Three-way showdown for Fonda track title

When I spoke to Jeremy Wilder earlier this season, he told me he was looking to be consistent in his finishes this season at Fonda Speedway.

He has done just that.

Wilder has put together a string of 11-straight top five finishes after placing ninth on the opening night at Fonda and sits atop the modified point standings heading into the final race of the regular season.

Wilder has amassed 666 points this season, just ahead of Bobby Varin and Ronnie Johnson who have 662 apiece.

So after 12 weeks of racing and five rain outs, including last Saturday’s Triple 20’s, it all comes down to a 50-lap showdown Saturday night at the Track of Champions. Fittingly the extra distance feature honors four-time track champion and winner of 21 features Harry Peek, who always seemed to shine with his late-race “Patented Peek Charge.”

Experience has to play into the hand of Varin who has six Fonda Speedway track championships to his credit, while Johnson has one and Wilder is looking to add his name to the track champion list. On a side note, before Stewart Friesen won four-straight titles between 2012 and 2015, Varin won of five of the seven title before Friesen’s run with Matt DeLorenzo taking the title in 2007 and Johnson in 2011.

On a side note, Wilder also leads Varin by four points, 630-626, in the point standings at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

While Saturday night was scheduled to be the final points race of the season for the modifieds, and the A-Verdi 602 sportsmen, pro stocks and street stocks track championships were to be decided when racing resumes on Sept. 17 after the break for the Fonda Fair, that has now changed.

Track management announced on its Facebook page that all divisions will wrap up their point championships Saturday night.

It was also noted that wristbands from last Saturday’s rain out will be honored either this Saturday or on Sept. 17 for the rescheduled Triple 20s.

Racing at Fonda Speedway will conclude with the Thunder Along The Mohawk Weekend on Sept. 23 and 24 with the 100-lap Super DIRTCar Series race and the Kramer Williamson Memorial for the Patriot, ESS and URC sprint cars being run on Sept. 24. A rain date of Sept. 25 has been built into the weekend schedule.

Racing at The Ridge

Friday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will honor long time track supporter and multi feature winner at The Ridge and Fonda Speedway, Don Warner, who passed away shortly after being honored at the Grand Daddy 602 World Championship at Glen Ridge that was won by his son Rocky Warner.

Starting Aug. 27 Glen Ridge will switch to Saturday nights from Aug. 27 through Sept. 10 for its race program..

Glen Ridge will host racing on Labor Day weekend with a 60-lap modified feature and 35-lap sportsman race on tap.

Friesen at Bristol

Stewart Friesen made the switch to asphalt Wednesday behind the wheel of the Halmar International No. 16 Chevy in the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Friesen started 23rd after time-trialing at 121.782 mph, well behind Tyler Reddick’s pole-sitting speed of 128.917.

Friesen finished the event running in 22nd, two laps down to race-winner Ben Kennedy.