FULTON, NY – Jimmy Phelps, one of the most popular drivers with the Fulton Speedway fans, returned to victory lane in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds Saturday night.
In the 35-lap Modified feature, Adam Roberts would lead the opening 9 laps holding off early challenges from Jimmy Phelps until lap 10 when Phelps would blast into the lead. Once out front Phelps was a rocket as he was never seriously challenged the rest of the distance outrunning point’s leader Billy Decker by almost two seconds at the finish.
Other winners on Steve’s Absolute Audio & Auto /TK99 night were Wade Chrisman (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Jason Occhino (NAPA Late Models) Amy Holland (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Jeff Isabell Jr. (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites)
Joe August Jr. lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before Adam Roberts took the top spot on lap 2 before a yellow for Chad Phelps. Phelps hit a yuke tire collapsing his front end.
With 5 laps complete Roberts still held the top spot as Jimmy Phelps was closing fast on the leader. Behind the top-two August, Billy Whittaker and Tim Schneider Jr. were just a few car lengths back, racing for third through fifth.
After a quick yellow on lap 89 Roberts, who saw Phelps underneath him a few times, switched lanes but that allowed Phelps to take advantage of the top to shoot into the lead on the restart.
With 15 laps complete Phelps opened an almost two-second lead. Behind Phelps you could have thrown a blanket over August, Roberts, Whittaker and Jim Witko Jr. as they were using every groove on the speedway looking for an advantage.
On lap 20 Phelps was on cruise control running out front. August ran alone in second with Roberts, Whittaker and now Ryan Phelps showing in the top five.
The yellow would wave on lap 21 erasing the big lead Phelps built up. On the restart Phelps once again took off from the rest of the field building his lead back up.
With 10 laps to go Phelps was still hammer down out front with no one close to challenging him for the top spot. Whittaker, Billy Decker from 15th starting spot, August and Phelps looked to be heading for top finishes.
Over the last 10 laps and no cautions to bunch the field up, Phelps easily cruised under the checkers first by almost two-seconds over Billy Decker. Billy Whittaker, Joe August Jr. and Chuck Bower finished third through fifth. Ryan Phelps, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr. and Tim Sears Jr. completed the top ten.
Tim Gareau would lead the opening 6 laps of the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Wade Chrisman drove into the lead on lap 7 just before a quick caution.
With 10 laps complete Chrisman was on rails out front running the top of the speedway as Joe Kline, Ron Davis III, Gareau and last week’s winner Mike Button gave chase.
With 15 laps complete showing on the scoring tower Chrisman was still rim riding opening up an over two-second lead. Davis and Kline were in a tight fight for second and third with Button and Jeremy Dygert in fourth and fifth.
On lap 17 disaster almost struck for Chrisman. Coming out of turn four another competitor suddenly slowed almost to a stop, forcing Chrisman to get hard on the brakes, barely avoiding the slow car.
Over the remaining laps Chrisman held off pressure from Davis and Kline without a mistake as he cruised under the checkers for his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman Win. Ron Davis III, Joe Kline, Mike Button and Brandon Sweet rounded out the top five.
In the July 4 holdover NAPA Late Model feature rookie Jason Occhino who came into the night with five top five finishes and sat fifth in the points. In the 20-lap feature Occhino would take the lead on lap 3 from Alan Fink and would never look back for his first ever Late Model victory. Even with cautions to tighten the field up nobody had anything for Occhino as he went under the checkers over two and half seconds ahead of second place Chris Fleming. Alan Fink, Kevan Cook and AJ Kingsley finished third through fifth.
In the holdover 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature Amy Holland took the lead from Zach Sobotka on lap 9 and then went on to her third win of the season. Being her third win in the division she must now move up to the SUNY Canton Sportsman. Mike Stanton Jr., Zach Sobotka, Jamie Cummings and Taylor Jackson finished third through fifth.
There was an incident in the Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders involving David DeNova and Justin Buske. Both drivers were talking to safety personnel and taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, for further evaluation.
A huge thank you goes out to Steve’s Absolute Audio & Auto who gave out $2,000 in prizes through the 50/50 drawing to different lucky fans.
On July 18 Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility will present a night of fast, family, affordable racing fun. 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 the July 11 holdover NAPA Late Model, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Adult grandstand admission on July 18 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.
Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at [email protected] (315) 593-6531. For all the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway