Photo courtesy Bill McGaffin Stewart Friesen poses in victory lane after winning the Lou Lazzaro Memorial race Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
FONDA -- On a night paying tribute to legendary racer Lou Lazzaro, it was reigning Fonda Speedway modified champion Stewart Friesen who came way the biggest winner, capturing the 44-lap, $4,444.44-to-win Lou Lazzaro Memorial to headline Saturday night's racing program at the Track of Champions.
Also picking up wins Saturday night at Fonda were Adam McAuliffe (sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Jason Samrov (street stock) and Ben Righi (4-cylinder).
Prior to the modified feature, heat races were won by Vinny Sanganetti, Alton Palmer and Bodie Bellinger to take home $250 apiece and put Sanganetti and Palmer on the front row for the 44-lap Lazzaro Memorial. Palmer took the early lead, with Jeff Rockefeeler moving into second on lap four while Ronnie Johnson and Jeremy Wilder got by Sanganetti to take third and fourth, respectively, by lap eight.
After a lap 12 caution, Wilder shot his way toward the front to get by Johnson and Rockefeller for the lead. By lap 19, Wilder held a straightaway advantage when a caution flew for Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo, who spun in turn five.
Palmer grabbed the lead back on the restart, but Friesent -- who started the feature in 14th -- moved up to pass Wilder for second before another caution on lap 24. Friesen struck on front on that restart and stretched out his lead, and though a caution again slowed the field on lap 41, nobody could get past Friesent after the final restart as he picked up the Coastal Cup and his 23rd career Fonda win ahead of Wilder, Jeff Trombley, Danny Johnson and Bobby Varin.
In the 20-lap sportsman feature, Chip Constantino started first but shot forawrd to passs Kurtis Hohensheldt for the lead before the first lap was comple. After an early yellow flag, Constantino started to pull away with McAuliffe moving into second -- though he was a full straightawway behind.
But, a lap 12 caution bunched the field up, and on the restart McAuliffe took the lead and pulled away for his first win of 2014 followed by Constantino, Rocky Warner, Jason Greco and Luke Munroe.
Probably the most competitive feature event of the evening was the 20-lap pro stock feature, with Gus Hollner leading at the start from his outside pole starting spot. Walt Brownell moved up from eighth to take second by lap two, then took the lead on a lap four restart and started stretching his advantage.
Following a caution, Pete Broderson took the lead from Brownell on lap 11, with Stone following along to take second. Broderson and Stone raced side-by-side for a couple laps before Stone took over the lead coming to the line on lap 14. The duo stayed side-by-side, with Broderson getting back in front on lap 17, but Stone made use of lapped traffic to make a pass on the outside of turn four on lap 19 and held on for his third win of 2014 over Broderson, Kenny Gates, Brownell and Luke Horning.
Gary English, Jerry Cohn and Wayne Rubscha were three-wide going into turn one after the green flag was thrown to start the 15-lap street stock feature event, with Rubscha leading at the time lap one was completed. Samrov started the event in sixth position, but at the completion of lap one he was second with ninth-place starter Dave Horning Sr. in the third spot.
By lap two, Samrov took the lead from Rubscha at the start-finish line, with Horning sliding into second. Horning briefly led on lap four, but as thy entered turn three, Horning went into the pit area and Samrov took back over. John Bradt moved into second place and briefly took the lead on lap six, but Samrov got back in front and held on for the remaining laps to secure his first Fonda win over Neil Cosselman, Bradt, David Shippee and Jon Young.
In the 4-cylinder feature, contact between Kerrie Hollenback and leader Shane Playford caused Playford to spin on lap six, with Righi inheriting the lead on the restart. Righi led to the checkered flag, picking up his first win of 2014 and 12th of his career at Fonda over Keith Tesiero Sr., Kerrie Hollenback, Playford and Ken Hollenback -- who dropped out early in the event.
-- Staff report