FULTON, NY – If ever there was a time during the season you want to start grabbing wins, this time of the year you want to start hitting your stride with the point season winding down and the big money races on the horizon.
Just a couple weeks ago Jimmy Phelps out of Baldwinsville won the ‘Big Show 7’ 100-lap Modified Super DIRTcar Series race at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway Phelps put another race in the victory column dominating the Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature.
Jimmy Phelps started the 35-lap feature in the tenth starting spot and grabbed the lead on lap 4 from Chuck Bower. Once out front nobody seriously challenged Phelps as he won by over four seconds at the checkers.
Other winners on Ingles Performance and VP Small Engine Fuel Night were, Tony Finch II (Sportsman) Sean Beardsley (Late Model) Rich Riggs (Novice Sportsman) Chris Bonoffski (Four-Cylinder) Doug Williams (Mod Lites).
Tim Schneider Jr. would lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before a yellow involving Matt Fink, Billy Decker, Tim Kerr and Roy Shields. All cars continued except Kerr. Pat Ward went to the pits and returned.
On the restart Bower took to the lead and Jimmy Phelps bolted into second.
On lap 4 using the top side Phelps moved into the lead with a power move.
On lap 5 Phelps held a narrow lead over Bower and Ryan Phelps. Schneider and Billy Whittaker ran a distant fourth and fifth.
With 10 laps complete Phelps opened a 20-car length advantage over Bower and Phelps, Chad Phelps ran alone in fourth with Schneider fifth.
On lap 11 Jim Witko Jr. slowed to tighten up the field. Phelps, Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps, Schneider, Larry Wight, Billy Whittaker and Danny Johnson would occupy the top-five rows for the restart.
On the restart Larry Wight saw his strong run end when he slowed going pit-side with a broken drive shaft.
A quick yellow on lap 13 would once again slow the pace.
At lap 15 Phelps still set a quick pace at the front of the field. Bower, Ryan Phelps and Chad Phelps ran under a blanket for position with Chris Hile fifth.
With 10 laps to go Phelps opened a full straightaway lead. Bower, Ryan Phelps Chad Phelps and Billy Decker from a trip to the pits fought for top five spots.
With no yellows to tighten the field up over the remaining laps, Jimmy Phelps cruised to a more than four-second win. Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps and Tom Sears Jr. finished second through fifth.
Amy Holland and Bill Graves brought down the 24-car starting field to start the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature with Graves grabbing the early advantage. One lap later Holland, on the top of the speedway, blasted into the lead.
With 5 laps complete, Holland, a recent E&V Energy Novice Sportsman graduate held a narrow advantage over a hard-charging Nick Krause and Tim Gareau. Ron Davis III and Graves ran fourth and fifth.
On lap 9 Brandon Sweet spun alone in turn one to bring out the yellow to tighten the field up. The top five lined up with Holland, Krause, Gareau, Tony Finch II-Friday’s Brewerton winner, and Davis.
With 15 laps complete Holland still led but now had Krause and Finch all over her with Davis right there with the top three.
Will Shields spun on the exit of turn four with a flat and Brandon Sweet hit the back straight wall bringing out the yellow on lap 17 to slow the intense four-car battle at the front of the field.
On the restart Finch went to the bottom of the speedway to take the lead from Holland.
A caution on lap 24 would set up a green-white-checker finish. Once the field went back to green Finch took off and drove away from the field completing the weekend sweep of the Fulton and Brewerton SUNY Canton Sportsman features. Ron Davis III, Jeremy Dygert, Amy Holland and Mike Button finished second through fifth.
In the exciting 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature Aron Backus would lead the opening lap before Chris Fleming grabbed the top spot on lap two.
With 5 laps complete Fleming was dominating out front as Backus and Sean Beardsley fought for second and third with Brandon Carvey and AJ Kingsley showing in the top five.
At the halfway point and no yellows Fleming was a full straightaway ahead of Beardsley with Carvey, Kevan Cook and AJ Kingsley racing for third through fifth.
A quick caution on lap 11 would erase Fleming’s huge lead.
On lap 17 after hounding Fleming on the bottom of the speedway Beardsley would shoot into the lead. Over the last laps Beardsley drove away for the win. Bret Belden made a late charge to finish second followed by Kevan Cook, Chris Fleming and Brandon Ford.
Torrey Stoughtenger led the opening lap of the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature with Rich Riggs taking the lead one lap later.
A quick yellow on lap 9 would tighten the field up with Riggs still leading.
Over the remaining 6 laps with caution periods, Rich Riggs was the class of the field picking up his first ever feature win. Ryan Hatherill, Kyle Perry, Nick McGill and Jason Amidon finished second through fifth.
Doug Williams grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the 15-lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite feature and dominated until a yellow on lap 9 that would put Jeff Isabell Jr. on his back bumper for the restart.
On lap 11 Rick Demo took a nasty series of flips in turns three and four. Demo got out of the car and walked away. Demo also rolled in his heat race.
Over the final 3 laps Jeff Isabell Jr. threw everything he had at Doug Williams but Williams was too strong, picking up the win over Isabell. Joe Isabell, Jeff Sykes and Mike Mullen finished third through fifth.
Twenty Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders took the green for their 15-lap feature with Colby Herzog leading the opening lap before Chris Bonoffski took the lead away.
Bonoffski dominated until a yellow on lap 7 tightened the field up.
When the green came back out Bonoffski took off and out-distanced Jacobe Palmiter to the checkers for his first Fulton win of the year. Tim Dunn, Dakota Bechler and Ray Bechler finished third through fifth.
On August 29, Burkes Home Center presents a full night of racing. On the speedway will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders. After the racing get ready for sights and sounds of the Kings Smash ‘Em – Crash ‘Em Small Car & Youth Demo Derbies.
If you would like to participate in the demo derby go to www.fultonspeedway.com and click on the Demo Derby Night at Fulton on the top of the page for all the info you will need.
Adult grandstand admission for August 29 will be $15 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 at [email protected] (315) 593-6531. For all the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway