HANSON WINS ON DRAMA FILLED NIGHT AT FONDA - FRIESEN, WARNER, GATES, BRODERSON, HORNING SR., HOLLENBACK, & FOLTS CLAIM 2015 TITLES
 

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – The Night of Features at the Fonda Speedway has become a tradition as year after year on the final night of the regular season track champions are crowned. The night of racing is known for the pressure on the drivers who are in the race for the point titles and the drama and excitement for the fans as you never know what is going to happen until the final checkered flag falls.

Saturday evening was no exception as the pro stock championship came down to a tie between Kenny Gates and Pete Broderson who were crowned co-champions while the 602 sportsman race was worth the price of admission in its own right as Ricky Quick raced to the win after a great race long battle with Chris Schaffer. Perhaps the most drama filled event was the 40-lap modified feature event as just when it looked like Stewart Friesen was going to win his 12th feature of the season the Parks Companies #1F started smoking heavily with five laps to go allowing Craig Hanson to get by Friesen for the win in turn three on the final lap of the event. For Hanson it was his first win of the season and the sixth of his career at the “Track of Champions” in the Sampson Motor Car #20.

“I saw the smoke start coming from his (Friesen’s) car and it started getting tough to see,” Hanson said in victory lane. “I really didn’t want to win this way but then I thought back to last week when I blew my motor up just like he did tonight.”

Other winners on Saturday evening at Fonda were Ricky Quick (602 sportsman), Jim Normoyle (pro stock), Joey Wilson (who took his first career win in the street stocks), Ken Hollenback (4-cylinders), and Don Folts (limited sportsman).

Drivers who were crowned as the 2015 track champions at Fonda were Stewart Friesen (fourth consecutive and fourth career title in the modified division), Rocky Warner (second consecutive and second overall championship in the 602 sportsman division), Kenny Gates and Pete Broderson (co-champions in the pro stock division), Dave Horning Sr. (second consecutive title in the street stocks and third overall title in the division), Ken Hollenback (fourth consecutive and fourth overall title in the 4-cylinders), and Don Folts (limited sportsman).

For Gates it was the second time that he was crowned as a co-champion at Fonda after sharing the title back in 2007 with Rob Yetman and the fifth time overall that he captured the title after also winning it back in 2004, co-champ in 2007, 2008, 2009, and co-champ in 2015. For Broderson it was his third championship at Fonda after winning the title back in 2012, 2013, and co-champion this year. Horning Sr. is now a three time champion after winning it back in 2006, 2014, and 2015 while Hollenback won it consecutively in the last four seasons 2012, 2013 (single cam), 2014 and 2015.

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STEWART FRIESEN RACES TO HIS 11TH WIN OF THE SEASON AT FONDA ALONG WITH THE 2015 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP NICK STONE DQD AS A RESULT OF A PROTEST FILED BY PETE BRODERSON IN THE PRO STOCK DIVISION
 

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – On Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway, Stewart Friesen made an unbelievable pass for the lead on lap 14 of the modified feature event and went on to win his 11th feature event of the 2015 season as he continues to chase the single season win record of 12 set by both Steve Danish in 1953 and Jack Johnson in 1985.

With the victory Friesen also wrapped up his fourth consecutive track championship at the “Track of Champions” which has only been done once before by any other driver that being Jack Johnson who won the Fonda title for four consecutive years in 1993, 1994, 1995, & 1996.

“That is really one heck of a number,” Friesen told Toby LaGrange in victory lane regarding chasing the single season win record of 12. “But we have the best car, motor, crew, and team available to us so we will see what happens. To win the Jack Johnson Tribute Race earlier this year and to be anywhere near any of Jack’s statistics is really special.”

Other winners on “Ladies Night” at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening were Cody Bleau (602 sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Josh Coonradt (first career win at Fonda in the street stock division), and Rob VanAernam (first career win in the limited sportsman division).

At the conclusion of the pro stock feature event, the winner of the event Pete Broderson filed a protest against third place finisher Nick Stone’s race car. Stone’s car did not meet the requirements of Section 15.5.2 Appendix A of the DIRTcar Rule Book and he was disqualified from his third place finish in Saturday evenings pro stock feature event and placed last in the finishing order.

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WILDER TAKES LEAD ON FINAL LAP TO WIN MODIFIED FEATURE AT FONDA
 

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – A week ago on Saturday evening at the Fonda Speedway things didn’t go to well for the Adirondack Motorsports ride driven by Jeremy Wilder as he had a fire under the hood of his Bill Schoons owned modified and was done early in the feature event. Fortunately Wilder was able to get out of the car safely and was not injured in any way.

This Saturday things went a lot better for Wilder as he won the second feature event of the 2015 season and the fifth of his career at the Fonda Speedway in exciting fashion as he took the lead on the final lap of the event from Brian Gleason to take the victory.

“The 14G (Gleason) was on rails and he drove a great race,” Wilder said in victory lane. “But when he started slipping up in the turns I thought that maybe I would have a chance to get by him and fortunately for me I was able to do that.”

Other winners on New York Central Mutual Insurance Company Night at the “Track of Champions” were Rocky Warner (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder).

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