FONDA - The second half of the racing season at Fonda Speedway has been good to Matt DeLorenzo.
DeLorenzo picked up his first win of the season on June 30 and backed it up with a feature win on the final night of racing before the annual break for the Montgomery County Fair.
DeLorenzo continued his late-season success Saturday when Fonda Speedway returned to action after a month layoff by capturing the 30-lap modified feature.
Gary Palmer (9) races with Chad King (24) during Capital Region Sprint Agency action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
While DeLorenzo collected his 34th career modified feature win, Kenny Gates reached a milestone in his pro stock career.
Gates took the field from green to checkers to record his 50th career feature win in the division, leaving him one shy of victory leader Todd Hoffman's 51 wins.
Joining DeLorenzo and Gates with feature wins Saturday night were Greg Havlicek (street stock), John Scarborough (602 sportsman), while Ben Righi and Shane Playford won the 4-cylinder division mains and Danny Varin picked up the victory in a wild finish in the CRSA 305 sprint car A-main.
The 20-lap CRSA 305 sprint car feature got off to an auspicious start with a caution and two red flags before the first lap was in the book.
Contact between Jordan Thomas and another car on the four-wide parade lap damaged the front suspension of Thomas' car.
On the initial green flag, Tyler Rice jumped the wheel of another car and flipped into the fourth turn catch fence, coming to rest between the wall and fencing bringing out the red.
The sprint car field attempted to get the first lap in again only to back to red flag conditions when Emily VanInwegen got out of shape and flipped along the inside front stretch wall.
All drivers involved in the accidents were walked away and Thomas was able to make repairs to his sprinter and rejoined the face without losing a lap.
CRSA officials called for a single-file restart and Brittany Tresch jumped out to a solid lead over Keith McIntrye.
The car on the move was Varin, who started 12th on the field and powered his way into the runner-up spot with six laps remaining.
Tresch held her lead over Varin as he turned laps close to a half-second faster than the leader.
Tresch appeared the have enough of an advantage heading into turn three for the final time, but got trapped behind lapped traffic. Varin caught the leader and dove to the inside, making contact with the inside wall and had a wheel up on the wall as he edged Tresch by .068 seconds for the win.
As the cars entered turn one after the checkers, the front end of Varin's sprinter dropped and contact between Tresch and the lapped car of Greg Rochelle brought the caution with the checkers for the rest of the field.
Varin went to Victory Lane minus his car to receive the winner's accolades. Tresch placed second followed by McIntyre, John Matrafailo and Dustin Purdy.
JaMike Sowle led the opening lap of the modified feature before Elmo Reckner took over the point on a lap two restart.
DeLorenzo also found his way around Reckner on the restart and cut Reckner's advantage to a car length when the caution flew on lap eight. Reckner held his advantage on the restart, pulling away from DeLorenzo. It did not take long for DeLorenzo to build momentum and pulled to within striking distance of the leader.
On lap 16, DeLorenzo switched from the low groove to the high line on the short chute between turns three and four to overtake Reckner.
DeLorenzo successfully picked his way through the backmarkers to score the victory. Reckner held off challenges from Ronnie Johnson to take home second. Jimmy Davis and Sowle rounded out the top five.
Gates got a good draw for starting position in the 20-lap pro stock feature and took full advantage of his outside front row starting spot. While Gates built a comfortable lead, track regulars Kenny Martin and Ivan Joslin battled with invaders Tom Denton and Dan Older for the second through fifth spots.
Joslin got past Martin for the runner-up finish, while Denton and Older were fourth and fifth respectively.
In the 15-lap street stock feature, Havlicek got to the lead early and was helped by a series of cautions that pared the field down.
Havlicek withstood late race pressure from Leo Brady to secure h is third-straight feature win and fourth of the season. Ken Conroy was third followed by Brian Cosselman and P.J. Bleau.
Scarborough found his way around early-race leader Jeff Rockefeller on the eighth circuit and picked his way through lapped traffic to record the victory. Rockefeller was second followed by Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Gleason and Brian Pessolano.
Racing resumes next Saturday as part of a two-day, season ending racing weekend.