Racing Around: Dumond, Sutliff get first Sportsman victories; Friesen wins 84th modified feature

Wesley Sutliff celebrates his first career feature win in the Limited Sportsman division Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. (James A. Ellis)
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Wesley Sutliff celebrates his first career feature win in the Limited Sportsman division Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. (James A. Ellis)

By JAMES A. ELLIS

FONDA — On a night when Stewart Friesen picked up his 84th career modified feature win, Clayton Dumond and Wesley Sutliff picked up their first career Sportsman victories Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.

Dumond, who was involved in a multi-car accident in warm-ups, recovered to hold off Cody Clark for his first career 25-lap Crate 602 Sportsman feature win.

Sutliff backed up his first heat race victory of the season by leading the Limited Sportsman feature from green to checkers for his first career feature win.

Ivan Joslin returned to Victory Lane for the first time since 2019 with a dominating run in the 20-lap Pro Stock feature, while Ken Hollenbeck was first under the checkers and Kerrie Hollenbeck second to claim the Single and Dual Overhead Cam Mini Stock feature wins respectively.

In the added CRSA 305 Sprint Car A-Main, series points leader Jordan Hutton turned back challenges from Dalton Herrick and Thomas Radivoy to pick up his second career feature win at Fonda Speedway.

Tucker O’Connor and Craig Hanson brought the modified field to the green with O’Connor holding a slight edge over Hanson in their side-by-side battle for the lead over the opening laps.

Hanson was ahead when the first caution of the race came on lap five when Chris Curtis clipped the inside wall in turn two and was tagged by Brian Gleason ending his night.

Bobby Hackel IV took command of the race on the restart and was quickly joined by Rocky Warner, Stewart Friesen and Jessica Friesen.

Hackel maintained his advantage over Warner and Stewart Friesen as the leaders encountered lapped traffic.

Friesen used the traffic to his advantage to get past Warner before finding a path under Hackel in heavy traffic between turns three and four to take the lead with 11 laps to go.

Two laps later, Warner found his way past Hackel and began pressuring Friesen for the lead.

With six laps remaining, Friesen got the break he was looking for when the caution flew, giving the leaders a clear racetrack.

Friesen maintained his advantage to record his fifth win of the season at Fonda.

“The track definitely had some character and was really fast.” Friesen, who placed fourth in the NASCAR Truck Series race in Indianapolis Friday night, said. “Racing with Rocky and Hackel was tough. We were all trying to race to the front. Bobby Hackel has been doing a really nice job here coming from the Valley. I got up to Peppy [Pep Corradi] and he figured out that line above the cushion in my line. It was kind of slick there on the bottom so I just followed him for a couple of laps. Then we got that caution there and got some clean air the last couple of laps.”

Warner recorded his fourth-straight modified runner-up finish with Hackel third, Bobby Varin fourth and David Schilling fifth. Points leader Matt DeLorenzo finished sixth, followed by Jessica Friesen, Demetrios Drellos, Hanson and Nick Heywood.

Dumond was able to make repairs to his sportsman ride to pick up a heat-race victory and made the most of his front-row starting to battle Jason Reome for the early lead.

Dumond stretched his lead as Reome and Cody Clark locked in a battle for second while Brett Mortensen and Troy Zilles raced for the fourth spot.

Dumond’s lead evaporated with 12 laps to go when the caution flew when Sam Hoxie stopped on the speedway.

Dumond had little trouble reestablishing his advantage of Reome and Clark.

The division rookie survived a pair of late-race restarts to post his first career Crate 602 Sportsman division feature win. Clark got up for second as Chad Edwards made a late-race charge to place third with Payton Talbot fourth and Reome fifth. Brett Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Zilles, Mark Mortensen and Jeremy Tyrrell rounded out the top 10.

“This feels amazing. I didn’t think we would ever get here,” Dumond said in Victory Lane. “Every caution I kept hearing them getting closer and closer. I just kept thinking I can’t mess up. I was able to hold my lines perfect and hold them off. We did a lot to the car this week and it paid off.”

Randy Cosselman held the early lead over Joslin in the 20-lap Pro Stock feature, before Joslin slipped into the lead before the caution flew for a hard hit in the first turn wall by Caden Dumblewski. The pro stock rookie walked away from the wreck but was done for the night.

Nick Stone, Jason Morrison, Kenny Gates and Luke Horning joined Joslin and Cosselman at the front for the restart, but Joslin was able to pull away as Cosselman held off Stone for the second spot.

Stone was able to complete the pass on Cosselman with five laps to go and got a break when Cosselman suffered engine failure with three laps remaining, erasing Joslin’s full straightaway lead.

With a single-file restart, Joslin was able to keep Stone behind him as Horning challenged Stone for the runner-up spot but could not get past before the checkers dropped over Joslin’s hood for his 11th career Pro Stock feature win at Fonda Speedway.

“With everything going on with this coil versus leaf thing, we still got it done,” Joslin said in Victory Lane. “When that restart came with three to go, I was like ‘Not again. Come on!’ With Nick right behind me I knew I had to make this thing as wide as possible.”

Stone held on for second with Horning third, Gates fourth and Beau Ballard fifth.

Sutliff and Bob Roback made up the front row of the 15-lap Limited Sportsman feature with Sutliff gaining the early advantage over Lance Hill.

Hill’s ride came to a stop with six laps remaining, moving the top two in the division points, Kyle Dingman and Zach Dufel, up to Sutliff’s back bumper.

Sutliff stayed on point to record his first career feature win at Fonda Speedway.

“This is the first win of the season for us and it came here at Fonda,” Sutliff said in Victory Lane. “At the start I thought I had the car to beat. Then we got those cautions. When I saw that 1D [Kyle Dingman] pull up beside me I thought it was over but we had the car tonight.”

Dingman placed second, followed by Dufel, Josh Kane and Michael Kalkbrenner.

Kyle Pierce held the early lead in the 20-lap CRSA Sprint Car feature before relinquishing to top spot to Hutton on a lap three restart

Dalton Herrick used a pair of restarts to pull in behind Hutton but was unable to mount a solid challenge as the final 14 laps ran under the green flag allowing Hutton to pull away for his second CRSA victory at Fonda Speedway. Thomas Radivoy, Ronnie Greek, Jeff Trombley, Darryl Ruggles, Trevor Years, Cory Spark, Tyler Chartrand and Johnny Kolosek made up the top 10 finisher.

Fonda Speedway will open the month of August with the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) 360 Sprint Cars on the race card along with a full regular Saturday night race program. It will also be the annual Backpack Giveaway for the Fonda Speedway Kids Club.

PIT NOTES

Demetrios Drellos recorded his second-straight modified feature win Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway over Jessey Mueller and Matt DeLorenzo. Gloversville’s Josh Samrov took home the checkers for the street stock division.

Matt Sheppard picked up his eighth modified feature win of the season Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Andy Bachetti took home top honors in both the small-block and big block modified features Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

After four-straight runner-up finishes in the Limited Sportsman division at Utica-Rome, Gloversville’s E.J. Gallup picked up his first career feature win Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway. Earlier in the week, Gallup was on the sidelines as coach of The Money Team in the Dayton division of the winner-take-all, The Basketball Tournament.

Fonda Speedway Results

Parks Companies Night, July 30, 2022

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-laps – STEWART FRIESEN, Rocky Warner, Bobby Hackel IV, Bobby Varin, David Schilling, Matt DeLorenzo, Jessica Friesen, Demetrious Drellos, Craig Hanson, Nick Heywood, Ronnie Johnson, JaMike Sowle, Pep Corradi, Brian Gleason, Ryan Odasz, Tucket O’Connor, Rich Christman, Darwin Greene, Dylan Scribner, George Foley, Jim Introne Jr., Alissa Cody, Chris Curtis, Bill August, Dave Constantino

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Curtis, O’Connor, Hackel

SWAGGER FACTORY APPAREL CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-laps – CLAYTON DUMOND, Cody Clark, Chad Edwards, Payton Talbot, Jason Reome, Brett Mortensen, Troy Palmer, Troy Zilles, Mark Mortensen, Jeremy Tyrrell, Chip Constantino, Dylan Eldred, Carter Gibbons, Jeremy Slosek, Brendan Gibbons, Griffen Mansmith, Dan Santabarbara, Tim Dwyer, Anthony Cardamone, Kathy Bellen, Tanner Warner, Tony Farone, Sam Hoxie, Cory White, Matt Perry, Nicholas Plumstead, Stephen Gray (DNS), Harry Shaffer (DNS), Greg Havlichek (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Clark, DuMond, Reome

GRECO’S NAPA HARD CHARGER AWARD – Talbot +25 spots from 29th to 4th

ALGONKIN MOTEL PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-laps – IVAN JOSLIN, Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Kenny Gates, Beau Ballard, Josh Coonradt, Jason Morrison, Dean Charbonneau, Gary Silkey, Chuck Dumblewski, AJ Walters, Jim Normoyle, Don Collins, Randy Cosselman, Buck Gasner, Caden Dumblewski, John Holmes, Dillon Vanston (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Stone, Gates

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE FOR AGING INC. LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-laps – WESLEY SUTLIFF, Kyle Dingman, Zach Dufel, Josh Kane, Michael Kalkbrenner, Tim Wilmot, Jonathan Feagles, Phil Arnold, Bobby Rhinehardt, Bob Rowback, Nate Bedell, Ryan Sweet, Harold Robitaille, Corky Warner, Jeff Lutes, Steve Wagoner, Walter Cook, Lance Hill, Connor Prokop, Gus Kamburelis, Cian DiMezza, Collin Williams, Mark Lighthall, John Anderson (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Sutliff, Dingman, Kalkbrenner

FONDA FAIR FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-laps – KEN HOLLENBACK (SOHC), KERRIE HOLLENBACK (DOHC), Wayne Russell Jr., TJ Marlitt, David Peek-Britten, John Napoli, Len St. Andrews

CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE – 20-laps – JORDAN HUTTON, Dalton Herrick, Thomas Radivoy, Ronnie Greek, Jeff Trombley, Darryl Ruggles, Trevor Years, Cory Sparks, Tyler Chartrand, Johnny Kolosek, Tomy Moreau, Mark Taylor, Mike VanPelt, Dana Wagner, Calvin Wheelock, Jeremiah Munson, Steve Glover, Kyle Pierce, John Cunningham, Aaron Shelton (DNS), Brett Jaycox (DNS)

HEAT RACE WINNERS – Greek, Sparks, Trombley

 

 

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