By JAMES A. ELLIS
For The Daily Gazette
Last Saturday’s rainout at Fonda Speedway has set up a dream night of racing for the fans and a tension filled chess match for the drivers.
The scheduled $2,700-to-win Harry Peek Tribute Night event race has been carried over to Saturday, along with Fan Appreciation Night, featuring $5 grandstand admission, an on-track driver meet-and-greet, Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds and the Fonda Kids Club back-to-school backpack giveaway.
Add to that the drama of Championship Night, crowning the 2021 track champions in all divisions, and you have a race fan’s dream.
While Nick Stone has already locked up his second straight pro stock championship, the modified track title is still a wide-open battle with 13 points separating the top four drivers.
Seeking his second modified track championship, Rocky Warner heads into the final regular night of racing with a three-point edge over two-time track champion Ronnie Johnson, while Josh Hohenforst is seeking his first title and is in third 10 points behind Warner and four-time track champion Stewart Friesen sits 13 points out of the lead in fourth.
Starting with the “Friesen Factor,” he has won nine times so far this year. If Friesen wins (60 points), the most points he can finish with is 725. If Hohenforst gets his first win of the season, his maximum points will be 728.
Johnson will need a top-three finish to lock out Friesen and win or finish second to lock out Hohenforst, while Warner needs to finish in the top four to lock both out.
Now for the battle between Warner and Johnson.
If they finish the same as last week, with Johnson going to victory lane and Warner second, they end in a tie with 734 points apiece. Same thing if they finish second and third. But if Johnson places third, Warner fourth and Hohenforst wins, Hohenforst wins the title.
Chad Edwards is sitting in the driver’s seat to collect his second-straight 602 Sportsman title, needing to finish 17th or better to finish ahead of Cody Clark.
In the race for the limited sportsman title, if Clayton DuMond wins, points leader Carter Gibbons needs to finish seventh or better to claim the division championship.
Ken Hollenbeck and Slappy White have dominated victory lane in the 4-cylinder division. Hollenbeck has locked up the single cam title and White the dual cam title. However, there are two points separating the two for the overall championship.
Gates open at 4 p.m., with warm-ups taking to the track at 6 p.m. followed by the on-track Meet and Greet before qualifying events take to the track at 7 p.m.
Racing will return after the annual break for the Montgomery County Fair with the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 Weekend Sept. 16-18.
BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Ray Sefrin and Butch Hazzard quelled recent rumors via a Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Facebook post that they will be back at The Ridge for the 2022 season with a full weekly schedule including DIRTcar Racing sanction sportsman and pro stock races.
In January, Brett Deyo announced that the BD Motorsports Media management team will remain in place at the Track of Champions through, at minimum, Oct. 31, 2023. The original three-year agreement was slated to end this October.
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