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Area racing community loses a big supporter of Fonda

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 AM

By THOMAS COUGHLIN

For the Recorder

It was a tough week for the local racing community with the news that Bill Anagnostoplos, from the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda passed away.

Anagnostoplos did very much, in the way of supporting area organizations, and also helped a number of race teams, along with sponsoring events at the local speedway, and NYSSCA activities. He will be missed by all, and everyone, that knew him wishes to send condolences to his loving family.

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The family business of Hollenbeck Salvage, operated by racing brothers, Kenny and Kerrie, near Sloansville, suffered a fire last week that destroyed much of their operation. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the house was saved. The brothers were racing last week at Fonda, and Ken did go on to win the 4cyl. single cam feature.

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Going into last week's racing, A.J. Romano wasn't sure about the engine change he had made. Romano had hoped the Fonda track would be the same -- hard and slick -- that it has been the norm for much of the season, which would be more suitable to the small block. Well with all the rain earlier, in the week, the track was heavy and tacky, all night. Romano said afterwards that he was pleased with his car's performance, but after leading for half of the feature, it would have felt a lot better to win.

Fans, may have noticed the puffs of smoke emitting from Romano's car, just after the halfway point.

"I didn't notice the smoke, but I could smell it," Romano said.

At first it was thought to be a valve gasket issue, but after closer inspection Sunday morning it was found that during the feature a piece of debris had entered the engine compartment, and had actually, cracked one of the valve covers, which allowed oil to spill out, onto the headers.

"Fortunately we, still had plenty of oil, and we don't believe there is any damage to the motor itself," Romano said.

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Today, "The Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm" on Route 30 north of Amsterdam, will be holding it annual open house. A few of the local racers from Glen Ridge and Fonda expected to have their racers on display, are Keith Tesiero Jr., Mike Jackson, and Dave Lape. The open house hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, today, Mike Bellinger will have his racer, just a short distance away at the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball game in Shuttlewoth Park, starting at 4 p.m.

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While standing in victory square, celebrating his third win of the season last Saturday, Fonda's 2012 Pro Stock Champion, and current point leader Pete Broderson made a stunning announcement.

"This may be my last race for awhlie, because I am scheduled for surgery, Thursday, to repair a torn bicep in my left arm," he said.

Well, cancel that, because during the week, Broderson talked it over with his doctor, and will put the surgery on hold until possibly after the end of the racing season.

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Penn-Can Speedway, held its "Clash at the Can" 60-lap, RoC race on Wednesday, with Ryan Watt winning the race. Other locals finishing were Friesen (10th), Bobby Varin (12th) and Mike Mahaney (16th). In the companion 30-lap Sportsman feature, Rocky Warner finished 7th in his first trip to the speedway.

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On Wednesday, Fonda Speedway will host "World of Outlaws, Late Model Series."

The 50-lap Late Model feature will pay $ 10,000 to the winner, with the 30-lap Modified feature paying a minimum of $3,000 to the winner.

     

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