By RON SCZCERBA
FONDA, NY – Kenny Gates and Zach Sorrentino split the full-fendered main-events on Saturday night at the Fonda Speedway.
The DIRTcar pro stock series event was won by 2017 Fonda Speedway track champion Kenny Gates for his seventh win of the season and the 72nd of his career at Fonda which is top on the all-time win list.
“It just couldn’t get any better than this,” Gates said in victory lane. “Chuck (Dumblewski) had a fantastic year, Nick (Stone) is always tough, and they are two of the best. The longer the race went the better the car got.”
Front row starters Gus Hollner and Mark Sullivan ran side by side for the entire first lap and even made some contact with each other on the front stretch with Sullivan leading lap one. Hollner took the lead on the outside of the backstretch on lap three and by lap seven was a straightaway ahead of Sullivan. Sixth and eighth place starters Nick Stone and Chuck Dumblewski battled Sullivan for the second on lap 10 racing three wide at times for the position.
On a lap 10 restart, Sullivan took the lead away from Hollner but it didn’t last long as two laps later Dumblewski took the point with a pass on the inside of turns three and four. Stone and 12th place starter Kenny Gates followed Dumblewski past Sullivan for the second and third positions with Dumblewski out to a straightway lead at the halfway point over Stone, Gates, Shane Henderson, and Sullivan.
One final caution came out with 15 laps to go closing up the field and allowing the now second place car of Gates a shot at the win. On the restart, Gates took the lead and led the rest of the way for the win over Dumblewski, Stone, Jocelyn Roy, and Ivan Joslin.
“It was a fun race,” Dumblewski said in victory lane after his second place finish. “Finishing second never feels good, my car was good on short runs, but my tires were run down pretty bad.”
“Kenny (Gates) and Chuck (Dumblewski) were a little better than me tonight,” Stone said. “It’s always fun when you can race close like that with them.”
Zach Sorrentino led all 15 laps in the street stock feature to capture his first career win at Fonda despite heavy pressure from second place finisher Ed Hatch. John Devine, David Cook, and Joey Wilson completed the top five in the event.
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SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES PRO STOCK FEATURE PRESENTED BY ST. LAWRENCE RADIOLOGY – 50-LAPS – KENNY GATES, Chuck Dumblewski, Nick Stone, Jocelyn Roy, Ivan Joslin, Mark Sullivan, Dave Bissonnette, Bruno Cyr, Cassidy Wilson, Jason Meltz, Jay Corbin, Shane Henderson, Steve Chaput, Marc Lalonde, Jay Casey, Don Kennedy, Pascal Payeur, George Mills, Roch Aubin, Nick Arnold, Guy Viens, Dan Older, Randy Cosselman, Gus Hollner, Jim Normoyle, Justin Knight, AJ Walters, Jason Casey, Rob Yetman, Frank Twing
STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – ZACH SORRENTINO, Ed Hatch, John Devine, David Cook, Joey Wilson, Johnny Young, Chase Aussicker, Chris Murphy, Michael Arnold, Bubby Shaffer, Jason Samrov, Brian Cosselman, Lou Gancarz, Jeff Meltz