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Racing Around: Varin remains red hot at Fonda

June 11, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

With two months of racing in the books, the local racing season is at the midway point.

Time to look at who is hot and who is just simmering.

Bobby Varin obviously has the hot setup at Fonda Speedway in the modified division. The defending track champion has won five of the seven points races this season and if he continues at this pace will have a shot at the record of 12 wins in a season, held by Steve Danish and Jack Johnson.

Johnson and Matt DeLorenzo have posted victories in the other points events, while Pat Ward won the season-opening Ice Jam.

The "Mr. Consistency" award so far this season in the modified division has to go to Dave Camara. Even though he has not parked his car in Victory Lane, he is second in points, 58 behind Varin. A.J. Romano and Ronnie Johnson also have been running consistently. They are locked in a battle with DeLorenzo for third in points with six points separating the trio.

Cassidy Wilson is hot in the street stock division at Fonda. Wilson put his Ford-powered ride in Victory Lane for the fifth time and fourth straight Saturday. However, Cody Bleau leads the division in points without the aid of a victory.

The Sullivan Motorsports team owns Victory Lane in the 602 limited sportsman division. Jeremiah Munson and Mike Ketchum have dominated the action. Munson has five wins this season at Fonda, while Ketchum has three.

In the IMCA division, three drivers, Jeremy Cramer, Danny Ballard and Kevin Buff have moved to the top of the division. Cramer has the points lead in the division, but Ballard has hit a hot setup lately and has scored back-to-back wins. Buff has been consistently turning fast laps and has been consistently at the front of the field.

The pro stock division continues to be one of the most competitive classes week-in and week-out. It is hard to pick out a driver who is hot because of the balance in the division that takes the expression "It ain't over 'til it's over" seriously. Nick Stone leads in the points, but the division has produced six winners in seven races, including two first-time winners in Chucky Dumblewski and Ivan Joslin.

The sportsman division also has produced tight racing from start to finish with Luke Munroe and John McAuliffe scoring two wins apiece. Munroe leads the points chase by 28 points over McAuliffe, while Mark Mortensen, who has one win, holds a two-point edge over two-time defending division champion David Towns. Towns has been a little snakebit this season. He has put himself in a position to pick up the victory, but luck has not been on his side as he is yet to get his first win of the year.

At Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Justin Knight is having a banner year in the street stock division.

Knight has five wins in seven races with John Babcock and Shannon McDermott the only drivers to keep him from Victory Lane this season.

Defending track champion Jeff Brownell Jr. leads the modifieds at the Ridge with four wins in seven events. He is tied with Craig Hanson for the points lead. Hanson has yet to find his way to Victory Lane this season.

Varin, JaMike Sowle and Paul Kinney are the other modified winners so far at Glen Ridge.

In the 4-cylinder cruiser division, Laurie Fallis has jumped out to a 29-point lead over Ken Hollenbeck.

They both have three wins. Kerry Hollenbeck leads the 6-cylinder division.

Munson holds a 14-point lead over Korey Wilder in the sportsman division, while rookie driver Bodie Bellinger rides third. Munson leads the division with two wins. The 14-year-old Bellinger has one win in the sportsman class and one in the special Ridge Runner Sportsman Series.



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