17TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC WON BY BEAU BALLARD AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the 29-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature was the 17th edition of the Hondo Classic in memory of the late Hondo Carpenter featuring a total purse of $3,669.97 in bonuses and lap sponsorships on top of the regular track purse! A complete list of bonuses and lap sponsorships are listed at the end of this release.

At the end of the extra distance 29-lap event, Beau Ballard was the winner of the Hondo Classic in the Kenn VanWert owned, #15 Nick Stone built “Manimal” Chassis. For Ballard it was his first win of the 2022 season, his first in the “Hondo Classic” and the second of his career at Fonda.

“We were real close Covid year and ran second to Nick (Stone) and last year we were alright, but it means a lot winning this race,” Ballard said in victory lane. “Kelley and Kaitlyn (Keefe) put a ton of work into it, there are tons of sponsors, and I grew up watching Hondo race here at Fonda. This one is really special; it means a lot to me.”

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

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013), Josh Coonradt (2019), and Luke Horning (2021) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

The 2022 version of the event started with Luke Horning carrying a flag in his race car around the track which said “#9 HLC In Loving Memory” followed by a four wide salute to the fans while “Thunderstruck” played over the loudspeaker. Fonda Speedway announcer Chris Moore yelled Hondooooooooooooooooooooooooooo as the green flag was thrown with Jason Morison leading the first lap of the event.

The top three of Morrison, Beau Ballard, and Chuck Dumblewski were three wide coming out of turn four to complete lap one with Morrison holding on to the lead at that point until lap two when Ballard took over the lead. Nick Stone started the event in the 11th position and by lap six he was running in the top five.

The first yellow flag of the event flew on lap eight and on the restart, Stone got by two cars into the second position with Ballard maintaining his lead. Seventh place starter Luke Horning was also making his way to the front after the restart, getting by Morrison for the fourth position just before the red flag came out on lap nine for Randy Cosselman who got into the front stretch wall collecting three other cars in the wreck. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the wreck with Ballard choosing the outside groove for the restart which is where he had been running the entire race up to that point.

Horning was the new third place car on the restart behind the top two of Ballard and Stone. With Ballard running the outside it left no choice for Stone but to run the inside and lap after lap Stone tried to find the grip on the bottom to get by Ballard to no avail. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Ballard, Stone, Horning, Dumblewski, and Ivan Joslin.

On lap 20, Stone brought out the caution when a wheel broke on his car while he was running in the second position. He went to the hot pit for a new tire and restarted at the rear of the field. Ballard again chose the outside for the restart and held on to it at that point before one final yellow slowed the field on lap 22 for Jim Normoyle who suffered a flat tire.

“I knew that it was only a matter of time before Nick (Stone) got to us, I knew that I had to just keep hitting my marks and keep running the car like I was, Ballard said. “I knew that I had a good car, and I hadn’t seen anybody, and Nick is the one to beat here so to line up door to door with him I knew that we had a good car.”

Ballard held on to the lead into turn one but in turn two Horning made a slide job pass for the lead. The lead was short lived however as Ballard crossed over and retook the lead on the inside of the backstretch. Ballard pulled away with three laps to go while Horning lost a bunch of positions after getting out of the groove in turn four and settling back in, in the seventh spot.

“I kind of anticipated the slide job was coming from Luke after the restart before,” Ballard said. I knew that he was gonna drive it in hard, so I just kept my momentum up and I’m gonna lie to you I wasn’t gonna give him any room going into turn three because after leading that many laps I wasn’t about to let it go.”

Ballard crossed under Joe Kriss’ checkered flag first followed in the top five by sixth place starter Josh Coonradt, Stone who came all the way from the rear of the field in nine laps for the third spot, Dumblewski, and Morrison.

“I was getting sick of all the yellows I can tell you that,” Ballard told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “But I knew that we had a good hot rod, and we were able to hold off both Nick early on and Luke as well.”

We’ve struggled all year here at Fonda definitely for the worse, so we’re happy with second,” second place finisher Josh Coonradt said as the top three joined Ballard in victory lane. “Beau is a great guy, and the win couldn’t have gone to a better person tonight.”

“I hit the wall during my heat race and cracked the wheel which came apart during the feature,” Stone said after his third-place finish. “I should have found it, but I overlooked it. Stuff like that happens and after that I just tried to focus more and picking off all of the cars that I could. It’s nice to see the “Manimal” cars here in victory lane in the top three.”

“We always said that we would keep doing this as long as the fans, drivers, and everyone was interested in doing it,” event organizer Kelley Keefe (along with her daughter Kaitlyn said of the Hondo Classic. “We never have a problem getting sponsors and we have more drivers all the time, so we are grateful that they are interested in the event and that they want to keep Hondo’s memory alive with us. It is fun and we are glad to be able to do it, Fonda is great to us and lets us do basically whatever we want.”

In addition to the Hondo Classic the 1st Annual Bobco Memorial Dash for Cash in memory of the late, long time Fonda Speedway videographer Bob James who passed away on September 20, 2020, was held. Organized by Bob’s longtime friend Mark Krosky, the top two finishers in each of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat races were eligible to participate in the five-lap dash event.

Bob’s mother and sisters were there for the presentations in victory lane for the event which paid $509 for first place followed by $409 for second, $369 for third, $329 for fourth, $289 for fifth, and $269 for sixth based on a six-car field. Bob James was a long-time car owner for Hondo Carpenter so what better night to have a Dash for Cash in his honor than during Hondo Classic Night!

Nick Stone was the winner of the Bobco Memorial Dash for Cash followed by Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Bill Knapp, Andy Graves, and Luke Horning. A special trophy was presented to Stone with an old-time video camera on top of it, what a fitting tribute to a man who lived and breathed videoing stock car races at different tracks.

“I met Bob when we first started racing,” Stone said after the event win. “I remember we used to call him to try and get the videos as fast as we could after Saturday nights race, so whenever they were ready, we would go to his house and get them. Things are a lot different now with TV and cell phones and I kind of miss those days.”

“Bob and Hondo were two of the guys I first met when we started racing through Kenny Martin and those are the people that brought me around and into this,” Stone continued to say. “It is great to have this dash in memory of Bobco, we always look forward to the Hondo Classic and this is a great little bonus added on to it to remember Bob and Hondo both on the same night.”

“Starting on the pole is sometimes tough,” second place dash finisher Chuck Dumblewski said afterwards. “I wanted to go to the top but sometimes you don’t know if someone else is up there and by the time I got up there it was too late. Bob was always the first to come up and see me to buy a video, and he told me how I did on the video. That was always fun, and I do miss that. He wasn’t only videoing, he was paying attention to what was going on, it was always nice to talk to him.”

“I’ve only been in these car (pro stocks) for eight years,” Morrison said after his third-place finish. “I have participated in every one of these Hondo Classic events and I’m gonna keep doing it.”

17TH ANNUAL “HONDO CLASSIC” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 29-laps – BEAU BALLARD, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Chucky Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, AJ Walters, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Bill Knapp, John Holmes, Slater Baker, Buck Gasner, Devon Camenga, Don Collins, Dillon Vanston, Billy Hillman, Chris Daughtry, Randy Cosselman, Dennis Joslin, Caden Dumblewski, Dan Krajewski, Jeff McPhail (DNS)

1st win of 2022, 1st Hondo Classic win, and the 2nd win of his career in the division at Fonda for Ballard

LAP LEADERS – 1 Morrison, 2-29 Ballard

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Chuck Dumblewski, Stone, Graves

1ST ANNUAL BOB JAMES (BOBCO) MEMORIAL DASH FOR CASH – 5-laps – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Bill Knapp, Andy Graves, Luke Horning

 

17th ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC
BONUS POSITION SPONSOR AMOUNT
Finishing Bonuses
Winner Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 100.00
Winner Meerkat Pest Control 150.00
2nd Place Finish Bulldog Concrete 99.00
2nd Place Finish Patty Gentile in Memory of Bobby James 50.00
3rd Place Finish Irwin & Sons Farm 75.00
3rd Place Finish Jennifer Prindle 25.00
4th Place Finish Melissa Lazzaro 50.00
5th Place Finish RaceProWeekly “Thanks for the good times Bobco” 59.00
6th Place Finish Joslin Racing 70.00
7th Place Finish Irwin & Sons Farm 50.00
8th Place Finish Joslin Racing 50.00
9th Place Finish Driveshafts by DMC 49.00
9th Place Finish Kaitlyn Keefe 50.00
10th Place Finish Camenga Construction 50.00
11th Place Finish KMS Racing 100.00
11th Place Finish Camenga Construction 50.00
12th Place Finish In Memory of Kevin “Wolfie” George 50.00
13th Place Finish Haslun Racing 50.00
14th Place Finish Irwin & Sons Farm 25.00
15th Place Start VanWert/Ballard Racing 25.00
15th Place Finish VanWert/Ballard Racing 25.00
16th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
17th Place Finish Irwin & Sons Farm 25.00
18th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
19th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
20th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
21st Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
22nd Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
23rd Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
24th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
25th Place Finish In Memory of Bob James 9.00
Lap Bonuses
Lap 1 Leader Mortensen 1B & 1M Racing 20.00
Lap 2 Leader Stone Motorsports 29.99
Lap 3 Leader Gates Racing 35.00
Lap 4 Leader Melissa Lazzaro 50.00
Lap 5 Leader Bulldog Concrete 50.00
Lap 6 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 6 Leader Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 20.00
Lap 7 Leader Stone Motorsports 29.99
Lap 8 Leader Stone Motorsports 29.99
Lap 8 Leader Leeann Achzet in Memory of Fonda HOF Lee Achzet 81.00
Lap 8 2nd Place Leeann Achzet 35.00
Lap 9 Leader J&J Racing and INOC DataCenters 50.00
Lap 9 Leader Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 20.00
Lap 10 Leader Gates Racing 35.00
Lap 11 Leader Scott Friers in Memory of Steve Bidwell 60.00
Lap 11 11th Place Scott Friers in Memory of Steve Bidwell 51.00
Lap 12 Leader Firefly Creations In Memory Of Poppa Ray Galusha 25.00
Lap 13 Leader Haslun Racing 50.00
Lap 14 Leader Gates Racing 35.00
Lap 15 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 15 Leader VanWert/Ballard Racing 25.00
Lap 15 15th Place VanWert/Ballard Racing 25.00
Lap 16 Leader Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 20.00
Lap 16 Leader Joslin Racing 20.00
Lap 17 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 17 Leader Irwin & Sons Farm 25.00
Lap 18 Leader Joslin Racing 20.00
Lap 18 Leader Rick LaGrange 10.00
Lap 19 Leader Tom Czaban 20.00
Lap 19 Leader Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 20.00
Lap 19 Leader Rick LaGrange 10.00
Lap 20 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 20 Leader Rick LaGrange 10.00
Lap 21 Leader Joslin Racing 20.00
Lap 21 Leader Rick LaGrange 10.00
Lap 22 Leader Bulldog Concrete 50.00
Lap 22 Leader Rick LaGrange 10.00
Lap 23 Leader Fox23 Fast Tracks Alumni 23.00
Lap 24 Leader Snap On Tools – Chris Morris 20.00
Lap 25 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 26 Leader From the 2 Amsterdam Napa #7s 77.00
Lap 27 Leader Stone Motorsports 50.00
Lap 28 Leader Kelley Keefe in Memory of Larry Carpenter, Sr. 25.00
Lap 29 Leader Tom Czaban 20.00
SPECIAL AWARDS
Hondo’s Lunch Joe Achzet 25.00
Winner’s Check Joe Achzet
Victory Lane Sign Joe Achzet
Krash’s Last Pass Bonus – $100 goes to the car that is passed last for the lead,
 resulting in the win.  Courtesy of Krash Menders.
Heat Races sponsored by J&J Racing/INOC DataCenters and paid as follows:
 1st – $75  2nd – $50   3rd – $25
NYSSCA 9th Member Award – The New York State Stock Car Association will
reward the 9th NYSSCA member to cross the finish line with $100.
H & K Hard Luck Award – Holmes & Kugler Towing will give $100 to the driver
whose car is the first to leave the track on the hook.
Hard Charger Award – The driver advancing the furthest from his starting position
will receive $100 from Ed Lamberton and $20 from Joslin Racing.
Leaf Spring Car Award – Ed Lamberton will reward the first leaf spring car with
$100.00

 

The family of Bob James (BOBCO) would like to thank the racing community for their support of the dash and remembering Bobby with this special memorial dash. Special thanks goes out to: Krash Menders, Holly Krosky, NESCOT, Rich Carpinello, Kelley and Kaitlyn Keefe, Mel Thomas, Bob and Tina Gamache, Don Kruger, Racin’ Tom Czaban, Joe and Ivy Williams, All in Printing and Designs, Bob Hackel Used Cars, Krazy Kenny Martin, Don and Diane Champion in memory of Craig, Kugler’s Red Barn, along with Bob’s Mom and Sisters who also donated to the dash.

 

Lap Leaders Heat Winners
Lap/Place Driver Heat 1:
1 – Leader 715 – Jason Morrison 1st 7D – Chucky Dumblewski
2 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 2nd 715 – Jason Morrrison
3 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 3rd 49 – Ivan Joslin
4 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
5 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Heat 2:
6 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 1st 8N – Nick Stone
7 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 2nd 2H – Luke Horning
8 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 3rd 15 – Beau Ballard
8 – 2nd 7D – Chucky Dumblewski
9 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Heat 3:
10 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 1st 96 – Andy Graves
11 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 2nd 21 – Bill Knapp
11 – 11th 9B -Slater Baker 3rd 9B – Slater Baker
12 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
13 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
14 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Hondo’s Lunch Money (Last Place Car)
15 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 80 – Dan Krajewski
15 -15th 9B -Slater Baker
16 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
17 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Hard Charger (w/ # of Positions)
18 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 8N – Nick Stone – +8 from 11th to 3rd
19 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
20 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
21 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Hard Luck Award
22 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 54M – Jeff McPhail – Didn’t start the feature, had damage from the heat race.
23 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
24 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
25 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard Last Car Passed by the Winner for the Win
26 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 715 – Jason Morrison
27 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
28 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard
29 – Leader 15 – Beau Ballard 1st on Hook
07 – Dennis Joslin
9th NYSSCA Member Across the Line
22 – AJ Walters 1st Leaf Spring
49 – Ivan Joslin
BOBCO Dash
1st 8N – Nick Stone 15th Place Starter
2nd 7D – Chucky Dumblewski 110 – Devon Camenga
3rd 715 – Jason Morrison
4th 21 – Bill Knapp
5th 96 – Andy Graves
6th 2H – Luke Horning

 

 

 

 

DELORENZO TAKES FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON ON FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Samson Motorcar sponsored the $5 admission “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening and when the checkered flag flew on the Sunoco Modified feature event it was Matt DeLorenzo scoring his fifth win of the 2022 season and the 42nd time in his career at the “Track of Champions”.

“You’re making me sound old,” DeLorenzo joked with Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Hats off to my brother again and my whole crew, my other brother is here with us tonight and Kevin from KJG Motorsports who has stood behind me for my entire career is also here tonight so that is pretty cool.”

Other winners on Sampson Motorcar Night at Fonda were Payton Talbot (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Zach Dufel (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Fonda Four Cylinder), Dale VanAllen (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder), and Jason Reome (Swagger Factory Apparel Black Flag Challenge for the Crate 602 Sportsman).

The 17th Annual Hondo Classic for the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks was also held on Saturday at Fonda with Beau Ballard getting his first win in the prestigious event along with his first win of the 2022 season at Fonda and the second of his career in the division at the “Track of Champions”. The 1st Annual Bobco (Bob James) Dash for Cash was also held in conjunction with the Honda Classic with Nick Stone taking the win in that event. A separate press release will follow this one for the prestigious Hondo Classic event.

Congratulations to Jeff from Johnstown who was the winner of the 50/50 worth $3,080! As always great job by Julie, Rose, & Heather.

After a prayer from Pastor Greg Nitz and a fantastic rendition of the National Anthem by Mimi Lazzaro the first green flag of the event was thrown in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event with Nick Heywood leading from his pole position start followed by division rookie Tucker O’Connor.

O’Connor got by Heywood for the lead on the outside at the finish line when lap three was completed while Ryan Odasz and Craig Hanson also got by Heywood for the second and third positions after starting the event fourth and seventh, respectively.

Odasz and Hanson were right on the leaders rear bumper on lap ten with Hanson ducking under both Odasz and O’Connor to lead lap eleven. The top five at the halfway point consisted of Hanson, eighth place starter Demetrious Drellos, O’Connor, ninth place starter Rocky Warner, and 12th place starter Matt DeLorenzo.

DeLorenzo was the new third place car on lap 18 while Hanson and Drellos were waging a war for the lead in the event. Drellos made a slide job pass of Hanson for the lead in turn two on lap 19 with Hanson returning the favor in turn four to hold on to the lead at the completion of the lap. Then things started to get very interesting.

Drellos had a great run in turns three and four and was alongside of Hanson for the lead in turn four with Hanson then switching lanes to try to block the move putting Drellos into the front stretch wall. Both cars continued on but going into turn one Drellos got too close to the inside burm and made contact with it with his left front, darting his car to the right and coming in contact with Hanson’s left rear spinning out the car #20C and bringing out the yellow.

Hanson restarted at the rear of the while Drellos drove to the pit area, not sure if officials sent him there or he did it on his own, but he was done for the night after a great run. After watching all of the action going on in front of him, DeLorenzo was handed the lead after the spin by Hanson and chose the inside for the restart with Warner the new second place car.

“I was catching the top two a little bit I thought, and then I don’t know what happened in turn one, but I saw Hanson spin and barely missed him,” DeLorenzo said after the race. “But luckily I did miss him and was able to get by him.”

One more red flag slowed the field on the restart after a multi car wreck mid pack but when the green flag flew again for the final ten laps it was a two-car battle between DeLorenzo and Warner for the win. A quick pass to the inside of the lap car of Don Bellen and then to the outside of another lap car Dylan Scribner in turns one and two sealed the win for DeLorenzo who went on to the win in the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell car powered by an Enders Big Block.

Warner finished second followed by 10th place starter Ronnie Johnson, 13th place starter Dave Constantino, and fifth place starter Chris Curtis.

“The car was really good before the red flag,” DeLorenzo said in victory lane. “But then the lap cars got me a little bit and fortunately I was able to get through them okay. We’re on a roll, we had to change a radiator in the car this afternoon which had a crack in it from last night, so hats off to everybody on my crew it’s a lot of fun. These coil cars, you can dial yourself out in a hurry, we thought that we made the right adjustment last Sunday and I was horrible but tonight it ran real good.”

The 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature was run green to checker with outside pole position starter Brendan Gibbons leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Fifth place starter Mark Mortensen was the new fourth place car on lap five and just before the halfway point in the event Mortensen was in the third position after getting by Cory White.

At the halfway point in the event Gibbons had a comfortable lead over Gray, Mortensen, White, and Dwyer but lap traffic started coming into play a couple of laps later. On lap 15, 12th place starter Payton Talbot was in the top five and one by one passed White, Mortensen, and Gray for the second position.

Gibbons continued to run the bottom as he did all race long but so was the lap car of Taylor LaPlante allowing Talbot to get around the outside of both LaPlante and Gibbons for the race lead on lap 21. Talbot led the remaining laps of the event in the Ted’s Body Shop, Hig Fab #14T powered by a Donath Crate Motor followed in the top five by Gray, 15th place starter Chad Edwards, Gibbons, and Mortensen.

“Once we found the top it was good,” Talbot said in F.X. Caprara Victory Lane. “I was kind of struggling on the bottom a little while. I got pinned down there for about ten laps I think but when we went to the top it was real good and I started going by people, it was just a great night. With crate racing it is so hard to make up ground so you gotta go anywhere somebody isn’t and when we switched up to the top it was a lot better.”

Ryan Sweet led the first 12 laps of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature after starting on the pole with eighth place starter Zach Dufel the new second place car on lap five. Sweet led by a straightaway at that point with Dufel closing in on the leader with five laps to go.

Dufel took the lead away from Sweet with a pass on the inside of turns three and four with two laps to go and went on to his third win of the 2022 season and the third of his career in the division over Sweet, 12th place starter Connor Prokop, 11th place starter Josh Kane, and third place starter John Anderson.

Ken Hollenback continued his dominance of the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division with his 11th win of the 2022 season in a single overhead cam while Dale VanAllen was the winner of the dual overhead cam class after finishing second overall for his first career win in the division at Fonda. John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, and Bruce Liddle completed the top ten in the event.

A unique event was also held for the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman with the running of the first annual “Black Flag Challenge”. The event was held for the 16 cars that had perfect attendance this season along with the winner of last week’s Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for a total of 17 cars getting the green flag for the first four lap segment.

Jeremy Tyrrell was the winner of the first round and chose an eight-car invert for positions for round two which was won by Chad Edwards. Round three was won by Troy Palmer and after a two-car invert Jason Reome who started on the outside of the front row was the winner of round four followed by Edwards, Talbot, and Palmer. A complete finish for all 17 cars can be found at the bottom of this release.

“I kind of figured that I was gonna win it to be honest with you,” a confident Reome said after the event on victory lane. “Being the first time we’ve ever done it, I like it, and will do it again.”

“I can take very little credit for this event,” Swagger Factory Apparel’s Michael Jackson said after the event was completed. “Scott Friers approached me prior to covid and said the Modifieds have the Bill Ag event, the Pro Stocks have the Hondo Classic event, the Sportsman guys need something, and I said I’m in. I would attach my name to anything Scott Friers does, he does so much for local sports and local auto racing. So, we started brainstorming the idea, this was something different and I think that it worked.”

“Hopefully, the drivers and the fans like the event,” Friers said afterwards. “We’ll try to get some feedback on the event and maybe make some changes but hopefully we’ll see it back. I Know Mike doesn’t like to say anything, but he does just as much or more for anyone in local racing, especially at Fonda, and everyone in the pits should be thanking him for what he does.”

Next Saturday, July 16 at the Fonda Speedway, One Zee Tees and AIM Autism presents Autism Awareness Night featuring the “Thunder on the Thruway Series” for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock divisions. The Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. 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.

DATE – 7/9/2022 SAMPSON MOTORCAR “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT”

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Gleason, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Darwin Greene, Dylan Scribner, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Don Bellen, Pep Corradi, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Steve Akers, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman (DNS)

5th win of 2022 and the 42nd of his career in the division at Fonda for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Heywood, 3-10 O’Connor, 11-20 Hanson, 21-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $100 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Heywood, Warner, Odasz

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Stephen Gray, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Troy Palmer, Cory White, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Brett Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Jeremy Tyrrell, Clayton DuMond, Matthew Perry, Jason Greco, Griffen Mansmith, Taylor LaPlante, Anthony Cardamone, Jason Reome, Carter Gibbons, Brett Martin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer

2nd win of 2022 and the 3rd of his career in the division at Fonda for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Brendan Gibbons, 21-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Gray, Talbot, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards 12 positions 15th to 3rd

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Ryan Sweet, Connor Prokop, Josh Kane, John Anderson, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Gus Kamburelis, Mark Lighthall, Bob Rowback, Walter Cook, AJ Greco, Harold Robitaille, Wesley Sutliff (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 and 3rd win of his career in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Sweet, 13-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, Kamburelis

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), DALE VANALLEN (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Bruce Liddle, Justin Ramsey, Wayne Russell Jr, Todd Morey, TJ Marlitt, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten, Len St. Andrews, Lee Horning, Josh Ramsey (DNS)

11th win of 2022 and 79th of his career in the division at Fonda for Ken Hollenback

1st win of 2022 and 1st career win in the division at Fonda for VanAllen

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Napoli, 4-12 Ken Hollenback

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN “BLACK FLAG CHALLENGE” – JASON REOME, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Troy Palmer, Greg Havlichek, Troy Zilles, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Carter Gibbons, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Connor Prokop, Clayton DuMond, Harry Shaffer (DNS)

👍🏻UPDATED 7/8

🏴🏴Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Black Flag Challenge 🏴🏴

🗓Saturday July 9th

📍Fonda Speedway

*️Only Drivers with Perfect Attendance Are Eligible

☑️17 Cars to Compete

📈16 602 Drivers With Perfect Attendance Chad Edwards 10% Payton Talbot 14t Cody Clark 4 Chip Constantino 63 Mark Mortensen 1m 74 Troy Palmer 17 Tanner Warner 3 97 Troy Zilles 14z 97 Brett Mortensen 1b Clayton DuMond 314 Jason Reome 27 Brendan Gibbons b24 Greg Havlichek 15 Carter Gibbons 427 Jeremy Tyrrell 14J Harry Shaffer 1H

🏆602 Limited Feature Winner from The Previous Week Guaranteed- CONNOR PROKOP

💥4 Rounds

💥Each Round Is 4 Laps

🏴4 Drivers Eliminated Following Each Round

🏴*5 Drivers Eliminated Following the First Round

*First Round Will Be Handicapped by Points *Limited Feature Winner From Previous Week Will Start Last *Bring Out A Yellow Automatically Black Flagged *After Each Round Remaining Cars Will Stop At The Flagger Stand. Leader Will Then Draw Invert Number for The Next Round

🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴

Round 1 Winner $100 sponsored by Racin Rhino Karting And Parts Eliminated Drivers (5) $50 Round 1 Payout- $350

Round 2 Winner $150 sponsored by Chris Abele Eliminated Drivers (4) $75 sponsored by Carole and Alton Palmer worth $300 Round 2 Payout- $450

Round 3 Winner $200 sponsored by BC Repair/Brian Calabrese Eliminated Drivers (4) $100 Round 3 Payout- $600

🏆Final Four🏆

Winner- $500

2nd-$200

3rd-$150 sponsored by Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving LLC

4th-$100

Final Payout- $950

TOTAL PAYOUT- $2,350

Bonus Money

BDRspeed.com Hard Charger $200 to the driver who passes the most cars in the challenge through all 4 Rounds.

BDRspeed.com $100 Gift Certificate to the first or worst damaged car in the challenge event.

Elmo’s Speed & Supply $100 Gift Certificates to the last place driver in each segment.

Elmo’s Speed & Supply $100 Gift Certificate to the overall winner of the challenge event.

Online Performance Parts $200 to the overall winner of the challenge.

BC Repair/Brian Calabrese $100 Highest Finishing Driver Without A Feature Win In 2022

33 Race Products LLC $50 to the 3rd driver eliminated in the first three rounds of the challenge

Thomas Coughlin $100 Fastest Lap In The Challenge

The Black Flag Lady/Bonnie Reuss $25 7th Place Finisher In The Challenge

The Black Flag Lady/Bonnie Reuss $25 8th Place Finisher In The Challenge

Zach Dufel 3rd Place Final Round will receive an exclusive invite to the STSS Fantasy Football League a $150 Value

MPR Racing/Martin Prokop Racing $300 Total 2nd Place Driver in each round will receive $75

H&K Towing $100 1st Car on the hook

4th Place Final Round 4 AIM Autism Chicken BBQ Tickets $60 Value

💥All Drivers with Perfect Attendance Will Be Put In A Drawing For A Swagger Factory Apparel Driver’s Suit (Value $999)!!!!

 

 

Finishing Order
Finish Driver Overall Winner
Round 4 1st 27 – Jason Reome 27 – Jason Reome
2nd 10% – Chad Edwards
3rd 14T – Payton Talbot
4th 17 – Troy Palmer 7th Place Overall
Round 3 5th 15 – Greg Havlichek B24 – Brendan Gibbons
6th 14Z – Troy Zilles
7th B24 – Brendan Gibbons
8th 1B – Brett Mortensen 8th Place Overall
Round 2 9th 3 – Tanner Warner 1B – Brett Mortensen
10th 4 – Cody Clark
11th 427 – Carter Gibbons
12th 14J – Jeremy Tyrrell 3rd Place in Final Round
Round 1 13th 1M – Mark Mortensen 14T – Payton Talbot
14th 63 – Chip Constantino
15th 12P – Connor Prokop
16th 314 – Clayton DuMond 4th Place in Final Round
17th 21H – Harry Shaffer 17 – Troy Palmer
2nd Place Finishers in Each Round
1st Round 427 – Carter Gibbons Fastest Lap
2nd Round 1B – Brett Mortensen Round 2 – 10% – Chad Edwards – 20.802
3rd Round 27 – Jason Reome
4th Round 10% – Chad Edwards
1st/Worst with Damage
3rd Place Finishers in 1st 3 Rounds 314 – Clayton DuMond
1st Round 27 – Jason Reome
2nd Round 27 – Jason Reome
3rd Round 14T – Payton Talbot 1st on Hook
314 – Clayton DuMond
Last Place in Each Round
1st Round 21H – Harry Shaffer
2nd Round 14J – Jeremy Tyrrell Hard Charger
3rd Round 1B – Brett Mortensen Chad Edwards – 16 total cars passed between all 4 rounds
4th Round 17 – Troy Palmer
Highest Finisher w/o a 2022 Feature Win Draw for Driver’s Suit
27 – Jason Reome B24 – Brendan Gibbons

 

FONDA SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS 7/9/2022 SAMPSON MOTORCAR PRESENTS “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT”

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – MATT DELORENZO, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, Ryan Odasz, Tucker O’Connor, Brian Gleason, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, David Schilling, Bobby Varin, Darwin Greene, Dylan Scribner, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Don Bellen, Pep Corradi, Demetrious Drellos, Nick Heywood, Steve Akers, Jim Introne Jr., Rich Christman (DNS)

5th win of 2022 and the 42nd of his career in the division at Fonda for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-2 Heywood, 3-10 O’Connor, 11-20 Hanson, 21-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $100 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Heywood, Warner, Odasz

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – PAYTON TALBOT, Stephen Gray, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Troy Palmer, Cory White, Chip Constantino, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Brett Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Jeremy Slosek, Greg Havlichek, Jeremy Tyrrell, Clayton DuMond, Matthew Perry, Jason Greco, Griffen Mansmith, Taylor LaPlante, Anthony Cardamone, Jason Reome, Carter Gibbons, Brett Martin, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer

2nd win of 2022 and the 3rd of his career in the division at Fonda for Talbot

LAP LEADERS – 1-20 Brendan Gibbons, 21-25 Talbot

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Gray, Talbot, Mark Mortensen

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Edwards 12 positions 15th to 3rd

17TH ANNUAL “HONDO CLASSIC” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 29-laps – BEAU BALLARD, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Chucky Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, AJ Walters, Andy Graves, Gary Silkey, Shane Playford, Jim Normoyle, Bill Knapp, John Holmes, Slater Baker, Buck Gasner, Devon Camenga, Don Collins, Dillon Vanston, Billy Hillman, Chris Daughtry, Randy Cosselman, Dennis Joslin, Caden Dumblewski, Dan Krajewski, Jeff McPhail (DNS)

1st win of 2022, 1st Hondo Classic win, and the 2nd win of his career in the division at Fonda for Ballard

LAP LEADERS – 1 Morrison, 2-29 Ballard

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Sampson Motorcar – Chuck Dumblewski, Stone, Graves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – ZACH DUFEL, Ryan Sweet, Connor Prokop, Josh Kane, John Anderson, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, Kyle Dingman, Gus Kamburelis, Mark Lighthall, Bob Rowback, Walter Cook, AJ Greco, Harold Robitaille, Wesley Sutliff (DNS), Joe McSpirit (DNS)

3rd win of 2022 and 3rd win of his career in the division for Dufel

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Sweet, 13-15 Dufel

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sweet, Kamburelis

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), DALE VANALLEN (DOHC), John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Bruce Liddle, Justin Ramsey, Wayne Russell Jr, Todd Morey, TJ Marlitt, Christopher Jennings Sr., David Peek-Britten, Len St. Andrews, Lee Horning, Josh Ramsey (DNS)

11th win of 2022 and 79th of his career in the division at Fonda for Ken Hollenback

1st win of 2022 and 1st career win in the division at Fonda for VanAllen

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Napoli, 4-12 Ken Hollenback

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN “BLACK FLAG CHALLENGE” – JASON REOME, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Troy Palmer, Greg Havlichek, Troy Zilles, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Cody Clark, Carter Gibbons, Jeremy Tyrrell, Mark Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Connor Prokop, Clayton DuMond, Harry Shaffer (DNS)

1ST ANNUAL BOB JAMES (BOBCO) MEMORIAL DASH FOR CASH – 5-laps – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Morrison, Bill Knapp, Andy Graves, Luke Horning

Swagger Factory Apparel Black Flag Challenge Information

FONDA, NY – The 1st Annual Swagger Factory Apparel Black Flag Challenge brings excitement and bonuses to Crate 602 Sportsman drivers with perfect attendance during the 2022 season, this Saturday, July 9.

QUICK FACTS:

17 Cars to Compete: 16 Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman drivers with perfect attendance, plus last week’s Montgomery County Office for the Aging Limited Sportsman winner, Connor Prokop.
4 Rounds: Rounds are 4 laps, with four drivers being eliminated after each round.  Five drivers will be eliminated after the first round. The first round will be handicapped by Fonda Speedway Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 championship points.  The Limited Sportsman winner from the previous week will start last.  If any driver brings out a yellow flag, that driver will be black flagged.  After every round the remaining cars will stop at the flag stand and the leader will draw an invert number for the next round.
DRIVERS: 
Chad Edwards 10%
Payton Talbot 14t
Cody Clark 4
Chip Constantino 63
Mark Mortensen 1m 74
Troy Palmer 17
Tanner Warner 3 97
Troy Zilles 14z 97
Brett Mortensen 1b
Clayton DuMond 314
Jason Reome 27
Brendan Gibbons b24
Greg Havlichek 15
Carter Gibbons 427
Jeremy Tyrrell 14J
Harry Shaffer 1H
Connor Prokop 12P
Payouts: 
Round 1 Winner $100 sponsored by Racin Rhino Karting And Parts
Eliminated Drivers(5) $50
Round 1 Payout- $350
Round 2 Winner $150 sponsored by Chris Abele
Eliminated Drivers(4) $75 sponsored by Carole and Alton Palmer worth $300
Round 2 Payout- $450
Round 3 Winner $200 sponsored by BC Repair/Brian Calabrese
Eliminated Drivers(4) $100
Round 3 Payout- $600
Final Four:
Winner- $500
2nd-$200
3rd-$150 sponsored by Auspelmyer Excavating & Paving LLC
4th-$100
Final Payout- $950
TOTAL PAYOUT- $2,350
Bonus Money:
BDRspeed.com Hard Charger $200 to the driver who passes the most cars in the challenge through all 4 Rounds.
BDRspeed.com $100 Gift Certificate to the first or worst damaged car in the challenge event.
Elmo’s Speed & Supply $100 Gift Certificates to the last place driver in each segment.
Elmo’s Speed & Supply $100 Gift Certificate to the overall winner of the challenge event.
Online Performance Parts $200 to the overall winner of the challenge.
BC Repair/Brian Calabrese $100 Highest Finishing Driver Without A Feature Win In 2022
33 Race Products LLC $50 to the 3rd driver eliminated in the first three rounds of the challenge
Thomas Coughlin $100 Fastest Lap In The Challenge
The Black Flag Lady/Bonnie Reuss $25 7th Place Finisher in the Challenge
The Black Flag Lady/Bonnie Reuss $25 8th Place Finisher in the Challenge
Zach Dufel 3rd Place Final Round will receive an exclusive invite to the STSS Fantasy Football League a $150 Value.
MPR Racing/Martin Prokop Racing $300 Total
2nd Place Driver in each round will receive $75
All drivers with perfect attendance will be put in a drawing for a Swagger Factory Apparel drivers’ suit valued at $999.
All regular divisions will be in action on Saturday, July 9 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar presents “Fan Appreciation Night” with a $5 grandstand admission price!  

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

Thanks to a partnership with the Village of Fonda, there will also be a Massive Fireworks Display between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.!

The Fonda Speedway Kids Club will have Potluck prizes on Saturday, July 9 including gift certificates, t-shirts, race car panels, and more!

THE 17TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS THE RACING PROGRAM AT FONDA ON SATURDAY, JULY 9 AS SAMPSON MOTORCAR PRESENTS “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT”

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 9 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Sampson Motorcar presents “Fan Appreciation Night” with a $5 grandstand admission price! All regular divisions will be in action including the Sunoco Modifieds, the Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks, the Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman, and the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

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

Thanks to a partnership with the Village of Fonda, there will also be a Massive Fireworks Display between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.!

The Fonda Speedway Kids Club will have Potluck prizes on Saturday, July 9 including gift certificates, t-shirts, race car panels, and more!

There will be three special events on Saturday that will either be a part of the racing program or will be held in addition to the regular racing program. The 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature will be the 17th edition of the Hondo Classic in memory of the late Hondo Carpenter featuring a total purse of $3,669.97 in bonuses and lap sponsorships (amount as of the time of the writing of this press release) on top of the regular track purse!

In addition to that the 1st Annual Bobco Memorial Dash for Cash in memory of the late, long time Fonda Speedway videographer Bob James who passed away on September 20, 2020, will be held. Organized by Bob’s longtime friend Mark Krosky, the top two finishers in each of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat races will be eligible to participate in the five-lap dash event.

Bob’s mother and sisters will be there for the presentations in victory lane for the event which at the time of the writing of this press release will pay $509 for first place followed by $409 for second, $369 for third, $329 for fourth, $289 for fifth, and $269 for sixth based on a six-car field.

Bob James was a long-time car owner for Hondo Carpenter so what better night to have a Dash for Cash in his honor than during Hondo Classic Night!

Also on the racing card will be the 1st Annual Swagger Factory Apparel Black Flag Challenge, which only drivers with perfect attendance during the 2022 season will be eligible to participate in.

There are 16 drivers with perfect attendance that will be eligible for the event including Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Cody Clark, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Clayton DuMond, Jason Reome, Brendan Gibbons, Greg Havlichek, Carter Gibbons, Jeremy Tyrrell, Harry Shaffer, and the winner of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature from 7/3 (Connor Prokop) who will fill the 17-car field for the event.

The total payout for the event at the time of this release was $2,350 along with $800 in bonus money, $750 in gift certificates, and a $999 Swagger Factory Apparel Custom Drivers Suit for a current total of $4,899 as of the time that this press release was written.

A complete list of contributors to all three special events listed above will be available at the speedway on Saturday to be read by the announcer or you can keep track of it all on Facebook.

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

The First Annual Hondo Classic was won by Jim Burton in 2006. Nick Stone is a five-time winner of the event in 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, & 2020 while Kenny Gates is a three-time winner of the event in 2009, 2015, & 2018. Pete Broderson has won the event twice in 2012 and 2014 while Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Kenny Martin, Jr (2013), Josh Coonradt (2019), and Luke Horning (2021) each have one win in the event along with Burton.

At the Northeast Motorsports Expo back in 2017, Bobco Video owner Bob James was given an award for his 25 years of videoing racing events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

The award was given to Bob by Fonda Speedway promoter Pete Demitraszek and the plaque on the front of the award trophy said: “In recognition and appreciation for your twenty-five years of dedication and diligence videotaping the racing action at Fonda Speedway, March 18, 2017.”

James started going to the races with his parents when his mother was pregnant with him, and when he was old enough to remember who the drivers were, his favorites were Harry Peek and Jack Johnson. However, it was one other driver who gave him his first kiddie ride that he will never forget, that was Lou Lazzaro.

James started videoing racing events at Fonda back in 1986 when he got his first video camera. At that time, he would either go on the infield or in turn four to do his videotaping. At the midpoint of the 1992 season at Fonda, the videographer at Fonda left, and James was asked to take over at that time.

James started owning a race car when he and his cousin Hondo Carpenter got into the sport back in 1996 as partners. Their first car was purchased in 1996 which Hondo raced in the street stock division at Albany Saratoga for one year in 1997. Chris Fain built them their next street stock which Hondo ran at Fonda and Albany Saratoga for two or three years before moving up to pro stocks and running only at Fonda.

Hondo’s statistics at Fonda included five wins in the street stock division to go along with four wins in the pro stock class. But perhaps what had even more meaning for Hondo was his popularity with the kid’s and the fans, always ready to take a photo with anyone or autograph anything that a fan desired.

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 Fonda Speedway! Sampson Motorcar presents $5 Fan Appreciation Night THIS SATURDAY, JULY 10.

$5 Grandstand Admission!

HUGE Fireworks Display

Pro Stock Hondo Classic – draw/redraw – 25 show-up points

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Black Flag Race

Bobco Memorial Pro Stock Dash

Plus, a complete show of:

Sunoco Modifieds

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman

Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman

Fonda Fair Four Cylinders

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

Grandstand Admission: $5 – Kids 11 and under FREE

Drive-In: $40 (up to four passes). Link: http://fonda-speedway.ticketleap.com/july-9th-sampson…/

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

 

Monsters on the Mohawk Set for Wednesday Night!

The Monster Truck Racing League returns tonight for their second and final night at #thetrackofchampions!
All Tuesday attendees: return on Wednesday with wristband on for free admission. Thank you for braving the elements!
Advance sale ticket holders: check in at Gate 2.

Tickets are available at the gate.
$25 – Adults
$15 – Kids (ages 3-12)
Children 2 and under FREE
 
Event Parking: $5
Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.
Pit Party: 6-7 p.m.
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY NIGHT MONSTERS ON THE MOHAWK IS A GO!

Tonight’s Monsters on the Mohawk is a GO!
The event is rain or shine and we have the benefit of a covered grandstand. In the event that you have a Tuesday ticket and do not want to brave the elements, we will honor Tuesday tickets on Wednesday night.
Advance sale ticket holders: check in at Gate 2.
Tickets are available at the gate.
$25 – Adults
$15 – Kids (ages 3-12)
Children 2 and under FREE
Gates Open: 5:30 p.m. – Pit Party: 6-7 p.m.
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
See you tonight!

FRIESEN WINS $10,000 FOR HIS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE “FIRECRACKER 50” WIN AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – In racing and other sports there is something known as a homefield advantage. Sunday evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Stewart Friesen took advantage of being home winning $10,000 for his fourth consecutive victory in the “Firecracker 50” event.

The special event held at Fonda on Sunday to celebrate the Fourth of July Independence holiday was part of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco, was the fourth edition of the “Firecracker 50” event and also round six of the River Valley Builders Modified North Region for the STSS series.

“It is so great to be back here at Fonda,” Friesen told STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. Thanks to Halmar, all our guys, it’s been a tough season. The playing field, the competition is really high right now so whenever we get a big win it’s awesome. To be here at home on the Fourth of July weekend and to get another one here at Fonda it feels real good.”

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman division was also in action in a 30-lap $2,000 to win event which was won by Rocky Warner in a pickup ride in the Brian Calabrese owned #21C. “Brian asked me numerous times to drive this car, but I just don’t have much interest in running crates especially after running modifieds and being successful. I had a lot of fun there but for his sponsors I wanted to help him out and we got the job done.”

Opening ceremonies feature a prayer by Pastor Greg Nitz followed by the Canadian National Anthem which was sung by Stephanie May and our own National Anthem which was performed by Mini Lazzaro as Matt DeLorenzo drove around the track with the American Flag attached to the back of his race car. The National Anthem was also signed by Lori Scanlon to the crowd on hand both in the grandstands and on Flo Racing.

Another fantastic job was done by the 50/50 ladies with a total of $4,209 going to Caitlyn from Chatham, NY. great job as always ladies!

A draw for starting positions placed Mat Williamson and Danny Creeden on the front row for the 50-lap event with Willaimson taking the early lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag who was celebrating his birthday on Sunday. Fifth and seventh place starters Demetrious Drellos and Stewart Friesen were getting to the front early taking the third and fifth positions respectively by the time the first caution of the event flew on lap four.

Drellos and Friesen took the second and third positions away on the restart and by lap seven Friesen got by Drellos for the second position with Williamson out to a half straightaway advantage. After a slide job in turn two to block Friesen and protect his lead, Williamson and Friesen were side by side for the lead coming to the line to complete lap 13 with Friesen now the leader after beating Willaimson to the line by a nose.

“We had a good draw for the heat race which helped us get to a redraw spot, started seventh and had a little bit of work to do,” Friesen said. “Luckily we were able to make some moves and get to the front before I kind of locked down on the bottom.”

By lap 19 Friesen was out to a straightaway advantage with the focus now turning to Matt Sheppard who started the event in the 10th position but was in the top five on lap 19 after getting by both Creeden and Rocky Warner for the spot. Sheppard took over the third position from Drellos two laps later while Friesen was now out to a half-track advantage.

At the halfway point the top five consisted of Friesen, Willaimson, Sheppard, Drellos, and Creeden with the caution out at that point for Keith Flach who slowed in turn four right in front of the leader in an anxious moment for Friesen. It took two tries to get the race restarted after Kyle Coffey spun on the backstretch on the first restart, but Friesen maintained his lead after choosing the inside for the restart as tire wear started coming into play.

Drellos slipped up high in turn one on the restart, falling back to the tenth position while Sheppard moved past Williamson for the second position. Friesen and Sheppard pulled away to make it their own race from that point on with Sheppard actually turning ¼ sec. faster lap times than Friesen at the lap 31 point in the event.

Sheppard closed in on Friesen who was having trouble getting by lap cars as the outside went away and he couldn’t find away around as they were running low on the track. Yellow flags affected the reminder of the event with three cautions from that point on never letting any of the drivers get back into a rhythm.

Sheppard had one final shot at the leader but slipped up high in turn two on the final lap allowing Friesen to get away for the win. For Friesen it was his third win of the season, the 82nd of his career at Fonda, and the 14th win in events 50 laps or longer at the “Track of Champions”. Sheppard ended up second with Williamson, Creeden, and Warner completing the top five.

“The cautions were definitely timely for us, it let us keep some clean air and keep Sheppard at bay,” Friesen said in F.X. Caprara victory lane. I was just trying to pace myself and not use up my tires or go as hard as I needed to. I figured he (Sheppard) could cook it and be right there, but the bottom was just so dominant, so it worked out and I was thankful for the cautions that we got. We’re gonna celebrate this one, it feels real good.”

“We had a real good car tonight, but we really didn’t catch any breaks with the redraw,” Sheppard told Jeff Ahlum in victory lane. “When we got up there it took me about five laps to get going after a caution, it seemed like every time I started running Stewy down a little bit we would get another yellow and get stretched back out but in all it was another real solid run for our team. A shoutout to Scotty Allen who lost a good friend this week, so we are thinking about you.”

“Not a bad run after the week that we had,” Williamson said after his third-place finish. “We’re getting there, getting better every time we come here so hopefully it’s a good adjustment for the $53,000 Fonda 200 at the end of the season. This is like Stew’s personal bank account here at Fonda so it’s tough to keep up with him and Matt (Sheppard) is good anywhere he goes so to be up here on the podium with them I’m happy about it.”

After two tries to start the event, Brett Mortensen led at the start of the 30-lap $2,000 to win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman feature which was round four in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region with Greg Havlichek in tow. On a restart on lap two, Troy Zilles who started third and Payton Talbot and Rocky Warner who started seventh were the new second and third place cars by lap ten with Mortensen in lap traffic two laps later.

Warner got by Zilles for the second position on lap 15 and before the lap was completed, he also got by Mortensen for the lead. Tire issues came into play in this feature just as it did in the modified feature as Zilles and Havlichek both got by Mortensen for the second and third positions when Mortensen’s pace started to slow as his right front tire started to go flat.

With five laps to go Mortensen slowed on the front stretch with a flat tire and one by one after that, drivers started to have tire issues putting them out of the hunt for the win. Chad Edwards brought out an unnecessary caution with two laps to go when he came to a stop in turn three to bring the caution out then drove into the pit area done for the evening.

Warner hung on to the lead for the remaining two laps on the way to his 26th career win in the division over Zilles, Talbot, sixth place starter Tanner Warner, and ninth place starter Mark Mortensen who took over the fifth position on the final lap.

“I told Brian (Car owner Brian Calabrese) that I had to focus on my modified but then told me that he would take care of everything and all I would have to do is to drive the car,” Warner said of his pickup ride in the #21C. “I also told Brian that it’s a lose, lose situation for me because if I win, I’m a bully and if I lose, they will pick on me about it but we’re here and we took home the check.”

“Finishing second to Rocky is like a win for me,” Zilles told Mimi Lazzaro after the race. “He helps me out a lot and I appreciate it.”

“We got hung out on the top for quite awhile there, we didn’t get back down I think until around lap six,” Talbot said after his third-place finish. “But the car was real good, we got by a few people so I’m glad that we could come out of here with a third-place finish. Consistency definitely helps, it helps win championships, and that is my goal this year.”

Racing action continues at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, July 9 with Sampson Motorcar Fan Appreciation Night featuring $5 grandstand admission with all regular divisions in action. The Crate 602 Sportsman will also be competing in the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Black Fag Challenge while the Pro Stocks will be competing in the Hondo Classic event. Gates will open on Saturday evening July 9 at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

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.

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

STSS MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-laps – $10,000 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Shepard, Mat Williamson, Danny Creeden, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Nick Heywood, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Bobby Hackel IV, Rich Christman, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Roger Henion Jr., JR Hurlburt, Daniel Morgiewicz, Randy Green, Michael Trautschold, Neil Stratton, Demetrious Drellos, Kyle Coffey, Billy Decker, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Brian Gleason, Andy Bachetti, Alex Yankowski, Matt DeLorenzo, Frank Cozze

3rd win of 2022 and the 82nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Williamson, 13-50 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Creeden, Varin, Friesen, Fuller

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Cozze, Henion

DID NOT QUALIFY – Randy Shantel, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Ronnie Johnson, Darwin Greene, Robert Bublak, Dave Constantino, Justin Wright, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Jessica Friesen, Tucker O’Connor, Brock Pinkerous

STSS CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30-laps – $2,000 to win – ROCKY WARNER, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Justin Comes, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tyler Peet, Jeremy Slosek, Clayton DuMond, Blaine Klinger, Carter Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Travis Green, Steve Davis, Kreg Crooker, Mike Nagel Jr., Joe Toth, Ben Feldman, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Jared LaBagh, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlichek, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Matt Perry, Chip Constantino, Thomas Sherby (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Brett Mortensen, 15-30 Rocky Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Peet, Brett Mortensen, Clark, Mark Mortensen, Zilles

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Gray, Perry

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jimmy Avery, Michael Ballestero, Dale Welty, Nick Stone, Kevin Crave, Tom Princiotta, Greg Crooker, Griffen Mansmith, Harry Shaffer, Dylan Madsen, Jason Reome, Doug Kline

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Palmer 17 positions from 31st to 14th

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

SUNDAY, JULY 3 BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) FUELED BY SUNOCO “FIRECRACKER 50”

STSS MODIFIED FEATURE – 50-laps – $10,000 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Shepard, Mat Williamson, Danny Creeden, Rocky Warner, Chris Curtis, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Nick Heywood, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Bobby Hackel IV, Rich Christman, Mike Mahaney, David Schilling, Roger Henion Jr., JR Hurlburt, Daniel Morgiewicz, Randy Green, Michael Trautschold, Neil Stratton, Demetrious Drellos, Kyle Coffey, Billy Decker, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Brian Gleason, Andy Bachetti, Alex Yankowski, Matt DeLorenzo, Frank Cozze

3rd win of 2022 and the 82nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Friesen

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Williamson, 13-50 Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Creeden, Varin, Friesen, Fuller

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Cozze, Henion

DID NOT QUALIFY – Randy Shantel, JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, Jack Lehner, Ronnie Johnson, Darwin Greene, Robert Bublak, Dave Constantino, Justin Wright, Ray Zemken, Bill August, Jessica Friesen, Tucker O’Connor, Brock Pinkerous

STSS CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30-laps – $2,000 to win – ROCKY WARNER, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Tanner Warner, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Justin Comes, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tyler Peet, Jeremy Slosek, Clayton DuMond, Blaine Klinger, Carter Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Travis Green, Steve Davis, Kreg Crooker, Mike Nagel Jr., Joe Toth, Ben Feldman, Chad Edwards, Brendan Gibbons, Jared LaBagh, Brett Mortensen, Greg Havlichek, Taylor LaPlante, Jeremy Tyrrell, Stephen Gray, Matt Perry, Chip Constantino, Thomas Sherby (DNS)

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

LAP LEADERS – 1-14 Brett Mortensen, 15-30 Rocky Warner

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Peet, Brett Mortensen, Clark, Mark Mortensen, Zilles

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Gray, Perry

DID NOT QUALIFY – Jimmy Avery, Michael Ballestero, Dale Welty, Nick Stone, Kevin Crave, Tom Princiotta, Greg Crooker, Griffen Mansmith, Harry Shaffer, Dylan Madsen, Jason Reome, Doug Kline

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Troy Palmer 17 positions from 31st to 14th

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

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Last week Matt DeLorenzo and his crew chief, his brother Mike DeLorenzo, learned what a little change can do to your racecar. This week they used that lesson to dial the BBL Companies #3D Bicknell car back to early season form when he won three feature events at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

“Mike did a lot of studying over the winter to try to figure out the springs and shocks,” DeLorenzo told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “We learned that you can make a little bit of an adjustment and throw yourself off like we did last week when we tried to tighten the car up and it was way too tight, and I couldn’t drive it. But it was definitely on tonight.”

Other winners at Fonda on Ferris Mowers Night featuring the F.X. Caprara Car Companies Thunder on the Thruway Series were Cody Clark (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock), Connor Prokop (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Todd Morey (SOHC Fonda Four Cylinder), and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder).

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS) was also in action at Fonda on Saturday evening with Jimmy Fugel (MVVDMS Antiques), Harry Baldwin (MVVDMS Mystiques), Will Reed (MVVDMS Late Models), Joe Rando (MVVDMS Sportsman), and Jack Miller (MVVDMS Modifieds) the winners of their feature events.

Earlier in the day at the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum the 2022 class was inducted which included drivers AJ Romano, Tim Clemons, and Steve Welch along with car owner Jeff McWalker. The 6th Annual Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Award was also given to Alton & Carole Palmer and the Eagles Club 3846 of Canajoharie, NY.

The Eagles Club made a $500 donation to the Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club which was accepted by Ashley Abeling the Kid’s Club organizer. It was also announced at the ceremony that Alton & Carole Palmer have permanently donated the last car that Jack Johnson ever drove, the iconic #12A, to the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum.

Special thanks for some bonuses that were paid out on Saturday evening at Fonda including in no particular order RCK Motorsports who paid out $50 to each of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock heat race winners, the Man with the Red Chair who paid out $100 to feature finishing positions 2-11 in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature, and Upstate Auto who donated $50 to both the single overhead and dual overhead cam feature winners in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim King was on hand with Chris Moore to handle the announcing duties on Saturday while Dan Haslun was on the mic for the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVDMS). Pastor Greg Nitz said the prayer during opening ceremonies while Joe Kriss performed the National Anthem. Ther winner of the 50/50 was Harry from Canajoharie who took home $3,096 thanks to the hard work of the 50/50 girls Rose, Julie, and Heather!

A draw for starting positions in the 30-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Sunoco Modified feature event put heat race winner Mike Mahaney and Pep Corradi on the front row for the start of the feature with Mahaney taking the early lead. Seventh place starter Matt DeLorenzo was already up to the fourth position on lap three while Mahaney was out to a straightaway advantage over Corradi two laps later on lap five.

DeLorenzo took the second position away from Corradi on lap seven with Mahaney now in lap traffic allowing DeLorenzo to close in quickly on the leader. DeLorenzo took over the lead two laps later with a quick move on the inside of both a lap car and Mahaney and stretched out his lead to almost a half-track with ten laps to go despite heavy lap traffic throughout the rest of the event.

“My car was really good off of turn two, getting a lot of bite on the outside, DeLorenzo said afterwards. “The lap cars were brutal, I didn’t know how close he (Mahaney) was after I got by him and then I was lapping some pretty good cars, so I was praying for no cautions.”

The top five at the halfway point in the event consisted of DeLorenzo, Mahaney, Corradi, Ronnie Johnson, and David Schilling. Ronnie Johnson was the new third place car on lap 16 after getting by Corradi for the position with 15th place starter Rocky Warner, who was in a #16 tribute car to 2022 Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame inductee AJ Romano, taking the fourth position away from Schilling on lap 24.

With DeLorenzo out to a comfortable advantage over Mahaney and Johnson, the focus turned to Warner, Schilling, and Alex Yankowski who were battling side by side in lap traffic for the fourth position. When Joe Kriss waved the checkered flag at the end of thirty laps DeLorenzo crossed the finish line first for his fourth victory of the season and the 41st time of his career at Fonda followed by Mahaney, Johnson, Warner, and Yankowski.

“Hats off to my brother Mike who has these cars dialed in with Brian (Gleason) winning last week for his first career win,” DeLorenzo said. “We ran at Albany Saratoga last night and here at Fonda tonight with the same car, we worked on it all day today to get it ready for tonight and I am really looking forward to the “Firecracker 50” tomorrow.”

A draw for starting positions determined the starting lineup for the 25-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature with Jason Reome leading at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot followed by fourth place starter Cody Clark in second.

Third place starter Payton Talbot and 12th place starter Chad Edwards both moved past Cory White for the third and fourth positions by lap eight with Reome now in lap traffic. The top three of Reome, Clark, and Talbot were racing hard for the lead on lap ten just before the caution was out for Clayton DuMond who was facing the wrong way on the backstretch.

Clark took over the lead on the restart coming out of turn two with Edwards and Talbot also getting by Reome for the second and third positions. At the halfway point the top five consisted of Clark, Edwards, Talbot, Chip Constantino, and Reome with Clark now out to a straightaway lead.

After starting back in the 15th position, Mark Mortensen moved in to the top five with five laps to go with Clark going three wide at times to stay ahead of Edwards and Talbot who without the benefit of anymore cautions were never able to close in to challenge for the lead. Clark went on to his third win of the season and the 16th of his career in Upstate Motorsports #4 DKM car followed by Edwards, Talbot, Constantino, and Mark Mortensen.

“The track was definitely tricky tonight,” Clark said after the win. “Early on the car was real good, we threw some different stuff at it just trying to develop and get even better but all in all the car was good. I just couldn’t get through lap traffic the way that I wanted to, I couldn’t roll the corner like I wanted to that’s what made it tough.”

Ivan Joslin started the 20-lap Thunder on the Thruway Series Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature on the outside of the front row and took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Luke Horning started the event in the fifth position and got by AJ Walters for the third position on lap two and one lap later Horning was the new second place car after getting by Gary Silkey,

Sixth place starter Chuck Dumblewski got around the outside of both Jason Morrison and Horning for the second position on lap seven with the caution coming out shortly afterwards for Randy Cosselman who spun in turn four. On the restart, Dumblewski took away the lead from Joslin who dropped out of the event on lap 11 while in the top five.

Kenny Gates brought out the final caution of the event on lap 13 when he came to a stop in turn three while Dumblewski continued to lead on the restart. Tenth place starter Nick Stone was in the second position for this restart with Dumblewski choosing the outside for the restart. When the green flag flew Dumblewski was about as high as you could go on the track while Stone was looking for any way that he could to get by for the lead.

That’s exactly what happened with two laps to go when Stone got by Dumblewski on the inside of turn four and went on to his ninth win of the season and the 68th of his career over Dumblewski, eighth place starter Beau Ballard, Horning, and Morrison.

“A second-place finish would have been great there, that was an awesome race,” Stone said in victory lane. “The slicker the track gets it is an equalizer so nobody really has much over anybody and it is up to whoever can be the smoothest or find a little bit of bite to get off the corners. I think after showing the nose to Chuck that he wasn’t hitting his marks like he was before the caution because there was no catching him before that.”

Michael Kalkbrenner started the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature on the outside of the front row and was the race leader at the drop of the green flag. Fifth place starter Connor Prokop moved through the field to the second position with only a few laps remaining and on lap 12 took over the lead on the inside of turn two.

Prokop went on to his second win of the season and the second of his career at Fonda in the Eagle Towing & Recovery sponsored #12P over seventh place starter Zach Dufel, Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, and Walter Cook.

“After wrecking last week this is special,” Prokop said in victory lane. After extensive tech after the win Prokop said, “I wasn’t real worried because I knew that our car is legal.”

Kerrie Hollenback went on to his seventh win of the season and the 29th time in his career at Fonda in the DOHC Fonda Fair Four Cylinder division while Todd Morey took the win in the SOHC class for his first career win in the division at Fonda. Morey’s excitement showed just how much it meant for him to be in victory lane at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

“I was six months old in diapers with my dad when he brought me here,” a very excited Morey said in victory lane. “I’ve been here my whole life, went and did the Monster Truck stuff and got some wins, then came back here and announced with Jim King at sixteen years old. I am so happy right now, I WON AT FONDA SPEEDWAY Morey shouted!

The Independence Holiday weekend action continues at the Fonda Speedway today Sunday, July 3 when 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.”

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will take the stage on Sunday for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win affair in Round No. 6 of the River Valley Builders Modified 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 the Fonda Speedway, winning all three previous renditions of the “Firecracker 50,” plus the 2021 “Fonda 200,” which fell under STSS sanctioning.

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

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.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 FERRIS MOWERS PRESENTS THE F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – $4,000 to win – MATT DELORENZO, Mike Mahaney, Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Warner, Alex Yankowski, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Bobby Varin, Ryan Odasz, Jessica Friesen, Demetrious Drellos, Dave Constantino, Jack Lehner, Tucker O’Connor, Chris Curtis, JaMike Sowle, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Darwin Greene, Kyle Coffey, Neil Stratton, Roger Henion Jr., Rich Christman, Nick Heywood, Randy Green, Ray Zemken, Justin Wright, JR Hurlburt, Frank Cozze, Jim Introne Jr., Aaron Jacobs

4th win of 2022 and the 41st of his career in the division at Fonda for DeLorenzo

LAP LEADERS – 1-8 Mahaney, 9-30 DeLorenzo

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Schilling, Mahaney, Sowle

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – $1,500 to win – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Chip Constantino, Mark Mortensen, Troy Zilles, Jason Reome, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Stephen Gray, Tanner Warner, Joe Toth, Kevin Chaffee, Brendan Gibbons, Troy Palmer, Cory White, Brett Mortensen, Jason Greco, Thomas Sherby, Carter Gibbons, Greg Havlichek, Harry Shaffer, Jeremy Tyrrell, Jeremy Slosek, Griffen Mansmith, Peter Lorenzo, Jim Avery, Steve Davis, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Tim Dwyer, Clayton DuMond, Kevin Ward

3rd win of 2022 and the 16th of his career in the division at Fonda for Clark

LAP LEADERS – 1-10 Reome, 11-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – DuMond, Clark, Reome

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Palmer 13 positions 27th to 14th

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,000 to win – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, AJ Walters, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Caden Dumblewski, Gary Silkey, Billy Hillman, Ken Griffen, Don Collins, Ivan Joslin, Dan Krajewski, John Holmes (DNS)

9th win of 2022 and the 68th of his career in the division at Fonda for Stone

$100 bonus for finishing positions 2-11 from the Man with the Red Chair

LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Joslin, 8-18 Chuck Dumblewski, 19-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus to each heat race winner from RCK Motorsports – Stone, Ballard

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – CONNOR PROKOP, Zach Dufel, Michael Kalkbrenner, Lance Hill, Walter Cook, Kyle Dingman, Mark Lighthall, Ryan Sweet, Matt Perry, Harold Robitaille, John Anderson, Bob Rowback, AJ Greco, Frank Twing Jr., Wesley Sutliff, Nate Bedell, Gus Kamburelis (DNS)

2nd win of 2022 and the 2nd of his career in the division at Fonda for Prokop

LAP LEADERS – 1-11 Kalkbrenner, 12-15 Prokop

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Cook, Dufel

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Justin Ramsey, Corey Valade, TODD MOREY (SOHC), TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, Christopher Jennings Sr., Josh Ramsey, Wayne Russell Jr, Ken Hollenback, Dale VanAllen, Kyle Lanfear, Lee Horning, Olivia Swinton, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit (DNS)

1st career win in the division for Morey (SOHC)

7th win of 2022 and the 29th of his career in the division for Kerrie Hollenback

$50 to each winner in the division (Morey SOHC & Kerrie Hollenback DOHC) from Upstate Auto

LAP LEADERS – 1-3 Peek-Britten, 4 Ken Hollenback, 5-12 Kerrie Hollenback

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) ANTIQUE FEATURE – JIMMY FUGEL, Don Briggs, Speedy Niedeheimer, Bryan Scofield, Jimmy Hyde, Mike Wheeler, John Wood, Dustin Shepard, Mark Reardon, Charlie Scofield, Harley Sheppard

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MYSTIQUE FEATURE – HARRY BALDWIN, Carl Cram, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Rich Leveque, George Berbench, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) LATE MODEL FEATURE – WILL REED, John Roese, Ed Docskalik, Curtis Condon

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE RANDO, Merv Blackwell, Dan Colvin, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Paul Billings, Malach Mathews, Larry Stokes (DNS)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES (MVVDMS) MODIFIED FEATURE – JACK MILLER, Randy Delaney, Jackie Brown Sr.

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