FONDA SPEEDWAY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HARRY PEEK THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – Harry Peek was known as the perfect gentleman, but quite a racer who was known for his “Patented Peek Charge” as described in a story below written in the book FONDA! when it was published and printed in 2002. Peek’s racecars were beautifully kept as I recall as a kid growing up at the “Track of Champions” and were always among one of, if not the best looking racecars at the track.
His win total in the late model division, which is where he started his racing career, was 23, which included a track championship in 1969. In the modified division at Fonda over his career he compiled a total of 21 feature wins in eight winning seasons, his first win coming on August 15, 1970 and his last on April 27, 1985 to go along with four track championships in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976.
As always, the Fonda Speedway museum will be open at 3:00 p.m. so come early, tour the museum, and check out all of the memorabilia about the history of the “Track of Champions” and the tribute driver of the night Harry Peek.
Peek did remain active into the ‘80’s, driving for himself and others. He would pull off occasional winning runs at Malta and Devils Bowl with his final win at Fonda coming on April 27, 1985. However, his heart problem would not let him be, and the gentle Fonda legend died on February 5, 1998 of cardiac arrest.
TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ALL DIVISIONS ON THE LINE AT FONDA THIS SATURDAY ON HARRY PEEK TRIBUTE NIGHT
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – This Saturday, August 20 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the 2016 track champions will be crowned in all divisions on Harry Peek Tribute Night. Highlighting the racing card which will feature all divisions in action will be a 50-lap feature event for the modifieds paying $2527 to win!
Modified points going into the racing program on Saturday are very close among the top three with Jeremy Wilder currently leading the way with 726 points with one feature event win. Following Wilder in the top five are Ronnie Johnson (four feature wins) and Bobby Varin (three feature wins) who are tied for second place with 722 points while Josh Hohenforst, Bodie Bellinger, and Jeff Rockefeller complete the top five with 618, 616, and 578 points respectively with none of those three drivers having any feature wins at Fonda so far in 2016.
In the A-Verdi sportsman division the top five looks like this with Rocky Warner leading the way with four wins and 662 points followed by Dave Constantino with no wins and 527 points, Tim Hartman Jr. and Chad Edwards both with one feature win apiece and both tied for third with 511 points, JaMike Sowle with no feature wins and 505 points, and Tony Farone with one feature win and 499 points.
The rookie sportsman points show David Manchester leading the way with two feature wins and 560 points followed in the top five by Travis Billington (three feature wins) and Josh Neal (two feature wins) who are tied for the second position with 520 points, Mike Peek who has one feature win and 436 points, Brian Calabrese who has two feature wins and 380 points, and Bobby Gage with no feature wins and 362 points.
The pro stock points at Fonda have Kenny Gates in the lead with 786 points based on four feature wins followed in the top five by Luke Horning with 715 points and four feature wins, Jason Casey with 686 points with no feature wins, Jim Normoyle with 652 points with no feature wins, and Shane Henderson with 628 points with one feature win.
Josh Coonradt leads the way in the street stock division with 11 feature wins and 832 points followed by Johnny Young with one feature win and 728 points, Bill Yager with no feature wins and 631 points, Jim Groncki with no feature wins and 549 points, and Jason Samrov with no feature wins and 544 points.
For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com
Ryan Godown Drives Five Hours To Woodhull Raceway, Leaves With $5,360 Short Track Super Series 'Hustlin' the High Banks 52' Payday Wednesday Night
WOODHULL, NY – A five-hour, one-way ride and first appearance at Woodhull Raceway were worthwhile for Ryan Godown.
The Ringoes, N.J., driver made his debut at the Steuben County facility a winning one Wednesday night, earning a $5,360 payday in the 'Hustlin' the High Banks 52' presented by NAPA of Addison and Corning, Outman Equipment, Maple City Dodge and Two Rivers Timber.
For Godown, the victory was his third in a row with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, having previously won with the Halmar International North Region at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., July 27 and with the Velocita South Region at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., August 7.
A stout 45-car field of STSS Modifieds signed in at Woodhull with a number of first-time visitors to the paperclip-shaped, high-banked track.
Of all the newcomers, Godown fared the best, winning his heat race and moving forward from seventh position in a hotly contested 52-lap main event, Round No. 7 of the Halmar International North Region.
"We've been on a roll here lately," Godown said of his STSS successes. "We've got this car running well everywhere. It's my own deal but we've got some great people behind us to get out and run these shows.
"This was my first time ever seeing this place tonight."
A see-saw battle at the front of the field between Woodhull's own Donnie Lawson and Grant Hilfiger, a part-time racer at the track, raged from the drop of the green. Lawson led lap one through three, Hilfiger laps 4-15, Lawson laps 16-19, with Hilfiger again out front on the 20th lap.
Meanwhile, in tight formation between the leaders Godown was working forward from seventh position and consolation winner Andy Bachetti who had started 16th and found the extreme outside of the Woodhull oval to his liking.
By lap 35, Godown had arrived in second with Bachetti third.
Building momentum, Bachetti swept past Godown and pulled alongside Hilfiger with 39 laps on the board. Unfortunately for Bachetti, he soared off the top of turn three on the 40th lap, drawing the caution.
On the restart, Hilfiger regained command, but Godown was on the prowl.
Moving up on the speedway, Godown initiated a side-by-side battle with Hilfiger before switching from top to bottom to take over on the 44th lap.
Godown paced the remaining eight laps to take the win.
"These (STSS events) are good-paying races," he said. "To win three of them in a row like we have, it's hard to believe. I'm hoping we can keep it rolling."
Hilfiger, of Canadensis, Pa., was a thrilled runner-up finisher, having run just a handful of races this season due to growing business commitments.
Lawson, of Addison, N.Y., finished third, his best STSS effort to date. Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., drove a consistent event finishing fourth after starting seventh in the Chuck Grimm-backed No. 119.
Starting from 25th via a series provisional in his debut at the track, Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., drove through traffic to finish fifth in the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who started 19th in the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 27J; another first-timer Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y., after starting 11th; Woodhull's Mike Bills, who started 27th on the grid; current Halmar International North point leader Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y.; and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who pitted on lap 31 and recovered for 10th in the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357.
STSS Modified heat winners were Godown, Hilfiger, Malcolm, Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., and Alan Rudalavage of Newton Lake, Pa. Three consolations were captured by Bachetti, Dale Welty of Montour Falls, N.Y., and Bobby Davis of Cameron, N.Y.
In other action, Casey Pavlick captured the GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap main and Nate Freeman in the Quad C Challenge
HUSTLIN' THE HIGH BANKS 52 RACE SUMMARY – WOODHULL RACEWAY AUGUST 17, 2016
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Round No. 7 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish: RYAN GODOWN, Grant Hilfiger, Donnie Lawson, Brian Malcolm, Tommy Meier, Danny Johnson, Jerry Higbie Jr., Mike Bills, Erick Rudolph, Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Davis, Eric Fisher, Billy Van Pelt, Craig Hanson, Alan Johnson, Colton Wilson, Matt DeLorenzo, Andy Bachetti, Nick Nye, Joe Dgien, Anthony Perrego, Dale Welty, Dillon Groover, Steve Hartman, Brady Fultz, Alan Rudalavage, Danny Creeden.
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