Racing Around: Maresca made the right changes
After a disappointing 2019 season at Fonda Speedway, Michael Maresca made some positive changes this year.
First joining forces with Bill Schoon to pilot his potent modified and then there was a change of number, combining Schoon’s No. 24 and his No. 7mm for the 24-7mm.
The combination clicked as the Potsdam modified driver, raced his way to the 2020 Fonda Speedway modified track championship without a feature win.
“After the year we had here last year, this feels great,” Maresca said is Victory Lane ceremonies Saturday. “We junked some cars and just had a crappy season so it is good to get the championship. Bill always had the 24 and I had the 7, we just changed it up this year and liked it.”
Maresca is also in control of the points battle with Billy Dunn at Can-Am Speedway where he has three feature wins this season.
Congratulations also go out to 2020 champions Chad Edwards (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 division), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman division), Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stock division), Jason Samrov (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stock division), Ken Hollenback (SOHC Four Cylinder division) and John Napoli (DOHC Four Cylinder division).
For Edwards it is his second 602 Crate Sportsman championship in three years.
“This is great,” Edwards said about winning his second track championship. “Winning the title is what it is all about.”
However, for car-owner Johnny Kollar, it marked his first Fonda Speedway track championship in 53 years of competition.
“I had one [track championship] at Malta in 2008 with Mike Ketchum, but this is the first here at Fonda,” Kollar said. “Started driving here in 1967 in a $3,200 race car if you can believe that.”
Edwards picked up a pair of victories during the season and posted top five finishes in all the points races for the track title.
“I think we started with three seconds, two first and the last two points races were a fifth and a fourth,” Edwards said. “A top five in every points race is pretty good. We had a really great car. [Saturday night] If I pushed it I probably could have moved up further but I just wanted to get those last few laps in and call it a season.”
The Kollar-Edwards team is already making plans for the remainder of the season and 2021.
“We are probably going to go to Afton for the Short Track Super Series event [Oct. 9 and 10] if they have it because we are leading in the points and the Vermont 200 [Devil’s Bowls, Sept. 5 and 6],” Edwards said. “We have already ordered a new car for next year and we may expand a little bit to two nights a week, but we will see.”
Edwards leads Brian Calabrese by five points in the STSS North standings with one race remaining, while Tim Hartman Jr. leads the South point standings.
Racing at the Ridge
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is in full swing through Sept. 13.
This Sunday will be a regular race card sponsored by Shults Auto Center.
Aug. 30 will feature a regular race card sponsored by Riley Mortuary with a $500-to-win Bear Muffler Enduro on tap.
The Ridge will wrap up its point battles for the 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions on Sept. 6.
The race season will draw to a close on Sept. 13 with a DIRTcar Sportsman Series race on tap along with the champions being crowned in the street stock, mini stock and slingshot divisions.