Defending Fonda Speedway modified track champion Matt DeLorenzo earned his fourth victory of the season and 16th of his career Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
DeLorenzo and Bobby Varin started the 30-lap race side-by-side in the fifth row, ran many laps side-by-side during the race and challenged each other for the victory.
“The track was fast tonight,” DeLorenzo said in victory lane. “Winning just never gets old, and it keeps the morale up on the team. It also keeps the fans either cheering or booing, whatever they choose to do.”
On lap 12, Dave Camara slowed coming out of turn four and pulled to the infield while running second, with a trail of fluid following him. On lap 14, the final yellow flag of the race came out for Craig Nelson, who pulled off the track on the backstretch, taking away the big lead Hanson had built, with Varin now second.
Varin moved to the front on lap 15 on the inside of turn four.
DeLorenzo got past both Ryan Odasz and Hanson for second on lap 17, and one lap later, DeLorenzo followed Varin into lapped traffic.
With five laps to go, DeLorenzo went between Varin and the lapped car of Harry Shaffer for the lead.
DeLorenzo held on for the win, followed by Varin, Hanson, Jack Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Pat Ward, Dave Lape, Odasz, Elmo Reckner and Marc Johnson.
“Bobby [Varin] had me off turn two, but going into turn three, I was able to get back by him,” DeLorenzo said. “I just kept my foot into it all the way around the track.”
Ricky Quick led the first seven laps of the sportsman feature before Chad Edwards grabbed the lead at the completion of lap eight. Defending track champion David Towns, who started ninth, passed Quick for second on the 10th lap.
Towns grabbed the lead on the outside of the backstretch on lap 11, and went on to his fourth win of the season and the 30th of his career at Fonda.
John Scarborough finished second, followed by Luke Munroe, Jeremy Wilder, Mark Kislowski, Edwards, John McAuliffe, Neil
Erickson, Vinny Sanganetti and Dan Papa.
The third annual Hondo Classic pro stock was won by Nick Stone, who took the lead from Kenny Gates on lap 18 on the outside of the backstretch. For Stone, it was his second win of the season and 21st of his career. Gates was second, followed by John Babcock, Chip Smith and Kenny Martin Jr.
Aaron Jacobs won the IMCA feature over Jeremy Cramer, Beau Ballard, Kevin Buff and Jim Cramer. For Jacobs, it was his first win of the season and fourth of his career at Fonda.
Dave Horning Sr. and Rob VanAernam won the street stock features.
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