Redemption For Chad Phelps With Fulton Speedway Victory

Chad Phelps

Chad Phelps in victory lane

FULTON, NY – Chad Phelps has had a start to the 2015 season he would rather forget. Mechanical gremlins bit Phelps at every turn until Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

Chad Phelps
Chad Phelps in victory lane

In the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature it all came together for Phelps. Phelps took advantage of a lap 20 restart when he was able to drive under and by defending Track Champion Larry Wight for the lead.

Once out front, Phelps was able to outdistance the field putting his HAUN Welding Supply/Ashley Lynn Winery/Twin Tech Auto & RV/D&S Landscaping Of CNY/No.X in victory lane

Other winners on K-Rock night were, Corey Barker, SUNY Canton Sportsman/Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models/ Amy Holland, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/ Skip DeGroff, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders and Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.

Rob Bellinger and Matt Fink would swap the lead back and forth on the opening two-laps before Larry Wight drove by both of them to take lead on lap 3 to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.

With 10 laps complete, Wight drove out to a half a straightaway lead over Chad Phelps, while Bellinger, Fink and Joe August Jr. we’re in a tight battle for third through fifth.

By lap 15 Wight still maintained his advantage over Phelps as he started to catch the back of the field. Bellinger, Fink and August still showed on the scoring tower.

A quick yellow would wave on lap 20 erasing the lapped cars Wight built up between himself and Phelps. On the restart Phelps dug deep on the bottom off turn-two was able to shoot by Wight to be scored the new leader.

With 10 laps to go Phelps was on rails opening a 15-car length advantage still running the bottom over Wight who ran the top side. Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps from deep in the field worked their way to third and fourth with Bellinger still showing in the top-five.

On lap 31 Jimmy Phelps moved into second and set his sights on Chad Phelps for a shot at the win. Chad Phelps was not to be denied as he was the first under the checkers over Jimmy Phelps by .958 at the finish. Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps and Billy Decker finished third through fifth.

Corey Barker would jump out to the early lead in the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, while the battles behind him were bumper to bumper and side by side fighting for position.

With 10 laps complete, Barker still led running the extreme bottom. Ron Davis III who didn’t even know if he was going to be able to race after exploding an engine Friday night chased Barker running the top groove. Jeremy Dygert, Mike Button from 14th and Jordan Bennett showed in the top five.

At the halfway point Barker held a ten car advantage over Davis, with Dygert, Button and Bennett still battling in the top five.

On lap 17 Davis saw his strong run come to an end as he headed pit side.

The yellow would wave on Lap-18 erasing the lead Barker had setting up a 7-lap dash to the checkers. When the green came back out Barker hit his marks on every lap going under the checkers by 1.8 over Jordan Bennett. Billy Clark Jr. who started 16th finished third. Todd Root who started in the last row after a heat race wreck was fourth and Mike Button fifth.

Eighteen NAPA Late Models signed in the pits Saturday night setting up a competitive feature after the heats.

Late Model rookie Chris Fleming would jump to the early lead in the 20-lap feature opening a few car advantage while Johnny Hill, Dale Caswell, rookie Jason Occhino and Aron backus raced behind Fleming.

While Fleming and Hill ran the bottom, Caswell went to the top driving by them both to be scored the new leader on lap 9.

Over the last half of the race Caswell took off winning by 3.5 seconds over last week’s winner Alan Fink. Johnny Hill, Jason Occhino and Chris Fleming finished second through fifth.

In the highly competitive 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Amy Holland would take advantage of a late restart to get by two early leaders Mike Stanton Jr. and Ryan Hatherill to go on to the popular victory. Ryan Hatherill, Kelly Smith, Mike Stanton Jr. and Zach Sobotka would round out the top five.

Skip DeGroff and Tim Dunn would have a bumper to bumper and side by side late in their 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder feature. It came right down to the checkers for DeGroff to pick up the narrow win.

Joe Isabell would take the lead from race long leader Jim Bogett at the halfway point of the 15-lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite feature. Once out front Isabell went onto the win. Between Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway, Isabell is undefeated in 2015. Jeff Sykes, Jim Bogett, Lowell Zehr and Dan Williams chased Isabell across the line.

May 16 will be a big night at the Fulton Speedway with a full night of racing and King’s Spring Smashdown Small Car and Youth Demo Derbies plus World Famous Boat Race.

On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/NAPA Late Models/E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.

After all the racing the crunching of metal will begin with the $1,000 to-win 4 Cylinder & 6 Cylinder Demo Derby. To keep the excitement going there will be a Youth Demo Derby plus the World Famous Boat race to end a great night of entertainment.

If you would like to be part of the Demos or Boat Races go to www.fultonspeedway.com you will see a link at the top of the page that will take you to the registrations.

Gates will open on May 16 at 5 p.m. with all the excitement to begin at 7 p.m.

Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at [email protected] (315) 593-6531.