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FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/24/2021 LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 44-laps, $4,444 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Pessolano, Alex Yankowski, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs

Ninth win of 2021 and 77th career win in the division for Friesen.

LAP LEADERS – 1-44 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner ($250 bonus from Hometown Pub & Grub), McAuliffe ($250 bonus from Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell.

COMPLETE LIST OF BONUSES AND LAP SPONSORS TO FOLLOW IN TOMORROW’S PRESS RELEASE.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK – 4-laps – $1,244 total purse thanks to Dana Palombo & Family, Gibbons Racing Brothers #B24 & #427, Jim Passino Trucking, Gary Yurgans, and Matt & Rose Traudt – Bobby Varin ($644), Adam McAuliffe ($300), Rocky Warner ($200), and Josh Hohenforst ($100).

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps, $1,700 to win including a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel and a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online performance), Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Steve Kotary, Greg Havlichek, Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Rocco Leone, Kathy Bellen, Chip Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Brett Mortensen, Dana Camenga

Fourth win of 2021 and the 13th career win in the division for Clark.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Mark Mortensen, Borst, Calabrese

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Michael McCallion moved eight positions from 23rd to 15th.

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,450 to win – including a $250 bonus from Red Chair, a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance, and a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski ($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Kenny Gates (($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Luke Horning ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Frank Hoard Jr. ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Kyle Hoard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Beau Ballard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), AJ Walters ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Bill Knapp, Devon Camenga, Chuck McSpirit, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Steve Cosselman, Tim Wood, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Scott Towslee, Dean Charbonneau, Cliff Haslun, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman DNS

Fifth win of 2021 and the 58th career win in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Dumblewski, Knapp, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL ($50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, John Anderson, Josh Kane, Bob Rowback, Jonathan Feagles, Yule Cook, Ryan Sweet, Seth Martin, Lance Hill DNS

Third win of 2021 and the third career win in the division for Tyrrell.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Tyrrell

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gibbons, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback (SOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Shawn Hemstreet, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Bodie Bellinger, Len St. Andrews, David Peek-Britten, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt DNS, Lee Horning DNS

Tenth win of 2021 and the 65th career win in the division for Ken Hollenback.

Second win of 2021 and the 19th career win in the division for Kerrie Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-7 Napoli, 8-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT COMING TO THE FONDA SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY, JULY 24

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday, July 24 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” will be held honoring the “Incomparable” Lou Lazzaro as Jim King used to call him. Lazzaro was a fan favorite; a four-time track champion at Fonda in 1964, 1969, 1977, 1978; and a winner of 113 feature events during his career at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds half mile facility placing him second on the Modified Division All-Time Win List.

There has been a total of six “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” events held since Lazzaro’s passing, the first one on 5/6/2000 at the Fonda Speedway where Seth Gano scored the first win of his career at the “Track of Champions.” Matt DeLorenzo is a two-time winner of the event at Fonda on 4/29/2006 and 5/15/2010, while Willy Decker (7/25/2007 at Utica Rome), Stewart Friesen (5/31/2014 at Fonda), and Ronnie Johnson (5/21/2016 at Fonda) all have one victory apiece in the prestigious event.

Lou Lazzaro Memorial T-Shirts from Bob Hilbert Sportswear will also be on sale this Saturday at Fonda with an original design by Dan Pilat on the shirt.

The “Thunder on the Thruway Series” events will highlight the racing program including a 44-lap, $4,444-to-win “Lou Lazzaro Memorial” Sunoco Modified feature plus lap money and heat-race money (see the complete list of sponsors and awards elsewhere in this release), the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman $1,500 to win event, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock $1,000 to win event.

Also on the racing card will be the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders with the green flag to start the festivities waving at 7:00 p.m.

One “Thunder on the Thruway” Series event has been held so far in 2021 at both the Fonda and Utica Rome Speedways with Stewart Friesen taking wins at both tracks in the Modified division, Jason Greco (Fonda) and Matt Janczuk (Utica Rome) winning the two Crate 602 Sportsman events, and Nick Stone winning the Pro Stock features at both tracks.

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will be decorated for Christmas for their Christmas in July event this Saturday, July 24. Deb Ward will be making checkered flag stockings that will be filled with goodies by Jann McGaffin. The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club is located under the covered grandstands at gate two so be sure to have all your children sign up with Ashley Abeling for all the giveaways.

EXCERPTS ON LOU LAZZARO FROM THE AMSTERDAM RECORDER ON 5/11/2000 BY RON SZCZERBA

Lou Lazzaro raced his last event at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, April 29, 2000. He qualified in the consolation and was credited with a 25th place finish after pulling off the track on lap seventeen of the thirty-lap feature. Lazzaro passed away two days later on Monday, May 1, 2000, at the Albany Medical Center succumbing to a stroke.

According to family and friends, Fonda is where Lou wanted to be when he closed his eyes for the final time. This was a perfect final episode to his racing career. He towed his car to the track, qualified, raced the feature, drove his car to the pits, exited the car, took off his helmet and said good-bye to the sport he loved.

In the late sixties Lou Lazzaro was winning so much that the fans in the grandstands constantly booed him. What a difference about thirty years makes.

Since then, racecars have gone from coupes to Gremlin’s and Vega’s, to the current body styles of today. The fans in the grandstands have also changed as they went wild and gave Lazzaro a standing ovation when he won what would be his final feature at Fonda on May 15, 1999.

That was win number 113 which is second on the all time win list at the Track of Champions. And the cheers were deafening every week when Jim King would announce when the “Incomparable Lou Lazzaro” would come out onto the speedway.

EXCERPTS FROM THE JUNE 1999 EDITION OF REDLINE MOTORSPORTS MAGAZINE BY RON SZCZERBA

LOU LAZZARO “THE LEGEND”

The first time Lou ever raced was at a track up near Richfield Springs, NY. His nickname “The Monk” came as a mistake.  “Somebody started calling me “The Monk” and I never corrected him on it, so it has stuck with me ever since,” Lazzaro said.

His car number four came about because there was originally a four-partnership deal in the car. “Before I had even gone racing there was a number four out of the garage that I had started hanging around and when he gave up racing, I took over the number,” he said.

On May 15, 1999, Lazzaro won the modified feature at the Fonda and for him it was a special win, although as he said they are all special and he felt really good about it. “The fans at Fonda are a great bunch of fans and I like winning for them, for my crew, and for myself.”

Winning felt really good to Lazzaro and he didn’t think that it had been that long (June 30, 1994) since he last won a feature at Fonda. “The time went by awful fast,” he said.

Everyone will have different ways of remembering Lou Lazzaro, and the memories will no doubt last forever. And racing at Fonda Speedway has never been the same.

Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night at the Track of Champions featuring the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series Notes!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modifieds – 44 laps, $4,444 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – 25 laps, $1,500 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks – 20 laps, $1,000 to win plus bonuses and awards!

Plus:

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates Open: 4 p.m.

Drivers’ Meeting: 5:40 p.m.

Hot Laps: 6 p.m.

Racing: 7 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $15 Adults – $13 Seniors (ages 65 and up) – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $70 (includes up to four passes) – Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-24th-drive…/

Stream Live: FloRacing (www.floracing.tv)

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

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

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

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL AWARDS & SPONSORS

 

LAP SPONSOR AMOUNT POSITION
1 Operation at Ease $50.00 4
2 Ron Talbot $20.00 1
3 Francis Ivancic $20.00 3
4 Junior Bianco & The Dogs $44.00 last
5 Jann – lap 21 for 1st win on 5/21/51 $44.00 20
6 Phil Beaver $36.00 4
7 Action Track USA – Tobias Racing $50.00 7
8 Jeremy McGaffin $50.00 6
9 Elmo’s Pit Stop $50.00 9
10 The Lape Family $22.00 4
11 Fonda Speedway Facebook Memories Page $44.00 11
12 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
12 Jumpin’ Jack Johnson Facebook Page $44.00 12
13 “The Hitman” Joseph Hoffman $20.00 8
14 Alan Johnson $44.00 14
15 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 15
16 Leo & Terri Mohrman $50.00 12
17 David Herrick $44.00 4
18 Mortensen Motorsports 1M/1B $20.00 18
19 Mike Petrucci $40.00 6
20 The Lape Family $22.00 4
21 Steve and Luanna Barhydt $20.00 1
22 Ray Evans $113.00 22
23 FOX23 Fast Track $50.00 2
24 Rick’s Pitstop $20.00 9
25 Rena Lazzaro-Scharf $20.00 4
26 Aaron Burton Racing #26A $26.00 4
27 J Fish $100.00 10
28 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
29 Custom by Bob $40.00 4
30 Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour $44.00 16
31 Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series $25.00 20
32 Rick & Carla Rudolph $44.00 4
33 Larry Wrobel Sr. $44.00 2
34 Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00 7
35 Joe Achzet – Gates Racing Family $81.00 3
36 Lloyd Perrino $20.00 4
37 Chad Edwards $44.00 5
38 Billie Jo Haskell – in memory of her father who was a big “Barefoot Bob” fan $20.00 9
39 Pete Broderson & “Ruby” $40.00 2
40 Jungle Jim & Rebecca Mosher from Lake Luzerne $40.00 4
41 Flint Motorsports $100.00 4
42 Dickie Meyers $20.00 1
43 Brendan Gibbons $20.00 12
44 Mimi’s Mom $50.00 4

 

HEATS
Hometown Pub & Grub $250.00
Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell $250.00
Sanders Motorsports in Memory of Ed Pieniazek $250.00
#PBR #TY for the kids $250.00
AWARDS
Fastest Lap In Memory of Jack Johnson $100.00
Halfway Leader Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Halfway 4th Place Picture Perfect Pools & Spas $200.00
Hard Charger Parks’ Companies Inc $500.00
Hard Luck Parks’ Companies Inc $250.00
First Car DNF Gasketcase $20.00
First DKM Car over the line Mike & Bonnie Reuss $20.00
Last Car on the Lead Lap Out of the Fast Lane – Brady Houser $104.00
First Car a lap down Nick Lazzaro & Family $100.00
Truffle Shuffel presented by Hazer’s World $250.00
Mike Bohling P17 on Lap 17 $100.00
6H Hurlburt Race Team P6 on Lap 6 $50.00
Jumpin’ Jack Johnson FB Page P12 on lap 12 $44.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P4 $250.00
DirtTrackDigest.TV P12 $250.00
Fonda 50/50 Girls Consi Winner $50.00
LEW BOYD COASTAL 181 Cup Trophy

 

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK
Dana Palombo & Family $444.00
Gibbons Racing Brothers B24 & 427 $400.00
Jim Passino Trucking $200.00
Gary Yurgans $100.00
Matt & Rose Traudt $100.00

Fonda Speedway Saturday, July 17 Racing Canceled Due to Rain

With heavy rain predicted to move into the area this afternoon and tonight, racing at Fonda Speedway has been canceled for tonight. Fan Appreciation Night has been rescheduled for August 7.

Racing resumes next Saturday, July 24 with Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night featuring the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston Thunder on the Thruway Series for the Sunoco Modifieds (44 laps, $4,444 to win plus special awards and bonuses), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,500 to win), Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks (20 laps, $1,000 to win) plus Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman and Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR & J & J PRISTINE DETAILING PRESENTS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT WITH $5 GRANDSTAND ADMISSION & A MEET & GREET THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 17 Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing will present Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission and a pre-race Meet & Greet for the fans at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature will be event #5 in the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Racing will get the green flag to start the special “Fan Appreciation Night” racing program at 7:00 p.m. as the “Track of Champions” celebrates you, the loyal fans of the Fonda Speedway.

The previous four events of the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series held so far at Fonda in 2021 have been won by two drivers, Nick Stone and Luke Horning who have two wins apiece in the series.

There have been several first-time winners in all divisions at the “Track of Champions” in 2021 including last weeks winner in the Sunoco Modified division Jessica Friesen. Jack Lehner is the other first-time winner in the Sonoco Modified division this season.

There are three drivers in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division who are first time winners this season including Jason Greco, Jason Reome, and Tucker O’Connor while Beau Ballard and Devon Camenga were first time winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class.

Luke Horning has a career total of twenty-four wins in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock class but his win in the Hondo Classic last Saturday was the first of his career in that prestigious event!

Jeremy Tyrrell, Carter Gibbons, Kyle Dingman, Taylor LaPlante, and Clayton DuMond are all first-time winners this season in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division while Tyler White and Slappy White both are first time winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing event information for Saturday, July 17

$5.00 Grandstand Admission – Fan Appreciation Night

Bug Country Live Remote – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet on Track After Hot Laps

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock

Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.

Hot Laps: 5:45 p.m. (Meet & Greet to follow)

Racing: 7 p.m.

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $30 (includes up to four passes) – Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/bob-hilbert…/

Pit Admission: $30 (Fonda Speedway Members) or $35 (Non-Members)

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

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

JESSICA FRIESEN CAPTURES FIRST CAREER MODIFIED WIN AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS” FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway a race to the win in the Sunoco Modified feature became a family affair between Jessica and Stewart Friesen with Jessica beating her husband to the finish line for her first career win in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda. She now becomes the 136th different winner in a total of 1392 feature events held at the “Track of Champions”.

Earlier this year Jessica captured her first win in a Modified at the Utica Rome Speedway and now has two first career wins in the division at two different speedways in 2021. Jessica does have two wins at Fonda in a 360 Sprint Car, one with the ESS Series and one “Open” 360 Sprint feature event.

Other winners on Sampson Motor Car/Yellow Transportation Night at Fonda were Brian Calabrese (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Hondo Classic), Clayton DuMond (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Slappy White (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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.

Congratulations to Zachary from Gloversville who was the winner of the 50/50 which was worth $2705 to the winner! Great job 50/50 girls!

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem to start the evenings program and also gave the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Jessica Friesen and JaMike Sowle on the front row. Jessica Friesen took the lead at the start with third place starter Bobby Varin the new second place car after getting by Sowle on the second lap.

David Schilling, Adam McAuliffe, and 12th place starter Stewart Friesen all got by Sowle for positions in the top five by the time lap seven was completed while Jessica Friesen pulled away to a straightaway lead. The first yellow of the event came out on lap nine for Josh Hohenforst who suffered a flat tire and slowed in turn two.

Jessica Friesen chose the inside for the restart with Stewart Friesen moving into the third position behind Varin who was working the outside to try to take the lead away from Jessica. Just before the halfway point in the event, Stewart Friesen took the second position away from Varin who slowed on the front stretch to bring out the caution on lap 13 with something broke in the right rear of his car.

On the restart, Jessica started on the inside but quickly moved to the outside forcing her husband to run the inside groove, a lane he normally doesn’t run at Fonda. Stewart took the lead briefly coming out of turn two but by the time the lap was completed Jessica was still the leader of the event.

At the halfway point, Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, 11th place starter Rocky Warner, McAuliffe, and Schilling completed the top five with the Friesen’s side by side at times on track over the final ten laps racing for the lead. The last few laps Warner was able to close in on the top two and challenged for the second position but when the checkered flag fell it was Jessica taking the win in the One Zee Tees #1Z Bicknell car over Stewart Friesen, Warner, Schilling, and McAuliffe.

“I knew the 44 (Stewart) would be coming,” Fonda’s Fastest Mom told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “I saw him next to me on the restart and I know he loves running the top so I had to get up there as soon as I could. We had a rough night in the truck race last night and to come home to Fonda and get a win is awesome. I don’t know what to say.”

Ricky Quick and Brett Mortensen led the 20-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature to the green flag with Quick taking the early lead. Mortensen used the outside on lap three to take the lead away from Quick just before the first of many cautions came out to slow the event, this caution was for Don Bellen who spun between turns three and four.

Mortensen continued to lead on the restart with two consecutive cautions slowing the event on lap six. Cody Clark started the event in the 12th position and was the new fourth place car on the restart behind Mortensen, Quick, and Brian Borst. On lap 10, Clark got by Quick for the second position and quickly closed in on Mortensen, taking the lead away with a pass on the inside of turns one and two on lap 12.

Brian Calabrese started the event in the 14th position and with the benefits of all the cautions and a fast race car moved into the second position on a lap 13 restart after getting by Mortensen. One lap later, Calabrese took the lead away from Clark on a restart and pulled away from the field.

Tim Dwyer and Tim Hartman Jr. started the event in row number eight and moved into the top five late in the event, but Calabrese went on to his second win of the season and the sixth of his career in the division in the LM Mason Contracting #21C. Clark, Borst, Hartman, and Dwyer completed the top five in the event.

The 16th Annual Hondo Classic started with a four-wide salute on track by the starting field while “Thunderstruck” played over the sound system. Hondo was a very popular driver on track and a friend to many both on and off the track resulting in this race being held in his memory for all these years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Anderson led lap one in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature until fifth place starter Clayton DuMond took over the lead on the inside of turn two on lap two. DuMond went on to his third win of the season and the third of his career in the division at Fonda over Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Taylor LaPlante, and Kyle Dingman.

John Napoli led the first two laps of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature until Ken Hollenback took control of the event on lap three and went on to the overall win in the SOHC class. Slappy White finished second and was declared the DOHC winner with Billy Hillman, Napoli, and John Shepard completing the top five.

Next Saturday, July 17 Bob Hilbert Sportswear and J & J Pristine Detailing will present Fan Appreciation Night with $5 grandstand admission and a pre-race Meet n’ Greet for the fans. All regular divisions will be in action with the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature being event #5 in the American Racer Tire/Lias Tire Super Six Series paying $1,000 to win! Racing is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

7/10/2021 SAMPSON MOTORCAR/YELLOW TRANSPORTATION NIGHT

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

First career win in the division at Fonda for Jessica Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Jessica Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sowle, Jessica Friesen

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

Second win of 2021 for Calabrese and the sixth win of his career in the division at Fonda

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Quick, Santabarbara

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

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

Third win of 2021 for DuMond and the third of his career in the division at Fonda.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Anderson, 2-15 DuMond

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gray, LaPlante

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

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

Eighth win of 2021 for White and the eighth of his career in the division at Fonda.

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

16TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC BONUSES

Bonus Position Sponsor Amount

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

Winner Luke Horning Stone Motorsports $99.99

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

Winner Luke Horning Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

2nd Place Nick Stone Bulldog Concrete $99.00

2nd Place Nick Stone Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

3rd Place Kenny Gates Irwin & Sons Farm $100.00

3rd Place Kenny Gates Karma Motorsports #9 Beer

4th Place Ivan Joslin Irwin & Sons Farm $80.00

5th Place Beau Ballard Camenga Construction $100.00

6th Place AJ Walters Joslin Racing $70.00

7th Place Tyler Bushey Jennifer Prindle $100.00

8th Place Shane Playford Joslin Racing $50.00

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

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

10th Place Jim Normoyle Bobco 93 Race Team $93.00

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

12th Place Jay Corbin The Buckley Family $30.00

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

13th Place Andy Graves Cliff Haslun $50.00

14th Place Andy Graves Irwin & Sons Farm $20.00

15th Place John Holmes VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27TH Jimmy Eaton In Memory of Bob James $9.00

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

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

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

Lap 2 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

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

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

Lap 5 Leader Kenny Gates Bulldog Concrete $50.00

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

Lap 7 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

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

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

Lap 8 Leader Kenny Gates Stone Motorsports $29.99

Lap 8 2nd Place Nick Stone Leeann Achzet $35.00

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

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

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

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

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

Lap 12 Leader Luke Horning Bulldog Concrete $50.00

Lap 13 Leader Luke Horning Cliff Haslun $50.00

Lap 14 Leader Luke Horning Tyler Gillen $30.00

Lap 15 Leader Luke Horning VanWert/Ballard Racing $25.00

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

Lap 16 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

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

Lap 18 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

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

Lap 18 2nd Place Kenny Gates BOBCO RACINVIDEOS $29.99

Lap 19 Leader Luke Horning BOBCO RACINVIDEOS $49.99

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

Lap 21 Leader Luke Horning Joslin Racing $20.00

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

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

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

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

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

Lap 26 Leader Luke Horning Aaron Burton $26.00

Lap 27 Leader Luke Horning Stone Motorsports $27.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hard Charger Tyler Bushey Joslin Racing $20.00

Hard Luck Jason Morrison Bulldog Concrete $100.00

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Joe Achzet for designing our Commemorative Victory Lane sign

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

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

with their commemorative shirts.

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR JULY 10, 2021

SAMPSON MOTORCAR/YELLOW TRANSPORTATION NIGHT

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Jessica Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sowle, Jessica Friesen

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Quick, Santabarbara

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Kenny Gates, Coonradt

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1 Anderson, 2-15 DuMond

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gray, LaPlante

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013) and Josh Coonradt (2019) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

Also, on the racing card will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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

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

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

Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.

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

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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