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FRIESEN WINS $53,000 AFTER WIN IN THE 28TH EDITION OF THE “FONDA 200”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Not even a two hour rain delay could ruin the excitement and prestige of the “Fonda 200” which was run on Saturday at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway for the first time since 2002. When the final checkered flag flew at the end of 200 laps, Stewart Friesen was the winner of the big prize for his sixth win of the 2019 season and the 60th of his career at Fonda.

“These people over here are like a family to me,” Friesen said as he pointed to his crew. “This was a very special win that we are going to do celebrate for sure.”

A 25-lap feature was also held for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman with 2019 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. taking home the $1,500 win for his seventh win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division.

Ed Biittig Sr. opened up the racing program by saying “first of all Ladies and Gentleman, Bob James is a personal friend of mine and I want to thank everyone for their help raising money for Bob with a “Helmet Drive” by the drivers in the pit area who went through the grandstand to collect money for him.”

“I also want to thank all of the safety people that are always here to help in any situation at the race track. I worry about safety more than anything. I also want to thank the military for making this a free country for all of us to enjoy what we love to do. Fonda Speedway is living proof that a comeback can be made by the racers and the fans because of the efforts of Brett and Heather Deyo and their staff.”

Farmers Insurance sponsored the giveaways during the intermission as they did all season long with goodies being thrown to the crowd from the starters stand.

Pre-Race ceremonies started the 28th version of the “Fonda 200” with Stephanie May performing the Canadian National Anthem while Fonda Speedway’s own Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem which was signed to the crowd by Lori Scanlon.

Jeremy Jarosz of Lake George, NY took home the $6,071 50/50 prize on Saturday night! Congratulations and thank you to all of the fans who bought tickets from our 50/50 ladies and gentlemen all season!

Drivers were then introduced while their racecars were lined up on the front straightaway. A group photo was taken of all the drivers in the starting lineup in front of the 2019 victory lane sign for the “Fonda 200”. The field was paced by the Fuccillo Automotive Group Pace Truck and the Sampson Motor Car Pace Car along with the #112 “Batmobile” that was driven to the win at Super Dirt Week in 1980 by Gary Balough. Balough was on hand at the track all weekend long at the museum, greeting fans with the car also on display.

After a four wide salute to the fans by the 40 car starting field, Joe Kriss threw the green flag to start the event with pole starter Stewart Friesen the early race leader. An early yellow was out at the completion of lap one for Alex Yankowski who was in the wall in turn two with yellow flag laps counting up to a maximum of three laps in the event. Friesen chose the outside for the restart with Rocky Warner, Andy Bachetti, and Brett Hearn all getting by Josh Hohenforst who fell quickly through the field.

Lap 10 saw lap traffic come into play as Bachetti and Hearn got by Warner for position only to have Warner get back by them on the next lap. Another yellow flag was out on lap 14 and on this restart Friesen chose the bottom with Warner now the second place car chasing the leader. Contact was made between Warner and Bachetti on the restart as they both tried to get down low into turn one but both continued on without any damage.

A close call for Friesen on lap 37 as he and the lap car of Alex Tonkin came together on the front stretch but both continued on without any issues. Friesen and all of the other drivers were trying to keep their cars as straight as possible without sliding sideways too much to try and preserve their tire wear as everyone knew it would be an issue during the event.

Just after the 50-lap mark in the event, cars starting pitting as strategy came into play in the long distance race. When lap 74 was completed rain started to fall as the red flag came out and the cars were directed to the hot pit area. The top five at that point consisted of Friesen, Warner, David Schilling, Brett Hearn, and Jessica Friesen.

After almost a two hour rain delay the cars were back out on the track but 20 of them went back to the hot pit as part of their strategy for the event. Friesen who was the leader at that point was one of the cars that pitted handing the lead over to Warner with Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Scott Huber, and Matt DeLorenzo the new top five.

Matt DeLorenzo set the quickest lap of the race and was the new third place car on the restart of the race with Sheppard, DeLorenzo, and Decker three wide for the second position on lap 87. Sheppard held his position at that point but on lap 94, Sheppard got alongside of Warner for the lead. At the completion of the lap, Sheppard was the new race leader and he led the lead over the remaining laps to the halfway point with the top five at lap 100 consisting of Sheppard, Warner, DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, and Brian Gleason.

At lap 100 drivers were given the choice of going to the hot pit to change tires or setups and restart at the end of the lead lap cars or go to the infield to pit for tear offs, adjust air pressures, and refuel with no loss of position. Sheppard went to the hot pit to make adjustments to his car as did Warner relinquishing the lead to DeLorenzo at that point in the event.

Friesen pitted on the infield and restarted in the sixth position when the green flag flew again but one lap later he was up two positions to fourth. On lap 102, Friesen made a three wide move in turn four to go down the middle of both Mike Mahaney and Danny Varin for the second position. Friesen closed in quickly on DeLorenzo and on lap 107 made a move on the inside of turn two to take over the race lead.

By lap 111 Friesen pulled away to a straightaway advantage with Sheppard already up to the fifth position on lap 124 after restarting 20th after the break at halfway. Danny Varin was the new second place car on lap 131 after getting by DeLorenzo with Friesen now a half track ahead of his closest competitor in heavy lap traffic.

The yellow was out on lap 135 for Varin who pulled behind the wall and was done for the evening at that point after a great run. With 50-laps remaining in the event, Friesen held a straightaway advantage over the new second place car of Sheppard, DeLorenzo, Warner, and Mahaney. Five laps later Sheppard was closing in on the leader who was having a little bit of a hard time negotiating lap traffic while Warner moved ahead of DeLorenzo for the third position.

Friesen chose the outside on a lap 178 restart, with Sheppard getting by for the lead as the two exited turn two. By the time the two crossed the finish line to complete the lap however, Friesen had gotten back by Sheppard to get his lead back. It was the final time through the end of the event that Friesen would choose the outside on the restart as from that point on, he restarted on the inside of the front row.

The yellow was out again on the restart for a three car wreck involving DeLorenzo who spun in turn three collecting the cars of Roger Henion Jr. and Ancel Collins in the process. Friesen restarted on the inside to protect his position and pulled away on the restart with Brett Hearn who had the freshest tires of all of the top ten cars moving up four spots to the sixth position.

Friesen pulled away with a little over 10 laps to go but when he encountered lap traffic on lap 193 that changed everything as he was having issues getting by the lap car allowing Sheppard to close in. On the final lap Sheppard was close enough in turn four coming down for the checkered flag to mount a challenge but slid up high in the turn allowing Friesen to take the win.

Sheppard finished second but was disqualified in post-race inspection for a weight infraction moving Warner up to the second finishing position. Mahaney, Decker, and Hearn completed the top five.

“I knew at some point in the race that I would be back in the field and have to get back to the front,” Friesen said. “I struggled to get by the lap cars on the outside and that allowed Matt (Sheppard) to close in on me. I made the mistake of giving him the bottom on that one restart and that was the last time that I did that.”

“Definitely a nice payday,” Warner said after finding out he finished second after the Sheppard disqualification. “My tires were shot at the halfway break and we got caught with our pants down. The track rubbered up again after the rain and I was able to get back to the front. Stewart was running the middle and I don’t know what he had but I couldn’t run that line.”

“What an awesome event,” Mahaney said after his third place finish. “I’m ecstatic with this third place finish. It was definitely a strategy race and the break worked in our favor. I got a flat early but we were able to keep track position.”

Brian Borst led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature after starting on the front row with 2019 track champion Tim Hartman Jr. in tow. Hartman took over the lead on lap three on the outside of turn two and was already in lap traffic by the time the lap counter was on lap nine.

Cody Clark started the event in the seventh position but by lap 11 he had gotten by both Joe Williams and a lap car up to the fourth spot. Borst closed in on Hartman in lap traffic on lap 12 while Clark moved past Mark Mortensen for the third position. Ninth place starter Chad Edwards also got by Mortensen for the fourth position with Borst pressuring the leader with only five laps to go.

The yellow was out with only two laps remaining in the event and on the restart Hartman continued to lead while Edwards got by Borst for the second position. Hartman went on to the win, his seventh of the season and the 11th of his career in the division over Edwards, Williams, Mortensen, and Borst.

“It definitely helped that we started on the front row,” Hartman said after the race. “We made the right adjustments after the track was watered but I definitely didn’t want to see that last caution even though it worked out in my favor.”

That concluded the 2019 racing season at the “Track of Champions” but please stay up to date during the off season on our website www.thefondaspeedway.com and also on our Facebook page.

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

LAP LEADERS – 1-74 Friesen, 75-93 Warner, 94-100 Sheppard, 101-106 DeLorenzo, 107-200 Friesen

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/28/2019 – DAY TWO OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

SUNOCO MODIFIED B-MAIN 10 QUALIFY: FRANK COZZE, Brian Calabrese, Alex Tonkin, Cory Costa, Aaron Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Bobby Hackel IV, Ricky Newton, Ancel Collins, Jim Introne Jr.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,500 TO WIN – 25-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR., Chad Edwards, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Calabrese, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Joe Orlando, Matt Meade, Michael McCallion, Tucker O’Connor, Aaron Burton, Tim Falter, Michael Ballestero, Daniel Morgiewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Brendan Gibbons, Johnny Young, Moose Gulley, Jason Reome, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Miller

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cody Clark, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr.

CONSOLATION RACE TOP 5 QUALIFY: Jack Miller, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cass Bennett, Michael Ballestero, Moose Gulley

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Karl Barnes, Bill Port, Mike Grover, Kurtis Hohensheldt

SUNOCO MODIFIED “FONDA 200” FEATURE FINISH $53,000 TO WIN – 200-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Perrego, Brian Gleason, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Allison Ricci, Brian Calabrese, Tyler Thompson, Cory Costa, Darwin Greene, Matt DeLorenzo, Roger Henion Jr., Ancel Collins, Frank Cozze, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Steve Akers, Tim Fuller, Alex Tonkin, Jim Introne Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ricky Newton, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Elmo Reckner, Tim Clemons, Bobby Hackel IV, Alex Yankowski, Matt Sheppard (DQ)

DID NOT QUALIFY: Dylan Scribner, Danny Carlough, Jeff Rockefeller, Korey Wilder, Vincent Visconti

HARD CHARGER AWARD SPONSORED BY ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY – BRIAN GLEASON

HARD LUCK AWARD SPONSORED BY BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR – ALEX YANKOWSKI

UPDATE ON DAVIE FRANEK AFTER HIS CRASH ON FRIDAY EVENING

As put on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page by Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo:

Best news of the day: Davie Franek is home after his wild crash last night. Davie has been a go-to guy for me over the last couple years with Sprint Car questions and is a true racer. He spent most of Thursday in a packer car at Fonda helping us get the track run in for practice. Heal up and we will get you that bottle of champagne we had in the tower for your championship celebration!

POIRIER, PIENIAZEK, STONE, & SORRENTINO TAKE WINS ON DAY ONE OF FONDA 200 WEEKEND

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On a beautiful fall evening for racing, 119 cars signed in for competition in a five division racing program consisting of the Patriot Sprint cars, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers. The Sunoco Racing Modifieds were also on hand for qualifying heat races for the prestigious $53,000 to win “Fonda 200”.

When the final checkered flag flew on the evening Jordan Poirier (Earl Halaquist Memorial), Josh Pieniazek (Patriot Sprint A-Main), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), and Zach Sorrentino (Trackside Body Works Street Stocks) were the winners of the evening’s events.

The all-important heat race events were also held for the Sunoco Modifieds with Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, and 2019 Track Champion Rocky Warner taking those victories. With those wins, those three drivers will start in the top three positions respectively in the $53,000 to win “Fonda 200 on Saturday! The top 10 drivers in each of the 15-lap Sunoco Modified heat races were locked into the “Fonda 200” with those results at the bottom of this release.

Opening ceremonies began with Ed Biittig Sr. who said to the crowd “Ladies and Gentleman this season at Fonda has been a very special one and has meant a lot to me. This past week on Wednesday I went to Pangburn Road in Duanesburg to visit Fonda Speedway legend Jack Johnson as a huge ovation came from the crowd. I told Jack what the Deyo’s were doing at Fonda and a smile came on his face.”

“Jack is still Jack and to look at his face you could see the wins he had at Fonda,” Biittig continued on to say. “Then I went into the museum tonight and looked at the cars and all of the wins that those drivers had here at Fonda and how special that was. Thank you to Brett & Heather Deyo and their staff for bringing the 200 back and enjoy your evening”.

The lead guitarist for Tomkins Drive, Cal LaClair, performed a guitar version of the National Anthem before the racing began. Tomkins Drive was also live in the Entertainment Building following the completion of the racing activities.

Congratulations Jack Horton of Gloversville who went home $3,134 happier on Friday evening after winning the 50/50!

The first feature of the evening was the rain delayed Earl Halaquist Memorial event with Danny Varin leading from his pole position start after qualifying was completed back in May for the event. By lap eight Varin held a straightaway advantage over Josh Pieniazek who started fourth. Varin was in lap traffic at the halfway point in the event with the top five at that point consisting of Varin, Pieniazek, Jordan Poirier, Jeff Trombley, and Joe Trenka.

On lap 16, Poirier took the second position away from Pieniazek but the race took a turn for the worse at that point when Varin drove to the pit area relinquishing the lead to Poirier. Poirier stretched his advantage to a full straightaway by lap 22 and was in heavy lap traffic until the end of the event but took his first ever Patriot Sprint win and his first ever win in the Earl Halaquist event over Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Trombley, and Trenca.

“I didn’t even know that Danny (Varin) pulled in,” Poirier said in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane. “I was trying to get through lap traffic and then I didn’t see him. I didn’t expect the cushion to be like that but the car was really good.”

Next up was the $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature with fourth place starter Jason Morrison leading lap one. Fifth place starter Nick Stone was in the second position in Bill Knapp’s #21 car and on lap two he got around the outside of Morrison for the lead in turns three and four.

Also on the move was 2019 track champion Luke Horning who started the event in the 11th position and by lap six he was going three wide to get around Jeff McPhail and Devon Camenga for the third position. Horning continued his march to the front on lap eight when he took the second position away from Morrison while Stone enjoyed a straightaway advantage over the field.

At the halfway point in the event Stone was the leader followed by Horning, Morrison, 14th place starter Kenny Gates, and Chuck Dumblewski. The only position that changed for the remainder of the event was the third and fourth positions which Gates and Dumblewski took away from Morrison in the final five laps of the event.

Stone went on to his fourth win of the 2019 season and the 46th of his career in the division over Horning, Gates, Dumblewski, and Morrison. The win was Stone’s fourth out of the last six races during the 2019 season!

“Fifth was definitely a good starting spot for me,” Stone said in victory lane. “The starter was showing me that I had a good lead so I just stayed cautious with the lap cars. Bill Knapp wanted me to run this car to try to figure some stuff out and the car is good.”

Roberts Towing & Recovery sponsored the $500 to win Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature with Ed Hatch leading the first two laps after starting on the pole position for the event. An early caution fell on lap three and on the restart Stephen Young took over the race lead but just as quickly as he took over the lead his car broke and he was forced to the pit area handing the lead back over to Hatch.

Zach Sorrentino started the event in the fifth position and on a lap four restart took over the race lead from Hatch. Michael Arnold put on a show coming to the front after having to pit on lap nine and restarting at the rear of the field. Arnold made it all the way back up to the third position behind Sorrentino and Hatch while John Devine and Mark Burch completed the top five at the checkered flag.

For Sorrentino it was his first win of the season and the third of his career in the division.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” Sorrentino told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We’ve won the last race of the season the last two years and it sucks to have to wait all season to get a win.”

2019 Four Cylinder Track Champion Ken Hollenbeck proved that it doesn’t matter where you start in the feature if you have a good car. Hollenbeck started the 12-lap Four Cylinder Cruiser feature in the ninth position while John Napoli started on the outside pole and led the first four laps of the event.

On a lap five restart, 12th place starter Riley Pedrick took over the race lead with Hollenbeck now up to the second position after making his way through the field. Hollenbeck took over the race lead on lap seven on the outside of turns three and four and went on to his eighth win of the season and the 50th of his career in the division over Brandon Ely, Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, and Napoli.

The final event of the evening was the 30-lap A-Main for the Patriot Sprint cars with Josh Pieniazek leading at the start. By lap seven Pieniazek was already in lap traffic with the red flag out for Matt Tanner who flipped his car in turn two while running fourth. Tanner was not injured in the wreck and on the restart Pieniazek continued to lead the event.

At the halfway point Pieniazek led and was followed by Mike Kiser, Jordan Thomas, Jonathan Preston, and Jordan Poirier. The red flag was out again on lap 16 for Davie Franek who went through the wooden fence and out on to the sidewalk along the road that runs along turns one and two of the speedway. Franek was also okay after the wreck with no injuries reported.

Pieniazek was never seriously challenged during the event despite a caution with only four laps remaining in the event as he went on to the win over Thomas, Poirier, Joe Trenka, and Paulie Colagiovanni.

“Fonda is my home track,” Pieniazek said in victory lane. “I was just trying to maintain my position to the finish. I wasn’t about to try going down low on the track, I wasn’t about to change what I was doing.”

The “Fonda 200” weekend concludes today with the running of the B-Mains for the Sunoco Modifieds, a complete racing program for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the 28th running of the “Fonda 200”, the first 200 lap event at Fonda since the last one was held 17 years ago which was won by Brett Hearn!

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT MAKE-UP FEATURE FINISH FROM MAY 25 – 30-LAPS – JORDAN POIRIER, Josh Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Trombley, Joe Trenka, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Dalton Herrick, Pete Richardson, Roger Levesque, Danny Varin, Josh Flint, Bobby Varin, Dylan Swiernik (DNS), Kevin Carlson (DNS), Jared Zimbardi (DNS), Dustin Purdy (DNS)

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Brandon Ely, Riley Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Jeff Degroat, Duane Baker, Shawn Hemstreet, Hunter Miller, Ray Young, Bob Ely, Wayne Russell, Katrina Bean, Cheri Pieniazek, TJ Marlitt, Cordell Younger, Ashley Celebucki, Cole Lawton

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH $500 TO WIN PRESENTED BY ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY – 15-LAPS – ZACH SORRENTINO, Ed Hatch, Michael Arnold, John Devine, Mark Burch, Matt Moshier, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, Pete Vila, Jason Barrett, Dave Horning Sr., Keri Vandenburg, Curtis Condon, Stephen Young

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Zach Sorrentino, John Devine

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Jeff McPhail, Justin Knight, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Shane Henderson, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Dave Horning Sr., Buck Gasner, Steve Cosselman, Joe Achzet, Jamie Warner, Bob Fachini (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jeff McPhail, Nick Stone, Randy Cosselman

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – JOSH PIENIAZEK, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Poirier, Joe Trenka, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Thomas Radivoy, Roger Levesque, Jonathan Preston, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Floyd Billington, Matt tanner, Pete Richardson, Link Pettit, Kyle Smith (DNS), Josh Flint (DNS), Cory Sparks (DNS), Bobby Varin (DNS), Danny Varin (DNS)

PATRIOT SPRINT HEAT RACE WINNERS: Paulie Colagiovanni, Joe Trenka, Jordan Thomas

PATRIOT SPRINT DASH WINNER: Jordan Poirier

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #1 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – STEWART FRIESEN (starts on the pole for the Fonda 200), Brett Hearn, David Schilling, Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Danny Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #2 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – JOSH HOHENFORST (starts on the outside pole for the Fonda 200), Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Elmo Reckner, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #3 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – ROCKY WARNER (starts third in the Fonda 200), Bobby Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Tim Fuller, Anthony Perrego, Roger Henion Jr., Darwin Greene, Scott Huber, Tim Clemons, Steve Akers

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/27/2019 – DAY ONE OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/27/2019 – DAY ONE OF “FONDA 200” WEEKEND

THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT MAKE-UP FEATURE FINISH FROM MAY 25 – 30-LAPS – JORDAN POIRIER, Josh Pieniazek, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Trombley, Joe Trenka, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Dalton Herrick, Pete Richardson, Roger Levesque, Danny Varin, Josh Flint, Bobby Varin, Dylan Swiernik (DNS), Kevin Carlson (DNS), Jared Zimbardi (DNS), Dustin Purdy (DNS)

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Brandon Ely, Riley Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Jeff Degroat, Duane Baker, Shawn Hemstreet, Hunter Miller, Ray Young, Bob Ely, Wayne Russell, Katrina Bean, Cheri Pieniazek, TJ Marlitt, Cordell Younger, Ashley Celebucki, Cole Lawton

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH $500 TO WIN PRESENTED BY ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY – 15-LAPS – ZACH SORRENTINO, Ed Hatch, Michael Arnold, John Devine, Mark Burch, Matt Moshier, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, Pete Vila, Jason Barrett, Dave Horning Sr., Keri Vandenburg, Curtis Condon, Stephen Young

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Zach Sorrentino, John Devine

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga, Jeff McPhail, Justin Knight, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Shane Henderson, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Dave Horning Sr., Buck Gasner, Steve Cosselman, Joe Achzet, Jamie Warner, Bob Fachini (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jeff McPhail, Nick Stone, Randy Cosselman

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR 360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – JOSH PIENIAZEK, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Poirier, Joe Trenka, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Trombley, Dalton Herrick, Steve Glover, Thomas Radivoy, Roger Levesque, Jonathan Preston, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Floyd Billington, Matt tanner, Pete Richardson, Link Pettit, Kyle Smith (DNS), Josh Flint (DNS), Cory Sparks (DNS), Bobby Varin (DNS), Danny Varin (DNS)

PATRIOT SPRINT HEAT RACE WINNERS: Paulie Colagiovanni, Joe Trenka, Jordan Thomas

PATRIOT SPRINT DASH WINNER: Jordan Poirier

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #1 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – STEWART FRIESEN (starts on the pole for the Fonda 200), Brett Hearn, David Schilling, Matt Sheppard, Dave Constantino, Alex Yankowski, Danny Johnson, Brian Pessolano, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #2 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – JOSH HOHENFORST (starts on the outside pole for the Fonda 200), Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Elmo Reckner, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson

SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE #3 – 15-LAPS – TOP 10 TRANSFER TO THE FONDA 200 – ROCKY WARNER (starts third in the Fonda 200), Bobby Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Tim Fuller, Anthony Perrego, Roger Henion Jr., Darwin Greene, Scott Huber, Tim Clemons, Steve Akers

THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE 2019 SEASON AT FONDA STARTS ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Just after Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media took over the reins of the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway about one year ago, he announced that the “Fonda 200” would make a return to Fonda after a 17 year absence. It was one of if not the most talked about subjects all year and now the time is here for the biggest event of the 2019 season at the “Track of Champions”.

A complete schedule of events for the Fonda 200 weekend follows at the end of this release along with a list of past winners of the prestigious event.

After a 17-year absence, an auto race built on tradition returns this weekend at the legendary “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. A new chapter will be written in the legacy that is the “Fonda 200” Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28.

The historic return of the “Fonda 200” is a race competitors and fans have earmarked on their calendars since the announcement last fall.

While the Sunoco Modifieds are the headline, a full plate of racing will be offered to include the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

This weekend, $53,000 awaits the winner of the 200-lap Sunoco Modified event that headlines the three-day racing festival. This is the single richest event in the history of Fonda Speedway with an A-Main purse structure of $125,675 minimum.

The list of past winners includes pioneers, legends and Hall of Fame drivers who have been able to conquer the “Track of Champions” for 200 laps.

Brett Hearn has enjoyed more success than any other driver in the 200 with four victories including the most recent edition in 2002. It is quite possible that Hearn will be the only past winner in the field this weekend.

Many new names would like nothing more than to put their name on the win list for the 200.

Below are the names of drivers who have officially entered the event as of the time this press release was written. In parenthesis are some statistics of the drivers who have had past success at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway with wins and championships.

Brett Hearn – (Fonda 200 winner in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002; 26 Modified wins; 7 358-Modified wins)

Danny Varin – (10 Modified wins, 1 Open Sportsman win, 4 CRSA Sprint wins, 3 ESS Sprint wins)

Jessica Friesen – (1 360 Sprint win, 1 ESS Sprint win)

Bobby Varin – (Modified Track Champion 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018; 65 Modified wins; 1 358-Modified win)

Rocky Warner – (Modified Track Champion 2019; Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Pro Stock Track Champion 2011; Street Stock Co-Champion in 2005, Champion in 2007; 6 Modified wins; 25 Crate 602 Sportsman wins; 12 Pro Stock wins; 25 Street Stock wins)

Matt DeLorenzo – (Modified Track Champion 2007; 358-Modified Track Champion 2004, 2006; 37 Modified wins; 2 358-Modified wins; 1 Open Sportsman win)

Demetrios Drellos – (1 Modified win)

Matt Sheppard – (4 Modified wins)

Stewart Friesen – (Modified Track Champion 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; 59 Modified wins; 1 358-Modified win; 1 360 Sprint win; 1 Patriot Sprint win; 1 ESS Sprint win)

Mike Mahaney – (3 Modified wins)

Billy Decker – (3 Modified wins)
Tim Fuller – (Modified Track Champion 2017, 3 Modified wins)

Dave Constantino – (Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion 2013, 1 Modified win, 10 Open Sportsman wins, 17 Crate 602 Sportsman wins)

Danny Johnson – (11 Modified wins)

Brian Pessolano – (4 Crate 602 Sportsman wins)

Craig Hanson – (7 Modified wins)

Pep Corradi – (1 Modified win)

Josh Hohenforst – (3 Modified wins, 1 Open Sportsman win)

Steve Akers – (2 Open Sportsman wins)

Other entrants include Roger Henion Jr, Allison Ricci, Mike Gular, Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Alex Yankowski, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Aaron Jacobs, Alex Tonkin, Matt Hitchcock, Dylan Scribner, Michael McClinton, Korey Wilder, David Schilling, and Brett Tonkin.

Special Awards and other activities for the weekend event:

The winning trophy for the “Fonda 200” was created by Tonkin Fabrications LLC

Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present the winner of the Fonda 200 a one of a kind custom jacket and will also sponsor a “Hard Luck Award” consisting of a team wear t-shirt package worth $300!

The Rockin’ Country band Tomkins Drive will be performing at the Entertainment Building on Friday evening at the completion of the racing activities.

The Orange County Fair Speedway will present a “Hard Charger Award” of $500 to the driver gaining the most positions in the “Fonda 200”.

A brand new Teo Pro Car will be given away on Saturday in a drawing with drivers from the Fonda Speedway with perfect attendance during the 2019 season all eligible to win the prize.

There will be a “Helmet Drive” on Saturday with the proceeds to benefit Bobco Racing Video’s own Bob James (Bobco) who has had some health issues recently.

Fonda 200 Weekend Schedule of Events: Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28, 2019

Thursday, September 26
8 a.m. – Camper Staging Begins
9 a.m. – Camper Parking Begins (coordinated by Fonda Speedway staff)
2 p.m. – Pit Gates Open
6 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting
6:30 p.m. – Open Practice (rotating by division)
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock
Sunoco Modified
Swagger Factory Apparel Sportsman
Trackside Body Works Street Stock
Four Cylinder
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprints
9 p.m. – Open Practice & Camper Parking End

Friday, September 27
9 a.m.-7 p.m. – Camper Parking
3 p.m. – Gates Open
5:15 p.m. – Mandatory Drivers Meeting & Sunoco Modified Qualifying Race Draw
5:45 p.m. – Patriot Sprint Tour Engine Heat followed by Hot Laps
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car
Sunoco Modified
Trackside Body Work Street Stocks
Four Cylinder Cruisers
6:55 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies & National Anthem
7 p.m. – Racing
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Make-Up Feature from May 25 (25 laps)
Trackside Body Works Street Stock Heats (6 laps, with more than 15 cars)
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Heats (8 laps)
TRACK PREP (IF NEEDED)
Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 1 (15 laps)
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Heats (8 laps)
Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 2 (15 laps)
Four Cylinder Cruiser Feature (12 laps)
Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature (15 laps, $500 to win presented by Roberts Towing & Recovery)
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Dash
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car B-Main, if needed
Sunoco Modified Qualifier No. 3
Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature (20 laps)
Sunoco Modified Qualifiers No. 4 & 5 (15 laps, if needed)
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps)
10-10:30 p.m. – Tompkins Drive Band LIVE at Entertainment Building

Saturday, September 28
1 p.m. – Gates Open
5 p.m. – Hot Laps
Crate 602 Sportsman
Sunoco Modified
5:50 p.m. – Welcome
6 p.m. – Racing
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Heats (8 laps)
Sunoco Modified B-Mains (15 laps)
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Consolations (8 laps)
BRIEF BREAK – TRACK PREP
Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature (25 laps, $1,500 to win)
FONDA 200 DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
CANADIAN & AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS
DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES
Sunoco Modified ‘Fonda 200’ (200 laps – $53,000 to win!)

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda 200 History of Winners
1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: ???

FRIESEN TAKES $4,000 MODIFIED WIN AT FONDA WHILE HARTMAN TAKES KING OF DIRT (KOD) NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After the annual break for the Fonda Fair, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway was back in action on Saturday evening with a seven division racing program presented by Dodson Construction. A late rain shower tried to spoil the party but the track crews and all of the drivers in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman did a great job getting the track back so that the racing program could be completed.

Winners on Saturday evening at Fonda included Stewart Friesen who drove a brand new Bicknell car to victory in its maiden voyage in the Sunoco Racing Modified feature, Tim Hartman Jr. who was the winner of the KOD Northeast Nationals in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature, Kenny Gates in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature, Ed Hatch in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature, Jeff Trombley in the CRSA Sprint feature, and Ken Hollenbeck in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series was also in action on Saturday at Fonda with the winners of those events including Frank Blanchard (MVVDMS Antique), Rob Sanford (MVVDMA Modified Replica), Dan Wood (MVVDMS Sportsman Replica), and John Roese (MVVDMS) Late Model). 2019 Track Champions were crowned on Saturday in the MVVDMS with Frank Blanchard (MVVDMS Antique), John Flach (MVVDMS Modified), Dan Wood (MVVDMS Sportsman), and Malcum warner (MVVDMS Late Model) all taking the honors for the season.

Fonda Speedway Hall of fame driver CD Coville was on hand during pre-race ceremonies to present the MVVDMS Rocking Chair to its new owner after a season long raffle event. On victory lane along with CD and the MVVDMS officials and drivers was the beautiful #61 race car owned by Brian Gray which was a replica of the one CD once raced. John Wentworth was the winner of the rocking chair which was donated by Al Kugler and custom painted by the one and only “Custom” Bob Niemietz.

When interviewed by Mimi Lazzaro Coville said “I really wanted to do some hot laps tonight but I don’t think my doctor would like it very much. Maybe 20 weekend.”

Fallis and the MVVDMS organization then thanked Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo with a plaque for allowing them to race at the Fonda Speedway this season. “He did whatever I asked of him for the organization,” Fallis told the crowd. “Without Brett and the Fonda Speedway we wouldn’t have a place to race and we really appreciate what he has done for us.”

On victory lane Mimi Lazzaro also shared some memories by saying “I have some cool memories of growing up here in the infield pit area with my father Lou Lazzaro who used to pit down in turn four. This year it has been 50 years since my father won the Fonda 200 back in 1969.”

Fonda Speedway flagger Joe Kriss performed a great rendition of the National Anthem and then it was a solid six hours of great racing in all divisions after pre-race ceremonies were completed.

The 30-lap Sunoco Racing Modified feature began with Brian Gleason and invader Anthony Perrego on the front row with Perrego out to the early lead. Stewart Friesen started fifth in the event and by completion of lap one he was in the third position in his brand new Bicknell car. By lap six the top three of Gleason, Perrego, and Friesen pulled away from the rest of the field with the first caution of the event out on lap six for the fifth place car of Danny Varin who was stopped in turn four. Varin would continue on at the rear of the field.

On the restart, Perrego was the new race leader with Friesen also getting by Gleason for the second position. Just after the green flag flew again the caution was out for Ancel Collins and Bobby Varin who were involved in a wreck between turns one and two. Collins was okay but done for the night while Varin continued on at the rear of the field.

Perrego chose the outside on the restart and continued to lead while Friesen and the new third place car of 2019 Fonda Speedway Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner followed trying to figure out a way to get past the high flying Teo car of Perrego. Dave Constantino was another car that was on the move after starting 11th, getting into the top five just before the halfway point in his DKM Cyclone car.

Friesen figured out a way to challenge Perrego over the next few laps and took over the lead with a pass on the inside at the finish line to complete lap 18 just before the red flag came out for a wreck in between turns one and two involving the fourth place car of David Schilling and Josh Hohenforst.

Schilling’s car flipped over and came to rest against the wall while Hohenforst who was running the extreme outside on the track as many other drivers were had nowhere to go and made contact with Schilling. Both drivers were okay at the track and after checking on Schilling early Sunday morning New York State Stock Car Association Fonda Speedway representative Bonnie Mortensen said that Schilling was doing okay.

Friesen chose the outside for the restart and at the drop of the green flag pulled away making it a race for the second position between several cars. When the checkered flag was thrown Friesen was the winner of his fifth event of the season at Fonda and the 59th of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car. Perrego, Constantino, Warner, and 10th place starter Matt DeLorenzo completed the top five.

“I love this place,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Automotive Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane as his son Parker did his famous roof dance. “The 18 (Perrego) was fast and they have a lot of good stuff in that program so honestly I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pass him or not but he was starting to get free off of turn four and I was able to get by. The track was super smooth and awesome tonight so thanks to the Fonda track crew and thanks to my guys who prepared two new race cars this week for Jessica and I to race tonight.”

After a rain delay the 50-lap KOD Northeast Nationals took to the track for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with outside front row position starter and 2019 Fonda Speedway Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. the early race leader. Two consecutive cautions before a second lap was completed forced a single file restart with Hartman again leading the event at the drop of the green flag.

Hartman was out to a straightaway advantage by lap 10 with sixth place starter Brian Borst the new second place car while JaMike Sowle was right behind in the third spot. Borst and Sowle swapped the second position several times with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Hartman, Borst, Sowle, 11th place starter Brian Calabrese, and 16th place starter Bobby Hackel IV.

Hartman was in heavy lap traffic from the halfway point forward and had a close call on lap 32 when Tim Falter spun right in front of him in turn one to bring out the caution. Hartman chose the outside on the restart and again pulled away at the drop of the green flag while Borst and Sowle continued their battle for the second position.

The yellow was out one last time with three laps to go for Joe Williams who slowed coming out of turn four setting up a three lap battle for the win. Sowle took the second position on the restart and got close to Hartman on the final lap but it was Hartman who took home his sixth victory of the season at Fonda and the 10th of his career in the division in the Parillo Services #22 Troyer car.

Sowle, Borst, Calabrese, and Hackel completed the top five.

“It’s great to come back after a break for the fair and get another win,” Hartman said in victory lane. “I was worried about the rain but we made as many adjustments as we could after the rain delay and it got us another win.”

Kenny Gates started the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with Jason Morrison in tow. Sixth place starter Josh Coonradt was the new third place car on lap two with Gates out to a straightaway advantage on lap five. Fifth place starter Luke Horning got by Nick Stone for the fourth position while Coonradt took over the second position from Morrison on lap eight.

Horning also got by the slowing car of Morrison for the third position and at the halfway point Horning was second after getting by Coonradt. The battle for second continued to the checkered flag between Horning and Coonradt while Gates was in lap traffic on lap 13. Nothing would slow Gates down on this night however as he negotiated lap traffic and went on to his third victory of the season and the 83rd of his career in the division which is on top of the All Time Pro Stock Win List at Fonda.

Coonradt, Horning, Stone, and Shane Henderson completed the top five in the event.

“We’ve been working on this car, traveling and experimenting with it,” Gates said in victory lane. “Now we have a setup that I’m not real comfortable with but I just have to get in it and drive it. Thanks to my crew for their long nights working on this car and to Pete Stefanski and the Beldon’s who have helped us with the setup. The track was fast tonight and couldn’t have been any better.”

Zach Sorrentino led at the start of the Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature but when he did a 360 degree spin in turn two it was Ed Hatch who took over the race lead while Sorrentino continued on back in the fifth spot. Hatch led the remaining laps for his second career win at Fonda followed by Michael Arnold, Sorrentino, Al Relyea, and Stephen Young.

Ken Hollenbeck led every lap of the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature for his seventh win of the season and the 49th of his career in the division at Fonda over Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, and Katrina Bean.

Jeff Trombley started the CRSA Sprint feature on the pole and led at the drop of the green flag to start the 20-lap event with Darryl Ruggles second. After starting sixth, Mike Kiser was the new third place car on lap five while Trombley was out to a straightaway advantage. Kiser took the second spot away from Ruggles on lap eight and was challenging Trombley for the lead on lap 12.

On the inside of turns one and two on lap 17, Kiser got by Trombley for the lead but by the time the lap was completed Trombley retook the lead at the line to complete the lap. Trombley went three wide at times around lap traffic to maintain the lead and get the win, his second career CRSA victory at the “Track of Champions”.

Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, and Dana Wagner completed the top five.

“He got close,” Trombley said of Kiser in victory lane. “He certainly gave me a run for it.”

Next up at the “Track of Champions” is the Fonda 200 weekend on Thursday September 26 through Saturday September 28 so please connect with the Fonda Speedway website and Facebook pages during the next couple weeks for details on the $53,000 to win event!

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN: STEWART FRIESEN, Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Jessica Friesen, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Pitts, Scott Huber, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Neil Stratton, JR Hurlburt, Aaron Jacobs, Darwin Greene, Kathy Bellen, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Allison Ricci, Alan Barker, Ancel Collins, Roger Henion Jr. (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Stewart Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 50-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN: TIM HARTMAN JR., JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Bobby Hackel IV, Chad Edwards, Robert Bublak, Elmo Reckner, Aaron Burton, EJ McAuliffe, Mike Fisher, Tim Falter, Joey Scarborough, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Joe Orlando, Vince Quenneville, Harry Shaffer, Matt Meade, Frank Hoard III, Dana Camenga, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill Port, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, William August, Brett Mortensen, Connor Cleveland, Ron Proctor, Adam Pierson, Tucker O’Connor

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Joey Scarborough, Connor Cleveland

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Joe Williams, Tucker O’Connor

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Billy Lussier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Spencer Rapp, Brent Warren, Dan Santabarbara, Brendan Gibbons, Michael Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Cody Clark, Shane Larman

2019 KING OF DIRT (KOD) CRATE MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – Bobby Hackel IV

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN: KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Shane Henderson, Randy Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Jim Normoyle, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Ed Kotary, John Roese, Jamie Warner, Jason Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kenny Gates, Nick Stone

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ED HATCH, Michael Arnold, Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Stephen Young, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Chris Murphy, Josh Samrov, Ryan Brown, Chris Stalker, James Dellea

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, Katrina Bean

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Mark Reardon, Larry Hoyt, Phil Mitchell, Phil Barkins (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ROB SANFORD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Stanley Wetmore, DAN WOOD (SPORTSMAN), Randy Delaney, Frank Hoard Jr., Brian Gray, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE (LATE MODEL), John Constantino, Will Reed, Malcum Warner, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Wayne Gage, Carl Cram

2019 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE MODIFIED DIRT SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS:

FRANK BLANCHARD – VINTAGE ANTIQUE

JOHN FLACH – VINTAGE MODIFIED

DAN WOOD – VINTAGE SPORTSMAN

MALCUM WARNER – VINTAGE LATE MODEL

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JEFF TROMBLEY, Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, Dana Wagner, Johnny Kolosek, John Scarborough, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, Cory Sparks, Justin Mills, Mike VanPelt, Mark Taylor, Matt Priscott, Link Pettit

CRSA HEAT RACE WINNERS: Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles

DODSON CONSTRUCTION NIGHT AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 9/14/2019

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN: STEWART FRIESEN, Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Brian Pessolano, Jessica Friesen, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Pitts, Scott Huber, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Neil Stratton, JR Hurlburt, Aaron Jacobs, Darwin Greene, Kathy Bellen, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Allison Ricci, Alan Barker, Ancel Collins, Roger Henion Jr. (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Anthony Perrego, Dave Constantino, Stewart Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 50-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN: TIM HARTMAN JR., JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Bobby Hackel IV, Chad Edwards, Robert Bublak, Elmo Reckner, Aaron Burton, EJ McAuliffe, Mike Fisher, Tim Falter, Joey Scarborough, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Joe Orlando, Vince Quenneville, Harry Shaffer, Matt Meade, Frank Hoard III, Dana Camenga, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill Port, Joe Williams, Mark Mortensen, William August, Brett Mortensen, Connor Cleveland, Ron Proctor, Adam Pierson, Tucker O’Connor

HEAT RACE WINNERS: JaMike Sowle, Brian Calabrese, Joey Scarborough, Connor Cleveland

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Joe Williams, Tucker O’Connor

DID NOT QUALIFY: Marshall Hurd, Billy Lussier, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Spencer Rapp, Brent Warren, Dan Santabarbara, Brendan Gibbons, Michael Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Cody Clark, Shane Larman

2019 KING OF DIRT (KOD) CRATE MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – Bobby Hackel IV

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – $1,000 TO WIN: KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Shane Henderson, Randy Cosselman, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Jim Normoyle, Jim Burton, Tony Markou, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Ed Kotary, John Roese, Jamie Warner, Jason Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kenny Gates, Nick Stone

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ED HATCH, Michael Arnold, Zach Sorrentino, Al Relyea, Stephen Young, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Chris Murphy, Josh Samrov, Ryan Brown, Chris Stalker, James Dellea

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE FINISH – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Dale VanAllen, Wayne Russell, Jeffrey Tubbs, Katrina Bean

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 6-LAPS – FRANK BLANCHARD, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Mark Reardon, Larry Hoyt, Phil Mitchell, Phil Barkins (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – ROB SANFORD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Stanley Wetmore, DAN WOOD (SPORTSMAN), Randy Delaney, Frank Hoard Jr., Brian Gray, Marv Blackwell, JOHN ROESE (LATE MODEL), John Constantino, Will Reed, Malcum Warner, George Palmer, Dan Karl, Wayne Gage, Carl Cram

2019 MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE MODIFIED DIRT SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS:

FRANK BLANCHARD – VINTAGE ANTIQUE

JOHN FLACH – VINTAGE MODIFIED

DAN WOOD – VINTAGE SPORTSMAN

MALCUM WARNER – VINTAGE LATE MODEL

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JEFF TROMBLEY, Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Ruggles, Dana Wagner, Johnny Kolosek, John Scarborough, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, Cory Sparks, Justin Mills, Mike VanPelt, Mark Taylor, Matt Priscott, Link Pettit

CRSA HEAT RACE WINNERS: Mike Kiser, Darryl Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY COMES BACK TO LIFE AFTER A BREAK FOR THE ANNUAL FONDA FAIR

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, September 14 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action with a racing program presented by Dodson Construction after a break for the Annual Fonda Fair.

On the racing card will be the Sunoco Racing Modifieds in a 30-lap $4,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman King of Dirt Racing Series in a 50-lap $2,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in a 20-lap $1,000 to win event with a draw for heat-race starting positions, the CRSA Sprints in a 20-lap feature event, the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a 15 lap feature event with a draw for position, the Four Cylinder Cruisers in a 12-lap event with a draw for position, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

Pit gates will open at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with grandstand gates opening at 3:00 p.m., hot laps at 4:45 p.m., and racing at 6:00 p.m.

The “Track of Champions” is not only back to racing this Saturday, September 14 it is also “BACK” to the prominence that it has shown throughout its 68 year old history. That has come with a lot of hard work by promoter Brett Deyo and his wife Heather, Jamie and Denise Page, and a great supporting cast of staff members.

Many sponsors have also come on board with sponsorship for all divisions but there are also some that have been behind the scenes sponsors of sorts with extra money handed out in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman division and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division.

Greco’s NAPA came on board in 2019 with the NAPA Hard Charger Award in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman division, awarding the driver who gained the most positions during the weekly 25-lap feature events a $100 award.

According to Greco’s NAPA, drivers winning the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award this season at Fonda included Mark Mortensen who won the award a total of three times in 2019, Tim Hartman Jr. and Harry Shaffer who each won the award twice during the season, Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Joe Orlando, Jason Greco, and Aaron Burton who all won the award once during the season.

Eric Orozco Racing also came on board in 2019, increasing the purse in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division to $1,000 to win in a total of 10 events during the 2019 racing season. Winners of those 10 events were Tim Hartman Jr. who won three of the extra money races sponsored by Mr. Orozco, Mark Mortensen and Adam McAuliffe who both won the extra money events twice, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, and Nick Scavia who each won one of the extra money events.

American Racer Tire also came on board to sponsor a “Best of 8” Series of events paying $800 to win for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division with 2019 Track Champion Luke Horning and Nick Stone winning three of those events each along with Kenny Gates and Ivan Joslin who each won the award once during the season.

On Saturday, September 14 the best “Crate Modified” drivers in and around the Capital District will converge on the “Track of Champions”, Fonda Speedway for the 10th edition of the “Northeast Crate Nationals” to pen a brand new chapter in event history! The 50-lap feature event will pay $2,000 to win, $150 to start, and $75 for any car that does not qualify for the event! Plus Andy’s Speed Shop is presenting a $250 bonus to the winner, American Racer or Hoosier (driver’s choice) will present one free tire to the second and third place finishers in the feature event, and the winner has the honor and bragging rights of being the King of Dirt (KOD) Nationals Champion for the next 365 days!

Over 10 drivers are title eligible, but only one can be King! Vince Quenneville (187 points), Bobby Hackel IV (183 points), Adam Pierson and Billy Lussier (both with 182 points), and Joey Scarborough (175 points) are the current top five in points going in to the event with the top 12 separated by only 20 points from the point leader in the three race series!

Winners of the two KOD events held at the Devils Bowl Speedway in Vermont this season were Bobby Hackel IV and Kenny Tremont Jr. Past King of Dirt (KOD) Track Champions include Bobby Varin (358-Modified), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), and Jason Casey (Pro Stock) in 2018; Marc Johnson (358-Modified), Rocky Warner (Sportsman), and Rob Yetman (Pro Stock) in 2017; Connor Cleveland (Sportsman) and Robbie Speed (Pro Stock) in 2016; Rocky Warner (Sportsman), and Nick Stone (Pro Stock) in 2015.

So come out and see two 2019 champions being crowned, a Nationals Champion and a King of Dirt (KOD) Champion at the Fonda Speedway! Complete payout and information for the 2019 Northeast Crate Nationals event can be found on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page!

King of Dirt (KOD) Nationals Champions by Year:
2018 – Brian Calabrese
2017 – Rocky Warner
2016 – Tim Hartman Jr.
2015 – Rocky Warner
2014 – Tim Hartman Jr.
2013 – Tim Sears Jr.
2011 – Ray Zemken
2010 – Chad Edwards
2008 – Jack Swinton

Race Day Information:
Gates Open: 2:00 p.m.
Grandstands Open: 3:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 4:45 p.m.
Racing: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Adults: $16.00
Seniors: (65 & Above) $14.00
Kids 11 & Under: FREE
Pit Entry W/Fonda Speedway License: $30
Pit Entry W/O License: $35
Pit Entry ages 6-12: $10
Pit Entry ages 5 & under: $2

Parking in Speedway Lot: FREE

Concession Stands & Beer Booth Open

Fonda Speedway Novelty Stand: Brand new Fonda Speedway available for purchase.

Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum
Opens @ 3:30 pm
Admission to the Hall of Fame & Museum: FREE
Check out Their Page for Special Happenings!

Speedway Office Phone: 518-915-4395
Speedway Address: 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068
Speedway E-Mail: fondaspdwy@gmail.com
Speedway Website: www.thefondaspeedway.com
Speedway Twitter: @thefondaspdwy
Speedway Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

DANNY VARIN WINS THIRD OF THE SEASON AT FONDA WHILE WARNER MAKES HISTORY AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2019 regular season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is now complete after Benjamin Moore Paints “Championship Night” was held on Saturday evening. On Saturday evening, one driver continued his success at Fonda this season while another made history, along with his car owner, after winning the Sunoco Modified Track Championship.

Danny Varin was a winner in the Sunoco Modified division for the third time this season in his best season ever at Fonda. The win came in the Ed Munger owned, Magsarus sponsored “T-Rex Express” Hig-Fab built car and it was his 10th career win at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track.

The history referred to above was made by Rocky Warner who drove the Jake Spraker owned #1J Teo car to his first Sunoco Modified title at the track. It was wasn’t the first title at Fonda for Warner however as he now has a track title in all four of the divisions that he has ever competed in at Fonda, a milestone that may never be reached again.

Warner’s other championships came back in the Street Stock division as co-champion in 2005 and then champion in 2007; in the Pro Stock division back in 2011; in the Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017; and now in the Modified division in 2019.

Warner’s car owner Jake Spraker has also seen a lot of success in the past at Fonda with this year’s title by Warner being the 10th of Spraker’s career at the “Track of Champions”. Looking back Spraker won a title in the Pro Stock division with Steve Welch in 1999; Crate 602 Sportsman titles with Warner in 2015, 2016, & 2017; a Modified title with Mike Romano in 1989 along with a Fonda 200 win that year; three Modified titles with Bobby Varin in 2005, 2006, & 2008; and one Modified title with Ronnie Johnson in 2016.

Joining Varin in the Fuccillo Automotive Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane at Fonda on Saturday were Adam McAuliffe (Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman $1,000 thanks to Eric Orozco Racing), EJ McAuliffe (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Cliff Haslun (Trackside Body Works Street Stocks), and Ken Hollenbeck (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Also on hand were the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with winners in those events being Mike Cole in the MVVDMS Antiques, John Flach in the Vintage Replica Modifieds, Dan Wood in the Vintage Replica Sportsman, and John Roese in the Vintage Replica Late Models.

Presenting trophies to all winners in victory lane on Saturday evening were Heather Graves and Olivia Greco who is Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman competitor Jason Greco’s daughter.

Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo started opening ceremonies for the evening by saying “I want to say thank you to all my staff and I appreciate everyone coming here this year to take a chance on us as we were all new. Fans came out on opening night under cold temperatures and you kept coming back and I appreciate that very much.”

“Thanks to the Fonda Fair Board as well for allowing me the opportunity to run their track,” Deyo continued to say. “They have been great to work with and have done many things that they didn’t have to do for us.”

“This has been an amazing season at Fonda,” Ed Biittig Sr. said during his invocation. “We don’t always know what people sitting next to us in the grandstands or bleachers are going through, but we are all family here at the track and we care about everyone’s losses whether they are humans or pets. We are blessed to get Brett Deyo and his staff here to run the Fonda Speedway and we thank them for this turnaround this year because Fonda Speedway is back.”

Mimi Lazzaro did her usual amazing job singing the National Anthem before the racing action started.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature was an exciting lead swapping affair among four different drivers who led laps in the event starting with Korey Wilder who led at the drop of the green flag followed by fourth place starter Cody Bleau. Bleau got by Wilder for the race lead on the inside of turn four on lap six with the yellow out one lap later.

On the restart, Wilder took the lead back with eighth place starter Dave Constantino making his way forward to the third position by lap ten when Bleau got by Wilder for the lead on the inside of turn two. Constantino was next to lead the event after a pass on Bleau on the outside of turns one and two. The caution was out again on lap 13 when Bobby Varin came to a stop on the backstretch, he would drive to the hot pit and restart at the rear of the field.

Bleau took the lead away on the restart and when he and Constantino entered turn two, contact was made resulting in Constantino crashing hard into the backstretch wall ending his evening. On the restart, 11th place starter Danny Varin was the new second place car behind Bleau with Jessica Friesen, 12th place starter Rocky Warner, and fifth place starter Michael Maresca completing the top five at the halfway point.

The final yellow of the event was out just after Joe Kriss gave the halfway signal with his flags for Vincent Visconti who crashed into the backstretch wall. On this restart, Danny Varin was the new race leader with Warner getting the second position behind Varin. Warner gave chase but despite Varin being in lap traffic during the final five laps he was able to go on to the win followed by Warner, Bleau, Friesen, and David Schilling.
Bobby Varin made his way through the field to finish sixth after restarting at the rear of the field after pitting on lap 13.

“This car has been on rails,” Varin said in victory lane. I have to thank Jerry Higbie at Hig-Fab, car owner Ed Munger, and Dan Bedell for all that they do for me.”

“We came into this year and never expected this,” Warner said during the championship ceremony on victory lane. “We first worked out a deal to run Sportsman this year, then changed again to Modifieds, and I have to thank all of the people who stood by me and supported me this year.”

Joe Williams led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature from his outside front row starting position with Brian Borst in tow. The red flag was out at the completion of lap one for Griffen Mansmith who flipped his car in turn three, ending up in the tire wall when the car settled down. He was not injured in the wreck.

Williams continued to lead on the restart with the top five on lap 10 consisting of Williams, Borst, fourth place starter Joe Orlando, seventh place starter Adam McAuliffe, and eighth place starter Andrew Buff. Williams was a straightaway ahead on lap 13 with McAuliffe getting by Borst for the second position on lap 15.

Williams was in lap traffic on lap 16 when the yellow came out for the car of Ryan McCartney who slowed on the backstretch and drove to the pit area. Williams continued to lead on the restart with McAuliffe applying heavy pressure lap after lap until getting the lead on the outside at the finish line to complete lap 21.

McAuliffe hung on for his second win of the season and the 10th of his career in the division at Fonda in the Ed McAuliffe Trucking #234 DKM Cyclone car over Williams, ninth place starter Brian Calabrese, Buff, and Borst.

“Tonight we just stuck with it and were able to get the win,” McAuliffe told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane.

“This is pretty cool considering that we didn’t really plan on running here regularly,” Hartman Jr. said of his first career championship in the division. “We finished good three races in a row early in the season, got the point lead, and then we had to keep running here. This is a good reward for all of the hard work the crew put into this car the entire season.”

Steve Wagoner led the first nine laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event with EJ McAuliffe second over that nine lap stretch. On the outside of turn three on lap 10, McAuliffe was the new race leader after getting by Wagoner on the outside of turn three.

The only yellow flag was out on lap 11 for Brett Mortensen and Michael McCallion who were involved in a hard crash in turn four. The wreck started when Mortensen spun trying to avoid contact with the rear of Wagoner’s car and McCallion driving into the rear of Mortensen’s car at full speed with no yellow being thrown early enough to avoid the crash. Mortensen’s car did a 360 degree spin after the contact by McCallion but fortunately neither were hurt in the hard crash.

McAuliffe went on to the win, his fifth of the season and the sixth of his career in the division over Rich Christman, Alan Hanson, Steve Wagoner, and John Young.

“Last week I made a wrong call and ran out of fuel,” McAuliffe said in victory lane. “This week I put a little more fuel in the car but I was really nervous because I wanted to go out and get a win tonight before I move up out of the Limited division.”

“I didn’t run a full season here in the division last year so that’s why I wanted to come back and run a full season here this year before moving up,” McAuliffe said. “This year with Brett (Deyo) coming in we decided to run for a title.”

Chuck Dumblewski was the pole position starter for the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature and took the lead at the start of the event. The yellow was out at the completion of lap one for a three car crash in turns one and two with Dumblewski continuing to lead on the restart. Dumblewski stretched out his advantage lap after lap while the top two in points, Luke Horning and Nick Stone made their way to the front.

Horning started in the ninth position while Stone started 12th but both were running in the top five by lap five. Horning and Stone were both able to get by Jason Morrison for the second and third positions on lap eight with Dumblewski out to a half straightaway advantage. Just as it appeared Dumblewski would drive to an easy win the yellow came out with two laps to go for debris on the track between turns one and two.

On the restart, Horning took the lead away from Dumblewski and went on to his sixth win of the season and the 20th of his career in the division in the Catalytic Recovery #97 tribute car to Don Warner over Dumblewski, Stone, Morrison, and seventh place starter Josh Coonradt.

“We were a second place car before that last caution,” Horning said. “But when the yellow came out I knew I had a chance at the win.”

“The staff here at Fonda have come in and really turned things around,” Horning said of his first track title at Fonda in the division. “This is what I was hoping to do, get the win tonight to seal up the title.”

Cliff Haslun led every lap in the 15-lap Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature for his first win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division over 2019 Track Champion Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., and Josh Samrov.
“This feels great and it’s been a long time coming,” Track Champion Jason Samrov said to celebrate his title in the division. “This is a brand new car for us this season and after five wins
this season, it feels great.”

Ken Hollenbeck led all laps in the 12-lap Four Cylinder Cruiser feature for his sixth win of the season and the 48th of his career in the division over Cole Lawton, Josh Kane, PJ Bleau, and John Napoli.

“I lave Fonda Speedway,” Hollenbeck said while celebrating his sixth championship in the division. “Brett Deyo and his crew did a great job here this year.”

After a break for the annual Fonda Fair, the Fonda Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, September 14 for a full racing program in all divisions along with the CRSA Sprints and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Starting time for that event will be 6:00 p.m.

Since 1953, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now 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/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – DANNY VARIN, Rocky Warner, Cody Bleau, Jessica Friesen, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Michael Maresca, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Korey Wilder, Pep Corradi, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Cardamone, Scott McCoy, Vincent Visconti, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs

HEAT RACE WINNERS: David Schilling, Jessica Friesen

2019 SUNOCO MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION: ROCKY WARNER

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,000 TO WIN THANKS TO ERIC OROZCO RACING – 25-LAPS – ADAM MCAULIFFE, Joe Williams, Brian Calabrese, Andrew Buff, Brian Borst, Aaron Burton, Mark Mortensen, Jeremiah Munson, Joe Orlando, Chad Edwards, Jason Greco, Tim Hartman Jr., Thomas VanVorst, Josh DeMagistris, Brendan Gibbons, JaMike Sowle, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer, Don Bellen, Kathy Bellen, Tony Farone, Ryan McCartney, Cody Clark, Griffen Mansmith, Nick Scavia (DQ REV BOX)

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER: Aaron Burton

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Brian Borst, Joe Orlando, Joe Williams
2019 SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION: TIM HARTMAN JR.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Alan Hanson, Steve Wagoner, John Young, Spencer Rapp, Bill Port, Zach Dufel, Brett Mortensen, Michael McCallion, Jack Hamm

2019 MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. TRACK CHAMPION: EJ MCAULIFFE

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – LUKE HORNING, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Randy Cosselman, Beau Ballard, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Jeff McPhail, Dave Horning Sr., Justin Knight, Jamie Warner, John Roese, Jim Normoyle

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chuck Dumblewski, Randy Cosselman

2019 ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK TRACK CHAMPION: LUKE HORNING
TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – CLIFF HASLUN, Jason Samrov, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov

2019 TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK TRACK CHAMPION: JASON SAMROV

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – KEN HOLLENBECK, Cole Lawton, Josh Kane, PJ Bleau, John Napoli, TJ Marlitt, Zach McSpirit

2019 FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER TRACK CHAMPION: KEN HOLLENBECK

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – MIKE COLE, Frank Blanchard, Ed Docskalik, Alan McDonald, Larry Hoyt, Phil Barkins, Mark Reardon, Tony Kamberelis

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JOHN FLACH (Vintage Replica Modified), Rob Sanford, Dan Wood (Vintage Replica Sportsman), John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Carl Cram, Brian Gray, John Roese (Vintage Replica Late Model), Dan Karl, Will Reed, George Palmer, Jay Lais, Tex Gorden

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