Hile Rockets His Way To Fulton Speedway Modified Victory Lane

FULTON, NY – The Hiles are known as one of the hardest working family teams in Modified racing. Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway all their hard work and late nights in their Syracuse race shop paid off as Chris Hile won his second career Fulton Speedway Big Block Modified feature.

Chris Hile took the lead on the opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature. Once in the lead, Hile was a rocket the entire distance as he was never seriously challenged by any of the speedway’s heavy hitters.

Other winners on the WOLF 105.1 New Country night were, AJ Kingsley, NAPA Late Models, Shannon Pitcher, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, John Cunningham, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, Chuck Powelczyk, and Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.

Tony Finch II won the SUNY Canton Sportsman feature. Finch and second place finisher Ron Davis III had their motors taken for inspection.

Hile took the lead from his third starting spot when front row starters Katelyn Kane and Adam Roberts made contact on the back straight sending Kane’s front end high in the air slamming back down on the track surface. When the field stacked up Rob Bellinger slid into the infield making hard contact with an implement tire. Kane and Bellinger both went to the pits and returned on the lead lap.

On lap 5 Hile had built up a half-a-straightaway lead while Roberts, Tim Currier, Chris Mackey and Billy Decker, who started sixteenth, ran in a tight pack. In turns three and four Mackey and Decker made contact with their front tires sending Mackey around. Behind the spinning Mackey the field stacked up in turn four collecting Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Tom Sears and Matt Hulsizer. Mackey, Ryan Phelps and Jimmy Phelps, who was second in points, saw their nights end in the pits.

With 10 laps complete, Hile again was a rocket on the top of the speedway building up a full straightaway lead on Roberts who ran alone in second. Behind the top-two Currier, Chuck Bower, Decker and Ward were in a tight battle for third through sixth.

On lap- 4 the yellow came out when Tom Sears lopped in turn two. At the same time points leader Larry Wight went pit-side after battling power steering problems.

By lap 20 Hile once again drove out to a straightaway lead as Bower, running second, looked for a way to close in. Decker, Ward and Roberts still showed in the top five.

With 10 laps to go Hile would run the top in one and two and entering turn three and then would dart to the bottom exiting turn four as he maintained his big lead. Bower still ran in second as Decker started to close in on him for the runnerup spot.

Over the final laps Chris Hile didn’t miss a beat as he drove away for his second career Fulton feature win. Decker came on late finishing second followed by Bower, Ward and Matt Roberts to round out the top five.

After greeting his family and fiancé Katelyn Kane in victory lane, Hile did the roof dance on his Lightning Management/Erine Kreis Heating Co./Scott Jeffery’s Performance/No.5H.  Hile talked about his popular win.

“It feels good. It’s really tough to get feature wins here and at Brewerton because the competition is so stiff,” Hile said with a huge smile still on his face. “It was defiantly a long 35 laps with the yellows early. I had kind of an unorthodox line through three and four searching around. As the laps wound down I could see the No. 91, No. 99 slide up the board and you don’t know where they are. You just try to hold on and find the fastest lane.”

Jeremy Dygert grabbed the early lead on the opening lap of the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before a yellow for an incident in turn four involving, Jason Occhino, Billy Clark Jr., Brandon Sweet and Gregg Kimball. All cars were able to join the back of the field. On the lap 2 restart points leader Beth Schneider headed to the pits for the night with fuel problems.

After another quick caution and restart Tony Finch II bolted from fourth place and into the lead on lap six.

With 10 laps complete, Finch hugging the bottom of the speedway opened a five car advantage as Dygert and Joe Kline fought for second and third with Kyle Kiehn and Corey Barker showing in the top five.

With 10 laps to go the race started to tighten up. Finch still ran the bottom as Dygert started to close using the top of the speedway. Kline, Kiehn and Barker still raced for third through fifth.

As the final laps clicked off Dygert continued to close is on Finch. On the final lap heading into three Dygert pulled alongside Finch on the top of the speedway, but in four Dygert slid up into the loose stuff allowing Finch to go onto the win. Ron Davis was able to get Dygert exiting four for second with Dygert holding on for third. Joe Kline and Kyle Kiehn finished fourth and fifth.

After the race Tony Finch II and Ron Davis III engines were taken for closer tech inspection. In the coming days check www.fultonspeedway.com for a statement on the tech results.

In the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model Shayne Tenace would lead the early going before spinning out on lap-three. This would hand the lead to Tim Sears Jr. Most in attendance thought with Sears in the lead, who had won seven features, the race was over. The only one who didn’t think that was AJ ‘The Mongoose’ Kingsley.

After dogging Sears for three laps, Kingsley used a power move on the top of the speedway to blast by Sears to be scored the new leader of the race. Once in the lead Kingsley flexed his muscle as Sears or nobody else challenged him the rest of the way for his fifth win of the year.  Tim Sears Jr., Sean Beardsley, Dave Talbot and Johnny Hill finished second through fifth.

Trevor Lindsey took the lead on lap 2 of the 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. Lindsey looked to run away and hide from the rest of the field. Shannon Pitcher moved into second but was almost a straightaway behind Lindsey. Pitcher ran a perfect race without the aid of any cautions and was able to run down, pass and go on to win the feature. Trevor Lindsey, Joel Hargrave, Haiden Burdick and Michael Defreitas finished second through fifth.

After a week’s absence from victory lane, John Cunningham dominated the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprint feature. Gordy Button, Doug Crews and Casey Williams finished behind Cunningham.

Chuck Powelczk backed up his 70th Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder win Friday at the Brewerton Speedway by easily winning Saturday night’s feature. On a lap 3 restart Powelczyk went from third to lead and never looked back the rest of the 15-lap distance. Skip DeGroff, Wendall Washington, Colby Herzog and Keith Zirbel chased Powelczyk across the line.

On August 16, Ingles Performance and VP Small Engine Fuels will present a night of fast, affordable, 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, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.

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

Any questions you might have contact Cory Reed [email protected] (315) 593-6531. For all the latest please go to the speedway website by visiting www.fultonspeedway.com

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