By MIKE MALLETT
The Outlaw 200 weekend at the Fulton Speedway is finally here. The 200 lap, $20,000 to win main-event is in it’s 34th year at the high-banked facility.
As we get ready to head to the track, Dirt Track Digest offers a look at the event, the history, format, purse and schedule while also offering predictions as to how the 2019 edition will turn out.
Friday, October 4
– Four 15 lap optional qualifying races will be run with the line-ups determined by draw.
– Qualifying race winners earn 17th through 20th starting spot in feature, unless they qualify better on Saturday.
– Friday night’s draw and finishes other than the qualifying event winners has no bearing on Saturday
Saturday, October 5
– Heat draw will be held in the grandstand at 1:30pm to determine heat line-ups.
– Heats are 10 laps each. Between 30 to 36 cars will transfer to the main depending on the number of heats.
– Consolations are 12 laps each. A total eight to 12 or more cars will transfer depending on the number of consolation events.
– Heat winners (and pre-announced additional finishers up to 12 total drivers) will re-draw for their feature starting position on the track or in the pit area after the heat races.
– The feature is 200 laps with up to three caution laps per caution counting toward the total.
– Restarts are all double-file up to lap 175.
– There will be a 15 minute break at halfway.
– The race could go past lap 200 as it must finish under a green-white-checkered scenario.
Billy Decker: Billy Decker is a four-time winner of the Outlaw 200. The Unadilla, N.Y., driver is also a multi-time winner with the Super DIRTcar Series at Fulton Speedway. When the big money is on the line Decker finds a way to the front at Fulton. Last season Decker finished 43rd. He is a strong bet to rebound Saturday night to claim his first big win of 2019.
Stewart Friesen: Friesen comes into the Outlaw 200 hot after an impressive showing last weekend at the Fonda Speedway. Thanks to that impressive effort, Friesen is $53,000 richer. The format was similar in that there was a midway break in the race. Friesen overcame that and challenges from Matt Sheppard. He was fourth last year and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him improve a few spots Saturday night while on his way to winning $20,000.
Jimmy Phelps: Phelps will tell you that he hasn’t been happy with the team’s results in 2019. They’ve struggled at times finding speed. One quick way to remedy that is to come home. Phelps is a former track champion and a three-time winner of the Outlaw 200. He won the race in 2018 and no one would be surprised to see him go back-to-back.
Matt Sheppard: Super Matt is back at the Outlaw 200 for the first time since 2015. Sheppard was the 2014 winner of the race. He’ll be looking to make an impression in the Outlaw 200. Winning on Saturday night would go a long way in helping overcome the heartbreak of coming up light on a the scales a week ago. The last time he was at the Outlaw 200 he finished 29th. My bet is he finishes better than that on Saturday night.
Mike Mahaney: Mahaney finished 10th in last season’s Outlaw 200. The previous two Outlaw 200’s saw the King Ferry, N.Y., star finish second in the race. He’s been close. He’s coming off a podium finish last weekend at Fonda Speedway, so like Friesen, maybe he rides the hot hand into a career defining win in the Outlaw 200.
Erick Rudolph: Erick Rudolph was second in last year’s race and nearly had a Fulton Speedway win earlier in the year in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series action. He was hot mid-summer before cooling off a bit in August. Last weekend he got a much needed win in the Gerald Haers Memorial at the Land of Legends Raceway. Confidence is key and maybe that propels him to an Outlaw 200 win.
Larry Wight: In scanning the list of winners of the Outlaw 200, how is it still possible that Wight hasn’t found victory lane in the event? He’s finished third three times in his career and was 25th last year. He’s had a dominant car during the regular season at the high-banks and this just might be the year he gets it done.
Mat Williamson: Williamson hasn’t had the best of luck in the Outlaw 200 with his best finish in recent memory a ninth. He does have a win at the Fulton Speedway this year and he was the winner of $100,000 at the Orange County Fair Speedway. He’s been good as of late winning a pair of Super DIRTcar Series events as well. He can’t be counted out in the final rundown.
Peter Britten: Britten has led the Outlaw 200 during his career and he’s won the 358-Modified portion at Super DIRT Week. He has big race pedigree. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see him win at Fulton. He’s had some struggles as of late. A Saturday night win would be a much needed pick me up.
Chris Hile: Hile has been in the top 10 in the Outlaw 200 on several occasions. He was fourth back in 2016. The last time his No. 5H took to the track he finished second to Williamson in the ‘Duel at the Demon’ Super DIRTcar Series event at Brewerton Speedway. He’s due to win a big race. Could Saturday be the day?
Ronnie Davis III: Davis is one of the up and comers in the Modified ranks. He picked up his first career big-block Modifeid win this year and has a couple wins in the small-block ranks. He has big wins in the Sportsman ranks, the Outlaw 200 could serve as his first crown jewel in the Modifieds.
Tim Sears Jr.: Sears has had a lot of tough luck this year. He lost both the Brewerton and Fulton titles on the final night of action. I think an Outlaw 200 win would more than make up for that. He’s good at Fulton so it doesn’t take much imagination to believe he could pull it off. He was fifth in the 2018 edition.
1986 Billy Puach, 1987 Billy Pauch, 1988 Billy Pauch, 1989 Billy Pauch
1990 Billy Pauch, 1991 Frank Cozze, 1992 Tommy Kinsella, 1993 Paul Jensen 1994 Dale Planck, 1995 Tommy Kinsella, 1996 Kenny Brightbill, 1997 Billy Pauch, 1998 Tim Fuller, 1999 Alan Johnson
2000 Danny Johnson, 2001 Alan Johnson, 2002 Alan Johnson, 2003 Alan Johnson, 2004 Tim Fuller, 2005 Tim Fuller, 2006 Danny Johnson, 2007 Billy Decker, 2008 Danny Johnson, 2009 Billy Decker
2010 Brett Hearn, 2012 Pat Ward, 2013 Jimmy Phelps, 2014 Matt Sheppard, 2015 Billy Decker, 2016 Jimmy Phelps, 2017 Billy Decker, 2018 Jimmy Phelps
Outlaw 200: 1 $20,000, 2 $10,000, 3 $5,000, 4 $2,500, 5 $2,000, 6 $1,600, 7 $1,400, 8 $1,200, 9 $1,100, 10 $1,000, 11 $800, 12 $600, 13 $550, 14 $525, 15 $500 16 $480, 17 $460, 18 $440, 19 $420, 20 $410, 21 $400, 22 $400, 23 $400, 24 $400, 25 $400, 26 $400, 27 $400, 28 $400, 29 $400, 30 $400, 31 $250, 32 $250, 33 $250, 34 $250, 35 $250, 36 $250, 37 $250, 38 $250, 39 $250, 40 $250, 41 $250, 42 $250, 43 $250
Total Purse: $58,235
Wednesday, October 2
5:00 pm – Camping Lot Opens for the Weekend
Thursday, October 3
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Ticket Sales and Will Call Open
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Early Hauler Parking
Friday, October 4
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Early Hauler Parking
Noon – Ticket Sales Open
2:00 pm – Pit Secured
2:30 pm – Pit Gate Opens
2:45 pm – DIRTcar Sportsman Series Inspection Begins
5:00 pm – Grandstands Open
6:00 pm – Hot Laps
7:00 pm – Heat Races Begin
– Pit Stop Convenience Stores NLMA Late Model Championship (50-Laps)
– U.S Air Force Mod Lite Championship (25-Laps)
– Fleet Repairs Truck & Trailer Repair Four-Cylinder Open (25-Laps)
– E&V Energy Novice Sportsman Championship (20-Laps)
– 15-Lap Stadium International Trucks Modified Qualifiers (Winners earn 17th-20th place starting spots in the Outlaw 200)
– Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout Heats (8-Laps) & Consolations (10-Laps)
Saturday, October 5
11:00 am – Pit Gate Opens
12:00 pm – Grandstands Open
3:00 pm – Hot Laps
4:30 pm – Heat Races Begin
Last Chance Qualifiers & 50-Lap Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout
Approx. 7:45 pm – Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Championship
Approx. 8:30 pm – 34th Annual Stadium International Trucks Outlaw 200
Friday, October 4
Adult General Admission $25 – Reserved Seats – $30 – 18 Years & Under $5 – Pit $35
Saturday, October 5
Adult General Admission $35 – Reserved Seats $40 -18 Years & Under $10 – Pit $45