By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – The Fulton Speedway ended the month of July Saturday night in a big way. A huge crowd, fan favorite fan fest, first time winners and the night ended with a wild H2No Boat Race.
Feature winners on Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux and Flood Properties night were, Brett Draper, first career Fulton victory and Matt Janczuk (Sportsman) Chad Homan (Late Models) Buddy Leathley, first Fulton win (Novice Sportsman) Marc Minutolo (Hobby Stocks) Brandon Carvey (H2No Boat Race).
There was only one caution total in the two Sportsman features.
In the first 25-lap DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman feature Matt Richardson would lead the opening 5 laps before Joe Kline drove into the top-spot.
Kline would shoot out to a half-a-straightaway lead on lap 10 while behind him Kyle Devendorf, Dorian Wahdan, Matt Richardson, and Richard Murtaugh were in a close battle in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go Kline would see his lead rapidly shrinking with points leader Matt Janczuk closing in. Wahdan, Josh Amodio and Devendorf were still in contention for top finishes.
Using the topside of the speedway, Janczuk would drive into the lead on lap 19.
After taking the lead Matt Janczuk would pull away in caution free feature winning by 3.1 seconds over Joe Kline. Kyle Devendorf, Josh Amodio and Richard Murtaugh would complete the top-five.
In the second 25-lap Sportsman feature, Brett Draper would bolt out to a quarter of a straightaway lead by lap 5 leaving the rest of the field to race for position that was two- and three-wide.
With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower, Draper would lengthen his lead to a full straightaway with Stevenson, Cody Manitta, Steve Marshall, and Devendorf racing for second through fifth.
The only caution of the race was on lap 18 and would erase Draper’s 3.5 seconds lead, setting up a dash to the checkers.
On the restart and until the checkers Brett Draper was on a mission and would not be stopped as he collected his first career Fulton Speedway DIRTcar Sportsman win. Tim Devendorf, Cody Manitta, Tyler Stevenson, and Tyler Corcoran finished second through fifth.
Bret Belden and Harry Halliday swapped the lead back and forth in the first 5 laps of the 20-lap Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Model feature.
When the race was at the halfway point you could have thrown a blanket over Halliday, Chad Homan, and Belden with Sean Beardsley and Max Hill not far behind the lead battle.
Over the second half of the feature Halliday and Homan slugged it out for the win. On the final lap Homan went to the top of the speedway and would win the drag out of four and to the checkers by a slim 0.157 of a second. Bret Belden, Sean Beardsley, and Max Hill completed the top-five.
Buddy Leathley led every lap of the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman. His first career win in the division was anything but easy as he had to hold off a late race challenge from Scott Kline to go to victory lane. Tayvyn Marino, Chris Crump and Lou Levea Sr. finished second through fifth.
The Hobby Stocks raced at the speedway for the first time in many years and will be part of this year’s Outlaw 200 Weekend. The 2022 season is the target being a weekly class.
In the 20-lap feature Marc Minutolo held off repeated challenges from Tyler Burnell for the win. Adam Hunt, Brandon Barron, and Brennan Fitzgibbons completed the top-five.
In the wild and carnage filled H2No Boat Race over, 20 boats entered and at the end of the mayhem Brandon Carvey was the winner.
This Saturday, August 7 Ferris Mowers will present a night of the fastest, family affordable fun in Central NY. Adults are $15 with everyone 18 years old and under admitted free. Pit admission is $35.
There will be two Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar 358 Modified features. One from June 19 and the scheduled August 7 race. DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman, Topless Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models and the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, plus Matt Beckers First Lady of Fulton Sportsman Dash.
Pits will open at 4:00pm. Grandstands 5:00 pm. Racing at 7:00 pm.
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Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux and Flood Drive Properties July 31 Results
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #1 – 25 Laps) – MATT JANCZUK, Joe Kline, Kyle Devendorf, Josh Amodio, Richard Murtaugh, Jeff Prentice, Dorian Wahdan, Dave Moyer, Chris Mackey, Brandon Carvey, Quinn Wallis, Chris Bonoffski, Matt Richardson, Wade Chrisman, Mike Button, Richie Riggs, Rachel Zacharias, Kelly Smith, Jake Davis, Kearra Backus, Tim Gareau, Mike Root, Matt Kitts.
(NAPA Auto Parts Chase Elliott Award) – Chris Mackey.
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #2 – 25 Laps) – BRETT DRAPER, Tim Devendorf, Cody Manitta, Tyler Stevenson, Tyler Corcoran, AJ Miller, Mike Phelps, Amy Holland, Zach Sobotka, Andrew Buff, Willy Decker Jr., Jimmy Moyer, Steve Marshall, Rick Miller, Jack Meeks, Brett Sears, Robert Gage, Edward Lukas, George Dyer, Aaron Cross, Alan Fink, Tony Finch II.
(NAPA Auto Parts Chase Elliott Award) – Zach Sobotka.
(Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models 20 Laps) – CHAD HOMAN, Harry Halliday, Bret Belden, Sean Beardsley, Max Hill, Dave Moyer, Todd Chapman, Mike Kazmierczak, Kevan Cook, Chris Fleming.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman 15 Laps) – BUDDY LEATHLEY, Scott Kline, Tayvyn Marino, Chris Crump, Lou Levea, Mikey Wight, Larry Taylor, Austin Cooper, Brianna Murtaugh, Jason Breezee.
(Hobby Stocks 20 Laps) – MARC MINUTOLO, Tyler Burnell, Adam Hunt, Brandon Barron, Brennan Fitzgibbons, Todd Koegel, Jonathan Almekcinder, Tyler Bushey, Frank Burnell, Jim Claypool, Joshua Oles.
(H2No Boat Race) – Brandon Carvey.