By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – Sometimes a new car is just what the Doctor ordered, for Ryan Phelps that holds true. In two starts at the Fulton Speedway with his new Bicknell, Phelps has a second place and now a trip to victory lane in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.
Phelps, who started twelfth in the 35 lap feature, steadily worked his way forward on the quick and multi-groove racing surface, getting by Chuck Bower at the halfway point for the lead. Once out front, Phelps held off a few challenges from Bower before pulling away for the three-second victory.
With his win Ryan Phelps now has a guaranteed starting spot for the prestigious $20,000-to-win Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 by SUNY Canton on Saturday, September 29.
Other winners on Parts Plus Night were, Jim Spano, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Sean Beardsley, NAPA Late Models, Kyle Fink, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Jeff Isabell Jr., Mod Lites and Matt Dawson, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.
Shane Donath and Jim Witko Jr. brought the 25 car Modified field down to the green with Donath out running the field to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap feature.
Matt Hulsizer went right to the top of the speedway at the drop of the green, and was able to bolt by Donath to be scored the new leader on lap 4.
On lap 10 with two-three wide racing throughout the pack, it looked like Chuck Bower was shot out of a cannon as he blasted by Hulsizer into the lead before a quick yellow slowed the action.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bower held a slight advantage over Hulsizer and Ryan Phelps as they fought nose to tail and side at the front of the field. Witko and Tim Sears Jr. showed in the top-five.
On lap 18 with his car working anywhere he put it, Phelps went from third to the lead when they hit the start, finish line.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Phelps and Bower ran bumper to bumper, with Hulsizer right there ready to pounce on any mistake by the top-two. Just behind the top-three, Witko, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Decker who started at the back of the field, were in their own battle for positions.
When the race hit the 10 laps to go point, Phelps held a two-car advantage over bower, Hulsizer ran alone in third. Decker, Witko, Pat Ward and Jimmy Phelps ran in a tight pack fighting for spots.
Over the remaining laps, Phelps car looked to get stronger as he was able to pull away from the field for the popular win. Chuck Bower, Matt Hulsizer, Billy Decker and Jim Witko Jr. rounded out the top-five.
“This car is working great. It stuck right to the middle of the track, it’s easy when it’s like that. I don’t know how many times we have been second here. A lot of times you finish, fourth, fifth, sixth, and you drive your butt off. When the car is that good (tonight) it’s not really that bad,” Ryan Phelps said after putting his Big Red Towing/ NAPA,/Tracey Road Equipment/Stadium International Trucks/Dave Miller Auto Body/Pizza Man Pub/Bombadils Tavern/ No.99/Bicknell in victory lane.
“One of my career goals is to win the Fulton 200 someday. You got to win a race at Fulton first. This is a step in the right direction.”
Greg Kimball led the opening 3 laps of the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Katelyn Kane took over the top spot with an outside pass on lap 4.
At the halfway point, lap 10, Kane held a three-car advantage over Kimball as Tim Schneider, Jason Occhino and Ron Davis III ran third through fifth.
On a lap 13 restart, Schneider bolted to second and took off after Kane. Schneider’s bid for the win suddenly came to an end on lap 16. While challenging Kane in turns one and two, Schneider’s car suddenly broke shooting to the outside stopping just inches from the wall.
When the green came back out Kane still held the lead, but she now had veteran Jim Spano to contend with. On lap 18, Kane slipped up the track in turn-two, and that allowed Spano to drive by into the lead before a yellow setup a two-lap dash for the cash.
Over the remaining two-laps , nobody had anything for Spano as he was able to drive away for the win. Katelyn Kane, Ron Davis III, Greg Kimball and Dave Emmons rounded out the top-five.
In the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature Sean Beardsley was the class of the field. Beardsley took the lead from Rick Miller on lap 3. Once in the lead, Beardsley waved goodbye to field for the win. Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Alan Fink and A.J Kingsley finished second through fifth.
Kyle Fink grabbed his third win of the season in the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. Fink took the lead on lap 5 from Bailey Groves. once in the lead Fink held off challenges for a few laps from Brandon Ford. In the end Fink was to strong as he was the first under the checkers. Gary Hoppins, Brandon Ford, Corey Barker and Brian Freese chased Fink across the line.
Jeff Isabell Jr. is on a hot streak in the Mod Lites. He has won two in a row at the Brewerton Speedway and can now add Fulton Speedway to his win list to make it three in a row. Isabell passed Joe Isbaell on lap 14 of the 15 lap feature. Justin Williams, Lowell Zehr and Mike Mullen came home third through fifth.
In the 15 lap Parts Plus Four Cylinder Super Stock feature, Matt Dawson beat Skip DeGroff by a couple feet at the finish in the exciting race. Jerry Herbert, Eric M Zirbel and Jon Shumway chased the top-two across the line.
Fulton Speedway will be back in action next Saturday August, 4th with a full night of racing action on the “High Banks”. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models and the Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks. The Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club will also be in action along with Racing Lawnmowers.
Gates will open Saturday, August 4th 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.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – RYAN PHELPS, Chuck Bower, Matt Hulsizer, Billy Decker, Jim Witko Jr., Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Matt Fink, Chad Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Dan Vauter, Tom Sears Jr.,Robbie Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, Steve Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Mike Ward, Dan Humes, Harry Murphy, Shane Donath, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Harris, Chad Homan, Brian Murphy.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – JIM SPANO, Katelyn Kane, Ron Davis III, Greg Kimball, Dave Emmons, Jordan Bennett, Greg Mrzywka, Jeremy Pitcher, Beth Schneider, Matt Emmons, Rocky Warner, Andrew Ferguson, Scott Ford, Tony Finch II, Bob Bennett, Rick Rogala, Joe Kline, Justin Crisafulli, Rocco Leone, Earl Rudy, Sean McCarthy, Kris VanNorstrand, Josh Livingston, Tommy Juhl, Tim Schneider, Jason Occhino, Bob Henry Jr..
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – SEAN BEARDSLEY, Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Alan Fink, A.J Kingsley, Rick Miller, Rob Mason, Steven Coit, Dave Talbot, Donnie Wetmore Sr..
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – KYLE FINK, Gary Hoppins, Brandon Ford, Corey Barker, Brian Freese, Bailey Groves, Brian Harber, Rocky Grosso, Taylor Lamb, Tom Cook, Chris Hulsizer, Hilary Ward.
(MOD LITES 15 LAPS) – JEFF ISABELL JR., Joe Isabell, Justin Williams, Lowell Zehr, Mike Mullen, Rick Demo, Rob Grzelka, Gary Jeffries, Sam Usborne, Gary Sampo, Les Baker, Kyle Demo.
(PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – MATT DAWSON, Skip DeGroff, Jerry Herbert, Eric M Zirbel, Jon Shumway, Mark Johnston, Irene Skillinski.