Racing Around: Constantino claims dream win at Fonda

Saturday night there were no crazy hats or masks in Victory Lane, just one happy David Constantino grinning widely while rising above the roof of the Cyclone-chassis No. 34 modified holding a black DKM flag.

“I want to thank Laudy for putting me in this car,” Constantino said in Victory Lane. “This is a childhood dream come true.”

For the second-generation driver it was his first career Sunoco modified victory in only his second start in the Laudy Hoyenga Motorsports modified. Constantino also has 17 602 sportsman and one DIRT legal sportsman victory to his credit at the Track of Champions.

Making the victory even sweeter was that the DKM Cyclone chassis is a creation of Constantino, Erik Mack and Kyle Hoffman and named in honor of Hall of Fame driver Maynard “Cyclone” Forrette.

It was not the only victory for DKM Saturday as Adam McAuliffe picked up his first win of the season at Fonda in the Swagger Factory Apparel/Eric Orozco Racing 602 Crate Sportsman feature, and E.J. McAuliffe put his DKM Cyclone in Victory Lane for the second straight week in the Montgomery County Office for the Aging Limited Sportsman main event.

Fonda was not the only place where the Cyclone landed in Victory Lane Saturday as J.R. Heffner drove to the modified feature win at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

Another proud, and frustrated, chassis builder Saturday night had to be Nick Stone.

Stone and Luke Horning battled on the front end of the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature with Horning making the most of a late-race restart to get past Stone and pick up the victory.

“To beat the 27 [Stone] is great,” Horning said in Victory Lane. “He builds these cars and he will give you room to race so this win definitely means a lot.”

Fonda Speedway will present a “Tribute to Mom’s” this Saturday with free flowers to the first 100 mothers plus other giveaways.

Another milestone

Dave Horning Sr. keeps rolling along in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock division.

The veteran driver made a last-lap pass to record his 60th feature win in the class.

He also has nine wins to his credit in the former street stock division, which evolved into the present day pro stock division.

Stepping up

Saturday night’s race program also was a benefit for the Regional Animal Shelter. Fans and drivers stepped up in support of the organization and raised $12,534 through the auction of donated items and raffles.

Stewart Friesen raised $70,000 for the Crossroads Center for Children and Autism Awareness with his project, selling sponsorship of puzzle pieces on the HFR Silverado Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series No. 52. Friesen was not at Fonda Saturday night as his hauler broke down on the way home from the Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Glen Ridge opener set

After having its original start date washed out, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will make another attempt to open its season Sunday.

The Ridge will present flowers to the first 50 moms through the gate and free popcorn will be available to all race fans, courtesy of the Man in the Red Chair.

It was also announced that the July 6 50-lap “Vengeance” for big block modifieds will now be carry a guaranteed starting spot in the season-ending $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 at Fonda Speedway going to the winner.

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