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$14,000 Weekend: Big Sunoco Modified Cash on the Line Saturday & Sunday at Fonda Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – $14,000 weekend.

Fonda Speedway celebrates the Independence Day weekend with two races totaling $14,000 to win over the two-day stretch.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco heads to the ‘Track of Champions’ for the fourth edition of the ‘Firecracker 50.’

STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds take the stage on Sunday, July 3 for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders North Region.

Fonda Speedway plays host to its fifth STSS event in the last four years, with the sixth event coming this September for the ‘Fonda 200.’

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen remains undefeated in STSS competition at Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the ‘Firecracker 50,’ plus the 2021 ‘Fonda 200,’ which fell under STSS sanctioning.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the River Valley Builders North Region into Fonda Speedway, holding a 40-point advantage over Canadian Mat Williamson.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the holiday weekend special for Round No. 4 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region paying $2,000 to win.

Cream Ridge, N.J.’s Steve Davis maintains a 39-point advantage ahead of Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green.

A huge fireworks display will take place as well.

The prior day – Saturday, July 2 – Fonda Speedway hosts the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series, a six-race mini-series between Fonda and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedway.

The Modifieds race for 30-laps and a $4,000 payday, totaling the Modified winner earnings for the weekend to $14,000 with bonuses and contingency awards to be added in as well.

The entire weekend of racing, along with every STSS and Fonda Speedway race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).

Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068. Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow the speedway on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.

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

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.

 

GLEASON GETS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED WIN AT FONDA IN A NIGHT OF FIRST TIME WINNERS AT THE “TRACK OF CHAMPIONS”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway was a night of firsts with three first time winners in the five regular divisions that compete on a weekly basis. Brian Gleason became the 138th different driver to win in the Sunoco Modified division at Fonda in the 1407 total feature events run since 1948.

“This is a long time overdue,” Gleason told Mimi Lazzaro in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “I’m glad it’s over and I’m glad to finally get a win here, now we can move on to the second one. I’m very fortunate to have some great people behind me, Mike DeLorenzo is one of the best crew chiefs in the pit area and I’m thrilled to get him up here with me. It’s a great team effort and carrying the family name KJG Motorsports on the quarter panels really means a lot. Dan Bedell built me a great big block and Bicknell builds a great race car.”

Jason Morrison became the 98th different winner in the 740 total feature events held since the early eighties with his first career win in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division. “Nick Stone has built an awesome car,” Morrison said in victory lane after his win. “These coil cars are fantastic.”

Bob Rowback was the other first-time winner on Saturday evening in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division. Rowback was the 41st different winner in a total of 97 feature events run in the division since 2012. “I’ve been coming here to Fonda for 30 years,” a very emotional Rowback said in victory lane. “My family is here, my mom is here, this is a very emotional moment for me.”

Other winners on A-Verdi Storage Containers Night at the “Track of Champions” were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinders), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinders), and Danny Varin (Earl Halaquist Memorial Patriot Sprint Car).

As of the time this press release was written the 50/50 which was worth $2,391 has not been claimed so check your tickets if you still have them! As always thank you for a great job on a very hot night by our 50/50 girls Rose, Julie, and Heather!

Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer during opening ceremonies while Calleigh McMahon did a great job performing the National Anthem before the nights racing action began on a very hot evening at Fonda

Jack Lehner led at the start of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature in the Nelson Motorsports #85 with Nick Heywood in tow after both started the event on the front row. Ronnie Johnson who was in a brand new DKM Fabrications #2RJ started the event in the fifth position and by lap four he was the new second place car behind Lehner who was a half straightaway ahead at that point.

On lap eight lap traffic came in to play allowing Johnson to close in on Lehner with Lehner using the lap car as a pick to maintain the lead for a couple more laps. On lap ten, Johnson was the new race leader with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Johnson, Lehner, Heywood, Bobby Varin, and Brian Geason who started in the eighth position.

On lap 17, Johnson held a straightaway advantage while Gleason continued his march to the front, getting by Heywood for the third position with only nine laps to go. Three late race yellow flags affected the final outcome of the race starting on lap 24 when Lehner slowed in turn one while running second.

Johnson chose the inside lane on the restart, but it was Gleason who was in the second position at the time who took over the lead at that point. “I was a little nervous on the outside on the restart,” Gleason said afterwards. “I was trying not to spin my tires. I drag raced Ronnie to the flag stand, and I said okay we’ve got something here and I was able to clear him.”

Two more caution flags flew before the completion of the event, one with four laps to go and another on the restart but each time Gleason prevailed and held the advantage over Johnson. There were two drivers who were on the move during the event, one being Danny Varn who had just won the Patriot Sprint Car race with his self-owned #01 car and Demetrious Drellos who started the event in the 26th position after problems with his car during his heat race.

Varin was up to the third position on the last restart of the event after starting in the tenth starting spot while Drellos swung around multiple cars in the final laps to gain positions into the fourth position on the final lap. Gleason went on to his first career win in the KJG Motorsports #1G over Johnson, Danny Varin, Drellos, and Bobby Varin.

“I didn’t really know where I weas running, I was just trying to pick off as many cars as I could,” Gleason said in victory lane. “When the #85 (Lehner) broke I didn’t realize that he was running second and I was third. Those yellows at the end were really killing me but I’m glad that it is over.”

Five caution flags slowed the field during the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Jeremy Tyrrell leading at the start of the event with Carter Gibbons second after they both started on the front row. Brett Mortensen started the event in the fifth position and made a three wide move around both Brendan Gibbons and Michael McCallion for the third position on lap three and one lap later Mortensen got by Tim Dwyer for the second spot.

Tyrrell was a half straightaway ahead at that point but that changed quickly after Troy Palmer got into Carter Gibbons and spun him out on the backstretch bringing out the caution. Palmer was put back to the rear of the field on the restart for his actions. On the restart, Tyrrell jumped the start and then slowed down suddenly on the front stretch with Tim Dwyer suddenly turning to the right causing a scary wreck when Michael McCallion went over one of Dwyer’s tires, flipped over several times, and ended up between the concrete wall and the catch fence in turn one also taking out one of the track lights and bringing out the red flag. Fortunately, McCallion was not injured in the wreck.

On this restart, Mortensen cleared Tyrrell coming out of turn two to take over the lead, holding a straightaway advantage over Tyrrell by the time the lap counter switched to lap ten. Eleventh place starter Chad Edwards took the second spot away from Tyrrell at that point, just before the caution came out for Brendan Gibbons who suffered a right front flat after contact from another car in turn two.

On two consecutive restarts, Mortensen chose the outside and maintained the lead until a caution on lap 16 slowed the field again. On this restart, Mortensen maintained the lead until turn four when Edwards got by on the inside and slid up in front of Mortensen to maintain his position. On the final restart with four laps to go, Edwards stayed out front while 15th place starter Payton Talbot got by Mortensen for second with a slide job pass with Edwards going on to his fifth win of the season followed by Talbot, Mortensen, Chip Constantino, and 18th place starter Tanner Warner.

“Brett (Mortensen) ran a perfect race, I knew that my only shot to get him was on a restart,” Edwards said in victory lane. “I knew I’d have to give him a little slide job in three and four, it stuck into turns one and two and I just got enough to get by him. From there I took his line away and that was it.”

Chuck Dumblewski led the first four laps of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature after starting on the outside pole with fourth place starter Jason Morrison in second place with both running side by side for the lead on laps two and three. Dumblewski held on to the lead after the two wide action with Morrison until lap five when Morrison got by Dumblewski for the lead on the inside of turns three and four.

Ivan Joslin and Beau Ballard were the new second and third place cars on lap eleven after both were able to get by Dumblewski with eleventh place starter Nick Stone also getting by for the fourth position on the next lap. Morrison led the remaining laps and went on to his first career victory at in the division at Fonda followed in the top five by Stone who got the second spot on the final lap, Joslin, Ballard, and Dumblewski.

“These coil cars are fantastic, Morrison said after the win. “I know we’re having some ups and downs with them, but they are here to stay no doubt.”

Bob Rowback led all fifteen laps in the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature, surviving two yellow flags and a challenge on the final lap from Kyle Dingman for his first career win in the Yesse Did It sponsored #85R over twelfth place starter Dingman, ninth place starter Josh Kane, eight place starter Zach Dufel, and seventh place starter Mark Lighthall.

John Napoli led the first two laps of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature until Ken Hollenback took control of the event on lap three and led the remaining laps for his tenth win of the season. Kerrie Hollenback was second and declared the DOHC winner with the top five at the checkered flag consisting of Napoli, Len St. Andrews, and Zach McSpirit.

Danny Varin led the last twenty-eight laps of the 30-lap Earl Halaquist Memorial event for the Patriot Sprint Cars after Matt Tanner led the first two laps of the event. The win for Varin was his third win in the Halaquist Memorial event after winning it back in 2017 and 2018.

“This win is all due to the great team we built over the winter,” Varin said in victory lane. “There are a lot of people behind the scenes including Pete Mason and 87 Speed Supply owner and car builder Ryan Linder who built this car and the rest of my crew and sponsors as well.”

Next weekend on July 2 and July 3 will be a double header weekend at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway with events on both Saturday and Sunday as we celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend!

On Saturday it will be Hall of Fame Night with the induction ceremonies starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Fonda Speedway Museum & Hall of Fame. Inductees for 2022 include drivers AJ Romano, Tim Clemons, and Steve Welch along with car owner Jeff McWalker. Also receiving the Bruce Dostal Memorial Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award will be Alton & Carole Palmer and the Canajoharie Eagles Club.

Racing on Saturday will include Thunder on the Thruway Series events for the Sunoco Modified, Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks along with all other regular divisions and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will also be holding their annual “Bike Night” on Saturday so any race teams or anyone else who would like to donate a bike you can bring it to Ashley Abeling at gate two at the east end of the covered grandstand.

Then on Sunday the Short Track Super Series (STSS) will present the “Firecracker 50” a 50-lap event for the Sunoco Modifieds with $10,000 going to the winner. Also in action will be the STSS Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman who will be running for a $2,000 winners share. A huge Fireworks display will close out the evening with racing beginning at 7:15 p.m.

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

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

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

DATE – 6/25/2022 A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – BRIAN GLEASON, Ronnie Johnson, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Nick Heywood, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, JaMike Sowle, Tucker O’Connor, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Ryan Odasz, Scott Huber, Ray Zemken, Roger Henion Jr., Ed Harris, Jim Introne Jr., Jack Lehner, Bill August, Darwin Greene, Don Bellen

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Gleason

LAP LEADERS – 1-9 Lehner, 10-24 Johnson, 25-30 Gleason

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Lehner, DeLorenzo

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Payton Talbot, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Troy Zilles, Stephen Gray, Nick Stone, Tim Dwyer, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory White, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Reome, Tony Farone, Troy Palmer, Brendan Gibbons, Carter Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Greg Havlichek (DNS), Harry Shaffer (DNS)

5th win of 2022 and 18th of his career in the division at Fonda for Edwards who is now second on the all-time win list with 18 wins with two other drivers currently tied for first place

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Tyrrell, 6-16 Brett Mortensen, 17-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Edwards, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot +13 from 15th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JASON MORRISON, Nick Stone, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Jim Normoyle, Luke Horning, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, John Holmes, Jeff McPhail, Don Collins, Dillon Vanston, Josh Coonradt (DNS)

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Morrison

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Chuck Dumblewski, 5-20 Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – BOB ROWBACK, Kyle Dingman, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Mark Lighthall, Walter Cook, Tim Deffer, Bob Fachini, Lance Hill, Gus Kamburelis, John Anderson, Matt Perry, Harold Robitaille, Connor Prokop, Ryan Sweet, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff (DQ)

1st career win in the division for Rowback

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Rowback

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Rowback, Cook

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Len St. Andrews, Zach McSpirit, TJ Marlitt, Wayne Russell, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten

10th win of 2022 and the 78th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

7th win of 2022 and the 28th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

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

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL FEATURE – 30-laps – DANNY VARIN, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Davie Franek, Dalton Rombough, Joe Trenca, Denny Peebles, Jonathan Preston, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, Chad Miller, Steve Glover, Dave Axton, Chase Moran, Andrew Jacobus, Brett Wright, Tyler Emmons, Aaron Jacobus, Jordan Hutton (DNS), Jordan Thomas (DNS), Dave Dykstra (DNS), Jacob Dykstra (DNS), Jeff Trombley (DNS)

1st career Patriot Sprint Tour win at Fonda for Varin

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Tanner, 3-30 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Tanner, Peebles, Varin

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/25/2022

DATE – 6/25/2022 A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – BRIAN GLEASON, Ronnie Johnson, Danny Varin, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Matt DeLorenzo, Chris Curtis, Nick Heywood, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Jessica Friesen, JaMike Sowle, Tucker O’Connor, David Schilling, Brian Pessolano, Ryan Odasz, Scott Huber, Ray Zemken, Roger Henion Jr., Ed Harris, Jim Introne Jr., Jack Lehner, Bill August, Darwin Greene, Don Bellen

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Gleason

LAP LEADERS – 1-9 Lehner, 10-24 Johnson, 25-30 Gleason

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Lehner, DeLorenzo

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Payton Talbot, Brett Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Clayton DuMond, Jason Greco, Troy Zilles, Stephen Gray, Nick Stone, Tim Dwyer, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Cory White, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jason Reome, Tony Farone, Troy Palmer, Brendan Gibbons, Carter Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Greg Havlichek (DNS), Harry Shaffer (DNS)

5th win of 2022 and 18th of his career in the division at Fonda for Edwards

LAP LEADERS – 1-5 Tyrrell, 6-16 Brett Mortensen, 17-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Brett Mortensen, Edwards, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot +13 from 15th to 2nd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – JASON MORRISON, Nick Stone, Ivan Joslin, Beau Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Jim Normoyle, Luke Horning, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Gary Silkey, Randy Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, John Holmes, Jeff McPhail, Don Collins, Dillon Vanston, Josh Coonradt (DNS)

1st career win in the division at Fonda for Morrison

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Chuck Dumblewski, 5-20 Morrison

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Chuck Dumblewski

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – BOB ROWBACK, Kyle Dingman, Josh Kane, Zach Dufel, Mark Lighthall, Walter Cook, Tim Deffer, Bob Fachini, Lance Hill, Gus Kamburelis, John Anderson, Matt Perry, Harold Robitaille, Connor Prokop, Ryan Sweet, Michael Kalkbrenner, Wesley Sutliff (DQ)

1st career win in the division for Rowback

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Rowback

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Rowback, Cook

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Len St. Andrews, Zach McSpirit, TJ Marlitt, Wayne Russell, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten

10th win of 2022 and the 78th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

7th win of 2022 and the 28th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

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

PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR EARL HALAQUIST MEMORIAL FEATURE – 30-laps – DANNY VARIN, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Davie Franek, Dalton Rombough, Joe Trenca, Denny Peebles, Jonathan Preston, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, Chad Miller, Steve Glover, Dave Axton, Chase Moran, Andrew Jacobus, Brett Wright, Tyler Emmons, Aaron Jacobus, Jordan Hutton (DNS), Jordan Thomas (DNS), Dave Dykstra (DNS), Jacob Dykstra (DNS), Jeff Trombley (DNS)

1st career Patriot Sprint Tour win at Fonda for Varin

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Tanner, 3-30 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Tanner, Peebles, Varin

A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS PRESENTS THE PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR PLUS ALL REGULAR DIVISIONS AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 25

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action this Saturday, June 25 for the final racing program in the month of June with all regular divisions along with the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360-Sprint cars. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00.

Regular divisions in action on A-Verdi Storage Containers Night will include the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) made their first appearance at the “Track of Champions” back on 5/28/2016 with Stewart Friesen winning that event. Since then, the PST has made five more appearances with no driver winning more than one feature event. The winners of those five events were Davie Franek, Jared Zimbardi, Jordan Poirier, Josh Pieniazek, and Paulie Colagiovanni who won in the PST’s last appearance at Fonda back on 6/26/2021.

So far in 2022, the PST has run a total of three events with Davie Franek (Outlaw Speedway), Jason Schultz (Selinsgrove Speedway), and Danny Varin (Utica Rome Speedway) winning those events. Varin will be doing double duty on Saturday at Fonda in both his self-owned #01 Sprint Car along with the Ed Monger owned, Magsarus #93 Modified. Currently Franek is the point leader on the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) coming into Fonda this Saturday.

Last Saturday, June 18 was a special night for three drivers at the Fonda Speedway, Dave Constantino, Chad Edwards, and Luke Horning.

Constantino was the winner of the Sunoco Modified feature for his first win of the 2022 season and the second of his career in the division at Fonda with the first win coming back on 5/4/2019. Constantino also has one career Open Sportsman feature win at Fonda back on 6/23/2007 to go along with 17 career Crate 602 Sportsman wins, the first one coming back on 7/23/2011 and his final win in the division on 6/17/2017 before moving up to the Modified division. His 17 career Crate 602 Sportsman wins ties him for second on the all-time win list in the division and he also has one Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championship back in 2013.

Chad Edwards scored his fourth win of the 2022 season last Saturday at Fonda in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman division, placing him in a tie for second on the all-time win list in the division with 17, the first win coming back on 5/23/2015 to go along with three Crate 602 Sportsman Track Championships back in 2018, 2020, and last year in 2021. Edwards also has one career Open Sportsman win back on 5/30/2009.

Luke Horning broke the win streak of Nick Stone last Saturday at Fonda in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division scoring his first win of the 2022 season and the 26th of his career in the division with the first win coming back on 6/16/2012. Horning has one Track Championship in the Pro Stock division back in 2019, and before he moved up to the Pro Stock division he had a total of six wins in the Street Stock division, the first one coming back on 7/12/2003 and the last on 5/10/2008 before he moved up to the Pro Stock division.

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

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

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

It’s 𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙆 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 25 on A-Verdi Storage Containers Night.

Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprint Cars

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Grandstand Admission: $18 (Adults) – $16 Seniors (ages 65 and over) – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $85 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-25th-drive-in…/

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

CONSTANTINO SCORES A CONVINCING WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – As Mimi Lazzaro said in victory lane after a very convincing win by Dave Constantino in his Laudy Hoyenga owned #34 DKM Chassis, you never know how Constantino will react in victory lane after a win because “the character this guy has is awesome”. His character and enthusiasm were evident in victory lane again on Saturday evening with a very happy car owner celebrating the big win along with the entire DKM crew.

“It feels like about ten years,” Constantino said in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane about the time since his last win at Fonda which was on 5/4/2019. “I needed this real bad. I’m getting too fat to do roof dances, but I have to thank Laudy (car owner Laudy Hoyenga) for hanging with us, we tried some stuff and really struggled here last year but we have our shit together now.”

Other winners on Dirt Track Digest DTD TV/Bill Ag Memorial Night Saturday evening at Fonda were Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Kyle Dingman (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), Kerrie Hollenbeck (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), and Demetrious Drellos (Bill Ag Memorial Modified Elimination Races).

Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer to start the opening ceremonies and Mimi Lazzaro performed the National Anthem to start the nights racing program. Mike from Broadalbin was the winner of the $2,538 50/50 after all the hard work was done by the 50/50 girls Julie Compani, Heather Marr, Rose McLoughlin, and Miss STSS Emilee Mills who was also on hand on Saturday evening!

The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature began with Dave Constantino leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with Chris Curtis in tow. By lap eight, Constantino held a straightaway advantage and was in lap traffic with sixth place starter Rocky Warner getting by Curtis for the second spot one lap later.

Just as Warner would close in on Constantino in lap traffic, Constantino would stretch out his lead all over again after he cleared the lap cars, in a back-and-forth kind of battle. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Constantino, Warner, Curtis, ninth place starter Demetrious Drellos, and tenth place starter Ronnie Johnson.

Brian Gleason brought out an unnecessary caution with eight laps to go in the event when he came to a stop in turn three. Once the caution was thrown, he drove to the hot pit area and then rejoined the field. Constantino chose the outside for the restart and cleared Warner coming out of turn two and again stretched out his advantage.

“I didn’t know if the car was gonna stick on the restart with Rocky,” Constantino said. “I never lifted, and it went.”

As Constantino stretched out his lead in the closing laps on his way to the victory, the race was for the third position between Curtis and Drellos who swapped the spot numerous times over the final laps. Constantino went on to the win in the DKM Fabrication #34 followed in the top five by Warner, Drellos, Curtis, and Johnson.

“I need to thank Chris Curtis for the shock change tonight,” Constantino added. “Thanks also to Laudy (car owner Laudy Hoyenga) and my crew, I couldn’t do this without them. Also, thanks to Swagger Factory Apparel for designing my new race suit. Sometimes you ask for something crazy and it doesn’t work out, but they did a great job on this suit.”

Clayton DuMond led from his outside pole starting position at the start of the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature. Shortly after lap one was completed, the red flag was out for a multi car wreck in turn two involving Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Joe Williams, Cody Clark, and Chip Constantino, three of those drivers who were in the top five in points at the beginning of the night.

The wreck started when Tim Dwyer came down and made contact with Tyrrell who then came in contact with Mortensen. Mortensen came in contact with one of the tires along the inside of turn two with his front end jumping up in the air after the contact. Tyrrell was next to have his car jump up in the air after he made contact with the inside concrete wall with Mortensen actually going under the Tyrrell car at that point because Tyrrell was so high in the air.

Williams, Clark, and Constantino had nowhere to go and tried their best to avoid the wreck but still suffered damage to all of their cars. Fortunately, all drivers were okay after the wreck.

DuMond held the lead on the restart and was out to a straightaway lead on lap nine with 12th place starter Chad Edwards up to the fifth position on lap ten and three laps later he was the new second place car after getting by Griffen Mansmith. With under ten laps to go, Edwards closed in on DuMond, getting by DuMond for the lead on lap 18 in turn four.

One final caution came out with five laps to go for Mansmith who slowed on the front stretch while running fifth and for Stephen Gray who was in the back stretch wall. Edwards held the lead on the single file restart with 22nd place starter Payton Talbot in the third position with one lap to go. Edwards went on to his fourth win of the season and the 17th of his career in the division in the John Kollar owned #10% followed by DuMond, Talbot, Troy Zilles, and Troy Palmer.

“Last week we finished seventh, our worst finish of the season but still not too bad,” Edwards told Mimi Lazzaro in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “I hit the yuke tire in turn four last week, got a flat tire, and just kind of rode it out. It has been a tough week, I really wanted to win tonight after the unexpected loss of our good friend Kenny Tyler, so we were able to get it done for him and his family.”

The 20-lap Algonkin Motel feature began with Chuck Dumblewski the early leader from his outside pole position start with Jason Morrison second. Dumblewski and Morrison remained side by side at times for the first two laps with fifth place starter Luke Horning making it a three-car race for the lead on lap four with Morrison on the inside, Horning in the middle, and Dumblewski on the outside.

Horning was the new race leader on lap four after the move down the middle of both Morrison and Dumblewski in turn four with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Horning, sixth place starter Kenny Gates, Morrison, Dumblewski, and 11th place starter Nick Stone. In the closing laps Horning was running the outside while Gates was in his familiar spot down low. With three laps to go, Stone was up to the top two making it a three-car race for the lead and the win.

The final caution came out on the final lap for AJ Walters and John Holmes who were stopped after a spin in turn four. On the restart, Horning stayed on the outside while Stone was in the middle and Gates down low coming out of turn four to the checkered flag. Horning was the winner by 0.172 seconds at the line for his first victory of the season and the 26th of his career in the division over Stone, Gates, Morrison, and seventh place starter Beau Ballard.

“When I heard him say 8N in second, I wasn’t sure if that was the way it was gonna end, I might wreck this thing again,” Horning said. “I knew that I was gonna leave early on the restart, even before Joe (starter Joe Kriss) scolded me but I took a chance hoping that Nick (Stone) would leave with me and maybe they would let it go.”

“To have Nick run me clean on that last restart was more than I expected so thanks to him for that,” Horning continued to say. “I don’t agree with everything that Nick is doing but he has done a lot for the Pro Stock class, but I think that it is heading in the wrong direction and don’t agree on the path that we are going in. To break his streak means a lot to me and my crew, we tore this thing up many times this year, but here we are in victory lane again.”

Mark Lighthall led the first four laps of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature event before tenth place starter Kyle Dingman took over the lead on a lap five restart. Dingman went on to his third win of the 2022 season and the fifth of his career over Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis Timmy Wilmot, and Josh Kane.

Ken Hollenbeck started the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event in the eighth position, but it didn’t matter as he was the leader at the completion of lap one and led the remaining laps for his ninth win of the 2022 season and the 77th of his career in the division over Kerrie Hollenbeck, John Napoli, Todd Morey, and Len St. Andrews.

Demetrious Drellos won the seventh annual Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Dash Race over Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, and Matt DeLorenzo. The match races were two lap events for the top five in points as of 6/11/2022 and because of a tie for the fifth position in points there was no wildcard pick.

Round one was won by Varin over DeLorenzo, round two was won by Johnson over Varin, round three was won by Hanson over Johnson, round four was won by Hanson over Warner, and the final round was won by Drellos over Hanson.

“It feels great to be back here in victory lane at Fonda,” Drellos said in victory lane. “Hopefully, we can get another one later on in the regular feature, but it was cool to win $1,000 it was a fun race.”

After being pushed to victory lane for the ceremonies for the Bill Ag event, Drellos said “I gotta figure out what’s wrong with the car, I think I broke the driveshaft, but I rather it happened now than during the regular feature.”

Next Saturday June 25, A-Verdi Storage Containers Night will feature the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360- Sprint Cars along with all other regular divisions in action at the “Track of Champions”.

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

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

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

DATE – DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT – BILL AG MEMORIAL

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Rocky Warner, Demetrious Drellos, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Bailey Boyd, Jason Greco, Nick Heywood (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Constantino

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Varin, Lehner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Clayton DuMond, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brett Mortensen, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Carter Gibbons, Tony Farone, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Anthony Cardamone, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Stephen Gray, Cody Clark, Brendan Gibbons, Tommy D’Angelo, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Joe Williams, Cory White (DNS)

4th win of 2022 and the 17th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 DuMond, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Zilles, Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot 19 positions 22nd to 3rd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Chucky Dumblewski, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, AJ Walters, Gary Silkey, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, John Holmes, Dillon Vanston, Chris Daughtry, Slater baker (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 26th of his career in the division for Horning

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Chuck Dumblewski, 4-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Chuck Dumblewski, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Mark Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Josh Kane, Connor Prokop, Harold Robitaille, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Frank Twing Jr., Cian DiMezza, Brady Cordova, Matt Perry, Zach Dufel, Nate Bedell, Ryan Sweet (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Lighthall, 5-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Lighthall, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBECK (DOHC), John Napoli, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell, Heath Bush, TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten

9th win of 2022 and the 77th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

6th win of 2022 and the 27th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

BILL AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES OVERALL RESULTS – DEMETRIOUS DRELLOS, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #1 – Varin defeats DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #2 – Johnson defeats Varin

MATCH RACE #3 – Hanson defeats Johnson

MATCH RACE #4 – Hanson defeats Warner

MATCH RACE #5 – Drellos defeats Hanson

BILL AG MEMORIAL AWARDS & BONUSES

 

Round 1
Driver #1 – Draw – in Pits – Lane Choice Bobby Varin WINNER
Pick – Draw in Pits Matt DeLorenzo
Round 2
Round 1 Winner Bobby Varin
Pick – Lane Choice Ronnie Johnson WINNER
Round 3
Round 2 Winner Ronnie Johnson
Pick – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Round 4
Round 3 Winner – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Pick Rocky Warner
Round 5
Round 4 Winner Craig Hanson
Pick – Lane Choice Demetrios Drellos WINNER
Fastest Elimination Lap – Overall Demetrios Drellos 18.498
Final Driver 6-10 Tie for 5th
Hot Lap Hero Rocky Warner 18.158
Heats
Heat 1 Winner Nick Heywood
Heat 2 Winner Jack Lehner
Fast Time Heat 1 Nick Heywood 18.284
Fast Time Heat 2 Rocky Warner 18.636
Feature
Lap 1 Leader Dave Constantino
Lap 2 Leader Dave Constantino
3rd on Lap 3 Rocky Warner
8th on Lap 8 Matt DeLorenzo
Lap 11 Leader Dave Constantino
11th on Lap 11 Brian Gleason
Halfway Leader Dave Constantino
6th on Lap 28 Matt DeLorenzo
6th Finish Matt DeLorenzo
7th Finish Craig Hanson
8th Finish Jack Lehner
9th Finish Bobby Varin
10th Finish JaMike Sowle
11th Finish Ryan Odasz
12th Finish Tucker O’Connor
13th Finish Brian Pessolano
14th Finish Rich Christman
15th Finish Jim Intone, Jr.
16th Finish Brian Gleason
Last Car on Lead Lap Tucker O’Connor
1st 1 Lap Down Brian Pessolano
Feature Hard Charger Craig Hanson +8…  15th to 7th
Hard Luck Nick Heywood
Bill Ag Award Brian Pessolano

 

 

 

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/18/2022

DATE – 6/18/2022 DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT – BILL AG MEMORIAL

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Rocky Warner, Demetrious Drellos, Chris Curtis, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Bobby Varin, JaMike Sowle, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Pessolano, Rich Christman, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Gleason, Bailey Boyd, Jason Greco, Nick Heywood (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Constantino

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Varin, Lehner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Clayton DuMond, Payton Talbot, Troy Zilles, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brett Mortensen, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Chip Constantino, Carter Gibbons, Tony Farone, Greg Havlichek, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Anthony Cardamone, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Stephen Gray, Cody Clark, Brendan Gibbons, Tommy D’Angelo, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Joe Williams, Cory White (DNS)

4th win of 2022 and the 17th of his career in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-17 DuMond, 18-25 Edwards

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Zilles, Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot 19 positions 22nd to 3rd

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Jason Morrison, Beau Ballard, Chucky Dumblewski, Josh Coonradt, Jim Normoyle, Ivan Joslin, Randy Cosselman, AJ Walters, Gary Silkey, Caden Dumblewski, Don Collins, John Holmes, Dillon Vanston, Chris Daughtry, Slater baker (DNS)

1st win of 2022 and the 26th of his career in the division for Horning

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Chuck Dumblewski, 4-20 Horning

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Chuck Dumblewski, Morrison

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – KYLE DINGMAN, Mark Lighthall, Gus Kamburelis, Timmy Wilmot, Josh Kane, Connor Prokop, Harold Robitaille, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, John Anderson, Lance Hill, Bob Rowback, Wesley Sutliff, Frank Twing Jr., Cian DiMezza, Brady Cordova, Matt Perry, Zach Dufel, Nate Bedell, Ryan Sweet (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 Lighthall, 5-15 Dingman

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Lighthall, Wilmot

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), John Napoli, Todd Morey, Len St. Andrews, Christopher Jennings Sr., Wayne Russell, Heath Bush, TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten

9th win of 2022 and the 77th of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

6th win of 2022 and the 27th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

BILL AG ELIMINATION MATCH RACES OVERALL RESULTS – DEMETRIOUS DRELLOS, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #1 – Varin defeats DeLorenzo

MATCH RACE #2 – Johnson defeats Varin

MATCH RACE #3 – Hanson defeats Johnson

MATCH RACE #4 – Hanson defeats Warner

MATCH RACE #5 – Drellos defeats Hanson

BILL AG MEMORIAL AWARDS & BONUSES

Round 1
Driver #1 – Draw – in Pits – Lane Choice Bobby Varin WINNER
Pick – Draw in Pits Matt Delorenzo
Round 2
Round 1 Winner Bobby Varin
Pick – Lane Choice Ronnie Johnson WINNER
Round 3
Round 2 Winner Ronnie Johnson
Pick – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Round 4
Round 3 Winner – Lane Choice Craig Hanson WINNER
Pick Rocky Warner
Round 5
Round 4 Winner Craig Hanson
Pick – Lane Choice Demetrios Drellos WINNER
Fastest Elimination Lap – Overall Demetrios Drellos 18.498
Final Driver 6-10 Tie for 5th
Hot Lap Hero Rocky Warner 18.158
Heats
Heat 1 Winner Nick Heywood
Heat 2 Winner Jack Lehner
Fast Time Heat 1 Nick Heywood 18.284
Fast Time Heat 2 Rocky Warner 18.636
Feature
Lap 1 Leader Dave Constantino
Lap 2 Leader Dave Constantino
3rd on Lap 3 Rocky Warner
8th on Lap 8 Matt Delorenzo
Lap 11 Leader Dave Constantino
11th on Lap 11 Brian Gleason
Halfway Leader Dave Constantino
6th on Lap 28 Matt Delorenzo
6th Finish Matt Delorenzo
7th Finish Craig Hanson
8th Finish Jack Lehner
9th Finish Bobby Varin
10th Finish JaMike Sowle
11th Finish Ryan Odasz
12th Finish Tucker O’Connor
13th Finish Brian Pessolano
14th Finish Rich Christman
15th Finish Jim Intone, Jr.
16th Finish Brian Gleason
Last Car on Lead Lap Tucker O’Connor
1st 1 Lap Down Brian Pessolano
Feature Hard Charger Craig Hanson +8…  15th to 7th
Hard Luck Nick Heywood
Bill Ag Award Brian Pessolano

7TH ANNUAL “BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE” THIS SATURDAY JUNE 18 AT FONDA ON DIRT TRACK DIGEST (DTD) TV NIGHT

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This Saturday June 18 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a special night honoring the late Bill Anagnostopoulos will take place as the current top five in Sunoco Modified points will compete in the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” with a lot of money on the line from various sponsors going to the drivers competing in the event.

This event is held in honor of the late Bill Anagnostopulos who was the owner of the Winners Circle, which is a restaurant in Fonda, NY that is located just around the corner from the Fonda Speedway. Bill was a great friend to racing and sponsored many drivers at the speedway through the years. On a typical Saturday evening, he would get away from the restaurant to attend the races at Fonda where he had many friends in both the pit area and the grandstands.

All other regular divisions will also be in action on Saturday, June 18 along with the Sunoco Modifieds including the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fait Four Cylinders. Gates will open to the speedway at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

Typically, the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” feature the top five in Modified points plus a random driver selected from points positions six through ten. Since there is a tie in the Sunoco Modified points top five, there will be no random draw for this year’s elimination event, so the drivers who will be competing in the “Bill Ag Modified Elimination Races” are point leader Matt DeLorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrious Drellos, Bobby Varin, Craig Hanson, and Rocky Warner.

Hanson and Warner are currently tied for the fifth position in the point standings following the June 11 racing program at Fonda and will be the final two drivers participating in the “Bill Ag” event. Thanks to Tom Coughlin there will be a random draw for $100 to one driver in positions six through ten in points, but they will not be eligible for participation in the “Bill Ag” event.

This will be the 7th Annual “Bill Ag Memorial Elimination Match Races” event run at Fonda with past winners including Bobby Varin in 2014, no event in 2015, Ronnie Johnson in 2016 & 2017, Tim Fuller in 2018, Stewart Friesen in 2019, no event in 2020, and Ronnie Johnson again last year in 2021.

Some quotes from the previous winners of the event:

“What an honor to win this race in Bill’s honor,” Ronnie Johnson said after the 2021 event. “Bill was a great guy, and it shows what he meant to everyone as this event is still being held in his honor and supported by so many people. I found a spot in turn two where I could get a good launch and I knew that if I beat everyone to turn three that I would be okay.”

“This is a very special event honoring Bill from the Winners Circle,” Stewart Friesen said in victory lane after his win in 2019. “This is a cool mid-summer special race that has become a big event so thanks to all the sponsors and the organizers for their efforts.”

“When Josh (Hohenforst) got lane choice for the last race I thought that I was in trouble,” Tim Fuller said after his win in 2018. “I was real concerned because he is fast here at Fonda on a heavy track. This event is a little different, it has a lot of pizzazz, and racing needs more of that.”

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

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

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

It’s 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway THIS SATURDAY, June 18 with Dirt Track Digest TV Night.

Bill Ag Sunoco Modified Elimination Match Races – More than $3,000 on the line!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Adult Admission: $11 – Seniors (ages 65 and over): $9 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $60 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/june-18th-drive-in…/

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

2022 BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE SPONSORS

💰💰$3,001 If A Driver Sweeps the Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!

💵💵 $4,001 Total Payout for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race!!!!

🪙🪙$2,250 Total Money for Hot Laps, Heat Races, and Feature Bonuses for The Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Night!!!!

😳😳 $6,251 😳😳

TOTAL MONEY TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON BILL AG MODIFIED ELIMINATION RACE NIGHT

💥💥2022 Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race💥💥

Saturday June 18th at Fonda Speedway

Round 1- $400

$250 Rick and Tom Kietlinski

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 2- $400

$250 Melissa Rava

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

Round 3- $550

$350 Happy Harry and Shelly Shaffer

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$50 George Walker

Round 4- $651

$301 Mike and Alex Jackson

$100 Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving

$100 Jim and Jenny Brewster

$50 Christine Anagnostopulos

$50 Chris and Erin Abele

$50 In Memory of Wayne Hazzard

Round 5- $1K

DirtTrackDigest.tv

(GT Smith, George Smith, Mike Mallet)

$100 1st Driver Eliminated- Mark Siegenthaler

$100 2nd Driver Eliminated- Gary and Cindy Eckerson

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

$100 4th Driver Eliminated- Mimi Lazzaro

$100 5th Driver Eliminated-   Mohawk Valley

Vintage Dirt Modifieds

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

$100 Fastest Elimination Race Lap- Larry Wrobel

$100 First Choice (1st driver picked by a competitor)- CLC Concrete and Excavation/Chad Edwards

$200 Last Man Standing (Last Driver Picked for The Final Round)- Zach Dufel

Oversized Bill Ag Modified Elimination Race Winner’s Check Donated by JK Signworks/Jeff Karabin

🏁🏁Modified Hot Lap, Heat and Feature Bonuses🏁🏁

$100 Hot Lap Hero (Fastest Modified in Hot Laps)- Driven Design & Embroidery

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

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

$100 3rd Heat Race Winner- Al Abele

$100 Leader Lap 1- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Leader Lap 2- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 3rd Place on Lap 3- 33 Race Products LLC

$50 8th Place on Lap 8-Bodie Bellinger

$100 6th Place Modified Feature

In Memory of Ed Keyser and In Honor of All the Dad’s for Supporting Your Local Dirt Track- Carole and Alton Palmer

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

$100 8th Place Modified Feature- Koozie Korner at Fonda Speedway

$100 9th Place Modified Feature- The Furnare Family

$100 10th Place Modified Feature- Romano Family

$100 12th Place Modified Feature in Memory of Wayne Hazzard

$100 13th Place Modified Feature- Driven Design & Embroidery

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

$100 Last Driver on Lead Lap- Friends and Family of Hot Rod Hodge/Dylanne Golas

$100 1st Driver One Lap Down- One Zee Tees/Jessica Friesen

$100 Modified Feature Hard Charger- B&B Dumpster Rentals

$200 Modified Hard Luck Award- Zilles Racing

$200 Bill Ag Award- Christine and Megan Anagnostopulos

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/11/2022

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Heywood, Corradi, Warner

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

 

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Santabarbara, Edwards

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

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



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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Stone

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

 

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Dingman, Dufel

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Race Meet & Greet/Autograph Session

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

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

Mohawk Valley Dirt Modified Racing Series

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

Adult Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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