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PERREGO INVADES FONDA AND TAKES HOME THE $3,500 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Anthony Perrego has had a lot of success at his home track the Orange County Fair Speedway with feature wins and championships but with only occasional visits to the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has not seen the success that he would have liked. That all changed on Sunday evening when he took the Superior Remodeling #44 Bicknell car to the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane for his first career win at Fonda.

“I learned something tonight,” Perrego told victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Once I got by the lap traffic, I stayed on the bottom in turn four and I had a real good race car tonight.”

Perrego also turned a fast lap of 18.12 in heat race number one which surpassed the track record of Bobby Varin back on 4/11/2009 of 18.136. Perrego’s lap was turned with sail panels on his Sunoco Modified while Varin’s was with the traditional body style so this will be noted as such in the Fonda Speedway record book.

Over 130 cars filled the pit area at Fonda on Sunday for the final race of the 2020 season with other winners Bobby Hackel IV (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Hunter Sanchez (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC) and Josh Kane (DOHC) (Four Cylinder Cruiser) visiting victory lane on Montgomery County Open Night.

Crystal Smith of Ballston Spa was the winner of $808 in the evening’s 50/50 drawing.

Mimi Lazzaro started opening ceremonies just before the racing event went live on Dirt Track Digest TV saying “Beautiful day for racing today but unfortunately it is with heavy hearts as our videographer Bob James passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.”

Ed Biittig Sr. then gave the invocation before the racing program got started and touched on the life of a dear friend of his Bob “Bobco” James.

“This year, 2020, has been a season that nobody will ever forget,” Biittig Sr. said. “To add into all of the losses that have taken place this year we now add the name of Bob James who has done so much for racing. Bob started videoing racing events long before we had the equipment that we have today.”

“I heard someone say that he passed away at 5:00 a.m. in the morning, that was usually the time that he finished doing his videos after a night of racing to put together a finished product,” Biittig continued to say. “At any given time if you needed something, Bob would drop everything to help you out. I stopped to see Bob’s mother and gave her a photo of the “Bob James Terrace” on top of the Fonda Speedway covered grandstands and she was taken back that we thought so much of her son to do that for him.”

“But that is what racing people do, that is who we are, we are a different breed,” Biittig Sr. said in conclusion. “It is my firm belief that tonight Bob James is videoing a race with Lou Lazzaro on the front row.”

A moment of silence was observed for Bob James before Mimi Lazzaro did a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

A redraw placed Billy Decker and Bobby Varin on the front row for the $3,500 to win Sunoco Modified feature event with an early caution coming out with no laps completed for Darren Smith who was in the inside front stretch wall. Smith was not injured but was done for the evening at that point.

On the original restart, Decker took the lead with fourth place starter Anthony Perrego and third place starter Adam McAuliffe the new second and third place cars after getting by Varin for the positions. A restart for a yellow flag on lap seven proved to be beneficial for Perrego as he took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Jessica and Stewart Friesen who started 11th and 13th respectively were making moves to the front by that point in the race as well with Jessica in the fourth position and Stewart just behind in fifth. Perrego held a straightaway advantage by lap 10 and at the halfway point in the 30-lap event the top five consisted of Perrego, Decker, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and Stewart Friesen.

One lap passed the hallway point McAuliffe made his move to the second position after getting by Decker with Stewart Friesen getting by his wife Jessica for the fourth position. While Perrego was battling lap traffic over the remaining laps with a comfortable lead, Stewart Friesen’s car seemed to get better and better as he passed cars one by one in the late stages of the event.

As Perrego took the checkered flag for the victory, Stewart Friesen was passing McAuliffe for the second position which he would do on the final lap with the top five at the finish consisting of Perrego, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, and 12th place starter Josh Hohenforst.

“My car was a little tight all night long, but we were one of the better turning cars tonight and that is what got us the win,” Perrego said in victory lane.

The 25-lap $1,000 to win Swagger Factory Apparel feature began with 2020 Track Champion Chad Edwards on the pole after a draw for position with Edwards taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Bobby Hackel IV started the event in the fourth position and was up to second by lap three after getting by Adam Pierson for the spot.

By lap seven Edwards was in lap traffic and that continued to lap 12 when the race really started heating up for the lead between Edwards and Hackel. Hackel took the lead in lap traffic on lap 12 before he and Edwards swapped the position once per lap for the next three circuits. Hackel was the race leader when the caution came out on lap 15 with Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Pierson, and 12th place starter Cody Clark in the top five with 13th place starter Mark Mortensen just behind in sixth.

From that point on Hackel and Edwards spent many laps side by side with Edwards regaining the lead on lap 20. One final caution slowed the field with two laps to go as Griffen Mansmith stopped on the track with a flat tire but as soon as the yellow was thrown, he drove into the pit area.

On the restart, Edwards maintained the lead until the final lap when Hackel was able to get by for his first career win at the “Track of Champions” in the division in the Killer Crate #97. Edwards, Hartman Jr., Clark, and Mortensen completed the top five in the event.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was also $1,000 to win event with Jim Normoyle leading at the drop of the green flag from his pole position start. Third place starter Devon Camenga took over the number one position on lap two with Luke Horning third on lap three after starting seventh.

On the next lap Horning was the new second place car after getting by Normoyle and on lap six on the outside of turns three and four Horning was the new race leader after getting by Camenga for the spot.

Fourth place starter Kenny Gates was the new second place car on lap seven and for the remainder of the event it was a see saw battle between Horning and Gates with Horning running the outside lane while Gates ran his traditional groove hugging the bottom of the track.

Horning and Gates were side by side for the lead with five laps to go in the event, but Horning was able to hold on to the spot at that point in lap traffic. The caution came out with one lap to go as Chuck Dumblewski drove to the infield on the front stretch setting up a one lap dash to the checkered flag.

Horning led the rest of the way in the Catalytic Recovery/West End Towing/L/M Mason sponsored #2H while under heavy pressure from Gates for his first win of the season and the 21st of his career in the division over Gates, Camenga, Bill Knapp, and 2020 track champion Nick Stone.

“At one point starter Joe Kriss was showing me that I had a big lead with his flags but then he stopped doing that and I said to myself Joe don’t do this to me,” Horning said in victory lane. “When Kenny (Gates) showed me his nose I knew that I had to stay on the bottom because I didn’t think that he would go around me on the outside.”

The 15-lap $500 to win Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature began with outside pole position starter Hunter Sanchez taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Sanchez led every lap to go on to win by a straightaway in his first career win at Fonda over Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, and Matt Mosher.

Josh Kane led the first six laps of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature until 2020 track champion Ken Hollenbeck took over the lead on lap seven with a pass in between turns three and four. Brandon Tyler challenged Hollenbeck for the victory until a side by side restart after a lap nine caution when Hollenbeck pushed Tyler all the way to the wall in turn four to protect his lead and went on to the win in the SOHC while Kane was declared the winner in the DOHC.

The 2020 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is now completed but please continue to look on Facebook, Twitter, or the Fonda Speedway website for future plans at the speedway.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25

Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/20/2020 – MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $3,500 TO WIN – ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Michael Maresca, Brian Pessolano, Jeff Hoetzler, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Brian Gleason, Danny Johnson, Ryan Odasz, Adam Pierson, JR Hurlburt, Steve Akers, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Matt Sheppard, Marshall Hurd, David Schilling, Darren Smith

Lap Leaders – 1-7 Decker, 8-30 Perrego

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Mahaney, Hohenforst

Consolation race winner – Lehner

Did Not Qualify – Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Joe Krum, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – BOBBY HACKEL IV, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Tucker O’Connor, Adam Pierson, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Carter Gibbons, Ron Proctor, Don Bellen, Dylan Eldred, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Robbie Colburn, Stephen Gray, Michael Ballestero, Bill August, Ray Hall Jr., Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Matt Meade, Johnny Young, Aaron Jacobs

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Edwards, 12 Hackel, 13 Edwards, 14 Hackel, 20-24 Edwards, 25 Hackel

Heat race winners – Hackel IV, Young, Wagner-Fitzgerald, Clark

Consolation race winners – Mansmith, Meade

Did Not Qualify – Larry Niemiec, Gerard LeClair, Rick Wegner Jr., Bob Fachini, Taylor LaPlante, Brett Mortensen, Jerry Cohn, Dana Camenga, Tim Dwyer, Peter Lorenzo, Karl Barnes, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Ziles, Kyle Dingman, John Santolin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tanner Warner

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN – LUKE HORNING, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Nick Stone, Chad Jeseo, Jim Normoyle, Josh Coonradt, Ivan Joslin, Shane Playford, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Andy Graves, Dave Stickles, Don Collins, Dan Krajewski, Ken Griffen, Chuck Dumblewski, Adam Warner

Lap Leaders – 1 Normoyle, 2-5 Camenga, 6-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – $500 TO WIN – HUNTER SANCHEZ, Zach Sorrentino, John Devine, Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Miller, Bob Sleight, Evan Denue, Cliff Haslun, Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Al Relyea, Janai St. Pierre, Josh Samrov, Jethro Rossman, Kerianne Vandenburg, Lance Conley, Jason Barrett

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Sanchez

Heat Race Winners – Sleight, Sanchez

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC WINNER), Josh Kane (DOHC WINNER), Brandon Tyler, Jeffery Tubbs, Kerrie Hollenbeck, Dale VanAllen, Todd Morey, Mark Lindblade, Jamie Warner, Steve Burbank, Lee Horning, John Napoli, Fred Wieland, Riley Pedrick, Billy Hillman, Wayne Russell, Daniel Joubert, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, Shawn Hemstreet

 

Lap Leaders – 1-6 Kane, 7-15 Ken Hollenbeck

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN TO CLOSE OUT THE 2020 SEASON AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba 

Fonda, NY – The curtain will come down on the 2020 season at the Fonda Speedway on Sunday, September 13, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place on Sunday September 13, the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

The Sunoco Modifieds will headline the “Montgomery County Open” utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts. The Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks will battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga, and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

The Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – will complete the Sunday evening showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates will open at 3 p.m. with Hot laps hitting the track at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Looking back in history at the results of the first racing event held after the annual Fonda Fair here are the results of events held 5, 10, 15, & 20 years ago.

On 9/19/2015 the winners were Mark Kislowski (Modified), Kenny Gates (Pro Stocks), Josh Coonradt (Street Stock), John Stowell (first and only career win in the Limited Sportsman division at Fonda), and Mike Kiser (CRSA Sprints). The Crate 602 Sportsman feature was rain delayed to 9/26/2015.

On 9/18/2010 the winners were Ronnie Johnson (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Cassidy Wilson (Street Stock), and Jeremiah Munson (Crate 602 Sportsman).

On 9/17/2005 the winners were Jim Davis (Modified), David Towns (Open Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. & Dwight Oldorf (Street Stock), and Danny Ballard (IMCA).

Finally, on 9/16/2000 the winners were Michael Ballestero (Open Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Bob VanAernam (Street Stock), and Jim Rajczi (IMCA). The Modifieds were not a part of the racing program.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FRIESEN WINS EIGHTH OF THE SEASON AT FONDA WHILE MARESCA WINS MODIFIED TITLE

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening was Championship Night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and it was one to remember as Stewart Friesen and Michael Maresca put on a crowd pleasing dual for the fans watching on Dirt Track Digest TV, swapping the lead numerous times with only a few laps to go in the Sunoco Modified feature event.

When Joe Kriss’ checkered flag waved at the end of 30 laps it was Friesen who won for the eight time this season in nine events an incredible achievement. Another incredible achievement was made by Michael Maresca who joined four other drivers as a Modified Track Champion at Fonda without a feature win during the season.

The drivers who have won a Modified title at Fonda in the past without a win during the season include Jim Luke in 1955, Don Hendenburg in 1956, Pete Corey in 1965, Ray Dalmatta in 1979, and now Michael Maresca in 2020. Special thanks to Ed Biittig Sr. for those statistics.

Other winners on Championship Night at Fonda on Saturday were Tony Farone (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Michael Arnold (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and John Napoli (DOHC) (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Also on hand in competition was the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series with Chuck Scofield (MVVDMS Antiques), Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Replica Modified), Adam Warner (MVVDMS Replica Late Models), and Frank Hoard (MVVDMS Replica Sportsman) winning the feature events.

Other 2020 Track Champions crowned at Fonda on Saturday besides Maresca were Chad

Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 division), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division), Jason Samrov (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock division), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Four Cylinder division) and John Napoli (DOHC Four Cylinder division).

2020 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Champions were also crowned with John Flach (Modified), Stephen Denton (Vintage Sportsman), Jimmy Fugel (Vintage Antique), and John Roese (Vintage Late Model).

For Edwards it was his second title in the division after winning it back in 2018 and the first championship for car owner John Kollar at Fonda. It was also the second title for Stone (2014, 2020), and Samrov (2019, 2020), while it was the first ever for Maresca, Mortensen, and Napoli. For Hollenback it was his seventh championship in the Four Cylinder SOHC class (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020).

2020 Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman Track Champion Brett Mortensen and his brother Mark (Crate 602 Champion in 2011) now join Ken Hollenback and his brother Kerrie Hollenback (2013 DOHC Four Cylinder Champion) as the only brothers to have ever won a championship in the history of the Fonda Speedway.

It was a great night for “Doc” Maresca and the guests of St. Lawrence Radiology to be at the track to witness their driver Michael win the Modified Championship in the Bill Schoon’s owned #24-7. Congratulations to them and all the other 2020 champions. Also, on hand were Mike Sowle and Tom Hall who put up $800 for an Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Dash won by Nick Stone. Thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway!

The Ayers Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers, NY also put up a bonus of $100 to the winner of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event which was won by Brett Mortensen along with a $50 to the second and third place finishers in the event won by Dylan Eldred and Carter Gibbons. Thanks to them as well for their support of the Fonda Speedway!

During opening ceremonies on Saturday at Fonda, Mimi Lazzaro mentioned how the entire Fonda Speedway staff was thinking of Fonda Speedway promoter Bret Deyo’s wife Heather who is recovering at home after a recent surgery. Get well soon Heather!

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem and then the Dirt Track Digest cameras were ready to do a fantastic job streaming the event live as the grandstands and infield were closed to fans due to New York State regulations.

The 50/50 was won by Keith Dwyer from Johnstown, NY and was worth $913! Great job by 50/50 ticket sellers Julie Compani and Heather Marr!

Steve Akers and Dave Constantino started the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature on the front row with Constantino leading at the drop of the green flag with David Schilling in tow. The first yellow flag of the event came out on lap six and on the restart, Constantino continued to lead with Josh Hohenforst and Michael Maresca the new second and third place cars after both were able to get by Schilling for position.

After another restart on lap 10, Maresca was the new second place car after getting by Hohenforst with 12th place starter Stewart Friesen now in the top five. Maresca started pressuring the leader on lap 14 while Friesen was one of only a few drivers using the inside lane to gain positions to the front. By lap 18 Friesen used the inside groove to get by both Matt DeLorenzo and Hohenforst for the third spot.

Maresca went under Constantino in turns one and two on lap 20 and used a slide job to get the lead in the event going in to turn two with Friesen also getting by Constantino for the second position. From that point on Maresca and Friesen put on a great race to the checkered flag, swapping the lead three times until the checkered flag flew.

On the inside of the backstretch on lap 22, Friesen got by Maresca for the lead before Maresca returned the favor and got the lead back one lap later. Just as it looked as though Maresca was going to go on to the win, Friesen made another pass on the inside of Maresca on the inside of turn four with two laps to go and went on to his eighth win of the season and the 68th of his career at Fonda in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car.

Maresca, Hohenforst, Constantino, and Jessica Friesen completed the top five in the event.

There was a $1,500 bounty called “Mimi’s Bounty” that was up for grabs for anyone who could defeat Friesen while he was still running on the track at the completion of the event. With the win Friesen received half of that amount with the other half set to go to the Crossroads Center for Children which is an Autism Awareness establishment in Schenectady, NY where Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s son Parker has attended. Friesen however chose to give the entire $1,500 amount to the Crossroads Center when he received it in victory lane from Mimi Lazzaro.

People and businesses that took part in “Mimi’s Bounty” include Mimi Lazzaro herself, Gary Yurgans, Amanda’s Scentastical Scents, James Carroll, Rick Eignor, David Herrick, Jeff Carter, Derrick McGrew Jr. Racing, Chris Moore, “Momma Squirrel” Deb Ward, Joseph Laska, Dirt Track Digest, Gillespie Automotive, Fonda’s own 50/50 Girls, Mike Bohling, TKS Painting Services, Mimi’s Mom Sheila, the Grossetti Family, JoJo & George Bills, JZ Loves Gasketcase, and Ed & Betty Biittig.

“The car was a little bit tight and the line changed quite a bit,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane. “But when it came down to the nitty, gritty the Halmar Team got it done for the win but just fell short of the title. Michael Maresca will be a great champion for the Fonda Speedway, I have a lot of respect for him and his family and what they have done for the sport. Also, thanks to everyone who gave money to the bounty that Mimi put together.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman took two tries to get started but when it did David Manchester took the lead after starting on the outside pole position. Michael McCallion was the other front row starter and took the lead away from Manchester on lap two as the lap was completed.

Fourth place starter Tony Farone also got by Manchester at that point while Tim Dwyer got by Manchester for the third positions on lap six. Manchester’s great run came to an end on lap seven when he spun in turn one bringing out the caution for the first of only two times in the event.

On the restart, Farone was the new race leader while sixth place starter Mark Mortensen was the new second place car followed by Dwyer in third. Farone was running the middle to low groove on the track while Mortensen was running the extreme outside groove against the wall in between turns one and two for the remainder of the event with the final yellow coming out with five laps to go.

Mortensen stayed with Farone on the restart but as the laps went on Farone maintained a comfortable lead to get his first win of the 2020 season and the sixth of his career in the division in the Hometown Pub & Grub sponsored #18 Bicknell car over Mortensen, Dwyer, 12th place starter Chad Edwards, and eighth place starter Brian Borst.

“We were jumping around this season between Albany Saratoga, Fonda, and Glen Ridge but Fonda is home and it always will be home,” Farone told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I’m glad to be here tonight and hopefully we can race again here this season but if not, I am already looking forward to 2021.”

Harold Robitaille led the first five laps from his outside pole position start with sixth place starter Brett Mortensen moving up to the second position by lap three after getting by Clayton DuMond for the spot. The first of four yellow flags came out on lap six with Mortensen getting the lead once the race was restarted on the inside of turns one and two with ninth place starter Dylan Eldred the new second place car.

At the halfway point, Mortensen held a straightaway advantage over Eldred but that closed up with another caution on lap 13. Mortensen and Eldred maintained the top two positions on the restart with 10th place starter Johnny Young the new third place car with one final caution coming out on lap 17.

Mortensen held the lead on the single file restart and went on to his third win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division in the 518 Realty sponsored Teo car over Eldred, Young, 13th place starter Troy Zilles, and Carter Gibbons.

In post-race tech both Young and Zilles were disqualified moving Gibbons up to third, Jeff Lutes up to fourth, and Kyle Dingman up to fifth.

“That was a tough race but we were able to come out on top,” Mortensen said in victory lane after celebrating on the roof of his car with a bottle of champagne that his brother Mark gave him as he exited the racecar. “I got the lead on the restart and knew I had to hold off Dylan (Eldred) for the win and we were able to do that.”

Andy Graves started the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside pole and led at the drop of the green flag. Jim Normoyle started the event in the eighth position and by lap six was the new second place car after getting by Jason Morrison for the spot. Nick Stone started 12th and was in the top five by lap seven but one lap later he was going in between both Normoyle and Graves for the lead in turn two.

Stone maintained a straightaway lead with five laps to go with seventh place Luke Horning on the move in the closing laps, getting into the second position on the final lap while Stone went on to his seventh win in eight events in 2020 in the self-built, Hometown Pub & Grub sponsored #27.

Horning, Graves, Normoyle, and 10th place starter Ivan Joslin completed the top five in the event.

“The car is good, especially when there are two grooves to work with,” Stone said in victory lane. “When I can work the entire race track the car is unbelievable, it’s hard not to get to the front.”

Michael Arnold started in spot number one for the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature and led every lap to get his first win of the season and the fourth of his career in the division over Al Relyea, Zach Sorrentino, Lou Gancarz, and Jason Samrov.

Wayne Russell, and Cole Lawton, took turns leading the first four laps of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature before 11th place starter Ken Hollenback took over the point on lap five on the inside of turns three and four. Hollenback led the remaining laps for the overall win in the SOHC class while John Napoli finished second overall and declared as the DOHC winner. Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, and Russell completed the top five.

Please go to the Fonda Speedway website, Facebook, or Twitter pages for further announcements on the remainder of the 2020 racing season.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Danny Johnson, Jack Lehner, Brian Calabrese, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Rich Christman, Ed Harris, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Aaron Jacobs, Craig Hanson (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-19 Constantino, 20-21 Maresca, 22 Stewart Friesen, 23-27 Maresca, 28-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, DeLorenzo, Maresca

2020 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – MICHAEL MARESCA

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – TONY FARONE, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Cody Clark, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Kevin Chaffee, Ricky Quick, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Thomas VanVorst, Griffen Mansmith, Joel Knudsen Jr., Dana Camenga, Michael McCallion, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone

LAP LEADERS – 1 Manchester, 2-7 McCallion, 8-25 Farone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, O’Connor, Mortensen

2020 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – BRETT MORTENSEN, Dylan Eldred, Carter Gibbons, Jeff Lutes, Kyle Dingman, Yule Cook, Harold Robitaille, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Clayton DuMond, Spencer Rapp, Johnny Young (DQ), Troy Zilles (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Robitaille, Mortensen

2020 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION – BRETT MORTENSEN

BONUS ON BEHALF OF THE AYERS MEMORIAL ANIMAL SHELTER

$100 to the winner Mortensen, $50 to the second and third place finishers – Eldred, Gibbons

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Kenny Gates, Rich Crane, Beau Ballard, Randy Cosselman, Devon Camenga, David Emigh, Steve Cosselman, Shane Playford, Frank Twing, Gary Silkey, Don Collins, Justin Knight, Dan Krajewski, Jason Morrison, Tanner Warner

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Graves, 8-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

PRO STOCK DASH PRESENTED BY MIKE SOWLE & TOM HALL – NICK STONE ($300), Kenny Gates ($200), Luke Horning ($100), Jason Morrison ($100), Andy Graves ($50), Beau Ballard ($50)

2020 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK CHAMPION – NICK STONE

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – MICHAEL ARNOLD, Al Relyea, Zach Sorrentino, Lou Gancarz, Jason Samrov, Josh Samrov, Richard Walters

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Arnold

2020 ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK TRACK CHAMPION – JASON SAMROV

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russell, Kerrie Hollenback, Cole Lawton, Todd Morey, Zach McSpirit, Jeffery Tubbs, Shawn Hemstreet (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Russell, 3-4 Lawton, 5-15 Ken Hollenback

2020 FONDA SPEEDWAY FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER TRACK CHAMPIONS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – CHUCK SCOFIELD, Mike Wheeler, Brian Scofield, Ed Dockskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Phil Mitchell, Jimmy Fugel, Stew Padasso, Joe Trudeau, Mike Gray, Harley Sheppard, Larry Hoyt, Frank Blanchard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA MODIFIED/LATE MODEL FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY MODIFIED), John Flach, Kyle Hoard, Darrall Hulbert, Jon Kuleszo, Phil Beaver, Stanley Wetmore, Adam Warner (LATE MODEL), John Roese, Jon Trudeau, Curtis Condon, Will Reed, Garrett Liese, Pete Corey

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA SPORTSMAN FEATURE – FRANK HOARD, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Carl Cram, Mike Brown, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Dave Charczuk, Tony Kamborelis

2020 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS – JOHN FLACH (Vintage Modified), STEPHEN DENTON (Vintage Sportsman), JIMMY FUGEL (Vintage Antique), and JOHN ROESE (Vintage Late Model)

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 8/15/2020 CHAMPIONSIP NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Danny Johnson, Jack Lehner, Brian Calabrese, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Rich Christman, Ed Harris, Dylan Scribner, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Aaron Jacobs, Craig Hanson (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-19 Constantino, 20-21 Maresca, 22 Stewart Friesen, 23-27 Maresca, 28-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Constantino, DeLorenzo, Maresca

2020 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – MICHAEL MARESCA

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – TONY FARONE, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Cody Clark, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Kevin Chaffee, Ricky Quick, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Thomas VanVorst, Griffen Mansmith, Joel Knudsen Jr., Dana Camenga, Michael McCallion, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone

LAP LEADERS – 1 Manchester, 2-7 McCallion, 8-25 Farone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, O’Connor, Mortensen

2020 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 TRACK CHAMPION – CHAD EDWARDS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – BRETT MORTENSEN, Dylan Eldred, Carter Gibbons, Jeff Lutes, Kyle Dingman, Yule Cook, Harold Robitaille, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Clayton DuMond, Spencer Rapp, Johnny Young (DQ), Troy Zilles (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Robitaille, Mortensen

2020 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION – BRETT MORTENSEN

BONUS ON BEHALF OF THE AYERS MEMORIAL ANIMAL SHELTER

$100 to the winner Mortensen, $50 to the second and third place finishers – Eldred, Gibbons

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Kenny Gates, Rich Crane, Beau Ballard, Randy Cosselman, Devon Camenga, David Emigh, Steve Cosselman, Shane Playford, Frank Twing, Gary Silkey, Don Collins, Justin Knight, Dan Krajewski, Jason Morrison, Tanner Warner

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Graves, 8-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Horning, Stone

PRO STOCK DASH PRESENTED BY MIKE SOWLE & TOM HALL – NICK STONE ($300), Kenny Gates ($200), Luke Horning ($100), Jason Morrison ($100), Andy Graves ($50), Beau Ballard ($50)

2020 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK CHAMPION – NICK STONE

ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – MICHAEL ARNOLD, Al Relyea, Zach Sorrentino, Lou Gancarz, Jason Samrov, Josh Samrov, Richard Walters

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Arnold

2020 ROBERT’S TOWING & RECOVERY STREET STOCK TRACK CHAMPION – JASON SAMROV

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russell, Kerrie Hollenback, Cole Lawton, Todd Morey, Zach McSpirit, Jeffery Tubbs, Shawn Hemstreet (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Russell, 3-4 Lawton, 5-15 Ken Hollenback

2020 FONDA SPEEDWAY FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER TRACK CHAMPIONS – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – CHUCK SCOFIELD, Mike Wheeler, Brian Scofield, Ed Dockskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Phil Mitchell, Jimmy Fugel, Stew Padasso, Joe Trudeau, Mike Gray, Harley Sheppard, Larry Hoyt, Frank Blanchard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA MODIFIED/LATE MODEL FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY MODIFIED), John Flach, Kyle Hoard, Darrall Hulbert, Jon Kuleszo, Phil Beaver, Stanley Wetmore, Adam Warner (LATE MODEL), John Roese, Jon Trudeau, Curtis Condon, Will Reed, Garrett Liese, Pete Corey

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) REPLICA SPORTSMAN FEATURE – FRANK HOARD, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Carl Cram, Mike Brown, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Dave Charczuk, Tony Kamborelis

2020 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) TRACK CHAMPIONS

Vintage Modified – John Flach

Vintage Sportsman – Stephen Denton

Vintage Antique – Jimmy Fugel

Vintage Late Model – John Roese

WHO WILL REALIZE A DREAM IN WINNING A TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY?

Written by Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 15 a special racing program will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Championship Night will crown champions in all racing divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers both single and dual cam.

The history of the Fonda Speedway makes it a special place to win a Track Championship and it is a prestigious award honoring drivers and crews who have worked hard all season long to achieve this goal. This year has been a different year at Fonda with the COVID-19 pandemic shortening the racing season and changing the face of racing at the “Track of Champions” to only a nine-race season to crown the champions.

All the above divisions will be in action at Fonda on Saturday along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) who will also crown Track Champions in their organization. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Grandstands and the Infield Drive-In for this event will be closed per New York State regulations but the event will be streamed LIVE exclusively on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

A rather unique idea put forth by Fonda Speedway Victory Lane Announcer Mimi Lazzaro called “Mimi’s Bounty” will be up for grabs for any driver who can beat Stewart Friesen in the Sunoco Modified feature event on Saturday evening, providing Friesen is still in the race at the checkered flag on the lead lap.

The bounty as of the writing of this press release is up to $1,400 but if you would like to get involved there is still time just get ahold of Mimi on Facebook! If Friesen wins the event on Saturday evening at Fonda however, half the money will go to Friesen and the other half will go to the Crossroads Center for Children which is an Autism Awareness establishment in Schenectady, NY where Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s son Parker has attended.

Current people and businesses taking part in “Mimi’s Bounty” include Mimi Lazzaro herself, Gary Yurgans, Amanda’s Scentastical Scents, James Carroll, Rick Eignor, David Herrick, Jeff Carter, Derrick McGrew Jr. Racing, Chris Moore, “Momma Squirrel” Deb Ward, Joseph Laska, Dirt Track Digest, Gillespie Automotive, Fonda’s own 50/50 Girls, Mike Bohling, TKS Painting Services, Mimi’s Mom Sheila, the Grossetti Family, JoJo & George Bills, and JZ Loves Gasketcase.

Also just announced by Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo is a Pro Stock Dash for Cash sponsored by Tom Hall and Mike Sowle who sit in the first turn tower every Saturday at Fonda. The purse for the Pro Stock Dash will be $800 with two cars from each of the heat races redrawing for a starting position in the six-lap event.

Payouts for the Pro Stock Dash will be as follows:

With two heat races (four cars) – $400, $200, $100, & $100

With three heat races (six cars) – $300, $200, $100, $100, $50, & $50

Looking at the point in all divisions going into Saturday evening here is the top five in each division and if they have a Track Championship in that division or any others at Fonda in the past it will be noted in parenthesis.

Sunoco Modifieds:

Michael Maresca 296 points, Stewart Friesen 290 points (Modified Track Championships at Fonda in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), Rocky Warner 290 points (Modified Track Championship in 2019; Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; Pro Stock Championship in 2011: and Street Stock Championships in 2005 as Co-Champion and 2007), Matt DeLorenzo 280 points (Modified Track Championship in 2007, 358-Modified Championships in 2004 and 2006), David Schilling 246 points, and Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe 235 points.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman:

Chad Edwards 326 points (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championship in 2018), Joe Williams 302 points, JaMike Sowle 282 points, Brian Calabrese 270 points, and Brian Borst 264 points (358-Modified Track Championship in 2003).

Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman:

Brett Mortensen 270 points, Dylan Eldred 268 points, John Young 260 points (Street Stock Track Championships in 2017 and 2018), Kyle Dingman 220 points, and Harold Robitaille 210 points.

Algonkin Pro Stocks:

Nick Stone 321 points (Pro Stock Track Championship in 2014), Josh Coonradt 281 points (Street Stock Track Championship in 2016), Kenny Gates 271 points (Pro Stock Track Championships in 2004, Co-Champion in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, and 2018), Luke Horning 262 (Pro Stock Track Championship in 2019), and Beau Ballard 231 points.

Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks:

Jason Samrov 270 points (Street Stock Track Championship in 2019), Dave Horning Sr. 264 points (Street Stock Track Championships in 2006, 2014, and 2015), Al Relyea 248 points, Lou Gancarz 244 points, and Michael Arnold 240 points.

Four Cylinder Cruisers:

Single Cam – Ken Hollenback 228 points (Four Cylinder Track Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019) Zach McSpirit 210 points, Wayne Russell 190 points, Shawn Hemstreet 166 points, and Mike Lanoux 156 points.

Dual Cam Top 2 only – John Napoli 192 points, and David Peek-Britten 158 points.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FRIESEN WINS 7-COME-11 SPECIAL AT FONDA

Written By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Presented by Moody Mile Motorsports, Moody Tree Farms, and Dirt Track Digest the 7-Come-11 special at Fonda was run on Wednesday evening for the Sunoco Modified division. The 30-lap, $3,711 to win event was the final race on the Fonda Speedway schedule until Saturday, August 15 when track champions are crowned in all divisions on “Championship Night”.

Also, in competition at Fonda on Wednesday were the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks with the winners of those two events being Cody Clark and Nick Stone, respectively.

Mimi Lazzaro sang the National Anthem in opening ceremonies for the event which was televised live on Dirt Track Digest TV while the 50/50 girls were also busy selling tickets with the winner going home with a total of $582.

The 7 come 11 special didn’t start out too well for a few drivers as Jeff Heotzler, Danny Varin, and Pep Corradi all suffered either motor or other issues during the hot lap session which sidelined them for the evening. Larry Wight was also on hand debuting a brand new DKM “Cyclone” Chassis but contact with the wall in between turns one and two after a part failure made him get a backup #99L out of his trailer.

Stewart Friesen also had issues during his heat race which kept him out of the draw for starting positions for the feature, placing him 16th on the grid at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag to start the event. Many thought that this would be the night that another driver would defeat Friesen in the feature event and take home “Mimi’s Bounty” which was worth $1,230 on top of the $3,711 winners share in the event on Wednesday evening.

They were wrong and now the bounty carries on until the August 15 event when they will again get a chance to defeat Friesen at his home track. If Friesen wins on August 15th however, half the bounty will go to him while the other half will be donated to charity. Sponsors of “Mimi’s Bounty” will all be named after the August 15th event as there will probably be some additional ones involved by then.

Paul Szmal, Jay Severson, and Jeff Ahlum were the announcing trio for the evening and when the initial green flag was dropped it was Sunoco Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe taking the early lead after starting on the pole. Defending track champion Rocky Warner was the second-place car after both he and McAuliffe started on the front row for the event with mechanical issues slowing Warner in turn one just after lap one was completed. Warner was done for the evening at that point.

Another yellow flag slowed the field on lap three when invader Mat Williamson slowed on track and went to the hot pit to change a flat tire on the car. He restarted at the rear of the field with third place starter Billy Decker the new leader on the restart. The yellow flag was out again on lap four with Bobby Varin the new second place car on the restart. Decker held a straightaway advantage on lap seven until the caution came out and closed the field. Sixteenth place starter Friesen was in the fifth position at the time of the restart.

McAuliffe’s great run ended on lap eight when he slowed on track, pitted for a flat tire, and rejoined the rear of the field. On this restart Friesen was the new second place car and on lap 10 took the lead from Decker with a pass on the inside of turn four. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Friesen, Decker, seventh place starter David Schilling, and 20th place starter Michael Maresca.

Friesen was in heavy lap traffic at this point but that all changed when the final caution of the event came out on lap 21 for Brian Gleason who came to a stop in turn three. Maresca was able to get by Schilling for the fourth position on lap 24 with Schilling dropping out of the event one lap later ending his fine top five run.

No caution was thrown for Schilling allowing Friesen to pull away until lap traffic slowed him slightly with only two laps to go. It didn’t slow Friesen down enough for anyone to mount a challenge however as the Sprakers, NY resident took home the seventh win of the 2020 season in eight events and the 67th of his career placing him into sole position of fourth place on the Fonda Speedway Modified All Time Win List.

Decker, Williamson who came all the way from the rear after pitting for a flat tire on lap three, Maresca, and 22nd place starter Danny Johnson completed the top five in the event.

“Jay Castimore worked his butt off on tires tonight and the Integra Shocks also got a real workout tonight as well,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane as Stewart and Jessica Friesen’s son Parker celebrated on the roof with the checkered flag. “And we’re not done yet as we will be back here at Fonda on the 15th.”

“I was running right through the center of turns one and two and made some hay there,” Friesen continued to say. “I really appreciate all of our Northeast fans and can’t wait until we can race with fans here again at Fonda.”

David Manchester and Cody Clark made up the front row for the $1,000 to win Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman with Manchester taking the early lead. Brian Borst brought out the first caution in the event after a single car wreck on the inside of turn three. Borst was not injured but was done for the evening at that point with heavy damage to his race car.

On the restart, Clark took over the lead with JaMike Sowle now in the second position while behind him defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. went between Brian Calabrese and Manchester for the third spot on lap seven. Hartman went out of the race on lap 10 after breaking the suspension on the car in turns one and two while he was trying to mount a challenge on Sowle for the second spot.

The final caution flag flew on lap 19 and on the restart, Clark started to pull away leaving a great battle for the second position between Sowle and Calabrese the race to watch on track. Sowle and Calabrese swapped the second position many times after the race was restarted but when the checkered flag flew it was Clark sitting in victory lane in the Upstate Motorsports #4 Teo car after his second win of the 2020 season and the ninth of his career in the division.

Calabrese ended up second while Sowle, Manchester, and ninth place starter Tim Dwyer completed the top five.

“The track was pretty rough, but we were able to navigate it,” Clark said in victory lane. “We’ve been battling with this car all season and this week we changed bars and shocks and that worked. It definitely feels good anytime you stand in victory lane here at Fonda.”

The winners share of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was raised from $800 to $1,000 by a fan of the Pro Stock division at Fonda with Ivan Joslin leading lap one of the 20-lap event. Kenny Gates started the event in the third position, and he was the new race leader on lap two after getting by Joslin on the inside of turn four.

Nick Stone started the event in the seventh position and was the new third place car on lap three after he and defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Luke Horning both got by Joslin for the second and third spots. Stone was able to pass Horning for the second position and started to apply heavy pressure on Gates for the race lead on lap six.

The halfway point showed Gates, Stone, Horning, Joslin, and Pro Stock Rookie Tanner Warner in the top five but that all changed two laps later when Stone got by Gates on the inside of turn four after Gates slipped high out of the groove in the turn. The race to the win was between the top two cars of Stone and Gates until the checkered flag as they were a straightaway ahead of the third-place car of Horning.

Gates pressured Stone heavily over the last three laps of the event but Stone hung on for his sixth win out of seven events at Fonda in 2020 with Gates, Horning, Joslin, and fifth place starter Andy Graves completing the top five in the event at the checkered flag.

“I was able to get by Kenny (Gates) on the bottom when he slipped up in turn four,” Stone said in victory lane. “But after trying the outside I knew that I had better get back down to the bottom because Kenny like to run down there.”

The next race at Fonda will be “Championship Night” on Saturday, August 15 when “Mimi’s Bounty” will again be available to any driver who can defeat Friesen in the Sunoco Modified feature event. Championships will be crowned in all divisions on the 15th with any further announcements being made on the Fonda Facebook page or the track website.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 7 COME 11 SPECIAL – $3,711 TO WIN – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Mat Williamson, Michael Maresca, Danny Johnson, Jessica Friesen, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Jack Lehner, JR Hurlburt, Mike Mahaney, Brian Gleason, Ricky Davis III, Rich Christman, David Schilling, Darwin Greene, Danny Tyler, Dave Constantino, Adam McAuliffe, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti, Larry Wight, Brian Pessolano, Brian Calabrese, Aaron Jacobs, Steve Akers, Rocky Warner, Kailee Dimorier, Danny Varin (DNS), Pep Corradi (DNS), Jeff Heotzler (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 McAuliffe, 4-9 Decker, 10-30 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 to each Sunoco Modified heat race winner from Tyrrell Racing – Hanson, Schilling, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – $1,000 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese, JaMike Sowle, David Manchester, Tim Dwyer, Mike Ballestero, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Don Bellen, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, David Dickey, Mark Mortensen, EJ McAuliffe, Kyle Dingman, Joel Knudsen Jr., Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Borst, Spencer Rapp, Kathy Bellen (DNS), Dana Camenga (DNS), Chad Edwards (DNS), Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1 Manchester, 2-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dwyer, Calabrese, Sowle

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 TO WIN THANKS TO AN ANONYMOUS FAN ADDING AN ADDITIONAL $200 – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Beau Ballard, Tanner Warner, Steve Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Bill Knapp, Shane Playford, Devon Camenga, Don Collins, Jason Morrison, David Demorest, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Randy Cosselman (DNS), Alden Demorest (DNS), Jim Normoyle (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1 Joslin, 2-11 Gates, 12-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Graves, Stone

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 8/5/2020

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 7 COME 11 SPECIAL – $3,711 TO WIN – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Mat Williamson, Michael Maresca, Danny Johnson, Jessica Friesen, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Jack Lehner, JR Hurlburt, Mike Mahaney, Brian Gleason, Ricky Davis III, Rich Christman, David Schilling, Darwin Greene, Danny Tyler, Dave Constantino, Adam McAuliffe, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti, Larry Wight, Brian Pessolano, Brian Calabrese, Aaron Jacobs, Steve Akers, Rocky Warner, Kailee Dimorier, Danny Varin (DNS), Pep Corradi (DNS), Jeff Heotzler (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 McAuliffe, 4-9 Decker, 10-30 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 to each Sunoco Modified heat race winner from Tyrrell Racing – Hanson, Schilling, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – $1,000 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese, JaMike Sowle, David Manchester, Tim Dwyer, Mike Ballestero, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Don Bellen, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, David Dickey, Mark Mortensen, EJ McAuliffe, Kyle Dingman, Joel Knudsen Jr., Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Borst, Spencer Rapp, Kathy Bellen (DNS), Dana Camenga (DNS), Chad Edwards (DNS), Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1 Manchester, 2-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dwyer, Calabrese, Sowle

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 TO WIN THANKS TO AN ANONYMOUS FAN ADDING AN ADDITIONAL $200 – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Beau Ballard, Tanner Warner, Steve Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Bill Knapp, Shane Playford, Devon Camenga, Don Collins, Jason Morrison, David Demorest, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Randy Cosselman (DNS), Alden Demorest (DNS), Jim Normoyle (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1 Joslin, 2-11 Gates, 12-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Graves, Stone

CAN MORE HISTORY BE MADE AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS” FONDA SPEEDWAY AS THEY HOST THE “7 COME 11” SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5?

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Wednesday, Aug. 5, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will host the “7-Come-11” special event featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks. Moody Mile Motorsports – through Moody Tree Farm and Niederbuhl Bros. LLC – and Dirt Track Digest present this midweek event streamed LIVE exclusively on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Grandstands and the Infield Drive-In for this event will be closed per New York State regulations. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Hot laps get the green flag at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7:15 p.m. Pit admission is $35 (Non-Members) and $30 (Members).

On Saturday, August 1 the Fonda Speedway was back in action after a two week break and history was made that night by the Friesen family, Stewart, and Jessica. Stewart won his sixth feature event of the 2020 season at Fonda and the 66th of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Sunoco Modified division moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the All Time Win List. He also has single wins during his career at Fonda in a 360-Sprint Open event along with one victory each in both the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and Patriot Sprint events.

Jessica on the other hand finished second behind her husband last Saturday at Fonda after both started back in the sixth row of the 30-lap main event. That was the first time in Fonda Speedway history that a husband and wife have finished first and second in a feature event at the “Track of Champions”. Jessica also has a victory at Fonda in a 360-Sprint Open event along with a win in an Empire Super Sprint (ESS) event during her racing career at Fonda.

And the talk of the week has probably been what if there were a caution last Saturday in the feature event at Fonda? Could Jessica have possibly beat her husband? Can she do it this Wednesday and collect “Mimi’s Bounty” which is a bounty started by Mimi Lazzaro for anyone who can beat Stewart at Fonda this Wednesday? It will be a great time to get the event live on Dirt Track Digest TV and find out if Jessica or anyone else can beat Stewart at his home track.

One thing is for sure, Stewart and Jessica are both great drivers who put on a great show for the fans who watched the event live on Dirt Track Digest TV last Saturday evening. And if either one of them were to win on Wednesday their son Parker would put on a show of his own in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane!

On Wednesday, August 5 the Sunoco Modifieds will race 30 laps for a minimum of $3,000 to win. Drivers pre-registering for the event will receive an additional $711 in their pay envelope for a total of $3,711. Drivers can “cash in their chips” and pre-register by e-mailing the speedway at fondaspdwy@gmail.com. There is no cost to register for this event in advance. Modified heat winners will each receive $50 courtesy of Tyrell Racing.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,000 to win, $100 to start) and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (20 laps, an anonymous fan of the Pro Stock division has boosted the winner’s share to $1,000 for Wednesday night, $75 to start).

All events will feature draw for starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main events. 25 show-up points will be awarded to track regulars attempting to qualify.

Fonda Speedway weekly rules apply.

As stated earlier, Mimi Lazzaro has started a bounty on Stewart Friesen named accordingly as “Mimi’s Bounty” for anyone who can beat Stewart at the Fonda Speedway on Wednesday, August 5. Anyone wishing to participate can reach Mimi on her Facebook page.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, ANOTHER WIN FOR STEWART FRIESEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Stewart Friesen made another visit to the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening and just as he did five other times this season ended up in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane. After Saturday evenings racing program, Friesen has won six out of seven events at Fonda in 2020.

The race at Fonda on Saturday was the 1375th Modified event held in the history of the “Track of Champions” with Friesen now fourth on the Modified All Time Win List with 66 victories in just 10 winning seasons, passing Bobby Varin for the spot on the win list after Saturday evenings victory which was worth $3,000 after a Dedicated Race Fan of the Fonda Speedway boosted the winners share in the event.

Other Dedicated Race Fan Bonuses handed out on Saturday evening were $100 to the fifth, 10th, and 15th place finishers in both the Sunoco Modified and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature events. Those bonuses were collected by David Schilling (fifth), Roger Henion Jr. (10th), and Ricky Davis III (15th) in the Sunoco Modified feature and Rich Crane (fifth), David Emigh (10th), and Andy Graves (15th) in the Algonkin Pro Stock feature.

Competition Carburetion also presented $50 to the driver who set the fastest lap time in the feature events with those bonuses won by Dave Constantino (19.929), Tim Hartman Jr. (21.020), and Nick Stone (22.023) in the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions respectively.

Uncle Harry’s Smokehouse also paid out a $50 bonus to the overall winner of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature which was won by Cole Lawton.

Mimi Lazzaro sang the National Anthem before the racing action started which was streamed live by Dirt Track Digest TV who did a fantastic job with the coverage as the grandstand and infield were again closed due to New York State regulations.

The 50/50 was won by Carl Gray of Fort Plain and was worth $362!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Roger Henion Jr. as the early leader after Joe Kriss dropped the green flag on the event. Fourth place starter Dave Constantino took the lead away from Henion Jr. with a pass on the outside of turns three and four on lap three just before the red flag flew on lap four for a multi car pileup in turn two.

The wreck began when David Schilling got into the rear of Henion Jr. and got out of shape with many cars piling in as the track was blocked by the melee. Involved were point leader and defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Josh Hohenforst, and Scott Huber among others with Varin’s car ending up on top of the front end of Warner’s car.

Amazingly Warner was able to drive away to the hot pit area to make repairs and continue at the rear of the field. No drivers were injured in the jarring wreck.

Just after the race was restarted the red flag was out again, this time for Darwin Greene who was in the turn four wall by the Cow Palace. Greene was not injured but was done for the evening after the crash.

Constantino maintained the lead on the restart with Michael Maresca the new second place car. Maresca actually got by Constantino for the lead on lap seven at the finish line to complete the lap but Constantino was back in the lead as the cars went down the backstretch as he was able to get back by Maresca for the point.

Stewart Friesen started the event in the 12th position and by lap 10 had gotten by Schilling for the third position, making it a three-way battle for the lead between Constantino, Maresca, and Friesen. On the outside of turns one and two at the halfway point in the event, Maresca passed Constantino for the lead but that only lasted one lap as Friesen got by both for the lead one lap later.

But there was another Friesen who was having a great run in the feature after starting alongside her husband in row six, Jessica Friesen who was in the top five when her husband Stewart took the lead. As Stewart pulled away to yet another victory, all attention was on Jessica who picked off cars one by one to get into the second position on lap 21 after getting by Maresca.

That is how they would finish at the drop of the checkered flag with Stewart taking the win in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car while Jessica settled for second in the One Zee Tees #1Z Bicknell car. Maresca, Constantino, and Schilling completed the top five.

“It’s been a good run for us in July and hopefully we can keep it going,” Stewart Friesen said in victory lane as his son Parker celebrated on the roof of the race car. “First and second for the team is great, we had some motor issues with Jessica’s car but were able to straighten it out.”

“The track was good, its been different every week, tonight it blew off and slicked up more than I thought it would,” Friesen continued to say. “I love it here at Fonda, and I’m looking forward to when we can have fans in the stands again.”

Mimi Lazzaro announced that she is starting a bounty on Stewart Friesen starting with the race on Wednesday, August 5. She put up $100 to start and anyone can join in by getting in touch with her on Facebook.

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with Brendan Gibbons leading from his outside pole position start with division rookie Michael McCallion in tow. Brian Borst started the event in the fifth position, was up to third on lap two, and three laps after that he was the new race leader after getting by both McCallion and Gibbons.

Defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. started the event in the eighth position and by lap five was in the second position with seventh place starter Brian Calabrese just behind in third. Borst was in lap traffic by lap 13 with the one and only caution out one lap later for Kevin Chaffee who was in the turn four wall. He was not injured in the accident.

Borst continued to lead on the restart with Hartman Jr. trying to find a way by for the lead. On lap nine Hartman Jr. made his move on the outside of turn four to take the lead in the event and from that point on he led the remaining laps for his first win of the 2020 season and the 12th of his career in the division over Calabrese, Borst, 11th place starter Joe Williams, and 12th place starter Chad Edwards.

“This is just a relief,” Hartman Jr. said in victory lane after exiting the Parillo Services #22 car. “I’ve been struggling here at Fonda but have done well everywhere else. We found something with the car recently and went to Lebanon Valley and won so I was hoping it would work here and it did. I feel like this is my first career win again because we’ve been struggling so badly.”

Cody Clark was the winner of the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award after advancing from his 24th starting position to finish 10th.

Harold Robitaille led at the start of the 20-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature from his outside front row starting position. By lap four Robitaille held a straightway lead with Stephen Gray closing in on the leader at the halfway point. Gray got the lead on lap 11 with a pass on the inside of the backstretch with sixth place starter Carter Gibbons the new second place car after he also got by Robitaille with five laps to go.

Tenth place starter Brett Mortensen was in the fourth position at that point and with only two laps to go got by Gibbons for the second position. Gray went on to win by a straightaway for his first career win in the division over Mortensen, Gibbons, eighth place starter Dylan Eldred, and ninth place starter Johnny Young.

Andy Graves was the early leader in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature after starting on the pole with Beau Ballard in the second position after starting third. Graves and Ballard were side by side for the lead on lap four with Ballard able to get the lead away on the inside of turns one and two on lap five.

With three and four wide action throughout the field it was an exciting event with the first caution coming out on lap six with Luke Horning out of the event at that point while running in a top five position. Jim Normoyle was the new leader on the restart with 12th place starter Nick Stone in the top five by lap seven.

The final yellow of the event was out on lap 10 for Graves who did a slow roll on to his roof in turn two. He was not injured in the wreck with Normoyle, leading on the restart while Stone advanced to the second position. Using the inside groove in between turns three and four, Stone took the lead away and went on to his fifth win of the season and the 51st win of his career at Fonda, tying him with Todd Hoffman for the second position on the All Time Win List in the division. Seventh place starter Kenny Gates, Normoyle, Ballard, and 11th place starter Rich Crane completed the top five in the feature event.

“This car is so much better here at Fonda then it is anywhere else,” Stone told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I was just trying to be patient in the beginning with all the three and four wide action going on but once everyone fanned out it was okay. Each week everyone is getting better and better and once they catch up; we will have to make some adjustments to the car as well but right now we are right where we want to be.”

Dave Horning Sr. led the first three laps of the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature until defending track champion Jason Samrov took over the lead on lap four with a pass on the inside of turn four. Samrov went on to his second win of the season and the 15th of his career in the division over Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Lou Gancarz, and Horning Sr.

Ken Hollenback went from the 11th starting position to the lead by the time lap one was completed in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature with two cautions slowing the 15-lap event. With three laps to go, 14th place starter Cole Lawton was the new second place car and on lap 14 Lawton got by Hollenback for the lead and went on to his first win of the season in the DOHC class while Ken Hollenback was the first SOHC car across the line.

On Wednesday, August 5 the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with a racing program called the 7 come 11 Special sponsored by Moody Mile Motorsports and Dirt Track Digest. In competition on Wednesday will be the Sunoco Modifieds competing for $3,711 to win in a 30-lap event, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap $1,000 to win event and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in a 20-lap event for $1,000 to win. The racing program will be broadcast exclusively on Dirt Track Digest TV with race time at 7:15 p.m.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Jessica Friesen, Michael Maresca, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jack Lehner, Adam McAuliffe, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Rocky Warner, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Jeff Hoetzler, Ricky Davis III, Steve Akers, Brian Calabrese, Ed Harris, Rich Christman, Danny Johnson, Darwin Greene, Josh Hohenforst, Danny Varin, Scott Huber, Jim Introne Jr., Vincent Visconti

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Henion Jr., 3-14 Constantino, 15 Maresca, 16-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gleason, Constantino, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Brian Borst, Joe Williams, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Michael McCallion, EJ McAuliffe, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Tim Dwyer, Tucker O’Connor, Thomas VanVorst, Rich Ricci III, David Manchester, Griffen Mansmith, Ricky Quick, Kathy Bellen, Justin Severance, Brendan Gibbons, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kevin Chaffee, Joel Knudsen Jr., Don Bellen (DNS), Kurtis Hohensheldt (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Gibbons, 5-8 Borst, 9-25 Hartman Jr.

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, McAuliffe, Dwyer

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – STEPHEN GRAY, Brett Mortensen, Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, Johnny Young, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Jeff Lutes, Pat Mann, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kyle Dingman, Kadon Hohensheldt (DNS)

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Jim Normoyle, Beau Ballard, Rich Crane, Bill Knapp, Josh Coonradt, Justin Knight, Devon Camenga, David Emigh, Don Collins, John Roese, Dan Krajewski, Jason Morrison, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Tanner Warner, Dave Horning Sr., Randy Cosselman

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Graves, 5 Ballard, 6-12 Normoyle, 13-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Knapp, Crane, Stone

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – JASON SAMROV, Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Lou Gancarz, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, Josh Samrov

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Horning Sr., 4-15 Jason Samrov

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 15-LAPS – COLE LAWTON (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, John Napoli, Shawn Hemstreet, Dan Haslun, David Peek-Britten, Mike Landoux, Pat McSpirit, Jeffery Tubbs, Brandon Tyler, Todd Morey, Bubba Cook, David Frame

LAP LEADERS – 1-13 Ken Hollenback, 14-15 Lawton

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