FULTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) – Changes within a race team, sometimes pay off, other times it backfires. Just recently Larry Wight and his Gypsum Express race team switched to a Troyer chassis.
After a few runs to figure the car out, that change has paid off. The last time the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifeds ran at the Brewerton Speedway on August 9, Wight grabbed a win in one of two 35 lap features run. Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway Wight was the class of the field parking his new Troyer in victory lane once again.
Other winners on Saturday were, Kyle Fink, career first in the SUNY Canton Sportsman, Dale Caswell, Fifth straight in the NAPA Late Models, Gary Hoppins, sixth of the year in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Kyle Young, second in his rookie year in the Four Cylinder Stocks.
Chuck Bower would grab the lead at the start of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature and set the early, quick pace as he outran Katelyn Kane from the front row.
With 5 laps complete, Bower led by a few car lengths as Jim Witko and Ryan Phelps tried to close the gap. Matt Hulsizer and Dale Planck showed in the top-five in fourth and fifth.
On lap 8, Phelps moved into second and started rapidly closing on Bower. Just 2 laps later on lap 10, Phelps powered his way around Bower to be scored the new leader of the race.
A yellow would wave on lap 13 when Chad Phelps suddenly slowed showing smoke. Phelps would head to the pits ending his night.
On the restart, Larry Wight would shoot into second spot and draw right in on Phelps. By time Phelps and Wight got back to the start finish line, Wight bolted into the lead on lap 14.
At the halfway point lap 18, Wight still showed the way as Phelps, Bower, last week’s winner Tom Sears Jr. and points leader Pat Ward fought for second through fifth. On lap 19, Bower moved into the runner-up spot and took off after Wight.
With 10 laps to go Wight lengthened his lead as he quickly caught back markers. Bower, Phelps, Ward and Sears showed in the top-five on the scoring tower.
When flagger Ricky Breed showed the field the 5 laps to go sign, Wight was on rails as he opened a three-second lead on the field. Bower ran alone in second as Phelps, Billy Decker, Ward, and Chris Hile slugged it out for position.
Over the remaining laps Wight blew the field away being the first under the checkers by over a straightaway. Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Pat Ward and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five.
After parking his potent, Gypsum Express/ Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA Auto Parts/Stadium International Trucks/Industrial Tire Of CNY/ L J L Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/ Troyer/ in victory lane Wight talked about his dominating win.
“It was definitely a big change we made going to the Troyer and we went with the Penske Shocks. We wanted to go in a different direction to get an advantage and it showed.”
Wight then talked about taking the lead from Ryan Phelps, “I knew the bottom had so much bite, no matter how much bite was up on the top, it was getting to far out. As long as I could hug the tires (on the bottom) and get the bite coming off, out could out drag race anybody coming of.”
“I smartened up and understand that you can’t run the top the entire race with the tire lasting,” Wight talking about how his driving style has changed as he has gotten more experience. “Everything we have been going through with different cars, different racing with all the knowledge we are finally able to put it all together and benefit off it.”
About the switch to Troyer. “Billy Colton (owner of Troyer Race Cars) and everyone at Troyer is extremely helpful. We have been able to take everything they have given us, and be able to put our own input into it. We’ve got a really good car right now.”
In the green to checker 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman Feature, Joe Kline would lead the opening 3 laps before Jason Occhino using the top of the speedway would take over on lap 4.
At the halfway point, Occhino was on rails out front building up a big lead on the field. Behind Occhino, Kyle Fink, Kline, Gregg Kimball and Jim Spano were in a tight fight for second through fifth.
With 5 laps to go, Occhino was still showing the way running the top. At this point, Fink was hugging the inside cutting Occhino’s lead in half. Kimball was right there with fink in third, point leader Beth Schneider and Spano showed in the top-five.
With two laps to go, Fink made staying on the bottom of speedway pay off as he was able to catch and pass Occhino and then go onto his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman feature win. Gregg Kimball, Jason Occhino, Beth Schneider and Jim Spano rounded out the top-five.
“Dominance,” that is the only word to describe Dale Caswell in the NAPA Late Models as he won his fifth straight 20 lap feature Saturday night.
Harry Halliday would led the opening two laps before the improving Brandon Ford would led from lap 3 to lap 10. Using the inside of the speedway though the corners, Caswell took the lead on lap 11. Once out front Alan Fink was able to stay with Caswell but could get no closer than a couple car lengths. Ronnie Davis III in only his third ever Late Model start finished third, followed by Rick Miller and Brandon Ford to round out the top-five. Not only was it Caswell’s fifth straight win, he is now the all-time feature winner in the class with 12 victories.
In the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice feature, Hilary ward would lead the opening lap. Then going down the back straight something appeared to break on the car sending her hard into the outside wall collecting Kyle Kiehn and Taylor Lamb. Kiehn would continue with Lamb suffering heavy damage ending his night.
When the green came back out, point leader Gary Hoppins would pass 12 cars in one lap moving into to second place behind leader Brandon Kuhn. On lap 5, Hoppins would drive into the lead. Most people in attendance figured Hoppins would runaway and hide. Kuhn had other ideas and would throw everything he had at Hoppins. On the last lap Kuhn pulled even with Hoppins a couple of times, but Hoppins was a little too strong beating Kuhn by just 0.559 of a second at the checkers. 14 year old high school student Amy Holland finished third, followed by Wade Chrisman and Brett Draper.
Someone forgot to tell Kyle Young that your rookie season was suppose to be a year of learning and taking your lumps. In the 15 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature, Young outran two of the best in the class, Chuck Powelczyk who has over 60 wins at the Brewerton Speedway alone and defending champion and current points leader Skip DeGroff. For Young it was his second career win. David DeNova and Justin Buske rounded out the top-five. Jeff Herbert, Eric Zirbel, Justin Pope, Colby Herzog and Keith Zirbel completed the top-ten
Coming this Saturday, August 24th Burkes Do-It-Best Home Centers presents the second to last race of the 2013 points season. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Four Cylinder Stocks. Thanks to the Pit Stop Convenience Stores, the NAPA Late Models will be running a special 50 lap event. The format will be announced in the coming days.
Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger is FREE. Pit admission will be $25 Members/$30 Non-Members.
Any questions you might have about the remainder of the season or the 28th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend (October 4-5), please contact Cory Reed at (315) 593-6531 or [email protected] . Keep up with track updates throughout the season at www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Dale Planck, Tom Sears Jr., Joe August Jr., Jim Witko, Bob Henry, Rob Bellinger, Matt Hulsizer, Dan Vauter, Tom Kinsella, Roy Bresnahan, Jason Rood, Tim Schneider Jr., Tye-Scott Rood, Katelyn Kane, Roy Shields, Tim Harris, Steve Hulsizer, Tim Sears Jr., Chad Phelps.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – KYLE FINK, Gregg Kimball, Jason Occhino, Beth Schneider Jim Spano, Chris Hulszier, Rocco Leone, Joe Kline, Corey Barker, Ronnie Davis III, Jordan Bennett, Tony Finch II, Brandon Ford, Scott Ford, Dan Keyes, Greg Mrzywka, Matthew Parkhurst, Nick Krause, Kris Van Norstrand, Rocky Grosso, Bailey Groves, Nick Webb.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – DALE CASWELL, Alan Fink, Ronnie Davis III, Rick Miller, Brandon Ford, Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Harry Halliday, Dave Talbot, Shayne Tenace, Steve Coit, Alan Chapman, Aron Backus, Rob Mason.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – GARY HOPPINS, Brandon Kuhn, Amy Holland, Wade Chrisman, Brett Draper, Kyle Kiehn, Jason Caldwell, James Carlson, Ricky Yelle, Glenn Weaver, Trevor Lindsey, Joey Buonagurio, Hilary Ward, Brent Sawyer, Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert, Nick Rupert.
(FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – KYLE YOUNG, Chuck Powelczyk, Skip DeGroff, David DeNova, Justin Buske, Jeff Herbert, Eric Zirbel, Justin Pope, Colby Herzog, Keith Zirbel, Dan Dupra, Mark Johnston.