Friesen victorious in Lou Lazzaro Memorial
FONDA – On a special night at Fonda Speedway honoring one of its great champions from the past, the current champion stepped up his game.
Two-time defending modified track champion Stewart Friesen powered his way to the front of the pack on lap 21 and survived a late-race caution to pick up the victory in the 44-lap, $4,444-to-win Lou Lazzaro Memorial race Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
Friesen was joined by Adam McAuliffe (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock) Jason Samrov (street stock), and Pete Vila (4-cylinder) with feature wins Saturday at The Track of Champions.
Alton Palmer and Jeff Rockefeller battled for the early lead with Palmer holding the advantage when the caution flew on lap 16.
Jeremy Wilder made the most of the restart to power his way to the front with Palmer, Ronnie Johnson, Jeff Trombley and Friesen making up the top five.
Palmer retook the top spot on lap 20 but Friesen was on the move and took the point on lap 21.
The caution came out with three laps to go, bunching the field for a final run at Friesen, but he would not be denied his third win of the season and 23rd of his modified career at Fonda Speedway.
Wilder held on for second over Danny Johnson with Trombley fourth and Bobby Varin fifth. Matt DeLorenzo, Johnson, Palmer, Mark Kislowski and Rockefeller round out the top 10.
Chip Constantino showed the 602 sportsman field the fast way around the track for the opening 14 circuits before a caution with eight laps remaining tightened the field up.
McAuliffe battled his way to the front with six laps left and pulled away for his first win of the season and fifth of his career.
Constantino held on for second over Rocky Warner, while Jason Greco was fourth and Luke Munroe fifth. Jeremiah Munson, David Constantino, John McAuliffe, Cody Clark and Shea Montgomery completed the top 10.
Stone picked up his third win of the season in the 20-lap pro stock main. Pete Broderson finished second followed by Kenny Gates, Walt Brownell and Luke Horning.
In the 15-lap street stock feature, Samrov held off a last-lap charge by Neil Cosselman to record his first career win in the division. Cosselman was second with John Bradt third.
Racing returns to the speedway next Saturday night with a full regular race card plus the POWRi Outlaw Midget Series.