Phelps Fastest to Earn Pole for Eastern States 75 Small-Block Feature – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Jimmy Phelps has found his groove late in the 2020 season.  The positive mojo continued at the Orange County Fair Speedway on Friday afternoon.  Phelps, a former winner of the Eastern States small-block feature, put himself in prime position to do it again on Saturday by setting fast-time with lap of 23.212 besting nearly 60 other drivers.

“The small-block car has really been excellent everywhere we’ve ran it,” stated Phelps after a long night competing in both Modified divisions.  “This is only third outing with it.  We really haven’t touched it.  We just go the race track, bolt tires on and race it.  It’s fun when you have car that can be that versatile.”

Unlike years past that have seen the race run at varying distances, either 100 or 150 laps, this year’s edition is only 75 circuits around the 5/8th’s mile oval.

“I think its going to be very important to be up front,” cited Phelps.  “I think the track is going to do some weird things.  We learned a little bit tonight.  I think now, depending on what time the small-block race starts, we might have to be cautious of what the track does.  Our car seems to be very forgiving in a lot of different conditions so I think we’re alright.”




Even though the race features a shorter distance, the prestige and pay are still on point with past races as it’s worth $10,000 to the winner.

“Anytime you can win anywhere with this company it’s important,” commented Phelps.  “It’s still a big race and if we can win it’s something we’ll be proud of.”

Joining Phelps on the front row, missing the pole by just one thousandth, was Billy Decker who turned a lap of 23.133.  Completing the top six to lock into the feature were Tim Sears Jr., David Schilling, Rocky Warner and Ben Bushaw.

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
SMALL-BLOCK MODIFIEDS
UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS 10/24/20

TIME TRIALS
1 Jimmy Phelps 23.132
2 Billy Decker 23.133
3 Tim Sears Jr. 23.215
4 Dave Schilling 23.284
5 Rocky Warner 23.292
6 Ben Bushaw 23.306
7 Larry Wight 23.358
8 Gary Edwards Jr. 23.363
9 Joe Bonetti 23.399
10 Marc Johnson 23.437
11 Patrick Reiser 23.450
12 Tyler Boniface 23.458
13 Pat Ward 23.462
14 Chris Stevens 23.483
15 Andy Bachetti 23.496
16 Kevin Root 23.517
17 Stewart Friesen 23.524
18 Roger Henion Jr. 23.533
19 Dave Constantino 23.540
20 Mat Williamson 23.547
21 Neil Stratton 23.561
22 Anthony Perrego 23.567
23 Shane Jablonka 23.590
24 Frank Venezia 23.610
24 Dave Marcuccili 23.657
25 Dillon Steuer 23.674
26 Richard Smith 23.702
27 Allison Ricci 23.704
28 John Ferrier 23.766
29 Tommy Meier 23.773
30 Ryan Macartney 23.776
31 Tyler Dippel 23.784
32 Bobby Flood 23.786
33 Jimmy Spellmon 23.790
34 Randy Green 23.790
35 Louden Reimert 23.822
36 Danny Morgiewicz 23.828
37 Dannny Creeden 23.845
38 Corey Cormier 23.879
39 Craig Mitchell 23.884
40 Billy VanInwegen 23.907
41 Ryan Darcy 23.916
42 Mike Mahaney 23.927
43 Chris Curtis 23.957
44 Derrick McGrew Jr. 23.958
45 Kirk Horton 23.997
46 Ray Hall Jr. 24.006
47 Johnny Guarino 24.041
48 Bob McGannon 24.103
49 Jackson Gill 24.149
50 James Meehan 24.167
51 Leo Fotopoulos 24.222
52 Roddy Watts 24.248
53 Matt Shultz 24.288
54 Alissa Cody 24.734
55 Jimmy Maher 24.807
56 Erik Holmgren 24.912
57 Sean Mandel 26.096
58 Mike Kolka NT
59 Ronnie Johnson NT

HEAT #1 (8-LAPS):
1 Larry Wight
2 Pat Ward
3 Dave Constantino
4 Dave Marcuccilli
5 Dan Morgiewicz
6 Bob McGannon
7 Mike Mahaney
8 Alissa Cody
9 Ryan Macartney

HEAT #2 (8-LAPS):
1 Gary Edwards Jr.
2 Chris Stevens
3 Dillon Steuer
4 Mat Williamson
5 Jackson Gill
6 Chris Curtis
7 Tyler Dippel
8 Jimmy Maher
9 Danny Creeden

HEAT #3 (8-LAPS):
1 Andy Bachetti
2 Joe Bonetti
3 Neil Stratton
4 Richard Smith
5 Bobby Flood
6 Corey Cormier
7 Derrick McGrew
8 James Meehan
9 Erik Holmgren

HEAT #4 (8-LAPS):
1 Kevin Root
2 Marc Johnson
3 Anthony Perrego
4 Allison Ricci
5 Jimmy Spellmon
6 Craig Mitchell
7 Leo Fotopoulos
8 Kirk Horton
9 Sean Mandel

HEAT #5 (8-LAPS):
1 Stewart Friesen
2 Shane Jablonka
3 Patrick Reiser
4 Billy VanInwegen
5 John Ferrier
6 Randy Green
7 Ray Hall Jr.
8 Roddy Watts
9 Mike Kolka

HEAT #6 (8-LAPS):
1 Tyler Boniface
2 Roger Henion Jr.
3 Frank Venezia
4 Tommy Meier
5 Louden Reimert
6 Johnny Guarino
7 Ryan Darcy
8 Matt Shultz
9 Ronnie Johnson

UNOFFICIAL EASTERN STATES 75 FEATURE LINE-UP (75-LAPS):
1 Jimmy Phelps
2 Billy Decker
3 Tim Sears Jr.
4 Dave Schilling
5 Rocky Warner
6 Ben Bushaw
7 Larry Wight
8 Gary Edwards Jr.
9 Andy Bachetti
10 Kevin Root
11 Stewart Friesen
12 Tyler Boniface
13 Pat Ward
14 Chris Stevens
15 Joe Bonetti
16 Marc Johnson
17 Shane Jablonka
18 Roger Henion Jr.
19 Dave Constantino
20 Dillon Steuer
21 Neil Stratton
22 Anthony Perrego
23 Patrick Reiser
24 Frank Venezia
25 Dave Marcuccilli
26 Mat Williamson
27 Richard Smith
28 Allison Ricci
29 Billy VanInwegen
30 Tommy Meier

CONSOLATION #1 LINE-UP (3-QUALIFY):
1 Daniel Morgiewicz
2 Bobby Flood
3 John Ferrier
4 Bob McGannon
5 Cory Cormier
6 Randy Green
7 Mike Mahaney
8 Derrick McGrew
9 Ray Hall Jr.
10 Alissa Cody
11 James Meehan
12 Roddy Watts
13 Ryan Macartney
14 Erik Holmgren
15 Mike Kolka

CONSOLATION #2 LINE-UP (3-QUALIFY):
1 Jackson Gill
2 Jimmy Spellmon
3 Louden Reimert
4 Chris Curtis
5 Craig Mitchell
6 Johnny Guarino
7 Tyler Dippel
8 Leo Fotopoulos
9 Ryan Darcy
10 Jimmy Maher
11 Kirk Horton
12 Matt Shutlz
13 Danny Creeden
14 Sean Mandel
15 Ronnie Johnson