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Stewie wins the Louie

Friesen notches ninth victory of the season in Lou Lazzaro Tribute race

Stewart Friesen poses next to a replica of the iconic Gremlin-bodied No. 4 modified driven by Lou Lazzaro after winning the 44-lap Lou Lazzaro Tribute Race Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

FONDA — Stewart Friesen has a great respect for the drivers who paved the way through auto racing history.

And finding him parked in Victory Lane following a special tribute race honoring one of the heroes has become a familiar sight.

Earlier this season, Friesen picked up the victories in twin 22-lap features at Fonda Speedway honoring Hall of Fame driver Dave Lape and Thursday night he picked up the victory in the 61-lap Richie Evans Remembered race at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Saturday night Friesen parked his No. 44 modified in Victory Lane at Fonda Speedway for the ninth time this season after leading the field from green to checkers in the 44-lap, $4,444-to-win main event honoring the late driver of the No. 4 modified Lou Lazzaro.

Friesen also won the Lou Lazzaro Memorial in 2017.

“We are gonna celebrate this one too,” Friesen told Lazzaro’s daughter Mimi in Victory Lane. “This is a special win; it is an honor to win this and to honor Lou Lazzaro and family. Great job by the track crew, they got the water off the track after this week’s rain and gave us something to work with.”

Another No 4 found its way to Victory Lane Saturday night as Cody Clark, driving the No. 4 602 Sportsman, picked up his fourth win of the season in the 25-lap feature.

Also picking up victories Saturday were Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Jeremy Tyrrell (Limited Sportsman) and Kerrie and Ken Hallenbeck in the Dual Cam and Single Cam Cruiser division. Bobby Varin picked up $644 in the “Dash 4 Jumpin’ Jack” Dash for Cash.

By virtue of a redraw for starting spots, Pep Corradi and Friesen made up the front row for the 22-car field of modifieds.

The race was red flagged on the opening lap after Rocky Warner, who came into the night leading the modified points, made hard contact with the first turn wall, ending his night.

Mike Mahaney pressured Friesen for the lead after the green dropped again but went pit side with mechanical issues on lap seven.

Matt Sheppard, who made a rare Saturday night appearance at the Track of Champions, took up the pursuit after moving from fourth to second on the restart with Craig Hanson, Jessica Friesen and Josh Hohenforst also on the move.

As the green flag laps clicked off, Friesen stretched his lead over Sheppard but was brought back to the field with a lap 19 caution..

Hohenforst used the restart to pull into third behind Friesen and Sheppard, while Jessica Friesen got around Hanson for fourth and Ronnie Johnson made his presence known in sixth.

The final caution of the event came on lap 29, when Hanson suffered a flat tire and spun onto the infield. He was able to make the tire change and return to the action.

Sheppard got a nose in front of Friesen in turn one on the restart but could not hold the spot as Friesen was hooked up on the high side of the speedway and turned back the challenge.

Johnson continued his run to the front from his 16th starting spot, taking third from Hohenforst with five laps to go, but could not get up to Sheppard and Friesen as the checkers dropped on Friesen’s 77th career modified feature win at Fonda Speedway. 36 behind Lazzaro who had 113.

Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Varin, Jack Lehner and Corradi complete the top 10.

The 25-lap 602 Sportsman feature go off to an auspicious start as the red flag flew on the opening lap when Ricky Quick got out of shape and Griffin Mansmith launched off one of his tires, flipping several times between turns one and two. Mansmith’s car sustained heavy damage but he was uninjured in the crash.

The second attempt to start the race also ended with cars wrecking in turns one and two, after cars checking up for a slow car at the start, with Tim Dwyer taking a hard hit into the first-turn wall, ending his night.

The field was put into single file on the restart and Clark, who started on the pole, broke away from the pack to collect his fourth win of the season and 13th of his career at Fonda Speedway.

Brian Calabrese moved into second at the mid-way point and followed Clark across the line, with Addison Bowman third, Tim Hartman Jr. fourth and Chad Edwards fifth. Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone and Payton Talbot completing the top 10.

The 20-lap Pro Stock feature also got off to a rough start as the cars of Bill Knapp and Devon Camenga locked bumpers sending the field scrambling. Shane Playford’s Pro Stock launched off the back of Cliff Haslun’s stopped car, rode the top of the first-turn wall with flames visible under the car. He came to rest on the track on his wheels and the safety crew quickly extinquished the flames. Playford was not injured in the wreck.

Chuck Dumblewski took the lead on the restart and set the pace through the first 12 laps, holding off challenges from AJ Walters, Kenny Gates and Nick Stone.

Stone used a lap 13 restart to get the lead away from Dumblewski and a lap later Luke Horning moved up into the runner-up spot behind Stone.

Stone survived a series of four restarts in the final five laps to collect his fifth win of the season.

Dumblewski, Gates, Horning, and Frank Hoard Jr. complete the top five, while Kyle Hoard, Beau Ballard, AJ Walters, Knapp and Camenga made up the second five.

Tyrrell led all fifteen laps of the Limited Sportsman feature for his third win of the season over Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray and Kyle Dingman.

Kerrie Hallenback (DOHC) was the overall winner of the 12-lap Four Cylinder feature followed by Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hallenback (SOHC winner), and Shawn Hemstreet.

Saturday the Parks Companies will present all regular divisions plus the CRSA Sprint Cars.

Fonda Speedway Results

July 24, 2021

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL NIGHT

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 44-laps, $4,444 to win – STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Pessolano, Alex Yankowski, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs

Ninth win of 2021 and 77th career win in the division for Friesen.

LAP LEADERS – 1-44 Stewart Friesen

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Warner ($250 bonus from Hometown Pub & Grub), McAuliffe ($250 bonus from Tommy & Tara (Evans) Farrell.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK – 4-laps – $1,244 total purse thanks to Dana Palombo & Family, Gibbons Racing Brothers #B24 & #427, Jim Passino Trucking, Gary Yurgans, and Matt & Rose Traudt – Bobby Varin ($644), Adam McAuliffe ($300), Rocky Warner ($200), and Josh Hohenforst ($100).

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps, $1,700 to win including a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson of Swagger Factory Apparel and a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – CODY CLARK, Brian Calabrese ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Addison Bowman ($100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online performance), Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Steve Kotary, Greg Havlichek, Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Rocco Leone, Kathy Bellen, Chip Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Brett Mortensen, Dana Camenga

Fourth win of 2021 and the 13th career win in the division for Clark.

LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Mark Mortensen, Borst, Calabrese

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Michael McCallion moved eight positions from 23rd to 15th.

“THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES” ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – $1,450 to win – including a $250 bonus from Red Chair, a $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance, and a $100 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel – NICK STONE, Chuck Dumblewski ($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Kenny Gates (($100 from Red Chair & $100 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance), Luke Horning ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Frank Hoard Jr. ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Kyle Hoard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Beau Ballard ($100 bonus from Red Chair), AJ Walters ($100 bonus from Red Chair), Bill Knapp, Devon Camenga, Chuck McSpirit, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Steve Cosselman, Tim Wood, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Scott Towslee, Dean Charbonneau, Cliff Haslun, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman DNS

Fifth win of 2021 and the 58th career win in the division for Stone.

LAP LEADERS – 1-12 Dumblewski, 13-20 Stone

HEAT RACE WINNERS – $50 bonus from Stone Motorsports & Online Performance – Dumblewski, Knapp, Coonradt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – JEREMY TYRRELL ($50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, John Anderson, Josh Kane, Bob Rowback, Jonathan Feagles, Yule Cook, Ryan Sweet, Seth Martin, Lance Hill DNS

Third win of 2021 and the third career win in the division for Tyrrell.

LAP LEADERS – 1-15 Tyrrell

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Gibbons, Gray

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KERRIE HALLENBACK (DOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hallenback (SOHC-$50 bonus from Mike Jackson Swagger Factory Apparel), Shawn Hemstreet, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Bodie Bellinger, Len St. Andrews, David Peek-Britten, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt DNS, Lee Horning DNS

Tenth win of 2021 and the 65th career win in the division for Ken Hollenback.

LAP LEADERS – 1 Hemstreet, 2-7 Napoli, 8-12 Kerrie Hollenback

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