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.