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Racing Around: Wins not a factor in points battles

June 16, 2011
By JAMES A. ELLIS , The Leader Herald

As I was checking out the local modified points battles this week at Fonda Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Lebanon Valley, I noticed a similarity.

The points leader at all three tracks has only one feature win, while the drivers with more wins are lower in the standings.

I guess the expression speed wins races but consistency gives you titles holds true, so far.

Kenny Tremont leads the points at The Ridge over Craig Hanson. Both drivers have completed every lap of the 10 main events run this season. Tremont had a rough time Friday night keeping that statistic alive.

He was involved in two skirmishes that put him to the rear, so he had to pass many of the same cars twice en route to his second-straight runner-up finish.

Bobby Varin has one feature win at Fonda Speedway, but leads over Ronnie Johnson who has three, two for points, while Matt DeLorenzo, who is yet to win this year, is third with no feature wins.

At Lebanon Valley, Brett Hearn, who won the 2010 big block track championship without a victory, won on opening night for his first win in two season, but even though has not been back to victory lane he leads the points over Tremont, who does not have a win at the Valley, yet.

I could include Utica-Rome Speedway into this mix, but they have run only three races so far this season. Varin has won two of them but Stewart Friesen rides atop the points standings with Varin second.

This Weekend

The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has a regular race card on tap on Cancer Awareness Night Friday with Sampson Motorcar sponsoring the events.

Fonda Speedway will host a regular night of racing of modifieds, pro stocks, 602 limited sportsmen and 4 cylinders.

Lebanon Valley will host the ESS sprinters along with the Sixth Annual Bubba Tanner 23-lap Pro Stock Classic.

Utica-Rome will run a regular program with the edition of the ESDCA Mod Lites.

At Caroga Creek Raceway, the go-karters will try again to get their King of Dirt Series opener in after rain cancelled the initial attempt in May.


Nice to see David Towns back behind the wheel at Fonda Speedway. Towns was behind the wheel of Paul Cirincione's No. 8 big block modified.

Richie Evans made his mark on the local asphalt tracks and a few attempts during special events on the dirt at Fonda Speedway. Now the nine-time national modifed champion is headed into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

He will be joined by drivers Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip, crew chief Dale Inman and owner Glen Wood.

The late Evans won nine modified titles in 13 years, including a record eight straight from 1978-85.

After her violent flip over the fourth turn wall at Fonda Speedway on May 8, Jessica Zemken returned to racing alonside Tony Stewart at Williams Grove Speedway last Friday and Lincoln Speedway on Saturday.

While having strong runs in her qualifiers, Zemken did not make the A-Main either day. The O'Reilly All Stars were scheduled to run at Utica-Rome Speedway on last Sunday, but were rained out.



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