FONDA — After nearly two months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with no fans in attendance, the 2020 racing season kicked off at Fonda Speedway on Saturday with 80 cars across three divisions.
Nick Scavia came away with the win in the 602 Sportsman division, Nick Stone was victorious in the Pro Stock division and John Flach finished first in the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series race.
Scavia and JaMike Sowle started the 602 Sportsman feature on the front row, with Scavia taking the early lead. The top five shuffled behind him through a few early restarts, with Chad Edwards moving into second and Brian Calabrese taking third. Meanwhile, defending track champion Tim Hartman Jr.’s car was smoking heavily while running fifth on lap 11, which brought out a caution flag.
Scavia was navigating lapped traffic in the closing laps, but on the final lap one more caution came out for a three-car wreck in turn four. That gave Edwards and Calabrese a final shot at victory, but Scavia pulled away on the restart and earned his sixth career win in the division. Edwards, Calabrese, Joe Williams and Sowle completed the top five.
“It’s good to be back at the track, the situation going on has been tough on all of us,” Scavia told Mimi Lazzaro in victory lane. “Starting on the pole like we did tonight can be both good or bad as you have an open track in front of you but you can also drop back quickly if you don’t get a good start. This is a great win for us after a trailer fire late last season on the way to the races, we had some electrical issues tonight and I want to thank my crew and all of the teams in the pit area who helped us straighten that out.”
In the 20-lap Pro Stock feature, Stone took over the lead from polesitter Steve Cosselman before lap one was completed. Luke Horning soon moved into second, and after a brief battle between the top two cars, Stone started to pull into a clear lead with Josh Coonradt challenging Horning for second.
Coonradt and Horning swapped second on numerous occasions before Horning took the spot for good, but nobody challenged Stone, who went on for his 47th career win in the division ahead of Horning, Coonradt, Andy Graves and David Emigh.
“This is a new car that we built over the winter,” Stone said in victory lane. “We did a lot of work on experimenting with the coil spring setup knowing that a couple changes needed to be made. Thanks to my crew for working on the car so that I can sit back and relax and concentrate on the race ahead of me. I have spent all of my life, day and night on race cars, and I love it.”
The 10-lap Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series Vintage Antique feature was won by Jimmy Fugel, while the 15-lap MVVDMS Replica feature was won by Flach in the Modified class, while Frank Hoard was the top Sportsman and John Roese had the best-finishing Late Model.
Fonda Speedway’s 2020 opening weekend was due to wrap up Sunday night.