Friesen notches sixth win of season
FONDA – Stewart Friesen raised his average to .545 on the season at Fonda Speedway.
Friesen took advantage of a pair of late-race cautions, to tweek his set up and overtake race-leader Pep Corradi to notch his sixth win of the season and 26th career modified feature win at the Track of Champions.
Joining Friesen with feature wins Saturday were Chip Constantino (602 sportsman), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), John Bradt (street stock) and Kerrie Hollenbeck (4 cylinders).
Darwin Greene and Pep Corradi brought the modified field to the green with Greene grabbing the early lead over Corradi and Elmo Reckner sitting third.
Reckner’s night came to an end on lap four when he hit the first-turn wall to bring out the caution.
Corradi grabbed the lead away from Greene on the restart and Mark Kislowski moved into third with Jeremy Wilder and Brian Gleason rounding out the top five.
Greene made a strong bid for the lead on lap 15, crossing the finish line side-by-side with Corradi, but could not complete the pass.
Meanwhile, Wilder picked his way into fourth behind Kislowski with Bobby Varin and Friesen closing in.
Corradi’s advantage disappeared on lap 21 when A.J. Romano came to a stop in turn four.
Corradi was up to the task on the restart, holding back Greene and Kislowski. Friesen found a line on the outside to power his way from sixth to fourth and then into third on lap 24.
The caution flew on lap 25, when Greene went around in front of Friesen in turn two. After a review of the incident, it was ruled that Greene was loose before contact with Friesen, allowing the two-time defending modified champion to stay in second. During the accident, Wilder’s car suffered major body damage but returned to the race at the end of the field.
Friesen got around Corradi on the restart and pulled away for the victory.
Kislowski made a late-race move to pick up second, with Varin third, Corradi fourth and Ronnie Johnson fifth.
Alton Palmer, Brian Gleason, Bodie Bellinger, Jeff Trombley and Jeff Rockefeller completed the top 10.
The 20-lap 602 sportsman feature did not get off to a good start for Constantino, as he was penalized for jumping the start. He was moved back from his spot on the pole to third, bringing Danny Santabarbara to the front row with Floyd Billington.
Santabarbara took the early lead with Constantino running behind him in second and Greg Havlicek in third.
Constantino made his way to the front on a lap eight restart and had Connor Cleveland and Brian Pessolano battling for second behind him.
Constantino survived a lap 15 restart and held on for his first career sportsman victory at Fonda Speedway, driving a car campaigned by his father, John, last year at Fonda Speedway.
Cleveland finished second, followed by Pessolano, Rocky Warner and Santabarbara.
Gus Hollner, Luke Horning and Kenny Gates all shared the lead in the opening laps of the pro stock main event, before Dumblewski moved to the point on lap 12.
With Dumblewski in front, Gates, Pete Broderson and Nick Stone fought for the runner-up spot, running in a pack and often three-wide.
A series of late-race cautions allowed Stone to move into second, but he could not chase down Dumblewski as he recorded his second straight feature win.
Stone was second, followed by Broderson, Gates and Horning.