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Racing Around: Varin seeking fifth title

August 13, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

In 2008, Matt DeLorenzo won seven modified features at Fonda Speedway, but could not lock up the track championship.

Bobby Varin, who won only two that season, claimed his fourth track championship in '08.

This year, Varin has won six times and is poised to lock up his fifth modified track championship Saturday night on the regular-season ending Night of Features.

Varin has a comfortable 68-point lead over DeLorenzo, who has won the last two features, 632-564. Ronnie Johnson is 20 points behind DeLorenzo and eight points ahead of Dave Camara. Ryan Odasz is in third heading into the final night with 484.

The sportsman division title chase will again come down to the final lap between two-time defending track champion David Towns and three-time sportsman champion John McAuliffe.

Towns heads into the night with a 14-point lead over McAuliffe, 612-598. Two weeks ago, they were tied, but back-to-back wins by Towns helped open a slight advantage. Luke Munroe is just six points behind McAuliffe, setting up a three-way battle for the track title.

Kenny Gates has his third-straight pro stock championship in sight. Gates, who has three track championships to his name, enters Saturday with an 18-point lead over Nick Stone, 626-608. Pete Broderson is within striking distance in third with 590 points, while Rocky Warner and Roy Fifield are tied for fourth with 560 points apiece.

Cassidy Wilson has pretty much wrapped up his first street stock division championship. He has shown his Ford is one that is "Fast On Race Day" this season, picking up seven feature wins and accumulating 644 points along the way. Rob VanAernam is in second in the points chase with 590 and Dave Horning Sr. rides in third with 556.

Team Sullivan holds the top two spots in the 602 limited sportsman division with Jeremiah Munson leading the points chase with 664 points and teammate Mike Ketchum in second with 648. Ray Zemken, the only driver other than Munson and Ketchum to record a 602 victory this year, rides in third with 632.

The IMCA championship is still up in the air and, if I heard correctly in Victory Lane last week, will continue their points battle when racing resumes after the Fonda Fair on Sept. 19.

The battle for the top spot is tight between two-time IMCA champion Jeremy Cramer and three-time champion Danny Ballard.

Cramer holds a slim five-point lead over Ballard, 463-458, while Kevin Buff is third with 452.

The IMCAs are scored different than the other divisions. IMCA drivers get 40 points for a win and decrease by one for every position after than with the drivers finishing 24th and back receiving 17 points.

Added specials

Saturday, five-time Fonda Speedway track champion Bill Wimble will be on hand to autograph copies of his newly released autobiography "I'll never be last again."

Also scheduled for Saturday night is the annual Banner Night sponsored by the Fonda Futures Kid's Club, plus the memorabilia raffle to benefit the 50/50 driver's point fund, will be held featuring items donated by drivers from all divisions donating prizes.

Added races at Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has added more racing dates to its schedule, including a midweek special.

Tuesday night, the Ridge will host a regular race program double points for all divisions and a $1,500-to-win modified feature.

Two more race dates have been added after Labor Day.

Promoters Mike Romano and Jake Spraker have added shows on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 with the modifieds and sportsmen divisions running any 1392 tires but no drag rubber. Glen Ridge will also switch to Saturday night racing on Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5.

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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