By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – If you look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit right now the driver on a roll is Kyle Busch while on the local scene it is Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen who got his third win of the week on Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway. Earlier in the week on Wednesday he won the prestigious Jack Johnson Tribute event at Fonda along with his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car win at the Oshweken Speedway in Canada on Tuesday.

The win at Fonda on Saturday evening was Friesen’s 10th of the season and the 39th of his career at the “Track of Champions” moving him past C.D. Coville for ninth on the all-time win list. With five races remaining in the 2015 season at Fonda Friesen has a chance to tie or break the all-time wins in a season record at Fonda which is 12 and is currently held by Steve Danish in 1953 and Jack Johnson in 1985.

“We have a real competitive group here on the Park’s Racing Team and we will just keep working hard,” Friesen told Toby LaGrange in victory lane when asked about the record.

Other winners at Fonda on Saturday were Dave Constantino (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Doug Mathewson (Vintage).

Just after the warm-ups were completed a meet and greet took place on the front straightaway for fans to come out and visit their favorite drivers.

A dunk tank sponsored by the St. Johnsville Fire Department was setup in front of the covered grandstands on Saturday with various drivers including Chris Schaffer, Jeremy & Korey Wilder, Adam McAuliffe, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Jason Greco, Brian Pessolano, and Cody Bleau involved in getting “dunked” by fans.

All of the proceeds from the dunk tank and other donations went to the Northeastern Epilepsy Foundation in honor of Paige Schaffer who is the four year old daughter of 602 sportsman competitor Chris Schaffer and was on hand for the first time at the track to see her daddy race. In all just short of $1,500 was raised on Saturday for the foundation.

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For the Fonda Speedway

FONDA — On a night when a sea of orange embellished Fonda Speedway on Jack Johnson Tribute night, defending track champion Stewart Friesen presented his own tribute. Friesen changed the paint scheme on his the Tadd Parks-owned No. 1 to a design carried by Johnson at the 2008 Super DIRT Week. Then he put the Johnson-tribute car in Victory Lane at the end of the 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Empire State Champion 50 — A tribute to Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

“Tadd Parks and Eric Mack thought it would be cool on this big orange night to support Jack Johnson and ALS to do a Jack Johnson paint scheme,” Friesen said in Victory Lane. “They worked together with Dutchess Overhead Doors and Pilat to get it lettered up with Jack’s 2008 Syracuse paint scheme. We are going to take it off after this event. One side is going to go in the [Fonda Speedway] museum over here and Tadd wants to keep the roof.”

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By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – On Wednesday, July 29 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway the modified all time wins leader and all time modified track championship leader will be honored in what will be one of if not the biggest events ever held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Jumpin’ Jack Johnson who has a total of 149 victories on the sportsman-modified all time win list, one on the 358-modified win list, and two on the 320-modified win list to go along with 11 track championships in 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 will be honored in an event put on by John and Paul Lakata of Barney’s Sign company in Johnstown, NY along with Fonda Speedway management.

“My brother Paul Lakata used to letter Jack’s race cars back in the 80’s and he decided to do a painting of Jack which could be made into a poster and sold with the money received going towards Jack’s medical bills,” John Lakata said on Saturday evening at Fonda. “So we went and talked to Jack and his son Ronnie who said that Jack’s medical bills are taken care of so why not donate the money to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).”

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