FONDA, N.Y. — Hot off a $14,000 sweep of Utica-Rome Speedway’s holiday program, where he won the Sunday modified and ESS sprint car features and Monday’s Victoria 200, Stewart Friesen padded his bankroll Saturday night with a $4444 win in the 44-lap Lou Lazzaro Memorial at the Fonda Speedway.
Jeremy Wilder, invader Danny Johnson, Jeff Trombley and Bobby Varin, who blew an engine in his heat and had to tag the field for the feature, rounded out the top five.
Alton Palmer got the drop on polesitter Vinny Sanginetti and led easily through the first caution on lap 13. Tenth-starting Jeremy Wilder had climbed to fourth at that point and when the green dropped, he went to the low side and shot to the lead, which he held easily through halfway. But Friesen, who started 14th, had climbed steadily and stood fourth on a lap 19 restart.
From there, Friesen gobbled up cars like Pac-Man, taking the lead at halfway and then putting most of the field a lap down by the checkers. Arch-rival Varin was equally aggressive, showing seventh by halfway as the cars behind Friesen battled tooth and nail for position.
At the checkered flag, promoter Matt DeLorenzo led the second five, trailed by Ronnie Johnson, Palmer, Mark Kislowski and Jeff Rockefeller.
Pete Broderson drove from dead last to the lead in the pro stock feature, but division kingpin Nick Stone caught fire late in the race to lead Broderson and Kenny Gates to the finish.