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HANSON WINS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2022 ON HIS SPONSORS NIGHT – MORTENSEN TIES FOR FIRST ON CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN ALL-TIME WIN LIST WITH VICTORY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening Fonda Speedway had everything a race fan could ever want, great car counts, a great crowd, a meet & greet for fans to visit with their favorite drivers, and great racing! Bill Lake Modular Homes presented Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission with Craig Hanson getting the Sunoco Modified victory in his Bill Lake Modular Homes sponsored #20C.

“This win is awesome,” Hanson said after the victory. “We’ve struggled because we had a good car and a decent motor but now, we’ve got the same car with the same motor as everyone else is running and it shows.”

Mark Mortensen raced to the win in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature for his first win of the season in the Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In sponsored #1M DKM car. The win was a special one for Mortensen who is now tied for first on the all-time win list in the division in what was the race of the night with a great side by side battle to the checkered flag between Mortensen and Dan Santabarbara.

“It’s been a struggle,” Mortensen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane regarding the 2022 season. “I brought the car back up to DKM last week and we had a good setup but then I made a mistake and hit the yuke tire last Saturday. Came back and kind of found something for the feature after hitting the yuke tire and repaired the car and then carried that setup along to this week. I told the guys at DKM if I won, I owed them a pizza, I parked it tonight, so I guess I owe them a pizza.”

Other winners on Bill Lake Modular Homes Night were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC), and John Napoli (Fonda Fair Four Cylinder DOHC).

Also in competition were the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with the winners including Randy Delaney (MVVDMS Modified), Dan Colvin (MVVDMS Sportsman), Curtis Condon (MVVDMS Late Model), Carl Cram (MVVDMS Mystique), and Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antique).

On a very busy race night the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held their annual Safety Awards Night with $75 going to the first NYSSCA member across the finish line and $50 to the second NYSSCA member across the finish line in all feature events except for the MVVDMS who held their NYSSCA Safety Awards Night earlier this year.

NYSSCA Safety Night winners included Craig Hanson $75 and JaMike Sowle $50 (Sunoco Modified), Mark Mortensen $75 and Payton Talbot $50 (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone $75 and Kenny Gates $50 (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Kyle Dingman $75 and Ryan Sweet $50 (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback $75 and Len St. Andrews $50 (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), John Napoli $75 and Kerrie Hollenback $50 (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder).

Prior to Opening Ceremonies on Saturday on victory lane, the NYSSCA organization handed out four different awards to five different drivers. Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson received the 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award as the first ever Modified division co-champions in the 70-year history of the Fonda Speedway where there has been twenty-six different championship winning drivers.

Also winning a 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award was Jessica Friesen who was the first woman to ever win a Modified feature in the history of the “Track of Champions” after her win on July 10 of last year. Friesen has competed in the Sportsman division at Fonda during her career along with Sprint cars where she has one victory in a 360-Sprint car at Fonda back on 4/29/2006 before moving up to the Modified division. Friesen was not in attendance at Fonda on Saturday and will get her award later this season.

NYSSCA also handed out two 2021 Dedication to Racing Awards to Craig Hanson and Cliff Haslun. Hanson not only runs the family business Hanson Paving but also runs the grader and does track prep at Fonda during the week and on race nights, races his self-owned Hanson Paving sponsored #20C Modified, and assists as a Short Track Super Series Official when time allows. Hanson has a career total of eight Modified wins at Fonda during his career in eight winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/30/2005 and his last one this year on 5/14/2022.

Whether it was in his self-owned #13 Street Stock or the Dennis Joslin owned Pro Stock car back in 2021, Cliff Haslun has always been a driver who does what he can with what he has. Making a lot of parts for the race car himself and getting to the track in any way possible, Haslun has always been there to compete and do the best he can with what he has making him a great candidate for the NYSSCA Dedication to Racing Award. Halsun has a total of five Street Stock victories at Fonda during his career.

Following the NYSSCA award presentations Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Stephanie May. Another huge 50/50 prize was won by Josh from Clifton Park of $2,765! Great job as always by our 50/50 ladies!

The 30-lap Sunoco got the green flag from Joe Kriss with JaMike Sowle taking the early lead from his outside pole position start. Dave Constantino brought out two consecutive cautions on laps two and three with fourth place starter Chris Curtis the new leader after the second restart with Rocky Warner now in the third spot.

Sowle took over the lead on lap five on the outside of turns one and two, with the yellow flag out shortly afterwards. Sowle chose the inside for the restart and maintained the lead at the drop of the green flag with Bobby Varin in the fourth position on lap seven and Warner in the second position after getting by Curtis for the spot on the same lap.

Hanson started the event in the eighth position and took over the third position from Varin on lap 11 with Sowle running the outside and Warner the inside trying to reel him in. Hanson got past Warner for the second position on lap 14 with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Sowle, Hanson, Warner, Curtis, and Ronnie Johnson who started the event in the 22nd position in a back-up car.

Hanson closed in on the race leader with ten laps to go and made his move for the lead in turn four on lap 22, ducking under Sowle and coming away with the lead coming out of the turn. Hanson led the remaining laps for his second victory of the season and the ninth of his career in the Hanson Paving/Bill Lake Modular Homes #20C followed in the top five by Sowle, Warner, Curtis, and Johnson.

“The last win I knew that I was leading, this one I didn’t,” Hanson told Mimi Lazzaro in F.X. Caprara in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane. “I got up on top and I was just passing cars, so I just kept hammering it and we did good. I got into it early with Dave (Constantino) when he checked up on me and I fell back so after that I was just trying to find a rhythm.”

“Bobby (Varin) showed me the top and then I was good, I got up on top and just worked my way through,” Hanson continued. “I tilled up the track this week, everybody was complaining the track was too slippery but unfortunately when you do that you get rough conditions but we’re trying to make everybody happy.”

The race of the night was definitely the 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman featuring side by side racing for the lead and three wide action through the pack throughout the event. It all began with outside pole position starter Dan Santabarbara the early race leader at the drop of the initial green flag with Brendan Gibbons in tow.

Tanner Warner and Mark Mortensen started the event in the fifth and seventh positions respectively and early on were coming to the front together, moving up to the third and fourth positions by the time the lap counter clicked on lap two with tenth place starter Cody Clark now third. Clark got by Mortensen on lap six before Mortensen made a three wide move coming out of turn four around the outside of both Warner and Clark for the third position.

Mortensen got by Gibbons for the second spot on lap 12 with Santabarbara now out to a straightaway advantage. Just before the halfway point Santabarbara was blocked by the lap car of Cory White allowing Mortensen to close in with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Santabarbara, Mortensen, Clark, Gibbons, and 12th place starter Payton Talbot.

Going into turn two on lap 18, Mortensen went down the middle of two lap cars to keep pace with the leader and one lap later on lap 19 he made his move for the lead on the outside of turn four. The race was far from over however as Santabarbara was working well on the inside and remained side by side with Mortensen over the remaining laps.

Things really got interesting over the final three laps as Mortensen and Santabarbara were side by side for the lead while Clark and Talbot were side by side for the third position. Mortensen made his second three wide move of the race around the outside of the lap car of Griffen Mansmith and Santabarbara to maintain the lead with three laps to go while Talbot got by Santabarbara for the second position with one lap remaining.

On the final lap coming out of turn four to the checkered flag, Talbot had one last shot at the leader, but Mortensen ducked under the lap car of Troy Zilles, fought off the outside challenge by Talbot, and went on to his first win of the season and the 25th of his career in the division tying him for the top spot on the all-time win list in the division with Rocky Warner. Talbot, Clark, Santabarbara, and Warner completed the top five.

“Dan (Santabarbara) was running away at first and I was on the bottom and didn’t really know what else was out there,” Mortensen continued. “I ended up moving out a little bit and tried that and started making my way forward. Lap traffic held him up and I knew if I could get in front, I could use the lap car as a pick and that’s kind of what we did. It’s always hard when you’re leading, you’re just a sitting duck out there. I noticed a couple of spots where I wasn’t gaining on him, so I switched those spots up, moved down a little bit, and ran him in.”

Robert Parry of Hightower Farms Speedway, a go-kart track located on the Parry family farm in Broadalbin, was on hand in victory lane with Mortensen saying: “I won the go-kart race at Robert’s Hightower Farms Speedway last Sunday so now I’m a back-to-back winner, I’m going up there every week from now on.”

The first two laps of the Algonkin Pro Stock feature featured caution flags for spins by Chris Cross and Josh Coonradt. Both were able to continue on at the rear of the field. Chuck Dumblewski was the early leader in the event after starting on the pole with Jason Morrison second. The next yellow was on lap six for Luke Horning who was in the wall in turn one. Horning was not injured but was done for the night at that point.

Also involved in the caution after he spun in between turns one and two after accidental contact in the rear by Ivan Joslin as the cars were bunched up together while trying to avoid the wreck by Horning was Nick Stone who also restarted at the rear of the field. On the inside of the backstretch on lap nine, Kenny Gates was the new race leader with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Gates, Dumblewski, Morrison, Beau Ballard, and Ivan Joslin.

Ballard was the new second place car on lap 12 after getting by Dumblewski with Gates now out to a straightaway advantage. Stone got by Joslin for a spot in the top five with five laps to go with the caution out on lap 16 for AJ Walters who was in the wall in between turns one and two. On the single file restart, Stone went around the outside of Dumblewski, Morrison, and Ballard into the second position and began pressuring Gates for the lead.

On lap 19, Stone took the lead at the line as he and Gates were side by side. By the time the two cars reached the back stretch Stone had cleared Gates and went on to his eighth win in a row for 2022 followed in the top five by Gates, Ballard, Morrison, and Dumblewski.

“Of course, you want a caution,” Stone said in regard to the final caution of the event coming out on lap 16. “I started playing a points game and I knew that I had to get up as close to the front as I could. It was a little dusty out there and hard for people to see, guys are kind of rolling around and things like that are gonna happen.”

“When I went to the back, I said let’s just let it pan out and try to pick off as many cars as we could,” Stone continued. “That’s what we did, and it worked out with that caution. I want to thank Todd for putting this car under me, Jamie (Spraker) who helps me out at my shop and in the parts truck here, and Scott who takes care of our tires. The car is ready by Tuesday, and I can concentrate on work the rest of the week, so I’ve got it made right now.”

Mark Lighthall led the first two laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event until fourth place starter Kyle Dingman took over the lead on lap three with a pass on the outside of turn two. Dingman led the remaining laps for his second win of the season and the fourth of his career over Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, and last week’s winner Connor Prokop.

The Hollenback brothers led every lap in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature, Kerrie leading the first two and Ken the remaining ten for his eighth win of the 2022 season in the SOHC. Ninth place starter John Napoli was declared the DOHC winner for his third win of the season and the fifth of his career in the division. Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Ely, and Elmer Montville completed the top five.

Next week on June 18 will be Dirt Track Digest TV Night featuring the Bill Ag One on One Match races for the Sunoco Modifieds. The top five in Sunoco Modified points as of 6/11 are eligible for the event along with one other driver from positions six through ten in points will be chosen. All divisions will also be in action with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DATE – 6/11/2022 BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT – NEW YORK STATE STOCK CAR ASSOCIATION (NYSSCA) SAFETY AWARDS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, JaMike Sowle, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill August, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Nick Heywood, Alissa Cody, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers

2nd win of 2022 and the 9th of his career in the division for Hanson

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Sowle, 3-4 Curtis, 5-21 Sowle, 22-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Hanson, $50 Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Dan Santabarbara, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Chad Edwards, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Jeremy Slosek, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Troy Zilles, Griffen Mansmith, Greg Havlichek, Cory White, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Tom D’Angelo, John Diamond (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 25th of his career in the division for Mortensen who is now tied with Rocky Warner for first place on the all-time win list

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Santabarbara, 19-25 Mark Mortensen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot gained 10 positions from 12th to 2nd

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Mark Mortensen, $50 Talbot

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Chucky Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Jeff McPhail, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, Chris Cross, AJ Walters, Luke Horning, Kyle Weller (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 67th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9-18 Gates, Stone 19-20

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Stone, $50 Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Connor Prokop, Mark Lighthall, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff, Jerry Cohn, John Santolin, Harold Robitaille, Walter Cook, Timmy Wilmot, Gus Kamburelis

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Lighthall, 3-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Dingman, $50 Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, Brandon Ely, Elmer Montville, John Mason, Justin Ramsey, Chris Duffney Jr., Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Kyle Lanfear, Josh Ramsey, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, John Shepard, Annabella Ball (DNS), Heath Bush (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 76th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Napoli

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

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – SOHC $75 Ken Hollenback, SOHC $50 St. Andrews, DOHC $75 Napoli, $50 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jack Miller, John Flach, Jackie Brown Sr., Phil Beaver

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – DAN COLVIN, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Constantino, Larry Stokes, Bryan Seyfried, John Trudean, Joe Rando (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, Will Reed, Joen Roese, Ed Docskalik

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Dan Karl, Harry Baldwin, George Palmer, Mark Anatriello, Mike Brown, George Berbench (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Bryan Scofield, Mike Wheeler, Speedy Niedeheimer, Rick Leveque, Don Briggs, John Mason, Mark Reardon, Harley Sheppard, Chuck Scofield (DNS), Jimmy Hyde (DNS)

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/11/2022

DATE – 6/11/2022 BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT – NEW YORK STATE STOCK CAR ASSOCIATION (NYSSCA) SAFETY AWARDS NIGHT 

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, JaMike Sowle, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Danny Varin, Demetrios Drellos, Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Pep Corradi, Ryan Odasz, Daniel Morgiewicz, Bill August, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Nick Heywood, Alissa Cody, Dave Constantino, Steve Akers

2nd win of 2022 and the 9th of his career in the division for Hanson

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Sowle, 3-4 Curtis, 5-21 Sowle, 22-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Hanson, $50 Sowle

 

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – MARK MORTENSEN, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Dan Santabarbara, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Chad Edwards, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Jeremy Slosek, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer, Troy Zilles, Griffen Mansmith, Greg Havlicek, Cory White, Dylan Eldred, Stephen Gray, Clayton DuMond, Tom D’Angelo, John Diamond (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 25th of his career in the division for Mortensen who is now tied with Rocky Warner for first place on the all-time win list

LAP LEADERS – 1-18 Santabarbara, 19-25 Mark Mortensen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot gained 10 positions from 12th to 2nd

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Mark Mortensen, $50 Talbot



ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Chucky Dumblewski, Ivan Joslin, Josh Coonradt, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, Jim Normoyle, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Jeff McPhail, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, Chris Cross, AJ Walters, Luke Horning, Kyle Weller (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 67th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9-18 Gates, Stone 19-20

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Stone, $50 Gates

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Ryan Sweet, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Connor Prokop, Mark Lighthall, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff, Jerry Cohn, John Santolin, Harold Robitaille, Walter Cook, Timmy Wilmot, Gus Kamburelis 

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Dingman

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Lighthall, 3-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – $75 Dingman, $50 Sweet

 

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenbeck, Brandon Ely, Elmer Montville, John Mason, Justin Ramsey, Chris Duffney Jr., Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Kyle Lanfear, Josh Ramsey, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, John Shepard, Annabella Ball (DNS), Heath Bush (DNS)

8th win in a row in 2022 and the 76th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenbeck

 3rd win of 2022 and the 5th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Kerrie Hollenbeck, 3-12 Ken Hollenbeck

 

NYSSCA SAFETY NIGHT AWARD WINNERS – SOHC $75 Ken Hollenbeck, SOHC $50 St. Andrews, DOHC $75 Napoli, $50 Kerrie Hollenbeck

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – RANDY DELANEY, Jack Miller, John Flach, Jackie Brown Sr., Phil Beaver

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – DAN COLVIN, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Constantino, Larry Stokes, Bryan Seyfried, John Trudean, Joe Rando (DNS)

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, Will Reed, Joen Roese, Ed Docskalik

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Dan Karl, Harry Baldwin, George Palmer, Mark Anatriello, Mike Brown, George Berbench (DNS)

 

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Bryan Scofield, Mike Wheeler, Speedy Niedeheimer, Rick Leveque, Don Briggs, John Mason, Mark Reardon, Harley Sheppard, Chuck Scofield (DNS), Jimmy Hyde (DNS)

BILL LAKE MODULAR HOMES PRESENTS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA WITH $5 GRANDSTAND ADMISSION

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Another Saturday evening of excitement awaits local fans this Saturday, June 11 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway featuring $5 grandstand admission! On the racing card will be a Meet & Greet on the front straightaway just after hot laps for cars in all regular divisions along with cars from the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing 7:00 p.m.

The Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders are the regular divisions that will be in action this Saturday in the eighth racing program of the 2022 racing season.

So far in 2022 in seven total events in all divisions, the Sunoco Modified division has seen four different winners in the seven events held led by Matt DeLorenzo with three wins. Stewart Friesen is next with two victories while Craig Hanson and Danny Varin each have one victory apiece. Four different drivers have been in victory lane so far in 2022 in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division led by Chad Edwards with three wins; Cody Clark with two wins; Brian Calabrese and Payton Talbot with one win apiece.

The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division has six different winners so far in 2022 led by Zach Dufel with two victories followed by Kyle Dingman, Lance Hill, Josh Kane, Harold Robitaille, and Connor Prokop all with one event win. Nick Stone and Ken Hollenback are both undefeated in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock and Fonda Fair Four Cylinder SOHC divisions respectively with seven wins apiece. Other winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder class include Kerrie Hollenback with five wins in the DOHC class with John Napoli winning the other two events in the DOHC class.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) is looking for another action-packed night according to MVVDMS promoter Laurie Fallis. The cars from the MVVDMS will be a part of Meet and Greet on the front stretch which will take place after hot laps. Three exciting MVVDMS features will be representing the many eras of racing with five different drivers in the five different divisions (Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Model, Antique, and Mystique) celebrating on F.X. Caprara in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane after their wins.

In two appearances so far in 2022 winners in the five different classes of the MVVDMS include Jimmy Fugel with two wins in the Antique class, John Marks and Carl Cram (Mystiques), Curtis Condon and John Roese (Late Model), Brian Gray and Joe Rando (Sportsman), and Randy Delaney and John Flach (Modifieds).

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will hold their annual Safety Night at Fonda this Saturday, June 11. On that evening the first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members this Saturday, June 11. The cost of a NYSSCA membership is $25 per year.

Prior to Opening Ceremonies on Saturday on victory lane, the NYSSCA organization will also hand out four different awards to five different drivers. Rocky Warner and Ronnie Johnson will receive the 2021 NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award as the first ever Modified division co-champions in the 70-year history of the Fonda Speedway where there has been twenty-six different championship winning drivers.

Along with his co-championship in 2021, Johnson has two other Modified Track Championships at Fonda back in 2011 and 2016. Warner has one other Modified title back in 2019 to go along with four consecutive Track Championships in the Crate 602 Sportsman division in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Warner also has one Pro Stock Track Championship in 2011 and two more titles in the Street Stock division back in 2005 as a co-champion and his own title in 2007.

Also winning a NYSSCA Outstanding Performance Award will be Jessica Friesen who was the first woman to ever win a Modified feature in the history of the “Track of Champions” after her win on July 10 of last year. Friesen has competed in the Sportsman division at Fonda during her career along with Sprint cars where she has one victory in a 360-Sprint car at Fonda back on 4/29/2006 before moving up to the Modified division.

NYSSCA will also hand out two Dedication to Racing Awards to Craig Hanson and Cliff Haslun. Hanson not only runs the family business Hanson Paving but also runs the grader and does track prep at Fonda during the week and on race nights, races his self-owned Hanson Paving sponsored #20C Modified, and assists as a Short Track Super Series Official when time allows. Hanson has a career total of eight Modified wins at Fonda during his career in eight winning seasons, the first one coming on 7/30/2005 and his last one this year on 5/14/2022.

Whether it was in his self-owned #13 Street Stock or the Dennis Joslin owned Pro Stock car back in 2021, Cliff Haslun has always been a driver who does what he can with what he has. Making a lot of parts for the race car himself and getting to the track in any way possible, Haslun has always been there to compete and do the best he can with what he has making him a great candidate for the NYSSCA Dedication to Racing Award. Halsun has a total of five Street Stock victories at Fonda during his career.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 11 with Bill Lake Modular Homes Fan Appreciation Night featuring $𝟱 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻.

Pre-Race Meet & Greet/Autograph Session

NYSSCA-New York State Stock Car Association Safety Night – Awards & Bonuses

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Dirt Modified Racing Series

Gates: 4 p.m. – Hot Laps: 5:30 p.m. – Racing: 7 p.m.

Adult Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $40 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-11th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DELORENZO RIDES THE WAVE TO HIS 40TH CAREER WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After winning at the Albany Saratoga Speedway on Friday evening, Matt DeLorenzo, his brother Mike, and his teammate Brian Gleason worked all day on Saturday to get the car ready to race at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. Proof that hard work pays off was when DeLorenzo ended up in victory lane for the third time in 2022 and the 40th time in his career at Fonda.

“My brother Mike works endless on this car,” DeLorenzo said in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “It’s just him my teammate Brian (Gleason) and myself working on two cars. We worked on it all day today, we’ve been doing it every week all season long. I’m beat, I’m tired, but this was a lot of fun. Thanks to all of the fans, it was great to put on a show for them, and hopefully we can keep on riding this wave.”

Other winners on Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night at Fonda were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Connor Prokop (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC) and John Napoli (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer during opening ceremonies followed by Fonda Speedway starter Joe Kriss singing the National Anthem.

Congratulations to Chris from Fonda who was the winner of the 50/50 worth $2,658! Great job by the 50/50 ladies who continue to build the point fund for all of the drivers!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle and Rocky Warner on the front row with Warner taking the early lead followed by third place starter Dave Constantino. DeLorenzo started the event in the ninth position and by the completion of lap one he was running in the top five.

Fifth place starter Ronnie Johnson and DeLorenzo both got by Constantino for the second and third positions on lap seven with Johnson on Warner’s rear bumper for the lead on lap nine. Warner was in lap traffic on lap eleven with Johnson taking the race lead on the inside of the backstretch just as a lap car crossed the track to go to the pit area in a very close call for the leaders.

With less than ten laps remaining, Johnson held a straightaway advantage with DeLorenzo now the second-place car after getting by Warner for the position on lap 19. Eighth place starter Jessica Friesen moved into the top five just before Steve Akers slowed on the front stretch to bring out the final caution of the event with three laps to go.

Johnson chose the bottom for the double file restart and held the lead through turn one until DeLorenzo got a great run on the outside of turn two to take the lead. DeLorenzo led the remaining laps for his third win of the 2022 season and the 40th of his career in the division in the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell followed in the top five by Johnson, Constantino, Friesen, and Warner.

“I’m really speechless right now,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane as a banner stating Matty D 40 career win was being held up. “In the heat race I wasn’t very good and almost flipped this car over. I know that Ronnie has a good small block, so I just sailed it into turn one on the restart.”

“I didn’t know whether he was gonna slide me or not, so I just didn’t let off,” DeLorenzo continued saying about the pass for the lead. “I was catching him (Johnson) a little bit and then I would mess up, I was a little pushy going into turn four and then he would pull away. I don’t know if I would have caught him without that caution. It was a heck of a race with Ronnie, he is a class act.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel feature took two tries to get going with Harry Shaffer taking the early lead from his pole position start. Outside pole position starter Brendan Gibbons took the lead from Shaffer on a lap three restart just before Cody Clark brought out another yellow flag after spinning in turn four. Clark continued on at the rear of the field.

Tenth place starter Brian Calabrese made a great move to go from fourth to second on lap five after getting by both Griffen Mansmith and Shaffer. The next yellow was out on lap five for Troy Zilles who was in the backstretch wall after contact by Jason Reome. Zilles was done for the night at that point with Calabrese taking the lead away from Gibbons on the restart.

Ninth place starter Payton Talbot was the new second place car on lap ten after getting by Gibbons for the position with eleventh place starter Chad Edwards also getting by Gibbons for the third position. As Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore put it Talbot and Edwards were together like “peanut butter and jelly” coming from the back of the pack together to get to the front and they would remain together in a great race with Calabrese to the checkered flag.

Talbot and Edwards swapped the second position many times over the closing laps allowing Calabrese to pull away slightly with Clark back in the top five on lap 18 after spinning and going to the rear of the field on lap three. Talbot got a great run on the outside of both Calabrese and a lap car in turn two to take the lead with three laps to go with one final caution coming out on the final lap for Anthony Cardamone who came to a stop on the backstretch with a broken front end.

Talbot fought off one final challenge from Edwards and Calabrese who was pushing Edwards on the final restart and took home his first win of the 2022 season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda in the Ted’s Body Shop #14T followed in the top five by Edwards, Calabrese, Clark, and Chip Constantino. Mark Mortensen finished sixth after starting 26th after repairs were made to the front end of the 1M after contact with the inside wall in turn four during his heat race.

Talbot was the winner of the Crate 602 Sportsman feature at Utica Rome on Friday evening doubling up on the weekend after the win at Fonda just as DeLorenzo did in the Modified division.

“I was kind of struggling on the bottom,” 18-year-old Talbot said in victory lane. “I saw Chad (Edwards) go around me and I thought the bottom was gonna be way better tonight. I really didn’t expect the top to be there at all tonight, but I went out there and it stuck so I was really glad that it was there as it really saved us tonight.”

Chuck Dumblewski led the first eight laps in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature until he slowed on the front stretch with sparks coming from underneath the race car. That brought out the caution with seventh place starter Beau Ballard taking over the lead for one lap until twelfth place starter Nick Stone took over the lead at the halfway point with a pass on the inside of turns three and four with Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, and ninth place starter Ivan Joslin completing the top five.

Three more caution flags flew over the remaining ten laps, but Stone held on for his seventh consecutive win of the season and the 66th of his career in the division in the Todd Hoffman owned self-built Manimal chassis over Ballard, Horning, Gates, and Joslin who remained in the top five since the halfway point in the event until the checkered flag waved. Stone was also the winner of the Pro Stock feature at Utica Rome on Friday evening, so he joined DeLorenzo and Talbot on “doubling up” for the weekend.

“This is what we love doing, it’s what we come here to do,” Stone said in victory lane. “We hope these wins go on forever, we had years that we could barely get to victory lane once during the whole season. We all have our years; we enjoy it while it is going on because we know that it could go in the other direction very easily. Concentrating on one track is definitely making us more successful this year.”

Connor Prokop led all fifteen laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature and was followed in the top five by Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, and Kyle Dingman. It was the first career win for the young man who started go-kart racing at age seven.

“I started racing go-karts at age seven and ran here a couple of times in this division last year,” Prokop said. “This is my first full year of racing and I want to thank my dad who is celebrating his birthday today.”

Ken Hollenbeck led all twelve laps in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event for his seventh consecutive win of the season and the 75th of his career in the division. John Napoli was declared the dual overhead cam winner for his second win of the season and the fourth of his career in the division.

The CRSA Sprints were also a part of the racing program at Fonda on Saturday evening with two consecutive red flags out on laps one and two for a three-car wreck in turn two that saw Cory Sparks come close to going into the waters of the Mohawk River and the other for Ethan Gray who flipped over in turn two. All drivers were okay after the incidents.

Once things settled down and racing continued, Darryl Ruggles was the early leader for two laps until Jordan Hutton took over the lead on lap three. Jeff Trombley started the event in the fifth position and moved into the second position on lap four, chasing the leader until moving in on the rear bumper of Hutton on lap twelve of the twenty lap event.

Trombley made a move on the inside of the backstretch with seven laps remaining to take the lead and he survived one final restart to take the win over Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, and twenty-first place starter Jeremiah Munson who made his way up to the fifth spot at the finish in his self-owned #51 car. For Trombley it was his second career CRSA Sprint car win at Fonda to go along with thirty-five career Modified wins and two Modified Track Championships in 2001 and 2002.

“Experience here at the track definitely helped,” Trombley told CRSA announcer Brady Houser in victory lane. “He (Hutton) was fast and got out front but on that one restart I knew he was gonna cover the bottom and I got a run on him for the lead. The car was awesome, the track was good. I had a lot of fun, and it was good to see all the fans here. I love this place and anytime you can get a win here it’s a plus.”

Next Saturday, June 11 Bill Lake Modular Homes will present Fan Appreciation Night featuring $5 grandstand admission. There will be a pre-race meet and greet on the front straightaway allowing the fans to see the race cars up close and personal. All divisions will be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) and it will also be New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Night.

The NYSSCA organization will be handing out monetary awards on their annual “Safety Night”. The first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members with the cost of a NYSSCA membership being $25 per year.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DATE – 6/4/2022 Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Demetrios Drellos, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Nick Heywood, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Brian Calabrese, Steve Akers, Ray Zemken, Rich Christman

3rd win of 2022 and the 40th of his career in the division for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Warner, 11-22 Johnson, 23-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Tony Farone, Jeremy Slosek, Brett Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Anthony Cardamone, Dylan Eldred, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Tanner Warner, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Zilles, Carter Gibbons

1st win of 2022 and 2nd of his career in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Shaffer, 3-5 Brendan Gibbons, 6-21 Calabrese, 22-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Mark Mortensen 20 positions 26th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Slater Baker, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Jim Normoyle, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Chucky Dumblewski, Dillon Vanston

7th win in a row and the 66th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9 Ballard, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Ryan Sweet, Wesley Sutliff, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Harold Robitaille, Gus Kamburelis, Bob Rowback, EJ Gallup, Tom D’Angelo (DNS), Mark Lighthall (DNS), Craig Wholley (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenbeck, Steve Burbank, Wayne Russell Jr., Zach McSpirit, Heath Bush, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Annabelle Ball, Dale VanAllen, Len St. Andrews

7th win of 2022 and the 75th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenbeck

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenbeck

CRSA SPRINT CARS – 20-laps – JEFF TROMBLEY, Jordan Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, Jeremiah Munson, Timmy Lotz, Dana Wagner, John Cunningham, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., Ronnie Greek, Trevor Years, Aaron Shelton, Chad Miller, Alex Adamsky, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser, Calvin Wheelock, Link Pettit, Darryl Ruggles, Mike VanPelt, Ethan Gray, Cory Sparks, James Layton (DNS), Tyler Emmons (DNS)

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ruggles, 3-12 Hutton, 13-20 Trombley

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/4/2022

DATE – 6/4/2022 Canajoharie Boiling Pot Eagles Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, Demetrious Drellos, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Jack Lehner, Nick Heywood, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Brian Calabrese, Steve Akers, Ray Zemken, Rich Christman

3rd win of 2022 and the 40th of his career in the division for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Warner, 11-22 Johnson, 23-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tim Dwyer, Brendan Gibbons, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Tony Farone, Jeremy Slosek, Brett Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Greg Havlichek, Griffen Mansmith, Anthony Cardamone, Dylan Eldred, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Harry Shaffer, Tanner Warner, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Zilles, Carter Gibbons

1st win of 2022 and 2nd of his career in the division for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Shaffer, 3-5 Brendan Gibbons, 6-21 Calabrese, 22-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Mark Mortensen 20 positions 26th to 6th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Slater Baker, Gary Silkey, John Holmes, Steve Cosselman, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Jim Normoyle, Caden Dumblewski, Shane Playford, Chucky Dumblewski, Dillon Vanston

7th win in a row and the 66th of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Chuck Dumblewski, 9 Ballard, 10-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Timmy Wilmot, Ryan Sweet, Wesley Sutliff, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Harold Robitaille, Gus Kamburelis, Bob Rowback, EJ Gallup, Tom D’Angelo (DNS), Mark Lighthall (DNS), Craig Wholley (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), JOHN NAPOLI (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, Steve Burbank, Wayne Russell Jr., Zach McSpirit, Heath Bush, Christopher Jennings Sr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Annabelle Ball, Dale VanAllen, Len St. Andrews

7th win of 2022 and the 75th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

2nd win of 2022 and the 4th of his career in the division for Napoli

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

CRSA SPRINT CARS – 20-laps – JEFF TROMBLEY, Jordan Hutton, Thomas Radivoy, Dalton Herrick, Jeremiah Munson, Timmy Lotz, Dana Wagner, John Cunningham, Kyle Pierce, Jerry Sehn Jr., Ronnie Greek, Trevor Years, Aaron Shelton, Chad Miller, Alex Adamsky, Chase Moran, Mike Kiser, Calvin Wheelock, Link Pettit, Darryl Ruggles, Mike VanPelt, Ethan Gray, Cory Sparks, James Layton (DNS), Tyler Emmons (DNS)

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Ruggles, 3-12 Hutton, 13-20 Trombley

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW IN ALL DIVISIONS ALONG WITH THE CRSA SPRINT CARS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, June 4 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway presents another exciting racing program in all regular divisions along with the first appearance of the CRSA Sprint Cars in 2022. Gates open to the speedway at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Regular divisions competing with the CRSA Sprints this Saturday at Fonda 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.

Last year in 2021 the CRSA Sprints made three appearances at Fonda with Josh Flint, Mike Kiser, and Jordan Hutton winning those events. For both Flint and Hutton, it was their first career wins in the division at Fonda. After all events were completed last season Jeff Trombley was crowned the 2021 CRSA Sprint Car Champion and to add a little history to that Trombley also has two Track Championships at Fonda in the Modified division back in 2001 and 2002.

After one cancelled event and two rain outs to begin the 2022 racing season, the CRSA Sprints were able to open the season at the Weedsport Speedway last Sunday, May 29 with Billy VanInwegen the winner followed in the top five by Darryl Ruggles, Bobby Parrow, Trombley, and Alysha Bay. The event at Fonda on Saturday will be the second event of the 2022 season for the CRSA Sprints with $1,000 going to the feature event winner.

The CRSA Sprint Car organization started racing at the Fonda Speedway back in 2009 and through their last event of the 2021 season at Fonda last September they have run a total of 24 events at Fonda with 13 different drivers winning those events.

Danny Varin and Mike Kiser lead the way with four CRSA Sprint car wins at Fonda followed by Josh Pieniazek and Cory Sparks who both have three career wins at Fonda. Kyle Smith is a two-time CRSA Sprint winner at Fonda with single event wins going to Trombley, Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, and Jordan Hutton.

A reminder to all of the Fonda Speedway drivers that the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will hold their annual Safety Night at Fonda on Saturday, June 11. On that evening the first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each of the five regular division feature events will receive $75 while the second NYSSCA member to cross the finish line will receive $50 and the Wildcard winner will receive $50. All winners will also be awarded a NYSSCA hat.

To become a member of the NYSSCA organization you can see Fonda Speedway NYSSCA representative Bonnie Mortensen who will be going through the pit area to sign up new members both this Saturday, June 4 and next Saturday, June 11. The cost of a NYSSCA membership is $25 per year.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions. Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 4.

CRSA Sprints – First appearance of 2022!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Adult Admission: $13 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $11 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $75 (up to four passes): Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-4th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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 $4,000 THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES EVENT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On opening day of the 2022 season back on April 24, Stewart Friesen was in victory lane at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway which has become a very familiar place for the driver from Sprakers, NY in recent years. Things haven’t been the same for Friesen at Fonda since the opening day win and on Saturday evening after his second victory of the season and the 81st of his career in the division he said: “It’s been a while since we won a Modified race, so it was good to get back here tonight.”

Friesen used a timely caution to his advantage with six laps to go to get by Craig Hanson for the lead after shutting the door on Hanson going in to turn four after a restart with only a few laps remaining. “I was hoping for the yellow to come out, the track rubbered up on the top and bottom in turns two and four, I could get in there really good on the top but then there was nothing left so the caution was definitely timely. Probably not the most popular win tonight but we’ll take it.”

Other winners on F.X. Caprara Thunder on the Thruway Series Night included Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Zach Dufel (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in the Fonda Fait Four Cylinder division.

Pastor Greg Nitz said the invocation to start opening ceremonies for the evening while Mimi Lazzaro sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem to celebrate Memorial Day weekend 2022.

Congratulations to Katie from Roseboom who won the nights 50/50 prize of $2,248! Great job as always by the Fonda Speedway 50/50 sellers!

A redraw put Jessica Friesen and Bobby Varin on the front row for the 30-lap Modified feature event with the first attempt at the start being called back. Jessica Friesen took the lead on the second attempt with Varin in tow. The first yellow of the event was out at the completion of lap one for Jessica Friesen who slowed in turn four. She was towed away and done for the evening at that point.

Varin was the leader on the restart with sixth place starter Craig Hanson getting quickly up to the second position. On the inside of the backstretch on lap three, Hanson was the new race leader after getting by Varin with Stewart Friesen and Matt DeLorenzo now second and third after they also got by Varin for position.

Hanson was running the low to middle groove on the track while Friesen ran as high as he could searching for grip to close in on the leader. Hanson was in lap traffic by lap 12 and at the halfway point the top five consisted of Hanson, Friesen, DeLorenzo, eighth place starter Demetrios Drellos, and Varin.

Just after the halfway point Friesen switched to the bottom groove to try and find a way to close in on Hanson which at this point, he was unable to do. The race took a turn on lap 24 when Ray Zemken spun in turn four, giving Friesen the break that he needed with Hanson choosing the inside for the restart. Hanson and Friesen remained side by side into turn two after Joe Kriss threw the green flag with Friesen inching ahead as the two raced down the backstretch. Going into turn four, Friesen shut the door on Hanson and raced to the win in the Halmar #44 Bicknell car.

Drellos made a great move around the outside of both DeLorenzo and Hanson for the second position with only four laps to go but didn’t have enough time to close in on Friesen to challenge for the lead. Drellos, Hanson, DeLorenzo, and fourth place starter Chris Curtis completed the top five.

“It was a good race, when the caution came out, I figured if we were side by side I could kind of get him in dirty air a little bit we might have a chance,” Friesen told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “When I got by for the lead I tried to look and make sure we didn’t hit, it was a clean pass. I’m glad Craig got a win a couple of weeks ago, those guys have a great race team, and I was proud of him as it was a long time coming.”

A redraw set the starting lineup for the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap $1,500 to win feature event with Cody Clark taking the early lead from his pole position start. The yellow flag was out with no laps completed for Tanner Warner and Kurtis Hohensheldt who were in the backstretch wall. Both were done for the night at that point.

Clark led the original restart with Tim Dwyer in tow while eighth place starter Chad Edwards got by both Brett and Mark Mortensen for the third position. Clark held a straightaway advantage by lap four with sixth place starter Payton Talbot getting by Edwards for the third position. A yellow flag on lap eight slowed the field when Clayton DuMond suffered a broken right rear shock.

Thirteenth place starter Brian Calabrese moved into the top five on the restart and next he got by Edwards for the fourth position on lap ten. Clark was in lap traffic on lap 18 and made a great three wide move in turn two to get by two lap cars on the outside and give himself a little breathing room. On the final lap with Joe Kriss ready to wave the checkered flag, he had to quickly change to the yellow flag when Troy Zilles and Brent Cross slowed on track.

Clark held on for his second win of the season and the 15th of his career in the division in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Talbot, Calabrese, Edwards, and Dwyer.

“I was very fortunate we drew the pole for tonight,” Clark said in victory lane. “The first half of the race the car felt real good, I moved up to the top in turns one and two and then the caution came out and I was nervous about who was behind me. But once we got logging laps again, I moved back up to the top. I tried the top in turns three and four, but it wasn’t good for our car tonight and then the late race caution with one to go I was looking at the checkered flag and you don’t want to hear my words then.”

“All in all, tonight was a good night,” Clark continued to say. “Everybody has to tweak on their cars to try to make them better, so we’ll just keep trying to get it better and better and hopefully we can keep getting back to victory lane. We are still missing a little something and we got to try to get it right.”

Luke Horning led the $1,000 to win Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature from his pole position start with Kenny Gates second after starting alongside Horning on the front row. The first of many yellow flags was out on lap five with 11th place starter Nick Stone getting up to the fourth position on the restart.

At the halfway point in the event Horning led followed by Gates, sixth place starter Beau Ballard, Stone, and Chuck Dumblewski. Four yellow flags followed in the final laps of the event with Stone utilizing each one of them to his advantage to get to the front. Stone was second on a lap 14 restart and two laps later took the lead away from Horning with a move on the inside of turns three and four.

Stone survived a yellow flag on the final lap and went on to his sixth win in six events at Fonda in 2022 in the Todd Hoffman owned #8N followed by Horning, Ballard, Gates, and Gary Silkey.

“I got under Luke, and it was either hitting the yuke tire or his door, I chose the door,” Stone said after the win. “I get burned out with work and you get busy at home, and it affects your racing. If it wasn’t for Todd (car owner Todd Hoffman) and my crew, I would probably be racing my own car with half the maintenance, and I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Connor Prokop led the first seven laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until Zach Dufel took over the lead on the inside of turns one and two on lap eight. After wrecking hard, the week before and taking down the caution light in turn one, the crew got the car back together for this week with Dufel leading the remaining laps for his second win of the season followed by Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Mike Arnold, and Craig Wholley.

Ken and Kerrie Hollenbeck continued their dominance in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders with victories in the SOHC and DOHC classes respectively as they finished one and two yet again with Chris Hall, Zach Bleau, and Todd Morey completing the top five.

Next Saturday, June 4 all divisions will be in action along with the CRSA Sprint Cars. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. followed by Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

DATE – 5/28/2022 F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES PRESENTS THE “THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES”

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – $4,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Demetrios Drellos, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Marc Johnson, Danny Creeden, Ronnie Johnson, Brian Gleason, Billy Decker, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Bobby Hackel IV, Brian Pessolano, Brian Calabrese, Nick Heywood, Ray Zemken, JaMike Sowle, Tucker O’Connor, Alex Yankowski, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Brandon Daley, Alan Barker, Jessica Friesen, Darwin Greene (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 81st win of his career in the division for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1 Jessica Friesen, 2 Varin, 3-24 Hanson, 25-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Drellos, Stewart Friesen, Varin

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – $1,500 TO WIN – CODY CLARK, Payton Talbot, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlicek, Chip Constantino, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Palmer, Michael McCallion, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Reome, Kevin Chaffee, Stephen Gray, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Carter Gibbons, Willy Decker Jr., David Hackett Jr., Taylor LaPlante, Griffen Mansmith, Brent Cross, Mark Mortensen, Clayton DuMond, Tanner Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt

2nd win of 2022 and the 15th win of his career in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Havlicek, Edwards

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – LaPlante

DID NOT QUALIFY – Gerard LeClair, Jeff Gallup, Cory White, Brendan Gibbons, Harry Shaffer

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Reome gained 13 positions

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,000 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Zach Sorrentino, Ivan Joslin, Kyle Hoard, Caden Dumblewski, Ken Griffen, John Holmes, Jennifer Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga

6th win of 2022, 6 in a row, and the 65th win of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Horning, 16-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Mike Arnold, Craig Wholley, Walter Cook, Lance Hill, Michael Kalkbrenner, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Connor Prokop, Wesley Sutliff, Ryan Sweet, Joe McSpirit, Kyle Dingman, Josh Kane, Mark Lighthall (DNS), Harold Robitaille (DNS), Russ Farr (DNS), Josh LeClaire (DNS), Nate Bedell (DNS), John Cole (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 2nd win of his career in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Prokop, 8-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Lighthall

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBECK (DOHC), Chris Hall, Zach Bleau, Todd Morey, TJ Marlitt, Wayne Russell Jr., Christopher Jennings Sr., Gina Voris, Zach McSpirit

6th win of 2022 and the 74th win of his career in the division for Ken Hollenbeck

4th win of 2022 and the 26th win of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenbeck

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenbeck

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/28/2022

DATE – 5/28/2022 F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES PRESENTS THE “THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES”

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – $4,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Demetrious Drellos, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Marc Johnson, Danny Creeden, Ronnie Johnson, Brian Gleason, Billy Decker, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Bobby Hackel IV, Brian Pessolano, Brian Calabrese, Nick Heywood, Ray Zemken, JaMike Sowle, Tucker O’Connor, Alex Yankowski, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Brandon Daley, Alan Barker, Jessica Friesen, Darwin Greene (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 81st win of his career in the division for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1 Jessica Friesen, 2 Varin, 3-24 Hanson, 25-30 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Drellos, Stewart Friesen, Varin

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – $1,500 TO WIN – CODY CLARK, Payton Talbot, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards, Tim Dwyer, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlichek, Chip Constantino, Dan Santabarbara, Troy Palmer, Michael McCallion, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Reome, Kevin Chaffee, Stephen Gray, Troy Zilles, Tony Farone, Carter Gibbons, Willy Decker Jr., David Hackett Jr., Taylor LaPlante, Griffen Mansmith, Brent Cross, Mark Mortensen, Clayton DuMond, Tanner Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt

2nd win of 2022 and the 15th win of his career in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dwyer, Mark Mortensen, Havlichek, Edwards

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – LaPlante

DID NOT QUALIFY – Gerard LeClair, Jeff Gallup, Cory White, Brendan Gibbons, Harry Shaffer

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Reome gained 13 positions

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,000 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Chuck Dumblewski, Zach Sorrentino, Ivan Joslin, Kyle Hoard, Caden Dumblewski, Ken Griffen, John Holmes, Jennifer Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Devon Camenga

6th win of 2022, 6 in a row, and the 65th win of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Horning, 16-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Stone

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Mike Arnold, Craig Wholley, Walter Cook, Lance Hill, Michael Kalkbrenner, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Connor Prokop, Wesley Sutliff, Ryan Sweet, Joe McSpirit, Kyle Dingman, Josh Kane, Mark Lighthall (DNS), Harold Robitaille (DNS), Russ Farr (DNS), Josh LeClaire (DNS), Nate Bedell (DNS), John Cole (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 2nd win of his career in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Prokop, 8-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Lighthall

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Chris Hall, Zach Bleau, Todd Morey, TJ Marlitt, Wayne Russell Jr., Christopher Jennings Sr., Gina Voris, Zach McSpirit

6th win of 2022 and the 74th win of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 26th win of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES PRESENTS THE 2022 THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES OPENER AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, May 28 the opening event of the 2022 F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series will take place at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. The series will be for the Sunoco Modified, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks with the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders also on the racing card.

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

The 2022 F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series will consist of three races at the Fonda Speedway on 5/28, 7/2, & 7/16 and three events at the “Home of Heroes” Utica Rome Speedway on 6/3, 7/1, & 8/20.

A total of five events were held in the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series in the Modified, Crate 602 Sportsman, and Pro Stock divisions, three of them at Utica Rome and just two at Fonda after a rainout on Saturday, July 3.

Winners in the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series included Stewart Friesen who won all five Modified events in the series, three of them at Utica Rome and two at Fonda. Matt Janczuk (three wins at Utica Rome), Jason Greco (one win at Fonda), and Cody Clark (one win at Fonda) were the Crate 602 Sportsman Series winners while Nick Stone (a total of three wins, two at Fonda and one at Utica Rome), Kenny Gates (one win at Utica Rome which was also the first of his career at the track), and Beau Ballard (one win at Utica Rome) were the Pro Stock Series event winners.

Friesen was crowned as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified Champion while Chad Edwards won $1,000 as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Crate 602 Sportsman Champion with consistency bringing him the title without the benefit of a win in the series and Nick Stone was the winner of $1,000 as the 2021 Thunder on the Thruway Series Pro Stock Champion.

Following Friesen in the top five in Thunder on the Thruway Series Modified points were Matt Sheppard, Jessica Friesen, Rocky Warner, and Josh Hohenforst while Brian Calabrese, Cody Clark, Payton Talbot, and Mark Mortensen followed behind Edwards in the top five in Crate 602 Sportsman points. Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, and Ivan Joslin trailed Stone in the Pro Stock Series points.

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES PAST HISTORY

The Thunder on the Thruway Series has some history of its own with the series getting it’s start as the Go Green NMX Series in 2008 with all events being held at Fonda followed in 2009 when it was known as the Dual Track Thunder Series with events at both Fonda and Utica Rome. In 2010 the name of the series changed to the Thunder on the Thruway Series with events at both Fonda and Utica Rome and the name has stayed the same to this day. The series expanded to three tracks in 2011 with I-88 (Afton) becoming a participating track in the series along with Fonda and Utica Rome.

Past champions in the Modified Series include Brett Hearn (2008), Bobby Varin (2009), and Stewart Friesen (2010, 2011, 2021). David Towns (2009) and Bill Trexler Jr. (2010) were past champions in the Open Sportsman Series while Chad Edwards (2021) was the champion in the Crate 602 Sportsman Series last year. Rocky Warner is a two-time champion in the Pro Stock Series (2010, 2011) while Nick Stone (2021) was the champion in the class last year.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com and can be reached by phone at 315.953.4097.  Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UR_Speedway.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙎𝘼𝙏𝙐𝙍𝘿𝘼𝙔, May 28.

F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series Opener

Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modifieds – $4,000 to win (draw/redraw)

Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – $1,500 to win (draw/redraw)

Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – $1,000 to win (draw/redraw)

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman – Bonus Money from Online Performance Parts/Stone Motorsports ($100 for winner, $75 for second, $50 for third)

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $15 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $13 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $75 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-28th-drive-in…/

Pit Admission: $35 (non-member) – $30 (Fonda member) – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) – $2 Children 5 and under

VARIN WINS BACK-TO-BACK AT FONDA ONCE IN A SPRINT CAR ONCE IN A MODIFIED

By Jim Ellis for the Fonda Speedway

Fonda, NY – Last Saturday, after a last-to-first run, Danny Varin parked his 360 ESS sprint car in Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway.

Varin kept his momentum going by leading every lap of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature to collect his first modified feature win at the Track of Champions since August 2019.

“We had to blow up ever motor we had in the shop to get here but this is old reliable from the Fonda 200 last year,” Varin said in Victory Lane. “We put it back in and, I’ll tell you, the thing ran poorly in the heat race, spitting and sputtering. Ed Munger changed the carburetor and got us dialed in. I am speechless to be here. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t think we would make it back.”

Other winners on CDL Associates Insurance Agency night at Fonda were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Harold Robitaille (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

In the added Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) features, Jimmy Fugel won the Antique division, Carl Cram won the Mystique feature, Joe Rando the Sportsman feature, John Roese the Late Model feature and John Flach the Modified division.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held their Safety Awards Night for the MVVDMS as well with the following drivers winning those awards: Jimmy Fugel and Speedy Niedeheimer (Vintage Antique), Carl Cram and Harry Baldwin (Vintage Mystique), John Roese and Will Reed (Vintage Late Model), Joe Rando and Bryon Seyfried (Vintage Sportsman), and John Flach and Jack Miller (Vintage Modified) with the Wild Card Award going to George Berberich.

Congratulations to John from Gloversville who won the 50/50 worth $2,169! Excellent job as always by Julie, Rose, and Heather selling all of those tickets!

Ryan Odasz and Varin brought the field of 22 modifieds to starter Joe Kriss’ green flag with Varin immediately putting the Magsarus No. 93 out front, while Pep Corradi, Odasz, Jack Lehner and Jessica Friesen locked in a battle for the runner-up spot.

By the fifth lap, Varin had checked out to a full straightaway advantage over Corradi as Friesen pulled into third ahead of Lehner and Dave Constantino.

With Varin a half-track ahead on lap 20, Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Matt DeLorenzo, Bobby Varin and Ronnie Johnson had picked their way into the top 10 and hoping for a caution to bring Varin back to the pack.

The caution never came as Danny Varin locked up his 11th career modified victory at Fonda Speedway in dominating fashion. Jessica Friesen finished second with Lehner third, Stewart Friesen, who won the Camping World NASCAR Truck Series race in Texas Friday night and started 17th, fourth and Corradi fifth. Constantino, Warner, Bobby Varin, Johnson and Demetrios Drellos complete the top 10.

Jeremy Tyrrell shook off a streak of back luck to lead the opening laps of the 25 lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature before relinquishing the lead to Chip Constantino on lap five.

Constantino was unable to break away from Tyrrell as the caution flew on lap eight, when Mark Mortensen came to a stop with a flat left rear tire. Mortensen and Payton Talbot made their way onto the hot pit to make repairs and rejoined the field at the back of the pack.

Edwards, who started 12th, restarted in eighth and was second behind Constantino when a second caution flew a lap later.

Constantino chose to restart on the outside and held off Edwards on the restart.

The front-running duo distanced themselves from third place running Troy Palmer as they battled side-by-side before Edwards got the lead coming off turn four on lap 18.

Edwards picked his way through the back markers to pick up his third win of the season, while Constantino turned in his best finish of the young season with a second-place finish. Talbot recovered from his early-race pit stop to finish third, with Palmer fourth and Tanner Warner fifth. Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Mortensen, Tyrrell, and Tim Dwyer complete the second five.

“It was a great run and a great racetrack with two lanes,” Edwards said in Victory Lane on the eve of his birthday. “We were side-by-side there for most of the race once I got up to second. I just kept over driving in turn one trying to get him. I was able to calm myself down and kept hitting my marks and was able to get by him before sliding up to take his line away.”

For Edwards it was his third win of the season to go with a pair of seconds.

Nick Stone kept his season perfect, driving from his 10th starting spot to record his fifth-straight victory in the 20 lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature.

Chuck Dumblewski set the early pace over Steve Cosselman before Jason Morrison took over the point on lap eight.

Stone moved to the front a lap later and was starting to break away as the caution flew on lap 15, putting Morrison alongside on the front row and Luke Horning on his bumper for the restart.

Horning dove under Stone heading into turn one to take the lead, but Stone countered the move with a crossover move in turn two to retake the front spot. Horning had his momentum broken by contact as he stayed on the outside of Stone. Horning’s night ended a lap later after making hard contact with the second-turn wall while battling for position with Jason Morrison.

Beau Ballard took over the fight to end Stone’s win streak on the restart and briefly held the lead before the caution flew again, setting up a three-lap shootout for the victory.

Stone turned back Ballard’s challenges to record his 67th career pro stock feature win. Ballard placed second, followed by Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga and Shane Playford.

“Without a good set of tires under here it would be nothing,” Stone said in Victory Lane. “You could have the best chassis there is and the best suspension there is, but if you don’t have good tire prep and maintenance it does no good. We are on race four with these tires. I think a lot of guys are doing the same thing trying to get through the season, so we are probably going to be due for a couple at least, but we are going to run them as long as we can. Other guys are probably doing the same. So, we are all on an even playing field for sure.”

Harold Robitaille led the Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman from green to checkers to record his first career feature win in the division. Ryan Sweet came home in second, followed by Tony D’Angelo, Josh Kane, and Lance Hill.

Zach McSpirit led the opening lap of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature before John Napoli took over on the second circuit.

Kerrie Hollenback moved to the front from his 11th starting spot on lap four and held off his brother Ken for his second-straight overall victory.

Kerrie went to Victory Lane for the DOHC trophy, while Ken took home the SOHC trophy.

Next Saturday, on Memorial Day Weekend the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with the big block modifieds running for $4,000-to-win in the first leg of the FX Caprara Thunder on the Thruway Series, while the Crate 602 Sportsman division will battle for $1,500 to win and the Pro Stocks will vie for the $1,000 winner’s paycheck. Gates will open at 4 p.m. next Saturday with Hot Laps at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7 p.m.

If you are a race fan that gets to the track early, be sure to check out the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame which is located on the Fonda Fairgrounds at the rear of the parking area going down towards turn four. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on race days and admission is free!

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.

2022 FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS

DATE – 5/21/2022 CDL ASSOCIATES INSURANCE AGENCY NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jessica Friesen, Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen, Pep Corradi, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Bobby Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Rich Christman, Brian Pessolano, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Steve Akers, Ryan Odasz, Nick Heywood, Tucker O’Connor, Adam McAuliffe (DNS)

1st win of 2022 for Varin and the 11th of his career in the division – 1st win since 8/10/2019

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Danny Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Corradi, Danny Varin, Heywood

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Chip Constantino, Payton Talbot, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Troy Zilles, Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Tim Dwyer, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Michael McCallion, Anthony Cardamone, Greg Havlicek, Clayton DuMond, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith, Nikki Ouellette, Brendan Gibbons, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jason Reome, Carter Gibbons, Harry Shaffer (DNS), Dan Santabarbara (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 for Edwards and 16th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Tyrrell, 5-17 Constantino, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 to each winner from Online Performance Parts/Nick Stone – Zilles, McCallion, Constantino

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 1st

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Shane Playford, Chuck Dumblewski, Steve Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Slater Baker, Don Collins, Luke Horning, Caden Dumblewski

5th win of 2022 and the 64th of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Dumblewski, 8 Morrison, 9-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Dumblewski

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – HAROLD ROBITAILLE, Ryan Sweet, Tom D’Angelo, Josh Kane, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Walter Cook, Michael Kalkbrenner, Gus Kamburelis, Wesley Sutliff, Timmy Wilmot, Zach Dufel, Tim Deffer, Connor Prokop, Bob Rowback, John Anderson, Mark Lighthall

1st career win in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Robitaille

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, D’Angelo

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Corey Valade, Zach McSpirit, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Lee Horning, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten, Dale VanAllen, Jack Minery, Heath Bush (DNS), Wayne Russell Jr. (DNS)

4th win of 2022 for Kerrie Hollenback and 25th of his career in the division

5th win of 2022 for Ken Hollenback and 73rd of his career in the division

LAP LEADERS – 1 McSpirit, 2-3 Napoli, 4-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Speedy Niedeheimer, Don Briggs, John Wood, Jimmy Hyde, Rick Leveque, Mike Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – JOHN ROESE, Will Reed, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – CARL CRAM, Harry Baldwin, Mike Brown, Mark Anatriello, George Berbench, George Palmer

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JOHN FLACH, Jack Miller, Darrall Hulbert, Randy Delaney, Dan Wood

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Bryan Seyfried, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, Mike Francisco, John Constantino, Merv Blackwell, Malach Mathews, John Trudean, Larry Stokes

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