Friesen claims modified victory at Fonda

Tony Farone (18), Mark Mortensen (1M) and Rocky Warner race through turns three and four during sportsman action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — Tim Fuller may have got the best of Stewart Friesen in the opening round of the Bill Anagnostopulos Elimination Race but at the end of the night Friesen parked his No. 44 in Victory Lane for his third modified feature win of the season Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

While Friesen celebrated his 44th career win at the Track of Champions, Aaron Burton celebrated his first career feature win in the 25-lap 602 sportsman main event.

They were joined in Victory Lane by pro stock feature winner Chuck Dumblewski, limited sportsman victor Kathy Bellen and cruiser main event winner Kerry Hollenbeck. Steve Cosselman made it two wins in a row as for the second-straight week he pulled off a last-lap pass to win the street stock main event.

Cody Bleau grabbed the early lead in the 30-lap modified main event and showed the field the fast way around the track for the first five laps before Friesen took over the lead on a lap-six restart.

Friesen built a half-track advantage over Bleau as he battled with Ronnie Johnson and Bobby Varin for the second spot.

Friesen’s advantage was wiped out when the caution flew on lap. 16.

Johnson could not take advantage of the restart as, with a clear track in front of him, Friesen again pulled away to record his 44th career modified feature win and pad his division points lead.

Johnson held off Varin for second with Josh Hohenforst fourth and Fuller fifth. Mike Maresca, Darwin Greene, Jeremy Wilder Justin Boehler and Scott Huber rounded out the top 10.

After a restart on the initial drop of the green in the 602 sportsman main event, Burton took command of the race with Cody Clark and Nick Scavia in close pursuit.

Burton survived a pair of early-race restarts and was able to build a 15-car length advantage over Scavia as he had to pay attention to defending his spot against Adam McAulliffe.

McAulliffe got under Scavia a couple of times entering turn one but Scavia, who graduated from Broadalbin-Perth High School on Friday night, was able to turn back the challenges but could not mount a charge for the lead as Burton crossed under the checkers for his first career feature win.

Scavia was second, followed by McAulliffe, Rocky Warner and Clark.

Jim Normoyle and Jason Morrison brought the 22-car field of pro stocks to the green, with Normoyle taking the lead enter the first turn.

He held off the pack on a pair of early-race restarts before Dumblewski rolled into second on lap four.

Normoyle held Dumblewski at bay until lap 11 when the Amsterdam veteran found a path to the front, bring Ivan Joslin with him.

Jason Casey joined Dumblewski and Joslin on a lap-16 restart and picked his way into second with two laps to go but could not catch Dumblewski before he crossed under the checkers for his 11th career pro stock victory.

Luke Horning got up for third with Joslin fourth and Randy Cosselman fifth. Kenny Gates, Normoyle, WJ Walters, Cassidy Wilson and Gus Hollner completed the second five.

Racing returns to Fonda Speedway next Saturday with the annual 30-lap Hondo Classic for the pro stock division. They will be joined by the CRSA sprint cars along with regular feature events for the modifieds, 602 sportsman, street stock and limited sportsman.

By Paul Wager

Leave a Reply