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STSS Race Day at Fonda: Firecracker 50 Storylines, Stars & Sleepers

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – For the first time in 32 days, it’s Race Day!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco reignites tonight with the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston ‘Firecracker 50’ at Fonda Speedway.

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will go for 50-laps for a minimum of $10,000 to the winner.

This years ‘Firecracker 50’ will be the third running of the event since its inception in 2019 and is Round No. 4 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed North Region.

THE STORYLINES

It has been over a month since the STSS last ran at Pa.’s Penn Can Speedway on June 1. Drivers and teams are rounding into form and finding their stride as the calendar turns to July, which could change the outlook of the North Region standings in the next month of racing.

Currently, Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego and King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney are separated by just one point atop the North Region standings, with the Penn Can winner, Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard, just 14 points behind.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen has claimed each of the first two editions of the ‘Firecracker 50.’ Can anyone stop the Fonda Speedway kingpin?

THE STARS

Not only has he won the first two running’s of the ‘Firecracker 50,’ Stewart Friesen has only lost twice since the beginning of 2020 at Fonda Speedway, including winning seven of his eight races this season. Friesen currently sits at 75 career Fonda wins, fourth on the Speedway’s all-time list.

Johnstown, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner is the only driver to win a Fonda Speedway race in 2021 that Stewart Friesen attended. Warner is also coming off a runner-up this past Saturday (to Friesen) at Fonda. Warner also won the $12,000 payday at the Montgomery County Open back in April at Fonda.

Anthony Perrego, like Rocky Warner, is the only other driver to beat Stewart Friesen at Fonda since the beginning of 2021. Perrego was triumphant in the season finale at Fonda last season. Perrego’s consistency has been impeccable on the 2021 STSS Tour and has rewarded him with two wins already this season.

THE SLEEPERS

Duanesburg, N.Y.’s Ronnie Johnson has never been an STSS regular, and just returned as a regular at Fonda Speedway this season. However, ‘RJ’ has been fast and consistent throughout the 2021 campaign at the ‘Track of Champions.’ A crowd favorite, Johnson will be in the hunt to thrill the picturesque grandstands at Fonda.

Unadilla, N.Y.’s Billy Decker last won at Fonda Speedway in 2015. The 2018 STSS North Region champion always shows consistency, and currently sits ninth in STSS North Region points.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner is having a breakout season in the Modified division. That breakout season includes a win this season at Fonda, and currently sitting second in the point standings at the ‘Track of Champions.’

ALSO IN ACTION

The Crate 602 Sportsman will run Round No. 2 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region. The 25-lap race will pay a hefty $2,000 to the winner.

A huge fireworks display will complete the program.

GATES AND PRICES

For the July 4 event, all gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing following at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24 and $22 for Seniors (ages 65 and over). Kids 11 and under get in FREE.

Pit Admission is $35 for Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Speedway Members

HOW TO WATCH

The ‘Firecracker 50’ will be streamed live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).

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.

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

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


STSS ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ HISTORY: PAST EVENT WINNERS

July 3, 2019 – STEWART FRIESEN – Matt Sheppard – Erick Rudolph – Anthony Perrego – Rocky Warner

July 5, 2020 – STEWART FRIESEN – Larry Wight – Mike Maresca – Adam McAuliffe – Jessica Friesen

Fonda Speedway Saturday Program Postponed; Sunday, July 4 Racing Remains On

FONDA, NY – Persistent rain showers and a saturated surface have forced the postponement of the Saturday, July 3 Recovery Sports Grill-sponsored event at Fonda Speedway.

The Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston ‘Firecracker 50’ featuring the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco on Sunday, July 4 will go on as scheduled featuring a $10,000-to-win Modified event and $2,000-to-win program for the Crate 602 Sportsman.

A huge fireworks display will wrap up the program.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids 11 and under are admitted free.

Pit admission is $35 (Non-Members) and $30 (Fonda Speedway members).

The ‘Thunder on the Thruway’ event will be postponed to a later date.

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.

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEVENTH WIN OF THE SEASON FOR FRIESEN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

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

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

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

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

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

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

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

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

Consolation race winner – Munson

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

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

QUICK RESULTS FOR JUNE 26, 2021

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER NIGHT

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

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

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

Heat race winners Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, Corradi

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

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

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

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

Consolation race winner – Munson

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Dumblewski, Coonradt, Morrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat race winners – Colagiovanni, Miller, Munson

Dash winner – Hebing

B-Main winner – Glover

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL EVENT

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

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

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

7/22/2007       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

8/5/2008         Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/23/2009       Fonda, NY        Doug Emery                            ESS

5/29/2010       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

5/28/2011       Fonda, NY        Justin Barger                           ESS

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

9/21/2013       Fonda, NY        Jeff Cook                                 ESS

8/26/2014       Afton, NY         Chuck Hebing                          ESS

8/25/2015       Afton, NY         Matt Tanner                            ESS

8/23/2016       Afton, NY         Steve Piorier                            ESS

8/12/2017       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

5/26/2018       Fonda, NY        Danny Varin                            ESS

9/27/2019       Fonda, NY        Jordan Poirier                         PATRIOT

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

5/28/2016       Stewart Friesen

9/24/2016       Davie Franek

5/27/2017       Jared Zimbardi

9/27/2019       Jordan Poirier

9/26/2019       Josh Pieniazek

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

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 1- $615 *Ronnie Johnson

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Alan Hosbach

$40 Al Abele

$25 Dan Vroman

 

Round 2- $1,462.12 *Ronnie Johnson

$1,212.12 Camp Can Opener

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 3- $700 *Ronnie Johnson

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 James and Jenny Brewster

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

 

Round 4- $801H *Ronnie Johnson

$301H Alex and Michael Jackson

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

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 George Walker

 

Final Round- $1,600 *Ronnie Johnson

$1K DirtTrackDigest

$200 Dave Petersen

$200 Roger Savoie and Sue Cary

$100 Jay DeTraglia

$100 Tadd Parks

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modified Heat and Feature Bonuses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

$100 Out of the Fast Lane Podcast/Brady Houser

$100 Eric and Misty Houser

 

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

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

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

BIG NIGHT FOR BOTH WARNER AND JOHNSON AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

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

Warner took the lead on lap 22 of the $2,400 to win, 30-lap main event for the Sunoco Modifieds and went on to his second win of the 2021 season and the eighth of his career in the division at Fonda.

Johnson swept every round of the Bill Ag elimination match race event by taking the win in every one of the two lap events over the other five drivers competing in the event compiled of the top five in the point standings after the June 12 racing event. One by one Johnson claimed victories over Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Mike Mahaney, Jack Lehner, and Rocky Warner to take home the overall win in the event and $5,600 for just ten laps of racing!

“I guess we lost the battle but won the war,” Warner told Mimi Lazzaro in the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston in Memory of Mike Cole victory lane regarding him winning the feature but Ronnie (Johnson) winning the Bill Ag event. It was a good night for our end of the pit area (towards the Cow Palace where both Warner & Johnson pit next to each other).

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

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

Other winners on Dirt Track Digest Night at the “Track of Champions” included Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jim Normoyle (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Carter Gibbons (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Mike Mallett was behind the mic on Saturday evening with a special guest appearance by Josh Phillips who was an announcer together with Mallett many years ago at Fonda. As a popular photo that is going around on Facebook says, “it was a reunion/homecoming in the tower tonight with Mimi Lazzaro, Mike Mallet, and Josh Phillips on hand to call the action.” It was also referred to as “getting the band back together” which was also a very appropriate statement as those three shared many Saturday nights in the tower at the Fonda Speedway back in the day.

Mallett started off the evening with a prayer followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Mimi Lazzaro who as always did a great job singing it during pre-race ceremonies.

Congratulations to the winner of the $2,363 in the 50/50 and as always special thanks to Todd Cipperly of the Farmers Insurance Cipperly Agency of Central Bridge, NY for the giveaways to the fans at intermission that were tossed from the flaggers stand by Race Director Denny Tillison and Ed Biittig Sr.

The Sunoco Modified feature began with JaMike Sowle the early race leader at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting position with front row starting mate Steve Akers in tow. Adam McAuliffe and Ronnie Johnson both got by Akers for the second and third positions.

Rocky Warner and Jack Lehner completed the top five early on with Sowle in lap traffic by the time lap seven showed on the lap counter. McAuliffe got alongside of Sowle in turn four coming down to complete lap nine and took the lead in the event with Johnson and Warner also getting by Sowle for the second and third positions.

The top three were together in lap traffic racing for the lead with Warner going in between a lap car and Johnson for the second position on lap 14. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of McAuliffe, Warner, Johnson, Lehner, and seventh place starter Josh Hohenforst.

Just past the halfway point six lap cars were racing for position right in front of the leader with McAuliffe able to clear at least two of them while Warner and Johnson weren’t as fortunate to get by as quickly allowing McAuliffe to open up a slight advantage on the second and third place cars.

Warner got into the lap car of Robert Bublak forcing Bublak to spin in turn three and bringing out the caution on lap 21. Also involved was Stewart Friesen who got into the tire wall and restarted behind the lead lap cars in the 12th position. On the restart McAuliffe’s great run came to an end as something broke on his car forcing him into the pit area and bringing out the caution one more time.

Warner took over the race lead with two consecutive cautions coming out on lap 22 forcing a single file restart. Eleventh place starter Mike Mahaney moved from sixth to fourth on the restart and with three laps to go also got by Lehner for the third position. Warner led the remaining laps in the Jake Spraker owned #1J Bicknell car with the top five at the finish consisting of Johnson, Friesen, Lehner, and Mahaney.

Congratulations to Steve Akers for his career best finish of eighth in the feature event as well.

“I was leaning on the right rear pretty hard,” Warner said after the win. “I thought that we were a sitting duck tonight with the small block especially after the rain came through and changed the track. I got a little over aggressive with a lap car tonight but all I could see was a possible win going away.”

The 25-lap Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature began with William August as the early leader with third place starter Jason Reome in tow. The red flag was out on lap eight for a multi car crash in turn four, no drivers were injured but there were many banged up racecars.

On the restart, Reome was the new race leader with 12th place starter and last weeks winner Cody Clark making his way through the field into the top five. Eleventh place starter Mark Mortensen was also making his way through the field, getting by three cars on the restart into the third position.

Clark used the outside groove in turn four to take over the race lead on lap nine and five laps later was a straightaway ahead of Mortensen who had just taken the second spot away from Tanner Warner. Griffen Mansmith brought out the final caution flag in the event with five laps to go giving drivers one final chance to defeat Clark.

Clark pulled away on the single file restart while Mortensen and Warner were waging a great battle for the second position. Clark went on to his second win of the season and the 11th of his career in the division in back-to-back fashion over Warner who took the second position away from Mortensen on the final lap. Mortensen, Aaron Burton, and 20th place starter Chad Edwards completed the top five in the event.

“We are definitely starting to get this DKM car figured out,” Clark said in victory lane. “We were good in our heat race starting seventh and finishing third so that gave me a lot of confidence for the feature.”

As is the case on a weekly basis the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was one of the best of the evening with Gary Silkey the early race leader at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Jim Normoyle started second but dropped back early and had to regroup which he did quickly by taking the second position from Chuck McSpirit on lap two.

On the outside of the front stretch coming down to complete lap three, Normoyle took the lead away from Silkey just before the yellow flag came out for the first time in the event. Fifth place starter Jason Morrison was the second-place car on the restart, but Silkey took that spot back when the green flag dropped. Tenth place starter Kenny Gates was the new fifth place car on lap six with Chuck Dumblewski in between Gates and Morrison in the fourth position.

At the halfway point Normoyle maintained the lead, using the extreme outside groove in turns one and two on every circuit followed by Silkey, Gates, Morrison, and Dumblewski. Twelfth place starter Nick Stone began to show his hand at the halfway point as well, sitting in the sixth position when the caution came out on lap 11 for Steve and Randy Cosselman who wrecked in turn four. Both drivers were okay after the wreck.

Gates got by Silkey for the second position on the restart with Normoyle still showing the way with one more caution out with three laps to go. On the single file restart Normoyle, Gates, and Stone were three wide for the lead with Normoyle somehow maintaining the top spot coming out of turn four with one lap to go.

Normoyle went on to the win, his first win since August 12, 2017 over Stone, Gates, eighth place starter Ivan Joslin, and Dumblewski. For Normoyle it was his eighth career win in the division at Fonda.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here in victory lane at Fonda,” Normoyle told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane after his win. “Gotta watch the #8N (Nick Stone) he is a little sneaky and real fast. I almost got crossed up and backed it into the wall in turns one and two running the outside like I was, but I got it straightened out and nobody was around me, so I kept it right up there.”

Carter Gibbons took the lead in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature with only two laps to go in the 15-lap event and went on to his second win of the season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda over John Young, Jonathan Feagles, sixth place starter Taylor LaPlante, and eighth place starter Clayton DuMond.

Slappy White (DOHC) was the overall race winner in the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division followed by Kerrie Hollenback. Third place finisher Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner with John Napoli and Zack McSpirit completing the top five. For White it was his sixth win of the 2021 season and the sixth of his career in the division at Fonda while for Hollenback it was his seventh win of the 2021 season and the 62nd of his career in the division.

Next Saturday June 26 at the Fonda Speedway A-Verdi Storage Containers will sponsor a racing program consisting of all regular divisions along with the A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint cars. The Algonkin Pro Stock feature will be race number four in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win! Starting time will be 7:00 p.m.

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

Second win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

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

Second win of 2021 and the 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award – Tucker O’Connor 16 positions from 22nd to sixth

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

First win of 2021 and the eighth career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

Second win of 2021 and second career win in the division for Gibbons

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), Kerrie Hollenback, KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), John Napoli, Zack McSpirit, Wayne Russell Jr., David Peek Britten, Lee Horning, John Mason, Jean Foster, TJ Marlitt, Dake Van Allen

Seventh win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

Sixth win of 2021 and sixth career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just ten laps.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/19/2021

DIRT TRACK DIGEST/BILL AG MEMORIAL NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED – 30-laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Mike Mahaney, Josh Hohenforst, Alex Yankowski, Steve Akers, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Dave Constantino, Pep Corradi, Ancel Collins, Rich Christman, Craig Hanson, Jim Introne Jr., George Foley, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, JaMike Sowle, EJ McAuliffe, Brian Calabrese, Jeff Rockefeller, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Varin DNS, Jessica Friesen DNS

2nd win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Warner at Fonda

Lap leaders – 1-8 Sowle, 9-21 Adam McAuliffe, 22-30 Warner

Heat race winners – Collins, Sowle, Adam McAuliffe

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

2nd win of 2021 and 11th career win in the division for Clark

Heat race winners – Reome, August, Burton, McCallion

Consolation race winner – Bowman

Did not qualify – Greg Havlichek, Joey Bunting, Shane Larman, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Don Bellen, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JIM NORMOYLE, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Chuck Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Frank Hoard Jr., Bill Knapp, Chuck McSpirit, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Mike Kalkbrenner, Randy Cosselman, Steve Cosselman, Luke Horning, Kyle Hoard DNS, Malum Warner DNS

1st win of 2021 and 8th career win in the division for Normoyle.

Lap leaders – 1-2 Silkey, 3-20 Normoyle

Heat race winners – Silkey, Normoyle

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CARTER GIBBONS, John Young, Jonathan Feagles, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Jeremy Tyrrell, Ryan Sweet, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Ed Downing, Bob Rowback, Kyle Dingman, Spencer Rapp DNS

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

Heat race winners – Dingman, Young

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

7th win of 2021 and 62nd career win in the division for Hollenback

6th win of 2021 and 6th career win in the division for White

Lap leaders – 1 Napoli, 2-8 Kerrie Hollenback, 9-12 White

BILL AG MEMORIAL ELIMINATION MATCH RACES – 2-laps each race.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Craig Hanson.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Josh Hohenforst.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Mike Mahaney.

Ronnie Johnson defeated Rocky Warner for the overall win and a total of $5600 for just 10-laps.

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