By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – Everyone knew Tim Sears Jr. had talent because he had been very successful in the NAPA Late Models and SUNY Canton Sportsman, with a lot of wins and championships. Would that talent carry over in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds?
Saturday night, in just his fifth ever start at the speedway, Sears first battled former track champion and Uncle Tom Sears Jr.. Then he held off one of the best to ever wheel a big block modified, Billy Decker for his first ever, popular win.
With Sears’ win, there has yet to be a repeat winner in the Modifieds in the five features runs.
Other winners on Oswego County Today.Com/ Tucker Auto Night were, Jeremy Pitcher, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Jason Parkhurst, NAPA Late Models, Nick Krause, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Mark Johnston, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.
Dan Vauter out raced Tim Sears Jr. and the rest of the field to led the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature. Vauter lead lasted only one lap as Sears blasted around Vauter one lap later.
By lap 5, Sears was still setting the pace out front as Vauter, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps and Jim Witko Jr. gave chase.
On lap 10, Sears had a full straightaway lead, while Tom Sears, Vauter, Phelps and Witko raced each other for spots and tried to keep the leader in sight.
Chuck Bower brought out a quick yellow on lap 16 erasing the advantage Sears had built-up. This now put the veteran Tom Sears Jr. right next Tim Sears Jr. for the restart.
When the green came back out, Tom Sears was able to grab the lead on the bottom, with Vauter following him, putting Tim Sears back to third.
While Tom Sears was leading, on lap 19 Tim Sears was able to grab second from Vauter and line-up Tom Sears for another run at the lead. On lap 20, Tim Sears was on rails on the top of the speedway as he blasted back into the lead.
With 10 laps to go, both Sears’s would run nose to tail on the straights and side by side in the turns. To add to the excitement as the laps were running down Billy Decker was coming to make it a three-car battle for the win.
A yellow with 4 laps to go would put the two cagey veterans right with Sears for the run to the checkers. Did the yellow give Tim Sears Jr. too much time to think and make a mistake with less than a handful of laps to go.
When the green came back out, first Tom Sears then Billy Decker threw everything they had at the rookie; Tim Sears Jr. didn’t flinch as he was the first under the checkers for the very popular win. Billy Decker, Tom Sears Jr., Mike Mahaney and Larry Wight rounded out the top-five.
“When you see number 91 on the board it’s pretty nerve racking,” said Tim Sears Jr. about holding off Billy Decker over the final two-laps for his first ever Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win behind the wheel of his Mullen Industrial Handling, No.83x.
When asked about battling his Uncle Tom Sears Jr. lap after lap for the lead Sears said, “He’s just another guy racing on the track. It’s just racing; you don’t race anyone any different.
Sears also related in victory lane with a laugh that he got his win because there was a top-groove, because he’s still not very good yet at slowing a big block modified down.
In the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Jeremy Pitcher was able to shake off early season bad luck as he picked up the win. Ron Davis III, Matt Emmons, point leader Jordan Bennett and Tom Juhl rounded out the top-five.
Unexpectedly, Industrial Tire Of CNY stepped up once again for the Sportsman, as they put up a bonus of $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third if they were carrying Industrial Tire Of CNY sticker on their car.
Jason Parkhurst and Sean Beardsley put on a battle royal in the 15 lap NAPA Late Model feature that had the winner in doubt until the checkers. Parkhurst was able to pick up the win followed by Beardsley, Larry Wight, Rick Miller and Shayne Tenace.
In the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Nick Krause was able to use a lapped car as a pick to get around early leader Corey Baker on lap 7. Once in the lead Krause was able to hold off a hard charging Dan Keyes for his first ever win. Corey Barker, Brian Harber and Kyle Fink rounded out the top five.
Industrial Tire Of CNY gave $200 to the E&V Energy Sportsman Feature winner.
Mark Johnston took the lead from Skip DeGroff on lap 4 of the 15 lap Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stock feature. Once in the lead Johnston had to hold off the challenges from DeGroff for his first feature win of the year.
This coming Saturday June 9, Town Mechanical and The Effect Group will present a night of exciting racing on the Fulton “High Banks” featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks, Mod Lites and the always entertaining Lawn Mower Races.
Gates will open Saturday night at 5:00 with racing starting at 7:00. Adult grandstand admission is $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger will be admitted FREE to the grandstands.
Any questions about the season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at [email protected] for all your questions.
Keep up with the tracks throughout the season by visiting www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPNMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Billy Decker, Tom Sears Jr., Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Dan Vauter, Matt Fink, Pat Ward, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Adam Roberts, Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Shane Donath, Chris Hile, Todd Milton, Chad Phelps, Tim Harris, Fran Hilton, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August Jr..
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – JEREMY PITCHER, Ron Davis III, Matt Emmons, Jordan Bennett, Tom Juhl, Jim Spano, Rocky Warner, Tony Finch II, Dave Emmons, Beth Schneider, Andrew Ferguson, Katelyn Kane, Gregg Carner, Billy Clark, Scott Ford, Rocco Leone, Doug Cook, Bob Bennett, Tim Schneider, Matthew Parkhurst, Ricky Donavan, Joe Kline, Greg Kimball, Justin Lindsey, Sean McCarthy, Greg Mrzywka, Ben Wheeler.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 15 LAPS) – JASON PARKHURST, Sean Beardsley, Larry Wight, Rick Miller, Shayne Tenace, Steven Coit, Dave Talbot, Mike Vaughn, Tim Sears Jr., Lazlow Holyfield.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – NICK KRAUSE, Dan Keyes, Corey Barker, Brian Harber, Kyle Fink, Brandon Ford, Kris VanNorstrand, Bailey Groves, Gary Hoppins, Derek Warren, Mike Reilly, Thomas Cook.
(PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – MARK JOHNSTON, Skip DeGroff, Colby Herzog, Eric M Zirbel, Keith Zirbel, Chris Bonoffski, Matt Dawson.