Racing Around: Point races tight with five weeks remaining
It’s hard to believe there are only five Saturday nights of racing left in the chase for the track championships at Fonda Speedway.
With a solid second-place finish last week Bobby Varin has regained control of the points race in the modified division. Varin entered the night with a two-point lead over Josh Hohenforst, but with the runner-up finish coupled with a sixth place run by Hohenforst, grew the lead to 12 points, 456-444. Jeremy Wilder and defending track champion Tim Fuller are deadlocked in third with 430 points apiece and Rocky Warner is fifth with 396 points. Stewart Friesen, who has five wins and a second-place finish in six races this year, is seventh with 356 points.
Ray Zemken holds a 13-point advantage over Nick Scavia in the 602 sportsman division, while Tony Farone is 10 points up on Cody Clark and 12 points up on Chad Edwards for third in the division.
Kenny Gates is holding on to a 34 point lead over Josh Coonradt in the pro stock division, 480-446, while Chuck Dumblewski moved from fourth to third with his win last Saturday, dropping Ivan Joslin to fourth and A.J. Walters is fifth with 322 points.
In the street stocks, defending track champion Johnny Young has a 10-point lead over Jason Samrov, 494-484, while Cliff Haslun is third with 456 and last week’s feature winner Rob VanAernam is a distant fourth with 382.
Other than the Saturday night shows at the Track of Champions in the final month, there are two midweek events on tap.
“The Jack”, a tribute to 11-time Fonda Speedway modified track champion Jack Johnson, will be run Aug. 1 featuring a 100-lap event for the modifieds along with the 30-lap Hondo Classic in memory of Hondo Carpenter for pro stocks and a street stock challenge.
As an added bonus this year that will surely draw the attention of some of the top traveling teams, DIRTcar made “The Jack” will be a Super DIRT Week qualifier with the winner getting a guaranteed spot in the main event at Oswego Speedway in Oct.
Then on Aug. 15 the “Grand Daddy” for 602 Sportsmen, sponsored by Adirondac Leather, will be run along with a 358-modified event that recently has been deemed a King of Dirt Series race.
At Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, David Constantino holds a 34-point edge, 560-526, over Tim Hartman Jr. in the crate modified standings, while Joe Orlando is third with 482 and Jim Introne Jr. is fourth with 440. All four drivers have competed in all 10 races so far this season at The Ridge.
Derrick McGrew Jr. has a 140 point lead over Shane Larman in the limited sportsman class, 552-412, while Greg Perron is third with 406 points.
McGrew is also the top point man in the rookie sportsman division at Fonda Speedway.
In the pro stock division, Cousin Luke Horning holds a 40-point lead over Ivan Joslin, 584-544, while Justin Knight is well back in third with 432 points.
Steve Cosselman is 120 points ahead of Cliff Haslun in the Street Stock division, 464-344.
In the mini stock cruisers dual cam division, P.J. Bleau holds a 16-point edge over Andy Graves, 560-544, while Josh Samrov is third with 486 and Cole Lawton is fourth with 416.
Bleau, Graves and Samrov have all run 10 features this season.
The tightest battle for the track title is in the mini stock cruiser single cam division.
T.J. Marlitt holds a scant four–point lead over C.J. Shepler, 470-466, while Zack McSpirit is a distant third with 372 points.
Mike Hill is in control of the all-star senior slingshot points battle, leading Tyler Vadney 472-450, while defending division champion Garrett Poland is 106 points up on Sloan Cherko, 562-456, in the junior slingshot standings.
There are eight more Sunday night point races scheduled at the Ridge with the championships being finalized on Sept. 9.
Fonda Speedway will host an on-track Meet-and-Greet Saturday night plus host EMS-Fireman Appreciation Night.
Last week’s pro stock feature winner Chuck Dumblewski will have his car on display at the Fonda Speedway Museum from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Ridge will feature the limited sportsman division this week with a $300-to-win main event.