By BILL FOLEY
“We’re gonna race,” said Modified driver Tom Sears Jr. as he prepared to start at the tail end of the field for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
Sears earned the berth in the field due to his DirtTrackDigest.com “Win and You’re In” feature victory on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.
The 2008 Fulton Speedway champion is anxious go race and the win that got him in meant quite a bit to him.
He said, “It was the last Big Block feature at Fulton. I cut my teeth there. I love to run Fulton. You don’t get tore up and it is my home track.”
Of last night’s win Tom said, “No wins at Fulton come easy. I started 11th and my nephew Tim (Sears Jr.) led early, but broke a drive shaft. I had to pass Matt Hulsizer to get the win and did that around 11 to 15 laps in.”
So Sears Jr. and the Mullen’s Industrial Handling Corp 62s owned by Jerry Fay has found its place in the Oswego pits for the culmination of Super Dirt Week.
Tom noted, “I haven’t raced Super DIRT Week since it was at Syracuse. My car owner (Jerry Fay) drives by the fairgrounds every day and just loved that place. We skipped Oswego last year as we wanted to see how it worked out and how the track was.”
The track is substantially different for this year’s event and Tom is anxious to get going.
Sears said, “I need not to get a lap down early. I need to stay on the lead lap. Starting back where we are I need to pass several cars early. The tough thing is that we have no practice and haven’t been out on the track at all. I’ll have to adjust.”
Sears Jr. drives the slick at Fulton and if the Oswego surface evolves in that manner he could fare well.