Jack Johnson, who was born in Schenectady and lives in Duanesburg, was a dominant modified dirt track race car driver at Fonda Speedway going back to 1967. Going into the 2004 racing season, Johnson had 400 career wins in eight different states and Canada. Fonda Speedway, where racing is a way of life, has been his home track. Johnson holds just about every record there in the big block modified division, including track championships. He grew up in a racing family and is the son of Rollie Johnson, a sprint car driver himself. Jack Johnson was hanging around race tracks with his dad at the age of four. Continue reading Jack Johnson of Duanesburg One of Fonda Speedway’s Best
Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title on July 4, 1910 by knocking out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round. Following the fight, several cities forbid the showing of the tapes of the bout because of some uprisings and ten deaths after the black champion champion won. The deaths were in the cities of Baltimore, Atlanta, St. louis, Cincinnati, and Washington.