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FRIESEN GOES BACK TO BACK AT FONDA ON KELLY’S MEAT MARKET NIGHT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – People were invited to come to the Fonda Speedway to dine at Denise’s Concessions on Saturday evening and quite a few people did just that and along with the drive in on the infield it was a great night of racing at the “Track of Champions”.

When the final checkered flag flew on Kelly’s Meat Market Night the winners in all divisions included Stewart Friesen (Sunoco Modifieds), Joe Williams (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Josh Coonradt (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Al Relyea (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC Four Cylinder Cruisers), and David Frame (DOHC Four Cylinder Cruisers) who all visited the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane.

The 50-50 for the evening was worth $1,761 and was won by Mike Glock of Scotia, NY.

Mimi Lazzaro did a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem before all the action started on Father’s Day weekend 2020.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe and Danny Varin on the front row with Varin taking the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Varin held the advantage through two caution flags before sixth place starter Michael Maresca took over the lead on the backstretch on lap five.

The caution flag flew again shortly afterwards and, on the restart, 10th place starter Stewart Friesen went from sixth to third and one lap later got by both Varin and Maresca for the lead on the outside of turn four. Invader Mat Williamson started the event in the eighth starting position and by lap 10 he was up to the third spot behind Stewart Friesen and Maresca.

While Stewart Friesen was running the outside groove, Maresca stuck with the low lane and was keeping pace with the leader, side by side at times, until Stewart Friesen decided it was time to make a lane change to the low line on lap 11 when he was also in heavy lap traffic. Two more yellow flags slowed the field as Jessica Friesen, Varin, and McAuliffe all fell out of the event with various issues.

Stewart Friesen was up to the challenge that restarts can often bring and maintained the lead through each of them. From lap 17 to the checkered flag Stewart Friesen was in lap traffic but weaved back and forth from the inside to the outside to get by them and stay in front of his competitors as he went on to a back to back win, the 62nd of his career at Fonda, in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car.

Maresca, Williamson, 12th place starter Matt DeLorenzo, and 15th place starter and defending Sunoco Track Champion Rocky Warner completed the top five.

Stewart’s son Parker celebrated with a roof dance on victory lane before Mimi Lazzaro got to interview the winner who said “I just love this race track, no matter where you start you just have to find a groove and a place to race. Tonight, there was brown up on top and the bottom was good too so you could race anywhere you wanted.”

Joe Williams took advantage of his front row starting position to take the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with fourth place starter Brian Calabrese in tow. Chad Edwards started the event in the seventh position and on lap three he was able to get by Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald for the third position while sixth place starter Mark Mortensen also got by Wagner-Fitzgerald for the fourth position.

Edwards got by Calabrese for the second position on lap six while ninth place starter Brian Borst also gained positions into the top five. Lap traffic slowed Williams on lap eight allowing Edwards to close in on the leader and from that point on in the event the leader was in lap traffic with Edwards trying whatever he could to get by both the lap cars and the leader.

Williams made a feature win saving move on the final lap as he got by two lap cars on the inside of turns one and two to give himself a little breathing room. That was short lived however as Edwards was on his rear bumper again going into turn three but Williams was able to hold on to the lead and win the event by 0.298 seconds over Edwards in the Wagon Train BBQ sponsored #19L for his first career win in the division.

Calabrese, Mortensen, and Borst completed the top five.

“This is my first win on dirt in the crate sportsman and it seems like it took forever to get it done,” Williams said in victory lane. “But we kept the car in one piece and got the win so I’m very happy.”

Williams had one other win during his career at Fonda which came in the “Open” Sportsman division back on May 1, 2004.

Pete Nowicki Jr. started on the pole position in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Carter Gibbons started the event in the third position and was the new second place car at the completion of lap one.

On lap two on the inside groove on the back stretch, Gibbons was the new race leader and he immediately stretched out his advantage to a comfortable margin. After starting the event in the 12th position, last weeks winner Brett Mortensen was up to the second position on lap six after getting by both Johnny Young and Dylan Eldred for the spot.

At that point Gibbons was out to a straightaway advantage but lap after lap Mortensen was able to cut into that lead and by lap nine, he was running lap times a half second faster than Gibbons. With two laps to go, Mortensen was on Gibbons rear bumper and on the outside groove on the backstretch Mortensen got by Gibbons for the lead. Mortensen went on to a back to back win after winning on opening night for his fourth career win in the division in the 518 Realty sponsored Teo car.

Gibbons, Eldred, Young, and Kyle Dingman completed the top five.

“I was trying to stay off the gas as much as I could to keep the rear end underneath me in the slick areas on the track,” Mortensen told Mimi Lazzaro on victory lane.

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was an exciting one with Justin Knight the race leader at the drop of the green flag. On lap four, defending track champion Luke Horning was the new race leader after getting by Knight on the outside of turns three and four. The yellow flag was out one lap later for last weeks winner Nick Stone whose hood came undone and he was forced to the hot pit to remove the hood and restart at the rear of the field.

Sixth place starter Josh Coonradt was now making his way to the front, taking the second position away from Knight on lap eight and setting his sights on Horning for the lead. On lap 11, Coonradt was right on Horning’s rear bumper for the lead with 11th place starter Kenny Gates now the new third place car.

Coonradt went between a lap car and Horning for the lead on lap 12 in turn three with the caution out shortly afterwards. On the restart, Coonradt continued to lead with Horning, Gates, Knight, and Stone who did a remarkable job to get back to the front without a hood on his race car.

Stone and Horning were running side by side for the second position with five laps to go allowing Coonradt to stretch out his advantage. The final caution of the event was out on lap 16 closing up the field and allowing for a great finish. Coonradt stayed low on the track with Stone running the high groove over the final laps, side by side at times, with Coonradt holding on to get the victory, the fifth of his career in the division at Fonda.

Stone, Horning, Gates, and 17th place starter Devon Camenga completed the top five in the event.

“After the heat race and warm-ups, I didn’t know if I had anything to compete for the win with,” Coonradt said in victory lane. “Under the yellow I was looking to make something happen when we went green again and we made it here to victory lane.”

Michael Arnold led the first two laps of the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature before last weeks winner Al Relyea took over the lead on lap three after starting seventh and went on to a back to back win after winning last weeks event. Defending Track Champion Jason Samrov was second followed by Dave Horning Sr., Arnold, and Lou Gancarz.

Ken Hollenbeck led all 15 laps in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature after starting fourth and went on to his 51st career win in the division in the SOHC while David Frame was declared the winner in the DOHC class after finishing second in the event behind Hollenbeck. John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, and Wayne Russell completed the top five in the event.

For announcements on next week’s racing events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway please go to the track’s website or 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.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – STEWART FRIESEN (62nd career win in the division), Michael Maresca, Mat Williamson, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Brian Gleason, David Shilling, Brian Pessolano, Danny Creeden, Roger Henion Jr., Allison Ricci, Bodie Bellinger, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Ricky Davis III, Danny Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Scott Huber, Devin Willis, Jim Introne Jr., Troy Palmer, Jeff Hoetzler, Kathy Bellen (DNS).

Lap leaders – 1-4 Danny Varin, 5 Michael Maresca, 6-30 Stewart Friesen.

Heat race winners – Danny Varin, Michael Maresca, Jessica Friesen.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE WILLIAMS (1st career win in the Crate 602 Sportsman division), Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, JaMike Sowle, Nick Scavia, Cody Clark, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tucker O’Connor, Thomas VanVorst, Tim Dwyer, Anthony Cardamone, EJ McAuliffe, Charlie Tibbitts, Dan Santabarbara, Kevin Chaffee, Tim Hartman Jr., Ricky Quick, Rich Ricci III, Michael McCallion, Don Bellen, Aaron Cross, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, David Manchester, Joel Knudsen Jr. (DNS).

Lap leaders – 1-25 Joe Williams.

Heat race winners – Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – BRETT MORTENSEN (4th career win in the division), Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Bill Port, Jeff Lutes, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kadon Hohensheldt (DNS).

Lap Leaders – 1 Pete Nowicki Jr., 2-13 Carter Gibbons, 14-15 Brett Mortensen.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – JOSH COONRADT (5th career win in the division), Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Randy Cosselman, Andy Graves, David Emigh, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Jim Normoyle, Steve Cosselman, Jamie Warner, Justin Knight, Ivan Joslin, Tanner Warner, Don Collins.

Lap leaders – 1-3 Justin Knight, 4-11 Luke Horning, 12-20 Josh Coonradt.

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Jim Normoyle.

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – AL RELYEA (2nd career win in the division), Jason Samrov, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, John Bradt, Mark Burch, Jason Barrett.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Michael Arnold, 3-15 Al Relyea.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC, 51st career win in the division), David Frame (DOHC, 1st career win in the division), John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, Bubba Cook, Mike Landux, Riley Pedrick, Justin Sargalis, Pat McSpirit.

Lap leaders – 1-15 Ken Hollenbeck.

FRIESEN TAKES WIN ON DAY TWO OF OPENING WEEKEND AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Sunday evening the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway hosted day two of opening weekend 2020 with a familiar face in victory lane at the conclusion of the event. Stewart Friesen celebrated in victory lane with his family (his son Parker and Stewart both celebrated the win on the roof of the race car in victory lane) and crew after winning his 61st career win in the Sunoco Modified division in the Halmar sponsored #44 Bicknell car.

“What can I say,” Friesen said in victory lane. “The track was much different than I am used to, very slick, and I had to slow the pace down a little as when I ran up high, I was almost in the wall.”

Other winners on day two of opening weekend were Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Al Relyea (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), and Justin Pope (DOHC) and Zach McSpirit (SOHC) in the Four Cylinder Cruisers. For both Relyea and Pope it was their first career wins at the “Track of Champions”.

Race fans were allowed on the infield to watch the events in a drive in type atmosphere and it was popular with them as they got to cheer Friesen and other winners on from the infield split in the fence on pit road as the drivers celebrated their wins on victory lane. Dirt Track Digest TV was on hand to film the event for pay per view and did a great job getting the action out to the fans that could not be in attendance.

Mimi Lazzaro sang the National Anthem and it was time to go racing after that. The 50/50 for the evening was worth $1,237 to the winner.

Special thanks to Palmer’s Service Center for their support of the Fonda Speedway as they paid out a $100 heat race bonus to the winners of the Sunoco Modified heat race event winners  with Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Anthony Perrego, and Josh Hohenforst taking the heat race victories.

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Michael Maresca the early leader after the luck of the draw put him on the pole position for the start with Sunoco Modified rookie Adam McAuliffe in tow. Seventh place starter Brian Gleason was on the move early, climbing up to the third position by lap three.

Defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner and fifth place starter Larry Wight were both able to get around Gleason for the third and fourth positions by lap five with Warner the new second place car on lap six after getting by McAuliffe. Wight also got by McAuliffe for the third position and on lap eight it was a three-way battle for the lead between Maresca, Warner, and Wight.

Maresca was in lap traffic on lap 12 as Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen who started sixth and 10th respectively were swapping the fourth position in a great race for position. The yellow was out shortly afterwards for Darwin Greene who was in the turn one wall and was done for the evening at that point.

Friesen restarted the event in the fifth position but at the drop of Nick Squires green flag Friesen made it three wide to get into the second position. Friesen found something on the inside of the speedway and went by Maresca for the lead on the bottom of turns one and two on lap 14.

Warner also got by Maresca for the second position on lap 15 with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Friesen, Warner, Maresca, Sheppard, and Wight. Wight was running high all around the racetrack and on lap 15 he got too high in turn one and got into the wall. He pitted and returned to the rear of the field.

On the double file restart, Friesen chose the inside with Sheppard getting up to the third position behind Warner. With 10 laps to go Friesen was out to a straightway advantage but encountered lap traffic on lap 22, ducking inside and outside of the lap cars as needed to maintain the lead. With four laps to go Sheppard started to pressure Warner for the second spot and on lap 27 he was able to get by for the runner-up position.

Friesen went on to the win for the 61st time in his career at Fonda with the wins complied in just 10 winning seasons! Sheppard ended up second followed by Warner, Maresca, and ninth place starter Matt DeLorenzo.

“This new clay is so much different,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “That was a heck of a lot of fun. Thanks to my crew, sponsors, Bicknell Racing Products, and Billy the Kid engines. All I’ve been hearing lately is about the truck and I promise you we are trying; we are trying to give our fans in the Northeast something to cheer about.”

The 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature began with a no start as the outside pole sitter went a little early but things settled down the second time as Brett Mortensen led at the drop of the green flag. The caution flag flew six times in the event giving drivers numerous chances to gain positions.

The first caution came out at the completion of lap one and on the restart Johnny Young was the new second place car after making contact with Spencer Rapp to get the position. On the next lap the caution was out again as Rapp made contact with Young coming out of turn two, spinning both cars into the backstretch wall. Both cars pitted and returned to competition at the rear of the field.

Mortensen continued to lead on the restart and was out to a straightaway advantage by lap five with Kadon Hohensheldt, Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, and Yule Cook in tow. At the halfway point in the event, Mortensen held a comfortable advantage over Gibbons who was the new second place car and Cook who started in the 11th position.

Young was all the way back up to the fourth position on lap 10 after his wreck early in the event while Mortensen again held a straightaway advantage over the field. When Rapp came to a stop in turn three on the final lap bringing out the caution again it set up a green, white, checkered finish giving Gibbons, Hohensheldt, and Cook another shot at the leader.

Mortensen got a good restart and was able to pull away for his third career win in the division in the 518 Realty sponsored #1B and was followed in the top five by Cook, Hohensheldt, Gibbons, and Eldred.

In post-race tech Cook, Hohensheldt, and Gibbons were all disqualified moving Eldred, Jeff Lutes, Young, and Pete Nowicki Jr. into the top five.

“Winning from the front isn’t the greatest thing but I’ll take it after the week I’ve had,” Mortensen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We spent the whole day today putting a new rear end in the car after getting hit on Saturday night.”

The 15-lap Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature was an entertaining event with defending track champion Jason Samrov leading at the drop of the green flag with Al Relyea in tow. After a restart on lap four, sixth place starter Michael Arnold and Relyea swapped the second position twice with Dave Horning Sr. the new third place car on lap five behind Samrov and Relyea.

Relyea got into the back of the leader on lap nine, spinning Samrov around and bringing out the caution. On the restart, Relyea was the new leader with Horning Sr. now second and that is the way it would end at the checkered flag with Relyea taking his first career win in the division at Fonda followed by Horning Sr., Arnold, John Bradt, and Jim Duncan.

“I feel bad about what happened to Jason (Samrov),” Relyea said in victory lane as he apologized for the incident. “We were running real close and I got into the back of him in turn one, I tried to straighten him out, but it didn’t work.”

Two red flags in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature before any laps were completed took out half the field before the race was finally able to start with Justin Pope leading every lap on his way to his first career win at Fonda as a dual overhead cam car while second place finisher Zach McSpirit was declared the winner in his single overhead cam racecar. Wayne Russell, Bubba Cook, and defending track champion Ken Hollenbeck completed the top five.

Please check the Fonda Speedway website or Facebook page for announcements on upcoming events at the track.

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 – STEWART FRIESEN (61st career win at Fonda), Matt Sheppard, Rocky Warner, Michael Maresca, Matt DeLorenzo, Anthony Perrego, Jessica Friesen, Danny Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Brian Gleason, Adam McAuliffe, Larry Wight, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Bodie Bellinger, Allison Ricci, Pep Corradi, Jeff Hoetzler, Kyle Coffey, Troy Palmer, Brian Calabrese, Brian Pessolano, Roger Henion Jr., Rich Christman, Darwin Greene.

Lap leaders – 1-13 Michael Maresca, 14-30 Stewart Friesen.

Heat race winners received $100 from Palmer’s Service Center – Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Anthony Perrego, Josh Hohenforst. Thanks to Palmer’s Service for their support of the Fonda Speedway.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – BRETT MORTENSEN (third career win in the division), Dylan Eldred, Jeff Lutes, John Young, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kyle Dingman, Harold Robitaille, Bill Port, Spencer Rapp, Yule Cook (DQ), Kadon Hohensheldt (DQ), Carter Gibbons (DQ).

Lap leaders – 1-15 Brett Mortensen.

Heat race winners – Spencer Rapp, Brett Mortensen

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – AL RELYEA (first career win in the division at Fonda), Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, John Bradt, Jim Duncan, Mark Burch, Janal St. Pierre, Jason Samrov, Harley Sheppard, Lou Gancarz, Zach Sorrentino, Josh Samrov.

FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – JUSTIN POPE (first career win in the division at Fonda as a DOHC)), ZACH MCSPIRIT (first career win in the division at Fonda as a SOHC), Wayne Russell, Bubba Cook, Ken Hollenbeck, TJ Marlitt, Chris Pierce, Mike Landux, Riley Pedrick, Dale VanAllen, David Peek-Britten, John Napoli, Justin Sargalis, Jeffrey Tubbs, Shawn Hemstreet, Pat McSpirit.

SCAVIA AND STONE TAKE OPENING DAY WINS AT FONDA ON PART ONE OF OPENING WEEKEND 2020

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” was the first day of racing on opening weekend for 2020, but it had a little different feel than in previous years on opening day as no fans were allowed in the grandstands for the event due to regulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to Dirt Track Digest TV, the event was televised live on pay per view for all of the fans to see and a great job was done by their entire crew to give fans the experience of being there at the track.

One thing that wasn’t any different was the great racing action put on by all of the drivers in the Swagger Factory Motel Crate 602 Sportsman division, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division, and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). 80 racecars were in competition for the evening with a few other cars also taking advantage of an open practice session in between racing events.

The first 50/50 of the season was worth $433 to the winner after tickets were sold in the pit area.

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman began with Nick Scavia and JaMike Sowle on the front row after a redraw determined starting positions for the event with Scavia taking the early lead. An early yellow slowed the field on lap three for Thomas VanVorst who was in the wall in between turns one and two.

On the restart, fourth place starter Chad Edwards took the second position away from Sowle with ninth place starter Joe Williams up to the fourth position at that point as he also challenged Sowle for the third position. Scavia was in lap traffic on lap 11 when the caution came out for a couple of cars that got together in turn two and on this restart while running fifth, defending track champion Tim Hartman Jr. was smoking heavily and brought out another caution flag.

Seventh place starter Brian Calabrese moved into the third position on the restart and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Scavia in the lead followed by Edwards, Calabrese, Williams, and Mark Mortensen. Scavia was in heavy lap traffic with four laps to go and on the final lap as he was going to the checkered flag, the final caution of the event came out for a three car wreck in turn four giving Edwards and Calabrese one more shot at the victory.

Scavia pulled away at the drop of the green flag and went on to his sixth career win in the division in the North Country Electrical LLC sponsored DKM chassis followed in the top five by Edwards in his first time in the John Kollar Motorsports #10%, Calabrese, Williams, and Sowle.

“It’s good to be back at the track, the situation going on has been tough on all of us,” Scavia told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Starting on the pole like we did tonight can be both good or bad as you have an open track in front of you but you can also drop back quickly if you don’t get a good start. This is a great win for us after a trailer fire late last season on the way to the races, we had some electrical issues tonight and I want to thank my crew and all of the teams in the pit area who helped us straighten that out.”

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature began with pole sitter Steve Cosselman taking the early lead before third place starter Nick Stone took over the lead before lap one was completed. The yellow flag was out on lap two for Beau Ballard who suffered a flat left rear tire. Ballard pitted for a new tire and rejoined the race at the rear of the field. On the restart fifth place starter Luke Horning was the new second place car with the yellow out again for Devon Camenga who also suffered a flat tire.

On this restart, Stone and Horning stayed side by side for an entire lap before Stone got the lead back and pulled away from that point on. Stone was out to a straightaway lead on lap seven with the focus turning to the race for second between Horning and Josh Coonradt who were running side by side at times as they battled hard and clean for the runner up spot.

At the halfway point in the event Stone, Horning, Coonradt, Steve Cosselman, and Jim Normoyle completed the top five with Stone almost a half track ahead of the second-place car. With five laps to go Horning and Stone continued their battle for the second position, swapping the spot numerous times until with one lap to go Horning took the spot for good after Coonradt slipped up high in between turns one and two.

Stone went on to his 47th career win in the division in the Meltz Lumber sponsored #27 followed in the top five by Horning, Coonradt, 14th place starter Andy Graves, and 12th place starter David Emigh.

“This is a new car that we built over the winter,” Stone said in victory lane. “We did a lot of work on experimenting with the coil spring setup knowing that a couple changes needed to be made. Thanks to my crew for working on the car so that I can sit back and relax and concentrate on the race ahead of me. I have spent all of my life, day and night on racecars, and I love it.”

The 10-lap Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) Vintage Antique feature began with Mike Cole the early leader until lap four when seventh place starter Jimmy Fugel took over the lead and went on to the win followed in the top five by Chuck Scofield, Cole, Frank Blanchard, and Brian Scofield.

The 15-lap Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) Replica feature started with Kyle Hoard leading from the pole with John Flach second after starting fourth. Flach took over the lead on lap eight but one lap later in lap traffic, Hoard retook the lead and looked to be going on for the win but lap traffic came into play again on the final lap with Flach able to get by for the lead and the win. Hoard, Darral Hulbert, Stephon Denton, and Fran Hoard.

The Modified, Sportsman, and Late Model cars run in the same feature event with winners declared in all classes with Flach declared the Modified winner, Frank Hoard declared the Sportsman winner, and John Roese declared the Late Model winner.

Special thanks goes out to Palmer’s Service Center for their support of the “Track of Champions” as they paid out a $75 bonus to heat race winners in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with the wins going to Edwards, Scavia, and Brendan Gibbons. They also paid out a $50 bonus to the heat race winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division with those bonuses going to Horning and Stone.

Special thanks also goes out to Jason and Coleen Morrison who paid out a $50 bonus to the 6th and 10th place finishers in both the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock features with those bonuses going to Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald and Alex Bell in the Sportsman division and Steve Cosselman and Devon Camenga in the Pro Stock division.

Action continues today, Sunday, June 14 with the Sunoco Modifieds, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and Four Cylinder Cruisers with racing starting at 6:30 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.

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – NICK SCAVIA (6th career win in the division), Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Joe Williams, JaMike Sowle, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brian Borst, Tony Farone, David Manchester, Alex Bell, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dana Camenga, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, EJ McAuliffe, Mike Palmer, Charlie Tibbitts, Brendan Gibbons, Joel Knudsen Jr., Brett Mortensen, Mark Mortensen, Tim Hartman Jr., Cody Clark, Tucker O’Connor, Tim Dwyer, Ricky Quick, Dan Santabarbara, Thomas VanVorst, Kevin Chaffee (DNS)

Hear race winners – Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia, Brendan Gibbons – $75 to each heat race winner from Palmer’s Service Center

6th and 10th place finishers in the feature, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, and Alex Bell respectively, paid $50 from Jason and Colleen Morrison

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE (47th career win in the division), Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Andy Graves, David Emigh, Steve Cosselman, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Randy Cosselman, Jamie Warner, Jim Normoyle, Justin Knight, Tanner Warner, Don Collins, Jason Morrison (DNS)

Heat winners – Luke Horning, Nick Stone – $50 paid to each heat race winner from Palmer’s Service Center

6th and 10th place finishers in the feature, Steve Cosselman and Devon Camenga respectively, paid $50 from Jason and Colleen Morrison

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIEDS ANTIQUE FEATURE – 10-LAPS – JIMMY FUGEL, Chuck Scofield, Mike Cole, Frank Blanchard, Brian Scofield, Mark Reardon, Stew Padasso, Harley Sheppard, Phil Mitchell, Mike Gray

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIEDS REPLICA FEATURE – 15-LAPS – JOHN FLACH (MODIFIED WINNER), Kyle Hoard, Darral Hulbert, Stephon Denton, Frank Hoard (SPORTSMAN WINNER), Randy Delaney, Brian Gary, Stanley Wetmore, Merv Blackwell, Carl Cram, Dave Charczuk, John Constantino, George Palmer, Tim Natalino, John Roese (LATE MODEL WINNER), Will Reed, Garrett Liese, Joe Millington, Dan Wood, Mike Francisco, Malcum Warner, Tony Kamburelis (DNS)

Heat winners – Jimmy Fugel, Kyle Hoard, Randy Delaney

WARNER WINS FIFTH OF THE SEASON AT FONDA WITH A PASS IN THE FINAL TURN ON THE FINAL LAP

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – According to Rocky Warner who stood in the Fuccillo Automotive Group Mike Cole Memorial victory lane at Fonda after his victory, car owner Jake Spraker told him over the winter that he had the best stuff that you can buy and that he had better get the job done. Warner definitely listened to his car owner as he went to victory lane again at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening for the fifth time in 2019 and the sixth time in his career in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda.

Last lap passes out of turn four have become the norm at Fonda this season proving that drivers never give up looking to go to victory lane at a historic place like the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. The track was in fantastic shape on Saturday allowing for Warner and others to make their passes as they raced to the checkered flag in their respective divisions.

Other winners on MW Roosevelt & Sons Night at Fonda were Nick Scavia in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman $1,000 to win feature thanks to Eric Orozco Racing, Michael McCallion in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Nick Stone in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Best of 8 feature presented by American Racer for $800 to win, Jason Samrov in the Trackside Body Works Street Stocks, and Mike Kiser in the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars.

Ed Biittig Sr. started opening ceremonies with a prayer and a moment of silence for three people that recently passed away including Gerald Rose who owned a car that was once driven by Lou Lazzaro, Wayne Podbielski who used to own the #14R car that was driven to many wins by Ryan Odasz, and Otto Graham who was a driver, photographer, and friend to many people.

2019 Miss Montgomery County Outstanding Teen Amelia Baldwin performed the National Anthem and did a great job getting an ovation from the large crowd on hand. Also in attendance was Farmers Insurance representative Todd Cipperly, whose organization Farmers Insurance has been handing out goodies to the crowd during intermission all season long on behalf of the company.

Scott Huber and Brian Pessolano started the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature on the front row with Huber the early race leader. Josh Hohenforst started the event in the fourth position and by lap two he was already in the second spot. Coming down the front straightaway to complete lap three, Hohenforst was the new race leader and by lap six he was in lap traffic, a full straightaway ahead of Huber.

Rocky Warner and Stewart Friesen started the event in the 10th and 11th positions respectively and both were coming up through the field together, passing two cars at once at times to get to the third and fourth positions by lap nine. Warner and Friesen both got by Huber for the second and third positions at the halfway point in the event with Hohenforst out to a big lead followed by Warner, Friesen, Huber, and sixth place starter David Schilling.

At the time Warner took over the second position from Huber, Hohenforst was over five seconds ahead but Warner quickly closed that gap to just over a second with a few laps to go. On lap 24 there were two lap cars racing side by side just in front of the leader, slowing him down enough that Warner and Friesen were able to make it a three car battle for the victory.

Hohenforst was using the extreme outside groove to get around the track early on but late in the event he switched lanes to the inside as he tried to hold on for his first victory of the 2019 season. With two laps to go, Hohenforst cleared the lap car of Korey Wilder which gave him a little breathing room but it wasn’t enough as Warner just kept coming with that “never give up attitude”.

Coming out of turn four on the final lap, Hohenforst and Warner were side by side, Hohenforst on the inside and Warner on the outside in a thrilling race to the checkered flag. Warner was able to take the victory, finishing just 0.236 secs ahead of Hohenforst who was followed by Friesen, Schilling, and Huber with a fantastic run in the fifth position.

“There was a time during the feature where I didn’t really know what position I was running in,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I thought that Huber had a big lead when I passed him but it was actually Josh (Hohenforst) who was out front. I saw that he was running low so I had no choice but to run the outside if I wanted to get the win.”

Kurtis Hohensheldt used his pole position start to his advantage leading at the drop of the green flag in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature. Two consecutive yellow flags slowed the field on laps two and three and on the restart fourth place starter Andrew Buff was the new race leader.

Ninth place starter Nick Scavia made some great moves coming up through the field and sat in the second position on lap three with 11th place starter Mark Mortensen also passing many cars up to the top five by lap four. Buff continued to lead with Scavia hounding him in every turn of every lap while Mortensen continued to pick off cars into the third position on lap 10 after getting by Hohensheldt.

Buff and Scavia raced hard and clean as the laps continued to count down to the checkered flag with Scavia finally getting by Buff for the race lead with a move to the inside of the leader in turn two on lap 23. Mortensen also got by Buff for the second position with one lap to go as did 10th place starter Adam McAuliffe for the third spot.

Both Mortensen and McAuliffe ran out of time to challenge Scavia who did a masterful job in lap traffic to close out the event for his first win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division at Fonda. Mortensen, McAuliffe, seventh place starter Cody Clark, and Buff completed the top five in the event with four out of the five cars in the top five “Cyclone’s” fabricated by DKM.

Scavia held a DKM flag as he celebrated on the roof of his North Country Electrical LLC. #17 car in victory lane and afterwards told Mimi Lazzaro: “it’s been a pretty tough year so far”. “We got this new car this year and have been trying to figure it out but I think we found something tonight. I’ve raced hard with Andrew (Buff) back in the day and we raced hard again tonight just as we did back then.”

Michael McCallion led at the start of the 20-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. feature event with first year racer Brett Mortensen in the third position on lap two after starting seventh while ninth place starter EJ McAuliffe was right behind Mortensen in third. Bill Port spun in turn four on lap four bringing out the caution flag and closing up the field behind McCallion who had a big lead to that point.

Another caution fell on the restart when second place runner Steve Wagoner went hard into the turn one wall but fortunately he was okay after the crash. On this restart, Mortensen and McAuliffe were now the second and third place cars but once again McCallion was able to pull out to a big lead leaving the best race on track for the second position between Mortensen and McAuliffe.

McCallion pulled away for his first win of the season and the second of his career in the division with Mortensen, McAuliffe, eighth place starter Rich Christman, and Alan Hanson completing the top five in the event.

“We were in a bad accident here a couple weeks ago so I’m glad to be back here in victory lane tonight,” McCallion said in victory lane.

The $800 to win Best of 8 Series presented by American Racer Pro Stock feature saw a yellow flag out with no laps complete when leader Jason Morrison’s car backfired out of the exhaust and slowed on the backstretch causing the field to bunch up behind with many cars involved in the wreck including point leader Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin, Justin Knight, and others.

Morrison kept going and led the race on the restart with fifth place starter Chick Dumblewski up to the second position and sixth place starter Josh Coonradt third. Seventh place starter Kenny Gates was following Coonradt up through the field with the two cars in the second and third places after both got by Dumblewski on lap seven.

Gates made a great move to complete lap eight at the line as he got by both Coonradt and Morrison for the race lead. Attention now turned to ninth place starter Nick Stone who made his way up to the fourth position when the caution came out on lap 13. Stone was the new second place car on the restart and three laps later he swung around the outside of Gates in turn four to take over the lead.

Stone went on to his second consecutive win, his second win of the season and the 44th of his career in the division over Coonradt who got by Gates on the final lap for second, Gates, 10th place starter Devon Camenga who raced to his best career finish in the division, and Morrison.

“I think we got the car pretty god now,” Stone said in victory lane. “The track had some bite in it tonight and I used it to get to front.”

Michael Arnold led the first eight laps in the 15-lap Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature event before sixth place starter Jason Samrov took over the race lead on lap nine. Fifth place starter Dave Horning Sr. was the new second place car on lap 13 but had nothing for Samrov who went on to his fourth win of the season and the 12th of his career in the division over Horning Sr., Arnold, Al Relyea, and Cliff Haslun.

The 20-lap CRSA Sprint feature didn’t get off to a very good start with Johnny Kolosek flipping his car on the front straightaway bringing out the red flag. He was not injured in the single car wreck. On the original restart, Darryl Ruggles bounced off another car into the wall in turn four bringing out the caution with no laps complete.

Thomas Radivoy led the race on the third try at the start and led the event up until lap eight when Sydney Prince took over the top spot. At the halfway point in the event Prince continued to lead with Radivoy, Emily VanInwegen, ninth place starter Mike Kiser, and Justin Mills completing the top five.

Kiser moved into the second position on lap 17 with Prince now in lap traffic allowing Kiser to close in quickly on the leader. On the final lap in turns three and four, Kiser went low under both Prince and a lap car for the race lead and he went on to take the checkered flag for his second career CRSA win at Fonda. Prince, Radivoy, Mills, and 19th place starter Jeff Trombley completed the top five.

“I’m glad to be back racing 305 Sprints again,” Kiser said in victory lane. “I thought that I was coming here to race for $300 to win but it ended up being a lot more.”

Next Saturday, August 3 at Fonda, Palmer’s Service Center presents “Dollar Dog Night” with hot dogs being sold at the concession stands for only $1! All divisions will be in action including the Four Cylinder Cruisers with a starting time of 7:00 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 – ROCKY WARNER, Josh Hohenforst, Stewart Friesen, David Schilling, Scott Huber, Brian Gleason, Bobby Varin, Michael Maresca, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Cody Bleau, Korey Wilder, Jeremy Smith, Ed Harris, Darren Smith, Anthony Cardamone, Brian Pessolano, Aaron Jacobs, Steve Akers (DNS), Danny Varin (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Jessica Friesen, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH $1,000 TO WIN THANKS TO ERIC OROZCO RACING – 25-LAPS – NICK SCAVIA, Mark Mortensen, Adam McAuliffe, Cody Clark, Andrew Buff, Chad Edwards, Tim Hartman Jr., Kurtis Hohensheldt, JaMike Sowle, Aaron Burton, Brian Calabrese, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Joe Williams, Josh DeMagistris, Joe Orlando, Tim Dwyer, Jason Greco, Griffen Mansmith, Kathy Bellen, Matt Meade, Brian Borst, Brendan Gibbons, Jeremiah Munson

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Harry Shaffer, Cody Clark, Andrew Buff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – MICHAEL MCCALLION, Brett Mortensen, EJ McAuliffe, Rich Christman, Alan Hanson, Dylan Eldred, Bill Port, Jack Hamm, Steve Wagoner, John Young

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH BEST OF 8 SERIES PRESENTED BY AMERICAN RACER $800 TO WIN – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, John Roese, Ivan Joslin, Jim Normoyle, Alicia Hughes, Luke Horning, Justin Knight, David Demorest, Randy Cosselman

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning

TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – JASON SAMROV, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, Al Relyea, Cliff Haslun, Josh Samrov, Stephen Young, Rocco Procora, Matt Bush

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-LAPS – MIKE KISER, Sydney Prince, Thomas Radivoy, Justin Mills, Jeff Trombley, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, John Scarborough, Mike VanPelt, Mark Taylor, Jesse Pruchnik, Mark Connelly, Link Pettit, Matt Prescott, Dana Wagner, Darryl Ruggles, Josh Flint, Cory Sparks, Johnny Kolosek, Mark Traver (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Emily VanInwegen, Darryl Ruggles, Dana Wagner

FONDA SPEEDWAY TRIBUTE TO MOMS QUICK RESULTS – 5/11/2019

Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): ROCKY WARNER, Stewart Friesen, Willy Decker, Michael Maresca, Bobby Varin, David Schilling, Dave Constantino, Brian Gleason, Josh Hohenforst, Cody Bleau, Danny Varin, Demetrios Drellos, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Scott Huber, Korey Wilder, Ed Harris, Elmo Reckner, Tim Fuller, Vinny Sanganetti, Aaron Jacobs, Ryan Odasz, Jim Introne Jr., Darwin Greene (DQ – light).

Heat Race Winners: Willy Decker, Rocky Warner, Brian Gleason

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Cody Clark, Tony Farone, Adam McAuliffe, Harry Shaffer, Chad Edwards, Josh DeMagistris, Brian Pessolano, Aaron Burton, Brian Calabrese, Nick Scavia, Joe Orlando, Ryan MacCarthey, Jeremy Tuttle, Jason Greco, Griffen Mansmith, Tim Dwyer, Tighe Sherlock, Mark Mortensen, Andrew Buff, Kale Groff, Thomas VanVorst, Mike Jackson, Kathy Bellen, Jake Mason, Ron Proctor, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Mike Ketchum (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Cody Clark, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano

Greco’s Napa Hard Charger: TIM HARTMAN JR. started 13th and finished 1st, 12 spots gained

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature Finish (20 laps ‘Best of 8 Series’ presented by American Racer): IVAN JOSLIN, Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Bill Knapp, David Emigh, Jason Morrison, John Roese, Kenny Gates, Justin Knight, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Andy Graves, Cassidy Wilson, Beau Ballard, Dave Horning Sr., Reuben Kennedy Jr., Adam Warner, Jim Normoyle, Alicia Hughes, Jamie Warner, Buck Gasner (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (15 Laps): BRETT MORTENSEN, Spencer Rapp, Brendan Gibbons, EJ McAuliffe, Alan Hanson, Tucker O’Connor, Kyle Hoard, Rich Christman, Michael McCallion, Steve Wagoner, William August, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Bill Port, Jack Hamm, Billy Bridges (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Alan Hanson, Dylan Eldred

Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature (15 Laps): DAVE HORNING SR., Jason Samrov, Stephen Young, Michael Arnold, Cliff Haslun, Rich Walters

Four Cylinder Cruisers Feature (12 Laps): KEN HOLLENBECK, Cole Lawton, Josh Samrov, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, TJ Marlitt, Tim Billington