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Matt Sheppard wins Short Track Super Series feature

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Modified winner Matt Sheppard poses for a photo.
August 17, 2017 - 05:32 pm

The Short Track Super Series made its first-ever stop at Albany-Saratoga Speedway this week with a 50-lap Small-Block Modified feature leading the way.

Matt Sheppard came out with the $5,000 victory, followed by Billly Decker and Matt DeLorenzo in the Top 3.

Results: Matt Shepard, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Kenny Tremont, Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Don Ronca, Alan Barker, Ryan Jordan, Peter Britten, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Jerry Higbie, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Rick Laubach, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Brett Tonkin, Craig Hanson; Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Mike Mahaney, Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, Jeff Sheely, Cass Bennett, Brian Gleason, Bobby Hackel, Jimmy Becker, Dan Humes, Matt Pupello, C.G. Morey, Bobby Varin, Ricky Davis III, Matt Depew, Erik Nelson, Cody Bleau.

Track champions to be crowned Saturday at Fonda

FONDA — On Saturday evening, the 2017 track champions in all divisions will be crowned as Fonda Speedway celebrates the final night of points with a special racing program called the “Night of Features”.

On the racing program will be twin 20-lap events for the modified division while single feature events will determine the champions in all of the other divisions.

Because the feature from last Saturday was delayed until this week, the sportsman division will also be running twin feature events to determine their 2017 track champion.

Going into Saturday evenings racing program, which will begin at 7 p.m., Tim Fuller leads the modified point standings with 748 points. After winning his first career feature event at the “Track of Champions” back on June 17, this would also be Fuller’s first track championship at Fonda if he holds on to the point lead.

Behind Fuller in the top five in points are Ronnie Johnson with 702 points (no feature wins in 2017, previous track champion at Fonda in 2011 and last year in 2016); Stewart Friesen with 700 points (five feature wins in 2017, previous track champion at Fonda for four consecutive years in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Bobby Varin with 694 points (two feature wins in 2017, previous track champion at Fonda in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010); and Josh Hohenforst with 674 points (two time winner in 2017 with no previous track championships at Fonda).

Rocky Warner leads the way in sportsman points going into the “Night of Features” with 768 points after his six feature wins this season. Warner was previously the champion in this division at Fonda for three consecutive years back in 2014, 2015 and in 2016. Warner has also been crowned the pro stock track champion at Fonda back in 2011 and the street stock track champion at Fonda back in 2005 as co-champion and in 2007.

Following behind Warner in the top five in points are Chad Edwards with 726 points (no feature wins in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda); Cody Clark with 678 points (two feature wins in 2017 with no previous track championships at Fonda); Tim Hartman Jr. with 663 points (no feature wins at Fonda in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda); and Nick Scavia with 648 points (no feature wins at Fonda in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda).

Kenny Gates is the leader in points in the pro stock division at Fonda with 805 points on the strength of his six feature wins this season. Gates was crowned the track champion at Fonda in this division back in 2004, co-champion in 2007, 2008, 2009 and in 2016.

Following behind Gates in the top five in points going into Saturday’s racing program are Chuck Dumblewski with 748 points (one feature win in 2017 with no previous track championships at Fonda); AJ Walters with 663 points (no feature wins in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda); Ivan Joslin with 632 points (two feature wins in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda); and Jim Normoyle with 631 points (one feature win in 2017 and no previous track championships at Fonda).

Johnny Young leads the way in points in the street stock division with 714 points with three feature wins this season and no prior championships in his career at Fonda. Following in the top five behind Young are Cliff Haslun with 674 points and two feature wins in 2017, Jim Groncki with 626 points with no feature wins in 2017, Steven Young with 576 points and one feature win in 2017, and Harold Chadderden with 552 points and no feature wins in 2017.

Ken Hollenback leads the way in the Cruiser division point standings with 548 points with five feature wins in 2017. Hollenback was the 4-Cylinder/Cruiser track champion at Fonda back in 2012, 2013 (single cam), 2014, and 2015.

Behind Hollenback in the Cruiser point standings are Pat McSpirit with 496 with no feature wins in 2017, Zach McSpirit with 462 point and no feature wins in 2017, Kerrie Hollenback with 416 points with one feature win and a previous track championship in the division back in 2013 as the dual cam track champion, and Wayne Russell with 404 points with no feature wins in 2017.