Racing Around: Dumond, Sutliff get first Sportsman victories; Friesen wins 84th modified feature

Racing Around: Dumond, Sutliff get first Sportsman victories; Friesen wins 84th modified feature

By JAMES A. ELLISFONDA — On a night when Stewart Friesen picked up his 84th career modified feature win, Clayton Dumond and Wesley Sutliff picked up their first career Sportsman victories Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.Dumond, who was involved in a multi-car accident in warm-ups, recovered to hold off Cody Clark for his first career 25-lap Crate 602 Sportsman feature win.Sutliff backed up his first heat race victory of the season by leading the Limited Sportsman feature from green to checkers for his first career feature win.Ivan Joslin returned to Victory Lane for the first time since 2019 with a…
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Carburetor change propels Danny Varin to Fonda Speedway checkered flag

Carburetor change propels Danny Varin to Fonda Speedway checkered flag

By JAMES A. ELLISFONDA — Early-season engine trouble in the Magsarus modified has plagued Danny Varin at Fonda Speedway this season.However, his 360 ESS sprint car season has been going really well as last Saturday, after a last-to-first run, Varin parked his 360 ESS sprint car in victory lane at Fonda Speedway for his third win of the season.Varin kept his momentum going this week by leading every lap of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature to collect his first modified feature win at the Track of Champions since August 2019.“We had to blow up every motor we had in the…
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Hanson rebounds, leads all 35 laps in Fonda modified feature victory

Hanson rebounds, leads all 35 laps in Fonda modified feature victory

By James A. EllisFONDA — After a hard wreck last week, Craig Hanson was ready to call it quits, but his friends and crew convinced him to keep going.Hanson made the most of an advantageous front row starting spot to lead all 35 laps of the modified feature and record his first modified feature win since July 2016 Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.As an added bonus, the victory served as a special birthday present for his father and former modified feature winner Kenny.“I really wanted to win one for dad on his birthday,” Hanson said in Victory Lane. “After the…
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Racing Around: Stewart Friesen, Chad Edwards get season-opening wins at Fonda

Racing Around: Stewart Friesen, Chad Edwards get season-opening wins at Fonda

By James A. Ellis FONDA — Stewart Friesen and Chad Edwards picked up right where they left off at the end of the season at Fonda Speedway. Both drivers survived multiple restarts, turning back all challengers to pick up opening night victories Sunday at The Track of Champions. With rain postponing Saturday’s race program to Sunday, Friesen took home the $12,000 winners check after claiming victory in the 40-lap Montgomery County Open Jack Johnson Memorial, while Edwards led from green to checkers in his 25-lap 602 sportsman feature win. Joining Friesen and Edwards with opening-night victories were Nick Stone (pro…
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Fonda-Fultonville senior Carter Petersen becomes fifth athlete from family to reach championships as a hurdler

Fonda-Fultonville senior Carter Petersen becomes fifth athlete from family to reach championships as a hurdler

FONDA — Every family has its traditions, legacies that pass from one generation to the next.Maybe it’s a family business, or a pastime like hunting or fishing, or a secret family recipe that gets handed down from generation to generation.For the Petersen family, track and field — specifically, hurdling — is in their DNA.When Fonda-Fultonville senior Carter Petersen crossed the finish line on Feb. 5 at Hudson Valley Community College to win the boys’ 55-meter hurdles at the Section II indoor track and field state qualifying meet, he became the fifth Petersen to qualify for a New York state championship,…
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