Champions ready to be crowned
It seems like the season just started, but here it is already, championship weekend.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedway will wrap up their point battles this weekend and crown the 2015 track champions.
Two championships have already been decided at Fonda.
Stewart Friesen registered his 11th feature win of the season at the Track of Champions and locked up his fourth-straight modified track championship.
After suffering a flat tire in the feature event, Dave Horning Sr. registered a seventh- place finish, which was good enough to earn his second-straight street stock championship and third overall.
The 602 sportsman title is still up for grabs.
Rocky Warner retook the top spot from Connor Cleveland with his win two weeks ago and has built a 19-point advantage. If Warner starts the feature and gets 20 points (finishes 23 or worse), Cleveland needs to record a top 10 finish to overcome the 19-point deficit.
The pro stock division has become very confusing.
Heading into last week’s feature, Nick Stone held a nine-point lead over Kenny Gates and a 38-point advantage over Pete Broderson.
Gates was involved in a first-lap flip that destroyed his car and placed him 20th in the original order of finish. Broderson won and Stone finished third.
After the race, Broderson filed a protest against Stone for using metal in the chassis that was not up to the standards allowed in the DIRT rule book.
After being checked, the 2X4 rails under the car were determined not to be the correct gauge of metal and the protest was upheld and Stone was disqualified.
That now moves Broderson to the top of the point standings with 753 points, Gates is still second with 739 and Stone drops to third with 735.
Gates has reportedly secured a ride for Saturday night, but it is unknown which car, if any, Stone will be behind the wheel of.
Fonda also changed its final points show from the Night of Features format it used last year and under the promotership of Ric Lucia.
Saturday, Fonda will run a features-only format; instead of double features for all the divisions, the modifieds will run a single 40-lap main event, while the 602 sportsmen will stretch it out to 30 laps as will the pro stocks. The street stocks and limited sportsmen will run a 20-lap feature and the 4-cylinders will battle in a 15-lap main.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park rained out last Friday, setting up a wild night of racing this week.
The double features for all divisions slated for the Night of Features last Friday have been carried over to this Friday along with the regularly scheduled program.
That means triple 20-lap main events for the modifieds; triple 15s for the 602 sportsman division and triple 12-lap features for the 4-cylinder cruisers. Plus, the modifieds will run an elimination challenge with the participants being decided by fan vote as they enter the front gate.
There will also be two bikes donated by The Garden Bug Gift Shop and Greenhouse of Fort Hunter. The Jeremy Wilder Racing Team has donated two book bags full of school supplies for two lucky members of the Lil’ Ridge Runners Kids Club. Plus a pair of tickets to the NASCAR race at New Hampshire International in September will be among the prizes awarded in the 50/50 drawing.
Not a bad night for a Freaky Fantastic Five Dollar Friday general admission price.
The triple features mean there are 180 points up for grabs for a sweep of the main events, so the point standings could change from lap to lap during the program.
Heading into the night, two time defending champion Bobby Varin is a mere 14 points ahead of Willy Decker and 36 up on Craig Hanson.
Brian Pessolano leads Chad Edwards in the 602 sportsman point battle by four points, 612-608, with Harry Shaffer lurking in third 28 points back.
Pete Vila is in control of the 4-cylinder cruiser points with a 96-point advantage over Pat McSpirit and 98 points over Cole Lawton in third.
The action at The Ridge is scheduled to get under way at 7:30 p.m.