Makin’ Tracks – Wight Gains Attention in Non Race; Fulton Night Little of Everything – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Larry Wight has a way of getting attention and it wasn’t exactly the Modified feature win that drew the fans eyes on Saturday night it was what came after all the regular racing was over.

Wight brought out his 360 wingless Sprint for practice twice during the night. First was right after hot laps on a heavier track and at the end of the night it was New York slick.

For the couple hundred of fans who stayed around it was an adventure to watch. The car shot all over the place as it slid all over the place.

Larry really liked the experience and said, “There is no side bite, no down force and it really has no body. At first really it just felt like those indoor go karts at Canastota. Once you hit the gas you start a four wheel slide.”




Continuing he said, “You drive with the rear tires and steer the wheel by feel. I really enjoyed it as I like a new challenge.”

Backing it in is what wingless sprints do with the front wheel turning right as the rear end comes around. I’m looking forward to running at Weedsport at the end of the month. The first turn will be interesting.”

With USAC Eastern Storm in Pennsylvania this week visions of 410 wingless sprinters rolling around the high banks of Fulton is something that hopefully will be considered someday.

Larry said, “I think Fulton would be ideal for a wingless Sprint car show. With the full banking and enough traction there would be no issue with three wide racing. It would be something.”

In Modified racing, Wight dominated on Saturday defeating Billy Whittaker (whose car is maintained in the Gypsum shop).

It was the 50th time that Wight had captured a feature in either a Modified or Sprint, but 48 of those have come in the dirt cab.

Love Has a Place in Racing

Michelle Courcy hasn’t seen much racing since being injured last year, but she was back in the Fulton pits on Saturday.

She was behind the wheel of her familiar number 4 and noted that it was the anniversary of her first date with J.J. Courcy and that happened at a race track. So to celebrate she wanted to race with her husband.

Sadly it didn’t last long as the car broke very early in the night and headed for the trailer.

At the other extreme Novice Sportsman Colby Herzog said his young son had said all day on Saturday, “Da Da Win, Da Da Win”.

Well, Colby did win and you couldn’t tell in victory lane if he was more proud of holding the checker flag or his young son in his arms.

Soothing Win For Kingsley

A.J. Kingsley hasn’t had the greatest of seasons and came into the night seventh in the Late Model point standings.

He started outside the second row, took the lead and ran away.

A huge smile came across his face as he climbed out as he knew it would be a while before he returns to the track.

A.J. indicated he was undergoing surgery and really wanted to win as he will possibly be off for seven weeks recovering.

It was an emotional victory lane with dad, mom and his sister.

Scary Moment for Flying Tire

Ray Bechler saw his tire come off during the Four Cylinder main as he exited turn two.

The flying object took to the air and got plenty of airtime before dropping like a bomb in the pits.

Seldom does a tire leave the track and get into the pits along the backstretch. A few years ago Eric Kingsley was hit by a tire while in his enclosed trailer, but this was the first time it has happened in a while.

Fortunately no one was injured, but Sportsman driver (and winner the previous week) Jessica Power said, “It hit my car and the trailer next to us. Thank God no one was hit, but it did cave in the side of the car and broke the roof.”

The Power team made repairs after the unexpected incident and she was back on the track for her main-event.

Fulton Pit Stops

Jimmy Phelps was hoping to rebound from the night before where he finished eighth at Brewerton. He said, “The right rear shock broke in the heat. In the feature I got mud in the rear tire during the first ten laps. I was wounded, but we finished.”

Good Fulton rebound with fourth…

Jim Witko explained that there were two things he faces on weekends with his new car. He said, “Brewerton gets tighter and tighter during the feature while Fulton gets looser and looser”…

Willy Decker Jr. has been struggling lately and noted, “We found that the steering box was broken and we had been fighting the car. We also replaced the torsion bars.”…

So he goes out for the heat and his battery dies. Dylan Zacharias went home and got another for his fellow competitor…

New cars included Jake Petitt, Kyle Rood, Rachael Zacharias, Dylan Zacharias (Sportsman) and Bob McCarthy (Four Cylinders)…

Chris Bonoffski swept the Four Cylinder weekend with the double wins…

Wow…Todd Root went from eighth to first on the first lap of his Sportsman heat. Root ended the night in second place for the feature…

Matt Hulsizer was on rails in running away with his Mod heat while Mike Bowman continued to get more consistent winning the second and Andrew Ferguson, after missing the handicap spot the previous week, won the third heat…

Nice to see Tom Mackey in the Mikey Wight 7N win a Novice heat. The team needed a boost. Mikey is out with serious eye injuries, but the team continues to race…

Katelyn Hile led the Mod feature early, but hopped the cushion on the eighth lap…

Hulsizer led the main only to have the rear end break…

Bowman inherited the lead on the eighth lap of the Mod Main. Good weekend with a third place finish…

Billy Whittaker took over at the front on lap nine…

Lap 19 saw 99L in front for good…

I really enjoyed the individual battles as you had cars from the same shop (99L and 109), family relatives Jimmy Phelps and Mike Bowman, brothers in law Tim Sears Jr. and Adam Roberts, and you also had two husband and wife teams with Bellingers and Hiles as well as brother in laws Robbie Bellinger and Matt Hulsizer all doing battle from time to time…

Brakes or I guess I should say no brakes curtailed Chad Phelps night. Tough weekend for the X Man…

Jeremy Pitcher is winding down his full time Sportsman racing career and won one of the 25 lappers. He said it is time to give more time to his wife. He did say he won’t race full time after this year, but left the door open from time to time action…

Alan Fink has won at all three tracks he races at regularly this year and edged Billy Clark by nearly two seconds for his Fulton Sportsman win…

Mike Button broke the front end in his heat, but finished the night in tenth place after starting in 19th.

Late Model driver Chris Fleming is still putting his own car back together, but drove Brandon Fords car. It lasted less than a half lap as the drive shaft and rear end went. He hopes to have his car back for the LM appearance at Brewerton.

Novice driver Matt Becker had trouble keeping the car going a few weeks ago, but has improved so much that second place was his destiny on Saturday.

Racing for the lead in the final Novice main Tom Juno and leader John Strickler made contact sending the 87 spinning. Juno ended up winning his second main of the year. Not bad for a true rookie with absolutely no previous experience.

That’s it for this one. Please send news and comments to foley395@hotmail.com