will have to compete against drivers such as Stewart Frieson, Ryan Godown and Matt DeLorenzo, just to name a few.  To go up against such talent will surely be a learning experience. Our plan this year is to take things one race at a time and evaluate as we go.”




Heywood is no stranger to the world of racing. He has been around the sport for most of his life. His dad Randy Heywood (now Nick’s crew chief) and uncle Andy Heywood have been racing or involved with the sport for many years and passed this passion onto Nick as he grew up.

At the age of eight, Nick started racing karts, winning over 150 races along with multiple track championships. Once Nick’s father felt he had the experience needed, Nick moved up to the Street Stock division at his home track of Airborne Speedway. He remained in this class for a few years before moving up into the Renegade Division in 2006.

That first season in Renegade, Nick guided by his dad, followed a set plan. By the end of the season, Nick was running with the leaders of the division, picking up his first win at the Plattsburgh track late that season.

It was a family affair every week at the Airborne Speedway for the next few years with Nick running in the Renegade Division and Nick’s uncle Andy racing in the Tiger Sportsman class.

Nick moved into Tiger Sportsman Modified in 2012, joining his uncle Andy. Here was where Nick began to shine, winning the track championship for three consecutive years.

As Airborne Speedway transitioned to dirt in 2017, Nick followed suit racing on dirt instead of asphalt. This transition, however, did not slow the Plattsburgh driver as he finished third in points that first season racing dirt.

The following year, Nick picked up his game, winning the track championship once again. In 2020, Nick would repeat this success, winning his fifth track championship at the Plattsburgh track.

In the 2021 season, Nick’s experience and race record would shine the most. He won eight features along with a sixth track championship, this time at the Mohawk International Speedway.

All-in-all, Heywood has won six track championships, five at Airborne Speedway and one at Mohawk Speedway. This would also include 46 feature wins in his career over the past decade of racing.

It was at this point when Wes Moody of Moody Racing took notice, bringing Nick Heywood onboard with the team.

For Wes, it was an easy decision to bring Nick into his camp knowing that Nick would also bring his entire team with him, which brings a great deal of race knowledge.

Nick’s team will comprise of Randy Heywood, crew chief Jared McKee, Ron Boyse, Chad Robinson, Matt Rabideau, Scott Stewart, Budd Blake, Mike Criss, Andy Heywood and Scott Favro.

Randy Heywood commented, “The great part of this deal with Wes is the fact the whole team came on board with Nick. We all work well together and know exactly what Nick needs when it comes to car setup. We bring a great deal of race knowledge to the team as a whole and we all work and know Wes Moddy well and are thankful for this opportunity.

Moody mentioned, “As we move forward, the season should unfold well and I am confident Nick will get the hang of things quickly. Yes, we are a bit short on power currently, but our new motor from Andy Costello of Durham Racing Engines should even things out for Nick.”

The first night of racing for Nick saw him gain a second place in his heat race alone with a 16th place finish in the feature. A great start considering this was the first time Nick had raced in the Modified division.

Nick has since gone on to be consistent, staying out of trouble on the track and finishing all of his races. In his last outing at the Fonda Speedway, Nick finished eighth moving Nick up to 12th in points after just three races at the Track of Champions.

It will be an exciting and busy season for Nick Heywood and his team competing Fridays at Utica Rome Speedway and then back home at the Track of Champions in Fonda on Saturdays. Having his wife Sarah, sons Carter & Cael, and daughter Elliana,  behind him, along with Randy Heywood, Julie Heywood, and sister Stephanie is a real family effort working with Wes Moody — a true recipe for success.