Tim Fuller poised to win first Fonda title
As an invader, Tim Fuller was always a threat to leave Fonda Speedway with a victory, but he never did.
This season he made the Track of Champions his Saturday home driving the Graham Racing No. 19, Fuller picked up his first career modified feature win and is poised to add his first career Fonda Speedway modified track championship.
Ronnie Johnson and Stewart Friesen, who between them have won the last five track championships, have the best shot at taking the title away from him.
Fuller goes into the final night of racing before the break for the annual Fonda Fair with 748 points. Johnson, who is in second 46 points behind Fuller and two points ahead of Friesen, would need to sweep the twin 20-lap features on tap for the big blocks and have Fuller finish outside the top 10 in both races.
Just a quick review of the points system: A win is worth 60 points; second, 56; third 52; fourth 50; fifth 48; sixth 46; seventh 44; eighth 42; ninth 40 and 10th 38. The points drop off in 2-point increments from 11th-15th and then one point drops to 23rd, which is the minimum to take the green of 20 points.
Bobby Varin, who is fourth in the standings with 694 points, also has an outside shot at the title but can definitely move up in the standings with a strong night.
Defending 602 Sportsman champion Rocky “The Flying Squirrel” Warner has six wins so far this season but will have to bring his A-game Saturday to successfully defend his title.
Chad Edwards has been consistent all season but has not recorded a victory at Fonda Speedway but is within striking distance just 42 points back in second. With the held-over sportsman feature from last Saturday plus the regularly-scheduled 20-lap Night of Features event on the race card, Edwards would need to sweep the features and Warner would need to average better than an eighth-place finish on the night to lock up his fourth-straight championship.
Kenny Gates has won six times so far this season but has been in a slump lately and has not visited Victory Lane since July 15, just needs to take the green to claim his second-straight and sixth overall pro stock track championship.
The same with Johnny Young and Ken Hollenbeck.
Young has a 40-point lead over Cliff Haslun in the street stock division, 714-674,. Haslun needs to get the victory and Young needs to finish 23rd or better (it has been a long, long time since there were 23 street stocks on the track for a feature at Fonda) to win his first track championship.
Hollenbeck has a 52-point lead over Pat McSpirit in the 4-cylinder division. Taking the green would push his point-total to 568 and the best McSpirit can do with a victory is raise his to 566.
The limited sportsman title is still up for grabs.
Cory White and Bill August are locked in a battle for the title with White leading August 634-618.
If August posts his fifth win of the season, White needs to finish seventh for a tie and sixth for the track title.
A long night
Saturday night Pete Demitraszek and the Fonda Speedway track crew battled the weather and won.
Demitraszek waited out three rain showers and got the track race-ready between 7:30 and 8 p.m.
In an effort to get the program competed in a timely manner, he opted to run heat races for just the modifieds and the traveling ESS sprint cars, while lining up the remaining classes by points.
However, the program was halted for 45 minutes when Jeff Trombley’s sprint car wheel-hopped Billy VanInwegen’s sprinter and flipped violently in the fourth turn before hitting, and tearing down the safety fence.
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries as the car landed a couple of feet away from the bleachers.
After repairs were made to the fence and fans moved from the area, the race program continued.
Unfortunately the delays pushed the program past midnight with the modifieds and sprint car features ending in the early morning hours.
A casualty of the program was the 602 sportsman division. They sat waiting to race their feature but only got a handful of hot laps on the night and had their feature pushed to the opening event of this Saturday’s Night of Features.
Danny Varin completed a successful weekend in the Dover Brake 00 sprinter by taking the Lucas Oil ESS A-main at Fonda on Saturday and traveling to Weedsport Sunday night to take his second ESS main event of the weekend.
Kreig Heroth picked up a victory at Oswego speedway in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, splitting the twin-20s with Mike Bond.
Rocky Warner won the King of Dirt sportsman feature Tuesday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway over Tim Hartman Jr. and Chad Edwards. Matt Sheppard claimed the 50-lap Stampede At The ‘Toga Short Track Super Series event over Billy Decker and Matt DeLorenzo.