Racing Around: Fonda hosts big night of racing

A change of chassis has proven to be beneficial for Mike Mahaney.

The King Ferry driver has been piloting a Troyer chassis under the Buzz Chew Chevrolet No. 88 for most of the season, but recently made the switch to a Bicknell and it has paid dividends.

Mahaney posted a third place finish with the car Sunday night at Utica-Rome Speedway, then traveled to Fonda to grab his third career victory at the Track of Champions and take home the $5,000 first-place money for the 50-lap Jack 50 Tribute to Jack Johnson race.

I have to admit although the race itself was good, I was a little let down by the lack of some of the big name drivers who normally support the midweek shows.

Billy Decker was on hand, but loaded up early after having mechanical problems in his qualifier. Tim McCreadie had problems in the No. 39 Sweeteners car during warm-ups but was able to make repairs and was added to the feature. He made an impressive run from his 24th starting spot to finish eighth.

It is not hard to remember some of the on-track battles between Jack and T-Mac’s father, Barefoot Bob McCreadie, that left fans talking for weeks after the race was over.

Maybe I expected more than six invaders — Decker, McCreadie, Matt Sheppard, Jack Lehner, Jessey Mueller and Cass Bennett — to join the field (Jeff Trombley was there with Andy Romano’s No. 97, but I cannot count him as an invader).

The Hondo Classic continues to draw a solid field of pro stocks and Kelley and Kaitlyn Keefe along with everyone involved should be congratulated for keeping the event going. Sponsors have come and gone for the race, but it is still one of the biggest draws for the division during the season and one of the hardest battled for trophies for the class.

Rocky’s rocking along

Not a bad week of racing for Rocky “The Flying Squirrel” Warner.

Last Friday night, Warner drove to a strong third-place finish at Albany-Saratoga Speedway before dominating the field to pick up his fifth win of the season Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. Sunday he kept rolling and brought home the feature win at Utica-Rome Speedway where he has won four of the six events he has run there this season.

On Wednesday, he left the car he regularly runs at Fonda home and brought the 602 sportsman he runs in series races on the road. The result was the same as he picked up his sixth win of the year and 23rd of his career to top the list of winners for the 602 sportsman division. That would place him sixth overall in the sportsman standings that include the open sportsman class. Alton Palmer tops that list with 56 wins followed by David Towns (45), Tim Clemons (39) and John McAuliffe (34).

Mark Mortensen, who is second to Warner in the 602 career standings with 18 wins, would be fifth in the combined sportsman standings with 26 wins as he picked up eight open sportsman wins before the change to the 602 crate motors.

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