FULTON, NY – According to the “Rocket” Ryan Phelps the start of the 2014 season wasn’t up to his and his team standards. All that changed Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway for the popular driver as he went to victory lane in the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
Over the second half of the feature Phelps locked horns with Tom Sears Jr. in a battle that saw Phelps take the lead from Sears on lap-28. Once in the lead Phelps had to hold off repeated challenges from Sears to grab the narrow win.
Other winners on Ehrlich Pest Control Night were, Gregg Kimball-SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr. – NAPA Late Models, Wade Chrisman- E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Kelly Hebing – A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Justin Buske- Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
After a top-five finish Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway, Dan Vauter bolted out to the lead to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature. Vauter’s lead was short lived when Chad Phelps using the topside went from fourth and into the lead on lap-three.
With 10-Laps complete, Phelps opened around a quarter of a straightaway lead using the bottom, middle and top of the speedway around the “High Banks.” Vauter, Jim Witko, Chris Hile and Matt Hulsizer chased the leader just before a quick yellow for Tom Kinsella who spun.
Once the green came back out, Witko worked the bottom shooting into the top-spot on lap thirteen.
On lap-15, Witko still led but coming quick using the high-side was Tom Sears Jr. as he was quickly cutting in to Witko’s lead. Phelps, Vauter and Hile were having a battle of their own for third through fifth.
On Lap-17 the yellow would come out when Katelyn Kane who suffered heavy damage coming to a stop at the top of turn-three.
When green came back out Sears used a power move to drive into the lead before a three-car tangle on the front straight. Involved was Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker and Erick Rudolph.
The restart would show Sears, Witko, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps and Vauter on the scoring tower. Coming into the night Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps were tied for the points lead. Wight showed 9th and Phelps 13th.
With 20-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sears still led using the top as Ryan Phelps chased using the extreme inside. Hile, Vauter, Phelps, Witko and Wight used every inch of the speedway in a battle of their own.
After working on Sears lap after lap Phelps was finally able to snag the lead away on Lap-28. Over the last 7-Laps, Phelps and Sears ran nose to tail and side by side that saw Phelps pick up the narrow win. Larry Wight, Chris Hile and Dan Vauter rounded out the top-five.
After exiting his NAPA/Kinsella Quarries/Tracey Road Equipment/Big Red Towing/No.99/ a relieved and happy Ryan Phelps talked about his win.
“We needed this. We had everything go wrong in the beginning of the year. I think we’re about 30th in points at every track. We really got stuff together the last couple weeks, banging out a lot of top-five’s. My dad (Roger Phelps) told me a long time ago you keep getting top-five’s consistently you’re going to win one here and there and maybe get on a streak.”
“They don’t come any better than Tommy Sears,” Phelps said about his battle for the win with Sears. “He’s always raced me really clean. Normally these Hoosier tires when you run the outside they slow right down. It seemed like Tommy slowed down up there then he moved his line to the middle then all the sudden it was like oh crap he found new wind there in the middle. I was sweating it there for a little while. If I had a push or anything he was going to get me.” Phelps finished up by really thanking his sponsors and his crew who puts in so much hard work.
Thirty-one SUNY Canton Sportsman signed into the pits that took three heats and a consi to set the 24 car starting field. Two, three and even four wide racing took place during the 25-Lap feature.
Earl Rudy led the opening two-laps before Nick Krause took over the top spot on a lap-three restart.
With 10-Laps complete Krause held a few car length lead over Brandon Ford and Jordan Bennett. You could have thrown a blanket over Gregg Kimball, Tony Finch II, Earl Rudy, Jason Occhino and Corey Barker as they fought for position.
After battling with a tight pack of cars at the front of the field Kimball drove his way into second place on Lap-15 and drew right in on the leader Krause. On lap later Kimball took over the top-spot. Kimball had no time rest at the front, one lap later Tony Finch II took a narrow lead that lasted one lap when Kimball wrestled the lead back.
Over the remaining laps Kimball and Finch put on a show that saw Finch throw everything he had at Kimball. Kimball didn’t flinch or move off the bottom as he was first under the checkers ahead of Finch. Beth Schneider, Corey Barker and Nick Krause rounded out the top-five.
Tim Sears Jr. backed up his Friday night win at the Brewerton in the NAPA Late Models as he led every lap of the 20-Lap feature Saturday night. Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Johnny Hill and Rick Miller chased Sears across the line.
Brenton Joy led the opening six-laps of the 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature before Wade Chrisman took over the lead. Once out front nobody challenged Chrisman as he went on to his third win of the season. Joy, Trevor Lindsey, Mike Taylor and Ricky Yelle finished second through fifth.
Kelly Hebing made her first ever trip to the Fulton Speedway to race pay off in the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints. Hebing dominated the feature and related in victory lane it was her first ever 305 Sprint win. John Cunningham, Doug Crews and John Thayer chased Hebing across the line.
Once again the Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders put on an exciting 15-Lap feature that saw Justin Buske grab his second win of the year. Chuck Powelczyk, Jack Taskey, Colby Herzog and Keith Zirbel chased Buske across the line.
This coming Saturday, June 7, A-Verdi Storage Containers & Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions present the first big “Must See,” show of the year as round-one of the “Wings & Warriors” event will take place. If high horsepower and high speed action and passing this is the race for you. On the race card will be the methanol breathing, clay slinging sprint cars of the Patriot Sprint Tour plus the 800 Horsepower, ground pounding, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds. Throw in the SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models and E&V Energy Novice Sportsman it will make for fast paced, fun night of racing.
Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder Stocks will not be in Competition Saturday. A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints will also not be in competition but can compete with the Patriot Sprint Tour if he choose.
Gates will open Saturday at 5:00 with racing at 7:00.
Keep up with all the latest at the Fulton Speedway by visiting their website at www.fultonspeedway.com or like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway . Any questions you might have contact Cory Reed at [email protected] (315) 593-6531.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – (99) RYAN PHELPS, (62s) Tom Sears, (99L) Larry Wight, (5H) Chris Hile, (85) Dan Vauter, (8R) Rob Bellinger, (X) Chad Phelps, (24) Jim Witko, (99J) Jimmy Phelps, (99b) Chuck Bower, (42p) Pat Ward, (91) Billy Decker, (02) Roy Bresnahan, (55) Matt Hulsizer, (15) Matt Fink, (3) Tom Kinsella, (25) Erick Rudolph, (3cm) Chris Mackey, (10) Tim Currier, (63) Adam Roberts, (14) Brett Wright, (3E) Tim Schneider Jr., (83x) Tim Sears Jr., (2k) Katelyn Kane, (88) Joe August Jr.
($50 POWER SEAL LUCKY DRAW) – Ryan Phelps.
(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – (X) Chad Phelps, (55) Matt Hulsizer, (88) Joe August Jr.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – (59) GREGG KIMBALL, (0) Tony Finch II, (1s) Beth Schneider, (31) Corey Barker, (24K) Nick Krause, (80x) Mike Button, (32R) Ron Davis III, (33) Jason Occhino, (14) Jeremy Pitcher, (16) Earl Rudy, (99) Bill Clark, (38) Jason Parkhurst, (88) Chris Hulsizer, (25) Geoff Van Riper, (18) Brandon Ford, (27W) Nick Webb, (22J) Jeremy Dygert, (33x) Gary Hoppins, (112) James Carlson, (96) George Dyer, (06j) Jordan Bennett, (24s) Brandon Sweet, (JVS1) James Spano, (87) Rocco Leone.
($50 POWER SEAL LUCK DRAW) – Rocco Leone.
(DNQ) – (19J) Joe Kline, (15) Todd Root, (20) Dan Keyes, (2K) Kyle Kiehn, (3x) Jeff Hunter, (57H) Rocky Grosso, (21) Josh Blackell.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – (83x) TIM SEARS JR., (46) Sean Beardsley, (9k) AJ Kingsley, (160) Johnny Hill, (33x) Rick Miller, (12x) Steve Coit, (10T) Dave Talbot, (76) Brandon Ford, (24) Scott Ford.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – (00W) WADE CHRISMAN, (18J) Brenton Joy, (121x) Trevor Lindsey, (2) Mike Taylor, (52) Ricky Yelle, (9) Brett Draper, (06) Joey Buonagurio, (17) Steve Jones, (10) Taylor Jackson, (06w) Dorian Wahdon, (5) Amy Holland.
(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS 15 LAPS)- (10) KELLY HEBING, (J27) John Cunningham, (27D) Doug Crews, (99J) John Thayer.
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – (21) JUSTIN BUSKE, (17) Chuck Powelczyk, (531) Jack Taskey, (3) Colby Herzog, (106) Keith Zirbel, (9E) Adam Smith, (2K) Mark Johnston, (18) Lorraine Powelczyk, (6) Skip DeGroff, (3D) David Denova, (30) Sam Carista.