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Racing Around: Fonda reinstates 602 finish

July 8, 2010
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Last Saturday post-race tech led to the disqualification of three of the top-five finishers in the 602 limited sportsman main event.

The disqualifications were for running four hole spacers instead of single hole spacers under their carburetors. Apparently, the teams received a rules sheet when they arrived at the track stating that the single-hole spacers were legal and others were not.

Obviously, not too many teams carry spare spacers with them to the track, leading to the DQ's.

Wednesday, Fonda Speedway promoter Ric Lucia overturned the decision and reinstated the original order of finish.

"This was a grave mistake because many people probably had a four hole spacer or single hole spacer but no one would have had ample time to get a single hole spacer or install one," Lucia said in a statement on the track's website. "By disqualifying three people, who had a good run on Saturday four hours after we gave out updated rules, was like an ambush. Therefore, I am reinstating the finish as it was originally on July 3. This decision lies solely with me. We give latitude on other items and time to make changes. We need to use good judgment with the class. These spacers did not influence the out come of the race. Going forward, I will do everything I can to keep the playing field flat and fair."

The official order of finish for the 20-lap Morris Auto Group 602 Limited Sportsman Feature is 1. John Scarborough, 2. Robert Bublak, 3. Ray Zemken, 4. Brian Gleason, 5. Cody Bleau, 6. Matt Johnson, 7. Harry Shaffer, 8. Dan Santabarbara, 9. John Bellinger, 10. John Calcagni Jr., 11. D.J. Brundige, 12. Scott Duso, 13. Rick Lamont, 14. Dan Peckham, 15. Carol Parker, 16. John Heidrich, 17. Doug Flynn, 18. Brittany Liggett, 19. Troy Palmer, 20. Chris McCoy, 21. Randall Sousie, 22. Chris Reckner, 23. Adam McAuliffe, 24. Jeremiah Munson, 25. Matt Guiffre.

Double draw

The Fifth Annual Hondo Classic and the Best of Four Thunder on the Thruway Series already are premier events for pro stock drivers. Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, the two will be combined making the 20-lap main a crown jewel (probably a purple one) in the crown of the winner.

Elmo's World

After turning in several solid runs throughout his sportsman and modified career at Fonda Speedway, It was great to see Elmo Reckner break through for his first career feature win at Fonda Speedway.

It wasn't Reckner's first career modified victory as he topped the field at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on May 5, 2006.

Helping Out

Kudos to Jim Nagle for coming to the aid of David Towns.

After engine problems in his sportsman qualifier, Towns thought his night was done. Nagle dashed home to get the car he drives weekly at Utica-Rome Speedway and returned to the track in time for Towns to join the main event.

With the help of a few restarts and a dramatic last-lap, fourth-turn pass, Towns beat Luke Munroe by a car length for his sixth straight victory.

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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