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STONE WINS THE 15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC ON ONE WILD WEDNESDAY AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Due to a rain out on Saturday, July 11 Fonda Speedway management decided to add a midweek show to their schedule called “One Wild Wednesday” and it certainly fit the bill of being a wild event. On Wednesday evening a great friend of the Fonda Speedway, the late Hondo Carpenter, was honored with the 15th Annual Hondo Classic for the Pro Stocks.

Also honored was the videographer at the Fonda Speedway for the last 30 years, Bob James who is known as Bobco Video or just Bobco to many of us, was honored by having the “Perch” up on top of the grandstands named after him as “The Bobco Video Tower” as he goes through some current health issues that has kept him away from the sport he loves this year.

Two drivers moved their names up on the all time win list in their respective divisions as both Nick Stone and Stewart Friesen were winners in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock and Sunoco Modified feature events respectively along with Brian Calabrese who won the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman main event.

The 50/50 was worth $663 and was won by Mike Jackson!

Pre-race ceremonies began with the invocation by Ed Biittig Sr. who stood alongside Bob James who was in a wheelchair on victory lane.

“Ladies & gentleman watching this race tonight on DTD TV this is a very tough night for me and many others,” Biittig started his invocation saying. “This guy right here (Bob James or Bobco as he is known to so many who was next to Ed in a wheelchair) has given us 30 years of more then anyone could ask for. I want people to know that what the fans and others have done with all of their prayers has kept Bob with us.”

“Brett & Heather Deyo renaming the perch up there, it’s so very important to look at this, Bob is a special human being,” Ed continued to say. “This place is the Track of Champions and you Bob are one of those champions. We think the world of you Bob.”

“We wanted to do a little something special here along with the Hondo race,” Fonda Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “The perch up there on top of the grandstand has been the official tower and home to Bobco Video for many, many years. You have captured so many moments here at the Track of Champions documenting history and you are part of that history.”

“Tonight and for the remainder of time here at the Fonda Speedway the perch up there is going to be known as the Bobco Video Tower in your honor so thank you for everything you’ve done to preserve the history of the Fonda Speedway.”

“Thank you very much,” Bob James said afterwards. “I appreciate what you’ve done for me, 30 years of racing events plus motorsports events at the Fonda Fair, I’ve taken a lot of videos and have enjoyed it all.”

Joe Kriss sang the National Anthem and the racing action was ready to begin.

The 15th Annual Hondo Classic was the first feature of the evening with the field being paced by the Fonda Speedway pace truck followed by a truck carrying the banner “In Loving Memory of Hondo Carpenter”, and another truck carrying Bob James around the track. The cars were lined up for a four-wide salute to the fans while head starter Joe Kriss waved the checkered and American flags from the flag stand.

The yellow was out before any laps were completed for a seven car pileup in turn four and once that was cleaned up it was pole position starter and defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning who took the lead to begin the event. Nick Stone started the event in the eighth position and by lap five had already gotten by Devon Camenga for the third position.

Third place starter Beau Ballard was racing Horning hard for the lead by lap six with Horning and Ballard a half straightaway ahead of Stone at that point. A yellow flag changed all of that on lap six for a car that was stopped in between turns one and two. On the restart, Ballard made a great three wide move coming out of turn one to go between Stone and Horning to take the lead.

Horning had a run on Ballard coming down the backstretch on the next lap and got the lead back with Ballard giving Horning a tap in the rear after Horning had gotten by. Somehow Horning straightened the car out as it was once pointed towards the infield and continued with Stone the new second place car. Kenny Gates also got by Horning at that point for the third position and from that point on it was a four-way battle for the lead between Ballard, Stone, Gates, and Horning.

On the outside at the finish line to complete lap 12, Stone took the lead away and held on to the position through three more yellow flags as Ballard, Gates, and Horning all tried to find a way to get by. Nobody was able to find a way by Stone who went on to his fourth victory of the season at Fonda in five events in the Meltz Lumber sponsored, Nick Stone built #27.

The win for Stone was worth $1,000 plus lap money and bonuses collected by the Friends of Hondo Memorial Society.

Making the win even more special was the fact that it was his fifth win in the Hondo Classic event and it also moved him in to a tie for third on the all-time win list with Kenny Martin Jr. with 50 career wins!

Ballard, Gates, Horning, and last years Hondo Classic winner Josh Coonradt completed the top five in the event.

“We started eighth tonight, so it wasn’t too far back,” Stone told Jay Severson in victory lane. “I didn’t know where to be on the track, it was fast everywhere. We made a wrong decision on gears for tonight and my car wasn’t fast on the bottom but I got down there at the right time and when you are leading you are able to block a little.”

To say that the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature was unbelievable would be hitting the nail right on the head. It all started out with Jessica Friesen leading from the pole with Jeff Heotzler in tow. Invader Matt Sheppard started the event in the fifth position and made a great move to second by lap two with defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner right behind in third.

Sheppard took the lead away from Jessica Friesen on the restart while Stewart Friesen went backwards from his fourth place starting position in the first few laps. By the time lap seven was in the record books he gathered it back up so to speak and went by Warner for the third spot and then by his wife Jessica for spot number two.

On lap eight Stewart Friesen slowed on the backstretch with a flat right rear tire while in the second position bringing out the caution flag. He would take the Halmar #44 to the hot pit for a tire change and rejoin the race at the rear of the field. From that point on the show that he put on was simply amazing as he restarted the event in the 20th position.

Danny Varin was the new second place car on the restart and on the next restart was the new race leader after starting the event in the seventh position with Sheppard right there in second and David Schilling having a great run from the 10th place starting position now in third.

Larry Wight started the event in the ninth position and nearly got into the backstretch wall on lap 14 while running just outside of the top five. Wight and Stewart Friesen were both running as high as he could go without hitting the wall around the entire track with Wight gathering it up after the bobble on the backstretch to continue his march to the front. When Danny Varin’s right front suspension broke on lap 14 it took him out of the race with Sheppard again assuming the lead with the caution coming out.

Stewart Friesen was in the picture again on lap 16 as he moved past Wight for the fourth position after making a slide job pass in turn four to take the spot as Josh Hohenforst was the new second place car to Sheppard after starting the event in the eight position. One by one Stewart Friesen got by car after car, first getting by Schilling for the third spot on lap 18 and next the second position after getting by Hohenforst on a lap 20 restart after a caution flag.

At that point Sheppard was out to a straightaway advantage but that all changed when a lap 20 caution flag closed the field with Stewart Friesen the new second place car on the restart. Sheppard led the next two laps until lap 23 when Stewart Friesen made a pass on the outside of the backstretch to take the lead, from 20th to the lead in just 15 laps!

Two more yellow flags slowed the event, but it was Stewart Friesen who went on to the $4,000 race win followed by Sheppard, Wight, Hohenforst, and 13th place starter Dave Constantino.

The win for Stewart Friesen was the fifth of the 2020 season at Fonda in six events. It moved him into a tie for fourth place on the all-time win list with Bobby Varin, both with 65 career wins at the “Track of Champions”.

“Definitely a challenging racetrack tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane. “I’m glad that we brought the big block tonight and I’m proud of my teammate (wife Jessica Friesen) and this whole team. We have a lot of work to do yet this year and if I don’t give it my all they bust my ass for the entire week until the next race.”

The first seven laps of the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature were led by pole position starter Tony Farone before JaMike Sowle took over the lead in turn three on lap eight. Fifth place starter Brian Calabrese also got by Farone at that point for the second position and on lap 10 on the inside of turn three Calabrese was the new race leader.

The first of only two cautions in the event was out on lap 12 with Cody Clark and Chad Edwards the new third and fourth place cars on the restart after starting together back in the fifth row. Farone’s great run came to an end on lap 18 when he slowed on the backstretch, bringing out the final caution flag in the event.

Seventh place starter Nick Scavia moved into the fourth place on the restart as Sowle continued to pressure Calabrese for the lead. With three laps to go, Sowle had a great run on the outside of turns three and four but went up too high allowing Calabrese to get away and seal up the win in the L/M Mason Contracting #21C. The win for Calabrese was his fourth career in the division and was worth $1,000.

Clark and Scavia also got by Sowle for the second and third positions with Sowle finishing the event in the fourth spot and Joe Williams fifth after starting 14th giving him the Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger Award for the evening.

“I just didn’t want to mess up over in turn two, so I started slowing down and trying to hit my marks,” Calabrese told Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. “He wasn’t going to beat me (referring to the #711 of JaMike Sowle) I had plenty left.”

As stated earlier in the week, Fonda Speedway management will be making adjustments to the remainder of the 2020 schedule per regulations in place by New York State not allowing spectators of any kind in both the Grandstand and Drive-In areas. As a result, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25.

We will post an updated schedule through August in the coming days. A reminder, should regulations turn more favorable, the speedway has been granted permission by the Fonda Fair Board to race later into August and September due to the cancelation of the annual Fonda Fair.

All 2020 Season Passes will be honored at full face value for the 2021 season.

Thank you to our fans, racers, staff members and sponsors for the continued support.

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 on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN PRO STOCKS – 29-LAPS – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Steve Cosselman, Andy Graves, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Rob Yetman, Chad Jeseo, Jason Casey, Jay Casey, Justin White, John Rivers, Rich Crane, Tanner Warner, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Don Collins

Lap leaders – 1-6 Luke Horning, 7-11 Beau Ballard, 12-29 Nick Stone

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Randy Cosselman

Consolation race winner – Jason Morrison

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Scott Huber, Brian Gleason, Steve Akers, Darwin Greene, Jeff Heotzler, Rocky Warner, Brian Calabrese, Danny Tyler, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Dave Marcuccilli, Devin Willis, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti (DNS), Danny Johnson (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Jessica Friesen, 6-10 Matt Sheppard, 11-13 Danny Varin, 14-22 Matt Sheppard, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Charlie Tibbitts, Michael McCallion, Spencer Rapp, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, Brett Mortensen

Lap leaders – 1-7 Tony Farone, 8-9 JaMike Sowle, 10-25 Brian Calabrese

Heat race winners – Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia

Fonda Speedway Schedule Update: No Racing July 18 & July 25

As stated earlier in the week, Fonda Speedway management will be making adjustments to the remainder of the 2020 schedule per regulations in place by New York State not allowing spectators of any kind in both the Grandstand and Drive-In areas. As a result, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25.

We will post an updated schedule through August in the coming days. A reminder: should regulations turn more favorable, the speedway has been granted permission by the Fonda Fair Board to race later into August and September due to the cancelation of the annual Fonda Fair.

All 2020 Season Passes will be honored at full face value for the 2021 season.

Thank you to our fans, racers, staff members and sponsors for the continued support.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/15/2020 – ONE WILD WEDNESDAY

15TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN PRO STOCKS – 29-LAPS – NICK STONE, Beau Ballard, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Steve Cosselman, Andy Graves, AJ Walters, Devon Camenga, Rob Yetman, Chad Jeseo, Jason Casey, Jay Casey, Justin White, John Rivers, Rich Crane, Tanner Warner, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, Gary Silkey, John Roese, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Justin Knight, Jason Morrison, Don Collins

Lap leaders – 1-6 Luke Horning, 7-11 Beau Ballard, 12-29 Nick Stone

Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny gates, Randy Cosselman

Consolation race winner – Jason Morrison

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Scott Huber, Brian Gleason, Steve Akers, Darwin Greene, Jeff Heotzler, Rocky Warner, Brian Calabrese, Danny Tyler, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Dave Marcuccilli, Devin Willis, Craig Hanson, Andy Bachetti (DNS), Danny Johnson (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Jessica Friesen, 6-10 Matt Sheppard, 11-13 Danny Varin, 14-22 Matt Sheppard, 23-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Jessica Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Josh Hohenforst

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle, Joe Williams, Tim Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, Charlie Tibbitts, Michael McCallion, Spencer Rapp, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Thomas VanVorst, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Dana Camenga, Aaron Jacobs, Brett Mortensen

Lap leaders – 1-7 Tony Farone, 8-9 JaMike Sowle, 10-25 Brian Calabrese

Heat race winners – Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia

FONDA SPEEDWAY NEWS FLASH – PLEASE READ COMPLETELY!

 
As you have seen on the news, restrictions regarding COVID-19 are changing rapidly, sometimes multiple times per day. Today, Fonda Speedway received a call regarding our future events starting with the ‘One Wild Wednesday’ tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 15).
 
New York State officials, led by Governor Cuomo, have informed Montgomery County that Fonda Speedway may not utilize the Infield Drive-In (or the Grandstands) for any events until regulations change. With that said, we must restrict tomorrow’s event, and any other upcoming races, to the pit area ONLY and online viewing via Dirt Track Digest TV.
 
The spike of cases in Montgomery County, outlined on Monday, was a contributing factor to this decision.
 
Please do not take this announcement as a negative toward Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort or Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith. Our local officials have gone above and beyond to support Fonda Speedway and we’ve been fortunate to host several high-profile events as a result of their hard work and dedication to the speedway and the fairgrounds. This directive comes from the Democratic Party at the state level.
 
Despite the last-minute change, we ARE STILL RACING on Wednesday, July 15 with our scheduled ‘One Wild Wednesday’ program. It is only fair to the teams who have prepared for this event and adjusted their schedules to support the show. You can watch the event online at the following link: https://dirttrackdigest.tv/videos/8946
 
The latest restrictions may lead to adjustments in the remainder of the schedule. With only the pit area open, it is financially impossible to continue with regular Saturday night racing. We take pride in paying some of the best purses in New York State to our drivers and it is not in our plans to lower them or charge our racers high pit gate fees. The damage done to our racers’ budgets will last far longer than the COVID pandemic by dropping purses and raising admission prices.
 
With that said, the upcoming schedule will be reviewed and posted shortly. Please be patient as we work together to keep racing going at the Track of Champions.
 
We understand that you are angry. We are too! Take a moment to contact the Governor’s office and let them know your feelings (politely): http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact
 
And once again, YES, we are racing on Wednesday, July 15 open only to the pit area and Pay-Per-View. An update on this Saturday will be posted in the near future.
 
Thank you for your support and remember to vote! Elections have consequences and we are feeling them now.

After Saturday Rain, Fonda Speedway Fires Up ‘One Wild Wednesday’ THIS Wednesday, July 15

FONDA, NY – After a wet Saturday forced the cancelation of the regularly scheduled program at Fonda Speedway, the management team of the ‘Track of Champions’ called an audible and scheduled a ‘Wild Wednesday’ make-up program for THIS Wednesday night, July 15.

The non-points event will feature three divisions: the speedway’s Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks in ‘open’ events.

Sunoco Modifieds will battle 30 laps for $4,000 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to take the green flag under a draw/redraw format.

The annual Pro Stock Hondo Classic – a bucket list event for drivers in the division – had been scheduled for this past Saturday but will now take place Wednesday allowing competitors from all neighboring speedways the opportunity to compete.

All drivers are welcome. A draw will determine heat races. American Racer or Hoosier tires are permitted.

Speedway management has posted a $1,000 winner’s share for the event and $75 to take the green.

Hondo Classic organizer Kelly Keefe has gone above and beyond to sweeten the pot for drivers as well. All 29 laps of the main event have been sponsored for a total of $1,088.98.

Position bonuses, from first through 24th, are worth $1,049 cash.

Special award money ($425) and heat-race money will also be distributed.

Crate 602 Sportsman complete the tripleheader in a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start with a draw/redraw format.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6:45 p.m. Racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstands will be closed for this event per regulations of New York State.

This event will be streamed LIVE on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

The infield Drive-In will be open on a first-come, first-served basis (no pre-registration required). The fee is $60 per vehicle and includes four limited participant passes. A concession stand will be open in the infield.

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

The turn-four open bleachers will be available for pit area attendees to social distance and view the night’s racing. Main grandstands, as previously stated, will be closed.

Next Saturday (July 18) will feature the rescheduled Sampson Motorcar/Yellow Transportation Night with Sunoco Modifieds, Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman, Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks and Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds in action.

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 on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

Fonda Speedway Announces “One Wild Wednesday” for July 15 – Cure Your Rain Blues!

The Cure for Your Weekend Rain-Out Blues…One Wild Wednesday

This WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JULY 15 at Fonda Speedway

Sunoco Modifieds – $4,000 to win, $500 for 10th, $250 to start – 30 laps

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman – $1,000 to win, $100 to start – 25 laps

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Hondo Classic – $1,000 to win, $75 to start – 29 laps (American Racer or Hoosiers permitted)

Open Draw – Non-Points Event – Fonda Speedway Rules Apply

Streamed LIVE on DirtTrackDigest.tv – Infield Drive-In Open ($60 per vehicle includes four Limited Participant Passes) – Grandstand Closed

Gates: 4:30 p.m. – Hot Laps: 6:45 p.m. – Racing: 7:30 p.m.

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

SAMPSON MOTORCAR AND YELLOW TRANSPORTATION PRESENT RACING ACTION AT FONDA ON SATURDAY, JULY 11

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 11 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar and Yellow Transportation present a racing card headlined by the 15th Annual “Hondo Classic” for the Algonkin Pro Stocks paying a minimum of $1,000 to win!

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 four-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, & 2017 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 Limited Sportsman, the Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, and the Four Cylinder Cruisers.

The Infield Drive-In will be open on Saturday, July 11 ($60, first-come, first-served, includes four limited participant passes) or you can watch all the action on Dirt Track Digest TV pay per view.

*The Grandstands will be closed for this event!

Pit Gate admission is: $30.00 for Fonda Members and $35.00 for Fonda Non-Members.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

FONDA SPEEDWAY HISTORY FOR THE WEEK OF 7/11

Five years ago, on 7/11/2015 the winners at Fonda were Bobby Varin (Modified), Mark Mortensen (Crate 602 Sportsman), Kenny Gates (Pro Stock), Johnny Young (Street Stock), Ken Hollenback (Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Ten years ago, on 7/10/2010 the winners at Fonda were Ryan Odasz (Modified), Luke Munroe (Open Sportsman), Chip Smith (Hondo Classic for Pro Stocks), Chuck McSpirit (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), Jeremiah Munson (Crate 602 Sportsman).

Fifteen years ago, on 7/9/2005 the winners at Fonda were Butchie Irwin (Pro Stock), Rocky Warner (Street Stock), George Catanzano (IMCA), and Jeff Richards (Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modifieds). The Modified and Open Sportsman events were both rain delayed.

Twenty years ago on 7/8/2000 the winners at Fonda were Dave Lape (Modified), Mike Frasier (Open Sportsman), Rob Noviczski (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock “A”), Dave Horning Jr. (Street Stock “B”)< George Catanzano (IMCA), and Laurie Fallis (Powder Puff).

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 on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 7/5/2020

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION FIRECRACKER 50 MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-LAPS – $10,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Michael Maresca, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Matt Sheppard, David Schilling, Mike Gular, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Josh Hohenforst, Andy Bachetti, Brian Pessolano, Peter Britten, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Creeden, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Brian Calabrese, JR Hurlburt, Brian Gleason, Allison Ricci, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Rocky Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 McAuliffe, 13-50 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Decker, Stewart Friesen, McAuliffe, Hohenforst, DeLorenzo

Consolation event winners – Dippel, Creeden

Did not qualify – Darwin Greene, Danny Tyler, Danny Carlough, Rich Christman, Scott Huber, Billy VanPelt, Blake Schwarting, Roger Henion, Ricky Davis, Kailee Dimorier, Joseph Judge, Dylan Scribner, Anthony Perrego, Jeff Heotzler

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) NORTH REGION CRATE 602 SERIES – 30-LAPS – $2,000 TO WIN – CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Calabrese, Matt Meade, Ricky Quick, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Mike Ballestero, JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Robert Bublak, Cody Clark, Griffen Mansmith, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, David Manchester, Charlie Tibbitts, Thomas VanVorst, Anthony Cardamone, Blaine Klinger, Michael McCallion, Robbie Knipe, Joseph Coppola, Don Bellen, David Dickey, Tim Dwyer, Nick Plumstead, Jamie Yannone

Lap leaders – 1-2 Meade, 3-25 Edwards

Heat race winners – Meade, Mansmith, Calabrese, Ballestero

Consolation event winner – Tibbitts

Did not qualify – Scott Zehnacker, Daniel Morgewicz, EJ McAuliffe, Matt Sobiech, Patt Mann

FRIESEN AND STONE GO THREE FOR FOUR IN 2020 AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, The Recovery Sports Grill presented a Red, White, & Blue Special racing program in honor of Independence Day. When the final checkered flags flew on the racing activities Stewart Friesen was the winner of the $4,000 to win Sunoco Modified feature while Nick Stone was the winner of $1,776 as the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature winner.

Friesen has won every event he has raced in at Fonda in 2020, last weeks racing at Fonda being the exception as he had prior commitments which kept him away. Stone is also the winner of three out of four events so far in 2020, with his only defeat of the season coming a couple of weeks ago.

Other winners on Saturday evening at Fonda were Cody Clark in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Dylan Eldred in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, Jason Samrov in the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks, Joe Trudeau (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Antique), Kyle Hoard (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Modified), Mike Francisco (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Sportsman), and John Roese (Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Replica Late Model).

DTD TV presented the racing activities live on pay per view while Stephanie May sung a great rendition of the National Anthem to celebrate July 4th.

Harry Shaffer was the winner of the 50/50 worth $1,458!

At the intermission Farmers Insurance threw out some goodies to the fans in the grandstand, thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway.

Joe Kriss threw the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified main event with the yellow out before the field reached turn one when Michael Maresca and Pep Corradi were connected together just outside of turn four with one car on top of the others front end. Both cars were able to continue at the rear of the field.

Craig Hanson led on the second attempt to get the event going from his outside front row starting position with Roger Henion Jr. and Sunoco Modified Rookie Adam McAuliffe in tow. Larry Wight and Stewart Friesen started the event back in the sixth row and came to the front together, Wight in the top five at the lap 12 point in the event with Friesen right behind him in sixth.

Lap traffic came in to play for the leaders at that point with Hanson, McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Henion, and Wight completing the top five. Friesen went in between both Wight and a lap car to take away the fifth position on lap 13 and one lap later he also got by Henion for the fourth position.

The top three of Hanson, McAuliffe, and Hohenforst pulled away from the rest of the field until lap 14 when both BBL Companies team cars of Matt DeLorenzo and Brian Gleason suffered flat tires bringing out the caution flag. On the restart both Friesen and Wight moved up to the third and fourth positions with Friesen able to also get by McAuliffe for the second spot.

On the inside of turn four on lap 16, Friesen was able to take the lead away from Hanson and from that point on the race was for the second spot as Friesen pulled away to a big lead. Wight took the third position away from McAuliffe on lap 19 and one lap later he also got by Hanson for the second position while Friesen was out to a six second advantage over the rest of the field.

Attention turned to Jessica Friesen at that point as she started the event in the 10th position but moved into the fourth spot on lap 21. Three laps later she was the new third place car after getting by Hanson for the spot. Stewart Friesen was running so high in turns one and two that he was almost hitting the wall with his right rear with one final caution out with three laps to go for Sunoco Modified Rookie Rich Christman who suffered a right rear flat tire.

Stewart Friesen led on the restart and led the remaining laps for his third win of the season and the 63rd of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Halmar sponsored #44 Bicknell powered by Billy the Kid Engines. Wight, Jessica Friesen, Hanson, and defending Sunoco Modified Track Champion Rocky Warner completed the top five in the event.

“You could race all over the track tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane as his son Parker did a dance on the roof with the checkered flag in hand. “It’s nice to see fans back here at Fonda tonight and great to see Jess get a great third place finish. Thanks to my Halmar team for all their hard work on these two Modifieds. It is truly a team effort.”

Dan Santabarbara led at the start of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Thomas VanVorst in tow after starting third. Fourth place starter and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Rookie competitor EJ McAuliffe took the second spot away from VanVorst on lap four and two laps later nosed ahead of Santabarbara at the finish line to lead lap six.

On lap nine the caution was out for Brian Calabrese who lost a left front tire and drove to the infield out of harms way. He then drove back on the track on the backstretch to get the caution flag to fly slowing the field for the first time in the event. On the restart, sixth place starter Cody Clark took over the race lead and at the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Clark, McAuliffe, VanVorst, 12th place starter Chad Edwards, and Santabarbara.

Clark’s straightaway advantage closed with the caution out on lap 17 for Tony Farone who suffered a left rear flat. On the restart the caution flew again for a four-car wreck in turn two involving Santabarbara, Nick Scavia, Michael McCallion, and Brendan Gibbons. The restart was single file this time with Clark able to hold off the challenges of Edwards to take the victory in the Upstate Motorsports #4 Teo car for his first win of the season and the eighth of his career in the division over Edwards, VanVorst, Tucker O’Connor, and JaMike Sowle.

Van Vorst was disqualified in post-race inspection moving Defending Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Track Champion Tim Hartman Jr. into the top five.

“We’ve been struggling,” Clark told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “But we’ve been doing our homework and been on the phone to a lot of different people about it as well. This is our first victory lane with our daughter Maelynn Alivia, so this is a special one for sure.”

Heat race events qualified the field for the first time in 2020 in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event with Dylan Eldred leading at the start. Just after lap one was completed, the red flag was out for Carter Gibbons who flipped his car in between turns one and two with a couple of other cars also involved. All drivers were okay after the incident.

On the restart, Eldred continued to lead with Spencer Rapp the new second place car after starting fifth. The yellow was out again on lap three for Bill Port who came to a stop on the backstretch and on this restart Stephen Gray was the new third place car after starting 15th while two time winner in 2020 Brett Mortensen also made his way into the top five after starting ninth.

Eldred pulled away to a big lead by the lap eight point in the event with the best race on track being the one for the second spot between Rapp, Gray, and Mortensen. The final yellow of the event was out on lap 12 when something broke in the left front of Mortensen’s car ending his great run. The yellow was out again on the restart when Gray spun his car in turn two while running third but it was Eldred who led the rest of the way after the restart as he captured his second career win in the division.

Rapp, John Young, Clayton DuMond, and Yule Cook completed the top five in the event. Horti-Care Landscaping Services paid out a $100 bonus to the winner and a $50 bonus to the second through fifth place finishers so thanks to them for their support of the Fonda Speedway.

The 25-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature began with Chuck Dumblewski leading at the drop of the green flag with Jason Morrison in tow after they started the event on the front row. Defending Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Track Champion Luke Horning started the event in the 10th position and was in the top five on lap three with 12th place starter Nick Stone right behind Horning in the sixth position.

Just as Stone got by Horning for a spot in the top five, Devon Camenga moved past Morrison for the second spot. Stone continued to pass cars at will, taking the third position away from Morrison on lap eight and two laps later the second spot away from Camenga. The top four of Dumblewski, Stone, Camenga, and Horning were together racing for the lead on lap 12 with Dumblewski and Stone racing side by side for the lead.

Stone was working the inside groove while Dumblewski stayed on the outside but it was the inside groove that was the place to be as Stone took over the lead on the inside of turns three and four on lap 13. Horning took over the second position on lap 16 after getting by Dumblewski but Stone was a straightaway ahead with a clear track ahead of him as he went on to his third win of the season and the 49th of his career in the division at Fonda over Horning, Dumblewski, Camenga, and 11th place starter Josh Coonradt.

“This track has been different almost every time we get on it, but we’ve been hitting the setup each time,” Stone said. “Tonight, I just kept the car straight and went for it.”

Defending Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock Track Champion Jason Samrov was the winner of the 15-lap Street Stock feature event on Saturday after leading every lap of the event for his first win of the season and the 14th of his career in the division over Al Relyea, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov, and Lou Gancarz.

Tonight, Sunday July 5 the $10,000 “Firecracker 50” for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series North Region will take place at the Fonda Speedway. The event was rained out last Wednesday evening and will also consist of a STSS Sportsman event paying $2,000 to the winner. Racing begins on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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.

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 on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – $4,000 TO WIN – STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Jessica Friesen, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Michael Maresca, Josh Hohenforst, Matt DeLorenzo, Adam McAuliffe, Dave Constantino, David Schilling, Danny Varin, Mike Gular, Roger Henion Jr., Jeff Heotzler, Devin Willis, Kailee Dimorier, Rich Christman, Tyler Dippel, Brian Gleason, Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Pep Corradi, Blake Schwarting, Brian Calabrese, Scott Huber, Brian Pessolano (DNS), Don Bellen (DNS), Dylan Scribner (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Hanson, 16-30 Stewart Friesen

Heat race winners – Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Tucker O’Connor, JaMike Sowle, Tim Hartman Jr., Joe Williams, Kevin Chaffee, EJ McAuliffe, Tim Dwyer, Charlie Tibbitts, Brian Borst, David Manchester, Anthony Cardamone, Ricky Quick, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Aaron Jacobs, Kathy Bellen, Scott Zehnaker, Dana Camenga, Mark Mortensen, Dan Santabarbara, Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Brian Calabrese, Griffen Mansmith, Kurtis Hohensheldt (DNS), Thomas VanVorst (DQ)

Lap leaders – 1-5 Santabarbara, 6-9 McAuliffe, 10-25 Clark

Heat race winners – Mortensen, Santabarbara, McAuliffe

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – DYLAN ELDRED, Spencer Rapp, John Young, Clayton DuMond, Yule Cook, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Warren, Stephen Gray, Brett Mortensen, Harold Robitaille, Bill Port, Carter Gibbons, Ted Star, Jeff Lutes (DNS)

Lap leaders – 1-15 Eldred

Heat race winners – Eldred, Rapp

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 25-LAPS – $1,776 TO WIN – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Bill Knapp, Randy Cosselman, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Rich Crane, Andy Graves, Jim Normoyle, David Emigh, Tanner Warner, Steve Cosselman, Don Collins, Jamie Warner

Lap leaders – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-25 Stone

Heat race winners – Knapp, Randy Cosselman

ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – JASON SAMROV, Al Relyea, Dave Horning Sr., Josh Samrov, Lou Gancarz, Michael Arnold, Matt Mosher, Jason Barrett

Lap leaders – 1-15 Jason Samrov

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – 12-LAPS – JOE TRUDEAU, Jimmy Fugel, Jon Marks, Brian Scofield, Chuck Scofield, Frank Blanchard, Mike Wheeler, Mike Cole, Ed Docskalik, Stew Padasso, Mark Reardon, Jon Trudeau, Larry Hoyt, Harley Sheppard, Mike Gray, Don Wells

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES REPLICA FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KYLE HOARD (MODIFIED), John Flach, Jon Kuleszo, Merv Blackwell, Randy Delaney, Darral Hulbert, Stanley Wetmore, Mike Francisco (SPORTMAN), Frank Hoard, Mark Hahn, Dave Charczuk, Brian Gray, Gene Wrightstone, Mike Hotaling, John Constantino, Carl Cram, John Roese (LATE MODEL), Scott Gauthier, Will Reed, Adam Warner, George Palmer, Curtis Condon, Joe Millington, Stephon Denton, Dan Wood

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