Racing Around: Fonda HoF inductees announced

Fonda Speedway recently released it’s Class of 2017 Inductees in to the Hall of Fame at The Track of Champions.

The list includes six drivers — Jerry Cook, Earl Mewhorter, Jim Luke, John Constantino, John Kollar and Keith Tesiero Sr. — three car owners — Jim Magielda, Jake Spraker and R.C. Putnam along with Clancy Miller in the Track Personnel category, Warren Roosevelt Sr. as a track contributor and Frank Trinkaus will receive the Pioneer Award. Frank Blanchard and Corey White will receive the Second Annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to Fonda Speedway Museum Awards.

The induction ceremonies will be held at the museum at the Fonda Fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m. July 29.

This week the museum will honor Irv Taylor and will have a meet and greet with Jimmy Davis and Mark Mortensen on hand starting at 4 p.m.

Points chase brewing

Two weeks ago a DNF by Stewart Friesen dropped him from the top of the modified points standings to second behind Tim Fuller.

Friesen bounced back last week with a victory and now sits four points behind Fuller (532-528) with just six nights of racing remaining in the regular season.

With his runner-up finish last week, Bobby Varin passed defending track champion Ronnie Johnson for third, 508-502, while Josh Hohenforst, Jeremy Wilder and Justin Boehler remain in the hunt.

Of the top seven modified drivers in the points, Johnson is the only one without a feature win at Fonda so far this season.

Friesen leads them with four, while Varin and Hohenforst have two apiece and Fuller, Wilder and Boehler all have one feature win.

Kenny Gates has six feature wins in the pro stock division but is not running away with the points battle.

Chuck Dumblewski has been consistent all year and is just 19 points back in second.

Rocky Warner and Chad Edwards are on top in the sportsman division with 532 and 498 points after the July 8 race program. Neither were at Fonda Saturday night as they opted to head to Lebanon Valley for the King of Dirt Sportsman Series event.

Warner finished sixth in the 30-lap event won by Jeff Watson, while Edwards placed 16th and Brian Pessolano took home an 18th place finish.

Good showing

at Eldora

Besides taking home a second place finish in the 150-lap Craftsman Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Friesen placed sixth in the Eldora 75 on Tuesday night.

Fonda Speedway regular Mike Maresca placed 12th in the event and 16th in Wednesday’s 20-lap All-Star event at the speedway.

Gloversville’s Josh Hohenforst made the trip with the No. 6H modified and placed 16th on the lead lap Tuesday and 19th in Wednesday’s event.

Cody Bleau and Shaun Pangman also made the trip to Eldora with Bleau turning in a 21st place finish, one lap down on Tuesday, while Pangman placed 25th.

Fuller placed 24th in the 75 lap event and was 20th in the All-Star race.


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