FULTON, NY – Larry Wight continued to be as hot as the weather Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds winning his third straight 35-lap feature.
Due to handicapping, Wight started 18th and quickly made his way to the front of the field moving into second spot by lap 9. Once in second, Wight battled leader Chuck Bower making the winning pass on lap 14. Once out front Wight bolted away from the pack winning by almost four seconds at the finish.
Other winners on Syracuse Haulers & RFH’s Hideaway night were, Steve Abt (SUNY Canton Sportsman) AJ Kingsley (NAPA Late Models) Andrew Wren (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Colby Herzog (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders) Joe Isabell (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites).
Jim Witko Jr. would lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment feature before a quick yellow would tighten the field up. On the restart Matt Hulsizer took advantage of the quick topside and bolted into the lead to set the early pace.
With 5 laps in the books Hulsizer was running quick laps on the cushion with Witko right in his tire tracks. Behind the top two the racing was tight between Chuck Bower, Adam Roberts, and Tim Sears Jr. from tenth, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps.
After another quick caution on lap 8, Bower would drive into the lead on the restart. Behind Bower, Larry Wight would go from 8th and into second place on lap 9.
Wight would chase down Bower and on lap 14 Wight switched to the bottom lane of the speedway to fly by Bower and into the lead.
With 15 laps complete Wight set a quick pace out front as Bower ran alone in second. Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr. and Danny Johnson raced for position.
Suddenly, on lap 16, Danny Johnson slowed and headed pit side. Johnson would return to the back of the field.
With 10 laps to go Wight was a rocket on the top of the speedway holding a straightaway lead over Bower. Tom Sears, Hulsizer and now Jim Phelps from 11th chased the top two.
Over the remaining laps, Wight appeared to get quicker even with lapped traffic, winning by 3.976 seconds at the checkers over Bower. Tom Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer and Jimmy Phelps finished third through fifth. Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker and Billy Whittaker completed the top ten.
Thirty SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pit area that took three heats and a consi to set the 24-car starting field.
When the field took the green for the 25-lap feature Mike Phelps took the early lead while the mad scramble was on behind Phelps.
With 5 laps complete Phelps opened a ten-car advantage as you could have thrown a blanket over Brett Draper, Steve Abt, Chris Cunningham, Jeremy Dygert and Jordan Bennett as they were locked in a race for second through fifth.
At the 10-lap mark, Phelps still set the pace out front as Abt, Draper, Cunningham and Billy Clark Jr. ran bumper to bumper and side by side for position.
At the halfway point, lap 13, Phelps went over the cushion in turn four as Abt drove by and into the lead. Draper, Clark and Cunningham still showed in the top five.
On lap 15 Phelps and Clark, running second and third, made contact that sent Phelps spinning. On the restart Clark took advantage of the quick top as he drove by Abt to be scored the new leader.
A yellow on lap 20 erased the lead Clark built up. Also under caution the call was made to put Clark back two spots when it was determined Clark jumped a previous restart handing the lead back to Abt.
Over the remaining laps Abt drove anything but like a dirt rookie, out-running Clark and Cunningham to the checkers for his first ever Sportsman victory. Riley Gill and Jeremy Dygert finished fourth and fifth.
AJ Kingsley who is one of the top talents in the NAPA Late Models has had a season coming into Saturday that hasn’t been up to his standards. AJ and his dad, Eric, have thrown everything they know into that car weekly trying to change their fortunes. Saturday night all that work paid off with a 20-lap feature win.
Kingsley would grab the lead from early leader Johnny Hill on lap 3 and was fast rim riding around the “High Banks.” Kingsley would have to hold off pressure from two-time feature winner Kevan Cook for his first win of the year. Sean Beardsley, Johnny Hill and Jason Occhino finished third through fifth.
In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature Mike Stanton Jr. and Andrew Wren put on a great battle for the win. Wren, a pure rookie in any racing, and Stanton who had won the last two features would swap the lead back and forth until Wren made the winning pass on lap 9 for his first-ever win. Brady Gill, Zach Sobotka and Amy Holland finished third through fifth.
After knocking on the door recently for a win, Colby Herzog kicked open the door for his first-ever 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinder victory. Until the closing couple of laps it looked like Herzog would have a runaway win. Ray Bechler chased down Herzog but ran out of laps to challenge Herzog. Skip DeGroff, Tim Dunn and Justin Buske chased the top two across the line.
The Pro Race Cars Mod Lites made an appearance at the speedway. Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway Joe Isabell won a pair of features and Saturday night was no different. Isabell took the lead on lap 3 of the 15-lap feature and never looked back, winning by more than a straightaway. Jim Bogett, Mike Mullen, Jeff Sykes and Justin Williams finished second through fifth.
On June 27, the Fulton Speedway will take the night off so graduates can spend time with family and friends with their accomplishments. The Fulton Speedway will return in a huge way on July 4 with fireworks on the track and in the sky.
On the race card will be the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Central NY Speedweek Race 4, Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds plus SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman with a fireworks display.
Adult grandstand admission on July 4 will be $20 with everyone 18 years old and younger free Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
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