Dale Planck drives to Fulton Speedway victory lane

It had been since May 21, 2011 since Dale Planck had been to Fulton Speedway victory lane.

Saturday night, Planck jumped behind the wheel of a team car (No. 99L) of Larry Wight and put on a driving clinic in a convincing win in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Other winners were Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Hilary Ward, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Chuck Powelczyk, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Before a lap was complete in the Modified feature in turn four, pole sitter Joe August Jr. got upside down causing a red flag period. He was not injured. On the second attempt to get the 35 lap feature underway, Tim Sears Jr. bolted out to a narrow lead over Dale Planck.

With five laps complete, Sears still set the pace with a two-car advantage over Planck. Just behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan raced for third through fifth.

On lap 10, Sears still led, but was now getting pressure from Planck. Just one lap later, Sears looked to have jumped the cushion allowing Planck to drive by to be scored the new leader on lap 11.

At the halfway point, Planck was on cruise control building up a three-quarters of a straightaway lead over Chris Hile. Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight were in a tight battle for third with Bresnahan showing in fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Planck appeared to be getting quicker as he built up an almost four-second lead over the rest of the field. Hile and Larry Wight battled for second, with Ryan Phelps and Bresnahan showing on the scoring tower in the top five.

On lap 31, Wight moved into the runner-up spot and needed a yellow to have any shot at Planck. No yellows would happen as Planck cruised the rest of the way to the win. Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan finished second through fifth.

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Ron Davis III would take the lead on a lap 9 restart and never look back for his second victory of the 2013 season. Kyle Fink, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Emmons and Jordan Bennett would round out the top-five.

After coming so close to a win this season in the NAPA Late Models, Rick Miller finally put his car in victory lane for the popular win. Miller outran teammate Shayne Tenace , AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Harry Halliday.

The loudest victory lane of the night came for E&V Energy Novice Sportsman driver Hilary Ward, who was fighting intense abdominal pain before surgery on her gallbladder. She not only found a way to race, but picked up her first ever win. Ward took the lead on lap 11 when then leader Taylor Lamb broke.

Then Ward survived a late yellow to be the first under the checkers. Wade Chrisman, Gary Hoppins, Jason Caldwell and Jeremy Dygert  chased Ward across the line.

It doesn’t matter where Chuck Powelczyk races, Brewerton or now Fulton, as he finds a way to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stocks. The win Saturday night was anything but easy, as he narrowly beat Wendall Washington. Mark Johnston, Eric Zirbel and John West finished third through fifth.

This coming Saturday, June 15, K-ROCK 100.9 presents a night of exciting racing at Fulton Speedway .On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks plus a visit from the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club. Dads and Kids will be having a wiffle  Ball Game.

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

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