FULTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) – What a season it has been for King Ferry, NY driver Mike Mahaney, as he has wins at other speedways he’s not a regular at, an RoC Tour win and now he can add a win at his Saturday night home the Fulton Speedway.
Mahaney, took the lead on lap 8, then from there would survive caution periods, and then hold off former track champions Tom Sears Jr. and Billy Decker for his second ever Tracey Road Equipment 35 lap Big Block Modified win at the speedway.
Other winners on NAPA/Capital Home Improvements Night were, Jordan Bennett, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Larry Wight, NAPA Late Models, Kyle Fink E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Keith Zirbel, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks and Mike Mullen, Mod Lites.
Jim Witko Jr. outgunned Shane Donath and the rest of the field to gain the early advantage in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifed feature.
A yellow on lap 3 would see Billy Decker head to the pits. Decker would return and would become a factor later in the race.
On the restart, Chuck Bower would be quick on the accelerator as he would go from fourth to be scored the new leader on lap 4.
The caution would come out once again on lap 7, when second place running Witko, suddenly slowed and pulled to the infield.
Like Bower, Mike Mahaney took advantage of the restart as he was able to bolt by Bower and take the top-spot on lap 8. Tim Sears Jr. followed Mahaney to move into second.
Sears run in the second spot was short lived as he spun in turn one and two sending him to the back of the field.
With 15 laps showing on the tower, Mahaney was quick out front running the top of the speedway as Tom Sears Jr. tried keeping pace. Pat Ward, Roy Bresnahan and Bower were having a close fight for third through fifth.
By lap 20, Mahaney was still on cruise control running the cushion with Sears running the same lane as Sears was looking for anyway to cut into Mahaney’s lead. Ward,Bresnahan, Bower and Billy Decker ran in a tight pack for third through sixth.
A final quick yellow would fly with 10 laps to go to tighten up the field for a dash to the finish.
When the green came back out, Decker would let it all hang out as he went from sixth to third and was now a contender for the win after starting from the rear after his early trip to the pits.
Over the remaining laps Mahaney was a man on a mission, as he wasn’t to be denied, as he was the first under the checkers over Tom Sears Jr. and Billy Decker. Pat Ward and Chuck Bower rounded out the top-five.
“The top side of this race track was good tonight, awesome turnaround from last week. The surface was great , I got to thank everybody for prepping the track,” Mahaney said about the new clay after exiting his Shop Crane/ Northern Biodiesel/ Beyea Racing Headers/ No.33/ Troyer.
“It’s just been knowledge and experience, we’re getting better every time we race,” said Mahaney why this has been a breakout year for him so far in the 2012 season.
“I went to school for this over the winter, and learned a ton about shocks and suspensions. I’ve got to thank RACE 101 for everything they taught me. I’m having a blast this year, it’s such an awesome turnaround from last year. I’m having so much fun.”
Jason Occhino would lead the opening 5 laps of the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman before he spun out in turns one and two handing the lead over to point leader Jordan Bennett.
Once in the lead, Bennett would off stiff challenges from Tony Finch II, and then late in the race he would hold off veterans Jim Spano and Tom Juhl for his second win of the year. Jeremy Pitcher and Beth Schneider would finish fourth and fifth at the checkers.
Larry Wight took the lead from AJ Kingsley on lap 12 of the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature and would never look back picking up his fifth win of the year. AJ Kingsley, Sean Beardsley, Tim Sears Jr. and Joe Hall finished second through fifth.
Kyle Fink was the class of the field in the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. Fink took the lead from Brandon Ford on lap 3 and was never headed the rest of the way. Chris Hulsizer, Brandon Ford, Bailey Groves and Brian Harber chased Fink across the line.
In the wild and highly competitive Mod Lite feature, Mike Mullen picked up the narrow win over Joe Isabell, Paul Klager, Gary Jeffries and Rick Demo.
Keith Zirbel jumped back into his own car this week, and the move paid off as he picked up the victory in the 15 lap Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stock feature. Mark Johnston, Jerry Herbert, Adam Guilds and David Baker chased Zirbel across the line.
The Fulton would like to thank all the people who participated in the highly successful Jr. Fan Club Bike giveaway Saturday. A lot of smiles were seen by both the kids who got bikes, and the race teams who brought their cars down to the front straight with their bikes to present to the kids.
Participating Race Teams – Gypsum Racing/Andrew Ferguson Race Team/ Joe August Race Team/ Bailey Groves Race Team/ Shayne Tenace-Rick Miller Race Team/ Hilary Ward Race Team/ Chris Hile Race Team/ Bob & Jordan Bennett Race Team/ Corey Barker Race Team/ Scott Ford Race Team/ Ron Davis III Race Team/ Derek Warren Race Team/ Tony Finch II Race Team/ Tim Sears Jr. Race Team/ Eric M Zirbel Race Team/ Track Flagman Steve Rickett/ Marketing Director Cory Reed/ Guys In The Tower – Bill Foley, Adam Buchanan, John Tiff, Jerry Brooks, Dave Medler, Ross Spilman.
This coming Saturday, July 14, is one of the most popular nights of the season as Fleet Pride and Syracuse.com present Family Autograph Night. It will be your chance to come down trackside and get up close to the cars and meet your favorite drivers.
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.
Gates will open Saturday at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger admitted FREE to the grandstand.
Any questions about the season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at [email protected] for all your questions.
Keep up with the tracks throughout the season by visiting www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway