FULTON, NY – Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway fans were greeted with great weather and close racing on the ‘High Banks’ that featured close racing, win streaks and first time winners.
In the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, Tom Sears Jr. took the lead from Chad Phelps on lap 20 and then had to hold off furious challenges from first Pat Ward and then Billy Decker to win his second popular feature of the year.
Other winners on Ehrlich Pest Control night were, Billy Clark Jr. (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Alan Fink (NAPA Late Models) Zach Sobotka (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Dakota Bechler (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Tim Schneider Jr. would lead the opening lap of the 35-Lap Modified feature by inches over Jim Witko Jr. before a yellow would wave on the second go-round involving two of the Fulton stars.
While racing hard for position Danny Johnson and Larry Wight would make contact causing severe damage to Wight’s car in what was called just racing contact. Wight wouldn’t return. Johnson would make a trip to the pits and would join the rear of the field.
When the green came back out Chad Phelps would dig down on the bottom of the speedway to drive by Schneider to be scored the new leader.
With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower Phelps held a five-car advantage over Tom Sears Jr.. Schneider and Pat Ward battled for third and fourth with Billy Whittaker showing in fifth.
On lap 15 Phelps held onto a lead of just over one second over Sears. Ward, Schneider and Whittaker still showed in the top five.
A yellow would wave on lap 19 that Phelps didn’t want to see when Ryan Phelps lost a rear tire in turn one.
On the restart Sears would take advantage as he drove by Phelps and into the top spot.
Point leader Billy Decker would come from his 13th starting spot to second on lap 23 and took off after Sears.
With 10 laps to go, Sears, Decker and Ward would put on a show with it coming down to a 5-lap shootout between Decker and Sears. Decker would use every groove on the speedway trying to find a way by Sears as they ran bumper to bumper and side by side. Sears didn’t flinch grabbing the narrow win. Pat Ward, Chad Phelps and Tim Sears Jr. would finish third through fifth.
In the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Steve Abt would lead the opening seven laps until he slid up the speedway allowing Jim Spano to drive by into the lead just before a quick caution would tighten the field up.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower the battle at the front was tight as you could have thrown a blanket over Spano, Corey Barker and Billy Clark Jr.. Just one lap later Clark, running the bottom, found the bite he needed to get by Spano to be scored the new leader.
On laps 20 and 21, Clark would see his ten-car length advantage disappear with a couple quick cautions setting up a four-lap dash to the checkers.
Over the final laps Clark on the bottom and Barker on the top side put on a show with Clark going onto the win. Spano came home second with Barker, Will Shields and Nick Krause rounding out the top five.
In the post-race weigh-in Spano was found light, negating his second place finish.
lan Fink would go to victory lane in the 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature. Fink would take the lead on lap 2 and never look back. The win was anything but easy as he had to hold off Dale Caswell for the popular win. Kevan Cook, Chris Fleming and Sean Beardsley would finish third through fifth.
Coming into Saturday night, Zach Sobotka kept knocking on the door to victory lane in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman with top-five finishes and steady improvement. Saturday Sobotka put it all together for his first-ever win. Sobotka would take the lead on Lap-4 and never look back, driving to victory lane. Ryan Hatherill, Tyler Trump, Dorian Wahdan and Nick Cinquanti would finish second through fifth.
Tim Dunn would grab the lead from Jerry Herbert on lap 7 of the 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinder feature. On most nights when Dunn takes the lead he goes to victory lane. Teenager Dakota Bechler would use a last lap pass running the top of the speedway to pick up the narrow win. For Bechler it was his second win in a row.
On August 8, Regional Truck and Trailer and McDonald’s Restaurants present a night of family affordable dirt track racing featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders plus the wild and crazy One-On-One Spectator races.
Ronald McDonald will be making a rare Upstate New York appearance with the Hamburglar to see all the fans and have a special meet and greet with the Jr. Fan Club.
Adult grandstand admission August 8 is $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free. Pit admission is $27 participant/$30 non-participant. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Any questions you might have contact Cory Reed at [email protected] (315) 593-6531. For all the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway