FULTON, NY – Tim Sears Jr. who usually runs the high side of the speedway switched up his game plan Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway finding the quick way around running the bottom.
In the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature after a spirited battle with his uncle Tom Sears Jr., Tim Sears took the lead with 10 laps to go and from there went on to the popular win on the Fulton “High Banks.”
Other winners on Ferris Mowers Family Autograph Night were, Corey Barker, SUNY Canton Sportsman, AJ Kingsley, NAPA Late Models, John Cunningham, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, Wade Chrisman, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Matt Hulsizer led the opening 8 laps of the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature. During those 8 laps Hulsizer felt constant pressure from Chad Phelps and Tom Sears, Jr. with Sears taking the lead running the top on the ninth lap. After grabbing the lead Sears bolted out to a ten-car advantage.
With 15 laps showing on the lap counter, Sears running on rails up top opened a full straightaway lead as he looked to run away and hide. Behind Sears, Tim Sears Jr., Hulsizer, Phelps and Billy Decker were locked into a nose-to-tail and side-by-side fight for position.
One lap later, lap 16, Phelps and Decker locked bumpers in turn two bringing out the yellow. Decker drove away and Phelps returned after a trip to the pits on the lead lap.
At the halfway point, Tom Sears and Tim Sears were putting on a show for the fans running the top and bottom of the speedway. That wasn’t the only tight race going on. Hulsizer, Ryan Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Jim Witko, Tim Currier and Larry Wight were using every inch of the “High Banks” changing positions.
After working on Tom Sears lap after lap working the bottom, Tim Sears Jr. was able to shoot by and into the lead with 10 laps to go. Once in the lead Sears was not to be denied as he was first under the checkers over Tom Sears.
Behind the top-two, Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps were having a battle royal of their own between the top-two in points that saw Phelps grab a narrow third with Wight fourth, setting up what could be an intense fight for the track championship all season long. Ryan Phelps came home fifth, followed by Rob Bellinger, Tim Currier, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer and Jim Witko to complete the top-ten.
“This is awesome,” said a tired but smiling Tim Sears, Jr. after piloting his Mullen Industrial Handling Corp. / Pit Stop Convenience Stores/ AJ Enterprise/No.83x to victory lane.
“We didn’t start up front either. Usually when the track is like this I’m on the top. This year we got our car going really good. I got to thank LJL Kevlar Racing Engines, this thing is awesome.”
In the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Nick Webb led the opening 8 laps running the top of the speedway. While Webb led, Corey Barker was coming running the very bottom catching Webb. On lap 8 Barker drove into the lead and would bolt away winning by over three seconds at the finish. Chris Hulsizer drove an impressive race coming home second followed by former track champion Jeremy Pitcher, current track champion Beth Schneider and another former champion Jordan Bennett to round out the top-five.
AJ Kingsley served notice he was going to be a contender for wins every week in 2014 as he won his second straight NAPA Late Model Feature. The win was anything but easy for Kingsley as he had to hold off a furious late race challenge from Tim Sears, Jr. winning by a slim 00.161 of a second at the checkers. Rick Miller, Johnny Hill and Alan Fink finished third through fifth. Brandon Ford, Bret Belden, Dave Talbot, Scott Ford and Aron Backus completed the top-ten.
In the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature Mike Taylor lead the opening two laps before Brenton Joy took over the top spot. Joy looked like he might be headed to victory till he suddenly slowed on lap 11. When the green came back out Wade Chrisman drove away for the 3.5 seconds margin of victory at the checkers. Trevor Lindsey, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Defreitas and Ricky Yelle chased Chrisman across the line.
In the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, John Cunningham won his second straight feature.
Chuck Powelczyk took the lead on lap 4 of the 15 lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder feature and looked to be heading to the easy win. On the last lap, last corner, Powelczyk suddenly slowed with a broken axle allowing Colby Herzog to catch him as they banged fenders coming across the line with Powelczyk grabbing the narrow win. Behind the top-two were, Skip DeGroff, Mark Johnston and Shayne Ray.
This coming Saturday, May 31 Ehrlich Pest Control presents a night of fast, family affordable fun. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders plus One-On-One Spectator Races.
Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission will be $27.
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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – (83X) TIM SEARS Jr., (62s) Tom Sears Jr., (99J) Jimmy Phelps, (99L) Larry Wight, (3) Ryan Phelps, ((8R)Rob Bellinger, (10c) Tim Currier, (42p) Pat Ward, (55) Matt Hulsizer, (24) Jim Witko Jr., (99B) Chuck Bower, (91) Billy Decker, (5H) Chris Hile, (02) Roy Bresnahan, (15) Matt Fink, (X) Chad Phelps, (88) Joe August Jr., (18J) Chris Mackey, (7G) Brad Godshalk, (3E) Tim Schneider Jr., (2K) Katelyn Kane, (11) Kyle Fink, (63) Adam Roberts.
(POWER SEAL $50 LUCKY FEATURE DRAW) – Joe August Jr.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – (31)COREY BARKER, (88)Chris Hulsizer, (14) Jeremy Pitcher, (1s) Beth Schneider, (06)Jordan Bennett, (99) Billy Clark Jr, (112) James Carlson, (18) Brandon Ford, (32R) Ron Davis III, (59) Gregg Kimball, (16) Earl Rudy, (80x) Mike Button, (87) Rocco Leone, (79) Rocky Warner, (JVS1) Jim Spano, (0) Tony Finch II, (33) Jason Occhino, (96) George Dyer, (15) Todd Root, (24K) Nick Krause, (19J) Joe Kline, (8) Alan Fink, (22J) Jeremy Dygert, (27W) Nick Webb -DQ
(POWER SEAL $50 LUCKY FEATURE DRAW) – Corey Barker.
(DNQ) – Matt Parkhurst, Dan Keyes, Ross Vleck, Jeff Hunter, Tim Murphy.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – (9K) AJ Kingsley, (83x) Tim Sears Jr., (33x) Rick Miller, (160) Johnny Hill, (28*) Alan Fink, (76) Brandon Ford, (81) Bret Belden, (10T) Dave Talbot, (24) Scott Ford, (95) Aron Backus, (12x) Steve Coit.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – (00w) Wade Chrisman, (121x) Trevor Lindsey, (06) Joe Buonagurio, (8) Mike Defreitas, (52) Ricky Yelle, (2) Mike Taylor, (96) Jason Dyer, (2K) Kyle Kiehn, (06w) Dorian Wahdon, (18J) Brenton Joy, (9) Brett Draper, (10) Taylor Jackson.
(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS 12 LAPS) – (J27) John Cunningham, (27) Gordy Button.
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – (17) CHUCK POWELCZYK, (3) Colby Herzog, (6) Skip DeGroff, (2k) Mark Johnston, (77s) Shayne Ray, (106) Keith Zirbel, (21) Justin Buske, (74L) Jeremy Lueck, (17D) Dan Dupra, (30) Sam Carista, (531) Kyle Young, (00) Kevin Dupra, (9E) Adam Smith, (18) Lorraine Powelczyk, (23) Johnny McCloud.