JOHNSON WINS OVER $5,600 IN SIXTH ANNUAL BIG AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at Fonda a great night of racing concluded with Ronnie Johnson in the spotlight after winning the special match race event honoring the late Bill Anagnostopulos known as the Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Race.

For Johnson it was his third win of the event after winning it back in both 2016 and 2017. Bobby Varin (2014), Tim Fuller (2018) and Stewart Friesen (2019) were the other winners of the event in past years with no race being run in 2015 and last year in 2020.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and a total of $5,678.12 for just ten laps of racing!

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Johnson said after the event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

This event was started by Mike Mallett, George, and GT Smith of Dirt Track Digest many years ago and is still very popular today with all the money being donated to the event along with a lot of extra money towards qualifying events by the many sponsors who support the event. Scott Friers is the organizer of the event and does a great job putting it all together and keeping track of all the different sponsors and money involved.

2021 Bill Ag Fonda Speedway Modified Elimination Race Saturday June 19th

Round 1- $615 *Ronnie Johnson

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

 

Round 2- $1,462.12 *Ronnie Johnson

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 3- $700 *Ronnie Johnson

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 4- $801H *Ronnie Johnson

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

$200 In Memory of Steve Bidwell/Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

 

Final Round- $1,600 *Ronnie Johnson

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

 

$500 Bonus If a Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Rounds- Tadd Parks *Ronnie Johnson

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler *Craig Hanson

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson *Josh Hohenforst

$100 3rd Driver Eliminated- Fonda Speedway 50/50 Ladies (Heather Marr, Julie Compani, Rose McLoughlin) *Mike Mahaney

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Melissa Mimi Lazzaro *Jack Lehner

$100 Final Driver Eliminated- Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds/Laurie Fallis *Rocky Warner

$100 First Choice (first driver picked by a competitor)- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway *Josh Hohenforst

$150 Last Man Standing (last driver picked for the final round)- Zach Dufel *Rocky Warner

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel Sr. *Ronnie Johnson 18.677

$100 Final Driver 6-10 In Points Chosen by Draw- Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Thomas Coughlin *Bobby Varin

Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Hats (Elimination Race Competitors & Bill Ag Family Members) Donated by Driven Design & Embroidery/Eric and Sherry Gifford

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Motorsports Concepts and Sign Designs/Jeff Karabin

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

$100 1st Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *Ancel Collins

$100 2nd Heat Race Winner- Macek’s Garage/Ryan Macek *JaMike Sowle

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Chris and Erin Abele *Adam McAuliffe

$100 Leader Lap 1 Modified Feature- Auspelmyer Excavating and Paving *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 7 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *JaMike Sowle

$100 Leader Lap 16 Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Adam McAuliffe

$99.99 9th Place on Lap 9 In Memory of BOBCO- Krash Menders *Brian Pessolano

$50 8th Place on Lap 8- Bodie Bellinger *Steve Akers

$100 7th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Alex Yankowski

$111 11th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Steve Bidwell- Holly Anagnostopulos and Sammy Tomell *Dave Constantino

$112 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard *Pep Corradi

$50 13th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *Ancel Collins

$100 16th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Bill Ag- Christine Anagnostopulos *Jim Introne

$50 20th Place Modified Feature- Angela and Craig Hanson *JaMike Sowle

$100 Last Car on The Lead Lap- Josh Phillips *Brian Pessolano

$100 First Car One Lap Down- Josh Phillips *Dave Constantino

$50 1st Driver on The Hook- Bodie Bellinger *George Foley

 

$200 Hard Charger Modified Feature- *Alex Yankowski +11 18th to seventh.

$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser

$100 Eric and Misty Houser

 

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing Team *Adam McAuliffe

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos *Rich Christman

Thanks for supporting the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!!!

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