Warner picks up modified win at Fonda

Luke Horning (97) races with Cassidy Wilson (82) during pro stock action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — A caution with two laps left was not what Bobby Varin wanted but exactly what Rocky Warner needed.

Varin was in control of the 30-lap modified feature, with Warner and Jessica Friesen locked in a battle for the runner-up spot when Darwin Greene clipped the fourth-turn wall and shun to bring out the caution

Varin held his lead at the drop of the green but Warner went to the high side of the speedway and pulled off a sweeping power move around the outside of turns three and four and came off the turn for the white flag with the lead.

Warner held off Varin for his second-straight feature win and third of his Sunoco modified career in front of a near-capacity crowd on St. Lawrence Radiology Dollar Night at Fonda Speedway,

“How’s that for a dollar folks?” Warner said in Victory Lane. “We had a good car the first two weeks but just no luck. We were fast on the outside tonight and I was just hoping Bobby would drop down in three and four and he did.”

Cars take to the track prior to the beginning of Saturday's racing card at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Tim Hartman Jr. also scored his second-straight feature win in the 25-lap

Swagger Factory Apparel 602 Sportsman feature, while Luke Horning took home his second 20-lap Algonkin Motel pro stock feature of the season. E.J. McAuliffe picked up his third Montgomery County Office of the Aging Limited Sportsman feature of the season, while Dave Horning Sr. extended his early-season win streak to four straight with his win 62nd career feature win in the Trackside Body Works Street Stock feature win and Ken Hollenbeck won his third 4-cylinder feature win of the season.

Korey Wilder and Cody Bleau brought the field of 24 modifieds to the green with Wilder taking the early lead before Bleau moved to the front on lap three. Varin, who started ninth, moved into fourth when the Wilder’s car slowed with mechanical problems.

The defending track champion took over the point on the Lap five restart, with Demetrios Drellos pulling into second followed by Bleau, David Schilling and Brian Gleason.

The front runners were quickly joined by Stewart Friesen, who started 12th and “The Flyin’ Squirrel,” who started 10th.

Josh Coonradt (00) and Randy Cosselman race together during pro stock action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Friesen pulled into a distant third on lap 11 but with the leaders encountering lapped traffic, quickly closed the gap and used the outside line to take over the lead on lap 15.

Friesen’s lead was short-lived as smoke showed out of the back and his No. 44 Halmar modified came to a stop in turn four, giving the lead back to Varin.

Varin again set the pace and Warner got around Bleau for second with five laps to go, while Jessica Friesen followed him past into third.

With Varin and Warner running higher grooves, Friesen used the low side of the speedway to stay within five car lengths of the lead.

Greene slid a little high between turns three and four, catching a tire protecting the end of the wall at the pit road exit Setting up a two-lap shootout.

Brian Gleason (3G), Steve Akers (27A), David Constantino (34), Rocky Warner (1J) and Craig Hanson (20C) race down the frontstretch during modified action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

With a single-file restart, Varin held his lead and Warner got the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J wound up on the outside.

Warner held the modified wide open on the high side and slipped past Varin on the outside exiting turn four to take the lead as the white flag waved.

Varin made a move to retake the lead in turns one and two, but Warner had enough to get to the checkers first for his third career modified feature win.

Jessica Friesen followed the leaders home in third, while Bleau was fourth and Drellos fifth. Danny Varin, Schilling, Willy Decker, Craig Hanson and Mike Maresca, driving Bobby Varin’s back-up car, finished 10th.

Hartman Jr. picked his way through the field and ran down Cody Clark, who took the lead from early-race leader Kurtis Hohensheldt on lap five, with eight laps to go.

Danny Varin (93) races with Stewart Friesen (44) during modified action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The caution flew with four laps remaining, but Hartman powered away from Clark for the win. Mark Mortensen and Chad Edwards waged a tight battle for the third spot over the closing laps with Mortensen getting the nod at the finish and Nick Scavia completed the top five.

JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Adam McAuliffe, Hohensheldt and Dan Santabarbara completed the second five.

Randy Cosselman and Cassidy Wilson brought the field of 24 pro stocks to the green with Wilson leading the first two laps before Cosselman took the point and led the next three.

Nick Stone and Josh Coonradt made it a three-way battle for the lead with Cosselman with Stone taking over the top spot on lap six.

Horning made the most of a lap seven restart to pull into fourth and made it a four-car pack with Stone, Coonradt and Chuckie Dumblewski running for the lead.

David Constantino (34), Rocky Warner (1J) and Craig Hanson (20C) race down the frontstretch during modified action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Coonradt got to the front to lead laps eight, nine and 10 before the red flag flew for a multi-car pileup in turn one.

Horning jumped to the front of the pack on the restart and led the final nine circuits to claim his second win in four weeks.

Stone got up for second, with Dumblewski third, Coonradt fourth and Kenny Gates was fifth. Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Cosselman, Bill Knapp and. Justin Knight complete to top 10.

Brendan Gibbons set the early pace in the limited sportsman feature before McAuliffe took the point on lap 15 to claim his third checkers of the season.

Rich Christman made a late-race move to get up for second, while Gibbons was third, Michael McCallon fourth and Steve Wagoner fifth.

Steve Young led the street stock feature for the first 13 laps before Horning got past to lead lap 14 before Young spun on the final lap to bring out the caution.

Jason Samrov made a strong run at Horning on the final lap but could not get past before the checkers dropped over Horning’s hood for the fourth-straight week.

Zach Sorrentino was third, followed by Justin Taylor and Cliff Haslun.

Josh Samrov set the early pace in the 4-cylinder main event before Hollenbeck took the point on lap four and cruised to his third win of the season as the race went caution free.

Samrov was second followed by Cole Lawton, Wayne Russell and Riley Pedrick.

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Saturday’s Results

Sunoco Modified Feature Finish – 30-Laps: ROCKY WARNER, Bobby Varin, Jessica Friesen, Cody Bleau, Demetrious Drellos, Danny Varin, David Schilling, Willy Decker, Craig Hanson, Michael Maresca, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Scott Huber, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Darwin Greene, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Ed Harris, Vinny Sanganetti, Stewart Friesen, Aaron Jacobs, Korey Wilder, Ryan Odasz, Allison Ricci (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Korey Wilder, Cody Bleau, Rocky Warner

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing) – 25-Laps: TIM HARTMAN JR., Cody Clark, Mark Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Nick Scavia, JaMike Sowle, Brian Borst, Adam McAuliffe, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Kale Groff, Joe Orlando, Mike Jackson, Thomas VanVorst, Griffen Mansmith, Jeremy Tuttle, Tony Farone, Brian Pessolano, Mike Fisher, Aaron Burton, Brian Calabrese, Andrew Buff, Kathy Bellen

Heat Race Winners: Kurtis Hohensheldt, Nick Scavia, Brian Calabrese

Montgomery County Office for Aging Limited Sportsman Feature Finish – 20-Laps: EJ MCAULIFFE, Rich Christman, Brenden Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Steve Wagoner, Alan Hanson, Kyle Hoard, Bill Port, Dana Camenga, John Young, Brett Mortensen, Jack Hamm, Spencer Rapp

Algonkin Motel Pro Stock Feature Finish – 20-Laps: LUKE HORNING, Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Randy Cosselman, Bill Knapp, Justin Knight, Steve Cosselman, Shane Henderson, John Roese, Reuben Kennedy Jr., Andy Graves, Devon Camenga, Adam Warner, Buck Gasner, Cassidy Wilson, Dave Horning Sr., Jamie Warner, Alicia Hughes, Beau Ballard, Jim Normoyle

Heat Race Winners: Josh Coonradt, Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning

Trackside Body Works Street Stock Feature – 15-Laps: DAVE HORNING SR., Jason Samrov, Zach Sorrentino, Justin Taylor, Cliff Haslun, Stephen Young, Michael Arnold, Dylan Kinch

Four Cylinder Cruisers Feature Finish – 12-Laps: KEN HOLLENBECK, Josh Samrov, Cole Lawton, Wayne Russell, Riley Pedrick, PJ Cram, John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, TJ Marlitt (DNS)