Racing Around: DeLorenzo denied win by detour

When I first started covering sporting events, a veteran reporter gave me a bit of advice – always look for the “wow” factor – something good or bad that happens that makes you stop and say “Wow, did you see that?”

Saturday night’s “wow” factor definitely has to go to Matt DeLorenzo.

While leading Saturday’s modified feature at Fonda Speedway, DeLorenzo had to take evasive action to avoid the lapped car of Justin Boehler. The engine in Boehler’s car faltered as he exited turn four and he pulled to the bottom of the speedway not knowing that DeLorenzo was bearing down and also was committed to the low side coming off turn four as he and second-place running Stewart Friesen weaved their way through lapped traffic.

DeLorenzo turned hard left onto the infield, avoiding contact with Boehler, traveling across Victory Lane, threading his way between portable stairs and a light pole on the infield, down the old dragstrip, avoiding photographers and back out onto the racing surface in third behind Friesen and Jeremy Wilder. He recovered to finish second behind Friesen. It was a move that would have been replayed multiple times and probably overanalyzed if it happened in a Sunday Sprint Cup race.

There were several “Wows” in that ride: Wow, what a great job of driving! Wow, how did he avoid everything? Wow, can you imagine if the pits were still on the infield?


Following the pro stock feature Saturday at Fonda Speedway it was announced that fifth-place finisher Jim Normoyle had been disqualified in post-race tech for an illegal distributor.

Although not announced before the end of the night; after further review of the rules, Normoyle’s finish and points were reinstated.

Out for a while

After winning Saturday’s pro stock feature, Pete Broderson said he had injured his arm earlier in the week and was actually advised to take the night off from racing.

Broderson, the defending division champion and current points leader, announced on Facebook this week that he will not be behind the wheel of the No. 53B for a while because he will be having surgery on his arm today and will miss most of the remainder of the season.

Upcoming events

You can add fireworks to the upcoming events at Fonda Speedway.

It has been announced that Fonda Speedway will host a fireworks, sponsored by Mike Sowle and Sowle Tractor Repair, on July 6.

The upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model event on June 19 is shaping up to be an outstanding show.

The top 11 drivers in the points battle are heading to Fonda Speedway along with Billy Decker and Tim Fuller, who have had success with big blocks at the Track of Champions, returning with their late models.

General admission for the event, which also includes a 30-lap modified feature, will be $30 and $3 for children ages 6 to 11 and children 5 and under will be admitted free.

Friesen wins

at Rolling Wheels

Stewart Friesen picked up the 60-lap, $6,000-to-win DIRTcar Hall of Fame 60 victory Wednesday night at Rolling Wheels Speedway.

Friesen started ninth and quickly made his way to the front in the Burdick No. 1F to win the caution-free event. The race was the first points race of the big block series.