Makin’ Tracks – Fulton Like the Good Old Days – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Joe Sobotka and Mike Button have been around Fulton Speedway for decades.

On Saturday night both returned to victory lane as they outdistanced Sportsman fields at Fulton in what proved to be two very emotional interviews.

Button captured the make up main which was run prior to the regular starting time and in victory lane he tried to hold back the tears, but his voice trembled as he celebrated as he simply said, “We’ve sucked this season”, but instead of taking credit for the win he thanked his long time sponsors and folks that helped him.

He won over Torrey Stoughtenger who has become much better since purchasing a race car from Billy Whittaker. Torrey has also developed as a driver and Button was quick to note “I said a while ago that he was one to keep your eyes on. I knew he was going to be good and he raced me clean.”




A couple of hours later Joe Sobotka, who last won a Modified race at Fulton in 1978 and then shortly after walked away from the sport for a few years, returned to victory lane for the first time in 41 years.

Joe said, “I’ve never had a car hook up like that. I just wanted to stay right in the middle. It was awesome. I guess we made the right changes.”

And interestingly enough with the track conditions on the “icy” side the top three in one Sportsman main were veterans Joe Sobotka, Jim Spano (racing 44 years) and Button.

Marcuccilli First Timer

Dave Marcuccilli has proven to be a Sportsman champion, but dove into the 358 world with the help of Troy Fleming of All Star Contractors.

He started in fifth and once in the lead was challenged early by Ron Davis III, but won going away.

After finishing ninth and tenth the first two weeks at Fulton and then having engine woes which forced him to Mike Fowlers 410 Sportsman to keep in the point race, he was beginning to question himself and his ability. He knew the move would be tough, but the win in his fourth time out at Fulton came much much earlier than he ever anticipated.

Pit Stops

Mod driver Bobby Herrington still missing after have two engines go south on him. Hopefully he’ll be back soon…

Chris Hulsizer has a former Jimmy Phelps mount he’s running as a 358…

53 Sportsman, 27 Mods, 11 Novice Sportsman and 10 Late Models were in the pits…

Sportsman driver Stoughtenter was six-tenths of a second behind Button in the first main and a half second behind Alan Fink in the second. A week ago he was so close only to break a part and fall off the pace…

Mike Richmond was a new face and came from 14th to rally for fifth in his Sportsman main…

Solid third place run for Jimmy Moyer as he finished behind Fink and Stoughtenger…

Gordy Button was in Jeff Taylor’s 11T for the night and came home with a seventh…

Dylan Zacharias was sixth and he should have his new Troyer in the pits next week…

Kyle Perry continues to show massive improvement with a fourth as he’s looking eventually to get his 350 Super together, but he is adapting well to dirt and has been mentored by Pat Ward…

Tyler Murray looked like he might have lost an engine and Jessica Power pulled out her other car to let Tyler get some points…

Worst accident of the night saw Joe Kline and Austin Germino make heavy contact with one another. Early reports had the Kline car in bad shape…

Gavin Eisele a new face in Sportsman along with Henry Desormeau…

Chris Bonoffski was in Rachael Zacharias car for the make up feature…

Mark Effner was running toward the front of his main only to have mechanical problems with four laps to go…

Larry Wight picked up the Larkin Mowing $50 hard charger bonus going from 17th to sixth…

Former Sportsman drivers are making their presence felt. Marcuccilli, Davis, Todd Root and Glenn Forward are first or second year drivers and they comprised the four while Tim Sears Jr. is a veteran Mod driver, but came from the Sportsman ranks…

Dale Planck is working with the A.J. Miller team, but the toter broke down and they could only haul one car. A.J. had the Sportsman in the pits and Planck’s car couldn’t get there. Dale did pit up handicap points by starting A.J.’s car in the rear of the field. He ran 12 laps…

Jim Walsh was the lone new Modified driver…

Colin Dubois was the lone DNS as he had mechanical woes…

Richard Murtaugh III captured both Novice mains. He led just from the fourth turn to the start-finish line for the first win as the two lead cars rubbed and scrubbed…

Late Models will have $1,000 on the line this coming week, but Kevin Cook captured his first of the year by just .8 of a second ahead of Chris Fleming…

Nice touch by sponsor Syracuse Haulers as they donated an extra $200 to the Mod winner and $100 to Sportsman and Late Model victors and even the Novice got $50 for the win…

Well, Saturday night twin 35’s with a make up and regular feature for the Mods, $1,000 to win Open draw Late Model event and the Sportsman and Novice on the card. Starting a little earlier at 6:45 p.m…

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