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LUKE HORNING WINS FIRST CAREER “HONDO CLASSIC” EVENT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 16th Annual Hondo Classic was held at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday, July 10 and it started out with a four-wide salute on track by the starting field while “Thunderstruck” played over the sound system. Hondo was a very popular driver on track and a friend to many both on and off the track resulting in this race being held in his memory for all these years.

The luck of the draw put Josh Coonradt and Beau Ballard on the front row at the start of the unique 29-lap event with Coonradt taking the early lead with third place starter Kenny Gates getting by Ballard for the second position. Nick Stone started the event in the eighth position and was up to the third position on lap six after getting by Ballard for the position.

Luke Horning started the event in the 12th position but moved quickly to the front, sitting in the fourth position on lap eight. Horning continued his run to the front on lap 12, getting by both a lap car and Coonradt on the outside of turns one and two for the lead. The yellow was out one lap later with Horning choosing the outside for the restart.

Horning maintained the lead on the restart and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Horning, Coonradt, Gates and Stone. Gates was using a line on the speedway that he isn’t normally accustomed to, the outside line, which was where Stone wanted to race but couldn’t as Gates held him at bay for many laps.

With the leaders in lap traffic on lap 22, Stone finally got by Gates for the third position with one final caution coming out on lap 27 for a two-car spin in turn two. Horning held the lead on the restart and went on to his first victory in the Hondo Classic event over Stone who took the second position away from Coonradt on the final lap, Coonradt, Gates, and Ivan Joslin.

In post-race inspection Coonradt was disqualified for being light at the scales resulting in a third-place finish for Gates followed by Joslin and Ballard in the top five.

After doing donuts on the front stretch, Horning drove the West End Towing & Recovery #2H to the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole Victory Lane saying, “What a great turnout, there is no other race like this. Lap traffic got me the lead and I thought that it was gonna cost me the race at one point. Great job by everyone putting this event together.”

“I was running third and fourth for a while and seeing the #35 (Gates) running the top surprised me,” Stone said after his second-place finish.

“We worked on this car in order to be able to run the top,” Gates said after his third-place finish. “We have a way to go with it but we’re getting there. This coil car works good up there.”

16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FINISH – 29-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, AJ Walters, Tyler Bushey, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Jim Normoyle, Chuck Dumblewski, Jay Corbin, Scott Townslee, Andy Graves, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Buck Gasner, Cliff Haslun, Mike Baker, Mike Kalkbrenner, Steve Gates Dean Charbonneau, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Jimmy Eaton DNS, Jason Morrison DNS, Josh Coonradt DQ from third for being light at the scales.

Third win of 2021 for Horning, 24th of his career in the division at Fonda, first win of the Hondo Classic.

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Coonradt, 12-29 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC BONUSES

Bonus Position Sponsor Amount

Winner Luke Horning Lightning Pro Lights – Set of Lights and $250.00

Winner Luke Horning Stone Motorsports $99.99

Winner Luke Horning a Friend in Memory of Bob James $50.00

Winner Luke Horning Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

2nd Place Nick Stone Bulldog Concrete $99.00

2nd Place Nick Stone Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

3rd Place Kenny Gates Irwin & Sons Farm $100.00

3rd Place Kenny Gates Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

4th Place Ivan Joslin Irwin & Sons Farm $80.00

5th Place Beau Ballard Camenga Construction $100.00

6th Place AJ Walters Joslin Racing $70.00

7th Place Tyler Bushey Jennifer Prindle $100.00

8th Place Shane Playford Joslin Racing $50.00

9th Place Frank Hoard, Jr. Krosky & Gamache Families in Memory of Bobco $99.99

9th Place Frank Hoard, Jr. Stone Motorsports $29.99 G.C.

10th Place Jim Normoyle Bobco 93 Race Team $93.00

11th Place Chuck Dumblewski Snap On Tools – Chris Morris $40.00

12th Place Jay Corbin The Buckley Family $30.00

13th Place Scott Towslee Matt & Crissy Galusha In Memory of Papa Ray $40.00

13th Place Andy Graves Cliff Haslun $50.00

14th Place Andy Graves Irwin & Sons Farm $20.00

15th Place John Holmes VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

16th Place Steve Cosselman In Memory of Bob James $9.00

17th Place Randy Cosselman In Memory of Bob James $9.00

18th Place Chuck McSpirit In Memory of Bob James $9.00

19th Place Buck Gasner In Memory of Bob James $9.00

20th Place Cliff Haslun In Memory of Bob James $9.00

21st Place Mike Baker In Memory of Bob James $9.00

22nd Place Mike Kalkbrenner In Memory of Bob James $9.00

23rd Place Steve Gates In Memory of Bob James $9.00

24th Place Dean Charbonneau In Memory of Bob James $9.00

25th Place Bill Knapp In Memory of Bob James $9.00

26th Place Gary Silkey In Memory of Bob James $9.00

27TH Jimmy Eaton In Memory of Bob James $9.00

28th Place DNS Jason Morrison In Memory of Bob James $9.00

29th Place DQ Josh Coonradt In Memory of Bob James $9.00

Lap 1 Leader Kenny Gates Mortensen 1B & 1M Racing $20.00

Lap 2 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

Lap 3 Leader Kenny Gates Terri & Leo Mohrman & Gates Racing $35.00

Lap 4 Leader Kenny Gates Terri & Leo Mohrman & Gates Racing $35.00

Lap 5 Leader Kenny Gates Bulldog Concrete $50.00

Lap 6 Leader Kenny Gates Terri & Leo Mohrman & Gates Racing $35.00

Lap 7 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

Lap 7 Leader Kenny Gates Stephanie May In Memory of Joe Moore $20.00

Lap 8 Leader Kenny Gates Leeann Achzet In Memory of Fonda HOF Lee Achzet $81.00

Lap 8 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

Lap 8 2nd Place Nick Stone Leeann Achzet $35.00

Lap 9 Leader Kenny Gates J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00

Lap 9 9th Place Jay Corbin Krosky & Gamache Families in Memory of Bobco $99.00

Lap 10 Leader Kenny Gates The Gentile Family in Memory of Bobby James $20.00

Lap 11 Leader Luke Horning The Friers Family in Memory of Steve Bidwell $61.00

Lap 11 11th Place Gary Silkey The Friers Family in Memory of Steve Bidwell $50.00

Lap 12 Leader Luke Horning Bulldog Concrete $50.00

Lap 13 Leader Luke Horning Cliff Haslun $50.00

Lap 14 Leader Luke Horning Tyler Gillen $30.00

Lap 15 Leader Luke Horning VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

Lap 15 15th Andy Graves VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

Lap 16 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

Lap 17 Leader Luke Horning Stephanie May In Memory of Joe Moore $20.00

Lap 18 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

Lap 18 Leader Luke Horning A Friend in Memory of Bob James $30.00

Lap 18 2nd Place Kenny Gates BOBCO RACINVIDEOS $29.99

Lap 19 Leader Luke Horning BOBCO RACINVIDEOS $49.99

Lap 20 Leader Luke Horning Snap On Tools – Chris Morris $20.00

Lap 21 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

Lap 22 Leader Luke Horning Snap On Tools – Chris Morris $20.00

Lap 23 Leader Luke Horning Fox 23 Fast Track Alumni $23.00

Lap 24 Leader Luke Horning Rick LaGrange In Memory of Danny Ody $25.00

Lap 24 Leader Luke Horning Rick LaGrange in Memory of Cliff Wright $25.00

Lap 25 Leader Luke Horning Kelley Keefe In memory of Brian Goss, Jr. $20.00

Lap 26 Leader Luke Horning Aaron Burton $26.00

Lap 27 Leader Luke Horning Stone Motorsports $27.99

Lap 28 Leader Luke Horning Ketchum 15 Racing in Memory of Mike Ketchum $20.00

Lap 28 6th Place AJ Walters Out of the Fast Lane and Brady Houser $20.00

Lap 29 Leader Luke Horning Snap On Tools – Chris Morris $20.00

Heat Race 1 Winner Nick Stone J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00

Heat Race 1 Winner Nick Stone Stone Motorsports $29.99 G.C.

Heat Race 1 2nd Place Jim Normoyle J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00

Heat Race 1 3rd Place Gary Silkey J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00

Heat Race 2 Winner Kenny Gates J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00

Heat Race 2 Winner Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99 G.C.

Heat Race 2 2nd Place Luke Horning J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00

Heat Race 2 3rd Place Shane Playford J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00

Heat Race 3 Winner Josh Coonradt J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $75.00

Heat Race 3 Winner Josh Coonradt Stone Motorsports $29.99 G.C.

Heat Race 3 2nd Place Ivan Joslin J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $50.00

Heat Race 3 3rd Place Jay Corbin J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters $25.00

Hondo’s Lunch Last Place Finisher Gary Silkey Joe Achzet $25.00

Halfway Bonus Leader of Lap 15 Luke Horning Friends of Hondo Memorial Society $50.00

Pole Sitter Josh Coonradt Krosky & Gamache Families in Memory of Bobco $99.99

Hard Charger Tyler Bushey Krosky & Gamache Families in Memory of Bobco $99.00

Hard Charger Tyler Bushey Joslin Racing $20.00

Hard Luck Jason Morrison Bulldog Concrete $100.00

15th Place Starter Scott Towslee VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

Leader of Most Laps Luke Horning Krosky & Gamache Families in Memory of Bobco $99.00

Jim Normoyle New York State Stock Car 9th NYSSCA Member Association $100.00

Winning Pit Crew 2H Race Team Friends of Larry Carpenter Sr. in Memory of Larry $99.99

First car on track for Hot Laps Beau Ballard Cindy LaRoe $30.00

Thanks to Joe Achzet for designing our Commemorative Victory Lane sign

Thanks to Justin Lansing Designs for our T-Shirt design.

Thanks to Scott Govertson of Chatham Clothing Company for printing our shirts and helping with the cost of providing the driver’s.

with their commemorative shirts.

Trophies were sponsored by Ed Lamberton and made by Final Reward Trophy & Imprintables.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR JULY 10, 2021

SAMPSON MOTORCAR/YELLOW TRANSPORTATION NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – JESSICA FRIESEN, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Adam McAuliffe, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers, Josh Hohenforst, Ancel Collins, Dylan Scribner, Rich Christman, Bobby Varin, Jim Introne Jr.

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Jessica Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Jessica Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sowle, Jessica Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Mike Ketchum, Brett Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Chip Constantino, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Griffen Mansmith, Jason Reome, Tucker O’Connor, Don Bellen, Ricky Quick, Mark Mortensen, Dan Santabarbara, Greg Havlichek, Ray Zemken, Jason Greco, Addison Bowman, Aaron Burton

2nd win of 2021 for Calabrese and the 6th win of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Quick, 3-11 Brett Mortensen, 12-13 Clark, 14-25 Calabrese

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Quick, Santabarbara

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Zilles gained 15 positions from 26th to 11th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – THE 16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC – 29-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, AJ Walters, Tyler Bushey, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Jim Normoyle, Chuck Dumblewski, Jay Corbin, Scott Townslee, Andy Graves, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Buck Gasner, Cliff Haslun, Mike Baker, Mike Kalkbrenner, Steve Gates Dean Charbonneau, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Jimmy Eaton DNS, Jason Morrison DNS, Josh Coonradt DQ from 3rd light at the scales

3rd win of 2021 for Horning, 24th of his career in the division at Fonda, 1st win of the Hondo Classic.

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Coonradt, 12-29 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Jonathan Feagles, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Justin Howe, John Anderson, Ryan Sweet, John Young, Jeremy Tyrrell

3rd win of 2021 for DuMond and the 3rd of his career in the division at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Anderson, 2-15 DuMond

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gray, LaPlante

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Billy Hillman, John Napoli, John Shepard, AJ VanHoesen, Jean Foster, David Peek-Britten, Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Tyler, Dale VanAllen, TJ Marlitt

9th win of 2021 for Hollenback and the 64th of his career in the division at Fonda

8th win of 2021 for White and the 8th of his career in the division at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Napoli, 3-12 Ken Hollenback

THE 16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS THE RACING PROGRAM AT FONDA ON SATURDAY, JULY 10

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 10 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar and Yellow Transportation present a racing card headlined by the 16th Annual “Hondo Classic” for the Algonkin Pro Stocks paying a minimum of $1,000 to win! Racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

The winner of the 16th Annual Hondo Classic will receive $1,199.99 cash!  That includes $800 from the Fonda Speedway purse, $250 from Lightning Pit Lights, Inc. (plus a set of lights), $99.99 from Stone Motorsports, and $50.00 from a friend in memory of Bob James. The winner will also receive a trophy donated by Ed Lamberton, the commemorative Victory Lane sign, the big check designed and donated by Joe Achzet and of course, Magic Hat #9 beer. The winning pit crew will receive $99.99 in Memory of Larry Carpenter, Sr who was on our crew since the very beginning. That bonus is from Friends of Larry Carpenter, Sr.

To keep up with additional bonuses and prizes for the Hondo Classic event you can go to the Friends of Hondo Memorial Society Facebook page.

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 five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 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 Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

A huge fireworks display in conjunction with the Village of Fonda will light up the sky.

The infield drive-in area will also be open for the July 10th racing program at Fonda and you can reserve your spot by going to:

https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/drive-in-reservation-request-for-july-10th-fonda-speedway/?fbclid=IwAR1RPG4ExCBOlSCfPmvAsZBmLhk_lPZX649G9V8dZi7fmsQHTFB4c94e3Jg

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FRIESEN WINS THIRD $10,000 TO WIN FIRECRACKER 50 IN A ROW AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday than with racing and fireworks? That is exactly how the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway celebrated the holiday with the Short Track Super Series in town for STSS Northern Region Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman events. After the final checkered flag flew a gigantic fireworks display lit up the sky as the celebration continued.

Stewart Friesen continued his mastery of the “Track of Champions” winning his eighth feature of the season at Fonda and his third consecutive in the “Firecracker 50” $10,000 to win event. The win now shows Friesen with 76 career victories on the All-Time Modified win list at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile track.

“This is one of the biggest races of the year for us and it is always special to win a race on the Fourth of July,” Friesen told STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane. “This win is for Mike Cole who we all miss very much.”

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum started the evening with a prayer and an invocation followed by a beautiful rendition of both the Canadian and National Anthem’s by Fonda Speedway victory lane announcer Mimi Lazzaro. A great job was also done by Lori Scanlon who signed the anthems to the huge crowd on hand.

Great job by all the 50/50 ticket sellers who raised a total of $6423 for the evenings first prize. Congratulations to Rick from Fort Plain who won the first prize money!

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore along with STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum, and Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame announcer Jim King had a great time in the tower announcing the events to the fans. King was in town for the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame ceremonies on Saturday when his father Bill King was inducted and now joins his son Jim in the prestigious Hall of Fame.

The luck of the draw found Rocky Warner and Matt Sheppard on the front row for the 50-lap “Firecracker 50” with Sheppard taking the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Sheppard was the only modified without sail panels on his car, but it didn’t seem to matter as he was fast right from hot laps to the feature.

Sheppard bobbled in turn one on lap six as he got into the berm on the inside of the track and shot out towards the wall, barely escaping hitting the wall and continued on with Warner closing in. The first of many yellow flags for flat tires throughout the event flew on lap six for Mike Mahaney who was running third when he had issues. He would pit and restart at the rear of the field.

Sheppard chose the outside for the restart with third place starter Stewart Friesen taking the second position away from Warner while eighth place starter Billy Decker, who was in the third position when the restart occurred, fell back outside of the top 10 when the green flag flew as he nearly got into the wall in turns one and two and lost many positions as a result. One lap later the yellow was out again for Mahaney and Max McLaughlin who both went to the hot pit and restarted at the rear of the field.

Friesen took over the lead on the restart and over the remaining restarts went back and forth between restarting on the inside or the outside. David Schilling and Bobby Hackel IV were running fourth and eighth respectively on lap 14 when they brought out a caution on lap 14 with Decker using all the restarts to advance back to the front as he was back in the third position after a lap 15 restart.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Friesen, Sheppard, Warner, Decker, and 10th place starter Mike Gular. Friesen put five lap cars in between himself and the second-place car of Sheppard just past the halfway point with Warner able to get by Sheppard in lap traffic on lap 27. Friesen did the same thing that Sheppard had done earlier in the event one lap later as he got into the berm on the inside of turns one and two and shot straight out towards the wall, narrowly escaped hitting the wall and continuing on as Warner tried to close in.

Warner’s luck turned all bad with 20 laps to go as he ended up in the turn four wall after what looked like contact between himself and a lap car. Warner was done for the evening after a great run to that point. Decker continued to advance positions to the front, and with only seven laps remaining in the event was sitting in the second position after getting by Sheppard for the position.

The race stayed green over the remaining laps as Friesen went on to his eighth win of the season and the 76th of his career at Fonda in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car over Decker, Sheppard, 17th place starter Mat Williamson, and Gular.

“The car was great, but the sail panels tighten the car up so much that we were trying to free it up for the feature,” Friesen told STSS Announcer Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. “I was just trying not to spin and blister the tires.”

“The car was really good,” Decker told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “The track was fast tonight and fortunately we brought a race car that felt comfortable. The cautions helped me as I went softer on tires for the feature. I almost took the wall down in turns one and two, but I had a lot of fun tonight.”

“Fonda isn’t like any other tracks that we run, and the track is always different every time we come here,” Sheppard said after his third-place finish. “One day we’ll come here and get the setup right.”

Cody Clark and Mark Mortensen started the 25-lap Crate Sportsman feature on the front row with Clark taking the early lead. Chad Edwards started the event in the sixth position and on lap six was the new fourth place car with the first of three yellows in the event coming out at that point for Troy Palmer who slowed in turn one.

Clark restarted on the outside with Mortensen making a bid for the lead on the inside at the drop of the green flag but as the top two exited turn two Clark pulled away yet again. Edwards was the new third place car on the restart after getting by Will Shields for the spot with another yellow out on lap nine.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Mortensen, Edwards, Shields, and 12th place starter Tanner Warner. Just as Mortensen was closing in slightly on the leader, Clark made a great move in between two lap cars in turn four to maintain his lead on lap 18. One final yellow flag slowed the event with three laps to go for Tucker O’Connor and Kurtis Hohensheldt in turn four with O’Connor driving away and Hohensheldt done for the night going off on the hook.

Clark pulled away on the restart with the race for the second position between Mortensen and Edwards heating up overt the last few laps. On the final lap, Edwards made a slide job pass in front of Mortensen in turn two to take away the second position, but Mortensen stayed right with him on the inside until he got airborne after hitting a hole in turn four and settled for the third position.

Clark went on to his third win of the season and the 12th of his career in the division in his #4 DKM car over Edwards, Mortensen, Warner, and 21st place starter Tim Hartman Jr.

“I want to thank all of my fans and sponsors for their support after we ran into some issues a couple of weeks ago,” Clark said in victory lane. “I was getting by lap cars one by one and thanks to DKM for a great race car. This gives us some motivation for next Saturday and the rest of the season as the point battle looks like it will go down to the wire.”

“Typical Fonda,” Edwards said after the race. “You race the competitors and race the track.”

“It is always hard to start on the front row,” Mortensen said after his third-place finish. “I thought the cautions would help but I couldn’t get the exit out of the turns on the inside that I needed, and Cody (Clark) was just fast. I must have slowed down quite a bit at the end and Chad (Edwards) was able to get by me.”

Next Saturday, July 10 Sampson Motor Car and Yellow Transportation will present a racing card in all regular divisions with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. The Pro Stock feature will be the prestigious 16th Annual Hondo Classic named after the late fan favorite Hondo Carpenter.

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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FUCCILLO AUTOPLEX OF NELLISTON ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ RESULTS SUMMARY – FONDA SPEEDWAY SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Max McLaughlin, J.R. Hurlburt, JaMike Sowle, Billy Van Pelt, Brett Haas, George Foley, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Joe Judge, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Hackel IV, Ronnie Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner.

Did Not Qualify: Steve Akers, Ryan Susice, E.J. McAuliffe, Kurt Hundeland, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Shane Jablonka, Ray Zemken, Michael Trautschold, Kyle Coffey, Rich Christman.

Hazer’s World Lap Money ($500 Total): Matt Sheppard ($80); Stewart Friesen ($70); Billy Decker ($50); Mike Gular ($60); Rocky Warner ($60); Mat Williamson ($50); Anthony Perrego ($40); Jessica Friesen ($40); David Schilling ($20); Mike Mahaney ($10); Alan Johnson ($10); Craig Hanson ($10); Andy Bachetti ($10)

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Jessica Friesen (eighth) & JaMike Sowle (13th)
Autism Awareness Winner’s Award presented by Halmar ($250): Stewart Friesen
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses: Mat Williamson (fourth) & Alex Yankowski (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): JaMike Sowle(Redrew 12th)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Award (Oakley Sunglasses): Stewart Friesen(winner)
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): 
Craig Hanson, Adam McAuliffe, Billy Decker & Mike Mahaney
Henry’s Exhaust System Bonus ($50 Certificate): Max McLaughlin (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Stewart Friesen ($150 Certificate – first); Billy Decker ($75 Certificate – second); Matt Sheppard ($50 Certificate – third); Josh Hohenforst ($25 Certificate – 10th)
Prime MAC Tools Hard Luck Award (Hand Tool Set): Bobby Varin
Spyder High Performance Filters Bonuses:
 Mike Gular (FREE Filter – fifth); Brett Haas (50-percent Certificate – 15th)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Billy Decker (second); J.R. Hurlburt (12th); Joe Judge (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): Stewart Friesen
TKS Painting Front-Row Bonuses: Rocky Warner (Pole – $50); Matt Sheppard (Outside Pole – $25)
Upstate Auto Hard Charger Award ($250): Andy Bachetti (27th to seventh)
Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7 Bonus ($75 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Event No. 2 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Tim Dwyer, Brian Calabrese, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Ballestero, Joey Bruning, Carter Gibbons, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Dingman, Joe Toth, Nick Stone, Daniel Morgiewicz, Johnny Young, Dave Dipietroll, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlicek, Steve Davis, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer.

Did Not Qualify: Dale Welty, Ryan Conrad, Aaron Burton, Ryan Walther, Kevin Crave, Stephen Gray, Blaine Klinger, Walter J. Hammond, Maverick Eldridge, Chip Constantino, Ryan Simmons, Brendan Gibbons, David Richer, Griffin Mansmith, Tony Farone, Jeremy Tyrell, Doug Snyder, Taylor LaPlante, Walter Hammond.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Payton Talbot(sixth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): 
Michael Ballestero(Redrew 10th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): 
Chad Edwards(second) & Joey Bruning (12th)
Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger ($100 Gift Card): Brian Calabrese (30th to eighth)

FUCCILLO AUTOPLEX OF NELLISTON ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ RESULTS SUMMARY – FONDA SPEEDWAY SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021 INCLUDING BONUSES

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Max McLaughlin, J.R. Hurlburt, JaMike Sowle, Billy Van Pelt, Brett Haas, George Foley, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Joe Judge, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Hackel IV, Ronnie Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner.

Did Not Qualify: Steve Akers, Ryan Susice, E.J. McAuliffe, Kurt Hundeland, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Shane Jablonka, Ray Zemken, Michael Trautschold, Kyle Coffey, Rich Christman.

Hazer’s World Lap Money ($500 Total): Full Breakdown Pending

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Jessica Friesen (eighth) & JaMike Sowle (13th) Autism Awareness Winner’s Award presented by Halmar ($250): Stewart Friesen Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses: Mat Williamson (fourth) & Alex Yankowski (ninth) Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): JaMike Sowle (Redrew 12th) Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Award (Oakley Sunglasses): Stewart Friesen (winner) FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): Craig Hanson, Adam McAuliffe, Billy Decker & Mike Mahaney Henry’s Exhaust System Bonus ($50 Certificate): Max McLaughlin (11th) Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Stewart Friesen ($150 Certificate – first); Billy Decker ($75 Certificate – second); Matt Sheppard ($50 Certificate – third); Josh Hohenforst ($25 Certificate – 10th) Prime MAC Tools Hard Luck Award (Hand Tool Set): Bobby Varin Spyder High Performance Filters Bonuses: Mike Gular (FREE Filter – fifth); Brett Haas (50-percent Certificate – 15th) Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Billy Decker (second); J.R. Hurlburt (12th); Joe Judge (22nd) Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): Stewart Friesen TKS Painting Front-Row Bonuses: Rocky Warner (Pole – $50); Matt Sheppard (Outside Pole – $25) Upstate Auto Hard Charger Award ($250): Andy Bachetti (27th to seventh) Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7 Bonus ($75 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Event No. 2 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Tim Dwyer, Brian Calabrese, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Ballestero, Joey Bruning, Carter Gibbons, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Dingman, Joe Toth, Nick Stone, Daniel Morgiewicz, Johnny Young, Dave Dipietroll, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlicek, Steve Davis, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer.

Did Not Qualify: Dale Welty, Ryan Conrad, Aaron Burton, Ryan Walther, Kevin Crave, Stephen Gray, Blaine Klinger, Walter J. Hammond, Maverick Eldridge, Chip Constantino, Ryan Simmons, Brendan Gibbons, David Richer, Griffin Mansmith, Tony Farone, Jeremy Tyrell, Doug Snyder, Taylor LaPlante, Walter Hammond.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Payton Talbot (sixth) Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Michael Ballestero (Redrew 10th) Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Chad Edwards (second) & Joey Bruning (12th) Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger ($50 Gift Card): Brian Calabrese (30th to eighth)

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS SUNDAY JULY 4, 2021 – FUCCILLO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP NIGHT

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) “FIRECRACKER 50” $10,000 TO WIN MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Max McLaughlin, JR Hurlburt, JaMike Sowle, Billy VanPelt, Brett Hass, George Foley, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Joe Judge, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Hackel IV, Ronnie Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Sheppard, 8-50 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Hanson, McAuliffe, Decker, Mahaney

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Perrego

DID NOT QUALIFY – Steve Akers, Ryan Susie, EJ McAuliffe, Kurt Hundeland, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Shane Jablonka, Ray Zemken, Michael Trautschold, Kyle Coffey, Rich Christman

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) $2,000 TO WIN CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Tim Dwyer, Brian Calabrese, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Ballestero, Joey Bruning, Carter Gibbons, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Dingman, Joe Toth, Nick Stone, Daniel Morgiewicz, Johnny Young, Dave Dipietroll, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlichek, Steve Davis, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Clark, Bruning, Munson, Zilles, Dingman

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Hartman Jr., Dwyer

DID NOT QUALIFY – Dale Welty, Ryan Conrad, Aaron Burton, Ryan Walter, Kevin Crave, Stephen Gray, Blaine Klinger, Walter J Hammond, Maverich Eldredge, Chip Constantino, Ryan Simmons, Brendan Gibbons, Dave Richer, Griffen Mansmith, Tony Farone, Jeremy Tyrrell, Doug Snyder, Taylor LaPlante, Walter Hammond

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Brian Calabrese 22 spots from 30th to 8th

TWO NIGHTS OF ACTION TO HIGHLIGHT THE JULY 4TH WEEKEND AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Looking for some excitement this upcoming July 4th weekend? Look no further than the Montgomery County Fairgrounds as the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will feature two nights of racing excitement this Saturday and Sunday. Racing on both nights will begin at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, July 3 the Recovery Sports Grill will sponsor “Hall of Fame Night” featuring the “It’s Huge” Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series “Red, White & Blue” $4,000-to-win Sunoco Modified feature, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win feature, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks $1,000 to win feature along with all other regular divisions plus the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS).

The MVVDMS will also be celebrating New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Night on Saturday evening with monetary awards given out to the first and second place finishers in each of the MVVDMS feature events.

Stone Motorsports and Online Performance are boosting both the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock payouts this Saturday, July 3 at Fonda Speedway as each heat race winner in both divisions will receive $50 and the top three finishers in both divisions will all receive an extra $100! Visit www.stonemotorsports.com to learn more!

Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony will be held with drivers Phlan Hart, Russ Flint, and David Towns all being inducted along with car owner Bill King and track contributor Chris Fain. The Fifth Annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award will also be presented to Adam Fusco. You can see a short bio about each of the inductees by going to the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum Facebook page.

To see a complete list of current members of the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame you can go to the Fonda Speedway website www.fondaspeedway.com and click on the history tab then scroll down to Hall of Fame member list.

Can’t make it to the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame Class of 2021 induction ceremony this Saturday? No worries, we’ve got you covered as there will be coverage of this year’s event starting at 3:00 pm via livestream on the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum Facebook page.

The top five in Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified point standings going into Saturday’s event at Fonda show Stewart Friesen leading the points with 120 followed in the top five by Matt Sheppard (102), Josh Hohenforst (88), Jessica Friesen (84) and David Schilling (78).

The top five in Thunder on the Thruway Series Sportsman point standings going into Saturday’s event at Fonda show Cody Clark leading the points with 100 followed in the top five by Chad Edwards (90), Payton Talbot and Tucker O’Connor tied with 84, Chip Constantino (77), and Mark Mortensen (72).

The top five in Thunder on the Thruway Series Pro Stock point standings going into Saturday’s event at Fonda show Nick Stone leading the points with 120 followed in the top five by Ivan Joslin (104), Kenny Gates (102), Beau Ballard (96) and Devon Camenga (94).

Then on Sunday, July 4 will be Fuccillo Automotive Group Night featuring the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco Modified “Firecracker 50” $10,000 to win event along with the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman $2,000 to win event (show-up points for both divisions) plus a gigantic FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!

Stewart Friesen will be going for his third consecutive win in the “Firecracker 50” event after winning it in both 2019 and 2020. Friesen took the win in the “Firecracker 50” back in 2019 in dramatic fashion with a pass for the lead in the final turn of the final lap giving him the $10,000 win!

STSS Northern Region Modified point standings going into the “Firecracker 50” event at Fonda show Anthony Perrego leading the way with 262 followed in the top five by Mike Mahaney (261), Matt Sheppard (248), Andy Bachetti (226), and Stewart Friesen (205).

STSS Northern Region Crate 602 Sportsman point standings going into Sunday’s event at Fonda show Joe Bruning leading the way with 100 points followed in the top five by Kyle Rohner (95), Tim Hartman Jr. (90), Payton Talbot (85), and Tyler Johnston (80).

In the history of 50 lap events or longer at Fonda, there have been a total of 68 different winning drivers in a total of 281 modified (both big and small block) feature events from 1953-2020.

They include Lou Lazzaro who leads the way with 32 victories followed by Jack Johnson with 29; Brett Hearn with 21, Dave Lape with 20; Mike Romano and Stewart Friesen with 11; C.D. Coville with 10; Ken Shoemaker and Alan Johnson with nine, Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, Doug Hoffman, and Bobby Varin with eight; Steve Danish, and Bill Wimble with six; Pete Corey and Rene Charland with five; Harry Peek, Bob McCreadie, and Pat Ward with four; Jeep Herbert and Matt DeLorenzo with three; Ed Ortiz, Jerry Cook, Will Cagle, Gary Balough,, Charlie Rudolph, Billy Pauch, Kevin Collins, Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, and Mike Mahaney all with two wins apiece.

Drivers with one feature win in 50-lap events include George Gallup, Jim Luke, Don Hendenberg, Irv Taylor, Cliff Kotary, Tom Kotary, Buck Holliday, Ernie Gahan, Ron Narducci, Jerry Pennock, Lee Millington, Maynard Forrette, Buzzie Reutimann, Ralph Holmes, Dave Pelczar, Dave Buanno, Jim Winks, Wayne Reutimann, Pep Pepicelli, Tom Wilson, Tim Dwyer, Kenny Brightbill, AJ Romano, Jeff Trombley, Steve Paine, Kenny Tremont Jr., Mitch Gibbs, Tony Pepicelli, Bob Savoie, Larry Wight, Craig Hanson, Ronnie Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Boehler, and Tim Fuller.

Event information has been posted for both days of the July 3-4 Independence Day weekend at Fonda Speedway.

July 3 Thunder on the Thruway Series Event Info: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/…/July3ThunderontheThr…

July 4 Short Track Super Series Firecracker 50 Event Info: https://www.thefondaspeedway.com/…/Firecracker50General…

Saturday’s event offers points toward both weekly Fonda Speedway racing and the Thunder on the Thruway Series. Sunday offers 25 show-up points for the Fonda Speedway point battle and Short Track Super Series North Region.

Both days count toward the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco for Modified and Sportsman racers.

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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Flo Racing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

SEVENTH WIN OF THE SEASON FOR FRIESEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Starting 12th on the grid for the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature, Stewart Friesen did what he normally does, work his way to the front of the field. It didn’t come easily on a challenging track, but he wasn’t comfortable just staying in one lane and moved around as needed to get to the front.

“I just tried to move around a bit on a slick and technical track, but with the unique situation with tires I tried to keep the tires under me,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after the win.

For Friesen it was his seventh win of the 2021 season at Fonda and the 75th of his career at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway in the Halmar International sponsored #44 Bicknell car.

Other winners on A-Verdi Storage Container Night were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback and Slappy White (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders), and Paulie Colagiovanni (Earl Halaquist Memorial Patriot 360 Sprint Cars).

Congratulations to the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2,709 to the winner and great job by the Fonda 50/50 ladies on a very hot, humid night.

Special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club held their annual bike giveaway with a great job done by Ashley Abeling organizing the event along with the weekly Kid’s Club activities. Winners of the bikes were Cole Kawp, Killian Slater, Caudeau Kawp, Keagan P. Bodi Brewster, Jameson Carlton, Jackson Northrup, Harold Fox, Seth Dawson, Nick Seifert, Bennet Brewster, Chase Askew, Cheyene Adair, Jacob Knapik, Emma Varin, Avery Brownell, and Allie Corbett. The smiles on the kid’s faces who won the bikes says it all about the giveaway!

With a great crowd on hand, Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore did the invocation and prayer followed by a great rendition of the National Anthem by Fonda Speedway head starter Joe Kriss.

Adam McAuliffe and Pep Corradi started the Sunoco Modified feature on the front row with McAuliffe the early race leader. Bobby Varin started the event in the fourth position and moved to the second spot on lap three after getting by Corradi with Jack Lehner and last weeks winner Rocky Warner completing the top five.

After starting 11th on the grid Warner was moving to the front quickly, getting by Varin for the second position on lap seven. On lap nine, McAuliffe held a straightaway lead with Stewart Friesen now in the top five in the fifth position. At the halfway point, McAuliffe, Warner, Friesen, Varin, and Lehner were the top five cars in the event.

Friesen made his way in between both a lap car and McAuliffe for the lead in turn two on lap 23 with Warner also getting by McAuliffe for the second position with three laps to go. At that point Friesen pulled away to a big lead and yet another feature win followed in the top five by Warner, McAuliffe, Lehner, and Varin.

“I snuck by Adam (McAuliffe) and a lap car to get the lead but tonight I really wanted to come to Fonda and get the job done,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial victory lane after both he and his son Parker celebrated the win on the roof of the race car. “We have a big week ahead of us with Fourth of July coming up and this week has been a big one for us as well with Parker graduating Pre-K earlier this week.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with a caution before any laps were completed after outside front row starter Kurtis Hohensheldt spun in turn one just after the green flag had dropped. Hohensheldt restarted at the rear of the field on the original restart.

Dan Santabarbara led on the second try at the start with Griffen Mansmith second early on. Fourth place starter Brian Borst moved past Mansmith for the second position on lap four and on the outside of turn four on lap nine Borst was the new race leader. Borst and his crew were coming off a very busy week as they had to put a new car together after totaling a car last week and their hard work was paying off.

One lap after taking the lead, Borst turned his car around in turn one on the very slippery surface, bringing out the caution and placing Santabarbara back on the point. Santabarbara wouldn’t lead another lap however as fifth place starter Brian Calabrese took the lead on the restart.

Point leader Cody Clark had a very rough night with issues in hot laps forcing him to miss the heat race and the consolation and take a provisional spot to get into the feature event. On lap 11 his miserable night came to an end after being involved in a five-car wreck in turn one, nobody was injured in the wreck, but Clark and others were done for the night at that point.

Aaron Burton started the feature in the eighth position and was the second-place car on the restart before sixth place starter Tim Hartman Jr. took the position away when the green flag flew again. One more caution slowed the field on lap 14 allowing 12th place starter Chad Edwards and 15th place starter Tim Dwyer to move into the top five in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Calabrese kept Hartman Jr. behind him over the remaining laps to get his first win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division in the LM Mason Contractors #21C followed by Hartman Jr., Burton, Edwards, and Dwyer.

“We’ve been struggling this year and I honestly didn’t think I was gonna get to victory lane this year,” an emotional Calabrese said in victory lane. “We have had a lot of bad luck so far this year, some of it self-inflicted, but we have been working so hard and I knew that I had to put my helmet on and get to work. I am excited about the rest of the season; we have a good piece here.”

The Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was one of if not the best feature of the night with Frank Hoard Jr. leading at the drop of the green flag after starting the 20-lap event on the pole. Sixth and eighth place starters Josh Coonradt and Kenny Gates were the new fourth and fifth place cars respectively on lap four with Coonradt up to second four laps later after getting by Bill Knapp.

Coonradt was the new race leader on lap eight after getting by Hoard on the outside of turn four with 10th place starter Nick Stone now the second-place car after he also got by Hoard. Stone led the event for two laps just after the halfway point with ninth place starter Luke Horning now pressuring Stone for the top spot.

Horning used the inside groove out of turn four to lead lap 15 but when he and Stone and Coonradt went three wide for the lead three laps later, Stone took the lead away. Stone and Horning remained side by side over the final five laps, but Stone held on for the win followed in the top five by Horning, Coonradt, Gates, and Shane Playford.

Kyle Dingman led all 15-laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for his second win of the 2021 season and the second of his career over Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, and Carter Gibbons.

Ken Hollenback (SOHC) led only one lap of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, but it was the most important one as he won by a nose after a four-wide race to the checkered flag to the overall race win. Slappy White was declared the winner in the dual cam class with John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, and Jeff Tubbs completing the top five.

Danny Varin led the first two laps of the 30-lap Earl Halaquist Memorial Sprint Car event until Paulie Colagiovanni took over the lead and led the remaining laps for the $3,000 to win event. Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, and Chad Miller completed the top five. For the complete race story on the event please go to www.patriotsprinttour.com

Next week at the Fonda Speedway a special two-day weekend of events will take place at the “Track of Champions”. On Saturday, July 3 the Recovery Sports Grill will sponsor Hall of Fame Night featuring the Thunder on the Thruway Series “Red, White & Blue” $4,000-to-win Sunoco Modified feature, $1,500 to win Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature, a $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature along with all other regular divisions plus the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.

Then on Sunday, July 4 the Fuccillo Automotive Group will present the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco Modified “Firecracker 50” $10,000 to win plus the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman $2,000 to win event (show-up points for both divisions) along with a FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA*

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Pep Corradi, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, EJ McAuliffe, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Corey Lowitt, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes

7th win of 2021 and the 75th career win in the division for Friesen

Lap leaders – 1-22 Adam McAuliffe, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tim Dwyer, Addison Bowman, Tucker O’Connor, Payton Talbot, Mark Mortensen, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Borst, Michael Ballestero, Ray Zemken, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Kathy Bellen, Troy Zilles, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Greg Havlichek

1st win of 2021 and the 5th career win in the division for Calabrese.

Lap leaders – 1-8 Santabarbara, 9-10 Borst, 11-25 Calabrese

Heat race winners – Farone, Hartman Jr., Santabarbara, Hohensheldt

Consolation race winner – Munson

Did not qualify – Brett Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Troy Palmer, William August, Michael McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER – Michael Ballestero moved 11 spots from 25th to 14th.

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Frank Hoard Jr., AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Ivan Joslin, Terry Graves, Chris Cross, Kyle Hoard, Cliff Haslun, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman DNS, Andy Graves DNS

4th win of 2021 and the 57th career win for Stone in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Hoard Jr., 8-12 Coonradt, 13-14 Stone, 15-17 Horning, 18-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Carter Gibbons, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bob Rowback, Larry McGillis, John Anderson DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win in the division for Dingman

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Jeff Tubbs, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Riley Pedrick, Jean Foster, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Brandon Tyler, Dale Van Allen

8th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 63rd of his career in the division.

7th win of 2021 and the 7th career win for White in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Napoli, 8 White, 9-11 Napoli, 12 Ken Hollenback

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE – THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL – 30-laps – PAULIE COLAGIOVANNI, Danny Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, Chad Miller, Joe Trenka, Jeff Trombley, Josh Pieniazek, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Jeremiah Munson, Jeff Cook, Jake Karklin, Dave Axton, Steve Glover, Floyd Billington, Jesse Pruchink, Travis Billington, Brett Wright, Dalton Herrick, Will Hull, Mike Kiser

Lap leaders – 1-2 Varin, 3-30 Colagiovanni

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

QUICK RESULTS FOR JUNE 26, 2021

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Pep Corradi, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Brian Pessolano, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, EJ McAuliffe, Steve Akers, Aaron Jacobs, Corey Lowitt, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Brian Calabrese, Ronnie Holmes

7th win of 2021 and the 75th career win in the division for Friesen

Lap leaders – 1-22 Adam McAuliffe, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – BRIAN CALABRESE, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Tim Dwyer, Addison Bowman, Tucker O’Connor, Payton Talbot, Mark Mortensen, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Borst, Michael Ballestero, Ray Zemken, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Kathy Bellen, Troy Zilles, Jeremiah Munson, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Greg Havlichek

1st win of 2021 and the 5th career win in the division for Calabrese.

Lap leaders – 1-8 Santabarbara, 9-10 Borst, 11-25 Calabrese

Heat race winners – Farone, Hartman Jr., Santabarbara, Hohensheldt

Consolation race winner – Munson

Did not qualify – Brett Mortensen, Ricky Quick, Troy Palmer, William August, Michael McCallion

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Frank Hoard Jr., AJ Walters, Jason Morrison, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Chuck McSpirit, Steve Cosselman, Ivan Joslin, Terry Graves, Chris Cross, Kyle Hoard, Cliff Haslun, Scott Towslee, Malcum Warner, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman DNS, Andy Graves DNS

4th win of 2021 and the 57th career win for Stone in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Hoard Jr., 8-12 Coonradt, 13-14 Stone, 15-17 Horning, 18-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Carter Gibbons, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Bob Rowback, Larry McGillis, John Anderson DNS

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win in the division for Dingman

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Jeff Tubbs, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Riley Pedrick, Jean Foster, Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, Brandon Tyler, Dale Van Allen

8th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 63rd of his career in the division.

7th win of 2021 and the 7th career win for White in the division

Lap leaders – 1-7 Napoli, 8 White, 9-11 Napoli, 12 Ken Hollenback

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR FEATURE – THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL – 30-laps – PAULIE COLAGIOVANNI, Danny Varin, Davie Franek, Jordan Thomas, Chad Miller, Joe Trenka, Jeff Trombley, Josh Pieniazek, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Jeremiah Munson, Jeff Cook, Jake Karklin, Dave Axton, Steve Glover, Floyd Billington, Jesse Pruchink, Travis Billington, Brett Wright, Dalton Herrick, Will Hull, Mike Kiser

Lap leaders – 1-2 Varin, 3-30 Colagiovanni

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS PRESENTS THE PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – A-Verdi Storage Containers will present the racing action at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway this Saturday, June 26 featuring the first appearance of the season for the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars in a $3,000 to win and $300 to start main event.

Also on the racing card will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in event number four of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series Event paying $1,000 to win, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Adult Admission is $15 with Seniors (ages 65 and over) $13 and Kids 11 and under FREE!

The infield drive-in will be open ($70 for up to four passes) and you can register for a spot by going to https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/drive-in-request…/

Pit Admission is $35 (Non-Members) or $30 (Fonda Members).

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will also be holding their annual bicycle giveaway so if any race teams or anyone else is interested in providing a bicycle for the giveaway you can contact Ashley Abeling on Facebook or just bring a bicycle with you to the track on Saturday. The Kid’s Club is located underneath the grandstands at gate two (down towards turn four) at the east end of the covered grandstands.

Please also visit the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum which opens at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday evening!

With permission from Mike Emhof of the Patriot Sprint tour, here is Earl Halaquist as Remembered by Michael Monnat.

By the first time I saw Earl Halaquist race a sprint car for the United Racing Club (URC) in 1960 at the Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York, he was already half-way through his career. Yet, at that point, he hadn’t even begun to receive national notoriety. That all changed with the dawn of the Sixties and his prodigious and overwhelmingly spectacular use of George Nesler’s sprint car racing equipment.

Halaquist had been around the sprint car game since arriving home after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, making his debut in 1946 in Little Valley, N.Y. From that point forward through the Fifties, he raced with sanctions like the Eastern States Racing Association (ESRA), the Big Car Racing Association (BCRA), and URC.

Back to that July night at Five Mile Point, Halaquist didn’t win the feature, but he was impressive getting a second place finish behind Hal Rettberg. That was only the beginning as the decade that changed the country belonged to the Earl Halaquist/George Nesler duo.

Six URC titles (1962, ’64, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’69) impressed the hell out of me and, during that time; I caught every local show and went to a few regional shows, as well. Halaquist won on dirt and asphalt. He won on the big tracks and the bullrings. In short, he won on everything and everywhere; he won 14 features in 1967 alone. Along the way, he garnered 52 URC main events; most coming at a time when ‘having a roof over your head’ meant living at home.

The quiet, unassuming family man from Sidney, N.Y., had a full-time job with Bendix, in addition to running up and down the East Coast chasing feature wins and point titles. He retired after spending 1970 driving midget cars with the American Race Drivers Club (ARDC). I didn’t meet Earl Halaquist in person until 1992 when he was inducted in the We-Go Racing Fan Club Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame and, in 2000; he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF).

In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the URC Hall of Fame. His many skills spoke for themselves and everything about him read ‘class act.’ Earl Satch Halaquist, who was born on September 7, 1925, in Rock Rift, N.Y., died on January 12, 2001, at the age of seventy-five. Great driver, great man. Nothing else needs to be said!

Thomas Schmeh is once again putting together a lap sponsorship program for this coming Saturday’s Earl Halaquist Memorial at the Fonda Speedway! If you are interested in sponsoring a lap, please contact him or a PST official. Laps are $20 each.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL EVENT

8/14/2004       Dundee, NY     Blake Breen                             ESS/PSG

8/15/2005       Dundee, NY     George Suprick                        ESS/PSG

8/12/2006       Dundee, NY     Chuck Hebing                          ASCS/PSG

7/22/2007       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

8/5/2008         Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/23/2009       Fonda, NY        Doug Emery                            ESS

5/29/2010       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/28/2011       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/26/2012       Fonda, NY        Jessica Zemken-Friesen          ESS

9/21/2013       Fonda, NY        Jeff Cook                                 ESS

8/26/2014       Afton, NY         Chuck Hebing                          ESS

8/25/2015       Afton, NY         Matt Tanner                            ESS

8/23/2016       Afton, NY         Steve Piorier                            ESS

8/12/2017       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

5/26/2018       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

9/27/2019       Fonda, NY        Jordan Poirier                         PATRIOT

FONDA SPEEDWAY PATRIOT 360-SPRINT CAR ALL-TIME WIN LIST

5/28/2016       Stewart Friesen

9/24/2016       Davie Franek

5/27/2017       Jared Zimbardi

9/27/2019       Jordan Poirier

9/26/2019       Josh Pieniazek

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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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