Photo courtesy Bill McGaffin Stewart Friesen poses in victory lane Saturday night after winning the modified feature race at Fonda Speedway.
FONDA -- It didn't take long for defending track champion Stewart Friesen to break in his new Teo Pro race car as it won in its first time out at Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening.
The win in the brand-new car was Friesen's fifth of the 2014 season at Fonda and the 25th of his career at the track placing him in a tie for 13th place on the all-time wins list with Jeep Herbert and Brett Hearn.
Other winners at Fonda Saturday night included Dave Constantino (sportsman), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), Justin Phillips (Empire Lightning Sprints) and Bud Hinman (Atlantic Coast Old Timers).
Vinny Sanganetti and Danny Varin brought the 27-car modified field to the green flag, with Varin quickly moving into the lead and establishing a straightaway advantage over Sanganetti by lap five. Friesen and Jeremy Wilder made early moves after starting midway through the pack, getting by Craig Hanson to take fifth and sixth on lap 10 with Friesen getting by Pep Corradi for fourth on lap 13.
The lone caution of the race flew at the midway point, and Friesen used the restart to continue to shoot through the field, passing Elmo Reckner for third on lap 17 and getting past Sanganetti for second one lap later. Varin held a half-straightaway lead at that point, but Friesen closed in and was on his tail by lap 20, then made an inside move in turn four to take the win over Danny Varin, a late-charging Bobby Varin, Wilder and Sanganetti.
"We got up on two wheels briefly at the start of the race but were able to settle down and get the job done," Friesen said. "Matt (DeLorenzo) and the track crew have been doing a great job every week on the track and are getting a handle on it. The track has been different every week and has required a different setup on the car almost every week as well."
It took three tries to get the 20-lap sportsman feature underway, with Rob VanAernam leading the way ahead of Ivan Joslin once the race went green, though Ricky Quick shot up from his seventh-place spot on the grid to take first by lap four. Constantino started 11th, but quickly moved through the field and took second from VanAernam on lap six, then switched his line to the inside of the Track of Champions and zoomed past Quick on lap eight.
Mark Mortensen took over second from Quick on lap 15 when Quick made contact with the wall in turn one while trying to get around the lapped car of Brian Calabrese. After a final caution on lap 17, Mortensen got one more shot at taking the lead from Constantino, but Constantino held on over the final few laps to win for the fourth time this season. Mortensen was second, with Quick, Adam McAuliffe and Cody Clark rounding out the top five.
In the 20-lap pro stock feature, Dumblewski started fourth and quickly got a run on the outside of the track to shoot past the top three cars and take the lead from Jeff McPhial. Nick Stone moved into second just before a caution came out on lap five, and the two dueled the remaining 15 laps to the checkered flag. On the final lap going into turn three, Stone got underneath Dumblewski and made contact with the leader -- which flattened his right front tire as Dumblewski got away to pick up his first Fonda win of the season. Stone held on for second ahead of Kenny Gates, Pete Broderson and Dean Charbonneau.
In the 15-lap street stock feature, yellow flags were the order of the night as six total caution flags flew. Horning came away with the lead on one of those restarts, and while John Bradt closed in with five laps to go, Horning got away on the final restart to his fourth win of the season and third in a row at Fonda.
The Empire Lightning Sprint feature saw Phillips reel in the leading car of Kurt Conklin in the closing laps, and when Conklin ended up in the turn one wall on lap 11, Phillips pounced to pick up the win. Meanwhile, the Atlantic Cost Old Timers held an exhibition race that saw Hinman cruise into victory lane.
-- Staff report