FONDA - The opening day of the 60th anniversary Tribute to Champions weekend at Fonda Speedway came to a quick halt Saturday when a late-afternoon rainstorm forced track to cancel the features portion of the race card.
The remaining features for the street stocks, 602 sportsman and the 40-lap, $4,000-to-win modified feature plus the held over ESS sprint car championship event will be run first on today's race card before starting the scheduled events.
The highlight of today's racing will be the 112-lap, $12,000-to-win main event for the modifieds, who will also be running for $1,200 for a 12-lap heat race victory.
Danny Johnson (27J) leads Ronnie Johnson (2RJ), Ryan Odasz (14R), Mike Mahaney (21) through turn one during modified qualifying action Saturday at Fonda Speedway.
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The 602 sportsmen will battle for $1,200-to-win in the main event along with $120 for a heat race victory, while the pro stocks also will battling in $1,200 to win main event.
Due to the added racing action the starting time has been adjusted. The pit gate will open at 11 a.m. and the main gate at noon. Racing will take to the speedway at 2 p.m.
In the lone feature event that did get in the books Saturday was the 15-lap 4-cylinder event. Ken Hollenbeck was first under the checkers and won the single-cam honors, while Ben Righi captured the dual-cam honors.
Picking up qualifying event victories Saturday in the modifieds were Alan Johnson, Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson, while Billy Decker won the consy.
Danny Johnson will start from the pole in the 40-lap feature with Sheppard alongside. Hearn and Alan Johnson make up the second row with Matt DeLorenzo and Stewart Friesen in the third row of the 27-car grid.
Winning 602 sportsman qualifiers were John Scarborough, Mark Mortensen and Ray Zemken.
Jeff Cook, Chuck Hebing and Paul Kinney won the ESS sprint car heat races, while Michael Parent won the B-main. The sprint car dash-for-cash was headed to the green when the rain hit.