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Racing Around: Jim Davis gets off to strong start

May 10, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

Sure, Stewart Friesen has been grabbing the headlines so far this racing season and why not? He has been winning.

However, have you noticed the season Jimmy Davis has been having?

Despite a 23rd-place finish at Fonda Speedway on April 14, the opening night of points where he was involved in a accident, Davis had a third-place finish at Ice Jam and back-to-back runner-up runs to Friesen. He backed it up by holding off Kenny Tremont on Sunday for his first career modified victory at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday. Davis is currently fourth in the Fonda points chase with 132. Friesen, of course, leads with 180 followed by Bobby Varin with 150 and A.J. Romano with 140.

After being involved in a second lap melee Saturday night, Varin made a nice recovery, driving back through the field with a bent shock to finish sixth.

Bad luck continues

Dave Lape has had his share of problems so far, including having engine problems in warm-ups Saturday night leaving him in the pits for the night.

The seven-time track champion is ready to return this week with a new JPM power plant under the hood of the no. 22.

Already heating up

The points battle in the 602-sportsman division at Fonda Speedway is already heating up.

Cody Bleau and defending division champion Mark Mortensen are deadlocked at the top of the list, while Rocky Warner is just two-points back in third.

The street stock points' battle is also taking shape as Dave Horning Sr. has a pair of victories and a two-point lead over Rob VanAernam, 170-168.

Quick turnaround

Tony Farone and his crew made a nice turnaround after wrecking out of the sportsman feature Friday night at The Ridge.

Farone stalked and later passed Harry Shaffer for the lead in Saturday's 20-lap 602-sportsman feature and held off a late-race charge from Brian Pessolano for his first 602-feature win to go with one open sportsman feature win.

Sitterly wins season opener

Otto Sitterly proved that he will again be a force again at Oswego Speedway.

Sitterly picked up the Novelis Supermodified feature win for his 21st career victory at the Steel Palace.

Apparently, Otto likes even years as he has season-opening wins in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

It was a good night for the Sitterly family as Nate Sitterly led the opening lap of the small block feature before fading to 19th. Fort Plain's Kreig Heroth finished fifth in the small-block feature.

Jessica Zemken made her supermodified debut, placing 10th in her heat race and seventh in the consi to qualify for the main event. Zemken came home 22nd in the 25-car main event.

Coming this week

Fonda Speedway will host Kiddie Rides before the start of racing action Saturday.

The Lightning Sprints are scheduled to be on hand at The Ridge in addition to the regular race program.

Caroga Creek Raceway will host two nights of racing this weekend starting with its regular race program Friday night featuring Mother's Day races and a $300 to win feature for the heavy class.

The karters return Saturday for a New York Dirt Kart Series event a $300 to win feature for the lite class.



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