Williams ends 16 year win drought at Fonda Speedway
FONDA — For Stewart Friesen, it was his second win in as many weeks at Fonda Speedway, but for Joey Williams Saturday marked the end of a 16-year winless streak.
Williams made the most of his front-row starting position to grab the early lead and used lapped traffic to hold off Chad Edwards to win his first 602 Crate Sportsman victory to go with a single open sportsman win on May 1, 2004 and nine career IMCA modified wins.
Joining Friesen and Williams with victories on Kelly’s Meat Market Night at the Track of Champions were Josh Coonradt (Pro Stock). Brett Mortensen (Limited Sportsman), Al Relyea (Street Stock), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC Cruiser) and David Frame (DOHC Cruiser).
Adam McAuliffe and Danny Varin brought the field of 29 Sunoco modifieds to the green with Varin grabbing the early lead over McAuliffe, David Constantino and Mike Maresca.
Maresca grabbed the lead from Varin on a lap five restart as Friesen, who started 10th, settled into third.
Friesen made the most of a lap six restart to move from third to first. Maresca stayed within striking distance of the leader as Mat Williamson, who started eighth, pulled into third.
Friesen was able to switch lanes to snake his way through lapped traffic and distance himself from Maresca in the second-half of the race to back up his win at Albany-Saratoga Speedwy on Friday with his second win of the season and 62nd of his career at Fonda Speedway.
“I just love this race track, no matter where you start you just have to find a groove and a place to race,” Friesen said in Victory Lanes. “Tonight, there was brown up on top and the bottom was good too so you could race anywhere you wanted.”
Maresca finished second with Williamson third, Matt DeLorenzo fourth and Rocky Warner fifth. Josh Hohenforst, Constantino, Brian Gleason, David Schilling and Brian Pessolano round out the top 10.
Williams set the early pace in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature over Brian Calabrese with Edwards charging from seventh into third. Edwards took over second on lap six and began closing in on the leader.
The leaders encountered lapped traffic by lap 10 and Williams was able to use the lapped traffic to help slow Edwards from making a bid for the lead.
When the white flag waved, Williams and Edwards encountered a pack of slower cars battling for position. Williams dove to the low side of the pack, while Edwards bolted around the top side, setting up a drag race to the third turn, where Williams was able to gain enough of an advantage to narrowly beat Edwards to the checkers.
“This is my first win on dirt in the crate sportsman and it seems like it took forever to get it done,” Williams said in Victory Lane. “But we kept the car in one piece and got the win so I’m very happy.”
Calabrese held off Mark Mortensen and Brian Borst to gain a third-place finish.
Justin Knight grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature before Luke Horning powered around the outside of turns three and four to take the lead on the fourth circuit.
Last weeks winner, Nick Stone, brought out the caution as the hood on his car came loose. He went pitside and removed the hood and returned to action at the back of the field.
Coonradt joined front runners Horning, Knight and Jason Morrison on the restart and pulled into second behind Horning on lap eight before taking command four laps later.
Eight-time track champion Kenny Gates joined the front running pack when the caution flew on lap 13 but Stone had also made his way back through the field and moved into position to challenge for the lead on a lap 17 restart.
Coonradt had enough to hold off Stone for his first career Pro Stock victory. Stone settled into the runner-up spot with Horning third, Gates fourth and Devon Camenga, who started 17th, fifth.
“After the heat race and warm-ups, I didn’t know if I had anything to compete for the win with,” Coonradt said in Victory Lane. “Under the yellow I was looking to make something happen when we went green again and we made it here to Victory Lane.”
Pete Nowicki Jr. started on the pole position and led the opening lap of the 15-lap Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature. Carter Gibbons took the point on the second lap and pulled away from the field.
Running under green-flag conditions, Brett Mortensen, who started 12th, steadily made his way through the pack and began cutting into Gibbons’ advantage.
With two laps to go, Mortensen had erased Gibbons’ lead and moved into the lead on the backstretch and pull away for his second-straight win. Gibbons finished second followed by Dylan Eldred, Johnny Young and Kyle Dingman.
Michael Arnold led the first two laps of the Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock feature before last weeks winner Al Relyea took over the lead on lap three after starting seventh and went on to a back to back win after winning last weeks event. Defending Track Champion Jason Samrov was second followed by Dave Horning Sr., Arnold, and Lou Gancarz.
Ken Hollenbeck led all 15 laps in the Four Cylinder Cruiser feature after starting fourth and went on to his 51st career win in the division in the SOHC, while David Frame was declared the winner in the DOHC class after finishing second in the event behind Hollenbeck. John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, and Wayne Russell completed the top five in the event.
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – STEWART FRIESEN (62nd career win in the division), Michael Maresca, Mat Williamson, Matt DeLorenzo, Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst, Dave Constantino, Brian Gleason, David Shilling, Brian Pessolano, Danny Creeden, Roger Henion Jr., Allison Ricci, Bodie Bellinger, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Darwin Greene, Steve Akers, Ricky Davis III, Danny Varin, Adam McAuliffe, Jessica Friesen, Scott Huber, Devin Willis, Jim Introne Jr., Troy Palmer, Jeff Hoetzler, Kathy Bellen (DNS).
Lap leaders – 1-4 Danny Varin, 5 Michael Maresca, 6-30 Stewart Friesen.
Heat race winners – Danny Varin, Michael Maresca, Jessica Friesen.
SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – JOE WILLIAMS (1st career win in the Crate 602 Sportsman division), Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, JaMike Sowle, Nick Scavia, Cody Clark, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Tucker O’Connor, Thomas VanVorst, Tim Dwyer, Anthony Cardamone, EJ McAuliffe, Charlie Tibbitts, Dan Santabarbara, Kevin Chaffee, Tim Hartman Jr., Ricky Quick, Rich Ricci III, Michael McCallion, Don Bellen, Aaron Cross, Griffen Mansmith, Brendan Gibbons, David Manchester, Joel Knudsen Jr. (DNS).
Lap leaders – 1-25 Joe Williams.
Heat race winners – Brian Borst, Brian Calabrese, Chad Edwards.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – BRETT MORTENSEN (4th career win in the division), Carter Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Bill Port, Jeff Lutes, Harold Robitaille, Clayton DuMond, Stephen Gray, Pete Nowicki Jr., Kadon Hohensheldt (DNS).
Lap Leaders – 1 Pete Nowicki Jr., 2-13 Carter Gibbons, 14-15 Brett Mortensen.
ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – JOSH COONRADT (5th career win in the division), Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Devon Camenga, Beau Ballard, Jason Morrison, Randy Cosselman, Andy Graves, David Emigh, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Jim Normoyle, Steve Cosselman, Jamie Warner, Justin Knight, Ivan Joslin, Tanner Warner, Don Collins.
Lap leaders – 1-3 Justin Knight, 4-11 Luke Horning, 12-20 Josh Coonradt.
Heat race winners – Nick Stone, Jim Normoyle.
ROBERT’S TOWNG & RECOVERY STREET STOCK FEATURE – AL RELYEA (2nd career win in the division), Jason Samrov, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold, Lou Gancarz, Josh Samrov, John Bradt, Mark Burch, Jason Barrett.
Lap leaders – 1-2 Michael Arnold, 3-15 Al Relyea.
FOUR CYLINDER CRUISER FEATURE – KEN HOLLENBECK (SOHC, 51st career win in the division), David Frame (DOHC, 1st career win in the division), John Napoli, Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, Shawn Hemstreet, David Peek-Britten, Bubba Cook, Mike Landux, Riley Pedrick, Justin Sargalis, Pat McSpirit.
Lap leaders – 1-15 Ken Hollenbeck.