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Racing Around: Thrilling finish at Fonda

If the finish of the Short Track Super Series Firecracker 50 at Fonda Speedway on July 3rd didn’t get your heart pumping, you better get it checked out.

The drama started when the top two — Stewart and Jessica Friesen — went to the pits on lap 31. Stewart had a right-rear flat, while Jessica had motor issues. Stewart returned to the back of the pack, while Jessica was done for the night.

Meanwhile, Matt Sheppard inherited to top spot and it wasn’t long before he had company as Stewart Friesen staged a charge through the field on fresh tires to catch Sheppard.

Of course catching Sheppard and passing him are two different things.

Sheppard used lapped traffic to stave off Friesen until the final turn on the final lap as the hot shoes exited the fourth turn, trading paint and slightly out of shape, with Friesen avenging his loss to Sheppard in the April 27 season-opening Allegiance Night.

It was definitely a made-for-TV event, and it is a good thing because it will be broadcast in September on MAV TV.

It didn’t take long for Sheppard to move on though as he benefitted from a last-lap wreck between Max McLaughlin and Erick Rudolph to pick up the Super Dirt Series Liberty 100 at Land of Legends Raceway.

Rudolph, who turned in an impressive run at Fonda, turned it around to win on Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Vengeance rescheduled

With Fonda Speedway scheduling a Saturday night off after its midweek show, Glen Ridge Motorsport Park scheduled racing for the night featuring the modifieds in the 50-lap Vengeance along with the Hoosier Daddy II 602 Regional Championship for the 602 Sportsmen.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans as late-afternoon thunderstorms wiped out the racing action.

Both events have been rescheduled for Aug. 18 on Hall of Fame Night.

This week, The Ridge is slated to have Fan Appreciation Night with driver Meet and Greets along with the rescheduled WRA Wingless Racers Alliance sprint cars. It also is EMS Night with half price admission for local fire, police and EMS personnel with ID.

The Northeast Slingshot tour will run features this weekend at Caroga Creek on Saturday and then at The Ridge on Sunday.

Autism Awareness night

Fonda Speedway will host Autism Awareness Night as well as Banner Night Saturday.

Several special events are planned for the night as the Sunoco modifiers will run Twin 20s with $1,500-to-win in each race along with a $1,000-to-win602 Sportsman feature and limited sportsman, pro stock Best of 8 Series, street stocks and four-cylinder cruisers main events.

Several raffles will be conducted during the race program with a pair of Hot Pit passes for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway being offered along with a pellet smoker, door panels and gift certificates. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Crossroads Center for Children.

Brookfield Speedway reopens

In an age where tracks have been struggling to stay open, it is good to see a track trying to re-open.

Brookfield Speedway at the Madison County Fairgrounds will host its first race in more than 20 years tonight.

Tonight’s race program will feature 602 crate sportsman, pro stocks and street stocks as well as mini stock 4-cylinders.

Pit notes

Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake will host its 35th annual hillclimb Sunday featuring local riders on motorcycles, ATV’s and snowmobiles.

The event brings members of the New England Hillclimbers Association to the mountain for a point event up the mountain’s 700-foot track up the Royal Slope.

With Glen Ridge closed last Sunday, Cousin Luke Horning ventured out to Utica-Rome Speedway and came away with the pro stock feature win over Josh Coonradt.

Johnstown’s A.J. Miller picked up his first career sportsman victory in a 25-lap feature event on June 27 at Fulton Speedway

Andy Bachetti picked up the STSS victory Tuesday night in the Battle of the Bullring at Accord Speedway.

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