FONDA – For years, the Morris Group pace car has led the way to the green flag for race cars at Fonda Speedway.
Saturday night it was the Morris Group modified of Mark Kislowski that led the field to the checkered flag for his first career modified victory at the Track of Champions.
The veteran driver out of Ballston Lake grabbed the lead away from Elmo Reckner six laps into the 30-lap main event and was never seriously challenged as the race went caution free.
Also picking up victories Saturday night were David Constantino (sportsman), Ivan Joslin (pro stock), Reuben Kennedy Jr. (street stock) and Ken Hollenbeck and Shaun Rybas won the single and dual cam 4-cylinder features, respectively.
Kislowski started three rows deep in the 27-car modified feature and chased down Reckner, the outside pole sitter. Reckner held off Kislowski’s challenges until lap six when Kislowski put his No. 3 in front in turn four.
As Kislowski pulled away, Reckner found himself in a battle for the runner-up spot with Dave Lape, Mike Mahaney, Jim Davis and Ronnie Johnson.
Johnson picked his way in the second spot on lap 17 but could not mount a challenge for Kislowski as he hit the checkers a full two-seconds ahead.
Johnson was second followed by Davis, Mahaney and Jeff Trombley in the top five.
Stewart Friesen, who won the first two nights of the regular season, started 20th and finished sixth, followed by Danny Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Jeremy Wilder and Reckner.
Constantino and Drew Fallis battled for the early lead in the 20-lap 602 sportsman feature with Constantino holding the point when the lone caution of the race flew on lap six.
Brian Pessolano make the most of the restart to take second away from Fallis and stalked Constantino just a few car lengths back as the leaders made their way through traffic.
Tony Farone joined the frontrunners at the midway point and ran nose-to-tail through the closing laps.
Constantino survived a late-race bobble when he dove to the inside of lapped traffic entering turn one and Pessolano went to the outside. Constantino was able to break through first and hold his lead over the final lap for the victory.
Pessolano was second, followed by Farone, Mark Mortensen and Ray Zemken. Rocky Warner, Ricky Quick, Fallis, Floyd Billington and Chip Constantino rounded out the top 10.
Luke Horning set the early pace in the 20-lap pro stock main before relinquishing the lead to Dennis Joslin on the third lap.
Ivan Joslin came on to grab the lead away from Dennis on lap five but could not pull away as a tight group of drivers, including Horning, Pete Broderson, Kenny Gates and Jim Normoyle, were engaged in battle for the runner-up spot.
Broderson broke away on lap 12 bring Gates with him three laps later.
The race got tighter when the caution flew with four laps to go.
With a clear track, Joslin was able to keep his lead, while Gates dove under Broderson for second only to have the defending division champion take the spot back a lap later.
Joslin had enough to hold off Broderson for his first win of the season and fourth of his career. Nick Stone placed fourth behind Broderson and Gates, with Normoyle taking home fifth.
Kennedy jumped into a back-up car and notched his third-straight street stock feature win of the season and sixth of his career at Fonda. Kennedy slipped past early-race leader Rob VanAernam with two laps to go to pick up the win. Neil Cosselman got up for second, with Jerry Cohn third, Wayne Rubscha fourth and Robbie Veronese fifth.
Racing will return to the speedway next Saturday for a full regular show plus kiddie rides before the night’s racing action gets into full swing.