FULTON – Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway the 2014 season finally got under way as Mother Nature took a break. The wait was worth it as fans and competitors were treated to great racing on opening night.
In the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds there was no slowing down Larry Wight as he rode the top of the speedway to the win. Not even a late caution to bunch field up was going to stop Wight, as he won by almost two-seconds over Jimmy Phelps.
Other winners on Tracey Road Equipment Girl Scouts Night were, Greg Martin, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, Wade Chrisman, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Gordy Button, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk and Justin Buske won a pair of Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinder features.
Wight and new Fulton regular Tim Currier brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified field down to the green with Wight grabbing the early advantage in the 35-Lap feature.
With 5-Laps complete, Wight bolted out to a ten-car advantage as Jimmy Phelps and Currier were in a tight battle for second with Willy Decker and Billy Decker running in the top-five.
One lap later, Lap-6 the scariest incident of the night happened. While Billy Decker was racing in the top-five he had his throttle stick wide-open sending his Gypsum Express No.91 hard into the turn-three wall sending his car over. Decker was able to walk away but his car appeared to be a write off.
With 10-Laps showing on the lap counter Wight still ran the top of the speedway while Phelps tried the bottom, middle and top trying to find a way to cut into Wight’s lead that grew to almost a half-a-straightaway. Behind the top-two, Willy Decker, Currier, Tom Sears and Tim Sears Jr. we locked in a battle of their own.
At the halfway point, Lap-18, Wight was still on rails rim riding as he had put lapped cars between himself and Phelps with an almost full straightaway lead. Currier, Decker and now Rob Bellinger was starting to make his presence known in the top-five.
With 10-Laps to go, Wight showed no signs of slowing down as he still held onto his lead as Phelps still chased around 10-car lengths behind.
Just when it looked like Wight would cruise to the checkers a yellow came out to give the field one last shot at Wight. When the green flew for the two-lap shootout, Wight didn’t flinch as he drove away from the field for the win.
Jimmy Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Tim Currier and Pat Ward who started 19th completed he top-five.
After parking his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA/Syracuse Haulers/ Safety Kleen/Penske Racing Shocks/L J L Kevlar Racing Engines/Troyer/No.99L in victory lane Wight talked about his wire-to-wire win.
“We were getting through the lapped traffic pretty good and was hoping it would hold everyone else up, but it seemed like every time we’d get to it the yellow would come out and we’d have to restack,” Wight talking about how long the feature seemed to take while leading.
He also related he didn’t have much concern with the lapped traffic late knowing the drivers who were ahead of him and they held their lines.
“I was really nervous, I was waiting for someone to show their nose. Starting out on the pole it’s hard to know where the track is going because everyone is behind you. The car was real tight and real moody. Sometimes it would go into the turns fine, other times it would lose the right front and I’d have to catch it, but we didn’t see anyone else’s nose, so that was a good thing,” he said.
Wight related how good it felt to pick up the win with seemingly bad luck this season till tonight. He thinks they’re getting the Hoosier Tire figured out after racing on American Racers for so long.
New in 2014 in the SUNY Canton Sportsman is their features will now be 25-Laps instead of 20-Laps. Those five extra laps produced a wild finish for the fans.
Over the first 8-Laps Jason Occhino and Gregg Kimball were locked in a tight battle for the lead. While the race for the lead was going on E&V Energy Novice Sportsman graduate James Carlson went to the extreme outside groove picking off cars till he moved into second on the lap number nine.
From Lap-9 until Lap-12 Occhino and Carlson would run nose-to-tail and side-by-side until Carlson was able to be scored the new leader of the race.
With 10-Laps to go Carlson still lead as Occhino was able to keep pace with Carlson. Greg Martin, Jeremy Pitcher and Gregg Kimball showed in the top-five and still in contention.
A quick yellow with five to go would change the whole complexion of the race. When the green came back out, Martin moved into second as he set his sights on Carlson. Martin tossed everything he had at Carlson, but couldn’t take the lead until Carlson slipped above the groove exiting turn four coming down to the white flag allowing Martin to drive by for the win for the Ransomville Speedway regular.
Behind Martin on the last lap the wild finish was on that saw Tony Finch II grab second followed by Ron Davis III, James Carlson and early leader Jason Occhino rounded out the top-five.
Tim Sears Jr. made a return to the NAPA Late Models payoff as he led every lap of the 20-Lap feature. Alan Fink, Rick Miller and Shayne Tenace chased Sears across the line.
Kyle Kiehn led the first 13 laps of the 15-Lap E&V Energy Sportsman feature until a caution flag. On the restart Kiehn went into the turn-one a liitle to hard sliding up the track allowing Wade Chrisman to shoot by for the win.
Trevor Lindsey, Brett Joy and Joe Boumagurio finished third through fifth.
Gordy Button will be in the Fulton Speedway history books as the first ever winner of an A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprint feature. Button led every lap over John Cunningham, Doug Crews and John Thayer.
Chuck Powelczyk and Justin Buske picked up wins in the Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Please note next Saturday, May 17, start time of 6:45 on Syracuse Haulers Night. 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 Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.
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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Jimmy Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Tim Currier, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Willy Decker, Tom Sears Jr., Matt Fink, Chuck Bower, Jeff McGinnis (SB), Chad Phelps, Dan Vauter, Tom Kinsella, Chris Hile, Joe August Jr., Lance Willix (SB), Jason Rood, Roy Bresnahan, Katelyn Kane, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko, Billy Decker.
($50 PRO SEAL WINNER) – Tim Currier.
(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Willy Decker.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – GREG MARTIN, Tony Finch II, Ron Davis III, James Carlson, Jason Occhino, Jeremy Pitcher, Jordan Bennett, Gregg Kimball, Beth Schneider, Mike Button, Nick Krause, Chris Hulsizer, Jeremy Dygert, Joe Kline, Corey Barker, Earl Rudy, Brandon Ford, Todd Root, Gary Hoppins Jr., George Dyer, Rob Humphreys, Kyle Fink, Sean Beardsley, Jim Spano.
(POWER SEAL DASH FOR CASH)- Jason Occhino ($100) Gregg Kimball ($75) Jeremy Pitcher ($50) Sean Beardsley ($25) Greg Martin ($25) Jim Spano ($25)
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS Jr., Alan Fink, Rick Miller, Shayne Tenace, AJ Kingsley, Jason Knowles, Brian Knowles, Laslow Hollyfeld, Brandon Ford, Bret Belden, Scott Ford, Steven Coit, Tim Murphy.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – WADE CHRISMAN, Kyle Kiehn, Shannon Pitcher, Trevor Lindsey, Brett Draper, Brenton Joy, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Taylor, Darien Wahdan, Jeremy Dyer, Steven Jones, Brandon Chretien.
(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS 15 LAPS) – GORY BUTTON, John Cunningham, Doug Crews, John Thayer.
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR-CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – JUSTIN BUSKE, Chuck Powelczyk, Keith Zirbel, Sam Carista, Dan Dupra, Skip DeGroff, David DeNova, Mark Johnston.
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDER FROM APRIL 25) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Jeremy Luck, Dan Dupra, Colby Herzog.