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Racing Around: Lazzaro Memorial a success at Fonda

May 20, 2010
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Kudos to the staff and management at Fonda Speedway and especially Mimi Lazzaro and Matt Noles.

Last Saturday's Lou Lazzaro Tribute Night will definitely be among the most memorable events at the track in recent history.

Starting with the meet and greet at Checkers Out Speedway in Johnstown to the final checkers of the night at Fonda Speedway, the night was organized and kept the flow of action moving with few delays. A plus for the fans, especially when the temperatures dropped later in the evening.

Racing action

Several drivers who took part in the meet-and-greet at Checkers Out Speedway also jumped behind the wheel of go-karts at the facility and put on a great show for the fans.

One thing for sure is that when they strap on their helmets, they are ready to race and battle each other, no matter what they are driving.

A little bumping, some broad sliding and three-wide racing highlighted the 50-lap feature won by Craig Hanson, who also picked up the modified feature win on Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Unfortunately, Hanson's luck changed during Saturday night's 44-lap modified feature at Fonda Speedway as his modified was destroyed in a head-on crash with Alan Barker on the frontstretch.

Matt DeLorenzo's run to the checkers in the Lazzaro Memorial was nothing less than spectacular.

Elmo Reckner built a half-track advantage, but as the race wore on, the field closed in with DeLorenzo catching up to and passing Reckner in the final laps.

It was also good to see veteran Alton Palmer battling in the lead pack Saturday.

Two weeks ago, Palmer ended up on his roof in turn four after launching off the front end of Darwin Greene's modified.

Danny Varin kept fans on the edge of their seats during the main event with his battle with Tony Pepicelli, Josh Hohenforst and later with Matty D.

It looked line Danny was heading to a runner-up finish, but a slip on the last lap opened the door for his father, Bobby, to get past and take the second spot.

When Danny pulled his car into Victory Lane for the post-race ceremonies, a cloud of steam rolled out from under the hood as a result of contact with the wall on the final lap.

All in all, a total of 119 cars, not counting the vintage racers, packed the pits Saturday night (38 modifieds, 28 602 limited sportsman, 16 sportsman, 14 pro stocks, 16 street stocks and nine UMP modifieds).

Next, the speedway will pay tribute to veteran modified driver Dave Lape on June 6 with twin 22-lap features.

Change at Glen Ridge

In a move to help bolster the weekly pro stock car count at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, the management has announced an option for the drivers.

Starting Friday night, pro stocks running an open-competition engine can run any fuel and must weigh 3,100 pounds. Pro stocks running crate engines must run VP98 fuel and weigh 2,900 pounds.



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