Fonda Speedway crowns champions

FONDA – Rain may have cut Saturday’s race program short, but it could not stop the celebration as Fonda Speedway crowned is 2014 track champions.

After showers and a threat of harder rain on the horizon, the Night of Features was called off on the opening lap of the first of two 22-lap modified features.

In a brief break from the rain, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Nick Stone, Dave Horning Sr. and Ken Hollenbeck pulled their cars onto Victory Lane, popped the champagne corks and celebrated their points championships.

Friesen picked up his third-straight modified championship, topping six-time track champion Bobby Varin by 16 points.

Warner picked up his first 602 sportsman division championship, topping Connor Cleveland by 43 points.

Stone won the pro stock championship for the first time with a fourthplace finish in the first 15-lap feature to beat out Chuck Dumblewski, who finished second in the race by 22 points, 828-806. Kenny Gates, who finished third in the opening feature, edged two-time defending class champion Pete Broderson, who won the race for third in the standings 796-794.

Horning Sr. placed fifth in the first 10-lap street stock feature to top John Bradt 862-804 for his second street stock championship.

Hollenbeck did not finish the 10-lap feature for the 4-cylinder division and neither did his brother, Kerrie, but Ken had a large enough lead to claim his third-straight track championship.

The evening’s racing started out with the 4-cylinder division running its lone feature of the night with Art Clement picking up the victory.

Clement chased down Hollenbeck and got past when Hollenbeck made contact with a lapped car, damaging the right rear wheel of his car. For Clement, it was his first career victory at the Track of Champions.

In the 15-lap pro stock feature that ran before the rains hit, Dennis Joslin set the early pace before the caution flew on lap six for a spin by Walt Brownell.

On the restart, Broderson pulled into second behind Joslin with Stone running in fourth.

Broderson took the point on the next lap, bringing Stone, Dumblewski and Gates to the front with him.

A second caution flew with three laps remaining as Jason Casey slowed on the track.

Dumblewski and Gates got past Stone on the restart, but could not chase down Broderson before the checkers fell.

Brian Cosselman led the early laps of the opening street stock feature before relinquishing the lead to Johnny Young on lap five. Cosselman fell back into a battle with Yule Cook for the second spot.

At the finish, Young had his first career street stock feature win at Fonda Speedway, while Cook finished second, Cosselman third, Bradt fourth and Horning Sr. fifth to clinch his track championship.

The modified and sportsman divisions completed the B-mains with Jeff Rockefeller winning the modified event and Doug Hancock collected the 602 sportsman B-main checkers.

Fonda Speedway will take a break from competition for the annual Fonda Fair that opens Aug. 26 and runs through Labor Day. Racing will return Sept. 13 with the CRSA sprint cars joining the regular race program.

The modified and sportsman features that were rained out Saturday have been added to the Friday night show of the three-day, season-ending weekend Sept. 19 through 21.