Lightning Strikes Twice As Wight Sweeps Modifieds, Sprint Cars At Fulton Speedway

FULTON, NY – Larry Wight out of Altmar is always a top contender when he straps into a Big Block Modified or Sprint Car. What Wight did Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway is not seen very often, winning in both divisions on the same night. That’s exactly what Wight did by putting both of his cars in victory lane.

Wight Sweeps Modifieds, Sprint Cars
Wight Sweeps Modifieds, Sprint Cars

In the 25-lap Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main, Wight went hammer-down on the cushion going from third to the lead on lap 22 passing race-long leaders Sammy Reakes IV and Steve Poirier and then outran Shawn Donath to the checkers.

The Tracey Road Equipment Modified 35-lap feature saw Larry Wight start deep in the field from the 18th spot. Wight had his Teo Pro Car working everywhere on the speedway picking off cars. Without the aid of a caution period he took the lead from Billy Whittaker on lap 28. Once out front Wight out-distanced Danny Johnson for the win.

Other winners on A-Verdi Storage Containers, Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions night were, Mike Button (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Sean Beardsley (NAPA Late Models) Mike Stanton Jr. (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman).

Tim Schneider Jr. would lead the opening couple circuits of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before Billy Whittaker took over the top spot from his fourth starting spot.

With 10 laps complete Whittaker had built up a full straightaway lead over the field.  Behind the leader, Chuck Bower and Schneider ran side-by-side for second and Ryan Phelps and Pat Ward raced in the top five.

With the scoring tower showing 15 laps complete and no caution periods Whittaker still maintained his lead as Bower, Schneider, Phelps, Ward and now Larry Wight from 18th chased the leader while racing for position.

On lap 20 Whittaker started to see his lead shrink as Bower, Ward, Schneider, Phelps and Wight not only raced for position but started closing in on the leader.

As the final laps started to click off, Wight went from third to the lead in a power move exiting turn-four to get around Ward and Whittaker to be scored the new leader on lap 28.

On lap 29 the only yellow of the feature would give the top-runners one last shot at Wight for the win. When the green came back out it looked like Wight was shot out of a cannon as he took off and pulled away for the win. Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Pat Ward and Chuck Bower chased Wight across the line. Jimmy Phelps, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps and Joe August Jr. finished sixth through tenth.

The 25-lap Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main was entertaining with great racing from the front of the field to the back. At the front, local favorite Sam Reakes IV and Quebec’s Steve Poirier swapped the lead back and forth many times with Reakes using the extreme bottom and Poirier on the top against the cushion.

When it looked like Reakes would finally be able to put some distance between himself and Poirier for the win, the yellow would wave on lap 19. On the restart for the dash to the checkers Larry Wight would lineup fourth for the restart.  When the green came back out Poirier went back to the top of the speedway to blast by Reakes on lap 21. After making the pass for the lead Poirier left the top that he ran the majority of the race in favor of the bottom groove. With both Poirier and Reakes on the bottom this left the door wide open on the top for Wight. In one powerful move exiting turn-four Wight blasted by both and into the lead on lap 22. Over the last three laps Wight outran the field for the victory. Shawn Donath, Sammy Reakes IV, Chuck Hebing from 22nd and Bryan Howland finished second through fifth.

Mike Button would take the lead from Will Shields to set the early pace in the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature.

At the 10 lap mark Button held around a ten-car advantage while the racing behind him was two and three wide showing Tony Finch II, Jordan Bennett, Will Shields, Tyler Meeks putting on a show for second through sixth.

At the halfway mark Button was still showing the way, opening up some distance between himself and Finch and Bennett who were having a race of their own for second and third.

On lap 14 Finch found a burst of speed as he reeled in Button and started throwing everything he had at the veteran. Disaster almost struck on lap 17 when a back marker spun right in front of the top-two. Quick reactions by Button and Finch avoided contact.

On the restart Button took off with Finch trying to stay with him. In the end Button was too strong and went onto the victory. Tony Finch II, Jordan Bennett, Tyler Meeks and Ron Davis III finished second through fifth.

In victory lane Mike Button was very emotional dedicating his win and remembering his father Jon Button who passed away in January of this year.

In the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature Sean Beardsley would take the lead away from rookie Jason Occhino on lap 3. Once in the lead Beardsley had to deal with pressure from Occhino until a yellow on lap 18 and lap 19. On the green-white-checker finish Beardsley had to hold off two other division rookies in Kevan Cook and then Chris Fleming to pick up his first win of the year.

Up until Saturday night Mike Stanton Jr. had come close to winning his first ever E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature only to see it slip away. In the 15-Lap feature Stanton took the lead at the drop of the green and led every lap for his first ever Fulton Speedway win. Zach Sobotka, Amy Holland, Tyler Trump and Jason Amidon finished second through fifth.

On June 13 Oswego County Today & Omni Services presents a night of Family affordable fun racing action. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders plus Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pits are $27 participant/$30 non-participant. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

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