The Bandit Sweeps Modified Features at Fulton – DTD Exclusive

By:  Steven Petty

“The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps pulled out the brooms and took home over $10,000 in prize money after winning both the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series and the 358 Small Block Modifieds during night three of DIRTcar Racing’s OktoberFAST at the Fulton Speedway Thursday night.

“Our family has a lot of history with Fulton and this place is very special to us”, Phelps said after sweeping both the Modified features. “I don’t know if the emotions are starting to set in now or what, but what we did tonight is pretty special”, Phelps added.

The 60-lap Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series feature was brought to the green flag by Phelps and Chris Hile, with Phelps getting the advantage. “The Jet” Brett Hearn would bring out the first caution on lap three as he slowed entering turn three and would not return to the event. The ensuing restart would see Phelps leading Hile, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, and Stewart Friesen. Mahaney would get around Hile to move into second on lap 20, as Friesen was able to get past Decker to move into fourth. Before the halfway mark, Friesen would challenge Hile for third and a battle for fifth started to shape up between Decker, and Mat Williamson. Williamson would enter the top five on lap 25. As the leaders entered heavier lap traffic just past the halfway mark, Mahaney would reel in Phelps, with Friesen just behind. As the race entered its final ten circuits, Friesen would start to challenge Mahaney, but Mahaney would be able to pull away late. Jimmy Phelps would lead all 60 laps to get the win ahead of Mahaney, Friesen, Williamson, and Larry Wight.

“What a night. It does not get much better than this”, Phelps said in victory lane. “We were fortunate to get good redraws, my daughter drew the last one”, Phelps added. “I kind of lost my rhythm in lap traffic and lost it and without a caution, we couldn’t race with him but congrats to Jimmy and their team”, stated runner-up finisher Mike Mahaney. “We tried to putt-putt our way around the bottom with the Ute tires and running in the slick the tires sealed up”, commented podium finisher Stewart Friesen. “We tried running the top a couple of times, but the bottom was where it worked best”, Friesen added.

Jimmy Phelps would be on the pole for the 40-lap feature event for the 358 Modifieds with “The Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker alongside. The two veterans were the class of the field early on, as they would pull away from the field. Andy Bachetti would race in third with Ronnie Johnson, and Stewart Friesen racing in the top five. Phelps would encounter lap traffic on lap 14 and just six laps later, the lone caution of the event would fly as Jesse Mueller spun in turn two. On the restart, Tim Sears Jr would get around Friesen, Mike Mahaney, and Bachetti. As the race went along, Phelps would continue to be strong and would pull away from Decker, with Sears running in third.  Phelps would get the win over Decker and Sears, with Mike Mahaney, and Stewart Friesen completing the top five.

“The car rolled really good,” Phelps said. “When we hit lap traffic, I raced them better in the second run than we did in the first run”, Phelps added. Runner-up finisher Billy Decker said that his car, like Phelps, rolled well and was good all night. “The car fired off well, but we just couldn’t finish the deal”, Decker said. “We needed a couple more restarts to have a shot at Jimmy and Billy”, commented third-place finisher Tim Sears Jr.

235 entries took part in night three of DIRTcar Racing’s OktoberFAST. Night four of OktoberFAST will continue with the Big Blocks, Small Blocks, and Sportsman at the Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville.

Fulton Speedway OktoberFAST Quick Results:

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds:

Heat 1:  Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Erick Rudolph, Billy Dunn, Michael Maresca, James Sweeting, Ricky Richner, Jeff Taylor, Brad Godshalk, Greg Martin, Gorton Button

Heat 2:  Billy Decker, Chad Brachmann, Justin Haers, Mat Williamson, Roy Bresnahan, Ben Bushaw, Nick Krause, Kevin Root, Carey Terrance, Colton Wilson, Jordan McCreadie

Heat 3:  Pat Ward, Ronnie Davis, Marc Johnson, David Schilling, Danny Johnson, George Foley, Justin Wright, Matt Woodruff, Brandon Michaud, Lucas Fuller, Jeremy Dyger

Heat 4:  Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Matt Sheppard, Jackson Gill, Dylan Zacharias, Randy Green, Nick Webb, Richard Smith, Ryan Darcy, Tyler Corcoran, Roddy Watts

Heat 5: Jimmy Phelps, Adam Pierson, David Marcuccilli, Larry Wight, Tyler Meeks, Bob Henry Jr, Collin Dubois, Brandon Walters, Michael Stanton Jr, Glenn Forward, Greg Atkins

Heat 6:  Andy Bachetti, Jessey Mueller, Todd Root, Willy Decker, Andrew Ferguson, James Meehan, Billy VanInwegen, Randy Shantel, Ryan Macartney, Joel Hall, Michael Mandigo, Carey Terrance

Heat 7:  Tim Sears Jr, Tim Fuller, Tyler Boniface, Lance Willix, David Constantino, Gil Tegg, Cameron Black, Rex King, Corey Cormier, Matt Steffenhagen, Marshall Hurd

Last Chance Showdown 1:  Billy Dunn, Danny Johnson, Ben Bushaw, Jackson Gill, Andrew Fergeson, Bob Henry Jr, Carey Terrance, Cameron Black, Nick Webb, Matt Woodruff, Greg Martin, Randy Shantel, Michael Stanton Jr, Matt Steffenhagen, Ricky Richner, Lance Willix, Tyler Corcoran (DNS), Jeremy Dygert (DNS), Michael Mandigo (DNS)

Last Chance Showdown 2:  Mat Williamson, Larry Wight, Michael Maresca, Dylan Zacharias, David Constantino, Rex King, James Meehan, George Foley, Colton Wilson, Collin Dubois, Richard Smith, Nick Krause, Glenn Forward, Ryan Mcartney, Roddy Watts, Brandon Michaund, Brad Godshalk (DNS), Gordon Button (DNS), Marshall Hurd (DNS)

Last Chance Showdown 3:  Willy Decker, David Schilling, Tyler Meeks, Randy Green, James Sweeting, Gil Tegg, Jordan McCreadie, Justin Wright, Kevin Root, Billy VanInwegen, Roy Bresnahan, Ryan Darcy, Corey Cormier, Jeff Taylor, Lucas Fuller, Brandon Walters (DNS), Joel Hall (DNS), Greg Atkins (DNS)

DIRTcar 358 Modified Feature (40 Laps):  JIMMY PHELPS, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Justin Haers, Andy Bachetti, Adam Pierson, Tim Fuller, Rocky Warner, Mat Williamson, Marc Johnson, Michael Maresca, Ronnie Johnson, Larry Wight, Billy Dunn, Chad Brachmann, David Marcuccilli, Ben Bushaw, Tyler Meeks, Ronnie Davis, Todd Root, Willy Decker, Tyler Boniface, David Schilling (DNF), Jessey Mueller (DNF), Danny Johnson (DNF)

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds:

Heat 1: Tyler Trump, Erick Rudolph, Tom Sears Jr, Billy VanInwegen, Carey Terrance, Nick Webb, Roy Bresnahan, Gregory Atkins, Lance Dusett, Marcus Dinkins, Cass Bennet, Matt Hulsizer

Heat 2:  Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Rocky Warner, Todd Root, Chad Phelps, Michael Maresca, Marc Johnson, Tim Sears Jr, Ronnie Johnson, Jordan McCreadie, Ronnie Davis, Darren Smith

Heat 3:  Chris Hile, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Billy Dunn, Andy Bachetti, Justin Haers, Jessica Friesen, CG Morey, Daniel Johnson, Brian Swarthout, Timothy Harris, Tim Murphy

Heat 4:  Stewart Friesen, Mat Williamson, Jessey Mueller, Max Mclaughlin, David Marcuccilli, Garett Rushlow, David Rauscher, Gary Tomkins, Adam Roberts, Chad Brachmann (DNS), Joe August (DNS)

Heat 5:  Jimmy Phelps, Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard, Jack Lehner, Peter Britten, Demetrios Drellos, Pat Ward, Rex King, Justin Wright, Robbie Johnson, Tyler Siri (DNS)

Last Chance Showdown 1:  Andy Bachetti, Peter Britten, Tim Sears Jr, Michael Maresca, Carey Terrance, Gary Tomkins, Pat Ward, Jessica Friesen, Chad Brachmann, Jordan McCreadie, David Rausher, Justin Wright, Daniel Johnson, Darren Smith, Lance Dusett, Timothy Harris, Cass Bennett, Roy Bresnahan, Tyler Siri (DNS)

Last Chance Showdown 2:  Chad Phelps, David Marcuccilli, Demetrios Drellos, Justin Haers, Marc Johnson, Nick Webb, Rex King, Garett Rushlow, Ronnie Johnson, CG Morey, Robbie Johnson, Ronnie Davis, Briand Swarthout, Adam Roberts, Marcus Dinkins, Gregory Atkins, Joe August (DNS), Matt Hulsizer (DNS)

Super DIRTcar Series Feature (60 Laps):  JIMMY PHELPS, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Mat Williamson, Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Rocky Warner, Erick Rudolph, Billy Decker, Billy Dunn, Jack Lehner, Tom Sears Jr, Tim Sears Jr, Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Peter Britten, Max Mclaughlin, Billy VanInwegen, David Marcuccilli, Chad Phelps, Jessey Mueller, Demetrios Drellos, Todd Root, Marcus Dinkins, Tyler Trump, Andy Bachetti, Brett Hearn