New car, same result for Friesen at Fonda

FONDA – Starting from the outside pole Saturday, Danny Varin set a quick pace for the first half of the 30-lap modified feature before his substantial lead was eliminated by a mid-race caution.

The caution was the break two-time defending Stewart Friesen was waiting for.

Friesen started in 13th in the 27 car field and picked his way into fourth when the caution flew.

Three laps later, Friesen moved past Vinny Sanganetti into second and set his sights on Danny Varin.

The duo hit the finish line together on lap 21 before Friesen put a nose in front in turn one, held off a challenge from Danny Varin on the backstretch and parked his new modified in Victory Lane Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.

Joining Friesen with feature wins Saturday were David Constantino (602 sportsman), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), Bud Hinman (ACOT sprints) and Justin Phillips (lightning sprints).

Sanganetti and Danny Varin brought the modified field to the green with Varin immediately taking charge.

With the race running under green-flag conditions through the first 15 laps, Danny Varin built a solid lead over Sanganetti and Elmo Reckner, while Friesen moved past Pep Corradi to be a distant fourth when the caution flew on lap 16.

Danny Varin maintained his lead over Sanganetti on the restart as Friesen began to make his way to the front.

The caution also brought Bobby Varin into contention and he broke into the top five with 10 laps to go.

Friesen made his move on the low side of turn one to take the lead with eight laps remaining setting up a father-son battle for the runner-up spot in the closing laps.

Bobby Varin made a strong bid heading into turn three on the last lap but could not pull off the pass as Danny Varin brought the No. 00 home in second. Bobby Varin finished third with Jeremy Wilder fourth and Sanganetti fifth.

Craig Hanson, Reckner, A.J. Romano, Alton Palmer and Ronnie Johnson rounded out the top 10.

After back-to-back cautions on the start of 602 Sportsman feature, Rob VanAernam took the lead and set the pace for the first three laps before Ricky Quick moved from his seventh starting spot to the lead.

Quick and VanAernam were joined at the front of the pack by Constantino on a lap five restart.

The defending division champion continued his forward progress and after running side-by-side with Quick for two laps, pulled ahead on lap nine.

Mark Mortensen made his way into third on lap 10 and slipped into second when Quick slid high in turn one with three laps remaining.

Mortensen ran out of time as the checkers dropped over Constantino’s hood for the fourth time this season. Quick held on for third, while Adam McAuliffe finished fourth and Cody Clark was fifth.

Dumblewski moved quickly from his fourth starting spot to grab the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap pro stock main event.

Nick Stone moved into second on lap five and challenged Dumblewski. Stone, who has four wins this season, entered the night as the point leader in the division.

The Amsterdam driver was up to the challenge and he held Stone off through five restarts to gain his first win of the season at Fonda Speedway.

Stone was second, followed by Kenny Gates in third, Pete Broderson fourth and Dean Charboneau fifth.

Horning got the lead away from early race leader Cliff Haslun on a lap-four restart and survived a caution-marred 15-lap feature to record his third straight feature win and 42nd of his career at Fonda. John Bradt came home in second with Neil Cosselman third.