FULTON, NY (By Dave Medler) – Matt Hulsizer came into Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway just looking for a good finish. What he got was his first ever Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win in what the announcers were calling an “Instant Classic” after 35 hard fought laps.
With Hulsizer’s win, there have now been seven different winners in seven races run on the “High Banks” this season.
Hulsizer took the lead on the opening lap, but the story of the race was how held off some of the best in the business in Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Larry Wight and Chuck Bower who threw everything they had at Hulsizer right down to the checkers.
Other winners on Subway,Ingles Performance, Capital Home Improvement Night were, Tim Schneider, SUNY Canton Sportsman, A.J Kingsley NAPA Late Models, Brian Harbar, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Eric M Zirbel, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks. The Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club made a special appearance with Ray Preston, Rob Whipple and Bob Martell picking up wins.
Shane Donath and Matt Hulsizer paced the field down to the green with Hulsizer grabbing the early advantage in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.
With 5 laps complete, Hulsizer opened a half a straightaway lead over Jim Witko, as Ryan Phelps, Donath and Chuck Bower ran third through fifth.
A quick yellow would fly on lap 9 erasing the lead Hulsizer had built up. This would put the quick Ryan Phelps right there for the restart.
By lap 15, Hulsizer and Phelps would be in a two-car fight for the lead. Bower, Witko and Larry Wight were waging their own battle for top-five spots.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Hulsizer was still stuck to the cushion with Phelps in tow, but now Bower, Wight and Billy Decker started to close in on the top-two.
With 10 laps to go, Hulsizer, Phelps, Wight and Decker gained a four-car separation as they tried to settle it between themselves.
Over the remaining laps, the modified veterans would throw everything they had at Hulsizer with his limited big block experience, with Phelps even showing himself to the inside a couple of times. Hulsizer didn’t flinch as he hit his marks and was the first under the checkers. Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Larry Wight and Chuck Bower would round out the top-five. Roy Bresnahan, Chad Phelps, Tom Sears Jr., Jim Witko Jr. and Mike Mahaney would complete the top-ten.
“It feels awesome; we’ve been struggling the last few weeks. I have been waiting for this for a longtime,” said an tired but happy Matt Hulsizer after exiting his, MBH Racing, Thompson Road Tavern, No.55, Troyer in victory lane.
“I saw him (Ryan Phelps) there a couple times. I just wanted to get there on the top on that restart. I held it there as hard as I could to get back around. He ran me clean, it was a good race.”
In the green to checker 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Andrew Ferguson and Tim Schneider swapped the lead back and forth during the first half of the race before Schneider took over for good on lap 10. Once in the lead, Schneider out- distanced, Tom Juhl, Greg Kimball who recovered from a big wreck the week before, Andrew Ferguson and Bob Bennett.
A.J Kingsley found victory lane in the 15 lap NAPA LateModel feature. It was his first win since the 2010 season. Rick Miller, Mike Vaughn, Dave Talbot and Shayne Tenace finished second through fifth.
Fifteen cars took the green in the growing E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. Brian Harber picked up his first ever victory. Gary Hoppins, Dan Keyes, Nick Krause and Derek Warren finished second through fifth.
Eric M Zirbel outran Mark Johnston to win the Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stock feature. With his win Zirbel is now the points leader in the division.
The Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club made a stop at the Fulton Speedway Saturday. Ray Preston, Rob Whipple and Bob Martell took the wins in their class.
The Fulton Speedway will be off this Saturday, June 23 but will return the following weekend as K-Rock 100.9/106.5 and RFH’s Hideaway present a full night of action on the track and in the sky. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks. The night will be capped off with a huge holiday fireworks display.
Gates will open on June 30 at 5:00 with racing starting at 7:00.
Any questions about the season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at [email protected] for all your questions.
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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – MATT HULSIZER, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Chuck Bower, Roy Bresnahan, Chad Phelps, Tom Sears Jr., Jim Witko Jr., Mike Mahaney, Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Matt Fink, Shane Donath, Dan Vauter, Adam Roberts, Chris Hile, Mike Bowman, Tim Harris, Steve Hulsizer, Fran Hilton.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – TIM SCHNEIDER, Tom Juhl, Greg Kimball, Andrew Ferguson, Bob Bennett, Jim Spano, Jeremy Pitcher, Jordan Bennett, Joe Kline, Greg Mrzywka, Tony Finch II, Rocco Leone, Ben Wheeler, Beth Schneider, Ron Davis III, Earl Rudy, Matt Emmons, Richard Parkhurst, Scott Ford, Sean McCarthy, Katelyn Kane, Dave Emmons, Ricky Donavan, Jason Occhino, Justin Lindsey, Rob Humphreys.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 15 LAPS) – A.J KINGSLEY, Rick Miller, Mike Vaughn, Dave Talbot, Shayne Tenace, Rob Mason, Doug Gavette, Tim Sears Jr., Larry Wight.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – BRIAN HARBAR, Gary Hoppins, Dan Keyes, Nick Krause, Derek Warren, Brandon Ford, Bailey Groves, Joe Emmons, Hilary Ward, Kyle Fink, Thomas Cook, Corey Barker, Chris Hulsizer, Justin Crisafulli, Dustin Hanlon.
(PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – ERIC M ZIRBEL, Mark Johnston, Skip DeGroff , Colby Herzog, Dave Baker, Irene Skilinski, Keith Zirbel,.
(MIDSTATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB CLASS WINNERS) – RAY PRESTON, ROB WHIPPLE, BOB MARTELL.