Makin’ Tracks: Fulton Too Popular With Cars – DTD Exclusive

By Bill Foley

Sometimes being popular is not exactly a good thing.

Such is the case at the Fulton Speedway where a huge influx of Sportsman racers has lengthened the regular show.

With the addition of an extra 25-lap Sportsman feature and another added 15 lap Novice Sportsman feature suddenly it is like two extra classes are on the nightly schedule.

In the past a 10:30 p.m. was sort of the common end, but the 11:15 p.m. wind up on Saturday just proved a bit of a marathon as it took over four hours to complete the show.




There are some positives including the Modified main being run much earlier than the final three or four features and Sportsman drivers are getting their much desired track time and more seat experience. This will pay tremendous dividends in the long run.

Regular fans understand what the deal is, but new fans (ones that might only go to the races once in a while) seem to be a bit more impatient and on Saturday night you could see many heading for the doors long before the night was over. However, make note that not everyone stays around anyways for the final features of the night.

Just a matter of too much of a good thing for the Sportsman, but it’s better than having 14 cars for a full field.

Red Flag Causes Accident

When a multi-car accident on the front straight sent a car over the red was called for immediately.

All eyes were focused on the accident that included Jeremy Pitcher, Nate Higgins and flipping Dorian Wahdan.

However, in the back stretch it appeared Mike Button and Jim Spano, who were running at the front of the field stopped quickly and folks began to bounce off the two veterans’ cars. Spano was done for the night ruining his best run of the year in the Sportsman division.

In the end Button rallied for fourth behind Davis, Shields and Krause.

Mods Proving to be Wight Benefit

Larry Wight appears to have the Fulton field covered and those daring moves, which on Saturday night saw him get up to five positions (and maybe) more with an early race move off the second turn, set the stage for win number three on the year.

Wight started deep in the field, but by lap eight he was fourth, laps 10 third and then went past Mike Bowman for second on the 14th.

Yellow came out for a right rear flat on Tim Mayne’s 8M and suddenly the leader Hulsizer pitted. Larry took over and the rest was history.

Fulton Pit Stops

New drivers pit-side Saturday night included Jeremy Louck, Dave DeNova and Jacobe Palmatier in the Four-Cylinders as well as Dakota Bechler in the Cunningham family car (Dakota heading for the Air Force in July and they wanted to give him a chance to run a Sportsman)…

Modified driver Tim Harris in the house for the first time…

Jessica Power brought along a second car in case it was needed for Weedsport on Sunday. The front end of her car collapsed on the first lap of the Sportsman main. However, the ‘Port got rained out so she didn’t need her old car…

Dick Parkhurst was back behind the Late Model wheel…

Ronnie Davis III was back after a first lap shunt at Brewerton that chewed up the left rear. RD3 came home with a Sportsman win…

Novice Sportsman driver Joe Abass had another new Bicknell under him. The folks at the Bicknell shopped got the old chassis and accessories at 8:30 a.m. and by 1 p.m. Joe was headed home with the new car ready to go racing. The car he basically destroyed a few weeks ago had just 10 laps on it before a pancake hit in turn four. He came home second in his feature…

Jake Davis is graduating from Cato-Meridian this Friday night. Dad is attending ceremony, but Ronnie said, “I didn’t attend my graduation and went racing that night so I won’t be going.”

Ron won the main event the night he was supposed to walk across the stage…

Glenn Forward was battling his car all night. The carburetor gave him trouble in hot laps and his dad had to take a rock to the starter.  He hit it a few times to get out for the feature. If he had been pushed off it would have meant starting in the rear of the Sportsman main. Forward edged Alan Fink by .630 of a second to win the main…

Cars don’t get upside down often at Fulton, but Jeremy Pitcher must have gotten turned around on the front stretch and drivers took evasive action. Dorian Wahdan got caught up and went over a car flipping on the front stretch. He was okay, but significant damage to the 06. Pitcher restarted and the high point man going into the night came home with a hard fought sixth as he was just behind Jeremy Dygert…

Nice Sportsman run for Will Shields with a season best runner-up finish…

Ryan Jordan won his Mod heat, but was dq’d for weight issues. Katelyn Hile finished second to Jordan…

Matt Hulsizer and Chad Phelps continued their turnaround weekend with Mod heat wins…

Consistency is coming to Pat Ward with a second at Fulton…

Top five was competitive for the Mods with Tim Sears, Jimmy Phelps and Chad Phelps third to fifth.  There were some good duels during the 35-lapper…

Billy Whittaker and Mike Bowman came home with sixth and seventh as consistency is starting to find its way to both camps…

Rookie Kody Graham finished in 14th and was the last car on the lead lap…

Chris Hile got into the backend of his wife’s car as the field got jammed up early in the main and he exited with damage on the fourth lap. Katelyn came in 12th…

Jimmy Witko rebounded from a bad weekend the previous Friday and Saturday and got an eighth in the Mod main…

Tough break for Tom Sears and Max McLaughlin early in the Mod feature as Adam Roberts got out of shape between three and four, made the save, but the other two made contact. Roberts pitted on the 18th lap running fifth…

Late Model driver Chad Homan had trouble with his starter in the prelims…

Domination by Jason Parkhurst in the Late Models as he simply ran away and hid from the rest of the field. No one could touch him…

Interesting quirk in the Late Models. Sean Beardsley won in the 10 and Chris Fleming won in the 18. The number 18 has always been Beardsley’s and Fleming is number 10. Just switching different cars by different owners.

Fleming hopes to have his own car repaired this coming weekend for the special at Brewerton on Friday, but took the Brandon Ford 18 to second place ahead of Kevin Cook, Beardsley and Jason Occhino…

Nate Talbot will be out soon in a new Late Model..

Sportsman driver Todd Root capped off a good weekend with a first at the Demon and a hard driven third at Fulton…

Corey Barker and Billy Clark were fourth and fifth in their Sportsman mains and worked for every position they achieved…

Mike Stanton Jr. appeared to lose the motor while in front of the main…

There were all kinds of weight issues in the Novice Sportsman…

John Strickler was mighty happy after getting a Novice Sportsman win. Tyler Rogers won the other as 20 Novice were pit-side…

No racing at Fulton this Saturday night so get ready for the return of the Empire Super Sprint Speedweek on July 1 along with all the regular classes and fireworks.

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