Friesen prevails at Fonda
FONDA – A pair of young guns flexed their muscles early in the modified feature at Fonda Speedway but they did not have enough to hold off the defending track champion.
Justin Boehler and Brian Gleason paced the 30-lap modified feature, both taking turns leading, before Stewart Friesen parlayed a bold three-wide move on a lap-eight restart to move from 10th to fifth. He carried the momentum to take the lead on lap 14 and never looked back, notching his second straight win and seventh on the season at the Track of Champions.
Joining Friesen with victories Saturday night were Rocky Warner (602 sportsman), Ivan Joslin (pro stock), and Cliff Haslun (street stock), while Ken Hollenbeck remained undefeated in the single cam four-cylinder division and Pete Vila picked up his first career win in the four-cylinder dual cam division.
Gleason and Boehler brought the field of 21 modifieds to the green with Gleason taking the point. Boehler made his move to the front on lap three leaving Gleason battling with Alton Palmer and Darwin Greene for second.
The caution flew on lap eight when JaMike Sowle slowed on the backstretch.
Friesen, who started 15th, had picked his way to 10th behind Boehler, Gleason, Palmer, Greene, Jimmy Davis, Mike Mahaney, Mark Kislowski, Craig Hanson and Jeff Trombley.
Friesen swung three-wide entering turn three on the restart bolting from 10th to fifth. A lap later he was in third behind Boehler and Gleason.
Boehler had sprinted away from the field before Friesen pulled into second ahead of Gleason on lap 10.
However, Friesen found his rhythm and chased down the new Teo-chassised No. 50J and dove under the leader exiting turn two to take the lead with 16 laps to go.
Friesen was brought back to the field on lap 20 when the second caution of the race flew on lap 20 when Josh Flint made contact with the fourth-turn wall.
With a lapped car between himself and Boehler, and a clear track in front of him, Friesen had little trouble pulling away on the restart.
Mahaney made a big move on the restart, going from fifth to second but could not run down Friesen who finished a half track ahead of runner-up Mahaney.
Gleason came on for third followed by Danny Varin and Jeremy Wilder in the top five. Kislowski, Hanson, Palmer, Elmo Reckner and Boehler completed the top10.
Jason Greco started on the outside pole for the 602 sportsman feature and set the pace over the open 14 laps of the 20-laps of the main event.
While he set the pace, Troy Palmer and Ricky Quick were engaged in a tight side-by-side battle for second often trading positions two to three times a lap, while Warner worked his way into third on a lap four restart.
Warner made his move on lap 11 to get under Palmer then past Quick on lap 14.
Warner carried his momentum to the front, using the inside line through turns one and two to get past Greco and post his first win at Fonda since April 6.
Greco held off Quick for second with Palmer fourth and David Constantino fifth. Freddy Muhlberger, Chris Schaffer, Cody Bleau, Larry Niemiec and Ray Zemken completed the top 10.
Jeff McPhail led the opening lap of the 20-lap pro stock feature before a pair of early race cautions opened the field up.
The second yellow involved defending track champion Pete Broderson, Kenny Martin, Dennis Joslin and Chuck McSpirit, who were all running in the top five at the time of the incident. All recovered to return to the race at the back of the 17-car field.
Chuck Dumblewski took control of the race on the restart with Ivan Joslin following him into second. Ivan took the lead on lap five leaving Dumblewski and Jim Normoyle locked in a close race for second.
Martin raced his way back into contention and moved past both Normoyle and Dumblewski in one move to take second on lap eight.
With the race remaining under green-flag conditions, Martin was able to make progress but not erase Ivan Joslin’s advantage before the checkers dropped over his hood.
Normoyle placed third followed by Dumblewski, Broderson, Bill Knapp, Kenny Gates, McPhail, Dennis Joslin and McSpirit.
Jamie Warner led the street stock main event until being forced pitside with mechanical trouble while under the caution on lap three, turning the lead over to Haslun.
Haslun turned back the challenges of Rob VanAernam over the final laps before contact on the final lap between VanAernam and last week’s winner Jerry Cohn sent VanAernam spinning to the inside of turn four, allowing Wayne Rubscha to follow Haslun under the checkers.
Racing will return to Fonda Speedway on Thursday night when the Track of Champions welcomes NASCAR champion Tony Stewart who will be piloting a 410 sprint car with the All-Star Tour of Champions.
Thursday also will feature the pro stock division in the Eighth Annual Hondo Carpenter Memorial.