Racing Around: Showdown shaping up at Fonda
The battle for the modified track championship at Fonda Speedway is really shaping up. With four Saturdays of racing left in the regular season for the division, only 22 points separate the top four drivers.
Bobby Varin leads the pack with 570 with Ronnie Johnson just four points back. Jeremy Wilder trails Varin by 20 points with 550 and “The Doctor” Danny Johnson is two behind Wilder with 548.
While three of the nights are regular points show, the one that could shake up the standings is on Aug. 13, the Sowle Showdown at Fonda.
That night is triple 20s for the division and triple points. While the top drivers will be charging, that is a night when you could see some first-time winners. How many times have Jessey Mueller or Darwin Greene sprinted to the front and led at that point only to be thwarted by a late-race charge to deny them a victory?
There is an added night of racing with the midweek Jack Johnson Tribute race on Aug. 10 but drivers in all divisions receive 60 show-up points that night.
The modified points end before the rest of the classes this year at Fonda. The modified track champion will be crowned on Aug. 20, while the pro stock, street stock and sportsman classes end on Sept. 17, the first week back after the break for the Fonda Fair.
At Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Varin has 404 points and is in third behind Josh Hohenforst (430) and Wilder (418). There are triple 20s also on tap at The Ridge on Aug. 5 in the Sowle Summer Mania. That could get very interesting on the fast quarter mile.
Going for a trifecta
At the beginning of the year, Rocky Warner’s season was in doubt due to heart surgery.
He has put all that and more behind him and has a shot at pulling off a tough three-track trifecta.
Heading into this weekend, The Flying Squirrel is on top in the points at Glen Ridge, Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedway.
He is 28 points up on Brian Pessolano at The Ridge; 98 points up on Connor Cleveland at the Track of Champions and has five wins en route to a six-point lead over Matt Janczuk at Utica-Rome.
The tributes continue at Fonda Speedway. This week the track will honor Bob Savoie with a 50-lap $2,507-to-win main event for the modifieds. The Track of Champions will also honor Jerry Cook on Saturday and will host the driver autograph session that was postponed last week due to the rain out.
There could be some interesting looks in the modified division Friday night at Glen Ridge for the annual Run Whacha Brung modified feature.
Jason Morrison picked up his first career victory in the pro stock division Friday night at Glen Ridge. He has run every pro stock feature at The Ridge this season and is on top in the points. He has been driving the No. 715 truck most nights but picked up the feature win in a catch ride in A.J. Walters’ No. 22.
Keeping in voice
I have to give a shout-out to Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge announcer Jim King.
On Wednesday nights, King also announces the Monster Energy Drink Supercross races at Royal Mountain Ski Center. This weekend a pair of District 3 CNYMRA motocross events are on tap at Royal. That means “The Voice” will be heard Friday night at Glen Ridge, Saturday morning and afternoon at Royal, Saturday night at Fonda and back to Royal Sunday morning for another full day announcing the competition.
That’s a full weekend in anybody’s book.