Phelps uses lapped traffic for Fulton Speedway win

It’s never over till the checker flag waves. Ryan Phelps proved that Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Phelps was able to run down and pass Robbie Bellinger  on lap 28 when the back of the field the bunched up making it tough for Bellinger to get by.

Once out front, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between him and the rest of the field in the caution free race.

Other winners on K-ROCK Night were Rocco Leone, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; Barney Waldron, Kevin Winton & Steve Marks; Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Robbie Bellinger got the jump on the field as he out hustled other front row starter Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

By lap 10, Bellinger was out front alone, while behind him, Roy Bresnahan, Dale Planck and Ryan Phelps were in a tight fight for second, third and fourth. Chad Phelps was some distance back in fifth.

With 15 laps showing on the lap counter, Bellinger was on rails out front, as he built-up a full straightaway lead.

Planck and Phelps ran nose to tail and side by side running for second, while Bresnahan and Chad Phelps showed fourth and fifth.

When the starter showed the halfway sign, Bellinger started drawing in on the back of the field as Planck and Phelps would try to take advantage cutting into Bellinger’s advantage.

With 10 laps to go, Bellinger was having a tough time putting cars a lap-down because they were racing two-three wide.

This let Phelps, who moved into second two-laps before to catch Bellinger. Two laps later, Bellinger, running the top groove in four trying to lap cars, slipped out the groove allowing Phelps to shoot by on lap 28.

Over the final laps, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between himself and the rest of the field to be the first  under the checkers in the caution free race.

Last week’s feature winner Dale planck came home second, followed by, Robbie Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps to complete the top five.

“We just had a real good setup tonight,” said Phelps. “I felt bad with the crew tonight, the track kept getting drier and I kept making them do stuff to it. I think they are all happy now as it paid off. It was good anywhere I wanted to go, the lapped cars got a little hairy there for a while waiting for them to move over. What are you going to do…they’re racing, too.”

The Fulton Speedway will be back in action Saturday, June 29 when RFH’s Hideaway presents a full night of racing action. 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 and Mod Lites.

The popular Jr. Fan Club Bike Giveaway will also take place.

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