By BOBBY SWEENEY
FULTON, NY Larry Wight grabbed career win #50 on Saturday night, coming from deep in the field to grab yet another Modified feature victory at the Fulton Speedway.
Katelyn Hile took the lead at the drop of the green and led the opening circuits of the 35-lap feature. However, Hile’s lead lasted only a matter of laps, as Matt Hulsizer closed in on Hile, reaching her rear bumper by lap 8. Things quickly took a turn for the worse for both drivers, as hard contact between the two sent both drivers to the pits with damaged machines. Mike Bowman inherited the lead after the caution for Hile and Hulsizer, but surrendered the top spot to Billy Whittaker just two laps later.
Wight started the feature in the 17th starting spot, and reached third by lap 14. A caution for a spun Tim Kerr on lap 17 reset the field once more, allowing Wight to close in on both Bowman and Whittaker at the front of the field. Wight wasted no time once the field returned to green, blasting around Bowman before the field reached turn one, and driving around Whittaker for the lead just a single lap later.
While Wight quickly ran away and hid from the field, drivers further back began to make some noise. Jimmy Phelps first cracked into the top five on lap 24, sneaking past Adam Roberts and teammate Max McLaughlin, ultimately climbing up to fourth. Last week’s winner, Tim Sears Jr., also broke into the top five late, but neither him nor Phelps could begin to mount a charge at the frontrunners. As the checkered flag flew, Wight crossed the line over a full straight in front of Whittaker, Bowman, Phelps, and Sears for his 50th career victory.
“We were gone for a little bit, but we found a couple bugs with the car and worked them out,” Wight noted. “We were able to get up through traffic good, and the restarts let us get up to second. From there, it was just me and Billy.”
Jeremy Pitcher and Alan Fink dominated the two Sportsman features, taking a Saturday night cruise to each of their wins. The two winners then faced off in a 3-lap dash for $100 to win, courtesy of Syracuse Haulers. Pitcher came out the narrow victor in the cash dash.
AJ Kingsley went out on top, taking the win in convincing fashion in the Late Model feature. Unfortunately, Kingsley will not be able to defend his victory next week, as he is expected to miss over a month of racing due to an upcoming surgery.
Chris Bonoffski scored his second win in two nights in the 4-Cylinder feature, although piloting his other Honda tonight, a different car than the one he took the checkered in at Brewerton the night earlier. Tom Juno took his second Novice Sportsman win in a row, sharing the victory lane with Colby Herzog.
Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds 35 Laps) – LARRY WIGHT, Billy Whittaker, Mike Bowman, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Adam Roberts, Max McLaughlin, Chris Hile, Pat Ward, Jim Witko Jr.Rob Bellinger, Chad Phelps, Andrew Ferguson, Tim Mayne, Beth Bellinger, Joe August Jr., Tim Kerr, Kody Graham, Roy Bresnahan, Tim Murphy, Tom Sears, Ryan Jordan, Katelyn Hile, Matt Hulsizer.
(SUNY Canton Sportsman #1 25 Laps) – JEREMY PITCHER, Todd Root, Tyler Trump, Glenn Forward, JJ Courcy, Will Shields, Joey Buonagurio, Mike Stanton Jr., Nate Higgins, Mike Button, Jim Spano, Jessica Power, Aron Backus, Dorian Wahdan, Patrick LaPage, Steve Marshall, Kyle Perry, Brandon Carvey, DNS-Willy Decker Jr.
(SUNY Canton Sportsman #2 25 Laps) – ALAN FINK, Billy Clark Jr., Nick Krause, Corey Barker, Ron Davis III, Chris Cunningham, AJ Miller, Jeremy Dygert, Dylan Zacharias, Wade Chrisman, Mike Phelps, Brett Draper, Mark Effner, Jason Amidon, Rocky Grosso, Torrey Stoughtenger, Ryan Hatherill, Chris Mackey, DNS-Michelle Courcy.
(Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models 20 Laps) – AJ KINGSLEY, Sean Beardsley, Kevan Cook, Bret Belden, Chad Homan, Jason Parkhurst, Dale Caswell, Brandon Carvey, Steven Coit, Matt Parkhurst, Jason Occhino, Chris Fleming.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman #1 15 Laps) – COLBY HERZOG, Matt Becker, Wesley Hayes, Jimmy Moyer, Bill Megnin, Kearra Backus, Dan Dupra, Jake Davis, Kyle Rood, Casey Cunningham.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman #2 15 Laps) – TOM JUNO, Rachel Zacharias, Jake Petit, Tom Mackey, John Stickler, Robert Gage, Pat Nolan, Tyler Rogers, Bill Sauve
(JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinders 15 Laps) – CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Quinn Wallis, Dakota Bechler, Nate Powers, Stephanie Seeley, Evan Wright, Bob McCarthy, Dylan Curcie, Joe Buske Jr., Ray Bechler, Cody Thomas.