Area Stock Car Racing: Bonnie Dostal dies after battle with cancer

The latest area stock car racing news from The Recorder's Thomas Coughlin Jr.

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Before I get into results and such , there is some sad news for the racing community.

Bonnie Dostal, the wife of Bruce Dostal, passed away in Florida this week after a battle with cancer. Bonnie was an important part of the racing scene as she not only helped at the family business A&B Speed Supply, but she also helped at a number of area tracks as a scorer, keeping track of the racing as the cars flew by at blinding speed.

Condolences go out to the Dostal family for their loss.


Fonda Speedway will be in action tonight on Kelly’s Meat Market night. Gates for the full-card of racing are scheduled to open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6 and racing at 7. The front gate is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 and up and kids 11-and-under are free. If you have any questions in regard to restrictions, please contact the speedway at 518-915-4395 or [email protected] Also available is the opportunity to view racing from the infield. The cost is $60 for up to four passengers. Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will be presenting a full evening of racing Sunday. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6. Unfortunately at this time, due to state restrictions, The Ridge will still have no fans in the stands. 


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Last Friday saw Albany-Saratoga kick off its 2020 season with a full pit area. Mike Mahaney scored the 35-lap modified feature over Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Peter Britten and Rocky Warner.

In the pro-stock division, Nick Stone began the start of a three-win weekend. Rounding out the top five were Luke Horning, Rob Yetman, Josh Coonradt and Kim Duell.

In the 602 sportsman, Connor Cleveland scored the win over Tony Farone, Jason Gray and Jack Speshock.

Last Saturday, Fonda presented the Swagger Factory Apparel 602 sportsman and the Algonkin Motel pro stocks.

Nick Scavia scored his sixth career sportsman feature win at the Track of Champions. Completing the top five were Chad Edwards, Brian Calabrese, Joe Williams and JaMike Sowle.

Stone took his second pro-stock win of the weekend over Luke Horning, Coonradt, Andy Graves and David Emigh.

Also last Saturday, Lebanon Valley Speedway saw the Tremont family continue their winning on the high banks as Ken Jr. took the 30-lap modified feature. He was followed across the finish line by Brett Haas, Marc Johnson, Wayne Jelley and Rob Pitcher.

In the pro stocks, Scott Towslee was the victor over Chad Jeseo and Jason Casey.

In a rare Sunday racing program at Fonda, Friesen won his 61st modified feature at the half-mile oval. Following Friesen were Matt Sheppard, Warner, Mike Maresca and Matt Delorenzo.

Brett Mortensen won the Montgomery County Office for the Aging limited sportsman feature, leading all 15 laps. He was chased to the finish by Dylan Eldred, Jeff Lutes, John Young and Pete Nowicki Jr. 

The street stock feature was won by Al Relyea, followed by Dave Horning Sr., Mike Arnold, John Bradt and Jim Duncan.

In the 4-cylinders, Justin Pope scored his first Fonda victory over Zach McSpirit, Wayne Russell, Bubba Cook and Ken Hollenbeck.

Glen Ridge opened on Sunday with over 70 cars in the pits. The Flyin’ Onion Tony Farone took the crate modified victory over Travis Green, Jack Speshock, Derrick McGrew Jr. and Scott McCoy.

Stone completed his three-win weekend at G-R, beating Luke Horning, Coonradt, Beau Ballard and Graves to the finish.

In the limited sportsman, Troy Zillies took the win over Taylor Watson, Garret Poland, Isaac Walker and Peter Lorenzo III.

Damon Anderson won the street stock feature over Adam Tranka, Bradt, and Ken Allen.

The mini-stock feature went to Justin Bellinger over Ray Young.

Brett Putnam won the all-star sling shot feature over Mike Hill, Dan Ballard, Jim Pollard and Tyler Vadney.

Junior sling shots saw Lucas Duncan score the win over Brock Pinkerous, Travien Blowers, Frank Twing Jr., and Colt Kimball.

Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway, Chad Jeseo crossed the line first in the DIRTcar pro stocks. He was followed by Travis Welch, Jim Normoyle and A.J. Walters.

Matt Janczuk scored the DIRTcar sportsman feature over Kevin Root and Kyle Inman.

Tuesday at Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania, the Short Track Super Series was in action. On the racing card was the STSS North Region Anthracite 50 for modifieds with sails panels. Billy Pauch Jr. won the 50-lap feature over Jimmy Horton, Mike Gular, Tyler Dippel and Rich Pratt.


Area drivers in attendance were Allison Ricci, who was 14th, and Craig Hanson, who finished 15th. Unfortunately, Friesen had a rare off night and ended up finishing 28th after getting over on his roof early in the feature.

Tim Hartman Jr. continued his winning ways on the STSS, scoring the 25-lap companion sportsman feature over Michael White and Joe Toth.

With the big car tracks opening, we can only hope that the Kart tracks will soon follow. Dodge City Speedway in Howes Cave is tentatively looking at mid July opening night.

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