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Racing Around

IMCA, pro stock challenge planned

July 17, 2008
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Fonda Speedway will try to answer a question some fans have had over the years "Which is faster, an IMCA modified or a Pro Stock?"

Saturday the top five Pro Stocks and top five IMCAs in the point standings will take to the track in the Pro Stock-IMCA challenge.

If I understand the concept correctly, the IMCAs will start on the outside line and Pro Stocks on the inside.

Talking with IMCA track champion Jeremy Cramer Saturday about the race, he pointed out that the cars often run close to the same times, so it will depend on the track conditions at the time of the race as to which class will do better.

He said if the track is wet, the IMCAs will do better but a hard, slick track favors the pro stocks.

It should be interesting. In a short sprint like is planned, I would have to go with the IMCAs. In a longer race when the track slicks up, I would have to look toward the pro stocks, especially the way Ken Gates has put on late-race charges lately. He seems to not get a call early in the race then in the second half of the event there he is, challenging for the top spot, kind of reminiscent of the "Patented Peek Charge" made famous by four-time modified track champion, Harry Peek.

Series continues

The third leg of the Harry's Auto Street Stock Series will run Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville.

Dave Bayes and Dave Pope won the first two legs of the series with Bayes holding an eight-point advantage in the series points standings. Chuck McSpirit, who leads the weekly track points standings, rides in third.

In the track points battle, Bayes is second, 42 points behind McSpirit with Rob VanAernam in third 22 points behind Bayes. VanAernam is fourth in the series standings, 16 points behind Bayes.


For the second time this season, kiddie rides will be offered at Fonda Speedway. Kids wanting to take a trip around the speedway with one of their favorite drivers are asked to be at the speedway early as the rides will take place before the evening's race program begins.

Floyd Billington took a slight detour to Hagaman en route to the Ridge Friday night from his South Glens Falls home.

Billington arrived at the garage of Mike Fusco without an engine in the car and left with Fusco's small block under the hood. Billington finished a close second to Jeff Brownell, who reportedly had one quart of oil left in his engine when the checkers dropped.

Fourteen-year-old Korey Wilder picked up his second budget sportsman feature win of the season the hard way, a spin-and-win.

Wilder was leading early in the race when his car got out from under him.

He fell back in line and charged back to the front for the victory.

Don Bellen appeared headed to his first Glen Ridge victory. Bellen had pulled off to a comfortable half straightaway lead with a handful of laps remaining before the caution flew, erasing his advantage and put Wilder on his back bumper. Wilder shot past on the restart, relegating Bellen to a second place finish.

James A. Ellis is a sports reporter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at



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