Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton looked to have a Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature win well in hand June 15 until lapped traffic came into play.
On that night, Ryan Phelps was able to run down and pass Bellinger on lap 28 of the 35-lap main and go onto the win.
This past Saturday night, he wasn’t going to let that happen again. Bellinger saw his lead disappear with three laps to go with a caution period that put some heavy hitters right with him for the restart and race to the checkers.
When the green came back out, Bellinger outran 26 time Fulton Speedway feature winner Billy Decker to the checkers. For Robbie Bellinger it was his first career win at Fulton.
Other winners on RFH’s Hideaway Night were, Dave Emmons, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Model; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.
Tim Sears Jr. and Bellinger led the 800 horse power Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds down to the green with Bellinger grabbing the early advantage in the 35-lap feature.
With 10 laps complete, Bellinger and Sears ran within a car length of each other with Jim Witko alone in third. Behind the top-three, you could of thrown a blanket over Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Chad Phelps and Billy Decker as they used every inch of the speedway fighting for fourth through seventh.
On lap 15, Bellinger and Sears still occupied the top-two spots as Witko started closing the gap on the top-two. Decker who started ninth and Wight showed in the top five.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bellinger, still hugged the bottom of the speedway opening about a ten-car length lead over Witko who moved into second two-laps before. Sears, Decker and Wight were in a tight fight for third through fifth.
With 10 laps to go, Witko was still chasing Bellinger as the laps clicked off the lap counter towards the finish.
Decker ran alone in third as he tried to close the gap on the top-two, with Wight and Sears running fourth and fifth.
The last thing Bellinger wanted to see was a caution, and that happened on lap 32 for a slowing car. This put some heavy hitters right with Bellinger setting up a three-lap dash for the cash. When the green came back out,
Bellinger took off as Decker went to the top of the speedway moving into second and setting his sights on Bellinger. Bellinger didn’t flinch, hitting his marks and cruising the first under the checkers for his first career Fulton Speedway big block modified win. Billy Decker, Larry Wight , Jim Witko and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.
After doing the roof dance on his Thompson Road Tavern/Black-River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Co./No. 8R/ Bicknell, Bellinger talked about his big win.
“It’s been a long time here,” getting to victory lane,” he said. “We would be good early and seem to fade at the end. We were close the last time we were here.”
In the wild 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Dave Emmons led every lap but his first ever win was anything but easy.
Emmons was able to hold off different drivers till points leader Beth Schneider came into play when she took over second after coming from deep in the field on lap 13.
After dogging Emmons for six-laps Schneider moved to the top of the speedway on the last lap in an effort to get by the leader. Going down the back straight and into turn-three the pair were dead even setting up a drag race to the finish.
Exiting turn-four, Emmons slid off the bottom and up the track getting into Schneider as she made contact with the wall and somehow kept control of her car that allowed Emmons to be first under the checkers by a mere .083 of a second at the checkers over Schneider. Gregg Kimball, Ron Davis III and Kyle Fink came home third through fifth.
Emmons motor was taken for inspection and the results of that inspection will be on the Fulton Speedway web site when completed.
Rick Miller is now on a hot streak as he won his third straight NAPA Late Model feature. Miller took the lead from Alan Fink on a lap 4 restart and never looked back out distancing Dale Caswell at the end of 20 laps.
Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Aron Backus, who only has a few starts ever in a Late Model finished third through fifth.
In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Jeremy Dygert picked up the victory over points leader Gary Hoppins. Wade Chrisman, Hilary Ward and James Carlson came home third through fifth.
Joe Isabell grabbed the lead on lap 2 behind the wheel of his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite and never looked back in his 15 lap victory. Alan Fink, Justin Williams, Rick Demo and Jeremy Isabell chased Isabell across the line.
Tim Dunn made a rare appearance in the Four Cylinder Stocks pay off. Dunn took the lead from defending track champion Skip DeGroff on lap 6.
Once out front, Dunn had to hold off late challenges from Kyle Young who was making his first start at Fulton.