FULTON, NY – After Larry Wight’s spectacular run at the Fulton Speedway on June 6 when he parked his Big Block Modified and 360 Sprint Car in victory lane, the question was, would he have a letdown on Saturday night? The answer was “No.”
In Saturday’s 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature, Wight started his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA/Penske Racing Shocks/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/Teo Pro Car from the 17th starting spot. With only one caution period the entire race on lap 1, Wight was able to run down race leader Chad Phelps from a straightaway behind. Then on Lap-28 Wight would drive by Phelps and then he outran teammate Billy Decker for his second win in a row and third overall this season at the speedway.
Other winners on Omni Services, Oswego County Today.Com Night were, Corey Barker (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Kevan Cook (NAPA Late Models) Mike Stanton Jr. (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Tim Dunn (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders) Rob Whipple & Jim Hillmire (Upstate Vintage Stock Car Club).
In the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature Tim Schneider Jr. would lead the opening nine laps before Chad Phelps would drive by Schneider and into the lead after working on Schneider for a few laps. Behind Phelps and Schneider, Rob Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan and Adam Roberts raced for third through fifth.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Phelps opened up a comfortable lead over Bellinger. Behind the top two, two of the division heavy-hitters, Larry Wight and Billy Decker worked their way from deep in the pack to run third and fourth with Schneider still showing in the top five.
At the halfway point Wight moved into the runner up spot, and then took off after the leader Phelps. Bellinger, Decker, Schneider and Danny Johnson battled for third through sixth.
With 10 laps to go, Wight chased down Phelps and cut his big lead down to just a few car lengths. Decker, Johnson and Bellinger were still in contention for the win or top finish.
On lap 28, Wight who had his car working anywhere on the speedway went to the bottom in turn one and drove by Phelps to be scored the new leader.
With five laps to go, Decker moved into second and set his sights on Wight for a dash to the checkers. For the second week in a row Wight was too strong as he was first under the checkers over Decker. Chad Phelps, Danny Johnson and Pat Ward finished third through fifth.
Thirty-three strong SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pit area. It took three heats and a consi to set the 24-car starting field for the 25-lap feature.
Earl Rudy would lead the opening lap before track rookie Will Shields took over the top spot setting the early pace that featured two, three, and at times four wide racing throughout the field.
With five laps in the books, Shields opened up over a one-second lead over Corey Barker who moved from his seventh starting spot to second. Rudy, Mike Phelps and Steve Abt used every inch of the speedway battling in the top five.
A quick yellow on lap eight would erase the two-second lead Shields had over Barker. Barker took advantage of the restart as he went to the top-side to drive into the lead on lap nine.
At the halfway point, Barker opened around a 10-car length advantage over Shields who ran alone in second. Behind Barker and Shields the racing was tight between Rudy, Gregg Kimball, Abt, point’s leader Tony Finch II and Jeremy Pitcher in a Steve Abt team car.
From lap 13 to the finish and no yellows to tighten the field up, Barker was the class of the field winning by almost three seconds at the finish. Will Shields, Earl Rudy, Tony Finch II and Billy Clark Jr. finished second through fifth.
The NAPA Late Models put on a hotly contested and entertaining 20-lap feature. Once again the rookies of the division would shine taking the win, second and fourth at the finish.
Jason Occhino would lead the opening three laps before Kevan Cook took over the top spot. Cook would lead the rest of the way. The win wasn’t easy as Cook had to hold off Chris Fleming, Alan Fink, Jason Occhino and Dave Talbot who chased Cook across the line.
Mike Stanton Jr. for the second week in a row took the win in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman main. Stanton took the lead on the opening lap and was never seriously challenged most of the distance. Jason Amidon, Zach Sobotka, Nick Ciwquanti and Tyler Trump came home second through fifth.
Tim Dunn and Colby Herzog put on a great race that had the winner in doubt until the finish in the 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive feature. The pair battled bumper to bumper and side by side almost the entire distance that saw Dunn grab the narrow win over Herzog. Skip DeGroff, Chris Bonoffski and Brian Evenden came home third through fifth.
Fourteen Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club cars signed in the pits for their yearly visit. In the feature Rob Whipple took the overall win (Modified) and Jim Hillmire took the Sportsman win.
On June 20, RFH’s Hideaway & Syracuse Haulers will present a night of exciting, family affordable,and racing fun. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman plus Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.
Adult grandstand admission will be $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.
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