DeLorenzo takes ‘Ice Jam’ feature

Matt DeLorenzo took up right where he left off last year as he stood in victory lane at Fonda Speedw

Matt DeLorenzo took up right where he left off last year as he stood in victory lane at Fonda Speedway on Saturday afternoon after the annual “Ice Jam” event.

DeLorenzo won the final race of the 2007 season, and Saturday battled Brett Hearn and Ryan Odasz to take home the win.

In victory lane, DeLorenzo made a special dedication to his grandfather, Anthony, who passed away during the offseason.

“I really need to dedicate this win to my grandfather,” DeLorenzo said. “He always used to ask me, why does Brett Hearn beat you all the time. My grandfather was here with us at the races every week, and this win is for him, as he was definitely looking down on me today.”

The win was worth $4,000, with another $800 added because a

Fonda Speedway regular was able to beat an outsider. The win was the 13th of DeLorenzo’s career in the modified division at Fonda.

DeLorenzo passed Ronnie Johnson for third on lap five, while Odasz held a half-straightaway lead over Hearn. On lap six, Jack Johnson spun in turn four, and was done for the day.

Odasz decided to take the outside line on the restart, but Alton Palmer spun on the backstretch, bringing out the second caution.

Hearn took the lead coming out of turn four, and Ronnie Johnson and

DeLorenzo swapped the third pos­ition twice in the next two laps.

DeLorenzo got by Odasz for second on lap 14, with Hearn now out to a full straightaway advantage.

When Hearn entered lapped traffic on lap 16, DeLorenzo closed in. Odasz made it a three-way battle by lap 23, with Hearn and DeLorenzo side-by-side. On lap 25, coming out of turn four on the low side, DeLor­enzo took the lead, and stretched his advantage to a straightaway by the time the checkered flag flew.

Hearn finished second, followed by Odasz; Bobby Varin, who made his way up from the 11th starting position; Jeff Trombley; Ronnie Johnson; Pat Ward, who started 17th; Dave Camara, who started 22nd; Donnie Corellis; and Elmo Reckner.

“I really never knew where Hearn was after I took the lead,” DeLorenzo said. “The track locked down, and after awhile, there was no high side, so I moved down low, which is where I was able to take the lead.”

“I chose the wrong compound tires for the race, and had night-time tires on for a day-time race,” Hearn said. “I was just trying to hold on for much of the race.”

“I knew that I was in trouble after lap two,” Odasz said. “The car just kept getting tighter and tighter, but it was a good run, and I am very excited about this year with my new team, owned by Bill Schoons.”

The 25-lap sportsman feature was a two-man race for the win between defending track champion David Towns and John Scarborough.

After a side-by-side battle at the drop of the green flag, Scarborough, who started on the outside of the front row, was able to take the lead, and held that position until the only caution in the event, on lap 14.

On the restart, Towns was the new leader, and he held that spot to the checkered flag for his 27th sportsman feature win at Fonda.

He was followed by Scarborough, Luke Munroe, John McAuliffe, Mark Kislowski, Jeremy Wilder, Mark Mortensen, Tony Farone, D.T. Pickard and John Reome.

“I’m not sure if maybe John’s tires sealed up or something, but the track was fast on both the top and the bottom,” Towns said. “This is the same car as last year, as nobody wanted to buy the old junk.”

Next week, the point season

begins in all divisions, with a reg­ular show in all classes starting at 4 p.m.

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