Lightning Strikes At The Fulton Speedway With Larry Wight’s Dominating Modified Victory
FULTON, NY – July 19, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – Coming into Saturday night Larry Wight held a 20 point lead over Jimmy Phelps in the Fulton Speedway standings. At the end of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature Wight increased his lead with a dominating performance on Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility night.
Wight started the feature in the fourteenth position and immediately made a charge to the front using the top of the speedway. With his car working anywhere on the track as the laps clicked off, Wight dug deep on the bottom groove driving by Chuck Bower and into the lead on lap-sixteen. Once out front it looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he dominated the rest of the winning by over a straightaway for his second win of the year on the ‘High Banks’.
Other winners Saturday night were, Rocco Leone, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, Brett Draper, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Gordy Button, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Katelyn Kane narrowly outran Adam Roberts to lead the opening two-laps of the Big Block Modified feature before Chuck Bower took over the top-spot on lap-three.
With 10-Laps complete Bower built up an almost full straightaway lead as the battle behind him for second through fourth was tight between Matt Fink, Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight with Kane showing fifth.
A quick yellow would fly on lap-ten when Tim Currier spun in turn four. On the restart things got wild on the front straight when they went four-wide with Chad Phelps’ car getting high enough in the air you could see the belly pan before he slammed back down to the track surface. Also involved with Phelps was Matt Fink who sustained heavy front end damage from contact with the wall. Fink’s night was over while somehow Phelps continued after a trip to the pits.
When the race went back green, Bower still led using the highline while Wight who moved into second on lap-thirteen was hugging the bottom. On lap-sixteen Wight found the bite and power he needed to shoot into the lead.
With ten-laps to go Wight still on the bottom was a rocket as he bolted out to a full straightaway lead. Behind Wight, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Bower and Jimmy Phelps raced hard for second through fifth.
Over the remaining laps Wight was on rails as he bolted under the checkers first by over a straightaway over Ryan Phelps. Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Chuck Bower finished third through fifth. Tom Sears Jr., Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Chris Mackey and Tim Sears Jr. completed the top-ten.
After exiting his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/Syracuse Haulers/NAPA/Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/Troyer/ Larry Wight talked about his dominating win.
“We had a really good car tonight. The track had a ton of bite in it. I didn’t think the bite was going to stay on the bottom, we actually set up for a little bit of a slicker track. We were still able to be loose enough to run down there,” where he made his winning pass and stayed low to drive away from the rest of the field.
Wight talked about how in the first part of the race he used the top to drive by multiple cars at a time before going to the low groove.
“It seemed everyone was running the middle and the cushion looked pretty good up there. We put the right rear up there and it stuck. We were able to gain a lot of ground right there.”
Wight related how good it felt to get a little bit of a cushion in the points lead with the field of cars at the Fulton Speedway minus a couple of cars is a Super DIRTcar Series race every week.
The SUNY Canton Sportsman continue to impress every week with the quality of racing and car counts. Saturday night was no different as 37 cars signed into the pits to battle for the 24 car starting feature field that would battle for 25-Laps.
After a couple quick yellows at the start of the feature Gregg Kimball built-up a 15-car length lead. Behind Kimball you could have thrown a blanket over Jason Occhino, James Carlson, Rocco Leone, Joe Kline, Beth Schneider and Mike Button as they raced for second through seventh.
The yellow would fly on lap-nine when Jim Spano made hard contact with the front straight wall sustaining heavy sheet metal and rear end damage.
On the restart it took Joe Kline two laps running the bottom to get by Kimball to be scored the new leader on lap-eleven.
At the halfway point Kline built up a comfortable lead alone at the front of the field. Kimball ran alone in second with Occhino, Schneider and Leone going three-wide across the line for third through fifth.
With ten-laps to go Kline, Kimball and Schneider ran nose to-tail for the top-three spots. Just a couple car lengths back Leone and Occhino showed in the top-five.
Over the last laps Kline ran his best race of the season as he was the first under the checkers. Rocco Leone, Beth Schneider, Gregg Kimball and Brandon Hagan came home second through fifth.
After the feature Kline came up light on the scales giving the win to Rocco Leone. With his win, Leone became the first repeat winner in the SUNY Canton Sportsman during the 2014 season after nine different winners in nine races.
Tim Sears Jr. continued his winning ways in the NAPA Late Models easily winning the 20-Lap feature. For Sears it was his sixth win in ten events run this season. AJ Kingsley, Dave Talbot, Brandon Ford and Sean Beardsley came home second through fifth.
Gordy Button won his second A-Verdi 305 Sprint Car feature of the season. Button was able to make a late race pass getting by four time feature winner John Cunningham for the popular win.
Brett Drapper and track newcomer Rylee Gill put on a crowd pleasing battle in the 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. The pair swapped the lead back and forth within inches of each other, never touching, that went right down to the finish. At the checkers Drapper narrowly beat Gill. Trevor Lindsey, Taylor Jackson and Dorian Wahdon finished third through fifth.
For the second week in a row Chuck Powelczk and Tim Dunn put on a battle Royal in the 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive feature. After Dunn narrowly beat Powelczyk on July 12th Powelczyk turned the tables on Dunn winning by a mere couple of feet at the checkers on Saturday.
This a big week at the Fulton Speedway with two nights of racing.
On Wednesday, July 23rd Tracey Road Equipment/A-Verdi Storage Containers and McDonald’s presents The Greatest Show On Dirt – The STP World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus a ‘Salute To The King’ Steve Kinser’s Farewell Tour invade the Fulton Speedway. This will likely be your last chance to see Steve Kinser, the 20-time World Of Outlaws Champion at the Fulton Speedway. This season will be his last running fulltime on the WoO tour.
Racing with the Outlaws is the popular 30-Lap – $1,000 to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Qualifier. The winner goes to the automatic redraw for the 50-Lap- $2,500 to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship run during the 29th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend on Friday-Saturday October 3-4.
Tickets for the Outlaws are $39 for reserved seats (Includes pit pass upgrade if ordered in advance) $32 Adult General Admission, Students $12, Kids 9 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit Admission $40.
To get your tickets go to www.fultonspeedway.com and click on the link on the front page that says “New York State Of Mind.”
On Saturday, July 26th the $1,000 to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Qualifier returns. Instead of 30-Laps the feature will be increased to 35-Laps. On Saturday, series and home track points are up for grabs.
Along with the Sportsman Tour Saturday, July 26th will be the TUSA Mod Lite Regional Tour/NAPA Late Models/E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/A-Verdi Storag
e Containers 305 Sprints and Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Gates will open Saturday the 26th at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult grandstand admission will be $10 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission is $27 Participants/ $30 Non-Participants.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Chuck Bower, Tom Sears Jr., Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Chris Mackey, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Currier, Katelyn Kane, Tom Kinsella, Brian Murphy, Joe August Jr., Adam Roberts, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Fink, Roy Bresnahan.
(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – Chuck Bower, Matt Fink, Billy Decker.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – ROCCO LEONE, Beth Schneider, Gregg Kimball, Brandon Hagan, Jason Occhino, Mike Button, Ron Davis III, Brandon Ford, Corey Barker, Billy Clark Jr., Chris Hulsizer, Todd Root, Taylor Lamb, Austin Murphy, Nick Webb, James Carlson, Tony Finch II, Jordan Bennett, Nick Krause, John Christian, Jason Parkhurst, Wade Chrisman, Jeremy Pitcher, Jim Spano, Joe Kline.
(DNQ) – Jeff Hunter, Brenton Joy, Rocky Grosso, Jeff VanRiper, Jeremy Dygert, Rick Rogala, Kyle Kiehn, Denny Peebles, Kyle Fink, Earl Rudy.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., AJ Kingsley, Dave Talbot, Brandon Ford, Sean Beardsley, Aron Backus, Shayne Tenace, Steve Coit, Ryan Halliday.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – BRETT DRAPER, Rylee Gill, Trevor Lindsey, Taylor Jackson, Dorian Wahdon, Brandon Chertien, Mike Taylor, Kyle Hulsizer, DNS Shannon Pitcher.
(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS 15 LAPS) –Gordy Button, John Cunningham, Douglas Creus, John Thayer
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Tim Dunn, Skip DeGroff, Colby Herzog, Keith Zirbel, Jacobe Palmiter, Steve Raymo, Justin Buske, Jeremy Lueck,DNS Mark Johnston, Sam Carista.