BRODERSON, YOUNG, AND CLEMENT TAKE NIGHT OF FEATURES VICTORIES AT FONDA WHILE REMAINDER OF THE RACING PROGRAM IS RAINED OUT
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Continuous light rain forced the cancelation of most of the Night of Features racing program at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening but before the cancellation Pete Broderson (pro stock), Johnny Young (street stock), and Art Clement (4-cylinder) took victories in feature events in their respective divisions.

With DIRT points ending on Labor Day and Fonda being closed until Saturday, September 13 because of the annual Fonda Fair, the cancellation of the remainder of the racing program saw the leaders in the point standings going into the Saturday evening’s Night of Features racing program being crowned the point champions in their respective divisions.

Point champions crowned at Fonda on Saturday evening were Stewart Friesen in the modified division (third consecutive title after winning it back in 2012 and 2013), Rocky Warner (first career championship in the 602 sportsman division), Nick Stone (first career championship in the pro stock divisions), Dave Horning Sr. (second track championship at Fonda after winning it back in 2006), and Ken Hollenback (third consecutive title at Fonda after winning it back in 2012 and 2013).

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CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY ON BBL COMPANIES NIGHT OF FEATURES THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Saturday, August 16 champions will be crowned in all divisions at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway as the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility completes the 2014 regular season before their annual break for the Fonda Fair. Looking ahead here is the order of events for the racing program coming up on Saturday night for the “BBL Companies Night of Features” which will be the 18th year of the double features format.

Hot laps will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the following order 4-cylinder, street stock, pro stock, modified, and sportsman. At 7:00 p.m. the National Anthem will begin the racing program with the first race on the schedule being the only 4-cylinder feature of the night which will be 10-laps in length. That will be followed by a 10-lap “B” Main for both the modified and sportsman divisions which will finalize the lineup for the first feature event in those divisions.

Street stock feature #1 is next on the racing card followed in order by pro stock feature #1, modified feature #1, sportsman feature #1, and street stock feature #2 before a brief intermission takes place. Following the intermission pro stock feature #2 will take to the track followed by modified feature #2 and sportsman feature #2 and at the conclusion of the racing program there will be a “Championship Celebration on Victory Lane for the champions in all divisions.

The street stock features will be 10-laps in length while the pro stock and sportsman features will be 15-laps in length and the modified features will be 22-laps in length.

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FRIESEN WINS AN UNBELIEVABLE RACE BETWEEN TWO CHAMPIONS AT FONDA
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – With only two weeks remaining in the points championship chase at the Fonda Speedway going into Saturday night’s racing program the pressure was on to perform and that is exactly what Stewart Friesen and Bobby Varin did as they put on one of if not the best races of the 2014 racing season.

When the checkered flag dropped to complete the 30-lap modified feature event Friesen was the winner of the event after lap traffic helped him get away from Varin with only a few laps remaining after the two driving greats raced side by side and nose to tail throughout the last half of the feature event.

When it was all said and done and Friesen was celebrating in victory lane with his crew, Varin drove up into victory lane alongside of Friesen who was still in his car and gave him a thumbs up as a sign of respect and to congratulate him on what was a great race between two championship drivers.

Other winners on Competitive Advantage Group/Dwarf Awareness Night at Fonda were Connor Cleveland (first career win in the sportsman division), Kenny Gates (pro stock), Jason Samrov (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder).

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FRIESEN WINS ANOTHER AT FONDA TO INCREASE HIS CAREER WIN TOTAL TO 28 IN JUST FOUR SEASONS
 

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Danny Ody Memorial Night at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening Stewart Friesen increased his win total on the modified division all time win list to 28 while Mark Mortensen (Danny Ody Memorial sportsman event), Chuck Dumblewski (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), Adam Pierson (POWRi Midgets), and Darral Hulbert (vintage) all took victories in their respective divisions on Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. sponsored night at the “Track of Champions”.

In the vintage car feature Jeremy Wilder drove the car that took Ody to the 100th victory of his career.

Danny Ody was not only a great friend to the racing community but to all those who knew him as well as he would give the shirt off his back as they say to help someone out, sometimes putting his own issues aside to help some else with theirs. That was the kind of guy that Danny was.

Saturday evening many of Danny’s family and friends were in attendance at Fonda to honor him and to present awards and money to the current racers at Fonda. In honor of Danny O as he was always referred to, the starting field in each of the feature events went four wide on the track in a parade lap to salute him.

According to some statistics from his racing career Danny started his career in racing at the early age of 16. By the age of 20, Danny was racing at the Fonda Speedway for the inaugural year of the street stock division and was crowned the first track champion of that class.

Since then Danny competed nationally at many different levels of dirt and asphalt racing from Go-Karts, Slingshots, Mini-Modifieds, Outlaw Mini-Sprints, Pro Stocks, Sprints, IMCA, Late Models, Sportsman and Big Block Modifieds. His experience has rewarded him with three National Point Championships, 15 Track Championships, PMSRA Driver of the Year for 1986-87, PMSRA Driver of the Eighties, and a career high 102 professional feature wins.

Danny was very dedicated and loyal to the sport of auto racing and always credited his successes to team involvement, hard work and determination to be the best. His career statistics were as follows: 102 Career Feature Wins 15 Career Track Championships 2 National Points Championships Longest Winning Streak of 14

Danny also strived to include the kids in racing by doing Design -A -Car which was very successful with the kids coloring a paint scheme for the IMCA car that Danny ran at Fonda. He was also the racing historian for the northeast, putting endless hours into research allowing him to start OLDSPEEDWAYS.com. where you can purchase videos of Nostalgia racing.

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