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Tight finishes highlight holiday victories at Fulton Speedway

A huge holiday crowd with fireworks on the track and in the sky saw the fourth of July holiday weekend end with a bang at the Fulton Speedway Saturday night.

On the track, the two big divisions, the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints saw their feature and A-Main come down to last lap with Jim Witko Jr. and Bryan Howland standing in victory lane.

Other winners on NAPA Auto Parts and Safety Kleen night were Beth Schneider, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. would lead the opening three laps of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature before Matt Hulsizer, using the top of the speedway would take over the top spot on lap 4. With 10 laps showing on the lap counter, Hulsizer and Jim Witko would run nose to tail and side by side battling for the lead.

Behind the top-two, you could have thrown a blanket over Chris Hile, Sears, Pat Ward and Dan Vauter as they fought for third through sixth.

One lap later, after digging on the bottom Witko would take the narrow lead on lap 11. By lap 15, Witko and Hulsizer were in a two-car breakaway with Vauter, Hile and Ryan Phelps running third through fifth. At the halfway point, Witko was a man on a mission as he opened a half a straight lead on the field. All of a sudden, at that point Hulsizer slowed going to the pits while racing hard with Vauter and Phelps in the top five. With 10 laps to go, Witko was still on cruise control out front with Phelps giving chase as the final laps started clicking off.

Behind the top two, Vauter, Billy Decker and Pat Ward were in a tight fight of their own in the top five. When the starter gave the field the five laps to go sign, Phelps had cut Witko’s lead down to about 10 car lengths setting up a two car chase to the checkers for the win.

With two laps to go, Phelps caught Witko by using lapped traffic that was using up every inch of the speedway making it tough for Witko to get by. On the last lap in turns three and four, Phelps threw everything he had at Witko coming down for the checkers.

Witko didn’t flinch by hitting his marks to be the first across the line by a narrow margin over Phelps. Billy Decker, Dan Vauter and Chad Phelps finished third through fifth.

After getting out of his self-sponsored/No.24/Troyer and giving his wife, Barb a huge hug, Jim Witko talked about his first win since 2008. “I can’t describe it, it’s awesome, it’s unbelievable,” said Witko.

Witko and his wife travel every weekend from Clarks Summit, Pa. to compete at the Brewerton and Fulton speedways. They are usually the only two working on the car on race weekends, making the win even more special and popular with the fans. “Lapped cars were all over the place,” Witko said that allowed Phelps to catch him for the exciting finish. “They’re racing hard too, so you have to find a way around them.”

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.

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.

Pat Ward claims win at Fulton Speedway

After Saturday night’s Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature, Pat Ward said that the young guys are getting tougher and tougher to beat on a weekly basis.

When the checkers flew at the end of 35 laps, Ward showed he has no signs of slowing down anytime soon as he parked his Gypsum Express, Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Race Engines/ Bicknell/No.42p in victory lane.

Ward took the lead on lap 20 from Matt Hulsizer and never looked back in the caution free feature.

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Decker, Pitcher begin Fulton Speedway season with wins

Billy Decker and Jeremy Pitcher served notice that they have no plans of giving up their 2011 track championships in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and SUNY Canton Sportsman. They both grabbed opening night wins Saturday.

Each took a different road to get their victories, however. Decker dominated the Big Block Modifieds while Pitcher used a last-lap, last-corner pass for his win.

Other winners on Ferris Mowers opening night were Larry Wight, NAPA Late Models; Corey Barker, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Eric M Zirbel, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.

Jim Witko out ran Tim Sears Jr. and the rest of the field to lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

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Girl Scouts can meet Katelyn Kane and Beth Schneider

Mother’s Day weekend might be extra special for area Girl Scouts as they will have a meet and greet with at the Fulton Speedway’s two female Sportsman Modified drivers, Katelyn Kane and Beth Schneider.

The girls will be able to enjoy a fun night of racing action, but prior to the show will have a chance to chat with Kane and Schneider, who will be speaking with the girls about always putting education first, good sportsmanship, and breaking down stereotypes.

On top of that, the girls will have the opportunity to take pictures with the drivers and even take a signed autograph card from both Schneider and Kane.

“We really want the night to be about the racing,” Kane explained, “but we also want to give these girls someone they can relate to, we want to see them coming back week after week.”

Schneider added, “We want to become role models for these young girls by teaching the girls that education must come first, but you can also achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Both Kane and Schneider have been in talks with Judi Knowlton and Christina Verratti from the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways and hope to turn this event into a yearly celebration.

Upon the completion of Kane and Schneider’s race, which will be the first feature ran of the night, they will rejoin their new friends and view the rest of the night’s racing action with the Girl Scouts and offer answers to any questions the girls may have.

In conjunction with meeting the drivers, the Girl Scouts will be able to sign up for Fulton Speedway’s Junior Fan Club, where they can be placed in a drawing to possibly win a ride in the pace car with their favorite driver during intermission.

Fulton Speedway’s Girl Scout Night will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 12. Racing starts at 7 p.m. although the Girl Scouts are encouraged to get to the track at 5 p.m. to meet both Schneider and Kane.

There will also be special alcohol-free seating available for the girls.

Poirier and Sears claim wins at Fulton Speedway

The Fulton Speedway began the 2012 season Saturday night. Steve Poirier of Quebec bested a field of 42 of the best 360 Sprint car drivers in the Northeast in round one of the Patriot Sprint Tour.

Tim Sears Jr. grabbed the checkers in both the NAPA Late Models and SUNY Canton Sportsman.

Sears grabbed the lead early on in the 15 lap NAPA Late Model feature and cruised to the easy win. Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Brandon Kidd and Mike Trapp chased Sears across the line.

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Fulton Speedway holds Test and Tune

On a picture perfect weather day, a large contingent of fans and race cars opened the gates for the first time to kick off the 2012 season at the Fulton Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Around 50 race teams hit the high banks to see if their winter’s worth of work paid off in the two-hour test and tune session.

Chuck Hebing, Bryan Howland and local favorite Shawn Donath all said they wanted to get a jump on what expects to be a huge field of Sprint Cars Saturday being the first 360 race of the season in New York State and for our neighbors to the north in Ontario.

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