By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – On a picture perfect weather day, a large contingent of fans and race cars opened the gates for the first time to kick off the 2012 season at the Fulton Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Around 50 race teams hit the high banks to see if their winter’s worth of work paid off in the two hour test and tune session, with over 15-360 Sprint Cars in anticipation for this Saturday’s Patriot Sprint Tour “Methanol Meltdown” presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers.
Chuck Hebing, Bryan Howland and local favorite Shawn Donath, all said they wanted to get a jump on what expects to be a huge field of Sprint Cars on Saturday being the first 360 race of the season in New York State and for our neighbors to the north in Ontario.
Jared Zimbardi, Defending Patriot Sprint Tour Champion will lead the rest of the PST regulars as they try to bring home the top-prize against all comers from other touring series.
To add to the excitement, Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified driver Larry Wight will be strapping himself into a methanol breathing beast. In 2011 at the Fulton Speedway, Wight, against the Empire Super Sprints brought home at top-five finish in his first ever time in a Sprint Car.
When asked about his top-five finish in his maiden voyage in 2011Wight said “I was surprised how similar it drove like my Modified.” That gives him high hopes coming into to this Saturday’s Methanol Melt Down.
“We have bought our own car and will be doing about 15 races this season in the Sprint Car,” Wight said when his Modified schedule permits. The car goes to Atomic Sign works this week to be wrapped in Gypsum Express colors.
Led by Defending Fulton Speedway Track Champion Jeremy Pitcher, the SUNY Canton Sportsman and the always exciting NAPA Late Models will be on the race card. Right out of the box they will be racing for a qualifying spot in their division’s part of the Sunoco Ethanol Plant Outlaw 200 Weekend.
Any Modified that wants to come practice Saturday you will have a time on the speedway.
Gates will open on Saturday, April 14 at 2 with racing to start at 4. Grandstand admission will be $16 for adults with everyone 18 years old and younger admitted FREE to the grandstands. Pit admission will be $27 for participants, $30 for non-participants.
Any questions about the upcoming season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at [email protected] for all your questions.
Keep up with the tracks throughout the season by visiting www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway.