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Snowmobile races make their return to the Fonda Speedway this weekend

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - Updated: 10:30 AM

By HEATHER NELLIS

For the C-S-E

FONDA -- The first snowmobile event at Fonda Speedway in four decades is expected to draw more than 1,000 people this weekend.

The two-day snocross event, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, is the first promotion by DeLorenzo Speedway Manage-ment LLC, which was awarded a lease by the Montgomery County Agricultural Society in late October.

"We're optimistic and encouraged about the new promoter because of the potential the grounds have year-round," said Montgomery County Economic Development and Planning Director Ken Rose. "For decades, they were underutilized in the winter months, and this event could have potential economic impact during one of our slower tourism months."

Matt DeLorenzo, who owns the new management company, said he sought out the East Coast Snocross Series to host the racing event at the speedway. In addition to being a stock car champ, DeLorenzo is a former snocross drag racer who continues to ride for pleasure.

"This will be a great event because there isn't much else going on this time of year," DeLorenzo said. "We're centrally located in snowmobile country, plus we can pull people off the Thruway who are traveling to go snowmobiling in the Old Forge and Tug Hill areas."

Rose said the county boasts approximately 190 miles of state-sponsored snowmobile corridor trails. He said the county was recently approved to receive $56,350 for distribution to local clubs for trail grooming and maintenance.

"There are an awful lot of people in our own county who are registered snowmobile users," Rose said. "This is a great event for families to partake in these cold winter days."

DeLorenzo said it's tough to say how many people the event will draw, but expects stock car fans will be interested in stopping by to see the status of building and grounds upgrades the speedway has seen under his tutelage.

"It's a lot of TLC-type stuff," DeLorenzo said. "We've replaced some boards in the grandstands, resided some buildings. People have been curious to see what we've done."

The event isn't just a spectator sport -- those interested in giving snocross a whirl can bring their snowmobiles and take advantage of trail classes that will be available both days.

According to East Coast Snocross website, the event lineup includes pro, pro-lite, sport, women and junior class races, including the new novice rider development class featuring Phantom Snowmobiles.

DeLorenzo said snow was made at the speedway to complement powder dropped on the region in recent storms.

Spectator gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with racing expected to start at 12:30 p.m. Admission costs apply, with pit passes available at an extra fee.

For more information, log on to fondaspeedway.com.

     

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