Hanson registers win at Fonda Speedway
FONDA – After two straight rainouts, Fonda Speedway roared back into action Saturday night.
With a full regular Saturday night program on tap, Tribes Hill’s Craig Hanson ended a four-year winless streak, nursing home a smoking modified to claim the 30-lap main event.
Joining Hanson with feature wins Saturday were Mark Mortensen (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), John Bradt (street stock) and Ken Hollenbeck (4-cylinder).
Hanson and Jeff Trombley made up the front row of the 25-car modified feature, with Hanson taking the lead at the drop of the green.
Trombley and Jeff Rockefeller chased Hanson in the early laps before the lone caution of the race flew on lap six when Vinny Sanganetti and Brian Gleason came together and stopped in turn two.
Hanson, who dominated in his heat race victory, again pulled away from Trombley on the restart, while C.G. Morey and Bodie Bellinger settled into third and fourth behind them.
While Hanson built a comfortable lead, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Johnson and Mark Kislowski were making their way from mid-pack starts and joined the frontrunners by lap 10.
With a substantial lead, Hanson began showing smoke from the left side of the engine compartment of his modified, but did not slow down.
Hanson navigated his ride through lapped traffic and had enough left to collect his fifth career modified win and first modified win since May 22, 2010.
Trombley finished second with Morey third, Bellinger fourth and Wilder fifth. Johnson, Kislowski, Rockefeller, Darwin Greene and Jim Davis rounded out the top 10.
Brian Pessolano dominated the early laps of the 20-lap 602 sportsman main event, holding off Chris Shaffer, Ray Zemken and Jusin Auspelmyer, with Mortensen lurking just outside the top five.
With the race running caution-free, Mortensen found a comfortable line on the outside and began moving toward the front.
Mortensen and Schaffer crossed the line in a deadheat on lap six only to have Mortensen gain control exiting turn two and began cutting into Pessolano’s lead.
Lapped traffic became a factor in the closing laps. When Pessolano got caught up behind a pair of lapped cars, Mortensen crossed over to the inside of turn two and gained the point midway down the backstretch.
Pessolano broke free but could not chase down Mortensen before the checkers fell over his hood.
Schaffer finished third, followed by Zemken and Auspelmyer. Adam McAuliffe, Tony Farone, Luyke Munroe, Jeremiah Munson and David Constantino completed the top 10.
A field of 19 cars took the green in a special 25-lap, $800-to-win main event for the DIRT pro stocks.
Dennis Joslin held the point over Luke Horning in the early laps of the feature. When a pack of cars battling for third slid up the track, Kenny Gates bolted down the inside of the track to move from sixth to third.
Stone made the most of a lap five restart to move into the top five bring Chuck Dumblewski and Pete Broderson with him.
Stone kept his momentum moving forward to take over second on lap six and power into the lead two laps later, leaving Dennis Joslin to battle Gates, Broderson and Ivan Joslin.
With Stone checked out on the field the Joslins, Gates and Broderson ran in a tight pack, swapping spots until a lap-17 caution brought Stone back to the pack.
Stone again pulled ahead on the restart but was unable to rebuild his big lead, and the final caution of the race flew with five laps remaining.
Broderson and Ivan Joslin kept the pressure on Gates, and he was kept busy holding on to second as Stone crossed under the checkers for his 30th career pro stock feature win.
Gates held on for second over Ivan Joslin, Broderson and Dumblewski.
After having his feature win taken away from him two weeks ago in post-race tech and given to Dave Horning Sr., Bradt returned to Victory Lane in the 15-lap street stock main event.
After a multi-car crash on the opening lap, Bradt, Horning and Jerry Cohn moved to the front of the pack and battled for the lead. Horning took the point on lap six and turned back Bradt’s challenges until the caution flew with two laps remaining when Cohn broke in turn two.
Horning held onto the top spot until Bradt got under him in turn one on the white flag lap. Horning held the lead until Bradt again dove to the low side of the speedway, exiting turn four, and outdragging him to the line and finishing a bumper ahead.