By BOBBY SWEENEY
FULTON, NY – Jimmy Phelps claimed victory in Fulton’s prestigious Outlaw 200, dominating the final 75 laps for his third victory in the event.
“Obviously the track got locked down those first 100, but hats off to them for giving us a racy surface the second half,” Phelps said. “After the first half, I was honestly just hoping to hang onto third, but once I saw they were going through the track I knew we had a piece to win. We’ve been really good all year, consistently a top five car, and when running consistently top five the wins will come. What a race car.”
Mat Williamson grabbed the lead from Rob Bellinger early in the Outlaw 200, showing his muscle in the opening laps and jumping out to a big lead. Before the event’s first caution on lap 29, Williamson gapped the rest of the pack by a straightaway, working lapped traffic better than the rest.
A couple more quick cautions kept Williamson in check, but with a rubbered-up bottom, Bellinger was more interested in falling into second on restarts than challenging for the lead. Bellinger slid back to fourth on a lap 36 restart, with Erick Rudolph and Phelps slipping by.
While a rash of cautions kept Williamson close to the field, it was obvious at the one-quarter mark Williamson had a missile of a Modified. Danny Johnson went to second on a lap 65 restart, clawing past Phelps and Rudolph in the middle of the track where few could make ground. Johnson didn’t stay in second for long, as Williamson, the dominant car of the night, broke a driveshaft under caution on lap 71.
Over the next 25 laps, Johnson held off Rudolph, Phelps, and Bellinger, with “The Doctor” leading the field to the halfway break. With a rubbered-up track, Fulton officials decided to grade up and water the whole surface during the break, throwing the teams a major curveball for the second half of the event.
At the start of the second hundred lap run to the checkered, Rudolph snatched the lead away from Johnson. Rudolph’s lead was short-lived, as Johnson blasted the cushion and to the lead on lap 107. Johnson flexed his power, darting off to a big lead before the caution waived for Billy Whittaker’s flat with 116 laps in. When racing resumed, Johnson went back to the top and drove away, but it wasn’t for long.
On lap 121, Johnson’s right rear tire went flat, forcing him pitside and handing the lead off to Rudolph. On the restart, Phelps blew by Rudolph, then quickly building up a big lead of his own. As Larry Wight spun to a stop on lap 137 with a broken front end, Phelps’ lead had already grown to a full straightaway, and Phelps went back to work rebuilding his advantage when race pace resumed.
With 50 laps to go, Phelps was on cruise control, walking away from Rudolph and Brett Hearn. Stewart Friesen’s dismal day that barely saw him qualify now had him in fourth, while 2017 Fulton big-block champion Tim Sears Jr. had crawled to fifth.
Around lap 160, Rudolph chopped into Phelps’ lead fast, closing to within a handful of car lengths. As quickly as Rudolph ate into the gap, Phelps took off even faster, with the lead back to its maximum by lap 170.
As the race neared it’s completion, Phelps was having obvious struggles with lapped traffic, fighting to get by every car despite the second half of the event having a very multi-groove surface.
However, Rudolph was having even bigger issues with the traffic, unable to get by some cars for laps at a time. This allowed Phelps to hold a big lead, one he would never relinquish, as Phelps claimed his third Outlaw 200 victory in the last six years.
Rudolph crossed in second, while Hearn, Friesen, and Tim Sears Jr. completed the top five.
(32nd Annual SUNY Canton Outlaw 200) – JIMMY PHELPS, Erick Rudolph, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Tim Sears Jr., Max McLaughlin, Rob Bellinger, Tom Sears Jr., Todd Root, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Peter Britten, Ron Davis III, Ryan Arbutnot, Glenn Forward, Kyle Coffey, Willy Decker, Jack Lehner, Andrew Ferguson, Garett Rushlow, Matt Hulsizer, Mitch Gibbs, Yan Bussiere, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Joe Shields, Billy Whittaker, Randy Shantel, Danny Varin, Mat Williamson, Justin Wright, Chris Hile, Mario Clair, Tyler Trump, Nick Krause, Billy Dunn, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Jeff Sykes, Michael Parent, Tyler Meeks, Tim Fuller, Billy Decker, DQ – Roy Bresnahan.
5 Qualify. 2 to the redraw.
(Heat 1) – Tim Sears Jr., Erick Rudolph, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Justin Wright, Billy Whittaker, Joe Shields, Rick Regalski, Nate Higgins, Brian Murphy, Tim Harris.
(Heat 2) – Peter Britten, Danny Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, Yan Bussiere, Mario Clair, Randy Shantel, Nick Nye, Tyler Thompson, Andrew Ferguson, JR Hurlburt, Rich Riggs.
(Heat 3) – Ryan Arbuthnot, Mat Williamson, Michael Parent, Tom Sears, Danny Varin, Roy Bresnahan, Jack Lehner, Tyler Trump, Ryan Jordan, Rick Richner, Tim Murphy.
(Heat 4) – Jimmy Phelps, Max McLaughlin, Chris Hile, Tyler Meeks, Mitch Gibbs, Garett Rushlow, Tom Keyes, Scott Boudinot, DJ Forbes, Joe August, Billy Decker.
(Heat 5) – Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Billy Dunn, Ron Davis III, Willy Decker, Jeff Sykes, Brett Tonkin, Mike Trautschold, Lee Dewitt, Steve Marshall.
(Heat 6) – Rob Bellinger, Kyle Coffey, Brett Hearn, Glenn Forward, Steve Paine, Todd Root, Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Chad Phelps, Rocky Warner, JJ Courcy.
(Consolation 1) – Billy Whittaker, Randy Shantel, Joe Shields, Andrew Ferguson, Nick Nye, JR Hurlburt, Nate Higgins, Rick Regalski, Tyler Thompson, Tim Harris, Brian Murphy, Rich Riggs.
(Consolation 2) – Roy Bresnahan, Tyler Trump, Garett Rushlow, Jack Lehner, Tom Keyes, Ryan Jordan, Rick Richner, DJ Forbes, Tim Murphy, Scott Boudinot, Joe August.
(Consolation 3) – Todd Root, Jeff Sykes, Stewart Friesen, Nick Krause, Alan Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Mike Trautshold, Chad Phelps, Steve Marshall, JJ Courcy, Lee Dewitt, Rocky Warner.
(Hoosier Tire Hard Luck Award) – Danny Johnson
(Hard Charger – Drum of VP Racing Fuel) – Stewart Friesen.
(Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50) – BRAD ROUSE, Dave Marcuccilli, Shane Pecore, Zach Sobotka, Brandon Ford, Alan Fink, James Friesen, Kevin Root, Nick Krause, Jackson Gill, David Schilling, Amy Holland, Wade Chrisman, Chris Mackey, Corey Barker, Mike Stanton Jr., Brianna Ladoucer, Jeff Taylor, Martin Pelletier, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Jack Meeks, Jessica Power, Kyle Keihn, Bob Henry Jr., Rick Miller, Jimmy Moyer, Adam Rozon, Kyle Fink, Matt Jaczuk, Kyle Inman, Will Shields, Tom Juno.
Industrial Tire of CNY Heat Race Bonuses – 1st – $150 – 2nd $100 -3rd – $50
Top – 2 Qualify. Winner to the redraw
(Heat 1) – Wade Chrisman, Tom Juno, Tony Finch II, Jordan Kelly, Brett Draper, Rocky Grosso, Rachel Zacharias, Brianna Ladoucer, DNS – Brandon Chretien
(Heat 2) – Shane Pecore, Kyle Fink, James Friesen, Tyler Thompson, Greg Doust, Richard Murtaugh, Frank Sobotka, Torrey Stoughtenger, Dan Kapuscinski.
Heat 3) – Kyle Inman, Nick Krause, Matt Janczuk, Joey Buonagurio, Colby Herzog, Ryan Gustin, Michelle Courcy, Keith Stevenson, Kearra Backus, DNS – Joe Gosek.
(Heat 4) – Dave Marcuccilli, David Schilling, Will Shields, Kevin Root, Mark Yorker, Joe Sobotka, Cedric Gauvreau, Brent Joy, Rich Townsend, AJ Miller.
(Heat 5) – Zach Sobotka, Jack Meeks, Josh Reome, Austin Germinio, Robert Gage, Josh Blackwell, Matt Becker, Brian Evenden, Tim Abate.
(Heat 6) – Jessica Power, Amy Holland, Chris Mackey, Corey Barker, Chris Corbett, Jimmy Moyer, Willy Decker Jr., Tim Baker, Steve Marshall, Tyler Corcoran.
(Heat 7) – Jeff Taylor, Rick Miller, Jim Spano, Jake Davis, Tyler Murray, Chuck Miller, Rick Rogala, Cody Wolfe, George Dyer, Ben Bushaw.
(Heat 8) – Brad Rouse, Alan Fink, Bob Henry, Mike Stanton Jr., Richie Riggs, Jackson Gill, Earl Rudy, Garett Rushlow, Billy Sauve, Randy Fox.
(Heat 9) – Brandon Ford, Adam Rozon, Tim Devendorf, Chris Hulsizer, Matt Steffenhagen, Rocco Leone, Dylan Zacharias, Billy Clark Jr., Bailey Groves, DNS – Charlie Tibbitts,
(heat 10) – Martin Peltier, Kyle Kiehn, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Brandon Carvey, Greg Henry, Quinn Wallis, Kyle Perry, Jeff Lawrence, Dorian Wahdan.
(Consolation 1) – James Friesen, Tyler Thompson, Tony Finch II, Greg Doust, Brianna Ladoucer, AJ Miller, Torrey Stoughtenger, Frank Sobotka, Dan Kapuscinski, Rachel Zacharias, Rocky Grosso, Brett Draper, Richard Murtaugh, DNS – Brandon Chretrien, Jordan Kelly.
(Consolation 2) – Matt Janczuk, Will Shields, Keven Root, Mark Yorker, Joe Sobotka, Brent Joy, Joey Buonagurio, Cedric Gauvreau, Rich Townsend, Colby Herzog, Michelle Courcy, Keith Stevenson DNS – Joe Gosek, Kearra Backus, Ryan Gustin.
(Consolation 3) – Jimmy Moyer, Chris Mackey, Josh Reome, Corey Barker, Chris Corbett, Willy Decker Jr., Steve Marshall, Tyler Corcoran, Tim Baker, Tim Abate, Austin Germinio, Robert Gage, Josh Blackwell, Matt Becker, DNS – Brian Evenden.
(Consolation 4) – Bob Henry Jr. Mike Stanton Jr., Jim Spano, Richie Riggs, Jake Davis, Tyler Murray, Chuck Miller, Garett Rushlow, Jackson Gill, Cody Wolfe, Rick Rogala, Ben Bushaw, Billy Sauve, Randy Fox, George Dyer, DNS – Earl Rudy.
(Consolation 5) – Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Greg Henry, Rocco Leone, Tim Devendorf, Dylan Zacharias, Matt Steffenhagen, Kyle Perry, Dorian Wahdan, Bailey Groves, Chris Bonoffski, Chris Hulsizer, Brandon Carvey, DNS – Quinn Wallis, Billy Clark Jr., Jeff Lawrence, Charlie Tibbitts.
B-Main Winner Qualifies
(B-Main 1) – Mike Stanton Jr., Kevin Root, Corey Barker, Tyler Thompson, Brianna Ladoucer, Jake Davis, Rocco Leone, Brent Joy, Rich Townsend, Matt Steffenhagen, Frank Sobotka, Randy Fox, Jordan Kelly, Brandon Carvey, Rocky Grosso, Bailey Groves, Kearra Backus, Josh Blackwell, Steve Marshall, Tim Abate, Rick Rogala, DNS – Garett Rushlow, Joe Gosek, Jeff Lawrence.
(B-Main 2) – Will Shields, Josh Reome, Greg Doust, Dylan Zacharias, Richie Riggs, Willy Decker Jr., Cedric Gauvreau, Tim Baker, Chris Hulsizer, Joe Sobotka, Chuck Miller, Cody Wolfe, Dorian Wahdan, Richard Murtaugh, Torrey Stoughtenger, Michelle Courcy, Bill Sauve, Greg Henry, DNS – Rachel Zacharias, Robert Gage, Keith Stevenson, Billy Clark, Brian Evenden, Earl Rudy.
(B-Main 3) – Chris Mackey, Jim Spano, AJ Miller, Mark Yorker, Jackson Gill, Chris Corbett, Tyler Murray, Tyler Corcoran, Tim Devendorf, Joey Buonagurio, Danny Kapuscinski, Brett Draper, Ben Bushaw, Colby Herzog, Kyle Perry, George Dyer, Brandon Chretrien, Tony Finch II, Matt Becker, DNS – Chris Bonoffski, Austin Germinio, Ryan Gustin, Quinn Wallis, Charlie Tibbitts.
Sportsman Special Awards
Industrial Tire of CNY Heat Bonus cash – 1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50
Hoosier Tire to the Hard Luck Award – Kyle Inman
$50 Henry’s Exhaust Gift Certificate to each heat winner. – Wade Chrisman, Shane Pecore, Kyle Inman, Dave Marcuccilli, Zach Sobotka, Jessica Power, Jeff Taylor, Brad Rouse, Brandon Ford, Martin Pelletier.
Atomic Wrap to one randomly drawn feature starter – Adam Rozon
Winner is a guaranteed starter in the All-Star Race at Charlotte on October 26 – Brad Rouse
$50 Beyea Custom Headers Gift Certificate to third place finisher in each heat race – Tony Finch II, James Friesen, Matt Janczuk, Will Shields, Josh Reome, Chris Mackey, Jim Spano, Bob Henry Jr., Tim Devendorf, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald.
$100 Hard Charger from Northeast Racing Products Auction & Trade Show – Nov. 16 & 17 – Kevin Root
$ 300 Beyea Custom Headers Gift Certificate to Hard Charger – Kevin Root
Drum of VP Race Fuels to hard Charger – Kevin Root