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Racing Around: Point races are tight at Fonda

With three weeks of racing left, there is a battle royal at the top of the modified points standings at Fonda Speedway.

Heading into Saturday night’s racing action, there is a mere 10-point spread from first to fifth.

Rocky Warner led the points going into the Lou Lazzaro tribute race last Saturday, but an opening-lap wreck ended his night.

Jack Lehner (623) has now moved to the top of the modified point standings, one point ahead of Warner (622) and three points ahead of Josh Hohenforst (620) in third.

Ronnie Johnson (614) and Stewart Friesen (613) are within striking distance in fourth and fifth, just nine and 10 points back, respectively.

The Crate 602 Sportsman battle also looks like it is going right down to the final lap of the season with defending track champion Chad Edwards leading Cody Clark by three points, 667-664.

Nick Stone is on his way to a second-straight Pro Stock championship with a 62-point advantage over Kenny Gates, 691-629, while Chuck Dumblewski had a strong showing in the month of July to move into third with 589 points. Josh Coonradt is fourth in the pro stock standings with 561 points and Luke Horning is fifth with 507.

The Limited Sportsman class has been extremely competitive this year and Carter Gibbons leads the pack with 676 points, followed by Clayton DuMond with 662 and Jeremy Tyrrell with 650. Rounding out the top five are Taylor LaPlante with 640 points and Kyle Dingman with 630 points.

Slappy White and Ken Hollenbeck have been at the front of the pack all season in the 4-cylinder cruiser division. White, leads the Dual Cam division with 720 points, while Hollenbeck leads the Single Cam competition with 718.

Kerrie Hollenbeck is in second in the Dual Cam standings with 662 points, while Wayne Russell Jr. is second in the Single Cam division with 540 points.

Again, the overall title holder probably will be decided between turn four and the finish line on the final lap of the Aug. 14 feature.

Time for a change

With the recent purchase of The Leader-Herald by the Daily Gazette, I have opted to retire from my position as a full-time sports reporter.

It has been 46 years since I started working at The Leader-Herald as a typesetter in the composing room before transferring to the editorial staff in 1992.

After being added to the sports staff in 1993 they got this crazy idea to have me cover Fonda Speedway on a weekly basis.

After a little arm twisting for me to agree to go where I had been going almost every Saturday night since I was 11, I agreed and I have been Racing Around ever since.

Now, even though I will not be working full-time, I have been asked, and agreed, to continue covering the racing at Fonda Speedway for the Gazette to be published in the Gazette-owned Recorder and Leader-Herald on Mondays.

I am grateful to have been employed for 46 years at The Leader-Herald, but I guess it is time to start a new chapter.

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