FULTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) -The Fulton Speedway opened the 2013 season with a flurry. Larry Wight out ran teammate Billy Decker for a popular Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win, while two other features were decided with last a lap pass and a win by .006 of a second.
Other winners on Ferris Industries Night were, Jordan Bennett, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Sean Beardsley, NAPA Late Models, Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Skip Degroff, Four Cylinder Stocks.
Larry Wight and Tim Sears Jr. brought the field down to the green for the first Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature of the year, with Wight grabbing the early advantage.
On lap 3, Sears blasted around Wight using the top of the speedway. Sears lead was short lived as Wight was able to drive back by one lap later and was able to buildup a half a straightaway lead by lap 5.
With 10 laps showing on the lap counter, Wight was on rails bolting to a full straightaway advantage over Sears who ran alone in second. Behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Joe August Jr. and Matt Hulsizer raced for third through fifth.
On lap 15, Wight was like a man on mission showing more than a straightaway lead still running the outside. Sears, Hile, Billy Decker and August showed in the top-five just before August slowed and went pit-side with mechanical problems.
When the green came back out, Decker went from fourth to second in one move as he set his sights on the high flying Wight.
At the halfway point, Wight and Decker would run nose to tail and side by side on different points of the speedway as the pair took off from the rest of the field. Sears, Ryan Phelps and Robbie Bellinger showed in the top-five.
On lap 20, Wight was able to open a ten car length advantage over Decker as back markers loomed ahead that would play a part in the race.
With the scoring tower showing 10 laps remaining, Wight and Decker ran within two-three cars of each other on the top as the track was getting wider and wider. Phelps, Sears and Bellinger still fought for top-five positions.
Over the remaining laps Decker would throw everything he had at Wight, even taking the lead on the back straight in heavy traffic with 3 laps to go. Wight didn’t flinch as he held his line and outdistance Decker to the checkers. Ryan Phelps, Robbie Bellinger and Tim Sears Jr. finished third through fifth.
Wight talked about his win after parking his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/Stadium International Trucks/NAPA Auto Parts/Integra Racing Shocks/ LJLKevlar Racing Engines / No.99L/ Bicknell in victory lane.
” I knew we were good enough on the top that he wasn’t going to get us. It was just the lapped traffic that was hurting us a little bit,” Wight said when Billy Decker briefly got by him with 3 laps to go.”Towards the end of the race we were starting to lose fuel pressure and it started stumbling on me, we were lucky to make it to the end.”
“I thought the bottom might of been a little faster because the top was so far up. Timmer (Tim Sears) got by me, luckily he pushed the nose and I was able to get back by him. I knew we had a good enough car to hold everyone off.”
Cornwall, Ontario invader Shane Pecore jumped out to the early lead in the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature over a stout opening day field.
On lap 5, Pecore opened a 10 car length advantage over the field as Jordan Bennett, Rocco Leone and Ron Davis III gave chase with Earl Rudy running fifth.
At the halfway point, Pecore still showed the way, but Bennett erased the lead Pecore built up as he now started reeling in the leader. Leone, Davis and Scott Ford showed in the top-five.
With 5 laps to go Pecore and Bennett ran nose to tail and side by side setting up a shootout to the checkers. Over the remaining laps, Pecore would run the bottom to the middle groove while Bennett ran the top of the speedway. Exiting turn-four coming down for the final lap, Bennett, the defending track champion was able to blast by Pecore to grab the lead and go onto the win over Pecore. Rocco Leone, Ron Davis III and Beth Schneider who came from deep in the pack finished third through fifth.
In the words of ESPN, “instant Classic.” that’s exactly what the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature was. Dale Caswell, Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink and Rick Miller put on a battle royal as all four drivers ran in a tight pack the majority of the distance putting the winner in doubt till the checkers. On the final lap exiting turn four, Beardsley was able to draw even with leader Caswell setting up a drag race to the finish that saw Beardsley win by .006 of a second over Caswell. Alan Fink, Rick Miller and AJ Kingsley rounded out the top-five.
Defending track champion Gary Hoppins was able to grab the win in the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature over former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle.
Skip DeGroff and Jerry Herbert battled nose to tail and side by side almost the entire Four Cylinder Stock 15 lap feature. At the checkers DeGroff, the defending track champion picked up the narrow win over Herbert. Mark Johnston, Keith Zirbel and Colby Herzog rounded out the top-five.
This coming Saturday, May 11th 105.1 The WOLF/WOSW 1300 presents the popular Girl Scouts Night. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mod Lites.
Gates will open at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs old and younger admitted FREE to the grandstand.
Any questions you might have about the new racing season, please contact Cory Reed at [email protected] or call (315) 593-6531
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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps, Robbie Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr.,Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Dan Vauter, Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Chuck Bower, Adam Roberts, Chad Phelps, Johnny Hill, Jim Witko Jr., Katelyn Kane, Tim Schneider, Joe August Jr., Dale Planck.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – JORDAN BENNETT, Shane Pecore, Rocco Leone, Ron Davis III, Beth Schneider, Jim Spano, Scott Ford, Tom Juhl, Kyle Fink, Tony Finch II, Earl Rudy, Joe Kline, Jason Occhino, Tom Cook, Dave Emmons, Corey Barker, Brandon Ford, Matt Emmons, George Dyer, Greg Mrzywka, Greg Kimball, Mark Davison, Brandon Walters, Chris Hulsizer.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – SEAN BEARDSLEY, Dale Caswell, Alan Fink, Rick Miller, AJ Kingsley, Laslow Hollyfeld, Dave Talbot, Steve Coit, Alan Chapman, Dustin Hanlon, Rich Riggs Jr.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – GARY HOPPINS, Ricky Yelle, , Nick Rupert, Kyle Kiehn, , Jeremy Dygert, Hilary Ward.
(FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – SKIP DEGROFF, Jerry Herbert, Mark Johnston, Keith Zirbel, Colby Herzog, Eric M Zirbel, John West, Justin Buske, Aron Backus, Marrisa Atkinson, James Pullen.