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Lehner gets first victory at Fonda Speedway

Jack Lehner, center, celebrates in Victory Lane with car owners Bill Nelson, left, and Erik Nelson after picking up his first career modified feature win Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — Three different winners have found their way to Victory Lane in the modified division so far this season at Fonda Speedway.

Saturday, Jack Lehner picked up his first career modified feature win, leading the 35-lap main event from green to checkers and parking the Bill and Erik Nelson-owned No. 85 in Victory Lane.

“To get a win for me is special,” Lehner said in Victory Lane. “But to get a win for them [car owners Bill & Erik Nelson] makes it even better.”

Nick Stone won out over Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, and Beau Ballard to win the first leg of the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series.

Also picking up victories on Southern Adirondack Night presented by O’Connor Motorsports night at the Track of Champions were Brian Borst (Crate 602 Sportsman), Stephen Gray (Limited Sportsman), Tyler White (DOHC) and Shawn Hemstreet (SOHC) in the 4-cylinder Cruisers.

Troy Zilles (14Z) avoids Brad Alger's sportsman as he flips during heat race action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Ancel Collins and Lehner brought the field of 25 modifieds to the green with Lehner getting out front with third-place starter Jessica Friesen and last weeks winner Rocky Warner in pursuit.

A lap four caution brought Lehner back to the pack, but he was able to hold off Friesen, Warner and Matt DeLorenzo to stay in command.

With a clear track, Lehner opened up a substantial lead but saw the lead evaporate when he began encountering lapped traffic and had difficulty picking his way through.

Friesen, DeLorenzo and defending track champion Michael Maresca quickly closed the gap with Friesen putting a nose under Lehner in turn two on lap 19 but was blocked by the lapped cars. Lehner finally got a clear path around them and again opened a solid lead as Friesen, DeLorenzo and Maresca worked their way through the backmarkers.

With Lehner well in front, the battle for second heated up.

Steve Akers (27A) and Tim Fuller (19) battle for a qualifying position during modified heat race action Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

DeLorenzo moved into the runner-up spot with 11 laps to go and a lap later Maresca took over third only to have his night end a lap later after making contact with the wall in turn two before rolling to a stop on the infield, keeping the race under the green.

At the checkers, Lehner picked up the win 3.5 seconds ahead of DeLorenzo. Craig Hanson came on late to edge Friesen for third, while Tim Fuller got up for fifth.

Josh Hohenforst, Warner, Ronnie Johnson, David Schilling and Dave Constantino complete the top 10.

“I got my start here at Fonda, so it holds a special place in my heart,” Lehner said. “I can’t think of a better place to get a win. Erik & Bill put everything into this so I’m happy to get as win for them. There is nothing like getting a win to build your confidence because thinking that you can win and knowing that you can win are two totally different situations.”

Bill Knapp set the early pace in the 20-lap, $1,000-to-win pro stock feature before giving away to Luke Horning on a lap four restart.

Knapp found himself in a tight battle for second with Ivan Joslin, Steve Cosselman and Jason Morrison.

Joslin’s run ended on lap eight, while running in the pack with Knapp and Morrison, contact was made and Joslin spun into the backstretch wall collecting A.J. Walters and Morrison was sent to the rear.

Stone, who was running eighth before the caution, used the restart to move into second behind Horning as Gates moved into the top five.

Horning and Stone locked in a side-by-side battle with Stone holding the advantage over Horning and Gates when the caution flew with two laps remaining.

Horning, running on the outside, wrestled the lead away from Stone on lap 19 but Stone used the low line to record his fastest lap of the race to get the lead back and nip Horning by .190 seconds for the win. Coonradt recovered from an early-race spin to finish third with Gates fourth and Ballard fifth.

Cosselman placed sixth followed by Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, last weeks winner Devon Camenga and Frank Hoard Jr.

“Thanks to Todd Hoffman who owns this car for this opportunity,” Stone said in victory lane. “I like to get a win early in the season, but we’ve had a lot of second place finishes so far wherever we ran. Winning gives you more confidence and that was one heck of the race. We raced hard [with Horning] but we’ve been racing together for a long time.”

Dylan Eldred and Brett Mortensen brought the field of 26 602 sportsmen to the green with Mortensen taking the early lead.

While Mortensen cruised on the front end, Eldred battled with Anthony Cardamone, Tucker O’Connor and Borst for the second spot.

When Mortensen got held up in lapped traffic, Borst and Cody Clark closed quickly with Borst taking the lead with five laps to go. Clark moved past on lap 24 but could not close on the leader before the checkers dropped over Borst’s hood. Mortensen placed third with Eldred and Tony Farone completing the top five. O’Connor, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Calabrese and Addison Bowman round out the top 10.

John Young led the first eight laps of the 15-lap Limited Sportsman feature before third place starter Stephen Gray took over the lead on lap nine.

Gray went on to his second career win in the division followed by last week’s winner Carter Gibbons, Young, Kyle Dingman, and Jeremy Tyrrell.

Brandon Tyler led the opening lap of the 12 lap cruiser feature with Billy Hillman taking over on lap two.

Tyler White moved from his 10th starting spot to took the lead away on lap three and never looked back as he took the overall win and his second win of the season in the DOHC class. Shawn Hemstreet finished fifth overall but was declared the SOHC winner.

Racing returns Saturday with the opening race of the Thunder on the Thruway Series between Fonda Speedway and Utica Rome Speedway.The modifieds will race for a $4,000-to-win, while the Crate 602 sportsman will race for $1,500-to-win and the pro stocks will again run for $1,000-to-win.

The limited sportsman and the cruisers will also be in action along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series.

O’Connor Motorsports Southern Adirondack Night

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-Laps – JACK LEHNER, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen, Tim Fuller, Josh Hohenforst, Rocky Warner, Ronnie Johnson, David Schilling, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Brian Gleason, Pep Corradi, Brian Pessolano, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, JaMike Sowle, Rich Christman, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jeff Rockefeller, George Foley, Dylan Scribner, Michael Maresca, Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe

Lap Leaders – 1-30 Lehner

Heat Race Winners – Hanson, Collins, Warner

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-Laps – BRIAN BORST, Cody Clark, Brett Mortensen, Dylan Eldred, Tony Farone, Tucker O’Connor, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman Jr., Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Anthony Cardamone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Troy Palmer, Nick Scavia, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Tanner Warner, David Manchester, Michael McCallion, Brendan Gibbons, Joe Orlando, Kathy Bellen, Dan Santabarbara

Lap Leaders – 1-20 Brett Mortensen, 21-25 Borst

Heat Race Winners – Mark Mortensen, Clark, Burton, Eldred

Consi Race Winners – Gibbons, Hartman Jr.

Did Not Qualify – Chip Constantino, Jason Reome, Fire Swamp, William August, Jason Greco, Don Bellen, Griffen Mansmith, Troy Zilles, Payton Talbot, Shane Larman, Brad Elger, Dana Camenga, EJ McAuliffe

Greco’s NAPA Hard Charger – Hartman Jr. 11 spots, 22nd to 11th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – $1,000 to win – 1st race in the American Racer/Lias Tire Super Six Series – 20-Laps – NICK STONE, Luke Horning, Josh Coonradt, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Steve Cosselman, Bill Knapp, Chuck Dumblewski, Devon Camenga, Frank Hoard Jr., Cliff Haslun, Kyle Hoard, Gary Silkey, Mike Kalkbrenner, Terry Graves, Andy Graves, Jason Morrison, Shane Playford, Ivan Joslin, AJ Walters, Jim Normoyle, Randy Cosselman, Don Collins, Chris Cross

Lap Leaders – 1-3 Knapp, 4-16 Horning, 17-18 Stone, 19 Horning, 20 Stone

Heat Race Winners – Morrison, Stone, Silkey

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-Laps – STEPHEN GRAY, Carter Gibbons, John Young, Kyle Dingman, Jeremy Tyrrell, Clayton DuMond, Taylor LaPlante, Ryan Sweet, Jonathan Feagles, Bill Port

Lap Leaders – 1-8 Young, 9-15 Gray

Heat Race Winner – Young

FONDA FAIR CRUISERS FEATURE – TYLER WHITE (DOHC), Billy Hillman, John Napoli, Kerrie Hollenback, SHAWN HEMSTREET (SOHC), Brandon Tyler, Wayne Russell Jr., Ken Hollenback, Zach McSpirit, Dale VanAllen, AJ VanHoesen, David Peek-Britten, Lee Horning, Slappy White.

Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE — The opening night of racing Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was rained out.

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