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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenbeck

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

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 6/4/2022

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner, Costantino, Sowle

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Reome, Calabrese, DuMond

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Morrison

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Hill

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

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

2nd career CRSA win at Fonda for Trombley

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kiser, Sparks, Ruggles

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

Regular divisions competing with the CRSA Sprints this Saturday at Fonda include the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, The Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRSA Sprints – First appearance of 2022!

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Drellos, Stewart Friesen, Varin

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

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

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – LaPlante

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Stone

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Prokop, 8-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Lighthall

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenbeck

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/28/2022

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Drellos, Stewart Friesen, Varin

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

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

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – LaPlante

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gates, Stone

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Prokop, 8-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Prokop, Lighthall

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Ken Hollenback

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

By: Ron Szczerba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES PAST HISTORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

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

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

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

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

By Jim Ellis for the Fonda Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2022 FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Danny Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Corradi, Danny Varin, Heywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Dumblewski

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

1st career win in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Robitaille

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, D’Angelo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS FOR 5/21/2022

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

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

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Danny Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Corradi, Danny Varin, Heywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Dumblewski

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

1st career win in the division at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Robitaille

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, D’Angelo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACING ACTION CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY MAY 21 AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – This coming Saturday, May 21 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway presents a regular show in all divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

Also in action will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series who will be presenting their 2021 New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Awards to the following:

Jon Kuleszo NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Modified division.

Bryan Scofield NYSSCA Outstanding Achievement Award in the MVVDMS Antique division.

Georgie and John Constantino NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

Will Reed NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Late Model division.

Mike Francisco NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Sportsman division.

George Palmer NYSSCA Outstanding Dedication Award in the MVVDMS Mystique division.

The awards above will be handed out at the MVVDMS drivers meeting. Saturday will also be NYSSCA Safety Awards Night for all MVVDMS divisions including the Vintage Antiques, the Vintage Sportsman, the Vintage Modifieds, the Vintage Mystiques, and the Vintage Late Model with monetary awards given out by the NYSSCA organization to the top finisher in each division who is a NYSSCA member.

Last year on May 22, 2021, the winners at Fonda were Mike Mahaney (Sunoco Modifieds), Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Luke Horning (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Ken Hollenback and Slappy White (Fonda Fair Four Cylinders).

“It is so cool to be back here in Fonda’s victory lane,” Mahaney told Mimi Lazzaro after his win. “It has been harder for me to win a regular show here than other times that we have been here, and I have been able to win. We have been struggling here at Fonda and working hard to try to adapt to the track, but I have a great group of guys on my crew and great sponsors that are behind me, and I think we finally got it.”

It’s RACE WEEK at the Track of Champions! Racing resumes at Fonda Speedway on Saturday, May 21.

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 Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Series

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: https://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/may-21st-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.

HANSON WINS ONE AT FONDA ON HIS FATHER’S BIRTHDAY

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The Hanson Paving Modified has been competing at the “Track of Champions” for a long time and is part of the track’s history. Ken Hanson competed at the track in car #20 and has one career victory to his credit coming back on 7/5/1986. Craig Hanson competes at Fonda in car #20C and on Saturday evening he added to the history of the Hanson family at Fonda with his eighth career win. What made it even more special is that it came on his father Ken’s birthday!

Ken was present at Fonda for the win and was also a part of a special photo with the family on FX Caprara Victory Lane. “I really wanted to win one for dad on his birthday,” Hanson said in victory lane. “After the wreck last week, I was ready to quit but all my guys helped me put the car back together and here we are, so I have to thank them for that.”

Known as the “Grader Operator” for his work on the track on race nights and during the week, Hanson was not happy with the track conditions when Chris Moore asked him about getting right back on the track to work on it as he does on a weekly basis. “Not happy with the track tonight,” Hanson said. “It was too rough.”

Other winners on Supply Wagon Rentals Night at Fonda were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Zach Dufel (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) also made their first appearance at Fonda since 2018 with Danny Varin taking home his third consecutive win of the season in the series after winning at the Utica Rome Speedway the night before and the Fulton Speedway prior to that.

Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore said the prayer before Mimi Lazzaro sang the Canadian National Anthem and Stephanie May the National Anthem to start the evening’s festivities.

Congratulations to John from Little Falls who won the 50/50 worth $2,820! Great job as always by Julie, Rose, and Heather selling all of those tickets!

Craig Hanson took the lead from the outside pole at the drop of the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event. The red flag was out on lap two after Jim Introne had his front-end collapse while running down the backstretch forcing him to come to a stop at one of the fastest points on the track. Tucker O’Connor was not able to see the stopped race car and hit Introne along with Brian Pessolano and Rocky Warner who also got caught up in it. All drivers were okay but done for the evening at that point.

On the restart, Bobby Varin moved into the second position after starting seventh followed by Pep Corradi and Ronnie Johnson who was now fourth after starting ninth. Hanson pulled away to a straightaway advantage on lap seven while Corradi and Johnson were side by side for third with Johnson getting the position on lap ten. Hanson was in lap traffic two laps later with eighth place starter Demetrious Drellos using the outside groove to get to the fourth position on lap 11.

A yellow flag for Steve Akers on lap 14 slowed the field and took away the over four second lead that Hanson had built up. Drellos moved to the third position on the restart after getting by Varin with 13th place starter Jessica Friesen getting by Corradi into the top five at that point as well. Winner of the last two races at Fonda Matt DeLorenzo was also on the move after starting 12th, getting by Friesen and Varin for the fourth position with ten laps to go. That is when things started to get interesting.

Johnson was right on Hanson’s rear bumper on lap 23 and with five laps to go took the lead away from Hanson with a move on the inside of turns three and four. Shortly afterwards the caution was out for Jack Lehner who suffered a flat tire and with the lap not completed it went back to the last completed lap handing Hanson back the lead. Hanson chose the inside on the restart and maintained the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag.

Drellos took the second position away from Johnson on the restart with DeLorenzo also moving up to the third position. DeLorenzo was the new second place car with four laps to go and pressured Hanson over the remaining laps, but Hanson was able to maintain the lead and went on to his eighth career win at Fonda in the Hanson Paving #20C Bicknell car and his first win since 7/30/2016!

“We’ve got something going on with the carburetor and the motor was skipping,” Hanson said in victory lane. “When Ronnie got by me, I thought I gave it away.”

Michael Ballestero and Harry Shaffer started the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Crate Sportsman feature on the front row with Ballestero taking the early lead. At the completion of lap one the yellow flag was out for Tanner Warner who stopped on track to bring out the caution then drove to the hot pit to change a broken right rear shock. Cody Clark moved into the top five on the restart after starting 10th and two laps later got by Brett Mortensen for the fourth position.

By lap ten Clark was the new second place car after getting by McCallion for the spot and two laps later Clark went to the outside of Ballestero in turn two to take the lead away. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Ballestero, McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, and 15th place starter Brian Calabrese. Chad Edwards started the event in the 12th position and moved up one position at a time into the second spot with three laps to go.

Lap traffic came into play in the closing laps of the event, but Clark was able to take the win in the Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Edwards, 11th place starter Payton Talbot, Ballestero, and McCallion.

“This year has been a roller coaster ride for us,” Clark said in victory lane. “We have been consistent this year but not able to get to victory lane until tonight, so we hope to be able to keep things going for the rest of the year.”

Bob Rowback led at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. feature event with Ryan Sweet in tow. The red flag was out with no laps competed for Lance Hill who hit the implement tire protecting one of the poles on the backstretch. Hill was able to continue on in the feature event, but the red was thrown for debris scattered around the racetrack.

Rowback continued to lead on the restart with seventh place starter Zach Dufel in the second position on lap four after getting by Sweet for the spot. On the outside of turn four on lap seven, Dufel took the lead away from Rowback and led the remaining laps for his first career win in the division in the Miracle Ear sponsored #1H. Last weeks winner Josh Kane finished second after starting ninth and was followed by Tom D’Angelo, Rowback, and Sweet.

Scott Towslee led at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature but when lap one was completed it was Slater Baker in the race lead with fourth place starter Jason Morrison now second. Morrison was the new race leader on a lap three restart with Nick Stone up to the fourth position after starting eighth.

Stone was the new race leader on lap six after getting by Morrison for the spot with Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, and Shane Playford running three wide for the third position on lap eight. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Stone, Playford, Gates, Morrison, and eighth place starter Beau Ballard.

After two consecutive cautions on lap 10, a single file restart saw Horning get by Playford for the second position with Horning immediately pressuring Stone for the lead. With five laps to go, Horning made a slide job pass in turn four to take the lead only to have Stone make a cross over move to maintain the lead at the completion of the lap.

Horning made the same move again in turn two on the next lap with Stone able to cross over and maintain the lead again and from that point on Stone pulled away to his fourth consecutive win and the 63rd of his career in the division at Fonda over Horning, Ballard, Playford, and Josh Coonradt.

“Slide jobs are a lot of fun,” Stene said in victory lane. “He (Horning) is not the guy that you want to see in front of you when you’ve got two thin lines on the track to work with. Once I got the lead back it took me a few laps to get away from him. If he gets a little better well, we don’t really want to see that.”

Dale VanAllen led the first four laps of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature event before John Napoli took over the top spot-on lap five. Napoli led two laps before 11th place starter Kerrie Hollenback took over the lead and went on to the overall win for his 24th career victory in the division. Ken Hollenback was declared the SOHC winner after finishing the event in the second position for the 72nd win of his career in the division.

Napoli finished in the third position but was disqualified for a ball joint infraction moving Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., and Len St. Andrews into the top five at the checkered flag.

The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Series made an appearance at Fonda for the first time since 2018 with a four wide salute to the fans before the green flag was thrown. At the start of the event, it was Steve Glover who grabbed the lead after three tries were needed to get the first lap completed.

Jason Barney was next to lead with Chuck Hebing second on lap six while Danny Varin moved up to the seventh position after having to pit to repair the top wing on his car during one of the early caution periods. Paulie Colagiovanni moved into the second position on lap 13 and two laps later was the new race leader with Varin now all the way up to the second position.

Varin took the lead on lap 18 with a pass on the inside at the line to complete the lap and led the remaining laps for his third consecutive win in the ESS Series this year and the fourth of his career in the series at Fonda in the St. Lawrence Radiology/Supply Wagon Rentals #01 car. Jordan Poirier, Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, and Barney competed the top five in the event.

“When we put this car together, we didn’t have too many sponsors but then people came on board to help us,” Varin said. “We struggled for a couple of years but tonight the car was on rails, I just needed some clean air.”

Next Saturday, May 21 the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with all regular divisions in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. next Saturday with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and Racing at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

SUPPLY WAGON RENTALS NIGHT

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – CRAIG HANSON, Matt DeLorenzo, Demetrious Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pep Corradi, Jessica Friesen, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Jack Lehner, Rich Christman, Steve Akers, Nick Heywood, Brian Calabrese, Darwin Greene, Ray Zemken, David Schilling, Dylan Scribner, Brian Pessolano, Adam McAuliffe, Jim Introne Jr., Tucker O’Connor, Rocky Warner, Danny Varin (DNS), Ryan Odasz (DNS), Ronnie Holmes (DNS)

8th career win in the division for Hanson and the first since 7/30/2016

LAP LEADERS – 1-30 Hanson

HEAT RACE WINNERS – O’Connor, Calabrese, Hanson

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Michael Ballestero, Michael McCallion, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Calabrese, Chip Constantino, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Tony Farone, Harry Shaffer, Troy Palmer, Clayton DuMond, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Tanner Warner, Jason Reome, Jeremy Tyrrell, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Cory White, Griffen Mansmith

14th career win in the division for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Ballester, 12-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballestero, Brett Mortensen, McCallion

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards from 12th to 2nd

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

4th win in a row and the 63rd of his career in the division for Stone

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Baker, 3-5 Morrison, 6-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Ballard, Towslee

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Josh Kane, Tom D’Angelo, Bob Rowback, Ryan Sweet, Mark Lighthall, Kyle Dingman, Michael Kalkbrenner, Walter Cook, Wesley Sutliff, Craig Wholley, Lance Hill, Timmy Wilmot, Nate Bedell, Harol Robitaille (DNS), Connor Prokop (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-6 Rowback, 7-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Wholley, Sweet

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), Zach McSpirit, Christopher Jennings Sr., Len St. Andrews, Heath Bush, Dale VanAllen, Chad Hoffman, David Peek-Britten, Gina Voris, TJ Marlitt, Shawn Hemstreet, John Napoli (DQ)

3rd win of 2022 and the 24th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

4th win of 2022 and the 72nd of his career in the division for Ken Hollenback

LAP LEADERS – 1-4 VanAllen, 5-6 Napoli, 7-12 Kerrie Hollenback

LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE – 25-laps – DANNY VARIN, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Josh Pieniazek, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Trombley, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Mike Kiser, Davie Franek, Cory Sparks, Jordan Thomas, Jeff Cook, Joe Kata, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Tanner, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller, Mikey Kruchka, Lacey Hanson, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Kelly Hebing

3rd ESS win (in a row) of the 2022 season for Varin and the fourth of his career in the ESS series at Fonda

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Glover, 3-14 Barney, 15-17 Colagiovanni, 18-25 Varin

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Kata, Wright, Poirier

DASH WINNER – Franek

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