Area Stock Car Racing: Wrapping up last weekend’s races

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

Results from last week show Stewart Friesen capturing the 35-lap modified feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway over Mike Mahaney, Mat Williamson, Jessey Mueller and Matt DeLorenzo. Ken Tremont Jr. took a wild ride in turn one during the feature around lap 17. Fortunately, he was able to walk away under his own power.

Josh Coonradt scored the win in the pro stock feature over “Cousin” Luke Horning, Rob Yetman, Jason Meltz and Brandon Emigh.

In the 602 sportsman feature, Tim Hartman Jr. added another victory to his list. Completing the top five were Joey Scarborough, Dick Bisson, Robert Bublak and Jack Speshock.


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Saturday at Fonda Speedway, Friesen scored his second win of the weekend and 62nd modified victory at the Track of Champions. Rounding out the top five were Mike Maresca, Williamson, DeLorenzo and Rocky Warner.

Joe Williams captured his first 602 sportsman win as he beat past track champion Chad Edwards to the line. They were followed by Brian Calabrese, Mark Mortensen and Brian Borst.

In the ever-popular pro stock division, Coonradt also won for the second night in a row. Nick Stone had to settle for second, followed by Luke Horning, Kenny Gates and Devon Camenga.

Al Relyea won the street stock feature over Jason Samrov.

Lebanon Valley Speedway saw a family affair in the modified feature, as Andy Bachetti drove past his brother-in-law Ronnie Johnson in getting the win. Eddie Marshall, Olden Dwyer and Keith Flach completed the top five.

Sunday evening presented a full menu of tracks.

Travis Green took the win in the DIRTcar 602 sportsman at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Tucker O’Connor, Bill August, Cody Ochs and Justin Buff finished in the top five.

Nick Stone won the DIRTcar pro stock feature and was chased across the line by Luke Horning, Justin Knight, Beau Ballard, and Andy Graves.

Troy Zilles scored the limited sportsman feature ahead of Stephan Gray, Issac Walker, Garrett Poland and Pete Lorenzo.

Damon Anderson was victorious in the street stock feature over Adam Tranka.

At Utica-Rome Speedway, Erick Rudolph scored his 100th career modified feature win, taking the DIRTcar 358 modified feature. He was followed to the line by Williamson, Pat Ward, Dave Marcuccilli and Matt Janczuk.

Completing a three-win weekend was Coonradt in the DIRTcar pro stock feature. Jim Normoyle, Jason Morrison, Jay Fitzgerald and Mike Kazloukas rounded out the top five.

In the DIRTcar sportsman division, Janczuk scored the feature win over Kyle Inman, Chris Mackey, Kevin Root and Zach Sobotha. A.J. Miller finished eighth.


Bobby Hackel won the crate modified feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont. Completing the top five were Tremont Jr., Demetrios Drellos, Frank Hoard III and Jack Speshock.

Jack Lehner, who is scheduled to drive the Nelson Motorsports No.  85 at Fonda weekly this season, has been towing his own No. 2 down to the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown on Saturdays. Unfortunately for the Nelson team, they are still waiting for their engine to be completed.


Don’t forget that Fonda has a big midweek show coming up on Wednesday. One outsider that is looking to be racing that night is Alan Johnson. Johnson has been busy beating the bushes trying to find a competitive 370 cubic inch motor to drop into his car for a shot at the $10,000 to win feature.

The Firecracker 50 is the second Short Track Super Series race for the North Region and will pay $5,000 to win, $4,000 for second, $1,000 for tenth, and $400 to take the green.

The 602 sportsman will race in their own 25-lap feature. This will be the first North Region race for that division leading to their year-end championship. The feature will pay $1,500 to win. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30. Grandstand cost is $20, pits $30-$35 and drive-in $85 for four passes.

The next two Saturdays at Fonda will see the modified feature winner earn a hefty $4,000 and the pro stock winner on July 4 will take home $1,776.

Fans can expect to see a different winner in the modifieds Saturday at Fonda. Friesen was scheduled to race at Albany-Saratoga Friday night. Saturday afternoon, he is scheduled to be at the Pocono Raceway with the NASCAR Truck Series, and Saturday night, he is scheduled to have his modified at OCFS.

The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is scheduled to be at Five Mile Point Speedway tonight with their vintage racers.

Most tracks in New York state still do not have fans in the stands. Fortunately, there are two area tracks,  Fonda and Lebanon Valley, are offering dining in the stands, with social distancing.

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