Jimmy Phelps Dominates Fulton Speedway Modified Field For Second Win Of The Year

Date: 8/23/2015 5:18:58 PM

Jimmy Phelps Dominates Fulton Speedway Modified Field For Second Win Of The Year


By Dave Medler – FULTON, NY – August 22, 2015 – If ever there was a time during the season you want to start grabbing wins, this time of the year you want to start hitting your stride with the point season winding down and the big money races on the horizon.


Just a couple weeks ago Jimmy Phelps out of Baldwinsville, N.Y won the ‘Big Show 7’ 100-lap Modified Super DIRTcar Series race at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway Phelps put another race in the victory column dominating the Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature.


Jimmy Phelps started the 35-lap feature in the tenth starting spot and grabbed the lead on lap-4 from Chuck Bower. Once out front nobody seriously challenged Phelps as he won by over four-seconds at the checkers.


Other winners on Ingles Performance and VP Small Engine Fuel Night were, Tony Finch II (Sportsman) Sean Beardsley (Late Model) Rich Riggs (Novice Sportsman) Chris Bonoffski (Four-Cylinder) Doug Williams (Mod Lites).



Tim Schneider Jr. would lead the opening lap of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before a yellow involving Matt Fink, Billy Decker, Tim Kerr and Roy Shields. All cars continued except Kerr. Pat Ward went to the pits and returned.


On the restart Bower took to the lead and Jimmy Phelps bolted into second.


On lap-4 using the top-side Phelps moved into the lead with a power move.


On lap-5 Phelps held a narrow lead over Bower and Ryan Phelps. Schneider and Billy Whittaker ran a distant fourth and fifth.


With 10-laps complete Phelps opened a 20 car length advantage over Bower and Phelps, Chad Phelps ran alone in fourth with Schneider fifth.


On lap-11 Jim Witko Jr. slowed to tighten up the field. Phelps, Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps, Schneider, Larry Wight, Billy Whittaker and Danny Johnson would occupy the top-five rows for the restart.


On the restart Larry Wight saw his strong run end when he slowed going pit-side with a broken drive shaft.


A quick yellow on lap-13 would once again slow the pace.


At lap-15 Phelps still set a quick pace at the front of the field. Bower, Ryan Phelps and Chad Phelps ran under a blanket for position with Chris Hile fifth.


With 10-laps to go Phelps opened a full straightaway lead. Bower, Ryan Phelps Chad Phelps and Billy Decker from a trip to the pits fought for top-five spots.


With no yellows to tighten the field up over the remaining laps, Jimmy Phelps cruised to an over four-second win. Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps and Tom Sears Jr. finished second through fifth.


Amy Holland and Bill Graves brought down the 24-car starting field to start the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature with Graves grabbing the early advantage. One lap later Holland, on the top of the speedway, blasted into the lead.


With 5-laps complete, Holland, a recent E&V Energy Novice Sportsman graduate held a narrow advantage over a hard charging Nick Krause and Tim Gareau. Ron Davis III and Graves ran fourth and fifth.

On lap-9 Brandon Sweet spun alone in turn one to bring out the yellow to tighten the field up. The top-five lined up with Holland, Krause, Gareau, Tony Finch II-Friday’s Brewerton winner, and Davis.


With 15-laps complete Holland still led but now had Krause and Finch all over her with Davis right there with the top-three.


Will Shields spun on the exit of turn four with a flat and Brandon Sweet hit the back straight wall bringing out the yellow on lap-17 to slow the intense four-car battle at the front of the field.


On the restart Finch went to the bottom of the speedway to take the lead from Holland.


A caution on lap-24 would set up a green-white-checker finish. Once the field went back to green Finch took off and drove away from the field completing the weekend sweep of the Fulton and Brewerton SUNY Canton Sportsman features. Ron Davis III, Jeremy Dygert, Amy Holland and Mike Button finished second through fifth.


In the exciting 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature Aron Backus would lead the opening lap before Chris Fleming grabbed the top-spot on lap-two.


With 5-laps complete Fleming was dominating out front as Backus and Sean Beardsley fought for second and third with Brandon Carvey and AJ Kingsley showing in the top-five.


At the halfway point and no yellows Fleming was a full straightaway ahead of Beardsley with Carvey, Kevan Cook and AJ Kingsley racing for third through fifth.


A quick caution on lap-11 would erase Fleming’s huge lead.


On lap-17 after hounding Fleming on the bottom of the speedway Beardsley would shoot into the lead. Over the last laps Beardsley drove away for the win. Bret Belden made a late charge to finish second followed by Kevan Cook, Chris Fleming and Brandon Ford.


Torrey Stoughtenger led the opening lap of the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature with Rich Riggs taking the lead one lap later.


A quick yellow on lap-9 would tighten the field up with Riggs still leading.


Over the remaining 6-laps with caution periods, Rich Riggs was the class of the field picking up his first ever feature win. Ryan Hatherill, Kyle Perry, Nick McGill and Jason Amidon finished second through fifth.


Doug Williams grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the 15-lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite feature and dominated until a yellow on lap-9 that would put Jeff Isabell Jr. on his back bumper for the restart.


On lap-11 Rick Demo took a nasty series of flips in turns three and four. Demo got out of the car and walked away. Demo also rolled in his heat race.


Over the final 3-laps Jeff Isabell Jr. threw everything he had at Doug Williams but Williams was too strong, picking up the win over Isabell. Joe Isabell, Jeff Sykes and Mike Mullen finished third through fifth.


Twenty Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders took the green for their 15-lap feature with Colby Herzog leading the opening lap before Chris Bonoffski took the lead away.


Bonoffski dominated until a yellow on lap-7 tightened the field up.


When the green came back out Bonoffski took off and out-distanced Jacobe Palmiter to the checkers for his first Fulton win of the year. Tim Dunn, Dakota Bechler and Ray Bechler finished third through fifth.


This Saturday, August 29th Burkes Home Center presents a full night of racing. On the speedway will be the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders. After the racing get ready for sights and sounds of the Kings Smash 'Em – Crash 'Em Small Car & Youth Demo Derbies.

If you would like to participate in the demo derby go to www.fultonspeedway.com and click on the Demo Derby Night at Fulton on the top of the page for all the info you will need.


Adult grandstand admission for Saturday, August 29 will be $15 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission is $27 Participant/$30 Non-Participant. Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00.


Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at cory@fultonspeedway.com (315) 593-6531. For all the latest news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway .


(Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds 35-Laps) - JIMMY PHELPS, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Tom Sears Jr., Danny Johnson, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Chris Hile, Billy Whittaker, Tim Sears Jr., Tim Schneider Jr., Joe August Jr., Roy Bresnahan, Andrew Ferguson, Kyle Fink, Roy Shields, Tim Murphy, Larry Wight, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Fink, Tim Kerr.


(Omni Services Heat Winners) - Billy Whittaker, Jim Witko Jr., Ryan Phelps


(SUNY Canton Sportsman 25-Laps) -  TONY FINCH II, Ron Davis III, Jeremy Dygert, Amy Holland, Mike Button, Corey Barker, Bill Clark Jr., Nick Krause, Todd Root, Gregg Kimball, Steve Abt, Tim Gareau, Randy Gates, Joe Kline, Mike Phelps, Will Shields, Tyler Trump, Wade Chrisman, Dylan Zacharias, Chris Cunningham, Brandon Sweet, Bill Graves, Brett Draper, Jim Spano.


(SUNY Canton Sportsman DNQ) -  Ron House, Rocky Grosso, Josh Keesey, JJ Courcy.


(NAPA Late Models 20-Laps) -  SEAN BEARDSLEY,  Bret Belden, Kevan Cook, Chris Fleming, Brandon Ford, Alan Fink, Billy Eisele, Jason Occhino, AJ Kingsley, Brandon Carvey, Aron Backus, Mike Kazmierczak, Joe Sobotka, Steven Coit,  Dane Keller Jr., Alan Chapman. DNS, Dave Talbot.


(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman 15-Laps) - RICH RIGGS, Ryan Hatherill, Kyle Perry, Nick McGill, Jason Amidon, Scott Teachout, Kelly Smith, Dwight Nichols, Taylor Jackson, John West, Kreg Crooker, Torrey Stoughtenger, Michelle Courcy, Dorian Wahdan.


(Pro Race Cars Mod Lites 15-Laps) - DOUG WILLIAMS, Jeff Isabell Jr., Joe Isabell, Jeff Sykes, Mike Mullen, Jeremy Isabell, Lowell Zehr, Justin Williams, James Dunham, Rick Demo, Jim Bogett.

(Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders 15-Laps) - CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Jacobe Palmiter, Tim Dunn, Dakota Bechler, Ray Bechler, Jeremy Lueck, Skip DeGroff, Justin Buske, Levi Currier, Garrett Rushlow, Mark Johnston, Sam carista, Jamie Radley, Nate Powers, Kevin Wardhaugh, Mike Sherbeck, Bill Megnin, Colby Herzog, Mike Vaadi, Mark Wallace.

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