Tom Sears Jr. Wins The Fulton Speedway Modified Feature Backing Up His Friday Brewerton Speedway Victory
FULTON, NY – July 12, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – With the level of competition in the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways, one win on the weekend is tough, and two is rare. Tom Sears Jr. out of Clay, N.Y pulled off the rare feat by sweeping the weekend with his victory Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.
On Saturday in the 35-lap feature Sears would take the lead on lap-12 from Matt Hulsizer and from there outran a star-studded field for his sixth career win on the Fulton ‘High Banks’.
Others winners on Safety-Kleen night were, Billy Clark Jr., SUNY Canton Sportsman/Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models/ Taylor Jackson, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/ Joe Isabell and Jeff Blackburn, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites/ John Cunningham, A-Verdi 305 Sprints and Tim Dunn, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Matt Fink took advantage of his outside starting spot to blast into the lead as the rest of the field ran two, three and even four wide to start the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
Running in a tight three-car battle with Fink and Katelyn Kane, Matt Hulsizer was on the hammer using the cushion exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on lap-five just before a caution for Roy Bresnahan who had the rear suspension break.
On the restart Ryan Phelps had everyone in attendance on the edge of their seats when he got sideways in front of the field. Phelps had the save of the year straightening his car avoiding a multi-car crash.
With 10-laps complete Hulsizer held a narrow advantage. Right behind them the battle was intense between Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Chad Phelps as they ran inches apart for position.
A yellow on lap-11 for a stopped Rob Bellinger gave all the drivers a chance to catch their breath.
When the race went back green Tom Sears Jr. took command of the race on lap-twelve. Larry Wight who started 13th hung it out on the outside going from ninth to fourth.
At the halfway point Sears bolted away from field opening a full straightaway lead. Jimmy Phelps, Hulsizer, Wight and Billy Decker who started 21st raced for second through fifth.
With 10-laps to go Sears was on rails running the top of the speedway maintaining his comfortable lead over Jimmy Phelps who ran alone in second. All eyes were on the torrid fight between Decker, Hulsizer, Wight and Pat Ward for third through sixth.
With 5-laps to go Chris Hile slowed, wiping out the lead Sears had built up setting up a dash to the finish.
Over the final laps Sears ran the top and drove away for the win over Jimmy Phelps. Larry Wight and Billy Decker swapped third and fourth all over the speedway that saw points leader Wight finishing third with Decker fourth and Matt Hulsizer fifth.
“It’s one of the best weekends we have ever had in the Modified class,” Tommy Sears Jr. said after winning the Brewerton and Fulton Modified features in two different Mullen Industrial Handling/Trackman/Phoenix Sports Bar/No.62s.
“This car has been really good since we brought it out. Last week we were going for the lead got tangled up. It’s been fast every week.”
Sears related he wasn’t thinking anything with the caution with five-laps to go. He feels pretty confident when it comes to the end of the race.
What can be said about the SUNY Canton Sportsman in 2014? One word- awesome. After Saturday 54 drivers have attempted to qualify at the Fulton Speedway. The point’s battle is very tight.
In the 25-lap feature Billy Clark Jr. took the lead on lap-four and led the rest of the way for the win. The win was anything but easy as Clark had cars draped all over him right down to the finish. At the checkers Clark won by less than a second over Corey Barker (00.224) Nick Krause (00.337). Tony Finch was only (1.024) and Nick Webb (01.484) behind Clark.
Tim Sears Jr. was the class of the field in the 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature. Sears took the lead on lap-3 and was never challenged till a yellow on lap-seventeen. On the restart AJ Kingsley could hand with Sears for a lap, in the end Sears pulled away for the win over Kingsley. Johnny Hill, Alan Fink and Rick Miller finished third through fifth.
In the 15-lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite Feature Joe Isabell returned to victory lane. It took Isabell three-laps to go from his ninth starting spot to grab the lead he would never give up after that. The racing behind the winner was two and three wide throughout the entire distance that saw Jeff Isabell Jr., Sam Usborne, Jeff Blackburn and Lowell Zehr finish second through fifth.
Taylor Jackson with very few races under her belt won her first career E&V Energy Novice Sportsman win Saturday night. Trevor Lindsey, Dorian Wahdan, Joe Buonagurio and Brett Draper finished second through fifth.
John Cunningham continued his winning ways in the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints. Cunningham would lead every lap holding off Gordy Button for his fourth win of 2014.
Tim Dunn made the long tow from Watertown, N.Y pay off as he won the 15-lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder feature.
This coming Saturday, July 19 Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility will present a hot summer night of racing featuring 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 plus the insane and crazy One-On-One Spectator Races. The Home Depot will also be on hand with the popular kids’ workshop that will be located in the midway across from the track office.
Adult grandstand admission Saturday, July 19 will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission is $27 Participant/ $30 Non-Participant. Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00.
On Wednesday evening, July 23 the fastest dirt race cars on the planet invade the Fulton Speedway. The STP World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars will be flying around the ‘High Banks’ at record speeds. It will also be a ‘Salute To The King’. It will be your last chance to see 20-time World Of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser at the Speedway. This season will be Kinser’s last as a fulltime competitor on the tour. Also racing that night will be the $1,000 to win, Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Qualifier.
To order your Outlaws tickets go to www.fultonspeedway.com and click on the New York State Of Mind Outlaws link on the front page.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – TOM SEARS Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, Matt Hulsizer, Pat Ward, Matt Fink, Tim Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Chris Mackey, Ryan Phelps, Adam Roberts, Chuck Bower, Tim Currier, Katelyn Kane, Tim Schneider Jr., Chris Hile, Brian Murphy, Joe August Jr., Tim Harris, Jim Witko, Roy Bresnahan.
(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – Pat Ward, Chris Mackey, Matt Hulsizer.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – BILLY CLARK Jr., Corey Barker, Nick Krause, Tony Finch II, Nick Webb, Brandon Ford, Wade Chrisman, Ronnie Davis III, Jordan Bennett, Mike Button, Beth Schneider, Brandon Hagan, Gregg Kimball, Jim Spano, Jeremy Pitcher, Jeremy Dygert, Joe Kline, Jamie Platt, Geoff VanRiper, Taylor Lamb, Rick Rogala, Jeff Hunter, Rocco Leone, Jason Occhino, Chris Hulsizer.
(DNQ) – Brenton Joy, Jeff Hunter, Brandon Sweet, Tim Murphy, James Carlson. (DNS CONSI) – Jason Parkhurst, John Christian.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS Jr., AJ Kingsley, Alan Fink, Johnny Hill, Rick Miller, Harry Halliday, Steven Coit, Shayne Tenace, Larry Wight, Alan Chapman, Dave Talbot, Aron Backus, DNS – Brandon Ford.
(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – TAYLOR JACKSON, Trevor Lindsey, Dorian Wahdan, Joe Buonagurio, Brett Draper.
(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS 15 LAPS) – JOHN CUNNINGHAM, Gordy Button, Doug Crews, Steve Hutchinson.
(PRO RACE CARS MOD LITES 15 LAPS) – JOE ISABELL, Jeff Isabell Jr., Sam Usborne, Jeff Blackburn, Lowell Zehr, Jeff Sykes, Alan Fink, Nick Graziano, Justin Williams, Mike Larose, Mike Mullen, Rick Demo, Bob Sears, Kelly Skinner, Tim Cady, Sterling Miller, Rich Rainville, David Brown, Matt Rainville.
(OPEN) – Joe Isabell (SPEC STOCK) – Jeff Blackburn.
(811 INVITAIONAL QUALIFIERS) – Nick Graziano, Mike Mullen
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – TIM DUNN, Chuck Powelczyk, Mark Johnston, Keith Zirbel, Justin Buske, Colby Herzog, Dan Dupra, Jeremy Lueck, Sam Carista, Nate Powers, Josh Bishop, Skip DeGroff.