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ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, ANOTHER WIN FOR STEWART FRIESEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gleason, Constantino, Warner

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, McAuliffe, Dwyer

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Knapp, Crane, Stone

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

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

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 8/1/2020

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gleason, Constantino, Warner

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – McCallion, McAuliffe, Dwyer

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Knapp, Crane, Stone

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

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

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

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

FAN BOOSTED $3,000 TO WIN FOR THE SUNOCO MODIFIEDS THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On July 22, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo announced the remaining 2020 schedule for the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on their Facebook page and track website. After two weeks of no racing action at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility the racing engines will come back to life on Saturday, August 1.

In competition on Saturday, August 1 will be all regular divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Due to New York State Regulations, the grandstands and infield will be closed on Saturday, August 1 but the event will be streamed live on www.dirttrackdigest.tv

Fonda Speedway boasts some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the sport of racing and soon after the August 1 race date was announced a dedicated Fonda fan boosted the Sunoco Modified winner’s share to $3,000!

Going into the Saturday, August 1 event the top five in point standings in all divisions are as follows:

Sunoco Modified – Rocky Warner 229, Michael Maresca 219, Matt DeLorenzo 215, Stewart Friesen 205, and Josh Hohenforst 203.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – Chad Edwards 253, Joe Williams 227, JaMike Sowle 221, Cody Clark 195, and Brian Calabrese 189.

Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman – Dylan Eldred 218, Brett Mortensen 214, Johnny Young 212, Kyle Dingman 184, and Harold Robitaille 164.

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock – Nick Stone 236, Luke Horning and Josh Coonradt both with 212, Kenny Gates 190, Devon Camenga 164, and David Emigh 160.

Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock – Dave Horning Sr., 216, Jason Samrov 210, Al Relyea 196, Lou Gancarz and Michael Arnold both with 194, and Josh Samrov 178.

Four Cylinder Cruiser – Ken Hollenbeck 168, Zach McSpirit 160, John Napoli 146, Wayne Russell 142, and Shawn Hemstreet 122.

FONDA SPEEDWAY 20 YEAR HISTORY FOR THE WEEK OF 8/1

On 8/1/2015 the winners at the Fonda Speedway were Stewart Friesen (Modified), Dave Constantino (Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Dave Horning Sr. (Street Stock), and Doug Mathewson (Vintage).

On 7/31/2010 the winners at the Fonda Speedway were Bobby Varin (rain delayed from 7/24) and Jimmy Davis (Modified), Luke Munroe (both the rain delayed Open Sportsman feature from 7/24 and the regular scheduled feature), Rocky Warner (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), and Derrick McGrew Sr. (first and only career win in the Crate 602 Sportsman).

On 7/30/2005 the winners at the Fonda Speedway were Craig Hanson (first career win in the Modified division out of a current total of seven, the last win coming on 7/30/2016), Erik Nelson (first and only career win in the Open Sportsman), Kenny Martin Jr. (Pro Stock), Dwight Oldorf and Jeff Crosier (Street Stock), and George Catanzano (IMCA).

On 7/29/2000 the racing events at the Fonda Speedway were rained out.

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.

STONE WINS THE 15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC ON ONE WILD WEDNESDAY AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Due to a rain out on Saturday, July 11 Fonda Speedway management decided to add a midweek show to their schedule called “One Wild Wednesday” and it certainly fit the bill of being a wild event. On Wednesday evening a great friend of the Fonda Speedway, the late Hondo Carpenter, was honored with the 15th Annual Hondo Classic for the Pro Stocks.

Also honored was the videographer at the Fonda Speedway for the last 30 years, Bob James who is known as Bobco Video or just Bobco to many of us, was honored by having the “Perch” up on top of the grandstands named after him as “The Bobco Video Tower” as he goes through some current health issues that has kept him away from the sport he loves this year.

Two drivers moved their names up on the all time win list in their respective divisions as both Nick Stone and Stewart Friesen were winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock and Sunoco Modified feature events respectively along with Brian Calabrese who won the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman main event.

The 50/50 was worth $663 and was won by Mike Jackson!

Pre-race ceremonies began with the invocation by Ed Biittig Sr. who stood alongside Bob James who was in a wheelchair on victory lane.

“Ladies & gentleman watching this race tonight on DTD TV this is a very tough night for me and many others,” Biittig started his invocation saying. “This guy right here (Bob James or Bobco as he is known to so many who was next to Ed in a wheelchair) has given us 30 years of more then anyone could ask for. I want people to know that what the fans and others have done with all of their prayers has kept Bob with us.”

“Brett & Heather Deyo renaming the perch up there, it’s so very important to look at this, Bob is a special human being,” Ed continued to say. “This place is the Track of Champions and you Bob are one of those champions. We think the world of you Bob.”

“We wanted to do a little something special here along with the Hondo race,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “The perch up there on top of the grandstand has been the official tower and home to Bobco Video for many, many years. You have captured so many moments here at the Track of Champions documenting history and you are part of that history.”

“Tonight and for the remainder of time here at the Fonda Speedway the perch up there is going to be known as the Bobco Video Tower in your honor so thank you for everything you’ve done to preserve the history of the Fonda Speedway.”

“Thank you very much,” Bob James said afterwards. “I appreciate what you’ve done for me, 30 years of racing events plus motorsports events at the Fonda Fair, I’ve taken a lot of videos and have enjoyed it all.”

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem and the racing action was ready to begin.

The 15th Annual Hondo Classic was the first feature of the evening with the field being paced by the Fonda Speedway pace truck followed by a truck carrying the banner “In Loving Memory of Hondo Carpenter”, and another truck carrying Bob James around the track. The cars were lined up for a four-wide salute to the fans while head starter Joe Kriss waved the checkered and American flags from the flag stand.

The yellow was out before any laps were completed for a seven car pileup in turn four and once that was cleaned up it was pole position starter and defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning who took the lead to begin the event. Nick Stone started the event in the eighth position and by lap five had already gotten by Devon Camenga for the third position.

Third place starter Beau Ballard was racing Horning hard for the lead by lap six with Horning and Ballard a half straightaway ahead of Stone at that point. A yellow flag changed all of that on lap six for a car that was stopped in between turns one and two. On the restart, Ballard made a great three wide move coming out of turn one to go between Stone and Horning to take the lead.

Horning had a run on Ballard coming down the backstretch on the next lap and got the lead back with Ballard giving Horning a tap in the rear after Horning had gotten by. Somehow Horning straightened the car out as it was once pointed towards the infield and continued with Stone the new second place car. Kenny Gates also got by Horning at that point for the third position and from that point on it was a four-way battle for the lead between Ballard, Stone, Gates, and Horning.

On the outside at the finish line to complete lap 12, Stone took the lead away and held on to the position through three more yellow flags as Ballard, Gates, and Horning all tried to find a way to get by. Nobody was able to find a way by Stone who went on to his fourth victory of the season at Fonda in five events in the Meltz Lumber sponsored, Nick Stone built #27.

The win for Stone was worth $1,000 plus lap money and bonuses collected by the Friends of Hondo Memorial Society.

Making the win even more special was the fact that it was his fifth win in the Hondo Classic event and it also moved him in to a tie for third on the all-time win list with Kenny Martin Jr. with 50 career wins!

Ballard, Gates, Horning, and last years Hondo Classic winner Josh Coonradt completed the top five in the event.

“We started eighth tonight, so it wasn’t too far back,” Stone told Jay Severson in victory lane. “I didn’t know where to be on the track, it was fast everywhere. We made a wrong decision on gears for tonight and my car wasn’t fast on the bottom but I got down there at the right time and when you are leading you are able to block a little.”

To say that the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature was unbelievable would be hitting the nail right on the head. It all started out with Jessica Friesen leading from the pole with Jeff Heotzler in tow. Invader Matt Sheppard started the event in the fifth position and made a great move to second by lap two with defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner right behind in third.

Sheppard took the lead away from Jessica Friesen on the restart while Stewart Friesen went backwards from his fourth place starting position in the first few laps. By the time lap seven was in the record books he gathered it back up so to speak and went by Warner for the third spot and then by his wife Jessica for spot number two.

On lap eight Stewart Friesen slowed on the backstretch with a flat right rear tire while in the second position bringing out the caution flag. He would take the Halmar #44 to the hot pit for a tire change and rejoin the race at the rear of the field. From that point on the show that he put on was simply amazing as he restarted the event in the 20th position.

Danny Varin was the new second place car on the restart and on the next restart was the new race leader after starting the event in the seventh position with Sheppard right there in second and David Schilling having a great run from the 10th place starting position now in third.

Larry Wight started the event in the ninth position and nearly got into the backstretch wall on lap 14 while running just outside of the top five. Wight and Stewart Friesen were both running as high as he could go without hitting the wall around the entire track with Wight gathering it up after the bobble on the backstretch to continue his march to the front. When Danny Varin’s right front suspension broke on lap 14 it took him out of the race with Sheppard again assuming the lead with the caution coming out.

Stewart Friesen was in the picture again on lap 16 as he moved past Wight for the fourth position after making a slide job pass in turn four to take the spot as Josh Hohenforst was the new second place car to Sheppard after starting the event in the eight position. One by one Stewart Friesen got by car after car, first getting by Schilling for the third spot on lap 18 and next the second position after getting by Hohenforst on a lap 20 restart after a caution flag.

At that point Sheppard was out to a straightaway advantage but that all changed when a lap 20 caution flag closed the field with Stewart Friesen the new second place car on the restart. Sheppard led the next two laps until lap 23 when Stewart Friesen made a pass on the outside of the backstretch to take the lead, from 20th to the lead in just 15 laps!

Two more yellow flags slowed the event, but it was Stewart Friesen who went on to the $4,000 race win followed by Sheppard, Wight, Hohenforst, and 13th place starter Dave Constantino.

The win for Stewart Friesen was the fifth of the 2020 season at Fonda in six events. It moved him into a tie for fourth place on the all-time win list with Bobby Varin, both with 65 career wins at the “Track of Champions”.

“Definitely a challenging racetrack tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane. “I’m glad that we brought the big block tonight and I’m proud of my teammate (wife Jessica Friesen) and this whole team. We have a lot of work to do yet this year and if I don’t give it my all they bust my ass for the entire week until the next race.”

The first seven laps of the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature were led by pole position starter Tony Farone before JaMike Sowle took over the lead in turn three on lap eight. Fifth place starter Brian Calabrese also got by Farone at that point for the second position and on lap 10 on the inside of turn three Calabrese was the new race leader.

The first of only two cautions in the event was out on lap 12 with Cody Clark and Chad Edwards the new third and fourth place cars on the restart after starting together back in the fifth row. Farone’s great run came to an end on lap 18 when he slowed on the backstretch, bringing out the final caution flag in the event.

Seventh place starter Nick Scavia moved into the fourth place on the restart as Sowle continued to pressure Calabrese for the lead. With three laps to go, Sowle had a great run on the outside of turns three and four but went up too high allowing Calabrese to get away and seal up the win in the L/M Mason Contracting #21C. The win for Calabrese was his fourth career in the division and was worth $1,000.

Clark and Scavia also got by Sowle for the second and third positions with Sowle finishing the event in the fourth spot and Joe Williams fifth after starting 14th giving him the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award for the evening.

“I just didn’t want to mess up over in turn two, so I started slowing down and trying to hit my marks,” Calabrese told Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. “He wasn’t going to beat me (referring to the #711 of JaMike Sowle) I had plenty left.”

As stated earlier in the week, Fonda Speedway management will be making adjustments to the remainder of the 2020 schedule per regulations in place by New York State not allowing spectators of any kind in both the Grandstand and Drive-In areas. As a result, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25.

We will post an updated schedule through August in the coming days. A reminder, should regulations turn more favorable, the speedway has been granted permission by the Fonda Fair Board to race later into August and September due to the cancelation of the annual Fonda Fair.

All 2020 Season Passes will be honored at full face value for the 2021 season.

Thank you to our fans, racers, staff members and sponsors for the continued support.

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.

15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN PRO STOCKS – 29-LAPS – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Steve Cosselman, Andy Graves, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Rob Yetman, Chad Jeseo, Jason Casey, Jay Casey, Justin White, John Rivers, Rich Crane, Tanner Warner, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Don Collins

Lap leaders – 1-6 Luke Horning, 7-11 Beau Ballard, 12-29 Nick Stone

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman

Consolation race winner – Jason Morrison

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Scott Huber, Brian Gleason, Steve Akers, Darwin Greene, Jeff Heotzler, Rocky Warner, Brian Calabrese, Danny Tyler, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Dave Marcuccilli, Devin Willis, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti (DNS), Danny Johnson (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Jessica Friesen, 6-10 Matt Sheppard, 11-13 Danny Varin, 14-22 Matt Sheppard, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Charlie Tibbitts, Michael McCallion, Spencer Rapp, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, Brett Mortensen

Lap leaders – 1-7 Tony Farone, 8-9 JaMike Sowle, 10-25 Brian Calabrese

Heat race winners – Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/15/2020 – ONE WILD WEDNESDAY

15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN PRO STOCKS – 29-LAPS – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Steve Cosselman, Andy Graves, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Rob Yetman, Chad Jeseo, Jason Casey, Jay Casey, Justin White, John Rivers, Rich Crane, Tanner Warner, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Don Collins

Lap leaders – 1-6 Luke Horning, 7-11 Beau Ballard, 12-29 Nick Stone

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny gates, Randy Cosselman

Consolation race winner – Jason Morrison

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Scott Huber, Brian Gleason, Steve Akers, Darwin Greene, Jeff Heotzler, Rocky Warner, Brian Calabrese, Danny Tyler, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Dave Marcuccilli, Devin Willis, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti (DNS), Danny Johnson (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Jessica Friesen, 6-10 Matt Sheppard, 11-13 Danny Varin, 14-22 Matt Sheppard, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Charlie Tibbitts, Michael McCallion, Spencer Rapp, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, Brett Mortensen

Lap leaders – 1-7 Tony Farone, 8-9 JaMike Sowle, 10-25 Brian Calabrese

Heat race winners – Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia

SAMPSON MOTORCAR AND YELLOW TRANSPORTATION PRESENT RACING ACTION AT FONDA ON SATURDAY, JULY 11

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 11 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar and Yellow Transportation present a racing card headlined by the 15th Annual “Hondo Classic” for the Algonkin Pro Stocks paying a minimum of $1,000 to win!

The Hondo Classic is named for Hondo Carpenter, a popular competitor in the Pro Stock division at the Fonda Speedway who lost his life in an ATV accident on July 4, 2005. Each year dozens of supporters of this event contribute to the bonus money that is awarded along with the track purse. According to the competitors, the money is always welcome but the big draw to the event is the bragging rights.

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a four-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, & 2017 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013) and Josh Coonradt (2019) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

Also, on the racing card will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, the Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The Infield Drive-In will be open on Saturday, July 11 ($60, first-come, first-served, includes four limited participant passes) or you can watch all the action on Dirt Track Digest TV pay per view.

*The Grandstands will be closed for this event!

Pit Gate admission is: $30.00 for Fonda Members and $35.00 for Fonda Non-Members.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

FONDA SPEEDWAY HISTORY FOR THE WEEK OF 7/11

Five years ago, on 7/11/2015 the winners at Fonda were Bobby Varin (Modified), Mark Mortensen (Crate 602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Johnny Young (Street Stock), Ken Hollenback (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Ten years ago, on 7/10/2010 the winners at Fonda were Ryan Odasz (Modified), Luke Munroe (Open Sportsman), Chip Smith (Hondo Classic for Pro Stocks), Chuck McSpirit (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), Jeremiah Munson (Crate 602 Sportsman).

Fifteen years ago, on 7/9/2005 the winners at Fonda were Butchie Irwin (Pro Stock), Rocky Warner (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), and Jeff Richards (Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modifieds). The Modified and Open Sportsman events were both rain delayed.

Twenty years ago on 7/8/2000 the winners at Fonda were Dave Lape (Modified), Mike Frasier (Open Sportsman), Rob Noviczski (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock “A”), Dave Horning Jr. (Street Stock “B”)< George Catanzano (IMCA), and Laurie Fallis (Powder Puff).

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

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

FRIESEN WINS $10,000 WITH FIRECRACKER 50 WIN AT FONDA WHILE EDWARDS TAKES $2,000 SPORTSMAN FEATURE

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After being rained out this past Wednesday evening, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) was in action on Sunday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Both the STSS North Region Modifieds and Sportsman were in action with a big payout in both divisions.

The event was the first major touring series event in New York State since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fuccillo Automotive Group presented the racing activities for the evening with fans allowed in the grandstands following guidelines including social distancing and wearing masks as well. A big crowd also took advantage of the infield drive-in section to watch the exciting racing events.

When the racing program was concluded Stewart Friesen was the winner of the $10,000 Firecracker 50 while Chad Edwards was the winner of the $2,000 Sportsman main event. For Friesen it was his fourth victory of the season at Fonda, raising his career total at the track to 64 just one behind Bobby Varin for fifth on the all-time win list. Friesen is first on the STSS Modified win list with 23, with a total of 30 different winners in 89 events according to STSS history.

The win for Friesen was also his 11th in events of 50-laps and over at Fonda, which ties him for fifth place on that win list with Mike Romano.

For Edwards it was his second victory of the season at Fonda bringing his win total in the division to nine which is seventh on the all-time win list in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division at Fonda. Edwards is now the 32nd different driver in 43 events in STSS history to win a feature in the series.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum and DTD’s Mike Mallett announced the evenings action at the track and DTD TV broadcast the racing live on pay per view to the fans who could not attend.

During opening ceremonies Stephanie May sang the Canadian National Anthem while Fonda Speedway’s own Mimi Lazzaro sang the National Anthem.

Cipperly Agency, which is the local Farmers Insurance agent, was the intermission sponsor with prizes handed out to the fans in the grandstands.

The evening’s 50/50 was worth $2,860 and was won by Loren from Fultonville, NY.

After a redraw to determine starting positions in the Firecracker 50 and a four-wide salute to the fans, Michael Maresca and Sunoco Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe started the event on the front row with Maresca the early leader. McAuliffe hung tough on the outside however and by the time lap one was completed he was the race leader.

McAuliffe held a straightaway advantage over Maresca by lap five with fifth place starter Stewart Friesen making moves to the front early, taking the third position away from Matt DeLorenzo on lap six and one lap later the second position away from Maresca. At that point McAuliffe held a three second advantage but lap after lap Friesen cut into it and by lap 10 it was down to 1.5 seconds.

On the inside of turn four coming down to complete lap 13, Friesen got by McAuliffe for the lead, but McAuliffe kept pace with Friesen with the caution out on lap 15 for Danny Varin who suffered a flat left rear tire. Friesen chose the inside for the restart and maintained the lead over McAuliffe with ninth place starter Larry Wight moving up to fifth on the restart using the extreme outside line to get to the front.

At the halfway point in the event, Friesen held a straightaway advantage over McAuliffe, Maresca, Wight, and DeLorenzo with the yellow out on lap 26 for Billy Decker who slowed in turn two with a right rear flat, nearly collecting Matt Sheppard who made contact with Decker but was able to continue on in the sixth spot.

Friesen led on the restart with Wight the new second place car after getting by both Maresca and McAuliffe and Sheppard now in the top five. Friesen was in heavy lap traffic from lap 33 on in the event but still maintaining a four second lead over Wight who was searching all over the track for the right line to catch Friesen.

With four laps remaining the final caution flag of the event was out for Billy Pauch Jr. who suffered a left rear flat. Friesen pulled away on the single file restart and went on to over a four second victory in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car followed by Wight, Maresca, McAuliffe, and 13th place starter Jessica Friesen.

“So, honored to win a race in memory of our friend Mike Cole,” Friesen said in victory lane. “So special to win a race in honor of a great friend, a great race fan, and a great friend and fan of the Fonda Speedway. We have a lot of great guys on our race team who put in a lot of hard work and we really have something special here.”

“I said to Jess (Stewart’s wife Jessica Friesen) that if there was ever a place that I was glad that I figured out it’s Fonda because it’s close to home and that makes it a lot more fun. We will celebrate this one for sure and then we will be at Kentucky this weekend with the Halmar truck representing everyone here at the Fonda Speedway.”

“I definitely wanted to get the win here in the Short Track Super Series event here at Fonda but just didn’t have the right combination and came up a little bit short,” Wight said after a second place finish in the FX Caprara sponsored #99L.

The 25-lap STSS Sportsman feature began with invader Matt Mead and Fonda Speedway regular Ricky Quick on the front row with Meade the early leader. Chad Edwards started the event in spot number four and took the second position away from Quick on lap one with fifth place starter Brian Calabrese also getting by for the third spot.

On the outside of turn two on lap three, Edwards took the lead away from Meade who fought off the challenges of Calabrese for many laps before Calabrese was able to get by Meade for the second position on lap eight. At the halfway point, the top five in the event consisted of Edwards, Calabrese, Meade, Quick, and defending Fonda Speedway Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr.

Calabrese had the fastest car on the track in the closing laps but ran out of time to catch Edwards who won the event in the John Kollar Motorsports #10% over Calabrese, Meade, Quick, and Hartman Jr.

“The car was perfect tonight in the feature, I found a nice ring of rubber on the track from the middle to the bottom,” Edwards said after the win. “The car wasn’t great in the heat races, but we made a lot of changes to it for the feature.”

“I wish that I could have gotten by Meade earlier,” Calabrese said in victory lane after his second-place finish in the L/M Mason Contracting sponsored #21C. “I was hoping for a caution so I could have challenged him for the win. I was just trying to stay calm in traffic and keep the car in one piece.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION FIRECRACKER 50 MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-LAPS – $10,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Michael Maresca, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Matt Sheppard, David Schilling, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Josh Hohenforst, Andy Bachetti, Brian Pessolano, Peter Britten, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Creeden, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Brian Calabrese, JR Hurlburt, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Rocky Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 McAuliffe, 13-50 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Decker, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Hohenforst, DeLorenzo

Consolation event winners – Dippel, Creeden

Did not qualify – Darwin Greene, Danny Tyler, Danny Carlough, Rich Christman, Scott Huber, Billy VanPelt, Blake Schwarting, Roger Henion, Ricky Davis, Kailee Dimorier, Joseph Judge, Dylan Scribner, Anthony Perrego, Jeff Heotzler

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION CRATE 602 SERIES – 30-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN – CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Calabrese, Matt Meade, Ricky Quick, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Mike Ballestero, JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Robert Bublak, Cody Clark, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, David Manchester, Charlie Tibbitts, Thomas VanVorst, Anthony Cardamone, Blaine Klinger, Michael McCallion, Robbie Knipe, Joseph Coppola, Don Bellen, David Dickey, Tim Dwyer, Nick Plumstead, Jamie Yannone

Lap leaders – 1-2 Meade, 3-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Meade, Mansmith, Calabrese, Ballestero

Consolation event winner – Tibbitts

Did not qualify – Scott Zehnacker, Daniel Morgewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Matt Sobiech, Patt Mann

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 7/5/2020

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION FIRECRACKER 50 MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-LAPS – $10,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Michael Maresca, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Matt Sheppard, David Schilling, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Josh Hohenforst, Andy Bachetti, Brian Pessolano, Peter Britten, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Creeden, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Brian Calabrese, JR Hurlburt, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Rocky Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 McAuliffe, 13-50 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Decker, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Hohenforst, DeLorenzo

Consolation event winners – Dippel, Creeden

Did not qualify – Darwin Greene, Danny Tyler, Danny Carlough, Rich Christman, Scott Huber, Billy VanPelt, Blake Schwarting, Roger Henion, Ricky Davis, Kailee Dimorier, Joseph Judge, Dylan Scribner, Anthony Perrego, Jeff Heotzler

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION CRATE 602 SERIES – 30-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN – CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Calabrese, Matt Meade, Ricky Quick, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Mike Ballestero, JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Robert Bublak, Cody Clark, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, David Manchester, Charlie Tibbitts, Thomas VanVorst, Anthony Cardamone, Blaine Klinger, Michael McCallion, Robbie Knipe, Joseph Coppola, Don Bellen, David Dickey, Tim Dwyer, Nick Plumstead, Jamie Yannone

Lap leaders – 1-2 Meade, 3-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Meade, Mansmith, Calabrese, Ballestero

Consolation event winner – Tibbitts

Did not qualify – Scott Zehnacker, Daniel Morgewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Matt Sobiech, Patt Mann

FRIESEN AND STONE GO THREE FOR FOUR IN 2020 AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, The Recovery Sports Grill presented a Red, White, & Blue Special racing program in honor of Independence Day. When the final checkered flags flew on the racing activities Stewart Friesen was the winner of the $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified feature while Nick Stone was the winner of $1,776 as the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature winner.

Friesen has won every event he has raced in at Fonda in 2020, last weeks racing at Fonda being the exception as he had prior commitments which kept him away. Stone is also the winner of three out of four events so far in 2020, with his only defeat of the season coming a couple of weeks ago.

Other winners on Saturday evening at Fonda were Cody Clark in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Dylan Eldred in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Jason Samrov in the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, Joe Trudeau (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Antique), Kyle Hoard (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Modified), Mike Francisco (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Sportsman), and John Roese (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Late Model).

DTD TV presented the racing activities live on pay per view while Stephanie May sung a great rendition of the National Anthem to celebrate July 4th.

Harry Shaffer was the winner of the 50/50 worth $1,458!

At the intermission Farmers Insurance threw out some goodies to the fans in the grandstand, thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway.

Joe Kriss threw the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified main event with the yellow out before the field reached turn one when Michael Maresca and Pep Corradi were connected together just outside of turn four with one car on top of the others front end. Both cars were able to continue at the rear of the field.

Craig Hanson led on the second attempt to get the event going from his outside front row starting position with Roger Henion Jr. and Sunoco Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe in tow. Larry Wight and Stewart Friesen started the event back in the sixth row and came to the front together, Wight in the top five at the lap 12 point in the event with Friesen right behind him in sixth.

Lap traffic came in to play for the leaders at that point with Hanson, McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Henion, and Wight completing the top five. Friesen went in between both Wight and a lap car to take away the fifth position on lap 13 and one lap later he also got by Henion for the fourth position.

The top three of Hanson, McAuliffe, and Hohenforst pulled away from the rest of the field until lap 14 when both BBL Companies team cars of Matt DeLorenzo and Brian Gleason suffered flat tires bringing out the caution flag. On the restart both Friesen and Wight moved up to the third and fourth positions with Friesen able to also get by McAuliffe for the second spot.

On the inside of turn four on lap 16, Friesen was able to take the lead away from Hanson and from that point on the race was for the second spot as Friesen pulled away to a big lead. Wight took the third position away from McAuliffe on lap 19 and one lap later he also got by Hanson for the second position while Friesen was out to a six second advantage over the rest of the field.

Attention turned to Jessica Friesen at that point as she started the event in the 10th position but moved into the fourth spot on lap 21. Three laps later she was the new third place car after getting by Hanson for the spot. Stewart Friesen was running so high in turns one and two that he was almost hitting the wall with his right rear with one final caution out with three laps to go for Sunoco Modified Rookie Rich Christman who suffered a right rear flat tire.

Stewart Friesen led on the restart and led the remaining laps for his third win of the season and the 63rd of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Halmar sponsored #44 Bicknell powered by Billy the Kid Engines. Wight, Jessica Friesen, Hanson, and defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner completed the top five in the event.

“You could race all over the track tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane as his son Parker did a dance on the roof with the checkered flag in hand. “It’s nice to see fans back here at Fonda tonight and great to see Jess get a great third place finish. Thanks to my Halmar team for all their hard work on these two Modifieds. It is truly a team effort.”

Dan Santabarbara led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Thomas VanVorst in tow after starting third. Fourth place starter and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Rookie competitor EJ McAuliffe took the second spot away from VanVorst on lap four and two laps later nosed ahead of Santabarbara at the finish line to lead lap six.

On lap nine the caution was out for Brian Calabrese who lost a left front tire and drove to the infield out of harms way. He then drove back on the track on the backstretch to get the caution flag to fly slowing the field for the first time in the event. On the restart, sixth place starter Cody Clark took over the race lead and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Clark, McAuliffe, VanVorst, 12th place starter Chad Edwards, and Santabarbara.

Clark’s straightaway advantage closed with the caution out on lap 17 for Tony Farone who suffered a left rear flat. On the restart the caution flew again for a four-car wreck in turn two involving Santabarbara, Nick Scavia, Michael McCallion, and Brendan Gibbons. The restart was single file this time with Clark able to hold off the challenges of Edwards to take the victory in the Upstate Motorsports #4 Teo car for his first win of the season and the eighth of his career in the division over Edwards, VanVorst, Tucker O’Connor, and JaMike Sowle.

Van Vorst was disqualified in post-race inspection moving Defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. into the top five.

“We’ve been struggling,” Clark told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “But we’ve been doing our homework and been on the phone to a lot of different people about it as well. This is our first victory lane with our daughter Maelynn Alivia, so this is a special one for sure.”

Heat race events qualified the field for the first time in 2020 in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event with Dylan Eldred leading at the start. Just after lap one was completed, the red flag was out for Carter Gibbons who flipped his car in between turns one and two with a couple of other cars also involved. All drivers were okay after the incident.

On the restart, Eldred continued to lead with Spencer Rapp the new second place car after starting fifth. The yellow was out again on lap three for Bill Port who came to a stop on the backstretch and on this restart Stephen Gray was the new third place car after starting 15th while two time winner in 2020 Brett Mortensen also made his way into the top five after starting ninth.

Eldred pulled away to a big lead by the lap eight point in the event with the best race on track being the one for the second spot between Rapp, Gray, and Mortensen. The final yellow of the event was out on lap 12 when something broke in the left front of Mortensen’s car ending his great run. The yellow was out again on the restart when Gray spun his car in turn two while running third but it was Eldred who led the rest of the way after the restart as he captured his second career win in the division.

Rapp, John Young, Clayton DuMond, and Yule Cook completed the top five in the event. Horti-Care Landscaping Services paid out a $100 bonus to the winner and a $50 bonus to the second through fifth place finishers so thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway.

The 25-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature began with Chuck Dumblewski leading at the drop of the green flag with Jason Morrison in tow after they started the event on the front row. Defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning started the event in the 10th position and was in the top five on lap three with 12th place starter Nick Stone right behind Horning in the sixth position.

Just as Stone got by Horning for a spot in the top five, Devon Camenga moved past Morrison for the second spot. Stone continued to pass cars at will, taking the third position away from Morrison on lap eight and two laps later the second spot away from Camenga. The top four of Dumblewski, Stone, Camenga, and Horning were together racing for the lead on lap 12 with Dumblewski and Stone racing side by side for the lead.

Stone was working the inside groove while Dumblewski stayed on the outside but it was the inside groove that was the place to be as Stone took over the lead on the inside of turns three and four on lap 13. Horning took over the second position on lap 16 after getting by Dumblewski but Stone was a straightaway ahead with a clear track ahead of him as he went on to his third win of the season and the 49th of his career in the division at Fonda over Horning, Dumblewski, Camenga, and 11th place starter Josh Coonradt.

“This track has been different almost every time we get on it, but we’ve been hitting the setup each time,” Stone said. “Tonight, I just kept the car straight and went for it.”

Defending Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock Track Champion Jason Samrov was the winner of the 15-lap Street Stock feature event on Saturday after leading every lap of the event for his first win of the season and the 14th of his career in the division over Al Relyea, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov, and Lou Gancarz.

Tonight, Sunday July 5 the $10,000 “Firecracker 50” for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series North Region will take place at the Fonda Speedway. The event was rained out last Wednesday evening and will also consist of a STSS Sportsman event paying $2,000 to the winner. Racing begins on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Matt DeLorenzo, Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Devin Willis, Kailee Dimorier, Rich Christman, Tyler Dippel, Brian Gleason, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Blake Schwarting, Brian Calabrese, Scott Huber, Brian Pessolano (DNS), Don Bellen (DNS), Dylan Scribner (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Hanson, 16-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Kevin Chaffee, EJ McAuliffe, Tim Dwyer, Charlie Tibbitts, Brian Borst, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone, Ricky Quick, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Aaron Jacobs, Kathy Bellen, Scott Zehnaker, Dana Camenga, Mark Mortensen, Dan Santabarbara, Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Brian Calabrese, Griffen Mansmith, Kurtis Hohensheldt (DNS), Thomas VanVorst (DQ)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Santabarbara, 6-9 McAuliffe, 10-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Mortensen, Santabarbara, McAuliffe

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – DYLAN ELDRED, Spencer Rapp, John Young, Clayton DuMond, Yule Cook, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Warren, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Harold Robitaille, Bill Port, Carter Gibbons, Ted Star, Jeff Lutes (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Eldred

Heat race winners – Eldred, Rapp

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,776 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Bill Knapp, Randy Cosselman, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Rich Crane, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Tanner Warner, Steve Cosselman, Don Collins, Jamie Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-25 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Randy Cosselman

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

Lap leaders – 1-15 Jason Samrov

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – 12-LAPS – JOE TRUDEAU, Jimmy Fugel, Jon Marks, Brian Scofield, Chuck Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Mike Wheeler, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Stew Padasso, Mark Reardon, Jon Trudeau, Larry Hoyt, Harley Sheppard, Mike Gray, Don Wells

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES REPLICA FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KYLE HOARD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Jon Kuleszo, Merv Blackwell, Randy Delaney, Darral Hulbert, Stanley Wetmore, Mike Francisco (SPORTMAN), Frank Hoard, Mark Hahn, Dave Charczuk, Brian Gray, Gene Wrightstone, Mike Hotaling, John Constantino, Carl Cram, John Roese (LATE MODEL), Scott Gauthier, Will Reed, Adam Warner, George Palmer, Curtis Condon, Joe Millington, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 7/4/2020

RED, WHITE, & BLUE SPECIAL SPONSORED BY RECOVERY SPORTS GRILL

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Matt DeLorenzo, Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Devin Willis, Kailee Dimorier, Rich Christman, Tyler Dippel, Brian Gleason, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Blake Schwarting, Brian Calabrese, Scott Huber, Brian Pessolano (DNS), Don Bellen (DNS), Dylan Scribner (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Hanson, 16-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Kevin Chaffee, EJ McAuliffe, Tim Dwyer, Charlie Tibbitts, Brian Borst, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone, Ricky Quick, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Aaron Jacobs, Kathy Bellen, Scott Zehnaker, Dana Camenga, Mark Mortensen, Dan Santabarbara, Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Brian Calabrese, Griffen Mansmith, Kurtis Hohensheldt (DNS), Thomas VanVorst (DQ)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Santabarbara, 6-9 McAuliffe, 10-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Mortensen, Santabarbara, McAuliffe

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – DYLAN ELDRED, Spencer Rapp, John Young, Clayton DuMond, Yule Cook, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Warren, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Harold Robitaille, Bill Port, Carter Gibbons, Ted Star, Jeff Lutes (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Eldred

Heat race winners – Eldred, Rapp

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,776 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Bill Knapp, Randy Cosselman, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Rich Crane, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Tanner Warner, Steve Cosselman, Don Collins, Jamie Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-25 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Randy Cosselman

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

Lap leaders – 1-15 Jason Samrov

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – 12-LAPS – JOE TRUDEAU, Jimmy Fugel, Jon Marks, Brian Scofield, Chuck Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Mike Wheeler, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Stew Padasso, Mark Reardon, Jon Trudeau, Larry Hoyt, Harley Sheppard, Mike Gray, Don Wells

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES REPLICA FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KYLE HOARD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Jon Kuleszo, Merv Blackwell, Randy Delaney, Darral Hulbert, Stanley Wetmore, Mike Francisco (SPORTMAN), Frank Hoard, Mark Hahn, Dave Charczuk, Brian Gray, Gene Wrightstone, Mike Hotaling, John Constantino, Carl Cram, John Roese (LATE MODEL), Scott Gauthier, Will Reed, Adam Warner, George Palmer, Curtis Condon, Joe Millington, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood

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