Fonda Speedway hosts busy night of racing

Cory Sparks races during Patriot Sprint Series action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — Just shy of three years since his first modified feature win, Josh Hohenforst landed the Apollo Rocket back in Victory Lane.

Hohenforst made a big move on the outside of turn one on lap 17 and withstood the pressure from Bobby Varin to take home the checkers in the 30-lap modified feature Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.

“About halfway through the pro stock race we made a couple of changes to the car, Hohenforst said in Victory Lane. “I got held up a bit on the start and Bobby [Varin] got by me. We hit lapped traffic and I saw a hole and wend for it. That was awesome. I really had to work for that one.”

Kenny Gates recorded his fourth straight pro stock feature win of the season, while Cody Clark won the 602 sportsman feature, Cliff Haslun won the street stock main event and E.J. McAuliffe took home top honors in the rookie sportsman class.

Jared Zimbardi picked up his third win of the season in the Patriot Sprint Series A-main and Frank Blanchard won the added Vintage Modified main event.

Mike Maresca (7) and Bobby Varin (00) race through turns one and two during modified action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Mike Maresca jumped out to the early lead in the 30-lap modified feature over Pep Corradi and Shawn Pangman.

Varin picked his way from the seventh starting spot with Hohenforst, who started fifth, following in his tracks.

Varin slipped past Corradi into second on lap nine and began chipping away at Maresca’s straightaway lead.

By lap 12 when the leader encountered lapped traffic, Varin was on his bumper with Hohenforst, Ronnie Johnson and Stewart Friesen making up the top five.

Varin made a strong move under Maresca in turn one of lap 15 and Hohenforst went to the high side to get second before continuing his momentum past Varin on the outside of turn two a lap later.

With the green-flag laps clicking off Hohenforst put distance between himself and Varin until lap traffic again allowed Varin to catch the leader.

Hohenforst was able to pick his way through the back markers and have the checkers drop over his hood for the first time this season.

Varin came home in second followed by Friesen, Johnson and Tim Fuller. Maresca, Jeremy Wilder, Darwin Greene, Corradi and Pangman completed the top 10.

Gates started 12th on the field in the 20-lap pro stock feature and made his way to the front as Jim Normoyle and Chuck Dumblewski swapped leads.

Gates pulled into second behind Normoyle on lap 12 before the caution flew tightening the pack.

Luke Horning joined the front runners as they ran in a four-car pack before Gates was able to slip through on the inside of Dumblewski to take the lead with six laps to go.

Horning drove into second with four laps to go but could not chase down the defending track champion as he posted his 69th career pro stock feature win.

Horning was second, followed by Dumblewski, Normoyle and A.J. Walters.

Clark carried his momentum in the outside line past early-race leader Adam McAuliffe with five laps to go and pulled away for his fourth career 602 sportsman win.

Nick Scavia, who battled McAuliffe for the majority of the 20-lap feature, got up for second, followed by Rocky Warner, McAuliffe and Brian Pessolano.

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