Makin’ Tracks: Fulton Point Races Dog Fight on Final Night; 55 Sportsman – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

How often do you come down to the final night of the point standings with only a few points separating first and second?

Well it happened at the Fulton Speedway as this coming week, weather permitting, it might come down to the final turn on the last lap to determine who wears the crown in not one, not two, but all three point divisions.

Last Saturday set the stage for the dramatics as point leader Larry Wight found himself in 12th, runner-up Tim Sears Jr. in sixth and third place Jimmy Phelps in victory lane. Suddenly Sears had a one point lead over Phelps and a 10 digit margin over the 99L.

I had a feeling that with double features (and triple features last Saturday) in the Sportsman that it would be close and indeed it is.




So with one night to go Ron Davis II has 722 points and Todd Root 720.

Meanwhile, in the Late Models, it is just as crazy with Jason Parkhurst (1,485) and Kevan Cook (1,485) tied and in contention is third place Chad Homan (1,477) with Chris Fleming (1,468) not far behind. With only about 15 cars showing up it appears a three way battle to the end.

Jimmy Phelps Close to Title

Modified racing at Fulton never seems to disappoint as Billy Whittaker dominated from the second to the final pass by Phelps on the 29th lap. Jimmy got him on the 28th, but slipped high in one jumping the cushion as his right rear tire was overheating. Phelps stormed back the next lap to take the lead for good.

In victory lane he talked about strategy after the right rear started to give him trouble and Phelps gave a smile when asked about the track championship possibilities.

He had a compliment for Whittaker as he noted, “Billy Whittaker proves that you can take 15 or 16 years off before coming back to racing. He was pretty good tonight and I wasn’t sure I was going to get him.”

The 109 settled for second just 1.8 seconds behind the winner.

Surprises in Mod Main

What a difference a week makes and not only did some guys who had misfortune rebound, but there was also another new face at the front of the field.

Tim Kerr, Joe August Jr. and Phelps were fighting for second in the early stages of the race and it wasn’t until a gigantic move going into turn three on the 15th lap when Phelps finally went from fourth to second that he was finally able to clear the 07 and 88.

Throw in Mike Bowman in the later stages and it was an exciting run to the end.

Kerr got third and Bowman fourth while August settled for a season best seventh.

Pit Stops

Tom Sears remains consistent with a fifth place Mod finish…

Brandon Carvey made the hop up to Mods and finished 24th…

Andy Noto was back after motor woes the previous week, but dropped out on the 20th lap…

There were 55 Sportsman in the pits necessitating three 25 lap features. Alan Fink, Todd Root and Corey Barker gained the wins…

Jeff Isabel back at the track in the black 93 Late Model…

Brandon Ford made his Sportsman return in what appeared to be a former Pat Ward car. Another new face was Mason Olmstead…

Johnstown’s Brian Calabrase paid a visit and came home ninth…

Amy Holland put on one heck of a show with a runner-up to Fink…

Kyle Fink finished third behind his brother and Amy…

Solid rebound for Mike Phelps in fourth…

Barker promised to shave his head if he won and he did by .3 of a second over Dylan Zacharias in one of the best races of the night…

Nick Krause was third as he appeared to have that position locked up. It might be five or six third place finishes this year…

Danny Kapuscinski was in one of the Jason Simmons cars. He was prepping for the big Outlaw Sportsman race as well as Super Dirt Week…

Tyler Singleton had a night to forget collapsing the front end in his heat and then getting a bone jarring hit in the main knocking his front end askew again…

If you thought the Barker win was close then you should have stayed around for the final feature as Root won by .158 over many time Fulton feature winner Jeremy Pitcher while third place Wade Chrisman was .3 of a second behind the leader. It was a wild finish…

Tough break for leader Mike Button in the second Sportsman main as on a restart he went around and collected Glen Forward and RD3. Davis regrouped for fourth…

Robert Gage, Chrisman’s cousin, won his first Novice main event…

Wesley Hayes won for the second consecutive week in the second Novice feature…

The only car unable to start the Sportsman feature was Tim Falter…

There were 17 Late Models in the pits and Jason Parkhurst defeated a never say die Chris Fleming by .7 of a second. Parkhurst has had some difficult moments and noted that Mike Walton of Fastline found that he had a bent shock and adjustments were made…

Solid run by Sean Beardsley as he is apparently in the Dick Parkhurst owned 93 for the remainder of the year…

Jason Occhino must like his new ride as he came home fifth…

A.J. Kingsley made a return, but had mechanical woes…

Mod heat winners included Whittaker, August and Bowman…

Tim Abate in the Novice class had his right front tire torn off after hitting a yuke tire…

Good field with 55 Mods, 17 Late Models, 24 Mods, 17 Novice in the pits…

Six heats for the Sportsman. Winners included Kyle Fink, Nate Higgins, Wade Chrisman, Todd Root, Ryan Hatherall and Jessica Power…

Novice runner Chris Bonoffski was second, but too light on the scales…

D.J. Forbes was a new Novice as he is a former 600 Micro driver.

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