Phelps Holds Off Hard-Charging Decker For Fulton Speedway Modified Win

FULTON, NY – Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway there were two big winners in the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds.

First was Chad Phelps. Phelps battled in the top-five all race long in the 35-Lap feature that had the winner in doubt until the checkers. Phelps made the winning pass on lap 28 getting by Matt Hulsizer who was strong leading 26 laps. Once in the lead Phelps had to hold off a hard charging Billy Decker for his fifth career win on the ‘High Banks.’

The second winner of the night was Decker. In his heat race Decker took a wild ride that had his car at least fifteen feet in the air, landing hard on the front and then ending up on his roof. Decker pulled out his back-up car and brought home a second place finish on a broken left-rear shock. With his finish, Decker goes into this Saturday night’s racing with a one point lead over teammate Larry Wight to decide the championship.

Other winners on Burke’s Do-It-Best- Home Centers night were, Gregg Kimball (Pending Engine Tech) SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, Haiden Burdick and Rylee Gill, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, John Cunningham, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders, Doug Williams and Jim Bogett, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.

Matt Hulsizer blasted from his outside front row starting spot to take early command of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.

On lap 6 Tom Sears Jr. looped in turn one that also involved Ryan Phelps and Chuck Bower. All three cars continued at the back of the field.

On the restart Chad Phelps charged from fourth to the second spot before another quick caution. When the green came back out there was a wild scramble that saw Chris Mackey dart from fourth to second as the field behind him raced hard for position through the pack.

With 10 laps complete Hulsizer held a ten car advantage while behind him Phelps, Mackey, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr. and Larry Wight were in a tight fight for second through sixth.

By lap 15 Hulsizer was on rails out front running the top of the speedway. Phelps, Bellinger, Sears and Billy Decker from last chased the leader.

With 20 laps showing on the lap counter Hulsizer still showed the way as Phelps and Bellinger started narrowing the gap Hulsizer had built up. Sears and Decker were still in the hunt a few car lengths back of the top three.

On lap 22 Bellinger moved into second and started bearing down on Hulsizer. Four laps later (lap 26) Bellinger caught and passed Hulsizer to be scored the new leader. Bellinger’s lead was short lived as he got a right rear flat before leading a complete lap.

On lap 28 Phelps was able to drive by Hulsizer using the bottom of the speedway to take the lead away.

Just when it looked like Chad Phelps would walk away from the field for the win the yellow flew on lap 31 when Hulsizer saw his great run end, coming to a stop on the speedway. The restart would put Decker on Phelps’ back bumper for the four-lap dash to the checkers.

When the green came back out Phelps was up to every challenge Decker tried to throw at him as he was first under the checkers ahead of Decker who raced on a broken left rear shock. Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Tim Sears Jr. finished third through fifth. Ryan Phelps, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Currier, Larry Wight and Chris Mackey completed the top ten.

“I’m worn out,” was the first thing Chad Phelps said after putting his Haun Welding Supply/Midstate Tree Service/ Ashley Lynn Winery/No.X in victory lane.

“It was a rough deal. The restarts were a little hairy but we had a good car. We have been working on some things, hats off to my guys and sponsors. I have to give this win to my aunt who was lost a couple weeks ago to a horrible disease. I dedicate this to her. I think she was with us.”

“It was tough, the best of the best are here, just look at the board (Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Tim Sears Jr. second through fifth).”We got some tough guys up there. It’s been a long hard road. We’re here and we’re going to remember this one and hopefully keep going.”

In the 25-Lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Jeremy Pitcher would set the early pace as he looked strong at the front of the field.

With battles all over the speedway, Pitcher held a narrow lead over Gregg Kimball. Behind the top two Taylor Lamb, Billy Clark Jr. and Wade Chrisman were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

After dogging Pitcher for a number of laps, Kimball darted under Pitcher exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on lap fifteen just before a quick caution.

Once in the lead nobody had anything for Kimball as he cruised under the checkers for his second win of the season. The battle for second on back was a tough one that saw Taylor Lamb, Rocky Warner, Corey Barker and Chris Hulsizer finish second through fifth. Wade Chrisman, Todd Root, Brandon Sweet, Jim Spano and David Rogers completed the top ten.

Gregg Kimball’s engine was taken to LJL Racing shop for inspection. Look for results of those tests on the Fulton Speedway website when they become available.

In the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature Shayne Tenace and Harry Halliday led the opening laps before Tim Sears Jr. took the top-spot on lap 4 with Sean Beardsley right on his back bumper setting up a battle between the two for the remaining laps.

On lap 7 Beardsley would work his way past Sears to be scored the new leader. After throwing everything he had at Beardsley, Sears would retake the lead on lap 14. Sears lead would last only one lap when Beardsley fought back to retake the top spot one lap later.

Beardsley kept up his quick pace holding back everything Sears threw at him until a yellow on lap 19 that set up a green-white-checker finish. On the final lap Beardsley held a slim lead heading into turns three and four when Sears threw his car hard to the bottom of the speedway sliding up just a ahead of Beardsley exiting turn four. Beardsley was able to pull even with Sears for the drag race to the finish that saw Sears hold on for the win by a mere .004 of a second at the checkers.

With 19 cars signed in the pits, the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman ran a pair of features. In the First feature Haiden Burdick took home his first ever win. The second feature saw Rylee Gill grab his second win of the year.

Jeff Isabell Jr. led the opening 11 laps of the 15-Lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite feature when a yellow waved on lap 12 putting Doug Williams who started 11th right with Isabell for a 3-lap shootout to the checkers. On the restart Williams who ran the top of the speedway most of the race used that line to take the lead on lap 13 and then outran Isabell to the checkers. Jim Bogett ran a strong third with a spec/stock engine, Joe Isabell and Justin Williams rounded out the top five.

Colby Herzog, Brian Evenden, Chuck Powelczyk and Tim Dunn put on a classic opening 11 laps of the 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder feature. On lap 12 Powelczyk took the lead for good winning his seventh feature of the year. Colby Herzog, Ray Bechler, Skip DeGroff and Jeremy Lueck chased the winner across the line.

John Cunningham won his seventh feature of the year in the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints.

On August 30, spend part of your Labor Day weekend with us as it’s the final night of the 2014 points season when we will crown our track champions. On the race card presented by Ingles Performance and VP Small Engines Fuel will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Modifieds, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders plus the Ladies Race.

Adult general admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pit admission is $27 Participant/$30 Non-Participant. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

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