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September 24, 2018

Billy Decker Uses Late Restart For Fulton Speedway Modified Victory


FULTON, NY – With a real entertaining Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature going on at the front of field, Billy Decker was quietly making his way to the front from his 14th starting spot. Decker would join the top-three battle for the lead on lap 14 with Tom Sears Jr. and Rob Bellinger.

Billy Decker

Billy Decker

Sears, Bellinger and Decker would run bumper-to-bumper and two and three wide until a caution on lap 28 and ensuing restart would spell the difference in the race. Decker would get a better run on the restart blasting by Bellinger and from there go on to an over two-second margin of victory.

Other winners on Ferris Mowers, Family Autograph Night were, Tony Finch II (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Kevan Cook (NAPA Late Models) Amy Holland (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Tim Dunn (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).

Billy Whittaker would jump from his front row starting spot to take early command of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature before handing over the the lead to Tom Sears Jr. on lap 11.

On lap 14 Sears and Bellinger were setting the pace out front racing for the lead before the yellow would wave, allowing Billy Decker from 14th to join the lead battle with Chris Hile and Tim Sears Jr right there in fourth and fifth.

At the halfway point Sears and Decker ran side-by-side for the top spot with Bellinger just inches away from the top two. Tim Sears Jr., Hile and Jimmy Phelps from 13th were having a close race of their own for third through sixth.

With 10 laps to go Sears, Bellinger and Decker were using every inch of the speedway fighting for the lead as the final laps started clicking off. Not far behind the top-trio Hile, Sears, Phelps and now Danny Johnson from 18th were fighting for position.

After working on Sears for a few laps Bellinger was able use a slide job to take the lead with Decker also getting by Sears to run second. One lap later the yellow would wave to give all the drivers a chance to catch their breath for a dash to the checkers.

On the restart Decker got a great launch and drove by Bellinger to be scored the new leader. Once out front, Decker was able to pull away for the win. Danny Johnson made a late charge to finish second followed by Tom Sears Jr., Rob Bellinger and Jimmy Phelps to round out the top five.

Kris Van Norstrand would lead the opening two laps of the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Tony Finch took over the lead after racing contact between Van Norstrand and Finch the sent Van Norstrand spinning.

With five laps complete Finch and Brandon Ford ran bumper to bumper while Will Shields, Mike Phelps and Jordan Bennett were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

At lap 10 Finch and Ford were still out front by a slim margin. Behind the top-two Shields and Bennett ran side by side with Nick Krause now showing in the top five from the 15th starting spot.

With the starter showing the field the halfway point Finch built up a half a straightaway lead over Ford while Shields, Bennett, Krause and Ron Davis III fought for position.

A couple quick caution periods would set up a dash to the checkers that would come down to Finch and Krause who moved into second on lap 22 and started putting pressure on Finch. Just when it looked like Krause was making the winning pass, the yellow would wave negating the pass without completing a lap, setting up a green-white-checker finish.

On the dash to the checkers Finch moved to the topside of the speedway taking away the lane Krause used to get by him before the previous yellow and went on to the win over Krause. Ron Davis III, high point man Billy Clark Jr. and Jordan Bennett finished third through fifth.

In the IMCA Modified days at the Brewerton Speedway Kevan Cook and Chris Fleming were big winners and track champions. In their rookie season in the NAPA Late Models they put on a hard-fought race almost the entire 20-lap distance that looked like anything but rookies.

Cook led the opening four laps of the feature before Fleming took the lead on the fourth go-around. The pair would run bumper to bumper and side by side almost the entire distance with the winning pass made on the final lap. With Fleming glued to the bottom Cook had one shot at it for the win. Going into one and two on the white flag lap Cook went to the top of the speedway carrying enough momentum exiting two to get by Fleming and only winning by 00.223 at the finish.

Brandon Ford, Sean Beardsley and Johnny Hill came home third through fifth.

After taking a week off for her High School prom Amy Holland put her car in victory lane for the second time this season in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman. Holland would take the lead from Mike Stanton Jr. on lap 6 and lead the rest of the 15-lap distance. Kyle Hulsizer, Zach Sobotka, Mike Stanton Jr. and Nick McGill chased Holland across the line.

The final race of the night was the 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders and what a race it was between Skip DeGroff and Tim Dunn. The two would run bumper to bumper and side-by-side lap after lap swapping the lead back and forth. Dunn would make the winning pass on the final lap beating DeGroff in almost a photo finish at the checkers.

Teammates Phil Desormeau III, Dakota Bechler finished third and fourth with Colby Herzog fifth.

This Saturday, May 30, Tracey Road Equipment presents another night of fast, family fun racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders plus One-On-One Spectator Races.

Have you always wanted to race on the “High Banks”? This Saturday night is your chance in the One-On-One Spectator races. All you need is a street legal and insured vehicle, a valid driver’s license and a helmet.

Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pit admission is $27 participant/$30 non participant. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

For all the latest news please go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway . Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at [email protected] 315-593-6531.

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