Broderson’s pro stock win stands
It seems like the track tech inspectors have been busy so far this year.
Crate engines have been pulled and checked for tampering; tire compounds sampled and sent to the lab to be checked for illegal substances and cars even stripped down to the chassis to look for modifications.
All came back operating within the rules.
The latest came Saturday night at Fonda Speedway when Nick Stone protested the engine of pro stock victor Pete Broderson.
The engine was pulled and impounded after the race, sent to the checked with representatives of both teams present during the inspection and it was ruled that the internal components of Broderson’s sealed crate engine were properly stamped and the engine was declared legal.
With the declaration, Broderson’s win on Saturday was declared official, making it his third in a row, fourth of the season and 23rd of his career at Fonda Speedway.
Decker wins at Utica-Rome
Billy Decker picked up his second DIRTcar series victory of the season and sixth feature win of his career at Utica-Rome Speedway on Wednesday.
Jimmy Phelps was second with Larry Wight third, Stewart Friesen, who turned the fastest lap in time trials, fourth and Erick Rudolph fifth. Danny Varin finished 14th in the 31-car field.
It was the first DIRTcar modified series race at Utica-Rome, which has been running under the NASCAR banner, in 12 years.
Pete Stefanski made a late-race charge to pick up the win in the companion pro stock feature win.
Dead-heat at Oswego
Canajoharie’s Otto Sitterly was credited with two victories but he had to share one Saturday night at Oswego Speedway.
With the track running twin 35-lap supermodified features, Sitterly ran away to win the first feature and started 12th in the second.
He picked his way to the front and made a last-lap move to catch race-leader Michael Muldoon at the line. After review the race was declared a dead heat.
It is the second in the track’s history as Doug Didero and Ed Bellinger Jr. were declared co-winners on June 28, 1997.
Looking a the point standings heading into Saturday’s racing at Fonda Speedway it is no surprise that with six feature wins Stewart Friesen is leading the modified points.
However, Josh Hohenforst has been consistent so far this season and is second in the standings, 93 points back, without the benefit of a feature win. Only 12 points separate Ronnie Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Mark Kislowski and Bobby Varin for the third spot in the standings.
In the pro stock division, Kenny Gates has one feature win but is on top of the points race with Nick Stone (3 feature wins) second and Broderson (4 feature wins) third.
Rocky Warner has three feature wins and is atop the sportsman standings with Connor Cleveland 19 points back in second.
Dave Horning Sr., who picked up his 50th career street stock victory Saturday, has five wins on the season and is in charge of the street stock standings.
Horning needs one more win to tie his son, Dave Horning Jr., for the most career street stock wins.
Five Dollar Fridays
Pete Demitraszek’s fan appreciation price of $5 for general admission at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park seems to be working.
The stands have shown a great increase in attendance the past couple of weeks leading the promoter to continue the Five Dollar Fridays special.
And the fans have been getting more than their money’s worth in race action on the track.
Last Friday, Jeremy Wilder chased down Bobby Varin in the closing laps to pick up the modified feature win and Brian Pessolano returned to Glen Ridge in one of the West End Auto team cars to lead a one-two finish with A.J. Filbeck in the sportsman main event.
This week the sportsman division will run for $750-to-win plus contingencies. The modifieds and cruisers will run for double points. There will also be a sportsman elimination competition during intermission with the top six drivers in the sportsman points standings battling it out in one-on-one competition.