FULTON, NY – The Fulton Speedway celebrated America’s independence on July 4th in a big way with ‘Wings & Warriors’ featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and night four of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Speedweek/A-Verdi Storage Containers Brewerton & Fulton 360 Sprint Car Series.
Twenty-Six Modifieds, 32 ESS 360 Sprint Cars, 28 Sportsman, 14 Late Models and 10 Novice Sportsman signed into the pits to entertain the the large crowd that gathered at the speedway.
The big winners on the night were, Tom Sears Jr. (Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds) Mike Button (SUNY Canton Sportsman) and Steve Poirier won his 50th career Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints A-Main. The NAPA Late Models and E&V Energy Novice Sportsman will run their features this coming Saturday, July 11.
Chris Hile in his new Troyer car jumped out to the lead, setting the early pace in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature as the rest of the the 26-car starting field scrambled behind him racing for early position.
With 5 laps complete, Hile opened a quarter-of-a-straightaway lead on the battle behind him where you could have thrown a blanket over Joe August Jr., Jim Witko, Tim Sears Jr. and Ryan Phelps as they fought for second through fifth just before a yellow for Jimmy Phelps who suffered a collapsed front end.
After working on Hile on lap 7, Tim Sears Jr. using the low line drove by Hile exiting turn four to be scored the new leader. Sears lead only lasted a lap as Hile fought back on the top-side to retake the lead.
With 15 laps complete Sears wrestled the lead back from Hile as Phelps was within striking distance in third. Behind the top-three, Witko, Tom Sears Jr. and Billy Decker who started 15th waged their own battle at the front of the field.
At the halfway point Sears, Hile and Phelps ran nose to tail and side by side at the front. Tom Sears, Witko, Decker and the fastest car on the track, Larry Wight from 18th were putting on an entertaining race of their own.
The yellow would wave on lap 19 when Danny Johnson slowed going pit-side. Johnson would return to the rear of the field.
On the restart Tom Sears went from fourth to second and started putting pressure on Tim Sears Jr.. On lap 22 Sears used the speed he found on the top to blast into the lead.
With 10 laps to go Sears built up the biggest lead of anyone during the feature as he was on cruise control out front. Decker, Sears, Phelps and Wight raced for second through fifth.
On lap 27 Wight got speed exiting turn four and pulled alongside Phelps going under the starting stand when Phelps and Wight made contact sending Wight around to bring out the yellow. Wight went pit-side and would return after quick repairs.
Over the remaining laps Decker threw everything he had at Tom Sears on the bottom of the speedway. Sears was able to use the top to his advantage to cruise to the win over Decker. Tim Sears Jr., Tim Schneider Jr. and Pat Ward finished third through fifth.
It took three heats and a consi to set the 24-car field for the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature.
Brett Draper would have the best run of his early career leading the opening 11 laps. On lap 12, having a tight battle with Ford, Draper would get out of shape from racing contact allowing Ford to take the lead and Ron Davis III drove by Draper into second. Draper would have to go to the pits.
After a quick yellow Mike Button who started 16th would shoot by Davis on the restart into the runner-up spot and went after Ford. After working on Ford, Button on the top drove into the lead on lap 19.
Once into the lead Button was never seriously challenged the remaining six-laps and went on to his second win of the year. Brandon Ford, Ron Davis III, Tony Finch II from the consi and Nick Krause would come home second through fifth.
Steve Poirier took advantage of the redraw that put him on the pole for the 25-lap Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Speedweek/A-Verdi Storage Containers Brewerton & Fulton Sprint Car Series. Poirier would lead every lap holding off Larry Wight for the first 17 laps and then Justin Barger the remaining laps for his 50th Empire Super Sprints win. Larry Wight, Shawn Donath and Paul Kinney finished third through fifth. Go to www.empiresupersprints.com for a full race report from ESS announcer Mike Mallett.
This Saturday, July 11, Steve’s Absolute Auto Care & Truck Accessories of Auburn, NY and TK99 present a night of fast, family, affordable fun. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites plus the holdover Late Model and Novice Sportsman features from July 4.
Adult grandstand admission is $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.
Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed [email protected] (315) 593-6531. For the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook.com www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway .