Chad Phelps wins Fulton Speedway modified feature

During the week, Chad Phelps made a call to Billy Colton at Troyer looking for advice on car setup. 

That advice paid off as Phelps took the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

On lap 17, Phelps shot from third to the lead, and then outran Robbie Bellinger in the late stages for the popular win.

Other winners were, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; and Jeff Isabell Jr., Mod Lites.

Dale Planck and Joe August Jr. brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature down to the green with Planck grabbing the top-spot in the 35-lap main.

On lap 5, Planck running the bottom held a slight lead over August who was running the top of the speedway. Within striking distance of the top-two was Jim Witko and Chad Phelps making it a good four-car battle at the front.

One lap later on lap 6, August, who didn’t even know if he’d be back at the speedway after engine problems the week before, powered by Planck to be scored the new leader. Between lap 6 and lap 8 August and Planck would swap the lead back and forth till August could open a few car length advantage.

With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower you could of almost thrown a blanket over August, Planck, Witko and Chris Hile as they used every inch of the speedway looking for any advantage.

The whole complexion of the race changed on the lap 17 when Chad Phelps found wicked bite on the bottom of the speedway blasting from third and into the lead.

A quick caution on lap 21 gave the field a chance to catch their breath after hot battles all over the speedway. The restart would line up Phelps, August, Chuck Bower, Planck, Hile, Witko, Billy Decker and Rob Bellinger.

With 10 laps to go, Phelps held onto a four-car advantage over Bower while August, Hile and Bellinger were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

Over the remaining laps, Phelps looked to get quicker as he pulled away for the win by a half-a-straightaway over Bellinger. Hile, Dan Vauter who came on late and Billy Decker rounded out the top-five.

After Phelps pulled his Haun Welding Supply/ Midstate Tree Service/ Ashley Lynn Winery/ Troyer/ No.X in victory lane he talked about his win.

“ It was unbelievable,” said Phelps. “I got to give hats off to Billy Colton (Troyer Race Cars). We were complete junk last week with this new car so we threw some stuff at it, let me tell you, it was way better than it was. I’m not like the professionals…sometimes we’re second rate as I sometimes like to say. The track had a lot of bite and that helped. We have it pointed in the right direction and we were able to hold them off.”

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Gregg Kimball would lead the opening laps. The fastest car on the track was that of Ronnie Davis III who would dog Kimball for a number of laps before he used an outside power move to grab the lead on lap 9.

Once out front, and as the laps clicked off, nobody had anything for Davis as he drove away for the win. Kimball held onto second, Fonda Speedway invader Rocky Warner grabbed third, Jordan Bennett over came heat race problems to finish fourth and Tony Finch II finished fifth.

For the second week in a row, the NAPA Late Models put on an impressive show at the front of the pack in their 20-lap feature. Alan Fink took the lead on lap 11 and then held off opening night winner Sean Beardsley, Dale Caswell, AJ Kingsley and Rick Miller at the finish.

Gary Hoppins picked up his second win in a row in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. The win was anything but easy for Hoppins as he had to hold off repeated challenges from former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle. Jeremy Dygert, Kyle Kiehn and Jacob Davis finished third through fifth.

Eric Zirbel looked to heading to the win in the 15 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature. With just two laps to go, Zirbel had a front flat ending his bid for the victory handing the lead over to Skip DeGroff, who went onto to his second win of the early season. Mark Johnston, Blake Fisher, Keith Zirbel and Justin Buske rounded out the top-five.

In the 20-lap Mod Lite feature, Joe Isabell and Jeff Isabell Jr. swapped the lead back and forth in the late going with Jeff Isabell Jr. picking up the win.

What made the win impressive was Isabell started dead last after heat race problems. Joe Isabell, Doug Williams, Jeremy Isabell and Alan Fink finished second through fifth.

This coming Saturday, May 18 the Fulton Speedway will swing back into action with another night of racing presented by Syracuse Haulers.

On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Four Cylinder Stocks.

Gates will open at 5 with racing at 7 p.m.

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