Friesen registers fourth modified win of the season at Fonda Speedway
FONDA – Stewart Friesen got the break he was looking for with 12 laps remaining in Saturday’s 30-lap modified feature at Fonda Speedway.
A.J. Romano was in control of the race with Brian Gleason and Alton Palmer battling behind him for the runner-up spot and Friesen running a distant fourth.
The caution flew when Jeff Rockefeller spun up against the third turn wall and Justin Boehler came to a stop in turn four with a flat tire.
Friesen used a second lap 18 restart to move from fourth to second and then to the lead with three laps remaining to claim his second-straight modified feature win.
Chris Schaffer recorded his first feature win at Fonda Speedway in the 602 Sportsman division, while Pete Broderson was a repeat winner in the pro stocks and Rob VanAernam picked up his third win in as many weeks in the street stock main event. Ken Hollenbeck remained undefeated in the 4-cylinder single cam division, while Shaun Ryba won his second 4-cylinder dual cam main event of the season.
Romano wasted little time getting to the front from his third-row starting spot, passing early-race leader Gleason on lap seven.
The Johnstown modified pilot pulled away from Gleason, leaving him to battle with Palmer and Jeremy Wilder for the runner-up spot.
Friesen picked his way from deep in the pack and joined the top five on lap 11, bring Matt DeLorenzo with him.
Romano’s lead was eliminated when Rockefeller and Boehler came to a stop on lap 18.
The field went under the red flag on the restart when contact between Danny Varin, who was running 10th, and Todd Morey sent Varin on his roof at the top of the frontstretch.
Friesen powered his way from fourth to second on the restart and cut the distance between himself and Romano as the leader began to show smoke.
Romano battled his way through lap traffic, making a hole between the lapped cars of Josh Flint and Ken McGuire on lap 25, Friesen followed Romano through the hole and two laps later found a way past Romano to take home the victory.
Romano finished second followed by Jeff Trombley, DeLorenzo and Gleason. Ronnie Johnson, who started scratch on the field, finished sixth with Wilder, Craig Hanson, Bodie Bellinger and Jimmy Davis rounding out the top 10.
Drew Fallis showed the field of 28 602 sportsman the fast way around the speedway with Schaffer and Mark Mortensen in pursuit with five car lengths between each of them.
The red flag flew with three laps remaining when Shea Montgomery made hard contact with the first turn wall and ended up flipping.
Schaffer made his way under Fallis between turns three and four to take the lead and held off Fallis for his first career win at the Track of Champions.
Fallis was second with David Constantino third, Adam McAuliffe fourth and Rocky Warner fifth. Mortensen finished second followed by Ray Zemken, Cody Bleau, Tony Farone and Ricky Quick.
Kenny Martin made his way through a multi-car wreck on the second lap of the 20-lap pro stock feature, suffering damage to the driver’s side of the car, while Luke Horning, Todd Stone, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin and Dave Emigh got caught up in the melee.
Martin held the point over Jim Normoyle as Broderson made his way back through the field to make it a three-car race for the lead at the midway point.
When Martin bobbled exiting turn four on lap 12, Broderson dove to the bottom and came away with the lead he would not relinquish.
Normoyle held off Martin to take second and Gates battled back to finish fourth and Emigh fifth.
VanAernam got the to front of the street stock main four laps in and grabbed the lead away from early race leader Bob Rose III. Reuben Kennedy Jr. followed VanAernam to the front but could not make the pass before VanAernam hit the checkers for the third straight time.
Rose finished third with Neil Cosselman fourth and Jerry Cohn fifth.