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Stewart Friesen goes back-to-back at Fonda Speedway

Williams, Mortensen, Coonradt, Relyea, Hollenbeck, Frame also claim victories
Stewart Friesen (44) and his wife Jessica Friesen (1Z) race in the modified division Saturday at Fonda Speedway.
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Stewart Friesen (44) and his wife Jessica Friesen (1Z) race in the modified division Saturday at Fonda Speedway.

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FONDA — Stewart Friesen scored his second straight Sunoco Modified feature win, highlighting Saturday night’s racing action at Fonda Speedway.

Others making trips to victory lane Saturday at the “Track of Champions” were Joe Williams (Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman), Brett Mortensen (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), Josh Coonradt (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Al Relyea (Robert’s Towing & Recovery Street Stocks), Ken Hollenbeck (SOHC Four Cylinder Cruisers) and David Frame (DOHC Four Cylinder Cruisers).

Danny Varin led the first couple of laps in the 30-lap modified feature through two early cautions before sixth-place starter Michael Maresca took the lead on the backstretch on lap five. Another caution allowed Friesen to get from sixth to third, and one lap after that he got by both Varin and Maresca for the lead on the outside of turn four.

Invade Mat Williamson was up to third by lap 10, with Friesen running the outside groove and Maresca on the inside in a duel for the lead. Friesen switched to the low line on lap 11 while dealing with lapped traffic, and while a couple of restarts bunched up the field, the local ace navigated lapped traffic and weaved his way around the track to pick up his second straight win and the 62nd modified victory of his career at Fonda.

Maresca, Williamson, Matt DeLorenzo and defending track champion Rocky Warner completed the top five.

“I just love this race track, no matter where you start you just have to find a groove and a place to race,” Friesen said in victory lane. “Tonight, there was brown up on top and the bottom was good too so you could race anywhere you wanted.”

Williams captured his first career victory in the 602 sportsman division, starting on the front row and taking the lead from the drop of the green flag with Brian Calabrese in tow. Chad Edwards got past Calabrese for second on lap six and started closing in on the leader, but Williams stayed at the front of the field.


Williams got by two lapped cars on the final lap to give himself a little breathing room for a moment, but Edwards was back on his rear bumper heading into turn three. However, Williams held on for the win by just 0.298 seconds with Edwards, Calabrse, Mark Mortensen and Brian Borst in the top five. 

“This is my first win on dirt in the crate sportsman and it seems like it took forever to get it done,” Williams said in victory lane. “But we kept the car in one piece and got the win so I’m very happy.”

Williams’ only other win at Fonda came in the open sportsman division on May 1, 2004.

In the limited sportsman feature, Brett Mortensen won for the second straight week, getting by Carter Gibbons for the lead with two laps to go. Gibbons, Dylan Eldred, Johnny Young and Kyle Dingman rounded out the top five.

Coonradt started the 20-lap pro stock feature in sixth, but was up to second by lap eight and passed defending track champion Luke Horning for the lead on lap 12. Nick Stone, who had to pit on lap five when his hood came undone, made a huge run from the rear of the field to get up to second and challenge for the lead, but Coonradt held on for his fifth career win in the division ahead of Stone, Horning, Kenny Gates and Devon Camenga.

The street stock feature also saw a repeat winner as Relyea took over the lead on lap three and claimed the checkered flag over Jason Samrov, Dave Horning Sr., Michael Arnold and Lou Ganczarz.

Hollenbeck led all 15 laps in the Four-Cylinder Cruiser feature to pick up his 51st career win in the SOHC class while overall second-place finisher David Frame earned the top prize in the DOHC class. John Napoli, Zach McSpirit and Wayne Russell completed the top five.

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