Warner cashes in at Fonda Speedway; Edwards claims second straight win

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FONDA — After being denied a victory at Fonda Speedway last season, Rocky Warner made sure it wasn’t going to happen this season.

Warner made the most of his front-row starting position to lead from green-to-checkers in the Jake Spraker-owned 1J to pick up the victory in the 40-lap, $12,000-to-win Montgomery County Open on Andy’s Service night Saturday at the Fonda Speedway.

With the victory, the 2019 track champion picked up a guaranteed starting spot in in the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 on Sept.18.

Defending 602 Sportsman champion Chad Edwards picked up his second-straight victory Saturday, while Devon Camenga took home his first career feature win in the 20-lap pro stock main event and Carter Gibbons picked up his first victory at Fonda Speedway in the 15 lap limited sportsman feature.

Slappy White (DOHC) and Wayne Russell Jr. (SOHC) were declared the winners in the 4-cylinder cruiser division after Tony Frezzo and PJ Bleau,. the first two drivers under the checkers in both division, failed postrace tech.

For the special Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series features, the winners were Darral Hulbert (Modified), Curtis Condon (Late Model), Jon Kuleszo (Sportsman), and Frank Blanchard (Antique).

Warner and Cale Ross brought the field of 27 modifieds to the green with Warner immediately taking charge, leaving Brown to battle with Bobby Varin and Craig Hanson for the second spot.

Back-to-back cautions on lap three kept the field close to Warner and allowed Ronnie Johnson to pull into third behind Brown with Hanson, Varin and Josh Hohenforst close behind.

Johnson used a lape nine restart to moved into second with Hanson, Mike Maresca and Hohenforst rounding out the top five.

Maresca’s night came to an end on lap 14 when his car slowed but made it to the infield to avoid bringing out the caution.

Warner began encountering traffic on lap 16 and saw a large lead disappear as he could not find a clear path around the slower car of Shane Jablonka.

Johnson threaded his way through the traffic and closed in on Warner only to have his momentum slowed when Jablonka slowed with engine trouble. Warner was able to get past, but Johnson had to check up to avoid Jablonka, allowing Warner to get away.

After the caution flew for Jablonka’s disabled car, Johnson got another shot at Warner on the en suing restart but Warner had enough to maintain his lead over the final 16 laps to notch his seventh career modified feature win at the Track of Champions.

Johnson finished second, followed by Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo and Anthony Perrego. Tim Fuller, Varin, Brown, Billy Pauch Jr., and David Schilling complete the top 10.

“I actually hate starting on the pole I’d rather start fifth or sixth, but I just stayed on the bottom and after trying to decide whether to run a softer tire we ran the same tire that we run here weekly and it worked,” Warner said in Victory Lane. “Last week the car just wouldn’t run. Jake came in the shop and said what’s wrong, so we sent the carburetor out and thanks to Pro Power and Willy’s for their help getting it straightened out.”

Starting on the outside pole, Edwards grabbed the lead away from pole-sitter Payton Talbot and Time Hartman Jr. Cody Clark made his way into second on lap seven.

Edwards held off Clark on back-to-back restarts on lap 15 and stayed in control over the final 10 laps to park the John Kollar-owned 10% in Victory Lane for his 11th career win.

Clark was second followed by Hartman, Tony Farone and Talbot. Brian Calabrese, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons and Dan Santabarbara made up the second five.

“Last week was my first ever opening night win here at Fonda and tonight was my first ever back-to-back win,” Edwards said in Victory Lane. “The track was completely different from last week, but I started on the outside pole and got in front of the 14 [Talbot] at the start and tried to stay on the bottom.”

Camenga started the 20-lap Pro Stock feature on the pole and led at the start over third place starter Steve Cosselman.

Jim Normoyle and Jason Morrison settled in behind Camenga on a lap five restart but could not find a way past the leader.

Defending track champion Nick Stone moved into the top five and used a lap seven restart to moved into the runner-up spot.

Camenga held his line onthe bottom of the speedway, while Stone used a higher line to put a nose ahead and lead lap 12, but could not hold the spot as Camenga battled back to retake the lead and held off Stone and Kenny Gates for his first career win. Chuck Dumblewski finished fourth with Beau Ballard fifth.

“It’s been a little over nine years to get my first career win anywhere,” Camenga said in Victory Lane. “People don’t realize how hard it is but tonight they were going to have to move me off the bottom if they were going to get by me. I’m at a loss of words right now.”

Carter Gibbons led every lap of the 15-lap limited sportsman feature event for his first career win at Fonda, followed by Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond and Mike Formont.

Racing will return to the track Saturday on O’Connor Motorsports/Southern Adirondack Night. All divisions will be in action and will will be the first of six events in the Pro Stock American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series with $1,000 to win.

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

Andy’s Speed Shop Night results

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – $12,000 to win Montgomery County Open – 40-Laps – ROCKY WARNER, Ronnie Johnson, Craig Hanson, Matt DeLorenzo, Anthony Perrego, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Jackie Brown, Jr., Billy Pauch Jr., David Schilling, Alan Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Hoetzler, Dave Constantino, JaMike Sowle, Dave Marcuccilli, Rich Christman, Shane Jablonka, Chris Curtis, Michael Maresca, Alan Barker, Brian Pessolano, Danny Tyler, Cale Ross, Brian Gleason, Brandon Hightower

Lap Leaders – 1-40 Warner

Heat Race Winners – Ross, Maresca, Warner, Tyler all won $112 from Finish Line Landscaping

Consolation Race Winners – Fuller, Alan Johnson

Did Not Qualify – Steve Akers, Bobby Hackel IV, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, Bailey Boyd, Danny Hieber, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Dylan Scribner, George Foley, Brett Hass

MAC Tools Hard Charger Award $500 certificate – Tim Fuller 15 spots 21st to 6th

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – CHAD EDWARDS, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Brian Calabrese, Troy Palmer, Mark Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Dan Santabarbara, Mike Ketchum, Tim Dwyer, Ricky Quick, Tanner Warner, Chip Constantino, Aaron Burton, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Thompson, Addison Bowman, Jason Greco, Troy Zilles, Bill August, Brett Mortensen, Brian Borst, Fire Swamp, Tucker O’Connor, EJ McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-25 Edwards

Heat Race Winners – Hartman Jr., Mark Mortensen, Clark, Borst

Consolation Race Winners – Greco, Warner

Did Not Qualify – Dylan Eldred, Dave Ricer, Kathy Bellen, Anthony Cardamone, Rick Wegner Jr., Michael McCallion, Shane Larman, Joe Orlando, Ray Zemken, Griffen Mansmith, Jason Reome

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – $100 certificate Kurtis Hohensheldt

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-Laps – DEVON CAMENGA, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Josh Coonradt, Luke Horning, Jim Normoyle, AJ Walters, Bill Knapp, Gary Silkey, Steve Cosselman, Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman, Dan Krajewski (DNS)

Lap Leaders – 1-11 Camenga, 12 Stone, 13-20 Camenga

Heat Race Winners – Stone, Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – CARTER GIBBONS, Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Clayton DuMond, Mike Formont, Johnny Young, Kyle Dingman, Jerry Cohn, Ryan Sweet, Stephen Gray, Jonathan Feagles

Lap Leaders – 1-15 Gibbons

Heat Race Winners – Young, DuMond

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – SLAPPY WHITE (DOHC), WAYNE RUSSELL JR. (SOHC), Justin Pope, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, Billy Hillman, Zach McSpirit, Shawn Hemstreet, Andrew VanHoesen, Lee Horning, Ken Hollenback, Tyler White, Dale VanAllen, Brandon Tyler, David Peek-Britten, Jamie Warner, Tony Frezzo (DQ), PJ Bleau (DQ)

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES ANTIQUE FEATURE – FRANK BLANCHARD, Chuck Scofield, Bryan Scofield, Stew Pidasso, Ed Docskalik, Mike Cole, Mark Reardon, Don Briggs, Harley Sheppard, Taylor Wheeler

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES VINTAGE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JON KULESZO, Dan Wood, Stephen Denton, Bryon Seyfried, Brian Gray, John Constantino, Mike Francisco, Mike Brown, Dan Karl, George Palmer, Jimmy Fugel, Mike Wheeler, Carl Cram

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES MODIFIED FEATURE – DARRAL HULBERT, Merv Blackwell, Stanley Wetmore, Randy Delaney, Jack Miller, Joe Firstium, Mark Anatriello

MOHAWK VALLEY VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED SERIES LATE MODEL FEATURE – CURTIS CONDON, John Roese, Kirk Lawson, Will Reed, Brent Tardy, Adam Warner (DNS)

By Paul Wager