Friesen wins third straight at Fonda Speedway
FONDA – Last week’s heavy, rough track and Saturday’s hard, smooth racing surface provided the same result in the modified main event at Fonda Speedway.
Stewart Friesen used an extended green-flag run to chase down and pass race-leader Craig Hanson with six laps remaining to claim his third straight and fifth modified feature win of the season at the Track of Champions.
Joining Friesen with victories Saturday night were Dave Constantino (602 sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Robbie Veronese (street stock), while Ken Hollenbeck made it six-for-six on the season in the 4-cylinder single cam feature and Keith Tesiero Jr. picked up the 4-cylinder dual cam feature.
Jeff Rockefeller and JaMike Sowle brought the field of 26 modifieds to the green with Rockefeller jumping out to the early lead.
The race was put under the red flag on the second lap when A.J. Romano made hard contact with the first turn wall and rolled his modified. As Romano’s ride came to a rest on it roof, Bryon Seyfried slid into the car rolling it back on its wheels.
Rockefeller and Sowle continued their battle for the lead on the restart with Sowle taking the point on lap four.
Hanson picked his spot to move into second on lap six and into the lead four laps later.
Hanson steadily built his lead over Sowle until he bobbled exiting turn two on lap 15 allowing Rockefeller, Mike Mahaney, Alton Palmer and Friesen to slip past before he got back up to pace.
Mahaney took over second a half-track behind Hanson on lap 16, but Friesen pulled up to challenge him and took over the runner-up spot on the low side of turn one on lap 19.
Friesen kept his rhythm going and quickly cut Hanson’s lead to a car length by lap 23 and took the low groove through turns one and two to overtake Hanson for the lead with six laps remaining.
Mahaney made a final run at Hanson on the final lap but came up .002-seconds short at the checkers. Matt DeLorenzo got up for fourth and Rockefeller finished fifth. Palmer, Ronnie Johnson, Mark Kislowski, Jim Davis and Danny Varin completed the top 10.
A change in the racing program order put the 602 sportsmen on the track first after the intermission.
Cody Clark made the most of his front row starting spot to lead the opening four laps of the 20-lap feature.
Jason Greco found his way past on lap five leaving Clark to battle with Dave and Chip Constantino for the runner-up spot.
Dave Constantino moved into second on lap seven and into the lead with seven laps remaining and pulled away to become the first two-time winner in the division this year.
Greco held off Chip Constantino for the runner-up spot, while Tim Hartman Jr. recovered from a hard wreck last week to finish fourth and Ray Zemken placed fifth. Cody Bleau, Connor Cleveland, Mark Mortensen, Chris Schaffer and Ricky Quick rounded out the top 10.
Chuck McSpirit grabbed the early lead over Jim Normoyle in the 20-lap pro stock feature before Ivan Joslin, Kenny Martin and Broderson bolted to the front on a lap four restart.
Broderson made a three-wide move off turn four to take the lead on lap six, leaving Martin and Joslin swapping spots multiple times for second and third. Meanwhile, McSpirit, Dennis Joslin and Normoyle were doing the same for fourth, fifth and sixth.
The checkers fell over Broderson’s hood for the third straight time and fourth time this season. Ivan Joslin took home a second place finish, followed by Martin, McSpirit, Normoyle, Dennis Joslin, Kim Duell, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone and Kenny Gates.
Veronese took the street stock feature front green-to-checkers for his first career victory at Fonda Speedway.
Wayne Rubscha followed Veronese under the checkers with Neil Cosselman third and Jerry Cohn fourth.
Racing will return to Fonda Speedway for a mid-week special event when the World of Outlaws Late Models make their debut at the Track of Champions. They will be joined by the modifieds in a 30-lap main event.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. General admission for the event is $30.