Friesen claims third win of season at Fonda

FONDA – Stewart Friesen was in the right place at the right time, again, at Fonda Speedway.

Friesen was running second to Matt DeLorenzo as they weaved their way through lapped traffic.

With nine laps to go DeLorenzo misjudged the line Justin Boehler was running and had to take evasive action, cutting over Victory Lane, through the infield and exiting back onto the racing surface between turns one and two.

DeLorenzo lost two spots, the lead to Friesen and second place to Jeremy Wilder, on the infield excursion.

DeLorenzo recovered to pass Wilder for second but ran out of time as Friesen crossed under the checkers for his third modified feature win of the season.

“We were closing on him and it was going to be a hell of a race,” Friesen said in Victory Lane. “Matt just misjudged lapped traffic a bit. There were a good two grooves to race and it bit him this time. It could happen to me.”

Joining Friesen with victories Saturday night were Ricky Quick (602 sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock) and Rob VanAernam (street stock). Kerrie Hollenbeck and Ken Hollenbeck won the dual and single cam 4-cylinder features.

Dave Lape showed the field of 28 modifieds the fast way around the track through the first five laps before Darwin Greene overtook him on lap six.

The caution flew a lap later when Ronnie Johnson came to a stop on the backstretch with a flat tire.

DeLorenzo bolted to the lead from third on the restart and Friesen followed from fifth into third.

Greene held off Friesen until lap nine, which allowed DeLorenzo to open a lead before hitting lapped traffic.

As DeLorenzo and Friesen made their way through the backmarkers, Greene, Jimmy Davis and Wilder were locked in a tight battle for third.

Wilder made a bold move, scraping the first turn wall before shooting from fifth to third as the trio exited turn two.

Although Friesen was recording quick lap times, DeLorenzo was pick the right lines through traffic to hold the challenger at bay.

Until lap 21.

Boehler began to slow with mechanical problems and dropped to the bottom of the speedway. DeLorenzo had committed to the line and checked up before turning hard left narrowly missing the inside wall.

Friesen slipped by, as did Wilder, before DeLorenzo made his way back onto the racing surface between turns one and two.

Friesen broke away from the pack and finished just shy of six seconds ahead of DeLorenzo. Wilder finished third with Davis and Greene rounding out the top five. Elmo Reckner, Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Jeff Trombley and Mark Kislowski completed the top 10.

Broderson made a strong bid for the lead on the second lap of the 20-lap pro stock feature and it proved to be with winning move.

The defending division champion powered under Luke Horning and Chuck McSpirit to game the lead before the caution flew for a multi-car wreck involving Horning, John Bradt, Kenny Gates and Nick Stone. Bradt was shook up in the wreck and along with Horning, retired to the pits, while Gates and Stone made repairs and stayed in the hunt.

For the second race in a row, Gates worked his way from the back of the pack, and got the break he was looking for as the caution flew with two laps remaining, closing the pack up to Broderson’s back bumper.

Broderson was up to the challenge, holding off Kenny Martin, Gates, Ivan Joslin and Normoyle for his second win of the season.

Normoyle was disqualified in post race tech for an illegal distributor, moving Chuck Dumblewski into the top five.

Jason Greco led the opening lap of the 20-lap 602 sportsman feature but relinquished the lead to Quick on a lap-two restart.

Quick distanced himself from the pack leaving Greco, Tim Hartman Jr. and Brian Pessolano to battle for the runner-up spot.

Hartman took over second on lap four but was soon challenged by Pessolano for the spot.

Pessolano was able to move past him at the midway point but could not run down Quick before the checkers.

Dave Constantino came on late in the race to take third with Hartman fourth and Rocky Warner fifth.

With the fifth-place finish, Warner moved to the top of the 602 sportsman point standings.

Jerry Cohn and Wayne Rubscha battled on the front end of the 10-lap street stock feature with Cohn holding the point until VanAernam moved past on lap seven.

Reuben Kennedy Jr. rallied to challenge VanAernam on the final lap, but could not catch him before he received the checkers for a birthday present. It was the second straight win for VanAernam.