Racing Around: Season winding down
Where has the racing season at Fonda Speedway gone?
Turning the page on the calendar this morning, reality set in, it’s August and the homestretch for the track championships at the Track of Champions.
With three weeks and four point races left for most of the divisions, Stewart Friesen is well on his way to his second-straight modified track championship.
Friesen holds a 60-point lead over Matt DeLorenzo, so essentially, if DeLorenzo wins out (240 points), Friesen needs to average a sixth-place finish to lock up the title.
David Constantino has retaken the lead in the 602 sportsman point’s battle. After being tied with Rocky Warner heading into last week’s racing, Constantino finished second and Warner fourth in the feature, giving Constantino a slim six-point edge. The point lead could change from lap to lap before the final checker falls on the Aug. 17 Night of Features.
The pro stock battle also is shaping up to be a battle down to the final checker. Defending division champion Pete Broderson has a 26-point advantage over Kenny Martin. You never know what is going to happen in this division as each week there are at least 10 drivers who can end up in Victory Lane.
Rob VanAernam holds the largest points lead heading into the homestretch. The three-time street stock champion has a 66-point edge over Neil Cosselman, who has managed to remain in the runner-up spot with consistent runs and no feature wins so far this season.
It’s hard to believe, but Ken Hollenbeck has not locked up the four-cylinder single cam championship yet. With three races (I believe they only race once on the Night of Features) Hollenbeck has a 56-point lead over Keith Tesiero Sr.
It would be hard to bet against Hollenbeck, who has been first to the checkers in all 10 of the main events, not just the single cam, but first overall.
“This year has been really good,” Hollenbeck said after his 10th win of the season. “Last year we won eight or nine here.”
He said he hasn’t really thought about the wins “as long as the points are there.”
Hollenbeck said he doesn’t know what has been the secret to his success this season.
“I wish I knew,” he said with a laugh. “I think my brother’s car [dual-cam point leader Kerrie Hollenbeck] is running just as good. I don’t race anyplace else, so this is pretty good.”
Although Hollenbeck says he is concentrating on the points, the fact that he has the chance to match a feat that has been accomplished only once at Fonda Speedway has not escaped him – Steve Burega’s eight-for-eight 1997 regular season in the street stock division.
“I know that and I am trying to do that,” Hollenbeck said. “He would be a good guy to share that with.”
Meet and Greet
It’s a simple thing, but the Meet and Greet at Fonda Speedway (or any of the local tracks) has become one of the more popular, fan-friendly events of the season.
The fans love it and the drivers have embraced it.
Among some of things drivers do are bring pictures to give to fans or small items to sign for the kids. Danny Varin had T-Rex flying discs and dinosaurs available for the younger fans, but I have to say the most original item goes to Tony Farone.
Farone, also known as “The Onion” because of the delicious blooming onions at Tony’s Concessions at the fairs and local events, handed out autographed onions.