Friesen wins third consecutive “Firecracker 50” at Fonda | News, Sports, Jobs
FONDA – With regard to the “Firecracker 50” at Fonda Speedway, Stewart Friesen is 3-for-3.
After clinching fourth starting place, Friesen took the lead in the eighth round and survived multiple restarts to clinch victory in the modified feature of the $ 10,000 Short Track Super Series up for grabs on Sunday at the “Track of champions”.
Cody Clark notched his third victory in four weeks, leading the green field in the ladies to claim the victory in the companion STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap film with $ 2,000 up for grabs.
The STSS event was scheduled as the second day of a July 4 weekend event on the highway, but the rain forced the postponement of Saturday’s race card.
The Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremonies continued with a large crowd on site as drivers Phlan Hart, Russ Flint and David Towns were inducted along with car owner Bill King and manufacturer and innovator Chris Fain, while Adam Fusco received the fifth annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to Fonda Speedway Museum Award.
Sunday’s action drew 41 modified and 49 sportsmen to Fonda to compete for the starting places in the main events.
Craig Hanson, Adam McAuliffe, Billy Decker and Mike Mahaney took the victories in the modified 10-round qualifying, while Clark, Joey Bruning, Troy Zilles and Kyle Dingman took all 602 sporting qualifiers. Alex Yankowski and Anthony Perrego took the victories in the modified consolation events, while Tim Hartman Jr. and Tim Dwyer took the athlete’s last-ditch qualifying.
After a draw on Nelliston’s Fuccillo Autoplex Mike Cole Memorial Victory Lane, Rocky Warner and Matt Sheppard took the modified 30-pack to green, Sheppard taking the lead over Warner as Mahaney, Friesen, Decker and Alan Johnson took traded places in the battle for the third.
Mahaney pulled out the first yellow of the race when he slowed down on lap seven, just as the leaders started to catch up to the back of the field.
Friesen came second behind Sheppard in the restart, Decker slipping to seventh after cutting the wall from the first corner, allowing Johnson, Matt Schilling, Mike Gular and Jessica Friesen.
The yellow flies off again a lap later as Max McLaughlin slows down and Alan Johnson makes his way to the edge of the pits.
Friesen made a good move inside going into the first corner and came away with the lead out of the second corner and built a big lead before the yellow stole again on lap 13 when Mahaney pulled out. stopped with mechanical problems.
The race remained green for two laps before Bobby Hackel IV and Schilling slowed down to bring out the yellow flag again.
After another warning on lap 16, the race lasted 14 green laps, with Friesen opening up a full lead, while Warner passed Sheppard in second, with Decker and Gular placing in the top five.
Warner’s race ended with 20 laps remaining after contact with a overtaken car sent him into the wall of the fourth corner.
Friesen resisted Sheppard on restart again, while Decker had a new challenger for third place to Mat Williamson.
Friesen escaped again on the restart only to be brought back into the field with another warning nine laps to go.
With a single-file restart, Friesen was once again able to distance himself from the field as Decker rounded Sheppard for second place but was unable to close the gap on Friesen as he slipped under the ladies for his eighth win of season and 76th of his career at Circuit de la Fonda.
“It’s one of the biggest races of the year for us and it’s always special to win a race on July 4th,” Friesen said in Victory Lane. “This victory is for Mike Cole who we all miss very much.”
After his second place, Decker said: “The car was really good. The track was fast tonight and luckily we brought a comfortable race car. The warnings helped me as I got softer on the tires for function. I almost knocked the wall down in turns one and two, but I had a blast tonight.
Sheppard summed up his third place by saying “Fonda is like no other track we run, and the track is always different every time we come here. Someday we’ll come here and prepare properly.
Williamson was fourth and Gular fifth. Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Alex Yankowski and Josh Hohenforst round out the top 10.
With the help of his daughter, Clark landed pole position and Mark Mortensen also got help drawing the outside pole.
Clark won the drag race around the first corner to take the lead early, with Mortensen Will Shields, Jeremiah Munson and Chad Edwards battling for third place.
Mortensen bid for the lead on a restart in the seventh round, while Edwards moved up to fourth behind Shields, while Bruning pressured Munson for the fifth.
Shields came back ahead of Edwards on a reboot in Round 10 and Tanner Warner made his way into the top five.
Edwards slipped past Shields for third behind Clark and Mortensen on lap 14 and got the break he was looking for as the final warning of the race flew off with three laps to go.
Clark retained his first place in the restart as Edwards pressured Mortensen for second and reclaimed the place in the final lap well away from Clark as he clinched his third win of the season and 12th of his career at Fonda Speedway.
“I want to thank all of my fans and sponsors for their support after we ran into some issues a few weeks ago,” Clark said in Victory Lane. “I was going through the cars one by one and thanks to DKM for such a great race car. It gives us some motivation for next Saturday and the rest of the season, as the points battle seems to be going all the way. “
Edwards, Mortensen, Warner and 21st place starter Tim Hartman Jr. completed the top five, while Payton Talbot, Dwyer, Brian Calabrese, Shields and Tucker O’Connor completed the second five.
The race returns to the Champions Track on Saturday with the Pro Stocks taking center stage for the prestigious 16th annual Hondo Classic named after the late fan favorite Hondo Carpenter. The full race map, presented by Sampson Motor Car and Yellow Transportation starts at 7 p.m.
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BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) “PENDER 50” $ 10,000 TO WIN MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 SPINS – STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Jessica Friesen, Alex Yankowski, Josh Hohenforst, Max McLaughlin, JR Hurlburt, JaMike Sowle, Billy VanPelt, Brett Haas, George Foley, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Pep Corradi, Joe Judge, Dave Constantino, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Hackel IV, Ronnie Johnson, Adam McAuliffe, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner
LAP LEADERS – 1-7 Sheppard, 8-50 Friesen
WINNERS OF THE HEAT RACE – Hanson, McAuliffe, Decker, Mahaney
CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Yankowski, Perrego
DID NOT QUALIFY – Steve Akers, Ryan Susie, EJ McAuliffe, Kurt Hundeland, Ancel Collins, Aaron Jacobs, Shane Jablonka, Ray Zemken, Michael Trautschold, Kyle Coffey, Rich Christman
BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES (STSS) $ 2,000 TO WIN CASH 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 ROUND – CODY CLARK, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tanner Warner, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot, Tim Dwyer, Brian Calabrese, Will Shields, Tucker O’Connor, Michael Ballestero, Joey Bruning, Carter Gibbons, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Zilles, Brett Mortensen, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Dingman, Joe Toth, Nick Stone, Daniel Morgiewicz, Johnny Young, Dave Dipietroll, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Greg Havlichek, Steve Davis, Jason Reome, Michael McCallion, Troy Palmer
LAP LEADERS – 1-25 Clark
HEATER RACE WINNERS – Clark, Bruning, Munson, Zilles, Dingman
CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS – Hartman Jr., Dwyer
DID NOT QUALIFY – Ryan Conrad, Aaron Burton, Ryan Walter, Kevin Crave, Stephen Gray, Blaine Klinger, Walter J Hammond, Maverich Eldredge, Chip Constantino, Ryan Simmons, Brendan Gibbons, Dave Richer, Griffen Mansmith, Tony Farone, Jeremy Tyrrell, Doug Snyder, Taylor LaPlante, Walter Hammond
GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Brian Calabrese 22 places from 30th to 8th