Warner, Coonradt pick up Fonda victories
FONDA — It was a finish Hondo Carpenter would have been proud of Saturday at Fonda Speedway.
In the final laps of the 14th Annual Hondo Classic Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Justin Knight and Kenny Gates swapped spots on the front end of the 29-lap Algonkin Pro Stock feature.
With two laps to go, Coonradt powered around the outside to lead the lap before Horning rallied on the inside to retake the lead. Knight followed Horning past Coonradt with Gates looking for racing room.
Knight moved alongside of Horning in the short chute between turns three and four, while Coonradt charged back on the outside. The trio exited turn four together with Coonradt winning the drag race to the checkers for his first win of the season. Horning held on for second with Knight and Gates third and fourth, with less than a second separating the top four.
Rocky Warner found the high side of the speedway to his liking and so did Stewart Friesen.
The modified pilots broke away from the field, with Friesen running down Warner and getting the lead with four laps to go.
When the leaders came up on a pair of lapped cars running side-by-side for position, Warner powered his way on the bottom pinning Friesen behind the cars to regain the lead.
Friesen broke free but could not chase down the Flying Squirrel before he registered his second-straight 30-lap feature win and fourth of the season.
Joining Coonradt and Warner with feature wins Saturday were Mark Mortensen (602 Sportsman), Rich Christman (Limited Sportsman) and Stephen Young (Street Stock).
In the added Bill Ag Memorial Modified Elimination Warner and Friesen squared off in the final round with Friesen winning the two-lap sprint. Also picking up win in legs of the elimination race were David Constantino, Josh Hohenforst and Bobby Varin.
Jim Normoyle and Gates brought the field of 24 Pro Stocks to the green with Normoyle holding off Horning, who started fifth, for the lead.
The caution flew on the second lap, which gave Horning the edge on the restart. Gates fell into second behind Horning on lap six with Normoyle, Chuckie Dumblewski and Ivan Joslin making up the top five.
The pace was slowed mid race as the caution flag flew six times in a five-lap span.
Coonradt, who started 15th, used the restarts to his advantage to settle into third behind Horning and Gates with 12 laps to go. Knight, who started 16th, joined the front runners with 10 laps left making it a four-way battle for the lead.
Horning turned back challenges from Gates and Knight before Coonradt jumped to the outside and made it three-wide.
Coonradt led the pack to the white flag but Horning came back to gain the top spot editing turn two and Knight followed him past Coonradt.
Knight dove under Horning in turn three and made slight contact as Horning moved for the block opening the line for Coonradt on the high side.
Gates looked to the bottom for racing room as the front trio exited turn four together and Coonradt won the sprint for the prestigious win.
Horning was second followed by Knight, Gates and Dumblewski. Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Jason Morrison, Kim Duell and Danny Ballard round out the top 10.
Scott Huber set the early pace in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature with Craig Hanson in close pursuit.
The caution flew on lap four when Bobby Varin made hard contact with the tire barrier at the end of pit road. Varin was able to drive the car back to the pits and rejoined the feature at the back of the field.
Huber maintained his lead on the restart with Hanson, David Schilling Jessica Friesen and Brian Gleason rounding out the top five.
Warner, who started 11th, and Stewart Friesen, who started 12th, were quickly picking their way to the front and we’re both in the top five by lap seven.
Warner took the point away from Hanson, who got past Huber for the lead on lap five, on lap 10 and quickly put distance between himself and Hanson.
Friesen pulled into second and chased down Warner as he began picking his way through Lapped traffic.
Friesen caught Warner with five laps to go and made the pass for the lead a lap later.
Lapped traffic became a factor and Warner was able to find a hole on the bottom and regained the top spot and held on for his fifth career modified feature win. Friesen was second followed by Schilling, Hanson and Jessica Friesen. Gleason, Dave Constantino, Hohenforst, Danny Varin and Matt DeLorenzo round out the second five.
Mortensen and Joe Orlando battled for the early lead in the Swagger Factory 602 Sportsman main event with Mortensen gaining the early advantage. Adam McAuliffe pulled into second after a lap four restart and pressured Mortensen the remainder of the 2- lap feature but could not get past as Mortensen recorded his second win of the season. McAuliffe was second followed by Tony Farone, Brian Calabrese and Orlando.
Racing returns to the Track of Champions Wednesday night for the inaugural Short Track Super Series Fuccillo Automotive Group $10,000-to-win Firecracker 50 presented by Teo Pro Car for the Sunoco Modifieds. Also on the program is a $1,500-to-win feature for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman division.
The speedway will be dark next Saturday with racing returning July 13.
Kune 29 Results
BILL AG MEMORIAL MATCH RACE/HONDO CLASSIC NIGHT
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Stewart Friesen, David Schilling, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Brian Gleason, Dave Constantino, Josh Hohenforst, Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Michael Maresca, Scott Huber, Pep Corradi, Steve Akers, Bobby Varin, Danny Creeden, Korey Wilder, Brian Pessolano, Brandon Walters, Don Bellen, Dylan Scribner, Aaron Jacobs, Leo Fotopoulos Jr.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen, Craig Hanson
SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – ($1,000 to win thanks to Eric Orozco Racing) – 25-LAPS – MARK MORTENSEN, Adam McAuliffe, Tony Farone, Brian Calabrese, Joe Orlando, Chad Edwards, Cody Clark, Nick Scavia, Joe Williams, Brian Borst, Tim Hartman Jr., JaMike Sowle, Aaron Burton, Jeremy Tuttle, Harry Shaffer, Tim Dwyer, Travis Green, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Josh DeMagistris, Kathy Bellen, Griffen Mansmith, Andrew Buff, Mike Jackson (DNS)
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Chad Edwards, Josh DeMagistris, Adam McAuliffe
MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – 20-LAPS – RICH CHRISTMAN, EJ McAuliffe, Brett Mortensen, Brendan Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Michael McCallion, Bill Port, Dana Camenga, Steve Wagoner
14TH ANNUAL HONDO CLASSIC FOR THE ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCKS FEATURE FINISH – 29-LAPS – JOSH COONRADT, Luke Horning, Justin Knight, Kenny Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Beau Ballard, Devon Camenga, Jason Morrison, Kim Duell, Danny Ballard, AJ Walters, Shane Henderson, Jeff McPhail, Bill Knapp, Jim Normoyle, Frankie Twing, Andy Graves, Buck Gasner, John Roese, Ivan Joslin, Nick Stone, Cassidy Wilson, Adam Warner, Randy Cosselman
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Beau Ballard, Luke Horning, Jason Morrison
TRACKSIDE BODY WORKS STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH – 15-LAPS – STEPHEN YOUNG, Zach Sorrentino, Michael Arnold, Dave Horning Sr., Cliff Haslun, Jason Samrov, Robert Wilmont, Josh Samrov, Justin Taylor
BILL AG MATCH RACE RESULTS – 2-LAP DASHES Money won in Parenthesis
Dave Constantino ($525) defeated David Schilling
Josh Hohenforst ($812.12) defeated Dave Constantino
Bobby Varin ($400) defeated Josh Hohenforst
Bobby Varin ($475) defeated Danny Varin
Stewart Friesen ($575) defeated Bobby Varin
Stewart Friesen ($1,200) defeated Rocky Warner