SPEED SPORT Staff


Mike Mahaney (35) will certainly race weekly at Fonda Speedway this year. (Dan Demarco picture)

FONDA, N.Y. – Fonda Speedway will certainly be including an additional changed factor title victor to the checklist of once a week participants at the historical center.

Mike Mahaney intends to make the two-and-a-half-hour tow from his Elizabethtown, N.Y., base to Fonda Speedway every Saturday this year.

“Fonda is a lot of fun to race; it’s a very racy track that is challenging as well,” Mahaney stated. “It’s also one of the closer tracks to our shop, so we felt like choosing Fonda weekly would be a great option for us.”

Mahaney’s period has actually left to a heated begin, specifically on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco trip.

Mahaney ended up 2nd (Small-Block) and also 3rd (STSS Modified) in the season-opening weekend break at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway. He adhered to that up with a ninth-place outcome and also an additional runner-up in Central Pennsylvania at Selinsgrove Speedway and also Port Royal Speedway. The Empire State vehicle driver will certainly head to Delaware Int’l Speedway April 27 as the STSS South Region factor leader.

Mahaney thinks running Fonda weekly will just make him more powerful on the STSS trip.

“We need to run on American Racers weekly to keep up on the STSS,” he stated. “Running one of (Fonda promoter Brett) Deyo’s tracks a week will really help our chances to keep running well on the series.”

Mahaney is a three-time function victor at the Fonda Speedway, every one of which was available in high-paying races. The most remarkable of those victories was available in the 112-lap, $12,000-to-win Jack Johnson Tribute in 2017. Mahaney’s single year as a Fonda routine finished with a fifth-place surface in the period directs chase.

“Our goals are high. It’s been a few years since we’ve really ran well at Fonda, but we’ve been good everywhere recently, so I have hopes for what we can do,” stated a certain Mahaney as he mentioned his 2021 assumptions.

The 2019 Fonda 200 was a brilliant place for Mahaney in his current go for the famous half-mile: he returned with a $20,000 runner-up surface.

“Our program is better now than it was then when we had that strong finish. The 200-lapper is going to be a lot different than weekly racing but being there every week certainly won’t hurt us when the 200 comes around.”

Mahaney will certainly get in the period with a very high self-confidence degree and also energy with the George Huttig group as the period begins on April 17 at the Track of Champions.



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