FULTON, NY – In a night full of features, there were first time winners, late race passes for the win, and exciting racing throughout the night sponsored by Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility.
The big winners on the night were, Billy Decker (Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds) Tony Finch II (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Sean Beardsley, Chris Fleming (NAPA Late Models) Amy Holland took two wins plus Dorian Wahdan, Nick Cinquanti (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Jim Money two wins (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Matt Fink and Chad Phelps would pace the Tracey Road Equipment Modified field down to the green with Fink bolting out to the early lead in the 35-lap feature.
By lap 5 Fink already built up a two-second lead over the field running the top of the speedway. Phelps, Tim Schneider Jr., Adam Roberts and Danny Johnson chased in second through fifth.
On lap 10 the caution would wave erasing Finks three-second lead when Tim Sears Jr. spun in turns three and four.
The restart would put Phelps, Schneider, Roberts and Johnson right with Fink. And the heavy hitters in the division were making their way forward with Ryan Phelps (6) Larry Wight (7) Pat Ward (8) Jimmy Phelps (9) Billy Decker (10).
When the green came back out, there was a mad scramble on the back straight when one car got out of shape causing cars to dart around. Danny Johnson and Larry Wight made racing contact going for the same spot on the track with Johnson spinning.
With 15 laps in the books, Fink held a ten-car length lead as Chad Phelps, Wight, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Decker were in a tight battle in the top five.
On lap 20 Fink was still cruising out front with Jimmy Phelps and Wight trying to cut into Fink’s lead.
With 10 laps to go, Phelps cut Fink’s lead down to one car length, with Wight and Decker within striking distance setting up a battle to the checkers.
Phelps would take the lead on lap 26, but that lead was short lived as Fink retook the top spot one lap later.
Decker would move into second on lap 28 and set his sights on Fink.
On lap 30 Fink made a slight bobble allowing Decker to drive by and into the lead. Once out front, Decker, the track point leader was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. Matt Fink, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight and Pat Ward finished second through fifth. Ryan Phelps, Tim Sers Jr., Billy Whittaker, Chuck Bower and Chad Phelps completed the top ten.
More than thirty SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pits Saturday night as it took three heats and a consi to set the feature starting field.
Tim Gareau would lead the opening lap of the 25-lap feature before Kevin Root flexed his muscle taking the lead on lap 2 and started to pull away.
With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower, Root bolted out to a half-a-straightaway lead, while the racing behind him was bumper-to-bumper and side-by-side between, Ryan Amell, Gareau, Tony Finch II and Tyler Meeks.
At the 10-lap mark, Root was running the best race of his early career, as he was alone a straightaway ahead of the still tight battle between Amell, Finch, Meeks, Gareau and Corey Barker.
Root was up to a three-second lead over the field with 10 laps to go, as he looked to be heading to the big win. Point leader Finch, worked his way into second by that point, followed by Meeks, Amell and Barker.
On lap 18 disaster struck for Kevin Root. Root was in his own zip code out front with no challengers near when something broke on his car ending his fantastic run in turn two.
After Root broke, Finch would inherent the lead. Over the last laps Finch was the class of the field even with cautions to tighten the field up. It was Tony Finch II second win of the year and strengthened his point lead. Ron Davis III, Corey Barker, Todd Root and Mike Button chased Finch across the line.
The NAPA Late Models ran a pair of highly competitive 20-lap features. In the holdover July 11 feature, Sean Beardsley grabbed the win. In the July 18 feature, Chris Fleming grabbed his first ever win in his rookie season.
The E&V Energy Novice Sportsman split their features due to the amount of cars entered. The winners were (July 11) Dorian Wahdan and Amy Holland. (July 18) Amy Holland and Nick Cinquanti.
The Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders also ran a pair of 15 lap features. Jim Money won the holdover July 11 and July 18 mains.
On July 25, the Sportsman will take center stage with the $1,000-to-win FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance. Not only will the winner walk away with the top-prize but also earn a guaranteed spot for the lucrative Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50 during the 30th Annual Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200 Weekend October 2-3.
The Alliance Sportsman race will not be handicapped but will be a draw for heats. All drivers will be awarded show up points. The feature will be a redraw. The number of drivers in the redraw will be determined by the number of heat races.
Also on the July 25 race card on Tracey Road Equipment Night will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
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