Varin Motors To Fonda Modified Checkers

Danny Varin on his way to victory Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro Photo)
Danny Varin on his way to victory Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro Photo)

FONDA, N.Y. – Danny Varin closed out the regular season at Fonda Speedway Saturday night with a convincing win in the modified feature.

Varin bested Rocky Warner, Cody Bleau, Jessica Zemken Friesen and big-block rookie David Schilling.

For Warner, the night marked an historic moment, as he has now won championships in the street stock, pro stock, sportsman and modified divisions at the odd-shaped fairgrounds half-mile.

Korey Wilder got the drop on polesitter Steve Akers on the initial break, but passed command to Bleau on lap six, just before the event’s first caution. Wilder took the lead back on the restart, but Bleau regained it the next time around only to have Dave Constantino shoot down both of them.

The next restart was Constantino’s undoing, however, as he first lost the lead to Bleau, then jumped his rear wheel and took a hard ride into the backstretch wall trying to regain the lead.

By then, Varin had arrived on the scene from 11th and when the green waved, he disposed of the second running Zemken. Another yellow at the halfway point of the 30-lapper put Varin and Bleau together in the front row, with Varin hitting turn one hard to drive around the leader and take command.

He subsequently built a solid lead that Warner, who battled by Zemken for second on lap 17, could shorten but not erase.

“We had a flat tire last week but this week we were the best,” said Varin.  “We got through the holes in turn one on the restart and made it work.”

Varin’s father Bobby was sixth ahead of Mike Maresca, Craig Hansen, Brian Gleason and Josh Hohenforst.

Luke Horning won the Pro Stock finale after a late yellow erased Chuckie Dumblewski’s huge lead, with Nick Stone home third.