Friesen picks up modified win at Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE – Picking up a ride in one of the backup cars of the Sowle Racing stable, Stewart Friesen has put in strong late-season runs at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Friday night, Friesen powered his way from his eighth starting spot, dodged a loose tire and picked up his first modified feature win of the season at The Ridge.

Joining Friesen with feature wins Friday night were Brian Pessolano (sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Fran Oliver (Xcel 600), Pete Vila (4-cylinder) and Phil Bessette (lightning sprints).

Shaun Pangman and Bob Vedder brought the field of 13 modifieds to the green, with Pangman grabbing the lead and setting the pace for the first 13 green-flag laps.

Friesen found his way to the front, moving past Vedder and Pangman to take the lead on lap 14, with Willy Decker and JaMike Sowle running fourth and fifth, respectively.

Decker found his way into the runner-up spot on lap 16, while Craig Hanson and Bobby Varin brought their race-long battle from mid-pack to third and fourth with 12 laps to go.

The first caution of the race flew on lap 29 when Pangman’s front axle snapped, sending him sliding onto the infield. The tire from his No. 34 bounced off the wall and hit the rear side window on Friesen’s car.

On the restart, Hanson dove hard into turn one, but hit the inside berm and spun, sending the field scrambling and bringing out the caution for a second time.

The realigned field moved Vedder into third behind Friesen and Decker, with Bobby Hackel and Jim Becker making up the top five.

Varin quickly made his way back to the front with Hanson in pursuit.

At the finish it was Friesen over Decker, with Varin getting by Vedder on the final lap for third and Hanson getting up for fifth.

In the 25-lap 602 sportsman feature, Harry Shaffer showed the field of 20 the fast way around the quarter-mile, with Pessolano, David Constantino and Ivan Joslin locked in a battle for second.

Pessolano broke away from the battle and closed on Shaffer. They battled side-by-side for two laps before Pessolano established the lead on lap 13.

The caution flew a lap later for a spin involving Rocky Warner, Jimmy Introne and Aaron Burton. All three recovered to return to action at the back of the pack.

Constantino made the most of the restart to slip past Shaffer for second but could not close the gap on Pessolano, who registered his first win of the season at The Ridge.

Warner got back up for third, followed by Shaffer and Joslin.

Gus Hollner led the opening two laps of the 25-lap pro stock feature before relinquishing the lead to Jim Normoyle on lap three.

Stone settled into third on lap four and pressured the leader over the next seven laps before flipping past to lead lap 11.

Luke Horning found his way into second on lap 13 and closed on Stone, but could not find a path to the front as Stone notched his eighth win of the season at Glen Ridge.

Horning finished second, followed by Normoyle, Hollner and Harley Shepard.