FONDA, N.Y. – Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo has announced that this year’s Fonda 200 will pay $53,000 to win the combined big-block and small-block modified feature.

The news was revealed during the annual Night of Champions Awards Banquet for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled By Sunoco.

“We’ve been working behind the scenes since we announced the return of the Fonda 200 to get this done,” Deyo said. “With some backing in place, it was the time to make this announcement. The Fonda 200 is ready to reclaim its place in the Modified landscape as a premier event, maybe the premier event.”

The three-day racing festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-28, with a rain date of Sunday (Sept. 29) reserved if needed.

In December, Fonda management released a preliminary base payout total of $78,675. With the change of winner’s shares, that number will grow even larger with some adjustments through the field.

A restructured total purse will be released later in the offseason. There will be a fully-paid B-Main as well, allowing non-qualifiers to leave with money.

Lap money and other bonus awards will add to the lucrative nature of this event.

The first 200 in Fonda history took place on June 18, 1955, with moonshiner-turned-racer Junior Johnson taking the victory under the NASCAR Grand National banner.

A total of four 200s at Fonda were NASCAR-sanctioned: David Pearson won on July 14, 1966 and Richard Petty scored back-to-back victories on July 13, 1967 and July 11, 1968.

The 200 was run in 1955; 1963-1964; 1966-1970; 1983-1995; and 1997-2002.

Camper and trailer parking gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 26. Open practice with incentives will take place on Thursday as well.

Friday (Sept. 27) will consist of Sunoco Modified time trials and qualifying races, an invasion by the 360 sprint cars of the Patriot Sprint Tour, pro stocks racing for $1,000 to win and street stocks in a $500-to-win event sponsored by Roberts Towing & Recovery and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will feature the Sunoco Modified B-Main and 200 and a Crate 602 Sportsman special offering $1,500 to win.