Racing Around: Fonda champs crowned
First, congratulations to all the Fonda Speedway track champions.
The final week played out to be what any track would love to see, the titles being decided on the final night.
Bobby Varin raced his way to his seventh modified track championship in the Alton and Carole Palmer-owned No. 76. Varin added the 2018 title to his Fonda titles in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Varin edged Josh Hohenforst, who did not win a feature this season, for the title by four points and is now tied with Dave Lape with seven championships at the “Track of Champions.”
The 2018 title for Kenny Gates was his third straight and also the seventh of his career in the pro stock division. Gates won the title outright in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017 and was co-champion in 2007 with Rob Yetman.
The West Winfield driver picked up six feature wins and edged Josh Coonradt for the title by 28 points.
After finishing third in points in 2016 and second in 2017, Chad Edwards picked up his first career track championship in the 602 sportsman division in the Tommy Spencer-owned No. 37.
Edwards edged Ray Zemken by 10 points, Nick Scavia by 11 points and Tony Farone by 14 thanks to a late-season charge that started when the team broke out the car they ran last year and won on June 16 to start a run from 85 points back in seventh place to the top of the standings with a week to go.
Johnny Young collected his second-straight street stock championship, beating out Jason Samrov by 66 points.
Eleven-year-old Derrick McGrew Jr. was crowned the 2018 limited sportsman champion for his first career title in a stock car.
Fonda Speedway updates schedule
Two of the biggest races of the season at Fonda Speedway, “The Jack” and “The Hondo Classic” fell victim to rain twice this year.
Hopefully the third time is a charm as they have both been rescheduled for when Fonda Speedway reopens after the break for the Fonda Fair.
The Hondo Classic, a premiere event for the pro stocks, is now scheduled to run on Sept. 15 and has dropped the King of Dirt sanctioning, but will still pay the KOD purse along with a lot of contingency awards.
The Jack will now be run on Sept. 22 as part of the Thunder Along the Mohawk weekend with its guaranteed 12th starting spot at Oswego for the DIRTcar big block main event during Super DIRT Week in October.
Bounty still climbing
The Yurkewecz Auto Crushers/Jim With The Red Seat Bounty is still climbing.
The reward for a Crate Modified driver who can stop the combined win streak of David Constantino and Tim Hartman Jr. at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is now up to $800 on top of the $600 to win the feature at The Ridge.
It looked like the bounty would be claimed last week until a mid-race wreck resulted in the top three runners — Jim Introne Jr., Brian Calabrese and Andrew Buff — being wrecked. Buff’s car was cradled to the pits with extensive damage, while Introne and Calabrese were black flagged for rough riding, opening the door for Hartman, who was running fifth, to pick up his fourth win of the season.