Danny Johnson Tops Fulton Speedway Modified Field

FULTON, NY – When Danny Johnson decided to make the Fulton Speedway his home in the 2015 season, fans and competitors alike knew he would be a threat weekly to pick up consistent top fives and victories in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.

Danny Johnson tops the field at Fulton Speedway
Danny Johnson tops the field at Fulton Speedway

Saturday night Johnson would take advantage of his seventh starting spot in the 35-lap feature picking up his second win of the year. Johnson, using mainly the top side of the speedway, would take the lead from Jim Witko Jr. on 15 lap and then outrun Jimmy Phelps and the rest of the field for his 11th career win on the ‘Highbanks.’

Other winners on McDonald’s Restaurant & Regional Truck & Trailer night were, Mike Button (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Jason Occhino (NAPA Late Models) Brady Gill (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) and Tim Dunn (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).

Jim Witko Jr. would jump out to the narrow lead over Andrew Ferguson to start the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature.

With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower Witko opened a little over a one second lead over Danny Johnson who started seventh. Behind the top-two, Joe August Jr., Chuck Bower and Billy Whittaker.

On lap 10 Witko still showed the way, running the top of the speedway, as Johnson was starting to cut into Witko’s lead. Whittaker was running a strong third with Bower and August still showing in the top five.

After catching Witko on lap 14 Johnson would switch from the top of the speedway to the middle groove exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on the fifteenth go-round.

The first yellow of the feature would wave on lap 17 erasing the big lead Johnson built up.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower Johnson held on to a narrow lead over Whittaker, Witko, plus track heavy hitters Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight and Billy Decker.

A quick yellow on lap 23 would once again take away an over one second lead Johnson opened up setting up a 12-lap shootout to the checkers.

With 10 laps to go Johnson held on to a narrow lead as behind him Phelps, Whittaker, Wight, and Decker used up every inch of the speedway racing for position and looking for a way to catch Johnson.

Over the remaining laps Johnson stayed on the top of the speedway and pulled away for the win. Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Whittaker and Billy Decker finished second through fifth. Matt Fink, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps, Joe August Jr. and Tom Sears Jr. completed the top ten.

Twenty-Five SUNY Canton Sportsman cars started the 25-lap feature that saw Jim Spano grab the early advantage before a multi-car incident when Steve Abt spun in turn four. Cars that were damaged were, Billy Clark Jr., Riley Gill, Tyler Trump, Tyler Meeks and Ron Davis III.

With 5 laps complete Spano opened a ten-car length advantage over Gregg Kimball. Tyler Trump, Chris Cunningham and Mike Button battled for third through fifth.

At the 10 lap mark Spano still led but Kimball was all over Spano’s back bumper. One lap later Kimball drove by Spano and into the lead. Button, Cunningham and Draper ran in the top five.

On lap 13 Button moved into second and took off after Kimball.

With 10 laps to go the yellow would fly again for a multi-car tangle in turn-four involving Brett Draper, Brandon Ford, Wade Chrisman and Steve Abt. Only Ford wouldn’t continue.

After working on Kimball for 3 laps, using the high groove of the speedway, Button found the speed he needed to drive into the lead and was scored the new leader on lap 18.

Over the final laps Kimball threw everything he had at Button pulling even a couple times. Button held his line on the top of the speedway grabbing the win over Kimball. Chris Cunningham, Jim Spano and Tony Finch II finished third through fifth.

Jason Occhino led the opening 2 laps of the 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature before Alan Fink took the lead for one lap with Occhino fighting back for the top spot one lap later.

With two and three wide racing throughout the field a quick yellow would wave on lap 9 to slow the great racing.

On the restart you could throw a blanket over Occhino, Fink, Dave Talbot , Kevan Cook and Sean Beardsley.

With 5 laps to go Occhino took off, opening quarter of a straightaway lead over Fink. Talbot, Beardsley, Cook and AJ Kingsley were in a tight fight for third through sixth.

Over the remaining laps and no yellows Occhino was the class of the field picking up his second win of the year. The racing was so close it took AMB scoring to decide Alan Fink, Dave Talbot, Sean Beardsley and Kevan Cook finished second through fifth.

Brady Gill made a rare trip to the Fulton Speedway to compete in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman pay off. Gill took the lead from Rich Riggs on Lap-4 of the 15-lap feature and never looked back.  Rich Riggs, Zach Sobotka, Andrew Wren and Torrey Stoughtenger finished second through fifth.

The best race of the night took place in the 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinder feature. Multi-car battles took place at the front of the field with the winner in doubt until the checkers. Tim Dunn picked up the win over Jacobe Palmiter, Dakota Bechler, Chris Bonoffski and Ray Bechler.

In the One-On-One Spectator race Chris Rombough took the victory. Rombough swept the 2015 Brewerton and Fulton Speedway events.

On August 15, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux presents $20-A-Car-Load Night. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and get all of you in the speedway for a night of racing for just $20. Bigger vehicles such as motor homes, etc. will be $30.

When you arrive inside the gates everyone will be able to enjoy ‘Fan Fest’ in the midway behind the grandstands. Fans will be able to get up close to some of the racing equipment and meet some of their favorite drivers for autographs and pictures.

Have you always wondered what goes on during a night of racing in the pit area? Billy Whittaker and his Billy Whittaker’s Cars & Trux Big Block Modified No.109 will be pitting the entire night behind the grandstand in the turn four area so fans get get an up-close look at what goes into a night of racing.

Gates will open on August 15 at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

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