Makin’ Tracks – Fulton Surprises Make for Fun Night – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

What I enjoy about racing is the surprises.

On Saturday at Fulton Speedway Jimmy Moyer finished just sixth tenths of a second behind winner Dylan Zacharias.

Moyer has been splitting duties in his car with his dad as Jim runs at Fulton and then Dave assumes control of the car on Sunday at UR. Jimmy had the best run of his career with a runner-up finish. He finished just sixth-tenths of a second behind.

It took three and a half years for Brett Belden to chalk up a win in the Late Models, but he scored his second of the year on Saturday. Brett was surrounded with all but one of his grandchildren in victory lane and you could tell it was a proud moment in chalking up his second Fulton win of the year.

Tony Finch II picked up his first Fulton win of the year in one of the two Sportsman mains. Here’s a guy who had his hauler burn to the ground and heavily damaged his ride earlier this year as he searched for another care to drive. His family, especially his grand parents Tony and Colleen Finch, are tremendous supporters of his effort and even though they are no longer driving they are there to support their grandson.

Mad Max Hill finished a career best podium finish in third for the 20 lap Late Model race was certainly enjoyable to watch.

The Small Block field saw 17 cars take the green flag as Larry Welling saw the gront and rear clip of his Mod heavily damaged in a heat race after a tangle with Roy Bresnahan and the front stretch well cut the field by one car.

My co-announcer at Fulton on Saturday night, Chris Coogan, calls this “The Summer of Sportsman” and such was the case as 59 hauled into the Route 57 track pits this past weekend.

The norm has become five or six 10 car heats and two full field 25 lap feature events which pay full purse and full points. Saturday night there was a 30 car and 29 car feature line up.

Well over 100 Sportsman have earned points this year and that list continues to grow as more new cars arrived this past weekend. Just imagine what the Industrial Tire of Central New York Outlaw weekend event is going to draw.

You never know what to expect in the Sportsman mains as they are lined up strictly by handicap. Officials don’t pick and choose the field (despite the thought by some that is how the line ups are organized).

Thus you end up with some unique fields where some weeks one might be more loaded than the other. Fate and handicap determine it, but when you have 10 car heats and only five are handicapped to the main you end up with some different feature line ups.

Fulton Pit Stops

Small Block driver Glenn Forward running in the top three on the 28th lap when he got together with Jeff McGinnis. The 7c front end collapsed and he was towed off for a disappointing 15th place finish…

Mod heats continue to be won by guys who have been around for a long time as Tim Sears Jr., Billy Whittaker and Larry Wight won the qualifiers…

Sportsman heats went to Dylan Zacharias, Wade Christman, Zach Sobotka, Torrey Stoughtenger, Willy Decker Jr. and Alan Fink…

Mike Button and Kyle Perry were running fifth and sixth in one Sportsman main and tangled with nine laps to go…

Brett Draper and Nate Higgins were also up front when they got together knocking them out of contention with four laps to go…

Richard Thornton, Kinser Hill, Aaron Cross, and Henry Desormeau among the new Sportsman…

George Sanford with a sharp new graphix job with River Retrievers on the rear quarterpanel…

Top ten Mods were Tim Sears Jr. who finished 1.2 seconds ahead of his uncle Tom Sears Jr. followed by Larry Wight, Jeff McGinnis, Ronnie Davis, Pat Ward, Tyler Trump, Todd Root, Bobby Herrington and Jordan McCreadie…

Sportsman driver Zach Sobotka continues to put on a weekly highlight reel as his run to second in the Sportsman main was a solid one…

Steady driving for Jessica Power and Amy Holland with a third and fourth…

Chris Mackey was running up to third when a caliper caused a rear brake problem, he slipped up the track between one and two going out to the wall and was shuffled back to seventh. Chris thought he could have had the car to get the job done…

Chris Hulsizer continues in a Rood Racing car and came home a solid third in his Sportsman main…

Solid deep field run by Corey Barker for third…

Brandon Carvey is building consistency with a fifth place…

Many folks might not realize it, but Jim Spano has been behind the wheel for 40 years and had a sixth place Sportsman finish on Saturday…

Only Sportsman not starting on the night for the feature was Josh Livingston who got a yuke tire collapsing his front end early on in the evening…

Quinn Wallis a dominating seven second win in the Novice…

Kearra “Kiki” Backus was second followed by Robert Gage…

Jake Davis was up front when his car broke shuffling him to last place…

A three hour show sent folks heading home around 10 p.m…

This Saturday night get to the track early as Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux Fan Fest will start immediately after hot laps with cars and drivers being brought up to the midway area. There will be topless Late Models on the schedule and the Trailer Race will close out the night. The regular classes will also be in competition.

Brewerton Rained Out

Matt Sheppard showed up at the Demon after getting rained out at Outlaw.

Four Cylinder Justin LaDue made the trek from Berkshire N.Y…

Only surprise Late Model in the pits was Jason Knowles…

Clayton Brewer III ready to get behind the back up Joe Garafolo machine. A few weeks back the car suffered from fuel pressure, but Joe noted, “It ran in the road near the shop all right this week.” …

Once again many thanks to Dave MacDonald for getting me back behind the keyboard. The computer was jammed up for nearly a month and I was unable to write…

Fun to be back and any news, comments etc send along to foley395@hotmail.com