By BOBBY SWEENEY
FULTON, NY – There is nothing better than the feeling of a getting new car. Todd experienced that first hand on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway as he drove his brand new car to victory lane.
Root darted our to the lead at the beginning of the 35-lap Small Block Modified main. After just a handful of laps, Root’s lead had grown to nearly a straightaway over the battling duo of Tyler Trump and Jeff McGinnis. With seven circuits in, McGinnis got around Trump for second, and Bobby Herrington followed through to third soon after. As the laps ticked away, Root continued to pull away, looking for his first ever Modified win in his first full season.
By halfway, Root’s advantage had stabilized at a full straight. Behind him, the battle for second was heating up, as Herrington caught McGinnis and Tim Sears Jr. was catching both. The trio battled hard for the runner up spot, with McGinnis narrowly hanging on to the position for the time. On lap 30, the three drivers went three wide for second, with Sears grabbing the spot and quickly motoring away.
While Sears climbed from eighth to second, he was still a straightaway behind Root and had very little time to catch him. When the checkered flew after 35 caution-free laps, it was Todd Root walking away to his first 358-Modified victory in his short career. Tim Sears Jr. crossed a distant second, followed by Jeff McGinnis, Bobby Herrington, and Pat Ward.
Root first began running Sportsman in 2013, rapidly becoming a top driver in the area. Late in 2017, Root began testing the waters of the 358-Modified division, winning his heat at last year’s Outlaw 200 and running in the 358-Modified event at Super Dirt Week.
“It helped with the starting spot, and the track was really good, but you can’t really take a whole lot away beating these guys,” Root said. “The car was brand new this morning. We’ll be back with the 11 (Root’s normal car) next week, we’re just getting some stuff together for the end of the year. It’s just another car we’ve been putting together since winter and decided to finish it up this morning.”
In yet another Late Model thriller, Sean Beardsley slid around the top of Jason Parkhurst with four laps to go for the lead, then holding off Chris Fleming and Tim Sears Jr. to win by half a car length. However, Beardsley was light on the scales and the win was then awarded to Fleming.
Once Dorian Wahdan got by Richie Riggs in the first Sportsman event, he opened up a solid lead over the rest of the pack. As fast as it opened up, Jessica Power was able to close the lead, but it wasn’t enough, as Wahdan claimed his first ever Sportsman win. Alan Fink reached the lead at halfway in the second Sportsman feature, then cruising away to another victory in dominating fashion.
Scott Mallette’s first trip to Fulton was a success, as he claimed victory in the first Novice Sportsman event, grabbing a trophy from Fulton to add to his two from Utica-Rome. Kierra Backus held off challenge after challenge from Robert Gage and Quinn Wallis for her first ever triumph.
August 11- Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Night Results.
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) – TODD ROOT, Tim Sears Jr., Jeff McGinnis, Bobby Herrington, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr., Ron Davis III, Jordan McCreadie, Glenn Forward, Rob Bellinger, Tyler Trump, Billy Whittaker, Joe Shields, Roy Bresnahan, Brian Murphy, Aaron Jacobs.
(SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman #1 25 Laps) – DORIAN WAHDAN, Jessica Power, Nick Krause, Richie Riggs, Chris Hulsizer, Matt Janczuk, Kyle Perry, Zach Sobotka, Jackson Gill, Dylan Zacharias, Scott Prentice, Brandon Ford, Nate Higgins, Jim Spano, Mike Stanton Jr., Brandon Carvey, George Sanford, Tyler Corcoran, Mark Yorker, DJ Forbes, Josh Livingston, Rocky Grosso, AJ Miller, John Strickler, Richard Thorton, Kelly Smith, Mike Fowler, Brett Draper.
(SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman #2 25 Laps) – ALAN FINK, Mike Phelps, Chris Mackey, Wade Chrisman, Corey Barker, Amy Holland, Chris Corbett, Tom Juno, Jimmy Moyer, Greg Doust, Billy Clark Jr., Willy Decker Jr., Earl Rudy, Tyler Murray, Joe Sobotka, Torrey Stoughtenger, Anthony Rasmussen, Casey Cunningham, Tom Princiotta, Josh Blackwell, Bill Sauve, Addison Bowman, Chris Bonoffski, Tim Abate, Tony Finch, Chris Cunningham – Ryan Hatherill. DQ – Steve Marshall.
(Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models 20 Laps) –, CHRIS FLEMING, Tim Sears Jr., Bret Belden, Chad Homan, Brian Knowles, Dale Caswell, Dane Keller Jr., Jason Parkhurst, Alan Chapman, Steve Coit, Mike Kazmierczak, Aaron Jacobs, Matt Kitts, Kevan Cook, Max Hill, Sean Beardsley.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman #1 15 Laps) – SCOTT MALLETTE, Riley Rogala, Kyle Young, Dana Camenga, Keith Stevenson, Ryan Gustin, Mikey Wight, Richard Murtaugh.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman # 2 15 Laps) – KEARRA BACKUS, Robert Gage, Quinn Wallis, Richard Paige, Kyle Rood, Pat Nolan, Brandon Thompson, DNS – Jake Davis.
(Trailer Race) – $1,000 – Benjamin Becker $300 – Sam Taylor $200 – Rich Murtaugh (Master Of Destruction $100) Jake Dennee (Most Unique Entry $100) – Alan Fink (Best Appearing $100) – Jake Dennee.