Sears Captures Fulton Win
FULTON, N.Y. – With the level of competition in the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways, one win on the weekend is tough, and two is rare.
Tom Sears Jr. pulled off the rare feat by sweeping the weekend with his victory Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.
On Saturday in the 35-lap feature Sears would take the lead on lap-12 from Matt Hulsizer and from there outran a star-studded field for his sixth career win on the Fulton ‘High Banks’.
Others winners on Safety-Kleen night were, Billy Clark Jr., SUNY Canton Sportsman/Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models/ Taylor Jackson, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman/ Joe Isabell and Jeff Blackburn, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites/ John Cunningham, A-Verdi 305 Sprints and Tim Dunn, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Matt Fink took advantage of his outside starting spot to blast into the lead as the rest of the field ran two, three and even four wide to start the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
Running in a tight three-car battle with Fink and Katelyn Kane, Matt Hulsizer was on the hammer using the cushion exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on lap-five just before a caution for Roy Bresnahan who had the rear suspension break.
On the restart Ryan Phelps had everyone in attendance on the edge of their seats when he got sideways in front of the field. Phelps had the save of the year straightening his car avoiding a multi-car crash.
With 10-laps complete Hulsizer held a narrow advantage. Right behind them the battle was intense between Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Chad Phelps as they ran inches apart.
A yellow on lap-11 for a stopped Rob Bellinger gave all the drivers a chance to catch their breath.
When the race went back green Tom Sears Jr. took command of the race on lap-twelve. Larry Wight who started 13th hung it out on the outside going from ninth to fourth.
At the halfway point Sears bolted away from field opening a full straightaway lead. Jimmy Phelps, Hulsizer, Wight and Billy Decker who started 21st raced for second through fifth.
With 5-laps to go Chris Hile slowed, wiping out the lead Sears had built up setting up a dash to the finish.
Over the final laps Sears ran the top and drove away for the win over Jimmy Phelps. Larry Wight and Billy Decker swapped third and fourth all over the speedway that saw points leader Wight finishing third with Decker fourth and Matt Hulsizer fifth.
“It’s one of the best weekends we have ever had in the Modified class,” Sears said.
Tom Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, Matt Hulsizer, Pat Ward, Matt Fink, Tim Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Chris Mackey, Ryan Phelps, Adam Roberts, Chuck Bower, Tim Currier, Katelyn Kane, Tim Schneider Jr., Chris Hile, Brian Murphy, Joe August Jr., Tim Harris, Jim Witko, Roy Bresnahan