Historic victories for Heywood and Schilling at Fonda – The Daily Gazette

Modified Twin 20s produced a pair of early winners at Fonda Speedway with Nick Heywood and David Schilling.

Their victories have also proven to be landmarks in other respects.

Heywood’s win at the Moody Mile Motorsports 24H ended six decades of trying for a win at the Track of Champions by car owner and Hall of Fame driver Wes Moody.

“I’ve been racing here for over 60 years, and this is the first feature win,” Moody said as he joined Heywood in the victory lane celebration. “I’ve won a lot of heats here myself. But having someone like Nick behind the wheel of my cars makes me really proud.

The team’s name, Moody Mile Motorsports, comes from Moody’s distinction of being the first driver to break the 100 mph mark in a modification on the mile at the New York State Fairgrounds.

“We persevered and pushed every week,” said Heywood, who drove from Plattsburgh to race Saturday. “Wes kept saying we were going on and we were going to get it, and tonight was our night.”

His victory in the second Twin 20 was thrilling for Schilling in more ways than one. Besides being his first win at Fonda Speedway, Schilling got the job done using a spec engine.

Fonda Speedway promoter and main sponsor (BDRSpeed.com) on Schilling’s No. 20, Brett Deyo, was particularly proud that two LS 427-spec engines made it into the top five in race two.

“A few years ago at Georgetown Speedway, Ken Schrader said. “Gotta hook you up with that Wegner boy from Wisconsin,” Deyo posted. “That ‘boy’ was Casey Wegner. After many phone calls, the idea for the $22,500 LS 427 “Weekend Warrior” engine for Short Track Super Series modified racing was born. [Saturday] night at Fonda Speedway, the Weekend Warrior emerged victorious when David Schilling crossed the finish line first in the second-placed Twin 20. With Ryan Odasz finishing fifth, two of the top five were Wegner Automotive engines. Thank you, Casey, for all the time, effort, R&D and phone calls to make this vision a reality!

Although he doesn’t race a Wegner Weekend Warrior, former Fonda Speedway regular Scott Huber has been ahead of the curve, using a Hunt’s Machine LS engine assembly under the hood of his modified No. 51.

Earlier this season, Huber, who now competes weekly at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, made Fonda Speedway his home for a few nights after the LS engine package was not approved for DIRTcar Series racing.

Unfortunately we will not be racing tonight at our home track as the off-road supercar series is here,” Huber said in a Facebook post. “To say that I am very disappointed is an understatement. Everyone worked hard on this set of LS engines. We’ve traveled 1,200 miles to Florida to work with World Racing Group and present a set of spec engines that can be competitive at a dramatically reduced cost.

The crate engines used by the sportsman division are pre-built in sufficient quantity to help keep costs down. Spec engines are usually built to predetermined specifications for a specific type and class of competition.

Just by the way, there was a big $70,000 legal Billy the Kid DIRT block for sale online recently.


Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has added a Powder Puff Mini-Stock race to this week’s Sunday night race card. The race will be 10 laps for women who are not racing drivers and can use mini stocks already competing at The Ridge if they wish.

The racing map will also feature the second stage of the Wheels of Fury Enduro series. and it’s children’s night. sponsored by Riley Mortuary. Children under the age of 7 will receive free entry to the night running program.

With last Sunday’s postponement, the $500 Daryl Hillman Memorial Classic for mini stocks has been postponed to August 7.


The Hall of Fame 100 that was postponed Sunday at Weedsport has been rescheduled for August 15.

Corky Warner made his limited sports debut on Saturday at O’Connor-owned Oxbow Inn No. 97, normally piloted by his brother Tanner.

Corky had a solid run in the 15-lap limited sports feature and was racing in the top 10 when he swerved by making a pass on the outside of turn four, making hard contact with the front taut wall and putting end to his night.

It was a rough night for the O’Connor race team, as modified rider Tucker O’Connor suffered a fuel line rupture during his heat run, catching the engine bay on fire before hitting the wall of the first turn and roll several times.

The track security team quickly extinguished the flames and O’Connor was able to exit the car unharmed.

CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will be part of Saturday night’s racing card at Fonda Speedway, which still has three weeks of competition before the break for the annual Fonda Fair.

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