FULTON — Three 35-lap DIRTcar Modified features were run Saturday at Fulton Speedway. Tim Sears Jr. of Hastings won two of them, with Ron Davis III of Memphis, New York claiming the other.
Other winners on Ehrlich Pest Control and Parratt-Wolff Night were Kyle Murray (Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models), Alan Fink and Willy Decker Jr. (Dot Foods DIRTcar Sportsman), and Payton Talbot (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman).
The May 25 holdover feature for the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds saw Collin DuBois lead the opening 10 laps before Davis drove into the top spot on lap 11. Davis and DuBois put a straightaway between themselves and the battle between Billy Shantel, Tim Sears Jr., Jeff Sykes, and Dace Marcuccilli.
Through 20 laps, Davis, Sears and Larry Wight (who started 17th) occupied the top three spots. On lap 24, Wight took over second and set his sights on Davis. Davis hit his marks the rest of the way to take the checkered flag ahead of Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Marcuccilli, and Rob Bellinger.
The holdover feature from June 1 saw DuBois strong in the early laps, but Tim Sears Jr. sped into the lead after a lap 6 caution and restart. He opened up a huge cushion by lap 10 with Marcuccilli, Davis, and Glenn Forward battling for second through fourth.
A caution on lap 27 bunched the field up for a dash to the checkers that saw Tim Sears Jr. outdistance Marcuccilli. Bellinger, Todd Root, and Jeff McGinnis finished third through fifth. Davis and Wight had mechanical issues and pulled into the pits prior to the finish.
In the final 35-lap Modified feature of the night, Garett Rushlow, Billy Shantel, and Todd Root each led one of the opening three laps. Through five laps, Root had the point over Jeremy Dygert with D.J. Forbes, Shantel, and Tim Sears Jr. following.
Sears charged up to second place on a restart after a lap 8 caution. After an exciting battle for the lead with Root, Sears gained the lead after a lap 15 caution and two attempts to get the race restarted.
Over the final laps Tim Sears Jr. separated himself from the rest of the field, winning by 3.9 seconds for his second victory of the night. Marcuccilli, Root, Billy Whittaker, and Wight finished second through fifth.
In the first 25-lap feature for the Sportsman class, Steve Marshall led from the drop of the green until Tyler Murray got a run off the bottom of turn 4 to be scored the new leader on lap 6. Through 10 laps the top five were Murray, Alan Fink, Marshall, Joe Kline, and Rick Miller.
After working on Murray for a number of laps, Fink finally got by on lap 19 and then cruised to the win. Murray, A.J. Miller, Dylan Zacharias, and Kline rounded out the top five.
In the second 25-lap Sportsman feature, Torrey Stoughtenger was on top until Willy Decker Jr. took the lead on lap 5. Robert Gage, Jimmy Moyer, and Brandon Carvey were right with the leaders.
A caution flag on lap 11 erased Decker’s lead. With 10 laps to go Decker once again launched out to a big lead as Gage and Mike Phelps were locked in a battle for second.
Decker kept the point on a couple of late restarts to get the win, his second this year at Fulton. Phelps placed second, followed by Gage, Zach Sobotka, and Charlie Tibbitts.
A strong field of 18 Late Models raced for the $1,000-to-win prize presented by Pit Stop Convenience Stores. Kyle Murray and Chris Fleming both led the opening couple of laps of the 25-lap feature. Through five laps, Murray maintained the lead over Fleming and Dale Caswell. On lap 6, Fleming regained the lead.
With 10 laps to go, Fleming and Murray were still slugging it out, with Caswell, Kyle Sopaz, and Chad Homan showing in the top five.
On lap 18, Murray saw the opening he needed and darted under Fleming for the lead. The top two diced through heavy traffic. A lap 22 caution flag set up a final dash to the checkered flag. Murray held off Fleming for the win. Caswell, Homan, and Sopaz rounded out the top five.
After posting four-second place finishes, Payton Talbot went to victory lane in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman main event. Talbot took the lead at the drop of green and was never seriously challenged in the 15-lap feature. Cody Manitta, Ed Lukas, Pat Nolan, and Josh VanTassell finished second through fifth.
This Saturday, Power Seal Driveway Sealing, Northeast Racing Products Auction & Trade Show, and Regional Truck and Trailer will present the program.
On the card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, Dot Foods DIRTcar Sportsman, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models, and E&V Energy Novice Sportsman.
Tom Juno’s Power Sealing Driveway Sealing will have a Sportsman Dash for Cash and Matt Becker’s $329 purse “First Lady of Fulton” Sportsman Dash for Fulton’s female Sportsman drivers.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Fulton Speedway feature finishes
Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds (from May 25, 35 laps): Ron Davis III, Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Dave Marcuccilli, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward. Jeremy Dygert, Jeff McGinnis, Nick Krause, Billy Shantel, Jeff Sykes, Todd Root, Billy Whittaker, Tyler Trump, Ben Bushaw, Glenn Forward, Jason Occhino, Bobby Herrington, Collin DuBois, Tom Sears Jr., Andy Noto, Dale Planck, Joe Shields.
Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds (from June 1, 35 laps): Tim Sears Jr., Dave Marcuccilli, Rob Bellinger, Todd Root, Jeff McGinnis, Pat Ward, Billy Whittaker, Jeff Sykes, Glenn Forward, Jeremy Dygert, Collin DuBois, Ben Bushaw, Nick Krause, D.J. Forbes, Billy Shantel, Jason Occhino, A.J. Kingsley, Larry Wight, Ron Davis III, Brent Cross, Dale Planck, Tom Sears Jr., Joe Shields, Andy Noto.
Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, 35 laps): Tim Sears Jr., Dave Marcuccilli, Todd Root, Billy Whittaker, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Glenn Forward, Tyler Meeks, D.J. Forbes, Jeff Sykes, Nick Krause, A.J. Kingsley, Ron Davis III, Jason Occhino, Jeff McGinnis, Jeremy Dygert, Billy Shantel, Bobby Herrington, Tom Sears Jr., Ben Bushaw, Colin DuBois, Garett Rushlow, Rob Bellinger, Andy Noto, Joe Shields, Brent Cross.
Dot Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #1 (25 laps): Alan Fink, Tyler Murray, A.J. Miller, Dylan Zacharias, Joe Kline, Rick Miller, Amy Holland, Derek Webb, Chris Mackey, Tyler Corcoran, Bob Henry Jr., Steve Marshall, Jeff Stevenson, Mike Button, Tom Juno, Casey Williams, Tim Devendorf, Wade Chrisman, Rocky Grosso, Isaiah Forward, Rachel Zacharias, Brett Draper, Ryan Gustin.
Dot Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #2 (25 laps): Willy Decker Jr., Mike Phelps, Robert Gage, Zach Sobotka, Charlie Tibbitts, Corey Barker, Jackson Gill, Brandon Ford, Brandon Carvey, Ryan Dolbear, Torrey Stoughtenger, Jimmy Moyer, Chris Corbett, Jeff Prentice, Austin Germinio, Greg Doust, Jake Davis, Jessica Power, Kyle Perry, Chuck Miller, Rich Riggs Jr., Remington Hamm, Josh Amodio.
Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models (25 laps): Kyle Murray, Chris Fleming, Dale Caswell, Chad Homan, Kyle Sopaz, Kevan Cook, Jason Parkhurst, Sean Beardsley, David Pangrazio, J.J. Mazur, Bret Belden, Harry Halliday, T.J. Downs, Max Hill, Alan Chapman, Jonathan Rivers, Billy Eisele, Matt Kitts.
E&V Energy Novice Sportsman (15 laps): Payton Talbot, Cody Manitta, Ed Lukas, Pat Nolan, Josh VanTassell, Scott Kline, Jason Lopes, James Peck, Michael Wight.