Trump, Phelps, Inman & Wight All Win Friday Night Qualifiers At Fulton – DTD Exlcusive

By:  Bobby Sweeney

FULTON, NY – Fulton Speedway kicked off Outlaw Weekend on Friday night, with four 15-lap qualifiers for the Outlaw 200 taking place. Winning these sprint events and locking into the Outlaw 200 feature were Tyler Trump, Jimmy Phelps, Kyle Inman, and Larry Wight. Unless they improve their qualifying efforts in tomorrow’s heat races, these four drivers will fire from positions 17 through 20 for the $20,000 to win feature.

Trump took the lead at the start of the first qualifier, with Max McLaughlin sliding into second on lap five. McLaughlin slowly chipped away at Trump’s lead, with Trump running the bottom and McLaughlin up high. McLaughlin caught Trump, and rolled around Trump to take the lead coming to the white flag. However, McLaughlin altered his line in the final set of corners to work around a lapped car, and Trump snuck back under McLaughlin coming out of turn four to steal the win.

“I’m not sure how much there was to be learned tonight, tomorrow will be different,” said Trump. “I thought Max had me at the end, but he left an opening on the bottom where I was. We may have touched a little bit, I’m not entirely sure, but we had the bite coming off the corner and we were able to get by him. It was an exciting finish.”

A much less eventful second qualifier was headlined by Phelps, with the three-time Outlaw 200 winner only needing a lap and a half to reach the lead after starting sixth. Once out front, Phelps ran away from Dave Marcuccilli to score a convincing win.

“We were still up in the air about a lot of things on this car,” stated Phelps. “We didn’t get a chance to come here very much this year, so any time we can get on this track it is a benefit to us. Tonight at least told us our car is decent and we have something to work with for tomorrow. At least I know we’re on the right track.”

Inman has relatively minimal experience at Fulton Speedway, and most of that is in a Sportsman. However, Inman looked like a track regular in the third qualifier, pulling away from Billy Dunn in the first half of the event. As Inman looked comfortable out front, Dunn searched around and found some speed. Dunn quickly closed in after lap ten, but fell one car length short at the checkered as Inman scored the win.

“We took the guaranteed spot instead of the money,” noted Inman. “You don’t want to give that up and look like an idiot if you don’t qualify tomorrow, or pull 150 out of the draw bucket. The spot is worth it to not have that stress tomorrow. We’re still going to qualify to see if we can improve our spot and maybe get in the redraw. The laps we got tonight are important, it is our third race on this car so we’re learning every time we hit the track with it. Its valuable to us to have the track time to try some stuff even if tomorrow is way different.

Wight took advantage of a second-place starting spot and went to the front at the start of the fourth qualifier. Wight showed steady pace throughout the event to nail down the win by over five seconds, with Alan Johnson crossing the line in second. 

“Tonight was important because this is a brand new frame,” Wight said. “We did a frame swap this week, and we got to shake the car down. It felt pretty good, I think we can make it better just tweaking our coils. It was a good shakedown for us, we kind of know what the track will do from years past and with the weather, so tonight was beneficial.”


News and Notes:

52 Modifieds entered into competition on Friday night, with more expected tomorrow as many drivers opted to sit out tonight.

Qualifier winners had the option to pick a locked-in starting spot for tomorrow’s Outlaw 200, or $250 tonight. Since tomorrow’s Outlaw 200 pays $250 to take the green, all four qualifier winners chose the starting spot, meaning the runner-up in each qualifier was given the prize money.

Unfortunately, one Modified will not be returning as Brewerton Speedway regular Max Hill took a nasty ride at the start of the first qualifier.

Anthony Perrego is competing with the Keizer Wheels #4 entry. Perrego showed heavy smoke in hot laps with engine problems. The team loaded up, headed to Morrison Performance in nearby Phoenix, NY, fixed the problem, and returned to the track to finish fourth in his qualifier

72 DIRTcar Sportsman ran heat races tonight ahead of their 50-lap feature tomorrow. Heats were won by Quinn Wallis, Tyler Corcoran, Cedric Gauvreau, Zach Sobotka, Dave Rogers, Gavin Eisele, Ryan Dolbear, and Tyler Murray. 

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series ran a full show on Friday, with Nick Stone taking the victory over Pete Stefanski.

Outlaw 200 Weekend Friday, September 30 Night 1 Results

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – (25 Laps): 1. 8N-Nick Stone[2]; 2. 2-Pete Stefanski[1]; 3. 1X-Justin White[16]; 4. 14J-Johnny Rivers[9]; 5. X15-Tyler Bushey[11]; 6. 28D-Philip DeFiglio[8]; 7. 56-Jay Fitzgerald[13]; 8. 17-Nick Hilt[7]; 9. 09J-Shawn Perez[14]; 10. 75-Eli Gilbert[12]; 11. 72G-Denis Gauvreau[6]; 12. 76-Frank Hoard[15]; 13. 55-David Stickles[17]; 14. 25Y-Kenneth Griffin[10]; 15. 2H-Luke Horning[5]; 16. 72-Bruno Richard[3]; 17. 00X-Josh Coonradt[4]; 18. 09-Shawn Prez JR[18]

Heat Race Winners: $149 Pair of Velocita Racing Gloves: Nick Stone, Luke Horning

$50 Hard Charger from Northeast Racing Products Auction & Trade Show: Justin White

Mirabito Four-Cylinder Open – (20 Laps): 1. 10-James Gayton[2]; 2. 17-Chuck Powelczyk[1]; 3. 62-Christopher Leone[8]; 4. 27-Justin Pope[3]; 5. 60-Francis White[20]; 6. 67K-Clayton Koch[12]; 7. 8D-Kevin Greenfield[9]; 8. 9MM-Jock Symonds[17]; 9. 2D-Jacob Dupra[14]; 10. 16B-Chris Bonoffski[5]; 11. 198-Jeffrey Putnam[23]; 12. 217-Dylan Strade[21]; 13. 22-Daniel Valade[13]; 14. 19-Lee Fritz[19]; 15. 5J-Joemaine Bogan Jr[26]; 16. 62P-Ryan Plante[15]; 17. 76-Kyle Vantuil[22]; 18. 96T-Tim Dunn[7]; 19. 4M-Michael Dickinson[27]; 20. 29K-Kingston Sprague[25]; 21. 28-Mike Stone[11]; 22. 6-Jamie Radley[16]; 23. 21-Corey Valade[4]; 24. 360-Sam Curcie[24]; 25. 20-Eric Rowley[10]; 26. X-Travis Berkman[28]; 27. 27A-Alexandra Parker[29]; 28. (DNS) 54-Don Newton; 29. (DNS) 422-Tony Vasello; 30. (DNS) 11-Evan Wright

$150 Hard Charger from Matt Kitts & Kitts Property Maintenance: Jeffrey Putnam

$100 Longest Haul: Tim Fisher, Shinglehouse, PA

$50 Third Place Finisher Courtesy of Ricky Breed & Iona Corners Tavern: Leone Christopher

$70 Oldest Car: Clayton Koch

Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Hobby Stocks Championship – (20 Laps): 1. 90-Nathan Peckham[1]; 2. 64-Bob Buono[2]; 3. 711-John Pietrowicz[5]; 4. 29K-Casey Cunningham[8]; 5. 13-Adam Hunt[4]; 6. 14-Brennan Fitzgibbons[7]; 7. 14JR-Ronald Hawker[6]; 8. 28-Brandon Barron[10]; 9. 56-Edward Stevens[9]; 10. IQ0-Wes Jennings[14]; 11. 33G-Greg Brockway[15]; 12. 74X-Jim Evans[3]; 13. 4W-John West[13]; 14. 22-Todd Koegel[12]; 15. (DNS) 315-Michael Dianda

AmeriCU Credit Union Mod Lite Championship – (20 Laps): 1. 10W-Justin Williams[1]; 2. 14W-Douglas Williams[3]; 3. 6J-Joe Isabell[8]; 4. 5J-Jeff Isabell Jr[20]; 5. 9Z-Zack Babcock[5]; 6. 55-Joseph Garafolo[7]; 7. 16W-Tim White[2]; 8. 7J-Joel Moller[12]; 9. 155-Clayton Brewer III[10]; 10. 06-Mike Mullen[6]; 11. 22D-Kyle Demo[4]; 12. 9-Roger Olschewske Jr[9]; 13. 313-Jammer Applegate II[13]; 14. 08-Josee Fortier[17]; 15. 11X-Jack Lyon[15]; 16. 8BALL-Kelly Skinner[19]; 17. 16-Tucker Halliday[11]; 18. 5K-Matt Kitts[14]; 19. (DNS) 99-Thomas Mackey; 20. (DNS) 39-Sam Usborne; 21. (DNS) 18-Todd Fleury

$50 Northeast Racing Products Auction & Trade Show Hard Charger: Jeff Isabell

$100 J & T Flippin Chicken Award: Tom Mackey

E&V Energy Novice Sportsman Championship – (20 Laps) – 1. 5EJ-EJ Gallup[1]; 2. 1D-Paul DeRuyter[3]; 3. 17-Owen Nier[17]; 4. 52M-Matthew Backus[10]; 5. 16-Kyle Demo[7]; 6. 7T-Kourtney Slavick[2]; 7. 05-Jesse Morgan[12]; 8. 24R-Rick Kinney[13]; 9. 17A-Danny Allen[6]; 10. 90-Brody Davis[15]; 11. 30-Dillon Piersall[8]; 12. 7W-Michael Wight[16]; 13. 5G-Cale Gareau[19]; 14. 007-Nathan Novak[9]; 15. 93-Joe Wilcox[5]; 16. 33B-Brianna Murtaugh[4]; 17. 02-Holly Denard[11]; 18. 1T-Phillip Loosen[18]; 19. (DNS) 72-Hunter Hollenbeck

Eddy Springer Feature Bonuses: 1st. $150. 2nd. $100. 3rd. $50: EJ Gallup, Paul DeRuyter, Owen Nier.

$1000 Split Between Fulton Regular Novice Drivers From 180 Flood Drive Properties: Matthew Backus, Hunter Hollenbeck, Brianna Murtaugh, Mikey Wight, Danny Allen, Nathan Novak. Rick Kinney, Joe Wilcox

$200 Top Finishing Bicknell: EJ Gallup

Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout Heats – 2 Qualify

Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout Heat Race Bonuses: 1. $150 2. $100. 3. $50:

$50 Henry’s Exhaust Gift Certificate Heat Winners Bonus: Quinn Wallis, Tyler Corcoran, Cedric Gauvreau, Zach Sobotka, David Rogers, Gavin Eisele, Ryan Dolbear, Tyler Murray

Heat #1 – (8 Laps): 1. 21W-Quinn Wallis [1]; 2. 63-Teddy Clayton Jr[3]; 3. 64B-Brett Buono[4]; 4. 34-Eric Nier[5]; 5. 48-Kearra Backus[6]; 6. 19K-Kevan Cook[9]; 7. 13K-Daryl Krebs[8]; 8. 39S-Josh Fellows[7]; 9. 19J-Joe Kline[2]; 10. AONE-Bucky Hayes[10]

Heat #2 – (8 Laps) 1. 64-Tyler Corcoran [1]; 2. 38JR-Jason Parkhurst Jr[2]; 3. 52-Jessica Power[3]; 4. 5D-Kyle Devendorf[4]; 5. 33X-Matt Janczuk[5]; 6. 88-Michael Wagner Fitzgerald[7]; 7. 21-Billy Sauve[8]; 8. 1D-Paul DeRuyter[6]; 9. (DNS) 88H-Chris Hulsizer

Heat #3 – (8 Laps): 1. 22C-Cedric Gauvreau [1]; 2. 83X-Brett Sears[2]; 3. 3-Chris Mackey[3]; 4. 33JR-Clayton Brewer III[5]; 5. 1X-Willy Decker[6]; 6. 30R-Nick Root[4]; 7. 14AJ-AJ Miller[7]; 8. 284-Jamie Kamrowski[8]; 9. (DNS) 17-Owen Nier

Heat #4 – (8 Laps): 1. 38-Zach Sobotka [2]; 2. 33-Richard Murtaugh [1]; 3. 01-Zachary Buff[4]; 4. 57H-Rocky Grosso[3]; 5. 262-Matthew Richardson[5]; 6. 00W-Wade Chrisman[8]; 7. 30-Michael Root[6]; 8. 13-James Donaldson[9]; 9. R1-Riley Rogala[7]

Heat #5 – (8 Laps): 1. 44-David Rogers [2]; 2. 4-Emmett Waldron [1]; 3. 28-Alan Fink [7]; 4. 28X-Stephen Marshall [3]; 5. 35B-Brennan Moore [4]; 6. 28F-Tyler Stevenson [6]; 7. 98T-Tyler Thompson [5]; 8. 91-Josh Reome[8]; 9. (DNS) 5-Jessie Morgan

Heat #6 – (8 Laps): 1. 18E-Gavin Eisele [1]; 2. 7-Cody McPherson [5]; 3. 19C-Brandon Carvey[4]; 4. 410-Mike Fowler[7]; 5. 92-Andrew Buff[6]; 6. 77L-Buddy Leathley[2]; 7. 9D-Brett Draper[3]; 8. 85-Robert Humphreys[8]; 9. (DNS) 15-Greg Henry

Heat #7 – (8 Laps): 1. 31B-Ryan Dolbear[1]; 2. 0-Tony Finch II[3]; 3. 57-Remington Hamm[4]; 4. 17J-Brenton Joy[5]; 5. 75-AJ Custodi[2]; 6. 06W-Dorian Wahdan[6]; 7. 7O7-Greg Brinklow[7]; 8. 11C-Austin Cooper[8]; 9. (DNS) 5G-Tim Gareau

Heat #8 – (8 Laps): 1. 1M-Tyler Murray [1]; 2. 6-Cody Manitta[4]; 3. 5H-Amy Holland[3]; 4. 2K-Joshua Amodio[2]; 5. 35T-Cameron Tuttle[5]; 6. 51-Jimmy Moyer[7]; 7. 16X-Savannah Laflair[8]; 8. 1R-Ricky Thompson[6]; 9. (DNS) 7W-Tom Mackey.

15 Lap Modified Outlaw 200 Qualifiers: Winners will receive 17-20 starting spot or $250. What option the winner didn’t take, the second-place finisher will receive.

Modified Qualifier #1 – (15 Laps): 1. 9X-Tyler Trump[1]; 2. 8H-Max McLaughlin[5]; 3. 31-Corey Barker[2]; 4. 32R-Ronald Davis III[8]; 5. Z4-JJ Courcy[6]; 6. 34-Andrew Ferguson[3]; 7. 60-Jackson Gill[12]; 8. 58M-Marshall Hurd[9]; 9. 3RS-Dalton Slack[7]; 10. 29K-Chris Cunningham[11]; 11. 4-Michelle Courcy[13]; 12. 29-Matt Caprara[4]; 13. 160-Max Hill[10]

Tyler Trump took the Outlaw 200 17th starting spot.

Modified Qualifier #2 – (15 Laps): 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[6]; 2. M1-David Marcuccilli[4]; 3. X-Chad Phelps[7]; 4. JS98-Rocky Warner[10]; 5. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[13]; 6. 51A-Zac McDonald[8]; 7. 38J-Jason Parkhurst[9]; 8. 8K-Brian Murphy[2]; 9. 38-Tim Harris[3]; 10. 01R-Robert Gage[5]; 11. 11T-Jeff Taylor[12]; 12. 64-Tyler Corcoran[1]; 13. (DNS) 42B-Mike Button

Jimmy Phelps took the Outlaw 200 18th starting spot.

Modified Qualifier #3 – (15 Laps): 1. 20K-Kyle Inman[1]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn[4]; 3. 5H-Chris Hile[7]; 4. 3K-AJ Kingsley[3]; 5. 7Z-Zachary Payne[6]; 6. 02-Roy Bresnahan[11]; 7. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias[12]; 8. 91-Felix Roy[9]; 9. 11-Justin Crisafulli[8]; 10. 24R-Garrett Rushlow[2]; 11. XN-Andy Noto[5]; 12. 12-Darren Smith[10]

Kyle Inman took the Outlaw 200 19th starting spot.

Modified Qualifier #4 – (15 Laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight[2]; 2. 14J-Alan Johnson[5]; 3. 63-Adam Roberts[1]; 4. 4P-Anthony Perrego[6]; 5. 713-Tommy Collins[8]; 6. 88-Mat Williamson[11]; 7. 6NN-Nick Nye[4]; 8. 01C-Bob Henry Jr[12]; 9. 15-Todd Root[10]; 10. 37-Alex Tonkin[7]; 11. 23-Cameron Black[3]; 12. 18$-Sean Beardsley[9]

Larry Wight took the Outlaw 200 20th starting spot.