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Racing Around: Champs set to be crowned at Fonda

August 12, 2010
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

The annual "Night of Features" means a night of action packed, nail-biting and exciting dashes.

However, it also signals the end of the points battles and the crowning of the 2010 champions at Fonda Speedway.

Saturday night, the modified, sportsman, 602 limited sportsman and pro stock divisions will run two features apiece, while the UMP modified and street stock divisions will run single features.

The top 12 in modified and 602 limited sportsman division points will be handicapped for the first feature event with the remaining drivers qualifying through a B-main. The top eight in sportsman and pro stock points will be handicapped for the first feature event with the remaining drivers qualifying through a B-main. The winner of the first feature will draw the number of positions, from one to 10, to invert for the start of the second feature.

Defending track champion Bobby Varin heads into the "Night of Features" with a 22-point lead over Matt DeLorenzo, 632-610, while Ronnie Johnson holds a one-point edge over Dave Camara for third, 558-557.

The pro stock division also is coming down to the wire with Roy Fifield clinging to a 20-point lead over defending track champion Kenny Gates, 612-592, while Rocky Warner is in the hunt, eight points behind Gates.

Rob VanAernam and Dave Horning Sr. leaped past defending street stock champion Cassidy Wilson after he dropped out after being caught up in a first-lap accident.

With only one feature event on tap, VanAernam leads the pack with 642 points with Horning 12 points back with 630 and Wilson two points behind Horning with 628.

David Towns is headed toward his fourth straight sportsman championship as he enters the night with a 100-point lead, 696-596, over Mark Mortensen.

John Scarborough controls the points battle in the 602 limited sportsman division with a 95-point edge over Ray Zemken and 112 points over rookie Brian Gleason.

George Catanzano is well ahead of three-time defending track champion Jeremy Cramer, 784-671 in the UMP modifieds.

Just a quick run down of the points for everyone keeping track (and who won't be?) Saturday. 1. 60; 2. 56; 3. 52; 4. 50; 5. 48, 6. 46; 7. 44; 8. 42; 9. 40; 10. 38. The points drop two-points for each spot from 10-15 and a one-point drop from 15th place on back.

There also will be a memorabilia raffle Saturday night with prizes donated by drivers in all divisions to benefit the drivers point fund.

There also will be a dinner special available at the track featuring roast beef, potatoes and corn on the cob.

BBL Construction Night

The "Night of Features" is already action packed, but add BBL Construction Services Night to the lineup and it takes everything to the next level.

The long-time "Track of Champions" sponsor will host Military Night with a 21-gun salute, fireworks and a USAF flyover featuring a C-130 Ski Bird at 7 p.m.

Veterans will be honored on Victory Lane in ceremonies featuring Gloversville American Legion Post 137 and VFW Post 2077. All active members of the military will receive free admission with ID.

Pepper Eastman remembered

The family of the late Walter "Pepper" Eastman will be on hand Saturday night at Fonda Speedway to honor the popular driver.

Eastman was killed in a third-turn accident at the speedway 45 years ago, on Aug. 14, 1965.

"It happened that the track was having a race exactly 45 years to the day," Eastman's niece Karen Wood said. "Racing has always been big in my dad's [Don] family. We decided to make the trip down there. I had some T-shirts made and everything. They said it is military night as well and that is kind of ironic since my uncle was a paratrooper. He has always been a family icon. He was the original driver of the 181."

Donnie Eastman, a driver himself, will be on hand along with his brothers Art, Jake, and other members of the Eastman family.



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