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Friesen cruises to victory in Fonda Speedway’s Lazzaro Memorial race

Stewart Friesen, second from right, celebrates in victory lane with the Lazzaro family after winning the Sunoco Modified feature on Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (Photo courtesy Jeff Karabin)

Stewart Friesen, second from right, celebrates in victory lane with the Lazzaro family after winning the Sunoco Modified feature on Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (Photo courtesy Jeff Karabin)

FONDA — It was only fitting Saturday night at Fonda Speedway that the No. 44 of Stewart Friesen and the No. 4 of Cody Clark were in victory lane following wins in the Sunoco Modified and Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman featuers on a night honoring the legendary Lou Lazzaro, who drove the iconic No. 4 car during his racing career.

Other winners on Lou Lazzaro Memorial Night besides Friesen and Clark were Nick Stone (Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks), Jeremy Tyrrell (Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman), and Ken Hollenback (SOHC) and Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) in the Fonda Fair Four Cylinders.

A special Dash for Cash was also held called the “Dash 4 Jumpin’ Jack,” with Bobby Varin taking the win and $644 in cash!

The Sunoco Modified, Swagger factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman, and Algonkin Motel Pro Stock features were all part of the Thunder on the Thruway Series between the Fonda and Utica-Rome speedways, awarding points not only in the series but regular 2021 Fonda season points in all three divisions.

The 44-lap Lou Lazzaro Memorial modified feature began with a red flag before any laps were completed as points leader Rocky Warner ended up in the wall after another car made contact with him at the start of the race. Warner wasn’t injured, but his race was done.

The luck of the draw placed Friesen on the outside row and he was the race leader at the drop of the green flag to start the event on the restart with Pep Corradi in tow. Mike Mahaney started the event in the fourth position and on lap three got by Corradi for the second spot.

Mahaney cut into Friesen’s lead by a half-second on lap six but when he got up too high going into turn one, he made contact with the wall bringing out the caution and ending his night. Twelfth-place starter Matt Sheppard was the new second-place car on this restart with Josh Hohenforst next in line after getting by both Jessica Friesen and Craig Hanson.

Stewart Friesen dealt with lapped traffic over the late laps of the event, but safely made his way past each car on the way to his ninth victory of 2021 and the 77th of his career at Fonda. Sheppard, Johnson, Hohenforst and Jessica Friesen completed the top five.

 “This is a special win,” Friesen said in victory lane, “it is an honor to win this and to honor Lou Lazzaro and family. Great job by the track crew, they got the water off the track after this week’s rain and gave us something to work with.”

Clark took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature and went on to his fourth win of the season over Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman Jr. and Chad Edwards.

“My buddy drew the pole position start for me tonight but normally the pole isn’t the best place to start,” Clark said after his victory. “Tonight, I tried the outside in turns one and two to get by the lap cars and it worked so I just stayed up there for the rest of the feature.”

Stone took the lead on a lap 12 restart in the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock event and went on to claim his fifth win of the season over Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning and Frank Hoard Jr.

Tyrrell led all 15laps of the Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc. Limited Sportsman feature for his third win of the season over Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, and Kyle Dingman.

Kerrie Hollenback (DOHC) was the overall winner of the 12-lap Fonda Fair Four Cylinder feature followed by Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback (SOHC winner),and Shawn Hemstreet.

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE (44 laps) — Stewart Friesen Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Johnson, Josh Hohenforst, Jessica Friesen, Adam McAuliffe, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Varin, Jack Lehner, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Rich Christman, JaMike Sowle, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Pessolano, Alex Yankowski, Ancel Collins, Steve Akers, Mike Mahaney, Dave Constantino, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs.

LOU LAZZARO MEMORIAL DASH 4 JUMPIN’ JACK (4 laps) — Bobby Varin, Adam McAuliffe , Rocky Warner, Josh Hohenforst.

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps) — Cody Clark, Brian Calabrese, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman Jr., Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Brian Borst, Tucker O’Connor, Tony Farone, Payton Talbot, Jeremiah Munson, Troy Palmer, Tanner Warner, Brendan Gibbons, Michael McCallion, Jason Reome, Jason Greco, Steve Kotary, Greg Havlichek, Aaron Burton, Mike Ketchum, Rocco Leone, Kathy Bellen, Chip Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ricky Quick, Tim Dwyer, Griffen Mansmith, Brett Mortensen, Dana Camenga.

THUNDER ON THE THRUWAY SERIES ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE (20 laps) — Nick Stone, Chuck Dumblewski, Kenny Gates, Luke Horning, Frank Hoard Jr., Kyle Hoard, Beau Ballard, AJ Walter, Bill Knapp, Devon Camenga, Chuck McSpirit, Jason Morrison, Josh Coonradt, Dan Krajewski, Steve Cosselman, Tim Wood, Mike Kalkbrenner, Gary Silkey, Ivan Joslin, Andy Graves, Scott Towslee, Dean Charbonneau, Cliff Haslun, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Shane Playford, Randy Cosselman-DNS.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE (15 laps) — Jeremy Tyrrell, Taylor LaPlante, Carter Gibbons, Stephen Gray, Kyle Dingman, Clayton DuMond, John Anderson, Josh Kane, Bob Rowback, Jonathan Feagles, Yule Cook, Ryan Sweet, Seth Martin, Lance Hill-DNS 

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE (12 laps) — Kerrie Hollenback, Slappy White, John Napoli, Ken Hollenback, Shawn Hemstreet, Wayne Russell Jr., Riley Pedrick, Bodie Bellinger, Len St. Andrews, David Peek-Britten, AJ VanHoesen, TJ Marlitt-DNS, Lee Horning-DNS.

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