FULTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) – When Robbie Bellinger decided to make the Fulton Speedway his Saturday night home, he knew it would have its ups and downs learning a new track with the tough competition in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.
Back on June 29, Bellinger was able to grab his first ever Fulton win, beating one of the best in the business, Billy Decker by less than one second at the finish. This past Saturday night, Bellinger took the lead from Tom Sears Jr. on lap 13 and once again had to hold off a furious challenge from Decker beating him at the finish by.099 of a second at the checkers.
Other winners on Tracey Road Equipment Night were, Corey Barker, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models, Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Kyle Young, Four Cylinder Stocks.
The 35 lap Modified feature got off to a rough start coming down to the green when the field stacked up sending some of the heavy hitters scrambling to the pits for quick repairs. Involved were Larry Wight, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower and Chad Phelps. All drivers would return.
When the field finally got the green flag, Katelyn Kane would led the opening three-laps before Matt Hulsizer shot into the lead using the top of the speedway on lap 4.
While the field was having two and three wide battles throughout the field, Tom Sears Jr. was able to muscle his way by Hulsizer exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on lap 7.
With 10 laps complete, Tom Sears Jr. held a narrow lead over Tim Sears Jr. Just a few car lengths behind the top-two, Hulsizer, Bellinger and Pat Ward showed in the top-five.
After a quick yellow on lap 11, it took Bellinger just two-laps to go from fourth spot and into the lead using the top of the speedway on lap 13.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bellinger and Tom Sears Jr. ran out front, but at this point the fastest car on track looked to be Billy Decker who came from the rear of the field and worked his way into third. Pat Ward and Hulsizer were still in contention running in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go Bellinger was still setting the pace out front, as Sears and Decker tried to close the gap in traffic setting up a shootout to the finish.
On lap 31, Decker moved into second and set his sights on Bellinger for the final push to the checkers. On the last lap Decker would pull even with Bellinger all around the speedway. As the pair exited turn four, Bellinger was on the top of speedway and Decker down low as the drag race was on to the checkers that saw Bellinger win by a slim .009 of a second at the finish. Tom Sears Jr., Pat Ward and Dale Planck would finish third through fifth.
“That was a heck of race,” said Robbie Bellinger after putting his Thompson Road Tavern/Black River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Company/No.8R/ Bicknell in victory lane. “I seen Billy (Decker) the last couple laps, just hoping we could hold him off.”
Bellinger then talked about the great restart he got that saw him go from fourth and into the lead in just two-laps. “Timmy (Sears Jr.) went to the bottom right quick and we were able to around him and Matt (Hulsizer) and then run down Tom (Sears Jr.) and pass him,” for the winning move on lap 13.
In the wild 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature 26 cars would take the green. Jordan Bennett would lead the first seven-laps before a caution would bunch up the field. On the restart, Matt Janczuk who started deep in the field would take the lead to be shown the new leader on lap 8. Once out front Janczuk appeared to be the class of the field outrunning Corey Barker to the checkers. When Janczuk went over the scales his car was light, giving the win to Barker. For Corey Barker it was his first career win in the division. Ron Davis III, Jordan Bennett, Gregg Kimball and Brandon Ford finished second through fifth.
Throughout most of the first half of the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature you could of thrown a blanket over the top-five cars. Shayne Tenace would lead the opening 8 laps before his teammate Rick Miller shot under him and into the lead. Miller’s lead would only last a couple laps before Dale Caswell would take over the top-spot. Once out front Caswell would run the top in turns one and two, then go to the middle to the bottom in three and four to drive away for his third straight win. Rick Miller, Alan Fink, Shayne Tenace and Sean Beardsley rounded out the top-five.
A season high 20 cars signed in the pits for the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman. In the 15 lap feature, Wade Chrisman would lead the opening lap before the improving Brett Draper took over the lead on lap 2. Draper would lead the next 4 laps before Kyle Kiehn powered by Draper to grab the top-spot. Kiehn was running his best race of the season as he looked to run away hide from the field. On lap 10 disaster struck for Kiehn when a slowing Hilary Ward crossed the track leaving the leader nowhere to go making hard contact with the Ward machine. Both cars were heavily damaged, both drivers were okay. When the race resumed, Jeremy Dygert would take control of the race and then go onto his fourth win of the season. Wade Chrisman, Gary Hoppins, Brett Draper and Ricky Yelle would finish second through fifth.
Not to be outdone by any of the other classes, the Four Cylinder Stocks put on a classic 15 lap feature at the front of the field. Chuck Powelczyk took the lead at the drop of the green and most figured the race was over. Someone forgot to tell that to Kyle Young and Justin Buske. Lap after lap the trio ran three wide and inches from each other till lap 9 when Kyle Young got by Powelczyk to be scored the new leader. Once out front, Young was not to be denied as he was the first under the checkers. Chuck Powelczyk, Justin Buske, Ray Herzog and Eric Zirbel come home second through fifth. For Kyle Young it was his first career win in his rookie season.
Frank Blanchard, John Caluso grab the wins in the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club Feature.
Next Saturday, August 10th at the Fulton Speedway Coca-Cola presents a family, fun night of racing entertainment. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mod Lites.
Have you ever wanted to challenge the Fulton “High Banks” Saturday night will be your chance with the One-On-One Spectator races. All you need is a registered and insured street vehicle, a valid driver’s license and a helmet to go racing.
Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pit admission will be $25 Members/ $30 Non-Members.
Any questions you might have about the season, please contact Cory Reed at (315) 593-6531 or [email protected]
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