Race Weekend Central

Daytona to Dirt: Stewart Friesen Bags Fonda 200 Crown Jewel, David Stremme Takes Clinton County

Race season has begun to slow down across the country, but plenty of NASCAR’s alumni found time to hit the dirt this past weekend.

Tyler Dippel

The former Truck Series regular had his best run of the 2023 season over the weekend at Fonda Speedway in New York, finishing seventh in a preliminary feature Thursday (Sept. 14), fourth in a qualifier race Friday and then posting a third-place finish in the Fonda 200 feature Saturday night.

According to MyRacePass, the result was Dippel’s first top-five finish in 2023. The third-place finish netted a $10,000 paycheck.

Stewart Friesen

The Truck Series regular had a huge weekend at his de facto home track in Fonda, N.Y., winning the $53,000 Fonda 200 in a rare example of a northeast modified driver besting Matt Sheppard in a crown-jewel race.

The win was Friesen’s third in the 200, his third at Fonda in 2023 and his eighth overall race win according to MyRacePass.

Jesse Love

The current ARCA points leader contested the wingless micro sprint division at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina Wednesday night, winning his heat race and finishing in the runner-up spot in the feature.

Love was the only NASCAR-affiliated driver to start Wednesday at Millbridge, a rarity at the micro sprint track.

Ken Schrader

The former Cup Series regular added two tracks to his extensive lifetime resume over the weekend, racing modifieds at Clinton County Speedway Friday night and Penn Can Speedway Saturday, both in Pennsylvania.

Schrader endured a DNF at Clinton County but rebounded to score a podium finish at Penn Can.

Austin Wayne Self

The former Truck Series regular saw a three-race winning streak on the Mid-East Modified tour get snapped at the recently re-opened Ultimate Motorsports Park (formerly Friendship Motor Speedway) in North Carolina Saturday night, finishing ninth on the evening. Self unofficially will lead the series points as the Tour begins its “championship series” at Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina at the end of the month.

David Stremme

The former Cup Series regular contested the modified division at Clinton County Speedway Friday night and scored the win, taking home a $1,000 check for his efforts.

Kenny Wallace

The former Cup Series regular continued his top run of form in 2023, with repeat visits to his local racetracks paying dividends. Wallace finished fourth in Friday at the Brownstown Bullring, then second at Adams County Speedway in Illinois Sunday.

As always, Wallace had plenty to say about his weekend.

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