Point races tightening at area tracks
One little quirk in winning a track championship is you don’t need to win the most races, but you need consistent top-five finishes.
No, I am not crowning track champions yet, but a look at the modified and sportsman division points standings at Fonda Speedway with six races to go supports the “Mr. Consistency” theory.
Stewart Friesen has won six of the 11 modified features run at the Track of Champions this season, but is not the points leader. Bobby Varin has one feature win and is the modified points leader by 16 points over Friesen.
Varin has three third-place finishes to go with one runner-up, a fifth, seventh, two 10ths, a 12th and a 13th-place finish. There also were a couple of nights where all drivers ran for 20 show-up points.
Friesen’s road has been a bit rougher. Despite the six wins, he has only one other top five finish, a fourth place on June 7. He has finishes of 11th, 12th, 14th and 25th figured into his points.
The sportsman division is much the same.
Rocky Warner has two feature wins this season and is at the top of the list with 447 points. David Constantino has four feature wins and is eighth with 402. Connor Cleveland has no feature wins and is second behind Warner with 422.
How tight is the points battle for the sportsman division?
Four weeks ago Jeremiah Munson was on top of the division and he is now tied for fourth with Ricky Quick. Adam McAuliffe had the points lead heading into last Saturday’s main event, but has dropped to third, three points behind Cleveland.
The pro stock class is holding true to form, as Nick Stone has four wins and leads Pete Broderson, who has two wins, by 20 points and Chuck Dumblewski (2 wins) by 40. Kenny Gates has no feature wins, but is 50 points back from Stone in fourth.
Dave Horning Sr. has four street stock feature wins, but after a wreck last week, leads Neil Cosselman (1 win) by two points and John Bradt (4 wins) by 14.
Even Ken Hollenbeck, with five feature wins in the 4-cylinder division, cannot pull away as Keith Tesiero Sr. (1 win) is just 20 points out and Kerrie Hollenbeck (1 win) is 22 points back.
Brett Hearn’s Big Show 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway fell victim to Mother Nature with 11 laps of the scheduled 100 laps in the book.
The race will pick up where it left off July 30 with a reduced general admission ticket price yet to be announced.
Justin Haers leads the race, followed by Billy Decker, Danny Johnson, Bodie Bellinger and Billy VanInwegen. Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Erick Rudolph, Matt Sheppard and Duane Howard complete the top 10.
In the twin 20-lap sportsman features that were completed Tuesday, Joey Scarborough and Jeremy Pitts took home the victories. There were 52 sportsman on hand for the race, with Cody Bleau turning in the fastest lap in time trials for the division.
The regular Saturday night show at Fonda Speedway was to include an infield tailgate party, but it was announced earlier this week that the infield tailgate party has been canceled for this Saturday.
From the track’s Facebook page: “Due to numerous complaints from grandstand fans about not being able to see the back straightaway and infield tailgaters not following the established rules, we are discontinuing infield tailgating for the rest of the year. We want what is best and safe for all of Fonda’s fans. We will re-evaluate for 2015. Thanks for your input and enthusiasm.”