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12th TO FIRST FOR BOTH FRIESEN AND MORTENSEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – 12th must have been the place to be at the start of the Sunoco Modified and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening as both Stewart Friesen and Mark Mortensen took the feature wins in their respective divisions after starting from the twelfth position.

For Friesen it was his sixth win of the 2021 season at Fonda and the 74th of his career in the Sunoco Modified division as he currently sits fourth on the All-Time Win List in some very good company as the top three on the list are Jack Johnson with 149, Lou Lazzaro with 113, and Dave Lape with 99.

For Mortensen it was his first win of the 2021 season and the 24th of his career in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division where he currently sits second on the All-Time Win List behind some good company as well with Rocky Warner top on the list with 25 victories.

Other winners at Fonda on Bill Lake Modular Homes Night at Fonda were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in Fonda Fair Four Cylinders, and Josh Flint (CRSA Sprints).

Congratulations to Lynn from Schenectady who was the winner of $2,373 in the 50/50 and 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.

Madeline Downing performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem to start the racing program after the invocation given by Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore. Downing is a 2021 graduate of Northville Central School, graduating as Valedictorian.

Joe Kriss dropped the green flag on the front row of Brian Pessolano and George Foley with Foley the early race leader with fourth place starter Bobby Varin in second. Friesen started the event in the 12th position but by lap two he was already up to fifth. Using the outside groove or the “Stew Lane” as announcer Chris Moore referred to, Friesen moved up to the second position on lap three with a great move to get by Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, and Varin.

One lap later on the outside of the backstretch, Friesen got by Foley for the lead, which he would never relinquish, at times holding a half track lead over his nearest competitor. Johnson took over the second position from Foley at the halfway point as Friesen continued to set a blistering pace in the lead with Warner, and Adam McAuliffe completing the top five.

The big lead that Friesen had built up was taken away on lap 19 when Pep Corradi slowed in turn two to bring out the caution with McAuliffe also forced to the pits while running fifth. Warner was the new second place car on the restart, with 11th place starter Mike Mahaney racing into the top five at that point.

One more yellow slowed the field with five laps to go when McAuliffe who restarted the race at the rear of the field on lap 19 spun in turn two while running 10th. Ninth place starter Craig Hanson made his way up to the fourth position by that point and while Friesen pulled away to yet another win the race between Hanson and Mahaney for fourth was the best race on the track.

At the checkered flag Friesen was the winner in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car followed in the top five by Warner, Johnson, Mahaney, and Hanson.

“I saw them putting water on the top of the track during intermission and we worked on setting the car up in order to get hooked up to the track,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole Victory Lane. “I was living on the top and I am really fortunate to have Fonda Speedway in my back yard, I love racing here.”

Jason Greco and Brett Mortensen started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature on the front row with Greco taking the early lead. While Brett Mortensen was running a great race in the second position, his brother Mark Mortensen was using the same line around the speedway to get to the front after starting 12th, sitting in the sixth position by lap seven.

Greco was in lap traffic by lap 11 with Mark Mortensen continuing his march to the front, sitting in the third position by lap 16. One lap later the only yellow of the event was out for the lap car of Griffen Mansmith and Brett Mortensen who was collected when Mansmith tried to get off the track into the pit area and turned right in front of the field. Mark Mortensen was almost collected by the wreck as well but narrowly escaped by getting around the outside of both cars. Mansmith and Brett Mortensen were both done for the night at that point.

On the restart, Greco led through turn two until Mark Mortensen got a run on the outside to take over the lead by the time, they got to turn three on lap 18. Ninth place starter Cody Clark made a great move on the restart to get by Tony Farone and Chip Constantino into the third position and with three laps to go also got by Greco for the second position.

Mark Mortensen went on to the victory in the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In of Scotia, Mohawk Honda sponsored #1M DKM car followed by Clark, Greco, Farone, and 15th place starter Chad Edwards.

“It’s been a crazy season,” Mortensen said in victory lane. “I’ve probably got the best car I’ve ever had, and I can’t screw that up so I’m pressuring myself to do better. Now I got the monkey off my back.”

Andy Graves led the first two laps in the Algonkin Pro Stock feature with eighth place starter and defending track champion Nick Stone up to second at the completion of lap two. Stone was utilizing the outside groove just as Friesen and Mortensen were and quickly moved in on Graves for the lead which he took over on lap three.

Another car on the move was 12th place starter Luke Horning who was second on lap four with Jason Morrison now third after also getting by Graves. On lap nine Horning was forced to the pit area with a flat tire possibly caused by a scrape to the wall in turn one as Horning was running way outside like Stone was. Horning replaced the flat tire and restarted in the 19th spot.

Another driver on the move was 10th place starter Josh Coonradt who was the new second place car on lap 10 after getting by Morrison. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Stone, Coonradt, Morrison, last weeks winner Kenny Gates who started 11th, and Graves.

As Stone pulled away to a big lead the driver to watch was Horning who quickly made his way back to the front after restarting in 19th on lap nine, as he was in the top five on lap 13. With three laps to go Horning got by Coonradt for the second position with the checkered flag flying over Stone who took his third win of the season and the 56th of his career in the division over Horning, Coonradt, Gates, and Morrison.

“There was a nice groove on the outside, but nobody was going up there to use it,” Stone said in victory lane. “So, I went up there and stayed there for the entire race. This car is owned by Todd Hoffman and his crew maintains it, I go to his shop to scale it on Saturday mornings and the car is always flawless and ready to race when I get there. My crew maintains my car and running two cars with double crews takes a lot of pressure off me.”

A childhood dream was realized in the CRSA Sprint car feature when Josh Flint took the victory for his first career win in any division at the Fonda Speedway. Flint started on the pole after winning his qualifying heat race, but it was by no means an easy win for Flint as he had to hold off a hard charging Jeff Trombley for the win.

Flint took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Chase Moran in second. Trombley and Mike Kiser made there way to the front after starting together in row four with Trombley in the third position by lap four while Kiser broke into the top five. Trombley and Kiser both got by Moran for the second and third positions on lap 11 with Flint now in lap traffic.

One caution flag slowed the field on lap 12 and on the restart, Kiser got by Trombley for the second position, but by the time the lap was completed Trombley had taken the spot back from Kiser. Trombley put constant pressure on Flint over the remaining laps, but Flint drove a great race to take the win followed in the top five by Trombley, Kiser, Moran, and JR Hurlburt.

“I earned that one,” Flint told good friend Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Jeff (Trombley) was right there, and he is someone I respect and was happy to race with for this win. “I grew up here at Fonda, my grandfather used to bring me here as a kid to watch my father (Russ Flint) race. I was once asked if I were able to get a series championship or a win at Fonda which would I prefer. I definitely chose to win at Fonda.”

A little history about Josh’s father Russ Flint, he was the 320-Modified Track Champion at Fonda back in 1987 with one career win in that division. Russ was in victory lane with Josh on Saturday evening to celebrate his win saying, “there is nothing better than a win at Fonda, this is such a family sport.” Russ builds the motors that his son Josh uses in his Sprint car making it all even more special!

On a side not Russ Flint also found out on Saturday evening that he will be inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame this year during ceremonies which will be held at the Fonda Speedway Museum later this year. Josh Flint has said that he was going to retire at the end of the 2021 season so will this win at Fonda change his mind? We will all have to wait to find out.

Jonathan Feagles led the first four laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until seventh place starter Clayton DuMond took over the lead on lap five. DuMond went on to a back-to-back win after winning last week in the DKM #314 car followed in the top five by eighth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell, fifth place starter Carter Gibbons, sixth place starter Taylor LaPlante, and Kyle Dingman.

Kerrie Hollenback led the final 10 laps in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, taking the overall win in the event as a DOHC. John Napoli finished second overall with the first SOHC car finishing third with Kerrie’s brother Ken Hollenback getting the win as a SOHC. Slappy White and Tyler White completed the top five.

Next week June 12 at the Fonda Speedway, School House Pools Night presents all regular divisions in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds. The Algonkin Pro Stocks will compete in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series Event No. 3 paying $1,000 to win.

It will also be New York State Stock Car Association Night (NYSSCA) Night next Saturday with monetary awards handed out by the organization for the top two finishers in each division who are NYSSCA members. Starting time will be 7:00 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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES NIGHT

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

6th win of 2021 for Friesen and the 74th of his career at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-3 Foley, 4-30 Friesen

Heat race winners – Warner, Hanson, Johnson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Tucker O’Connor, Addison Bowman, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Jeremiah Munson, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Troy Zilles, Mike Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Ricky Quick, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Aaron Burton, Brett Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Robert Bublak

1st win of 2021 for Mortensen and the 24th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-17 Greco, 18-25 Mark Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Brian Calabrese gained 18 positions from 28th to 10th.

Heat race winners – Bowman, Greco, Brett Mortensen, Farone

Consi race winners – Borst, Zilles

Did not qualify – Nick Scavia, Greg Havlichek, Dylan Eldred, Joe Orlando, Willaim August, Kathy Bellen, Dana Camenga

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Cliff Haslun, Devon Camenga, Don Collins DNS

3rd win of 2021 for Stone and the 56th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Graves, 3-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Graves, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Bill Port, Janathan Feagles, Bob Rowback, Todd Morey

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win for DuMond in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Feagles, 5-15 DuMond

Heat race winners – Gibbons, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, KEN HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Shawny Hazel, Brandon Tyler, Riley Pedrick

1st win of 2021 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 18th of his career in the division at Fonda.

6th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-laps – JOSH FLINT, Jeff Trombley, Mike Kiser, Chase Moran, JR Hurlburt, Steve Glover, Dalton Herrick, Kyle Pierce, Dana Wagner, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Jerry Sehn Jr., Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Jacob Lynch, Matt Prescott, Jordan Hutton, Link Pettit

1st career win in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-20 Flint

Heat race winners – Hurlburt, Flint

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/5/2021

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES NIGHT

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

6th win of 2021 for Friesen and the 74th of his career at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-3 Foley, 4-30 Friesen

Heat race winners – Warner, Hanson, Johnson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Tucker O’Connor, Addison Bowman, Brian Calabrese, Tanner Warner, Jeremiah Munson, Tim Hartman Jr., Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Troy Zilles, Mike Ketchum, Michael McCallion, Ricky Quick, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Shane Larman, Aaron Burton, Brett Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Robert Bublak

1st win of 2021 for Mortensen and the 24th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-17 Greco, 18-25 Mark Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Brian Calabrese 18 positions from 28th to 10th

Heat race winners – Bowman, Greco, Brett Mortensen, Farone

Consi race winners – Borst, Zilles

Did not qualify – Nick Scavia, Greg Havlichek, Dylan Eldred, Joe Orlando, Willaim August, Kathy Bellen, Dana Camenga

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Ivan Joslin, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Cliff Haslun, Devon Camenga, Don Collins DNS

3rd win of 2021 for Stone and the 56th of his career in the division at Fonda.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Graves, 3-20 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Graves, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Taylor LaPlante, Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, John Young, Ryan Sweet, Cole Lawton, John Anderson, Bill Port, Janathan Feagles, Bob Rowback, Todd Morey

2nd win of 2021 and the 2nd career win for DuMond in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Feagles, 5-15 DuMond

Heat race winners – Gibbons, Tyrrell

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, KEN HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Slappy White, Tyler White, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Shawny Hazel, Brandon Tyler, Riley Pedrick

1st win of 2021 for Kerrie Hollenback and the 18th of his career in the division at Fonda.

6th win of 2021 for Ken Hollenback and the 61st of his career in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-12 Kerrie Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-laps – JOSH FLINT, Jeff Trombley, Mike Kiser, Chase Moran, JR Hurlburt, Steve Glover, Dalton Herrick, Kyle Pierce, Dana Wagner, Ron Greek, Mike VanPelt, Jerry Sehn Jr., Trevor Years, Dan Craun, Jacob Lynch, Matt Prescott, Jordan Hutton, Link Pettit

1st career win in the division at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-20 Flint

Heat race winners – Hurlburt, Flint

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW IN ALL DIVISIONS PLUS THE CRSA SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 5, a longtime supporter of local racing Bill Lake Modular Homes will present a regular show in all divisions along with the CRSA Sprint Cars at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

Regular divisions at the half mile Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility include the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The CRSA Sprint Cars have made 20 appearances at Fonda from 2009 to 2019 with 11 different drivers winning those events led by Danny Varin with four; Josh Pieniazek with three; Cory Sparks, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, and Jeff Trombley all with two; Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, and Brett Jaycox all with one victory apiece.

Last Saturday at Fonda both Tucker O’Connor (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman) and Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman) crossed the finish line first to take the checkered flag in their respective divisions for their first career wins at the “Track of Champions.” Congratulations to both of those drivers.

Leading the way in victories in their respective divisions after seven racing events so for in 2021 include Stewart Friesen in the Sunoco Modified division with five wins, Chad Edwards in the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with three wins, Jeremy Tyrrell in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman with two wins, Nick Stone in the Algonkin Pro Stock division with two wins, Ken Hollenback with five victories in the SOHC class and Slappy White with four victories in the DOHC class in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

So come and see some great racing action as the Fonda Speedway begins the month of June with a special racing program including the always exciting CRSA Sprint cars!

The drive-in section on the infield will be open at Fonda on June 5th for Bill Lake Modular Homes Night. For reservations please go to: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdV8MiddWPuOK…/viewform

  • Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.
  • $65/parking spot – includes 1-4 attendees of any age (ATTENDEES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER – NO EXCEPTIONS).
  • Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 PM, unless SOLD OUT prior. Credit card payment is required prior to the event. No refunds.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday June 5 with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and Racing at 7 p.m. Adult Admission is $13, Seniors (ages 65 and up) are $11, Kids 11 and under are FREE! Pit Admission is $35 (Non-Members) or $30 (Fonda Members).

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 BOTH TWIN 22’S ON DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE NIGHT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Every race night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is special. It means so much to win there, to even race there. Saturday evening was even more special as one of the legendary drivers at the speedway was honored with a special tribute night. As the winner of both Twin 22 lap Sunoco Modified features said in victory lane “the track was challenging tonight, it had some character.”

Dave Lape Tribute Night started out on Saturday afternoon at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum when a special ceremony was held to honor the driver from Canajoharie, NY. A whose who list of people were on hand to honor Lape including the founder of DIRT Motorsports Glenn Donnelly who came all the way to Fonda from his home in Florida, Shane Andrews, Lew Boyd, Dick Berggren, Adam Fusco who is the son of Lape’s great friend the late Andy Fusco, Matt Noles, many of Lape’s former crew members, business partners, and friends.

When the final checkered flag flew, Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen continued his dominance at Fonda with wins in both feature events which were worth $1,722 to win each one thanks to a $220 bonus for both events from one of Lape’s business partners back in the day of Champ Car, Jim Senzio of Fulton County Electrical & Electronics. The wins for Friesen were the 72nd and 73rd of his career at the “Track of Champions”.

Senzio of Fulton County Electrical & Electronics also sponsored a $100 bonus for the 10th place finisher in both Sunoco Modified feature events along with a $122 bonus to each of the winners in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman features plus a $50 bonus to the 10th place finishers in both of those feature events.

The bonuses continued this special night in each of the Sunoco Modified heat race events as Hazer’s World donated $122 to each of the winners.

In victory lane after the first of two Twin 22-lap features Friesen was surprised when Lape along with his wife Jackie and daughter Jessica joined him in victory lane to celebrate his win. “That was pretty wild,” Friesen said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane after the win. “Dave Lape is one of my hero’s and my friend, he used to come to Ransomville to race back when my family owned the speedway.”

“I was actually hoping for a rerack a little sooner,” Friesen continued to say after taking the lead after a restart on lap 15. “I loosened it up for this feature and found the outside but for the second feature we’re gonna have to tighten it up.”

Other winners on M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt’s Towing & Recovery Night at Fonda were Tucker O’Connor (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Tyler White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair 4-Cylinders.

The evenings sponsor M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt’s Towing & Recovery was a sponsor on Dave Lape’s race cars from the beginning of his career right until up until the end.

Sara Porter from Cobleskill, NY sang the National Anthem as the Fonda Speedway celebrated Memorial Day weekend and congratulations to the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2,388!

The first 22-lap event which was led in the parade lap by one of Dave Lape’s former race cars was led by pole position starter David Schilling at the start with the red flag out shortly after lap one was completed for Steve Akers who got up and over in turn one with other cars also piling in. Nobody was injured in the wreck.

The field was slowed again by a caution on the second lap with Schilling continuing to lead when the race restarted with fifth place starter Jack Lehner the new second place car on lap four. Schilling led at the halfway point in the event followed in the top five Lehner, Josh Hohenforst, 12th place starter Stewart Friesen, and Jessica Friesen.

When JaMike Sowle slowed in between turns three and four on lap 13 it brought out the caution and, on the restart, Stewart Friesen was able to get by both Hohenforst and Lehner for the second spot. One lap later Stewart Friesen went by Schilling on the outside like he was standing still and led the remaining laps for the victory over Lehner, Schilling, Hohenforst, and 11th place starter Bobby Varin.

An invert of four saw Hohenforst and Schilling on the front row for the second Sunoco Modified 22-lap event with Schilling leading at the drop of the green flag. By lap four, fourth place starter Stewart Friesen got by both Hohenforst and Lehner for the second position with the yellow out on lap 11 for Bobby Varin after something broke in the left rear of his racecar.

Schilling chose the inside for the restart with Stewart Friesen on the outside and going into turn four to the start, Schilling pushed Friesen out towards the wall and held the lead going into turn one while Friesen dropped to third. Exiting turn two Friesen made a three-wide move by both Hohenforst and Schilling to take the lead and led the remaining laps for yet another victory. Lehner, 28th place starter Rocky Warner, Hohenforst, and Schilling completed the top five.

“I couldn’t catch the 20 (Schilling), he was running the same line as I was,” Stewart Friesen said in victory lane. “I think he over thought the restart, ran me up to the wall, and I’ll remember that for the next time.”

The Mortensen brothers Brett and Mark started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman on the front row after both won their respective heat races. Mark was the race leader when the first of five yellow flags flew in the event at the completion of lap one. On lap three, eighth place starter Tucker O’Connor moved quickly up to the third position with another yellow flag out on lap four.

On the restart, O’Connor took the lead and pulled away with the yellow out again on lap seven for Tim Hartman Jr. who slowed in turn two for a flat tire. Hartman went to the hot pit for a new tire and returned to the rear of the field. O’Connor led through two more caution periods and went on to his first career win in the division followed by Mark Mortensen, 10th place starter Cody Clark, Hartman Jr., and fifth place starter Aaron Burton.

“It finally happened,” O’Connor told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane about the win. “We had a good starting spot and just tried to stay out of the holes.”

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature saw five lead changes between five different drivers starting with outside pole position starter Andy Graves taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. When Graves slowed in turn two while leading it brought out the caution flag with Steve Cosselman taking over the lead on the restart. Chuck Dumblewski started the event in the sixth position but moved quickly to the front and was the new race leader on lap seven after getting around Cosselman on the outside of turn four.

Another driver who moved quickly to the front was last week’s winner Luke Horning who started the event in the 12th position but was running in the second spot by lap eight. One lap later the inside of turn three, Horning passed Dumblewski on the inside of turn three for the lead but that only lasted for one lap as Horning drove to the infield on the backstretch with mechanical issues handing the lead back to Dumblewski.

Seventh place starter Kenny Gates was the new second place car by lap 10 when he was side by side with Dumblewski for the lead. Dumblewski held on to the lead for one lap before Gates took over the lead and led the remaining laps for his All-Time Win List leading 84th career win and his first of 2021 followed by Dumblewski, Cosselman, 10th place starter Frank Hoard Jr., and 16th place starter Bill Knapp.

“This feels fantastic,” Gates said referring to his first win since September of 2019. “The car has been good, and we’ve been running top five and knocking on the door, tonight we finally knocked the door in.”

Bill Port led the first five laps in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until fourth place starter Clayton DuMond took the lead on lap six on the inside of turn two. DuMond went on to his first career win at Fonda over fifth place starter Carter Gibbons, ninth place starter Kyle Dingman, eighth place starter Jeremy Tyrrell, and third place starter John Young.

Tyler White (DOHC) led the last two laps in the 12-lap Fonda Fair 4-Cylinder feature to take the overall win with Ken Hollenback finishing second to take the win in the (SOHC) class. Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, and John Napoli completed the top five.

Next week on Saturday, June 5 the month of June starts with a racing program sponsored by Bill Lake Modular Homes featuring all regular divisions along with the CRSA Sprints with a starting time of 7:00 p.m.

5/29/2021 – M.W. ROOSEVELT & SON/ROOSEVELT TOWING & RECOVERY DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – #1 – 22-laps – $1,720 to win thanks to a $220 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – STEWART FRIESEN, Jack Lehner, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino ($100 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, George Foley, JaMike Sowle, Anthony Cardamone, Aaron Jacobs, Michael Maresca, Dylan Scribner, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Derrick McGrew Jr., Brian Pessolano, Chris Curtis DNS, EJ McAuliffe DNS

Lap leaders – 1-14 Schilling, 15-22 Stewart Friesen

Friesen’s 72nd career win at Fonda & 4th of the 2021 season

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE #2 – 22-laps – $1,720 to win thanks to a $220 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – STEWART FRIESEN, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone ($100 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Adam McAuliffe, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Michael Maresca, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Brian Pessolano, Dylan Scribner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley DNS, JaMike Sowle DNS, Steve Akers DNS, EJ McAuliffe DNS

Lap leaders – 1-11 Schilling, 12-22 Stewart Friesen

Friesen’s 73rd career win at Fonda & 5th of the 2021 season

Heat race winners – $122 bonus from Hazer’s World – Schilling, Lehner, Jessica Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,122 to win thanks to a $122 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – TUCKER O’CONNOR, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia ($50 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Addison Bowman, Troy Palmer, Joe Geniti, Brian Calabrese, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Blaine Klinger, Tanner Warner, Michael McCallion, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Greco, Brett Mortensen, Payton Talbot, Tony Farone, Ray Zemken, Troy Zilles

O’Connor’s 1st career win at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Mark Mortensen, 5-25 O’Connor

Heat race winners – Mark Mortensen, Bowman, Brett Mortensen, Ketchum

Consolation race winners – Greco, Hartman Jr.

Did not qualify – Jason Reome, Kathy Bellen, Greg Havlichek, Finch Fenton, William August, Brendan Gibbons, Shane Larman, Chip Constantino, Joe Orlando, Griffen Mansmith

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – KENNY GATES, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Ivan Joslin, Gary Silkey, Rich Crane, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Mike Kalkbrenner, Cliff Haslun, Shane Playford, Nick Stone, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Kyle Hoard, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, AJ Walters, Andy Graves, Don Collins

Gates’ all time win list leading 84th career win at Fonda & 1st win of 2021.

Lap leaders – 1-4 Graves, 5-6 Steve Cosselman, 7-8 Dumblewski, 9 Horning, 10 Dumblewski, 11-20 Gates

Heat race winners – Morrison, Steve Cosselman, Silkey

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – $222 to win thanks to a $122 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – CLAYTON DUMOND, Carter Gibbons, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, John Young, Taylor LaPlante, Bill Port, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson $50 bonus thanks to Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio, Chris Crane Jr., Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Dana Periard, Jonathan Feagles DNS

DuMond’s 1st career win at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-5 Port, 6-15 DuMond

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – TYLER WHITE (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russel Jr., Brandon Tyler, Shawn Briggs, Austin Orcutt, Keith Tesiero, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt

White’s 3rd career win and 3rd of the 2021 season at Fonda

Hollenback’s all-time win list leading 60th career win & 5th of the 2021 season at Fonda.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/29/2021

M.W. ROOSEVELT & SON/ROOSEVELT TOWING & RECOVERY DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – #1 – 22-laps – $1,720 to win thanks to a $220 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – STEWART FRIESEN, Jack Lehner, David Schilling, Josh Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino ($100 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Rich Christman, Ancel Collins, George Foley, JaMike Sowle, Anthony Cardamone, Aaron Jacobs, Michael Maresca, Dylan Scribner, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Derrick McGrew Jr., Brian Pessolano, Chris Curtis DNS, EJ McAuliffe DNS

Lap leaders – 1-14 Schilling, 15-22 Stewart Friesen

Friesen’s 72nd career win at Fonda & 4th of the 2021 season

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE #2 – 22-laps – $1,720 to win thanks to a $220 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – STEWART FRIESEN, Jack Lehner, Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Dave Constantino, Anthony Cardamone ($100 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Adam McAuliffe, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Michael Maresca, Derrick McGrew Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Brian Pessolano, Dylan Scribner, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley DNS, JaMike Sowle DNS, Steve Akers DNS, EJ McAuliffe DNS

Lap leaders – 1-11 Schilling, 12-22 Stewart Friesen

Friesen’s 73rd career win at Fonda & 5th of the 2021 season

Heat race winners – $122 bonus from Hazer’s World – Schilling, Lehner, Jessica Friesen

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – $1,122 to win thanks to a $122 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – TUCKER O’CONNOR, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tim Dwyer, Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia ($50 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio), Addison Bowman, Troy Palmer, Joe Geniti, Brian Calabrese, Ricky Quick, Brian Borst, Blaine Klinger, Tanner Warner, Michael McCallion, Dan Santabarbara, Jason Greco, Brett Mortensen, Payton Talbot, Tony Farone, Ray Zemken, Troy Zilles

O’Connor’s 1st career win at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-4 Mark Mortensen, 5-25 O’Connor

Heat race winners – Mark Mortensen, Bowman, Brett Mortensen, Ketchum

Consolation race winners – Greco, Hartman Jr.

Did not qualify – Jason Reome, Kathy Bellen, Greg Havlichek, Finch Fenton, William August, Brendan Gibbons, Shane Larman, Chip Constantino, Joe Orlando, Griffen Mansmith

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – KENNY GATES, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Ivan Joslin, Gary Silkey, Rich Crane, Randy Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Mike Kalkbrenner, Cliff Haslun, Shane Playford, Nick Stone, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Kyle Hoard, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, AJ Walters, Andy Graves, Don Collins

Gates’ all time win list leading 84th career win at Fonda & 1st win of 2021.

Lap leaders – 1-4 Graves, 5-6 Steve Cosselman, 7-8 Dumblewski, 9 Horning, 10 Dumblewski, 11-20 Gates

Heat race winners – Morrison, Steve Cosselman, Silkey

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – $222 to win thanks to a $122 bonus from Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio – CLAYTON DUMOND, Carter Gibbons, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, John Young, Taylor LaPlante, Bill Port, Lance Hill, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson $50 bonus thanks to Fulton County Electrical & Electronics Jim Senzio, Chris Crane Jr., Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Dana Periard, Jonathan Feagles DNS

DuMond’s 1st career win at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-5 Port, 6-15 DuMond

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – TYLER WHITE (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Slappy White, Kerrie Hollenback, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russel Jr., Brandon Tyler, Shawn Briggs, Austin Orcutt, Keith Tesiero, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt

White’s 3rd career win and 3rd of the 2021 season at Fonda

Hollenback’s all time win list leading 60th career win & 5th of the 2021 season at Fonda.

M.W. ROOSEVELT & SON/ROOSEVELT TOWING & RECOVERY PRESENTS DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE NIGHT THIS SATURDAY MAY 29 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 29 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway honors one of its legends with an event called the Dave Lape Tribute Night. Honoring the legendary driver of the famous car #22, Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo will present Twin 22’s for the Sunoco Modified division with all other regular divisions also in action with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.

Longtime supporter of Dave Lape during his legendary career M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery will sponsor the racing card.

Not to be left out by any means, the Fonda Speedway Museum will also be honoring not only the driving career of the Canajoharie, NY native, but his many other accomplishments as well including his efforts as the acting curator of the museum, which he has been at the head of since 2016.

“What Brett [Deyo] has done since taking over the promoting duties at Fonda since 2019 is impressive,” said Fonda Speedway Museum president Matt Noles. “He’s embraced the history of the speedway and has made it a point to honor those that truly made Fonda the ‘Track of Champions.’ We decided that there was never going to be a better time to honor one of our own as well.”

There will be appearances by many of Lape’s treasured colleagues with which he developed meaningful friendships with over the course of this storied career. Also on hand will be former crew members, car owners, Champ Car drivers, fans, and family to help recount the tales and memories garnered from 1964 until his retirement in 2013.

The program at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum honoring Dave Lape will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 29th at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum, where the past comes back to life!

The list of Lape’s accomplishments at the Fonda Speedway is endless but some of the highlights include:

99 career wins in 32 winning seasons, the first win coming on 5/17/1969 and his last win coming on 8/21/2004.

Seven Track Championships in 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2003, & 2004.

Inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame in 2015

Five opening day wins in 1981, 1984, 1989, 1993, & 1995

Two Super DIRT Car Series wins on 7/31/1973 & 7/24/1991.

20 feature wins of 50-laps and over.

So, join in on the festivities honoring racing legend Dave Lape at 3:00 p.m. at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum followed by Twin 22’s at the half mile Montgomery County Fairgrounds racetrack starting at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 29!

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.

FONDA SPEEDWAY MUSEUM SET TO HONOR DAVE LAPE

Legendary Fonda Speedway Modified Star to Take Walk Down Memory Lane

FONDA, NY – May 22, 2021 – As the adage goes, sometimes you have to dance with the one who brought you.

Nearly eight-years after retiring from 50-seasons of modified competition at the famed Fonda Speedway [in Fonda, NY] in September, 2013, seven-time track champion Dave Lape is set to be remembered by the promotional team spearheaded by Brett Deyo with twin 22-lap feature events at the historical fairgrounds oval on Saturday, May 29th.

Not to be left out by any means, the Fonda Speedway Museum will also be honoring not only the driving career of the Canajoharie, NY native, but his many other accomplishments as well including his efforts as the acting curator of the museum, which he has been at the head of since 2016.

“What Brett [Deyo] has done since taking over the promoting duties at Fonda since 2019 is impressive,” said Fonda Speedway Museum president Matt Noles. “He’s embraced the history of the speedway and has made it a point to honor those that truly made Fonda the ‘Track of Champions.’ We decided that there was never going to be a better time to honor one of our own as well.”

Known primarily for his driving duties behind the wheel of the famed No. 22, Lape also immersed himself in many other aspects of the motorsports industry. From his wildly successful Champ Car fabrication and speed shop to his promotional duties under the LAPCO flag with his late business partner and friend Andy Fusco, the man known as ‘Mr. Consistency’ has more than left his mark on the realm of northeast dirt modified racing.

“We never had the chance to honor Jack [Johnson] in person while he was still here,” concluded Noles. “With his passing earlier this year, we never will. It’s become incredibly important to all of us at the museum that we take the time to celebrate our legends while they’re still with us. Hopefully this is the first of many events that we’ll be able to put together over the coming years.”

There will be appearances by many of Lape’s treasured colleagues with which he developed meaningful friendships with over the course of this storied career. Also on hand will be former crew members, car owners, Champ Car drivers, fans and family to help recount the tales and memories garnered from 1964 until his retirement in 2013.

Diamond Entertainment DJ Service will also be on hand to provide an atmosphere of celebration adding to what will already be a memorable afternoon at the Fonda Speedway Museum.

Please join us in celebrating the life of Dave Lape at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 29th at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum; where the past comes back to life!

The Fonda Speedway Museum is located next to the 4H building by the railroad tracks on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds property. Our mission is to keep the history of the ‘Track of Champions’ alive and well for future generations. For more information, please visit our page on Facebook at FondaHoFandMuseum.

MIKE MAHANEY VISITS VICTORY LANE AT FONDA FOR THE FOURTH TIME ON SATURDAY NIGHT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Mike Mahaney won for the fourth time in his career, but for the first time on a regular Saturday evening racing program.

Mahaney’s first win at Fonda came back on 4/7/2012 on opening day in the $4,000 to win “Ice Jam” event. The #21 car that he was driving at that time was sponsored by the family-owned Woodside Farms, but nobody really knew who Mahaney was as he said in victory lane on that day “nobody knows who I am, we just came here today to try out our Finger Lakes motor”.

Turns out that Mike is the son of former competitor Jim Mahaney and as the years went on people started to find out just who Mike Mahaney was. He won at Fonda again on 9/23/2012 in a $12,000 to win, 112-lap event that was a tribute to Jack Johnson in the Woodside Farms sponsored car. Another win for Mahaney came in the Buzz Chew #88 on 8/2/2017 in an event called “The Jack”, a 50-lap event that paid $5,000 to win.

Fast forward to 2021 in a year that Mahaney announced that he was going to be a Fonda Speedway regular in the Adirondack Auto #35 owned by George Huttig. On Saturday evening Mahaney won a regular $2,400 to win Saturday night event for the first time in his career after taking the lead away from JaMike Sowle on lap 19 of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified event.

“It is so cool to be back here in Fonda’s victory lane,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro after his win. “It has been harder for me to win a regular show here than other times that we have been here, and I have been able to win.”

Other winners on Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Night were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

During the intermission, the Canajoharie Eagles presented $600 to Ashley Abeling and the Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club to be used for giveaways for the kid’s club after they held a fundraiser in Memory of Jack Johnson.

Congratulations also goes out to the winner of the 50/50 on Saturday evening which was worth $2,336!

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore started the Sunoco Modified feature saying, “Joe Kriss are you ready, Fonda Speedway are you ready (resulting in a huge roar from the crowd), it’s time to go racing 30-laps for the Sunoco Modifieds so Ladies & Gentleman clear the dance floor, freshen your glass, find the best seat in the house, because the Sunoco Modifieds are ready to dance.”

JaMike Sowle raced out to an early lead in the Sunoco Modified main event after starting on the outside pole with George Foley in tow. By lap eight Sowle was already in lap traffic with Mike Mahaney on the move into the top five after starting the event in the 11th starting position. The one and only yellow flag in the event flew on lap 11 for Dave Constantino who came to a stop in turn two.

On the restart, Sowle continued to lead with Mahaney advancing two positions after getting by Brian Pessolano and George Foley for the second position. At the halfway point in the event Sowle continued to lead followed by Mahaney, Foley, Michael Maresca, and Josh Hohenforst completing the top five.

While Sowle was running the outside groove on the speedway Mahaney stayed low in the turns and quickly caught the race leader. When Sowle slipped out of the groove in turn four on lap 19, Mahaney got under him for the lead and led the remaining laps for the victory. Sowle finished second followed by Maresca, eighth place starter Ronnie Johnson, and Foley.

“We have been struggling here at Fonda and working hard to try to adapt to the track,” Mahaney said in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole Victory Lane. “I have a great group of guys on my crew and great sponsors that are behind me and I think we finally got it.”

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature saw six caution flags slowing the 25-lap event with Nick Scavia the early race leader from his outside front row starting spot. Chad Edwards and Mark Mortensen started the event in the fourth row with Edwards in second and Mortensen in third when the caution came out on lap three.

On the restart, Edwards took the lead away from Scavia with Mortensen also trying to get by for second. Mortensen’s great run came to an end on lap 13 when a broken axle and other front-end damage forced him to the pit area. As Edwards pulled away on every restart to a big lead the attention turned to other drivers who started way back in the starting lineup but were making their way to the front quickly.

Those drivers included Brian Calabrese who started the event in the 22nd position, Payton Talbot who started back in the 21st position, and Addison Bowman who started last in the 27th position. Calabrese took the second position away from Scavia on a lap 14 restart but was no match for Edwards who went on to his third win of the season and the 12th of his career in the division on his Birthday in the John Kollar Motorsports #10%.

Calabrese, Scavia, Tim Hartman Jr., and Talbot completed the top five with Bowman gaining 21 positions to finish sixth.

“What a great night,” Edwards said in victory lane. “We’ve got a good piece here (pointing to his race car), we got to the front early, and this is the first time that I have ever won on my birthday.”

Six lead changes made the Algonkin Pro Stock feature one to remember with Jason Morrison the early race leader from his outside front row starting spot. Luke Horning started the event in the 10th position and moved into the third position on lap four and one lap later was the new second place car after getting by pole position starter Andy Graves.

On a lap five restart, Horning took over the race lead with 12th place starter Nick Stone in the second position and from this point on it was a game of cat and mouse between the two drivers. Stone took the lead during laps seven through 10, but Horning kept him in sight and took the lead back on lap 11 but only for one circuit.

The lead changed numerous times each lap as both drivers raced side by side for many laps ducking under and going around each other on both the inside and the outside. At the completion of lap 19, Stone and Horning were side by side for the lead and they stayed that way over the final lap with Horning winning the event by a nose when the checkered flag flew by only 0.043 sec. for his first win of the season and the 22nd time in his career in the division at Fonda.

Stone, eighth place starter Kenny Gates, 15th place starter Josh Coonradt, and Morrison completed the top five.

“We wrecked our car two weeks ago at Albany Saratoga and took our time putting it back together forcing us to miss the race here last week at Fonda,” Horning said in victory lane. “I saw Josh (Coonradt) running the outside here last week to get the win and said to myself I think we’ve got something for these guys. Nick (Stone) left me enough room to race tonight and that’s all that you can ask for.”

Jeremy Tyrrell led every lap of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman 15-lap event for his second win of the season followed by fifth place starter Carter Gibbons, eighth place starter Stephen Gray, 11th place starter Jonathan Feagles, and seventh place starter Kyle Dingman.

Ken Hollenback continued his winning ways in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division as he was the overall winner of the 12-lap feature event in the SOHC class while Slappy White finished second overall for the win in the DOHC class. Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenback, and Tyler White completed the top five overall. For both Ken Hollenback and Slappy White it was their fourth win of the 2021 season and the 59th and fourth career for Hollenback and White, respectively.

Next Saturday, May 29 a special event will take place as M.W. Roosevelt & Son/Roosevelt Towing & Recovery presents Dave Lape Tribute Night with Twin 22’s on the racing card for the Sunoco Modifieds. All other divisions will also be in action with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. A special ceremony honoring Dave Lape will also take place at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum starting at 3:00 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 the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

YURKEWECZ AUTO CRUSHERS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MIKE MAHANEY, JaMike Sowle, Michael Maresca, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Rocky Warner, Craig Hanson, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Rich Christman, Derrick McGrew Jr., Steve Akers, Brian Calabrese, Aaron Jacobs, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Ancel Collins, Dylan Scribner, David Schilling DNS

1st win of 2021 and 4th career win for Mahaney.

Lap leaders – 1-18 Sowle, 19-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Sowle, Pessolano

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Calabrese, Nick Scavia, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Addison Bowman, Dan Santabarbara, Ricky Quick, Aaron Burton, Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Bill August, Jason Reome, Troy Zilles, Chip Constantino, Dana Camenga, Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tucker O’Connor

3rd win of 2021 and 12th career win for Edwards.

Lap leaders – 1-3 Scavia, 4-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Scavia, O’Connor, Santabarbara, Hartman Jr.

Consolation winner Talbot

Did not qualify – Shane Larman, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Jason Greco, Joe Geniti, Greg Havlichek, Brett Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Addison Bowman 21 positions from 27th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Jim Normoyle, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Randy Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Steve Cosselman, Shane Playford, Chuck McSpirit, Cliff Haslun, Terry Graves, Gary Silkey, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Chris Daughtry

1st win of 2021 and 22nd career win for Horning.

Lap leaders – 1-4 Morrison, 5-6 Horning, 7-10 Stone, 11 Horning, 12-18 Stone, 19-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp, Graves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Jonathan Feagles, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bill Port, Bob Rowback, John Young, Taylor LaPlante, Todd Morey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win for Tyrrell.

Heat race winners – Tyrrell, DuMond

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Keith Tesiero, Billy Hillman, TJ Marlitt, John Napoli

4th win of 2021 and 59th career win for Hollenback.

4th win of 2021 and 4th career win for White.

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-3 Tyler, 4-12 Ken Hollenback

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 5/22/2021

DATE – 5/22/2021 YURKEWECZ AUTO CRUSHERS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MIKE MAHANEY, JaMike Sowle, Michael Maresca, Ronnie Johnson, George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Josh Hohenforst, Rocky Warner, Craig Hanson, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, Rich Christman, Derrick McGrew Jr., Steve Akers, Brian Calabrese, Aaron Jacobs, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Ancel Collins, Dylan Scribner, David Schilling DNS

1st win of 2021 and 4th career win for Mahaney.

Lap leaders – 1-18 Sowle, 19-30 Mahaney

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Sowle, Pessolano

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Calabrese, Nick Scavia, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Addison Bowman, Dan Santabarbara, Ricky Quick, Aaron Burton, Tim Dwyer, Brian Borst, Griffen Mansmith, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Bill August, Jason Reome, Troy Zilles, Chip Constantino, Dana Camenga, Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tony Farone, Mike Ketchum, Tucker O’Connor

3rd win of 2021 and 12th career win for Edwards.

Lap leaders – 1-3 Scavia, 4-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Scavia, O’Connor, Santabarbara, Hartman Jr.

Consolation winner Talbot

Did not qualify – Shane Larman, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Jason Greco, Joe Geniti, Greg Havlichek, Brett Mortensen

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Addison Bowman 21 positions from 27th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Bill Knapp, Jim Normoyle, Beau Ballard, Andy Graves, Randy Cosselman, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Steve Cosselman, Shane Playford, Chuck McSpirit, Cliff Haslun, Terry Graves, Gary Silkey, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Chris Daughtry

1st win of 2021 and 22nd career win for Horning.

Lap leaders – 1-4 Morrison, 5-6 Horning, 7-10 Stone, 11 Horning, 12-18 Stone, 19-20 Horning

Heat race winners – Horning, Knapp, Graves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Jonathan Feagles, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bill Port, Bob Rowback, John Young, Taylor LaPlante, Todd Morey DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 2nd career win for Tyrrell.

Heat race winners – Tyrrell, DuMond

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenback, Tyler White, David Peek-Britten, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Keith Tesiero, Billy Hillman, TJ Marlitt, John Napoli

4th win of 2021 and 59th career win for Hollenback.

4th win of 2021 and 4th career win for White.

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-3 Tyler, 4-12 Ken Hollenback

HANSON & HOHENFORST TIED FOR SUNOCO MODIFIED POINT LEAD GOING INTO SATURDAY’S EVENTS AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – There is a great points battle going on at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway in the Sunoco Modified division as Craig Hanson and Josh Hohenforst are currently tied for the number one position with 203 points each going into event number six of the 2021 racing season this Saturday, May 22.

Yurkewecz Auto Crushers will sponsor the evenings racing activities this Saturday with a regular show in all divisions on the card with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. The Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks will compete in race number two of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Event paying $1,000 to win!

The question leading up to Saturday evenings activities at Fonda is who will possibly break through and take a point lead of their own on Saturday evening? Will it be Hanson, Hohenforst or one of the current top five drivers Ronnie Johnson (191 points), Jack Lehner (186 points), or Rocky Warner (184 points) that will get it done?

There is also a great points battle going into Saturday evenings event in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division with Cody Clark currently leading with 252 points followed in the top five by defending track champion Chad Edwards (250 points), Tim Hartman Jr. (228 points), Tony Farone (222 points), and Payton Talbot (190 points).

Defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock champion Nick Stone currently leads the points in that division with 288 followed in the top five by Kenny Gates (242 points), Josh Coonradt and Beau Ballard who are tied for the third spot with 240 points each, Chuck Dumblewski (226 points), and Devon Camenga (205 points).

Stephen Gray is the current point leader in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division with 256 points going into Saturday evening followed by a tie for the second spot between Taylor LaPlante and Carter Gibbons who both have 252 points.

Slappy White (262 points) currently leads the point standings in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder class with defending track champion Ken Hollenback second with 258 points.

Last Friday evening, Stewart Friesen took the win in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified event at the Utica Rome Speedway. The winners in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Sportsman and Pro Stock Series events at Utica Rome were Matt Janczuk and Nick Stone, respectively.

Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified points are currently being led by Stewart Friesen with 120 points followed in the top five by Matt Sheppard (102 points), Josh Hohenforst (88 points), Jessica Friesen (84 points), and David Schilling (78 points).

Cody Clark is the point leader in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series Sportsman points with 100 followed by Chad Edwards (90 points), a tie between Payton Talbot and Tucker O’Connor (both with 84 points), Chip Constantino (77 points) and Mark Mortensen (72 points).

Nick Stone with 120 points is the current leader in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Pro Stock Series point standings followed by Ivan Joslin (104 points), Kenny Gates (102 points), Beau Ballard (96 points), and Devon Camenga (94 points).

The next Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series event will take place on Saturday, July 3rd at the Fonda Speedway followed by a Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series event at the Utica Rome Speedway on Friday, July 30.

Last Saturday at Fonda Jason Reome (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division) and Taylor LaPlante (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division) both scored their first career wins in their respective divisions adding their names to the prestigious all time win lists at the “Track of Champions”.

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.

🏁Saturday, May 22

▪️Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Night

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc. Limited Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Event No. 2 – $1,000 to win!

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

🕰 Gates Open: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Grandstand Pricing: – Adults: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and above): $9 – Kids 11 and under: FREE

🚘 Drive-In ($60 – includes up to Four Passes): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeaAuRQNzUf02r58yu6NyP7MDo0d8TPLQSaVMvIt7KazHT8bQ/viewform

🎟Pit Admission Pricing (with fans): Fonda Member: $30 – Non-Member: $35

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