DeLorenzo earns modified win at Fonda

FONDA – Toni and Bella DeLorenzo gave the command for the drivers to start their engines for Saturday’s modified feature and their father did the rest.

Matt DeLorenzo rode the high line to get past race leader Danny Varin with seven laps to go and pulled away to his second feature win of the season and 36th of his modified career at Fonda Speedway.

Mark Mortensen also picked up his second win of the season in the 602 sportsman division, while Kenny Martin picked up his first win of the year in the pro stock main.

Rob VanAernam returned to Victory Lane for the fourth time this year in the street stock main, while Ken Hollenbeck made it seven straight wins in the 4-cylinder, single cam feature and Kerrie Hollenbeck won the 4-cylinder dual cam feature for the fourth time this year.

Dave Lape and JaMike Sowle brought the 23 modified to the green flag with Lape taking charge for the opening two laps.

Alton Palmer, Danny Varin and Ronnie Johnson slipped past Lape on a lap three restart. Varin slipped past Palmer on lap five and Johnson followed a lap later.

The race was red-flagged on lap 13 when suspension malfunction sent Lape straight into the first turn wall before becoming airborne and landing nose first on the track.

Lape walked away from the accident but was later taken by ambulance to the hospital for observation.

The caution flew three straight times in attempts to get the race back under the green.

When it did, Johnson jumped to the high side of the speedway and was able to pull alongside Varin, but Varin kept the T-Rex Express No. 93 in front at the line.

Johnson’s night ended on lap 21 when engine failure sent the third-generation driver to the pits.

DeLorenzo inherited the runner-up spot behind Varin with Jimmy Davis, Stewart Friesen and Mike Mahaney completing the top five with 10 laps to go.

DeLorenzo immediately put his small-block modified on the high side of the speedway, with Varin holding strong on the low side.

DeLorenzo came out in front exiting turn two on lap 24 and survived a restart with five laps to go.

Friesen used the restart to pressure Varin and rode the frontstretch wall to nip Varin at the line for a runner-up finish. Davis was fourth and Mahaney fifth. Palmer, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Sowle and Mark Kislowski made up the second five.

Connor Cleveland paced the field of 21 602 sportsman for the opening 11 laps, first over John McAuliffe then Mortensen.

Mortensen took his first lead of the race on the 12th lap but could not shake Cleveland as the rookie rallied back to lead lap 15.

The lead was short-lived as Mortensen retook the lead a lap later and pulled away for his ninth career 602 sportsman feature win.

Rocky Warner came on late in the race to get up for second with Cleveland third, McAuliffe fourth and Tim Hartman Jr. fifth.

Gus Hollner set the early pace over Luke Horning in the 20-lap pro stock feature, but Martin made a three-wide move on the back stretch and came away with the lead on the short chute between turns three and four.

Pete Broderson used a series of lap four restarts and a bold move between cars on the backstretch to move from fifth to second on lap five.

Martin was strong on the front end and backed up his win Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway with his 47th career pro stock victory at Fonda Speedway.

Broderson placed second followed by Jim Normoyle, Walt Brownell and Dennis Joslin.

Jamie Warner paced the street stock feature before VanAernam drove his way to the front on the sixth lap. Wayne Rubscha got up for second, with Brian Cosselman third, Neil Cosselman fourth and Warner fifth.

Keith Tesiero Sr. led early and kept the pressure on Ken Hollenbeck in the 4-cylinder feature.

Tesiero was second under the checkers with a single cam, while Kerrie Hollenbeck was third with the first dual cam racer.

Racing returns to the speedway next Saturday with the ACOT Old Timers added to the regular race program.